Third recipe, sooo good :)

Sorry guys, I did actually make this recipe last Friday, which was right on time for my blog, but I got a bit sick (totally unrelated I promise!!) So here it it. The smell of this had me waiting next to the oven taking in big, deep breaths, although I really didn’t need to, you could smell it throughout my whole house. Even my husband came home and said “Oooh yum are you making a banana cake?” Which unfortunately for him, and his tummy, the answer was no πŸ™‚

I made the Banana and Almond Granola Clusters, was so simple to make, took hardly any time, and gave me a huge container of granola which is super yum!!! The recipe is here, or on her app: http://www.deliciouslyella.com

I had mine for breakfast with a small amount of soy milk, some strawberries and a decent spoonful of coconut yoghurt. Wow, that was good. You so don’t need much of this to feel full either, there are so many awesome things in it, nuts, seeds, oats, bananas, honey, you cant go wrong!!

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Check it out, so beautiful looking!!!! And tasting πŸ˜€

Another one I highly recommend!!!!! πŸ˜€

One thing though, I remember reading that you need to crush open the flaxseed (linseed) or you don’t get the omega properties, they pass straight through your system. So I tried smashing them up in the mortar and pestle, but they are slippery little guys and didn’t want to know about it. So for next time I would probably buy the ground ones instead of the whole.

The next recipe I will try on Thurday this week will be the Banana Pancakes, oooh yum, am looking forward to that one πŸ™‚

xx

First recipe, yum :D

So I started my ‘Deliciously Ella’ challenge I set for myself, and I was very happy with the first recipe πŸ˜€

I’m not a big breakfast person, for the longest time I was stuck in my ‘having a highly processed chemical based diet shake mixed with water and ice for breakfast’ rut, and while it did help me lose weight, it didn’t make me feel very good. Or full. Or happy. And my skin was gross. And some of my hair feel out and my iron levels went through the roof from all of the fortified iron I was having. So while I got smaller, I also got super unhealthy, which was obviously not the point!!!

So in challenging myself to try new foods, yesterday I decided to start trying all of the recipes on the Deliciously Ella site. I would look at all of those beautiful foods and would find myself wishing I could eat like that. Not because I couldn’t cook, I’ll toot my own horn here and say I’m pretty darn good most of the time, but because I had a mental block and honestly was too scared to eat like that. I can’t even describe why, just something in me was telling me that it was too unlike my normal food, it certainly looked very pretty and full of vitamins and nutrients and all of the stuff my body was needing, but it scared me.

I jumped in the deep end this morning. Now, a bowl of oats and fruit might not seem like much of a deep end, but I haven’t eaten the good version of that stuffΒ  before. I’ve had instant porridge, in sachets, and flavoured with who knows what, then stuck some diet yoghurt on top, and I used to choke down that junk every morning because Weight Watchers told me that it was a good breakfast. Ugh, but I hated it. I think I’ve really come to the conclusion that you really don’t have to do things you don’t want to do, and eat rubbish food you hate if you don’t want to. It’s taken me a good 16 years to let myself believe that. It’s definitely a hard thing from having ‘anything diet and low calorie and low sugar and low fat and basically zero taste is good for you and you will lose weight’ pumped into me for so long, to transition to ‘eat whatever you want to eat, but make sure its nutrient dense, as close to nature as possible, and you can eat fat and natural sugars’, its definitely a HUGE difference in how I look at food now….

This mornings breakfast looked like this:

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This is the recipe “Baked Banana, Blueberry and Raisin Oatmeal”. I opted to leave the raisins out, sultanas ans stuff are not my thing. I also left out the suggested sweeteners and opted for a spoonful of coconut yoghurt on top. And it was SUPER YUM πŸ˜€ Will definitely make this again!!! The link again to her fantastic page is:

http://deliciouslyella.com/

The next one I’m going to try is a Chia Seed Pudding πŸ˜€ Wish me luck with that one ha ha ha ha

xx

The time has come… :)

In two sleeps I will teach my first proper Pilates class. I have taught small groups and one on one, but they were with people I know, this is a whole different thing now. I’m so nervous!!!! I’m hoping it will be like when I used to sing in high school: Scared to death in a small group, but in front of a whole hall full of people I didn’t really know it turned out ok and got a bit easier. So I’m super excited, because I’ve wanted it for so long, but also super jittery ha ha ha ha ha Wish me luck!!!!!

So birthday week is well and truly over πŸ˜€ Back to the juice tomorrow, with my veggie foods thrown in. With exams coming up there is no way I can just do juice right now, my brain needs all the help it can get. So my little boys birthday was fantastic, I couldn’t have been happier, when he came up to me to tell me what a great time he was having, that is the best part πŸ™‚ I’m still smiling remembering that πŸ˜€

This is my little guy with his cake that I made, he is a huge Angry Birds fan πŸ˜€

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We had an awesome time, was so nice to have a happy break from everything Ive been doing lately πŸ˜€

 

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Cant believe he used to be a little bubba, he still sleeps like that too!! Bet he does when hes 15 too ha ha ha ha ha

So now, its all systems go for studying, boooooo. I have two exams and one assignment due all in the next two weeks, its been a super hard session, and I’ll be happy to be at the end of this one. I’ll be halfway through, only two and half more years to go, woo-hoo!!!!!! Meow has been helping me πŸ˜€

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I’ll let her do the exam, she probably reads more than I do anyway πŸ™‚

While my sister was here she threw together a super yum dinner (bit of a quick change of subject!!!) and told me the ingredients, gave it a go tonight with a couple of small changes, and its super yum, here is the recipe:

1 carrot, grated

1 red capsicum, finely chopped

1 red onion

8 button mushrooms

1 tin tomatoes

1 tin red kidney beans

1 tin low fat refried beans

1 tin corn kernals

2 red chillies (I have jar of organic red chillies that I dehydrated myself and are super strong, seeds still in, gives it a really good kick, you might want to adjust the quantity according to the chillies you use)

1-2 tablespoons ground cumin seeds

2 tsp smoked paprika

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 sachet taco seasoning (you can make your own, theres heaps on Google, but I used the shop bought one for this)

So pretty much you cook up the onion and mushrooms, add the carrots and capsicum when the onion is soft, add spices, then all of the canned stuff and give it a good stir. Season if you want, and simmer until it looks like this:

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It’s so so easy, and super yum!!! Makes a GINORMOUS pot of it too, dinner for ages and good to freeze. This is how I have it:

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On a tortilla with lettuce, baby spinach, tomato, soy mayo, avocado and brown rice and quinoa, and a teensy spoonful of cottage cheese, I so love cheese with my meals, am cutting it right out, slowly, but I’m getting there. So without all of my extras, the Mexican stuff is 100% vegan, how I have it is vegetarian, cause of the cheese obviously. I swear I will make my own cashew cheese one day, I will πŸ˜€

And there you have it πŸ˜€

Oh, and one more thing: I finally got my drink bottle. Might not be a huge announcement, but I was pretty excited πŸ˜€ You all know how I love my lemon water, but it does get to be a pain in the bottom sometimes when I’m out, you cant just squeeze a lemon into random water bottles, so this is what my new drink bottle does, winning!! It’s called a Citrus Zinger, and I seriously waited 4 weeks for it to come from overseas, but its so cool and totally worth it πŸ˜€ It has a citrus juicer in the bottom, so you just flip it over, squeeze your lemon, then flip it back and fill it up. Genius. You can store a lemon for a second refill too, also genius!!!

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Lovely πŸ˜€ I so love my gadgets πŸ˜€

Anyhow, it is back to the study for me, thanks for reading as always!!!

xx

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Day eight reboot / Day 3 juicing: Still going strong

Well yay its working πŸ˜€ The results were almost immediate. And that is such a good thing!! I’m such an instant gratification person, and work better when I get immediate results πŸ˜€ Its day 8, and I’m on the third day of juicing only. I feel awesome, not a bit tired, not a bit hungry, and I’ve managed to lose 1.4 kilos (3.1 pounds). So that is entirely cool πŸ™‚

The first time I did a juice fast I felt revolting for a good week, I also didn’t gradually build up (down?) to just juicing either, I went cold turkey from lots of junk straight into the juice. But this time I feel great already, so either it’s because I was clearing out junk I’d accumulated over a LOOOOONG time and this time it’s only been a little while, or the stepping into it slowly has been the difference. Either way, yay!!!

The only negative I can feel (and it may or may not actually be related) is that my skin has gotten a bit dry. But that could also be because of the drop in temperature and me having hotter showers, so I decided to add a small handful of nuts, and also some chia seeds into my plan just to keep the omegas and good oils in the system. Can’t hurt πŸ™‚ Also satisfies the need to chew something (‘chewing’ liquid makes me feel a bit stupid* ;)).

So yay for the juice fasting, not sure how long I will go on for, if i can keep going like this, a while is my guess πŸ˜€

See ya xx

*chewing helps to release digestive enzymes, so because I am not actually chewing what I’m ‘eating’, I ‘chew’ the juice to help these get going…..

Day six reboot/day one juice only = success :D

Yup you read it right, success πŸ˜€ Yay I didn’t even cave in to garlic bread ha ha ha ha ha

Pretty happy with todays outcome really, I’ve had 4 out of 5 juices so far, with one saved for when I start studying in a minute, had my coconut water, my peppermint tea, although I disguised that as coffee, it didn’t work…..

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And thats it πŸ™‚ Had a yum juice this afternoon, pineapple, lime, lemon, ginger and celery, that was good πŸ™‚ Had one carrot, ginger and apple juice and two of the green lemonade juices that I tried the other day, so far so good!

What I found really interesting was that I am not ‘hungry’. Not food hungry anyway. It’s a totally different feeling…

I watched a documentary the other night called Superjuice Me. Its like Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead in that it promotes juice as a way to get loads of nutrients into the body, but a bit different in that it takes 8 individuals with LOADS of diseases between them, and sees what difference a 28 day juice cleanse makes to their lives. And its AMAZING. I totally recommend giving it a watch, the link is here:

http://www.superjuiceme.com/28-day-juice-plan/

What really made sense from the documentary was this: Remember every time you have ever gone for like, Chinese food or something, and you stuff yourself stupid, then you get home and you are all kinds of hungry and could eat that whole entire thing over? Well if you think of your body as a whole bunch of cells needing nutrients to keep everything going and running properly, and then when they have enough power from food to run smoothly they switch off your hungry signals, well, your Chinese dinner doesnt do this. Instead, you eat all the food, you don’t take in any nutrients, and your cells say “well that was all very well and nice, but I’m still hungry for nutrients so give me more food!! I will make you eat until I have my nutrients!!!!” And so you are hungry again, despite your digestive system trying to work its way through the four plates from the buffet you just scarfed down.

So today I have had four juices. And I’m not hungry AT ALL. I have an ’empty’ feeling, but its not a real hunger that I would normally get, telling me to eat crackers and coffees and bread and salty food, its just not there today. I made dinner for my little boy, which looked and smelt really good, but I didn’t have the urge to eat anything myself, I just didn’t get the ‘it’s dinner time’ signals I usually get. I think my cells have said “good work, we are full now, you did good” πŸ˜€

And that is a happy thing πŸ™‚ Yay for day one juicing working out πŸ™‚

xx

Day three reboot: hitting the 3 day wall

This is normal, detox/cleanse/diet procedure for me. Day three sucks. And it sucks bad. Even a TV ad will make me run down the street waving my money yelling “buy all the pizza!!!!!”. Its so very glamorous. My friend sent me an assignment she is doing, where she grows listeria on cheese. AllΒ  wanted after that was cheese, poisonous and bacteria infested, or not.

Today was absolutely no different. After staying up a fair bit later than I had planned last night for very important study time* (what, I had a double episode of Downton to catch up on!!) I was slightly wrecked all day, and being day three did not help me out one little bit. By day three I am a cranky, tired, salted-chip craving monster, and is ALWAYS the day I cave. ALWAYS.

SO considering what I had to work with today, I didn’t really do too badly. Some things worked out really well! I found a new favourite juice to add to the list, I only ate like, 4 chicken flavoured crackers (4!!! And it was a brand new box and everything!! Good job me!!) and my ‘dinner invention’, whilst not being on my menu, did include all of the ingredients from one of the meals I was supposed to eat, with a couple of extras thrown in.

So food today:

Lemon water and a berry smoothie. I was suppose to have a green smoothie, but *gag* I hate those things. So I made my go to favourite, from blueberries, raspberries, coconut water, oat milk and chia seeds.

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Mmmmmmm yum πŸ˜€

Next was morning tea. Check out the colour of that, that’s not enhanced in any way, that’s just bright green goodness in a jar. Its called Green Lemonade, and consists of kale, spinach, lemon, apple, cucumber and celery. One of the best juices ever, I don’t love sweet stuff so this one is great for when I really don’t want a sweet juice πŸ™‚

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Oh!!! And notice I got new stainless steel drinking straws!! They are super cool, I picked these up at the health food shop here for $9.95 for two plus a cleaning brush, odd how excited I am feeling about some new drinking straws right now πŸ˜€

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And…. I’m just noticing I don’t have a photo of my lunch. I don’t actually think I HAD any lunch. I had my juice right on lunch time, then I had the second one, and nothing in between. Hmmmmm.

And then we come to dinner. It was supposed to be pumpkin with mushrooms and onions and garlic, but instead I might have made this:

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So this is: Pumpkin, broccoli, mushrooms, coriander, laksa paste, low fat coconut milk, water and dried shallots. Not TOOOO bad…. Right? Its all still plant based, and thats what I’m standing by tonight. It could have been worse, everyone else ate sausages. I was *this close*!!!!!! :/ Stupid day 3!!!!!

SO that was my day, I am supposed to study tonight but am wrecked. Hoping tomorrow will be a better day.

xx

Day one reboot: Done :)

So, day one of reboot. Really not as bad as you might think!! I would say that its the day they pump you so full of vegetables that it tricks you into thinking that this is going to be easy, theres heaps of food, you are so full you don’t need junk, you are doing great!!! Then you look at tomorrows menu and go well, that’s considerably less food than day one. And that keeps going until you see day five, which is basically all liquids, still not all juice, there is a smoothie and a soup thrown in, but you can see how it works. Hmmm. At least its not a huge big “eat all the foods!!!!!” binge the night before (which may be what I did last night, oops!) then straight into juicing, it steps you in gently, which I really like πŸ™‚

 

So, food today:

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This is also breakfast for tomorrow, I didn’t eat two πŸ˜€ Apples, raspberries, sultanas (will give those a miss next time!!) and cinnamon, baked in the oven for 45 minutes. Before this I had a huge jar of lemon water with slices of ginger πŸ™‚

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Morning tea: Carrot, apple and ginger juice, had another one of these for afternoon tea too, delicious πŸ˜€

 

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Hugest lunch ever!!!! Garlic sweet potato chips with pink salt, with a big salad. Also yum πŸ˜€

So yeah, juice for afternoon tea, and was so full I didn’t really want dinner!!!

Still made it though, and ate it:

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The actual thing I was supposed to eat was a kale and avocado salad, with another whole sweet potato made into chips, but I couldn’t have fit that in if I tried. So instead I opted for the coleslaw made from ingredients in the salad, a small potato over the sweet potato, sliced and baked into chips, the avocado, tomato and onion from the salad on top of the chips. Sooooo yum πŸ˜€

And, now I am super full. Day one is a success πŸ˜€

See you tomorrow!!!! πŸ™‚ xx