This is a guest post from Maya Gaddie, the creator of This is How You Tech and a vegan foodie, who loves making busy lives easier. She helps you open your mind, own your value and take action. In this post, she gives you the low down on exactly how she maintains her weight with healthy eating apps and other tech tools.
My weight loss journey has been one of many ups, downs and in-betweens.
I’ve struggled, I mean really struggled to get my weight, back down, again, again, and again (…and ooops, yeap, one more time).
I’ve done it all. I really tried figure it out! It wasn’t just the weight. I wanted to get and stay healthy. I’ve had hard-core personal trainers, pilates instructors, regular classes, tried every major diet on the market and educated myself formally (classes and seminars) and informally (googling it up).
And, there’s been many a time that I thought I had it under control and then, womp, womp… to see that scale climb yet again. It was devastating.
In my family, Thanksgiving has always been an Event, with a capital E. We all love to eat, and any excuse is good enough for a meal, but this meal was always special. Relatives came in from out of town. We needed at least three ovens to complete everything on time. Extra leaves were added to the table, and extra chairs pulled out of storage.
You’re standing in the grocery store yet again. You’re in the fruit and veggie section, which is a huge improvement from hanging around the middle of the store with boxes of items resembling food like you used to. You mark that down as a win.
But your palms are sweaty and as your eyes dart back and forth between the organic and regular apples you can feel the uncomfortable dance settle in.
I know apples are on the dirty dozen list.
I know I should be giving my family organic ones.
But why are they so expensive?
Look at all of these regular ones. Look at that steal of a price.
But everyone says I should be eating organic.
I know I should be eating organic.
But my budget is limited.
Will it really matter if I get regular ones today?
Is the organic really worth it?
So you choose. And if you’re like me, some days you choose the organic and feel better about your choices. And other days you choose the regular ones and feel great about budget, but guilty about your choice.
Some days you feel like it’s a no win.
And here’s where my secret trick will completely change your experience next time you hit the grocery store.
I recently relocated to London with my partner, from Melbourne Australia. Along with adjusting to the grey skies and early darkness (4:30pm really?!?), I have also been adjusting to London eating and living!
As a physiologist, nutritionist and wellbeing consultant, organic and healthy eating and living are both my passion and my career.
Back in Australia I had my routine down pat! Sunday morning drive to the local fresh food market. Buy fresh Australian salmon or trout, 1.2kgs of fresh Australian prawns for the week, a tube of fresh squid, some organic macadamias, my organic vegetables and berries for the week. On the way home (and most days) pop in to my local organic/grass-fed/free-range butcher to grab some beef mince, pork belly strips or lamb and eggs.
I knew where to get organic meats and fresh seafood. I knew which day to go to the organic grocer to get the biggest and freshest bunches of chard or coriander. And I knew where to go for a delicious organic brunch, coffee and tea.
Now, my routine is out the window! Lazy Sunday drives to the seafood market are gone! Organic brunch is on hold!I am in the middle of a “relocation budget” and a utilising a “transitional menu!”
London is forcing me to get clever! Smart with my spending and smart with my sourcing! Continue Reading →
Do you ever feel that the 24 hours is just not enough? There are so many deadlines at work, so many projects to start, gym membership that’s getting old, let alone the whole household and cooking. With our busy schedules, it feels that life is too short to spend cooking. The busy schedule easily pushes us to make not so budget-conscious food choices. The money used on snacks-on-the-go or pre-cooked meals can easily be saved with some simple steps. Try these out and start boosting your budget as well as saving time to do other things in life that really matter.
Hey there, Lacy here! We’re going to be hosting a few guest posters over the next few weeks! Today I’d like to welcome Simone Samuels of The Wellness Warung. Today, she’s talking about great (and totally inexpensive) ways to incorporate more raw foods into your diet. Whether you’re ready to try a raw diet or just eat a few more raw fruits and veggies every day, she’s got some great tips for keeping it inexpensive! Take it away, Simone!
I truly believe that one of the best ways to enjoy good health is by following a high raw diet. Eating a mostly raw diet ensures that loads of fresh fruit and vegetables are consumed each day, and it is a great way to clean up your diet and eat predominantly whole foods.
You might think that eating mostly raw foods is complicated, difficult and expensive, and just not something you want to try and tackle. However, raw foods don’t have to break the bank nor be gourmet, and by keeping things simple and with a little bit of creativity, a raw food diet can improve your health and not require all that much more money compared to eating a regular diet.
A few weeks ago I got a lovely email: would I be interested in hosting a guacamole party and participating in a little Dip and Sip challenge, judged by Gaby Dalkin in celebration of national guacamole day and her new book, Absolutely Avocados?
This fresh strawberry margarita recipe is NOTHING like the frozen craziness you get at a restaurant. It tastes like fresh-squeezed summer. This recipe makes four servings straight up or six servings with bubbly.
8 oz Grand Marnier
6 oz tequila (I used Piedra Azul Blanco)
8 oz lime juice
14 oz strawberry simple syrup (see below)
8–10 oz San Pelegrino, club soda, or other sparkling beverage (optional)
Mix Grand Marnier, tequila, lime juice, and strawberry syrup in a pitcher.
Rim glasses with a lime wedge or strawberry and dip in salt or a salt, sugar mixture. Put ice in glasses.
Pour in San Pelegrino if using, about 1/3 of the glass, then fill with Margarita mix.
To make strawberry simple syrup: combine equal part sugar and water and bring to a boil. Cool slightly, and combine with roughly an equal measure of strawberries in a blender. BLEND! And strain if desired.