One Week Down ~ 21 Days To Break A Habit

Wohoo, well done on smashing your first week in No Sweets For Six Weeks. 7 days in (almost 8, since Monday is getting long already) into a 42 day challenge. You may have wondered why it is exactly six weeks we have embarked on. Well, there are many articles around claiming it takes 21 days to break a habit. 21 days where you need to consciously make decisions around a habit that you would like to either get rid of or start doing. Well, personally I believe 21 days is just enough to break a habit. But I believe it takes another 21 days to subconsciously break a habit.

“The habit that took years to build, do not take a day to change.”

There are so many things you do without even thinking about it, like biting your nails or flicking the kettle on first thing in the morning. Most of us order a latte on our way to the office in the morning, without even stopping to think if you actually want a latte today. Some may have the good habit of jumping into their running gear first thing when they wake up, while others have the bad habit of having a cigarette instead of breakfast. It doesn’t matter whether a habit is good or bad, it is still a habit  and you need to consciously work to change it. Until it becomes and subconscious action.

Deciding not to have sweets for six weeks is a way of breaking the 3PM chocolate habit or the chips and dips after dinner habit. Because, we don’t really need those foods. We just want them and we just always have them without even thinking about it. A habit. Probably not a good one. If you are still on board for the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge, you have probably been trying hard to not have your usual snack for the last 8 days. And succeeded. Well done! Now, keep working at it and you will notice how it just becomes easier every day. In another two weeks, you will have worked through the hardest phase.

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You can do this. One non-eaten sweet at a time.

Have an awesome week. Make sure you keep me posted on your progress on the Facebook event page. I love hearing from you.

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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Step Five ~ Stick To Your Guns

If you are unsure what that actually means, the definition for sticking to your guns is to refuse to change your ideas although other people try to make you change them (or in the military it means keep shooting at the enemy, but we won’t go that far!). You may have heard a few people telling you you are crazy for cutting the sweets for six weeks. Feedback I have seen on Facebook posts go along the line of “that’s my idea of hell”, “my condolences”, “that’s unheard of” and “are you crazy?!”. These are comments to people who have joined the Facebook challenge and not to me. I have plenty of really supportive and sensible people around me, and most of my work colleges have all joined in giving up various food items. 

One of the hardest and most frustrating parts of changing your eating habits or lifestyle is the people around you. Many people don’t like change and they don’t want you to change (especially not for the better). They want you to stay down with them, eating chocolate cake and boozing up on the weekend. They might be a little scared of the new, healthier version of you and they want you to be the “good, old you” again. So they will say things like; you’ve changed; you’re so boring; a little bit can’t hurt can it; and so on. You may also experience being talked into actually cheating on the challenge (and yourself really…), just so they can feel better about themselves.

I know this sounds crazy, but it’s true.

Therefore you need to stick to your guns. Believe in yourself and remember why you decided to do this challenge in the first place. Write your goal down somewhere you can see it. Remember what your reward will be. Maybe even come up with a clever reply to the people who hassle you to have just a little bit. This was your choice and your challenge. You can do this. So refuse to change your ideas although people try to make you change them.

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Happy Hump Day!

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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LCHF Kale Chips Recipe

Do you tend to overeat on chips and other salty savory treats? Then kale chips are definitely for you. Super crispy and super tasty, all at the same time. And guess what? They are even good for you. Kale has been branded a superfood for years now and it’s packed with nutrients. If you have never tried kale chips, I highly recommend you do, because although kale tastes very ‘green’ raw and in smoothies, when crisped up and with added salt and parmesan, it tastes delicious! I promise! This is all you need:

Kale (any variety), olive oil, salt, parmesan cheese. You can also add dried chilli, garlic, pepper, other spices you like on your chips. 

You need to remove the stem from the kale as it tastes quite bitter, so do that and cut the leaves into appropriate sized chips. Wash thoroughly. Then put all the leaves in a big bowl, add olive oil and salt and mix until all the leaves have oil on them. This helps make them crisp in the oven.

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On an oven tray, spread the leaves out one by one. Then drizzle a tiny little parmesan on each piece. Put the tray in the oven on approx 125 degrees Celsius for about 10-15min (preferably on “fan” as well). You may even want to put a wooden spoon in the oven door to keep it slightly open to get rid of any moisture. This helps make the kale chips even more crispy. Make sure you check on them so they don’t turn brown. They are finished when they are all crispy and crunchy.

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All you have left to do, is to enjoy! If you are giving up chips as a part of the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge, this is a perfect substitute. Only one more day to go before we start!

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Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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Step Four ~ Tell The World

If you are committing to changing your food or giving up some food item, I highly recommend you tell the world about it. Like Tammy did in the Facebook event No Sweets For Six Weeks. She announced that herself and her boyfriend are giving up sweet treats and alcohol for the duration of the challenge! If they fail they will be donating $100 each to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. And that is just awesome. I would love to see some more public announcements. You are a lot more likely to achieve you goal and go through the whole challenge if the people you spend the most time with know what you are trying to do. They might even want to give up their favourite snack food with you. You won’t know until you ask, so go ahead and get chatting to, telling and inviting all your friends along.

If you haven’t signed up yet and have no idea what I am talking about, check out the Challenge event page here. 

We are all a product of the five people we spend the most time with, so if your husband eats lots of ice cream, your best friend always orders cheesecake, you college always bakes cupcakes for work, your mother keeps bringing you homemade sweets and the girl at the gym suggests having a hot chocolate after every Sunday morning yoga class – you will be struggling if they have no idea you are trying to not have any sweets for six weeks. Inform them, invite them and ask them to help you, and you will succeed.

For the next 24 hours, tell the world about your six week challenge, invite them to do it with you and share the event with everyone. Because the more we are, the more likely you are to achieve your goal of No Sweets For Six Weeks. It’s all about community.

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Have a great Saturday! Stay tuned tomorrow for some crispy, savory snacks.

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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LCHF Antioxidant Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are great for those quick meals like breakfast or afternoon tea, when you don’t have much time or you are just too hungry to think on your feet and just need something NOW. I love high fat smoothies in any colour, especially green, but today’s smoothie turned out to be beautifully deep purple. Which to me usually says high in antioxidants.

Antioxidants are one of the most popular nutrition buzzwords (maybe after detox these days). They do deserve to be mentioned though because they fight signs of ageing, inflammation, cancer and they can even help you lose weight. But when it comes to antioxidants, certain foods like blueberries, pomegranate, cinnamon and turmeric gets all the attention. Few of us actually know that avocados are also full of an antioxidant called polyphenols. Even better, coconut milk also contains antioxidants according to some sources. So my dark purple smoothie today was full of triple antioxidant goodness. All I put in mine, was;

A handful frozen blueberries, half an avocado and about 120ml coconut cream (more or less depending on how thick you like your smoothie). Then just whizz it up in a blender and enjoy. It’s a full meal!

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You can basically add whatever else you like to this smoothie too, such as spinach (I was out today, sadly), nuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, any greens and vegetables you like, swap coconut milk for yoghurt or dairy milk or even coconut water. A great idea is to add protein powder and even probiotic powder for extra tummy goodness. Your imagination is the only thing stopping you.

If you struggle with sweet cravings, having a smoothie like this, with a little sweetness from blueberries (or other berries) will help settle the craving, without giving you a massive blood sugar rush that usually leaves you feeling tired and wanting more after half an hour. A smoothie full in fat like this one will satisfy your hunger and make you so full that you will no longer remember you wanted something sweet in the first place. Perfect snack if you are doing the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge. Enjoy.

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Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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