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 πŸ™‚ 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

Wraps

I’m attempting to start making my own bread, so getting in some reading…..I might tackle wraps next πŸ˜€

Fork or Spoon?

I love bread making there is something therapeutic about kneading dough and watching it rise. Home made wraps are so much more tasty than shop brought and you can add any spice or flavour you like. I added paprika to these wraps with some chilli flakes. Great snack with some humous and almond butter. This will make about 6 wraps.

Ingredients:

  • 250g strong white bread flour, with about 100g extra for dusting
  • 1 sachet (5g) fast action dried yeast
  • 5g table salt
  • 15g caster sugar
  • 20g butter at room temperature
  • 150ml water
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Method:

  • In a large bowl pour in the flour and add the yeast to one side and the salt and sugar to the other. Using a large metal spoon mix the dry ingredients together. Make a well in the middle and pour in the water and soft butter and use your fingers to mix…

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Defining Friendships

I am so blessed to have a small group of dear friends, however as a single girl I am always asked to define or explain these friendships to people, and I am always baffled as to how closed minded people seam to be to particular ideas, I mean we live in a modern society right?

Friend 1

Sex: Male

Length of Friendship: 14 Years

Relationship status: Single

This person I would define as one of my dearest friends, We had almost every class in High-school together, traveled through Europe, seen each other at our best and at our worst. We generally just tell people we are cousins or some form of relation to justify why we hang out so much when ever we are visiting one another, or do we just want to make it less hard for them to understand that we are just best friends…..you know boys and girls can be just friends right????

Friend 2

Sex: Male

Length of Friendship: 10 years

Relationship status: Playa

Friend 2 is a notorious ladies man, so I can see where people get the wrong idea however this person has dated many of my friends due to my “wing man” abilities…..(they aren’t that great) However this friend has provided some of the funniest and most memorable times in my life….And we make “bro night” a regular occasion when ever he is in town home from his fly in fly out job, and I have to say it’s fun just being an absolute clown for a night :P.

Friend 3.5 πŸ˜›

Sex: Female

Relationship status: Married

Length of friendship: 10 years

Friend 3 is one of the most amazing people ever! (her husband is pretty great too…..apart for his choice in football team?!) I love going and visiting them both, I instantly feel at ease in their house… apart for that one time they (husband) tried to set me up with one of the groomsmen at their wedding….maybe it was 2 or 3 of them, maybe a first come first served basis who knows but i guess when you’re the only single bridesmaid other than the flower girls there isn’t much choice left, Regardless I love how I have been accepted into this family with open arms with no judgment about any of my decisions in life and they would do anything to help anyone, plus friend 3 loves living vicariously through me.

Friend 4 

Sex: Female

Length of friendship: 4.5years

Relationship status: Single

Friend 4 and I are not actually sure how we became friends, but aren’t those the best type of friendships. We are polar opposites of each other shes the “Cool Confidant Heavy Metal Hippy” and I’m the “Shy Quirky Mod Hipster” the best part of our friendship is our completely different taste in men…..well 95% of the time. I think I would run out of fingers if I had to count the times we have been asked if we are a “couple”, maybe we have just been single for that long people are trying to solve our “problem”

I feel like grabbing these people and saying “why do you need an explanation for my friendship? Why do I need to be pigeonholed? Why can’t I have a male best friend, spend my mights out with my other single friends?

My friends are an extension of my family and I am lucky to have them all around for the good times and the bad.

How have people tried to label you or your friends in the past?

Ashlee-Jean

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Welcome reader!! (at this rate this will be my entire first blog :?)

I feel as if i should give you a brief insight into my mind, as I am hoping that you share similar Interests, Goals, Problems orΒ  your just generally a RAD person!!

Fitness and Health are 2 things that I am super passionate about, healthy body = healthy mind. I love the stress relief from going for a good workout or run, I am currently loving crossfit! every day/week/month is never the same and lets face it who doesn’t love a good challenge.

I love to cook :D!

I still take Ballet classes, I have always enjoyed dancing it provides escape and the ability to express yourself through movement and music at the same time.

I own a small business πŸ˜€ if you feel the need to check it out

https://www.facebook.com/loveyourhomekalgoorlie

Last and not least Fashion is a massive part of my life it affects almost everything I do, from the stock I order for my store, what I wear, how I do my hair, what music I listen to even what I eat.

Now reader I feel as if by this point you have a ruff idea of who I am, but we have plenty of time to keep getting to know each other :D!

XoXo

Ashlee-Jean

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