Do this 1 thing to lose weight (with minimal effort)

To get me through this summer I’ve been working a large café in the uber-sophisticated beach-side village of Sorrento, about 100 minutes out of Melbourne.

Interestingly enough, I’ve found that people are starting to request almond milk.

I’ve drunk it and like it. I also found that I like rice milk for it’s light texture and sweet taste. Both almond and rice milk do not dilute coffee in the same way cow’s or soy milk does, so I find that I need to drink less coffee during the day.

That’s a win because I’m sleeping better. Which means that I’m (much) more productive and a whole lot nicer to be around 😀 

But there is one milk I can’t find served anywhere, and that is macadamia.

I’m obsessed; I’ve been consuming it for 3 months at home and I love its creamy, nutty taste. In the same amount of time I’ve also dropped a large amount of fat from my stomach and hips.


To satiate my curiosity, I did a little research and found 2 reasons why you should be drinking it too.

  1. It’s inexpensive and easy to find.

You could nick down to the local health food store, but they’ll always charge a premium price. Although I’m turning off the major supermarket chains, they do stock some many independent health brands and I like to support them. I drink Australia’s Own Organic.

  1. Less calories than skinny milk

You probably know that it’s bullshit that humans need (cow’s) milk.In fact, some studies have shown that it can deplete bone density, not increase it. Indeed, cow’s milk was designed  for, well, cows. Did you know that by the time calves are weaned, they typically weigh 8 TIMES their original birth weight? And after weaning, cows never drink milk again.


Despite this, we are still hung over from the milk propaganda of the 80s; the average Australian adult drinks in the vicinity of 68 kilos a year. No that is not a typo. This is due in large part to us consuming twice as much coffee as we did in 2004.

Because we are all SO busy we MUST need something to keep us awake.

Now Macadamia milk contains just 302 Kj per 250 ml in comparison to full cream milk (670Kj), skinny milk (378 Kj) and soy (564 Kj).

If you drank 2 macadamia milk lattes a day for a year, compared to the same in full cream milk you would save almost 270,000 calories in a YEAR. To burn this off you’d need to run for 402 hours over the course of a year, at a rate of 10 km an hour.

I’ve got your attention, don’t I?

Given that we are so time poor, I’d say most of us don’t have time for a 1.01 hour run every single day of the year. 70% of us too, are clinically overweight or obese.

So replacing cow’s milk with macadamia milk (or another nut derivative) may be smart way to shed some of those pesky kilos with minimal effort.

Until next time, believe in wellness and believe in you.


Vanessa X

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coming clean

I’ve always dreamed of baking sweet treats. And then selling them. 

I’ve been on the “clean train” for several months now and I see so much potential for the two to go hand in hand……..

The clean-sweets idea has been baking a while, but I’ve held off. I’ve got enough going on; what, with 2 other businesses – how can I possibly contemplate a third? (We all know the #1 reason entrepreneurs fail is because of lack of focus).

So For the next 15 days Cookies & Clean is a little experiment. Rather than blogging about content marketing, HR, leadership and technology trends I’ll be blogging about fitness, wellness and……sweet, clean eating!

About me

Hello there. My name is Vanessa and I live on the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour and a half out of Melbourne (Australia). It’s a spectacular farm-to-late / wine destination and is known specifically for its cool climate Pinot Noir.

Cafe’s, wine bars, restaurants, pubs and eateries are literally on every corner. The coffee is amazing and the seascape, sublime. Where I live, Mt Martha, I have to pinch myself whenever the sun comes out; I feel like I’m holidaying in the Aegean.

Clean eating on the Mornington Peninsula

I can see SUCH potential for the clean-eating phenomenon in this incredible food and wine region.

Given that I love raw / paleo / vegan desserts so much, I’m keen to create some buzz and then take a slice of the pie :O But HOW am I going to do that if I’ve already got too much on my plate? (literally and figuratively?!)

Why I’m starting now

The impetus for starting the Cookies & Clean blog is that I’m participating in the 15 Days To Freedom : 2015 New Year Blog Challenge” led by the uber-smart-successful-crazy-cool Suitcase Entrepreneur: Natalie Sisson. I’m revved up: over the next two weeks I’ll be rubbing shoulders over 200 online entrepreneurs from around the world as we all work toward our goal of building an online business.

So Yah. Let’s get this partay started.

But before I do….. I need to come clean.

If I’m really serious about this, I’ve got to be honest.

Three and a half years ago I was smoking up to a pack of cigarettes a day. I also used to be 12 kilos heavier.

Yes really.

2011 was one of those g0d awful years – there was a dramatic end to a long-term relationship, which led to the loss of a job.

It was absolutely earth-shattering. I never thought I could recover.

And although I’ve made my way back in to the land of the living (and kicked the cigs long ago) scaling the north-face back back to life was incredibly hard. It was even harder than building my own start-up.

But I did it.

If you met me now, you’d never believe that I was so depressed that I could barely get out of bed for almost a year. That I could not hold a conversation (could simply not get the words out) and could not read a book. All I could do was sit in my local cafe and stare in to a skinny flat white…….and smoke.

Life was not grey. It was black.


If you met me now, you’d never believe it. I LOVE to exercise. I’m a long distance runner and I rarely drink. I jam my diet full of raw / paleo / vegan and I’ve lost a lot of weight. I’ve still got some more to go, but overall I’m pleased with what I see.

Today, I’m still on a journey.  I’m hopeful Cookies & Clean is one of the next steps.

Daily Success Plan

I awoke this morning to an email from Natalie, with a link to her first video. Just when I wanted to roll over and sleep in (because that is what I’ve been doing for several weeks now), I suddenly felt accountable; something I’ve not felt in a VERY long time.

“Think about your mindset when you first wake up,” she said, and “understand how it impacts on the rest of your day.”

Now I’ve never stopped to consider this before. But perhaps sleeping in to 9 am and then working haphazardly throughout the day (and night) with very little plan is NOT effective way to grow a business. Or indeed, manage your life.

So I did this

1. I got out of bed, had a shower and got dressed (as soon as I woke up = the first time)

2. Ate a bowl of coconut and almond milk soaked oats

3. Put the lead on Miss Cookies & Clean (my little Kelpie) and drove her to the lake for a walk….. but MAN she needs some training (well, probably I do).

Today, Miss C&C was such an embarrassment that I had to drag her all the way back to my car and take her home. I felt like one of those mother’s who can’t control her toddler. Only, Miss C&C is a DOG. Note to self: puppy training, stat.

4. Despite my best intentions, it’s been one of “those” days. After heading to the market and buying lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, I discovered that my juicer is BROKEN :/ Note to self #2 Call Sunbeam on Monday (the juicer is new).

5. To de-stress, I did an Ashtanga yoga session before hopping on the computer to check my emails (just once!) and the freelance – I operate from (oDesk).

6. Then, I cut the procrastination cord and opened Cookies & Clean ….. after getting past the guilt of doing it …. because surely it’s detracting from my “real” work?!

So, even though I don’t feel like I achieved a huge amount today (and I still want to go and sleep) I created this blog, set up an Instagram account and my mind is already buzzing with the things I can do here.

Believe in wellness

Believe in you.


Vanessa X