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Day 18 of the 30 Day Libido & Vitality Reset! 🌹
Cycle awareness (I got my period back!), choc brownie (healthy of course), stress and hard-ons, my s*x life. Plus a LIVE Q&A this week!
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." — Oscar Wilde
Hi Beautiful Community,
We are officially over half way through the month - how are you feeling?! Are you on track with your intentions at this stage of the reset? I’m interested in hearing from you - the wins, the challenges … tell me how you are in the comments below :)
Again, I have chosen to update you on my personal news via voice note below - I love connecting you all in this way. Today I speak about:
My cycle … my period is back and I reflect on how this feels 15 weeks PP.
My hair - the health of it and how that reflects my inner health - my recent visit to the hairdresser - first time since Magnolia was born!
My sex life ;)
My decision to cleanse my home this week and how that impacts my sex life!
Plus you get two of my fave recipes, podcast recommendations, journals to read and my fave period tracker app to try out.
Listen to my voice note below:
Live Q&A Invitation THIS WEEK! ❤️
Each month, I drop a voice note where I answer the personal questions of my paid subscribers, sharing my thoughts and guidance on all sorts of stuff. And guess what? This month, I'm taking it up a notch—I'm going LIVE, and this time, it's open to everyone, whether you're a free or paid subscriber!
I'd love it if you could join me in this online gathering, where we'll meet face to face via Zoom, and I'll be answering your questions and connecting about health, wellness, libido, and everything else that's been a part of this Reset journey and beyond.
Check out the details below and be sure to add it to your calendar. If you can make it to the live session, that's awesome! But if that's not possible, don't worry, as a recording will be posted on my Substack afterwards. 😊
Date: Wednesday, September 20th
Time: 9:00 AM (AEST)
Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84162721865
Spinning Wheels App - Period Tracker App
This is the period tracker app that I have been using since my cycle returned 10 weeks after the birth of my daughter! It was created by Jane Hardwicke Collings who is a mentor of mine that I adore (you need to check out her work!) This app is so epic! It supports me to understand exactly where I am in my cycle, plus understand how my cycle relates to the moon cycle … magic stuff happens when we explore this as a menstruation woman!
Podcast 086: Understanding our Menstrual Cycle with Claire Baker
If you're curious about cycle tracking and awareness, give this episode of Authentic Sex with Women’s Coach Claire Baker a listen. It's a great listen, not just for menstruating individuals but also for partners looking to understand better. In this episode, Claire dives into the four seasons of the menstrual cycle, how hormones impact us in each phase, navigating our emotions throughout the month, and even syncing your calendar with your period. There's a lot to discover!
Listen directly below:
Podcast 047: Is Stress Killing Your Boner?
This podcast episode explores the effects of stress on intimacy and libido. But don’t worry, we’ve got some realistic tips to help you manage stress in your everyday life and kick things back up a notch. If you're looking to reignite or maintain that spark in your sex life and relationship, this episode is a must-listen!
Listen directly below:
Discover the incredible natural rhythms of the female body in this article I wrote. Read about the unique seasons of the menstrual cycle and how this knowledge can be a fantastic tool to support your health and vitality as a menstruating individual!
Feeling like stress is crowding out your sex life? You're definitely not alone! Stress can seriously mess with our mojo, and sometimes, your body simply needs a break from sex. It's natural. But how does this impact relationships? In this article, I offer some practical ways to navigate stress while keeping the flame alive.
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to become disconnected from our own bodies, which can hinder our ability to be in the present moment and fully receptive to life's pleasures, including those intimate moments. I've noticed that many of you, based on your intentions in this Reset and the comments you've shared, face this very challenge. So, I wanted to share this resource to help guide you in reconnecting your mind and body for maximum pleasure potential during this Libido and Vitality Reset! :)
One-Pan Chicken with Marjoram, Smoked Paprika, Potatoes and Tahini Yoghurt
This is one of my favourite quick and easy dinners that the whole family love. I made it last night and it was so delish!
700g Dutch cream (or other waxy potatoes, peeled)
1 medium-sized brown onion, sliced into 8-10 wedges
8 skin-on chicken thigh cutlets
3 bay leaves
2 packed tablespoons finely chopped fresh marjoram (or oregano) - I also use Thyme instead
6 fat cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 finely chopped chillies, optional
1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
freshly ground black pepper
bay leaves (or marjoram or oregano leaves), to garnish
1 cup (280g) thick Greek-style yoghurt
1 dessertspoon tahini
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped, or more to taste
3/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes, or more to taste
50 ml extra virgin olive oil, plus a little extra, to garnish
freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf, to garnish, optional
Preheat your oven to 230° (210°C fan forced). Line a large, shallow-rimmed baking tray with baking paper. The size of the baking tray is important, as you want the mixture to fit comfortably. If the tray is too small, the chicken and potato won't brown as they should and will stew rather than roast. If you're at all concerned, err on the side of caution and divide the mixture evenly between 2 baking trays.
Cut the potatoes into fat wedges (you'll get 6 wedges out of a medium-size potato). Tumble them into a large bowl, add the onion wedges, chicken, bay leaves and marjoram or oregano. Prick each clove of garlic with a fine skewer and add them to the bowl (doing this will stock them exploding in the oven). Scrape in the chopped chilli, if using. Trickle over the olive oil and add the lemon juice, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Use clean hands (or don a pair of prep gloves) to thoroughly mix everything together. Spread the mixture in a single layer in the baking tray or trays, sitting the chicken skin-side up and making sure it's not crowded.
Roast for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 180°C and roast for another 30-35 minutes or until chick skin is bronzed and potato is golden with crisp edges.
While the chicken is cooking, make the Tahini Yoghurt. Put the yoghurt, tahini, garlic and salt into a bowl and mix together. Drizzle in the olive oil, whisking all the while, until the mixture is homogenised. Taste and add more salt if needed. Scrape into a serving bowl, cover lightly and set aside in a cool spot until ready to use. Garnish with a soupçon of oil, pepper and a bay leaf (if using) just before serving.
Remove the baking tray from the oven and transfer everything, including any pan juices, to a large serving platter. Garnish with a bay leaves and serve with the Tahini Yoghurt.
Yummy Choc Brownie
A couple of weeks back my friend Maia baked these brownies for me. She knew about my reset so made them super healthy and we ate them with coconut yoghurt … soooooooo yum!
1 cup fine almond flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp dutch cocoa or additional regular
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup melted coconut oil or butter
3 tbsp water or additional oil
2 eggs, or 2 flax eggs
1 cup mashed sweet potato
1/2 - 2/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8-inch pan, or line with parchment.
Mix all ingredients well.
Spread evenly into the pan. Smooth down, using a second sheet of parchment if needed.
Bake 20 minutes in the centre rack, then let cool completely and they will continue to firm up. They also firm up even more if you refrigerate very loosely covered overnight.
The brownies are also delicious with or without frosting.
If you try this yummy brownie recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment below!
That’s all for this week, my loves!
I hope these resources inspire you in some way, and I look forward to hearing from you throughout the week.
Please share this with others if you feel the content is valuable - together we can help others to feel fabulous too :)
All the love,
P.S. Forgot to mention I have found a pilates class for mums and bubs! Super stoked about that and am going to try it out this Wednesday. Stay tuned for my update next week ;)
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