How Far Have You Come?

How Far Have You Come?

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I was taking a walk down memory lane a couple of days ago, and was amazed at how far I’ve come along in the last 3 years.

Eat Safe Live Well started out a fun idea. It is not everything I could have ever asked for.

It’s funny how we go about our daily lives and don’t notice the changes. It’s not until you look back at photos and realise that actually, a lot has changed.

So I pose the question to you. How far have you come? Maybe you are on a health and wellness journey, a career mission, or just simply making small changes in your life. Check in with yourself and ask yourself, how far have you come?
Acknowledge where you are now and keep kicking goals.

What's in my lunch box!

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I often get asked what I eat, in particular what I eat for lunch.
To be honest I have never really given it much thought.I always eat yummy and exciting things, but it’s not something I over think or struggle with. I plan my meals at the start of the week an think ahead.

One of the biggest tips I can give you is preparation. 80% of the time I cook a little bit more at dinner time and then take it to work with me. It’s that simple. It’s always great to be organised and plan ahead. You will never get caught out being hungry and will avoid allergens if you make it yourself 🙂

Here is a list of things that you might find in my lunch box:

LUNCH:
Rice Paper Rolls
Bolognese – Loaded with veggies
Sushi
Salad – Full of greens
Pumpkin Risotto – My partners fav
Mexican – One of my all time favs
Rice and Quinoa crackers with salmon and avocado

SNACKS:
Blueberries – LOVING these at the moment
Strawberries
Bananas
Almonds
Cashews
Rice crackers or corn chips and homemade hummus
Homemade bliss balls
Homemade banana bread
Homemade coconut and choc chip cookies
Paleo Bar

And lastly – LOADS of Water.

Lunch can be fun. Remember, preparation is the key.

Eat Safe Live Well,

Jess

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Don't Bin Your Bangers

Don’t Bin Your Bangers

So last night we had some good mates around for dinner, a BBQ to be exact. We ate some delicious food, had a bevie, played some board games and had a great time.

Now as much as I LOVE a good BBQ, there always seems to be left over snags and salad coming out your ears for the next week. Thom and I have enjoyed several BBQ’s this week and really didn’t feel like cold snags and salad for dinner.The leftover pork sausages were from the local butcher, so I didn’t want to waste those.

So I got creative! I cooked up a delicious banger bolognese.

I minced up the snags in my thermie and added into a pan. I then added the leftover salad, which wasn’t dressed**. I then created a delicious tomato sauce and mixed it all together. It was SUPER delicious.

So please, don’t think that sausages are just for the barbeque, the humble snag has the ability to transform even the most ordinary meal. YUMO.

Eat Safe Live Well, Jess xx

** I always leave my salad naked and get my guest to dress their, it means that your salad will keep longer in the fridge for leftovers and can then be used in dishes like this 🙂

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Australia Day - They Gluten Free Way :)

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Good morning everyone.

Happy Australia Day!!!

My friend Adam who is gluten intolerant, has written a very useful article on how to survive being gluten free on Australia day.

Check it out 🙂

Australia Day Barbecues – ‘Is this gluten free?’

Gluten, gluten, gluten, no, no, no!

It’s that time of the year again, where we bring out the BBQ and slap a sausage in bread and smother it with sauce. Why, because it’s Australian, right?

According to the Coeliac Society of Australia , 1 in 70 people suffer from a gluten intolerance in Australia. So, chances are someone at your Australia Day celebrations will be the one to say, ‘Oh is that gluten free?’ (yes, I confess, that’s me!)

Annoying right? (bad luck!) Well here’s what we (gluten free people) can do to avoid having to ask and being told things like, ‘can you bring some gluten free bread?’, ‘are sausages gluten free?’ or the most dreaded; ‘can you eat this, I’m not sure if it contains gluten?’ (um read the label – what does it say?)

• Buy Sausages or hamburgers from the supermarket – yeas how bizarre, that a supermarket would sell sausages and hamburgers PREMADE, that are gluten free! Good old Coles and Woollies have a beautiful label on their sausages and burgers saying ‘Gluten Free’ (perhaps even pre-cook your burgers and snags to avoid cross-contamination) – if you prefer some upmarket butcher ones, just ask the butcher, 9 times out of 10 they use rice flour in their sausages nowadays
• Take your own gluten free bread – perhaps you make it, or buy it – just pop a few slices in your bag and you’ll be able to whip it out just like everyone else
• Ask to make a salad – if you offer to bring along something; you can make it GLUTEN FREE!! No one will even know and you’ll be able to eat it (just make sure you dish yours up first or have a spare container – I do!)
• Make sure you read the label – if you’re unsure whether something might set your allergy off (whether it be eggs, fish, nuts or gluten) ask to read the label of the package, just to be safe
• Ask if your sausages, burgers, meat, fish etc. can be cooked first (unless everyone is having sausages from Coles or Woollies) this will prevent cross-contamination and you’ll get to eat first!

As for the sweet stuff – Pavlova and Meringue are typically gluten free, just check with whoever made it, if they used cornflour – one is gluten free, home brand ISN’T!; but I don’t ever use cornflour in mine. Or for some healthy gluten free desserts (hmm) check out www.eatsafelivewell.com.au/recipes. I’m sure there will be something on there to float your boat 🙂

Just remember, Australia Day is about celebrating this amazing country of ours, so don’t be afraid to say that, a number of Australians are gluten intolerant and that you’re proudly one of them!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi!

Eat Safe Live Well 🙂

Adam

Give A Fork This Christmas

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Welcome to the silly season….. Yes, that time of year when everything become sparkly, everyone becomes merrier and the food…….You know what, don’t even get me started on the food.

You see, since being diagnosed as Coeliac and allergic to eggs, I’ve had it pretty good at Christmas time. Christmas lunch has always been at my families, or partners house and my special dietary needs have always been taken care of.

This year however is a little different for me, we are off to Christmas lunch at my partner’s families’ friend’s house. I’m not worried about it because I have been in these situations before, however I thought there might be a few people out there who could use some advice.

So here it goes, my top 10 tips on how to give a fork this Christmas.

1. Keep calm – There is absolutely no point getting your tinsel in a knot and letting food stress you out this Christmas, it just clouds your judgment and takes the fun out of the festivities.

2. Don’t get complacent – Yes it might be the same ham you ate last year, but it doesn’t mean the ingredients are the same. Make sure you double-check everything and also have your epi pen handy if need be. You just never know.

3. If in doubt go without – This one is pretty self-explanatory.

4. Communication is key – If you are eating at a family or friends, make sure you open the lines of communication from the start. Give them a call and see what the plan is, what are they having, and what can you bring.

5. Be prepared – I always like to take a little something of my own along, just in case you encounter step number 3.

6. Suggest an alternative – Don’t be afraid to suggest an alternative ingredient, it might be a simple swap – i.e. Plain flour, to gluten free flour in the gravy.

7. Keep it simple – Yes, fresh simple food is the best food. It helps with step number 1.

8. Avoid CC – I’m not talking about the drink…. Depending on your allergy/intolerance it can be a good idea to cook and dish your food up separately to avoid cross contamination.

9. Cook what you know – I find Christmas to be a really busy time. So to help me follow step number 7, I cook what works best for me. I try to experiment in the months leading up to Christmas and then produce simple dishes efficiently in the Christmas period. You don’t want accidental hives on Christmas.

10. Enjoy yourself – Make sure you take some time out to sit down and enjoy your Christmas lunch. Yes it can suck not being able to eat everything at the table, but Christmas is all about being grateful. SO I am always grateful for something yummy and time with my family and friends.

On a side note, if you are hosting a guest with allergies this year, just follow the steps above. Remember communication is the key.

Happy Christmas ☺

Jess x x