Hello! I’m Rachael and I’m the creator and writer behind the Rachael Allanah blog. I’m really glad you’ve stopped by because there is so much I want to share with you! I created this blog because I’m on an amazing health and wellness journey that has literally changed my life. I’m in a space that is so lovely right now. I feel liberated and inspired and alive!
I haven’t always felt as good as I do today. In mid 2012 I had reached a point in my life where I knew things had to change, or that I was going to become terribly unhealthy, both physically and emotionally. This was my life in a nut shell:
Work ruled my life, I was highly strung and put way too much pressure on myself to be perfect at everything. I never got enough sleep, I exercised myself to exhaustion and I counted every calorie of the low fat, factory made ‘food’ that I ate. I put myself down, I cried over the smallest thing and worried about what other people thought of me to the point that I was diagnosed with a social phobia and was put onto anxiety medication. I drank to boost my confidence, I binge ate and always seemed to find reasons to feel sorry for myself. I had terrible digestion issues, adult acne, fatigue that would see me sleep 12hrs straight and wake up with no energy and my hormones were a mess. Life was totally fab…not!
So what changed that got to me to the place I am today? My attitude. I moved away from conventional ‘wisdom’ when it comes to food & health. I have taken a much more natural path, ditching the meds (the anxiety tablets, the adult acne antibiotics and the contraceptive pill), the toxic beauty/household products and I started eating real foods. I gave my body a chance to heal and it responded.
DISCOVERING THE GOOD LIFE
What’s life all about to me now? Its about living. REALLY living. It’s about feeling and expressing and loving. It’s about being me, in all my imperfect glory. I’m finally embracing this notion; Here I am! This blog is going to show you exactly who I am, what I love, what gets me pumped up and what gets up my goat (I don’t actually have a goat and I don’t have a clue where that saying came from…?!)
So how do I make sure I’m really living? I do more of what makes my heart sing and less of what doesn’t. I’m grateful for everything I have and for the life I live. I always try to be positive and find the lesson to be learnt in the cruddy situations. I don’t dwell on the small crap. I live as simply as I can and try to always be present and enjoy the moment that is now.
I’m a bit of a hippie chick who appreciates the natural, raw beauty of nature and I give a damn about the environment! I love being outside amongst nature, exploring, travelling, taking long walks or just sitting and being. I looove to cook and of course to eat! I could read all day, for pleasure or to learn, I’m a total nerd! I love chatting with people who show their soul and passions, I love genuine people. I enjoy sharing ideas. I love being a wife and a sister, a daughter and a friend. I love giving and being able to help (how good does it make you feel to give?!) I have a recently discovered love for the family farm and the peace that I find when I’m up there. I’m in my happy place when I’m strolling Op Shops and finding preloved treasures, on my yoga mat, creating, drinking a cup of tea and daydreaming, shopping at the farmers market and when I’m bare foot!
Oh, and I like to take it slow, in general. Rushing is what makes you miss all the good bits!
I believe that proper nutrition is absolutely essential if you want to live a healthy and happy life. You’ve heard the saying ‘Food is Medicine’ right? Well I say Amen to that sister! The food we put into our mouth is literally the raw materials our body uses to grow and heal itself, and of course the source of our energy! But, with today’s scientific advances and our mass-scale manufacturing capabilities, we have seen a global shift from eating the beautiful real foods that nature intended for us, to eating prepackaged products that resemble food. That amazing, beautiful body of yours needs real, whole foods.
I’m studying Nutritional Medicine and on track to complete this by mid 2015. I started the course because I wanted the facts and I wanted the power to take charge of my own health. We are constantly receiving mixed messages about what’s healthy and what isn’t when it comes to our diet and to be honest, I don’t think that Big Media or Big Corporation have our best interests at heart. Luckily for me, I could geek out on health and wellness stuff all day so studying (and blogging) is quite easy!
Once qualified, I’m aiming to work as a Nutrition Consultant who teaches and empowers my clients to take charge of their own health through the food they eat. I want people to be able to make informed decisions, not dictated ones. Its your body and your choice.
See my food philosophy here.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
My life (and therefore this space) is about love first and foremost, because love is undoubtedly the best thing in the world! And, it’s been the most influential part of my journey thus far! Ok, so I’m not necessarily talking about love in a romantic way (mind you, I am blissfully in love with a very special man and this kind of love is definitely one of the best kinds of love), but I’m more so talking about the love for life itself, love filled with soul. Bear with me as I try to explain this
Have you ever felt a huge rush of happiness and gratitude hit you for no reason in particular? Like, you’re just so happy and filled with joy at that moment, that you want to dance and laugh and cry and bear hug someone as tight as you possibly can and scream with joy, all at once? That’s the love I’m talking about. Or when your listening to someone talk about something they’re really passionate about, its like something is radiating from them right? That’s love! How about the love that we can’t control, the love that implants itself in us and turns the world into a magical place, even if just for a short time. That has to have happened to you at some stage? Well, that’s it too! What about the times when it feels like something is in the air and it makes you feel somehow lighter and you subconsciously let all of your worries go. Well, that’s love that has washed over you! And thats the love I’m talking about. It’s the same love that makes us appreciate the small things, the love that shows us the good in the bad. The love that leads to gratitude. Its the feeling of self love, when we have done something we are proud of. Its the love that makes us feel content with life, and lets us know that we are exactly where we are meant to be at this point in time and that we are totally ok. That everything is ok.
So, did you stay with me through that?! It may sound a bit airy-fairy or hippy-dippy, but if you embrace it, love changes everything.