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Dear readers,

How long it’s been! We are back, with bigger and better ideas than ever before. Including new recipes, filming some DIY, Q & A sessions, and informative videos.

Topics that we would love to cover:

  • minimalism
  • clean eating
  • fermenting
  • essential oils
  • chemical free cleaning in the home

We would love to hear from you though, do you have any questions or topics you would like covered?

Do let us know. We love hearing what you think.

Or, maybe there is someone you would like us to interview, maybe you’re that person?

Is there something you would like to share with our readership? Come film a vid with us!

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Sunday Sentiments

Be kind.

Everyone is fighting a battle that you (probably) know nothing about. We all have our back-stories, demons and fears. Our vulnerability defines our humanity and should draw us together, rather than be pushed away.

It costs nothing to smile, hug or speak a kind word. Love is the most healing substance on the planet and it’s FREE!! So let’s spread it all around ❤

How I Turned Myself Into A Morning Person in One Month

I did it! I can’t believe I did it! I actually woke up early, every single day for March. I did confess previously, that I did have an 8am sleep in, and this is the latest I slept for the whole month. Even when I was beyond exhausted, even when we had a late night, even when we had a cold snap in the weather and being snuggled in the doonas was the best option for survival.

I have turned myself into a morning person in just one month. How did I do it?

1. I Set an Alarm. Sometimes Two. 

I hate alarms. I detest their sound, their disturbance and the sheer thought of being woken up with noise. However, my body became accustomed to routine and I found myself waking up a few minutes before my alarm was due to chime, and gratefully turned it off.

I always allowed 2 hours of morning time when setting my alarm. So, if we had an 8.30am lecture at uni, my alarm was set for 6.30am. I found 2 hours to be just the right amount to get everything done, in a calm and relaxed manner.

2. I Got Out of Bed.

This may seem obvious, but in my previous slothen life of 10am wake ups, and strict ‘no plans before lunch’ policy I would wake up when I was ready and then stay in bed for an extra however long. But with my new scheme, the only way to not doze back to dream land was to seize the day.

3. I Made a Morning Routine.

In the first hour, I had the house tidied, a sink full of warm suds for the morning’s dishes, breakfast on, any washing put on, and rabbits tended to. I also included a strict regimen of taking my herbal remedies and having foods that helped me kick start the day. I felt accomplished, set up for success and ready for the rest of the day, all before 8am!

4. I Drank Water.

Before my feet hit the floor in the morning, I have a glass of water. After I take my herbs, I have another glass of water. And then a glass of Kombucha with breakfast. No coffee at all. Just gorgeous, hydrating water and digestion-boosting Booch.

5. I Connected with Nature.

At night, I took note of the dark (sounds weird, I know, but it helped). I limited our artificial lighting to what was necessary and this even naturally prompted us to have an early dinner. Eating earlier helped me to wind down earlier; it’s also not good to go to bed while the body is still digesting food vigourously.

I left our blinds open to invite natural light into our room for waking up; and after rising I spent some time outdoors soaking up the first morning rays with my rabbits. This regulated my circadian rhythm within about 3 sleeps, and it wasn’t long before I fell in love with the first hours of day.

6. I Became Present & No Screen Time Pre-bed.

This one was hard. Not the yoga, but the screen time. I find social media a nice way to wind down. But it’s actually non-productive and a distraction to routine, don’t even get me started on the emitted ‘blue light’ that disrupts our ability to fall asleep.

Instead, I did ‘yoga or pilates for sleep’. I just typed that in to Youtube, found a spot on my lounge room floor, and stretched away. This helped relieve any pent up stress from the day, and regulated my breathing very quickly. I also found my sleep to be more restful and I woke up feeling refreshed and energized.

7. I Didn’t Sleep in on Weekends.

Before, I committed the weekends to sleeping, study and socialising. And definitely Brunch. However, a sleep in past 7.30 actually made me feel worse. I have read about this before, and I’m not sure why it is, but if I slept past 7-7.30 I felt more tired than if I was to just get up at the ascribed time. Not sleeping in on weekends also allowed my body to fall into routine and this made Monday mornings so much easier than they have ever been!

 

April Challenge: Eat No Meat

This is not an April fools joke, I repeat, this is no joke. A new month = a new challenge. We will eat no meat for the month of April.

Why? Many reasons…

But mainly, I really don’t like the thought of eating animals. I look at my furry babies, and I think that I eat their kin (not rabbits, in particular) just meat in general, and I can’t help but think it isn’t fair. Sometimes (not always), we eat meat 3 times a day!

Bacon at breakfast, leftover meat at lunch and then meat for dinner. How excessive is that?! When I think to myself that eating ‘Lamb’ is really eating a baby sheep, my heart aches. During our travels last year, we went to New Zealand. We saw sheep galore, and it was lamb season. When driving through the rolling terrain of lush, green country-side I saw lambie after lambie suckling from their mama’s and wagging their little tails.  How could I eat a defenseless baby sheep, and call myself an advocate for animals?

animal rights
Taken from veganonline.com

 

When I really start to break it down, the thought of eating meat honestly sickens me. The in-congruence between my thoughts and actions ends in April.

I also believe that my body functions better when I don’t eat meat. I feel lighter, easier and my digestion feels so much more efficient.

This doesn’t mean it will be easy though. I am going cold turkey, which research on habit forming/breaking doesn’t support as an effective method of breaking a long term habit. But sometimes the best way to get something done is to simply begin. In the past we have eaten vegetarian for a week, and this was sustainable for us (and cheap!). I will also refrain from sugar, most dairy, gluten and refined ingredients.

Either way, I will start now. Stay tuned and go and like us on Instagram to follow our vego meals: @cleangreenstudents

Day 20: March Challenge

Hi Clean Greenies, Let’s cut straight to the chase here; “how early are you waking up?” I hear you ask.

Well, the very latest I have woken up this month is 8am. The very earliest- 5 am.

If you put two and two together, the 5am wake up happened first and I didn’t get to bed until midnight that night, so I allowed myself a little 8am sleep in the next morning.

Other than this (minor) discretion, I have been waking up at 7am daily. Go me! The rabbits are loving it. They get treats in the morning and at 7am sharp they scratch on the bedroom door, demanding sun-dried raisins. It looks like everyone benefits from early mornings ❤

benjamin and frederick

March Challenge Update

Ok guys, keeping myself accountable here…

We are 9 days in to the March Challenge of waking up early every day for the month.  I told you I wasn’t looking forward to it, but to be honest- this challenge has transformed the way I use my time. Already, my productivity has increased, and I feel like I have so much more time in the day.

People have been checking in, cautiously asking “So how is waking up early going for you?” and I don’t think they expect my response to be so enthusiastic. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been tough, especially starting uni at the same time.

But, my sleep quality has improved about 80% and I am waking up feeling refreshed. On the weekend I have allowed myself a small sleep in- to 7:30. Gee, my mum would be proud. Even I’m proud of my efforts.

Maybe, just maybe this challenge will turn me into a morning person!

March Challenge – not looking forward to this one.

I am already hating myself for this challenge…

I am going to get up early.

There. I said it.

I am so not a morning person, and this will possibly be the hardest challenge of them all. When I say early, I’m meaning like 7am wake up. I know this isn’t ridiculous to some people, but to me 0700 hours is a sacred time for sleeping. But, I know this needs to change and I need to discipline myself more. I’m going to be an early bird- look out worm!

This challenge coincides with the start of uni, who wouldn’t want to sleep in on the holidays, right? Don’t worry though, my alarm clock has been set early for the first 2 days of March.

Speaking of uni, here is a pic of our green smoothie to kick us off for semester one.

green smoothie

Kefir, bananas, eggs, chia, honey, vanilla, Super Greens and Reds powder. Yum.

Wish me luck, friends. I’m really going to need it!

February challenge: Paleo lifestyle

We are back in the blogging world! A quick run down on the challenges we faced with Paleo February and over the next few days we will be updating you on the things that have been keeping us so busy these last few weeks!

Paleo February is over for us. At first, it was a real struggle to take stock of our diet. The last few years have been a journey of experimentation and discovery for Regan and myself: Eliminating gluten, wheat, preservatives, artificial additions to food, refined sugar, GMOs, refined oils, annndd limited to no dairy.

Some of these changes were slow and gentle and some were instant decisions and subsequent overhauls. We cleaned out the things that weren’t serving us, and added whole foods that are healing and packed full of good things to feed and sustain us.

Our market haul
Our market haul

When I set myself the challenge of Pure Paleo February, I knew I needed to rediscover some truths about my views and active participation in our nutrition. It is easy to get comfortable after spending a long time adjusting and making changes; we needed to get out of a rut and view our habits objectively and with the intent to change.

The changes:

Grains were a big one! Already being gluten free, sometimes we forget that grains exist outside of wheat.

What does this mean for out paleo journey? No quinoa, rolled oats (I slipped on this one a few times), rice, corn…

Replaced with: activated almonds, linseed, pepitas, chia, and sunflower seeds.

Cauliflower rice (cauliflower chopped finely) is a great rice substitute.
Cauliflower rice (cauliflower chopped finely) is a great rice substitute

Legumes. I have been asked why legumes aren’t part of the paleo lifestyle, but basically legumes leech nutrients from the digestive tract as they travel through the GI system. Nobody wants to sacrifice nutrients to digest a few kidney beans, right?

I was using kidney beans, lentils and chickpeas to fill out a lot of our meals and as a way of stretching the good old $$. On doing research and realizing that legumes aren’t all they’re made out to be, we changed a few things.

Replaced with: added vegetables like carrots, zucchini, and pumpkin. This actually made a huge difference, not only accessing fresh vegetables to fill our meals and the benefits that came from that, my digestion is quicker and I don’t feel stodgy after meals. It is only a few dollars more than using dried or tinned beans, but the change is entirely worth it.

Extra fillers for meals
Extra fillers for meals

Sugar! This was an up-hill battle the first 2 weeks. Already, I don’t use sugar in my cooking; instead I turn to dates, coconut oil, honey or maple syrup to sweeten our foods. In the last 2 weeks of Feb, I totally cut these out as well! I thought this would be difficult when in fact, it was a natural progression. At the 2 week mark, something just clicked and it became a breeze. I wish I had a better explanation for it, but suddenly it was easy for me.

Replaced with: eating small amounts of fruit and nuts seemed to give me the sweet hit I needed, particularly in the afternoon. I also combined coconut kefir with linseeds in a smoothie bowl for a detoxifying snack when I felt like my body was searching for a bit of “get up and go”.

Smoothie bowls make awesome meals full of good stuff!
Smoothie bowls make awesome meals full of good stuff!

Extra changes: Further to these edible tweaks, I have aligned myself with the Paleo philosophy in my lifestyle choices. Small things, like slipping off my shoes and grounding myself in the earth. Taking a few minutes everyday to appreciate the small things. Thanking my food for nourishing my body. Waking up with the sun, moving more…. Just a few small things to live the life that my body is designed to live.

I am so grateful for the experience of Paleo February, my knowledge and experience of nutrition and whole foods has “leveled up”. Regan and I have tried new recipes, renewed our confidence and love of wellness and appreciate whole foods for the amazing things that they do for our body.

10 days of Paleo: UPDATE

If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I’m undertaking a strict Paleo regimen for the month of February.

Have I maintained it? Well, no.

To be honest, I’ve had a few sneaky pieces of chocolate, I’ve cooked a few dishes with butter, had a cider or two, and I was scooping Hummus into my mouth whilst Googling ‘Is hummus Paleo?’ and it is not.

The next 18 days I will really pull my socks up for this challenge. Wish me luck, fellow readers! With Valentines day and a few outings in the mix, I need all the will power I can muster!

February Challenge – Pure Paleo

Ok, I’m equally excited and nervous about this challenge. My friend Kat set it for me, and together we are going pure Paleo for the month of February.

What does this entail? Well, I have written a post about the Paleo lifestyle. Read about it here.

Basically, a Paleo lifestyle is about cutting out inflammatory foods and ingredients that the body is not designed to consume or metabolize.

If you want the condensed version of what I will and won’t be eating, check out this table:

Okay To Eat Avoid
Fruits Dairy
Vegetables Grains
Lean Meats Processed Food & Sugars
Seafood Legumes
Nuts & Seeds Starches
Healthy Fats Alcohol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regan and I eat a diet that is reasonable close to Paleo already. My biggest concern is dairy (I like to cook with butter) and sugar (I do enjoy chocolate, and even the best quality dark chocolate from the store has sugar in it). I will be making all my own raw treats and chocolate from now on.  So, here it goes. Wish me luck!

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