Vegan Sheppard's Pie

Friday, 3 February 2017

Simple is always a must in my kitchen and this vegan Sheppard's Pie makes me and my family very very HAPPY. It's also the perfect dish for meal prepping and it provides you and your family with goodies your body needs. Quoted by more people than I can count: "This is better than any Sheppard's Pie I've ever eaten!" AND it's Rexie's favourite! Woohoo! Enjoy lovely friends. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

My Go To Banana Bread

🌴🍌 Here's my go to Banana Bread recipe: super easy and everyone LOVES it including little Rexie!! 🍌🌴 We take it on all our road trips and it's a great recipe to whip up of an evening so you've got something yummy to go to the next day. 


Eat Well, Feel Well - My Balanced Approach

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Food can be a beautiful thing. It can fuel our bodies, allow us to bond, and it can bring joy into our lives. However, it can also have the opposite effect if we do not approach food in a way our lifestlye can manage. Food is a very personal thing and what may be great for one person may not be suitable or the next person's cup of tea.

I've decided to share my personal food diary with you all so you can get a more detailed picture of my lifestyle. When reading this food diary - keep in mind I am breastfeeding my son approximately 3 times per day so I need an additional 300 calories, and I also exercise on a regular basis as you can see on my Instagram (@activewithd).



PELVIC FLOOR AND CORE EXERCISE PROGRAM - LEVEL ONE

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Correctly laying a firm foundation is paramount to being able to live an active lifestyle.  Taking the time now will enable you to choose the intensity you wish to live life with the knowledge that you are strong from the INSIDE out! #sayYES

Welcome to LEVEL ONE - PELVIC FLOOR AND CORE EXERCISE PROGRAM

Whilst this program focuses on the Pelvic Floor and Deep Inner Core muscles, the exercises are a great place to start your recovery if you also suffer from diastasis recti (abdominal separation). Diastasis recti is the separation of the outer rectus abdominis or '6 pack' muscles that can occur during and even after pregnancy. Pelvic floor exercises can be completed during pregnancy however, this following program does not offer modifications required for pregnancy.



How to Find your Pelvic Floor - My Journey

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Prior to becoming pregnant, I was all about being strong and feeling strong.  Whether it was climbing ropes, leg pressing 330kg or squatting over 110kg.  Did I consider my pelvic floor? In all honesty, as long as I wasn't wetting myself, the answer was, "No, I did not!" Jump forward and with a 14 month old son, why now?

As a Personal Trainer specialising in Women's Health, I have always been about strength and health over shape and size. However, since going through pregnancy and the postpartum period, I am now a staunch advocate of knowing your own body INSIDE and out. Having a six pack has no link to how strong our pelvic floor and core are.  Outside, we might look great but internally we could be bearing down or heading towards a prolapse in our future.

Relaxing upper body stretches

Wednesday, 17 August 2016


And here they are! My life saving stretches are now on paper (your screen) 
These 17 easy stretches have kept me upright and avoiding the humpback of Notre Dame look. I hold each stretch for approximately 10-30 seconds and stretch both sides. All these stretches may be done where ever you wish, yes you may insert your baby into the picture. :) Find more stretches for your whole body in my Pregnancy and Postpartum stretching eGuide.



Kyle's Guacamole Recipe mmmmm (Yep! Stole it from my fiancé) - now my husband

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Avo Addicts - get your taste buds around this bad boy!

I understand avocado addictions are very much an Aussie thing, so I believe it is my duty to share the love!

Plain 'avo' (please say it in our Bogan Aussie Accent) can get boring so mix it up with this recipe and you'll be the 'Guacamole Master'. Only problem you too may end up being the one making it ALL THE TIME. Kyle got sick of ALWAYS making it so he made me learn how using his recipe.


Ingredients/Method


  • 2 avocados, mashed
  • 1/4 medium red onion
  • 1 small tomato, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Salt to taste
  • Combine all ingredients and VOILÀ!

Dip with corn chips, carrots, celery or use any of your favourite dippers! Have on toast for breakfast...the list is endless.

WARNING - Keep out of reach of puppies they love the smell and can easily be tempted!!!


Tropical Island Coconut Rice

Thursday, 30 June 2016

If you're like me and love your rice fluffy, and enjoy the thought of eating this beauty on a tropical island whilst getting a foot massage then I think you'll love my coconut rice recipe!

I'm constantly tweaking my recipes to find that perfect mouthful of yumm but I keep coming back to these 4 ingredients and portions. Would love to hear your thoughts as well ladies.


Serves 6-8 unless you can't help yourself, then it may only be 3 or 4

Ingredients


  • 3 cups rice - rinsed well with cold water 
  • (I usually use medium grain rice, however jasmine rice is lovely as well)
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 cup coconut cream 
  • (You can buy 275ml cans so you're not wasting the left over from the 400ml cans)
  • 3cm piece ginger, peeled and sliced

Method (the easy bit)

Combine all ingredients in a large pot over high heat. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Be sure it's not sticking to the bottom. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Quickly taste your yummy rice because lets face it, you're super hungry right now. Stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
Serve - One for you, two for me. Don't forget to discard the ginger, unless you like the crunch.

Enjoy beautiful friends!

With love

D

Bowling Alley fun!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Rainy days can be tough with little monkeys. The kids go wild and we adults can feel imprisoned in our own home. So this afternoon I left the decision making in my fiancé's hands. To the bowling alley we go!!! PERFECT.


PELVIC FLOOR AND CORE

Sunday, 14 February 2016

~strength & stability~
#thecoretruth



As a mum and a personal trainer, I am all about being and feeling strong and healthy - so we can do the things we want to do without aches and pains and without creating physical problems for ourselves later down the track.  Often this means doing things and getting results that are not visible to others or sometimes even to ourselves, but set us up for great things in the future - our pelvic floor and core being number one!