Food, fitness and wellbeing has been a huge part of my life the last couple of years and – so I did what every half talented minor out there with a computer did – I started a blog. Read my first blog post >> HERE. 


It started off as something personal for myself and has now grown into my passion.  I learnt that people weren’t interested in the sugar coated glossy fitspo crap and more about relating to other people’s personal struggles and real life issues. I didn’t realise how many people were experiencing the same things as me and thought that no matter what I wrote there was someone I could help or relate to. This is why I get so much out of my blog too.


So 12 months on, what is Kale and the Kettlebell really about? What have I achieved in opening my soul to a bunch of randoms over the global internet? What should you read my blog as opposed to one of the other thousand health and fitness blogs popping up each day? Well I’ve got you reading this far so I must be doing something half right!!


I wanted my blog to be delicious. A journal for my recipes online so everyone can share my goodness. Also because I got tired of hand writing (yes …) out the millions of recipes I came across on the net and then spilling coffee on them. Oh and practically gave myself an RSI from print screening drool worthy creations on my phone. Actually I still do that who am I kidding? Print screen is the best feature on the iPhone. Or is it the selfie cam? haha


I wanted my blog to be inspiring. You know what you are lying in bed thinking you should get up, kick goals, work out or do something productive but don’t and then you see some inspirational quote or absolute babe and boom your up and atem (at em?). Or maybe some inspiration for myself to do exactly that – get shit done!


I wanted my blog to be creative. Not just 1 cup of this, 12 push ups that. I wanted it to be quirky and expressive. Probably half the reason I don’t spell check (Rob’s mum is an editor and I can just feel her cringe at once glance of my post) or try to over write each post because I want it to be from the heart, a bit random, fun and just like me. I wanted to share stories, be weird and make people laugh. The more ‘me’ I allowed my blog to be the more I discovered about myself.


I wanted my blog to be honest. There are a lot of blogs out there and articles you read where you just feel miserable after because the people seem invincible and perfect. People who never have bad days, are always looking immaculate, abs and tans every day of the year and cocktails always in hand, no tears in sight. Well let me just tell you I have bad days, I cry, I throw it all in, I never look immaculate, I don’t have abs and I certainly don’t spend my life drinking cocktails or doing yoga poses. I used to struggle with my thoughts, my weight and overall happiness with myself. You wouldn’t have known it because I never wrote about it until recently but everyone has a daily struggle.


Yes there have been times that have been far from successful or pretty. There are times where I haven’t thought that highly of myself or the blog.  I’ve wanted to delete it. Change my name. Start fresh. Be anonymous. But if you can’t stop thinking about it then don’t stop fighting for it right? I decided to keep going and the more people commented on how much they love it and how inspired they are by the way I write the more into it I got. Fair to say my blog and I went to second base ;) One lovely girl said she has recently lost 15kg and every time she felt like giving up she would read my blog. Another said she stayed up for hours one night reading it without realising the time because she was so intrigued and engulfed by my writing. Companies contacted me saying how much they loved my pages and zest for life (no I do not promote companies no matter how much free stuff they offer – I only promote what I love and works for me.) No skinny tea and teeth whitening here… Although my teeth could do with some whitening…. Anyone? Just kidding.


Have I changed as a person in the last year? You know it. The blog has made me more open and verbal about my love for health and fitness and made me stumble across some amazing fit people that inspire me along the way. The two biggest and hardest things are CHANGE and BALANCE. No one likes change and trying to find balance can also be much harder than you think.



Balance… ahh the word that we all suck at the most. I am an all or nothing person and so balance is a biggie with me. Learn how to stay up late in high heels drinking cocktails with friends on a Saturday and then go for a walk and have a green smoothie on Sunday morning. I have adapted from the 90% 10% to a more 70-30 as of late and my mind and body is better for it. I eat healthy and green to nourish and fuel my body and I eat chocolate to nourish and fuel my smile and brain! Balance is the most important part of life and a lot of people spend their whole life struggling to find it. Whether it be family, friends, work, hobbies, fitness … Anything. Find your balance.

silly season


I used to think exercise was just a way to work off the bad food I ate. The gym was a chore for me, something that I HAD to do and not necessarily enjoyed. I would dread going to Attack but knew it meant I could eat cake later. I would workout for an hour plus each time and not be satisfied unless I broke decent sweat. Phwwwooooah have things have changed. Now exercise is just a part of my life, something I love and not a chore. I now workout much, much less (well pretty non existent at the moment to be completely honest) and  allow myself to rest. I also found enjoyment in the non-sweaty/vigorous styles of exercise like yoga, pilates and just simply walking. Because exercise doesn’t have to be all sweat and tears.

plank 1


Uhh oh! I wrote a whole post on food relationships >> HERE as this is such a big issue in our modern society. This balance took me the longest to realise because your relationship with food can be a serious addiction. I saw food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. I cut out all the ‘bad’ food and restricted food groups, made food diaries, counted calories and cut carbs. Yikes i know!! Well glad those days are over.  I learnt to eat when I was hungry not at a certain hour. I stopped punishing myself for eating bad food. I started eating foods that were enjoyable to eat and nourishing for my body and foods that I craved and liked. I learnt to eat slowly and mindfully and to enjoy every mouthful.



I have also learnt to love myself and I can’t “stress” how much this has helped me both physically and mentally. My body is an amazing machine and I wasn’t giving it enough credit or love. Even at my lowest weight I wasn’t happy and this constant stress made my cortisol levels increase (off the rikta) which caused a world of hormonal issues. I carry my weight around my stomach like a 4 year old running around the pool with a turtle ring floatation device. But I learnt that excessive tummy fat is due to high stress levels and my mental state was making me retain that fat no matter how hard I tried to remove it. Go figure. I stopped caring about what other people thought of me and learnt to love myself. Because this is MY life. Only I can live it and caring about what others think only makes me insecure and hold back.



Well I think quitting my job, selling my car and bed and flying across the world speaks for itself with this? The more people I meet along the way, the more I realise what a huge and BRAVE thing I am doing. There is so much of the world I haven’t seen and cannot wait to experience it. Even if you can’t travel as often as you like just book a weekend away to somewhere you haven’t been. Because travel is the only thing in life you can buy that will make your richer…

bucket list

What’s in the pipes for Kale and the Kettlebell over the next year? More change? More balance? Eeeeeek!!! Who knows? At the moment I am traveling the world and experiencing what hidden treasures (and food) is out there. When I reside in London after Christmas I will start a new and more routined style of life and find my new locals for the daily grind. So far the black truffle in England’s lane, Camden is my fave Bonsoy flatty. Oh and when the money tree stops growing i’ll have to get a job right?


I will always be passionate about my blog and health and fitness … Because I am here to live long and happily. This little lady is going to be rocking those push ups (ok maybe only savasanas) when she’s 80! Because a body treated well – is a body for life!

Watch this space





This post not only marks my 100th blog post so far (thank you, thank you) BUT also the start of the latest part of my blog – TRAVEL!!

First on the list – CANBERRA OF COURSE!! When you google things to do in Canberra you will be bombarded by memorials, museums and galleries to visit BUT is this really the best that Canberra has to offer? Continue reading “YOU HAVEN’T SEEN CANBERRA UNTIL YOU HAVE…”


My partner recently got a severe super bug infection in his elbow after knocking (or rather stabbing) a rusty nail at work. The last 5 days have been spent in and out of hospital, with minimal sleep, not the usual nutritious food and plenty of processed sugars… sorry body! Continue reading “IMMUNE BOOSTING REMEDIES”


Ok so this is a bit of a controversial topic and depending on what you read you will get a variety of different opinions and answers. Well it’s the case with every topic right? Eat this, don’t eat that. Take this, don’t take that. Continue reading “HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO I NEED?”


When it comes to eating healthy and working out, I rarely fall off the bandwagon. My daily routine consists of leafy greens, my morning coffee, sweaty gym sessions, stretching (and of course sitting on my bum 9-5… yes it’s not all lululemon and relaxing) But despite being a health nut/gym rat, there is one thing that has always stumped me… What to eat before and after a workout? and when? Continue reading “EATING BEFORE AND AFTER A WORKOUT?”


I’m very excited to say that Lauren Hunter has kindly nominated me for the Liebster Award. Go and have a look at her gorgeous blog: Taste Tingle https://tastetingle.wordpress.com/. I wasn’t really sure what the Liebster Award is at first, but it’s basically a good way to promote both your own and your favourite blogs! Continue reading “LIEBSTER AWARD; 10 QUESTIONS”


Rainy hump day and time for some bloggin’. I get asked A LOT about what I eat on a daily basis and if I eat sweets, ‘junk foods’ or follow any particular diet. I love being an inspiration to people and helping them with some meal, healthy snacks and recipes to kick start their healthy lifestyle…BUT (yes ladies there is always a but… and a bigger one if you squat hehe) the biggest thing that we all need to understand is that EVERYONE is different. Even if you eat exactly what I did – you WILL have a different outcome or result.

Some people have intolerances and allergies to certain food groups. Some people cut out meat or dairy based on religion, their upbringing or lifestyle beliefs. Some people eat strict meal plans based on their specific training or athletic regimes. Some people eat raw to cure disease or internal health issues and others just cant digest things the way the rest of us can. (without looking 5 months pregnant overnight that is) So what does this mean? Just because the person next to us or on social media is eating a certain meal or food doesn’t mean that it is the best option for OUR body. And if someone for some reason chooses not to eat a certain thing – don’t think its the newest fad and copy them. You never know what their story is and everyone’s body is different.

Elvis-Oats1-WM-BlogCheck out my PIMP YOUR PORRIDGE POST HERE


These days people (myself included) get so caught up in social media and fad diets that we forget to nourish our bodies properly. We only get one chance to build our body and fuel it correctly – Don’t stop eating  fruit because you are concerned with its natural sugar content. If you cut fruit out of your diet you would be denying your body of so many nutrients and minerals not to mention tasty fruity goodness. And a chocolate bar and piece are fruit are just not comparable. Trust me – if you don’t have natural sugars in your day you will end up grabbing that chocolate at the end of the day!

Don’t think that going gluten free, paleo or vegetarian is the ‘cool’ thing to do. I bet so many people with actual coeliac disease would love nothing more than biting into a huge piece of sourdough toast but they simply can’t. But for some reason that doesn’t stop the majority of us self diagnosing and restricting foods. The hottest and ‘raddest’ thing out there these days – “is to find what works for you”. Be you. Be unique! Eat everything in moderation. Enjoy burgers and chocolate, cheese platters and wine, bowls of spaghetti and garlic bread – just remember to also eat your greens, get your daily 5 vegetables and 2 pieces of fruit EVERYDAY and most of all just make healthy and smart choices. Life is too short to be restrictive and unbalanced.


Flat belly fruit smoothie recipe HERE

I love to eat yoghurt and refuse to CUT OUT any particular food group, especially dairy. (ummmm feta, goats cheese, cheddar, milk, yoghurt) For me yoghurt is full of probiotics and healthy gut properties that help settle any digestion discomfort I have. What about meat or grains? I love red and white meat – honestly I would struggle to go a day vegetarian and I love rice, toast, oats and quinoa too much to cut the grain. Our body needs carbs >>BLOG POST HERE on Carbs and their benefits.

pb banana breadPeanut butter on banana bread recipe HERE

We are told to eat ‘clean’ and ‘wholesome’ foods so we stop eating supermarket artificial crap. But then we are told to not eat grains or dairy because our ancestors lived that way – so we cut everything but fruit, vegetables and meat. Sarah Wilson tells us to restrict sugar and fruit – so now all we are eating is meat and greens. Vegetarian and vegan diets tell us to eliminate all meat and animal products so now all we are left with is … greens. If we listened to everyone we wouldn’t be able to eat any more than a large bowl of sautéed kale… no wait the raw diet restricts us cooking or heating food over 40 degrees so make that a glass of raw kale. And we all know this isn’t a healthy balance. Find your balance – and enjoy what makes your body work.

avo strawberry toast

Pimp your Avo toast post HERE




Nuts are an essential part of an everyday healthy diet. They are popular substitutes for many things in the raw, vegan and paleo diets and lifestyles such as almond flour, macadamia milk and cashew cheese … the options are endless. I guarantee you will struggle to find a wholesome healthy recipe that doesn’t include some nuts in the ingredient list and for good reason. Nuts are tasty, loaded with good fat, protein, fiber, nutrients and phytochemicals that are heart healthy and good for the waistline. Barring allergies, there aren’t many reasons not to include nuts in your diet.

Personally I am a peanut and almond gal. Peanut butter all day long and love a handful of almonds. But there are so many nuts out there each with their own benefit to your health and beauty inside and out. BUT like all good things they should be eaten in moderation. Ever heard the line – “30gms of nuts” – as your daily limit. That is great if you pre package all of your nuts into 30 gm portions (sorry but who has time for this?) or carry a little food scales in your hand bag (I already get enough weird looks for my million containers and healthy foods thanks).

Fun Fact: People who eat nuts generally weigh less than those who don’t.


So you ask – what does 30 gms of nuts look like ? Can’t they just say 30 nuts. The answer to this is NO! Because all nuts have a different weight and daily intake recommendation and this also depends on how active you are too. So I ask again what does 30gms of nuts look like and what are the daily recommendations in nuts please not grams?


Daily recommendation of 30 gms of nuts is equal to…

24 almonds

2 Tablespoons of Peanut butter

9 brazil nuts

22 cashews

21 pecan halves

157 pine nuts

49 pistachios

13 walnuts

22 hazelnuts


If you are not a nut addict and are wanting to add more nuts to your diet. Here are 7 ways you can do just that.

  1. Make a granola to have for breakfast or on yoghurt for morning tea/dessert. > Granola Recipe HERE
  2. Enjoy them as a mid-day snack to help curb your appetite. > snack ideas HEREvanilla nut raw balls
  3. Sprinkle them on stirfry’s, salads, soups and casseroles. Nasi Goreng recipe HERE
  4. Enjoy the extra crunch on your porridge > RECIPE HERE or avo toast > RECIPE HERE nourishing-muesli
  5. Make them the base of a personalized trail mix – add seeds, raisins and other dried fruit
  6. Try nut butters like almond and cashew as an alternative to peanut butterpb banana bread
  7. Try nut oils to add to dressings or cook with such as; walnut, almond or peanut oil

Don’t forgot to eat your nuts – just don’t get too nuts about it!

“everything in moderation”