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Breakfast feast: rolled eggs & greens

3 Jul

rolled eggs

There is nothing I love more than going out for breakfast on the weekend, but I just can’t help get the feeling I am being cheated not only in taste, but also at the expense of my bank balance! So last Sunday we did something a little crazy. We ate at home. Extreme I know, but I was pretty happy with the results and will defiantly be cooking up a storm at least one day over the weekends. I posted this pic to Instagram (find me at Fitnessinthecity_) and I have had a few people ask for the recipe – so here you go!

Rolled eggs with chilli greens.

Ingredients:

2-4 free range eggs (depending on how hungry you are or if you are sharing)

1-2 cups of washed greens. (I like Bokchoy, Silverbeet, Purple cabbage, Kale or whatever is in season/in the fridge.)

Handful of basil

2 organic free range bacon strips (optional of course)

½ Avocado

Handful of cherry tomatoes

2 slices of Lemon

Coconut oil, garlic, chilli paste, Himalayan rock salt, pepper to garnish

Egg spices:

Za’arar mix: Sumac, sesame, thyme, parsley, oregano, Himalayan salt

You can make your own or buy pre made. Another option is to just roll the eggs in sesame seeds or finely chopped herbs like parsley or basil – very tasty!

rolled eggs prep

Directions:

Boil room temperature eggs (I boil the water on a low to medium heat with eggs already in it, and then set the timer to 4 minutes once the water begins to boil).

In a fry pan on a medium heat cook your bacon to your liking.

In another pan, add some coconut oil, garlic and chilli paste to sauté your greens and basil in – don’t overcook as you don’t want to lose the nutrients of the greens. This should only take approx. 3 minutes, then set aside.

Your eggs should be off the stove now and resting in cold water (so they stop cooking) ready for you to gently peel (or have someone peeling for you – even better!)

Once peeled roll them in your desired spices – I rotate between chopped herbs, sesame seed or Za’arar mix (I got this idea from Dane: The Healthy Tradie)

Cut the Avocado in half (scoop out with a spoon), squeeze lemon over it and dress with Himalayan Rock salt and pepper.

Plate everything up, sprinkle the remaining basil on top – add a great chia tea and you’re ready to feast!

I would love to see your egg creations – tag your photos with #fitnessinthecity on Facebook (@FitnessInTheCity) or Instagram (Fitnessinthecity_ )

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Why You Should Start Dry Body Brushing Today

15 Mar

dry body brushing
Fast, effective, numerous health benefits – what’s not to love about dry body brushing in the morning?

You may be thinking, Why do I need to add something else to my already busy morning routine? Let me assure you, the extra five minutes this takes is well worth the investment.

Think back to your human biology class (minus the traumatizing exam) and answer these questions: What is the largest organ in the body? What is one of the most important elimination organs in the body, playing a large role in daily detoxification? What organ receives a third of all the blood that is circulated in the body? When the blood is full of toxic materials, what organ will reflect this with problems? What organ is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to shows signs of imbalance or deficiency?

Answer for all: the skin!

The benefits of dry skin brushing include:
• Listen up ladies: Increasing the circulation to the skin could possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. So, rather than take drastic measures like liposuction, how about utilizing the dry skin brushing techniques to help break down unwanted toxins?
• Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs.
• It assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.
• Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin (and it feels pretty great, too!).
• It helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.
• Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
• And, in my experience, dry body brushing first thing in the morning can actually set up a perfect day! By doing something solely for yourself first thing in the morning, you can develop a beautiful follow-through effect, starting with a healthy breakfast – why ruin all the good work you just did?
Can you try dry body brushing at home?

Good news – you don’t have to book a pricey spa treatment to reap the benefits; this one can be done in your very own bathroom. All you need to do is purchase a natural bristle brush (not one made from nylon or synthetic materials). One with a long handle is also a plus, as it means you can reach all areas of the body.

The directions are pretty simple:
• Start on dry skin before bathing.
• Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
• Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
• Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.
• After you’ve finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.
• Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
• Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
• Then follow it up with a slick moisturizer to nourish the skin (personally, I’m a fan of coconut oil).
Give it a go for 30 consecutive days and your body will love you for it!

See my original post on Dry Body Brushing here on MindBodyGreen

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Ditch the coco pops – three healthy breakfast ideas

1 Mar

If you haven’t already.. it is time to retire your favourite sugary cereal and replace it with a real meal to kick start your day (ie using real food). Unless you want to continue to feel sluggish and tired, then by all means – keep on eating those pops!

First up I want to introduce you to homemade gluten free corn cakes (inspired by Bills).  Served with a side of bacon, asparagus and tomato, avocado and coriander salsa this meal of champions is simple delish!

The carbs you get from the corn, coconut flour and asparagus will gives you the extra energy you need to power you on to lunch (with a snack thrown in for good measure of course). Plus the good fats for the avocado and protein from the bacon is essential to making this a balanced meal. Ensure the bacon comes from a good source – I always aim for organic meat where possible.

Sweetcorn gluten free Fritters with Avocado Salsa

Gluten Free Sweetcorn cakes

Ingredients

Corncakes
• 500 g fresh corn kernels – either cut from 3 corn cobs or use frozen kernels for convenience (defrosted first!)
• 2 organic eggs
• 1 small red onion chopped
• 15 g chopped coriander leaves
• 125 g coconut flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• Sea salt and ground pepper
• Coconut oil for frying

Avocado salsa
• 2 ripe avocados diced
• 10 g coriander leaves
• 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 tomato finely sliced
• Sea salt and ground pepper
• Thinly sliced chilli if you want a bite to it or dash of Tabasco

Directions
In a food processor or blender add: 2 cups of the corn kernels, the onion, eggs, coriander, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper and blend until combined. Then add the remaining corn and contents in and stir though.
Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan over medium to high heat and add mixture into pan – keep each corn cake small in size so they are easy to flip. Cook 3 minutes per side.
Once you have cooked your desired number of corn cakes, serve with bacon, asparagus and avocado salsa.

On the run breakfast – yogurt, fresh figs, walnuts and LSA.

yogurt, walnut, figs & LSA

While I always prefer to have a hearty ‘meat + nuts’ breakfast, sometimes that just isn’t possible! When in a rush (or the fridge is empty..) I simply throw together in a bowl:

Ingredients:
• BioDynamic Organic Yoghurt (low GI, aBc probiotics, no artificial sweeteners or sugar like most yogurts)
• Fresh figs (Figs are naturally rich in much health benefiting phyto-nutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins)
• Walnuts (high in omega-3 fats, manganese, vitamin E just to name a few)
• And a spoonful of LSA which is made from ground Linseed, Sunflower and Almonds into a meal. LSA is rich in protein and helps keep blood sugar levels balanced which is important when consuming fruit. It also provides a good dose of omega-3, zinc and calcium.

Meat and Nut breakfast

Meat & Nut breakfast

This no frills breakfast is a paleo favourite – the meat and nut breaky includes the 3 macronutrients (protein, carbs and good fats) and can have the following benefits:
• kick-start your metabolism for the day
• allowing you to burn more fat throughout the day
• decrease the insulin load in your body therefore increasing your ability to stay lean year round.
• increase your mental energy early morning and throughout the day;
• increase physical energy early morning and throughout the day;

Ingredients:
Lamb steaks cooked in coconut oil, herbs and spices.
Avocado garnished with ground cracked pepper and salt and a good squeeze of lemon
Raw asparagus
Basil leaves
5 macadamia nuts (you can have these instead of avocado)
Cook, serve and eat!

You can also check out what I eat for breakfast in Prevention Magazine online ‘What the experts eat for breakfast’ here

Lee Sutherland – Personal Trainer and Health Coach, Fitness In The City www.fitnessinthecity.com.au / www.facebook.com/fitnessinthecity / www.twitter.com/fitnessinthcity / http://instagram.com/fitnessinthecity_

Living green & eating clean (& all the judging eyes out there..)

28 Jan

cococut time!

The thing that really gets under my skin is when people assume that because I ‘eat clean’ it automatically means I live on lettuce leaves, flavorless food and not much else. This couldn’t be further from the truth, but hey, I can get past this.

But what is really hurtful is when my awesome clients begin to let go of their unhealthy habits and replace them with good ones i.e. exercise and eat regular, nourishing meals, their friends and some family members judge them and make them uncomfortable for doing so!! This is outrageous and makes me extremely sad.

Time and time again people judge others who live differently to them. Whether people choose to live as a vegan, a paleo meat eater (like me) or just cut sugar from their diet, a stern look from the non believer and mini speech about how “wrong” they’re living is never too far off.

What happened to supporting one another?!

Does it not matter that my clients, who are now moving their bodies regularly and eating a colourful diet, feel amazing, energized and can handle stress a lot easier?

I must also point out that I NEVER feel deprived eating the way I do. I eat at least 5-6 meals a day (every 3 hours or I get low blood sugars level and get a tad crazy but that is another story). I still go out for breakfast, I still give in to my sweet tooth on occasion (hello raw desserts or Pana Chocolate!) and I still can go out a have a good time with my friends.

It is just about adding more of the ‘good stuff’ into your life – which in turn leaves less room for the ‘bad stuff’. The gorgeous Jess Ainscough, from The Wellness Warrior, has written a great post about healthy swaps and trading bad food for something much healthier – read it in full here.

Swapping dairy, which is difficult to digest, mucus/acid forming, to nut milk, high in calcium that you actually absorb, high in good fats, easier to digest and tastes amazing, is one great example.

Switching sports drinks (read sugar) for a real fresh coconut (high in electrolytes) and one of my favorite things in the world, is another.

Are you a pasta lover? Zucchini pasta with homemade sauces with meatballs have changed my life (and tummy). There are healthy alternatives for pretty much everything and therefore no shortage of great options next time the haters come around for dinner!

Are you someone who accidently judges others without knowing the full picture? Maybe it was the other way around and you were the one who received the disapproving looks at lunchtime? Maybe you were eating your homemade feast while they ate their mac ‘n’ cheese with a side of fries and coke…?

So what to do?

Smile my friends, just smile!

Talking of healthy food and healthy lives – if you’re in need some major inspiration check out Instagram – there’s a plethora of amazing people doing great things out there that can give you a friendly reminder everyday to get out and be awesome.

My faves at the moment are:

Thehealthytradie / or Facebook here

Sadhanakitchen /or Facebook here

FitnessInTheCity_ (of course) / Facebook here

Simplegreensmoothies / or Facebook here

Melissa_ambrosini / or Facebook here

Joshjohnson

_Sarahwilson_ / or Facebook here

ROXY (and any cool surf peep who get to travel the world and just be awesome!)

Aquabumps / or Facebook here 

 

Let me know your favorites!

Bikram Yoga

1 Nov

Oh Bikram Yoga, we’ve had a torrid love affair over the years (more hot than the cold for obvious reasons) but no matter how long I stray I always come back to you for more and swear never to leave again.

Why do I love and (gasp) sometime dislike Bikram Yoga in equal measures? Because 90 minutes in a hot, sweaty room, toe to toe with other sweaty hot bodies is a REAL commitment! (Bikram yoga consists of a series of 26 postures practiced in a studio heated to 38 degrees celsius with 40 per-cent humidity – not for the faint hearted.)

Unlike a strength session, cardio or bootcamp class where I can mentally check out and just ‘get it done’, (for me) in Bikram, I’ve got to be not only physically ready, but also emotionally prepared for the practise ahead. Emotional breakthroughs/breakdowns are common practise in yoga, and no one blinks twice at the site of someone sobbing on their mat halfway through class (most likely during some good ol’ hip opening exercises).

Now don’t be put off by the bucket loads of sweat that comes with Bikram, as there are many other amazing positives to add to the list. There are no egos in yoga, no competing against anyone, no rushing ahead, and no leaving the class early. You have to be present in more ways than one for the whole time, and working to your own capability. And that my friend, is why it’s so important to practice – you have to be present, so you have to check all your baggage at the door and work. The result – a great workout. Oh, and did I say you sweat?

So why the heated room?

A number of reasons actually – not only does the heat allow you to go into the postures deeper while reducing stress and tension, but it also stimulates circulation (thanks to many of the massaging/compression effort to the lymphatic system), encouraging detoxification, and restores health to the entire body – muscles, joints, organs – just to name a few.

Interested in giving it a go?

Most centres have a trial pack of at least 10 sessions, the reason the number is so high is because first time students can feel overwhelmed by the fairly rigorous workout or heat, so it usually takes a few sessions for the love to set in.

My wise words to you – don’t give up after 1 class!! Breathe and enjoy the new experience, rest in child’s pose as often as you need. Also keep in mind that each class will be different, as will the vibe, the teacher and the person next to you. Don’t strive for perfection, strive to be present and do what you can in that moment.

If you are in Sydney below are some great studios that do great beginner Bikram class deals (thanks Body & Soul for compiling – for more locations see here)

Bikram Yoga College of India, Darlinghurst
Studio owner Darren Ma has taken first, second and third places at the Australian Bikram Asana Championships. His two-level studio is hidden in a laneway near the busy intersection of Oxford and Crown Streets. It offers 10 classes each weekday from 6am, and six classes on Saturdays and Sundays.
Cost: Beginners $17 for 10 days, casual class $18, membership packages also available.
Contact: (02) 9356 4999 (02) 9356 4999, www.bikramyoga.net.au

Body Mind Life, Surry Hills
This studio offers approximately 36 classes for hot yoga fans each week. Owned by Nicole and Phil Goodwin, it has daily vinyasa-style yoga for all levels of experience. Classes are based on power and vinyasa principles. For those after a less dynamic workout, there are yin yoga classes (see glossary on page 34). Body Mind Life also has a studio in the inner-west suburb of Rozelle.
Cost: Beginners $25 for two weeks, casual $19, monthly unlimited $119, membership packages also available.
Contact: (02) 9211 4111 www.bodymindlife.com

Power Living, Bondi Junction
Open since May this year, Power Living Bondi is owned by Mandy Kopcho, osteopath Tim Hulbert and Power Living founder Duncan Peak. It offers 38 classes each week, including vinyasa flow at a temperature of 32 degrees Celsius, and restorative and alignment classes at temperatures reduced to about 20 degrees, suitable for all levels. Themed workshops are held every six to eight weeks focusing on postural foundations and breathing. Osteopathy and acupuncture treatments are available in the treatment room.
Cost: Beginners $20 for 10 days, casual class $19, membership packages also available.
Contact: (02) 8065 7315, www.powerliving.com.au

Pure Bikram Hot Yoga, Bondi Junction
This studio offers about 30 classes per week. Scott Valentine opened it after healing his own back injuries with the 26-posture practice. There is also a studio in Maroubra.
Cost: Beginners $20 for 10 days or $99 for a month, casual class $19, membership packages also available.
Contact: (02) 9388 9642 www.purebikram.com.au

It’s important to drink plenty of water before and after your practice and not to eat 2 hours before your session or digestion will be interrupted.

Enjoy, it is addictive!

Diary of a juice cleanse

3 Sep

I can now say I have successfully completed a juice cleanse (pre blog post here). Admittedly it was for only 3 days, but regardless, it was a great and gentle little intro into this world which is become oh so popular.

So why juice cleanse?

No matter how ‘healthy’ you are there are always toxins sneaking into our bodies. Whether it be via pollution, foods (like the Hungry Jacks meal deal you may or may not have polished off last week..), sugar (in everything these days), high fat foods (the bad kind, not nut’s and avocado) and not consuming enough fibre. This puts undue pressure on not only our immune system but also our digestive system leading to decreased absorption of the GOOD things you actually are eating.

Did you know that many of these toxins can become deposits in our fat cells (hello muffin tops..) making it harder to lose fat?

Yes, your body is designed to keep on keeping on because it is an amazing machine, but just like machines, a little service here and there can make it function a lot smoother – and that smoother for us means clear skin, healthy and regular bowel movements, energy, clarity and the ability to work without coffee and stimulants!

So that is why I chose to try a juice cleanse! It’s a fantastic way to consume a bucket load of real, fresh easily-assimilated nutrients, vitamins and minerals while naturally working with the body to accelerate the elimination process of releasing toxins to restore optimum health – just in time for Spring!

According to Urban Remedy (who delivered my fab juices) ‘By giving your digestive system a rest, vital energy normally used to digest food is freed up, allowing that energy to become available for other uses, like cleansing and detoxifying. With all this “free time’, your body will begin to scour for dead cells, toxins, damaged tissues, fatty deposits, etc, all of which are then burned for fuel.’

Win!

So below is a short play by play on my cleanse – in a nutshell, they tasted great, yes I got a headache, yes I was grumpy by 6.30pm and yes I feel great now!!

Day 1

I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm went off this morning, maybe it was the anticipation of my 13 week challenge ahead (the juice cleanse is just the beginning), maybe it was a text message jarring me awake.. either way gold star for not going back to sleep like my usual Monday mornings! Instead, I took the pup for a walk, fixed myself a warm water with lemon drink (stimulates metabolism) before a quick yoga session in my lounge room (thanks Power Living DVD) before heading to work.

I decided to stick to Urban Remedy’s suggested times for the juices which means starting at 9am,11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and last one at 7pm.

9am  – #1 avocado, banana, coconut, vanilla and chia -yum!

11am: Ok so I am a little shocked by my juices. How can they be good for me when they taste like this?! They are all delicious! #2 lemon, cayenne pepper, stevia and water

1pm: Pleasantly surprised to find a soup – again, delish! # lentils, tomato, carrot, celery, garlic, veggie stock, olive oil, rosemary, thyme.

Its 3pm and I am on my #4 juice for the day (this one is a green little number full of apple, celery, silver beat, lemon and parsley) and I can honestly say I was expecting dirt tasting liquid  (sorry for the low vote of confidence Urban Remedy but you have surprised me)!

Also surprising is the fact I am not rocking myself in the corner starving and I only have an ever so slight headache (I knew Ben & Jerrys was a bad idea last night as my last horary for the next 13 weeks…) so far so good!

It’s now 5pm and I must say I am feeling a little ill.. but it’s time for juice 5 and thank god the juice turns out to be another soup which is amazing and instantly settles my stomach! #5 asparagus, leek, broccoli, green peas, veggie stock, olive oil, raw cashews, cumin.

7pm – dinner is light but somehow filling… #6 coconut milk and water, raw cashews, raw cacao, stevia and water.

9.30pm I am more than ready for bed – and surprising, I go to bed satisfied still.

Day 2

6am start to teach strength class this morning, and to keep my hunger at bay, I fill up my 1.5L water bottle with filtered water and my good ol’ favourite Vital Greens – perrrrfect!

3pm and my energy is flagging big time with a wee headache to accompany this. Fun fun. It’s the first time during a ‘cleanse’ that I have had any negative impacts, which I guess is a good thing (means it’s working and I need it, but also bad because I shouldn’t have consumed Ben & Jerry’s pre detox!!) Looking forward to cracking my 3pm scheduled green juice!

Early to bed again and must say I was a little grumpy come 6.30pm – lucky I had no clients!!

Day 3

Feeling good!! It’s only 7.41am and I just returned from Bondi to Bronte run (amazing!!) and am just going to take the pup for quick walk.  I hope my energy levels stay with me tonight as I have a movie premier at 6.30pm, which is the exact time I got really grumpy and tired last night.. stay tuned.

3pm. Be gone headache!!

9pm. So I didn’t stab the boyfriend for eating during the movie because I made it and I made it easily!

DONE!

Feeling great today my only regret is that I didn’t do the 5 day cleanse, and it just hit me today that it has been 5 days without coffee and I am feeling good! I have got out of bed A LOT easier the last two days and my digestion system feels to be functioning better as well.

I may have to make this a regular thing. Who knew a juice cleanse would be this easy and fabulous?!

* Juice and soup flavours change per season.

Dam you flu, dam you!

31 Jul

I’m sick damn it (feel free to insert sympathetic sound here).

This is not how I planned to start my week of hard training and good ol’ fashion awesomeness to erase my weekend misdemeanors.. (yes even I have cheat days!) I forgot how traumatizing it is having the pesky flu! Or could be a bad cold – but flu sounds so much more dramatic and serious don’t you think?!

Anyway, while working from home quarantined from the outside world (and feeling like death), it made me reassess a few things. Firstly, how I got sick in the first place! Well I caught it off the boyfriend (thanks Shaun!) but also because my immune system is currently weak and thus making me susceptible to more bugs.

Why is it low? I’m a healthy gal, I eat clean, I train and do everything right –right? Well I am going to admit it, I did stray from my paleo eating style on the weekend (which is usually ok) but turns out it actually made me physically sick (bad strike one).

Perhaps overtraining without adequate rest days? Double bad strike. And lastly, sleep. I don’t get enough sleep and with all the training, working and general life matters, getting at least 7-8 hours of good sleep a day is really important. It is a chance for your body to fully shut down, restore, regenerate and do all the amazing things it does that only occurs when you are asleep.

So what is my grand master plan?

Task one: Firstly I am going to the shops to by a new box of tissues (sigh).

Then I am going to stock up on healthy fruit and veges and cook up a storm! Preparation is everything and if you have pre-cooked meals to save you time during the week (especially at night), your stress and energy levels will thank you. It also removes temptation to eat crap in moments of weakness.

Another good idea is to actually write out a whole week meal plan to ensure you are not missing out on essential vitamins and minerals like servings of fish and certain vegetables.

Task two: Clean the house.

I mean REALLY clean it. The older I get the less I can handle clutter, mess and germs – Mum would be proud!!

Spring is approaching and there isn’t a better time to throw away/donate unnecessary junk that builds up oh so quickly. Going is all the chipped plates and cups. Going is the really really old mattress and pillows (I mean REALLY old). And going is the equally gross and dirty couch – cream colour did not survive the early days of my puppy… Expensive task ahead but thank god for interest free plans and credit cards (hey this isn’t a finance blog!).

Task three: Disconnect.

This is a hard one to stick to but after a certain time each night (in an ideal world 9pm), all electronics – phones, TV, iPad, iPod, laptop – everything is to be switched off. We are so over stimulated today that we hardly get a chance to fully switch off. It is no surprise that we are sleeping less soundly and insomnia is on the rise.

I could go on with more very important steps but in the sake of staying true to disconnecting – I am keeping the task list at a manageable number of three (hey I’m sick).

If you are feeling a cold or flu approaching you really can kill it early if you get on top of it early, which I apparently did not!

I always favour Olive Leaf Extract aiding my road to recovery, plenty of water and green tea (antioxidants), mountains of vege juice with lemon, ginger, greens, carrots and beetroot and extra Vitamin C. Oh and of course, as much honey and lemon warm water as I can muster! Just remember not to pour boiling water on top of the lemon as it will destroy lots of the good properties.

Now to find those tissues..

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