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There is a Positive in every Negative


There is a positive in every negative….you just have to step back to see it. If you hadn’t noticed I recently dropped off the face of the blogging planet! But I promise I am back!

In the last month I have had two nasty university exams that really stretched me both mentally and physically. I have been running circles around myself financially, as my dog destroyed over $1000 of my clients orders (not insured – there went the entirety of my savings) and I got pulled over by a policeman having a bad day (savings already gone – now onto the credit card). My beautiful business partner for the organic juice bar project had to pull out for family reasons and I have also been struggling through hormonal hell whereby my body thinks it is pregnant and is storing water like a sponge…..way too weird to go into any further. All of the above events have contributed to a massive drop in energy, motivation and blog posts as well as money and sleep. In fact, the only thing heading upwards is my weight (due to hormones and not being able to train due to a third degree burn on my foot).


On a more positive note, I have just returned from a weeks holiday with my best friend in Melbourne! It was downtime that I so badly needed. I had a forced break from everything on the world wide web as we were staying with her brother and had no internet access at home and our days were jam-packed with activity. I also had a break from university and work which was lovely! I felt a little lost but also a little free (may have been the fact that I was also childless for the week). I so often feel as though I am constantly playing roles – mum, wife, homemaker, uni student, support person, business operator, etc and it was actually fantastic to have the freedom to just be Matilda for the week.


Having some time away gave me space to dream and gain some clarity around my goals, both in the short-term and the long-term. My short-term plan may have changed but my long-term goals remain the same – I want to educate people on health, wellness and provide support for those living with allergies. As the Organic Juice Bar is sidelined for the moment, I can now focus my energy into my Arbonne business.


With Arbonne, I have the ability to share my passions through our amazing products and help women improve not just their skin but also their self-confidence and inspire them to start their own businesses and reach their personal goals. I have just launched my own Arbonne Website www.matilda.arbonne.com.au to make it easier for my customers to order, so when you have a chance check it out!


I also realised that I needed to determine how much time I would dedicate to the blog and what I would do with that time. To keep the flow of my blog consistent for all of you, I will blog about 3 times a week with at least 1 post being a delicious recipe for you to try. As I go on over the next few months be sure to let me know how you are finding the quantity and quality of my posts!


This week I am going to try to sort out my health with a trip to the doctors and to a Naturopath for further investigation. I also need to increase my water intake and decrease my salt intake to combat some of the water retention. Then I am going to slowly get back into training without pushing myself too far. I do not function well without exercise, it really is a stress release for me and keeps my mind clear.

I am feeling good about my plan and am looking forward to sharing my stories along the way!

Much Love Matilda x

P.S Whole30 was an epic fail – I will update you on that tomorrow.


Easy As Sauerkraut

I have always ensured that I include healthy probiotics in my diet. My usual source was natural yoghurt, so once I went dairy free I needed to find a substitute and sauerkraut was it! Consuming probiotic foods is a great way to balance the good and bad bacteria in our digestive system, fight off yeast infections and reduce inflammation. Lacto-fermentation is the process used to pickle vegetables. It works because bad bacteria can not survive in the salty brine and once they die off the good bacteria can work their magic.  The good bacteria change the lactose and other sugars into lactic acid and consequently preserve the vegetables by creating an acidic environment. I started with this simple sauerkraut recipe and now change it up each batch  – with a mix of purple & green cabbage and adding carrot, apple, caraway seeds, fish sauce or chilli for flavour.


1/2 a large head of cabbage

3 Cups of filtered water

2 Teaspoons Himalayan Pink Rock Salt


1. Cut out cabbage core and discard.

2. Finely slice cabbage (I use my food processor but a knife does the job!)

3. In a clean bowl dissolve salt in filtered water.

4. Loosely fill a large clean glass jar with cabbage.

5. Pour salt brine over cabbage and use a clean spoon to push down on the cabbage to get rid of any air bubbles.

6. Loosely place lid on top and put jar on a plate to catch any juices once the fermentation starts.

7. Leave at room temperature for 3 days. During this time remove the lid and make sure the cabbage is completely submerged in the brine, top up with salt brine if it is not. You can start to get excited when tiny bubbles start forming on the surface, this means the magic is happening!

8. At the end of the 3 days the kraut should be ready! It should smell and taste a little sour.

9. Tighten the lid and place the jar in the fridge for an additional 5 days to increase the probiotic properties and flavour. Keeps in fridge for up to 3 months!

So there you go Easy As Sauerkraut without the nasty preservatives found in many store bought versions and much cheaper!