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!

Update time

I’ve really picked up my game in been super healthy since my last post, but most especially in the last 7 days. This last week i’ve eaten strict paleo, with my only vice being a small (and i mean tiny) piece of dark chocolate every second night. I’ve replaced my breakie with a green smoothie, i make about a litre of the vege overload and sip it throughout the morn… Gone are the cafe lattes and they’ve been replaced with long blacks. The smoothies have given my metabolism a huge shake up, since monday i’ve lost 2 inches off my waist (so all up 3 inches in nearly a month). I’ve got to be honest the smoothies aren’t the most delightful things, but they’re not offensive. I’ve been having

2 handfuls of spinach

cup of blueberries

stalk of celery

whole lemon (peel off)

knob of ginger

2 glasses of water

chuck it all in the thermomix, on speed 10 for 1-2mins and voila! This literally keeps me full for 4-5hours, and I’m not in a sedentary job, as a barista I’m on my feet for 9 hours a day. The results are fucking unreal!! And because change has happened so fast I’m more determined than i ever have been. My energy levels have doubled and i just feel happier. And the added bonus of weight loss is the cherry on the top (of coconut ice-cream but of course)

Usually by my weekend i’m rooted, so emotionally depleted and physically exhausted from working in hospo (don’t get me wrong, i love my job, its just demanding) but today being the start of my weekend , i’ve been buzzing around cooking, prepping and cleaning, usually i’d plant my arse on the couch and smash out a tv series! The joy of falling off the wagon and getting back on it, is the initial high from fuelling your body with the best possible food. Its contagious! Fuck feeling like shit ever again… This is defiantly a new me!

Soooooo go paleo if you know whats good for ya!

un-paleo exercise

Because of Crossfit i fell in love with Paleo… And I’m scared to admit this… But i don’t think i really like Crossfit. (waits for 20 burly men and women to kick my arse). At the time i adored it, i loved feeling like i’d had my arse severely kicked, to the point where i couldn’t walk home, and i could feel my heart pounding in my head and my toes. But i didn’t like the pain that followed, my knees were always sore, constant muscle fatigue and i’m going to sound like a whinger, but hell Crossfit in an Australian summer is bullshit, i remember doing one WOD on a friday nite, that was mostly running. It was hot, windy and dusty. So dusty that i’d actually lost my voice at the end of the WOD. I still have moments of, man i need to get back to crossfit, but then i remember how competitive i am, and when that happens  my technique flies out the window, i hurt myself and then i have my Osteopath husband tell me off. So i guess i don’t hate it, but i don’t know if i have love for it. But what else is out there? I hate running, and the idea of lifting at a gym doesn’t float my boat either.

So I’m going against the grain (pun intended) and embracing spin… I know there’s people out there that find it ludicrous that someone will drive to a gym to hop on a stationary bike, now i love going for bike rides, but the idea of donning lycra and padded butt shorts does not excite me at all. I guess being a barista at a cafe that cyclists flock to, has really really put me off. So once or twice a week i go to my local gym and do a night ride class (dark room with black lighting, loud music) and i really love it. I enjoy getting so sweaty that it literally flows down my back. I leave that class feeling spent but so very alive. But i feel like i may be the only paleo chick doing that kind of exercise! My exercise routine last week was varied to say the less! Burlesque dancing monday, body balance thurs and spin friday. And of course walking to work everyday and a bit of heavy lifting. Doesn’t sound very “paleo” tho does it!

It was the first time in months i actually did more than a bit of walking, and i feel bloody amazing! And i’ve lost 1kg so thats a bonus. As soon as i have a exercise routine happening, my eating improves and i maintain a 90-95% paleo diet. So one week on, i can feel my body transforming already, energy levels are way back up there. I know that diet is a main contributor to weightless but teamed up with a little bit of exercise then BAM! Body loves you!

So don’t hate me for my un-paleo exercise, i’ve never ever really fitted in with anything, and have always added my own spin on things. So fingers crossed i can loose these last 10kgs with all my new exercise classes.

Paleo Carrot and Cranberry Cake

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I found a delish carrot cake recipe on Thermomix Recipe page. Its sound delightful, but i can never follow a recipe without making a few tweaks! The carrots i used were from the Bendigo Farmers Market, they were so so sweet, maybe the best carrots i’ve ever had. The original recipe is here. And this is my rendition. She may not look pretty but she tastes superb. If you don’t have a thermomix, you’ll be able to make this in a food processor, just use almond meal instead of raw almonds, and grate the carrots first.

300 grams raw almonds

4 large carrots cut in inch blocks

4 eggs

an inch of vanilla bean

2 tsp cinnamon ground

1/2 tsp nutmeg

60 grams avocado oil

60 grams maple syrup

2 tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder

90 grams cranberries

Preparation

1.

Preheat oven to 160C.

2.  Place almonds in mixing bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 9 or until milled – if you are in tune with your Thermomix you can hear when most milling, chopping, grating is done).

3.  Add carrots and grate 5 sec/speed 6 – it will mix with the almond meal.  Scrape down the sides.

4.  Add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, oil and maple syrup and mix 15 sec/speed 5.

5.  Add baking powder and combine 5 sec/speed 5.

6.  Add cranberries and mix on Reverse 5 sec/speed 4.

7.  Pour into a prepared 20 centimetre baking tin and bake for one hour  or until cooked through.

8.   Remove from oven and cool completely in the tin, then turn out.

9. No need to ice! i just ate with a spread of butter.

My paleo chocolate

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My paleo chocolate

I’ve been making this chocolate for about 6 mths now, it just hangs in the freezer when hubby and i have a sweet tooth craving. There is no added sugar in it, all natural. And i love it! So it’s time i share the super easy recipe.

With todays batch i used Edna (thermomix)

INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1
Grate 250 grams of cacao butter 5-10 seconds on speed 8. Then Melt 3 mins at 50 degrees celcius. Then add about 1/4 cup of cacao powder

STEP 2
Whilst the cacao butter is melting, chop a handful of cranberries, handful almonds, handful dried apricots, small handful of pistachios and a small chilli.

STEP 3
Combine the melted “chocolate” and the nuts/fruit. Then pour onto a baking tray covered in baking paper. The chocolate won’t be as thick as other chocolate, so its thin with delicious chunky bits! I now leave the tray in the freezer and just break bits off when I’m having sugar craving. But its sugar free!

What our fridge looks like.

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What our fridge looks like.

To succeed at the Paleo lifestyle, you need to be organised, especially when you first start. Otherwise its pretty easy to fall off the wagon. We cleared our pantries out got rid of all the grains, legumes, processed foods and sugar. We decided to take them to a food bank (now i actually feel pretty awful about that, passing on sub-par food to the needy)

We shop once a week, and go to a few places. We get our meat from the local butcher or Aldi (both grassfed). Fruit and veges from Bendigo whole foods, aldi and the local greengrocer, we try to buy organic, but sometimes thats hard in a small town. And also try to buy in season.

Bendigo whole foods is a godsend for my baking requirements, supplying loving earth and are always super helpful and go out of their way to help us.

Organising the fridge takes an hour each week, rotating veges, putting berries into containers so they last longer, cutting asparagus and celery into pieces etc etc. I LOVE doing this, i get all excited over the colours and feel proud to be eating clean. Its inspiring, and you know what i always get a rush of pride when i look at other peoples trollies. SHOP THE PERIMETER of the stores people! The middle is full of shit. Looking at the photo makes me so excited!! nomnomnom