You’ve come a long way, baby

Apart from todays title being my favourite Fatboy Slim album, today has been a good day to think about where I was three years ago. Yup, that is how long I have been working towards my goal. That is a very long time.

Three years ago I was very not happy. I was trying every reason in the book to tell myself that being fat was not my fault, I blamed it on everything. My knees were dodgy, so I couldn’t exercise. We lived in a small town so had limited places to shop, so I blamed that. I had hormone issues and mood swings, so I blamed that. My cross trainer was big and clunky and made a squeaking noise that made me angry, so I blamed that. My cat had diabetes and stress issues and I had to watch him all the time or he would pee on the front door, so I blamed that. Yup, you name it, it was blamed. I never took ownership of it or felt that I was responsible. I now know completely different.

Blame is never a good word, but I cant really think of a better way to say it. Being fat was my fault. And to me, knowing what I know now, my biggest thing was lack of knowledge, and laziness. Nothing else. I am a smart person, I’ll come out and say it. I’m not silly, I consider myself to have my head screwed on properly, I’m sensible, I like learning new things and taking in information, I like to read a lot, but to realise now how little I knew about my own body, a body I was living in every day, I actually feel kind of annoyed by it.

I feel that knowing your own body, how it works, what the best things are that you can do to keep it running efficiently at an optimum level and keep yourself disease and illness free, how to fuel yourself and fill up yourself up with nutrients, I think knowing these things are the most important things you can do for yourself, your family and your life. And throwing in a little determination, combined they can be one awesome powerful thing.

It has taken me the best part of 2 and a half years to realise that my outer appearance is not the only reason I am still working towards my goal. Yes, it is important to me to feel happy and confident with how I look on the outside. probably a bit more than it should, and in the past I have tried so many ‘diets’, with the thinking if I could only get to how I wanted to look on the outside, irregardless of what toxic rubbish I pumped into my body to get there, then I would have pushed a great big ‘reset’ button and I could start being healthy from that point on. I have had chemical shakes on programs promoting ‘health’, I’ve had prescription drugs (some now banned for causing death in a few people and loads of other serious side effects in others), tried dangerous fad diets, so so many dumb things to do, just because I wanted to look a certain way. I am now so very glad I have gone down the path I am now on, where nutrition is number one, and everything else that comes from it will be a welcome side effect.

So yeah, I’m three years down the track, I have lost 30 kilos and I may have a bunch more weight to lose, but the main point of this post is this: I am healthy. The healthiest I’ve ever been. And sitting here after a big day of green juices, berry smoothies, a vegan dinner, and sipping coconut water and lime juice from a jar with a nectarine for dessert, Ill tell you one thing. This is the best path for anyone. Kilos might not be pouring off me, but I feel good knowing that I am nourishing my body and hopefully doing the right thing by all of my little cells in there, and not pumping in the chemical cocktail of medications, weight loss shakes and ‘low fat’ foods that I used to just to try and get an ‘outer’ result.

So my main message today: Gain lots of knowledge. Read everything you can. Watch anything that looks even slightly interesting to you, you might learn something great 🙂 Listen to your body, try lots of new foods and see how you react to lots of different things. You will find what works for you eventually and most of all, don’t give up 🙂 I’ve come a super long way from my old attitudes and beliefs from gaining knowledge and trying new stuff, anyone can do it.

xx

P.S. This week I have learnt a very important thing for myself by watching Food Matters and a couple of other documentaries and doing some reading: I am SO glad I decided not to take up my offer to do Pharmacy at uni. I couldn’t imagine today being able to go to work and hand out the same drugs that I used to day after day to unwell people like I did in my old job to with the knowledge that I have now. I am so glad I have gone down the nutrition path that I have, and wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.

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P.P.S. If you have never had coconut water with half a lime squeezed into it over half a tray of ice cubes, try it. Try it now 😀

My Favourite Juices and Smoothies

Hi everyone. Wow, its been a long time between posts, and I’m sorry about that. November has been one entirely hectic and crazy month, mostly not in the best of ways, but 2013 seems to be picking itself up and dusting itself off as we come into summer 🙂

A lot of cool things happened: I was a hair model for a hair show, we did our Sydney trip and went to a beautiful wedding, I got all of my uni results back (a distinction for microbiology and another distinction for nutritional analysis and meal planning, and I FINALLY passed stupid maths, woo-hoo!!!) and loads of other things. Then some not great things that produced quite a bit of stress. And these are the things that become the over-tiredness and the not looking after myself properly.

But its getting better, I have deferred the uni subject I was going to do over summer until next year, and decided to take some time out to refresh, relax and pick myself up so that I have an awesome 2014 😀 And I cant wait!!!! So many awesome things will be happening in 2014, I am so excited.

Anyway, here a few cool cool photos of the nice things that have been happening lately:

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My AWESOMELY cool hair for the hair show 😀

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Me outside Zumbos on our Sydney trip, I do love that man 😀

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All ready for the wedding

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And me finally getting to wear my favourite Michael Kors dress, its actually getting a bit too big, had to wear it before I got any smaller ha ha ha ha ha

So, lots of people ask me what it is that Im drinking in these jars all the time, so today I thought Id share a couple of juice and smoothie recipes that I love. At the moment I am attempting a juice fast (I say attempting because Ive been a bit stressed and a bit crap at the ‘fasting’ part of it, Ive been having the juice, and then some foods too) and I definitely have different tastes for different times of the day.

For my ‘breakfast’ I usually have just under a litre of warm water with a whole lemon squeezed into it. Thats it until about 10am (that water fills you up pretty good!!) when I have my first juice/smoothie. When I say smoothie I dont mean a big stack of cows milk with a few bananas and some hone y and ice cream thrown in, NO. I mean my berry smoothie or my orange and grapefruit smoothie.

BERRY SMOOTHIE

75g frozen blueberries

75g frozen raspberries

1/2 cup oat milk

1 cup coconut water

1 Tbl chia seeds

Blend it all up. A squeeze of lime is good in this one too.

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ORANGE AND GRAPEFRUIT SMOOTHIE

3 small oranges, juiced

1/2 giant grapefruit, juiced

10 ice cubes

Squeeze of lime

Big spoonful of grapefruit sorbet (recipe is here: https://daisyflowersblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/grapefruit-sorbet-and-other-exciting-things/)

Blend it all up.

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And the juices I have the most:

GREEN JUICE

3 or 4 leaves of kale

1/2 large cucumber

4 stalks of celery

1 green apple

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PURPLE JUICE

Same as for the green juice, but add 1 beetroot, 1 lemon or grapefruit, and some carrot

And one of my favourites will always be an apple, orange, carrot and celery juice 🙂 yum 😀

These are all pretty basic, but super yum and give you lots of awesome nutrients and vitamins, and energy!!!

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IMG_3558 So again, sorry its been so long between posts, but things are looking up and I expect to be able to use summer to try heaps of new yum recipes and do lots of fun work on myself 😀 Looking forward to 2014!!!!

xx