Courgette, Coconut and Lime Leaf Coffee Cake

food to glow

courgette, coconut and lime leaf coffee cake // food to glow  #baking #cakes #zucchiniMy niece is over from Florida for a wee bit and we have been busy climbing various green and gusty hills around Edinburgh, sipping beer and cider in dubious pubs, eating too much food, and just yesterday visiting a new attraction north of Edinburgh, The Kelpies.

Mythological beasts possessing the power of 100 horses The Kelpies of legend are here an arresting pair of horse head steel sculptures dominating an area once known for steel production. Horses and water were a vital part of this now-moribund industry and the sculptures honour not only the history of this area, but the horses and the flowing water that made it possible.

The Kelpies // food to glow The Kelpies, before the storm descended

Colourful, bunting-festooned canal boats line the lead up to these sky-catching sculptures, and on the other side pedestrians and cyclists wend their way through meadow land and marshes on a raised wooden path. The sky matched…

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My IQS life :)

Ive recently jumped on  the IQS bandwagon! (IQS=I Quit Sugar, I love abriviations it must be a crossfit thing)

I have always been conscious of the amount of sugar that I am putting into my body, but being a fitness professional I have always been calorie conscious (not as strict as some…..if your hungry eat! this is why we get hangry). IQS is not about calorie restriction its about J.E.R.F (just eat real food) its also not a weight loss program although some participants do experience weight-loss.

I feel Nourished, Clear Headed, Full Of life and Fighting Fit! what more could you want!

5 weeks ago I commenced my IQS journey, Like most things I’ve done in the past to change my life style I was met by critics please telling me “how unrealistic!” and “What are you actually going to eat?” and “where will you get your energy?” the last being my favorite, In saying this My Dad has been super supportive and has even taken note of some of the habitats that I have started and has been implementing them into his diet (How my Dad quit sugar! might be a flow up blog) this makes me super happy! and to boot one of my best mates and training buddies has also said he is going to sign up for the next round. One of the most important lesson I have learnt is you can not change how people fuel their body’s they will put in what they want don’t let it worry you, even after many of my clients/friends have asked advice of what they should eat how much they should eat, ect (keeping in mind as a cert 4 in fitness I can only provide general information) but if your not saying what they want to hear sometimes they wont change and this is OK.

So if i haven’t bored you enough all ready lets really dive in!

So IQUITSUGAR.COM  has an abundance of information, recipes, blogs and product reviews, and you have access to so much once you register for the 8 week program (personally the best $150aud i have spent!) once you register you can assess your starter kit with plenty of fact sheets for you to read and really prepare your self for the start of the program, the fact your going to go on this journey with people all over the world is amazing, please note northern hemispherians the program is based on food that’s in season in the southern hemisphere, but this is no biggy there is always substitutions.

One of the best things IQS has taught me is the art of preparation, “The Sunday Cookup” makes my life breeze during the week! It keeps me on track and saves me time! I bulk cook what ever is recommended like grains, legumes, coco nutty granola (this is my fav!) I also gook any soups, stews and slices as these keep in the fridge nicley for the week,  plus I also pre-cut, measure and bag up the ingredients for the rest of my meals so I can come home and pop it in the pan and cook it 🙂 this also saves on mess during the week.

Full fat products! yes that’s right! IQS is all about the good fats, when company’s make low fat yoghurts they take out all the naturally occurring fats that help keep you feeling full and loaded with nutrients then replace it with fructose and other preservatives to mimic its tasty full fat counterpart all for the sake of “lower calories” and normally 10 mins after eating it your hungry again and needing to eat more, So say goodbye to fat phobia!!

Clean week (4th week in) was defiantly the hardest for me, no coffee for 5 days!!! But I made it and now its over I can feel it really helped finish of the detoxing for me, this was the week I experienced most detox symptoms leg cramps, breakouts, anger and frustration but by Friday i felt like I was on top of the world.

This is my honest review of the I Quit Sugar Program! I have not been paid.

If your curious i recommend visiting the web site for more info!

I should also clarify by the last week of the program they reintroduce IQS approved sweeteners, but they do caution in eating these in moderation, sugar is still sugar at the end of the day!

Some interesting documentaries to watch about sugar, These really reinforced to myself why I am making these changes to my lifestyle!

-That Sugar Film

-Fed Up

-The Perfect Human Diet

Ashlee-Jean

Kiss Sugar Goodbye