THE DREADED PULL UP

Time has come. It’s time to master the PULL UP…….

If it’s one exercise I would love to be able to do but just haven’t been able to master yet, it’s the pull-up. At first I just looked at it and laughed, as if I would ever be able to pull my body up like that, I managed to pull myself up all of 10cm.

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HEALTHY LIVING – THE SWEDISH WAY

I believe that my Swedish upbringing has greatly influenced my perception towards health and wellness. Growing up in Sweden in the 80s instilled a natural and simple attitude towards health and fitness in me. I never once went on a diet in my teenage years, or even considered it, it just wasn’t a done thing. Instead I ate home cooked, well balanced meals and had a really active lifestyle, just like any other typical Swedish teenager, playing sports, riding my bike everywhere I went and skied and skated on the frozen lakes in winter.

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MY HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLES

I thought I would share my principles that I live my life by in order to feel and look the best I can. I don’t believe in depriving myself or fad diets. What I do believe in is balance and eating real, wholesome foods with as few added preservatives and additives as possible. I believe in eating food that taste like food should, fresh, tasty and yummy which is why I prefer seasonal, local food, ideally organic and free range meat and eggs. I also believe in an active lifestyle as well as self care and a daily “time out” time to just be.

I’ve summarised my top 10 Healthy Living Principles below.

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BEETROOT & RASPBERRY BROWNIES

The kids have athletics carnival tomorrow and need to bring a cake for the bake sale. Feeling brave I decided to cook a beetroot brownie adapted from an old recipe that I found in Good Living.

My daughter came home from school and wrinkled her nose and exclaimed – “Beetroot! Mum, why can’t you ever cook normal food!?” Feeling a bit nervous about the low sugar, beetroot version of a kids favourite I decided we better taste test it so we did, and we did and we did……. Oops somehow we couldn’t stop ourselves and ended up eating half the batch…. I didn’t even think of snapping a nice photo of it!

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“SWEDISH HUSMAN” LAMB IN CABBAGE

Traditional home cooked Swedish food is called “Husmans Kost” or simply “Husman”. The word is derived from “husman” which referred to the owner of a small house that didn’t own any land back in the farming days. The concept was originally a generic term for cheap and simple food eaten in the country by farmers. Nowadays it represents classic Swedish home cooking.

Veggies for Far i Kal

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