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Today I celebrate my last birthday of my 40’s.

While most of my 30’s was consumed with the craziness of babies and dealing with post natal depression, insomnia and anxiety that came along for the ride. All the while I managed to nurture my kids as they grew into toddlers, then school-age children (boy didn’t that go fast!).
 

My 40s on the other hand have allowed for more time for personal growth and reflection.
 
My kids are now teenagers, and while I remain ever-present for them, their growing independence has allowed me the space to become more self aware and I realise in my 40’s I’m happier being me despite the changes in how my body looks, the greying hair, the extra wrinkles and the perimenopause symptoms (!)


 I also appreciate being alone with myself and I understand myself better. I care less about what people think of me, if they don’t like me, it’s their problem not mine, and generally feel more confident within myself which makes me feel more powerful.
 
I am blessed with a wide friendship group, but have learnt that friendships change over time. Sometimes they have an expiration date and fizzle away. And that’s OK. But I can now recognise the handful of besties who will always, always have my back. Even if I don’t speak to them all that often, because well #life, I know they’re there as I am for them.
 
I have learnt to cherish the deep scars from events in my life that were difficult or traumatic. They somehow remind me I’m alive and have gifted me my biggest life lessons.
 
As I travel through my 40’s, love, peace and harmony are what I crave. I have no interest in being sucked into someone else’s drama, so I’ve become ace at creating boundaries : )
 
The big one though, is having time for self care and slowly but surely getting better at the art of graciously saying “no” AND not feeling guilty about saying it.

As my children grow older and I can feel their inevitable and natural separation, I realise that nothing is more important to me than them and our precious family unit.

My big goal in life is to stay connected to them. So I’m conscious of making beautiful memories with them, to be present in their lives everyday, and ensure that I look after my health so as I grow older I can keep up with them, show up for them, stay well for them.

Onwards and upwards.

Watch out 50, here I come!

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Brenda x

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Want to know what my most popular recipes were over the last couple of years?

People love the crap out of these recipes it would seem! 

Some I had entirely forgotten about to be honest, happens when you have a blog choc-ful of recipes! 

And a couple which I found, well, surprising! 

In order of popularity, here we go …

  1. Healthy Anzac Biscuits

2. Cauliflower and Potato Soup

3. Date and Cinnamon Muffins 

4. Notella, A Healthy Chocolate Spread

5. Crispy Chicken with Garlicky Potato Cream Sauce

6. 5 minute Apple Cinnamon Bliss Balls 

7. My Favourite Homemade Granola

8. Brenda’s Big Batch Bircher Muesli

9. 17 Sweet and Easy School Lunchbox Recipes

10. Apple Crumble Slice

11. Creamy Cauliflower and Bacon Bake

12. Spinach and Cheese Triangles

13. Oat, Seed and Date Bars

14. Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie

15. Spelt and Buckwheat Pancakes

16. Jam Drops

17. Chewy Choc-Banana Cookies

18. Pumpkin and Root Vegetable Soup

19. Cardamon Spice Cake

20. Savoury Lunchbox Ideas

Is one of your faves listed above?

If not, what are some of your favourite recipes from my blog?

While you’re here, check out my free breakfast ebook below. The recipes will be sure to make your morning’s shine! 

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When it comes to eating greens, it’s not all about kale (believe it or not!)


We all know that eating a diet rich in greens is one of the best things we can do for our health, and as long as we are eating them, we really can’t go wrong. But often we get stuck on just eating our faves, or what’s trending #kale.
 
So here’s a quick reminder of some super valuable greens which pack a powerful punch of nutrition, containing an array of vitamins and minerals which benefit our kids health enormously, as well as having wonderful cleansing and hormonal detoxing effects for those who might be experiencing symptoms like heavy periods, mood swings, anxiety, bloating, weight gain, skin issues, sore muscles and more.
 
Below I’m sharing a list of the Top 5 Greens in terms of nutrient density from the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention. Here we go:
 
1) Watercress – Is a close cousin to cabbage and rocket (arugula) and is the super star of all greens receiving a perfect nutrient density score of 100%!!  It’s delicate and peppery and can be added to your salads or smoothies, and because it’s a winter veg, it’s great to throw into your soups and pastas.

2) Chinese Cabbage – part of the cruciferous vegetable family and great for detoxing and reducing inflammation.  My kids love it in fried rice and it’s really yummy in salad 


3) Chard – Also known as Silverbeet or Swisse chard. In Australia we are mostly familiar with the Fordhook variety which has big white stems and large dark green leaves. Chard is full of anti oxidants and is great in salads, Spanikopita and curries.
 
4) Beet Greens –Don’t throw the leaves of your beets out! They are full of fibre and great for cleansing and are in fact more nutrient dense then the round beet itself! They are yummy in salads, lightly steamed and sautéed, and I also throw into smoothies.
 
5) Spinach – Rich in iron and so restores energy, increases vitality and improves the quality of the blood, and is wonderful for detoxifying. I love it chopped up in salads, added to soups like and smoothies.

Finally, by no means dismiss kale (15th on the list!) and it’s myriad of benefits. I personally love it in my green smoothies, stir fries and scrambled eggs,  and the whole family loves it as Crunchy Kale Chips 

Best wishes,
 
Brenda x

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Anyone else’s kid’s hitting the wall right around now?

Are they exhausted, getting sick, falling apart, over it! It’s such a tough time of year.

Last week my daughter woke up, practically slept walk out of her room with big bags under her eyes and for the first time ever asked if she could have a day off school.

She told me later that day that she was surprised that I agreed to her taking a “wellbeing day” but I explained that I could see that she desperately needed that day, a day away from addition and subtraction, all the noise and school yard politics…

She stayed home and played the piano, watched her favourite shows, ate her favourite food, read books and lazed about all day. By the time evening rolled around she was herself again, pepped up and ready for her nippers training session.

I had given my daughter permission to relax every fibre of her being and, in doing so, reclaim her fight.

And that’s something I’ve found about self-care, we often need someone else to jump-start it for us.

Giving ourselves permission — to rest, to recharge, to realize self-indulgence isn’t actually self-indulgent at all.

This is a concept I know is especially hard for women.

We ALL need to remember to exhale….we’re all pushed to do too much, we all need a break. Kids and parents alike.

We don’t want our kids to learn from us that they have to work their butts of all the time until they burn out. We want them to tune in to what they really need and grant themselves permission to take a break.

As busy mums though, how do we take time out when we don’t seem to have five minutes to ourselves from sunrise to sunset?

Let me ask you an important question.

Has your busy-ness become the thing that defines you? Has it become a badge of honour?

Our culture has decided that we need to be Wonder Women and so we believe that being busy is what makes us worthy.

We need to SHAKE THIS IDEA OFF!

Because while we remain slaves to our to-do lists and exist in get-it-done mode, we are forgetting to live a meaningful and healthy life meant to be enjoyed.

How do I shake it off though Brenda? Who’s going to get it all done for me?

Well, I suggest you take a good look at your to-do list and make some honest decisions about what’s really non-negotiable and what you can say bye-bye to. Eg: Do you really need to organise those birthday photos into a special album? Or go to that event if no one is going to get hurt by your absence?

And/or..

Find some support in the areas you feel like you could use some help, then decide who you can ask to support you in those areas. Eg: My mum comes over once every fortnight and I never say no to her bringing food for my family which usually lasts a couple days and creates some much needed time and space. Say YES to help!

I’d also love to invite you to join my FREE LIVE WORKSHOP,

WHY YOU NEED TO LEAVE GUILT AT THE DOOR AND EMBRACE SELF-CARE
Learn to love, nourish and respect yourself with these 5 smart habits

I’ll be hosting it with my good friend Naturopath Naomi Judge on the 3rd December at 8.30pm and we’ll be exploring:

  • Where this guilt comes from and why we feel it
  • How lack of self-care creates stress and some serious health issues you shouldn’t ignore
  • How you can get clear on a specific, urgent WHY, your sense of purpose, your capacity to fulfill your mission and do what brings you joy
  • The telltale signs of stress (it’s not necessarily what you may think!)
  • 5 easy ways to create sustainability and resilience in your life so you don’t become ill and burn out
  • Plus time for live Q & A with us at the end

Please share this workshop with your friends, I have a sneaking suspicion they’ll be thanking you later!

Hope to see you there.

Bren x

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