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Healthy Body = Healthy Mind

The past few months have been filled with overwhelming emotion. Most of it has been exhilarating, but there have been periods of days or weeks when I’ve been constantly on the brink of tears. I don’t know how to manage it. There are extreme highs and lows where before I’ve been pretty even-keeled.

This isn’t the first time in my life I’ve felt like this, but certainly the first time in years. I’m out of my depth.

I’ve done a bit of research online (probably a bad idea) and I think I may have mild anxiety brought on by stress. There’s the tears, the nausea, panic attacks, worrying, over-analysing, hair loss, self loathing, and sleeplessness.

It all sounds very serious, and in a way writing it down is kinda scary. But it’s also therapeutic.

Thinking back to what was different over the past couple of years since I’ve felt like this, the huge change in my life was moving to Korea. It was such a great adventure and an opportunity to recreate myself. It is certainly strange to be back at home and I can see old patterns resurface the longer I’m here.

But although that may be part of it, I don’t think it’s the whole picture.

While in Korea I discovered the Whole 30 and it changed my life. Eating healthily made me feel healthier in both body and mind. I was transformed. My thought patterns were clearer, my energy was up, I fell asleep straight away, my whole being benefited.

Exercising was no longer a form of torture in which I would push myself to the brink of collapse just to make myself pay for the chocolate I had eaten that day. Weight-loss no longer equated to starving myself. I no longer felt skinny and worthwhile only when I was hungry.

These are the sad realities of my life pre-Whole 30 and unfortunately I can feel myself slipping back into them as my diet has progressively grown worse over the past few months.

To me, the correlation between my state of mind and the food I ingest is a no-brainer.

Simply put, I need to get back on track.

So I guess this is my commitment to myself to eat better. No more chocolate biscuits from the tin at work instead of lunch. No more skipping a meal so I can imagine my stomach shrinking.

I’m not doing the Whole 30 because for me at this stage its not sustainable or social enough, but I will tighten up on the amount of junk I’m putting into my  body.

After all a healthy body = a healthy mind, and that starts with food.

 

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The Best Whole30 Recipes

When my friends texted me to say they were about to embark on a Whole30 and had been looking for ideas on my blog, I panicked. I haven’t given it a thought since I’ve been home in NZ, even though I’ve put another Whole30 under my belt and done copious amounts of cooking for my family.

Instead of posting another recipe, I have decided to compile a list of my go-to recipes which are all either entirely Whole30-friendly or easily adapted. These are, in my opinion the best Whole30 recipes out there. I’ve tried and tested them many times and they are now staples in my diet, on or off the Whole30.

Condiments:

Paleo Mayonnaise – this is a staple for me. I add a clove of garlic to make it into aoli.

Paleo Hollandaise Sauce – perfect for when those eggs get a bit boring. I add a bit of paprika to mine.

Eggs:

Frittata by Nomnom Paleo – so easy and delicious with so many variations.

Eggs in Purgatory – More for the idea than the recipe (no parmesan or bread). I just use canned tomatoes, chopped veggies, loads of herbs and a little cayenne.

Blueberry Clafouti – Minus the vanilla and you’ve got a winner.

Chicken:

Turmeric & Spice – perfect for chicken, but beware of the yellow stains!

Sticky Chicken – I heat dried dates with a little water in the pan and mash to make them paste-like. This is my favourite recent discovery.

Roast Chicken – forego the gravy and substitute the thyme with rosemary and it’s still beautiful.

Petite Kitchen Chicken – so easy for a Winter’s evening.

Basil and Strawberry Chicken – it sounds weird, but it’s actually really tasty.

Beef:

Italian Meatloaf – I use tomato paste instead of sauce and add a little dijon too.

Korean-style Short Ribs – an indulgent but delicious meal.

Meatza – great recipe for the base and then go crazy with toppings. I add tomato paste and dijon to my meat base sometimes.

Moroccan Tagine – if you only make one dinner from this list, it should be this.

Lamb:

Amazing Lamb Marinade – very simple and tasty on any cut.

Pork:

Blueberry Breakfast Sausage – for when I get sick of eggs.

Rib Rub – good for any type of meat.

Fish and Seafood:

Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Salmon – the only way to have salmon.

Shrimp Cakes – well worth the effort.

Veggies:

Sweet Potato Hash – my favourite breakfast. I like to make it with cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg on those difficult mornings. Also, I just use a grater.

Jamie Oliver’s Pumpkin Soup – SO GOOD! Sometimes I add coconut milk (check the ingredients).

Sweet Potato & Zucchini Latkes – I’ve made this once and they kinda fell apart but they are so good.

Sweet Potato Fries – I don’t usually bother with the microwave step anymore. I like them a bit juicy anyway.