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RECIPE - WINTER TO SPRING SALAD

Crispy Apple, Quinoa, and Sweet Pot salad

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A perfect little compliment to the changing weather and foods going in and out of season. I'm a person who likes to eat seasonal food and incorporate what's in abundance.

I find it easier to get everything out and prep it so I can chuck it all in at the end. It's easier to do this than to read through the recipe trying to remember if the tomatoes were diced, sliced or baked. So I put a little side note on each ingredient so you can easily see it. 

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 60g quinoa

  • salt

  • 180g sweet potato sliced or cubed -1cm

  • 80g spinach

  • 1 green apple - diced (lazy version: doesn’t peel it)

  • 100g walnuts raw or activated

BAKE

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  1. preheat oven 180degrees

  2. place sweet potato on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

  3. Bake for 20min

  4. let cool

COOK

  1. bring 250ml of water to a boil with a pinch of salt

  2. Place the quinoa in and let it boil for 2 minutes more

  3. bring to a simmer and place the lid on the pot to simmer for another 7-10min

  4. quinoa should be fluffy, not mushy (if you have excess water, I usually use a sift to drain)

  5. Let cool

MIX

  1. combine diced apple, walnuts, pumpkin, quinoa, potato. Dress with lemon tahini dressing (below)

DRESSING - LEMON TAHINI

  • Juice of 1 large lemon

  • Tbsp ACV (apple cider vinegar)

  • 2 tbs olive oil

  • 2 tbs of tahini

  • salt, pepper, and cumin to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients till mixed well

ENJOY !

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SETTING YOUR INTENTIONS FOR SPRING

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As winter draws to a close, we start looking forward to the magical new energy that comes in spring. We only need to look to nature to see what spring brings for us...

  • MORE SUN- Our days start to get longer, there is more light and more sun warming up the planet as we charge towards the equinox, at which the sun crosses the equator and day and night are of equal length.

  • NEW OR RENEWED LIFE - in nature, animal species awaken from hibernation, new babies born, plants return to life and start to grow new leaves after the cold winter and flowers blossom.

  • AN AWAKENING - With more sun and more life there is more movement and more energy. Newness and freshness are vibrant qualities as we all start to ‘come out and play’ after laying low during the cold, restful winter.

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Naturally we incorporate these characteristics of spring into our life as we embrace this season. Without even realising it we start to ‘warm up’, ‘lighten up’, have a new lease on life and start to lean into the awakened energy of spring. However when we start to get intentional about our behaviours and actions we can really harness the fabulous qualities of spring to work in our favour. Being aware of what we are doing puts us in a powerful state, as opposed to working on ‘auto pilot’, awareness will bring meaning and cement your intentions in your everyday life.

Setting intentions with the seasons just makes sense. Firstly it chunks the year down into bite size pieces. Three months at a time, long enough to gain momentum with new habits, ideas and behaviours and not too long to lose focus and get bored with what you want to achieve.

Some tips for setting intentions for spring…

  • WHAT'S NEW - think about some new things that you have always wanted to try. You know the ones that have been on your mind for a while but you have never had a chance to ‘make it happen.’ These might be things such as….starting a new exercise regime, learning to surf, changing a behavior pattern to stop gossiping, seeing a life coach to help with your new project, reducing the sugar in your diet. Pick 1 - 3, dive in and get started.

  • LIGHTEN UP - What activities, adventures, people, events or places light you up? Make a list of all the things that bring a sense of joy and fun into your world. How can you bring more of these things into your world or maybe you’ll pick one to focus on for the season.

  • THINK AND FEEL OFTEN - Intentions won’t work for you unless you work for them. Spend five minutes focused on what you hope to create or gain from your intention, what feelings will it bring for you - feel those too. You don't want to obsess about them and you don't want to ignore them completely. Find a balance with your intentions at the forefront of your mind so you can draw on them at any moment, but they are not an addiction or an obsession.

  • SHARE - Tell a close friend about what intentions you have set for yourself. This will make them real and not something you can dismiss when working towards them seems more challenging. E.g. getting up one cold morning to get to your workout. Sharing intentions brings accountability so you will actually DO the work for yourself.

  • HAVE FUN - Above all else Spring is an exciting time so go out and have fun with your intentions. Wake up and smell the roses, see the world come alive, get into nature and feel the magic that this new energy brings.

Rest assure, the energy and qualities of spring will be working with you to bring your intentions to life. Placing your awareness and waking up to your intentions will only intensify this energy and fuel what you set out to achieve for yourself. Enjoy the new lease on life. Happy springtime!

CHECK OUT MY 3 STEP - INTENTION SETTING WORKSHEET here, TO HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY!

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Life Coach | Adventurer | Speaker | Blogger

www.abbylewtas.com

 

 

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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BRING YOUR HEALTHY LIFE INTO VISION

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When we think about health and fitness, our first thoughts pretty much divert to working out, being active and fueling up with the right nutrition. These aspects ARE the foundations, but underpinning all of this is having a compelling vision and powerful mindset.

We so often underestimate the power of our minds and our vision. I’m not talking about our eyesight, rather having a clear mental image of what it is that you want to achieve.

“I'll believe it when I see it” most people say. But in actual fact, ‘you see it when you believe it.’ Visualisation and mental imagery work, which is why we see and hear of so many success stories starting out with a compelling powerful vision. We only need to look to high achieving athletes and business women and men to see the results.

The best part about creating a powerful compelling vision is that anyone can do it and it is a fun and creative process.

Here are are my secrets to ensuring your health vision comes to life -

  • Set time aside to think about what you really want your life to look like in the area of health and fitness.

  • Write down how you SEE yourself and how you FEEL at your peak health and fitness state.

  • Write down WHY you want to look and feel this way. (This is most important - keep asking yourself questions about WHY you want this.)

  • With This information get creative write a vision statement including the points above.

  • Create a vision board so you can actually see what your vision looks like. -Grab some old magazines and cut out images that you feel drawn too. -Collect images from publications you see throughout your day.

  • Read your vision statement and look at your vision board every day and bring on the feelings you noted above.

The more we can see and feel what we want, the more we will start moving towards this. Keep connecting in with why you want what you want as this will drive you to maintain your exercise routine and healthy nutrition.

Finally, don't hold back with your vision, we can do anything if we really put our minds to it. Think BIG get creative and you just surprise yourself!

 

 

Life Coach | Adventurer | Speaker | Blogger

www.abbylewtas.com

DON'T GET STUCK IN A FITNESS RUT!

We all do it, even me. WE make our health and fitness regime BORING!

 

Either from lack of inspiration or playing it safe with the same old routine, we struggle to get creative with our health and fitness plan from time to time.

I’m going to share with you some of the things I do to keep my health and fitness regime INTERESTING! So you too can stay on track to your goals and be ENGAGED by what you are doing day to day.

GET INTO THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Whether you have a gym membership or go to a bootcamp class at the park, you are still surround by the same scene every week. It’s time to get out and ADVENTURE!

Adventure (noun) - an unusual and exciting or daring experience.

Go somewhere NEW that offers hiking, bike riding, long walking tracks, rock climbing or something similar.

There are so many amazing places in Australia that offer all these things and more!

I recently went on a 1.5hr hike around the You Yangs and loved it! My legs where worked and I felt invigorated!

MIX UP YOUR RECOVERY

Recovery is such an important part of being fit and healthy!

Instead of doing the usual Yoga class or bath at home try some of my suggestions for an indulgent and effective recovery below–

MAKE UP YOUR OWN EXERCISES

We’ve all seen and heard on contemporary dance, yes? This is a dance movement based on self expression. The dancers move in a way that feels good!

You can do the same. All you need to do is put some music on and start moving. I’m not saying you have to actually dance, but somewhere hidden in that big memory bank of yours is a whole cache of exercises you have done before that can be combined together to create something challenging for the body! Commit 30 minutes to being actively creative each week!

SEE A STEP BY STEP GUIDE ON BUILDING YOUR OWN EXERCISES HERE!

Don't be boring, mix it up and share your fitness adventures with me via insta using #mysurfstylefitness!

7 STEPS TO SNAP OUT OF YOUR FUNK!

Do you ever find yourself making excuses for why you can’t do that workout, stretch session, meditation, adventure or just take that next step toward that wild and crazy goal you set for yourself?

Suddenly the sleep in, the comfy couch or the easy road out seems like a far better option.

You lack motivation and for whatever reason you struggle to bust through!

We are all familiar with that feeling. These are the little speed bumps set up in our minds that challenge us towards our goals. Here are a few practical steps to help you overcome these mini motivational lapses, get our of your own way and on the path to success.

THE 7 STEPS

  1. Become aware of why you feel stuck. Are you tired? Feeling lazy? Paying too much attention to your inner critic? Why do you feel this way? Identify it, write it down or give it a name if it helps.

  2. Allow yourself to feel this way. Now that you have identified why you feel like you do allow yourself to sit with that feeling or emotion. Give yourself a time limit 5min - 15min to let yourself be in this state.

  3. Change your state. If you can’t get into action right away, change your state. Get moving, go for a walk, get in nature, visit a friend at the very least change your environment. It’s important to move past the ‘stuck’ feelings and create new ones for yourself.

  4. Connect with your greater goal or reason why you want what you want. What is it that you ultimately want from the workout, stretch meditation or crazy goal? Think about why you set out to do this in the first place.

  5. Set yourself a deadline and stick to it. Make an appointment with yourself and keep it like you would any other appointment or a catch up with a friend.

  6. Just do it! Getting into action is the most powerful thing you can do. There is no time for excuses as our minds are now occupied by the present moment and what we need to do.

  7. Celebrate your win. Recognise the hurdle you just overcame. So often our minds hold us back more than we realise. Celebrate your small win and notice how it made you feel. Remember this for next time you feel in a funk.

The quicker you can master step one, the faster you will be creating new habits for yourself to attain what it is you really want. So get out of your own way and achieve your goals. You owe it to yourself!

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Life Coach | Adventurer | Speaker | Blogger

www.abbylewtas.com

Surf Style Training FINALLY ONLINE!

ITS FINALLY HERE!

9 years seeking to make a difference, 16 months of planning, 20 + workout videos filmed! COUNTLESS weather & wind checks (which is bloody annoying when you live on the Surfcoast of Victoria!) and numerous late nights to meet self imposed deadlines...and it's finally finished :)

Excuse me...proud moment!!!!

I am happy to announce the Surf Style Training membership website is now live and ready for YOU to sign up and take Surf Style Training home!

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To show how grateful I am for your dedication to my newsletter (despite my inconsistency of late! Now you know why!) I want to offer you 10% OFF a years membership (usually $99) - available once for YOU only and only valid till the 31st of April 1016.

Learn more about where the Surf Style method came from if you want to see what all the fuss is about before redeeming your Little Bantam newsletter gift. Then sign up for a FREE TRIAL and test it out!

I would love to hear your thoughts or if you have any questions feel free to email me at elise@littlebantamhealthandfitness.com.au

Don't forget to check out the Little Bantam Facebook page and follow us on Instagram for daily surf fitness inspiration!

Cheers,

EC 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!


Don't forget to check out the Little Bantam Facebook page and follow us on Instagram for daily surf fitness inspiration!

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