Thursday, January 10, 2013

Last Day of DIET!


Today is the last day of my diet and so I'm trying extra hard to steer clear of unhealthy foods. I'll give you a quick cap on what the diet has been like from the beginning to the end.

In the begining...
  • It was difficult. Foods I would normally eat through the day were suddenly not allowed, and I found it a bit tricky to find healthy and fun substitutes. (Just eating bland veggies got boring over time.)
  • I was low on energy. Before going completely healthy my diet was predominately carbs (and unhealthy carbs, might I add), and so, when I started replacing those carbs with more protein my body went into shock. I even had dizzy spells for a while! 
And along the way...
  • I had to increase my energy somehow, so I added a lot more fruit, cheeses, seeds and wholemeal bread into my diet. 
  • Just eating food the bland way was hard to follow, so I started experimenting with smoothies and juices.* Drinking smoothies was by the easiest way of increasing my energy, getting enough seeds and fruits and veggies into my system, and was the most delicious way to be healthy!
  • It got a lot easier to stay away from unhealthy foods, thanks to the above.
But by the end...
  •  I forgot why I was doing this diet in the first place - to glorify God through my body. Because of that I let:
  1. my business get in the way of eating healthy,
  2. myself get too comfortable. I thought, 'I'm healthy now. I can afford to eat that caramel slice...' 
  • Due to increased activity (i.e. roughly 10 hours of dance per week), I'm low on energy again and am having dizzy spells. 
  • Trying to get back to going all healthy was extremely difficult - more difficult than it was when I first started. I'd say the difference is my determination and willpower. 
But overall...
  • I enjoyed the journey; the yummy parts and the challenges.
  • My body feels different - cleaner, fresher, lighter somehow.
  • I've learned that God designed us and our world so perfectly. The foods we find in nature are not only beneficial, but also YUMMY! Not all of us are going to love everything that's good for us, but there will always be something. And God made it that way for a reason.
In conclusion, I say that going all healthy - even if only for a little while - is completely worth the effort and struggle. The diet has been physically, mentally, and spirituality beneficial. Physically, because my body feels great. Mentally, because endurance develops character.** And spiritually, because I've learned more about God, and now have a deeper appreciation for His marvelous design.

Why don't you give it a go? Start today.

*In a later post I will share with you some of my favourite juices and smoothie recipes.
** Romans 5:4-6

Sunday, December 30, 2012

NEW Fat Burning Routine

Every couple months or so I change my workouts. The reason I do this is because repetition - after a while - can strain your muscles, be less effective, and boring... Your muscles need to keep working in different ways because we use our muscles everyday for different things. We may execute, daily, similar movements which in turn require similar muscles, BUT we never use all of the same muscles. Did you know that there can be anywhere between 640-850 muscles in the human body? So, if you're only exercising  1,3,5, or even 10 of these muscles then you haven't even made a dent! Besides this, continuously working on the same muscles will wear your muscles down and will increase the risk of getting RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury). I could talk about RSI as a whole other topic and cannot stress the importance of proper technique while exercise enough. BUT keep in mind that correct technique only minimizes the risk of getting RSI, so if you're still using the same routine you've been using for the past 3 months, it's time to change it. To get or maintain a strong physique you need to change up and expand your exercise routines. SO, here is my new routine:

Fat Burning Routine

 Go to my Workouts page to see all of my exercise routines.

Banana, Strawberry, & Blackberry Smoothie

Hey guys,

I have a new recipe for you!
I call it my Banana, Strawberry, & Blackberry Smoothie, or my Purple Drink. This drink is great for those mornings when you're lacking energy. SO, have it for breakfast or morning tea! Here's how you make it... 

Banana, Strawberry, & Blackberry Smoothie

 Serves 2


  • Blender (with the lid on)
  • Tall glass/es
  • Measuring cup
  •  Dessert spoon


  • 1 banana, diced
  • 4 strawberries, diced/quatred
  • 4 blackberries*
  • 2 heaped scoops of 98% fat free Vanilla Yoghurt
  • 1 or 2 cups of milk**
  • 1heaped tablespoon of Manuka honey***
  • 5 blueberries (optional)
  • a few ice cubes (optional)


  1.  Put banana, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, ice cubes and milk into the blender, and blend on low for 20 seconds then on high till it is smooth and consistent as possible.
  2. Turn off blender and add the yoghurt and honey, then blend on low for another 20 seconds.
  3. Turn off blender, take off the lid, and pour your smoothie into your glasses.
  4. Enjoy!


Feel free to add a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Just remember to halve the amount of yoghurt (you don't want your smoothie too thick).
* If you don't like your smoothies to have little crunchy bits in it, then I suggest using mulberries instead.
** The number of cups you use will affect the thickness, amount, and strength of the smoothie.
*** Manuka honey has a rather mature flavour compared to other honeys and is my favourite honey to use. However, if you wish to make a sweet smoothie, use honey other than Manuka.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Diet Diary: Entry #3

Okay, so it is now day 11 of my 30 day diet and I'm feeling okay. I've tried to go 'full out' healthy and have failed [almost] miserably. BUT on the plus side I have been eating more health foods. I'm eating more fruits and veggies. I'm having smaller portions at lunch and dinner. And I'm not returning to the kitchen for seconds. I only allow myself a sugary meal for breakfast (because I just simply don't function without it) and allow myself some 'cheat foods.' I call them cheat foods because although they may possess healthy qualities they are still not healthy enough to be classed as a 'health food.' (I'll give you a list of cheat foods at the bottom of this post).

As a mum (no matter how young) I need as much energy as I can get (i.e. from sleep and food) so I need more carbs in my diet. Carbs are not bad and neither is fat. God specifically designed our bodies in a way that needs carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in order to function. The problem is not with consuming these, but is in eating more than what is necessary (for your individual bodies) and where they come from.

Example 1:
A steak for dinner is far healthier than a meat pie. The reason being, even though it has fat, steak has far less fat than a meat pie and is a natural fat - not a trans-fat. In an average meat pie there is about 38g of trans-fat - that's already half the amount of fat we should consume in an entire day (and that's not even including the fat we consumed earlier in the day).

Example 2:
Have a bowl of fruit if your hungry and low on energy. As opposed to the sometimes more preferred snack (a packet of chips) fruit has nutritional benefits and gives you energy which lasts longer.

As it is important to chose a health-beneficial meal, it is also important that we eat enough of each type of food (carbs, proteins, and fats) and that they are properly balanced. According to the food pyramid, our diets should consist of 59% carbohydrates, 29% proteins, and %12 fats.So you can still have your carbs and fats, just keep to the recommended percentage of daily intake of these and one of the easiest ways to do this is to always choose the healthier option. The healthier option will always have a little less fat and a little less kilojoules.

SO keeping that in mind, here is a couple of cheat foods Ive been eating to keep my energy up 'without totally destroying my diet.
  1. Oat bars (although the sugar and fat content can be quite high in an oat bar, oats are good for you, provide energy, and make a yummy snack).
  2. Gluten and fat free (or low fat) products (almost everyday I ruin my healthy eating streak because of my sweet-tooth, so I decided that eating  'healthier' versions of the sweet things I like would be better than actually consuming the higher fat and sugar sweets). Some gluten free products include breads and biscuits.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Ab Workout

Please visit my Workouts page to try out my new Ab Cruncher Workout. It's designed to focus on all of your abdominal muscles individually as well as simultaneously to help you get a fit and toned stomach. The advantages of a strong core include:

  • better balance
  • less back aches and strains
  • and, of course, a more appealing look for summer (when the bathing suits come out).

Diet Diary: Entry #2

So today I had...

The Good:

  • 1 large Strawberry
  •  1 cup of juice (Boost "Skinny")
  • Handful of organic chips and dip
  • 3 Milk teas
  • 1&1/2 Activia Vanilla yogurt
  • 1 celery stick
  • Water
The Bad:
  • 3 sandwiches made with wholemeal bread and veggie curry (the meal itself wasn't bad - except for maybe too much oil in the curry - I just put it under bad because I had 3 sandwiches!!)
  • 2 mini cookies (my son fed them to me to get me out of bed)
My problem:
The problem is I'm hungry all the time. Well, I'm not really hungry. I just eat out of boredom or I eat just because I want to taste something yummy. I'm also not drinking enough water :( All up though, I think I did a lot better today than I did yesterday. Part of it I think is simply because there's no junk to eat in my house. So, some advice to those who have incredibly poor self-control when it comes to food (like me) no worries, just don't buy junk again, because then if you're really "starving" you'll eat what's in your fridge - the veggies and the fruit.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Diet Diary: Entry #1

Today I ate...

The Good:
  • 1 Raisin toast with margarine
  • 1 Nectarine
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 Handful of salted cashews
  • 3 Milk teas
  • 1 Lemon-ginger tea
  • 1 Peppermint tea
  • 1 Apricot
  • 1/2 a Large Strawberry
  • 2 small Celery sticks
  • 1/2 Apple
  • Water
  • 1 handful of Organic chips (1/2 chicken, 1/2 beetroot)
  • 2 Paninis

The Bad:
  • 1 Soft Centre chocolate cookie
  • 1 Milo (10 tsps of it :s)
  • 2 small Sausages with tomato sauce (Argh! Already broke one of my main rules...)
  • 1 small bag of mini cookies
My body's response to the good:
  • The fruit was refreshing on a hot day and made me feel light
  • I overate when it came to the Panini (but the meal it self was fulfilling and yummy!)
  • The Organic chips were a bit too oily for my liking
  • I don't like my cashews salted... I will instead buy unsalted cashews and some other nuts too (like almonds)
  • I've noticed that the more water I drink in a day, the less heavy food I eat.
My body's response to the bad:
  • I felt nauseous after having so much Milo - not that Milo is a bad thing, just 10tsps of it is not healthy...  Oh! Here's a fun fact. My boyfriend's great grandfather, Thomas Mayne, invented Milo. They get a free supply of Milo every month!
  • The more sweet things I eat, the more hungry I get.