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Anonymous asked: Do you eat bread?

Nope I don’t. Occasionally I’ll have something sweet, usually a cookie, that I’ve made that’s got a base of nut meal and stevia but that’s the closest I’ll get! It doesn’t really agree with me.. Even rice flour/all the other alternatives make me sick.

fashionfantasizing asked: Hi lovelies! I am also on the low FODMAP elimination diet. Right now I'm in the phase where I'm slowly testing foods one by one to see if I react. Anyway, I know low FODMAP recipes are typically pretty bland and boring but it would be great if you could post your food/ideas! I have a blog of low FODMAP vegan recipes called fodmapfriendlyfood (it's on blogspot- tumblr won't let me put url) if you want to check it out. Good luck with your journey to healing!

Hey lovely! Sorry about the late reply! Genie and I have both been very busy with uni work, end of semester assignments & exam studies so we haven’t been updating regularly. That said, we’re both finished in 2 weeks so you’ll see load of recipes, summer food ideas and quick fresh meals! HFP will be getting updates a lot more soon! We will definitely check out your blog! X

Eating a vegan diet, walking (exercising) everyday, and meditating is considered radical. Allowing someone to slice your chest open and graft your leg veins in your heart is considered normal and conservative.

— Dr Dean Ornish (via thereluctantrawfoodist)

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Nutrition & self healing

Feeling under the weather this morning after ingesting some onion last night. It’s strange how quickly our bodies react to things they don’t like or don’t want. Today I woke up with a blocked nose, foggy head and mild congestion - a reaction I get after eating wheat, fructose and excess sugar. At least now I know the culprits & resulting symptoms. 

Elimination diet FODMAP fun is back. This week it’s back to basics, lots of leafy greens, lemon water, brown rice, veggies & probiotics. I haven’t had sugar for a while now, so sweetness won’t be an issue. My iron feels like it is quite low, possibly because I have been supplementing with zinc for my skin (iron increases zinc absorption/zinc prevents iron absorption!) or possibly because of my malabsorption issues. Either way, I’m supplementing with iron until I get time to visit the GP for a check up/possible injection. Isn’t self diagnosis fun? My nutrition degree is coming in handy!

Iron supplementation always brings up the issue of free radical damage. Did you know that your body reacts to iron supplements as it would free radicals? Now you do! This is why I always try to use food as medicine. A good quality antioxidant, probably with A C & E would probably help with the iron damage to cells. Oh life. If I could have one wish it would 1000% be “ALLERGY FREE, PLEASE!” don’t take your healthy guts for granted guys!

Homemade sugar free vegan chocolate. Treating ourselves after a few hard days.

Homemade sugar free vegan chocolate. Treating ourselves after a few hard days.

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!