Small effort big pay back

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Along with my resolution to just go ahead and do whatever strikes me (and stop procrastinating) I ventured down to the local swimming pool.
My lazy self was arguing all the way. “For God’s sake it’s January this is NOT the time to start swimming again!” Nonetheless, motivated by thoughts of several awful Christmas photos and the fact that my favourite coat is getting tight I stuffed towel and costume in my backpack and grabbed my bike.
The first two laps were tough, having to get my breath at either end (well it had been over a year!) Then it got easier. To my delight I managed my goal of ten laps before the session finished. More than that I felt great – warm, glowy and energized. In fact it felt so good I went back yesterday and added an extra lap to my total!
Sometimes I find that with my body, it really lets me know when it gets something it needed. The “happy feeling” continued the rest of the day and concluded in a good, deep night’s sleep. Sometimes that tiny push of effort makes all the difference!

So you thought that was healthy.

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(teaspoons of sugar per serving)

Rockstar punched energy and guava, 500ml.jpg

Rockstar punched energy and guava, 500ml.jpg

Some of these we all know are super bad. (I must admit to reacting to a can of coke in the same way many would react to being offered weed killer lol) But some are surprising (especially for those that don’t check labels). How many kids I see with ribena or capri-sun in their otherwise healthy lunch boxes. It also explains a lot about obesity.

They don’t mention though about the toxic chemical cocktails in the “sugar free” varieties. The only “safe ” path is to make your drinks at home – juices, smoothies, and even plain old water with a hint of lemon juice are delicious!

The problem is sugar is as addictive as cocaine and hits exactly the same pleasure centers in the brain.(hence why manufacturers put it in everything – they want your money!)  The good news is it only takes total abstention from sugar for a week to break the physical addiction – then you only need to break the mental one which is much harder – maybe total abstention from advertising lol! What did it for me was the knowledge that these big corporations were lining their pockets at the expense of ours and even more so our children’s heath. That made me angry enough to totally kick the habit. OK rant over! LOL!

31 day challenge day 27

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Your favourite recipe?

Due to my chocolate addiction it has to be this one. (About the healthiest chocolate bar you can get – tastes delicious too!)

Ingredients:
• 14 tablespoons virgin coconut oil (warm if needed)
• 10 level tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
• 5 tablespoons unsweetened, pure, grated coconut
• 1 tablespoon muscovado sugar or demerara sugar (If you don’t use dates or raisins you might want to use 2 tablespoons sugar.)
• 1 or 2 handfuls chopped dates or whole raisins
• 1 handful or less of chopped almonds (I use mixed nuts nuts)
• a pinch of salt

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• 3 teaspoons cinnamon (could be more, or less, to taste) This is optional, as is almost everything else in this recipe except the coconut oil and the cocoa!
• vanilla extract

Instructions:
1. Stir the cocoa powder into the coconut oil till thoroughly blended.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
3. Place the mixture in either a mold or a tray approximately 3 inches by 6 inches, though this can vary depending on how thick you want your healthy chocolate bar
4. Now put it in the refrigerator. If you are making a bar, after it’s been in the fridge for about 20 or 30 minutes, you may want to score it. This will make it possible to serve it in nice little symmetrical bite-sized pieces once it’s hardened.

(Warning since it is natural the chocolate will start to melt in your fingers (hence bite size pieces) so keep tissues handy.)

31 day challenge day 10

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What’s in my fridge?

This says a lot about my lifestyle! lol!

1) Vegetables (always lots of them. I started eating them more for health and now I’m totally addicted). I like to buy fresh every few days from the family green grocer just round a corner. In summer I grow my own which are far tastier. At present there’s:

Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots,parsnips, brussel sprouts, and mushrooms,

2) Fruit, there’s much more in the summer (artificially ripened fruit just doesn’t taste the same) So now just:

Lemons, oranges and apples.

3) Meat (I’m trying to limit this but I love the taste so…):

Bacon (great for adding flavour to beans lentils etc.) ham and frozen chicken legs in the freezer.

4)Dairy, I don’t buy into the anti fat thing – natural is better in my book ( margarine can’t even be classified as a food, it’s entirely man made?!?! – little rant lol!)

Butter, whole milk and 3 different cheeses

5) Other stuff:

Eggs, mustard, mint sauce, strawberry preserve (the bought kind for my grandson) apple juice (for my muesli – sounds funny tastes delicious – try it sometime!) homemade flapjacks and soup, left over red bean, mince and vegetable stir fry (from last night), and one “naughty item” a jar of mincemeat left over from making Christmas mince pies (well it was Christmas! ha!)

I’m interested to see what the others have. It’s a “hobby” of mine while waiting in the checkout line to peruse others baskets and make life style guesses, “hmm they’re throwing a party, having a barbecue, into snacking, don’t like cooking etc”. lol!