What’s going on in my tummy?

Rewind to six months ago- I started getting excruciating stomach pain one morning, along with a few other unwelcome symptoms. It was out of no where, so I thought that maybe the three glasses of bubbles I had indulged in the the night before had given me a bit of a dodgy and unusual hangover… If only.

The cramping subsided after a few days but returned only three days later- this was a pattern that continued (along with other unwanted symptoms) for the next almost four weeks. You’d think I would have gotten the hint that something was up- but no I thought I had eaten something bad/ gotten a stomach bug/ reacted to something.

A simple test soon showed that I had a parasite, Mr D. Fragilis.

I can’t say that I was happy to have a little friend living, breeding and growing inside me, but on the other hand at least I knew that something was actually wrong!

Fast forward two horrible course of antibiotics (the first didn’t work..) and many nauseous days and I was cleared. Hooray!

So I thought I was cured and life would go back to normal. WRONG.

My naturopath explained to me that my gut was extremely sensitive, so I cut out basically everything delicious.

As someone who already eats really well my friends were confused how I could cut anything else out of my diet!

So over the months I experiments with foods and slowly re-introduced everything but gluten (my stomach is not a happy chappy).

But six months later- it’s almost worst than pre-parasite.

Despite not being able to drink, eat gluten, being annoying and asking every restaurant i eat out at a million questions about ingredients I’ve been pretty good. But now, that for some ridiculous reason it’s gotten worse, and continues to each day, I’m almost at my whits end!

My GP says I now have IBS and I’m in the middle of a flare up, my naturopath says that IBS is just a basket that GPs put you in when you don’t fall under any other category.

So that’s how I found myself paying $500 for a test that will be sent to the US and hopefully make all my dreams come true. You’d hope so for that amount of cashola!

Although on another note- it is supposed to be really good and will tell me everything I want to know (and don’t want to know) about my stomach and what’s going on down there.

So fingers crossed that it pin points something!

Have you had any luck with tummy troubles? Have you recovered after a parasite?

Soph x

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Hello 2015!

Wow. Can you believe that it’s 2015 already?

I feel like the older I get the fast time goes by.

I must admit that last year I slipped a bit and neglected to write! But I never stopped cooking, experimenting and working out!

I’ve got lots of recipes and tales from the year that was in store so stay tuned over the next few weeks! 2015 is the year!

Soph xx

Caramel Slice is Very Nice

caramel slice

After almost 11 months my brother is back from living in South America! Yay!

I thought this called for a celebration.

I’ve been wanting to try out a clean caramel slice for ages- so thought this was a pretty good time to whip out the recipe I’d been eyeing off.

I used the recipe from Wholefood Simply and OMG- delish.

BUT. I broke my food processor…I’m just going to say that it was worth it and it gives me a needed excuse to invest in a much more hardy one (any suggestions?)

You can get the recipe here.

 

 

Have you heard?

As Borat would say “great success!”

You may be wondering why? I have gotten into Award School (yay!).

They tell us that it’s not an advertising school- and it’s not- but thats the easiest way to explain it. My application got selected out of hundreds for the state- so I’m riding on cloud nine a bit right now!

We’re two weeks into our 12 week course- and man oh man have we got to hold on! There is so much to learn and so much to do and no time to do it! 

Each week we are given an advertising brief and we need to create many ideas. Which is proving to be a challenge. 
Hopefully at the end I’ll have some good ones to stick in my portfolio!

So that’s the news. I’m loving it. 
But maybe not loving my even more busy schedule- but hey I do love keeping busy…

Soph xx

21 Aspirations for 2014

2013 was a pretty big year for me, I had an overseas holiday in March, graduated university in June and did many awesome things. I had something to look forward to.

We’re week into 2014 and sure I’ve got birthdays and holidays but that’s not the same as a three week vacation. I’ve realised that I haven’t got anything to look forward to this year.

Yet.

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions- if you want to do something then do it, it doesn’t matter when it is. However this year I have come up with 21 Aspirations for 2014– not to be confused with resolutions. To have a resolution is to merely have a firm decision to do or not do something. Instead I aspire to do things, meaning I have great ambitions and goals.

While I’m well aware that I may not achieve some things on the list, or I may forget or not get a change to try- I will learn new things and push myself. Life is all about pushing your limits.

21 Aspirations for 2014

  1. Run a half marathon
  2. Accomplish hand stand push ups
  3. Stop getting blisters from CrossFit (I think this is more wishful thinking…)
  4. Cook a new meal once a month
  5. Face my fears
  6. Go camping
  7. Plant a veggie patch
  8. Budget and save $$ !!
  9. Plan and save for Nepal/India/Sri Lanka 2015
  10. Pay off my car loan
  11. Study something more
  12. Read more
  13. Discover more about Buddhism
  14. Be positive. Everyday
  15. Start learning French again
  16. or Spanish
  17. or Greek
  18. Try hot yoga
  19. Do a detox
  20. Have a week without social media
  21. Forgive and forget. Don’t hold resentment or negativity inside you!

So I’ll try, I may fail. I may even write about some of my efforts. And hopefully this will give me something to look forward to- new challenges and experiences. 2014 come at me!

 

Soph xx

First for the new year!

Well I’ve been on holidays for the past few weeks, and as such have been a little too slack in the writing department. But on the plus side I’ve been able to spend time in the kitchen experiments and whipping up some awesome creations!

Tonight I made a delicious dumpling noodle soup! Not the healthiest dinner ever- but it’s pretty close and the fresh ingredients and flavors are amazing!

Wonton noodle soup:

3 salt reduced stock cubes (chicken or vege)
photo (12)3 tablespoons low-salt soy sauce
1.5 litres of hot water
Small onion sliced thin
1 garlic glove crushed
3 celery stalkeds sliced thin
1 carrot grated
3 spring onions sliced thin
1 bunch of bok choy
1 packet of thin hokkien noodles
2 teaspoons of seasame oil
1 packet of dumplings (I buy some homemade veggie ones from our local Asian supermarket)

Lightly fry the onion, garlic, ginger for a few minutes until fragrant. Add stock, water, soy, carrot, celery amd spring onion.
Bring to the boil.
Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Add dumplings and boy choy, cook for 8 minutes (or until dumplings are done).
Prepare noodles and seperate into bowls.
Top with soup and dumplings.

I like to garnish it with some fresh coriander! YUM!

Soph xx

PS: if you have a good dumpling recipe (preferably vegetarian) I would love to know- still trying to find a winner!

Tuna, rice & all things nice

I’ve been a little slack with writing lately. But not in the kitchen 🙂

Summer is approaching and it is the season for salads! So I’ve been experimenting.

The other day I whipped up this simple tuna and rice salad for my dad and I. It got the tick of approval from him- my number 1 critic so I figured it must be good! 

Ingredients: 

1 can  of tuna
1/2 or 1 cup of Brown rice (cooked)
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumber
Sweetcorn
Olives
Baby spinach
Lemon
Cracked Pepper
Low-fat feta
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (optional)

Chop up the veges and mix them together. Top with the tuna and squeeze the lemon on top (and olive oil if using).
Crumble the feta (you won’t need much!) and crack the pepper!

And that’s it- simple as! Enjoy.

 

Soph xx

Jumping on the CrossFit wagon

Agony.

I think that word sums up just how I feel right about now.

Less than 24 hours ago I finally dragged myself to my friends CrossFit gym. It’s been something that I’ve been wanting to try since he established it- 3 years ago. But life always seemed to get in the way (as it does).

I lift weights, I believe I’m fit but I can’t remember feeling like this after any work out I’ve done before.

I don’t regret it at all- in fact I feel a sense of accomplishment from doing it. I pushed myself in a completely different way yesterday. And it was great.

Although maybe not so great when I struggled to lift my arms up to wash my hair! OUCH!

I should also mention the blisters that immediately appeared on my hands as well as the bruises on my arms and collar bones which prompted a few jokes in the office this morning as they look reminiscent of hickeys. Let me assure you that they are not, unless hickeys are painful.

But my eyes have been opened to the wonderful, challenging and painful world of CrossFit and I can’t wait for my next class!

Soph xx

 

Falling off the bandwagon & reining in the willpower

You know when you have one of those weekends that is super busy, very social and full of late nights? Late nights, combined with alcohol and food that isn’t overly nutritious, and you know that you shouldn’t be eating it but you just can’t stop yourself?

Well that was me last weekend. And three days on I am still feeling the effects.

Friday night was the end of a loooooong busy week at work. Usually we don’t have anything thing on Friday nights are reserved for a movie and comfort food. Only once a month do we indulge in take away- as a treat. On the other nights we’ll make burritos or pita pizzas- something “special” but still healthy.

However after the hectic week we had both had it was simply too easy to order out. First mistake.

The next day I woke up feeling terrible! I’ve been eating so well lately that I think I gave my body a shock- not good. You’d think I’d learn right?

Well Saturday I did my usual gym, Grit Strength and Body Attack- it doesn’t feel like a Saturday without it. I was on track for a good and healthy day until I had to go to work. We had our largest event of the year on and as part of the communications team, I was needed. It was a fantastic evening. Most things went smoothly and we celebrated. With, you guessed it, food and alcohol. The event didn’t finish until midnight, so when we had pack up we went out to celebrate.

Now don’t get me wrong- it was a great night with great people. However, the next day wasn’t so great. Especially seeing as I didn’t get to bed until gone 4am with too much alcohol and bad food in my system.

I guess that would have been ok if I could have lounged around on Sunday, relaxing, maybe doing some cleaning. But no. Of course I had a large family gathering for my brother who is travelling to South America for 8 months (lucky him). Although thank goodness he too had had a late night!

So, after waking up on Sunday and rushing around the house to finalise things before my large family descended (my mum is one of 7!) I was hungry of course. I did make myself a delicious berry smoothie in the morning but my hung over body was unfortunately craving the triple brie and dips that were covering the table. And why not just have a glass of wine to go with it?

So 5pm comes about and everyone is slowly drifting off. You’d think I could relax right? Wrong.

Last year a close friend of mine passed away. And one of my friends had arranged to have a catch up at one of his favourite places. I would never miss it, so we headed there.

It was wonderful to see everyone and support each other and his family during this hard time. But of course I had a drink. And some dip. And given there were hot chips sitting right in front of me…..

 

Each moment was important, minus the lazy Friday, and while I was in it I enjoyed it. But come Monday, and Tuesday- I am still feeling it. I feel like I am playing catch up with my body. Catch up on sleep, catch up on nutrition, catch up on fitness…

I feel yuk. It’s make me realise just how much better I feel, not just in the moment, but for the coming week, when I look after my body.

Today I wasn’t careful about what I consumed. Why? Because I already feel like it wouldn’t matter this week. That’s not good! Two and a half days have gotten me into this mind-set that will take almost a week to get out of!

I’m not going to deprive my self of fun times, going out, drinking- but I’ve realised I need to limit my self.

I want to continue waking up feeling amazing, as I have been prior to this week.

I just need to rein in the will power.

So, do you have any tips for staying on track?

Soph xx

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