April was a blur of fantastic sights, exotic food and complete exhaustion. For the last 57 days, I have traveled across 20 destinations and through 7 counties. All while snapping up a storm (and not finding much wifi…argh). Now it is back to reality, back to primal living and back to you guys (yay).
Follow me on Instagram here for what has been a hub of adventure selfless, and what will continue to be full of food, fashion and (maybe) some fitness.
March has zipped by and I’m still not quite sure how I fitted everything in. Six different cities, eight modes of transport, one family reunion and (as always) way too much food. Follow me on Instagram here for what will continue to be a sneak peak of my adventures around Asia and India. With lots of food. Like lots.
February has been a crazy month. Between heaps of brunch dates, gearing up for the big move and an endless need for caffeine, I managed to snap some of my adventures. Follow me on Instagram here for what will soon be an account overrun with Asian inspired food, fashion and fitness.
It is summer for the southern hemisphere (although with the drizzle outside, you wouldn’t know it). Everyone is hitting up the beach, downing the beers and rocking the perfect ‘I just went for a swim, how amazing does my hair look’ ‘do.
Except me of course.
I spent the morning trawling the deserted CBD for a place that would fix my sever grump and give me coffee. Luckily I did find one small café willing to hand over the goods (and I rather gruffly told the barrister to make it with “full fat milk, not that skinny shit”). Although, it hasn’t picked me up out of my slump.
And, much like any normal person, I’m feeling sorry for myself and looking at my friends Instagram updates of sun, sand and celebrations. I’m sadistically sabotaging any chance of a good mood by pushing away happy thoughts (such as “ in a couple of months I’m off to travel the world, on a holiday without an end date”), and simply groaning and whinging about the fact that the boy has up sticks and left me alone to bring in 2014 by myself (with a bottle of gin and a Mad Men marathon*).
Where I wish myself, and my wardrobe, were on this lack lustre workday are the streets of Marrakech. Flaunting Aztec prints, floaty silk dresses and an abundance of bangles. This height-of-summer trend has my heart completely captivated.
The beach isn’t an option for me this New Years, but maybe, just maybe, the bright and bold beats of tribal tones will knock me out of my jealous haze and jolt me into a Monday mood that won’t leave my poor work mates gasping for air (after I talk AT them about how unfair it is that I have to work, when the world seems to be playing).
*I actually have some pretty amazing new years plans that involve my wonderful girlfriends, a 5-course dinner and too much red wine, that doesn’t sound so dramatically emo!
November has been filled with excessive green smoothie drinking, the worlds most beautiful wedding (yup, I am claiming that) and a wee bit of a half marathon. Follow me on Instagram here for heaps of pictorial updates on all of the crazy foods I make (above is an Eggplant burger… I know, I’m pretty amazing) and way too many duck face selfies.
I am a little behind this month, but September was filled with New Zealand Fashion Week, loads of cauliflower pizza and a trip to the races. Follow me on Instagram here for (almost) daily pictorial updates on everything I am eating/wearing/doing. Oh yeah, and cats.
As I said I would, last week I took a photo of literally every morsel I shoved into my little mouth. No snack was undocumented and no meal ignored. I did however skip taking pictures of the numerous cups of tea and water that washed everything down. I also noted down my exercise because, to me, those two things go hand in hand. So, here is what a week of my food (and movements) looks like…
Breakfast A poached egg on a bed of peas and fresh spinach Snacks Green tea, Peppermint tea, A small handful of raw almonds, Green tea Lunch 5 x Homemade crackers with left over roast chicken, fresh parsley, avocado, cucumber and iceberg lettuce on top, plus some carrot sticks on the side (about half a carrot), Earl Grey tea Exercise Run (recovery after Sundays long run, 6k) Dinner Baked salmon with mashed swede, broccoli, garlic leeks and a sprinkling of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and fresh parsley. Dessert Natural yoghurt (full fat) with roasted almonds, walnuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds and a sprinkle of cinnamon Snack 1 x Homemade cracker with a teaspoon of almond butter
Breakfast A poached egg on a bed of peas and fresh spinach with green tea Snacks Small handful of mixed nuts (roasted and lightly salted) Lunch Leftover veggies from last night (leeks, swede and broccoli) with 4 x homemade crackers and chicken Snacks Peppermint tea, Handful of raw walnuts Dinner Roast chicken with roast carrots, parsnip, pumpkin, beetroot and onion with blanched beans and homemade gravy Dessert Chia pudding (homemade with chai seeds, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla powder) with cacao nibs, almonds and roasted coconut flakes
Breakfast A poached egg on a bed of peas and fresh spinach Snacks English breakfast tea, Flat white (full fat milk) Lunch Left over roast dinner from last night Snacks 4 x Homemade crackers, 2 x Crisp crackers with cheese and just hummus Exercise Bikram (90 minutes) Dinner Blackened chicken with kumera chips, coleslaw and homemade sesame dressing (mustard, yoghurt, toasted sesame seeds)
Exercise 4k run and 40 minutes of weight training Breakfast A poached egg on a bed of peas and fresh spinach with Snacks Peppermint tea, Green tea Lunch Leftover chicken, kumera chips and coleslaw Snacks Peppermint tea, 4 x homemade crackers, Green tea, Cup of seeds with almonds, walnuts and coconut chips all roasted and tossed with lots of cinnamon (because I work late every Thursday night I pack extra snacks with me. Not only do I eat dinner later, but having something to munch on keeps me away from all the chips, lollies and chocolate that come out around deadline time) Dinner Homemade paleo pizza with asparagus, tomato, chicken, spinach and leeks
Breakfast Paprika scrambled eggs with spinach on peas and avocado, Peppermint tea Lunch Leftover paleo pizza with rocket and tomatoes Snacks 2x Handfuls of raw peanuts, 2 x Homemade crackers, Peppermint tea Exercise Run (outdoor, 8k), 4o minute weight training Dinner Homemade salmon tart with spinach and cherry tomatoes with a side of leeks and asparagus
Breakfast Kumera hash cakes with poached egg and mushrooms, Peppermint tea Exercise 50 minute weight training Snack Small protein shake (nuzest powder with almond milk) Lunch Leftover salmon tart with side salad Dinner (at Orphans Kitchen) Flaxseed sourdough with burnt butter, Brussels sprout salad and goats cheese, Gnocchi with hazelnuts sage and a poached egg, Kumera chips, Boiled boar with dough dumplings and swede Midnight Snack Peppermint tea, Cheese and crackers
Breakfast Kumera hash cakes with spinach, mushrooms peas, fresh spinach and a poached egg, Earl Grey tea Exercise Run (outdoor, 18k) Lunch Homemade crackers with homemade hummus, cucumber, tomatoes and carrot sticks, English breakfast tea and cows milk Dinner Roast chicken with roast onions, pumpkin and parsnip Dessert Roasted almonds, walnuts, cashews and coconut flakes with full fat natural yoghurt, Peppermint Tea
Hopefully through this 7 day documentation you can see that I eat a simple, clean but varied diet (with large quantities of nuts, ridiculously large) and that it is healthy. I don’t feel that I deny myself a thing. The boy and I also don’t let it stop us going out (hello Orphans Kitchen), and we don’t stick to our paleo ways all the time (I know you spotted all that sneaky, sneaky dairy in there).
I’m now 24 days through my 42 days (or six weeks) of detoxing and, unless someone is cruelly eating a block of chocolate in front of my face (and cackling), I don’t even think about it. I barely miss it (except when my mind wonders to that cronut I’m yet to try). And I’m really surprised by how easy this entire thing has become.
So, if you want to give clean eating, or paleo or sugar free a go, or if you just want to make health conscious choices when it comes to your food, here are my top tips.
I found it really interesting to document my food last week, in fact I loved it so much that I missed it today. So, I downloaded a food diary app that stores photos too! It’s pretty much an app like the above photos (called MealLogger). Although I believe this is a completely honest idea of what I eat in a week, I do think I tended to snack slightly less (if you can possibly believe that from the vast amount of snacks documented) because I could SEE that I really didn’t need them. It could be a really simple way for someone to watch what he or she eats (quite literally).
OR you could just instagram everything and piss off your friends*.
*I joke about this, but am painstakingly aware I do it myself, I also post too many picture of my cat. But who doesn’t love a furry feline clogging up their feed? Crazy people, that’s who.