Antigravity Yoga

Charity work, Fish out of the water, Health, The Choclo Project, Training, Yoga

Antigravity yoga is easily my favorite type of yoga. For anyone who hasn’t seen or heard of it before, it may look daunting and a little strange but trust me when I say, it’s incredible.

It allows you to gain all the benefits of traditional yoga but with zero compression on your spine and joints. Being perfectly suited to older, stiffer bodies or for anyone recovering from an injury. It is extremely rejuvenating, challenging, relaxing and fun and there is forever a new pose or variation to try.

Here are a couple of the poses I did this morning in my Choclo gear. The Choclo product is so suitable and perfect for the antigravity yoga as there are no zips to catch and the fabrics work beautifully against the hammock. It keeps everything in securely and the colors look incredible against the white hammock.

Haven’t heard of The Choclo Project? They are one of my incredible sponsors and a brand of which I’m EXTREMELY proud to be aligned with. They produce ethical clothing for balanced living. Their fabrics are incredible and so comfortable you won’t want to get out of them. The best part about the Choclo Project is that the purchase of any Choclo product results in 5% of sales going directly to the children in the various centres they support. This concept not only gives the children a feeling of freedom as they tap into their imagination, but it will give the kids ideas of a positive way to make a living and change their lives. Please follow the link to find their amazing story and product http://www.chocloproject.com

If you know of an antigravity class near by you I completely encourage you to give it a go and give it a few tries as the more classes you do, the more familiar and comfortable you become in the hammock and the more enjoyment you will get out of the class. Image

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A weekend of clean creations

A bit of fun!, Amazing Places, Clean Creations, Cooking, Fish out of the water, Food, Friendship, Happy Monday, Health, Inspiration, Nutrition, Training, YUM

A few snaps from my weekend. I made a beautiful raw, organic, clean cake for my friends 21st, alongside some yummy date squishes… I’ll probably post the recipes tonight or tomorrow :-).

The bottom photo is of me and my partner in crime from my instagram clean eating page Clean Creations, we went to the Body, Mind, Spirit Festival at the Melbourne Exhibition centre this morning and then had lunch at the incredible Bodhi Dharma Cafe in Balaclava… the food was crazy!! That’s where the beautiful pancakes below came from, all vegan, gluten free and scrumptious.

It was a fun weekend full of delicious food, good company and a bit of happy educations.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Coconut + banana clean sago pudding: Recipe

A bit of fun!, Clean Creations, Cooking, Fish out of the water, Food, Health, Inspiration, Nutrition, Surfing, Training, YUM

I have intense cravings for sweets after dinner, particularly of the chocolate variety. Some nights I can push through it with a glass of water and a distraction but other nights, I just want to eat a whole block of Cadbury coconut chocolate. Considering my aspirations for my health and training and my allergies to dairy… it’s best on these nights for me to find an alternative to satisfy those cravings. So here was tonights sweet satisfier. Completely clean and 100% my favourite dessert.

Clean coconut + banana sago pudding: Recipe
Ingredients~
Sago:
3/4 cup of uncooked sago
2 cups of coconut milk
1 cup of cold water
2 tsp of cinnamon
2 tsp of vanilla essence
1 sliced banana
Topping:
1 cup of mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
Pulp of 6 passion fruits
1/4 cup of water
2 tsp of honey

Method~
– Combine sago, coconut milk, water and cinnamon in a saucepan and stand for 30 minutes to soak.
 Meanwhile, put passionfruit, berries, honey and water on a low heat on the saucepan and simmer for around 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat when smooth and cooked through, cool completely.
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Put sago mix onto stove on a medium heat until boiling, stirring occasionally. Then turn heat down to low and add in banana and vanilla essence.
– Stir through banana and vanilla essence and then allow to cook on low heat until the sago balls turn clear, stirring every 5-8 minutes (should take up to 30 minutes). Add in some extra cool water if the sago seems like it’s lacking moisture.
– Remove from heat and serve with passionfruit and berry sauce and any type of fruit. Desiccated coconut on top also is a delicious addition to make it a little more coconutty. I added goji berries because of their high content of antioxidants and amino acids and then a couple of slice of kiwi fruit to go with the tang of the passionfruit sauce.
Hope you love it as much as I do.


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Homemade Protein Porridge: Recipe

A bit of fun!, Clean Creations, Cooking, Fish out of the water, Food, Health, Inspiration, Nutrition, Training, YUM

Cooking, nutrition and clean eating has become a growing interest for myself. I love waking up in the mornings, being the only one at home and being able to cook a massive feast of nutritious, clean and organic foods.

My friend, Nell, and I have created a clean eating Instagram page. It’s such a huge and growing thing amongst society at the moment so we both thought we’d have some fun and create a page where we can share our ideas on food and clean eating. If you have Instagram, search for: @cleancreations 

Today I’ll share with you one of my posts I did yesterday on @cleancreations. Basically I had an extremely active morning of training, surfing and horse riding so in between activities I thought it would be important to re-fuel efficiently so I had energy to make it to the end of the day.

Protein Porridge
 Heat half a cup of oats and half a cup of quinoa flakes with 2 cups of rice milk (add milk as needed throughout cooking), on a low heat in a saucepan. Once simmering, add a tablespoon of your choice of protein powder… the more natural and chemical free the better.  Mix in a diced up banana, then add a teaspoon of 100% organic maple syrup or honey, stir through. When you think the mix is almost ready to be eaten, tip in a 1/4 cup of chia seeds, goji berries, desiccated coconut, and a sprinkle of LSA. Then remove from saucepan into a bowl… Serve with a heated up mixture of fresh or frozen berries, 100% hazelnut butter, chocolate coconut butter from the amazing brand Loving Earth and sprinkle with coconut flakes. Hope you enjoy this nutritious, filling meal, I certainly did! :-).
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Chilli con carne and quinoa cups

A bit of fun!, Clean Creations, Cooking, Fish out of the water, Food, Health, Inspiration, No place like home, Nutrition, Training, YUM

Serves 4

1 onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 large grated sweet potato
2 sticks sliced celery
250 g lean mince (beef, chicken, game meat are all great)
1 red capsicum, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
400 g tomato puree
400 g cooked red kidney or adzuki beans, drained
125 g cherry tomato, halved
100 g baby spinach leaves
1 avocado, chopped
1 bunch coriander, chopped
1 lime
1 small chopped red chilli
1 clove of grated fresh garlic
Your choice of Seaweed sheets or Lettuce cups to serve

Sauté the onion, sweet potato, chilli, garlic and celery for 3 minutes until softened.
Add the spices and mince and cook through for 5 minutes until the mince is browned.
Add the capsicum, tomato paste, tomato puree and beans.
Pour over 1 cup of water.
Simmer over a low – medium heat for 30 minutes until thick.
Season with ground pepper and a little salt add cherry tomato.
Fold in spinach and coriander just before serving.
Spoon into bowls lined with seaweed sheets or lettuce cups and quinoa on the bottom.
Top with chilli to taste, basil or extra coriander, avocado and a lime wedge.
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Enjoy, this recipe is truly delicious and super high in protein. Best dinner I’ve had in a long time.

Exercise Nutrition

A bit of fun!, Food, Health, Inspiration, Nutrition, Respected Humans, Training, YUM

I’ve been training pretty intensely lately but have been finding it hard to balance my nutritional intake with the training and not quite knowing how much/ how little I should be consuming before and after… so I decided to do a read up and this is what I discovered:

Energise your work out
Being well nourished, but with your stomach virtually empty is extremely important when exercising. Simply put, it means that based on your pre work out nutrition, your body should be well hydrated, and have enough glycogen to enter your exercise at your peak physical condition. “Glucose is stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. When we exercise the liver breaks down its glycogen and releases the glucose into the bloodstream for energy.” “The muscles use this glucose as well as their own glycogen that is stored in the muscle to fuel their work. When glycogen is depleted we become fatigued.”
How many carbohydrates we consume will influence the amount of glycogen stored and our needs depend on how active we are and the duration of exercise time. If watching your weight, the amount of carbohydrates consumed and the time of day they’re consumed needs to be taking into consideration.

Unless you’re a professional sports person… we generally need enough glycogen in our system from the day prior to exercise to get us through the session. Having a small protein drink made with water of a piece of low GI fruit like kiwi or berries prior to your work out stabilises energy levels. I was surprised to find that “Studies show that drinking coffee or green tea 30 minutes to an hour before your workout results in longer endurance, faster times, less exertion, less fatigue, and more rapid recovery — up to 30 percent better in each category Caffeine also, breaks down fat, freeing fatty acids which are immediately burned.”

If your exercise sessions are of a longer duration… it’s important to take some carb/ electrolyte replacements. For example, coconut water, a banana, passionfruit or orange juice.

Keep hydrated!
Consuming 500 ml of water 15-30 minutes before a workout is ideal. Frequent sips throughout the sessions is important. Post workout, its important to to rehydrate properly to counteract dehydration. Exercise sessions over an hour may need extra electrolytes to help rehydration. I recommend coconut water.

Anyway I found all of that informations extremely helpful, I hope it comes in handy one way or another for you. Eat well, live well, be well. ImageImageImageImageImage

Recipe feature by Theresa Cutter: Organic Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

A bit of fun!, Family, Fish out of the water, Food, Health, Inspiration, Nutrition, Respected Humans, Training, YUM

I made these meatballs for my boyfriend and my dad the other night… they were absolutely delicious, pretty simple and very healthy. For those of you who haven’t heard of Theresa Cutter, she is my angel! Also known as ‘The Healthy Chef’, Theresa’s recipes are fresh, easy, healthy and always a crowd pleaser with the family and friends. I’ve posted some of her other recipes before but if you haven’t checked out her website and you’re in to healthy cooking you MUST have a look as on each recipe she gives you an over view of the benefits and the nutritional value of the foods you are cooking. In this recipe, I have basically just copy and pasted to give you an example of the way she communicates her creations.
See Theresa’s website here:
http://www.thehealthychef.com


Organic Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

WHY IT’S GOOD:

These meatballs contain all the essential nutrients such as quality protein and antioxidants needed to build muscle, fight disease and support a healthy body.  When using beef mince, I like to use lean Pasture (Grass) Fed beef and make the mince myself.  Grass fed beef is definitely the healthy option, its has four times more Vitamin E than grain Fed beef, it has high levels of Omega 3 fats (good fats) which will protect the heart and nourish the brain. Lean beef is also high in iron and protein to help keep you full, repair muscle and for sustained energy.  Spinach is a great source of folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, K and B needed for supporting the immune system, oxidation and for bone health. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, especially cooked tomatoes, which can provides protection against cancer.  They are also a great source of potassium that has been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Serves 6

500 g lean grass fed beef (minced)
125 g ricotta cheese, drained (use deli style ricotta which is firmer)
200g baby spinach (cooked in a little olive oil and lemon, liquid drained)
½  cup fresh chopped parsley
1 organic / free range egg
pinch of nutmeg
sea salt and pepper to taste
4 cups Napolitana fresh tomato sauce

Combine beef, ricotta, spinach, ½ cup parsley, egg, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Shape into large balls and coat in a little olive oil then place in a deep tray lined with greaseproof paper. Do not squish together and make sure there is enough room around the meatballs.
Bake meatballs for 10 minutes, then add  napolitana half way up the pan. bake for a further 20  minutes until sauce is bubbling.
Serve sprinkled with fresh chopped parsley a little grated parmesan and green vegetable spaghetti.

TO MAKE GREEN VEGETABLE SPAGHETTI:

1 leek – cut into thin strips
6  zucchini, cut into spaghetti on a mandonlin
black pepper + a squeeze of lemon

Cook the leek in a pan over medium heat with 1 tsp olive or grape seed oil.
Add the zucchini and toss through for a few seconds until warm.
Season with a little lemon and black pepper.
Divide between serving plates and top with the meatballs.
Enjoy.

BASIC TOMATO SAUCE

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 chopped fresh chilli, seeded (optional) if you want a little heat
800 g chopped peeled tomato or pureed fresh roma tomato
small handful (10)  basil leaves shredded
1 tablespoon apple juice concentrate
1/4 tsp cinnamon
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

NB: add 1 tablespoon tomato paste for a richer flavor.

Saute onion for 5 minutes over a medium heat until golden.
Add the rest of the ingredients except for the basil and simmer over a low heat for 20 minutes or until the sauce is rich and thickened.  The longer the cooking time the richer the sauce will be. Add the fresh basil last and use sauce as required. Season to taste and enjoy.

Protein: 25 g
Carbs: 4.9 g
Fat: 8.5 g
Calories: 210

I hope you give this one a try, seems like a lot of effort but it’s really not too bad and it’s worth it in the end. Enjoy!Image

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Fish out of the water, Inspiration, Kevin Murphy, Ozmosis, Piping Hot, Surfboard Art, Surfing, Training

I’m lucky enough to have the leading surf store in Victoria, Ozmosis to be supporting me and providing me with my surf boards. Their generosity allows me to experiment with my surf boards to find the best possible equipment suited to me. Every time I get a board one of my favorite parts is adding some color to the deck. Here was the results from my latest 3.
http://www.ozmosis.com.au

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Seaweed and quinoa san choy bow

Fish out of the water, Food, Health, Nutrition, Training

While we were in France, we stayed in a beautiful little self contained apartment on the beach at Hossegor. Instead of eating out most nights like we usually do while were away we cooked, as I’m on a special diet and it’s hard to translate my dietry requirements not to mention France is the country of delicious gluten, sugar and dairy fueled food. The way I’ve been eating doesn’t leave much room for variety so we had to get a little creative with the things that I could eat so I wasn’t get bored of eating the same thing every day. Here is a recipe that we created while on the road… it’s a little strange but very quick and easy as well as really delicious for anyone who likes weird healthy food like me.


Seaweed and Quinoa San Choy Bow

2 sheets of Yaki nori (sushi seaweed)
2 sticks of celery
1 medium sized can of tuna in springwater
1 whole avocado
1-2 cups of quinoa cooked
Diced lettuce

All these amounts of ingredients are just an estimate… they can be changed to your preference… this makes around 2 serves depending on how much quinoa you make.

Cook the quinoa in a saucepan (2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa). Dice the avocado, celery and lettuce, then mix through the cooked quinoa. Drain the tuna and add to mixture, stirring it through evenly. Place the nori in a bowl and serve the quinoa into the middle of the seaweed evenly (as seen in the photo above). Garnish with spring onion if you desire and ta daaa, nutritious and delicious. Eat with a fork or if you don’t mind getting messy rip pieces of the nori up and wrap the qunioa up and dig in… just like san choy bow, but healthier!

A little bit of inspiration

Inspiration, Respected Humans, Surfing, Training

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision”.
Muhammad Ali

“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results”.
Michael Jordan

“It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get”.     
Arnold Palmer