Operation Eat Fat

Gut Feelings

Healthy fatsWe all know sugar is bad for us, but I had to get my head around fat being good for me. I think they should start a new marketing campaign and call good fats something different….yummos?! Health blocks?! Maybe….whatever they do, we need a shift in our thinking.

For the past three weeks I have been consciously eating minimal sugar and fructose. I didn’t think I had a big sweet tooth but as usual, a little well informed research highlighted to me that I was wrong. I gave up fruit as an experiment to see if my body improved. It has.

I have observed that for me, fruit seems to bloat me and cause some discomfort. Discovering that a banana has 55% fructose (sugar) was an eye opener! I ate one a day usually. My sisters will tell you that for years it was the only thing I would eat…

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Hey, can you burn my calories for me?

 

Soon after arriving in Sydney, I realised that the ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’ slogan was less about litter and more about getting your gym kit on and getting out there.  It seemed the whole of   Sydney was up and about at the break of dawn swimming, running the beach, at yoga or something.

I have always enjoyed exercise and have gone through different phases – including Mr Motivator and Rosemary Connolly exercise videos…..embarrassing! At University I remember going to my  first Pilates class and dragging my friend Liz along.  Half way through the class I’m whispering to her “This is rubbish…..it’s not doing ANYTHING!”  We left feeling like we’d wasted our time with    teeny, tiny movements that barely broke a sweat.  The next morning I woke up and could barely move.  I shuffled my arm out of bed to reach my mobile and called Liz next door. “Can you come through, I’m really sick.  I think I might have meningitis….”   Thankfully when we compared ‘symptoms’ we finally realised that Pilates had done a lot more than we realised……!

My exercise habit developed in a hap hazard way but usually only if I had a friend with me.  Working out with a mate is a great way to get going, but ultimately I think I talked myself and others out of exercising more than we actually exercised! I realised when I moved to Sydney that exercise was my responsibility and no one else.  Sometimes my bestie would run with me and we would sweat and hobble our way around Mona Vale.  Other times, I would head out in the rain to beat my way around the block and get my sweat on while she stayed tucked up on the sofa.  Something had clicked in my head and I realised that exercise is a decision.  And it is a decision you have to stick to.  It doesn’t matter if someone I wanted to go to the pool with can’t make it, they weren’t going to burn my calories anyway.  I soon got into a routine of jogging and Zumba, and knowing a day was a ‘run day’ and another day was a ‘zumba day’, which meant I didn’t have to fight my schedule to fit it in.  It is there and not negotiable.

We all know the benefits of exercising and if I didn’t feel like it I reminded myself that I didn’t like the feel of my jeans being tight or feeling fat either.  Focusing on the feeling afterwards is better than whingeing to yourself that you don’t want to.  Just do it, get it over and done with, push through it, focus on feeling better, healthier, lighter.  It works.

I go through phases.  Running phases, Zumba phases, swimming phases, Pilates phases, Yoga phases.  It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re moving, getting sweaty, raising your heart beat and feeling alive.

N.B. My bestie is now in a running phases herself, and has just completed the 9km harbour bridge run – with much of the training on her own – go Lyndsey!

Find what works for you.  Because not doing anything isn’t working.  No one will burn your calories for you…. 🙂

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!