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You’re Doing Amazing, Sweetie.

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Today marks three weeks since my initial foray into a sugar free life, things always get worse before they get better right? Today’s update is short and sweet, I’m busy turning lemons to lemonade.


Days 15-17:
All was going well, no weird cravings, and I was completely on track. I was super focused with my eating because I had a big wrestling match on Saturday and I really wanted to look and feel my best.

Day 18:
Show day! My plan for the weekend was to thrown in a 48hr fast - I hadn’t done more than about 32 hours yet, but during my match I took a fall outside the ring and managed to concuss myself yet again. It’s only mild this time, but in my daze I headed to catering and grabbed all the vegan food I could find. Which ended up being Thai Chilli Doritos, half a bag of Farmbake Peanut Brownies and a couple apples.
Fail.

Day 19:
I have very little recollection of what happened this day. I only remember eating a whole box of Fry’s Vegan Nuggets - which are sugar free!

Day 20: 
I decided to …

Pass the Sugar, Daddy.

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Wow, already in week two of this Sugar Free Challenge, who is really surprised that I missed my first week update? But I'm back to fill you in.


Day 1 & 2: I experienced intense stomach cramps around 7.30pm both nights and then around 12-1am found myself wide awake and unable to get back to sleep.

Day 3:
Today was great, nothing out of the ordinary and managed to get a normal amount of uninterrupted sleep

Day 4:
Here's where I made my first major mistake, because it turns out that Indian Tonic Water contains sweetener, and I ordered four G&T's thinking that I was doing the right thing. I had thought that because Tonic Water tastes so bad that it was safe. As it turns out, I am in fact an idiot. And I barely slept.

Day 5:
No energy or focus, didn't make it to the gym. From waking, I was just ravenous all day - direct result of the sweetener in the G&T's, but on the upside, I was also so exhausted I slept like a baby.

Day 6:
Wanting to treat my bestie, we went …

The Sweet Life

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Two weeks ago, I experimented with the Ketogenic diet, and whilst pretty difficult, it got me truly thinking about what I was eating on a daily basis. Since then, I've continued a lower carb diet (under 100g per day) and I've been seeing some great results, and have now managed to lose a total of 2 kilo's.
Tomorrow is the 1st of August, and I have decided to challenge myself (for the next 31 days) to go sugar free, to see if it is actually as hard as all the articles I have read online say. My goal will be to eliminate all added sugar's from my diet, which includes artificial sweeteners - so no more Monster Ultra Zero's for a month!

For the next 4 weeks, I will be documenting my progress and writing about it here, but to start myself off I thought I'd write up a little about what my health is currently like and make some predictions on how I think going sugar free will effect me.



Body: I currently have a shoulder injury which impacts the nerves in my right arm, …

My Favourite Fitness Apps

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Today I've compiled a few of my favorite apps that helped me with my health and fitness journey, all of the following apps are free to download and use (paid upgrades are available but you don't really need them). In my quest for health and fitness, these are some of the greatest tools I have come across.

My Fitness Pal This is a great app to help you keep your diet on track, it has a huge database of foods, and allows you to scan bar codes of packaged food items to input into your daily diary. It also shows you macro/micronutrients and allows you to set your own targets, whether you are working towards weight loss, or weight/muscle gain. You can also record your daily exercise and it gives you an approximate number of calories burned for each exercise.
This has been a great help to me over the years, and its one of the tools I used everyday last year when I lost 10kgs. I now use it to see the fibre content of foods as that is something not always listed on labels.
Nike+ Trainin…

I Tried The Keto Diet For 7 Days

The Keto Diet seems to be be the new trend, everyone seems to know somebody who is doing it, or maybe you've even tried it yourself.
If you aren't familiar, Keto is a modified style of a low carb, high fat (LCHF) diet in which you aim to consume around 20g of net carbohydrates (or 50g total) while increasing your healthy fat intake to induce Ketosis - a state where your body burns fat for energy instead of carbs.
So I tried it.

"But wait," I hear you say "aren't you vegan? Doesn't everyone who follows this diet just eat steak slathered in mayonaise??"

Yup, I followed the Keto Diet and made it completely vegan.
Let me tell you, it was one of the most time consuming things I've ever done.

Oh, and I also follow a 16/8 split of intermittent fasting.

Day 1 After a very expensive trip to the supermarket because everything in my cupboards were carbs, I started my meal prep. Every article I've read on Vegan/Keto diets recommended lots of greens,nuts …

The Butcher's Son

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To welcome Amber back from her Hawaiian/LA holiday we headed to the Butcher's Son on Jervois Rd in Ponsonby, who are a fairly new fully plant based eatery.

I tried the weekly special Buddha Bowl (Satay Kumara & Tempeh w/ Soba) and a Tropical green smoothie. I was really impressed, tried to make my own at home and it was nowhere near as good, sadly.

I will definitely go back again!
If you want to check them out you can find more info here: The Butcher's Son 204 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay, Auckland. Instagram: @thebutcherssonnz
-Ash.

Now or Never

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Some times I wear myself so thin. I feel like I'm being pulled in so many different directions, like one of those medieval torture racks.

Between my 9-5, wrestling and live events, this blog, my podcast Beauty And The Brainbuster (shameless self promo, you can listen here,) and spending time with my family (read; boyfriend) I don't get much time to myself. I'm the type of person who has to be alone to relax, and so often this leaves me tense and highly stressed.
If you follow me here, you would have noticed the radio silence for quite some time now. The last time I posted regularly was the first week of January.

This weekend was Easter, which mean four consecutive days off. So I made a list of things I needed to get done each day, and do you think I got any of it done?
Well I got three out of ten.



I listed all my unused things on Trade Me, I worked with a new photographer and I wrote this post. Today is Monday and it’s looking like not a lot will be getting done today, I …