Green Veggie, Chicken & Chia Stir Fry

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I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to my first blog – thank you all 117 of you! I’ve been asked numerous times for recipes that I’m using to get people started. So here is one of my favourite ‘go to’ meals at the moment. I probably eat it at least once a week.

Leafy green veggies are by far the best to include in your meals as they contain high levels of vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll. They alkaline the body and support cell repair.

Chia seeds have 8 times more Omega 3 than salmon. Great news for me as I hate fish!

Coconut oil is amazing! It helps control sugar cravings, aids weight loss, reduces bloating and manages type two diabetes (to name just a few).

For more information on coconut oil have a read of body and soul website

Green Veggie, Chicken & Chia Seed Stir Fry

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1 heaped tspn coconut oil
2 organic/free range chicken breasts
2 spring onions
2 zucchinis (courgette)
Green beans
Snow peas
125g spinach
100g kale
Chopped coriander
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon of Chia seeds (I like black ones)
Pinch of pink Himalayan salt

Get cooking!

1. Thinly slice the chicken breasts and stir fry in the coconut oil

2. Slice the onions, zucchini and green beans and add to the wok

3. Add the rest of the veggies when the chicken in cooked through. Add the oyster sauce, salt and coriander.

4. Serve immediately with chia seeds sprinkles on top.

Enjoy!

Back to the start: big changes needed

imageAlright, alright….I’ll write a blog! First things first, I needed to get my head around how you write a blog….think I’ve mastered that….maybe!

Three years ago I was teaching teenagers in a busy department and was extremely stressed out. My body was trying to communicate with me, but I didn’t read the signs. I was constantly sick, felt like I was running empty, couldn’t handle lots of noise, had poor memory, had severe abdominal bloating, referred pain in my wrists, back sensitivity and exhaustion. Things had to change.

In February 2011 I landed on Sydney’s Northern Beaches feeling overwhelmed but much less stressed! The Aussie way of life really challenged the way I thought about food, diet and lifestyle in general. Although I had been on a wheat free and mostly dairy free diet for years, I realised that it did not make my eating healthy by any stretch and I was addicted to diet coke, carbs and sugar….uh oh.

I started by taking advantage of the outdoor lifestyle and swam in the rock pools and walked the beaches every evening after my temp job. My weight improved and I gave my size 16 jeans to the guy we lived with to use as rags to polish his motorbike! I was determined not to go back.

Exercise was my main focus for a while, but living with a healthy Aussie family made me realise just how many carbs I was eating. I did my research and discovered that one baked potato converts to the same molecular structure as a tablespoon of sugar in my system…..hmmmm. And here was me thinking I didn’t have a sweet tooth!

I will never be a no carb girl, but the aim is for once a day and less in the evening. This was hard to break an English habit of a lifetime. But I started connecting that when I’d had a day lighter on carbs, I felt lighter the next day.

This was my first small change. Simply observing how food made me feel the next day was an encouragement to try to be healthy again. Maybe this could be your small change too? How do you feel after eating certain foods? We are all different, but the first step in my journey was listening to my body.

What’s your body saying to you?