Love + Bark

Given it was Valentine’s day yesterday and there is a whole lotta love and devotion, not to mention chocolate, and cut flowers (you know they die when you cut them right?!Buy a plant instead) going around on socials, and in stores, I thought what better time than to look at ways we can cultivate a little self-love.

What is self-love?

Not the narcissistic, egotistical characteristics. The nurturing and kindness that we often neglect to reflect in.

Self-love is being compassionate with oneself, saving space for our short coming, non-judgmentally accepting all inherent aspects, through positive actions, thoughts and behaviours. Showing appreciation to ourselves in entirety we can increase our well-being.

Not only do we cultivate a healthy foundation for positive relationship with ourselves but with those we love.

As the saying goes (and for good reason), It is only when we fill our own cup, can we help fed others.

I know in myself when I don’t feel the love within that this can only reflect onto those around me through my own thoughts, feelings and subsequent behaviours. Our own shitty self-defeating attitudes and actions need to be cleaned up before we can look to others to fill our void with roses, fluffy toys and chocolates.

Love is the source of all good. Where there is fear, anger, resentment, love is absent.

There are many positive and healthy ways that we can cultivate the loving we crave for ourselves. A holistic approach takes into consideration all aspects; mental, physical and environmental. What we eat to what thoughts create in our reality and what environment we find ourselves in.

Growing your sense of compassion inwards not only boosts your overall sense of well-being, contentment and happiness but will turn you into a magnet, like attracts like after all..

Starting with nutrition, it is crucial that we are eating a whole food diet, with food as close to their natural state as possible. This ensures your body is running in prime form.

A healthy body is a healthy mind and since we create our own thoughts, let make them healthy too with the following ideas. Ditch the processed sugar and nil nutrient Cadbury's for a healthy version.


½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp. maple or preferred sweetener

¼ cup chopped nuts and seeds

¼ cup goji berries

¼ tsp cinnamon

Pinch sea salt

Mix cacao powder and melted coconut oil, adding preferred sweetener. Pour into silicone mould. Top with chopped nuts, seeds and goji berries. Chill in fridge, when set break into pieces.

This homemade chocolate is super easy and working with the equal parts of powder to oil, you can add any flavour mix up to create a quick, easy and nutritious snack! Try mixing 2 tbsp. nut butter through and finely chopped dates, sprinkle with flaked sea salt for a snicker’s fix!

Small incremental changes to our diet can have significant effects on our mental well-being. A diet rich in wholefoods feeds the microbiome (little bugs) that fuels our bodies.

All hormones are regulated in the gut so it only makes sense that, ‘good food, good mood’… right?!

This is a corny one, however try it and then tell me it’s too mushy.. Write yourself a LOVE LETTER; as if you were writing to someone you loved.