In focus: cook book, podcast for ladies and other things we loved

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In focus is a fortnightly, online update on things that the focus team has loved. New places we have discovered, food we’ve enjoyed and events that have made us happy – here’s a glimpse into our lives from the past two weeks.

WINGING IT, Emma Isaacs

Emma Isaacs, founder and global CEO of Business Chicks, Australia’s largest and most influential community for women, shares some great advice from her successful entrepreneurial journey. With five children and an international company to run, Emma has done things differently. She doesn’t have a five-year plan but rather takes action, does what feels right and ‘wings it’ as she goes along. Drawing on her life stories, Emma shows us that you can’t plan every detail and wait until things are just right but, rather, that you need to take action and figure out things as you move along. Winging It is a quick read, full of inspiring snippets and great advice.

THE NOURISHING COOK, Leah Itsines

Food blogger and self-taught cook Leah Itsines is on a mission to help people make healthy eating decisions with her simple and delicious recipes. In the first part of the book, Leah explains why she cooks the way she does and explores the science behind nutrition and balance. The second part illustrates what a typical ‘day on a plate’ looks like and how it can be altered to suit individual preferences. The last part presents a collection of simple, tasty recipes that cover a range of dietary requirements. My favourites, so far, include quinoa pancakes, zucchini and pumpkin fritters, Moroccan chicken salad, and ginger chicken meatballs with Thai salad. Wonderful recipes with beautiful images – interestingly, there are no sweet treats or desserts included!

Ladies We Need To Talk

A podcast for women that isn’t afraid to dive headfirst into the tricky topics we often avoid talking about. Host Yumi Stynes covers topics such as The Pelvic Flaw in All of Us, Closing the Orgasm Gap, Foreplay: getting what you want, and Has anyone seen my libido? Australian Podcast Awards Lifestyle and Health 2018 Winner.