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Festive Ice Cream (paleo. keto)

The Keto diet is being bandied about left, right and centre at the moment and has some bloody ace applications for certain people. You can read more about keto in THIS POST HERE but here’s the cliff’s notes- It’s a high fat, low carb diet. A few weeks ago when I was doing a WORKSHOP down the coast I stopped by this place called Brio Emporium that make these bloody amazing keto ice cream sundaes and realised that I needed to give that jazz a roll at home. So here’s me rollin’….

Now the base of this recipe is keto, so you can just leave it at that and be all #keto….buuutttt I was feeling kinda festive at the time because #christmas so I went and un-keto’d it by adding cranberries & chocolate & brandy. If you hate fun and don’t want to add the extras then power to you. *On a side note- the addition of booze stops the ice cream from freezing hard once you pop it in the freezer. If you have ever made homemade ice cream without the crappy ingredients you know what I’m talking about. About 1/4 cup of alcohol, vodka works well and adds no taste, will keep it from freezing like a rock. If you want to leave it out you’ll just need to let it soften on the bench for at least 15 mins before you try & dig in.

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I used this HEMP OIL as it’s a top source of omega fats 3, 6 & 9 as well as a cracking source of antioxidants.  I also use THIS COLLAGEN powder. Collagen is basically pure protein and the building blocks for hair, skin, nails, joints etc. It can help restore the firmness in our skin AND it’s cheaper than BOTOX! It’s also bloody tops for gut health and helping to repair leaky gut.

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Keto Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 4 lge eggs
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup hemp oil/macadamia oil/coconut oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 400 ml full fat coconut cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • stevia to taste
  • 1/4 cup collagen powder
  • OPTIONAL EXTRAS
  • 1/4 cup brandy (or rum/vodka)
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dark choc pieces
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (only if NOT using stevia)

Instructions

  1. Basic Keto Ice Cream-

    Add the eggs, coconut cream, stevia, collagen, cashew butter, oil, vanilla & apple cider vinegar to a blender and blitz until smooth. 

  2. Pour into your ice cream maker and let it work it's magic. Once it's done, transfer into a container with a lid and pop it in the freezer to set.... Or just eat it like soft serve right now. 

  3. Festive Ice Cream-

    Add the Add the eggs, coconut cream, maple syrup, collagen, cashew butter, oil, vanilla, brandy & apple cider vinegar to a blender and blitz until smooth.

  4. Stir through the choc chips & cranberries then pour into your ice cream maker following the same steps above. 

Is Keto the New Black?

Keto-this & Keto-that is being bandied about like Lindsay Lohan’s antics circa 2006. So what’s the deal? Is this a legit way of eating? Should you try it? Should I try it? Who else is trying it? What does it do? What doesn’t it do? Will going keto solve all my life problems…. I’d say it’s unlikely but what it won’t solve could probably be remedied by coconut oil. Because magical.

I have read A LOT about ketosis and even dabbled in it myself. I found that it worked for me when incorporating some exogenous ketones via SUPPLEMENT into my life as that allowed me to not have to limit or caution around my veggie & fruit intake as my diet is generally pretty low carb anyway. What I do notice (in the absence of ketone supplements) when going too low carb (for me) is that my sleep gets a bit messed up, my energy wains in my workouts & I get some low thyroid type symptoms like really cold extremities so I have found that some starchy carbs with my dinner helps with that. I stopped taking any ketone supplements because whilst effective, I found the taste bloody awful and first & foremost I’m a foodie so it’s a no from me. They are sweetened with stevia and have the most incredibly sweet flavour that really put me off. Plenty of people swear by it though so give it a whirl if you like.

Anyway, I have had loads of people ask me about keto & so I asked my Yoda. He’s the guy I ask all things that I can’t seem to come to a solid answer to with my own research. Chris is one of the smartest people I have ever met & also one of the fittest. I’m hoping if I keep doing his PrimalThenics program his smarts & fitness will rub off on me too! So here’s his take on all things KETO.

Keto is certainly the new buzz word on the internet, being one of the most googled words in 2017.

The human body has two main fuel sources, glucose (from carbohydrates or excessive protein) or beta oxidation (ketones from the breakdown of fats).

Ketosis is the use of ketones from the breakdown of fats as your primary source of fuel and is often referred to as being ‘fat adapted’. For everyone who has not been on a ketogenic diet you operate on glucose as your main source of energy. To convert your body to using fat as your fuel source requires some specific work.

Let me explain what that requires and if it is right for you!

Changing your fuel source?

Think of your body as a car. Glucose is unleaded petrol and gets you roughly 500km a tank, whereas ketones are diesel petrol and get you 1000km a tank! To convert your car from unleaded petrol to diesel means you are going to have to take it to the car shop for a major overhaul of its engine. That work is going to take a few days and cost you a bit of money.

Bear with me.

When converting from glucose as your primary fuel source, (after a lifetime of eating carbs, potatoes, rice and breakfast cereals – remember the food pyramid anyone!), is going to cost you a bit of effort and discomfort. Things like the Keto-Flu, where you feel like you have the flu (people have been hospitalised before they thought they were so sick), fatigue, headaches and constipation can occur. Not to mention drastic reduction in athletic performance, initially anyway.

But you must remember, you are changing your engine here. You are changing your physiology, from that of carb dependant, to fat using. It requires a cost. 

How do you do this?

To convert to beta oxidation (ketosis) requires the absence of sugars and the limiting of total carbs to under about 20-50grams of carbohydrates a day. IN doing so, the body undergoes a few rough days of glucose depletion until it can start to get fats broken down in the liver which results in the body’s secondary fuel source, Ketones.

Can you speed this process up?

Yes, there are a few ways you can speed this up.

First. You can deplete your body’s stores of glucose faster than it takes for the body to utilise its’ own stores passively. To do this, you would partake of a few high intensity training sessions, such as sprint running, HIIT circuits or weight lifting. 

Two. Increase your fat intake, particularly the intake of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT oils) which are more easily converted to ketones in the body than other fats.  (Paleo hero mcts)

Three. Minimise lifestyle stressors such as sleep deprivation, stress etc, to provide the body with an easier opportunity to undergo a major physiological change. And, also, to make it easier on yourself!

Four. You can utilise exogenous ketones, as in pharmaceutically manufactured ketone bodies, to provide an immediate source of ketones which will aid in fighting off the effects of the ‘engine change’ (Keto flu), and almost trick your body into producing its own ketone bodies faster. 

Is this right for me?

Ketogenic dieting has long been regarded as particularly effective for a number of health ailments, including:

  • Epilepsy
  • Weight loss
  • Improved insulin sensitivity and blood sugar stabilization

Recent claims have touted it as effective for:

  • Mood stabilization in mental/depressive disorders
  • Improved mental focus
  • Improved energy levels, oxygen capacity, endurance levels
  • Migraine treatment
  • Neuro-protective benefits in seizure disorders; ADHD; Alzheimer ’s disease, memory and cognitive function; Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke prevention; cardiovascular disease; metabolic syndrome management; improved cholesterol levels
  • Inflammation management
  • Endurance enhancement

Whilst some are calling it one of the nutritional breakthroughs of our time!

What foods are involved?

Eating fat, and not eating carbs!

It is that simple, you eat fats, and you limit all intake of carbs: 75% fat, 20% protein, 5% carbohydrates from leafy vegetables. Generally, this equates to about under 20grams of carbs consumed per day. It is also important to note that these carbs should be solely sourced from green leafy vegetables. Most people make some serious errors when beginning the diet by either consuming too much fat, the wrong kind of fat and or too much protein. Deep fried foods should be eliminated

Snack Options:

  • Go-to fat foods for snacking
  • Avocados
  • Cheese ( don’t go overboard)
  • Eggs
  • Dark chocolate (at night snack)
  • Fish
  • Nuts – macadamias, almonds, walnuts, pecans,
  • Chia seeds
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil,
  • Flour – coconut, almond,
  • Butter, full fat cream,
  • Fatty meat- pork belly, bacon, beef, chicken thigh,
  • Celery and low sugar peanut butter
  • MCT oils
  • meats

As good as it may seem I don’t recommend super strict keto for everyone.

  1. It can be very hard to maintain
  2. It can be restrictive
  3. It can be done very badly
  4. If you are prone to severe anxiety
  5. It can influence your cholesterol levels (which in itself don’t mean anything, but if you do that with a lot of “falling off the wagon” and carb binging it can lead to negative side effects)
  6. It needs a very nuanced approach to manage salt intake, monitoring of bloods, health parameters etc
  7. It often has less vegetables than I would want you to eat
  8. Is it really necessary for you?
  9. What are your goals?

But, let me state this, you don’t need to eat carbs!

Yes, that’s right, even for weights training, HIIT training, endurance ultra-marathons carbs are not necessary. But I will leave that argument for another day.! But go as close to keto as you can whilst eating as many carbohydrates from my vegetables as you can.

If you are an everyday warrior like me, then I would recommend going for a more moderate approach, that still involves very limited number of carbs, that can better suit your life. Regardless of your performance goals or health aspirations, fat loss must be a priority. Having a lean muscular physique doesn’t mean having the body of cover model, but rather possessing appropriate fat stores and adequate physical capabilities.

Having increased body fat causes hormonal and immune system changes associated with fatigue, aches and pains, recurrent infections, allergies and toxicity, unbalanced hormone profile, and menstrual problems.

Medical research has repeatedly demonstrated the link between increased body fat and the progression of degenerative diseases like Cardio-Vascular Disease, diabetes and cancer. What is disregarded or poorly understood by most are the primary causative factors of excess fat storage. The two main causes being a sedentary lifestyle and excess refined carbohydrates.

Eliminating carbohydrates in a structured manner will change your life, because, losing fat will change your life. Not only will debilitating physical symptoms improve but you will also notice changes in daily energy levels and an improved zest for life!

Such positive physical and physiological changes will also affect you mentally and emotionally, for the better. One of the most noticeable aspects of fat loss and its effects on the body is the increased ‘ease of day’. ‘Ease of day’, refers to how much easier your daily activities will feel.

So, my advice to many is: Go for an approach that you can manage, that is appropriate for your life and goals and that has far less carbs than you currently consume.

Chris, The Health and Fitness Guy.

 

Corned Beef Fritters (paleo. gf. df)

I used to HATE corned beef as a kid. Detest it. I don’t even know why. I don’t think I have actually ever eaten it in my adult life until a few weeks ago when I tried it at a cafe as a brekkie wrap and it was awesome! So obviously now I’m obsessed and I went straight to the butcher and bought one. I’ve got be honest, I didn’t love how it initially turned out as the way they had brined it was WAAAAAYYYY too salty for my liking (and I love salt) so I’m going to get my mits on some silverside from Young Farmers and brine my own and just see how that pans out for me. Anyway, the point is, I wasn’t digging it but I HATE wasting food and I remember my mum used to make corned beef fritters so, that’s what happened. Fritters. The small human loved them. Smashed them both hot and cold. They make a cracking snack, brekkie or dinner option and they freeze like absolute champions. Obviously you can sub in other veggies if you want. This is what I had in the fridge.

1/2 red onion, diced
2 cups finely chopped cauliflower
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup grated zucchini
1 cup grated sweet potato
2 cups diced corned beef
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups almond meal
Salt & pepper
Optional- 1/2-1 tsp turmeric
Coconut oil/ghee/ butter for cooking

Makes 12-15 fritters

Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl. Heat a large frying pan over low-med heat, add about 1/2 tbs of cooking fat. Form the batter into fritters, don’t worry if they don’t look like they are going to hold together, they will as they cook. Pop the fritters in the pan, cook on one side then flip, after flipping use the back of your spatula to press them down a little flatter. Cook on other side until browned.

 

Keto Love Bites (paleo. keto. vegan)

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you will have probably heard the term ‘keto’ being bandied about in health & fitness land. It’s the new black but it’s not a new concept. A Keto diet has been around for yonks and it’s been used therapeutically for treating obesity, epilepsy, diabetes, Alzheimers and many other conditions for a very long time. It’s basic premise is eating high fat &  very low carb kicking your body into ketosis where it will use your fat for fuel. Benefits  vary from person to person but  weight loss, blood sugar control, mental focus & clarity, and increased energy are generally seen. As EVERY body is different, the amount of carbohydrate you can tolerate before you are no longer in ketosis varies and it’s something that each individual needs to work out for themselves. Am I doing Keto? No. Do I generally eat a pretty high fat (healthy fats) and low-mod carb diet anyway? Yes. That feels good for me. Going super low carb (to be in ketosis) doesn’t feel great for me, I lack energy, my sleep suffers and my hormones go a bit wacky so, for me, making sure that I have a bit of fruit or some good starchy veggies as my carb sources works. Anyway, keto or not, these treats are a GREAT source of healthy fats and taste bloody tops. The fats will keep you satiated plus you feel like you are eating chocolate and that’s always a win in my book. Go forth and keto. Or don’t. You do you. 

3 tbs nut butter/coconut butter
1 tbs tahini

OPTIONAL- 3-4 drop peppermint or orange oil

1/4 cup coconut oil/butter/ghee/ cacao butter

1 tbs raw cacao
2 tbs collagen powder (or protein powder)

Melt together the nut butter, tahini & coconut oil, stir in everything else then spoon into chocolate moulds or pour into a baking paper lined tray. Pop it in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours.

** If you don’t give 2 hoots about being keto-friendly and need some sweetness you can add 1-2 tbs of raw honey, pure maple syrup or rice malt syrup if you fancy.

 

Roasted Cabbage & Kale Warm Salad (paleo. gf. df. vegan)

This recipe came about because I was making KIMCHI & I bought the world’s largest cabbage, not even exaggerating, and ended up with approximately 3.5kg of cabbage leftover. Steamed cabbage as a menu item does NOT spin my tyres in any way so I thought ‘let’s roast this gear and see what happens’. This happened and it’s a win I think. Cabbage is actually a cracking veggie if you can make it taste good. You can use purple/red cabbage too and give yourself an even bigger beta-carotene hit. Cabbage is low carb, high fibre and a good source of vitamin K, A & C.

1/2 small green cabbage, shredded
1 lge red onion, roughly sliced
1/2 bunch kale, shredded
3 small green apples, roughly sliced
Good pinch salt
Good lug of olive oil
OPTIONAL- If you tolerate dairy, some chunks of goats cheese would be a stellar topping to add for the last 15 mins in the oven.

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with some baking paper and add all the ingredients. Mix well with your hands so that everything has a good coating of olive oil. Bake for approx 1 hr. This can be served warm or cold.

Bangin’ Chicken (paleo)

Seriously banging. This chicken packs a massive flavour punch and will absolutely have your tastebuds doing a happy dance. I don’t even know what else to tell. It’s easy. It’s delicious. You can probably substitute the chicken for some bangin’ pork or beef. If you do, tell me how banging it is on a scale of “relatively banging” to “total mouth party, will you marry me? Banging”. Obviously, I expect the latter. Unless you balls-up the recipe for which I take no responsibility. Go forth & bang.

1/3 cup coconut oil (or ghee)
1/2 kg chicken thighs, chopped
2 rashers bacon, diced
1 red onion, diced
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 capsicum, chopped
good handful of baby spinach
1 tbsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp cloves powder
1/4 tsp cardamon powder
Juice 1 lemon
1/2 tsp salt

Heat up the oil in a large frying pan that has a lid over a medium heat. If you don’t have a lid you can use a sheet of alfoil to act like one. Add the chicken, bacon, garlic, onion and salt and allow to brown. Add all the remaining ingredients, aside from the capsicum & spinach and mix well. Cover, reduce the heat to low and allow to cook for 20 mins, stirring occasionally. Add the capsicum & spinach, stir though and allow to cook uncovered for another 5 mins before serving.

Roasted Cauliflower & Green Tahini Dressing (paleo. vegan. gf. df)

If you haven’t roasted cauliflower before you are missing out. Seriously. Your life is lacking. It’s bloody tremendous just roasted with a bit of butter & turmeric but this jazz right here is next level. The green dressing packs a punch of both flavour and nutrition and both spinach and tahini are going to give you a cracking dose of calcium. I’d totally reccomend making this salad as a double batch so you have leftovers for the next day… or eat all of it at once. Whatever spins your tyres.

Dressing
1 packed cup baby spinach
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup tahini
Good pinch salt & pepper
1/4 cup olive or avocado oil
1 tbs raw honey/maple syrup

1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
1 tbs sumac
1/2 cup flaked almonds, lightly toasted
1/2 cup parsley, chopped

Preheat your oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and pop the cauliflower pieces on it. Sprinkle the cauliflower with the sumac and a good drizzle of olive oil then use your hands or whatever you like to mix it around to coat. Bake for 40mins or until golden on the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Pop all the dressing ingredients into your food processor or high speed blender and blend until smooth. Pop the cauliflower onto a serving platter, drizzle with the dressing then sprinkle with parsley & almonds.

Fermented Probiotic Mayo (paleo. vegetarian)

How good is real mayo! Remember when we were all so scared of fat and we bought that awful fat-free mayo!? If there was no fat in it, what on earth was in it?? Let’s be honest, mayo is pretty much fat & protein. That’s it. So what was in that other stuff? Actually, I don’t even want to know…. Geeze I have eaten some rubbish ‘food-like-products’, especially fat-free stuff. All the fat-free things. Ah well, when you know better you can do better. You can read more about why I love fat now if you want. Or don’t. Whatever spins your tyres. This mayo is delicious, loaded with gut-healthy probiotics and lots of healthy fat, you don’t need to ferment it but it’s what gives this mayo it’s super powers so give it a crack.

2 large eggs
2 tbs apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
Good pinch salt
1 1/2 cups macadamia oil
2 tbs kraut juice (from a jar of kraut you already have, doesn’t really matter what flavour or the contents of 2 probiotic capsules)

Ok there’s a few ways this can go down. You’ll need either an imersion blender, a high speed blender like a thermomix or vitamix or a food processor that has a small bowl attachment. Choose your weapon. Whatever you are using, add your eggs, ACV & salt to the bowl and give it a good blitz for about a minute to combine. Now turn your blender on (I put my thermie on speed 6 which is about 1/2 way on the speed dial) and slowly drizzle in your oil, the drizzling should take you about 3 minutes, if you are not sure how fast to drizzle, go slower. You may need to scrape down the sides occasionally. You should now have a nice thick, light yellow mayo. Have a taste, if it needs more salt, add another pinch. Now add your kraut juice and blend gently to just combine. Pour into clean jars, pop the lid on then either wrap them in a couple of tea towels and pop them in a cooler bag somewhere nice and warm for 24 hrs. In Summer the bench might be fine, in Winter I’d pop a hot water bottle. You can also wrap them in some tea towels and pop them in your slow cooker on the ‘keep warm’ setting. Or, you can pop them in your oven with just the light on for 24hrs. So, choose your own adventure. I had some broth in my slow cooker already so I popped mine, wrapped in tea towels, in a cooler bag & sat it on top of the lid of my slow cooker. Because resourceful.

Food, Fitness, f45 & a Whole Lotta Ab’s!

 About a month ago I met the awesome Nina Studenko. Super-mum, all round amazing woman & owner of f45 Stafford & Newstead and was lucky enough to be asked to be an ambassador for them. Whoop Whoop!
I had heard a LOT about this f45 craze and because I was doing a heap, ok a bit, alright maybe once a week, of HIIT training at home anyway I thought I’d give it a crack. I’ll be fine…. Ah no. Not fine. Not even slightly fine. Dying. Death. I am literally drowning in my own sweat. Aaaaannnd of course then I became addicted because not only does it appear that I love pain, I also love results & fun and this team bring it in spades. PLUS, I figure if I keep going I am going to wake up with ab’s like Nina….. Hopefully by tomorrow. That’s how it works right? RIGHT?
So here’s the lady behind the ab’s to tell you all about her food, her life & how the hell she got that body. I’ll have what she’s having!

1. Tell us about Nina in a nutshell-

Happy, fun, determined, caring and an observer.

2. You are built like a real athlete, I mean seriously, those ab’s!  What is your fitness background?

Thank you! Fitness background is a bit of everything. I LOVE variety. It’s important for me to continually shock my body that activate and wake up different muscle groups – for me this is the key to my definition and symmetry.
Currently I train 5-6 times a week with a focus on F45 training and throw in a little bit of gymnastics, crossfit, running and yoga into the mix.

I competed in Body Sculpting last year in the Figure division so traditional weight training played a massive part in my training to achieve the required physique.

Over the past few years I have kept things exciting with Crossfit, Triathlons, lots of running up to the half marathon length. I absolutely love the conditioning side of Crossfit which is why F45 is so appealing to me. I find I respond really well to HIIT training and in the last year my body has physically gone through so much change.

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3. What’s a day in the life of an F45 owner look like?

  • Alarm goes off at 4:15am
  • Out the door at 4:30am
  • Coaching 5:15am-8:30am
  • Training 9:30am
  • Admin 10:30am-12pm
  • Coach lunch time sesh 12:30pm
  • Admin until 3:30pm
  • Mummy duties from 4pm
  • In bed by 10pm

4. Why f45 & why do you do what you do?

From the moment I tried F45 training for myself, I fell in love! F45 stands for Functional 45 (minute sessions).  The style is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and this training style is right up my alley. It is fast, furious, tough, intense and gets results!

The results I have seen over the past year amongst members is nothing short of amazing.  The variety keeps our members guessing and my favourite part is the fact that the body is continually shocked because sessions are not repeated.  I love that there is a focus on both cardio and resistance – so many people focus on either one or the other in their usual routines whereas the importance of both is showcased with the programming.

F45 is innovative and HQ are continually changing things up to stay ahead of the game and remain the leaders in HIIT training worldwide.

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5. Talk us through a day on your plate?

After competing last year I got into the habit of eating a lot of white meat and fish and a ton of leafy greens and veggies.  My diet since then has remained very similar, although I obviously allow myself treats now.  Essentially though I exclude gluten and minimise grains as my body doesn’t respond well to these.

Breakfast:  Chicken or salmon and green veggies + avo (zucchini, beans)

Lunch:  Turkey with green veggies (zucchini, beans) + sweet potato.  If I am eating out during the week I will usually go for a nutritious meal or healthy salad from somewhere local.

Dinner:  White fish, steak with green salad and veggies

Snacks:  Protein drink, coffee, protein bar

Weakness:  Coffee (i drink too much!)

6. What is your nutrition philosophy?

Eat the foods that benefit your body – do what works for you and makes you feel your best and allows your body to perform at its best.

For me, it is high protein, low carb.  I feel my best when I eat healthy meals that are unprocessed.  I feel that sugar can easily become something my body relies on and craves, so I try to limit this where possible.

7. What is the best piece of nutrition advice you could give?

Very similar to the above – Your diet should include things that allow your body and mind to perform at its best.

I also place huge importance on balance – so eating healthy most of the time, but allowing yourself a treat. I am a clean eater, but I also allow myself things that I enjoy that are not necessarily apart of my meal plan.  I like cheese and I like wine and I like chocolate.  I also grew up eating delicious Spanish and Russian dishes so whenever we have a family get togethers I cut loose.  This is how I treat myself.

I think it needs to be noted that everyone is different and I will always consider my members and their lifestyle, work schedules etc. when advising about diet and nutrition.  I don’t follow or suggest my members follow a specific diet, because I believe it is important to eat wholesome foods that haven’t been altered or processed.  As a general comment though, I really believe that we all need to take time out to listen and learn how to read our bodies, how it’s feeling and then educate ourselves on what this means.

8. What’s your fave food?

My grandmothers silverbeet, smoked ham and egg pie.

9. My perfect relaxing weekend would be….

Spent somewhere by the beach – we are so spoilt for choice in QLD, so up or down is fine.  Get a work out in at the local F45 studio or go for a run, get some breaky + cawfeeee, head to the beach for some vitamin SEA, head to the local shops to trawl through the shops, lunch, more beach time.

10. My favourite things are…

My son Alastair and my family, my friends, and girlfriend catchups and of course my business. Work is not work anymore and this is such a gift.

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11. My go to meal when I just CBF (Can’t Be Fu$ked)….

Nandos chicken tenderloins or Guzman y Gomez Chicken salad!

So now you know all about Nina and you should definitely go and give this f45 bizzo a whirl and sign yourself up to their FREE 14 DAY TRIAL. See you there!!

Crockpot Pulled Pork (paleo. gluten free. dairy free)

Best. Pulled pork. Ever. I’m not sure if that is a completely correct statement but for the amount of time it takes to prepare versus your return on investment in that process it really comes up trumps. You can probably give this a whirl with beef, lamb or chicken thighs too if that’s what spins your tyres. This freezes really well if you have leftovers and is a great versatile protein source that you can toss through a salad, pop in a wrap, have with veggies, served for brekkie with some poached eggs, just eat it straight out of the slow cooker…. I won’t judge, people do it….. I’ve heard.

250g tomato paste

400g tinned chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup coconut aminos/ tamari/soy sauce

2 tbs sweet paprika (smoked is fine too)

1/2 tbs garlic powder

1/2 tbs onion powder

1/2 cup honey

good whack of salt & pepper

1 cup filtered water/chicken or veggie stock

1 boneless pork leg or shoulder

Add all the ingredients except the pork to the slow cooker and mix well to combine. Take the pork & trim any excess fat. A bit is fine but too much will just turn to slop so chop it off, whack it in the oven and make some pork cracking! Roll the pork around in the slow cooker mix to coat then pop it on low and let it go for 8-10 hours.  I put mine in before I went to bed and woke up with my dinner ready to go…. Once its done just use a couple of forks to shred it all up then dig in. I served mine in some lettuce boats topped with guacamole & kraut.

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