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HOW TO PROPERLY COOK WITH CHIA SEEDS

HOW TO PROPERLY COOK WITH CHIA SEEDS

Posted January 29, 2013

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been a little confused as to how BEST to eat chia seeds. But first, why are Chia seeds so very special? They feature regularly in my diet and I notice a difference if I don’t have it for a while.  Don’t take my word for it…read these 7 Fun facts about Chia Seeds The richest source of plant-based omega 3 fatty acids.  85 times more than olive oil. Omega 3s are important for a healthy heart, blood circulation, cellular structure, inflammation and effective brain function. Balance electrolytes +  Hydrate the body. Perfect for a post work-out to hydrate the body and replenish your system Stabilise blood sugar levels. Important for diabetics or those with insulin resistance Good levels of Omega 6 + 9 High antioxidant levels – triple that of blueberries. Fighting free radicals that attack the body from almost everything in our modern lives. Toxicity is rampant. High in calcium. Also includes trace minerals to assist in the absorption of calcium, good for healthy bones and joints. It’s not just dairy that provides calcium, in fact other sources do a better job! Twice the protein of any other seed or grain. We need protein. Full stop. ******** Now, back to my earlier point – how is it best to eat chia seeds? I was once told that due to the delicate omegas (fatty acids) present, chia seeds should not undergo any heat. I, therefore, NEVER cooked/baked with chia. But it still left me confused, I’ve seen countless recipes where chia seeds are baked into breads, muffins and more. So which is it? Heat, or no heat? As luck would have it (or a helping hand from the universe!) an email from The Chia Company landed in my inbox filled with fun facts about chia based on their own research into its functional properties. Too easy. Time to share it with you. First up, it’s important to note that: Chia does not need to be milled before ingestion The seed coat is hard enough to protect Omega 3 and 6 and other nutrients from oxidation, but soft enough to be easily degraded by the pH in our gastrointestinal tract. This means that chia can be eaten as a whole seed, direct from the plant, just the way nature intended (- a little side note, The Chia Company therefore doesn’t spray their crops at all). Chia retains Omega 3 during heat treatment, pasteurization and high pressure processing. But what I was really excited to read was the results after various cooking and processing tests to check the stability of nutrients: Boiling chia seed a-OK at approximately 100c – as long as the seed is not boiled for long periods of time, the seed coat would not break and Omega 3 inside will not be exposed.  However, boiler beware – if it’s boiled for a long time, it will likely break the seed coat and the exposed oil will start to deteriorate.  If adding chia to soup – add towards the end of the boiling period. Baking chia seed is also fine as this is indirect heat. Avoid frying chia seeds. Frying can reach temperatures up to 400c and this will damage nearly all nutrition. Soaking chia to form a gel is great for easy digestion Chia retains Omega 3 during heat treatment, pasteurization and high pressure processing. So there you have it. A huge thanks to The Chia Company for setting the record straight. Here is one of my favourite chia treats – a delicious mango + coconut pudding. And here are some great ways to Bake with Chia. Enjoy. Saha to you. Claire x Image: crunchybetty.com Read more

3 WAYS TO GET MORE GREEN ENERGY

3 WAYS TO GET MORE GREEN ENERGY

Posted January 24, 2013

It’s all about the Greens. In my household I think we go through at least two huge bunches of silverbeet/kale/chard per week – that’s just for the two of us and that doesn’t include all the green veggies we munch on. I don’t feel quite right if I haven’t had my dose of greens. But let’s be honest, sometimes we have one of those days when we don’t have the time to cook or prepare. I try and avoid this as much as possible, but hey…it happens. There are a few ways to get more greens in your life, especially if you know you’ve got a back-to-back day and you need the energy, nutrition but also the convenience. Here are 3 ways to get your green on: 1) Invest in a high-quality nutritional support My favourite is GOOD GREEN STUFF. I was given a sample by a friend and yoga student who’s family owns and runs NuZest. She was kind enough to provide me with all the information, but it was after I trialled it that I realised how good this stuff is! I know that there are plenty of other brands on the market, and they all have their benefits. The difference with Good Green Stuff is that it has been engineered with the understanding of what the body can absorb, what inhibits absorption and what combinations are best. There are no nasty fillers, there is enough of each element (fruits, greens, berries, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, prebiotics, herbs, protein, antioxidants) but not too much that your body will just flush it out. Wow, I sound like I work for them. I don’t, but I’m just impressed by it and love to share it with you. Mix into your smoothie, added to water or if you must a bit of fruit juice and this will give you a heap of energy and a boost of greeny goodness. My friend mentioned that her boyfriend, previously a 5 x per day espresso coffee drinker now has this twice a day and has more energy than ever. Sold! 2) A big, HUGE, green smoothie or juice. There are a HEAP of fantsatic cafes that make green smoothies or juices. If you can’t (or won’t) make your own at home then pop out on your lunch break or whenever you can for a green hit. Just avoid the ones with alot of fruit. The greener the better. 3) Green balls That sounds enticing, doesn’t it? Nope? Don’t blame you. But really, until you’ve tried a delicious green bliss ball it won’t ruffle your feathers. I know that Urban Remedy sells Green Amazeballs by Lee Holmes – Supercharged Food. Or, make your own? Check out this recipe from The Healthy Chef. If all else fails just steam the biggest bowl of crunchy, super fresh greens you can manage. Lashings of real butter to help with absorption of vital minerals and vitamins and… enjoy! Saha to you, Claire *Images: Good Green Stuff Green Light Bulb Read more

THE SIMPLEST + BEST BUCKWHEAT CREPE RECIPE

THE SIMPLEST + BEST BUCKWHEAT CREPE RECIPE

Posted January 22, 2013

On my cleanse I’m allowed buckwheat! Yay! It was like being handed the keys to happiness. I love sourdough bread, and I do ok on it, but with a Coeliac mum and enough examples of gluten intolerance in my family it’s a good idea I don’t get too dough happy. Having buckwheat crepes is fantastic at curbing those bread cravings. Now, before I actually share this amazing recipe I have to give credit where credit is due. My poor sister has spent countless hours researching and concocting the perfect buckwheat pancake/crepe recipe. Her daughter is very, very gluten intolerant and coming up with an alternative was imperative. My sister doesn’t settle for anything but the best. So here it is. By far, the SIMPLEST buckwheat recipe. Did I mention that these are Gluten-Free? Buckwheat also supplies around 10% of the daily recommended intake of three of the Vitamin Bs. There is a significant amount of fibre, a host of other minerals, a good dose of protein and it’s very low in fat. ******** What you’ll need: 2 cups of buckwheat flour Water Whey What to do: Overnight, soak your buckwheat in a little water and whey (the runny liquid on the top of your yoghurt). If you don’t have whey, water is fine. In the morning your mixture will be quite thick. So, as you are whisking it keep adding in water until you get a runny crepe like consistency Heat a non-stick pan (trust me, it HAS to be non-stick) to a really HOT temperature. The hotter, the better. Don’t add any oil/butter to the pan. Keep it naked. Pour in some mixture and swirl it around to ensure you are getting a nice, even circle. If your pan is hot enough it’ll be less than 30 seconds before it starts to bubble. Give it a good flip and brown it up to your liking. Take it off and make sure you AIR it on a wire tray. You can make a big batch and store in the fridge for a few days (or even the freezer!) Just lay a bit of baking paper between each once. ******** From here, go CRAZY. Get wild with your buckwheat. You can sweeten it up with honey and fresh fruit. Roll up some of my healthy nutella inside (great for a kids snack!). Have it for breakfast with a fried egg and lots of veggies. Or this bad boy I had for lunch the other day…TRY THIS: Buckwheat crepes x 2 (they are a little larger than my hand) A mushroom, coriander, onion and eggplant fry A big dollop of natural yoghurt with Z’artar (dried oregano and herbs) with olive oil I have a confession to make. One night, for dinner, I just had buckwheat crepes, blueberries and natural yoghurt. Go, on… get your buckwheat on. Saha to you, Claire Read more

IT’S TIME TO EAT EGGS! PHASE 2 OF MY CLEANSE

IT’S TIME TO EAT EGGS! PHASE 2 OF MY CLEANSE

Posted January 15, 2013

So, I’m cleansing. Have you heard? 😉 If you had no idea head over to here and here for updates. To date, I am feeling pretty damn awesome – and apparently looking good too, but I think that’s just my partner trying to win brownie points! There have been a few challenges, especially when eating out. But generally I have never felt deprived or seriously hungry. Except on the weekend when I walked past a cafe and could smell the delicious scent of freshly roasted coffee. I don’t drink coffee much either so it’s a little bizarre that I was craving it. I’ve just entered the 2nd phase of this GIT (gastrointestinal tract) and Liver cleanse. It might seem strange that I’m doing a liver cleanse considering that I rarely drink (when I do I can only just get through one glass of wine!). If you head over to yesterday’s post you can read up on why cleansing the liver is so important. In phase 2 we are still trying to maintain a healthy environment for the GIT + Liver. Which means we STILL avoid foods that aggravate and irritate. But, (yes, there is a but!) there are a few new things to add in to the diet. 1) Lean lamb – 2 or 3 times a week and small portions only 2) Eggs – 5-6 per week 3) Buckwheat flour – breads/pancakes 4) Fruit – (how I missed thee!) but only certain HIGH ENZYME LOW PH kinds: Berries, passionfruit, kiwi, rock melon, lemons, limes, grapefruit, pawpaw. 5) Rye bread (the real kind) I’m still meant to keep up the brown rice, yoghurt, veggies and fish – the more the better. I can’t lie though, I am a little bored of brown rice! This phase lasts around 2 or so weeks, depending on your needs. I’ve got a big batch of buckwheat pancake mixture ready to roll. It’s going to be heaven. Today’s breakfast was a kale + fresh herb scramble (two eggs) with a savoury buckwheat crepe, avocado + cherry tomatoes. I never thought I’d be so excited to eat eggs again. Cleansing really does give you a deep appreciation for the food you love. Tomorrow I think I’m going to have buckwheat pancakes with fresh fruit, lots of yoghurt and cinnamon. If you are cleansing too I wish you all the best. Stay strong, it’s worth it. Saha to you, Claire x NB/ This cleanse is adapted from Elyane Brightlight’s book Natural Recovery. Please note, if you have any serious health condition it is not wise for you to conduct this cleanse without proper guidance and supervision. Please see a qualified naturopath who can provide the correct supplementation and support. Read more

WHY WE NEED TO CLEANSE THE LIVER

WHY WE NEED TO CLEANSE THE LIVER

Posted January 14, 2013

Before we dive right in, If you aren’t up to date head over to my previous blog post detailing the Liver Cleanse that I am currently doing. Today, I thought it might be helpful to explain what the big deal is with the liver. We all kinda know it’s a pretty important organ… but how important is the question. On this cleanse, unless you saw an item on the INS list, well then it’s OUT. Everything in the cleanse is designed to detox the system. The deletion of sugar, alcohol, caffeine and so on rapidly aids the process, but the deeper aspects of detox all boils down to the liver. One cannot understand how to repair the body without knowing about the liver – Elyane Brightlight Did you know that the liver has more than 500 identified functions? Yep, it’s true. I was a little gobsmacked by that, honestly. It made me realise how little I acknowledge this small but mighty organ! Three roles that the liver plays – all which are MAJOR to our health. The metabolism of fats, protein and carbs The manufacture and distribution of hormones Selection, detoxification and excretion The liver produces bile which aids in the digestion of fats. It also secretes glucose, proteins, vitamins and fats used by the body. It stores and metabolises vitamins and produces anti-toxic substances. It also stores the all important Vitamin B12, folic acid and iron. Our liver receives absorbed substances from the intestines where harmful and useful substances are identified. The baddies are detox via enzymatic action – the are often released through excretions (stools and urine). The liver also aids in our immunity – secreting a protein that binds to harmful bacteria that have not been detected by a different component of the immune system. This process ensures that the bacteria is ‘noticed’ and destroyed. Pretty impressive little organ, me thinks. But wait, there’s more! A vital role is the liver’s release of glycogen or blood sugar into the bloodstream. This is absolutely necessary for our functioning, for energy – to do absolutely anything at all, including reacting quickly to stressful/dangerous situations to simply walking down the street. The biggest battle for the liver is that we tend to eat a surplus of certain foods (caffeine, refined carbs, sugar) that break down really quicky resulting into a HUGE release of glycogen from the liver into the bloodstream. The body has a panic attack, not knowing what to do with this sugar in the blood. As a result, the pancreas throws insulin into the bloodstream to bring down the blood sugar and you feel flat again – Elyane Brightlight It’s a constant yo-yo effect. The liver sends up the blood sugar, the pancreas drops it back down. Now you know why we feel so UP + down. So we are on this yo-yo/up-down/ping-pong effect all day. We gorge on a HUGE meal at night (when we least need it, the metabolism is slower after sundown and we do MUCH less in the evenings). We are wired and awake because the body has too much energy, which gets stored as fat and to top it off we wake up tired, sluggish and moody the next day. The purpose of this cleanse is to give the liver a break from the overwhelming quantity of crap we send its way. It no longer has to deal with queue-jumpers (sugar, refined carbs, alcohol) and can actually do all it’s other (a few hundred!) vital functions. I’m at day 7 of the cleanse and I’m almost ready to move into Plan B. Stay tuned to find out what’s involved and don’t forget to stay connected via facebook where I am only posting updates on how I’m tracking on this cleanse. Saha to you, Claire Read more

JOIN ME ON MY LIVER + GIT CLEANSING JOURNEY

JOIN ME ON MY LIVER + GIT CLEANSING JOURNEY

Posted January 09, 2013

If you’ve followed this blog for a while you might have noticed that I reference my family alot. I do so because really, my health and wellness training began at home at a young age. They are the people that have influenced me the most and still do so till this day. My family has been seeing a naturopath for years who has been helping us for decades, literally. This women has over 32 years experience in healing, and heal is exactly what she does. I’ve witnessed the healing process of my eldest sister who suffered from a sudden and violent auto-immune disease that left unable to work or function properly. My sister was healed by doing a liver and GIT cleanse. Everyone in my family has done this cleanse at some point or other and countless friends have tried it after our recommendations. Including Corona Brady from NurturePod – check our her blog post that includes a delicious cleanse friendly recipe! So today and over the next couple of weeks, I’m sharing the details and my experience of this amazing cleanse – clearing out the GIT (gastrointestinal tract) + giving the liver a break to do what it’s meant to do! As I write this blog I am enjoying a bowl of biodynamic brown rice with oven roasted veggies and organic sardines, dressed in olive oil and lemon. That doesn’t sound too bad, right? Well, what I just described – brown rice, fish and veggies – make up the bulk of this cleanse. So why do this cleanse? 1. To increase your energy 2. To decrease your exposure to toxins through dietary and lifestyle changes 3. To improve your digestion of foods 4. To replace ‘bad bugs’ in your digestive system with healthy bacteria 5. To help your liver remove toxic waste products 6. To look and feel great There are 3 stages to this cleanse: 1. Remove from our diet foods that aggravate our gut 2. Eat foods especially good at clearing our system – decreasing the load on our very important liver and pancreas whilst improving digestion, absorption and elimination. 3. Maintain a healthy diet whilst rebuilding the system with probiotics to support the activity of the liver, pancreas, kidneys and gut to improve their function. The program can last 4 – 6 weeks or even longer. The time(s) may vary depending on your current health and what issues you are addressing. I am feeling pretty good but just wanted to embark on a gut and liver cleanse after traveling to Bali and India – not to mention the stupid amount of food consumed at Christmas! I’m sure you want to know straight off the bat the INS and OUTS of this cleanse. Remember, the below is only for 7 – 10 days. I’ll blog about the next stage, Plan B, later. IN Brown Rice – preferably organic/biodynamic Vegetables – and lots of them – including fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, capsicum, eggplants and squashes Fish and seafood – good quality canned salmon, tuna, sardines and trout is fine too Yoghurt – whole milk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk. Unpasteurized and raw is even better (make your own from raw milk) Water, herbal teas, coffee substitutes like roasted barley, chicory or dandelion Vegetable juices Grapefruit, lemon and lime (almost zero fructose) OUT Any other grain! No quinoa, no barley Bread, even sourdough Alcohol Eggs Fruit (except grapefruit, lemon and lime) Sugar Pulses (lentils, chickpeas) Meat – beef, chicken, lamb, duck etc Nuts The brassicas – No to cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts because they slow down the metabolic rate ( we are trying to make the gut less sluggish) and they contain sulpher which is aggravating to the liver. It looks like there is alot you can’t have, but trust me there is more than enough. This cleanse provides your body with easy digest food that doesn’t strain the liver AND is highly nutritious. There is a HUGE positive to all this – you can go crazy with flavour. Lots of good quality oil, apple cider vinegar, herbs, spices and even tamari/shoyu is allowed. This is where you get creative – whipping up an avocado + ACV dressing or a lemon + fresh coriander dressing. So, if you want in, you can get going with all this information. It’s simple – you just need to get organised. Stock up on the INS and ditch your OUTS from the pantry. Ok, that’s it for now. Stay tuned for the next installment where I’ll be explaining the Liver, it’s many functions and what happens when we eat the wrong things – like sugar. And if you haven’t already, come on over to my facebook page as I keep you updated on my cleansing progress. PLEASE NOTE: If you are very sick/exhausted please do not do this cleanse immediately. It is a little too much effort if your body is already fighting for survival. Instead, it is important to slowly adjust to a cleaner diet before embarking on this cleanse. I would recommend getting in touch with Elyane directly if you are keen to do this cleanse but think you might need some guidance. Saha to you, Claire Read more

THE ‘I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT REAL’ RAW CHOC MOUSSE

THE ‘I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT REAL’ RAW CHOC MOUSSE

Posted December 24, 2012

Yep, the title of this post says it all. Raw, creamy, moorish, delicious, indulgent chocolate mousse that is so far from the real (naughty, sugar-laden, unhealthy) version they may as well be from different planets. It’s good. And not in that ‘if you frown and purse your lips it almost tastes good’ kind of way that some raw foods claim their fame. This is good enough to fool my partner, who is my measuring stick… If he loves it then I know you amazing foodies will swoon over it. You’d think I have a really insane sweet tooth but I mostly enjoy the experience of enjoying a treat that is so good for me. I feel like I have a little secret, I almost feel smug. So here it is. You want chocolate, you want mousse, you want delicious, mostly you want healthy? I bring you this: RAW CACAO & AVOCADO MOUSSE Ingredients: 1.5-2 Ripe Hass Avocaodos 3 heaped tbls of cacao 2-3 heaped tbls of coconut cream (take from the top of a can of coconut cream after its been in the fridge) 1 tbls vanilla powder/vanilla bean/pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon stevia or 1-2 tbls of raw honey Blend until you have a glossy, thick, firm mousse. Refrigerate immediately. When ready serve with fresh fruit, crushed nuts or enjoy on its own. This is such a lovely treat to enjoy for Christmas with a bowl of cherries to dip in with. Not to mention how super impressed your family and friends will be. I promise, with the right ratio of ingredients the avocado is undetectable. So play around with the balance if you need to but up the vanilla, cacao and coconut before the honey. The less sugar the better. Enjoy. Saha to you, CX Read more

WHY POMEGRANATE IS SO GOOD FOR YOU & A SUMMER SALAD RECIPE

WHY POMEGRANATE IS SO GOOD FOR YOU & A SUMMER SALAD RECIPE

Posted December 19, 2012

I made this delicious salad on a whim after finding pomegranates at the fruit shop. I love the delicate sweet yet tangy flavour and with this gorgeous summer weather (although somewhat intermittent!) what better to enjoy it. Pomegranate is an exceptional fruit that shot to fame a few years back. Being from middle eastern parents this gorgeous ruby coloured favourite has been a regular guest in our family fruit bowl so it makes me happy to no end that I can find it much more readily now. I’ve got pomegranate on the mind for reasons other than eating it. Recently my mother told me that on my wedding day (next year!) that it is a tradition for the bride to step on a pomegranate after the ceremony. The humble pomegranate is actually much more than it seems. After doing some research I discovered that across many middle eastern and oriental cultures the pomegranate was revered as a symbol of life, regeneration, abundance, fertility, love and the insolubility of marriage. Not bad for a fruit. Despite the fact that I’ll be stomping on one on in four months time, the pomegranate does have a lot to offer nutritionally… 1) Reduces waist line and belly fat storage 2) Reduces the stress hormone cortisol and calms nerves 3) Promotes skin repair 4) Boosts sexual desire 5) Increases memory 6) Lowers (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure 7) Fights cancer 8) Increases energy and feelings of wellbeing If you don’t already include pomegranate (fresh from the fruit) into your diet where possible, then hopefully you have 8 incentives now! There are a lot of pomegranates available now during Australia’s summer and early autumn. Most of these are imported though. This recipe below is a simple yet delicious way to enjoy fresh pomegranate seeds. But first, a tip on how to open pomegranates: Slice through the skin around the centre without cutting all the way through Gently pry apart the two halves Hold one half seed side down over a bowl with water (or in to prevent red juice splashing on your) and tap with spoon to release seeds Next gently stretch the skin and break into wedges to release more seeds and finally using a butter knife or your fingers gently push out any remaining seeds Discard the skin and inner membrane Here’s the recipe: Quinoa, pomegranate and poached chicken summer salad What you’ll need Quinoa – 1 cup Cherry tomatoes 1/2 punnet Red capsicum 1/2 4 sprint onions 2 cups chopped watercress Snap peas Asparagus Pomegranate Goji berries Mint Chicken breast Dressing: lemon/ACV/olive oil/mint/sweeten if needed with 1tsp raw honey, pomegranate concentrate or maple syrup What to do: Soak and rinse 1cup of quinoa Cooke quinoa as per instructions Meanwhile lightly steam the beans and asparagus, allow to cool before adding into salad Rinse and chop all other veggies Toss veggies and goji berries together and leave aside Marinate chicken breasts in sumac and lemon juice – slice in half and wrap tightly in cling film, tie the ends together Poach chicken breasts in hot water (bring to a simmer, turn off heat) for 15 minutes with the lid on Remove chicken, slice thinly and add to salad. Sprinkle in pomegranate, fresh mint and drizzle over the dressing – be generous! Eat and enjoy! Saha to you, Claire Read more

12 EASY WAYS TO BE HEALTHY ON THE CHEAP

12 EASY WAYS TO BE HEALTHY ON THE CHEAP

Posted December 13, 2012

I often hear how people want to be healthy but they think it’s too expensive. And yes, I agree. Unfortunately eating well is not rewarded and alot of organic produce and high-quality products are still on the cheaper side. Despite that, there are ways to get around it and I’d like to share this with you today. 1) Buy in bulk Cropping up all over the country are bulk buy stores. They don’t look very special inside but they are! These shops normally feature tubs filled with (often Australian/Local) nuts, seeds, grains, superfoods, dried fruits, honey, oils and more! All you need to do is choose what you want and how much to buy. If you take in your container you can also help the environment by reducing waste. 2) Get your produce in a box Personally I use Food Connect which supplies local and organic/chemical free produce. I have peace of mind because I know I’m giving back to local farmers, I’m enjoying local and therefore seasonal produce and I also get organic and chemical free – reducing my toxic load. The main point is that I don’t do to the shops, I use everything I receive in my weekly box and there is no waste. It forces me to get creative with produce i might not instinctively choose. 3) Spend more money higher up the food chain If dairy, meat, fish, butter and eggs are in your diet then this is where your money should go – towards high quality grass fed/pastured/organic products. The things you eat the most of should be where your money goes. The lower down the chain, if money is an issue, then this is where you can scrimp and save. That’s not to say buy junk food, but perhaps if you can’t afford organic veggies all the time hit the supermarket instead. 4) Eat your dinner for lunch When I was working full-time partly to prevent myself from eating crap food and partly to save money I would always make enough dinner to take to lunch the next day. Big quinoa + lentil pilafs, stir-frys, curries, veggie bakes, zucchini slices – these were all super easy to make, incredibly healthy and even easier to pack up and take to work. 5) Start a workplace foodie group For the sake of variety and also to limit buying extra produce a great idea is to start a foodie group at work. Round up four or five friends who are keen to live healthy but also save some money. On Sunday evening each person cooks up a healthy meal and individually packs up 5 portions. On Monday morning you swap until you have 4-5 different meals to enjoy for lunch or dinner. If you smart and buy in bulk you can do this really cheaply, have fun trying new recipes and stay healthy. 6) Drink more water The health benefits are clear but the cost benefits? Well, imagine you cut back on your $3.50 coffee each day, or that $2 soda or even your $5 freshly squeeze fruit juice (hello sugar!) There is at least $14 in your pocket each day, just by upping your water in take. 7) Ditch the junk Don’t buy crisps, biscuits, chocolates or any other treats. Sounds obvious, but this stuff is pricey too and we don’t need it at all! 8) Don’t eat it if you don’t like it I’m surprised by how many people eat healthy things they don’t like – what a waste of money! If you don’t like it, don’t force it. Save your dollars for fresh produce or find something else that works for you 9) Eat the Ayurvedic way Ditch the snacking and aim for 2 larger meals with more good quality fat and protein (avoid refined carbs). Try not to eat after 6pm but instead have some fruit and nuts or a small light salad. Less is more! 10) Make a list and stick to it When you have to visit the shops look through your cupboards first and make a list. Give yourself a time limit and stick to it and the list! 11) Shop the outer edges of the store Avoid the aisles unless you have to but instead stick to the fresh produce (fruits/vegs/meats/dairy/fish etc) on the edges of the store. 12) Grow your own herbs and veggies Even if you like an apartment with a tiny balcony it’s more than possible to create a little green oasis with your favourite, most used herbs and veggies. Read more


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