Strawberry Matcha Smoothie

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Although it’s winter down in my part of the world, this delicious strawberry and matcha smoothie certainty reminds me of summer……summer please come back!

Ingredients

1 Cup of Strawberries
1 Banana
1½ Cup of Coconut milk
1 tsp Matcha
1 tsp of Rice malt syrup
2 Scoops of Amazonia raw protein (pea protein)
2 Ice cubes

Optional
Garnish with loving earth buckinis

Peel and cut banana, then slice into small pieces. Remove tops from strawberries and slice strawberries in half. Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour smoothie into glasses, garnish smoothie with a spoonful of buckinis. Enjoy!

Serves 2, time required 5 minutes

ME Awareness, Symptoms with ME

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Photo credit: Photos_by_ambanks- Instagram

It’s ME/CFS (Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic fatigue syndrome) awareness day. As a yearly ritual I wanted to get on board and help raise awareness about the illness (see previous years posts here ME Awareness 2015 & ME Awareness 2014). As most of my readers know I have been living with this illness for the past few years. It is a debilitating illness that still needs a lot of research. The cause of the illness is still unknown. There is also no treatment plan for this illness and some sufferers take many years to recover. Unfortunately some sufferers do not recover.

I’ve decided to write about some of the crazy symptoms, that I have experienced with ME/CFS. I hope this helps you understand that this illness is more than one symptom and is never straight forward for any sufferer. In fact most sufferers experience a number of different symptoms and each persons experience with the illness is different.

Are you ready, here we go………

Food intolerance/ Sensitive stomach/ Digestive issues 

When your stomach decides to pack a tantrum and tell you that it does not like eating the food you like any more. What? How? Signalling back to you with stomach cramps, nausea, bloating, aches and pains or just sending it straight out! Nasty business this, I personally had it that bad that I went and had a food intolerance test done. Turns out I learnt I had a mild intolerance to two foods I causally ate, but not the rest!!! What the hell!!!

Anxiety

Oh yes that horrible feeling when your heart starts beating rapidly, you feel a hot and cold sweat breaking out and your mind races into a crazy panic state. Your breath feels shallow and is this even real or am I dreaming?  I mean where the hell did this come from!!! Fear of things that never consumed my mind before, I mean why are these thoughts clogging up my brain!!! Where has this all come from? Oh Hi Anxiety, you can go now!

Brain fog

When your brain feels like it has a thick layer of fog over it. Yep sounds strange but it is a real thing. Causes confusion, self-doubt, lack of focus or concentration and makes you do and say strange things. Strange things that your dog would appreciate, like being fed twice for breakfast. Or when you start repeating yourself and asking the same things over and over, because you don’t remember asking them just a minute ago. Oh dear!!!

Muscle aches and joint pain

Yep that’s right! When your body feels like you just ran a marathon, but all you did was walk 20 steps.  Muscle and joint pain from moving too much, as well as from not moving enough!  What!?  I know it blows my mind too, but it is a real thing. If you try and push yourself a little with any type of extra activity, it can result in extreme muscle or joint pain and then it’s back to bed for days. Making you feel like you physically got hit by a bus. If you don’t move your body enough your body ceases up and becomes stiff resulting in muscle and joint pain. Even the weather can influence this symptom. Aches and pains in the cooler weather as well as in the humid weather.

Extreme sensitivity

A really weird symptom that can cause extreme sensitivity to all types of things like noise, people and their energy, smells, sunlight, cleaning products, cosmetics, skin care products. How this works is when you may feel like you are having a reaction to it. You might feel instant fatigue, feel itchy or heavy. Smells may irritate you, you can’t even be in the same room with someone if they’re wearing perfume. Even cosmetics or skin care can feel heavy and irritate the skin.

 

I could go on with the list of crazy symptoms, here’s a few more just so you get the idea; fever, memory loss, heart palpitations, muscle weakness, dizziness, headaches/ migraines, insomnia. They all come and go with this illness, but there is honestly too many to list and everybody that suffers with this illness suffers very differently.

I hope this has helped you learn a bit more about ME/CFS and has given you a little more insight of  some of the symptom struggles sufferers go through.

Unfortunately there is still a lot to be learned and research to be done about ME/CFS. Some health professionals still believe it is all in the sufferers mind, as there is still a lot unknown about the illness.  For more information about ME/CFS or to find out how you can help check out the Australia ME/CFS website emerge.org.au.

Thanks for reading, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Much Love,
Lennae xxx

Photo credit: Photos_by_ambanks-  Instagram

Photo credit: Photos_by_ambanks- Instagram

Matcha Coconut Latte

Matcha Latte

Matcha Latte

Matcha, Matcha, Matcha!

Matcha has become my new health food love! If you haven’t heard about it before, it has a great list of health benefits! It’s full of antioxidants, boosts energy levels, a great alternative to coffee, calms the mind, aids concentration and can go in pretty much everything (just ask the Japanese they love Matcha). Here’s my delicious Matcha latte recipe for you to try, enjoy and your welcome!

Ingredients

1 tsp of Matcha powder
½ Cup of Coconut milk
½ Cup of Hot water (90 degrees)
1 tsp of Rice malt syrup (or sweetener of your choice)

Boil a jug of hot water and turn it off just before it hits boiling point (water needs to be at 90 ° C – boiling point is 100°). Add Matcha powder into a cup and pour in a small amount of coconut milk. Add in a small about of hot water and whisk with a chasen (bamboo tea whisk). If you do not have chasen a teaspoon will do, but may not mix as well as a chasen. Pour in the the remainder of coconut milk and hot water and stir. Stir in rice malt syrup, enjoy!

Serves 1, time required 5 minutes.

Fave Oats

Now that Autumn is upon us, mornings are a bit more cooler. I’m a huge oats fan, especially in the cooler months. Oats are a healthy and nutritious option for breakfast, here are my top two favourite combos. I hope this helps make your breakfast a little exciting.

Banana Cacao Oats

Banana Cacao Oats

 

Banana Cacao Oats

Ingredients

¼ Cup Oats
1 Banana
1 tsp of Cacao powder
½ Cup of Coconut milk
1 Tbsp of Buckwheat (Loving earths buckinis caramelised clusters)

Optional
1 tsp Maca powder

Measure oats and pour into a bowl with coconut milk. Mix oats and coconut milk around and microwave for 1 minute. Stir oats, then microwave for another minute. If needed pour in a dash of coconut milk. Cut banana as desired and combine into the bowl with cacao powder and buckwheat. Stir oats until all mixed, enjoy!

Serves 1, time requires 3 minutes

Cinnamon Berry Oats

Cinnamon Berry Oats

Cinnamon Berry Oats

Ingredients

⅓ Cup of Strawberries & Rapsberries (frozen is fine).
¼ Cup Oats
1 tsp of Chia seeds
1 tsp of Buckwheat (Loving earths buckinis berry & cacao)
½ Cup of Coconut milk
Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Optional
1 tsp Maca powder

Measure oats and pour into a bowl with coconut milk. Mix oats and coconut around and microwave for 1 minute. Stir oats, then microwave for another minute. If needed pour in a dash of coconut milk. Add in the rest of ingredients, then stir oats until mixed. Enjoy!

Serves 1, time requires 3 minutes.

Want to change Cinnamon berry into Cacao berry? Leave the cinnamon and add in 1 tsp of cacao powder.

Mr Barry, please don't eat my oats!

Mr Barry, please don’t eat my oats!

Goji Berry & Coconut Chocolate

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Who doesn’t love a good chocolate recipe!? I know I do!!! Chocolate lovers brace yourselves, I have a healthy, guilt free and easy chocolate recipe for you all to enjoy. Made up with a couple of enriching super foods, how can you not taste the goodness? I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.

 

Ingredients

½ Cup of Cacao powder

½ Cup Coconut oil

½ Cup of Desiccated coconut

¼ Cup Goji berries

4 Tbsp Maple syrup

A pinch of pink Himalayan salt

 

Melt coconut oil (if not melted already), you can do this by placing the jar in hot water. Grab a small – medium sized baking tray and line with baking paper. Combine cacao powder, coconut and salt into a bowl. Once coconut oil has melted add with maple syrup into to the same bowl as the above ingredients. Mix ingredients thoroughly. Add in goji berries to the bowl and stir. Pour ingredients into the lined baking tray and spread out evenly. Allow 30 minutes for the chocolate to set in the freezer. Chocolate  should remain stored in the freezer. ENJOY!

Time required 40 minutes. Makes approximately 260 grams of chocolate.

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Matcha Smoothie

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It’s about time I shared a new smoothie recipe!!! This morning when I woke up, I felt the creative urge to get smoothie making. My options were limited, but then I remembered I had Matcha powder hiding in the cupboard somewhere. I had been wanting to put it to good use this week. My result ended with this delicious Matcha smoothie.

Ingredients

2 Medjool dates
1 tsp Matcha powder
1 tsp Maca powder
2 Tbsp of Flaxseed meal
1 ½ Cup of Oat milk
2 Bananas
1 Scoop of Amazonia raw protein (pea protein)
2 Ice cubes

 

Optional
Garnish with loving earth buckinis 

Peel and cut banana into small pieces and remove pips from medjool dates.  Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour smoothie into glasses, garnish smoothie by sprinkling a spoonful of loving earth buckinis on top. Enjoy!

 

Serves 2, time required 5 minutes.

Cruising Holiday

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As I’m getting better with my illness (ME/CFS) I’m starting to feel more confident and adventurous. Last year the husband and I went on a NZ adventure which was a huge success. I’m now more than ready to push the boundaries a little, plus I need to test the waters and see how I’ll pull up for my big 30th trip next year (I have huge trip goals)!

One of my beautiful friends is turning 30 soon, she decided that she wanted to go away and I was more than happy to tag along and celebrate with her. After a number of conversations across the ditch with her, we came up with the idea of going on a cruise!

I have always heard people rave on about cruises, my thoughts however have been that they are mostly for old people, or the thought of being stuck on a boat out at sea would be boring. I guess it’s one of those things that you shouldn’t knock until you’ve tried it.

Having chronic fatigue has made me think that a cruising holiday will be quite ideal for me and my holiday goers. I have done some research and educated myself on cruises and I want to share with you all why they could potentially be a great way to holiday! Especially for my fellow friends out there, that suffer with an illness that restricts you from doing things.

  • You have everything available to you on board, it’s like a mini village on a boat, but moving and at sea.
  • This means you can basically do what you like on board. If you want to have a nice meal and get dressed up you can, or if want to lounge by the pool all day you can. If you’re not feeling up to the day trips or don’t feel like doing much while on your cruise that’s fine.
  • If you’re having a rough time, no problem chill out, do what you need to do. No need to worry about your cruising party, there’s plenty to do and plenty of new friendly faces to meet.
  • A medical team is always on board and are there to help if you require it.
  • Food, there are so many options available, did I see a smoothie health bar somewhere!?
  • The best thing about a cruise is that you’re not missing out, your still holidaying and getting away, sometimes just a change of scenery is all you need.

As I haven’t actually cruised yet or cruised before, I got talking to the lovely Sophie from the Cruise Agency. She informed me of a lot of exciting healthy and relaxing options that are available while on a cruising holiday.

Here’s what I can look forward to on board;

  • First and most importantly there’s a day spa on board. Take your pick from massages, hot stone, facials, body wraps, scrubs, spray tans, you name it.
  • If you have a love for alternative medicine/ natural therapy you can find acupuncture or reflexology on board.
  • Experience and enjoy the many different relaxation rituals available at the Thermal Suite, with heated beds, showers and a collection of exotic steam vapours throughout. Or try Rasul, an Arabian cleansing ritual of chakra muds and aromatherapy.
  • Exercise classes are on board as well as yoga, pilates and a gym! If you need to keep at your  daily exercise routine there are plenty of options to choose from. I know I love to keep my daily steps up on my fitbit and I’m a huge fan of yoga!
  • Healthy food options and dietary needs can be catered for. The food options are endless with a selection of cafes and restaurants on board.
  • Library, if you enjoy a good book and looking for a relaxing quiet place to read you have options.
  • Crafting, scrap-booking and board gaming, are quiet enjoyable activities to relax too.

Wish me luck on my cruising experience, I’ll be sure to share it all with you once I’ve had my cruise in a few month’s time. It could not come any sooner!

If you’re interested in cruising head over to the Cruise Agency website and chat with the lovely Sophie, she will point you in the right direction.

Much love,

Lennae xxx

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