www.cheekycoconuts.com - Elle & SJ

 

My name is Elle from Bondi, Sydney. 

I am an aspiring power lifter who adheres to a plant based diet which is somewhat unusual!  

 

From Bachelor of Business/Marketing background I have been immersed in the corporate world but my passion for good food, cooking and living a life that is based on holistic principles have lead me to study Health and Wellness Coaching in my spare time which I hope to use to assist others in making small, simple changes to improve health and wellbeing. I love to inspire others to bring colour, positivity and health to every day.   

 

Images from @cheekycoconuts Instagram

 

I have not always been the healthiest or happiest person until I realised that health and happiness are within my control waiting for me to tap into. By implementing small changes into my lifestyle I have seen significant improvements in my physical and mental health. In a nut shell what I have learned is what we eat can have a big impact on how we look and feel.

   

In my early teens I became curious why certain health issues such as depression and cancer were so prevalent particularly in the western world. I began learning as much as I could and I was completely fascinated as to how shifts in diet and lifestyle can help heal the body. I started experimenting with changes to my diet, mindset and implementing some simple detox protocols.  For the most part of 7 years I followed a highly alkaline, plant based diet. For a while I was a walking picture of health, however as so often can happen to us when we are young, I lost focus of what was truly important. I started to neglect my wholefood-vegan diet, consumed more alcohol and was putting myself in negative environments.  Gradually, more and more elements of my healthy lifestyle started to diminish and with it my health. By my mid-twenties  I knew I was not living my life to its fullest potential.   

 

Superfood staples - cacao, chia, maca

 

At 26 when  a benign tumour was detected in my neck I switched straight back to a plant based diet. Within a few weeks I started to feel full of life again. I felt more positive and full of energy. I channelled this energy into my workouts. I got myself a personal trainer and discovered I really enjoyed lifting heavy weights. My goal was to build strength, which was a nice change from working out with the intention of enhancing my physical appearance. Although I have always been an active person and a regular gym goer I never considered myself strong. Power lifting has helped me realise that although I am a small person I am physically and mentally stronger than I thought. Fuelling my body with an abundance of plant based, nutrient dense foods and following a strength based program, I competed in my first amateur power lifting competition and was pleasantly surprised by my results.  Now my goal is to compete for Australia Internationally as a plant-based power lifter.

 

Following a plant based, high carbohydrate diet with a focus on foods high in nutritional value helps keep my mind clear and focused which enables me to stay positive and work towards my goals. I am proof that you do not need to consume a lot of meat, dairy, fish or eggs to be physically strong.  

 

Images from @cheekycoconuts Instagram

 

Fruit, oats, rice and greens of all kinds are staples in my diet. Adding a variety of herbs, spices and superfoods to every meal helps me ensure I get an abundance of essential nutrients to keep my body detoxing and energised. One of my favourite ways to enhance the flavour and nutritional value of my meals is to add sea veggies and seaweeds. There are many different varieties of seaweed available but my absolute favourite would have to be Dulse and Nori.  I include them in my diet daily for their many health benefits. I love Sea Vegetables because as well as being alkalising and detoxifying the body they also contain high amounts of protein, iron vitamins and trace minerals. Before including seaweed into my daily diet I was iodine deficient and suffered symptoms such as anxiety and fatigue.  A generous serving of sea veg every day has helped keep my iodine levels high whilst adding a burst of flavour to my savoury meals.  My favourite ways to include into my meals are adding a generous spoon full to dips (especially guacamole) and rice dishes, you may find you don’t need to use as much salt in your recipes. Below is one of go to rice dishes, it is quick, easy, nutritious & delicious!

 

 

Rainbow Sea-Veggie Rice

 

Ingredients

3 cups cooked rice (use any variety you like)
1 table spoon coconut oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch ginger, minced
2 cups of finely sliced or diced veggies (I like to use what is in season, Cabbage, zucchini, carrot, kale, bok choy, broccoli all work really well)
3 table spoons tamari
1 table spoon PSF coconut sugar
2 table spoons rice wine vinegar
2 table spoons of PSF Dulse flakes
1 table spoon PSF Nori flakes
chopped cherry tomato and fresh sprouts to serve (optional)

 

Method

  1. In a wok or large fry pan heat oil and sauté onion, garlic and ginger over a medium heat until soft and aromatic
  2. Add veggies and sauté for a minute
  3. Add the rice with the tarmai, coconut sugar and vinegar and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes ensuring to stir frequently
  4. Remove from heat and stir through Dulse & Nori flakes
  5. Top with fresh cherry tomato and sprouts if desired and serve with a slice of lemon. 

 

 

Huge thanks to Elle @cheekycoconuts for being our guest blogger this week!

Connect with Elle on Instagram @cheekycoconuts or at her website http://www.cheekycoconuts.com/.

The PSF Team!