Your chance to win…

Want to win a WOTNOT gift pack or an Inspiration book from Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat?

I have 3 WOTNOT Gift Packs and 5 Inspiration books to giveaway as a thank you for answering a short, 10 question survey about Live Healthy Simply.

I sent out a similar survey last year and I found the answers to be so helpful when making decisions on what direction to take Live Healthy Simply.

Knowing what you like, don’t like and the areas you struggle with when it comes to your health helps me keep Live Healthy Simply interesting and more meaningful to you!

A little bit about the prizes

Award winning Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland offers a complete spa and wellness destination to step away from our busy lives and refocus on health. Experience innovative programs from two to seven days, delicious certified organic cuisine, Australia’s only luxury health retreat villas and the stunning Spa Sanctuary the largest spa in the Southern Hemisphere.

Gwinganna’s gift book of inspirations is based on five key elements of healthier living and is filled with ideas to use at home every day, beautiful images and a foreword by part owner, Hugh Jackman. Available for purchase online, simply visit

WOTNOT Naturals was started by Sinead Roberts and Sioned Guard after launching the first environmentally friendly nappy in Australia, Moltex Oko. “As our customers grew to love the quality and eco credentials of the Moltex nappy they asked for complementary products of an equally high standard and with all natural and organic ingredients.

Find out more at

Thank you so much for your feedback and helping me make Live Healthy Simply more relevant to you, my dear reader! I value your time and feedback tremendously and I thank you a thousand times over for your input.

Again the link is Much love and good luck!

Posted in Life

Recipe: cashew cream + my weekend away

Fancy cream but not keen on the dairy?

Fear not!

I have a simple yet delicious recipe for you which is the ideal alternative to regular cream.

This is my Mum’s recipe which we sampled on our weekend visit and given she’s the queen of healthy rest assured it only contains good stuff!


  • 3/4 cup nuts
  • 3 tbsp agrave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Cashew nut cream


  1. Soak the cashew nuts in water for a minimum of 8 hours
  2. Rinse and drain the cashews and blend nuts, agave and vanilla essence in a food processor until creamy
  3. Serve with fruits, baking or eat it right out of the bowl!


Ursula Williams-Shranz

Find out what I learned from taking a long weekend and getting out of the city in tomorrow’s newsletter…Make sure you’re on the list!.

Posted in Holidays, Recipes, Sweet Recipes

A Beginners’ Guide To Juicing

I must admit, I’ve been a very slack on the juicing front of late.

I fell out of the routine when we went overseas for our wedding and I haven’t got back into the swing of things ever since. I’ll juice once a week or buy a juice out (to avoid making a mess at home :S) but my daily juicing practice has well and truly gone out the window!

I’m determined to get back in the habit of juicing daily – It’s really not that hard when it’s part of your routine. It’s just another thing you do and you don’t think twice – it just becomes second nature.

What prompted my return to juicing was an email from my lovely friend Meredith asking for a “Beginner’s Guide to Juicing”. I almost wrote back and said, “I feel like a beginner, the juicer is at the back of the cupboard probably covered in moths!”

But instead, I thought no, I’ll share some useful tips with the hope I might inspire you (and me!) to get juicing.

Jess’ Juicing Tips

  • Drink the juice straight away if possible. Freshly squeezed juice is best drank once juiced as the nutrients start to diminish as time passes
  • If you can’t drink it right away, you can keep your juice in a dark, airtight container, in the fridge for 24 hours
  • What’s the best brand of juicer? I have a Philips QuickClean Juicer, I really like it but in saying that I’ve never used another brand or model
  • My advice when juicer shopping. Choose a relatively affordable juicer, to begin with, you can always upgrade later when you know juicing is for you
  • Juice every day. What every day?! I can practically hear you yelling at me through the screen! Hear me out though… Juice every day for a week and see how it goes for you
  • As Gretchen from The Happiness Project says it’s much easier to do something every day then every second day because it becomes part of your routine. If after a week you want to juice less often, at least you had a good starting point to come back to and you’ll be less likely to give it up completely
  • Juice high sugar fruits in the morning. That way you have the whole day to burn off the sugar
  • Limit fruit juices to 1 a day. This is due to the high sugar content
  • Green juices or vegetable juices are perfect for any time of day

Juicing Combinations for beginners (or anyone not wanting their juice to taste too healthy:)

  • Carrot and cucumber
  • Beetroot, lemon, and carrot
  • Celery, green apple, and cucumber
  • Orange and carrot
  • Lemon, orange, and lime
  • Watermelon & mint

Are you a juicer? What tips do you have for converting someone to juicing?

Love + health,

Posted in Juicing, Recipes

Attention all ambitious women…

My dear friend Ursula launched her blog, The Aspirer yesterday! I’m so proud of her for taking a leap of faith and starting it – launching a website is not as easy as one may think! I interviewed her on blogging, business and staying healthy and these were her answers.

I decided to start The Aspirer as I felt there are too many websites targeted at women that focus on appearance, (whether that be beauty, fashion or interior design) – and not enough on education. I am not ashamed to say that I like looking at fashion and beauty blogs – but they offer little value where my career is concerned. So I saw a need for a website that focuses on women’s careers. I designed the website myself and made sure that it had the look and feel of those ’fun’ fashion and beauty blogs but actually had information about business and career.

I am no expert where career and business are concerned, so I won’t be pretending I am. The Aspirer is a website for all aspiring women and on the site, I’ll be reviewing and interviewing up and coming female entrepreneurs, to share their knowledge to inspire and educate others.

Mari Forleo, Taylor Sterling, Suze Orman, Jodie Fox, Loran Jane, Michell Bridges, Natalie Bloom – they are incredible business women who have created a brand – either about themselves or a passion of theirs.

I am a poll-pescatarian, (a white meat vegetarian) and now I am slowly becoming vegan. I eat vegetables at every meal and avoid large quantities of processed sugar, processed carbs, and fruit. My health is important to me and when I eat well I am a lot more productive and happy. I drink a lot of water and green tea – and I make sure I snack on healthy items such as like goji berries and almonds instead of biscuits. I also go to the gym 5.30am every morning – and it is that habit what keeps me centered. I’m not perfect, and I occasionally do slip up – but over the long term, I look after myself. I am the best investment!

3 tablespoons of cacao powder

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of Natvia

2 tablespoons of water

1 table spoon of squashed banana

Half a teaspoon of baking powder

Mix together until smooth and poor in a muffin tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 170c. Take out, let it cool a bit and serve with coconut milk ice cream.

You can always put the ingredients in a blender with some almond or oat milk and make yourself a decadent chocolate smoothie too!

What are your goals for The Aspire in 2013?

To get the word out there and grow it into the number 1 website for a young career has driven women. I’m going to start interviewing business women in the coming months, so if you’re running your own business and have an interesting story to tell – email me at ursula[at]!

Where do you get business and career advice from? Do you like the idea of The Aspire?


Posted in Interviews

8 Signs You Need A Food Upgrade

How often do you find yourself buying food products purely because they’re cheap or on special?

Is it once in a while or every time you hit the shops?

When you do buy the cheaper option, does it make you feel good or do you feel like you’re trapped in the body of a poor uni student who can’t afford to buy a loaf of bread?

My story

I used to always opt for the cheapest option. I didn’t love myself enough to spend an extra 50c even if I really wanted a particular brand or product – I didn’t believe I was worth it.

Over time I began to realize that by denying myself of what I truly wanted I was telling the world I wasn’t worthy to have it. So I started to make small food upgrades each time I went to the grocery store.

It’s not always related to cost

I love a particular brand of chickpeas and they just so happen to be economical in price. However they’re organic, I love the packaging and whenever I buy them I think about the gourmet salads I’m going to make!

It’s about how the food makes you feel and the ingredients not solely the price.

Raw Pasta

Do you need a food upgrade?

Take this challenge and see if your shopping cart needs an overhaul.

  • I always buy food on special
  • I usually opt for the cheapest option even if I really want something else
  • Price is more important than quality
  • I wish my weight was different
  • I always feel tired
  • After eating a meal I don’t feel satisfied
  • I’m ashamed to invite people over for dinner
  • I always eat the same thing

If you answered yes to 2 of these questions pick 1 food item and upgrade!

Buy sea salt to replace table salt, buy stevia to replace sugar or buy spelled bread to replace wholemeal bread,

The next week upgrade a different item, do this over time and your food choices and health will improve dramatically.

You deserve to be rich in all areas of your life, including health. Don’t deny yourself this right!


Posted in Uncategorized