Core Reformer by Raw Pilates

Beautifully appointed in a freshly renovated space, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into your own private world of Pilates!

Advertisements

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of visiting Rachel’s boutique Pilates Reformer studio in Graceville.

Beautifully appointed in a freshly renovated space, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into your own private world of Pilates!

We soon got to work on a core routine that has my abs feeling a bit delicate days later! Rachel has a knack for customising your workout to your personal goals and fitness level. You can complete a challenging workout without feeling overwhelmed or overworked.

The space only caters for intimate group classes, so you can expect a consistent level of attention at each and every class.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

 

Located on aptly named Central Ave, Raw Pilates is walking distance to cafes and coffee shops, making it the perfect Saturday morning routine. Grab a friend, have an all over body shaping workout, then relax with a coffee!

 

 

 

Click here to book your class!

Top: Lorna Jane
Leggings: Lululemon
Sports Bra: Kmart

 

Lexie x

Fodmap Factory

The new year for me started (as I’m sure it did for many others) with a quiet promise to myself to work on my health this year. I didn’t make any determined public resolution Facebook posts about how I’ll get my ultimate dream body in 2015, or sail around the world or earn a billion dollars.

I just took a step back, had a wee think, and realised I really need to get myself back on track.

Because I’m on a fairly restrictive diet, I often find it very hard to find healthy quick fix snacks for when I need an extra little somethin’ for my lunchbox – or when I run out of time to make brekkie. There’s a definite hole in the market where low-FODMAP items are concerned.

Enter Fodmap Factory – a small Aussie company breaking onto the scene with their tiny slabs of deliciousness. I love these little bars! The flavours they offer are unreal – I feel just like a ‘normal’ person with this variety of options.

fodmapfactory-lexieloublog
Salted Caramel bar (with Mimco bag, Quay Eyewear “Stevie” shades, The Dairy phone case & MAC Cosmetics lipstick in “Saint Germain”)

I had a chat with Sage, one half of the FF team to learn more 🙂

Whereabouts in Australia are you based? Are all of the ingredients in Fodmap Factory’s products Australian, or do you use imported goods?

Simon and I are based in Melbourne. We buy all our ingredients from local stores, but they do import some of their goods.

Why did you create Fodmap Factory, and when did it come about?  What is FF most passionate about?

Around 2 years ago I began to get quite sick – basically I had intestinal toxemia and this leaked to other parts of my body. As a result I developed severe allergies, and chronic indigestion, amongst other things! Simon and I would trial foods that I could and could not eat; each “no” food we discovered would leave me sick for up to 4 days!

Fast forward two years and I am in a completely different state; physically, mentally and spiritually. When we look at the food on the shelves (even in health food stores) I see so many foods that are difficult to digest or improperly “food combined” and I think to myself, “no wonder why people are struggling with gastrointestinal issues”. And Fodmap Factory was launched!! We are very strict about only producing foods that can be easily digested by the majority of people, and we have had a lot of success following a low FODMAP diet.

Do yourself and Simon come from a background in food, or was this a completely new venture for you both?

I have a background in health coaching, and cooking for fun. Simon has a background in yoga and personal training, and he is also a qualified physiotherapist. This is our first venture into running a food brand, but we have both been so passionate about helping people gain greater health for as long as we can remember!

What exciting things are yet to come from Fodmap Factory?

Fodmap Factory is going to expand into every part of the grocery aisles, we are going to Low Fodmap everything you need! Head over to our website www.fodmapfactory.com and enter your requests into the flavour generator 🙂

fodmapfactory-lexieloublog

Sage has become quite the inspiration to me in my personal journey to greater health, and you can read her blog and chat to her on her website, which I strongly recommend 🙂

Stay tuned on my Instagram & Facebook feed to see what flavours I try out next!

Lexie x

For more info on the low FODMAP diet, click here.

Nature’s cosmetic surgery

Every year as winter draws to a close, I become more and more excited for Summer to arrive. With this excitement however, brings the realisation that my three months of hot snuggly comfort food and lazy hibernation-style activity brings a three layers of clothing level of oblivion. Last years attempt at a ‘summer body’ has left me, and I need to start from scratch. Okay, maybe worse than scratch… My next fear is more body part specific… the largest body part in fact. My skin! It’s so much harder to keep my skin clear in summer – what with the perspiration, open pores, shaving legs way more often, fake tanning, the list goes on! My saviour came to me in a small green sachet this Summer 🙂

vidaglow
Vida Glow!

I discovered Vida Glow on instagram, now being shared by the likes of instababes such as @mahilamendez and @earthlingpaige. I applied for an ambassadorship and the lovely Vida gals sent me a pack to try. This was the first time I have used a product like this before and I was excited to see what it could do for me 🙂

Vida Glow is an all natural marine collagen, with no nasty artificial ingredients or preservatives. It is tasteless and odourless, making it super easy to add to your smoothies, coffee, or porridge!

I fit Vida Glow into my routine by adding it to my lemon juice and water in the morning, and my drinking water during the day. It’s flavourless, and once stirred into your drink of choice, it disappears!! Brilliant for someone like me who cannot handle supplements or tablets of any kind. It also didn’t upset my (extremely temperamental) digestive system, so it’s nice and gentle on your tummy 🙂 Gluten, dairy, fat, sugar, everything free! All natural, from the beautiful ocean. Nature has so much to offer us! Within a couple of weeks I noticed a change in my hair, and shortly after, my skin as well!  My hair became so soft and light, and my skin was smooth and dewy. Make up application became a breeze, most days I skipped it in favour of a tinted moisturiser.

VidaGlow
Make-up free! Just my eyebrows filled in, and a tinted moisturiser applied with a sponge.

I have also barely straightened my hair in the last couple of months, opting instead to let it hang in natural waves, as the frizz-level was not at a high (thank heavens!!).

vida
Happy hair! Plus clearer & smoother skin 🙂
vida1
Makeup application made so much easier ❤

vida3

I even noticed a difference with my fake tan (both spray, and self applied). There were less dry patches, and the tan lasted a few extra days. Thank you Vida Glow, for easing my Summer woes! For more information check out Vida Glow’s website here and their Instagram for tips and inspo pics!

Lexie x

Ginger Elixir

There’s a not-so-pleasant Christmas tradition that seems to come ’round each festive season – and it’s illness.

On Boxing Day I woke up with a horrid scratchy throat and a limp and weary body. This is definitely a downer after my favourite day of the year 😦

Today I whipped up a ginger elixir to help soothe my scratchy throat, and rejuvenate my doughy bones. It also turned out to be delicious, which sure doesn’t hurt.

To brew up this tasty ginger drank, boil your kettle while slicing 6 thin slices of peeled fresh ginger.

Pop the ginger slices in a large teapot, and fill with the boiled water. Allow the ginger to steep for 5+ minutes.

Add two tablespoons of maple syrup to the teapot and stir well.

Pour into a cute teacup and enjoy!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset