Powerful Books and Podcasts

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“Hang around people that are high level thinkers. If you can’t find those people, then … leverage it by listening to podcasts, reading powerful books, things that will inspire you.” Zach Even-Esh (Bulletproof podcast #161)

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” ― Charlie Jones

An ongoing list of those I’ve found most inspiring and/or thought provoking (dates reflect listening or reading date, not publication/air date)

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Wholesome Lunch Ideas

Simple, fast and mighty tasty looking. #paleo

Studio Snacks

Hi readers! In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been posting full post very consistently because I am currently away from my studio for the summer. However, I am very active on Instagram, and you can follow my shenanigans there if you must. Recently, every weekend I’ve been posting photos of my mealprep for my brother, who works the graveyard shift at the hospital as a dialysis assistant. He’s a paleo enthusiast who literally has no time to cook. He works at night time and sleeps during the day time… kind of like a vampire, I guess.

Above is one of the most recent meal preps, starting from the top:

1. Carrot, onion and sausage stir fry
2. Chicken and broccoli
3. Chorizo mushroom tomato sauce over cabbage

Here are the ingredients I used for this particular mealprep (not shown are some pantry items I also used: coconut oil

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Whole 30 Day 23

Well, I’ve gotten this far!  Normally I cave in about now … and I must say I was really tempted yesterday as I made my family mushroom and chicken san choy bau for dinner (not my recipe choice) and while it contained some very lovely paleo ingredients, it also called for kecap manis (sweet soy) and peanuts.  In hindsight I should have just substituted coconut aminos (why didn’t I think of that last night?!).  Instead, I considered eating the very tasty looking mushroom mix v/s $300 donation to Mr Rabbit … and Continue reading

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

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.

The Great Jerky Experiment – Update

I’ve been making jerky on and off for a year now.  I still always worry that it wont turn out properly, and I’ll kill someone because they’ve eaten not-quite-dehydrated-enough ‘raw’ meat.  Mortality count at the time of posting: 0.

In one of my earlier posts I hypothesised that maple syrup (or sweetener in general) was fairly essential to making tasty jerky.  Recent experiments have proved otherwise.  This is a good thing because I can make Whole 30 compliant jerky quite easily.

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I <3 Mayo

This Whole 30, I subscribed to the Whole30 daily email in an attempt to keep me on track.  There have been some very useful tips and today’s email (Day 17) has some fantastic ideas for what to do with one of my favourite food accessories … home-made olive oil mayonnaise.  I often end up eating it by the spoonful; it’s that good.  Here’s a summary of what they suggest: Continue reading

Melting In Melbourne

It’s disgustingly hot at the moment – we’re in the middle of 4 consecutive days over 40C/104F.

I’m also in the middle of a Whole 30 challenge.  The hardest part has been resisting sugar laden icy poles and sorbet.  I’ve been making smoothies with frozen banana or pineapple (plus cacao powder, cocoa nibs, coconut cream, goji berries and water) and green juices (one green apple, lots of kale, cucumber, ginger, mint, lemon).  I try not to have more than one of these a day to try to keep my sugar intake low … I’m not quite succeeding, as yummy scrummy nectarines and blueberries are in season.

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