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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
|The Onesie IS BACK!!!!|
All soups will make enough for 4 decent entree serves or 2-3 greedy portions. My bowls hold roughly 2-3 cups
Bacon, Leek and Broccoli (Tell the kids you got it from the local swamp, from a Swamp Monster! Maybe don't, could freak them out)
Calorie Count: 190 cals per serve (soup only)
2 stalks of broccoli (chopped with stalks included)
2 leeks (chopped)
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 brown onion
150g Bacon (chopped)
2 cups vegetable stock
2 cups water
To a large soup pot add stock, water and brocolli, place on stovetop and keep on a simmer
Place all other ingredients into a frypan and lightly brown. Toss bacon, leeks and onion into stock and stir to combine. Place a lid on top and keep heat low to medium. Leave for 10-15 mins the come back and blitz with hand mixer and keep on low simmer for another 10-15 mins.
Serve with grainy bread spread with avocado. Makes a great work day/home lunch
Kidney Bean & Tomato- The Best Budget Soup Ever!
Calorie count: 300 (includes a slice of grainy sourdough bread)
2 x 800g Tins of Tomatoes (can use fresh too)
1 x 400g Red Kidney Beans (drained)
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 Tbsp Sweet Smoked Paprika
Handful of chopped basil
2 cups Vegetable stock
Now, I know cans of food in a recipe are frowned upon or perceived to be tacky but you know what I DONT CARE! They are easy and quick AND if you buy good quality ingredients (low salt and sugar) it cuts down a lot of prep time.
Add all ingredients to soup pot and simmer for 15-20mins. Use a stick blender to whizz together then serve. A slice of grainy bread shoved in the oven (150-180 degrees Celsius) for the duration of cooking time makes quick croutons.
A dribble of cream or sour cream would finish this soup off perfectly or the ultimate indulgence: A GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH!
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Friday, May 10, 2013
Now, before you go out to buy mummy that pair of slippers or that fluffy robe for Mother's Day (12th May 2013 in Australia), take a moment to think of all the peeps out there living in slippers and that fluffy robe practically day in and day out because they literally have no energy to move, eat or speak. This is how bad Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a debilitating condition and has many symptoms including:
- Persistent fatigue
- Widespread muscle and joint pain
- Sensitivity to light
- Cognitive difficulties
- Serve mental and physical exhaustion
and the list continues.....
A very close family member has recently been diagnosed with CFS, after a mentally/physically draining experience with multiple doctors, they are taking one day at a time- both good days and bad. I also knew that I had a reader, Nat (what a fabulous name), who was a CFS sufferer and recently noticed an awareness day. So what better way to raise awareness than learn straight from Nat about her experience. I'm grateful she was very willing to share her story with all of you on my blog.
All I ask on CFS Awareness Day is for you to share this post with your friends and family to increase awareness and shed light on this hard to deal with, painful and exhausting condition.
Why I never lack motivation
My-a-what? I hear you say. Maybe you would know it better as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
When I was 18 I was at uni studying multimedia and e-commerce and extremely happy with life. I was insanely in love with my boyfriend and was taking off to the beach at every opportunity, all while getting straight high distinctions at school. Life was good.
In August, 2005, when I had just started second semester, I started to feel very dizzy in a commerce class. This was very quickly followed by sweating, shaking and extreme nausea. I immediately left and although terrified to drive, took off home. I was shaking and couldn't concentrate, I just knew I needed to get home. I knew inside me that something was very wrong.
For the next 12 months I couldn't study and I could barely go out. If I did go out, I became exhausted within 10 minutes, so most of my trips revolved around doctor's visits. Most of these Doctor's visits ended in medical professionals, supposedly there to help me, laughing in my face or telling me I was mentally ill. I remember one saying to Mum, 'There's nothing wrong with your daughter', and laughing in my mother's face. Being so physically ill and no one believing me was the worst thing on earth. I wasn't depressed, but if I was, who could blame me being in that situation?
Thankfully in early 2007 I finally met a supportive Doctor who specialises in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. By this point I had declined to only being able to leave the house for Doctor's appointments and then taking 3-7 days to recover. It was hell.
But it got worse. Following meeting the specialist and a spate of unsuccessful treatments, I became totally house bound and 99% bed bound - I could only get out of bed to use the bathroom and shower in a chair (most days). It took me 10 minutes to walk the 10 metres to the bathroom, and I had to take a break half way. I could not handle any stimuli - no sound through music, no TV or computer, no smells at all (not even my Mum's amazing Italian cooking), my food had to be very plain (and very vegetable based so it was easy to digest). Everything hurt all the time and I was always dizzy. If I had to stand up for more than about 30 seconds, I'd fall over. I was always cold, I dropped 30kgs and was seriously underweight, and at my worst, I could no longer decipher what people were saying and had to ask them to speak very simply (eg. instead of 'Natalie would you like a drink', it had to be as simple as 'drink?' or a hand gesture). There were days I couldn't pick up a fork (not even a plastic one), to feed myself.
It's a tough cause to support because although you can give money, every researcher is researching in a different direction. Some still put their research into mental illness as a cause. Sufferers all have different symptoms and varying degrees of severity, and there is no single treatment that all sufferers will respond positively to. All I can do to help CFS/ME from where I am sitting is to raise awareness and hope that this increases understanding. At least 50% of the people I knew when I got sick thought I was depressed or a hypochondriac, and, as a sufferer, that is a hard thing to hear from those you care about.
So why did I title this story 'Why I never lack motivation'?
When I was sick, I literally could not move because a lot of the time, I was paralysed.
CFS/ME Awareness day is May 12 and the colour for awareness is blue.
Please share my story, or tell somebody you read about it, or post about it on Facebook - whatever you can to spread the word.
Me and over a million other people could not thank you enough.
You made my day just by reading this,
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Start off with basic exercise and build from there. Steps ups, push ups, shoulder presses, tricep dips and hip extensions are a great start. Smaller reps first with heavier weight, say 6-10 reps for 3-4 sets, with a weight than means you don't exceed those reps. If you could keep lifting pass 10 reps, your weight is too light- add some more as long as form is tight and on point. The benefits of a good Personal Trainer will be worth it's weight in gold, at minimum a few technique/form sessions. Sydney based peeps try New Outlook Fitness
9. Get Real:
"Do I really need that much food on my plate?"
"Can I really out run that daily Mars bar...like can I, really?"
"I just find it so hard to lose weight (I've been trying for 3 whole days)"
All of these quotes plus a bucket load, are just some of the constant verbal vomiting that our mind produces on a daily basis. Getting real simply means thinking about all these "constant" excuses you have and actually questioning them and changing the behaviour. If you generally questioning yourself, you already are halfway there in knowing you have a little problem. That simple process of talking (yes, with yourself) out loud and questioning if I do a and b will it give me the result I want. If the answer is no then the outcome is simple stop whatever is holding you back. Sometimes you may need to be kinder to yourself rather than harsher- It's a personal thing. For me, personally, I was a sucker for my own excuses- So I got tougher. Some women are constantly beating themselves up- "I'm too x" "I can't say no to person y" and so on, these gals need to be kinder to themselves and practice pointing themselves first and some self love (see point 1).
10. Stop quitting:
SO important! Just see your goal through. Yes it's hard. Yes, you could lose friends. Yes, you will feel deprived at times BUT guess what? It's going to be worth it. That moment you slip on that sexy, tight dress, The satisfaction of completing your first round of squats & lunges without feeling like your legs are going to give way or the first reveal of your new body to your girlfriends on a night out on the town- All of that stuff is priceless. It's worth every run. every deadlift, every pushup, every non eaten bowl of ice cream...It's worth it! Need more inspiration? Read this- I was a fatty, I decided not to quit.
11. Realise your goals ARE achieveable:
The moment you commit to your goals coming true, the world is your oyster. Put it in writing if necessary, tell people, tell no one, set reminders on your phone- DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! That moment of clarity, the Ah-ha! of you moving forward and not being the person you hate is such a great feeling. It's so liberating to know that like so many other guys and girls before you who embark on a weight loss journey- that it will be you, soon. It all starts with one step
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Monday, May 6, 2013
Mum's deserve treats so why not a healthy gift instead of the chocolate variety.
Young and old, all mum's need fitness and their health
I'll be offering a Mother's Day Package of:
- 50DaysNoSugar Plan and Recipes
- 1 x one on one PT session or 1 x email consultation with Myself to discuss goals and come up with a workout plan
- 1 x Women's only GYM program
Contact me here to spoil your mum today!