Winter is here once more

Hello beautiful readers, if you have been following my journey over the eight years of me blogging you will be familiar with my dread of the cold months. For those new to my blog, I have suffered Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for as long as I can remember. This makes me prone to depression in Winter. Light Therapy has helped in the past, though the solarium was far better for treating me. I have also tried taking zinc and vitamin D, and I try to travel every winter to chase the sunshine.

At the start of this year we made a pretty radical decision to relocate our family to Byron Bay, and just in case our lives weren’t busy enough, operate yet another CrossFit box ;) may this beautiful place be the remedy for my soul!

So far, there was plenty of sunshine this morning and the beach had our name on it for most of the day. We woke early, went to the box, I had a solid lifting session before coaching, had some rad hangs with a beautiful new friend (I made us delicious brunch), walked to the beach to meet up with more friends, and now we are at home painting, playing with playdough and sipping Tulsi tea.

The kids have so far today eaten; oats with PB & protein, a slice of PB toast, an apple, vegan sausage rolls or left over pasta with 1/2 cup of my tofu scramble, hummus with celery and carrot, a kiwi fruit and orange and we are planning on eating dinner out as truthfully I’m a bit sick of cooking.

Today I have eaten tofu scramble with cherry tomatoes, spinach, kelp noodles, avocado, saurkraut, hemp seeds, linseeds and nooch then some hummus with celery. I have also had two coffees, a cup of tea and one medjool date with PB.

I’ll have to grab some fresh ingredients from the Farmers market tomorrow and know that we’ll be having delicious vegan ravioli for dinner. It’s always a challenge when Eric is away, but nice to get into our own routine (and its easier to cook for four than five!).

River has school camp this Thursday, he’s really excited and is mostly doing really well since moving here. There has been quite a bit of drama over his birthday gifts, and him not wanting to share anything with his siblings. This is super triggering for me and also upsetting as I want my children to grow up knowing the value of presence over presents and obviously kindness. I don’t want to force him to share, and I don’t want him to feel as though he is entitled to more.

Raine has lost four teeth within three weeks - sending the tooth fairy broke! She is loving yoga and training, is the most receptive of all the children to meditation, and is also going through some massive emotions. She is definitely like me in that she is a deep feeler whom takes on the emotions around her, so I have to watch my stress levels and expression of sadness around her. Just yesterday I was doing some hip health movements in the mirror and turned to check out my shape, all along Raine was copying me and it really made me pause. I would be heart broken if Raine ever spoke to herself the way my inner dialogue has been.

Mummas, even when we don’t verbalise the way we feel about our bodies, our children KNOW. I have mentioned previously that I have struggled with an eating disorder, and that my pregnancy with River was the key to my recovery. I have not spoken about the resurgence of the eating disorder last year and that my self esteem was at rock bottom again. Thankfully, my husband was the safe space needed to help me come back to myself. Even though my body is not always reflecting the way I want it to look and my self esteem hasn’t fully recovered, I have consistently felt my feelings and attempted to work through it. At times I’ve had too much to drink, at times I’ve stopped writing, at times I’ve lost myself in a book or scrolling on social media (watching fail videos or dance videos), but for the most part I’ve sat with it and tried to love myself anyway. The way to a “better body” is not found in a diet or exercise regime, the way to a “better body” is through loving yourself. Loving yourself despite eating ALL the french fries, forgiving yourself for drinking too much or making a poor decision (trust me, we all make mistakes!), loving the woman you are in this moment as well as loving the woman that you want to become.

Reefy has been delightful, and horrible and gorgeous again…those wonderful hormones causing outrage and ridiculous scenarios where it is impossible to win. We used to remind ourselves that “big emotions need big hugs, not big consequences” when Rivvy was going through the same thing but often even a cuddle cant reason with our Chief’s will.

When raising children, we need to step back. We need to demonstrate boundaries, how to deal with our emotions in a healthy way, that it’s perfectly ok to feel emotions, that we as parents are a safe space for them, that the way to feel better is always love. We can love each other and ourselves through anything.

Having children gave me a sense of responsibility I’d never felt before. I never cared much for living, I didn’t see the point as I had no idea who I was or who I was supposed to be, only that I was different. I thought different was wrong. Now that I have my children, I want them to know in every single cell that they are wanted, that they are worthy of love, that they can do anything if they work hard and are kind, that they deserve happiness and that I feel blessed that they literally changed me and my life. Becoming a mother has given me a sense of responsibility to our mother earth and also to myself.

Last week I felt as though I could not possibly write my book, I’ve felt this year really unclear on what my mission and vision are, on what my message is. I’ve not felt like I had anything to say worth hearing or reading. But then I realised that its not about me. It’s not about my worth. It’s about me having a unique set of experiences that have led me to be a guide for a woman’s wellbeing through the desire to fall pregnant, a beautiful birth experience and an intentional way of parenting. The reason for me to speak up, to heal, to do the work is my children. When we heal ourselves, we help heal all women.

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Preparation for Birth after reading Ten Moons

The following statistics are startling. Of the 309,000 Australian births in 2015:

  • 97% were in a hospital

  • 50% involved a spontaneous labour

  • 67% of babies were born by vaginal delivery

  • 33% of babies were born by caesarean section

  • 85% of mothers who had had a previous caesarean section had a repeat caesarean section

Since 1985, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended a population caesarean section rate of 10–15% to ensure mortality rates are kept low for mothers and babies (RHR 2015). In 2014, Australia had the eighth highest caesarean section rate of 33 countries, with a caesarean rate of 34 per 100 live births. Factors related to mothers being more likely to have a caesarean section were:

  • having had a previous caesarean section (23%)

  • maternal age of 40 or more (52%)

  • mothers who had a multiple birth (69% of twins and 88% of other multiples)

  • mothers whose babies were breech, where the baby exits buttocks or feet first (87%)

  • women who gave birth in a private hospital were also more likely to have a caesarean section (45%) than women who gave birth in a public hospital (30%)

Maternal drug use in labour has been linked to drug abuse later in the child’s life and a traumatic birth has been linked to suicide in young adults born in this way. Postnatal depression is linked to both drug use during labour and a traumatic birth experience.


When exploring becoming a mother it is essential to learn about your own story, beliefs and attitudes, and the underlying fears behind these for us and in society. Questions you may like to explore include;

  • what were the details of your own birth?

  • how do the women in your family give birth?

  • what beliefs about birth have you accumulated in your life?

  • what does your culture, local community, partner believe about birth?

  • what do you believe?

During pregnancy our body sends us messages from our innate body wisdom. This is so we can heal them as we prepare for birth and motherhood. One of the best ways of recieving these messages and connecting with our baby is to meditate and journal. I really loved these questions for journalling and discussing with your partner:

  • how do I feel about being a woman?

  • how do I feel about the appearance of my pregnant body?

  • how do I feel about being naked in front of others?

  • how do I feel about my vagina and vulva stretching so far open to give birth?

  • how do I feel about the possibility of my vagina, vulva or perineum tearing?

  • how do I feel about urinating or defecating in front of others?

  • how do I feel about my birth team looking at my vulva?

  • am I concerned about the appearance of my vulva or vagina or my body after giving birth?

  • are there any patterns, stories or themes in my sexual relationships (past and present) that may come up during my birth experience?

  • how do I feel about having sex during pregnancy?

  • do I need to acknowledge, heal or let go of any stories or experiences?

  • how do i feel about breastfeeding? about breastfeeding a boy? a girl?

My recommendations are:

Raspberry Leaf and alfalfa tea from 32 weeks

EPO from 36 weeks - insert from 38 weeks

Perineum massage 10mins daily from 34weeks

You need to nourish your body in the lead up to your birth, you need to nourish your body during labour. I strongly recommend a plant based diet that looks a little bit like this;

Wake up - warm lemon water with a probiotic supplement

Breakfast - smoothie and a piece of avocado toast

Snack - carrot and celery with hummus

Lunch - Buddha bowl with 1/2-1cup rice or quinoa

Snack - two dates with peanut butter

Dinner - Broth or soup

I encourage all women to walk every single day for a minimum of 30minutes. You should perform three lots of cat-cow for 20minutes each time and at least five minutes of legs up the wall before bed. You should stretch your hips and shoulders as well as strengthen your wrists in preparation of birthing your baby. No one just rocks up and completes a marathon, similarly, a beautiful birth takes preparation.

Labour and birth

The best place for a woman to give birth is where she feels the safest.

Do not go into labour with fear. There is nothing to fear. Every single woman is capable of having a beautiful birth and your birth team should be 100% committed to helping you achieve this.

If you prefer to give birth in a hospital then continuity of care with a known midwife and doula throughout pregnancy, labour and birth, and into the postpartum period has been demonstrated to have the best outcomes for mumma, baby and family.

An Estimated Due Date (EDD) is an average, NOT an expiration date. Your baby’s birthday is decided by your baby, and it is still unknown what actually initiates labour physiologically. However, medical intervention and an obsession with EDD has meant that HALF of all births in Australia are induced.

Our culture is not one that tolerates pain. Pain medication is a huge market as we are just not willing to feel it. Pain is a subjective emotional experience; we psychologically interpret physical sensations as being painful. Pain is increased when ignorance, fear, insecurity, dehydration and/or fatigue are present.

For many women, labour pain is the most pain they will or have experienced. I love encouraging women to exercise before and during pregnancy, so that they can liken the uterine contractions to any muscle contraction. Pain during labour is also associated with the dilation of the cervix and the pressure of the baby’s descent on the cervix and ligaments, bones, tendons and muscles around the pelvis.

The purpose of this pain is to gain our attention and bring our focus to it. During labour, pain becomes the gateway to a deeper consciousness. It is also mitigated by the hormones we produce (when labour is not interfered with).

All of the drugs we can take to numb ourselves to the pain of labour and birth affect your baby and affect the normal physiological processes required for the newborn to adapt to life. It is a woman’s responsibility to understand the pro’s and con’s of all birth related practices so she can make appropriate choices for herself and her baby.

Relaxation of the labouring woman’s body is critical for natural pain management. In my experience, warm water, warm compress on the lower back and massage have been helpful in managing labour without drugs. Deep focus, as practiced during meditation and visualisation, will help and feeling safe are also vital. You do not need to escape this pain, embrace it. Each strong contraction you have brings you closer to your baby. You need to head towards your birth with a solid belief that you can do this. Trust the birth process. Trust your body. Trust your baby.

The best snacks for during labour are miso soup, veggies and rice, broth, almonds (tamari almonds are my fave), lactation cookies (I LOVE Franjo’s), smoothies, crackers with saurkraut and avocado, apple with peanut butter and cinnamon, vegemite toast, herbal tea, water, vitamin c and perhaps even a delicious raw chocolate treat.

After Birth

Immediately after giving birth a mother and her baby require skin to skin contact, their hearts close together, which activates the baby’s senses and helps to stop the production of the adrenal/stress hormones baby and mother were producing during labour. The mother needs love, warmth, rest, sleep, food and water. The family need space to bond.

WHO recommend exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months of age and from then, alongside food to at least two years of age. Statistics from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey results indicate that 96% of mothers initiate breastfeeding. Thereafter, exclusive breastfeeding rates drop off. Just 39% of babies are still being exclusively breastfed to 3 months and just 15% to 5 months. Thereafter, statistics fromThe 2006-2007 Longitudinal Study of Australian Children study show that at 12 months, 28% of children were still being breastfed; at 18 months, 9% of children; and at 24 months, 5% were still being breastfed.

Please read the following as to why you should continue breastfeeding until your baby self weans:

If you enjoyed this blog post, you will love Jane Hardwicke Collins book Ten Moons, which I have paraphrased and thoroughly enjoyed. If you would like to enquire about my doula services from June 2019 please send me an email

My new life and the power of manifesting

Its been a minute…

Honestly I have been…BUSY! Setting up my new box, CrossFit Byron Bay, moving interstate and working out my new life rhythm.

To say that the last 8 years have been the most intensely productive and “busy” is an understatement. I have now owned and operated three CrossFit boxes, continuing to manage CrossFit Croydon (in our sixth year of operation) and commencing a managerial role and head coaching position at CrossFit Byron. Oh I’ve also had three children, become a yoga teacher, work as a birth and postpartum doula and operate The Mumma Movement.

I am constantly manifesting my reality (we all are, but thats another blog in itself), feeling blessed and also feeling frustrated at some situations that have occurred. I have definitely accomplished a lot in my life but I know my potential is even greater. I am working my little peach off to purchase a home and create a life on my terms with the financial means to support myself, my family and my community.

Since I was 16years old I’ve dreamed of living in Byron Bay and I really do pinch myself daily that I’m here by the beach with my family. I’ve needed to learn to rest and slow down, which I know I can achieve here. My book is ready to be published and I know that with some spare time I can become a published author. In the last year I have not been writing a blog or journal or working on my book ideas, which has been sad and also likely for the best. It is now time to get back to my soul work, to get crystal clear on what I want and how to achieve that, and to help others on an even larger scale.

My probiotics and I have been conversing each morning (check out this awesome podcast here: and I have a gut feeling that this is my time. I can use my platform on social media to connect with more mothers and more individuals searching for sustainable wellness.

What do I care deeply and passionately about?

  • the health and wellbeing of prenatal women

  • the quality of all birth experiences

  • a womans’ right to feel like a goddess during and after labour

  • the way our babies are nurtured and fed

  • breastfeeding

  • reducing plastic in our homes and environment

  • animal rights and the yogic principle of ahimsa

  • movement quality

  • encouraging everyone to live a more active life

  • decreasing screen time for everyone (my children are screen free 90% of the time)

  • decreasing the incidence of disordered eating

  • promoting a healthful lifestyle that works now and long into the future

  • CrossFit as one of the best ways to increase strength, fitness and body positivity

  • feeling and looking amazing - striving for the potential of each individual

I firmly believe in practicing what I preach, in leading from the front and in a balanced approach to life. My experience in this life has been that visualisation, setting intentions and being a humble hard worker has created magic in my life, but I have to work super hard on healing myself and on balance often!

Currently I am working on a clear mission, message and a more intentional social media presence. My husband joins our family tonight and I am certain that by the weekend things will feel better than ever.

Looking forward to checking in more often,

Ariel x

Optimal Foetal Positioning

Natural birth is the best possible outcome from a psychophysical (physical and emotional) and social perspective for mother and child. The mission of The Mumma Movement is to prepare mothers for natural birth with the knowledge that her baby is an active participant in labour.

Optimal Foetal Positioning (OFP) describes the best position for a baby to be in before he/she is born; head down with baby’s back between the mother’s left hip and belly button (Left Occiput Position/LOA). There is much that a mother can do to encourage her baby into this position, and training should be modified to consider OFP.

Regular physical activity during pregnancy may have a beneficial effect on multiple aspects of labour and delivery. (Szumilewicz A, Wojtyła A, Zarębska A, Drobnik-Kozakiewicz I, Sawczyn M, Kwitniewska A. Influence of prenatal physical activity on the course of labour and delivery according to the new Polish standard for perinatal care. Ann Agric Environ Med. 2013; 20(2): 380–389.) 

It increases prenatal energy levels, helps to decrease constipation, increases the size of the placenta, prepares the body to adjust to changes during pregnancy, decreases the incidence of gestational diabetes and aids recovery after delivery. Dr James (James F. Clapp, M.D., Catherine Cram, M.S. 2012. Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, Second Edition: Addicus Books) also found that exercise may decrease labour by up to 90minutes, can decrease the stress on the baby during labour, decreases intervention by 30%, decreases caesarean birth by 30%, and reduces the incidence of post natal depression.

The Norwegian (Le Zhou, Chun‐Tang Sun, Lin Lin, Yao Xie, Yan Huang, Qiao Li, Xinghui Liu. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. 2018) found that women whom exercised for at least 35 minutes at a moderate to vigorous level in the third trimester had decreased caesarean delivery as compared to women with the lowest physical activity levels. There has been no “safe” upper limit to exercise at this time.

The Australian Guidelines for exercising during pregnancy include 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week at no more than 75% of maximal heart rate. Women should aim to maintain their fitness, participating in aerobic and strength conditioning while avoiding contact sport or activities with a high risk of falling. From about four months gestation, lying supine can slow the return of blood to the heart and is not recommended.

To exercise safely and facilitate OFP it is recommended that a mother walks, spending as much time with her knees away from her spine as possible. Whilst sitting, maintain an upright position with the pelvis slightly forward, not crossing your legs or slouching backwards. When watching TV is a great time to turn a chair backwards and lean over it, any leaning is encouraged and cat-cow on all fours is a great activity to encourage a good position for baby. The knees should be lower than the hips when sitting and neutral positioning during pregnancy involves a slight anterior tilt of the pelvis. Sitting cross-legged or in a butterfly shape on the floor can allow the pelvis to open and promote good positioning of baby. If your baby is not LOA towards the final weeks of pregnancy, avoid movements like squatting, which encourage the baby to descend further into the pelvis. If your baby is LOA, then squatting with good form (hip crease below knee crease) is a great idea and can help the mother build strength and stamina for an active labour.

Always aim to sleep on your left side.

Prenatal actions and exercises can have a significant effect on labour outcomes, especially in regard to OFP. From 36 weeks gestation, women should do all they can to encourage the optimal position. If baby achieves this then labour can be a straight forward event that leads to a positive birthing experience for all.

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Take three deep breaths, straighten your spine, lift your chest up and roll those mumma shoulders back.

I want you to IMAGINE waking up in the morning, rolling over to smile and eye gaze with your baby. Imagine then taking a few deep breaths to set an intention for your day, then after a quick stretch feeling ready to commence your days activities.

You feel nourished by the food in your home, usually saited and occasionally hungry. Your emotional state is one of flow and you have energy to chase after your little ones, to thrive each day and to move your body well.

The days in which you choose to train, you listen to your body. You have great posture, glowing skin and you have made your own and your families well being the priority.

You have great, loving sex with your partner and understand your pelvic floor. You feel empowered by growing a baby and by raising your child in a holistic mannor, using exercise to give you even more energy and create a sense of self care.

You feel strong, lean, fit and healthy.

Now, babe, I want you to think about how you currently feel. There's no judgement here, just an honest appraisal. Do you wake with enthusiasm despite breastfeeding several times over night or due you constantly feel lethargic and sluggish? Does your posture reflect how you want to feel? Or do you hunch your shoulders forward? Do you feel exhausted at the thought of playing physically with your children? Do you suffer from abdominal separation? Does your pelvic floor feel weak? Do you feel as though you move with purpose?

Make a list if you wish, of how you want to feel and how you feel right now. Compare. If you need to make some changes then my 8 week online program is for you. Complete three workouts each week from the comfort of your own home then in 8 weeks time repeat this exercise.

I've got you, Mumma xx


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Kodah's Birth - by Natalie

"...even on "the day" I was not going to be sure that what I was feeling was anything significant.

I messaged my beautiful doula, Ariel, who trusted my gut instinct more than I did and drove down to see how the day panned out.

Not much was happening really so she suggested we we walked, we walked our hilly streets and I knew if these contractions didnt pick up then "today would not be the day." We returned home and I got back on the birthing ball and bounced through each increasing contraction. It was becoming more obvious that today was different. Ariel reminded me that pre labour could take days and there was every chance I was going to be sleeping in my own bed tonight* here I was prepared for a long labour. Contractions increasing and I zoned out and let my body do what it was made to do. I made sounds that only a woman in labour can make. Dinner rolled around and I was thinkingto myself how could I get through a night like this...I'd be exhausted! Eventually following a moan of "I don't think I can do this anymore" Ariel said yep it's time to head to the hospital!

The car drive was intense. I could only cope on all fours in the backseat at this point but luckily my screams were all the encouragement Alex needed to get to the hospital in record time. They rolled out a wheelchair which I reluctantly sat in...I'd rather have walked through the pain than sit on a chair with all that pressure, but I listened to the doctor and sat my arse down as she got me up to the delivery suite. "Would you like to try the gas sweetheart?" kindly asked a midwife. "No thank you" I responded when I was really thinking what do you think gas is going to do at this point!

They did my vitals and internal checks. They were shocked to find I was fully dilated and ready to push! "You have done so well!" everyone encouraged as I shouted " I cant do this anymore!" "But you're already doing it!" they replied...hmmm they were right I was doing it...drug body knew what it was doing. I pushed through a few contractions on my knees until my waters broke with the biggest gush I have ever heard! And with that his little head descended and it was go time!

Unfortunately my boy had done a poo inside me and wasnt enjoying the final part of his descent. His heart rate dropped and my OBGYN  who had just made it from a birth at Frankston with 10minutes to spare told me I needed to flip onto my back because we needed to get this baby out. Being on my back was hell but my baby was in distress and I trusted my obgyn with all I had. There was no playing around. I pushed through each contraction and made progress with every one. Finally my obgyn said this was my last chance to get him out myself or she would do an episiotomy. Hell no was I getting cut. I put all I had left into pushing and with my final 3 pushes my baby boy was in my arms.

He cried and his big blue eyes were wide as we both met for the first time. He looked just like his daddy and I instantly was head over heels in love. One week ago I didn't know how much love I could truly have for my son. One week ago I didn't know that his cry would make me weak, his eyes would touch my soul, his touch would warm my entire self. 

One week ago I didnt know the strength I would have to bring my baby into this world. One week ago I didnt know how much my life was about to be forever changed and my heart was to be filled with a love that only a mother could understand.

...All in all I had only 5 hours of active labour and pushing. At 8.21pm last week, 8pounds of pure perfection was placed skin to skin on my chest and my world felt complete. It was intense, raw and wild and every bit worth it." 

*It was becoming more apparent to me that Natalie's labour was progressing perfectly, it seemed to be textbook, but she was worried about not being able to cope with pain. As she was breathing so beautifully through each contraction I trusted that the best place to be was at home until her contractions were under 5min apart and lasting 60-90seconds.

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Limiting Waste

Something really important to me is reducing a negative impact on the earth. I try my best to treat Mumma nature as if she were the most magical home….because she is.

Some ways that I try to look after the earth include;

  • picking up rubbish when I see it
  • not allowing my children to have plastic toys
  • not buying plastic
  • eating a vegan diet that consists of local, sustainable and seasonal produce
  • not supporting brands that are considered “Giants” and unethical (Nestle and MacDonalds etc)
  • buying plants, linen and biodegradable things
  • turning off taps, electricity switches and lights
  • using carry bags, my own cups and bamboo straws
  • fixing my things rather than replacing them
  • when babies were little we used cloth nappies 
  • donate things to the salvos or re gift things we don't use or need
  • use biodegradable bin liners
  • invest in a good drink bottle and coffee keep cup 

However, it isn't always easy to be environmentally conscious and I find that we do produce quite a lot of waste. 

It’s hard to be organised enough to shop at the bulk food stores, though I know once we move I can get into a better routine. 

And my hope is to visit farmers markets more regularly, planning our meals once we have shopped so that we can eat a little more seasonally.

It is important to me to live a life that is cruelty free, and a positive if any impact on the environment. Being prepared and in a routine will be key for me this year, so that I can produce minimal waste and feel good about my purchasing power.

“Every dollar you spend is a vote for the type of world you want to live in.”

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Lifestyle Planning

This is mostly about cleaning, guy's I have OCD and clean obsessively which everyone tells me is  a ridiculous expectation with three children but hey?!

Each day at home I sweep, make the beds, walk Marli, clean the kitchen (washing dishes is my fave!) and clean the toilet thanks to my 6 year old with terrible aim. I keep the bedrooms clean and clear to promote good sleep.

This was all before the five of us moved into one bedroom at Eric's dad's now my space is a little more cluttered, and my timetable a little less structured. Currently, in fact we are house sitting in Olinda/Kallista, then I'm in Byron for a week then June is Bali month! Eric is going away for Regionals to Sydney in there too.

I’ve broken my week down, monthly tasks and then a yearly roster.

Monday - Grocery Shop

Tuesday - sweep/vac/mop, load of washing, bake/cook a big meal like vegan ravioli

Wednesday - minimal housework, wash everyones hair

Thursday - garden (clean dog poo), clean all rooms, load of washing

Friday - small groceries shop, washing and general tidy

Saturday - relax

Sunday - bins out, bake/cook, plan clothes for the week

Monthly - waxing/beauty appointments, birthday shopping, events organisation/babysitting, washing bed sheets, shaving E’s head (which now I dont do, as he's cut it all off :()

January - garage sale, go through cupboards

February - clean the skirting boards

March - clean the windows

April - clean out closets for updating winter and bigger clothes

May - rearrange and deep clean the lounge (couch covers dry cleaned)

June - toy rotation

July - dry clean bed covers and flip mattresses, move rooms around

August - clean out closets for spring

September - toy rotation

October - clean the walls

November - clean out closets for updating summer and bigger clothes

December - prepare for Christmas i.e making gifts

At the start of the year it’s important to note important dates, events, birthdays and planned holidays down. Now I am also in the habit of marking school dates down too.

It's almost birthday season for us, and we have lots of travel coming up. I also have to factor in my birth clients and business expenses (like the dreaded BAS & insurance).

Things must be organised for me to fit in time for myself, so that I can show up for my family and clients as the best version of me. This year has been a little more bumpy than mornal, but I feel on the verge of a breakthrough ...after several breakdowns!

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Meal Planning

This amazing Mama has helped me so much along vegan meal planning for myself and the kids, her instagram is an endless source of inspiration and pure love:

So, most of you know that Eric usually cooks in our house and I usually bake. Often my baking ends up on the floor or as a total disaster…I am a fabulous combination of a perfectionist and a rebel who doesn't like to follow instructions!

But my daily meals usually follow this structure:

  • 4.45am lemon water
  • 5am coffee + medicinal mushrooms
  • 8.15am tofu scramble with spinach, tomato, mushrooms on one slice of avo toast
  • 8.30-9.30am another coffee
  • 12pm lunch is usually a salad wrap with sauerkraut and roast pumpkin on the side, for additional protein we add lentils
  • 3pm kombucha
  • 6pm dinner (sometimes at 4.30pm, sometimes as late as 8pm) usually rice and stir fry or curry

Each day I drink between two and three litres of water and sometimes I will snack on fruit or have a smoothie bowl instead of a lunch or dinner meal.

I’ve been baking something for River to take to school, and will be preparing some fritters and additional savoury snacks for energy at school. All of the kids eat like this:

  • First Breakfast is oats with chia seeds, frozen berries, cinnamon, coconut milk and peanut butter
  • Second Breakfast is usually a slice of avocado toast
  • Fruit and chopped vegetables make up snacks
  • Lunch and dinner is the same as us with some popcorn, nuts and dried fruit for an afternoon snack

When we are organised, our weekly shop has minimal waste, costs less than $300 and is all organic and seasonal.

For gut health we eat fermented foods like saurkraut and kim chi, drink kombucha and use pre and probiotic supplements. None of my children have ever had antibiotics. For anti-inflammatory benefits we add cinnamon and turmeric to our food, as well as chia seeds. For aditional calcium we add sesame seeds and we snack on different nuts daily. We take B12 supplements daily and I take iron with my moon cycle, I also take Biocueticals Ultra Muscle Ease daily to help with training and sleep.

I was reading through last years food journal, I don't keep one often but it is so great to see how far I have come. Last year, Eric and I were eating chips I was also eating a twilight (vegan mars bar) almost every day and having between 3-4 large lattes. I don't eat chips or chocolate anymore, opting for some popcorn instead, and limit myself to two coffees.

The biggest challenge as a CrossFit coach, athlete and mumma is to maintain energy levels and nutritional requirements while balancing my attitudes towards food and body image. Eric wants me to gain a few kilos of muscle mass to help my strength, while I refuse to put on weight! A little bout of exhaustion//burn out saw me lose 6kg in two weeks and this had a major effect on my performance in the CrossFit Open...not that I'm looking to compete...I've still done so much better than in previous years and had a LOT of FUN competing within our box community.

I have been the nutritionist that teaches people HOW to eat, and I am looking into creating some more structured nutritional guidance for our athletes, especially those that are REALLY looking to compete in CrossFit and those athletes that are looking to lose a few kilos to help with their performance, as well as breastfeeding mummas and you know...everyone else ;)




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Why CrossFit, mumma?

Members of great community-style gyms have a healthy support system. In the CrossFit world, it’s not just a place to work out…it’s a community, a support system, and an accountability mechanism.

When you constantly move in any given way, you train your brain, nervous system and musculature to be in a certain position. Therefore practice makes permanent not perfect, and this is why we prioritise movement quality and function over quantity. I certainly don’t think we are the only CrossFit box to prioritise quality over intensity, though we have a very educated and informed coaching team, who’s message stays consistent and clear.

We need to create an environment that allows us to easily prioritise wellness. It should be easy for us to train, whether at home or at the gym. That is why I created CrossFit Mummas, to allow the mummas in my community access to a family friendly gym, an opportunity for training WITH children, for them to take breastfeeding breaks, where nappy changing and toilet training is normal and given attention to, where I can model peaceful parenting and a vegan lifestyle. Not necessarily to teach other mum’s how to parent, but to allow for a new normal.

It should be easy and sustainable to eat well. We have so much access too whole foods, there is so much information about how to cook food, bake and meal prepare in advance that we literally do not need fast food. I assure you it’s far cheaper to buy and create your own organic meals than to buy “fast food” and that there are wonderful places to actually dine on the days where you want to eat out.

For a healthier future generation, broad social change must start in our youth. It is on us, as parents to lead societal changes toward healthier habits. To lead by example and incorporate health, wellness and fitness into our lives each day in front of our children. To counter current poor habits like technology addiction, inactivity, and inadequate nutrition.

The most efficient and effective way to achieving a better body composition and physique is proper nutrition and higher effort strength training. Unfortunately you cannot CrossFit your way out of a poor or inadequate diet and achieve performance or a physique that reflects your hard work, the cool thing about CrossFit, though, is that it doesn't matter if you do not have an “ideal” body composition…you can still be strong as fcuk or a body weight ninja! As my practice is all about health, my focus is on what I can do and the self acceptance that comes with feeling a certain way, able to achieve my movement goals and yeah sure looking fit helps me feel good!


“I lift because I am and because it’s part of a mission to change the world’s understanding of it’s potential.”

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