Tagged: clean eating

Chocolate Balls – gluten & sugar free

Chocolate Balls

These are the most delicious chocolate balls with out any of the bad stuff. They are made from whole ingredients and you can whip them up in only 10 minutes.

All you need is a standard size pack of pitted dates, cashew nuts, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds & two table spoons of cocoa. Put all of the ingredients together in the food processor and whiz into a paste. You can add a touch of water if needed. Roll them into little balls and roll in the coconut. Pop them in the fridge or freezer to set.

Theses are so easy to make and the entire family will love them.

CaraleeSig

The Eating Out Test.. did I pass?

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Last night I went out to dinner to celebrate 7 years of being in business with our staff from our law practice. I was concerned about the challenges eating out may pose, but was surprised with how easy it was.

Prior to bringing our meals out the chef brought us a complimentary taster, this was an onion soup with a crostini. The soup was all natural and delicious, I gave my crostini to someone else. Phew I passed the first test!

How did I go on the bread roll test? Ahhhh I LOVE bread rolls! The waiter was serving everyone a beautiful selection of gourmet bread rolls. I find chewy crusty breads with lashings of olive oil or butter irresistible. But just like a non-smoker wouldn’t ever contemplate a cigarette, I didn’t look twice at the bread rolls! I politely said to the waiter, “no thanks not from me, I am a non-breader!” (No not really) I just said no thanks and a roll never landed on my plate.

For the entrée I chose the scallops, easy and simple. The mains were very easy to, I was thinking lamb or salmon? I went lamb, which was accompanied with a tomato side. All ingredients were natural, real foods.

Desert was a not brainer… I didn’t even look at the menu. I got a beautiful peppermint tea instead.

I left the restaurant feeling satisfied and not over full like I usually would. The extra bonus was that it was great to wake up this morning feeling light and energetic.

CaraleeSig

Our REAL Food Pledge

Rose and I have pledged to each other and ourselves to eat only REAL food for the next four weeks.

What does this mean you may ask? It is really quite simple, if it is not provided by mother earth we will not eat it.

The list of foods allowed are:

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Natural oils, olive oil, coconut oil etc

It is actually amazing the beautiful meals and snacks that we have been enjoying so far and our families are loving it too. It is not easy breaking the sugar and chemical addiction that we have from processed foods but so far I am feeling excited about my future healthy relationship with REAL food.

CaraleeSig

Crisp Cabbage Salad

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Last night I made this crisp cabbage side dish to go with our dinner. Even those at our table that usually don’t enjoy salad went back for seconds. SUCESS!

It is so ridiculously simple and absolutely fresh and delicious.

Shred ¼ of a green cabbage, toss it with a touch of salt and white vinegar. Top the salad with freshly sliced spring onion, chill, sesame seeds & a touch of sesame oil.

CaraleeSig

Getting Fresh

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Today is a new beginning and the start of Rose and my fresh, primal eating lifestyle. Today is Sunday, so fortunately I had time to visit my local farmers market to stock up on fresh ingredients. It was definitely the right place to start this journey.

The first stop was a local lady who makes freshly squeezed juice. I chose a carrot, beetroot, apple and celery juice. ZING! I was ready to shop up a storm.

I brought everything from different varieties of mushrooms to fennel, mint and radishes, to the usual salad & stir-fry staples.

The fresh farmers market is definitely the place that I need to visit each week. It is much fresher and cheaper than my local grocery store and there is more variety, plus by shopping at the farmers market I am supporting our local growers. It is a win win all round.

CaraleeSig

TO WHINE OR NOT TO WINE…

For me these two words go hand and hand. With wine consumption the end result is always followed with a good whine. Not necessarily directly but at some stage down the track. You see, I love wine. The marriage of good food flavours and a delicious crisp white or a warming red is to me one of lifes simple pleasures. But here lies the problem…a beautiful meal shared with others with my favourite drop always results in a huge whining session from me. Why is this you may ask? My problem is that the following day I eat my way through the after effects of my wine drinking session. I start the morning devouring sugary drinks and craving and indulging in salty, fatty, unwholesome foods. It is bad. Really bad!! I eat all day until I reach the point when I simply cannot face another morsel. And then I whine. I feel awful, guilty, uncomfortable, and lethargic and vow to make better food choices on Monday.

For this lifestyle adventure to be a success I can see it is necessary for me to give up the wine (at least for now). I am at this point unable to control the after effects and so at this point do solemnly swear that not a drop will pass my lips until my mind, body, and soul are solidly on the path towards a better me. Who knows, maybe I will even enjoy some wine time down time.

RoseSig

Finding Inspiration

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I love these funny postcards, hilarious. I can relate to them all. I particularly love….

Whoever said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” has clearly never had cupcakes. Or wine. Or chocolate. Or pizza.’ 

I agree! I love pizza and cupcakes, I love wine, I love bread, I love it all. But truthfully all of those gooey, cheesy, sweet, yummy foods actually don’t love me. In reality not only do these foods contribute to my weight, but worse, I react badly to them. I get bloated and experience digestive issues that result in sore tummy aches.

But you guessed it, that doesn’t stop me from eating them. WHY? Why do I continue to do that to myself?! I actually don’t know. I have asked myself that very question so many times…. particularly when I am curled over in the bathroom suffering from the ring of fire. In one of my most recent attacks I was in there so long that the automatic lights went off and I had to fend for myself the the dark!

Am I addicted? Is it that I have no will power? Maybe I don’t care enough.

If I am going through a healthy eating cycle, (which I do every few months) I don’t have any symptoms and I really enjoy feeling good and sleeping better. So why is it so hard for me to stick to healthy eating day after day.

My goal – to be junk free and to not want it & instead to eat only food that nature grows. Can I do it? I hope so.

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