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Why don’t I answer my phone?

Quite often I have friends call and I just don’t or can’t answer.

For many reasons, I’m changing a nappy, I’m sorting food, I’m playing with my kids, I’m doing my household chores, I’m trying to grocery shop and not buy everything that the toddler pulls from the shelves, the little ones are screaming / dancing / fighting / being noisy in general, I’m at a play date, I’m bathing children, I’m trying to get kids to bed, I’m At a sporting event, I’m scoffing down my meal before being ‘needed’ again, anything….

i will I’ll get back to you though, within a few hours. I’m not rude enough to ignore my phone. 😉

Just because I’m a SAHM (stay at home mum), that doesn’t mean I’m avail 24/7. I’ve often been told that SAHM are often busier than those who work as those employed actually get a lunch break, they can take a shower without an audience, they actually can go to the bathroom without their toddler insisting on sitting in their lap whilst they urinate. They can take 5 minutes to themselves, they get peace and quiet.

Now I’m not saying I’m overwhelmed or dislike any of the above, I actually choose to be a SAHM, call me crazy but I love the chaos and craziness of it all. I’m constantly busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! ❤ 👨‍👧


Juice v Calories!

Juice diet v’s calorie counting.

We have all seen and heard of these ‘juice’ diets that promise copious amounts of weight loss and that they are so good for you etc etc.

Yes I understand that having a juice with many different fruit and vegetables in it can be good for you and that its a great way to get your daily dose of these vitamins and minerals, however what if you are having 2 or 3 of these juices a day as your ‘diet’ instead of having a solid meal?

Another question is what if you are calorie counting?

As most of my regular readers will know, I’m all for a healthy balanced diet of eating a variety of foods and not excluding any, including fats, sugars and treats.

The average female daily calorie intake if you are trying to loose weight should be approx 1200. 1500 to maintain.

We all know this can be achieved if you stick to 3 meals per day and 2 snacks with you meals are approx 200 – 250 calories and your shacks are less. I have previously blogged many meal and snack ideas with calorie count so that its easier for you.

How many calories do you think would be in one of these ‘super juices?’.

Let’s say you have one of the following juice.

1 Granny Smith Apple = 80 calories
100gm kale = 50 calories
100gm cucumber = 16
10 green grapes = 70 calories
Total calories = 216 calories


1 orange = 70 calories
1 Granny Smith apple = 80 calories
1 pear = 60 calories
10 cherries = 43 calories
Total calories = 253 calories


20 blueberries = 16 calories
10 strawberries = 60 calories
1 mango = 60 calories
Total calories = 136 calories


1 orange = 70 calories
15 almonds = 100 calories
1 cup sweet potato = 114 calories
1 green apple = 80 calories
Total calories = 264 calories
You could add ice or coconut water to these to add extra flavour or water them down so they are less thick and easier to drink, however in 100mls of coconut water there are 39 calories so you again adding more calories to your diet.

A metric cup is actually 250mls, so your not even adding half a cup of liquid to your juice.

Also remember fruit has a lot of sugar in it, although it’s natural sugar, it’s still sugar and if you don’t burn this sugar it can turn to fat.

Yes these juices can be good for your vitamin intake etc but if your counting calories then adding meals also, there goes your daily calories in one juice!

These also have no dairy in them which isn’t always great, so therefore your excluding milk and yogurt from your diet and remember soy and almond milk do t have as much protein as cows milk.

100ml soy milk = 54 calories
100ml almond milk = 17 calories
100ml cows full cream milk = 62 calories
100ml cows skim milk = 37 calories

There is also minimal Protein in them unless your adding nuts or dairy as both contain protein.

Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body also uses protein to build and repair tissues and to make enzymes, hormones, and other important body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

I know that a juice doesn’t fill me, I need a solid meal but for those of you who would rather have a juice than a meal perhaps think about what juice your having.

I’m not saying don’t have them. I’m saying be mindful of what your adding to them, especially if your trying to loose weight.

Also be mindful that’s it’s possibly not the best health advice to have a liquid diet only. Perhaps have one at breakfast time or as a snack but I personally wouldn’t recommend having a liquid only diet.

What are your thoughts on these juices?


How to rid cellulite!

So summer is fast approaching and we all want to feel our best in our swimwear. I’ve had a dear friend and reader ask how to get rid of, or help with the appearance of cellulite.

Firstly I want to explain that cellulite is not only targeted to overweight or larger people. Cellulite can be present on thin people also.

So what is cellulite?

Cellulite is a condition where the skin has underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy or bumpy appearance. It is most noticeable on your bottom and thighs, and usually occurs during your teenage years or after puberty.

Although cellulite can affect both men and women it is much more common in women, mainly because we women are more likely to have more body fat and connective tissue than men. Women do store more fat around these areas in particular as it helps us when we are pregnant or trying to conceive.

There are many reasons why people get cellulite.

It is beloved that oestrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process. Therefore hormones can play a factor.

Genes may contribute to characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat cells and circulatory insufficiency.

It’s believed people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.

It’s proven that cellulite may be more common in smokers, people who may not exercise, or those who are stationary perhaps sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time.

Now none of these are deemed to be true or false however from my personal training days and my other studies I believe that cellulite can occur for many reasons and is not bias with whom it rears it’s head to.

I personally believe that good diet can help with the appearance of cellulite as can exercise. I’m not saying to go on a fad or crash diet or extreme eating, what I do suggest is everything in moderation.

Cellulite is basically fat cells that are stored under the layer of our skin, however on some people it’s more visible than others. By eating a varied diet you are helping your body to fight holding into fat cells. Eating smaller meals on a regular basis you are also helping to keep your metabolism consistent which also helps with fat burning.

If course exercise is also helpful however simply walking at a decent pace, without exerting yourself can improve your circulation and fat burning. This helps to smooth, tighten and lift your skin and muscle time which also helps with the appearance if lumps and bumps.

Drinking a good amount of water and trying to keep caffeine and carbonated drinks to a minimal is also beneficial. Water helps to flush your system and has no sugar therefore no chance of it not being burnt as fuel for your body and therefore no chance of your busy storing it as fat.

I also recommend either lighting brushing your body with a loofah or scrubbing brush in circular motions whilst in the shower. This also helps with circulation.

Now these are not miracle treatments nor am I a medical professional. These are simply tips that I’ve found have helped either myself or my previous clients.

Mini frittatas!

Mini bacon and spinach frittatas!

Preparing your own toddler friendly food is simple and can be budget-friendly. Starting with purees and moving onto finger foods much like these mini bacon and spinach frittatas.

Perfect if your little one enjoys feeding themself.
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 small brown onion, finely chopped
1 large rasher bacon
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup mashed sweet potato or other cooked veggies (perhaps pumpkin or white potato)
1/2 cup grated cheese
a few baby spinach leaves, chopped or torn finely – approx 15
cooking spray
Set the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Heat oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook the onion and bacon until onions are slightly brown.

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and gradually add the mashed vegetables cheese and spinach. Stir well to combine.

Spray a mini cupcake tin and scoop in mixture. Fill a few millimetres from the top.

Pop in a pre-heated oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the frittatas are golden brown on top and have moved slightly away from the edge of the cupcake tin.

Leave to cool slightly and serve warm.

These will also keep in the fridge for a week or can be frozen, if they last. Guaranteed to be a winner with all ages as either a snack or toddler meal.

Expectations on looking good.

We all want to look our best right?

So why do we set ourselves such high standards?

A lot of women ‘aspire’ to look like models, lately I’ve read articles on how ‘amazing’ a certain ex supermodel still looks and she is 50. What I wonder is, why do we worry about what they look like and why are we comparing ourselves to them?

Models are paid to look good it’s their job. Just as we are paid to go to work, whatever our employment may be, looking good is their employment. If they didn’t look good they wouldn’t get the ‘job’ as such and therefore would be unemployed.

What a lot of us also forget is, majority of the time their salaries exceed ours and they often have personal trainers on a daily basis, nutritionists, chefs to prepare their meals ensuring it’s to their standard and possibly calorie controlled or part of a particular eating plan which allows them to just eat and not have to plan like majority of us.

If we all had help like models have we could all look that way.

Which also brings me to another point, do we all want to look like a model? It seems like a lot of hard work to me.

Why are we not happy with the way we are?

Why do we put pressure on ourselves to look like someone who is paid to look a certain way?