This is a guest post by Cassandra from Everyday Good Co - a Melbourne based social enterprise selling everyday sustainable products. Cassandra reached out a while ago, and after chatting for a bit I knew that our values are well aligned. We're both passionate about reducing waste and empowering others to do the same to make living sustainably easier.Once I started looking into the zero waste movement myself and actively taking steps to reduce my waste, I realised it's a lot less of a hassle than I thought it would be in my head. Taking action and small steps can go a long way!
A little while ago I reached out to Emma at Love Tea, a tea company based just outside of Melbourne, designing and selling natural teas inspired by Naturopathy. Love Tea has always been a favourite of mine since my first few days in Melbourne. The first blend I bought was their Raspberry Leaf tea, which I knew would support my cycle - I couldn’t find many other options for cycle support out there and so I kept coming back to Love Tea.
A while ago I started getting into Bikram Yoga - yoga done in a hot room (usually 40°C), always with the same sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. The first class I took was brutal and incredibly challenging. After the class I was pretty sure I wouldn’t go back. Ever. But I did. Once the initial exhaustion wore off I educated myself on the benefits of Bikram Yoga and gave it another go a couple of days later.
I often make slightly different versions of this curry, depending on where in my cycle I am. This one’s a general recipe, including most ingredients, but you could easily leave out the carrot, eggplant and capsicum for example if you’re in your luteal phase or don’t like any of those veggies too much. Or leave out the cauliflower and sweet potato for a curry that’s just right for your ovulatory phase. None of those ingredients is bad for you at any point in your cycle though, so often I just prepare it depending on what I feel like, with the majority of the veggies being ideal for my phase.
In the first part of this series on cycle syncing I covered why and how cycle eating works. Now let’s take a more detailed look at the four different hormonal phases the female body goes through every month, and how each hormonal pattern determines what types of food are most supportive of our body and health.
I change my foods once a week in line with my menstrual cycle. It helps balance my hormones, avoid health issues based on an hormonal imbalance, and it helps me know where exactly I am in my cycle, so I can assess how I feel and act accordingly. I can give my body what it needs because I’ve learnt to read the signs it gives me and I know what it might be missing in terms of nutrients when I can tell that something’s off.
It’s always exciting when you come across a new, young brand that’s totally aligned with your values and that you instantly feel connected to. That’s what happened with rhoeco, a newly established tea company from Greece that produces organic herbal teas to promote well-being while preserving the Earth. rhoeco aims to promote zero waste, choosing ethically sourced goods, and staying away from pointless consumerism.
What are your personal essential routines and rituals for a great day?
It seems like lots of people and blog posts talk about morning routines lately. For a good reason, since we all have a peak performance window in our day during which we get the most done in the most effective and focused way. It’s that time when we don’t let distractions get in the way of accomplishing what we’ve set out to do.
We produce around 6 million tons of coffee waste worldwide each year, most of which ends up in landfills. Australia itself contributes an estimated 75,000 tonnes to that number, and it’s constantly increasing. You just need to do a quick Google search to find that Melbourne’s right at the top of the list for the best coffee in the world, so no wonder we love our coffee. Instead of just drinking it to fuel us in the morning though, we can make even better use of those beans and do good for the planet at the same time.
Who Gives A Crap gives 50% of their profits to charity to build toilets and fund sanitation projects for those who really need it. I talked to Who Gives A Crap’s co-founder Danny about business models that create positive change, overcoming obstacles, and becoming an entrepreneur.
Originally I wanted to title this post ‘how I used to think I ate healthy but really wasn’t’. It’s still a good place to start. About one to two years ago I had some hormone related health issues. Back then I had no idea where they came from or what to do about them. I was pretty sure I was healthy in most ways - I went for morning runs almost every day and ate lots of fruit, salads and veggies. Looking back now I can tell that exactly those things contributed to my issues in big ways.
There is a lot of research on the various benefits of regular exercise and healthy food out there. Quite likely we’ve all heard of at least a few of them, and most of us are probably over this topic in the way it’s usually presented - either because it makes us feel guilty for not eating right or exercising enough, or because we already know a lot about the “official” benefits.
I found Tom when I first moved to Melbourne. I've always been a lover of unconventional hairdressers, avoiding traditional hair salons. Tom's very interesting to talk to. Maybe I'm naturally drawn to unconventional thinkers, but I knew from our conversations that there was a lot of valuable knowledge and interesting insights to be covered.
A day in the life of a startup follows a business from its early stage steps through growth pains and new opportunities to a sustainable, independent enterprise. We go back every few months to document the change happening to provide useful insights and inspiration, sharing direct and real learning opportunities, and empowering entrepreneurs and people wanting to make a change.
Some people, when you ask them about their work, tell you that they’ve been doing the same job for the last 20 years. They’re usually age 40 and above. Ask Johannes about his job and he will tell you the same thing - he’s been doing the same job for the last 20 years. He’s 23.
As bloggers, creative entrepreneurs, and content marketers we’re constantly in search of inspiration for new blog posts, we’re under pressure to writing compelling content, and we’re always hoping to attract new readers. One of the most important factors when it comes to creating engaging blog posts is photography.
While Pinterest is great for discovering products, brands, and collecting ideas, it is also a great place to be discovered yourself. In order to grow your community and build trust with your followers you have to contribute. Pinterest lives of unique visuals.
The power of Pinterest for brands and bloggers is hugely underestimated. Pinterest is inspirational, a great visual bookmarking tool, wonderful for research, collection, and curation. But first of all, Pinterest is the most powerful marketing tool for businesses.
I've created this "inspiration board" to get back into blogging. Sometimes it can feel like such a big task when you've been absent for a while. I didn't know where to start, so after contemplating it for a while I told myself not to overcomplicate things.
From Nelson we went on a day trip to Abel Tasman National Park. We instead spent some time by the beach, reading and relaxing. After a week traveling, a lot of time spent in the car, and sleeping at camping grounds, we actually really felt a lot like relaxing and not doing much at all.
Almost at the Pancake Rocks - the night before was spent in Greymouth, a place where not much is happening. Of course we were craving our usual morning coffee at a nice cafe though, so we started the search through little Greymouth downtown. And we found it.
Franz Josef and Fox glacier are surrounded by rainforest. We didn’t explore the glaciers, but went for a long walk in the forest instead. I loved being in this deep green jungle, it feels exciting and so calming at the same time, especially after rain.
We arrived in Queenstown. It was a beautiful day spent by the lake (a little bit further South that was quiet and with pretty much no one around), relaxing, sleeping, finding stones, soaking up the sun.
The next few posts to follow will be picture heavy - mainly photo stories of my trip through New Zealand when my mum came over to visit this March/April. I love New Zealand - always have. Anyone who has ever been will probably agree with me. It's such a beautiful country, one of the best places to go on a road trip.
Of course I did some research and spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest searching for cool Tokyo coffee shops and vegetarian places before travelling there. However, on the day I went to have lunch and coffee at one of the places I found online it was actually closed. So I kept walking, being freezing cold and desperately in need of a hot cup of (good!) coffee and some heartwarming food. Having your camera out all the time in winter isn't exactly what your hands and fingers long for either. I was lucky when I came across this cute little place called Itonowa.
Another day spent wandering the streets of Tokyo, this time exploring the old suburbs, which felt very much like going back in time ( - back to what I imagine communist times might have felt like). I loved the feel of these streets, being surrounded by weird, random things. So many little alleyways to explore with so many little details.