What to do when Eating Away from Home and with Others

Written by bridget on . Posted in Food and Health Education

 

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I’m not sure about you, but one thing I KNOW for certain, after changing my lifestyle 23 years ago, is that when I EAT well, I FEEL well….

And as the years have rolled by, what “eating well” looks like, comprises of and IS, has changed, evolved, refined and become increasingly clean, whole and in my opinion, GORGEOUS! More and more, what I eat honours and nourishes and uplifts my mind, body, emotions, spirit and energy….

So then, since it makes me FEEL SO GOOD I NEVER feel inclined to deviate… To “cheat”… to “splurge”… to “have a night off”….

Nope. Never.

Why would I when I ADORE what and how I eat and MORESO how it makes me feel?!

I’m a feel-good-junkie!

That doesn’t in the slightest mean I DONT enjoy my food, or have a drink or relax….. Actually it’s the opposite! I do these things EVERY TIME I eat (accept drink of course)

EVERY meal for me is enjoyable and relaxing and damn well satisfying!

What I DONT do though, EVER, is eat stuff that makes me feel BAD… Or ILL…. Or YUCK….

EVER.

Not to please anyone else. Not to fit in. Not for anything.

I will not compromise on how I want to FEEL.

So what I do instead is get CREATIVE :)

When I’m away from home, eating with others, eating out I get my CREATIVE CAP on and look for the WIN WIN :)

How can I get what I want (which is to feel awesome) AND fit in??

Away from home? Some things I do include:

  • Stop in at supermarkets to grab food I love
  • Pre-pack, pre-prepare
  • Book an apartment style room Vs hotel room so I can bring/make/take my own stuff

Eating with others?

  • I unashamedly own straight up that Im a fussy eater and can have “issues” with food (ie unpleasant physical reactions) if I eat certain things… “I’m sorry I’m a fussy eater & there are many things I can’t/don’t/won’t eat. Can I bring a dish? I don’t want to trouble you so I can certainly bring a dish or bring my own food”.

This can be a point of contention and judgement for some people and this is where I lean on the age-old wisdom of “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind” After YEARS of being this way, people learn to love or hate me and either way I realise that that is their issue. I LIVE by the philosophy that PERCEPTION is PROJECTION…. So if people choose to judge or hate me because of the way I eat, then that is their thing. I for one will love them anyway and continue to make choices that make me feel AWESOME :) Full stop.

Eating Out? 

  • I will often call the restaurant ahead, explain that I’m fussy and have “Special dietary needs” and ask if the chefs are happy to accommodate. I’ve never really had an issue! Most places are more than happy to prep me something along the lines of grilled/steamed/poached fish and steamed veggies OR steak and salad (without all the sauces and dressings and STUFF)….

For me it’s just not really an issue. It’s a lifestyle choice.

It’s one I’ve been making for over 23 years. It’s one I LOVE. It’s one that serves me ENDLESSLY to have brilliant ENERGY, HEALTH, RADIANCE and HAPPINESS.

Why would I compromise on that!? I deserve the best. YOU deserve the best.

Give that to yourself!

And please know, that what is “the best” for you, will be different than for me….

Whatever makes you feel AWESOME and UPLIFTS you…. DO that. CHOOSE that.

If Maccas does that for you, GO FOR IT!

If PIZZA does that for you, GO FOR IT!

If eating Grandma’s home made Shepherds Pie does that for you, GO FOR IT!

THERE IS NO JUDGEMENT HERE. No right or wrong. Be true to YOURSELF!

YOUR body knows best! Listen to it. Honour it.

And don’t EVER feel obligated to compromise who you are, or what you love, for anyone….

Those who love you will love you AS YOU ARE! Only always! 

Big love beauties!

 

What do you think? Send your feedback, questions and ideas to bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

 

BridgetJane

Health and Happiness Coach

Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology of Eating Coach

www.newleafnutrition.com.au

Confused about the best food for YOUR body, energy, health and fitness goals? Tired of conflicting information? Want it made SIMPLE and EASY for you?

Email me on bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au to arrange your FREE Health and Fitness Appraisal – a no-obligation 20minute chat where we explore what you are looking for, where you are being held up and how you may be able to move forward. I usually have space for 2-3 of these a week :)  

 

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How to make “yucky” veggies, YUMMY!

Written by bridget on . Posted in Food and Health Education

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I’m not sure about you, but as a kid I HATED Brussels Sprouts! No matter how many times or ways my mum told me they were good for me, I was just NOT interested! To me they tasted like VOMIT and I TOTALLY resented these mini cabbage balls with all my might!

Fast forward to today and the situation could not be more different! I freakin LUUUURVE these little bundles of goodness and I’m not fussy at all about how I have them either!

I like them raw, steamed, sautéed, braised, roasted, thoroughly cooked through in stock….! ANY way… (as long as they’re in season and made with CLEAN, WHOLE, NUTRITIOUS ingredients! Fresh is best!)

Lately my love for these gems has gotten a little obsessive….. I’m craving them almost everyday!  (anyone else!??!)

It got me thinking…. These vegetables really ARE so good for you, it’s such a SHAME that so many people miss out on the health benefits they offer because of their “perceived taste” or their “scarring childhood memories”! 

Did you know that brussels sprouts are LOADED with fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin K – think healthy blood and healthy immune system- they’re also a very good source of B vitamins – folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B 1- plus minerals – choline, copper, potassium, phosphorus- as well as omega-3 fatty acids! And that’s just the extreme digest!

So today I’d love to share with you a NUMBER of ways to enjoy brussels sprouts, that YOU and EVERYONE in your house will LOVE!

I’m a MASSIVE Jamie Oliver fan, so a few of the recipes are his (thanks Mr Oliver!), but there are others too :)

I just thought a little collection of recipes would be helpful for you. Each one of these is a GOOD, CLEAN, WHOLE FOOD based recipe that you can feel TOTALLY AWESOME about cooking and eating!

I hope you love them and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts, feedback and experiences :)

Email me on bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

ENJOY! xo

Jamie Oliver’s Brussels with Hustle

Jamie Oliver’s Sicilian roasted cauliflower & Brussels sprouts

Taste’s Pan-fried brussels sprouts with bacon and almonds

Foodnetwork.co.uk Variety of Ideas

Send your feedback, questions and ideas to bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

BIG LOVE,

BridgetJane

Health and Happiness Coach

Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology of Eating Coach

www.newleafnutrition.com.au

Confused about the best food for YOUR body, energy, health and fitness goals? Tired of conflicting information? Want it made SIMPLE and EASY for you?

Email me on bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au to arrange your FREE Health and Fitness Appraisal – a no-obligation 20minute chat where we explore what you are looking for, where you are being held up and how you may be able to move forward. I usually have space for 2-3 of these a week :)  

 

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Raw Choc Vegan Donuts

Written by bridget on . Posted in Ravishing Recipes

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Raw Choc Vegan Donuts

This week I’m SO happy to feature another AWESOME Insta account that I follow and who NEVER ceases to make me drool with her creativity and genius and colour! :)

Melissa from @wholesomedaily  is a total gem and I’m so excited to share her with you today :) Be sure to check out her account!

Chocolate is a food staple for MANY of us and there is damn good research to suggest that a good dose of chocolate here and there, OR DAILY (!), CAN be down right good for us! ESPECIALLY when it’s THAT time of the month!

So…. Move aside that guilt, get your happy face on and INDULGE with JOY! :) You are eating something AWESOME for your cells, your soul, your health and your happiness!! ENJOY!

Over to @wholesomedaily :

“One of my biggest joys is sharing my love and passion for plant based, straight out of the garden goodness with my kids, but they especially love when we get time in the kitchen together to create raw desserts!
To see the fruits of what you have instilled in them is so rewarding and this recipe is just that!
This vegan raw donut recipe was created by my 9 year old daughter and it’s super delicious and even better than the nasty sugar filled version.
I’m so proud of her and I would love to share the recipe with you all. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!”

Ingredients:

2/3 cup raw macadamias
1/2 cup almond meal
1 cup medjool dates
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla powder

Method:

In a high speed food processor blend macadamias into a fine meal.

Add remaining ingredients & process on high until you have a fine crumb like mixture.

Press into donut pan, or shape into balls and use hands to mold into donut shape using your finger to create donut ‘hole’.

Set in freezer for 20 minutes then remove carefully from tray.

For the choc icing:

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cups raw cacao
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla powder

Method:

Add hot water into bowl

Top with small bowl, add coconut oil & then begin melting coconut oil by whisking until melted

Add remaining ingredients until you have a smooth glossy mixture.

Use to glaze donuts then add your favourite toppings.

 

Send your feedback to bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

BIG LOVE,

BridgetJane

Health and Happiness Coach

Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology of Eating Coach

www.newleafnutrition.com.au

Confused about the best food for YOUR body, energy, health and fitness goals? Tired of conflicting information? Want it made SIMPLE and EASY for you?

Email me on bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au to arrange your FREE Health and Fitness Appraisal – a no-obligation 20minute chat where we explore what you are looking for, where you are being held up and how you may be able to move forward. I usually have space for 2-3 of these a week :)  

 

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