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I Quit Sugar Week 6: Speed Wobbles

A tired start to the week. Mountains of work stress. Preparing for a weekend away. There was always going to be a point on this journey where life REALLY put me to the test. Week 6 was that week. I took the advice to start playing with reintroducing sugar a little too far. Mainly in […]

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I Quit Sugar Weeks 4 & 5: Case of the Whys 

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had a serious case of the whys. Standing in the work kitchen thinking I should chuck it all in for a chocolate biscuit. My resolve seriously wavered. A couple of times I broke. Through in my friends birthday party and I completely fell off the wagon. Instead of […]

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Maven Matters: On Why I Volunteer

I volunteer because I feel immensely lucky to have the life I lead. By the lottery of birth, I’ve never gone hungry (like properly hungry), I’m well educated, can move to the other side of the world, am surrounded by love. Life, in the grand scheme of things, is good to me. So I want […]

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I Quit Sugar: Reflections on Week One

I pulled on my favourite work pants this morning and they weren’t tight. For the first time in months, they were comfortable to wear again. My motives for quitting sugar aren’t centred around my weigh but this is awesome. Since finishing university three years ago, ten extra kegs has crept on. For the first time […]

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Goodbye to the Sweet Stuff

I’ve just quit sugar.  Taken the plunge, signed up for an eight week program. There’s meal plans, shopping lists, support forums – the whole nine yards. I’m incredibly excited to make this change in my life (until the crash comes). I’m not overweight, I cook a lot of my own verge dense meals, I exercise. […]

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Maven Matters: On Evening Routines

Why do morning routines get all of the attention when evening routines can be equally as impactful. I’d so more so for those of us that find waking up in the morning challenging. Simply because we’re more likely to stick to an evening routine and thereby get the benefit. A morning routine on paper is […]

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Maven Matters: On the Lost Art of Conversation 

Recently a colleague and I were lamenting the lost art of conversation. We’re certainly not the first people to notice the rise of superficial topics and attentions divided with a cellphone. But I ask you to m when was the last time you had a gloriously brain stretchy conversation? Do you miss it? I do. […]