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How To Plan A Gorgeously Healthy Christmas Menu (Plus A Few Recipes)

Healthy Christmas Meal Plan in Australia | Feed Your Awesome MachineIt’s almost Christmas and time to pull together your Christmas menu. But rather than resorting to all the usual traditions that leave you feeling bloated and sluggish, perhaps 2015 is the perfect year to switch off the auto-pilot and instead kick-off your menu planning with a different question:

How do I want to feel?

I’m pretty clear on this. My three words for how I want to feel at Christmas are excited, connected and alive.

Your words may be different, but whatever they are, your Christmas menu should help to create the kinds of feelings you most want to experience.

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Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachio & Orange

Roasted-Beet-Salad-With-LentilsI was having dinner recently with some friends when the topic of healthy eating came up. A girlfriend enthusiastically told everyone a nugget of wisdom she had learned from her farther: “to stay healthy, we need a rainbow of colour on our plate every day”.

Her dad had the right idea. If you read this blog with any regularity, this won’t be new to you, and you’ll also know why.

At this point, I should clarify something. To save myself immense frustration, I’ve learned over the years that when a nutrition topic comes up over the dinner table, unless my professional opinion is directly asked for, I sit back, keep quiet and pretend I know nothing.

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Crazy Quick and Delicious Mackerel and Red Pepper Sauté

Healthy-Mackerel-RecipeDon’t you just love it when a food that makes you melt with pleasure also happens to be amazingly good for your body? Fatty fish, rich in Vitamin D, selenium and protein, definitely fits into this category.

Omega 3 super-powers.

And then there’s the super omega-3 fats, EPA & DHA. Now we’ve got research telling us that all these omega 3’s can help prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, cholesterol, quench inflammation, ward of Alzheimer’s, depression and make us a whole lot smarter overall….

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What Ultimately Determines The Size Of Your Waist-Line (aka The Power Of Default Meals)

Quick and Healthy Meal Ideas | Feed Your Awesome MachineNo, it’s not how well you can stick to that new fancy diet you’ve read about in the paper, how much willpower you think you have, or how long you spend sweating it out at the gym each week.

What really determines the size of your waistline is the quality of meals you turn to when you’re tired, busy, or just feeling lazy. I call these your default-meals. We all have them. Your default lunch might look different to your default dinner, or breakfast.

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May Healthy Brunch Challenge + Courgette Fritter Recipe

Caugette Fritters | Zucchini | Smoked Salmon | Brunch

Even though I’m a foodie who loves eating out at great restaurants, I find that there’s something more elegant, comforting, and enriching about inviting my favourite people over for a deliciously healthy meal I’ve cooked myself. For one thing, when I cook, I know that I am eating fresh whole foods that make me feel and look great. But aside from this, I guess it’s also just one of those simple pleasures that I really enjoy. But in all honestly, with my crazy schedule, the dinner thing doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.

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Healthy Aubergine & Green Lentil Parmigiana Recipe

Healthy Aubergine & Green Lentil Parmigiana | FeedYourAwesomeMachine.comFor the last two weeks I’ve been staying in the magnificent city of Rome. The entire city is truly stunning. It’s like one giant, beautiful puzzle of time. One single piazza could have stonework dating back 1500 years, a hand chiseled statue placed in the 1400s as well as a more modern building from the 20th century. Around every corner there is something new and mesmerising just waiting to be discovered so I guess I can say that being lost I Rome is a beautiful thing.
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Cooking: Your Secret Sauce To Awesome Health

Expatriates Magazine Paris Cover ImageThe third issue of the Expatriates magazine is now out. I have the pleasure of being a contributing writer and their nutrition in Paris expert; and I’m sharing with you guys my latest article below. I hope you enjoy it!

The hard truth is that if you can’t cook, you’re going to find it pretty hard to reach and maintain the kind of vibrant, energised and healthy body you aspire to. But if you’re reading this now, and are thinking “well that sucks, because I’m a horrible cook- I wouldn’t know what to do with an aubergine if it hit me on the head”, then pay close attention, because this article is for you.

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Mango, Roasted Aubergine & Soba Noodle Salad

Vegan Buckwheat Noodle Salad with Mango & Roasted AubergineI admit it. I am obsessed with Asian flavours. I don’t know why exactly- perhaps it’s the freshness of the lime and coriander, the warm rush from the chilli and ginger, or the visual feast created by all those vibrant colours. Whatever it is, Asian-style cooking is always something I keep coming back to.

So it’s no surprise that when I found myself with an aubergine, half a mango, and some cucumber as base ingredients for lunch last Sunday, I went Asian.

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