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    We often have team lunches here at Wild Women HQ. When we do, our Chief Adventure Chick Di often makes a salad. But it's not any old salad. It's a totally EPIC, 'omg-what-is-in-that?' salad. 

    The secret, she says, is the dressing. Here's her super simple, secret recipe. 

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    A few years ago, I was diagnosed with depression.

    I'm a lot better now, but I still have bad days. When this happens, and I wake up in the morning with nothing but dread and panic, I’ve got some go-to techniques to help me get back on my feet. Most are things I learned in recovery, through therapy, research, reading and recommendations from family and friends. Some are just things I did and found really helpful.

    I hope they can help you, too.

     

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    Many of us live in a stressful world where we’re constantly rushing from one commitment to the next. And while a little stress can be good for motivation and productivity, chronic stress can cause disease. 

    But there’s an antidote to this stress. It's simple, easy, quick and free. Here's how to make it a habit. 

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    Over the past 10 years, we’ve become better at talking about mental health issues. Many of us wear our hearts on our sleeves, literally. Anxious has become an adjective, an Instagram bio. It’s not uncommon to see wrists decorated with semicolon tattoos, a symbol supporting suicide prevention. 

    But these conditions remain invisible. As much as we want to liken them to a broken arm or bout of flu, they can’t be diagnosed with x-rays or blood tests. Likewise, they can’t be healed without tremendous effort from the one who is hurting, something that can feel impossible with a condition like depression. 

    It’s this that can make these issues feel so hopeless. But when we have hope, we have healing. 

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    No matter how much you plan for your next adventure, the reality is some things just won't go your way. 

    But if you add these four key elements, you've got yourself a wild adventure you'll remember forever.

  • Recipe developed by Di Westaway and Wild Women On Top

    This recipe is so good you'll want to make it at home, but we promise it tastes better on day three of a hike... 

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    We're going to let you in on a secret. Setting up a cheese board after a hike in the middle of the bush seems fancy and impressive, but it's really, REALLY simple. And quick. And easy. Here's how to do it. 

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    By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick at Wild Women On Top

    Do you often exclaim to others (or yourself) that you're just SO busy? Do you feel like you're constantly time poor? Are you stressed, tired or wrung out often?

    That used to be me. Here's why I stopped wearing busy as a badge of honour. 

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    Whether she's going on a local hike, or packing for a long-haul adventure, Di Westaway never leaves the house without this hiking gear.

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    Along with her usual hiking staples of salty snacks and a first-aid kit, there's one piece of kit Coach Jacq swears by for longer adventures. This item is well worth the extra weight in your pack.

     

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    At the end of a long walk, there's nothing much better than sitting with your girlfriends on a clifftop with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and a delicious sweet. Ann's muffin recipe is the perfect treat for the trail.

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    It's finally spring! So now's the perfect time to get off the couch and ditch Netflix for the outdoors. These are the adventures you should put on your must-do list.

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    By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick at Wild Women On Top

    You’ll love Di’s delicious Buckini Bars, which are packed full of love and nutrition to keep you and your family healthy and happy every day. They are a perfect, super food for wilderness walks, long-haul adventures, Coastrek hikes, exam weeks and breaky on the go. 

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    Ever felt overwhelmed and confused about what to bring in your pack on a hike? We feel you. Melbourne Trek Training coach Sarah Biggs shares the five pieces of kit she won't leave the house without.

     

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    If you’re trying something new, you’re probably not going to be good at it straight away. If you’ve only just started hiking, it’s going to take time, practice and commitment to do something like climb Mount Kilimanjaro. 

    Being a newbie can be scary. But growth doesn’t happen in your comfort zone. The magic happens when you fail and try again.

  • One of our Wild Women, Angela, set herself a challenge. To get up when it was still dark to watch the sunrise every morning. Even when it was freezing. Even when she just wanted to turn off her alarm and stay in bed. 

    Here's how it changed her life. 

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    This creamy pumpkin soup is packed full of veggies and is absolutely bursting with flavour. It's the perfect soup to warm you up in winter. 

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    We know how amazing we feel post workout. But getting out of bed early, before the sun is up, isn't easy. Especially in winter. When it's cold, and dark, and rainy outside.

    Here are 10 great tips that make getting out the door and onto the trail a happy ritual, not a dreaded task.

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    If you're looking for a dish that adds extra veggies to your diet, isn't fussy, and is still lush and flavourful, this is a pefect dish for you. 

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    There's so much to love about sitting down for a plate of pancakes on a Sunday morning after a nice, long walk. They're fluffy, they're flavourful, and they reignite your inner child.

    This week we've got a super delicious and nutritious pancake recipe for you, thanks to one of our amazing team, Robby. 

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