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Exercises / post baby - core strength and upper body strength.
« on: October 28, 2013, 06:34:51 PM »
My stomach is just....weak...I've lost my core strength since having cub. She is just 3 months now. I am starting to do planks ( very poor excuses for planks but I try)...and I was doing modified burpies while preggers so am thinking of starting those up and working back to full burpies again.

Any advice on how I can improve my strength? Would love to hear from other mummas. The extra weight Im carrying atm doesn't bother me so much as Im breastfeeding, but I miss the feeling of being strong that I developed over the last 2 years..feeling like Im back at square one is kinda depressing.

Parenting / new baby balance
« on: October 28, 2013, 06:31:31 PM »
So 3 bears welcomed a little cub to our home recently. I did quite well for 2/3rds of my pregnancy, then I can say I ate things I don't normally.

Cub is now 3 months and I am attempting to build good habits again but Im struggling a little with juggling mummy duties, housework, home business and being just...well organised when it comes to food.

I tend to shop every 3 days or so because the men in the house like to eat ALL the food at once...its crazy. I probably need to buy more food but I worry it won't last long  ???  For example I bought a whole cooked chicken for snacking on and hubby got home from work famished and ate the entire thing  :o

Am wondering what do other paleo mummas do to keep things simple, fresh and well stocked. Help a sleep deprived mummas out here ;)

Also still embracing the idea that Im not going to loose this bubba fat anytime soon, while I am happy breastfeeding and glad its all going well....the saggy tummy is kinda depressing. I did squats through pregnancy and modified burpies....pretty much stopped after having bubba but am wanting to get back into it. I heard going to hard too fast releases toxins into breastmilk....thoughts?

thanks in advance for any glad this forum is here :)

Progress Reports & Photos / 3bears journey
« on: July 12, 2012, 06:55:39 PM »
Well we started the paleo 30 day challenge just after christmas - so we have been eating this way for 6 months now. My husband has gone from over 80kg to 70kg (or just under). He looks amazing. I've gone from nearly 60kg to 53kg...I think we are both still loosing a little but at a much slower rate.

There are loads of room for improvement and we have had a few challenges.

Firstly not having control of our environment - we sold our house and are living with my parents, good news is we finally found a place we liked and are waiting for settlement. The problem with not having control of our environment is a)lack of storage space for our own foods b)shared meal issues (my dad is really bad for four and breadcrumbs in food...also I've noticed they don't eat much salad). I've overcome this by trying to get into the kitchen first to cook, leaving things I don't think are great to eat and snacking on fruit, vegies nuts etc instead. I've also skipped a meal or two if I wasn't hungry and didn't want to eat what was on offer.

Second challenge - our son. He is totally loving the salads, meats, vegies etc and has become a great eater! Sadly family feel the need to offer him lollies, bread, junk food....I'm not a nazi I don't care if he has the odd treat but he doesn't need one everytime he see's someone. The worst offender being an aunt who gives him fruitbars etc which she says are "natural"....I've read the wrapper...that shit isn't natural. Anyway....I have no idea just keep battling with that one I guess.  >:(

Third challenge - *some* vegan friends and colleages.  I'm surrounded by vegetarian/vegan people. Most are really great people and we don't even discuss food much. My best friend is vegan and very supportive after some great open, honest discussions about where food comes from etc. However.....I do have one or two friends who are extremely preachy annoys the crap out of me. To deal with this I've opted for silence....or a small discussion to let them know I don't eat intensively farmed meat...this is a general problem I've struggled with for some time..we have always eaten roo and fish we caught ourselves. Its the traditional foods of my family, and it still irks me that people feel the need to guilt me out over it. I don't have a problem with vegans/vegetarians... I have a problem with preachy.

Lastly, skin skin improved once I took dairy out of my diet but the hormal acne still raged and actually got a bit worse. My gp is suspecting pcos (which is linked to our unexplained infertility).  In desperation and for my own comfort I've gone on a low dose estrogen pill (yaz), its been 3 days and already I see improvement. I'd like to try going off it again, but I think I'll do that when we eventually move.

 Enough with the negative.

The BEST parts of eating this way so far have been

a) improvement in heath - hubby significant weight....I have literally no more arthritis pain!   :D
b) simplified meals - I'm not baking and slaving in the kitchen for hours!
c) feeling a deeper connection as I take in more traditional foods back into our diet.

Lastly, I think the best thing has been the improvement in my hubby's moods, he is happier, more motivated and grateful. He loves bike riding and is thinking of taking up mountain biking...he just really enjoys it.

Neither of us exercise excessively, but we feel really good about where we are and how we feel.

Improvements I'd like to see once we move:

a) I'd like to do more exercise myself, I'm an active person but I gave up yoga over 2 years and I'd like to go back to it. It was so good for back.
b) a more stricter eating pattern (using coconut oil and not olive oil) and planning my meals for the week, especially for busy days or uninspired days.
c) make more *sweets* for myself and my boy, he loves bliss balls and the avocado chocolate mousse is enough to curb any cravings he has for "lollies". I love bannana chips as a treat, once I get my dehydrator out of storage I'm set.

Lastly...planning and maintaining a kickass vegie patch....I miss my garden.

And that is where we are at, wouldn't mind hearing from other women with pcos? I'll update in a couple of months :)

Food Journals / 3 bears journal
« on: January 04, 2012, 01:33:45 AM »
Thought I would start a food journal, it may not be updated everyday because I'm a busy woman ;) but its will give an idea of what we are eating. We are easing ourselves into for two reasons a) we are living with my parents atm while our house is on the market, and they are not inclined to eat the way we do and b) we don't have a pantry/fridge etc to keep for ourselves. This will change tho! My dad works away and leaves next week so we are purging the pantry etc and we are excited about getting into our new house once the old one sells and setting ourselves up.

Our breakfasts have looked like this:

Day 1: Fried egg & bacon with sliced apple.

Day 2: sliced apple and pear sprinkled with almond slithers and cinnamon (so yum)

Day 3: Fried egg on thickly sliced tomato (in place of bread, I love it).

Day 4: Banana and baby spinach smoothie (added ice)

Day 5: Steamed brochili and bacon

Lunch Day 1: Lettuce wraps ( boiled egg, sliced capsicum, sliced mushroom wrapped in lettuce)
Day 2: Lamb cutlets, capsicum and tomato diced and orange slices
Day3: Cold chicken, sliced apple, handful of dried nuts and fruit (raw mix includes cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, appricot and apple)
Day 4: tin tuna, cucumber, carrots and avocado dip (avocado and lime juice).
Day 5: Handful of cashew nuts on the run, apple, guava and baby spinach with lime juice.

Dinner Day 1: Roast lamb and chicken (its christmas) roast tomato, sweet potato and brochili
Day 2: left over lamb with apple, cucumber and carrots diced.
Day 3: Homemade sausages (dads), tomato, onion and mushroom in vinegar ( bleugh) and lettuce, carrot, beetroot salad.
Day 4: Steamed fish in oven ( brim we caught), capsicum, lettuce, carrot, mushroom and sliced apple.
Day 5:  havn't had it yet but its lamb chops and a salad.

Snacks: havn't been that "snacky" surprisingly, we have a mixed dried fruit/nut which we dip into when we feel hungry. Or we just grab and apple ...I did on day 3 get hungry and fry up two lamb cutlets.
Hubby is liking a boiled egg or two in the afternoons, or grabbing a tin of tuna.
I like the carrots/cucumber sticks with our avocado dip.

I weighted just under 60 kg and hubby 85kg.  I've dropped to 57kg (checked this morning) most of it is I believe the excess fluid I've been carrying (hey that time of month) waiting to see if its slowly creeps back on.
I grabbed a handful of cashews this afternoon without realising they are salted, I now feel a bit more bloated and am thinking I should steer clear of them and stick to the raw nut/fruit thing for emergencies. I don't always have time to fry something up as I'm on the run most days, but will reach for tin tuna in future instead.

Any comments suggestions are welcome, more so if they are constructive and helpful :)

Recipes and meal photos / whats in your kitchen?
« on: December 28, 2011, 01:30:31 AM »
I'm not sure this is the right place to put this..newbie..anyway.

I've been using coconut flour, almond meal and hazlenut meal for a few recipes, but its a real pain to get the flour where I live. We are selling our home and thus I've sold/moved on alot of kitchen equiptment. Quite a few friends have recommended that I get a thermomix, but I'm yet to be convinced that I should spend that much the foods they eat are nothing like what we I'm not sure it would be that great.

I'd really like a great foodprocessor I think, something that I could make my own nut flours in, but also for green smoothies.  We use the electric frypan alot for cooking our meats in winter, but often we just cook on a fire out the back ( fun for the kid).

What has everyone else got in their kitchen?

Introductions / 3 bears in the cave
« on: December 26, 2011, 10:46:18 PM »
hi,  we are new :)

We are a family of 3. My hubby has has weight issues since he was a child, but has lost quite a bit since we have been together and after some changes to his diet - his background is malay/english so there was a westernised diet with helpings of curry and rice and lots of sweets and potato chips. We cut out the rice alot ( I refused to cook it every night). He is also more active now which is great, coz we'd like him to be around for a long time :)  His father has had a triple bypass (clearly the diet wasn't the best) so we are keen to eat healthy and play happy.

My diet as a child to young teen was lots of veggies, white meats mostly with a little roo and lamb, plenty of fruit and fish (I was in a tropical climate at the time - and I would easily go pick fruit if I didn't like what was for dinner). It changed significantly when my family moved and suddenly fastfood, high carb meals were on the menu. My family put on weight quickly, and like the my grandmother and others, my parents developed health issues including lupus, diabetes and a myriad of other things ( arthritis abounds). Of all my family I have had the least health issues, my main ones beings a little fatigue and fertility issues ( well that could be both my partner and I ). I generally have good energy through the day and I am not a lover of bread or pasta but have eaten it due to other family wanting me to cook certain meals.

After quite a bit of discussion and some research I came across the paleo diet, it fits perfectly with what I had been calling " our traditional diet" and being able to find this info online has been vital in my being able to convince family members to at least give it a go.

So here we are, I am personally hoping to see changes in allergies ( hayfever and gastro problems), for some weight changes and for more energy. Also for ..a level of happiness or well being...I think.

We are looking forward to reading about other families on here, and getting some great recipes and ideas. Our biggest challenges will be ditching the sugar ( myself and my son) and for my hubby, curbing those carbohydrate cravings.

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