Unleashing my Inner Warrior!

At the beginning of this year I challenged myself to spend one year trying new things. I got off to a flying start earlier in the year and threw myself into my new project. I tried gymnastics, which was hard but amazing, and I signed myself up for adult ballet. I got a road bike and began dabbling in cycling and I entered the Great South Run, which unfortunately is now out of reach due to an injury. Since then I lost my mojo a bit, disappointed I wasn’t going to achieve a major goal I had set out to smash.

Well, I’m pleased to say that when it comes to trying new things, I’m back!

Untitled designThis summer I’ve challenged myself to give rugby a go! Yes, you heard right 🙂 Girls can play too, ya know! I grew up playing a variety of sports, but I think as adults it’s really easy to forget the value of playing team sports. A lot can be said for the team spirit and camaraderie that comes with being a member of a sports team, not to mention better mental health and overall fitness and wellness that comes as a result of being physically active. I have several friends who play football, AFL (in Australia) and rugby who say when they joined they didn’t just get a new sport, they found a sisterhood. I don’t know about you, but that’s something I could definitely use more of in my life.

The great news is, that I’ve picked a fabulous time to try rugby, because England Rugby is running a series of Warrior Camp events to give women the opportunity to try rugby in a fun environment without the pressure of being thrown straight into the deep end with other experienced players.

So who’s with me? On August 30 I’ll be going to the Ellingham and Ringwood Warrior Camp at 7pm in Ringwood, Hampshire. It would be fantastic if some of you can join me! You can sign up to this Warrior Camp or find one closer to you at www.englandrugby.com/innerwarrior

I’m going to post all about my experience, so make sure you check back here and follow me on Instagram to if you’d like to see what Warrior Camp is all about.

Are you a woman that plays rugby? I know there is at least one female PKU rugby player – Emma Harbage has represented Britain and is currently over in the US and Canada playing Rugby. If you’re a female rugby player, do you have any tips for me? Help a sister out here!

I seriously can’t wait, but in the meantime I think I’d better keep working on my cardio… 😉

Thai vegetable and lychee curry

I’ve been on a weight loss journey for quite a while, and while most of the time I do my best to eat fresh, whole foods sometimes I really miss one of my old favourites – a really good veggie Thai curry!

As the temperature has dropped here in the UK, I’ve found myself craving something warming and filling more and more. I’ve tweaked a couple of recipes and put this together as my own. There is nothing specifically low protein about it – it’s suitable for the whole family. You can add protein in the form of tofu, nuts (hazelnuts and almonds). Please note that I have not yet worked out the protein/phe.

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Thai Red Vegetable Curry with Lychees

You will need:
1-2tbsp coconut oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped
1 small red chilli, de-seeded and chopped OR a pinch of chilli flakes
1-2tbsp Thai red curry paste (to taste – I used 1tbsp because I’m a wimp with curry!)
1 tsp ground ginger OR 2in root ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 head of broccoli, chopped
2-3 carrots, scrubbed and chopped
1 red pepper, de-seeded and chopped
150g button mushrooms, sliced
6-8 lychees, fresh or tinned, de-seeded, chopped and rinsed
A handful of cherry tomatoes
5 or 6 new baby potatoes, washed and evenly chopped into chunks
400ml vegetable stock
400ml coconut milk
Freshly ground pink Himalayan salt and ground pepper
* Note: You can use any veggies you like – experiment with different flavours and textures!
** Tip: Make this lower in protein by substituting a low protein milk (like ProZero or SnoPro), almond milk or cartoned coconut milk such as Koko.

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan or casserole dish. Add the garlic, ginger, chilli, salt and ground pepper. Fry for a couple of minutes, then add the carrots, potatoes and any other hard veg you choose. Fry on a medium heat for around 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the red curry paste, broccoli, mushrooms, pepper and lychees and make sure everything in the pot is well coated in the curry paste.
  3. Stir in the vegetable stock and coconut milk. Once simmering, cook over a slightly reduced heat until all vegetables are tender (around 15 minutes)
  4. I served this with 2 exchanges of coconut rice, however you could also serve it with low protein rice or bread. Enjoy!

Makes 4 large portions

If you try this I’d love to know what you think! Please share the recipe if you enjoy it and pop a comment on the blog to let me know what you thought.