Sep 30, 2010

Touching Base

Well I finished my 2 week ACAI CHALLENGE I presented myself with and what since - I'm still having it. I love the stuff! I feel FULL OF BEANS when I have it. And now I can tell customers at work how I feel on it instead of just what I've read about it.

That's the way I like to do things. To try things. To be my own human guinea pig. I've tried, tested and tasted so many new superfoods, herbs, and what-this year, I'll give (almost) anything a go!

I like to see how my body reacts - do I have more energy? Does my skin improve or get worse? How do my nails fair? Are my eyes sparkling? What are my bowels doing?
Maybe not such fun stuff for some people, but I LOVE it! I'm always trying something new...

Recent newbies include:

- liquid chloropyll
- acai
- camu camu powder

Does sour cherry and acai chocolate count? Felt GREAT on that one! ;)

But seriously, I figure how will I know what does or doesn't work for ME without trying? I'd love to know what things you guys have been trying lately?

And I also know that Friday night pizza and ice cream is good for anyone. And that's exactly what I'll be having tomorrow night if I get off my bum now to make my buckwheat pizza dough!

Sep 28, 2010

A night out

WOW! Was today not the most beautiful day we've had in a long time! Incredibly warm. Sun shining bright. Gentle breeze blowing. I spent my lunch break munching on my kale salad with roma tomatoes and avocado, lying in the sun watching people pass by.

But last week... I did promise you all some pics from my Thai dinner with Brock on Saturday so here you go...

I put on my new dress, Brock put on a sexy suit I hadnt seen before , and we ventured up the road to a local Thai restaurant that I had been too before knowing they could do us a RAW dish.
We sat amongst warm mood lighting, candle light, and other people out on a Saturday night enjoying dinner.

First up we both had big young coconuts - spilling at the top with fresh, cold, coconut water that was so deliciously refreshing. And the flesh was perfect - not too thick, not too thin and a beautiful colour. YUM!

And then for dinner we both had a melange of asian greens and crisp colourful vegetables, with a squeeze of lemon to taste.

Simple. Fresh. Tasty.

Sep 25, 2010

A Sunny Friday Round Town

Friday morning was my first day off all week - and to be my only day off. My cousin has recently returned from ITALIA so we decided to meet up for chit chats, and I remebered this cool little Asian tea place in Chatswood where there is a beautiful little garden out the back.

We were the only people there for a while so it was beautifully quiet. The weather was so warm, the SUN WAS SHINING, and after narrowing down the extensive menu to what we thought sounded best (and then of course checking with the waitress), this is what we got...

Mine is a Roselle and Plum Icey tea, and Bernadette's was a Japanese Green Tea ice cream slushie thingy... Perfect in the sun. Cool. Refreshing. Different. And Delicious :)

We sat there BASKING in the sunshine, playing catch ups and laughing, doing what girls do best :) And then I had to head off for lunch with Brock - on the roof of our apartment, again, BASKING in the sunshine, before a few hours at college. But not before a banana - or TWO.

Check it out! LOVER BANANAS! The shape of two bananas inside of one banana peel. I've never seen one like it it was AWESOME!

Peeled it open it they weren't actually stuck together like I was secretly hoping for.

So I got Brock to share it with me - although being the banana fein I am, I did pretty much eat both after he posed for my photo :)

Then to top my day off, Friday night I was at home alone after college and a long week at work, so made myself a DELICIOUSLY BIG salad...

On a bed of rocket, kale and salad leaves I had cucumber, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and mushies, sprinkled with lecithin, dukkah and drizzled with flaxseed oil. Yummo!

But hang out for the dinner date I had this evening...

Until next time...

Green Love and White Light :)

Sep 23, 2010

A Pepino?

When I go to mum's place to spend a night there, I always find the fruit bowl full of extra bananas and a big papaya - my favourites. Mum knows how to make me smile :) Treats me well.

But this time round I had a surprise waiting for me - a PEPINO. I had never seen nor heard about this fruit. A cross between a mango (it's only slightly bigger) and a rockmelon (with a similar flavour), it tastes deliciously light and fresh. Paper thin skin, soft juicy flesh, I enjoyed it out on the back deck in the sun.

It gave me a TASTE of what's to come when SUMMER creeps up on us with all the AMAZING fruits it brings with it :)

Sep 20, 2010

Purple Power

For the last week i've been having ACAI everyday as part of a 2-week challenge I'm putting myself through.
I had a rep from RioLife come into work to fill me in on their latest promotion and suggested I do a 2 week Vitality Challenge - consuming ACAI everyday for 2weeks to see how I feel afterwards.

So far so GREAT! I have loads of energy!!

A few weeks ago I wasn't feeling so great emotionally which in turn led to decreased energy levels, and I've found that with the ACAI (which has also helped me make better food choices all round) I'm feeling alot better.

If you've never tried it before I'd highly recommend it. Aside from being an INCREDIBLY cool colour (rich, deep, dark, purple), it's got loads of vitamins and minerals, fibre, and POTENT amounts of antioxidants (fighting the nasty free radicals that come along to cause cell damage and aging). It's also a low GI food, making sure the energy from it is released into your bloodstream sloooooowly which prolooooooooongs the ENERGY supply and doesn't send you sky high to only come crashing back down just as fast.

At work the other day I made myself a DELICIOUS smoothie...

... with almond milk, frozen bananas, protein powder and ACAI.

Sep 13, 2010

Where have I been?

I've been a little slack in blogging of late and I suppose with no real reason other than not getting around to doing it!

So here are a few piccies of what I've been up too...

Green juicing in the sun

Walking across the Harbour Bridge on my way to the Ultimate Success Summit where I was lucky enough to hear Sir Richard Branson speak

Then sat by Darling Harbour in the sun eating my salad and a yummy cinnamon Larabar

Enjoyed a quick cabbage salad one evening - with parsley, carrot, mung beans, sultanas

Here's my lunch at work when I couldnt get out of the shop for my break - greens, broccoli, avo, and my tasty green superfood powder with a couple of pieces of my raw bread with creamy hemp seed butter mmm

John Butler Trio concert a week ago which was INCREDIBLE!!

And yesterday I spent the day with my beautiful mum. We went to my FAVOURITE organic markets after a late brekkie and I had a ball! Sunshine. Energy. People. I bought a few different raw balls made from different yummies like dates, orange, coconut, tahini, sultanas... indulged... Then we ventured down to Dee Why for a long walk on the beach in the sun before heading back home for a late lunch. I pottered round doing a few things, spent some time with my little sis and then we had BIG salads for dinner on the couch glued to the new series of MasterChef - Junior before hitting the hay. Great Sunday :)

Sep 2, 2010

Your Inner Sunshine

When today is not going well, it is tempting to focus on tomorrow as a blank slate with all the possibilities that newness provides. It is true that tomorrow will be a brand-new day, but we do not have to wait until tomorrow to start fresh. We can start fresh at any moment, clearing our energy field of any negativity that has accumulated, and call this very moment the beginning of our brand-new day.

There is something about the sunrise and the first few hours of the morning that make us feel cleansed and rejuvenated, ready to move forward enthusiastically. As the day wears on, we lose some of this dynamic energy and the inspiration it provides. This may be why we look forward to tomorrow as providing the possibility of renewal. Many traditions consider the light of the rising sun to be particularly divine in its origins; this is why so many people in the world face east when performing ritual. We too can cultivate that rising sun energy inside ourselves, carrying it with us to light our way through any time of day or night, drawing on its power to awaken and renew our spirits.

One simple way to do this is to carry an image or a photograph of the rising sun with us in our wallet or purse. We can also post this image on our wall at work or at home, or have it as our screensaver on our computer. When we feel the need to start fresh, we can take a moment to gaze at the image, allowing its light to enter into our hearts. As we do this, we might say out loud or quietly to ourselves, I am ready to let go of the past and start anew. We might visualize anything we want to release leaving us as we exhale, and as we inhale, we can take in the fresh energy of the eastern sun, allowing it to light the way to a brand-new day.

This drawing has been in my wallet for months. And it is My Inner Sunshine.

This was sent to me by the kind people at Daily Om. I get emails from them reguarly and LOVE the inspiration they give me.
I began writing something else for this post at 6am this morning whilst drinking my BIG GREEN JUICE, but deleted it all after reading what you've just read above. It sums up everything I've been feeling the past couple of weeks. I wrote here not long ago about where I feel I am and some difficulties I've been having, and I suppose I'm still a little stuck in a few places. The words sent to my inbox were exactly what I needed. And I hope they mean something to all of you as well.