The Chocolate…

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Now….EVERYONE MOST people DREAM of CHOCOLATE that is GOOD for you!!

Many of my clients and Glow Academy students confess to being CHOCOHOLICS…..

They stress over how much they LOVE chocolate and constantly try to fight their desires, which quite frankly is nothing but TIRING and gets us NO where! From what I know about Human Behaviour and CHANGE, what we resist PERSISTS!!

SO try this….

EMBRACE, LOVE and RELISH in your LOVE of chocolate…

See how it serves you…. See how it’s good for you…..

Make PEACE with your LOVE and ENJOYMENT of chocolate… :)

And now…. OUTSMART it!!

Make your chocolate of choice one that will NOURISH and ENERGISE and BENEFIT you :)

Someone who has done this BEAUTIFULLY and totally made me DROOL as I scrolled my Insta feed last week is the lovely Louise Barnett of A Peace of Health Wellness Clinic :) If you have not checked out her INSTA feed, DO ! Its just beautiful and LOADED with LUSCIOUS visuals to inspire more peace, health, harmony and happiness :)

I’m so happy to share her clever culinary creativity with you :) I truly hope it inspires some healthy kitchen creations!

Be sure to let me know what you think :) bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

I n g r e d i e n t s

1/2 cup of cacao butter
1/4 cup raw cacao
1 tbspn of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of goji berries or raisins or cranberries and maybe some cacao nibs.
2 tablespoons of shredded coconut
2 tablespoons of slivered almonds or sesame seeds or both
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

M e t h o d

In a bowl or container, mix all the ingredients together, minus the cacao butter. This is best to do first as we are going to melt the cacao butter next and we want to ready to just tip in when its melted!
Next, put Cacao butter in a separate heat proof bowl and gently melt over simmer pot of boiling water with some gentle stirring to encourage the melting.
When it’s all melted place the bowl on the bench, then add all the rest of the ingredients into that one bowl and mix.
NOW, if you’re no fuss like me, I just pour and into a glad bake lined dish and whack it into the freezer!
If you want to get fancy you can pop into cup cake cups (tiny ones) or line muffin/cup cake tins to make circles or put in shaped ice trays, possibilities endless!
Whatever you do, it just needs to go in the freezer for HOUR and HALF, then you’re ready to ENJOY your HEALTHY chocolate!!

Words of Wisdom

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What’s the determining factor?

I see so many women (and men!) literally KILLING themselves to lose weight…

And most often they DONT succeed longterm…

Why?

Because they concentrate mostly on EXERCISE…

And in ALL TRUTH, just as Ive discussed in today Webisode, exercise can ONLY be MAXIMUM, 20% of the equation.

In study after study you’ll see that after 2 years & 5 years, EXERCISE accounts for ONLY a sustained loss of 2kg…. 2kg!!!

For blood, sweat, tears and so much effort!!

Now, many people say 80% of the game is NUTRITION….and whilst I agree that nutrition is MUCH more important than exercise, NOTHING is more important than MINDSET…

What’s really going on upstairs….

What is swirling around in the subconscious….?

What hurts are still being held onto? What STRESSES are driving Sympathetic dominance and thus pushing your hormones and metabolism against you?

What have we not let go of, forgiven or made peace with…?

What do we really believe about weight loss, health, ourselves???

THESE are where the make or break aspects of long term health & weight loss lie….!

I would say AT LEAST 60% of the equation comes down to this, & as we get older, it has more & more of an impact…. (We seem less able to hide from our demons…the truth etc)….

After, now over 8 weeks of NO EXERCISE, I have arguably the BEST physique and abs and body confidence I’ve EVER had….

I’ve sustained muscle mass and I feel that my body has found its true & natural shape and state…

With NO EXERCISE….

How is that possible??!

Well…YEARS of Mindset & Subconscious work have brought me to this point… To a point of being VERY CLEAR about how I want to feed & treat my body & WHY…

I’ve confronted so many fears, surrendered to aspects of myself I did not want to see & gotten DEEPLY honest with myself….

I’ve learned how to be my own best friend- to have patience, compassion, understanding and forgiveness for myself….

I’ve learned how to ENCOURAGE and SUPPORT myself, rather than relentlessly condemn and criticise myself….

I’ve learned to seek out mentors and teachers and groups that NOURISH and NURTURE me and help me along the path I wish to pursue, even though the REST of the world seems to be going another way….

I’ve literally questioned and challenged EVERY SINGLE belief and idea I’ve ever had and re-evaluated its place and effectiveness in my life….

I believe that BECAUSE of all this background work, I’ve been able to support my body with TIP TOP nutrition, minus the emotional eating, to get where I am today….

Happy, confident, comfortable in my own skin, NATURALLY, without fear or control or exercising my arse off!! And yes, whilst MY body may not be YOUR ideal, its THE WAY I WAS MADE, and Im totally ok with that :) I quite like my uniqueness, and yes am enjoying it! :)

It’s MORE than possible for you TOO to get to this point…

To not feel TORTURED about FOOD, YOUR BODY, EXERCISE and health….

It’s a journey… It’s FULL of lessons….

But if your committed, it’s there for the taking xxo

Big love xxoo

BridgetJane
Dietitian~Nutritionist~Counsellor~Psychology of Eating Coach
www.newleafnutrition.com.au

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Paleo Chocolate Macaroon Slice

Written by bridget on . Posted in Ravishing Recipes

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I am SO excited to share with you a RIPPER chicky that I have JUST stumbled across in my recent explorations to find Ravishing Recipes for my VIP clients :)

May I introduce you to Cath Noonan of iheartscratch.com.au

I LOVE Cath’s story and her PASSION for REAL, WHOLE food that is as UNTAINTED and TARNISHED as possible! :) I know you too will LOVE her story and spend HOURS drooling over her goodies! :) Be sure to go and check her out :)

Here is just ONE of her magical creations!! Enjoy and be sure to let me know what you think – leave a comment below, inbox me on my FB page OR email me on bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au :) xo

From Cath:

“Due to the cost and sometimes unavailability of Medjool dates, I wanted to make something with dried dates, because they’re still natural, only dried and so, so, so much cheaper than Medjool. Not to mention that they’re already pitted for you too!

A tip for you: When it comes to dried dates, Trident are my all time favourite brand (and this is totally not sponsored), but I can guarantee hands down that Trident dates are the best when it comes to the dried variety – and I’ve tried a few.

So we were doing a bit of entertaining on the boat on Sunday and to make a big batch of something sweet, which would also be economical, I concluded that dried dates, would fit the bill (financially) better than medjool. So that’s what I used and I’m glad to say, they worked perfectly!

I put a few eggs, coconut oil and a cup of dates in the blender, which I then mixed with desiccated coconut and cacao and carob powder and that was that – into the oven and 35 minutes later, my Paleo Chocolate Macaroon Slice was ready to, well, slice.

I found that this slice keeps well in a container on both the bench and in the fridge, but with respect to flavour, I think the coolness of the fridge makes it just that bit better and a bit chewier.

I used a combination of raw cacao and carob powder (just to be different), however feel free to use all of one or the other, or if without both, then go for standard cocoa- at the end of the day, you’ll get the same chocolate affect.

Enjoy ! x x

Makes 16 slices
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes”

Tools

Blender/food processor
mixing bowl
20 x 20 square baking/cake tin

Ingredients :

4 eggs
1 cup/150g dried dates (Trident is my preferred brand)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup carob powder (or raw cacao powder)
small pinch sea salt
2 cups desiccated coconut

Method

Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
Line a 20 x 20 cm baking tin with baking paper and set aside.
In a blender or food processor, whiz the eggs, dates and coconut oil until combined.
Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and add the balance of the ingredients, stiring with a spoon to combine.
Pour the batter into the line baking tin and spread evenly into the corners, ensuring that it is level.
Bake for 35 minutes until firm.
Allow to cool before serving.

Storage

Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to a couple of weeks.