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Eat clean.. train dirty… trust God

Eat clean… train dirty… Trust God !! So… after an up & down kinda day. . I’ve decided this is going to be this season’s hashtag.
I have had 2 opportunities in recent days to be pretty naughty with my clean eating plan. .. and I am so happy to say that on both occasions,  I was able to either stick with my clean eating. . Or in the one instance I didn’t,  it was such a minor ‘slip up’ that I didn’t even feel the need to beat myself up over it.
I am actually really pleased with my resolution on this.  I just know that I know that God is providing me with the strength and perseverance I’m asking for,  as I normally wouldn’t be able to resist these ‘treats’. As I said on a previous blog entry. . My bodies likes & dislikes are changing.
I’m also loving having my 17yr niece to bounce ideas off. She is a vegetarian recently having gone completely vegan, so she is full of fab healthy ideas.  She seriously makes the best healthy snacks… that you wouldn’t even think are healthy.

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(Ps.. She didn’t actually make THESE exact ones. . But hers do look just as yummy)
I’m also experimenting with my new Nutri-infusion which has been amazing !! I am really so happy with it. . It actually DOES do everything they say it does, which can be rare for things bought off the tv.  A friend  and I did a shop at the local fruit & veg market yest,  so I’m well & truly stocked up for some yummy nutritious goodness in smoothy form.

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This actually was my daughter’s first smoothy attempt, but I used her pic seeing as my smoothy had spinach in it so therfore wasn’t this pretty colour.

I read some interesting information last night about drinking berry based drinks with your food as it assists with digestion due to the acidic content.
Here’s some healthy info for you all on this and other healthy gut foods. …

What is the key to good gut health? The answer is bacteria, millions of which inhabit the digestive tract breaking down food, helping to propel food through the digestive tract and providing protection against harmful invading organisms.

Foods that are high in fibre, rich in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, or that contain live probiotics, will encourage the growth of health-promoting bacteria colonies and support overall equilibrium balance in the digestive tract. Eating foods that are overly refined, processed or low in fibre will meanwhile place additional strain on the digestive system, potentially disrupting the important balance of health-promoting bacteria.

Berries are an excellent food for digestive health. They provide a good source of fibre, antioxidants, and polyphenols, which can selectively favour beneficial colonies of bacteria in the digestive tract.

Recent research on polyphenols has shown they interact with beneficial species of bacteria (similar to pre-biotics, which “feed” the good bacteria). The interactions encourage healthy bacteria growth. All types of berries, whether fresh or frozen, contain polyphenols.

Seaweed & chia seeds, as well as cruciferous vegetables (kale, cabbage, broccoli and silverbeet, to name just a few) are excellent foods for gut health; they provide various phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, as well as a good source of fibre. Phytonutrients can benefit the gut by increasing the balance of good bacteria and also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

The fibre content of cruciferous vegetables is particularly important as it can help move food through the digestive tract. The fibre in leafy greens in particular also promotes the growth of good bacteria. Pre-biotics are food sources for healthy bacteria; without them the healthy bacteria (probiotics) are unable to grow. Hence, the growth of beneficial colonies of bacteria is largely depending on the intake of both probiotic and pre-biotic foods.
Yoghurt is also fantastic but it should always taste sour, not sweet. The sourness is a reflection of the lactic-acid bacteria that have developed during the fermentation process in the milk.

Regular consumption of yoghurt can positively influence the balance of microflora in the gut, creating more of the “good guys”, such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium probiotics. These types of probiotics can help manufacture B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins A and K, which are great for overall health as well as playing a role in a well-functioning digestive tract. They also help boost the immune system and inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

Sadly (coz I don’t really like it) oily fish – such as salmon, sardines and mackerel are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA, and DOHA. These fatty acids can play a vital role in healthy bowel function. They can work to lubricate the digestive tract and keep digestion flowing smoothly. They can also help to reduce inflammation and strengthen the intestinal lining, which can help to protect against gastrointestinal diseases.

& lastly in my disgestion lesson for tonight (lol)… Ginger is a traditional spice, revered throughout Asia for its ability to relieve gas and reduce abdominal bloating. In herbal medicine, it is considered to be an “intestinal spasmolytic” – in other words, a substance that can relax and sooth the digestive tract.

The active component of fresh ginger, known as gingerol contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which can alleviate symptoms associated with gastrointestinal discomfort.

Aren’t you all glad I’ve educated in this fascinating topic?  Well, if it doesn’t interest you,  try to get interested coz I can tell you that my body is a whole lot happier on a clean eating diet.
It does seem ‘un-fun’ at times,  but that usually only happens when your 1. Using boring ingredients,  or 2. Not thinking outside the box.
When it comes down to it,  it’s really all quite interesting and worth educating yourself on.
Ok peeps… that’s enough from me for tonight.
Blessings xox

Heading the Paleo Way, via Adelaide & Darwin :0)

Sooooooo… I’m in the process… towards the end of the process as I tend to jump into something once I’ve decided.. to ‘Go the Paleo way’. The more I research it, the better it looks !!
In these last few months in particular, I have been so unhappy with the way I feel in my own body.. and it’s not just about what size I am… I feel 100yrs old some of the time… my hips, knees and ankles ache, plus I’m having trouble with one of my shoulders. I simply feel ridiculous that I suffer from these type of joint issues at 38 !! I know I eat reasonably well, but of course I have the odd slip up.. and mostly it’s because I’VE BOUGHT IT INTO THE HOUSE !!! My bad !! The good thing about that is that it’s easily fixed.. JUST DON’T BUY IT !!
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I have read so much information even just today that makes me so excited to get into this healthier lifestyle… I can almost taste how much better I’m going to feel.
It’s going to be tough while away, but I can only do my best with what I have. I’m glad we’re doing the ‘self catered’ holiday option, as it gives me so much room to eat/cook healthy.
The two things that concerned me the most when I started on this research journey were :
1. What do we have for breakfast when Cereals & bread are out? Well, in my searching, I’ve found this..
Breakfast Salad with Eggs Over Easy
I think this may become one of my ‘breakfast of choice’ when I need something in a rush. Plus it’s a good source of protein and vegetables to start the day. If I can have the veggies already cleaned, chopped and stored in the refrigerator it can take less than 5 minutes to put this breakfast together.
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For those that are interested… Here’s how you prepare it.
Melt some grass-fed butter or coconut oil in a small frying pan over medium high heat.
Crack two eggs and cover, then prepare your salad on a plate.
Combine fresh baby spinach, peppers, onion, carrots, tomato, celery, avocado, broccoli or any of your favorite vegetables.
Cook the eggs to your preferred doneness; I like mine over easy (the juices from the egg run over the veggies and create a delicious dressing as you eat).
Season your salad with some sea salt and pepper, maybe a touch of avocado or olive oil and any other seasonings. Top it off with your two eggs and enjoy.

I mean seriously… how easy does that sound !! I also found this.. I think the kids will LOVE these.
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My 2nd concern was lunch…. How do I substitute bread? I couldn’t believe it when I saw such an obvious idea of using lettuce leaves as your bread when making wraps (which is a meal we have a LOT). I think I’ll enjoy finding lots of great recipes for the kids & me to enjoy during the school day. I found the above recipes on a great blog site by a Mum just like me, so it’ll be fantastic to follow her blog and see how she does the Paleo way as a family.

I do think that DH will struggle with the smaller dinner size idea, as he likes to come home from work and eat a big meal, but I’m hoping he’ll notice the benefits in his own body in a positive way so that he sees the benefits of the change in routine. I will have to form a new brekky routine though and get up when he does and eat as a family as opposed to us eating a little later after he’s left. I suspect that I if I leave him to his own devices, he’ll revert to Weetbix each morning. I can’t see him cooking himself an egg… but who knows, maybe he’ll surprise me.

I’m pretty excited about this to be honest… I mean, getting healthier is of course appealing, but finding ways to make our food choices super yummy and appealing will be a challenge that I’ll enjoy taking on. Having made the decision to not purchase anything Halal Certified a few months back, out grocery purchases won’t need to change as much as they would have prior to this. I just need to source a good organic home delivery mob, and I’ll be all set.

Now, of course, I am going to go before The Lord with this first, before making any final decisions. One area I have been feeling convicted in is not having taken every decision before HIM !! Not just the big ones, but the little day to day ones too, so I’m going to head upstairs now, spend some time with my Heavenly Father, do some journalling… and continue to seek His guidance on this. I do realise, however, that I am simply choosing to live a healthy life for our family, not some diet fad, so of course that in itself is His will for us, but still… I’m trying to best to bring EVERYTHING before Him.

Of course, I’ll be keeping you all posted… as I’m sure you’re sitting on the edge of your seat with the fascination of our lives… Bahahahahahahaha.

Blessings peeps xox

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