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I Survived My First Year In Sweden

I Survived My First Year In Sweden

In the deep recesses of our imagination, we all picture ourselves living in a perfect utopian society with a perfect social system, perfect climate, perfect conditions for studying/working/raising a family and all topped with parade of perfect people. While we all...

Jesus Doesn’t Need Fake Christians

Jesus Doesn’t Need Fake Christians

From 2014 up until midway in 2016, I walked a lonely road called perinatal mental illness, which you can read all about in my blog series and in my new book that’s coming out very shortly! The main reason why I felt lonely was because I couldn’t tell anyone what I was...

The Womb, the Weapon and the War

The Womb, the Weapon and the War

I don’t usually have an interest in history and politics, but I have been watching a series on Netflix called World War II in Colour. It has made me see the ongoing battle between good and evil in a whole new way. Watching the events unfold leading up to WWII as...

I’m A Mess

I’m A Mess

By Randelynn - Glitter In The Ashes Blog This post has actually been inspired by one of my friends that I see every Saturday at church who I adore. Everytime she sees me she says, "You always look so put together. " She has said in passing while joking that it makes...

How Pornography Addiction Affects the Brain

How Pornography Addiction Affects the Brain

When you think of addiction, chances are that your mind first goes to substance abuse such as drug or alcohol dependency. However, there are other types of addiction in which a person becomes dependent upon compulsive behaviors rather than substances. In many ways,...

The Number One Secret For Better Sleep

The Number One Secret For Better Sleep

Welcome to parenthood. I hope you like being tired. These adorable, precious little creatures rip themselves out of the tender parts of your body, attach themselves like leeches to other tender parts of your body, and wake you up all hours the night. Sound like fun?...

How To Get Paid To Do What You Love

How To Get Paid To Do What You Love

We will all reach a place at some point in our lives where we ask ourselves, “Is this job/career what I really want, or am I just here for the paycheck?” The truth is, asking the tough questions is all part of growing and developing, so it’s important that we take...

Why “Me” Time Makes Us Feel Guilty

Why “Me” Time Makes Us Feel Guilty

If you’re anything like a modern parent, then you are likely to be in the same boat with thousands of others who feel like they don’t deserve a so-called “me time” simply because they have too much going on such as balancing career, personal, and family...

5 Essentials For Potty Training

5 Essentials For Potty Training

Potty training can be a stressful time for parents. Teaching a toddler to use the potty is a big achievement and reaching that goal is something all parents should be very proud of. But getting there can mean dealing with a lot of crap along the way (literally). Here...

Why I Stopped Writing Birth Plans

Why I Stopped Writing Birth Plans

When our Obstetrician or Midwife suggests we develop a birth plan, it’s not exactly like we’re planning for world domination. However, it is not far off considering the overall task is not for the weak, but is indeed a mammoth feat. No army would go into frontline...

An Open Letter To Single Men

An Open Letter To Single Men

Women are growing tired of having to perform for you – of being asked to be everything and nothing at the same time. You want a wifey material, without even the title of a relationship. She has to care about you tremendously, but not too much as to scare you away. She should be available when you call, but not too available.

Why Fitspo Is A No No

Why Fitspo Is A No No

There is often a fine line between perception and reality. Just slap on some Lorna Jane active wear and you can be transformed into a #fitnessmodel overnight, attaining the collective stares of men and women alike, as you run along a picturesque coastline with the salty sea breeze going through your hair ala Beyonce in concert style #sohotyoucanthandlethis

3 Mistakes Every Girl Boss Should Avoid

3 Mistakes Every Girl Boss Should Avoid

These days, it's very easy for anyone to start-up a business. Whether it be a lifestyle biz that is sown in love such as selling handmade items on Etsy or running a mixed product and service enterprise that has a generous flow of customers that keeps you on your toes....

2016: Worst Episode Ever

2016: Worst Episode Ever

2016 has been horrendous for all of us. I’ve seen my fair share of memes sending good riddance to the year, and you probably have too. Most of us were optimistic as we rung in the new year, including happy-clappy me who hoped for something better than 2015, but landed in hospital multiple times.

The Nitty Gritty On Emotional Eating

The Nitty Gritty On Emotional Eating

What is our emotional connection with food, where does it come from and why is it so powerful? I was recently asked to submit a piece to a national women's magazine about emotional eating. In this article, I'll explain why there's such a strong connection between the...

Weight Loss – Lettuce Go Back To Basics

Weight Loss – Lettuce Go Back To Basics

One of the most common questions I get asked by women is what diet will best help them lose weight. I admit there’s a lot of confusion out there, or to put it another way, conflicting advice. Do you go paleo? Gluten free? Vegan? Raw? Low carb? Low calorie? Foods with higher molecular propensity? Nothing coloured red, yellow and green?

Check Yo Self Before Yo Mess Yo Self

Check Yo Self Before Yo Mess Yo Self

  The trees are blossoming, bees are buzzing, the days are getting longer and the legs are finally getting a shave. It must mean one thing: either it’s sex night or spring is finally here! (or both) For many women, the pressure is on. After scrolling through the...

Benefits of Basil

Benefits of Basil

I love basil, I could just about roll it up and smoke it or maybe even make a mud hut out of it and live in it. Basil is great raw, in salads, cooking and even as an essential oil for therapeutic purposes. It smells wonderful and tastes like awesomeness.

More Serotonin Less Binge Eating

More Serotonin Less Binge Eating

A recent study that was published in the Biological Psychiatry Journal shows how a brain circuit (called serotonin→dopamine) inhibits binge eating. The scientists played with various scenarios to increase brain serotonin content using a mice model and mapped the anatomy of the serotonin→dopamine brain circuit (Xu et al., 2016).

Paleo Diet Is All Hype!

Paleo Diet Is All Hype!

The “modern” Paleo diet from books and blogs recommends avoiding refined sugars, legumes, dairy, grains and cereals. Instead, it advocates for grass-fed meat, wild fish, saturated fat, nuts, vegetables, and some fruit.   But the Australian Diabetes Society...

Fast Food And Harmful Toxins

Fast Food And Harmful Toxins

Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are plasticisers used to make food packaging, tubing for cheeses and sausages, and fast food containers.

All of them have been linked to metabolic disruption and weight gain.

5 Tips for Business Women (health related!)

5 Tips for Business Women (health related!)

OK I know this one is a little left field, but I was recently asked to submit a piece for ‘This Woman Can’ magazine to help and encourage women in business. I’ve been running this nutrition show for almost a year and have definitely learnt a lot of lessons, especially from my mistakes. These tips apply not only for biz chicks, but for all women in general. Enjoy!

6 Foods That Combat Inflammation

6 Foods That Combat Inflammation

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and healthy oils provides a full range of benefits for people with inflammatory problems. Today’s dietitian’s prefer the Mediterranean diet, a group of foods with high anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and healthy oils. On top of reducing the risk of chronic disease and lowering inflammation, this healthy list of delicious foods can improve your life quality and mood.

How To Lose Weight And Eat Cake

How To Lose Weight And Eat Cake

The weight loss industry in Australia is worth a whopping $614m, and just about every woman, man, child and possibly dog is desperate for the next fad diet that will help them to lose weight fast.

There’s no doubt our society loves quick fixes. We are obsessed with instantaneous outcomes but minimal investment.

Sugar Bingeing Like Drug Abuse

Sugar Bingeing Like Drug Abuse

We are already familiar with the fact that sugar sets in motion a strong reward mechanism in the brain, which can lead to addiction similar to the one from hard drugs like cocaine or morphine, changing the morphology of brain cells. The types of sugar to be most aware...

Perfection Is Overrated!

Perfection Is Overrated!

Perfection is overrated! Researchers from the clinical psychology and psychotherapy department at Switzerland’s University of Zurich, say that perfectionists get more stressed than people with more modest goals.

A mild degree of perfectionism can be a healthy thing. It can drive you to achieve things you wouldn’t otherwise achieve and it can give you the motivation to persevere in the face of discouragement and obstacles. High-achieving athletes, scientists, and artists often show signs of perfectionism. However, it can also be a source of stress, anxiety and depression.

Good Nutrition Is Healing

Good Nutrition Is Healing

Nutrition plays a significant role in metabolic, brain and even psychiatric disorders. Authors of a new paper have revealed just how much of a difference it can make. Food is like a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain. A study by researchers from the...

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