Posts Tagged ‘lifestyle’

Winter inspirations

As winter draws to a close, we’d like to share what we’ve been up to and what’s tickled our fancy of late… Read the rest of this entry »

{Real} Life in Balance: The Journalist

I hope you’ve been enjoying this little series of interviews with real life women about their unique approaches to food, cooking, exercise, body image and lifestyle in general. You can read my own responses to the questions here and all about my Swedish friend My, here. I have more amazing women who have agreed to contribute their thoughts and am excited to share their interviews and images over the coming weeks…

I’m also keen to ensure that I present some diverse points of view from women in different circumstances and phases of life. Which is why this week, i’m delighted to present Laura Tomlinson – a young newspaper reporter who is busy making the most of her 20’s by enjoying life and building a career – but at the same time, having to learn to juggle her lifestyle while her husband works away for much of the time.

Laura first came to my attention via Facebook when I noticed that she was hanging out in many of the same ‘foodie’ oriented businesses and places that I was attracted to. Her excellent taste was only confirmed when she decided to bring her lovely Mum along to our Équilibre Retreat at Foragers last month as a Mother’s Day surprise! It was such a pleasure to meet Laura and experience her passion for good food (and wine!) firsthand. It’s quite refreshing to see someone so young take such an interest in what she eats and how it’s prepared, and no doubt she’ll go on to have a great influence on her peers (and readers). I also like her nicely ‘balanced’ attitude, perhaps it’s because she doesn’t stress out about getting the balance perfect and instead focuses on what makes her happy!

She reminds me a little of me in my mid to late twenties (long before kids) particularly her cooking style and ability to spend the day coming up with just the thing to satisfy a craving for dinner that evening. And yes, i’ve been known to read a cookbook or two in bed and oh, the food pilgrimages! I will say that there was a definite pang of envy on my part, after reading some of Laura’s responses (or shall we just call it nostalgia?)

I love, love, love the quote in the image further down below about food not being meant to be stressful, just good for the soul. No, I could never be a chef either, Laura!

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{Real} Life in Balance: Swedish Simplicity

I’d like to introduce you to the first of my guests on our Real Life in Balance series. Her name is My Tistrand and she’s one half of the lovely Swedish couple who brought the Dinner Twist concept to Perth.

You can read more about My and Chris’ exciting business and how much I love it here.

This is a lady who has not only created a brand new life for herself on the other side of the world, but has also taken on the chance to build a unique and meaningful family business (that just happens to feed her passion for cooking) at the same time as raising her young daughter (no easy task, believe me!) I have so much admiration for the way Chris and My have evolved their business, as well as the way they have warmly embraced the Perth lifestyle and quickly established themselves as a very welcome part of our community.

On meeting My, you sense her unmistakably pared back, Swedish style – there’s a certain simplicity in her approach to food, health and life in general that many of us can learn from. I was keen for her to answer my questions and share some gorgeous images of her life and loves… something she has kindly agreed to do!

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{Real} Life in Balance

This year i’m keen to explore the concept of BALANCE a little more in-depth, particularly how it relates to food, exercise and health in general, and how we can use it to bring back a little more sanity in an overcomplicated world.

I thought it might be an interesting exercise to interview a few local women I admire and feel have achieved some level of balance in their lives. Each manages it in a different way, using a unique approach and style of their own, often while juggling many different hats. I also happen to know that they are all passionate food lovers and keen cooks!

I’m curious to know more though. What inspires them? What do they love to cook? How do they stay fit and healthy? Do they really think balance is the key?… I’m looking to uncover some really open, honest and enlightening answers, and hope you will enjoy learning from them along with me. If you know someone you think deserves to be interviewed, let me know!

To get things started, I think it’s only fair that I go first! So, here are my responses to the questions i’m going to pose to my interviewees, plus a few snapshots from my everyday life…

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Pascal’s Daily Reminders for a New Year

Let me start by introducing myself, my name is Pascal and i’m the other half of Équilibre – the ‘exercise’ half! Read the rest of this entry »

Fitness for Foodies – is 2013 your year?

New year, new opportunities, fresh thinking. Are you ready to benefit from a healthy new perspective on eating and exercise?

We’re excited to announce that our first Fitness for Foodies program for 2013 starts 21st January and just wanted to take a few moments to reflect on the year that has been and what the program means to us…

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On being a Foodie and why it can be good for you

It always saddens me to hear about people with weight struggles resigning themselves to a rigid diet that denies them all the food they love, in order to lose their excess kilos.

Case in point, is the recent series in the Sunday Times, Body & Soul section about a woman in her early 30’s (having always been a yo-yo dieter) taking on a ‘body challenge’ and writing about her experiences for all to read. Katie admits to exposing herself to public ridicule as a form of motivation! She has the help of a nutritionist and a personal trainer and feels that this is her last chance to finally lose weight and start feeling good about herself.

I was dismayed when I read her plan – an extreme regime of 2 hours walking per day plus an hour in the gym. Her diet is protein heavy, including 9 egg whites and 2 egg yolks per day (yikes!), with no carbs other than a single early morning weetbix or banana, and no additional fats other than fish oil supplements. But oh yes, she’s allowed diet soft drink and sugar free chewing gum! Her comment on the food she is eating… “well, it’s not so much about flavour anymore. Food is fuel, plain and simple.” How very sad. Read the rest of this entry »

The Équilibre Bride

Its your special day

…and you want everything to be perfect. Much of the attention will inevitably be focused on you  – what you are wearing, how you look. There will be photographs and perhaps film to serve as lingering mementos of the day. It’s only natural that you want to do all that you can to look and feel your very best for your wedding day. But how far are you willing to go? Read the rest of this entry »

Exciting New Programs!

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Earlier this year, I embarked on my own 12-week health and exercise program, and I couldn’t be happier with the progress and results I achieved. It was good timing for me, as although I had lost my excess baby weight, I was still feeling relatively unmotivated, lethargic and lacking in routine. Having a specialised program designed for me was just the remedy I needed! Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts on exercise

“Remember, you don’t need to take exercise too seriously – you just need to take it regularly.”

Martha Lourey-Bird, exercise scientist

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A Non-Exerciser’s Perspective

I’ve never been what you would call a ‘sporty’ person – in fact, i’m far from it! While I was able to excel in more intellectual pursuits, I spent a lot of my school career exerting an enormous amount of effort avoiding phys-ed classes. The mere thought of it made me feel like taking a sick day! By the time I finished high school, the only remotely athletic contribution I had made was that of ‘equipment care taker’ on the girl’s hockey team! Read the rest of this entry »