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Silly Season Survival 101

It’s the silly season. We all have approximately 2375 Christmas parties to attend. The general outcomes of those for me are a lack of sufficient sleep, I drop the ball with training & movement, the food choices are less than stellar and more than a few cheeky beverages are consumed. Because very hot. Must hydrate. Much booze. My hilarity also peaks and I become an amazing dancer….. I blame champagne entirely. I am generally not a big drinker so this time of year generally ends with me feeling like a toxic mess but oh the fun!

So, because for most of us these situations are unavoidable, I thought I’d do my best to help negate some of the negatives with a few strategies I’m going to use.

First up. I like love sleep. Not only can a lack of sleep make you feel generally crappy but it does funky stuff like affect our blood sugar control, messes with your hormones, increases inflammation and decreases our ability to deal with stress. Here’s some hot tips on how to help minimise those negative effects but I’ll be loading up on magnesium and trying to incorporate some of the 5 minute meditations from the Smiling Mind App.

Sometimes it’s hard to fit in your usual workout or training sessions when there is so many events to attend but even getting in 15 minutes can make the world of difference to your mood, food choices, digestion and detoxification. Our skin is our biggest detox organ so getting that sweat cranking will help get those boozy toxins out! I have been using some of the quick TABATA workouts from Intensity PT as well as these cool free 10 minute smash sessions from SOUND COACH on Spotify.

Eating out at these events is often more frequent than the meals we prepare ourselves over the Silly Season but ensuring that the meals we do prepare are nutrient dense and pack a nutritional punch can make a huge difference. I take good quality probiotics, eats loads of fermented foods like kraut, kombucha & kefir and drink plenty of water. You can find load of inspiration over on my INSTAGRAM but here’s a few crackers from some of my fave bloggers too.

DIY Vitamin Water from Pretty Wee Things

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Liver Loving Salad from Ascension Kitchen

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Refreshing Homemade Ginger Ale from A Gut Feeling

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Anti-Oxidant Smooothie from Brenda Janscheck

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Now to help minimise the damage I also love to incorporate a few great hacks. I take magnesium before bed with loads of water,  I have some activated charcoal in water before I go out drinking (I use this one, discount code GBD599 if you want it) and I take some of these milk thistle tablets the following day to help support liver detoxification. Here’s a few hacks for you….

How to use activated charcoal from The Nourishing Hub

How to detox effectively from The Holistic Nutritionist

Make your own Magnesium Salts from Cut Out The Crap

AND How to avoid hangovers from Real Food Agenda

Choc Chip Caramel Cookie Sandwiches

I feel like caramel & chocolate is a marriage made in heaven. Only thing that would be better is SALTED caramel & chocolate which you could totally do. Remember when I made the Caramel Topping? Well if that didn’t blow your mind, these cookies will. This makes about a dozen cookies which is really only 6 cookie sandwiches so it wouldn’t be that bad if you ate them all. I wouldn’t judge you, some would, not me. You don’t have to make the caramel if you don’t want to/ can’t be ar$ed/ don’t like caramel (weirdo alert), but it really does complete them. Just like in Jerry Maguire.

Wet stuff-
¼ cup ghee or butter at room temp (you could try with coconut oil too but I haven’t yet)
¼ cup coconut sugar
2 tbs maple syrup, honey, coconut nectar or rice malt syrup
1 large egg at room temperature

Dry stuff-
1 tsp vanilla powder
1½ cups pumpkin seed meal (you could use almond meal, hazelnut meal or another type of nut flour)
2 tbs coconut flour
½ tsp bicarb soda
½ tsp sea salt
1/2 cup dark choc chips

CARAMEL

Preheat your oven to 170C and line a baking tray with baking paper. In your food processor (or using some beaters) blend the wet ingredients until they are creamy and well mixed. Add the dry ingredients (except the choc chips) and combine completely, scraping down the sides as required. Stir through the choc chips by hand so they don’t get all mashed up by the food processor. Pop the mix in the fridge for about half an hour to make the dough easier to work with. You can make the CARAMEL while that is happening if using it. Once the dough is less sticky, roll it into balls and flatten out slightly on the baking tray, be aware these cookies will spread a bit so don’t put them too close together. Pop them in the oven for about 15mins or until starting to brown on the edges. Allow to cool for about 20mins on the tray before transferring to a wire rack. Once cool, smear some caramel on a cookie, add another as a lid, take a nice big bite and experience the bliss. The only thing that could make them any better would be an extra layer of homemade ice cream in the cookie sandwich. Ooooh yeah!

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Salted caramel flavored things & ice cream would have to be 2 of my favourite things of all time. I am yet to meet a salted caramel delight that I did not love, & ice cream & I have had a long-standing love affair for longer than I can recall so it is really not surprising that these 2 have made their way as one into my life & my stomach.

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Giveitaway, giveitaway, giveitaway now…..

Monday’s can be pretty sucky. Let’s be honest, we are all mourning the end of the weekend and trying to pep ourselves up for another week at work so this Monday, it’s Monday Funday and I have some super cool e-books to give away from some super cool peeps.

I have 4 books to give away, that’s right, you heard me, 4. That my friends is generous business from these book authors because these books are HOT property 😉

I have the 2 new books from the fabulous, and ready to pop, very pregnant Kathleen Murphy Naturopath who works at one of Sydney’s largest integrative medicine clinics UClinic. The books are brilliant for those pregnant, with children, looking to become pregnant or even those women just looking to optimize their health & fertility for the future.

You can check out the books here
PREPARING FOR PARENTHOOD
NATURAL PREGNANCY CARE
You can also read more about Kathleen’s own pregnancy journey on her BLOG .
All you have to do it follow Kathleen’s FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM and tag a friend in my competition posts on my fb or Instagram. Easy.

The other cool book is called HAPPY GLUTEN FREE KIDS from the super cool Bee Pennington of THE WELLNESS MENTOR. This book is PERFECT for those who are just new to the world of gluten-free, have children or family members with gluten sensitivities, or just want to know more about how gluten-free might be of benefit. I have 2 copies of this to give away. E-book versions for any international winners or actual hard copies for the Aussie contingency. Once again, you just need to get on over to like Bee’s pages on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM and tag a friend in my competition posts on fb or Instagram. Simple.

Get on board, get liking, get tagging and let’s give Monday a gentle nudge goodbye.

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Figgy Coconut Balls

It’s a rainy old day here in Bris-Vegas & that means it’s perfect weather to get in the kitchen & make lots of food…. Despite how it may appear from my recipe ratio of sweets to actual food, I don’t just eat cake & chocolate all day…. Not all day.

Ever noticed that dried figs sometimes taste like some sort of booze? No, it’s not because I soaked them in booze….. Or because I was chowing down on them when I was already drunk. Huh? Just me? Weird thing to say? I totally think I can taste like brandy or port or something like that in dried figs? No? Whatever. These balls taste boozy to me, let me know if you get that too.

375g dried figs
200g shredded coconut (or 200g coconut butter)
3 tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or 1tsp vanilla extract)
Dark chocolate for dipping, I used PANA CHOCOLATE

Pop the figs in a bowl and cover with hot water & allow to soak for 10mins. Drain off the water then add the figs & remaining ingredients, except chocolate to the food processor & blend until it all comes together. If it’s too wet add a little more coconut, too dry add a dash more oil. Melt your dark chocolate any way you like, roll the fig mix into balls, dunk in the chocolate to coat then place on a baking paper lined tray. Once all done, pop in the fridge to set. You can store these babies in the fridge or hide them from yourself in the freezer like I do. If you are feeling super lazy you can just press the fig mix into a tin & pour the chocolate on top like a slice. That’s probably what I will do next time because this ball-rolling-business is time consuming and messy…. On the plus side you do end up with lots of chocolate on your fingers that you get to lick off at the end. You decide.

Salted Caramel Choc Macadamia Fudge

If you thought that was a mouthful you should try shoving a bit of this fudge in your gob. It’s a mouthful mouth-party. It’s a bit sweet, but a bit salty & a bit nutty…. Kinda like me actually. You could drizzle some coconut butter on top, or a bit of melted dark chocolate. You can sub in some other nuts if you prefer. (more…)

Detox part 2

So this heavy metal detox is on like donkey kong. It has been almost 4 weeks so far and, quite frankly, week 1 I felt pretty bloody ordinary. I was getting headaches, night sweats and pretty much could not keep my eyes open past 7pm. I would slept for 10hrs and wake up feeling exhausted….. I must have been running marathons in my sleep because let’s face it, it’s the only time you’d catch me running more than 500m. On a positive note, my skin has almost completely cleared up and this adult acne that decided to grace me with its presence about 18 mths ago seems to have pi$$ed off which is nice. I seem to have lost a bit of weight, not at all my intention, but something I have observed nonetheless….. That metal was obviously weighing me down 😉 Important to note, I have not actually weighed myself, I just feel like I am leaner & my clothes are fitting differently.

I am taking a multitude of supplements to help support my body in this detoxification process & assist the chelation of the mercury. None are too bad apart from this one powder that tastes like sewer syrup. Puke.

As part of the detox I have been using the INFRA-RED SAUNA at FUNCTION WELL and loving it! Only thing is am enjoying about this detox is the half hour of ‘quiet time’ in their amazing ‘detox box’. The members here can use this as often and whenever they like! How good. I am thinking about joining the gym here finally because not only can I sauna till my hearts content, their facilities are amazing and they have an amazingly holistic approach to health, fitness & wellness. They are about to launch a 28 DAY CLEAN & LEAN CHALLENGE so if you need to detox, reboot & kick your ar$e into gear this might be a great place to start….. You even get a cooking class with me. Whoop whoop.

Anyway, that’s where it’s at. Stay tuned for more when I have something exciting to report.

If you are a woman or know a woman….

This post is for you.

We are across the fact that anything we eat ends up inside our body & can do damage or provide nourishment. Same goes for the things we apply topically to our skin, deodorant, shampoo, moisturizer, make-up, shaving cream etc. Have you ever thought about the the things we put in/on one of the most sensitive areas of our body? Yep, that’s where I am taking you. Tampons, pads, ‘lady products’.

Wait! Men, don’t flee yet. I promise this won’t get gory or awkward! I am sure there is a woman in your life you care about. Your mum, sister, daughter, girlfriend. Stick with me for her sake. You might learn something too. (more…)

Mango Mojito Sorbet

Summer is here and you know what that means? Mangoes! Hip hip hooray! Summer time fruit is the bestest! Cherries, peaches, nectarines, lychees & man-man-mangoes! They are brilliant in salads, made into a dressing, turned into a dessert and best of all, they go perfectly with my other love, coconut. Heaven! This recipe is quick, easy & can be done even if you don’t have an ice cream maker.

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Salted Caramel Bites

Today was a chocolate day. It is cold, rainy & miserable & all I wanted to cook was slow cooked stuff & chocolate…. So I did. I slow cooked lamb shanks, chicken thighs and a big pot of beef mince with delicious stuff in it…..Then I made a total mess with chocolate. It was up my arms, on my face, all over the bench and I spilt a heap on a tea towel too. I was tempted to lick it off but I am pretty sure that same tea towel had been used to clean up the beef mince juice that had leaked on the bench. Gross. I totally licked it off my arms though. Don’t judge me or I will un-share this recipe with you. Then you’ll be sorry. These little gems are definitely coming to our Xmas festivities. They are almost like a Fantale but the caramel is softer and won’t break your teeth. You must think sometimes that I have ADHD. Well I don’t. Oh look a butterfly. (more…)