Sunday, 19 February 2017

A closer look at some of our sea creatures

 We went out to Whalers Cove today for our first trip with the Young Naturalists
















Monday, 13 February 2017

Officially Off The Couch

I'm officially off the couch!


Regular readers will know that I have been on a bit of a health kick for a while. I've spent several years trying to find out what works for me nutritionally and finally feel like I am getting somewhere. I've been flooding my body with a high quality whole food supplement for 7 months now, my systemic inflammation has gone, my pain has gone, my energy is up and my weight is going down. I even look like a different person.

I've set some goals for the year ahead, and running in the Albany City to Surf is one of them. I plan to run the whole 4km option. Not huge I know, but for me it is. It has been a very long time since I ran. I used to try and do a 5 km every year - just to be sure I still could, but I have never ran any further than that.

A long time until know that is. Last week I managed to break out into a little trot a couple of times whilst I was walking on the treadmill, and today I finally took the leap and started the Podrunner Couch to 5k  . It was good. I managed the whole session which I am proud of myself for. I was even feeling so good that I was thinking that maybe I should set a stretch goal and try for the 12km... but that could be crazy. Next year though...

Running on a treadmill is new to me but my only option really as a single mum. It's going to take a bit of getting used to. I need to remember that when the interval has ended and its time to go back to walking I also need to slow the treadmill down! I'll soon learn.

Although I did wonder about looking for a new program and some new music, I ended up going back to the same interval series that I have used in the past. It brought back lots of memories, so I was simultaneously running through the Telegraph Station in Alice Springs at the crack of dawn trying to beat the scorching sun, and along a canal path in the UK trying to dodge the rain drops, and on a treadmill in Albany.  It was nice. I feel so grateful that I have had the opportunity to experience life in so many different places.

And it feels good to be able to run again.

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Broccoli and Chick Pea Salad



This has been one of my favourite go to recipes for so long I can't even remember where it came from. It was the one I always took to parties where you were asked to bring something to share, and I was so often asked for the recipe that I wrote it on my first ever blog and and just shared the link. Now its enjoying a new lease of life as I am falling more and more in love with the Juicy Body Transformation - it's not an official recipe but it's definitely JBT compliant

Ingredients

1 head of broccoli
1 Avocado
1 lime
1 cup cooked chick peas
2 tbsp pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil

Method
Lightly steam broccoli so that it is cooked but still firm and leave to cool
Juice the lime, crush the garlic and mix both with the olive oil
Chop the avocado into small cubes and cover with the lime/garlic/oil mixture
Place the broccoli, chick peas, pine nuts and avocado in a bowl gently fold to mix the components
Add cracked pepper too if you wish

Tip: Canned chick peas are convenient, but I prefer to use home cooked for this recipe as you do really taste the chick peas, and canned ones, in my opinion, just aren't quite as good . I cook chick peas in bulk and then freeze in one cup portions. Just as convenient as a can but cheaper and tastier.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

A New Year in Home Learning

So it's official - we are now really home educating.

It was a day of mixed emotions yesterday as many Arthur's friends started school. He had moments when he wondered if he should have chosen school. I did too. I am a single parent trying to do it all. I have no support whatsoever from anyone. I have a business to build a home to run and money to earn. Can I really do it all?

We chatted for a while about it. He decided that school would probably be like kindy as kindy is getting you ready for school. I said I thought he might be right about that. He concluded that it would be fun if he just went for about an hour a week. Unfortunately schools don't seem to be so flexible. He concluded that the activities we have planned with the home school group, and swimming and circus and tennis and garden grubs and young naturalists was a much better option.

I got over my pity party too. I just have to be organised. I'm not the first person in my situation - people have been successful in this business while homeschooling 10 kids. I love the freedom that we have. We can be where we want whenever we want, without the restriction of school hours or terms, or work hours and limited holiday. I get to raise my child instead of an institution. It's hard, but the benefits make it all worth while.

First day of Pre-Primary - Home Ed Style
So we're two days in. Yesterday we spent the day sorting though all our resources and creating learning space. The we went for a swim at the pool for the first time in ages. We've been to the beach a lot this summer and it was amazing to see how much more confident he was in the water. The we played a letter game.

Today we've written the shopping list, been to the local produce shop and the supermarket for the rest. We met a friend at a cafe, played in the play ground walked on the beach, learned a few words, did two science activities as the opportunity arose, and made a train out of rubbish.

And I got all my work done and even had a little me time.

We can do this!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

The Juicy Body Transformation - 6 months later

It was on 4th July last year that I started The Juicy Body Transformation and began this journey to a healthier me.



To be honest I got off to a bit of a slow start. The program has heaps of recipes all of which suit me in terms of what I have learnt over the last few years about which foods work well for my body and which ones don't. So I thought I was doing that already. In my first month I did try a few of the recipes, but the biggest change was really just incorporating the whole food nutritional products that go with it into my life. Then after a few weeks of being in the support group on Facebook and seeing all the delicious meals people were preparing, posting and eating I really got into it. Now I rarely cook anything that's not in The JBT Guide

The other day I tried on a dress I'd never worn. I bought in an op shop a year or so ago and it was too small - but the price was too good to resist (50¢ I think) so I bought it anyway. You must have done that too at least once right? For when I get thinner! 

I was surprised that the dress fitted, and really pleased with myself. I asked Arthur to take a photograph of me and I was really surprised. I guess it had been a while since I'd had a photo taken of my whole self. Now I could understand why it is that everybody is telling me I look so different. I look healthier than I have in years. 


I feel healthier too. My whole body is healthier. I've had so many improvements with my health in fact, that I struggle to remember them all, but let's try:
  • I have more energy - this alone is transforming, I can do more, exercise more, play more with my 5 year old, and am more enthusiastic about everything, and so much happier
  • I think more clearly - I have heard people talk about brain fog but I didn't know I had it!
  • I've lost weight - about 6kg to date and now that I have got my health back I am making a concerted effort to do more and plan to do the 8 Week Shred Challenge which is also FREE to all JBT clients - I'd love to lose another 12kg
  • My skin is so much better and my hair and nails are growing longer and stronger
  • I am sleeping so much better - both for more time and better quality sleep
  • My pain has gone. This is a biggy. So big I dared not even tell anyone for 4 months in case I jinxed it. I have suffered from chronic and debilitating pain and restricted movement in my left arm  for almost 10 years. I even had to be sedated once when Arthur was small. I went through all kinds of treatment, physio, osteopathy, saw massage therapists and chiropractors. I saw various consultant at hospitals. Angina, MS and a brain tumour were thankfully all ruled out, but I still had the pain and the cause was still a mystery so it bothered me daily - both mentally and physically. I have not felt that pain since about a week to 10 days of starting this journey. 
  • I also had arthritic pain in my joints, which I think was separate to the pain mentioned above, and that has gone too
  • I am happier, and more positive, my mood is so much more balanced and steady, I rarely get anxious about anything
It's amazing what flooding your body with nutrients can do! I knew that what I ate was a key and my own research had led me to believe that my problems were caused by systemic inflammation, but the specialist at the hospital told me that was all a load of poppycock. I think he's wrong don't you. The photos of my face alone show the inflammation - now you see it now you don't. I'm so happy and relieved to have finally found what works for me. 

I think you'll see now why I have no reservations whatsoever about sharing this  fabulous JBT lifestyle with other people. Who knows what flooding your body with nutrients could do for you! 
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Monday, 19 December 2016

Planning our Clean Christmas Menu with the Juicy Body Transformation

I've been on this health journey for a while now. I've learned a lot about the foods that serve me and the foods that its best for me to avoid, but that's so hard to do all the time, especially when you eat out, or when enormous challenges like Christmas get in your path. It can make me dread Christmas.

There are so many deliciously tempting things to eat during the festive season. I know I'll love them at the time, and regret them shortly after. I also know that it can take me weeks to get back on track after. Wheat and sugar are so addictive for me. I have mentioned many times I just have to get off and stay off.

Its exciting for me that during this year I have discovered The Juicy Body Transformation. And even more exciting that the JBT Christmas Volume has recently been created too. It's full of amazingly delicious recipes. The author, Kira Westwick, has totally kept to her word with regard to healthy choices not requiring any deprivation! I would much rather eat these foods than your normal Christmas treats.

JBT Christmas Recipes
JBT Christmas Recipe Book


So far we have decided that we are having roast chicken, with superfood stuffing, potatoes and beans. I am getting excited about a couple of the delicious looking salads and Arthur is equally excited about the Snow Balls and Christmas Cookies. That's not to mention the pavlova!

JBT Christmas Recipes


JBT Christmas Recipes



JBT Christmas Recipes

JBT Christmas Recipes


JBT Christmas Recipes


JBT Christmas Recipes

JBT Christmas Recipes

JBT Christmas Recipes


JBT Christmas Recipes


So what's on your menus for Christmas?

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JBT Christmas Recipes

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Mango Gratitude

When Arthur was a baby, every night before bed I would talk to him quietly about the day we had had. The things we had done, the people we had seen. I read some things that suggested that was the wrong thing to do, that it would activate the mind when you want it to go to sleep, but it felt right to me and so I carried on regardless, there were no ill effects, Arthur has always gone to sleep with ease. 

As he got older, he started contributing to the conversation and we would talk together about our day. It then morphed somehow, I'm not sure when, to talking about the best things that had happened that day. Over the last few months it has changed again and become a practice of gratitude. We each talk about three things that we are most grateful for from our day. 

I'm sharing now because I found last night's gratitude conversation quite amusing. We had eaten mango for dessert after dinner. It was a very delicious mango. Our conversation went something like this. We definitely had more than three things each. Arthur started it, and ended it! 


A: I'm grateful for the amazing mango
E: I was going to say that! I am grateful for the person who picked the mango
A: I'm grateful for the mango tree that grew the mango
E: I'm grateful for the person that planted the mango tree that grew the mango
A: I'm grateful for the sun for ripening the mango
E: I'm grateful for the rain that the mango needed to grow
A: I'm grateful for the ground that its roots went in
E: I'm grateful for the farmer that looked after the tree 
A: I'm grateful for the truck that brought it to the shop
E: I'm grateful for the plants that lived many years ago that made the fuel to go in the truck that delivered the mango
A: I'm grateful for the shop for selling the mango
E: I'm grateful that we had money to buy the mango
A: I'm grateful that we bought two mangoes! [spoken with glee!]

Child showing gratitude for his food with a mango
Here he is, showing his appreciation to the second mango
when he woke up this morning! 

Love this kid!