Finding a happy balance with my weight

When I wrote the piece about boxing, a key to a happy life, I didn’t expect it to turn into a piece about my weight in high school. But it has. I have always been embarrassed about the way I looked in high school. I felt like I was a heifer. But looking back I wasn't “fat” at all. How I felt and what the reality were two very different things.

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Boxing, the key to a happy life

I have tried most sports. I love to be challenged but it wasn’t always that way. In high school, I was that big-boned (aka fat) kid. I loved my food and sugar but what I didn’t realise at the time was that I was eating my feelings. 

Just after high school, I knew I needed to make a commitment to exercise so I bought some exercise videos from one of those Morning Show infomercials. I chose Tae Bo - an at-home workout I could do anytime.


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The delicious devil

Sugar. Sweet, sweet sugar. I truly believe sugar is the DEEEELICIOUS devil. I have always been a sugar lover. 

In fact, I am the first to admit, I, Jacintha Akkerman, AM A SUGAR ADDICT. For me, sugar is like crack. I eat one piece and it turns to one block, two blocks. You know the delicious story. Then it’s like my body can’t stop. I crave it. I eat it. I eat more. Then I get grumpy.

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Organic Banana & Maple Cake by Vitality and More (Arzu)

When Instagram launched, we all discovered a new platform to connect with like-minded people. I have found some genuine friendships that I will call forever friends and Arzu (AKA @vitalityandmore) is one of them. They say a picture says 1000 words and Arzu's feed would say a billion.

From the moment I laid eyes on her delicious creations I knew she was a special human. Her motto is "I'm here to inspire and be inspired", and that she most certainly does.

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Tahini Swirl Brownies by Jessica Sepel

These sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free Tahini Swirl Brownies are so good… You won’t even believe they’re healthy! Raw cacao powder and rich dark chocolate are full of antioxidants and magnesium, plus coconut flour and chia seeds give an extra boost of healthy fats and omega-3s, making this a sweet treat that’s equally nutritious and delicious! Enjoy as a healthy 4-5pm snack or after dinner treat!

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Breaking away from the dark hole

I can feel myself seep into a dark hole cause my mind becomes super negative. My mood changes. My self talk is horrible. I stay indoors more. I’m usually a carer, but I don’t want to help other people and try to avoid them. I take everything personally and feel attacked. I live in the digital world and scroll social media relentlessly.

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Why Gratitude is the key to life

We get caught up in so much BS that is so insignificant in this life. “He said this”, “she said that”. But at the end of the day, does it really matter? There are people in this world that can't walk. People who can't talk. People who have no money. People who don't have a home. And we are worried about what "so and so" said?! It's almost like we create drama in our own minds because we are so scared of being in the present moment.

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How stepping into the spotlight healed my shame

by Sita Huber

I know I ‘m lucky to have been given this opportunity. But it didn’t fall in my lap, nor did it happen overnight. In fact, I nurtured the hell out of every inch of this wild and wondrous journey.

Making any tv show, as it turns out, is no small feat. It's a combination of exact science, and going with the flow at a level that just kind of makes your ‘I wish I could control this’ mind do a head spin. It’s not for the faint of heart, or those of us with say, unresolved anxiety and shame issues.

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Healthy Banana Bread

Axel is a carb lover and can eat up to five pieces of bread a day (not kidding). As he is a busy little bee, he needs plenty of nutrition for energy  I don't love him having so much bread, in fact, I don't love him having too many processed foods.

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My Struggle with Meditation

So, knowing this, why do I struggle with meditation? I have read for years about the benefits of meditating. I have dabbled in it on and off for years. But you know what my issue is? Meditating is about putting yourself first, something I (and many mums and others) struggle to do. 

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