Women’s Wellness – with a Kiwi twist


Watching New Zealand women inspire and motive other women is hugely exciting. And Makaia Carr, founder of MotiveMe NZ (motivatemenz.co.nz) joining forces with Julia and Libby Matthews (julianadlibby.com) for a series of Women’s Wellness events around New Zealand is reason to celebrate.

It is a chance to hear about their personal health journeys, their tips for simplifying a healthy approach in today’s fast paced-busy world and join in a Q&A session to pick their brains about what you need to know.

Tickets are selling out fast, so if you’ve managed to score tickets to the Hamilton event, we’ll see you there. And everyone attending any of the Women’s Wellness events will receive a complimentary issue of Fitness Journal in their goody bag. We are proud to team up with such amazing women who represent everything we are about: health, wellbeing, fitness and confidence.

The Women’s Wellness events are being held at Tauranga (December 1), Hamilton (December 2), Christchurch (December 3), Dunedin (December 8) and Wellington (December 9). Book your ticket at ticketdirect.co.nz

julialibbyWellness Warriors: Julia and Libby

New Zealand sisters Julia and Libby Matthews have rocketed into the spotlight since starting their foodie blog three years ago (juliaandlibby.com).

Little did they realise that sharing their passion for nourishing and delicious recipes would set them on the path to signing a book deal with the largest publishing house in the world (Penguin Random House), travelling the world and running their own cooking workshops.

The self-confessed lovers of everything that nourishes the body, mind and soul believe that beauty starts from within and food can be used as medicine. Their approach to health is connected to both their educational
study of the subject and their personal beliefs on the lifestyle it creates. And it helps that their glowing radiant good looks are testament to their lifestyle.

The sisters create recipes that are full of nutrients, using whole food with minimal processing. The recipes are easy to follow and the girls love putting a twist on old classics and dreaming up new creations using some of their favourite foods.  All recipes are free of refined sugar, most are dairy free, gluten free and vegan.

Libby has a Naturopathy Degree, from Wellpark College of Natural Therapies.  Julia is studying in Sydney towards a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Naturopathy.

“We did not start our blog with any intention of being where we are today,” admits Julia. “None of what has happened ever crossed our minds but we are so happy it has and feel grateful every single day to be able to do what we do.”

You can meet Julia and Libby at the upcoming series of Women’s Wellness events taking place throughout New Zealand this month. In the meantime, try Julia’s delicious celebration cake recipe.

“This is one of my favourite cake recipes,” says Julia, “although for this occasion I wanted it to be super special and a little bit different from how I normally make it, so for me that was adding chocolate, of course.

“After the cake had set and I had a bite, the first thing that came to my mind was “wow, this tastes like a Jelly Tip. An ice cream like layer, berries and chocolate. So delicious, yet so guilt free.  As it is not summer yet I have used frozen berries and all the nuts I use are bulk purchased from Alison’s Pantry (cost saving method).

“If you are vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free, gluten free or LCHF this recipe will fit in with your dietary requirements.”


Fighting Fit: Makaia Carr

If you’re a New Zealand woman interested in your health and wellbeing, chances are you have heard of the phenomenon that is Makaia Carr.

This lone warrior started MotivateMe NZ, which has grown to become one of the country’s most inspirational sites for women supporting women (motivatemenz.co.nz)

Now surrounded by a team of like-minded enthusiasts around the country, Makaia ‘s message is spreading far and wide.

“The first step is to believe in yourself! You can achieve anything you want. Believe in yourself and your goals. A key step to achieving this is surrounding yourself with the right people that will support and encourage you along the way. MotivateMe NZ is here for like-minded Kiwi women looking for positive support, encouragement and advice.”

Makaia is about to take to the stage for one of her greatest challenges yet; stepping into the boxing ring at the upcoming MJT Celebrity Boxing Tournament, being held in Auckland on November 28.
And straight after that she is back on the road spreading her inspirational words, with Julia and Libby Matthews (juliandlibby.com) as they tour New Zealand for a series of Women’s Wellness events.


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