healthypartygirl.com - Baring Teeth

Can you imagine not smiling for six years? I can. For the six years after I turned 21, I avoided showing my teeth and felt self-conscious smiling, avoiding photos where I was laughing, talking and heaven forbid, smiling. I smiled with my mouth closed in an awkward and unnatural way, and even in photos for social media and professional profiles I refused to bare my teeth.

For years before I even got braces, I avoided being photographed side-on as I hated my profile. Yes, hated. I had an overbite that was pronounced enough that I could fit three fingers in the gap between my top and bottom teeth when my jaw was closed. When I was nine years old it was decided that I would begin the long and costly orthodontic process to correct my overbite and straighten my barely-crooked teeth. Read More →

healthypartygirl - Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls

I don’t know about you but when it gets to 3:30pm, I get hungry. The problem is, mid-morning and mid-afternoon are the best times for me to train, energy-wise. So I’m dealing with an extra energy-depleted body, and the need for me to get something edible into my mouth as quickly as possible after training is pretty high. Hangry, anyone?

Imagine if you could carry around a tasty treat that was going to keep you going until your next meal and help recover from a training session? Even better, imagine if you could just eat cookie dough and choc-coconut balls, no one would judge you, and it would actually be considered a “health food”. This topsy-turvy paradise-like world is actually reality. Read More →

healthypartygirl.com - Buona Pasqua

I love good food, it’s no secret. I love cooking and I love eating, but most of all I love a good occasion. We just scored a four day weekend for Easter and most of the dancers went home to see family for a short trip but we stayed in Brisbane. Since there wasn’t anyone to have over for dinner, we enjoyed a four course Pasqua (Easter) feast, just the two of us.

We enjoyed a restaurant-quality meal at home and it wasn’t difficult or expensive to make, and I bet it has a bunch more nutritive quality than the average restaurant version too. Trigger warning: this meal was affectionately known as Carbapalooza so if you’re on a low carb diet and struggling, do not read on! Read More →

Recently I had a day where I just didn’t feel up to facing the world, so I didn’t. I bailed on Uni, forgot about doing exercise, and revoked any commitment to errands and plans I had made to leaving the house. Importantly, I removed any notion of guilt from circling around when thinking about all the things I “coulda, woulda, shoulda” done.

If you’ve ever taken a mental health day from work or bailed on a party because you “just didn’t feel up to it”, without further explanation then you will know what I mean when I say this; there is usually a reason behind it, even if you haven’t admitted it to yourself yet. Hate your job? Don’t want to run into someone who makes you feel shitty? Whatever it is, stop hiding from it. Make it your Radical Self Love project to listen to what you really need. Read More →

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I have a tendency to keep about twenty or more tabs open in my browser at one time, so I use an app called Pocket to save articles, blogs and videos to read or watch later. It’s a Godsend, except sometimes I don’t have a chance to go back and read all the contents of my “pocket” for a while. There’s some good stuff in there so I thought I’d share some of my favourites now that I’ve had a chance to go through it. Yay, long weekend!

I also found 64 photos of me dancing in the kitchen that my boyfriend took on my iPad so here’s a gif of a few of them. Just hanging out, no makeup, unwashed hair, having a laugh. One of those great moments in life. In the spirit of Self Love Saturday I thought I’d share it even though I’d probably be too self-conscious. Read More →