30 Day Challenge COMPLETE – what now?

As of yesterday I completed my 30 day challenge and I am more than happy to say that I was strong and disciplined throughout the challenge. Not one bite of refined sugar or sweetener such as High Fructose Corn Syrup, barely any wheat and practically no dairy – apart from natural greek yoghurt. I feel great and lively, plus I learnt a lot about myself and food over the past 30 days.

I have found many awesome recipes, such as raw chocolate truffles and pancakes which I would’ve never thought are edible without sugar. Plus, I experimented around with different foods and got to know many more super foods, nuts and alternatives to wheat and dairy. I even tried making my own cashew cheese which I kind of messed up but still tasted great. And I learnt that it IS possible to live without sugar or chocolate. Sadly, I also learnt that sugar is in practically every packaged food or drink which we consume nowadays. So, I will definitely continue making all my yummy recipes and sugar free desserts.
Continue reading “30 Day Challenge COMPLETE – what now?”

Gluten free pancakes recipe

I recently experimented with different gluten and sugar free pancakes and have found the right mixture for the perfect pancakes. They are absolutely delicious and can be topped with just about anything. Make them your own and enjoy your breakfast – here’s my recipe:

1 mashed banana (easy with a fork)

3-4 tbsp gluten free flour

2 eggs

1/4 tsp baking soda

cinnamon (as much as you like)

Strawberries and raw honey for the topping

Enjoy! Show me your results :)

Sugar & dairy free ice cream – can it get any better?

Just one week left of my 30 day challenge and I’m not sure whether to be happy or sad about it. I mean, I’m happy to be able to indulge in my favourite foods, snacks and desserts again. On the other hand, I’m a little scared I would go back to my daily piece of chocolate and my sugar addiction. I will definitely have to find a solution to that.

I need to find more recipes which are sugar free so that I won’t feel the need to munch on unnecessary carbs and sugar. As I am writing this post, I am enjoying my creamy home made sugar free banana ice cream. And guess what! My family likes it, too! That’s a first. I know it doesn’t look very appetising in my photo, but that’s because I had to add some water to the frozen bananas. It sounded like my food processor was breaking apart because they were very hard. Trust me though, it is delicious. I also made a banana smoothie with hazelnut milk, greek yoghurt and chia seeds – great energy booster!

Continue reading “Sugar & dairy free ice cream – can it get any better?”

Simply feeling great – without sugar

Another update for my 30 day day challenge – it’s day 17, I’m more than halfway through! As much as I love this challenge and even more so experimenting with new recipes and ideas, I am starting to miss my desserts. Especially since my family and I have been going out a lot and they eat my favourite sugary desserts in front of me. Yet I’ve been able to resist since I am getting used to the non sugar thing and I’ve made it my mission to succeed. On the other hand, I’m definitely looking forward to a yummy dessert after the challenge ;)

Now, to the more successful part of the challenge – I still feel great and full of energy, almost all the time. Since I miss my sugar, I made some more of the chocolate truffles and  a vegan chocolate-strawberry pudding. Continue reading “Simply feeling great – without sugar”

30 day challenge update

My 30 day challenge is going really well and I’m having loads of fun cooking and baking new things. I feel physically healthy and great mentally as I am 100% guilt free. I made another loaf banana bread because it was just so good the first time and even better the second time. Plus, I made these super delicious raw chocolate truffles which I love more than anything right now because I’m missing my chocolate and they’re the best substitute ever – and I don’t feel guilty at all because they are sugar free! Click here to get the recipe.

Continue reading “30 day challenge update”

Gluten & Sugar Free Banana Bread Recipe

I made my own gluten and sugar free banana bread a couple of days ago and I’ve been asked to post the recipe. I found the recipe online on a blog and changed it slightly as I did not have all the ingredients and it still tasted yummy :)

These are the ingredients I used, (you will find the link to the original recipe below):

4 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup gluten free flour (i’m pretty sure you can use any gluten free flour)

1 tbsp raw organic honey

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of sea salt

Continue reading “Gluten & Sugar Free Banana Bread Recipe”

30 Day Challenge – surprisingly great results

Day 9 of the challenge – and I simply feel AH – MAZING.

Ok, so since I’ve started the challenge I’ve been a waitress in a German restaurant. And I’m telling you, standing or walking around for 6 hours a day is just tiring. The first couple of days were extremely hard. So I would come home half asleep and with just enough energy to get into bed. And I’m not even counting how badly my feet ached. Nonetheless, I was in bed at 12am yesterday (which is late for me, I usually sleep at 10.30) and I was just not tired. I was wide awake and filled with energy. This is when I realised that the past 3 days I was energetic the entire day! I did not feel tired at all. Now that is unusual, as I am used to being tired at about 4pm in the afternoon and lacking energy. So then I’d usually turn to a chocolate bar or bed. Well, I did not need a chocolate bar or any kind of sugar to get back my energy, and as it turns out, and I am more than happy to leave it this way. I feel great and healthy.

The second major great thing I’ve come to realise is that making my own food the healthy way is super fun. Continue reading “30 Day Challenge – surprisingly great results”

30 day challenge – going well

It is now the 6th day of my 30 day challenge and I am glad to inform you that it is going extremely well! I am easily resisting sugar, and I haven’t had a single bit of dairy and almost no wheat (only this one time when I made myself a veggie wrap with thin wheat bread). Now that I have gone through a couple of days it gets easier and easier. Though I must admit, I am much more hungry than I usually am and therefore eat more often – probably because I eat less carbs in every meal. And I will not starve myself, therefore I will eat as much as I need to be satisfied, whenever I am hungry.

Plus, I just watched the movie “Food Matters” yesterday which affirmed that I am on the right track. Food is one of the most important aspects in our lives and it is one of the little things we can choose ourselves. So, if I fill myself with good food, I will feel good.
“How do you expect a building to last 100 years if you put bad building material in it – Same with our body” – Food Matters Continue reading “30 day challenge – going well”

30 day challenge – Days 1 & 2

It is now Day 2 of the challenge and I already feel better. I don’t feel a big difference physically yet, however, I do feel great mentally. This is due to the fact that I am easily resisting anything with sugar in it and I don’t give in to any temptation (at least not yet). Instead of indulging in the delicious fruit cake my mum made (sadly with sugar), I cut some carrots and cucumbers, mixed them with olive oil and lemon and had that for my dinner. I felt extremely energetic afterwards, and I was happy to have eaten such a healthy meal. It boosted my happiness level as I was proud of myself for eating so healthily. Usually when I tell myself I will eat healthy food only, it doesn’t last more than a day or two. So this feels like an accomplishment already.

Couscous Salad

Continue reading “30 day challenge – Days 1 & 2”

My own 30 Day Challenge

I was inspired by the blog Progress Is Perfection to start a 30 Day Challenge. They did their own version of a 30 Day Challenge, avoiding certain foods. Reading about how well it went, I decided to put together my own little challenge as I am sure it will benefit my health and wellbeing. I know this will help me get one step closer to eternal happiness :) I will start this challenge tomorrow – 1st August.

My challenge has 2 components – Physical and Mental challenges: Continue reading “My own 30 Day Challenge”