Someone is sharing my Temple…

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That’s right! My body (aka temple) is currently being lived in by someone other than myself. At this very moment I am 14 weeks, 2 days pregnant with my first little one. My husband and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be bringing a new life into the world!

Now that I’m in my 2nd trimester and “Beastie” (as I am calling it) is well and truly nestled in good and proper, I’m hoping to post fairly regularly about my pregnancy.

Next post to come will be a re-cap of my first trimester. 🙂

Just pick a place to start…

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Wow. So much has happened in the past year and I haven’t documented any of it at all. I don’t really know why I haven’t put so much as finger to keyboard since March, but I haven’t. I guess my head just wasn’t in the right space for it. For whatever reason.

Anyway my head is now in the right space, so it would seem, so here I sit tap tapping away.

It is 2015. The year of The Goat. Woo! I’m in familiar territory being of the goat/sheep/ram variety of the Chinese Zodiac. The last year has been a big and exhausting one. Let’s have a look at what happened…

Began co-habitating with my significant other only.
Resigned from a job that was sucking all the joy out of life. I had become pretty depressed as a result of working in an environment that was not suited to me.
Re-established connections with myself by taking on more dance teaching. Going from teaching 3 hours a week to teaching 15.5 hours a week. Big change after not teaching those hours for nearly 3 years! I guess you are perhaps doing the right job if it doesn’t actually feel like work most of the time?
Realising (after spending some money on it) that my heart wasn’t sufficiently enthused enough to want to pursue practicing as a Nutritionist. That was a hard one! Still a useful tool to have in the tool box, but yeah… not so much for me as a full time job.
Deciding with my partner that we wanted to have a family together. He already has 2 from his previous marriage, but that was a pretty big milestone for us. And for me. There will probably be a post shortly covering the topic of ‘should I become a mum?’.
Got married! Highlight of the year! Big, big happy face.
Making the decision – very, very soon after getting married – that we needed to move out of Sydney.
Financial stress, financial stress, financial stress and all the joys that this can bring. This was the reason why we decided to move.
… and finally… moving to the Central Coast.

That’s the remainder of my 2014, in a nutshell!

So, here I am at the moment and this is what is on my plate right now…

New Year.
New Marriage.
New House.
New Town.
New Job(s).
New Car.

New Life?

So, here I sit. It is nearing the end of the first month of this new year (already? Shit! haha), I’m sitting in front of the tv watching “The Vow” (never seen it before, doesn’t seem to be too bad) while my gorgeous man is tucked up in bed (he now has a 1.5 hr commute to work and is up at 4:30am) contemplating what this new year will bring me.

Only so much.

The rest, is truly up to what I make of it!

Huzzah! Bring it on!

buckwheat and carrot muffins

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As a nutritionist there are certain things that I know, that I sometimes wish that I didn’t. One of those things is how unhealthy wheat can be, and also how sugar is treated by the body and some of the effects that sugar can have. It kind of ends up limiting what sort of snack/cake/savoury items you can enjoy and herein lies the problem. I sometimes really, really want to eat cake… and muffins… and biscuits. Because let’s face it. There is something comforting about these foods and well, they taste good!

So, on a quest, lately I’ve been putting my nutritional know-how to good use and I’ve been playing in the kitchen. Below is a recipe that even passed the “Mr Belle” test!

These muffins are wheat free, sugar free, and also filled with fibre and healthy fats. Try them out and see what you think!

Buckwheat and Carrot Muffins

Buckwheat and Carrot Muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup oats
1/2 cup linseed (flax seeds)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 carrot – grated (if small, use 2)
1/2 cup full fat natural or greek yoghurt.
1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg – beaten
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
Big dash of nutmeg
Big dash of cinnamon
3 tablespoons of stevia powder.
Dash of vanilla extract.

Method:
Put oats and linseeds in food processor. Whizz until oats are a meal.
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl (this includes carrots)
Combine all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add wet to dry and mix until just combined.
Put into muffin/cupcake papers in a muffin tin and bake for 15-20 mins in a pre-heated moderate oven.
Will make up to 12 muffins.

Optional extras:

Want more protein?
Add a serve of protein powder.
Teresa Cutter’s line are clean with no nasties; Nutzest also do a ‘no-added-icky-bits’ protein powder; Sunwarrior also boasts a no added nasties product.

Want it a bit sweeter?
Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of sultanas/currants/raisins.

Want more fibre?
Add a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Golden Flaxmeal (I like Melrose brand)
Nutritional bonus – this will also up the ante in the healthy fat stakes! 

Speaking of fats and protein…
Adding crushed walnuts to these muffins would make them divine.

Notes:
Add a dash more coconut milk or some water if the mixture is too dry.
You may need more bicarb soda if they don’t rise enough. A good trick is to sift your flours into the bowl along with the bicarb and spices.

Yum Yum!

…and don’t you just love my T2 tins in the background? So very cute. It’s little things like that which can make me so happy.

birth of a blog

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On Thursday morning I got a wake up call. Figuratively speaking, of course…

So while my phone didn’t ring and wake me up, I was woken up by something else. An attack of vertigo. Over the next couple of hours whenever I moved my head I would feel extremely dizzy and nauseated. After managing to go back to sleep for a couple of hours I woke up, vertigo free, but feeling pretty average.

Fast forward most of the day to the afternoon and I headed to work. Pretty much as soon as I arrived I had no choice in the matter of getting adjusted – I work with a fantastic team of chiropractors – and was also instructed to get adjusted by a different chiro as I was finishing my shift. It was during this second adjustment of the day that the penny finally began to drop.

I casually said “I’ve been in so many times this year. It’s just been one thing after another… my arm, my hip and now this…” (arm issues since January, hip injury in March. Both are well on the way to recovery)

There had also been a transient thought earlier in the afternoon. “I wonder what Louise Hay would have to say about vertigo.” I remembered this thought and asked chiro number 2, who luckily happened to have the app on her phone. This is what Louise says:

DIZZINESS: Flighty, scattered thinking. A refusal to look. 
Affirmation: I am deeply centered and peaceful in life. It is safe for me to be alive and joyous. 

… and can you hear the penny drop? I had been feeling very ‘discombobulated’ a couple of days before and when I think about it, I know that my thoughts have been exactly that, scattered, off and on for quite a while.

I looked a little further.  Here is what Louise says about the various parts of my body that are malfunctioning.

ARM: Represents the capacity and ability to hold the experiences of life.            Affirmation: I lovingly hold and embrace my experiences with ease and with joy.

HIP: Carries the body in perfect balance. Major thrust in moving forward.     Affirmation: Hip Hip Hooray – there is joy in every day. I am balanced and free          

LEFT SIDE OF THE BODY: Represents receptivity, taking in, feminine energy, women, the mother.                                                                                                Affirmation: My feminine energy is balanced.

When I thought about it, I could see it. It seems that my body was trying to tell me something and I’d finally tuned in enough to listen. There were just too many physical things going on all at the same time for me.

Yes, I am about to be saying a lot of affirmations!

So it was that I found myself in a familiar place. A place of reflection.

I realised that a lot of things had been going on in my little world during the last 6 months:

  • Meeting the love of my life and soul mate and coping with all the adjustments that come with a new partnership.
  • Finishing 2 years of intense study.
  • Recovering from a very stressful end of study which lead to me being depleted adrenally and emotionally (I don’t know how I would have coped without the support of my wonderful man, who I met at just the right time)
  • Seeing a flatmate who I’d lived with for nearly 2 years, who also happened to be one of my first friends in Sydney, move to Adelaide to be with her man. I still miss her energy and wisdom.
  • Adjusting to living with a new flatmate.
  • Adjusting to different work arrangements. Taking on more work and staring to learn a new job role.
  • Trying to organise all the nitty-gritty to be able to offer nutritional consults.
  • The unavoidable – even though I have tried to not let it bother me – comparing that happens with others around you… (sad face)
  • Adjusting to not seeing all my ‘nutrition buddies’ 2-3 times a week at college. I miss their energy, like-mindedness and support so much.

The list goes on, and on, and on…

Far out! Is it any wonder I was falling apart physically?

At that point I realised that I was seriously out of balance. About 12 months after my first foray into the modality, and 6 months since my last session, I made an appointment with my Kinesiologist (the fabulous Clare Woodward) to get a ‘tune up’. I’m seeing her in April, so keep your eyes open for a post about the magic of this wonderful modality.

I also realised that I had been neglecting a core part of who I am and that brings me to how this blog was born. I am a creative individual and I had been neglecting that side of myself for a long time. I realised that I needed an outlet to just ‘be’ and to say whatever it was that needed to be said. And so, temple belle was born.

Welcome, and I hope you enjoy the journey with me!