Dessert can be healthy.


People are under the impression that eating healthy is bland, boring and expensive, when really it is flavoursome, fun and cheap.
I don’t mean to offend anyone, but we aren’t oblivious to the fact that the world is becoming “FAT” when are we finally going to get serious?

Its not a joke anymore. We wanted rights, freedom and equality but the fact is – we are abusing them in the face of gluttony. I feel strongly about this issue because I was once trapped by the over the counter ‘healthy’ packet foods that just left a horrible taste in my mouth and a bitter number on the scale.

And fact is, there are plenty of overweight people who read my blog and are probably reading right now and they probably don’t care that their waistline is expanding. So all I can really do is hope to god they will realise this and change their lifestyle. But until then here is a really yummy healthy desert you can make in no time at all.

So you want to have some pro-biotic yogurt or Greek yogurt. None of this flavoured ‘low-fat’ stuff. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the ‘low-fat’ signs… Low fat has more sugar and sugar is also stored as fat, so basically companies are making billions and you are none the wiser (until now if you didn’t already know that).

2 table spoons of oats and 1 table spoon of honey

1 banana

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2 strawberries sliced

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And a tea spoon of butter

Some dark chocolate shaved

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So slice up half the banana and mix with about a cup of yogurt. Spoon into 2 small glasses. Smooth down and layer some sliced banana on top, then place another teaspoon of yogurt on top.

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Line a baking tray with baking paper and pre-heat oven to 180c for 5 mins (convert this to Fahrenheit if you are american). Lay out oats and drizzle honey over and the teaspoon of butter. Bake 5-10 mins then set in fridge.

Once set break the caramelized oats off the baking paper and place over the top of your yogurt. Place strawberry on top and sprinkle your shaved dark chocolate. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.

This is the perfect way to have a healthy and romantic easy desert with the hubby or the missus (she will appreciate it and chocolate is an aphrodisiac ;D. )

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Enjoy and please consider your health.

Take some notes and improve your life.


When I watch T.V, I watch only a small selection of shows (unless others are watching stuff around me.) A few of those shows are

-The Dr’s

- Dr Oz

- Dr Phil

When I watch shows like ‘The Dr’s’ and ‘Dr Oz’ I like to take notes – Because it is never too late and you are never too old, to learn more and improve your life or change the way you live.

Today I would like to share what I have learnt from todays ‘The Dr’s’ Episode “Myth or reality’.

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Usually I would write down what I learn in a little note-book and share with a few people, but I know a few people who read my blog that could benefit from some of the stuff they shared.

Even though this episode had been filmed last year in 2012, it had only aired here in australia, so there is a huge chance that my american readers have already seen the episode and know about what I am going to share.

So as I mentioned earlier, the episode was a ‘Myth or reality’ episode. as dry usually do in these types of episodes, they did indeed go through some common myths about regular things.

The episode started with,

Is it healthy to have a bowl moment every day?’ this was a myth. Although it is of course healthy to poop (>.<)’ It is not a need that we do it every single day. If you like your once a day trip to the loo for number two, then by all means keep it up, but you don’t have to if on one day you feel like you can’t go. If you go less than 3 times a week, or have pain or feelings of constipation, increase your fibre intake for breakfast and drink more water. Also always remember to wash your hands after you go to the toilet, otherwise you can make yourself really sick and frequent the toilet more often than you would like.

Autumn the personal training robot” Yes, you read that right, a personal training robot names Autumn. :) Now I personally have never seen anything like it, I prefer the traditional personal trainer (well my partner who is studying Personal Training and nutrition at the Australian institute of fitness.) But this little buddy is a good solution for those who can’t afford the constant cost of a PT (rates vary per PT and country). I would assume that the technology for Autumn has been updated, but on this particular episode they showed how Autumn interacts with the owner and how she stores and keeps track of your progress, calorie intake and exercising. Autumn will also have a conversation with you as she has conversational skills and will try her best to motivate you to stay on track.

“Is it ok to use sunscreen that is over a year old?” No it is not ok, not only do the chemicals used to make sunscreen change overtime (You should know this if you did chemistry and paid attention) But it also stops working… plus do you really want to be putting all those chemicals on your skin and your children’s skin? Lets face it, skin cancer is not fun at all, sun damage does not look great – sure having a tan is glorified but it is unhealthy and you can find better solutions to tan your skin then laying in the sun slowly sizzling your skin like a steak on the fry pan. Why not try a mineral based and water proof sun block? There is no need to re-apply this sunblock after it has been applied and it is %100 water proof – so you and the kids can go swimming and still be protected from the suns rays. On the episode they showed the Mineral Based Sunblock called ‘Tickle Time’

And lets clear something up here aswell, the sun does NOT cause skin cancer… but the ABUSE of the sunlight we are given does…

“It is always healthy to cook with olive oil” This is a myth, although olive oil is extremely healthy for you, you really need to be cautious of where you store it and how you cook it. When you cook it above 350 degrees (I assume because The Dr’s is an american show this means fahrenheit) which would mean 176 degrees celsius in australia, if you exceed these temperatures when cooking with olive oil, the oil becomes rancid and oxidizes – this is not good for you at all! Also storage, storing your olive oil in a place where there is sunlight causes the same effect. A suggestion was putting a few drops of Vitamin E Oil into your olive oil to stop the oxidation process.

Olive oil is among my favorite oils, I love to have a small teaspoon of olive oil mixed with balsamic vinegar (which is 0% fat and 0 calories plus fat metabolizing) with my salads. Also Olive oil is amazing for your skin, so olive oil based cosmetics are wonderful.

“Not all cheese’s are made with equal fat content” This is true, not all cheeses are the same and the most fattening is cream cheese.

“Obese teens eat fewer calories” This is true, usually obese teens became obese in childhood, so when the grow older, even though they eat less, they still don’t have much motivation to get up off the couch and do some exercise. One of the main problems with Obese people is although they see that they are fat, they are oblivious to what their organs on the inside look like and all the fat inside their arterys and around their heart. They usually don’t teach these things in school and most the time the TV is filled with the problem not the solution. So here is a few eye-opening pictures for you.

Do you see all that yellow around the bigger persons body? That is all fat. There is only an average of 2-4 KGS of bone in each person. And a lot of people are +50kgs over weight and it is doing damage to your bones, muscles and vital organs. As you can see in that picture the skeletal frame is only just able to keep itself from completely collapsing thanks to all your muscles and tendons keeping it all together.

“Does milk cause more phlegm production?” No it doesn’t, it just feels like it because milk is a similar consistency.

“Can flickering lights from your TV trigger your migraines?” Yes, they can but also it isn’t just TV’s that can trigger a migraine and it depends on the person. Some of the triggers can be – Red wine, Coffee, Chocolate, scented candles or incense, Yours or your partners perfume/cologne, stress and increased noise. So how can you tell when you are about to have a migraine? A lot of people experience something called an “Aura” which basically skews your vision and is usually described like this.

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another symptom of a migraine onset can be nausea, difficulty concentrating and your speech may be distorted or you might have an inability to speak. Professionals suggest that you document your migraine because it could mean you have an underlying health condition, or your diet may need changing.  A diet of unhealthy food can cause migraines aswell. Documenting what you eat, when you eat it, what you are doing before your migraine comes on, how long it lasts and what happens while you have it, can be a great way for professionals to get to the bottom of it and to also tell you whether you are experiencing a ‘migraine’ or just a regular head ache.

Just remember everyone, make sure you include plenty of fruits, veg and meat in your diet. Balsamic vinegar and olive oil on your salad will not only taste great but assist you with your weight loss progress and take a multi-vitamin and plenty of Omega 3  AKA Fish oil capsules. Try to learn as much as possible (This does not mean learn as much as you can about someone else… Gossiping is wrong and extremely unhealthy also bad for your mental health. Especially if you are already jealous of someone.)

Why I am an improv cook


I grew up watching my dad grab what ever was left in the cupboard and chuck it together (he called it a concoction) and it tasted amazing.

So when there is ‘nothing’ to eat (this is usually what people say when they can’t be bothered cooking in my experience) but I mean when there is not much left to eat, it’s a good skill to know how to create something from basics and non perishables or the things you can find in your garden.

It’s also a good idea if you start your own little herb and veg pot plant garden. Yes in pot plants because if you’re renting your house, you don’t always have the permission to garden your own way.

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This is the contents of my freezer – as you can see there is a lot of veg, well it looks that way but there is actually a lot of salmon, lamb, mince, steak and smoked cod stashed between the veg In there. So we buy our meats in bulk. There is also a defrosted whole chicken in the fridge for dinner tonight (thank you to my wonderful mother in law for teaching me how to roast my own chicken last year.)

It really helps when you do have a family to buy in bulk. It may cost more but let’s be real here, paying $100 on meat that will last you 2-3 weeks means that you aren’t paying over $200 each week on food shopping. So you have left over money for savings or fun activities. So always but in bulk, and make sure you know where it comes from so go to a trusted butcher, or if you can visit a farm and pick your own animals out (I don’t do this because my freezer isn’t big enough but if you have a few deep freezers then 1 cow will provide you with almost a years worth of meat.)

Being an improv cook means I can use anything I find in the fridge, freezer and cupboard to make a meal. It’s like an improv actor – they use what they have and go from there.

I wanted to share a few of my improv dishes.

Starting with the ones I’ve posted on here

lazy lamb chops

Lemon and pepper salmon

Sunday roast

easy honey soya noodles

Now I will share a few quick yummy meal tricks.

Chicken breast cut into cubes, cook until cooked through, add honey and cook for further 5 mins, serve with noodles, rice or veg. Also good by themselves.

French toast, mix 1 egg and 1 cup of milk, dip bread In mix and cook on frypan until both sides are golden brown.

Stir fry veg, simple, mixed veg, soya sauce (this even works with tomato sauce) fry in fry pan.

Easy tuna pasta (I made this on camp for everyone) 1can tuna, milk, pasta, salt and pepper. Cook pasta until soft, strain, cook further 5-10 mins in milk, add salt and pepper and then mix with tuna.

Fish is perfect if you coat it in flour and water then fry it in butter or cool it in the oven.

Potatoes and pumpkins can be turned into chips if you slice them up and bake them in the oven for 20-30 mins.

Apple goes well in any salad as well.

Potatoes can be made into a nice potato salad with mayonayse, sour cream, Greek yoghurt and mint leaves.

So there you go, a few of my quick improv recipes, they are really quick and to be honest, you can make a meal out of anything in your fridge, freezer and cupboard.

Feel free to add your favourite easy improv recipe if you want.

Lazy lamb chops, slowcookers delight


I say ‘lazy lamb chops’ because you can leave this particular meal for 6-7 hours – it’s perfect for those who are under confident cookers, workers and uni students.

And let’s face it, lamb can be annoying to get right.

Lets start with your ingredients:
6 lamb loin chops
4 potatoes
2 carrots
1 onion
5 table spoons tomato sauce
Pinch salt and pepper.
5 cups of water.

So what I do (you can do this in the morning before you leave the house) is peal a few potatoes ( how ever many you would like) cut them into cubes, set aside.
Cut up some carrots, place in potato bowl.
Cut 1 onion up into 8ths (that means half the onion then cut the halfs into quarters) separate the layers. Place in bowl.

Grab your lamb loin chops, frozen or fresh it doesn’t matter because it will cook either way. Place them in your slow cooker with the tomato sauce, salt, pepper and water, mix it around.

Add your veggies, (you can add pumpkin if you would like) and turn onto medium heat.

You can leave this for the rest of the day, stir when you get home and serve when you would like. The lamb should fall off the bone and the fat should also separate with ease.

Today I just placed the lamb in, which you can do as well. You just don’t add the veg. I lay mine out on a small bed of lettuce and cooked some other veg.

You can also make a soup out of the left over broth. Be sure to pick out any left over bone beforehand.

Enjoy

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Internet not so safety


I wanted to take some time to talk about ‘internet safety.’ Why? Well because it is important as a user of the internet that you do everything you can so you and your children stay safe on the net.

Now I know this post will probably be overlooked, because lets face it. Everyone thinks they are being totally safe on the internet… Until its too late.

Ok so let me run some of the ‘Teen internet usage’ statistics past you – as they seem to be the majority of internet users these days.

So firstly, did you know only 5 % of offenders pretend to be a teenager when talking to your teen, yep that was only 5 %. So that means you or your teenagers 95% of the time know the age of the offender and you or they keep talking to them – regardless of the fact they just told you they were 45 and you had a ‘mighty fine body’ for a 15 year old (this is classic pedophile behavior.)

Nearly 75% of victims met up with their offender more than once, yep, they went and had coffee with them and hung out as ‘buddies’ and you didn’t even know it.

Although it is rare – an internet obsession can lead to stalking, and if you feel you are being stalked you should probably report it to the police or tell your parents.

Youth who engaged in four or more risky online behaviors were much more likely to report online sexual solicitations. The online risky behaviors included maintaining buddy lists that included strangers, discussing sex online with people they did not know in person and being rude or nasty online. Facebook users have so much fun targeting people for these things.

Boys who were gay or questioning their sexuality may be more susceptible to internet-initiated sex crimes.

58% of teens do not think posting photos or other personal info on a social networking site is unsafe and nearly half of teens are not worried about people using their personal info for things they do not want… So basically stealing your identity – hey kids, ever looked up fraud?

Many teens are just not concerned with these things, and assume they are ‘all grown up’ because they have the ability to fake their age, look at adult content and have adult conversations with strangers.

But its not just teens, its adults too… Look I’m not trying to scare you or stear you away from one of man’s best inventions yet. I am just pointing out that you shouldn’t always believe what somebody tells you over the ok internet – I know because a dear friend of mine was murdered for this exact thing a few years ago Google Carly Ryan.

71% of teens have a social networking profile.

69% of teens receive private messages from people they don’t know and most of them don’t tell a trusted adult.

64% post photos or videos of themselves, eg in their underwear or nude on facebook. This means that those 30-90 year old strangers they have added will gawk over your childs photos or your own… Umm eww!

58% of teens publicly show their address (down to the house) and 8% their phone number (most my friends phone numbers are public.)

Statistics from http://www.onlinesafetysite.com/p1/teenstats.htm

I wanted to write this so we are all reminded to take more precautions when it comes to our Facebooks, WordPress, Twitters, MySpace, Tumblr, Blogspot, StumbleUpon, Hotmail, Gmail, msn, ebuddy, linked etc etc, so on and so forth, you get the idea. There are some real creeps out there who take pride in watching your every move on your social networking profiles, who always wait for your next photo of your cleavage, legs or even feet and hands.

If you have anything to add please add it in the comment section below.

Be safe

Brit.

Rubys Notes – Chapter 1 part 1 edited


For those of you who are wondering, I posted my first draft copy, of my first chapter, of my first novel and for the first time. That is a lot of firsts. http://allworldissues.com/2012/12/05/rubys-notes-chapter-1-draft-thoughts/

I asked people for constructive criticism (yes good and bad) one thing you need to realize if you want to publish your work – you need to seek the criticism, and face the music – otherwise how are you going to improve and make it better?

Last night I spent a bit of time editing it (old school paper and pen style)

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here is some of the edited copy – And for those who are wondering ALL my work IS in fact Copyrighted. So don’t be thieving ;)

Being a school teacher wasn’t all it had cracked up to be. Sure there were a few perks, seeing the smiles on those children’s faces every time I entered the room, just as easily they smiled when it was time to pack their bags and go home, teaching them all about how the world works… How much they actually listen to is a different story. My name is Ruby, Ruby Kensington but you can call me Miss K.

I’m not married, I don’t even have a boyfriend, I don’t have children of my own and I don’t have any friends. No I am not a weirdo or maybe I am. You can decide that for yourself. I’m going to tell you a story about how I ended up in the position I am in.

June 28th 8:40pm. 1993

It was the 90’s and I was fresh out of law school, already I had already received my first job offer. I was desperate, so I went for it not knowing quite what I was getting myself into. We had arranged to meet at 9am the next day to discuss what the job involves, the only problem was that I did not know who I was meeting or why. I had received the phone call out of the blue, and the person I had spoken to did not go into any detail about the job, they just gave me a time and the address of where I would be meeting my ‘potential employer.’ When you are a lawyer, you don’t think too much about those types of phone calls – although I would have preferred to pick the location myself.

That night I had a group date with my best friends Chloe and Sandra.

They had been my friends since we were in law school. Chloe had long blond hair with colors running through it, pinks, purples, blues and oranges. She was short, maybe 5’2 and she was very socially awkward. When Chloe was younger she really wanted to be a hairdresser, but her mum forced her into attending law school. Chloe didn’t want to upset her mother, so, she used her talents with hair as a side business as a way to make some extra cash. Now Sandra on the other hand was the complete opposite. Sandra was a girl of status in the law industry – as her dad was a lawyer. She was tall with luscious tanned legs that go for miles. Sandra had dark hair and dark eyes, with a European look to her plus she was really skinny and everything about her screamed sexy. Sandra always had all the guys pining over her like little puppies, even though she turned them all down.

As the night progressed I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was being watched. You know the type of feeling you get when you think there is someone who just won’t stop staring at you? The hairs on the back of your neck stand up and cold shivers run down your spine, as if someone had ‘just walked over your grave’ as they say. That’s the feeling I had now, so I decided to call it a night with my friends and walk home.

As I was walking I started to feel dizzy, queasy even… did I really drink that much? A few minutes passed by and I couldn’t bring myself to walk any further. I hailed the first cab I saw and jumped in. My house was about a 10 minute walk away from our favorite hangout but I just couldn’t bear to walk any longer. The taxi drive made me feel worse. I wasn’t even sure if I was even in a taxi anymore and I just passed out.

Sorry im not there for you to blame anymore


I recently received a comment on my post about how I was quitting Facebook, and of course it exposed the fact that I had actually returned to Facebook not too long ago – I figured with being pregnant and all that family and friends would just love to see pictures and care… but as a matter of fact, family outside of my house hold, do not seem to care at all. Like I said in my previous post, I am not going to hold back anymore, because this is MY blog. So recently I had my 3D ultrasound, and only a few people have seen the photos.

Yes I did promise you all a post about it with pictures and stuff, but in reality I broke that promise… for a purpose of course. I was testing someone’s response to the photos not being there, and not saying anything at all. Thus the answer is what I expected and now making as much effort for this person would be pointless and just insulting to my self-worth. I do not want to stoop to that level again!

So how do you cope when you are in the situation where you just want to say to the person ‘Grow up, act the part and stop blaming me for your screw ups’ when they aren’t around, or making the effort to be around – then making up excuses?

Stand your ground and stand up for yourself!

Have a good day everyone

Brit xx

 

Barbecue-glazed meatloaf


Today my partner and I will be cooking this

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We found the recipie in ‘woman’s weekly how to cook absolutely everything’

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I thought that the recipe seemed pretty awesome so I would like to share it with everyone.

Barbecue-glazed meatloaf
Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 50 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients

1 small red capsicum (150g)
400g beef mince
150g sausage mince
1 medium Brown onion (150g) chopped finely
2 cloves garlic crushed
1/4 cup (25g) packaged breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten lightly
1/2 cup (80g) coarsely chopped seeded green olives
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh oregano
8 bacon rashers (560g), rind removed, sliced thickly lengthways.

Barbecue glaze
1/4 cup (60ml) water
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Brown sugar

Method

1. quarter capsicum; discard seeds and membrane. Roast under grill or in very hot oven, skin side up, until blisters and blackens. Cover capsicum pieces with plastic or paper for 5 minutes. Peel away skin; slice capsicum thinly.
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2. Preheat oven to moderate (180c/160c fan-forced). Line 8cm x 25cm bar cake pan with plastic wrap. Lightly oil 25cm x 30cm swiss roll pan.

3. Using hand combine minces, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, olives and herbs in a large bowl. Press half of the meatloaf into bar pan. Lay capsicum strips over top, leaving 1cm border; press remaining meatloaf mixture over capsicum.
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4. Turn bar pan onto swiss roll pan; remove plastic wrap from meatloaf. Cover top and sides of meatloaf with bacon, overlapping slices. Bake, uncovered for 15 minutes

5. Meanwhile make barbecue glaze.

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6. Poor off any excess fat from meatloaf, brush with glaze; bake, uncovered for 25 minutes or until meatloaf is cooked through. Stand 10 minutes before serving.
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Barbecue glaze: combine ingredients in small saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes.

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This is the finished meatloaf my partner and I cook, we are going to eat it with mash potato.

Per serving: 35.3g total fat (13.7g saturated); 2633kj (630cal); 20.6g carbohydrate; 56.6g protein, 2.6g fibre.

Please come in! Mind the pile of negative thoughts on the left and watch out for the puddle of drowing sorrows


ImageLately I have been thinking about a post I read when I first started my blog. It was about moderating your thoughts about yourself as if you were moderating your comments on wordpress. -update- here is the link to the post I am referring http://enjoylifeforonce.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/dear-self-your-comment-is-awaiting-moderation/ too

If you could filter all the bad comments about yourself out and keep all the good would you then are a happier person? Or do we think bad thoughts about our self to keep up inline and to not let our ego consume us.

Sometimes people do things that seems specifically targeted at me, whether it be something they say or generally copying something I do and somehow do it better and it just gets me thinking negatively about myself and puts me in a bad mood for a while until I snap myself out of it.

It really can be something as simple as a small comment like ‘moody teenager’ or ‘crazy’ that can send me into a downward spiral of negativity. It hardly seem healthy at all, I really wish neurologists would figure out why we think already. It would come in handy in these situations.

So upon thinking about my thoughts I decided to do some moderating of my own but it sort of just made things worse. I keep wondering if something specific was done purely because it would upset me, which the person/people involved quite obviously knew it would or if it is just some crazy coincidence that I am probably making too much of a big deal about in my head. Come on thought moderation work!

I even stopped reading my book not too long ago because I saw a comment someone made about people who read self help book pretty much being stupid. I noticed my book was considered a self help book and haven’t picked it up since… even though it is a really good book.

Sometimes I wish you could actually moderate what you read or hear someone say, then everyone might be less hard on themselves and more people would be achieving the things they set out to do.

I am pretty confident in my goals, it’s the main reason I stopped sharing them with people because it seems that every single time I talk about something I was thinking of doing I got told it was a waste of time and then said people would mock the idea of me doing that – saying I am stupid and just a child so it’s obvious that I could never learn and be smart and sometimes go so far as to copy the idea and go off and do it while they left me sitting there doubting myself.

Soon I will find a way to completely moderate my thoughts, until then I am on my way home from negative city and I am leaving my thoughts behind.