Gluten Free • Paleo • Sugar Free • Dairy Free
Gluten Free • Paleo • Sugar Free • Dairy Free
I have always been secretly jealous of the women who ‘indulge’ in regular manicures, pedicures and facials. I would even considering waxing a luxury (don’t worry, I do own a razor!). They always appear to be a little bit better than me; with my stubby finger nails and oily t-zone. They are well groomed and regularly serviced and I was envious… until today. Today it dawned on me that one woman’s facial is another’s Myotherapy appointment. Their pedicure is my assessment by the podiatrist. Their deep cleansing steam bath is my Chiropractic adjustment. We all have a ‘team’ of people who service our body, minds and souls and allow us to function each day. My idea of functioning is being able to walk after exercise; for someone else it’s new acrylic nails. Neither is more worthy than the other; and each is very important to the individual.
This all occurred to me 20 minutes ago when I came home from a gruelling session with my Myotherapist. It was my fault though. I competed in a 100km relay race on the weekend and ran 25km in a really good time. I felt (feel!) broken (if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you would have seen how wrecked I really was) and part of putting myself back together was seeking help from professionals. I ‘indulge’ in these treatments as without them I wouldn’t be able to compete in the events that I do.
How I feel about my torture (sorry, therapeutic!) sessions is how other people feel about their facials, their counselling sessions or their mediation. We all have things that help to put us back together, keep us sane and allow us to strive for more. We shouldn’t feel guilty about this or feel that others are judging our choices. How we choose to wreck and heal our bodies are our own choices, and whilst I would love a facial I need my adjustment more!
I also need cake from time to time, and when said cake is made from vegetables I always feel better about eating them.
I gave in to my Halloween themed Pumpkin urges. I tried to be creative but my spooky phobia got the better of me, so I resorted to Pumpkins. Whilst you may be initially disappointed in my lack of terrifying desserts you’ll be amazed once you taste these Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. They are a simpler twist on my other Pumpkin Cupcakes but with a secret ingredient… Pumpkin Meal. Pumpkin Meal is made from pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas) and when used in these Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with pumpkin and pumpkin spice mix they make a super pumpkiny treat.
Pumpkin seed meal can be purchased at specialty stores but it’s really simple to make your own. Just put the pumpkin seeds in a blender and process until a smooth meal forms (just like when making Almond meal). If you can’t find any pumpkin seeds a nut meal (e.g. almond meal) can be substituted. The individual spices can also be replaced by 2 1/4 teaspoons Pumpkin Spice Mix.
Halloween is a holiday I haven’t learnt how to celebrate yet. Maybe because it’s not a big deal in Australia, or perhaps it’s because I don’t do scary movies. It’s not that I get scared; I get petrified! After seeing ‘The Ring’ I refused to go to the bathroom alone and I could only watchContinue Reading
Warning: the following post will include gushing self praise and muddy photos. If you can make it past the egotistical ravings of this racing lunatic then there’s an awesome cupcake recipe as your reward. Last weekend I completed my Trifecta Series in the Spartan Obstacle Course Racing Series. That’s 3 races in 3 states withContinue Reading
Camping has never been my preferred style of holidaying, but in the name of family time, money saving and regular breaks I have accepted my fate as a (happy?) camper. This may now change in light of the past 48 hours. We have been on a camping holiday staying at a huge caravan park nextContinue Reading
There are some things that you miss more than others when eating healthy. Sure, you can indulge on occasion (for example my GF pizza for lunch today!) but I like to save that for special occasions. Today’s special occasion was that it is a Thursday; a stretch to find anything special in that I know!Continue Reading
You know when you’ve had a baby and suddenly there’s all these things happening to your body, and your life, that no one tells you about. When you ask someone “Why didn’t you tell me about X?” the response is always a sly grin and “because if you knew then you would haven’t have doneContinue Reading
I came across this flavour combination for a loaf recipe in a supermarket magazine. It looked and sounded delicious but when I got to their nutritional information I was horrified. It had loads of sugar and over 400 calories. So I set to work to create a healthier version of the Raspberry and Passionfruit BananaContinue Reading