It’s that time of year again! Time to reflect on the year that’s been and the new year that lays blank ahead of us. It’s a time to choose how we approach and shape the new year. For me I look forward to the new year and a new fresh start. Living in Australia, the new year also brings our warmest weather, and that itch to be outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
Many of you will be making new years resolutions, and others will be picking one word to inspire them throughout 2016. Some will be doing both. Last year I wrote a post about breaking down your resolutions and setting goals that are achievable. You might find it useful to read about that here. Re-reading it, it’s still very relevant.
As many of you know I have been studying nutritional medicine for the past 16 months, with the end dream of being a qualified nutritionist when I get through it all. As part of my recent studies of diseases I was looking at a personal passion of mine, autoimmune diseases. One of these diseases really hit home with me. The more I read the more I was ticking a list off of symptoms, and I was convinced that my day-to-day life was being affected by my thyroid.
This wasn’t a new theory for me. My annual trip to the doctor (I really don’t go to the doctor that often), generally sees me donating some blood for thyroid testing. It generally comes back fine or within the ‘normal’ range (0.05 – 4.0) and so the symptoms are put down to something else. It wasn’t until recently with my studies that I found out the general thyroid test only looks at one area of the thyroid and may not be thorough enough to get all the answers.
The new year is here. We have celebrated the Christmas season (possibly eating a little too much). We’ve said goodbye to one year and hello to a new one. We have looked in the mirror and decided we need to make a positive change, the change we have been talking about for some time, but was waiting for the ‘right’ moment. Well that moment is here.
The new year offers so much opportunity to be whatever you want it to be. Its a blank canvas that you can decorate any way you choose. You’ve made that new years resolution and this year you are going to make it count. Right?
For the Paleo Challenge I shared with you one of my families favourites…the Chunky Monkey Muffins. These are so popular with not only my children, but also their friends that I knew they had to be added to the list for a healthy lunch box snack.
Obviously, when I want to send these to school for morning tea I have to make them nut free. As someone with a member of the family who suffered from a nut allergy, I am all to aware of the consequences of sending my child to school with nut products. So for this recipe I have just removed the walnuts and they are safe to pop in for a yummy, healthy, filling treat for your little ones lunch box that are safe for any nut free school.
Over the course of this week I have decided to share with you some Paleo recipes that are suitable for the kiddies (and parents) lunch boxes. We are always on the look out for new healthy recipes that our kids don’t get bored with easily, am I right?
I know, I know, the last couple of weeks everyone has been sharing lunch box ideas, and you got excited right? Thought, ‘thats going to be me this year!’ Well I decided to hold off until the momentum subsided (as it always does) and the grind of things starts to get to you again.