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January 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Just a reminder to my spectacular email subscribers that you can now follow my latest adventures over at Head Plant Health; re-subscribe for new, improved inbox silliness and tasty health morsels! 

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I’ve moved!!!

September 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hello hello loyal reader (s)!

Thank you to those who left me sweet comments while I was away; I took an extended break while I muddled through some changing health philosophies and opinions, and am happy to say I’m starting afresh at the bloggie address below!

Head Plant Health

Do stop by for tea, would love to have you!

Thanks to everyone who made Bonne Santé such a fun place to call my virtual home x

Transylvanian mixed-bean stir-fry.

March 4, 2011 § 4 Comments

Aloha friends,

I’m currently out getting my Friday night on at a Mardis Gras spin off – Drag queen racing (fo’ real) which is an awesome, light-hearted and potentially hilarious Olympic gay event! I’m especially looking forward to the dainty dune dash and handbag discus!

So in honour of all things colourful, flamboyant and downright kooky, I’m leaving you with a delicious recipe for Transylvanian mixed-bean stir-fry, because beans are frankly more exciting when they’re all dressed up 🙂

Dressed-up in drag mixed-bean stir-fry

Assemble:

  • 1/2 cup brown rice (cooked in 1 cup water ~20 mins)
  • 1 cup mixed beans (I used canned – kudos if home cooked!)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 t fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/2 petite white onion (or 1/4 regular sized), diced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 T shoyu (or tamari)
  • 1 T organic honey
  • 1/2 t chilli flakes
  • 3 mushrooms
  • chopped veggies (I used kale, broccoli, carrot, zucchini) with 1/4 c water for steaming

Add rice to saucepan with water, bring to boil & reduce to simmer until liquid is absorbed (~20 minutes). Meanwhile, dice garlic, ginger, onion, mushroom and mountain of veg. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat and add garlic, ginger, mushroom, onions & cook until translucent/slightly golden (~3 minutes). Add remaining vegetables, wilt and add 1/4 c water and place lid over top. Steam for a few minutes to soften, and allow water to cook off. In a small bowl or cup, mix shoyu, honey and chilli and set aside. When the rice has finished cooking, add your beans to the same saucepan to heat through, and throw in steamed vegetables from the frying pan. Pour over sauce and stir to coat. Serves 2. (I usually add more shoyu while i’m eating, for extra saltiness!).

Bonne Friday to you all!

x

Are you tuning in….?

February 21, 2011 § 7 Comments

…To my guest posts at High on Health?

I am completely honoured to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the amazing stockpile of awesomness that is High on Health. Fran is one of my favourite Aussie bloggers, and her insights into holistic skin care, spirituality and everything in between inspire me daily.

So please hop on over to check out the new material! I may even share some awkward facts about my flexibility (or lack thereof)…

So feel free to support me in my toe-touching endeavours! Monumental.

❤ and goji berries to you all x

Bonne festivus!

December 24, 2010 § 5 Comments

As predicted, my last minute christmas scramble has resulted in a rain check on the meaningful post!

But from Bonne Santé to you, i’d like to wish you all a fabulous Christmas, in whatever capacity you may celebrate.

Enjoy some glorious eats. Focus.

A salad by candlelight.

A second helping of silliness.

And a lucrative bounty from this breaking & entering fiend!

Bonne vacances!

x

Tisn’t the season…

December 19, 2010 § 12 Comments

…to stay on top of blogging duties.

Sorry for being M.I.A, I was taken hostage by birthday and christmas fairies and lost my blogging mojo.

Tisn’t the season for crummy point-and-shoot photography. I’m moving up in the world.

My DSLR dreams became a 18.0 megapixel reality. Reality is looking a whole lot better right now.

Mung bean photo shoot. They WORKED IT.

Tisn’t the season for pumpkin and bulbous, wintery onions. Somehow we found these glorious specimens and bought them anyway.

Tis the season to harass your friends for photos of each and every delicious morsel.

Tis the season to seek out fresh, vibrant organic produce and support local growers.

Load up your basket.

And fondle a capsicum.

Tisn’t the season to forsake your favourite dessert.

Brought to you by this delightful local stall at the Subiaco markets, W.A.

Tis the season to bypass cups and pour your thick, creamy smoothie into a bowl.

And adorn with cheesy christmas garnishes.

Tis the season for good wine.

And other medicinal beverages.

(Psssssst, a big hunk of Tumeric in your veggie juice is a fine idea).

 

Merry Christmas and ho ho ho from the Bonne Santé, ho!

x

Raw day 4 & 5.

November 15, 2010 § 11 Comments

Hi beauties!

Well, the glorious sunshine lasted a nanosecond, as is Sydney’s temperamental way, and it’s back to dreary, bleary bleak-fest. Summer 2010 is taking a rain check. Oh god, I’m making terrible dad jokes in the presence of company, please forgive me!

The past couple of days have taught me a lot on the raw front. Yesterday, I was quite melancholy, and started to question my motivations for doing this experiment, as well as the validity of the diet itself.

I had a big green smoothie for breakfast, as well as some hot lemon tea and an apple. (FYI – hot drinks are not technically ‘raw’, and many choose to forego them on a 100% raw diet. I don’t see the harm in things such as ginger tea, or hot water and lemon but am drawing the line at caffeine for this experiment – no green tea for this little hippie! Funny though, because I usually gravitate towards steaming teas, but I have little desire for them right now.)

My stomach was still pouting at me, in the form of cramps, bloating and reflux-like symptoms. I decided to ignore it, and try for a run. Needless to say, I got halfway down the street and turned back. My gut was not feeling good, and I don’t believe in pushing yourself if your body is giving you signals it wants to stop. Instead, I packed up some chopped vegetables & fruit, and took myself to the beach to make the most of the sensational Sunday skies.

As I said, I was feeling quite flat today – not so much energetically lacking, but mentally a little gloomy. I started to wonder if I had done the right thing in jumping into this experiment all carrots blazing, without a proper transition period. The article Kate sent me in the comments section last week, cautions us against plunging into a serious detox without adequate preparation, as too many toxins are stored up for your body to cope with. Instead of being able to eliminate them effectively, it is overwhelmed, and thus the detox is ineffective as the toxins remain in your system, unable to be expelled. It suggests that worsening symptoms of bloating, nausea, headaches etc are actually the body trying to tell us to slow down, and quit with the cleansing barrage. You can read it here.

This was playing on my mind as I considered the gas-baby I was now housing in my abdomen; could I be thwarting my body’s attempts at detoxification by coming on too strong? Was I trying to get to 3rd base with raw, when really, we were only ready for 1st?

I decided to keep monitoring my symptoms, and quit if I kept feeling lousy. (That being said, I’ve experienced no headaches, save a tiny one on day 2, or any other major symptoms apart from belly expansion & discomfort. By my reckoning, I am lucky…for now.)

Advice received to keep melons separate was respected, as I ate this gigantic piece as a mid-afternoon snack. With SMH good weekend, of course.

Oh, and most important news of the day, CHECK MY VIBRAMS TAN! Do you see it? Are you jealous? I bet! I have this weird array of terrible tan-lines that zig-zag across my back (lululemon sports-bra outline), form patterns on my feet, and abruptly stop mid-thigh. A pox on you exercise short-shorts! It’s too far gone to actually go to the beach and actively try to even out the damage. Oh, and of course, it’s wrong to tan (ahem).

So anyhoo, day #4 was not too hot. I felt a little better after driving to work and listening to Cloud Control, and customers cheered me up by making inquiries about my green smoothie in a jar that I was eating behind the counter with a spoon. I told them it was a sludge-shake with added algae and spinach. They laughed like I was joking.

I slept badly, with this strange reflux thing happening where it was like I had a permanent cramp right across the top of my stomach. It kept waking me up and I was a little worried.

This morning it was still there somewhat, so I decided to eat a really simple meal of bananas and mango for breakfast, for better digestion.

I did feel better in class, like my stomach was actually getting it’s shit together and breaking the food down. I came home, ate 2 dates, and whacked on my vibrams for a run. I decided that although my gut was achey, maybe I needed to move in order to feel better. Like yesterday, starting out was uncomfortable, and much of the run I was preoccupied by cramps and bloating. But I had a hunch it was what I needed, and sloshing about in the pouring rain in my vibrams by the sea, I started to feel better. I was amazed that due to my stomach woes, I had failed to realise that I was not actually tired and felt extremely fit & energetic along the way. Hills that usually wind me were less than threatening, and I felt extremely alive and happy. There were few people because of the drizzle, and the 8km route flew by. In vibrams and everything! I think i’m really starting to break these suckers in.

So that’s the happenings of today. I am now feeling decidedly better, in all respects. Oh and Jarad said my eyes were really ‘blue’ the other day – they’re not blue at all, but hey, i’ll take it! Must be extra sparkly due to the living foods. And also, my skin feels really nice. I believe it may be glowing! However I am waiting for the detox break-out…anytime now.

I also wanted to mention that I’m getting very excited about continuing down the raw path after this experiment (which doesn’t have a specific time-frame by the way). I believe that yesterday’s slight depression was in part due to the fact that I’m not eating food like I used to any more. I love all the fresh fruit & vegetables, but it’s not the emotionally-fuelled love-affair I had with baked vegan sweets and elaborate new dinner ideas. In this way, I think that i’m going to try and be more creative with my meals, because I don’t want to lose that appetite I have for trying new things, and using imagination in the kitchen. That’s important to me, and a big part of my life. (Yes, gluttony!)

This amazing blog called Golubka that I stalked from Green & Juicy’s blogroll encapsulates that passion for culinary creativity with amazing flair and originality. It may just be the most beautiful blog I’ve ever come across – recommended reading/viewing.

That’s it for now! Any comments/questions, please feel free to share!

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