Environment, just as important as diet i reckon!

I’ve learnt over the last 6 or so months, diet just isn’t enough for health. You can eat all the organic veges in the world, but if you live in a shitty environment you’re just throwing away your hard earned cash and still heading for an early grave… Now when my beloved far too intelligent husband started talking about changing our environment i was all like “whut the hey” what does this even mean. How can environment play an even bigger part of wellbeing and health than diet? I mean diet and exercise fix us right?? Well i’ve learnt thats just not the case, i’ve gotten healthier by firstly environment, followed by diet and you know what? Exercise doesn’t even really enter the equation. That freaking you out?? Lets chat about exercise, i constantly move all day (working in hospo) I’m in the ocean 3-7 days a week, and i skate 3 kilometres every week. AND THATS IT! And i’ve managed to loose 10 kilos. Of course my diet is pretty much in check with no shitty processed crap and a sweet FA sweets, but the weight started to shift when we changed things in our environment.

1) Blue Light… Blue light (i.e. tv, computer, smart phone etc) completely fucks up your circadian rhythms which is paramount for good health, so to combat detriment blue light whilst still living in 2015 and enjoying technology we’ve changed a couple of small things. Firstly we have flux on our computers and smart phones, and from about an hour before sunset we wear blue blocker glasses, the glasses are fucking ugly and somewhat remind me of rave days in the 90s BUT they have totally helped with unwinding at the end of the day and not feeling wired from too much blue light and then not being able to sleep which leads me to…

2) Sleep… The old saying you can sleep when you’re dead, well hey buddy if you don’t get much sleep now, you’ll be dead before you know it so heres an idea get some fucking rest!! Im so peeved off for not taking full advantage of nap time as a child, why the hell was it sooooooo depressing to get the arvo kip? If i could go back in time id tell miniature me to lap it up. Enjoy the mother fucking nap… In our house, its pretty rare to get less than eight hours sleep a night. We make an effort to rest and recover from our day of hard work, and i defiantly can say thats a huge reason why I’ve recovered so fast from candida.

3) WIFI… well it just doesn’t exist in our house. End of story. I sleep so much better from not having it in the house. Don’t want to live in a microwave.

4) The ocean… Im in the water at least 3 times a week no matter the season. I feel recharged and grounded from my ocean dips. Spirtually and physically i feel amazing. The ocean is such a great healer. It centres me and washes away all my worries.

5) Negative people… this is something i just can’t deal with. We’re all known to moan and bitch from time to time, but theres just those people out there that cry victim. First world problems can do all our heads in, but shit is only escalated by negative attitudes, and that energy they expel is draining. You know that person that just doesn’t see how magical life is, only chooses to see the dark clouds not appreciate the beauty of the sun shining thru or the rainbow thats being created by gloomy skies. Everyday be thankful of something in your life! Starting with positivity makes a huge difference, get rid of nasty vibes, i defiantly limit my time with people like that. Because bad attitude gets you absolutely no where. And i hate feeling like someone has raped my soul.

So thats a few things we’ve done to change, I aint no doctor but shit these things have made me feel real good.

Finding your tribe

I’ve been lucky enough to find the most amazing naturopath in my area, i think of her as an earth mother that has been on this planet before. Understanding, inspiring and heck she just gets it. One thing she said to me in a consultation was along the lines of “we all need to find our tribe”

Now that really got my brain going, tribe is such a spiritual way of describing friendship/family and belonging. It made me think about how lucky i am with the tribe that i’ve got. It may be scattered all over australia and the world, but shit i really think I’m the luckiest gal on the planet. Having a tribe means good health. Friends and family that lift you and encourage, not belittle or be jealous of who you are and what you’ve got or haven’t got, to me that equates to healthy living. I’ve learnt as i’ve got older to only surround myself with people that are positive, enjoy life, love adventure and won’t settle for second best. I love meeting new people and sharing the stories of my beautiful friends, that are talented musicians, own cafes, help plan the beautiful cities we live in, travel the world chasing their dreams,jewellery makers, sculptors, writers, bakers, baristas, health professionals and i could go on forever. My friends are my chosen family who have seen me at my best and embraced me in my worst. Im lucky to say the that besties i have, have been exactly that for years. And i guess that now makes me fussy about who I’m letting into my tribe, i’ve learnt that having common interests ain’t enough, it needs to be on a spiritual level, that connection of holding eye contact and feeling energy zoom between two souls. Eep! its so exciting. But also can be sad, that moment where i guess theres almost an air of desperation for people to get along, to “hit it off” especially as you get older, but you know what I’m embracing the fact that i won’t settle for sub-par friendships. I’ve been lucky enough to bond with a few beautiful humans in Torquay, and also i guess rub a couple of people the wrong way, but i’ll never apologise for who i am as person. Because you know what? I fucking love who i’ve become as an adult, i feel strong, i know I’m borderline crazy, and adventurous and not scared to ruffle feathers. I call that living passionately! Question what people have to say, fight for what you believe in, never roll over because its easy. There should be sparks in our eyes, fire in our belly and a smile so big on your face, that people wonder what the fuck you’ve been up too!

Where to start…

AUGUST 22 2014, now thats a date thats going to stick in my head for a very long time… And the reason for that is, that was the day my life changed… FOR THE BETTER! I know that opening sentence sounds very dramatic, and for about a month, i felt like my life had been turned upside down, twisted sideways then shat on by a monkey! That was the day i found out all my fucking allergies. NO EGG, NO GRAINS, NO ROSEMARY,NO MILK, NO SOY, NO ONIONS, NO GARLIC AND NO SUGAR! That was the day i also decided to give up smoking. I’d never been a hard core smoker, could go days if not weeks without smoking, but that was the day that enough was enough. Finding out i couldn’t eat eggs is every Paleo eaters worst nightmare, the grains, well that easy, soy mmm kinda ok (no wonder my face was so fucking swollen whilst i was in Japan) no onions and garlic was to be avoided for only 2 months, so I’m back on that band wagon. Now sugar…

The allergy test came back that i also had candida. So the first thing to go is sugar. Candida thrives on that shit, to the point where cravings are out of control to fuel the yeast growth in your stomach. So i started a full on candida elimination diet, just veges, meat, and limiting my carbs to under 10-15gms a day. Basically a ketogenic diet. It took willpower to a whole new level. My body was in turmoil, stomach cramps, mood swings, nausea, almost fluro green poos, hot flushes, feeling dehydrated no matter how much water i drank. Its been a long hard road, i actually found the first 28 days really easy to stick to the diet, and now i treat myself every now and again (and that is the occasional raw treat, very occasional! A glass of wine here or there, Or some gluten free toast) And even those better option treats make me feel like shit. In 3 months, my body has run a roller coaster, but i’ve kinda enjoyed it. I know that sounds weird, but i never really knew how broken i really was, until i’ve started to feel so alive again! It was similar to the feeling of when i first started eating “paleo” 3 years ago. But now i’ve learnt a butt load more about health, and when and how you should eat (paleohacked i guess) and also its not just diet, but also environment that makes a huge difference in health. So even tho i thought eating simple paleo was good for me, it just wasn’t enough. I could never figure out why i couldn’t loose weight, i’d lost 5-8kgs from eating simple paleo, but it kept fluctuating. It wasn’t until we moved to the beach, did we really concentrate on our surroundings. Small things like, getting rid of wifi in the house, using flux on the computers, wearing blue blocker glasses at night, drinking and cooking with only pure filtered water, swimming in the ocean at least 3-4 times a week (CT), fun exercise only once or twice a week, making sure i get at least 8hrs sleep a night, cell phone set to flight mode at bedtime, eating a fuckload of seafood (especially oysters). Teamed up with my candida diet, I’m fucking flourishing! I feel amazing again, i know i still have a wee bit to go, i reckon it’ll be another 9 months of being dedicated to my health and environment.

Im lucky enough to be married to a legend, whose knowledge blows my mind on a daily basis, i couldn’t have down it without him and also my amazing naturopath Anita. They’re a duo that are fighting the good cause of me being healthy!!

So my goal now is to keep this blog up. Get my creative juices flowing again, and bore the crap outta the 5 people that read my shit!

How my life has changed…

Two years ago, i was miserable, living in pain from grains. After seeing nautropaths and GPs they couldn’t figure out what was wrong we me, i had celiac testing come back negative, gave up nightshades, still no difference, told to eat more grains for fibre, which caused chronic diarrhoea. My anxiety levels were beyond comprehendible, depression had set it, my eczema was so bad on my feet and hands that my skin was literally tearing every day. Some days i could barely walk without pain. I looked like i was pregnant (at least 6mths!) so i’d diet and exercise 5-6 times a week, with my calorie counting watch, not leaving the gym until i had burned 1200 calories, and wondering why i was exhausted! I was malnourished and in that chronic cardio addiction stage. I had put my mental health depletion  down to moving from Melbourne to Bendigo. Never in my wildest dreams did i realise it was the porridge i was having for breakfast, that “healthy” chicken and salad sandwich, finishing the day off with my Father In Laws delicious pasta with crusty bread on the side, going to gym nearly everyday doing a warmup ,at least one class if not two, and cycling to work.  I mean this is all pretty healthy right? WRONG!

I soon got bored doing regular gym classes and talked to a trainer at my gym that suggested cross fit. I remember my first WOD feeling dead afterwards, but a sense of HELL YEAH! Im exhausted in the best possible way. So like a lot of people that do cross fit, the word paleo was thrown my way. I raced home and started “googling” paleo. And thinking shit, this is going to be hard. I kept it to myself for awhile, just pondering this “paleo lifestyle” thinking mmm bacon for breakfast you say hey… Well that sounds delightful! My husband is an Osteopath, so we did some investigation into paleo, not just reading peoples success stories, but actual research done on paleo, reading paper after paper, buying books galore. We started out slowly, with Josh (my hubby) getting more and more involved with this paleo life, before we knew it we were 90% paleo and feeling fantastic! My anxiety had more or less disappeared after a few weeks, eczema was GONE, no longer looking like i was pregnant and people started commenting on how fantastic i looked, the most common thing said was “wow you look so young, and your skin is glowing!” This 33 year lady loves hearing things like that!

Now it wasn’t easy, and still comes hard sometimes. Im an emotional eater, so every now and again i fall of the wagon, and feel atrocious, and slowly but surely, my skin starts to look awful, the mental clarity isn’t there, and i look bloated and look and feel so tired. But i always get back up there and feel fantastic, the goal for 2013 is to feel the best i’ve ever felt. By being at least 90% paleo, and only surrounding myself with people and attitudes that equate to a happy healthy life. And so far we’re winning.

I remember after being paleo for a couple of months, Josh turned to me said “i always thought i was really healthy, but now i realise i was so use to being blogged down with grains  that it felt normal, i was a sick man” that is something that has stuck in my head. Josh is so dedicated to this lifestyle, he’s now incorporating it into is Osteopathy, helping many a patient with diet. We’re such foodies, so we’ve embraced this lifestyle by having fun in the kitchen and inventing delightful meals that aren’t just meat and 3 veg. I’ve always enjoyed baking, so its been fun playing with old favourite recipes, and trolling the internet for like minded people.

So this blog, is i guess, my personal diary, my creations and failures in the kitchen, and my happiness from eating clean.