Feeling Pretty Proud of Myself! THANK YOU TERRAFIT!

12 weeks ago I was pretty bewildered as to how to get my body back in shape and my eating back on track after pregnancy.  I was 3 weeks post-partum, unmotivated and recovering from surgery after a third degree tear having my baby.  I had planned to get straight back into my Muay Thai kickboxing training to get my fitness back and work my way back to the ring, but my surgery had obstructed that idea, as I was very limited in my movement!  I felt quite depressed!  From a food point of view, having suffered Hyperemesis Gravidarum when I was pregnant I had gotten into bad habits. I had craved and eaten lots of simple carbs and sugar because for some weird reason it was all my body was asking for.  I had gone off salads, the idea of fish made me want to vomit. In fact all the things I had loved pre-pregnancy turned me green!  A very weird experience, which over 9 months had concreted some awful habits. I am pleased to say I have turned those around now!  My portion sizes follow TERRAfit’s guidelines and I’m satisfied and my snacking is nutritious and energy-boosting.  Instead of reaching for those simple carbs and sugar I am now completely refined-sugar free and craving smoothies and veggie sticks and taking time to plan my snacks, like yummy refined sugar free slices, bliss balls, muffins and biscuits, so that they are on hand during the week.  This has been good for my daughter also, who is also back to eating refined sugar free!  I am eating heaps of veg, when at the start of the challenge I was struggling to get one portion in, let alone 4!  I feel more energised and happier.  One of the big discoveries I made through the challenge was that I really needed to work on my emotions (which were driving some of my eating choices) and I have done this – by using my essential oils, trying to react in different ways and trying to remove the stresses that were rattling my emotions  in the first place and dedicating some time every day to me.

I have got up 5-6 days a week at 5am to do my workouts because I know this is the only time that I will have my hands free from my 16 week old and put my heart and soul into the TERRAfit workouts.  I have got up even when I have been tired and taken a NO EXCUSES attitude!  Regarding my goals, I have lost 7.5 pounds, which I am really pleased about, but I am more excited about the improvements in my strength and fitness!  I set myself this mad challenge along with one of my TERRAfit teammates to achieve a 5-minute plank and I achieved it!  I could only do 30 seconds at the start of my challenge!  I am now doing 38 pushups (up from 20 at the start of my challenge), 56 air squats (up from 38 at the start of my challenge), 82 sit ups (up from 63 at the start of my challenge) and a 2 minute 35 wall sit (also up from 30 seconds at the start of my challenge!!!)  My main goal was to be able to go back to my Muay Thai training and in the first week of month 3 I achieved it!  I am back doing my Muay Thai training once a week.  And I even have my eye on fighting again!

As a Wellness Advoocate for doTERRA TERRAfit has really helped me to understand their wellness principles, apply them to my life and get to know the products that support wellness better.  I love and use doTERRA oils, but was quite in the dark about how wonderful the other products are, like the supplements and Trimshakes and hunger curbing bars and powders!  To earn your full 100 points each day during TERRAfit you have to use 2 of the recommended products.  These include multivitamins, essential oils for detoxing, weightloss and recovery, and Trimshakes as meal replacements and snacks.  I chose to use essential oils mostly to get my points – lemon to detox and the Slim and Sassy to curb my hunger and regulate my blood sugar, as my body got used to the small portions!  They both worked really well and a surprising benefit of the lemon oil has been silky soft skin all over!

I really feel like a better version of me as my 12-week challenge comes a close. I am lighter, physically and mentally, full of energy and strong.  I am also in the good habit of getting up each morning to exercise and it’s not a chore at all!  My motivation is back!  And I have discovered an amazing way to eat, which nourishes my body in the way it needs.  I have learned so much in 12 weeks!  About clean foods, super foods, what foods work in what way for your body and I know which are the sensible choices!  My promise to myself as I close this blog is to never take my new-found good health for granted and take what I have learned over the last 12 weeks and make it my permanent lifestyle and continue to share it with others! I am going on to do a 3-week Sprint of the 12-Week Challenge, starting tomorrow, just to spend time establishing the things that work for me, as I found I didn’t fully understand them until the 3rd month.  I am coaching my own team, aptly called #NO EXCUSES SPRINTERS!  My focus for the next 3 weeks is not weight loss, but muscle gain!  I want to be able to do the month 3 workouts with extra resistance (especially increasing my shoulder and tricep strength) and up the interval training from 30 seconds to 1 minute!  I think that is the final thing I want to say about TERRAfit and I say it with a smile!  In such a strong team of beautiful people with a coach dedicated to your progress you never stop inspiring and you never stop being inspired! Check out my transformation pictures below!

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Fodmap Friendly Bolognese Feast!

Before I discovered Eden’s intolerances I used to love making a Bolognese sauce for pasta that I got out of Jo Seagar’s Italia Cookbook. I have adapted this recipe to suit a FODMAP friendly diet. It is gluten and dairy free also and it is too good not to share!

Makes 4-6 serves

3 tablespoons olive oil, small bunch spring onions, 1 carrot peeled and finely diced, 1 stalk of celery, 500g pork mince, 1 cup gluten free bacon, 1/2 cup dry white wine, 2 x 400g cans crushed tomatoes in juice, 1 cup gluten free chicken or beef stock, 1/2 cup rice milk, salt and freshly ground pepper, 500g gluten free pasta (we love quinoa spaghetti)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the spring onions, carrot and celery. Cook until  veges are soft – about 6-7 minutes.

Raise the heat to high and add the mince and bacon. Stir fry until meat is sealed. Add the wine and stir until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the tomatoes and juice and the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is just simmering. Simmer for at least an hour, then add the milk and cook for a further 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook the pasta and drain. Serve in a bowl and ladle over the sauce!

This is a great meal for mums with children struggling with intolerances/allergies. I recommend Spaghetti Bolognese in general because most recipes you can adapt to meet your dietary requirements.  My girl loves it and you can hide other veggies in there like capsicum or eggplant.

FODMAP is an acronym for fermentable, oligo, di and monosaccharides and polyols. I came to remember these things as the foods in our diet that are complex carbohydrates that those with a leaky gut and other gut issues really struggle to digest and as such cause gas, pain, diarrhea and constipation.

A low FODMAP diet limits lactose and fructose, sugar alcohols and non-digestable fibers. This meant for Eden cutting out beans and high fructose fruit, galactans (in beans) and high fructan vegetables, plus soy and wheat.

This diet worked wonders for Eden. We identified her struggle with FODMAPS through an elimination diet after we had already eliminated dairy.

For more info on FODMAPS please do not hesitate to contact me! In the meantime enjoy the pasta 😊😊😊 It’s so good! And if you double the ingredients above you’ll have enough for the freezer.

Much love! Happy Labour Weekend if you’re in NZ!