{Happy New Year}

That got your attention, didn’t it? No, I haven’t just woken up from hibernation and I don’t follow some ancient calendar either….

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It’s just that my year starts in February. With school holidays in full swing over January, I find it really hard to make plans, stick to resolutions or even vaguely think what the coming year will bring. Sure, I have given 2015 some thought…like the regular Yoga practice, get up at dawn to meditate, lose some kg’s, follow a budget and be more present with the kids. I think I have the cooking from scratch thing down pat,  but I really would like to meal plan more regularly to avoid unnecessary trips to the shops.

All these things are running through my mind on January 1st and I make lists too. I  buy a new diary to put it all down on paper.   But within a few days post New Year, the euphoria and grand plans fizzle out as I get caught up with holiday plans and being the entertainment committee to 3 busy kids. The January page stays empty. The weeks go past quickly and before I know, its is the 30th of January and we all are sleeping in till 8am then continue to read books in bed till 9am. At best of times, I am a shocker at sticking to plans…I am a fly off the seat of your pants kinda girl, which has always worked well, since I don’t lack inspiration and ideas. But it is not always the most productive of methods when wanting to achieve concrete goals or to meet business deadlines.

So, now that you see why my new year starts in February, I wonder if not many other mums feel the same way? Isn’t February the best time take some time for yourself and map out your year?

So this is how 2015 is going to look like for me:

  • Regular Yoga practice. This term I have booked in for a  weekly class for sacred tantric yoga (don’t ask. I only have a vague idea of what it will be like).  This is in fact part of my other resolution, to be more spontaneous and step out of my comfort zone. I am also hoping to calm my busy brain and find some inner peace. So, tick that one….
  • Start the new year with a 30 day whole body nutritional cleanse. Las year I got introduced to deep cellular cleansing and had amazing results. Over the course 2013/14 I lost 20kg. All of 2014 I have built on that and with a new exercise routine, gained lean muscle, energy and mental clarity. Over the past 6 months however, some old stories have crept back up, and I have lost some of the initial juice and mojo. So, I am starting the year with a comprehensive 30 Day Nutritional Cleanse to head n the right direction. A 30 day detox will not only help me shape up, but bring back the spring in my step and sharpen those brain cells. If you would like to find out more about this amazing cleansing system, leave a comment below and I will tell you all about it. I will also write more in detail about it in another post.

 

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  • Muscle up. That is right. I have been going to the gym regularly to lift some weights. Last year, my goal was to lift 200kg on the leg press.  Since turning 40, building strong muscles has become very important. More muscle means higher metabolism and sustained calorie burning. It also part of my healthy ageing plan, as research shows that weight training strengthen bones  and is a great way of preventing osteoporosis related fractures. Plus it suits me so much more that running.
  • Travel. Yes, big travel plans are on the horizon. I spent most of my twenties traveling and it is on one of those epic trips that I found myself in Melbourne, falling in love with the city, the lifestyle and a boy. But travelling is in my bones and while I may have forgotten my gypsy roots while having babies, my feet are very, very itchy. World food is my passion, and I am planning to take this blog, my passion for asian flavours and those babies on a long trip  through my favourite part of the world at the end of this year. That means planning, saving up those pennies and lots of talking about our favourite foods.

This is it, my new years resolutions starting in February. It’s good to get them out on the open and become accountable. This is my very public log, so I’ll share with you how I will go with all my resolutions over the next 30 days. Sounds like a plan?

Are you a late starter too? Will you join my on a healthy, clean and trim quest? What do you do to get back into shape after an indulgent end of year debauchery? What are your big plans, dreams and hopes  for 2015?

And speaking of detox, here is my very own detox salad. Add some extra protein or some beans, and you’ll have yourself a super squeaky clean lunch or dinner. For this salad, I use my new vegetable twister from Betty Bossy. It makes awesome zucchini noodles and gives this salad a nice twist.

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Squeaky Clean Detox Noodle Salad

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 red capsicum
  •  snow peas
  • cup of lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup brown rice noodles (optional)
  • 2 tbs tamari toasted seeds (sunflower, pepitas, sesame)
  • Pecans (optional)
  • 2 tbs wheat free Tamari
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp rice malt syrup or coconut sugar

With the vegetable twister, turn your zucchini into long noodles. Finely chop the rest of our veggies. I usually don’t add the rice noodles, just because the ‘zoodles’ are enough, but if you have some on hand cook them according to the packet and add to the zucchini.

Toast your seeds and sprinkle them with just a squirt of Tamari and let the sauce evaporate while vigorously shaking the pan to evenly coat the seeds. Toast the nuts too if you like.

For the dressing, put all of the ingredients into a glass jar and shake till all is well combined.

Toss your salad with the dressing, sprinkle with seeds and nuts and garnish with sliced avocado and extra protein if you choose to.

A big bowl of raw goodness! To make it more substantial and to up your protein intake, add some fried tofu cubes,  grilled chicken breast or a boiled egg. This will keep you full minus the carb bloat.

Follow this lunch with a green smoothie for afternoon tea and you are well into your 1st detox day.

Hope you will join me for a month of  clean food detox challenge.

Will you?

Alex

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