Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl

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Body Appreciation Post Pt I

Everyone has their insecurities… I know I certainly have a few up my sleeve. But intermittently, I am able to rein these in and remember to be grateful to have a healthy, active, and functional body – when it chooses to behave itself, that is!

One body part I have always been okay with, are my hands.

 

 

I’ve often struggled with feeling too tall, or having bigger feet than all my high school girlfriends, or feeling a bit too clumsy with my big hips. But I never minded having long, lanky hands!

These hands have held my friends and family close, have stroked my dog Lacey when we said our final goodbye, they’ve reached the piano and flute keys (yet never mastered the guitar) and they have guided my horse Sarah safely when I would ride in the afternoon sunshine. Nowadays these hands of mine have become essential to my everyday adult life in the workplace and in my home, they support me in my yoga practice, and they carry my groceries so I can cook and nourish my body.

Essentially my hands facilitate the nourishment of my body, my heart, and my mind.

Many of us don’t realise how lucky we are to have our health, it is so important and one day, it could be all that you have.

Day by day I learn to appreciate a little bit more about myself, it’s a hard task to unlearn all that we have been bombarded with by advertisements and television programmes that suggest that there shall forever be room for improvement.

But we must start somewhere!

Please share your body appreciation in the comments below… and don’t forget to love yourself ❤

 

Lexie x

Matcha Green Tea Power Smoothie

…taking a tentative sip, I discovered that this drink had a delightful light flavour and was very refreshing!

I’ve recently moved into the city and closer to my work, which leaves me with much more free time in the mornings. To be honest, I usually use this time really productively by laying in the one spot on the couch for an hour slowly sipping my coffee and scrolling through Facebook and Instagram… 😉

Today I decided to make myself a healthy little green smoothie for breakfast and actually do something with my spare time. I’ve been getting back into the habit of making myself a Matcha tea in the mornings sometimes instead of a coffee for a bit of an antioxidant boost. But this morning I decided to incorporate my Matcha hit into my smoothie instead!

  • three large handfuls baby spinach & rocket mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 maple water or 1 cup purified water (this is Low FODMAP friendly – if you’re not following FODMAPs you could use coconut water)
  •  1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/4 tsp matcha tea (I recommend Panatea or Kenkotea ceremonial grade)
  • 1 inch frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 small sprig fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 small sprigs of fresh mint, chopped

I gave this a good blitz in the Nutribullet until it looked green and creamy.

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Ta-da!

Then, taking a tentative sip, I discovered that this drink had a delightful light flavour and was very refreshing!

Give it a try and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your variations on this recipe 🙂

Lexie x

Fresh & Raw Wellbeing Smoothie Delight

For an easy brekkie on the go, I’ve been whipping up this light and delightful vanilla & cinnamon smoothie!

Cinnamon & Maca are my super-foods of choice for my morning smoothie – they have a terrific array of benefits which include hormone regulation. I have had success with clearing up my skin and reducing PMS by increasing my Maca powder intake.

Here’s how to make your own 🙂

You’ll need:

• 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1 1/2 tbsp Vanilla & Lucuma Paleo Fermented Protein Powder from Amazonia
• 1/4 tsp organic Ceylon cinnamon
• 1 tsp organic raw Maca powder
• 1 tsp organic maple syrup
• 1/2 a banana

Using a blender, combine all ingredients throughly, serve with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon & enjoy!

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I sipped mine while I flipped through this utterly gorgeous copy of Wellbeing mag! I couldn’t walk past this beautiful cover art.

What’s your favourite smoothie recipe?

Lexie 😘

Keep your skin Divine!

Recently I was lucky enough to attend the Real Food Revolution event, held at the Crowne Plaza in Surfers Paradise.

This was an amazing opportunity to open my mind up to some new health and wellness information; and gosh, there is SO much to learn!

One presentation that really struck a cord with me was Therese Kerr‘s speech on organic beauty products.

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It is hard to imagine that beauty or self-care products could be poisonous, particularly when the label refers to “organic”, “pure” or “safe”. The reality is that unless you read the ingredient label, understand organic certification and consider the packaging you really don’t know what you are putting on your skin and in your body by way of absorption through the skin.

You can absorb MORE toxins from personal, skin and hair care products than you can absorb from your food!

Our skin is said to absorb chemicals up to 10 times faster than by way of ingestion and that is because our skin simply doesn’t have the digestive enzymes to break down the chemicals that our digestive system has available to it. The average woman puts over 200+ chemicals a day on her skin, of which 65-70% is being absorbed by the body… yuckie! The Divine by Therese Kerr range of natural products are certified by Australia’s most stringent certification body, The ACO, and are also Australian made.

Therese recommended using an app called “The Chemical Maze”, so that you can look into what precisely is within your products. Nowadays before I purchase any products I am sure to check the ingredient list and look each chemical up to see if it is naturally derived, and safe to use.

I sampled almost the entire range of Divine products at the Real Food Revolution and loved them! I kept going back for more of the Aloe Vera, Chamomile & Lavender Baby Moisturiser – it was so luxurious and the smell was amazing. Who’s to say I can’t have baby soft skin! 😛

Until Sunday 26th July you can claim a $25 gift voucher with the code “BLESSING”. What a great opportunity to treat yourself to a product that will love you back. I had to share this awesome shopping opportunity with you!

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Click HERE to shop 🙂

I really, truly love these products – and I promise to you that I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t!!

Let me know what organic skincare and beauty products you are loving in the comments below – I’d love to find some more beautiful and safe products to try.

Lexie x

Fodmap Factory

The new year for me started (as I’m sure it did for many others) with a quiet promise to myself to work on my health this year. I didn’t make any determined public resolution Facebook posts about how I’ll get my ultimate dream body in 2015, or sail around the world or earn a billion dollars.

I just took a step back, had a wee think, and realised I really need to get myself back on track.

Because I’m on a fairly restrictive diet, I often find it very hard to find healthy quick fix snacks for when I need an extra little somethin’ for my lunchbox – or when I run out of time to make brekkie. There’s a definite hole in the market where low-FODMAP items are concerned.

Enter Fodmap Factory – a small Aussie company breaking onto the scene with their tiny slabs of deliciousness. I love these little bars! The flavours they offer are unreal – I feel just like a ‘normal’ person with this variety of options.

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Salted Caramel bar (with Mimco bag, Quay Eyewear “Stevie” shades, The Dairy phone case & MAC Cosmetics lipstick in “Saint Germain”)

I had a chat with Sage, one half of the FF team to learn more 🙂

Whereabouts in Australia are you based? Are all of the ingredients in Fodmap Factory’s products Australian, or do you use imported goods?

Simon and I are based in Melbourne. We buy all our ingredients from local stores, but they do import some of their goods.

Why did you create Fodmap Factory, and when did it come about?  What is FF most passionate about?

Around 2 years ago I began to get quite sick – basically I had intestinal toxemia and this leaked to other parts of my body. As a result I developed severe allergies, and chronic indigestion, amongst other things! Simon and I would trial foods that I could and could not eat; each “no” food we discovered would leave me sick for up to 4 days!

Fast forward two years and I am in a completely different state; physically, mentally and spiritually. When we look at the food on the shelves (even in health food stores) I see so many foods that are difficult to digest or improperly “food combined” and I think to myself, “no wonder why people are struggling with gastrointestinal issues”. And Fodmap Factory was launched!! We are very strict about only producing foods that can be easily digested by the majority of people, and we have had a lot of success following a low FODMAP diet.

Do yourself and Simon come from a background in food, or was this a completely new venture for you both?

I have a background in health coaching, and cooking for fun. Simon has a background in yoga and personal training, and he is also a qualified physiotherapist. This is our first venture into running a food brand, but we have both been so passionate about helping people gain greater health for as long as we can remember!

What exciting things are yet to come from Fodmap Factory?

Fodmap Factory is going to expand into every part of the grocery aisles, we are going to Low Fodmap everything you need! Head over to our website www.fodmapfactory.com and enter your requests into the flavour generator 🙂

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Sage has become quite the inspiration to me in my personal journey to greater health, and you can read her blog and chat to her on her website, which I strongly recommend 🙂

Stay tuned on my Instagram & Facebook feed to see what flavours I try out next!

Lexie x

For more info on the low FODMAP diet, click here.