The story of @funfitandsugarfree

 

 


Hey there!

 

Our names are Zoe and Laura and we run the Instagram account @funfitandsugarfree (if you don't follow, get on it).

 

This is our story in a nutshell:

 

We wanted to start sharing our love for healthy eating and active lifestyles with the world! We both did a lot of baking and cooking before we started our instagram feed but since then we have become more experienced in the kitchen, learnt new things and have both really excelled and become even more passionate about ways to live healthier and more organic lives!

 

 

From Zoe:

As a family, mine was a reasonably healthy one, we had high protein, filling meals and incorporated all the right food groups into our average days. But the sugar on top of my porridge, the chocolate icing glazed doughnut at recess, the candy finger bun at lunch, 3 caramel slices after school and the hot chocolate and sugar filled candy bar after dinner, ended up not being a perfect way to live. So it may not seem like the most common or biggest achievement, but it's seems that my form of rebellion against my family for my teenage years was to go against the way they ate; but none the less I'm happy!

Before I realised the benefit of healthy eating, I looked completely different, acted completely different and appreciated completely different things. Although over time I have evolved (for the better), found my passions and stronger areas and realised what's really important to me; which of course is leading an active and happy lifestyle along with various other things.

I have tried out many different types of eating, tried vegetarian, all protein, high carb, paleo, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, vegan and almost any other way of living you can be. But I've found hardly any of these suit me - you have to find what works for you and decide what factors improve your way of living not what factors influence others and what is the "fad of the moment".

Overall I have been on a crazy yet enjoyable journey and I know I will continue to live well and stay healthy for as long as I live - because really, being healthy is not a diet it's a lifestyle, and ultimately I am glad to accept... that it's mine.

 


From Laura:

Similarly to Zoe, my path to sugar-free eating was a result of past eating habits. As a kid, I ate a normal amount of junk food and my diet wasn't too bad. I was just eating what the rest of my family was, and didn't even consider that fact that it didn't have to be that way forever. Soon, I decided to see what a week without sugar would do for me. The first few days were quite hard, but my will-power helped me push through and after that, eating-sugar free was easy. I have now been refined sugar free (and mostly gluten free as well) for about two years. I eat sugar free because it makes me feel better and I feel more energetic in everyday life, not as a weight-loss scheme or anything like that. I am an athlete, and when I first started eating sugar free I even saw improvements in my athletic performances.

I absolutely love creating new recipes and experimenting with different sugar free products. The rest of my family aren't sugar free, but their diet is becoming a lot healthier and they love eating the sugar free treats that I make. The only hard part for me is the social aspect. When you go out to a party or out for lunch and they don't have any healthy options, it can sometimes be a struggle. However, I have learnt to deal with this in a way that doesn't require having to make up excuses like "Oh, I'm not really hungry."

I don’t crave sugar now. It’s a no-brainer for me. When I am offered chocolate or a piece of cake that once, I would have immediately jumped at, I don't even think before politely declining.

As you can tell, my path to a sugar free lifestyle was simple. I realised that we don't need sugar in our lives because we need to nourish our bodies and sugar doesn't do that.


We try to eat organic and sugar free most of the time, but as we are still young and experimenting we aren't too strict. We still use sweeteners (like Powersuperfood's Coconut Sugar) in our cooking, but in all other areas try not to have sugar! We are both still in high school and found each other through our passion for healthy eating!

We are very active and participate in a lot of sports and exercise regularly. We are in the process of writing an ebook, which we are hoping to release at the end of May so we are busy experimenting with new recipes all the time.

Our main message for you all is that being healthy isn't about counting calories or going on strange diets, but being happy and eating foods that nourish your bodies.

 


Caramel Nicecream with Cacao Sauce


Serves 2

 

Nicecream Ingredients


2 large frozen bananas

3 medjool dates, chopped

1 tbs almond milk

1 tbs protein powder (optional)

1 tsp Power Super Foods coconut sugar

 

Cacao Sauce Ingredients

 

1 tbs Power Superfoods cacao powder

1.5 tbs mayple syrup

1 tsp boiling water

 

Topping ideas:


Cacao nibs, shredded coconut, granola, caramelised buckini, goji berries, chopped nuts, fresh berries or anything else that you can come up with.

 

 

1. In a food processor, blend all nicecream ingredients until smooth.

2. Place in a bowl in the freezer for a couple of minutes.

3. Meanwhile, mix all the cacao sauce ingredients until combined

4. Pour the warm sauce over the nicecream and top with whatever you like.