Blueberry and Banana Muffins

You might have noticed I’ve been loving all of the recipes so far. They are so GOOD!!!!! This time I made the Blueberry, Banana and Raisin Muffins. You might also notice that I leave raisins out of everything that says it has raisins it it. While they do have a place in fruit toast or Christmas cake, they just don’t work for me with berries, they kind of take away from them IMO so yeah….

So this is what I made:

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find the recipe at http://www.deliciouslyella.com

Now mine didn’t look particularly beautiful, and a couple even got burnt. I think that the two cups of blueberries made my mixture too moist and they refused to cook, they took like an hour and a half, so I think in future Ill make smaller ones so that they cook faster. I would maybe suggest to try less blueberries, but I love blueberries so I wont be doing that πŸ˜€ I’d prefer a bit crunch on the outside with the stacks of blueberry flavour these had over less berries any day!!

The ‘flour’ that you make from oats and almonds is really good, it said to add ground flax but I couldn’t get any when I wanted to make them, so I used more oats and almonds to make up the quantity. I will definitely use this flour again for muffins, once they were cooked it definitely formed a muffin consistency and the flavour was so good!!!

I keep going to make the banana pancakes that are next on my ‘to make’ list, but someone keeps stealing my ripe ones and eating them before I get the chance!! Hopefully I can get some and hide them, I want my pancakes!!!!!

xx

 

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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

Ready to Reboot :)

Hi hi! I’ve been considering a lot of things lately towards my own health and diet and I had a great big think: I work better with structure and being told what to do. When I did a weight loss program before (which saw me shift the majority of the 30 kilos I have lost, despite its chemically shakey badness) it worked, because I wasn’t having to think about it. I got up in the morning, I am not a morning person, this is me:

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I would get a shake out of the cupboard, mix it with water and ice, and down the hatch it would go, until morning tea time. Basically no prep, no standing in front of the fridge wondering what I can make with the cheese and the breads and the mayo and the other delicious things in there, just something simple that I was on auto-pilot to ‘eat’.

And that is something that works for me.

So that being said, it is REBOOT TIME. I have talked about this before, but have never done the actual plan, basically its the juicing program from the ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’ doco that I have linked you all too a hundred (slightly exaggeration) times already. If you want to give it a watch, here it is again:

Basically from other juice ‘cleanses’ I’ve done, I’ve just gotten out the juicer and made whatever I’ve wanted, which is all well and good until you get sick of the same thing over and over, and all of the strength and determination go out the window. I have realised that I need to be told what to eat, and when to eat it, if I’m going to get anywhere. At least at first. Once you get the hang of something you can do it alone, checking up on quantities and stuff every once in a while, but I have decided that yes, the time is NOW to do this.

So, REBOOTING. Its not starving yourself and having three small glasses of juice a day. It starts out with a five day mostly vegetables (whole) in decent enough quantities that its satisfying, you don’t get hungry, and you add a juice or two into the mix to get used to the idea. Then you juice. I love my juice, so in saying that, again, this is not for everyone. I will also say that like anything I do, I get doctors permission to try any of this stuff, so I’m not just going all crazy and doing something dumb without careful monitoring.

The why of why I’m doing this: my diet has gone back to sucking really badly, truth be told, and I’m not happy. I feel revolting most of the time, and get sick A LOT. Of course, there is a bit of extra weight I’d like to throw into a big dark cave and never see again, so they are my reasons why. When I say I’m going to do stuff like this, I get a lot of negative feedback from people, mostly in the ‘why don’t you just eat less and exercise?’ kind of thing. This annoys the crap out of me. It really does. It is just not that simple, so anyone reading this and wanting to say that to me, please don’t.

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this, I don’t think I have, but I went to an endocrinologist last month. I paid $100 for that and drove 3 hours away to see him, and he told me this: “I’m not even going to run tests on you. You aren’t that bad. What you need to know is that this (my weight) is all probably hereditary, and you are just one of the unlucky ones who has to work twice as hard as anyone else to get to your goals”. So what works for others, just doesn’t do much for me. And that is just how it is.

Starting tomorrow I will be doing the 15 day plan from the Reboot website:

http://www.jointhereboot.com

I will post along the way, yeah, why not ha ha ha ha and let you all know how I’m going. My fridge and fruit bowls were stocked up this morning and look something like this:

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So here I go, joining the reboot πŸ˜€ Wish me luck that I can find what I’m after xx

Oh, side note, I got my next Pilates course manuals today, excite!!

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Something cool :)

I’m back! Let the blog posts recommence! I don’t know how many times I have said something like this, I apologise, but life happens and I can’t always find the time to write (or sometimes there is just not that much to say!!) but I do love it and I’m back πŸ™‚ I have done my big uni exam on nutritional physiology, one more exam to go before I start uni again for the year, and today I have found a little bit of time to post stuff on my blog and facebook page πŸ™‚ Yay!

 

So…. the juice fast. I didn’t stick to it. In the past I would have beat myself up over that, but you know what, its just not the time. What I have done however is start cycling my food, so I have a fruit only day, a veggie only day (including cooked vegetables, lentils etc) and a juice day, where I have juice the whole day and a meal at night time. And its working, I lost 2 kilos in 10 days, and am feeling really good. And I’m sticking to it, its easy πŸ™‚

I have just been to see my doctor, am so lucky to have found one that is a good listener, who listens to my concerns and finds solutions for me that keep in line with my health beliefs. He offered me Duromine and Xenical (I have tried both before) and I said a great big no thanks, so instead he has referred me to an endocrinologist…. Finally, its been YEARS I have said I needed to see one, maybe this one will have some answers….

So, today I want to share something awesome with you all πŸ™‚ Remember the raw blueberry cheesecake I made, from the Deliciously Ella blog page? Well, she has an iPhone app, with easy access to all of her recipes!!!! So fantastic!!!!

This is the link, I downloaded it straight away (was $5.49 for all of her beautiful recipes, all with photos, BARGAIN), and I love it πŸ™‚

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/deliciously-ella/id813952961

her fb page: https://www.facebook.com/Deliciouslyella

and her site: http://deliciouslyella.com

And in case you have forgotten or havent read my blog post about the ‘cheesecake’, here is the photo of the one I made from her recipe, in case you need any more convincing to get this great app:

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See? Get, it, get it NOW πŸ˜€

Will be posting recipes of other yum stuff Ive been making too later today and during this week, hope you like them!!

xx

 

 

 

 

Day four juice fast: Oil and what it can do for you

Day four has been hard, it always is. So I had a soy chai this morning which kept me super full and back on track, as well as some tomatoes with pepper and pink salt, some fruit, and some salad veggies for dinner. That fixed that, and will be back to juice tomorrow πŸ™‚

Anyhow, what I want to talk about today is oil. Not the greasy saturated stuff that you cook your chips in, but the natural, plant and nut derived stuff that can be totally beneficial for your health and you body.

There are huge debates over the use of oils in the diet, but one thing is for sure, you need these oils to live. As you know (or may not know) I am studying nutrition at uni, so here is a brief rundown (in my very special Daisy language) of what I know so far:

You have 2 types of cholesterol in your system, the HDL and the LDL. Not all fats are bad,Β  your system is made up of them, membrane walls, your brain, and even hormones all get help from cholesterol from good fats.

The LDL cholesterol is the type that builds up in your arteries, and can cause health risks and issues like strokes, heart attacks, and are provided to you by excess of saturated animal fats from meat, dairy and eggs, and the HDL are your ‘good’ cholesterols, which come from fish and plant oils, your body even produces this stuff itself in the liver to help you, they actually sweep through your system, collecting the bad cholesterol and flushing it out for you. It can be easy to have an imbalance, even if you eat a fantastic diet, as cholesterol levels can be hereditary, and is important to get these things checked.

Basically the build up in your system occurs when you are not taking in enough of the good oils, and are consuming too many of the bad ones. Examples of ‘good’ oils are the omegas found in fish, nuts, seeds and plants, things like avocado and almonds and walnuts. Although these are good oils, they should still be eaten in moderation, like anything really, as they do have a high calorie count (not great if you are watching your weight). Half an average avocado can be up to 140-150 calories, and I definitely know how easy it is to eat a whole one of those!! That being said, they are also a filling snack with many nutrients and vitamins, and obviously a better choice to have one of those beautiful green pear shaped fruits than a bag of chips πŸ˜€

So I’ll tell you how I use oils the most: I cleanse and moisturise my skin with it, I oil-pull, and I make raw, vegan chocolate. I occasionally use it as a hair serum too.

So my whole entire skin regime is in a bottle of oil. I have no cleansers, toners, moisturisers, eye creams, hand creams, I own none of that. I used to work in a pharmacy where I got all of my Dior skin care stuff for free, I had BUCKETS of skin care stuff, with a lotion or potion for EVERYTHING. And now all I have is my $9 bottle of avocado oil in the upstairs bathroom, and my $5 bottle of macadamia oil in the downstairs one πŸ˜€

I massage in about a 50c coin size of oil onto my face, then I rinse a face washer under a hot tap, squeeze it out, and rest it on my face for about a minute, then wipe off the oil. Then I rinse it again, rest it on my face again, and wipe it off. Thats my cleansing done. Then I get about a 5c coin size drop of oil, rub it in my hands, and pat it all over my face and neck. Thats my moisturising done. And that is all I need.

My skin has never been better in my entire life, my pores are smaller and not as dark, I don’t get the big pimples anymore, I’m not as shiny or oily (how odd you might say, but have a think about this: oil and water don’t mix. You cook something oily and pour water in the frypan to soak and what do you see? A gross big oily residue sitting on top when you eventually get around to washing it. Same goes for skin. You wash your face with water and your natural skin oils sit on the top and protect everything underneath it, so effectively NOT washing your face and leaving dirt and build up on your face. So what do you do? You add a cleanser, full of chemicals and detergents and junk to dissolve the oil and wash the dirt away. You know what your skin does? It has a mini freak out and says “OH MY GOD, WHERE HAS MY OIL GONE??” and then goes and produces more of the same of what you just washed away, and then some. Particularly if you are an oily skin type and you wash your face often. Ever wondered why you might have oily skin? Because you may be washing away the oil your skin wants, so it goes into over-producing mode and gives you a whole bunch more because you NEED it. With oil cleansing, you are giving your skin oil, oil dissolves in oil giving it a great clean, then you are giving it a bit back. Your skin stops producing as much, and you actually look and feel less oily. TRUE STORY. If you don’t believe me, try it for 2 weeks, and tell me I’m wrong.)

IMG_4009I’d like to know when in the history of EVER did my skin ever look better or clearer than this? I think the answer is that it hasnt, and I was sick the day I took this photo too ha ha ha ha ha πŸ˜€

The second (and more weirder thing) I do with oil is oil pulling. If you haven’t heard of this, read here: http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2012/04/oil-pulling-my-new-morning-ritual/

I actually started it because some research said it may help to clear up sinus issues. For me it didn’t, but I got hooked on it after I saw how white my teeth got!!!! Here is a photo of my teeth as I sit here at my computer, I have not enhanced it in any way, and yes, I am aware they need work but whatever, they are WHITE.

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Not even my old peroxide teeth whitening stuff got that result….. In the article I posted it says to rinse your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and stuff after you brush, I’ve never done that, just a really good rinse under hot water and air dried it and it is good to go. I have also noticed a lot less wisdom tooth infections and pain since I started too… worth a shot if any of you out there get that!!

The last thing on my DEFINITELY HAVE TO TRY THIS WITH OIL list is the raw vegan chocolate. Now, loads of people are on the ‘coconut oil is the greatest invention ever made and it will save the entire planet from everything ever’ bandwagon, but here is my opinion: It is an oil. It is a medium chain fatty acid, which is a heck of a lot better for you than a long chain fatty acids which are your saturated fats. Shorter chain fatty acids are your plant based oils are are good for your health. So coconut oil, while it is saturated, is medium chain, so right there in the middle of good and bad, its digested more readily by the body and doesn’t reach your gall bladder, which is great if you have issues with that. Where all the crazy hype comes in I’m not so sure about that, but I know for making recipes and having something yum, I know that I would prefer to put something in like coconut oil.

So, chocolates. I have posted this before, but I’m going to do it again (and probably again, and again, its that good). It is my go-to recipe that I use all of the time when I want chocolate. I’m not a big sweet tooth, I would prefer a pizza any day over chocolate, but when you get an urge you gotta have it πŸ˜€ This recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make, is super simple, you can add ingredients to it like puffed rice, dried cranberries and almonds (my favourite stuff to put in!!) and you only need a few small pieces to curb that craving πŸ˜€ http://crueltyfreerecipes.com/2013/07/01/homemade-dark-chocolate/

This is a photo of the ones I make all of the time:

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So there are my three favourite things about oil. Give them a go, you will not regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!

xx

 

Day three juice fast: Kombucha

Today was day three, more of the same today, although I may have had to sneak some food (thanks to there being zero places I could get a juice from!! Have had a bit of a headache ever since, that will teach me)…

So today is my first post in a series of things I’m going to write entitled Things I Like πŸ˜€ Which is good, cause there are just so many awesome things I’m liking right now, and I want to share them with you. First thing on my list is KOMBUCHA. I chose this as my first post because I have a scoby on its way and I am about ready to make up my first ever batch.

What is Kombucha? Basically, you make up some tea, stick some sugar in it and add a scoby, and let the fermentation happen. What is a scoby you ask? Basically its a white disc of bacteria and yeast, which will eat up all of the sugar you put in, and release its live probiotics, vitamin B and antioxidants (all the good stuff) into the drink. It looks like this: http://www.anneskombucha.com/what-is-scoby/

To me kombucha tastes like apple cider vinegar, and if you werent wanting to make it yourself you can buy commercial brands in different flavoursΒ  in health food stores. If you would like to read more, check this out: http://www.eatlifewhole.com/2013/06/what-is-kombucha-and-is-it-really-good-for-you/

I am excited to make my first batch after trying some from the health food store recently. I will take photos of what I’m doing for you all to have a look, cant wait!! Whats great is that I can have it on my juice fast to add some good bacterias into my belly, and I found when I was drinking the ones I bought I was much less bloated and uncomfortable, which is so good, big time plus for me πŸ™‚

If you want to try a nice one, this is the one I drank from the health food shop. 1551694_10152017616368961_110967138_nI have been reading about kombucha for about a year before I worked up the nerve to even try it, completely glad I did!!!!!

Anyhow, hope you are all having a good night, its time for a big glass of water and a long sleep for me πŸ™‚

xx

Day Two of my juice fast :)

So yesterday I posted a quick bit about what I’m doing, tonight I might get to write a bit more. If you have a three year old and a hectic life, you will understand that time to myself to write a blog can sometimes be next to impossible, so thanks to you guys who read what I write and stay patient if I don’t blog when I say I’m going to πŸ™‚

Anyhow, my ‘food’ yesterday consisted of this:

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Basically, its a small jar (approx 500ml) of carrot, orange, apple, carrot and celery juice, and two big jars (approx 845mL) one is strawberry, mint, cucumber and celery, and the other is kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, green apple and carrot. I also had a one litre bottle of soda streamed water with lime, and 4 jars of lemon water. For dinner I also ate corn soup.

I have decided that on my juice fast, if I get hungry (it does wear off after a while, but I find myself having a massive fail in the first few days every time, I’m going to try and not let that happen this time!!) that I’m going to add some fruits and vegetables into my diet, just to CHEW something, I think that is a huge thing for me, the chewing of the food πŸ™‚ So chunky vegetable soups, salads, fruits, dehydrated fruits and veggies, I’m going to include these when needed. Might be a couple a day, might not be any for a few days, will wait and see. Like today for instance I had slices of tomato with pink Himalayan salt and ground pepper on them, tasted super yum and totally hit the spot πŸ˜€

Pretty much this will be the go most days, so rather than post photos of juice each day (thats not very exciting!!) I’m going to try and post about different things that interest me about a raw vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, and hopefully you too. Tomorrows post is about KOMBUCHA, am super excited, my friend is sending me a SCOBY so I can make my own, will tell you all about it tomorrow πŸ˜€

xx