We must get aligned

Posted on November 28th, 2013

Got a few minutes? Watch this quick video of Russell Brand-isms. And then let’s reconnect below.

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I’d risk sanity and my mother’s approval to, um, be in this guy’s orbit (I’ve previously said I’d marry the guy…is there a slightly watered down take on such a commitment that I could opt for?!).

Russell Brand is a big human spirit who traverses life’s bumpy path authentically and with a rawness that I think is geared at connecting and leading (leaving aside Get Him to the Greek). His mind expands beyond where most of us are at. He can get too big for his human experience…and this can be dangerous to observe (I once dated a guy like this, whose energy would trip like a kid running down a hill faster than his legs can carry him). But, gosh, his intent is good. (Brand’s, not so much my ex’s, as I learned a little too late.)

OK, got to the end of the video yet? This is what I took from it:

* We need to access our oneness. Actually, we must.

* We know it’s there. We know it’s important.

* It’s also inevitable that we do connect with this bigger background force…

* …and our slippery, seductive attempts to dance around and away from it are going to land to land us in strife.  They already are. When something is inevitable, and we fight it, it will blow up.

* We’re still allowed to be “caught up” in life – in the playing out of it, the artifice, the fancy shoes, the nice candles, the need to have a night out at the movies; we can be thoroughly caught up in our ego – so long as we also access our oneness.

The urgency of his message really got to me. It reminded me that we’re able to – indeed, let’s! – get aligned now. As I write this post, I’m Read more

The I Quit Sugar Christmas Cookbook is here!

Posted on November 25th, 2013

Ready for your simplest and healthiest sugar-free Christmas ever? I’m excited to share my UPDATED I Quit Sugar Christmas Cookbook with you today – hot off the press, with six meal plans designed specifically to help you enjoy a simple, joyful, and healthy, nutritious sugar-free Christmas. Plus, a bonus Thanksgiving meal plan (just in time for Thanksgiving this Thursday!).

Pumpkin ginger spice granola, photography by Marija Ivkovic

Pumpkin ginger spice granola, photography by Marija Ivkovic

Here’s a little taste of what’s included:

  • six unique meal plan styles (to follow strictly or mix and match)
  • over 75 sugar-free Christmas-inspired recipes
  • gluten and grain free, Paleo and vegan options
  • sugar-free cocktails designed exclusively for I Quit Sugar by Trolley’d
  • shopping lists, conversion charts and more!

All for the sweet price of $19. Simply click on the button below to order your copy today!

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If you’re debating a Thanksgiving dinner this year, the Thanksgiving Banquet Meal Plan includes all your traditional favourites…but with an I Quit Sugar spin. Think Chai Spiced Eggnog Shots, Spiced Raspberry Sauce (yes), Stupidly Simple Turkey, Beetroot and Apple Relish Read more

24 ways to have a sustainable christmas

Posted on November 21st, 2013

Allow me to climb upon my favourite soapbox once again. Food waste. It’s a terrible thing.

Image via Better Homes and Gardens

Image via Better Homes and Gardens

Let me bullet it out…

* Food wastage is the biggest environmental issue facing the planet today.

* We consumers are responsible for 50 per cent of all food wastage.

* The average Australian tosses out 20 per cent of their weekly shop, and Australians waste $8 billion worth of food annually… from households alone.

* The waste kills me. The claim that many of us can’t afford good food also kills me when the painfully obvious thing to do is to cut costs by cutting waste. See my simple drift? You can catch up here.

This Christmas I’m on a sustainability mission, so I’ve put together A Little Listicle to hopefully help us all minimise waste and eat more sustainably. Here you go my friends:

1. Use leftover pumpkin or sweet potato from your roast to sweeten sauces, soups and casseroles. Puree your leftover pumpkin or sweet potato and add it to red sauces (chilli dishes and curries) and “yellow” cheesy dishes.

2. Make smoothie green ice cubes. Puree leftover green veggies – from salads or sides – and freeze in ice-cube trays. Pop a few in your morning smoothie.

3. Use leftover wine to make homemade vinegar. This is a clever tip from Jamie Oliver. He suggests decanting your wine dregs into a bottle (1/2 full) and then wrapping it in cling wrap and a tea towel. Leave it in your car boot (yes) for a month and you’re left with lovely acidic vinegar you can use for dressings and sauces.

4. Freeze your leftover egg whites. Perhaps you use a few yolks in your nog…freeze the whites in an ice cube tray. Then transfer to a freezer container to store. (Make sure you thaw them completely before using – they’ll beat better at room temperature.)

 5. Use your chicken or turkey carcass to make up a stock. There’s also a recipe here for my mum’s chicken soup!

6. Got leftover cauliflower? Here’s some of my favourite cauliflower recipes to try.

7. Invite your neighbours for a post Chrissy bubble and squeak – celebrate twice! Valentina from New Romantic says: You can also whip up a turkey stir fry or roast vegetable salad. If you have made a roast beef, dry it out and make some jerky.

8. Got leftover lemons and limes? Juice and freeze in ice-cube trays ready to add to smoothies.

9. Freeze things in a thin layer in zip-lock bags, so you can “snap off” what you need as you go…

10. Dice and freeze leftover onions, celery, capsicum and tomato ready for soups and casseroles.

11. Turn your sliced ham leftovers into Ham Croquettes. Tim Elwin from Urban Food Market recommends this for your leftover Read more