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quintessen-tial asked: Just discovered your blog through instagram and may I emphasise on how delicious your recipes look? Will definitely try making one of these after my exams :) Beside that, I would like to know what are the apps that you use to edit your photos? :)

Hey lovely, thanks so much! We love hearing that people enjoy our recipe ideas as much as we do! When we do edit them, it’s just with VSCOcam or afterlight x

FODMAP FUN!

You many have noticed that Genie & I have been slightly MIA on both tumblr & instagram lately. If you hadn’t noticed, it’s cool, we forgive you! Haha anyway, there is a good reason for this!
As you may or may not know, I’m currently studying a degree in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College. My course is very hands on, and because it’s a smaller university, the lecturers like to involve students in every aspect of the field. Long story short, this means that as part of my course, I get to do clinic work and both observe and take real cases!

So, I was in clinic on Monday morning, and one of the girls there had a client that cancelled last minute, so I stepped in as a favour (not really - I was dying to get some help!) It seems that i’m pretty good at giving advice, but not so good at implementing this advice on myself. I know my gut isn’t healed or as healthy as it should be, and I wanted to do something about it.

After taking my case, I was given feedback as to what I could and should do. Basically I was told that because i’d never done the elimination phase of the FODMAP diet properly, I was to do it over the next 3-4 weeks (shorter than the recommended 6-8). So both Genie & I are doing so. I won’t lie - it is difficult, but i’m 4 days in and already noticing some awesome changes!

If anyone is currently doing it, or would like some further information or help, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m actually very well informed about allergens and food (partly due to uni & partly due to my own research), I just hadn’t taken my own advice. I guess when a nutritionist tells you do to something, you’re more likely to do it!

Incase you’re interested, I was also told to take a practitioner brand probiotic 2/daily, 30 mins before meals and to drink warm lemon water 30 mins before meals (which you guys should do regardless). Warm water with lemon is amazing for your liver, especially upon waking, when your bile is thicker than usual. It really kickstarts the bile flow and thins it out after a night of no movement! It also gets your liver going, helping with metabolism & flushing out toxins. So that’s what we have been doing. Eating very strictly, avoiding all irritants, noting down everything we consume and how we feel after consuming it. I’m not sure whether anyone will be interested in FODMAP elimination recipes? The food is so limiting, so they tend to be quite repetitive!

But if you knew you might not be able to see it again tomorrow, everything would suddenly become special and precious, wouldn’t it?

— Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore (via anec-dotes)

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Sugar free chocolate pumpkin loaf

This was an experiment that worked out really well, so I’ll try to remember measurements of everything! 

About 2 cups Jap pumpkin (cooked, cooled & mashed)
1 & 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup almond butter (any nut butter of choice)
3 small eggs
Touch of coconut oil
Cacao powder - to taste
Rice malt syrup - to taste

Optional add ins: 90% Lindt, chopped nuts, shredded coconut if you can handle

Mash pumpkin and mix through nut butter of choice. Next mix in almond meal & cacao powder (the mix should stick together well/be slightly dry)
Melt coconut oil and mix with rice malt (if using) pour this over the mix. 

Whisk an egg at a time and add in. I found 3 small eggs required to get a runny “raw cake batter” consistency.

Mix in additional add ins if using and pour into a lined baking dish. 
Bake on 160 for 30-40 mins & enjoy.

I find a slice to not irritate my stomach at all - but I tolerate almonds well! So, as will all fodmaps, this recipe might need to be tweaked for your eating requirements. 

Enjoy with a hot cup of tea :)

Sugar free chocolate pumpkin loaf

This was an experiment that worked out really well, so I’ll try to remember measurements of everything!

About 2 cups Jap pumpkin (cooked, cooled & mashed)
1 & 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup almond butter (any nut butter of choice)
3 small eggs
Touch of coconut oil
Cacao powder - to taste
Rice malt syrup - to taste

Optional add ins: 90% Lindt, chopped nuts, shredded coconut if you can handle

Mash pumpkin and mix through nut butter of choice. Next mix in almond meal & cacao powder (the mix should stick together well/be slightly dry)
Melt coconut oil and mix with rice malt (if using) pour this over the mix.

Whisk an egg at a time and add in. I found 3 small eggs required to get a runny “raw cake batter” consistency.

Mix in additional add ins if using and pour into a lined baking dish.
Bake on 160 for 30-40 mins & enjoy.

I find a slice to not irritate my stomach at all - but I tolerate almonds well! So, as will all fodmaps, this recipe might need to be tweaked for your eating requirements.

Enjoy with a hot cup of tea :)

Frozen banana, almond butter, almond milk, cacao powder & ice

Frozen banana, almond butter, almond milk, cacao powder & ice

Breakfast muffins from the I Quit Sugar cook-book by Sarah Wilson.

Breakfast muffins from the I Quit Sugar cook-book by Sarah Wilson.

Aussie Bodies

Josh has entered a competition to become an ambassador for Aussie Bodies, which is an Australian protein brand. He’s been into fitness about 6 of the 7 years we’ve been together. If you could take a second & vote here, it’d mean so much to me! He’s perfect for this! Thanks guys!

I am better than I was.
I will be better than I am.

— (140/365) by (DS)

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Oh hello, August! It’s almost Christmas again… Where did the time go?

Oh hello, August! It’s almost Christmas again… Where did the time go?

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lbsassycat asked: Does gluten eat at everybody's intestinal lining or just ppl with gluten sensitivity?

Hey! Sorry about the late reply. Genie & I were at the snow last week so we didn’t really have time to do much social media wise. Interesting question! I’m not sure what you mean by gluten sensitivity? Unless you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease where atrophy of the villi occurs after gluten consumption, (thereby allowing foreign proteins constant access into the bloodstream/ impairing nutrient absorption) gluten won’t “eat at” your intestinal walls.

To clarify, in people with celiac disease, gluten in the bloodstream triggers an adaptive immune response that damages the lining of the small intestine. This can interfere with the absorption of nutrients from food, cause a host of symptoms, and lead to other problems like osteoporosis, infertility, nerve damage, and seizures.

That said, you can have sensitivities to certain foods, where your innate immune system responds after you consume these products. At the moment it’s estimated that 1 in 6 people are non celiac gluten sensitive, however, the symptoms of a food sensitivity are nowhere as severe as celiac disease/or an autoimmune disease.

Gluten sensitivity can result in things like minor bloating, foggy head, fatigue, and skin problems such as eczema. If you feel like you may react to wheat or other foods, I suggest going to the doctor and requesting an allergy test before self diagnosing!

Anonymous asked: hey are your recipes clean? because im trying to grow abs and i need clean recipes :) hehe thanks

Yes, they’re all clean. We wash our produce thoroughly hahaha

But yes, they’re all actually pretty clean! X

Anonymous asked: FYI cashews are not low fodmap! I'm not sure what list you use but the most updated one is from the monash university phone application. Just thought I'd let you know. There's a lot of contradictory info out there and it can make a difference in the amount of relief you experience

Hi - thanks. We also use the monash uni app & I personally have been eating this way for the last 2 and a half years. The amount of cashews in the recipe was a less than 1/4 of a cup for 12 cupcakes.. Which is very minimal (about 10 nuts). The monash uni app states 20 as red & only if you are sensitive to oligos. The fodmap diet isn’t a one fits all approach (as we often state) and I always recommend working with a nutritionist to figure out your own personal thresholds! Thanks though! X

Made them! Half filled with cashew cream & half filled with cinnamon cream.

Made them! Half filled with cashew cream & half filled with cinnamon cream.

Anonymous asked: Can people not living in Australia take part in the meal for a meal hashtag/project?

For the time being it’s only open to Australian residents as it’s run by OzHarvest, which is an Australian foundation, hopefully if they have success Virgin Airlines with broaden the project! x

Move over #foodporn, there’s a new hashtag in town!

If you follow our instagram (@healthfoodproject), you may have noticed that in our last post we tagged #mealforameal! So what is it? The website states

While it was once considered rude to have your phone at the table, now it’s normal to see smartphones taking pride of place amongst the plates or in the hands of diners as they eagerly snap their meals and post them to Instagram.

Research has shown that food pictures are the second most common type of photo taken by Australians and third most common to be seen on social media news feeds with seven in ten Australians admitting they have posted a food picture on their social channels.

Unfortunately, it’s not just our social media channels overflowing with food. According to Oz Harvest, four million tonnes of food is wasted every year in Australia alone. In fact, we throw away food worth $8 billion annually. Where does it go? Straight to landfill.

Despite all of this food being wasted, two million Australians are reliant on food relief every year, with 90 per cent of Australian food relief agencies not able to meet demand for meals. It would seem that while we’re sharing meals on Instagram, we’re not sharing meals where they are really needed.

Virgin Mobile want to correct this imbalance and every time someone takes a photo of a meal and shares it on their social channels with the hash tag #mealforameal, they will donate to Oz Harvest so they can deliver a real meal to someone in need. Virgin Mobile is aiming to deliver 400,000 meals through Oz Harvest with its #mealforameal campaign.”

So go ahead, get tagging! You literally have absolutely nothing to lose, so you might as well join in.. We know you upload pictures of your lunch, so why not go that one step further and help turn them into a real meal for someone in need!

Find out more here!