About Happy Healthy Strong

My goal for 2012 and beyond is to be happy, healthy and strong. I used to hate exercise and eat a typical western diet (lots of grains, low fat and at one point dabbled as a vegetarian). I was motivated to change my lifestyle in 2010 when a good friend of mine invited me to her wedding. My friend and her friends are absolutely gorgeous girls and while I knew one month wasn't going to turn years of bad habits into a stunning physique, I did know that if I had at least started upon the road to 'recovery' then I could at least hold my head up high confident that I was finally doing something about it. So I started bootcamp and counting calories and at one point I was even jogging regularly and enjoying it (shock!). It took me 12 months but I managed to lose 12 kgs and almost as many centimetres off my hips and waist. About 6 months ago I stumbled upon the concept of primal/paleo eating. I also picked up a copy of Gary Taubes' book 'Good Calories, Bad Calories'. While I'm now convinced that sugar is evil and grains are not my friend, I do struggle sometimes to resist their deliciousness. Evil or not, they still taste damn good. I also now know that calorie restriction is NOT the way to achieve a healthy mind and body (and it sure as hell wont make you happy). How many calories you consume is irrelevant - its how you consume those calories that makes all the difference. Bring on the bacon! Fortunately for me, I love to cook, so I've been finding it relatively easy to substitute bad ingredients with good ones (I did have to clear the cupboards of the bad though to avoid temptation). I'm also slightly obsessed with finding new recipes and information on the internet to enable my new found lifestyle and then sharing these discoveries with friends and family (whether they like it or not!). This blog is in part to give my friends and family (and anyone else who might be interested) the opportunity (and the choice) to share my enthusiasm in their own time. One of the biggest challenges I've faced is simply sourcing all the ingredients I want/need - ordering from overseas is often not possible (good luck getting jerky through quarantine) or prohibitively expensive (sourcing coconut cream concentrate from one very popular USA supplier could cost up to $160 per shipment!). I know I would have found it much easier to have an Australian website that said 'you can buy X from these guys' but I didn't find one, so here's my contribution to help try and fill that void. Hopefully this blog will be help me (and you) to be happy, healthy and strong.

Another Whole 30

Technically, I’m only STARTING another Whole 30, rather than ‘doing’ another one, because I didn’t finish ‘doing’ the last one, nor the one before that, nor the one before that, nor … you get the idea.

Why didn’t I finish?  I decided my desire for a quinoa cracker was worth more than my desire to finally finish a Whole 30.  In hindsight, that seems silly, but it made sense at the time.  One of my goals was to break the cycle of bad eating and drinking habits, which I did, until about 2 weeks later, when I started on my bad habits again (chocolate and wine being the most notable).

I’ve just come back from a spectacularly enjoyable 2 weeks in San Francisco, where I ate and drank whatever took my fancy, and I fancied a plentiful array of varied things (though mainly soft corn tacos with pulled pork, washed down with a margarita).  My exercise routine was awesome at least; I walked almost everywhere, which meant up all those damn (but very pretty) hills.  I also made it to San Francisco Crossfit which was one of the highlights of the trip.  I’m totally in love with San Francisco – and not just because of SFCF although that does have somewhat to do with it :)

Anyhow, back to my reason for doing another Whole 30 and how I’m going to go about it a little differently this time.   Continue reading


International Women’s Day: Dreaming of Olympic Gold in Nepal

As a student enrolled in Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program in Nepal, Srijana knew she was lucky to be supported through her secondary school graduation and she was determined to be a successful student, even if it meant a tremendously challenging 6.2 mile walk to school. Each way. Every day.  After making the tenuous commute twice a day, not only did Srijana start to enjoy the solitude, she started to enjoy the challenge. Noticing that her stamina was increasing, Srijana started to pick up the pace. Before long she wasn’t just walking the distance, she was running it….

International Women’s Day: Dreaming of Olympic Gold in Nepal

2013 Blog Review

The WordPress.com helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual stats report for my blog, which I think is kinda cool.  Looks like some more posts on pumpkin frittata and activated buckwheat wouldn’t go unappreciated!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.