Tag: fitness

#WellnessWithZando – Encouraging a healthy lifestyle


If ever there was an excited little person, it was Zee yesterday (and in the days leading up to yesterday)! A little background: The WellnessWithZando event was scheduled for a week day. It was also the same day that Shawn was attending a full day work event. That meant I could only attend, if Zee could come with. When Lee-ann (who, btw, is the best) from Zando said Zee was welcome to attend, my little girl literally jumped for joy. “Mommy, I’m going to my first blogger event!” 😀

Here she is all warm and ready for #WellnessWithZando. Just look at that excited little face!


Wellness Warehouse and Zando have teamed up to emphasise the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This #WellnessWithZando event saw three speakers – Louise Pitot (eating psychology coach), Stefan Potgieter (CEO Fuel Foods), and Mark Wolff (endurance athlete) – educate us on nutrition and fitness.


The relaxed setting at Wellness Warehouse gave us a proper chance to meet some really lovely bloggers. NeetaZamaTebogoSarahZoeBronwynSamantha – ladies, it was great fun chatting, laughing, and trying out the yummy food and drinks with you! Zee thought you were pretty cool too. 🙂

It was so much fun at our table, I almost missed the chance to have a massage! Two amazing therapists from Rain Africa were there, and the magic in their hands and in those oils was real. I wish that neck and shoulder massage could’ve gone on for an hour or two!


I also had a bit of a fangirl/nerd moment when I met fashion/lifestyle blogger Jade. She’d come from Cape Town with Lee-Ann, as she handles social media for Zando. I’ve followed her blog for years, her pics are always so gorgeous, and she’s just as stunning in reality… so of course, I had to be all weird and like tell her this when I met her. 🙈




There were of course great goody bags too, but I’ll let Zee tell you more about that. Naturally that’s happening over on YouTube. 😀

I hope you enjoy the video!

Just the kick in the head I needed

Last week my doctor told me blood tests had revealed that my insulin level was much higher than it should be. “You’re still young and we caught this early, so we can definitely do something about it,” she said kindly.

Funny thing is, I wasn’t surprised… Well, I was, but not entirely. Last year I fell off the clean eating and fitness wagon… No, it’s more like, I was catapulted so far off the wagon, I was unable to even find the path back. I’ve been struggling for the greater part of 2016, and now the first part of 2017 to get my mind right, and make the changes which I was very much aware needed to be made. So yes, I should’ve expected something like this.

Just typing that, I make myself so angry. How do you knowingly neglect your health like that? How do you allow yourself to become so lazy and lethargic? How are you that stupid? Arghhh!!!

Okay, so being angry and screaming isn’t going to fix this. My doctor’s advice? A low carb eating plan. I misheard her, and a sorrowful groan escaped my throat.”No carbs? But I love carbs!” Even doc had to laugh then, before reassuring me with: “all us women do!”

So that’s where we are right now. Low carb eating plan, huffing and puffing my way through a tiny bit of exercise to start… a lifestyle change.

I think what makes me so mad with myself is that I’ve done this before. Not because of a well-timed kick in the head from a doctor’s appointment, but just because I wanted to. It upsets me that I let go of the really good habits which had started to come so easily, and let things get so out of control.

As we’ve already established though, hanging on to these negative feelings isn’t going to help. So I need to focus on the positive, on what I can do – I can eat right, and bring those insulin levels down. I can work on getting in shape again, and actually being able to enjoy playing soccer outside with Shawn and Zee. I can make this lifestyle change, and make it stick this time.

Also, I’m putting it out there, right here. Knowing that all of you know what I’m supposed to be doing – eating right, getting in those workouts – actually makes it easier for me to stick to this… which is probably why I put off writing this until now. I’ll keep you updated on how things go, recipes I’m trying, etc, once every two weeks, or more frequently if there’s something awesome to share. Wish me well! Eeek…




Cream cheese pancakes and green smoothies anyone?

So in December I bought a new blender, and yesterday I finally started making stuff. 🙂

We (Husband and I) had spent much of the second half of 2016 lamenting our food choices, lack of exercise, and the results thereof. We eventually committed to making changes as soon as we got back from the year end holiday. That didn’t happen, but a week later we seem to be on track.

Hello lovely new blender! I didn’t realise quite how handy you’d be.

I knew I’d use it for smoothies, but now I’ve found all these awesome new healthy recipes, and some of them are pretty much made completely in a blender. Winning.

So here’s what I made yesterday, because like, two whole people asked. 😛

Green Smoothie

This is what went in, to give it that sexy *snort* green colour:

  • Seedless grapes
  • Papaya
  • Banana
  • Spinach
  • Yoghurt (I use Woolworths Ayrshire fat free vanilla, as it’s the only one I enjoy)

It was yummy and filling, and even Husband didn’t mind downing one for breakfast. He even said it tasted pretty good – score!

Cream Cheese Pancakes (Snickerdoodle Crepes) – Low Carb And Gluten Free

This was a first attempt, but it’s such an easy recipe, even I couldn’t mess it up. I was like a very happy child when the pic I posted on instagram was liked by Melissa Sevigny of I Breathe I’m Hungry – it was her recipe I followed.

Here’s the recipe, so you can try them too:


  • Just under 60g cream cheese (it’s like 56,7g once converted from ounces)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar replacement  (I used Xylitol)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Let the batter rest for two minutes, so the bubbles can settle.
  • Grease a hot pan with butter. Pour 1/4 of the batter into the pan, and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the pancake, and cook the other side for 1 minute. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  • Serve with syrup/berries/cheese/ham.

These are so delicious, it’s a little hard to believe they’re so good for you too! As I mentioned on instagram, they’re Zee approved as well. She even asked for more this morning, for breakfast. 🙂

Let me know if you try the recipe, and what you think of them.