Lets start this blog on the right foot, shall we? Full disclosure, honesty and all. Getting to know each other a bit and getting real? Yes, lets!
As you would have gathered by now, food plays a huge role in my life. I am lucky that my kids are adventurous eaters and are by now well versed in the world of whole foods, paleo/vegan/vegetarianism, have an idea about super foods and all that’s trendy in the culinary world. All three love getting the apron on and I can safely say that even my 7yo can make himself some mean scrambled eggs on toast. And love does certainly go through my husbands stomach first… So everyone enjoys my culinary adventures. Sometimes they may roll their eyes when I produce something totally new and not everything is welcomed back.
But food has not always been such a positive force in my life. For a lot of people food is more than just fuel. It is creativity, nourishment, nurturing and comfort. Then it can also become the friend we miss, filling a hole in a lonely heart. It can become dark and scary, when food becomes punishment, reward and shame. Then, food becomes a mere tool of control. Over the course of my life, from teenager till now, I have come full circle.
An only child in a dysfunctional family, food became my friend, turning into years of eating disorder. I had to work very hard on myself to transform my distorted view of food into what it is now. Ultimately for me, food is about self-love and self-respect. Finding comfort in nature, people and books and stress relief in exercise, food has become a creative outlet and a tool to heal and nourish myself and my family.
I have turned my negative obsession with food into a positive healing experience. While still on a steep journey of learning, I have spent many years reading, learning and experimenting with food as healing nutrition and the psychology of eating. Food is still about nurturing. Nurturing myself and my family, letting my love work its magic through food. That is why I am so fascinated with nutrition. By knowing what we put into our bodies and listening to our bodies, we discover how wonderful food can make us feel. And we learn very quickly, what does not work for us.
I still have a weakness for crappy food. I love pizza but it gives me the worst stomach cramps. I could eat a block of chocolate without blinking, but you would not want to come near me after. Sure, salty chips are tasty, but can’t stand the greasy, and bloated feeling after.
I have learned to pay more attention to my emotions. Eating a high protein diet with lots of vegetables makes me light and happy. If I exercise, happy endorphins propel me towards making good, clean choices. Filling my mind with inspiring, positive thoughts is a conscious choice too, as are real, honest friends. Mental health and physical health are often about decisions we make. For most of us, neither comes automatically but are a goals we work towards until they become habits. I can still let myself go, crawl into my dark cave and eat crap. So a careful balance is what I strive for and feeding myself what my soul craves.
So today, I spent some time looking after me. An early morning walk with my dog through the bush, a high protein breakfast shake and some pottering at home. Then a full session at the gym followed by some muscle fuel.
If you are not so keen on green smoothies, these two recipes will win you over. Toped with the latest super foods that are rocking the health world for good measure and aesthetics. This little creamy beauty will leave you full for hours and feed your post-workout muscles too. Which is an added bonus I say!
Green power smoothie ‘aka green goddess’
- 150ml coconut water or almond milk
- handful of baby spinach leaves or kale
- 3 inch of cucumber
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 small banana
- 1/2 lime
- 1 scoop of IsaPro Whey protein
Topping: Goji berries, cacao nibs, bee pollen
Blend everything in a high powered blender (vitamix) and top with some of your favourite things. Its creamy, fresh and a little bit sweet. The added protein powder is optional, but it adds creaminess and perfect for post workout muscle recovery.
Super Special Acai bowl
- 100ml coconut water (filtered water is ok too)
- 1 medjool date
- handful of baby spinach leaves or kale
- 1 tbs almond butter
- 1 small golden beetroot
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1cup of raspberries
- 1tsp acai powder
Topping: Goji, cacao nibs, shredded coconut and hemp
Blend slowly in your Vitamix or blender. this mix will be very thick, almost like soft serve ice cream. Pour it into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings. Absolutely decadent and luscious, and so amazingly good for your gut and skin.
This is my lunch when I am by myself and there are no left overs in the fridge. Tasted like dessert, nourishes you like a full meal. Makes you feel happy all over.
Have a wonderful day, be mindful and nourish your soul and tread lightly my sisters!