F is for…

food, fitness, fashion and FUN!

…fresh linkage 22 May 2010

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Mm, have been loving blog surfing recently, as a 5 min distraction as I type up reports at work, or after a long day. Giving me some healthy inspiration to keep going!

Healthy Exposures – GREAT pictures and exciting recipes. Oh how I lust for your irish cream agave. Plus a love of creative and ever-changing oats for brekkie. Lovely!

Food Buzz – How have I not found you earlier?!! Linkage of zillionz (ok, hundreds..) of food bloggers. And recipes! Looks like a future favourite! I might even join up and try and find some more aussies.

Healthy Yum – The future tastespotting.com of healthy foods? What better way to trawl for yummy AND healthy recipes! I can’t wait to be a participant in their snapshots. When I gets home!

Womens Health Look Better Naked guide – I love when magazines publish detailed info on their websites. Sometimes I just can’t  afford all the mags I want. Although I do wish they ‘d put different info up, so I didnt feel like I wasted $5 on info that was uploaded anyway. It seems pretty healthy, and I might try it when I’m a rut. Dont care about looking good nekked, just want me some tasty recipes and fitness fun!

So thems is my favourites at the mo-mo. Have fun!


…finally found motivation 21 May 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — fionagold @ 14:49

Somehow today was easier! Probably because last night I planned my meals and exercises and reminded myself why I am doing this!

Also  I’ve made a friend and we’re going to inspire each other to be healthy. No dessert on weekdays is our main plan to combat our sedentry lifestyle. And downsizing those other treats. Do you have a fitness or health buddy? I’ve always found it hard, as I move so much and rarely make good friends. Also I’m scared of the competion. and the risk fo luring each the other poor health for that reason. We’re just being casual at the moment.

I snuck in 15 mins of running this morning – thank goodness, because my afternoon plan of hitting the gym was derailed by work. – had to go and pick up a new collegue from the airport, flown in for tomorrow’s conference.

I intended to do 30 mins of intervals on the treadmill, but foolishly after a sprint I outright stopped for a few seconds and my poor body ceased up! Oh the pain. I had to walk of the nausea, and leave the tready for someone else.

B – Vegemite on wholemeal toast + 1.5 soft eggies and a round of grapfuit + Skim Milk. I miss you grainery bread! Burgen is the best I’ve found – Rye and pumpkin seed are my favourites!

S – Watermelon from the fruit platter and a few sneaky macadamia nut halves

L – Skipped the lasagana at the food court and got me some chicken salad and a tiny cup of beef and lentil soup (more veg than meat) YUM and hit the spot!

S – no gym made me hungy, but got away with a plum and some cereal. And a cup of mint green tea.

D – Steak and Salad at work BBQ. Only big fluffy white bread so avoided

Pictures a’comin!


… finding it frustratingly hard :( 20 May 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — fionagold @ 13:12

Yes, motivate is lost on me.

B – Mushroom omlette and milk

L – Open faced sammo with chicken, avocado spread, capsicum and cheese on organise rye sourdough. After weeks of eating the cotton-like ‘wholemeal’  provided in buffets and eat out restaurants, its nice to have something dense and that makes you FEEL good ont he inside. Sgh, wish it was real avo though. Side of morrocan iced tea, add your own sugar syrup

S – Mint lemonade, FRESH. VERY tangy. Must recreate when I get home! A good dose of shopping. Ah bargains!

D – Grilled Steak and mushrooms with brocolli and the outside of a baked potato. The steak was huge and I knew I’d never finish the potato, so I just ate the fiberous TASTY outside!

S: Argh, night time eating is back. Ice-cream at the down the road Baskin and Robbins. My fav, NSA caramel turtle was in. Mm kiddy scoop. But the… SURPRISE Peanut butter M&Ms at my door. Who keeps giving these to me?! Ah yes, the diet sabatours in our midst. Do you have anyone who keeps feeding you? My aunties are NOTORIOUS. Two lovely happily plump ladies who send me all sorts of junk food. And then make snide comments such as “oh have you put on weight”.  Hmm I guess I cant get too angry if its true 😦 I know work collegues are often big offenders of such antics (lucky I work with a lot of men, who just don’t care about food and weight)

My rationalisation for the munchies? I’m starting again tomorrow… how many times have I said that now!?


…feeling gross 18 May 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — fionagold @ 04:58

All this eating and no running is wrecking havoc in my insides. I feel like a hypocryte, touting a healthy lifestyle but at the moment I’m in a bit of a slump 😦

Tomorrow’s pictures will be all the one picture collage!

breakfast one lunch2 snack2

B – Banprobix – A messy mix of a banana, a weetbix (like a vitabrit, a wheat cereal brick, BIG in Australia) and chocolate protein powder (and a tbsp of peanut butter)

S – Apple – mm golden delicious. One of my favourite (along with Pink Lady and Fuji!)

L – Turkey Wrap with sauteed mushrooms and onion, and a touch of garlic and cheese courtsey of catered lunch! DELISH.

S – In pain. Must have liquid snack as hungry…Protein Powder – cookies and cream. Not that great despite rave reviews 😦

D – Microwaveable soup – Italian Wedding soup from the ‘ethnic’ shop. Beef meatballs and spinach. Hope I like it! Feeling like I ate rocks 😦 Comfort ate a few cookies, but not too many so OK!

Rolled around on the floor with resistance bands in attempt to get the belly moving. Might have to see the doc. NOOOO I hate the doctor. After years of going twice a week, and getting blood tests monthly, i broke free and had almost a whole year without being sick (despite my friends getting colds etc) and then another 6 months without the doc.  BOO.


… food for first day on wagon! and then I felled off again :(

Filed under: Uncategorized — fionagold @ 04:14

Still working on how I draw …



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B – Strawberries and Cream Oats. 1 cup oatmeal from the breakfast buffet, with protein powder and fruit and walnuts (~350 cal).

I use Cytosport Muscle Milk Light. Although it has more calories than other protein powders it  TASTES GREAT and you dont need milk (and it has calcium too) – always handy when travelling. At the moment I am using cake batter flavour – its like a sweet vanilla, and mixed in oatmeal it tastes like marshmally cake topping! I prefer it this was as plain its a little too sweet (so I use chocolate for a shake!)

S – Sip of coffee, Grapefruit then Salmon Jerky. Hungry 😦 Sounds WEIRD, especially as I dont like normal jerky but this stuff is delish. Smells a bit fishy, but tastes like chewy over-cooked soy-sesame salmon, which is portable and I find delish. I got it from a Japanese Grocery Store. Another blogger enjoying it

L – "Taco" salad – chopped ice-burg lettuce, tomatoes, capsicum from the salad bar and 1/2 c taco mince (chilli with beans)

S – Plum and almonds

D – Group Dinner – Middle-eastern theme. 1/4 c hummus and Moubarak each, with veggies and lamb skewers. Mistake – went back for seconds and this time got bread and another 1/4 c of dips even though I wasn’t hungry 😦 Cause – standing up to eat, and then having nothing to talk about with collegues. Decided to fill my face instead. BOO. THEN someone offered me a PB cup!?!! how could I say no 😦

Exercise – 10 minutes of morning yoga. Long day so no cardio. Tried to go for a jog but in too much pain from overeating.


… food and fitness supplementation 17 May 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — fionagold @ 08:28
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Though I’d make a quick page about what I eat, other than food-food! This is about me, and my personal nutrition – not recommending you to change your dietswithout seeking nutrional guidance.

Protein Powder – After I exercise I am rarely hungry, but you really need to give your body something within 30 mins. I need something tasty and portable or I wont/can’t eat it. I’ve tried a big range of satisfactory protein powders, but Muscle Milk is so tasty, at first I felt like I was having a proper milkshake (you get used to it, but I still look forward to it) I switched to the light because it has less calories, but still has lots of  calcium and protein. I have halve a serve (about 100 calories) at a time.

Honestly, they dont sponsor me, I still have to fork out the big bucks for it (its so much more epxensive in AUS – as in $40 instead of $20). And it comess in so many great flavours!! I either drink it or add it to my oatmeal or cereal (especially if I have no milk)

Multi-Vs I take multi vitamins when I am away from home as I can’t guarantee how nutritionally balanced my food is when travelling. Anything my body doesnt need more of it can expel. I take them with food, but not with calcium (as the iron is an important par tof the pill for me) so usually I take half at morning tea and half at dinner.

Fibre I was big into the psyllium husk for a while (yes that gelatnous rubbish) and it was ok, but its hard to work into your food. So I try to get as much fibre as I can from food, and if I am travelling I might buy a benefibre to add to my meals. It doesnt have a taste and doesnt make your food “gritty” like the husks

Compression wear – I have had problems with shins/calves in the past, to the point where running and standing for more than 20 mins was impossible. After years of rehab, I was still scared to run, but these ‘skins’ gave me both the confidence and physical ability to keep going until now I can run for a good 30-40 mins (until my lungs give out!) I use shin guards for running, and full length or shorts for my legs workouts. I also wear another pair after a heavy workout, for recovery. I use any brand that feels good. For a good cheap pair try Slazenger from Big W ($30 RRP, but I have seen them $10 on sale at KMart)

These are the sockies I have. They look a bit garish but they do the job and are best for summer when its too hot for black leggins


… food tips for frequent flyers!

Filed under: Uncategorized — fionagold @ 08:26
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Despite the wonders of technology – mobile telephones, video conferencing, email, skyping, people are still being flown all over the country and the world for buisness and pleasure. And with new places brings great new experiences, challenges and stresses to those trying to lead a healthy lifetsyle. Now I am no expert, but I thought I’d create a page with some of my tips, and you can share yours too if you want!


  • Fruit first – its the first thing I buy from local shops, and the first thing i eat when cravings hit. Its portable and acceptable to eat (well more acceptable than skulling a spirulina shake) Even if you give into a bite of massive mcmuffin, you will be more full and (hopefully) stop earlier. Or the fruit itself will remind you of your choice for a healthier lifetyle.
  • You don’t have to finish your food! I am NOT one for waste, but in this case remember the meals you are given are not just made for you. They are made to keep you… and that fat guy over there… and that skinny bird.. and that teenager with hollow legs… unhungry. And they dont want people complaining that their serving sizes are skimpy, so chances are you’re getting more than what your tumtum needs. Think “would I eat this much at home”?
  • Prior planning – not only will you avoid being pressured into making poor choices by peers, you’ll feel more in control and less likely to make silly decicions (like defaulting to a salad that ends up to be a caesar!) Try hotel or restaurant websites or reviews online or ask someone at work if they have been there before. If you are going overseas reseacrch into the food culture – pick out what you MUST try and what looks healthy, learn what the locals call them, that way you dont get confused about what you are ordering.
  • Make a rough, flexible  eating plan if you cant get menus. Things like “toast, vegemite and skim milk” for breakfast “plain protein with salad OR tomato pasta, skip the garlic bread” or “broth-based soup” will give you direction and might help you avoid the danish pastry tray. Have a backup too! This can be just planned in your head the night before.
  • Bring your own. Sometimes this wont work, but if I go out to a healthy restaurant the night before, I will get a doggy bag to take for lunch the next day. No fridge? Bring healthy ingredients to supplement your lunches (it does feel funny bringing in your own bread or sauces to lunch, but depends on where you are) or skip the too-tempting breakfast buffet and have your own cereal instead. Exotic fruit will also seem more appealing than a bruised banana if they bring out afternoon scones and jam,
  • Bring your own #2. Things that travel well – protein powder (dont put white powder  in zipply lock bags, get a legit looking jar!), museli bars without chocolate, muesli, fruity cups, popcorn bags, crackers, powdered soups (so good cos you can alwys find boiling water). You dont need many, you can probably stock up when you get there, but I usually have about three days worth of snacks just incase its really bad.
  • One trip without provided meals, I met up with a friend who lived locally and offered to cook her healthy meals and pay for my share all week if she bought the produce and I could use her kitchen. Another time I was in a hotel-apartment and just took turns with work friends to cook instead of eating out every night. Its all about being creative and making do. This is your life – just because you’re not at home doesnt stop the world ticking. Take control and be proud that you stayed healthy while travelling!


  • Before you go check out if the hotel/facilities you are at have a gym or fitness option. Also check out the local gyms  to see if they do casual or trial rates. If not, pack some portable fitness gear AND pre-plan workouts!
  • Find out if any of your work mates also have fitness aspirations and commit to meet each other for sessions.
  • Use what your room has – do pushups with your feet on the bed, dips from the coffee table.. but be careful!
  • Parks, beaches, fitness groups or even a quiet flight of stairs can spice out a boring in-room routine.


  • New places = exciting new things to try…  In new places I often get up a little earlier to explore my surroundings, try newexperiences, often late at night, meaning my sleep suffers. This is detrimental to both your brain, your waistline and your work! Who wants to sit in a conference with a grumpy-pants who reeks of coffee but can barely string a sentence together, all because the tapas bar had a two-for-one cocktail special at 9pm the night before? so PRIORITISE YOUR SLEEP.
  • Combine your curiosity with your fitness – go for a morning jog AND stake out the healthy looking places to eat, workout or buy things from. Ask the locals if there are markets on the weekends. Go for a swim at the beach and MAKE it your exercise (rather than driving around and then trying to squeeze in cardio later at night)

What are your tips for keeping fit and healthy when travelling?