It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe on the blog – sorry! The reason is I’ve been working very hard on my fitness and wellness guide ‘Lean & Well’. All my new recipe creations have been going it to the recipe section of the guide. However I thought it was about time I shared a new recipe with you all, plus this moussaka has had a lot of requests when I’ve posted me making it on social media.
I’ll warn you that this takes a while to make, about 90 minutes cooking time and 30 minutes baking time. I would usually never make anything that takes that long, I’m all about quick and simple in the kitchen. However, I make an exception for this moussaka. It is so delicious, and produces a whopping 8 serves so it is something I make every few weeks. Probably the part I’m most proud of from this recipe is the cauliflower white sauce. Compared to the traditional sauce in a moussaka, my sauce is bursting with nutrients and still tastes flavoursome and creamy. Don’t fret if you don’t have a thermomix, you can still make this, it just won’t be as easy.
Some may be judgemental towards a Christian woman pursuing fitness, saying it’s selfish, superficial or not important. However I disagree and here’s why. In the same way that it’s ok for a Christian to want to make their house look stylish, make their garden beautiful, keep their car clean and in good condition or wear makeup and colour their hair, I believe it is ok for a Christian woman to want to look good in their swimsuit. The only two reasons I think there is a problem is if your motives are sinful, or if this desire is taking the place of more important things in your life.
Recently I had a friend, let me call her Ruby, who shared with me something I found very inspiring which I just had to share with you all. Ruby has recently turned her life around. Over the past year she has lost 50 kilos! When Ruby had a health scare and decided enough is enough, it’s time to change once and for all, she didn’t take the gradual, gentle approach to changing her lifestyle. No. she took the way-out-of-her-comfort-zone, make some dramatic and hard changes approach. A lot of trainers (myself included) don’t often recommend this approach to weight loss, because it can be too drastic for the person and not sustainable. They give up after a short time because they tried to change too much at once, can’t do it, feel like failures and give up. Not Ruby. She has a fire in her belly level of motivation and and it sure as anything is working for her!
So here is her message she would like to share with anyone who is wanting to finally lose weight, get fit and become healthy.
For me if lunch is not leftovers from dinner and it’s not a simple salad, then its usually rice cakes. I like that compared to a sandwich you can get into your body more ‘good bits’ like veggies, protein and good fats and less starchy carbs (three rice cakes contains the amount of carbohydrates equivalent to one slice of bread). Here are some of my favourite combos:
- Cream cheese, tomato and avocado
- Cream cheese, tomato and basil leaves
- Avocado, turkey and tomato
- Roast beef, crisp lettuce and cheese
- Ham, cheese and tomato
- Smashed avocado, cheese and cucumber slices
- Hummus, avocado, tomato, salt and chilli powder
- Cottage cheese, crisp lettuce, smoked salmon, chopped dill
- Cottage cheese, sliced gherkins, ham and sliced tomato
- Tomato relish, cheese, roast beef and cucumber slices
- Smashed avocado mixed with diced tomato, onion and tuna in spring water (drained)
You may have heard from midwifes or other Mums ‘oh you’re breastfeeding, the baby weight will come off in no time!’ So is it true that breastfeeding causes weight loss? Well yes and no. The answer is very similar to the answer to the question ‘does exercise help with weight loss?’
As it is the beginning of the year I have observed a lot of people following an online fitness and nutrition plan, usually a downloadable ebook or an app. I think this is great! For the cost of one personal training session you can buy an entire 12 weeks worth of workouts. I have personally over the years enjoyed trying programs by Kayla Itsines, Ashy Bines, Jamie Eason and Emily Skye. Even though I’m a trainer I always love trying a different trainer’s style of exercise programming and training philosophy. I also love trying some new healthy recipes. However I think there is a problem with the meal plans.