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    Hi everyone

    Nothing new in what I am doing, but thought I would share.

    Over the past 12 months I have decided to clean up my lifestyle and get healthy! I have lost 28 kgs through eating less and better, and including exercise. I have also cut out alcohol, reduced meat and dairy, and included more vego/alternative foods.

    I also found it necessary (and clensing) to change my emotional and mental attitude to life….I guess cutting out the ‘dead wood’ and renewing a positive outlook.

    We are currently on pensions due to OH health issues, so money is very tight. I have found this to be both a help and a hinderance in adopting a healthy lifestyle! On one hand it is great to curb spending on ‘junk’ foods, but on the other restricts the opportunity to buy specialist foods and products.

    My next step is to phase out chemically based personal products etc as much as possible within my budget. We don’t buy ‘cleaning’ products as such anyway, but I want to ditch the commercial body washes etc for more natural ones.

    I have found myself re-reading and researching all sorts of info…..and of course this website which has so many ideas.

    Anyone else got tips and tricks or a story to tell? Love to hear of others on this journey and share the challenges!

    Cheers, Smurfy.


    Congrats on the new start Smurfy! :tup: Sounds as though you are doing really well with your life makeover. I expect you have found the citrus cleaner thread on here?

    Lady BeeLady Bee

    Holey Moley! :ohmy: 28kgs is a great effort to lose. Well done! You should be rather proud of yourself. :clap:


    congratulations on the weight loss.

    Son was buying the Lynx body wash and found what he thought was flea bites but turned out to be a reaction to the body wash.

    So he goggled a natural body wash to make at home and found some really nice non chemical washes. He said bubs was also using it and she had the same problem with her skin. Since using his brand the lumps had gone and no more itchy skin.

    I don’t use hair shampoo have found yellow laundry soap and rinse with vinegar. It is soft and clean and the split ends have gone as well. I don’t have itchy scalp either. It has also stopped Grandadaughter fizz. I found all the shampoos were drying her hair out and it was bad frizzy look and she hated it Her hair is naturally curly


    Hi Smurfy, Congratulations on the success of your health kick! :woohoo: :woohoo:

    Hopefully the healthier ‘you’ will be better able to cope with ongoing health issues. :tup: Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, I am sure it will help to inspire both me and others to begin or continue a healthier lifestyle. :clap: :clap:

    Well done Smurfy. :hug: :hug: :hug:


    Thanks everyone.

    Yes Bobbee, I feel I will be better prepared to deal with ongoing health issues…have already noticed minor ailments have disappeared. The increase in energy levels has been amazing, and makes caring for my ill OH much easier.

    Tried Quinoa for breaky yesterday……a bit tasteless, but ok mixed with fruit. Apparently high in protein and fibre. An aquired taste I think.


    We use quinoa like rice smurfy and it’s t’riffic I reckon, Mr Bobbs is a bit ho hum about it though. I disguise it in stews and soups and so far I’m getting away with it.


    :hug: :hug: :hug:


    Congratulations Smurfy. You are an inspiration! 28kgs is awesome. I bet you can move & groove a bit easier now. I’ve lost 12 & have another 12 to go.

    If you soak your quinoa first until it sprouts you get more protein & it tastes a bit better. Or add a bit of honey. Yum. I’ve just had a bought salad for dinner that was called Tribal Grain by a local brand Kitchenhand & it was delicious. It’s ingredients list is black quinoa, brown rice, lentil, green bean, broccoli, hazelnut, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, herb date, tamarind & sugar.

    For the childrens bath I use a few drops of almond oil in the water & that’s it. If I jump in with them, my skin feels really good afterwards. I should probably use it in the shower myself!


    Well done on the weight loss. It gives me hope that I can lose the weight I have gained while I’ve had a broken leg. I too have decided to make some more changes to my lifestyle also. Keep up the great start.


    well done smurfy on the weight loss

    Its good when you can get rid of the people weighing you down too


    Congrats on all the positive changes you have made :tup:

    I spent a lot of time experimenting with quinoa for breaky. I’m not sure how I came to this mix, but I think it’s really nice. Cook equal parts quinoa and brown rice. In summer I normally do a big batch and keep it in the fridge. Then in the morn, I put however much of the mix I want into a bowl and add plain yoghurt and fruit. A bit of honey is nice too. In winter I use the same quinoa/brown rice mix, but cook it up in the morn like porridge and add milk, honey and stewed fruit.


    Thanks everyone….best wishes for all those on the ‘healthy life’ journey! Step by step!

    Thanks for the advice re: Quinoa. I am wondering if I chose the correct type….the one I have is FLAKED Organic Quinoa. Instructions are similar to making porridge/oats. I will persevere and try the additions suggested, especially yours Mossy. Cheers!

    I am now on the hunt for a ‘healthy’ muesli bar/slice recipe. I will check here on ALS. If anyone has one….I would appreciate you sharing.


    I have to agree, the flaked quinoa is quite bland. I use white quinoa, the whole seed. Takes a little bit longer to cook, but it’s worth it.

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