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Lazy Lunch

Uncategorized Oct 13, 2021

 

Usually, for lunch, I’ll make myself a salad with protein and good fats, or eat leftovers from dinner ( I always try to make extra…but more often than not BigDog eats the ‘extra’…he thinks I’m trying to make him skinny!).

Today, though, the fridge was VERY scarce, so I had to get creative. While I like to eat fresh produce, having some canned stuff in the cupboards is always good for days like today when I have hardly any veggies or meat or eggs. While canned stuff isn’t the best option, it is a much better option than getting some Maccas or having toast for lunch or not eating at all (like I was tempted to do). Plus it's the food you can store to always have on hand.

So this is what I had for my Lazy Lunch today. It was surprisingly yummy and nutritious.

Ingredients

  • Diced cucumber (this was the only fresh veg I had in the fridge)
  • Red kidney beans, canned (go for low/no salt ones)
  • Sardines (a great source of omega-3, and cause...
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4 Ways To Overcome Postnatal Depression & Anxiety

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2021
 

 

‘Baby blues’ and feeling like an ‘emotional mess’ after having a baby are common feelings for many new mums. But when you’re constantly feeling snappy, irritable, down, and worrying ALL THE TIME, you can't help but wonder - what's wrong with me?

And when your mental health issues continue lingering well after the baby is born, well, this is cause for concern.

Data shows that one in five mothers of children aged 24 months or less has been diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety (1). And these issues can linger far longer than just the toddler years, with research showing that mums with kids up to the age of 8 (especially those juggling home and work) are linked with mental health issues (2).

I came into this work of helping mothers restore from post-natal depletion, after my own experiences of anxiety after having my two babies. For me, anxiety showed up as heart palpitations, chest tightness, inability to believe, and quite literally felt like I...

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Zucchini Beef Boats

Uncategorized Oct 06, 2021

 

How fun are these to make?! And the kids liked the novelty of eating dinner from a 'boat'! Here’s what I did.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini (or one MASSIVE one!)
  • 500g beef mince
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green capsicum, chopped
  • 1/2 cup reserved zucchini ‘meat’ from the center of zucchini
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup strained tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cheese, shredded

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Slice zucchini in half length-wise and use a spoon (or melon baller) to scoop out the center leaving about 1/4 inch zucchini shell all around.
  3. Brown beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, using a wooden spoon or spatula to break the meat into smaller pieces.
  4. Add garlic, onion, green capsicums, zucchini meat, Italian seasoning, strained tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
  5. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the veggies are tender and all the flavors have come together.
  6. Place zucchini halves in a baking dish and fill each zucchini boat with about 1/2...
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Leaky Gut & COVID-19 Severity

Uncategorized Oct 05, 2021
 

 

I need to share something ground-breaking with you. I know many of our clients (most being mums, who want the best for their families) are always asking best ways to protect themselves during this pandemic. 

The big news is: chronic diseases (i.e. diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc) are NOT the only conditions putting people at 'high risk' for COVID-19.

New research has come out, linking leaky gut & dysbiosis with COVID-19 severity. 

In my functional medicine world, leaky gut & dysbiosis isn't anything new. But there are still many gastroenterologists and medical doctors out there, who continue to be skeptical when it comes to leaky gut and dysbiosis causing big health issues. Now, I'm excited to see, that we have scientific evidence in a very well-known medical journal, American Society of Microbiology (1), supporting the hypothesis that leaky gut can lead to pretty serious health issues, including multi-organ complications as a result of COVID-19...

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3 Main Reasons Why You Struggle with Energy, Mood, and/or Gut Issues

Uncategorized Sep 28, 2021
 

Parents & biz owners - I know you have a lot on your plate. It’s HARD raising a family AND building a business AND staying sane and healthy in the process!

I get it! I’ve been there! I’m still constantly trying to juggle this balancing act!

I see you.

I know from my own personal experience of body burnout - and from working with over 2000+ human beings, alongside my hubby Chris - that there are three main reasons why the body starts breaking down, leading to common burnout symptoms of energy, mood, and gut issues.

 

We call these the THREE DANGERS and they are:

  1. Doing WAY TOO much...of the things you value less
  2. Putting EVERYONE ELSE first...and yourself last
  3. Self-SABOTAGING...your good intentions

What are the IMPACTS of these dangers?

1. Doing WAY TOO much...of the things you value less

IMPACT: You burn the candle at both ends (so to speak) and your body systems literally 'burn out' too. Your stress hormones start to go haywire, your neurotransmitters...

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Fructose-free, Grain-free CUPCAKES!

Uncategorized Sep 22, 2021

These cupcakes are made with coconut flour and rice-malt syrup, so they are grain-free and fructose-free. They are a perfect treat for kids’ birthday parties, as they won’t ‘hype’ the kids up, nor play havoc with their blood sugar levels. For anyone who is sugar-free, you’ll appreciate the mild sweetness of these pink cupcakes. For the others, you may find that the cupcakes are not that sweet at all…If you do want to try them, you might want to add a little more rice-malt syrup, or even a few drops of liquid stevia for extra sweetness. I enjoyed the taste, and so did Poppy. She devoured three and I didn’t mind at all!

 

Ingredient

Cupcakes

  • 4 large eggs.
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil.
  • 2 tablespoon rice malt syrup.
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour.
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder.
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.
 
Icing
  • 120 g salted butter.
  • 2 tablespoon rice malt syrup.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • beetroot juice, to colour
  • 5 drops...
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Baked Fish Goodness

Uncategorized Sep 22, 2021

When I can’t be ‘bothered’ this simple baked fish recipe is one of my go-to meals. It is oozing with omega-3 goodness and warms me up on a chilly winter. The leafy greens make for a micronutrient explosion, and the brussels sprouts help aid liver detoxification. Plus, it takes all of 5 or 10 minutes to chuck everything together, so it’s super quick and easy. I usually change the ingredients up, depending on what veggies and herbs I’ve got lying around in the garden and fridge, and the type of fish. Any fish baked tastes delicious! This is what we had last night (sorry, not too sure of the quantities…I just fill the dish up to make enough for two meals for our family).

Ingredients

  • 600g blue grenadier fish
  • Lots and lots of kale
  • few handfuls of parsley and mint
  • few tomatoes, sliced
  • few handfuls of brussels sprouts halved
  • a couple of lemons, sliced
  • 1/2 packet of feta
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Why Your Body Needs Protein

Uncategorized Sep 21, 2021
 

A few months ago, I was asked by Vital Proteins (America’s #1 Selling Protein Brand, endorsed by Jennifer Aniston) for my expert opinion on protein and what protein does for the body. You can read the full article here - Click here!

This is a question I get asked often, from clients, friends, and followers. Is protein really that important? Is my body burnout a result of amino acid deficiency? Am I eating enough protein? The latter question is something many Mums worry about too - is my fussy-eating child getting enough protein? And might their behavioural or health issues be a result of a lack of protein?

So, I thought I’d write an article giving you all the ins and outs of protein!

 

Why is protein is important for the body?

When people think about consuming protein, most people will first think about muscle-building - i.e. that protein from foods and amino acid supplements, are primarily used to build muscle. While proteins do help form robust muscle tissue,...

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Giant Peanut Butter Cup

Uncategorized Sep 15, 2021

 

Hey everyone! How are you? I'm sharing this yummo recipe I made for Chris who has an obsession with Reeces Peanut Butter Cups (luckily they’re not that easily accessible in Tas, haha!). I thought I’d try my hand at making a healthier version. This tart turned out divinely rich – without all the refined sugar and preservatives and additives. It’s packed full of good fats, which makes it hard to over-eat. One small slice, and you are satisfied. It’s also not overly sweet, so if you have a sugar/sweetness addiction, it’s not going to leave you craving for more. I usually try to reduce the number of dried fruits in recipes as well, due to the high-fructose content which can set your blood sugar levels on a roller-coaster. However, the amount of dates you would eat in one slice of this tart is very minimal (probably like half a date per slice). If you don’t eat peanuts, you can easily substitute them for almond butter. 

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Flavoursome Spuds

Uncategorized Sep 09, 2021
Who doesn’t love good ol’ roasted spuds? Well, here’s a way you can really BOOST the flavour of your spuds, using food-grade essential oils. Seriously, this recipe is amazing. You HAVE to try it (actually you can next week Friday – see details below)! The rosemary essential oil coats the potatoes (and your taste buds!) with a lingering herby flavour. I also used rosemary leaves from my garden for eye appeal, extra micro-nutrients, and an added depth of flavour. I’ve tried thyme essential oil (instead of the rosemary) in this recipe as well, and it is just as brilliant. Even the BigDog and our little girls loved them.

Ingredients

  • 6 Potatoes*
  • Olive oil, butter, or ghee
  • Himalayan crystal salt
  • Black pepper
  • Rosemary leaves
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oils**

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 100 degrees celsius.
  2. Wash, peel, and chop potatoes into quarters and place on a baking tray.
  3. Pour olive oil (or melted butter or ghee) over your potatoes.
  4. Make...
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