How to have your Cake/Carbonara/CARBS and eat them too!

Written by bridget on . Posted in Food and Health Education, Ravishing Recipes

This post was inspired by one of my lifelong besties who last week sent me a piccy of her gorgeous, home made and traditional carbonara…..

It looked and sounded SUPER yummy and was so SIMPLE in its ingredients…

I immediately thought how much Tim (my partner) would LOVE this and how I could “adjust” it to be slightly MORE healthy….

It already has a good base- all ingredients are WHOLE FOODS and basically nutritious…. It just needs some veggies added!

(see the recipe here )


It made me realise that THIS is one of the KEY features of the lifestyle I teach and share with my clients….


No classification or judgement of “GOOD” foods and “BAD” foods…

Everything is ok, everything is allowed….

We TRUST our bodies to guide us on what is NOURISHING for us and sometimes that WILL be food that many “out there” deem “bad” or OFF limits food….

It’s how I successfully transformed my life over 24 years ago AND maintained it…

I remember being at that transition stage where I TRULY wanted to be healthier, have more energy, fit into the clothes my friends could AND I wanted to still ENJOY my food and ALL my favourite dishes and snacks :)

Pasta, muffins, bread were amongst my MOST FAVOURITE FOODS….

If I had’ve cut them out, my “healthy lifestyle” aspiration would’ve been a 5 minute wonder!!

Instead I learned HOW to integrate them in a way that would give me EVERYTHING I wanted!

Instead of gorging on a man-sized bowl of bolognaise, carbonara or macaroni tuna, I learned to serve these meals WITH a side salad or a serve of steamed veggies…..

I slightly decreased the portion of the pasta component and added nutrient-rich and lower-calorie veggies and salad.

Have you heard of the “plate model”??

In a nutshell it’s a way of eating in which you aim to make 50% of what you’re eating- or “half of your plate”- veggies or salad.

It means that you can eat ALL your fave foods and dishes, yet in the proportions that will enable you to shift any excess kilos as well as MAXIMISING your energy, improving your digestion and optimising gut health….

When people adopt this way of eating they report less bloating too!

If you would like a visual representation of this model, simply email me on with the subject “Plate Model” and I will send you a PDF :)

I applied this way of thinking to ALL of my food choices.

I let myself eat and enjoy EVERYTHING that excited me, yet I just kept in mind the proportions of things I was eating & aimed to make them increasingly healthier….

I adjusted my muffin recipes to make them slowly but surely more healthy…

For example, I switched white flour for WHOLEMEAL flour; I reduced butter/oil/marg, and added yoghurt; I reduced sugar and added natural apple sauce and fruit; I added fibre and protein and good fats by adding NUTS…. etc etc!

It just takes a little creativity and playing and you can “healthify” almost ANY food you desire!!

And please remember this doesn’t mean that EVERYTHING you eat needs to be “healthified”….

Just the foods you eat on a regular or daily basis…. The things that make up 80% of your diet say….

If you can make these choices as healthy as possible, or gradually more healthy (as I did), then it becomes an ENJOYABLE lifestyle in which you FEEL AMAZING and therefore its a NO BRAINER to continue these healthy habits and thus lifestyle- FOREVER AFTER!

It’s NOT hard, it DOESN’T require WILLPOWER and it’s REWARDING in and of itself :)

SO this is one of the MAJOR SECRETS and STRATEGIES for making a healthy lifestyle your FOREVER AFTER “reality”!

It worked for me, it works for my clients and it WILL work for you too IF you choose to implement it CONSISTENTLY :)

I’d LOVE to hear from you !

Did this idea help? Inspire? Give you ideas on how you can adjust current habits to create more ENERGY, WELL-BEING, weight loss??

Comment below or email me on

It’s always a thrill to hear from you!!


All my love,


Mind, Body, Soul Wellness

Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology Of Eating Coach

Founder of New Leaf Nutrition and The Glow Project

You can read client feedback and success stories on my Facebook Page and website

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Raw Vegan Salted Caramel & Strawberry Slice

Written by bridget on . Posted in Ravishing Recipes

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Today I have another very special and lovely soul to introduce you to- Jacqueline from Eden Light Retreat!

Once again I found this beauty in the visual world of INSTAGRAM :)

Edenlightretreat is definitely an account you want to follow if you are interested in healthy, delicious and cruelty free recipes! This feed will make you DROOL and INSPIRE you to get creative and active in the kitchen :)

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or email me on

Over to Jacqueline:

Raw Vegan Salted Caramel & Strawberry Slice


1 cup activated & dehydrated almonds (or you can just use raw almonds!)
1 cup Hemp seeds (Chia, Flax or Walnuts are good alternatives)
1 cup activated and dehydrated pecans
10 pitted medjool dates
2 Tblsp Coconut oil
Pinch salt

Process all ingredients till they hold firm when pushed against the side of the bowl. I line a spring form pan with baking parchment and press the base in with a silicone spatula and set aside.


3 cups soaked cashews
3 heaped teaspoons of tahini (I prefer hulled)
pinch salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
4 plump juicy dates
1 cup melted coconut oil

Process in a high speed blender to a cream. Pour over the base and push in fresh organic strawberries- or any fruit of your choice.

Whilst it’s freezing, make chocolate:

1 cup cacao butter
1 1/2 cups cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut nectar
1 pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla

Melt the cacao butter in a bowl over hot water, low temperature to keep it raw. Stir in cacao powder, vanilla, salt and coconut nectar. Mix until smooth and completely combined.

Pour this over the caramel and base and have handy whatever you want to “dress” it with (pictured pecans and strawberries).

Since the base is frozen, or at least very cold, the chocolate sets fast!

Return to freezer to set completely.

Then simply slice and ENJOY!!

SUPER DUPER Energy and Metabolism Assessment Offer

Written by bridget on . Posted in Food and Health Education

I’ve been inspired in my break from University to offer JUST 10 Energy and Metabolism Assessments at less than HALF their usual rate… (ie 60% off!)

Yes… a 100% PERSONALISED and COMPLETELY tailored 30 minute 1:1 session exploring EXACTLY the factors contributing to your daily ENERGY and METABOLISM experience….

ie, exactly WHAT is affecting YOUR energy levels, digestion, immunity, weight, mental state, hormone balance, motivation, happiness, self-esteem, health or general daily life experience…. 

NOT a generic discussion; NOT a pre-formulated or constructed session; NOT across-the-board-good-for-everyone advice….

This is ALL ABOUT YOU and YOUR body and YOUR current situation…

Before we chat I send you a series of carefully constructed questions, as well as a very well designed assessment, exploring ALL the different factors I’ve come to learn over the now 14 years I’ve spent working 1:1 with people, affect and impact a persons overall health, energy, weight and metabolism…

And yes this is a VERY LIMITED OFFER…

Once ten are claimed, no more will be offered. Certainly not at this price. And I’ll be sharing this throughout my social media channels over the next 24 hours :) As a New Leaf Nutrition newsletter subscriber I wanted to let you know FIRST :)  

I actually don’t usually do ONE off sessions…. However, at times, when Im inspired and guided to I will open up these kinds of offers :)

If this speaks to you, go ahead and claim yours below! :)  

If you have any queries, you can email me on

Otherwise go ahead, grab yours and email me to schedule your time :) No matter where you are in the world, we can do this :)

YES PLEASE! I want to claim my SUPER SUPER 1:1 Energy and Metabolism Assessment with BridgetJane

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See you on the other side beauty! :)

“Once upon a time there was a girl who thought she could control her body.
She’d been vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Paleo, Ayurvedic….ALL OF IT.
She was sad, confused and wreaking emotional havoc on her mind
Why am I like this? What is wrong with me? How can I get control of my body? she says crying with frustration at her efforts!
Then along came a GLOWing angel, and they would call her ‘Little Bridget’
Little Bridget taught the girl to listen to her body, not control it.
To love herself unconditionally, for she is a magnificent being of this universe.
To understand her body instead of trying to change everything about it.
She would teach her to Be who she wanted to be instead of always wishing.
To release toxicity in the mind and embrace happiness in life.
and the girl lived happily ever after…..forever!

Thats my story!
In a nut shell, I can not thank Bridget enough,
I thought I had it, “I’m healthy and active. I’m good”.
NO! I wasn’t good! My emotions, my head, my heart were all over the place.

Bridget helped me bring everything back into alignment for me, I had to do all the hard work.
Yes and it was hard but no one else was going to do it for me!!!

The day I found Bridget was the first day of the rest of my life

From the brightest flicker of my soul, thank you

Paula x”


All my love,


Mind, Body, Soul Wellness

Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology Of Eating Coach

Founder of New Leaf Nutrition and The Glow Project

You can read client feedback and success stories on my Facebook Page and website

Make sure you’re on my list to get a FREE cookbook and the VIP secrets I share! Click the box below :)