GREEN ST KITCHEN + SUSHI BOWL RECIPE

It's no secret that I have chronic gastritis, a condition that causes the lining of my stomach to become easily irritated. I've had it for three years now and it affects what I eat on a daily basis.

For me the importance of finding food that I can eat, that won't irritate my stomach but in fact help to heal it, is a big focus!

Did you know roughly 25% - 30% of the population suffer from some sort of gut related problem.

Whether caused by external factors or the lifestyle choices we make, it is so important to eat and drink what helps us to heal. A combat if you will, against the stressors of life and what we consume.

I've recently come across a few items I wanted to share with you, that have helped to reduce inflammation in my body, improve digestive efficiency and support my gut health.

Introducing...Green St Kitchen!

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"HERE AT GREEN STREET KITCHEN WE HAND CRAFT THE BEST FERMENTED FOOD PRODUCTS YOU CAN BUY, BRINGING A REFRESHING SPIN TO TRADITIONS FROM THE PAST. OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE, EDUCATE AND DRIVE THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINED HEALTHY EATING." - Green St Kitchen

JAMU JAMU - Tumeric Tonic

I found this drink a great accompaniment to my main meals, mostly lunch and dinner. Kombucha which is often associated with gut health, is often too sugary or bubbly for my gut, where as this blend of turmeric, fresh ginger, lemongrass, Jujube berries, Navel oranges, black pepper, cassia bark and coconut sugar, has a much gentler affect on my stomach.

Not too bubbly as to avoid irritating the stomach lining (but has a little sparkle), a cold glass of Jamu Jamu was probably my favourite item!

LIVING COCONUT - Coconut Keffir Mylk

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One of the limitations to having my gut issue, I have to avoid dairy. Even yogurt upsets my stomach!

I was very excited to get my hands on the Coconut Keffir, seeing as I LOVE coconut and need as many healthy Probiotics as I can get, this was great option. I had a small glass every morning before breakfast. It was gentle on my stomach and light to drink. Tasty too!

GINGER & TUMERIC KRAUT

I straight up love Saurkraut! Specially since I can't enjoy the usual condiments due to high acidity or spice, kraut is the perfect option for me. It's even great for adding digestion.

What I loved about the G&T Kraut was how subtle the flavours where. It had just enough Ginger without being spicy. And the two main ingredients (Ginger and Tumeric if you haven't guessed it!) are know for being anti-inflammatory foods, perfect for settling and healing the gut lining. Literally hitting two birds with one stone! I had it with almost every meal!

If you're looking to improve gut health or struggling with some sort of long term digestive complication and you're looking for something gentle, I highly recommend trying out some of these products.

Check our STOCKIST here!

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SUSHI BOWL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

*Anything you like, including -i

  • 1/2 Cup Brown Rice
  • Pan Fried Salmon (Canned fish if you're feeling cheap)
  • 1 Poached Egg
  • 1/2 Avocado Cubed
  • !/2 Cucumber Cubed OR Julienne

OPTIONS I LIKE -

  • Blanched Broccolini
  • 1/2 Grated Carrot
  • Handful of Alfalfa

METHOD

* I try to keep my version of a Sushi Bowl relatively High Alkaline, using Saurkraut instead of pickled ginger and avoiding Toms and Capsicums for example. But you can mix it up if you like!

  1. Heat/cook your Rice.
  2. Prep all other items on the list - Avo, Cucumber, Carrot, Broc, Alfalfa.
  3. Assemble your Wasabi Mayo - Mayo/Wasabi mixed in a bowl, to your tasting? I only like a small zip of flavour.
  4. Start to cook the fish and poach the egg while you wait to flip.
  5. The Egg is best runny so catch it before it overcooks!
  6. Once your fish is cooked, assemble on the plate as above, put a few drops of Wasabi Mayo on the plate and...

ENJOY!

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HOW MOTIVATION JUST, HAPPENS...

So now's about the time when everyone starts to think about panicking...not actually panicking yet, but thinking about it. You're probably shitting there thinking, huh? What the heck does she mean...let me explain.

You've been sitting there for the past few months, doing a lot of nothing, being tired, being sick being, sick and tired and only having a little in reserve to get through your working day.

THEN, the sun comes out just a little even though its freezing and you say - 

"What a beautiful day! Soon it will be warm enough to take my jumper off. Oh dear, probably should start cutting back non those wines. I wonder if I'll fit into last years swimmers, will I be in enough shape to actually surf this summer? I'll start thinking about it in Spring, start of Spring, yep then"

THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT...and you know what....its OK!

One thing I love about Chinese Medicine (stay with me here...) is the way it honors the colder months. It's considered sacrilidge to "push through" the colder months depleting ourselves, then rocket launching into Spring and Summer to go even harder again. Bring on an imminent crash at the back end of Summer!

Winter is suppose to be a time to regenerate, for staying warm, getting rest and building your immune system. Now I'm not saying be a slob and sit on your tookus everyday, but this isa much more sustainable approach to living a healthy lifestyle, following the eb and flow of the seasons.

BACK TO YOUR AUGUST ATTACK PLAN...

DON"T attack it :) Instead think of your body like a house, it's been a while since you've de-cobwebbed the corners. This time you're going to lighten the load of an impending Spring Clean by giving doing just a little of the work now.

August is about dusting off the cobwebs and taking your time doing it. If you've completely lost your motivational mojo, start with these steps -

  • Commit to walking each morning for about 30 minutes
  • Schedule in 2 moderate intensity sessions (this could be a Hike, Bike Ride, Climbing session, surf session, get creative)
  • If you're going to surf, go for 3 waves or 40 minutes (whatever comes first!)
  • Schedule in 1 training session, yes just 1! (preferably Core) Check out http://surfstyletraining.com.au for some workouts!

Stay tuned for more exciting content including a Healing Half Way Cleanse which you can sign up for HERE!!

HABITS – THE LAYERING TECHNIQUE

Have you every woken up on a Monday and decided to implement a bunch of new healthy habits only to find that by the end of the week you’re lucky to have one of them stick?

I’ve been through this a million times and I guarantee you there’s not a single person who hasn’t gone through the same experience!

Eventually I worked out the trick…I call it Habit Layering!

Here’s how you get it done and implement a healthier way of living into your daily routine –

  1. Get yourself a calendar that you can hang up in a visible place, not in your phone or a closed diary but on the fridge or a pin board. Something you can look at every day!
  2. Now this is a long term goal! So pick 6 habits you want to have in place come spring, put them in order of importance/urgency.
  3. Selected the first Habit and decide on a time of the day (each day) you plan to complete the task.
  4. Now write it in your calendar for 3 weeks, if you have room write it in for the next 3 months!
  5. Pick your second habit and write it in for 3 – 12 weeks starting from the 3rd week on your calendar (see the pattern here?!)
  6. Repeat the pattern, making sure you continue layering up your habits!
  7. Refer to Abby Lewtas’s 5 steps to Making your habits stick for extra coaching.
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NEW HABITS & HOW TO IMPLEMENT THEM!

Looking for a new healthy habit to improve your daily regime?

I have listed below a handful of your favourites plus a few of my own and shared MY TIPS on how best to implement them into your day and easily at that!

Pick ONE, put it into practice for 2 weeks and tell me how you go!

GREEN JUICE HABIT

Whether you’re smashing a green juice in the mornings or not, it always way easier to stick to something that tastes good right?

So try this combo below –

  • ½ Banana
  • ¼ Paw Paw
  • 2 Sticks Cekery
  • 1 Bunch Silverbeet

Simple, tasty and gut healing!

5AM WORKOUTS

Go to bed early! This is pretty much the best way to lock this habit down! Make sure you have ample sleep (like 8 hours minimum) and go with the intention just to move. You don’t have to be a superhero and smash one out the minute you step in the door. Usually that motivation comes part the way through!

 

CURB THE KILLER SUGAR CRAVING

To be honest if you try to avoid the sweat treats by eating nothing at all, you’re going to struggle. The body seeks out sugar when its looking for energy.

You have 3 options –

  • Go to bed and get some rest!
  • Drink water, usually our body is dehydrated and mistakes thirsty for hungry
  • Make a healthier treat for you to enjoy, like Date Balls or Banana Slices with PB

If you opt for number 3, stick to making 1 batch of Date Balls a week OR only have half a Banana for the snack.

Date Ball Recipe Here.

HEALTHY EATING

Here’s my 4 easy step to getting your meal prep on!

  • Buy yourself some sexy black containers - https://www.mealprepaustralia.com.au/
  • Select your menu for the 5 days, alternating meals (3 for one meal, 2 days for the other)
  • Sunday Morning is prep time, set aside 1-2 hours and PREPARE ALL OF YOUR MEALS!
  • Every week select a new menu!

HEALTHY FOOD VARIETY

Some more steps to follow for healthy eating greatness –

PRE SURF/TRAINING WARM UP

Keep it simple! That’s the key, have 4-5 dynamic movements that loosen up the entire body without compromising your mobility.

Check out this simple 5 Step Warm Up to get you moving!

STAYING HYDRATED

Pick a bottle and make it BIG! I use a 2.2 Litre bottle so I know that if I get through the whole bottle, I’ll make my days quota along with all the tea I drink.

Don’t like cold water in winter…The buy yourself a BIG teapot! Select a lovely Caffeine free herbal tea and brew away! My pot stores roughly 1.1 Litres, so I work to get through 2 – 3 pots of tea a day.

MEDITATION TIME

If you try to commit to a 1 hour sit down but you just can’t seem to find the time…then stop! A 10 minute meditation to calm your nerves in the middle of the day is better than 1 hour of sitting and fidgeting, thinking about all the things you have to do!

I sit down for 10 minutes, morning, midday and afternoon. Focus on my breathing, feeling into the elements around me and just relaxing.

Voila! You’ve just put 30 minutes of meditation time into your day!

WORKING OUT CONSISTENTLY

Stop biting off more than you can chew. If the thought of getting stuck into a training session of sweat blood and tears sounds like hell to you then make the experience a little nicer.

When I’m breaking the seal again, I opt for shorter gentler workouts, including things I like to do.

Go with this every second day for about 2 weeks, then the same every week day for 2 weeks, then every day for two weeks and if you’re not feeling the motivation to up the anti by then…it’s time to get a regular PT on the books!

Stay tuned for Healthy Habits - The Layering Technique!

THE SECRET TO STICKING TO YOUR HABITS

Building powerful habits can set you up for success and create the foundations for how you behave in your life. Habits underpin what you do day in day out, the routines of your everyday life. Habits are the reasons you are wildly successful in some areas of your life but not in others. Recognises bad habits is the first step to creating the change, next is implementing the new, good habits. But...I’m not going to lie, it’s not always easy.

Habitual behaviors are hard to change because they have been ingrained within us for so long. We have to go against out old belief systems to consciously make changes for the better.

THE STEPS

  • Determine exactly WHY you want to change. Connect to how will it make you feel?
  • Just choose one. Pick the most important habit and focus on one thing at a time. Anymore will leave you feeling overwhelmed and quitting all of them.
  • Decide and commit once to your new habit, so then you won’t have to decide every day. Honour your choice.
  • Start small. Your new habit must be achievable, this means being able to do it every single day.
  • Complete your new habit at the same time each day. Early in the day is best so you won’t run out if the day gets busy. 

There are many different ideas around how long it takes to form a new habit 21 days, 30 days, 60 days. The truth is, it’s different for everyone. Ultimately you will want the habit to be ongoing so setting a time frame can be risky.

A new behavior becomes a habit when it is ‘a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.’

Keep going until you find it hard to give up.

Stay tuned, we will be releasing a worksheet soon to help you on your way to forming NEW HEALTHY HABITS! - Elise C

Life Coach | Adventurer | Speaker | Blogger

www.abbylewtas.com

CREATIVE SNACKS TO MIX N MATCH

Today I’m going to tackle two issues…lack of snacks for a regular day AND lack of creative tasty snacks!

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Almost everyone (including me!) finds it difficult to stay away from the easy, sugary shit treats when there isn’t a single healthy option in site. True?

So to make your life a little easier and my belly full of tasty food, I spent a few hours putting together some half way easy creative and tasty treats for you to prep and take with you on your person so you’re not tempted to stuff your face with tempting foods! Got it?!

I worked with 3 staple snacks…mixed up the flavours…put them on a plate and voila! See below for the deets –

CUCUMBERS EGG ROLLS - FIVE WAYS!

This one shows you’ve got real SNACK GAME! Recipe below should make you a snack worth, roughly 4. These babies are inspired by Chris Pratt, thanks mate!!!!

INGREDIENTS

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  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cucumber (depends on your grating skills!)
  • Salt
  • Dash of Olive Oil

FLAVOURS

  • Small Can of Springwater Tuna/Salmon
  • 1 – 2 Tsp Tumeric or Keens Spice Mix
  • 1 Tblsp Cashew Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Tahini
  • 1/4 Fresh Avocado

METHOD

  • Boil your eggs for about 6 minutes, cool and de shell.
  • While the eggs are cooking, take a grater and grate strips off your Cucumber down to the seeds (leave those!).
  • Layout your Cucumber wraps, roughly 3 strips each.
  • Mash the Egg till crumbly.
  • Tuna Egg Rolls – Mix in tuna/salmon, olive oil and salt.
  • Spiced Egg Rolls – Mix in Tumeric or Keens Spices, olive oil and salt
  • Cheesy Egg Rolls – Mix in Cashew Cheese of your choice, olive oil and salt
  • Avo Egg Rolls – Mix in Avocado, squeeze of Lemon and Salt
  • Tahini Egg Rolls – Mix in Tahini, Olive Oil x2 and Salt.
  • Spoon some of your Egg mix of choice onto one end of your Cucumber strips and wrap wrap away!
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge, no longer than 2 days!

BANANA EGG PIKLETS - THREE WAYS!

You know I’m a fan of these babies, but have you ever thought to eat them on the run!!! So tasty, so easy to transport and super frickin tasty! The batch below should make at least 10 little ones.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Banana
  • 3 Tbsp Oats (Rolled, Instant or Quick)
  • Coconut Oil

PLAVOURS

  • 2 Tblsp Peanut Butter OR Almond Spread
  • 1 Tsp Cacao Powder
  • 1 Tsp Matcha Powder
  • 1 TbspMaple or Rice Malt Syrup

 

METHOD

  1. Chuck Eggs, Bananas, Oats in a blitzer and let it go till the mix is smooth.
  2. Open the blitzer and choose your flavor – Nut Butter OR Cacao Powder OR Matcha with the Syrup.
  3. Blitz again this time letting the eggs fluff a little.
  4. Heat the Coconut Oil in a pan till melted then pour in a small palm size of batter to make one, do a few piklets at a time.
  5. When the batter firms up on the top a litte, flip. Remove when a little puffed up or just look at the underside!
  6. Re oil the pan as you go, repeating till the batter is all gone.
  7. Let the piklets cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge. These babies should last 2 days if you don’t eat them all straight away!
  8. I like to top mine with homemade berry jam (sugar free kind!), more PB or coconut yogurt.

 

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5 STEPS TO MINDFUL EATING

While I was away I committed to doing one thing at a time. One of those things was learning how to eat without external distractions.

Also coined mindful eating.

So often we find ourselves eating in front of the TV, with a magazine or book in hand or simply while we talk to someone across the table. I was BIG on multitasking while I ate, the TV, my computer, social media even while I trained people! What I realize now (after a month away from those distractions) is just how disconnected I was from my food! No wonder I ate copious amounts in one sitting or never felt like I really enjoyed my treats let alone remembered eating them!

Do you polish off a packet of biscuits in one go?

Do you remember exactly what your dinner looked like last night?

Do constantly feel unsatisfied with the food you eat?

Do you over eat?

If any of these ring a bell then you’re probably suffering from food disregard.

What are the benefits of Mindful Eating I hear you say?

I experienced the following –

·      Less cravings

·      Less consumption in one sitting

·      Satisfied with the food I had served myself

·      Sated by smaller servings of sweet treats

·      Never felt like I’d eaten too much

·      Remembered the meals I ate

·      Remembered the meals out that tasted like shit (vowing to never make the same mistake!)

This is the moment where I present you with a challenge!

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The next meal after reading this I encourage you to try attentive consumption. I’ve broken it down into 5 steps below to make it easier to navigate.

MINDFUL EATING HOW TO

  1. Get completely involved in making your food, limit distractions during the cooking process if you’re at home.
  2. Rather than hoeing in, allow your food to cool admiring the colours and arrangement on your plate (your taste buds actually pick up on flavours better when your food isn’t piping hot!)
  3. Pick a space away from technology or major distractions and loud noises.
  4. As you eat notice the smells, textures, colours, flavours and feelings that may come up for you.
  5. When you’re finished really savor the experience you had with what you just ate. Take a moment or 5 before you rush off to do something else.

It may drive you nuts at first to slow down, but be patient and try it more than once to really notice the benefits of being fully aware of what’s going in your mouth! You don’t have to do it during every meal, but more often than not can have a very positive affect on they way you relate to food.

After all enjoying our food is one of the best parts of being human :)

Looking for a Healthy Eating Guide, Food Cleanse or Shopping List?

Check out my Surf Style Training Online program for access to all this an more!

Cheers legends,

Elise Carver x

OWN YOUR HEALTHY AND UNHEALTHY CHOICES!

Be Like The Turtle, Comfortable On Your Own Shell" - Bill Copeland

With so many extreme diets, extreme training systems and extreme points of view about how YOU should be getting healthy and fit. It's hard to know what is actually best for YOU. I emphasis the YOU because no one else can be YOU or know how you feel about YOU and what is best for YOU!

GET IT?

What I'm trying to say is we are all individual and everyone works differently. Reaching your health and fitness goals shouldn't be dictated by what someone else tells you to do and achieve, but what you deem to be relevant for you right now.

Photo Cred: Fiona Peters Photographer

Photo Cred: Fiona Peters Photographer

Making a decision to be healthier & fitter is great and I encourage everyone to try and do so, but a vital part of this process is to be realistic about what it is you wish to accomplish. What you would be honestly happy with achieving? And once you have it, is that way of being really sustainable for you at this stage in your life?

So often clients tell me "I want a six lack like that guy! Like ABS yeah!” Then I ask them what their plans are for the weekend and they tell me they're going out for an engagement party for a few drink or something like "I'll start the healthy eating next week because I have my friends birthday and another friend is making the cake and it would be rude of me if I didn't have a piece to support her culinary creativity!"

Now you're probably waiting for me to tell you that these people and their excuses are wrong. Actually what's wrong is that they have now made it impossible for themselves to achieve their goal! Not because the weekend social events are the “devils tea party” but because they set goals that they don't really want to achieve!

Somewhere along the line reality needs to set in and we need to understand that there is a balance that must take place. Sure! If boiled chicken and steamed veg is a regular meal for you and you train 4 days a week already, I would say having a 6 pack by summer is realistic. But realism varies depending on who you are, what level of healthy & fit you’re at and how you'd really like to live your life!

If you enjoy a tipple from time to time, if you are exhausted come Friday night and you just don't feel like going to that spin class (I HATE spin btw!) then don't! Now own that decision! It's time to stand up (or sit down comfortably) and own the choices YOU make!

Be OK with the actions you take, be OK with a balance between that relaxing luxurious lifestyle and your fitness freak alter ego! In a world of extremes we need to learn to tone it down, still enjoying the simple things in life while we work to create a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

Being emotionally comfortable with who you are and the decisions you make counts for a lot - less stress, less pressure, further acceptance.

My tip this month - OWN the decision YOU make and be OK with it!


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Cheers,

EC x

**Come and join me for a little relaxation and fit freakishness in Thailand with Restart Health Escapes this October 31st – November 7th. Details can be found at http://www.restartescapes.com.au