Every minute of Stress is compromising your Health, Weight, Energy & Happiness

Written by bridget on . Posted in Food and Health Education, Weight Loss, Words of Wisdom

What I want to speak with you about today is an issue that I spend MUCH of my time chatting with clients about.

Something that makes THE ultimate difference to their success or struggle in their health, happiness, energy or weight loss journey.

And that, my friends is STRESS.

Stress is not your friend

Stress is NOT your friend!

If you care about your health, energy, weight and happiness, you MUST really evaluate how much time you spend in STRESS mode Vs CALM mode.

Yes, we’re all busy.

Yes, life is chaotic.

Yes, there are 3 thousand things to do, pay attention to, address and respond to.

Yes, sh*t goes wrong.

Yes, the kids can drive you nuts and test your patience.

Yes, work can feel like it’s closing in on you and never offering a break.

Yes, everyone around you can push your buttons and drive you nuts.

Yes, all that and MORE can be true….

The reality is though that, NO MATTER WHAT, we ALWAYS have a choice about how we deal with these things.

And ultimately, YOUR CHOICE affects YOU most seriously.

When you choose stress, you choose breakdown and destruction in, and of, your body.

You choose inflammation; increased fat storage; compromised immunity; impaired digestion; breakouts; high blood pressure; reduced sensitivity to pleasure; slowed metabolism; fatigue; mood swings; sugar cravings; reactivity; imbalanced hormones; depression; anxiety; reduced confidence; fear; poor self-esteem; bowel issues; ageing; cellular breakdown; disease.

Of course most of these things don’t occur instantaneously (although some of them do!), however, the more time we spend in stress, the more easily we choose stress, and the more these processes DO happen….

And this makes it increasingly more difficult to be happy, healthy, confident, energetic, positive AND keeping our weight where we most want it to be.

Trust me when I say I KNOW it’s not easy!

I am a recovered STRESSAHOLIC!

I “thrived” off stress in my younger days (or so I thought!)

I didn’t know how to be effective or productive without stress

I couldn’t possibly be calm or relaxed if there was something to be doing.

I was always ON and whenever something went “wrong” I would over react & really get myself in a state.

I truly thought that being intense and insistent was the only way to get things done

I really DID NOT KNOW how to get sh*t done whilst being calm

It wreaked havoc in my relationships….It wore away my confidence…..It depleted my energy levels….

And slowly but surely it BROKE ME DOWN…..

I ended up with adrenal fatigue….. Horrendously out of whack hormones….. My gums receded….. My hair fell out…..


Only through my extreme break down did I begin to TRULY get that life is a MARATHON, not a SPRINT….

And that it is to be ENJOYED, not merely ENDURED…..

That STOPPING and SMELLING the roses IS the BEAUTY & MAGIC & BLESSING of life…..

Not the “getting somewhere”, “being someone” or “ticking off a to-do list”.

Back then, I DETESTED yoga.

TWO MINUTES of meditation was IMPOSSIBLE for me

LIFE insisted on teaching me HOW to do the things that would honour my health.

I had NO CHOICE but to slow down. To learn to properly care for myself

To rehabilitate my mind and body with patience and love and understanding.

And I see this in so many of my clients.

The breakdown or destruction of their health, energy, happiness & weight management, due to their inability to STOP stressing

Their resistance to BEING HERE NOW.

Their struggle to really ENJOY themselves and their life and all the simple things

We are constantly ON, constantly distracted and somehow we feel OBLIGATED to keep up with this crazy pace of life. To please everyone. To BE everything.

And it’s just NOT humanly possible.

IF we want to be happy and healthy and at our best, that is!

We must really learn to get real with ourselves in this department.

To learn the art of JOYFULLY DANCING with life.

If we want our time here to be regret-free, FULFILLING, heart-busting then we really do need to realise that how we are wired naturally makes us prone & vulnerable to slipping into health-deteriorating ways.

One of my most favourite and important learnings about the brain and mind comes from neuro-scientist Rick Hansen.

He taught me many years ago that the brain is like “teflon for the positive, and velcro for the negative”.

What this means is that, by default, without conscious awareness, it is in our NATURE to look for danger, to be on alert.

We are wired to look for “what’s wrong”….. We are wired to REACT to anything that threatens our survival….

And without our own tempering and intervention, those piling to-do’s, bills, requests, demands, emails, social media pings, dings and buzzes, the constant ON-ness of life becomes ONE BIG LION that we need to be on constant ALERT for….

And this keeps our body in the STRESS response….Without our even realising it!

It becomes “the norm” to feel this way, so much so that often we are NOT aware of the constant and chronic damage going on in our bodies and minds, until things get bad enough to be expressed through an illness or injury- physical, mental or emotional.

And when we DO try to STOP and SLOW down we feel ANXIOUS and ON EDGE…..

I see it over and over and over.

And without a doubt, STRESS is the NUMBER ONE factor undermining a person’s health, happiness, weight loss and true THRIVING in life….

So…Food for thought.

Consider where you are at with this.

Do you relate?

I’d LOVE to hear from you :)  Comment below, or email me bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

I’m always happy to answer any questions or queries :)

If your health and happiness and weight are important to you, learning how to minimise stress is absolutely ESSENTIAL!

Also, learning how to FEED ourselves in ways that REPLENISH important vitamins and minerals that are depleted by stress (think in particular B Vitamins, magnesium, zinc!) is helpful!

And over here I have the GOODS for you !

Loads of LENTIL LOVE ideas that will NOURISH, RESTORE and REVITALISE you!

ENJOY these :)

That’s all for now gorgeous one!

Until next time, stay COOL and CALM despite the chaos and really soak up the knowing that you are doing so much GOOD for your health when you say NO to stress!

All my love,



Health & Happiness Coach

Energy Expert

Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology of Eating Coach

Founder of New Leaf Nutrition and The Glow Project


Lentil Love

Written by bridget on . Posted in Ravishing Recipes

Jamie_LentilsImage Credit : Jamie Oliver 

I’m not sure about you, but in the cool winter months, I tend to crave loads of slow cooked delicious yumminess, and as you may know, recently it’s been A LOT about LAMB and other meaty, hearty meals!

Just recently however, my body has been guiding me to lentils, and beans, and all manner of legumes : think chickpeas, butter beans, kidney beans and more!

All those yummy, mushy, gorgeously nourishing treats!

In particular, a dish by MasterChef Australia winner, Billie, made me absolutely DROOL at the mouth for some good old mushy peas!!! Did you see it??

Billies_lambImage Credit : MasterChef Australia 

Anyway, I wanted to share the Lentil Love with you and show you a few recipes that I myself am looking to try in the next little while :)

Again, many of these are the spunky Jamie Oliver’s as I truly DO love his style of cooking!

There are MANY reasons to LOVE lentils, aside for the fact they taste DELICIOUS, and just SOME of these are :

-Ethical & environmentally friendly :)

-High in Fibre – so they are good for the HEART (help to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure); good for the bowels (keeps us regular!); good for satiety (filling us up so we are more satisfied and eat LESS); good for blood sugar control (great for diabetics and keeping our energy and sugar levels stable)

-High in Protein – they are a great source of non-animal protein. Coupled with other grains, seeds or nuts, they can offer the full-complement of essential amino-acids we need to create and maintain healthy bodies and immune systems

-Loaded with minerals – these mighty members of the legume family contain 7 important minerals including iron, magnesium and potassium

-Good source of B Vitamins – these are our energy-giving vitamins and we need a daily supply of these as they are water soluble and so excreted

 Anyway! Enjoy the following ideas and be sure to send me your feedback, thoughts, or own recipes to bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

Sausages & green lentils with tomato salsa (Salsicce con lenticchie verdi e salsa di pomodoro)

Puy lentil, parsnip & walnut salad

The best sausages with braised lentils & crispy prosciutto

Michela’s veg & lentil cottage pie

Kerryann’s chilli con veggie

Lentil Walnut Pate With Rice Crackers And Crudité

Lamb Shank Braised Lentils with Sweet Potato and Spinach

I look forward to sharing more Lentil Love with you in the future, but this should keep you busy for now! :)

Be sure to let me know what you think!

All my love,


Health & Happiness Coach

Energy Expert

Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology of Eating Coach

Founder of New Leaf Nutrition and The Glow Project


Healthy Choc-Raspberry Tarts

Written by bridget on . Posted in Ravishing Recipes


I’m so super excited and PUMPED to bring you the recipe for these babies as, currently, they are NOT to be found ANYWHERE else on the interwebs! :)

The reason being is that they are the incredible creation (just one of MANY!) of one of my greatest friends who is incredibly humble, and otherwise occupied!

I keep asking her (as do MANY others!) to start her own food blog or recipe book, yet it remains that she enjoys cooking and creating out of pure recreation and the idea of it becoming “work” is too sad to consider!

Anywho, never fear, I have pledged to feature MANY more of her delicious creations HERE so that you may continue to benefit from her skill, genius and LOVE :)

These AMAZING Healthy, Choc-Raspberry tarts are guaranteed to satisfy the chocaholic in anyone as well as delivering a LOAD of goodness and a lasting energy boost.

Based on medjool dates, raw nuts, coconut cream and cacao, these tarts are bursting with minerals such as potassium and magnesium, are a good source of protein, a healthy dose of fibre, a sustaining release of energy & a wonderful supplier of cell-nourishing fats :)

You can DEFINITELY snack on these GUILT-FREE knowing they are delivering nothing but GOODNESS into your body!

Ok, now for the WHAT and HOW :)



6 medjool dates

1 cup of raw nuts (almonds/cashews/walnuts/or a mix)

1 tablespoon of cacao powder


200g dark Organic Chocolate

1 cup of coconut cream

1 tsp vanilla



Place nuts and dates in a food processor & process until crumbs form

Add cacao and process until sticks together

Press into mini silicon tart moulds OR mini muffin tins lined with paper cases

Chill in fridge whilst preparing the filling


Melt the chocolate and then stir in the coconut cream & vanilla

It will firm up slightly to form a ganache

Spoon into chilled bases

Top with fresh or frozen raspberries

Chill further until set then ENJOY with GUILT-FREE GLEE!!!!


Please send any questions, feedback or pictures to bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au OR post on Instagram or Facebook and #newleafnutrition

Big love,


Health & Happiness Coach

Energy Expert

Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology of Eating Coach

Founder of New Leaf Nutrition and The Glow Project