2017 – The year I not so quietly turn 50

2017 – A powerful year of new beginnings – Universal year 1 numerology – spiritual meaning – the year I not so quietly turn 50.

I have been inspired by a friend who spent her 50th year doing fifty new things which included teaching herself to swim and  swimming with dolphins on her birthday, just  a few examples of a huge array of daily new things posted to her facebook page.  Annie excelled, easily exceeding the set task. Thank you for being a great inspiration for my year ahead!

So with this inspiration I decided to set some intentions for my year of turning 50 and started with the thought of perhaps I should also attempt fifty new things this year. My mind started ticking………I always wanted to run the New York Marathon when a memory popped up. A few Easter ago I made a pact with my nephew, that we would both do the NYM.  During the……..yes I’ve got this……..hand shake, Ants and I placed a $1000 bet on it if either of us should chicken out.

I then thought about my life, my business with advising my clients on how to live a healthier life.  I feel am reasonably healthy in my day to day yet I would often falter when I socialize.  There have too often been the f**k it moments with my love of salty chips (hot and crisps) alcohol (just a few wines I may add), soft gooey cheese and I have always loved something sweet after a meal.  I had to take on those things that were not the fun easy things, I had to do the ones that scared me the most.

While I mull this all over in my head I start telling my close family my intentions for the year and in return received a lot of eye rolling and that’s a bit excessive isn’t it mum. I could hear their thoughts loud and clear, oh my god, now what is she going to do. Just when they think all is going easily in our lives I love to move the boundaries and shake life up. I can also just hear my mum saying, cant you just sit down and stop for a minute, Lol, sorry Nola, I’ll do that later. It just wouldn’t be me if I sat and watched the world go by, my spirit and soul needs to be the one running past and not missing out on anything.

So it’s set I’ve now had my last indulgences, from Christmas to New Years Eve I pretty much ate and drank everything I wouldn’t normally to just totally get it all out of my system.  I ate pizza, toast, haighs chocolate freckles (kids xmas presents, sorry kids) and my last champagne and cocktails.  It is also very interesting the emotional rollercoaster that followed me during this time and how I was not my usual confident self.

For my next 12 months I am giving up;

  • Alcohol (kefir and kombucha exempt)
  • Wheat & Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Processed foods
  • Processed sugar
  • I would normally include coffee but I don’t drink it anyway

I also plan to attempt to do fifty new things and yes sorry Ants, including running the New York Marathon on the 5th November 2017.

With that all out there now there is no going back, eeeeeeek.

I will be posting regular updates on my journey and would love anyone to join me, to share successes and the tears and would love any input, advice and support along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon & Poppy Seed Biscuits

This recipe is in the ebook A Nourishing Kitchen By Amy Crawford, one of my first ebooks that I bought and very much worth the buy. These bikkies are just delicious and mourish, full of lemony flavour and everyone loves them. I often make a double batch and store half in the freezer. Perfect to go with a cup of tea and a book for afternoon time out.

YOU’LL NEED
1.5 cups cashews, ground to meal
1 cup arrowroot/tapioca flour (plus a little extra just in case)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup of maple syrup
Zest of a whole lemon
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 egg, lightly whisked
A good pinch of Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt

WHAT TO DO

Set oven to 155 deg C
Combine the cashew meal, arrowroot flour, salt, poppy seeds and lemon zest. Mix in the oil, syrup and egg. I tend to throw the whole lot in the thermomix and on reverse. Alternatively you could just mix with your hands to work it to a dough like texture, adding oil or extra flour where needed.

After combining the mixture into dough, pop it into the fridge for 15 minutes to chill and firm up.

Place the dough between two sheets of baking paper and roll it out until it is very thin (mine are about 1/2 centimetre). If it sticks to the paper you will need to add more flour. Using a cookie cutter cut your desired cookie shapes and place onto a baking paper lined baking tray. Keep following this process until you have finished your dough.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until just turning golden brown. Check them at 10 mins and thereafter every few minutes as the will over cook very quickly. Take out and transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool.

Biscuits will store in an air-tight container for a few weeks or even longer in the freezer.

Coconut Yoghurt

Coconut Yoghurt has stepped up to the plate and is becoming a staple in the fridge next to the kale and raw desserts, well, definitely in my fridge anyway. I have become the queen of Coconut Yoghurt making ever since I discovered the amazing recipe and culture starter the makes the process exceptionally simple, easy and yummy. The culture comes from the amazing Kirsty Wirth, a brilliant South Australian woman who has turned hers and her beautiful young children’s lives around. Did you know the bacteria in yoghurts are robust little creatures that can even eat through plastic, yes that means your eating the tub with the yoghurt from store bought brands. By making your own yoghurt you know the correct healing cultures are provided, its clean with no nasties and it’s much cheaper.

I hosted my first real, workshop this weekend just gone and have had a very inspiring and positive response. It scared the pants off me, but I’m hoping I’ll get the hang of it and looking forward to doing more.

The incredible health benefits of including coconut yoghurt and coconut kefir into your food routine is one that I would like to see standard in everyone’s daily life, the culture is high potency and by eating one cup of yoghurt per day equals to one bottle of probiotics.

Our gut is often damaged from things such as medications, antibiotics, preservatives, alcohol and stress is a huge one, and we don’t realise the health warning signs our body is telling us there is an issue until it’s quite bad. It doesn’t always come out as a belly ache and bloating, it can be skin issues, acne, emotional and hormonal imbalance or anxiety and can also lead to more chronic issues.

Your gut is the key foundation of your health and by nourishing your gut and allowing the microbiome to flourish and heal you will absorb nutrients from the food you eat and maintain a healthy immune system.

Along with just eating it, include it with granola and fruit and tastes amazing in a smoothie. Here is my favourite recipe

STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

1 Punnet Strawberries preferably organic (mine are frozen, so it makes a thicker consistency)
1 Handful of spinach
Juice from 1 lemon
2 tbsp Coconut Yoghurt
1/2 cup coconut kefir
1 tbsp Pea Protein Powder (I like Theresa Kerr’s Organic), could swap for hemp seeds
Coconut Water

So jump on board and order your cultured starter here and you can join me in OWNING IT and making your own cultured yoghurt and kefir.

Cherry Ripe Truffles

We are in the down hill slide to Christmas day, and the frenzy for some is ramping up. I, surprisingly, have everything under control this year, and am now just enjoying the spirit of Christmas. It’s been a big year for me and looking back at what has changed and what I have achieved has been huge and now reflect with a sigh and some relief.

I am very much a Christmas festive person and have over the years slowly changed from eating all the standard Christmas foods with processed sugar, wheat, dairy to a healthier better way that my body much prefers. The sharing of recipes with social media really is something else and I admire and respect the openness and kindness of everyone who happily and willingly share their recipes.

I would like to share a favourite of ours that I have been making the last few years. We are lucky enough in the Adelaide Hills to have an amazing supply of fresh cherries that taste just delicious, It’s sometimes hard to not just eat them just as they are (but yes I still do), but believe me it is well worth the effort to make these truffles and have had many requests for this recipe.

CHERRY RIPE TRUFFLES

We all need a bit of Inspiration every now and then

I had been thinking of making a few tweeks to my diet for a while and I always work better when I have a challenge behind me. So I thought since starting two weeks ago I thought I should make it official that I have gone PALEO, (yes I know its a huge fad right now) and put it into print because once it is officially out there I have to stick to it no matter what. Pete Evans has been my inspiration behind making the changes, having met the man recently, reading the posts from his face book tribe and hearing of the success I thought it time to shake it up and give it a serious effort.

Coming to the end my second week on Pete Evans Paleo Activation, and even though, those who know me, I am a great one to stick to something once I make my mind up, and I am a very clean, organic, gluten and wheat free eater. With only making a few changes, giving up white potatoes (the Irish in me loves white potatoes and if I may say so myself I am excellent at cooking them) and including tasty home made broth and presently kim chi, plus increasing my fat intake, I am seeing and feeling the difference in my everyday life, which surprises me because I already ate so well. I have to say I’m enjoying the way the whole program has been set as I can choose the recipes I like and whether your a cook or not they are easy to follow and just so, so tasty.

I am noticing more energy, concentration levels have improved, inflammation and bloating at the end of the day is no longer there, and gym, yoga is less hard (Julia this doesn’t give you the green light to hammer me at Gym) and I have a spring to my step and a smile on my face today. My hubby has also commented how he is seeing the improvements in himself which are also similar to mine including, sleeping better, improved stress levels and reduction in his waist line already, woohoo.

Listening to a few podcasts today of Pete Evans and Nora Gedgaudas on the wellness couch has totally inspired me to take a stand, put myself out there with what I believe in, trust my instinct and hope that I can inspire others to take the few steps to improve their health and life along the way.

I totally believe by improving your food, life and fitness, plus using a little help with having a health coach to have someone to be accountable too and Bioresonance sessions to take the strain off the body allowing faster health improvements, weight loss and inserting that spring into your step sooner.

Love life, be the best you can possibly be, listen to your body, beat the fear and hesitation and stand up for what you believe and question everything, is my moto right now.

Focus on Love & Life

We all need to stop and take a breath……………the turmoil in the world at the moment is certainly creating big energy and emotions in us. It has certainly made me see just how grateful and lucky I am to be where I am in life. For one I am incredibly lucky to be living in Australia, able to make choices for myself. To be able to choose what I eat and have access to organic produce and good clean water. We all make choices in life which then makes us what we are. Here are a few of my lifestyle basics I like to abide by:

  • be grateful
  • give generously of yourself
  • appreciate what you have
  • sense of honour
  • quiet time
  • exercise
  • sleep
  • everything is food
  • dry skin brushing
  • reduce chemicals
  • natural toothpaste & deodorant
  • LOVE
  • be tidy
  • drink good clean water
  • chew food longer
  • make peace with the people around you
  • calm yourself and take a moment before you eat
  • eat seasonally and locally
  • question everything
  • be responsible

 

HOW WE DO ANYTHING IS HOW WE DO EVERYTHING.

                                                                                                           geneen roth

So stop today, Smile and Love yourself and others, we would be a kinder and happier society if we all focused on love and happiness, reduced our stress and drop our fears.

My Favourite Recipe of the week

Indulging ourselves on treats chocolate and lollies and feeling incredibly guilty after doing this sends the wrong messages to our bodies and mind. If you are going to eat these foods at least enjoy it allowing your body to metabolize it without the guilt and bad feelings.

However, there is an alternative to eating highly processed sugary foods that still taste just as good, and I think they taste even better because they are healthy and free from the foods that cause harm to our system.

My friend gave me this recipe this week. It was incredibly quick and easy to make and tastes delicious. Not only does it taste great it is also good for you! All of my recipes include whole foods free from any artificial ingredients or flavours making this slice available to eat anytime of the day including pre-gym or mid afternoon boost.

We often feel like we need to treat ourselves with an indulgence and by making the foods in our own kitchens and knowing exactly what goes into them allows us to indulge in nutriciously healthy guilt free food.

Raw Cranberry Nut Slice

INGREDIENTS

Base Ingredients:

2 cups of dried berries (your choice, I like cranberries for a tart taste)
6 Medjool dates
2 cups of nuts (your choice, I used almonds)
4 tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons cacao powder
Pinch salt
One teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut butter (solidified coconut oil)
Two teaspoons vanilla extract
Two tablespoon of cacao powder
8 drops of orange oil (I used Young Living Oil)
METHOD

Blend all base ingredients together in a food processor or thermomix and press into a shallow lined tray and place in freezer to set.
While the base is setting mix together topping ingredients in food processor or thermomix.
Remove base from freezer and pour topping over and spread evenly.
Place back into the freezer to finish setting for about 1 hour.
Cut into bite size squares and store in the fridge.

This will keep in the fridge for two weeks unless it gets eaten first (more than likely).

Life Balance Body Balance

The universe is always leading us towards to right thing.

People in balance will always do the right thing at the right time. People out of balance will always be in the wrong place.

The more we eat in balance and live in balance the more often you are in the right place at the right time.

By being in balance with your body and life will allow your energy (frequency) to be higher. This will keep your immune system healthy and help you from getting ill.

Bringing ourselves and our lives into balance is easy. We need to slow down to start with and listen to our thoughts and what our bodies are saying to us. Too many of us have our fast forward button on all the time. At work, at home, even our down time is in front of technology, in front of the TV or ipad. We need to learn to reset our adrenals, so we are not in a state of high alert.

Choose to make the changes and own your life. Choose the smoothie or water over the coke or diet coke. Go for a walk and watch the world go by instead of being part of that mad rush. OWN IT. By accepting to own everything in your life and making good choices your life will automatically come into balance. Open your heart centre and love. Smile more often. Laugh more often. Live the best life you can.