Dec 15, 2016

Lovin' Life 15/12/2016: Lovin' the Healthy Stuff.

I still have no idea what will be on the menu at our place for Christmas lunch.  Mainly because I've been an almost continuous food coma since the beginning of the month.  An unusually full social calendar has seen me have most of my main meals over the weekend at a party of some description.


Will you just sit back and observe the magnificence of my colleague's orange cake?  It's so far removed from the orange and poppy seed syrup cake I had in my mind when she first mentioned it.  This cake features an outer layer of perfectly sliced and peeled orange wheels, then some orange cream and then several layers of soft sponge within that.  It was so light and moreish to boot.


And then there's the refreshing early afternoon drink here, there and in between engagements. It being the end of the year and being summer and being a season of parties just makes it all okay to have more glasses of something than you normally would.



The end result of all of the above?  Major healthy food cravings and the realization that I actually do love all that healthy eating and living stuff that makes up a quite a proportion of my daily life.



I've actually been looking forward to the start of the working week and its attendant routine of  a bit of morning exercise, brown bagged work lunches, fruit with every meal and plenty of water in between.



One powerful motivator behind this zest for healthful living was a recent visit to the new Harris Farm at Westfield Bondi Junction.  Preschooler SSG came along for the ride and seeing all the fruit and vegetables so creatively presented sparked a bit more enthusiasm within him to make more healthy choices with what he eats. He's keen on broccoli now!  That's a major win in my book.



Besides being beautifully styled and decorated, the store also features a number of unique and positive innovations.  The first is their fruit sellers cart full of Imperfect Pick fruit where fruit that doesn't look retail perfect but is still great to eat is sold at a reduced price.



Another thing I spotted was this dispenser in the dairy section.  It's actually for single herd milk.  You can fill your own glass milk bottle with this milk and there's information on the counter about the local dairy farmers and where the cows are raised.

Have you succumbed completely to the abundance of food and drink that is December?

Are you doing it in moderation this month?

15 comments:

  1. Nothing beats eating fresh, I reckon. That orange cake looks amazing!

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  2. I've just been on a 4 week detox diet leading up to Christmas. No carbs, no sugar, no dairy and no alcohol (sob!) Although it was a struggle I feel fantastic and I know what you mean by the feeling of wanting to eat healthy food. I feel like crap if I don't eat healthy. Great timely post. #teamlovinlife

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  3. Love the idea of the single herd milk dispenser. I first saw one of those in Slovenia, and thought 'why don't we do that in Australia!'. Yes, the Christmas overindulgence has begun in these parts too. Enjoy your lead up to Christmas and hope you decide what to cook ;)

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  4. That Orange cake is AMAZING!! How clever!

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  5. We too are feeling like eating healthy food and thankful that it doesn't have to be boring with so many options now available . I wouldn't mind a piece of that cake though 😉

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  6. I'm an 80/20 girl. I try to make healthy food choices 80% of the time but do enjoy my treats 20%. I feel so much better when I don't fill my body with rubbish. I've never seen a single herd milk dispenser - interesting.

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  7. I've had about zero social engagements, so it has been easy to avoid over indulgence! Bonus of turning down invitations.

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  8. My diet has not been the best. I need to pick it up. January. There is always january

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  9. Would you believe I haven't been to a single Christmas event or function yet, so haven't had to worry about resisting temptation! Mind you that will change this weekend ;-)

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  10. I love the milk dispenser! I'm a bit hit and miss overall re health and fitness. I find when I'm eating badly I tend to avoid exercise etc... so I'm an 'all or nothing' kind of person... but I'm trying to change that! #teamlovinlife

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  11. I do a similar thing - stick to my standard routine and food choices but definitely indulge in whatever presents itself with all of the Christmas celebrations around! A little in moderation never hut anyone! :)

    I haven't quite mastered getting the toddler interested in broccoli though, ha!

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  12. OMG that orange cake looks magnificent! Oh my God again because I have just got back from a cruise and the FOOD - the food was abundant and delicious and yes I have come back porkier than when I left but I mean how can you resist?!! Ahhhh and Christmas is coming next. I will be rolling into 2017 I think! Oh dear! #TeamLovinLife

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  13. I love that you're lovin' the good health vibe. I am usually like that at this time of year but pure exhaustion has me craving bad stuff right now. I"m waiting for my motivation to kick in.
    One of our local supermarket chains (Supabarn) has Fruggly Fruit and vegetables which is cheaper because it doesn't look perfect. I always go for the Frugglies. Coz no matter what is going on on the outside, they still have their inner beauty.

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  14. It's been seasons eating here too - & seasons drinking. I'm sending my liver on a holiday come January for at least a month.

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  15. I loved this. I too enjoy fresh most days but I am needing to be careful of what I am eating to keep my IBS at bay. I have small meals I make for myself and freeze because I cook in bulk and then can bring out what I feel like that day. You are doing well! Loads of temptations in the silly season which is why fruit gets a big boost after the rich food!

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