Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Eating Healthy At A Music Festival

*UPDATE- Wow, security was slack this year! There were no sectioned off mosh pits, I didn't have my ID checked and I could have taken a backpack, after all! A lot different to last years intense bag search and no backpacks in the mosh rule! *

With Melbourne's Soundwave coming up on Friday, I thought I'd share my tips with you about eating healthy at a music festival. Firstly, I have a horrific food-related story to tell (feel free to skip ahead- I'll never know!)

One day, years ago, in a place called Brisbane, a Soundwave Music Festival was on.
At the time, I wasn't a healthy eater. I wasn't large yet but, boy, would I get there in the next couple of years. Byron and I saw some great bands but we got a little hungry so we headed to the food district. There were large lines but we didn't care- Saosin were playing at the stage close by and we could see and hear them.

We chose the line for a Mexican food truck, excited at the possibilities.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Back To Uni Meal Plan

What a week it's been, and not in a good way! I've been trying to get everything organised before I go back to uni (buying stuff I need, doing last minute assignments that they decided to throw at us last week of holidays...) and then I spent my entire Friday crying over something as ridiculous as money. Alas, I am a student and perpetually poor but I won't bore you with my woes, I'm sure you have your own. We had planned to attend Melbourne's White Night but the thought of the crowds and the fact that we were too tired (okay, okay Lion King was on tv) meant we stayed home. 

Let's escape for a while and plan ahead for the week. This week is done and dusted and even if I'm starting uni this week, it's a new week with all new possibilities. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Crystal Castle Adventure

I'm sitting here, drinking green tea and reflecting on my adventure to Crystal Castle. Have I told you I'm tea-obsessed? I love the stuff. I think I just like hot drinks actually... 

Here's one of my (many) tea pots. 

And my little tea centre that my mum bought me from an antique store. Isn't it divine?

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Meal Plan 16-22nd Feb

I am on a tight budget for the week! It's almost back to uni time and I'll have to be more in control of my finances so I can pack my lunches- though I've already been stashing things that have been on special like juice and muesli bars. So this week I had to be ultra-thrifty with our dinners!

Oh, I've also got some exciting news to share!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Hiking In Northern NSW

I've got such a picture-heavy post for you today, I hope you don't mind. I was going to add my trip to Crystal Castle in this post but I think that will have to wait until next time! 

I stayed with my parents in the Tweed Shire of Northern New South Wales, Australia where they live on 110 acres of rainforest and paddocks. 

Monday, 10 February 2014

Meal Plan 9/2/14 -15/2/14

'm a day late with this meal plan but I'm pretty sure I have a good excuse- my mother surprised me with flights to the Gold Coast so I could be with my Dad on his birthday last Sunday! That is also why you'll notice my meal plan says "Byron's choice" under the first three days- I won't be there to cook for him so I bought him a few ingredients (read: meat) and he can make his own meals from that. He said I was fussing over him too much but I knew if I didn't, he'd eat badly or not at all!

So here it is for the week:

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Meal Planning 101 + My Week's Meals

When I first moved out of home, I was the kind of person who did not plan meals. I could cook and I had a few staples in the pantry or easy meals like boxed Mac&Cheese but I hardly ever planned anything. It didn't help that I walked past the supermarket on my way home every day so I'd just pop in and grab what I wanted.

This was costing between $20-$40 every single day. And that's for two people.

And so I got larger and larger and had little energy, self-esteem or cash in my pocket. I guess I reached breaking point. I dropped down to part-time at uni but I was still at the cusp of overweight, lazy and poor. It took a while to get out of my funk and a part of that I owe to changing my lifestyle.

I started running even though I had asthma as a child and NEVER ran without my lungs giving up on me.

I switched from unhealthy alternatives to healthier versions.

I started eating MORE. You read that right. More.

I started eating breakfast even though all through high school I suffered stomach problems related to anxiety and had hardly ever eaten breakfast.

I snacked on fruit, I packed my lunch for uni rather than buying it. I stopped getting take-out and fast food. I haven't had McDonald's since October 2012 and I've never looked back. It just doesn't even appeal to me any more.

And I started meal planning.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Nachos with a healthy secret (you won't believe what it is!)

In my past, unhealthier days, one of my go-to weeknight meals was beef nachos, loaded up with cheese and topped off with some Doritos and a large dose of sour cream. I'm largely blaming that and spaghetti and my warped sense of dieting to the weight I put on around that time.

But all was not lost. I lost the weight but boy do I still get cravings for nachos, so I knew I just had to make them better for me.

Here's what I did. I replaced:

Doritos with my own homemade corn chips.
Sour Cream with 0% Fat Plain Chobani
Full fat beef mince with lean turkey mince (feel free to use lean beef mince, turkey mince is just cheaper and honestly you can't tell it's not beef)

And maybe I hid something extra special in there that nobody ever notices... That's right, I hid zucchini in there. I'm a chronic veggie hider, I can't help it!

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