Giving up grains is quite foreign to me. I never really associated grains to be inflammatory or contribute to my poor digestion. Whilst spending 6 weeks overseas in the UK, all I ate was gluten, lactose/dairy, spuds and more gluten, but never really felt the effects, despite being intolerant. I had probiotics with me which were prescribed by a Naturopath to help adapt to the change in food processing and help me enjoy my first time abroad without feeling too sluggish. I had an absolute ball whilst over there but, boy oh boy, when I returned back and my adrenaline stopped pumping, THATS when the after effects started to set in – the bloating, the brain fog, the disturbed sleep, the lethargy, lack of motivation – all very similar symptoms I was incurring over the span of 3 years, trying to find what style of eating worked best for me. It was this time I really wanted to feel and look healthy again. I wanted to wake up with more energy, feel good from the …
Almost every year for the whole month of December I’m either cooking up treats, eating the treats (or doing them both at the same time hehe) or attending christmas parties and enjoying the celebration of Christmas, with food. A whole lotta food. But with this comes a loss of focus on training and diet and as a result a few kilos pile on. Which is completely okay because food is good and nothing in the world is better than food and family (am i right?), but the struggle to get back on the band wagon once christmas is over is very real! So this year one of my goals is to try and stay focused and on point with my training and eating AS CLOSE to Christmas as I can.. and then relax and enjoy every single mouthful of food on Christmas day without guilt, and appreciate and honor the food baby which may come my way. Christmas is my favourite time of year so there is NO CHANCE its not going to have indulgence …
These gingerbread vegan protein balls are leftovers from yesterdays dessert cook up! Literally took me 20 minutes to whip up, clean up and eat 1 or two… perfect for a last minute sweet tooth crisis 😉 Into a blender: 1.5 cup soaked almonds 4 pitted medjool dates 1 scoop Body Science Vegan protein (optional – can replace with cacao powder or hemp powder) 1 teasoiin ginger spice 1 teaspoon cinnamon Pulse for 1-2 minutes until formed into a large “dough” ball Divide into mini balls (and optional – roll in coconut) Store in fridge or freezer for up to 2 months. Extras: if these are for Christmas and your family are non-vegan, you can roll them in white chocolate and top with some chia seeds and goji berries. A vegan option – roll in vegan white chocolate or top with whipped coconut cream, a mint leaf and goji berry) You may also want to use the same mixture to make some GINGERBREAD MEN. How? Once mixture is formed into a large ball, instead or rolling …
I know its only November but you can never prepare for christmas too early. My favourite time of year is only rightly celebrated with my (so far) favourite chocolate recipe. May I introduce you into the jolly month of December with these chocolate bliss balls….. its okay, you can thank me later.
Vitamins, along with minerals, are an essential part of our diet and are the basic tools of nutrition. As a nutritionist and naturopath in training, knowing the function and roles of both types of vitamins are important. Especially when it comes to clinic consultations as clients symptoms can often present as a nutrient deficiency or toxicity. The functions and actions of vitamins are also important in particular diseases or syndromes because some conditions need to avoid particular vitamins and foods. Eg- somebody with gallstones should avoid fat in their diet as they aggregate the gallbladder and cause further pain. With that in mind, I thought it would be cool to breakdown vitamins, why they are important to include into our diet and where we can find them.
Call me a freak for saying this, but it happens every time and I need to tell you all about it. I truly do love bananas. But every time I go to peel one and eat it, all I can think of is
Spent yesterday baking ahead for afternoon tea with my baby cousin and aunty, when I came a cross a heap of organic beetroots I forgot about in my back fridge. I’ve always loved the taste of them but never found a way to make something tastier than a boring boiled beetroot and spinach salad, so I went onto pintrest and found some inspiration for this Beetroot Dip – which I made for the first time in my new Optimum 4200 blender!
Its thick and rich, creamy and smooth and good for you… like really good for you, I guarantee you wont feel guilty eating it. Win win, I know. Apart from these nut crackers (which make me palpitate) this Choc oh licious mousse is actually life changing, and very versatile.
I’m sure you could agree with me food is life and you only squat to drop it low, sticking yo cheeks out as far back as you can for all the boys/girls to see and drool over when you return for another 15 reps. Its okay, you’re not alone, I totally get you. You gotta use those mirrors to your advantage somehow. Hehehehe
If you’ve ever experienced long exhausting flights you would probably know what an absolute bitch it is towards your skin, gut and sleeping patterns! Some of you may know from following me on my personal Instagram that I have recently just returned from four weeks in the UK + Ireland on a solo trip followed by a Topdeck tour, which was so much fun and as cliché as it sounds, life changing! (Everyone says it but its so true!)