Happy Feet

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“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world” – Marilyn Monroe

These are my pointe shoes. They have been part of my life for 16 years. Although they are showing their age, there is still a beauty about them, kind of like Michelle Phieffer minus the botox!

These shoes are made by the Russian brand ‘Grishko’. Which I’m certain translates to “expensive”, at $200 a pair when I (my nan) bought them. They are slightly cheaper now but still pricey. BUT….when you want the best ballet shoes, you go to the people who are the best at ballet, at that’s the Russians.  When it comes to Ballet and Vodka, never settle for anything less than Russian.

Although they are the cause of much pain and blisters, they also hold many fond memories. Time spent at the ballet store with my Nan, deciding whether to get these or one of the other 500 pairs I tried on. Nan spending hours darning the tops of my shoes so they wouldn’t fray too quickly. And the time before I went off to ballet summer camp. Nan was seeing where on my ankle to cut the ribbons of my new shoes. She had my foot in a vice like grip and as she’s measuring the ribbon, she says to me, without a change in her voice,  “and no skinny dipping while you’re at camp” and pulled the ribbon a little tighter. I almost fainted. A few months before, I had gone skinny dipping at my friends 13th birthday party. Still to this day, I have never discovered how she found out! I was stunned, but at the same time amazed that she managed to know all the things she shouldn’t have. Needless to say the only dipping I did at camp was of the clothed variety.

Alas, I can not wear these divine shoes anymore, they still fit, but are, what we ballerina’s call “broken”. The wood is so weak it no longer supports me when I’m on my toes. So it is time to get a new pair. It will be bittersweet because this will be the first pair of ballet shoes I’ve gotten without my Nan. But I’m sure she will lead me to the perfect pair that I can make new memories with…and that are hopefully cheaper ’cause I’m on a budget!

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Grain free almond & coconut loaf

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When you can no longer eat grain, you’ve gotta get creative.

My wonderful mother has tested and tweaked various recipes like a mad scientist, so that I don’t feel left out in a world full of grain grazers. The tastes are acquired (my boyfriend tried this the other day and looked as if he was chewing on clag glue) but when you’ve got no other options you’ll be amazed at the new ingredients and food combination you try and also begin to enjoy!

This is delish with butter and jam!

Recipe:

2.5 cups blanched almond flour

1 cup coconut flour

1/2 tsp iodised sea salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup grape seed oil

3 eggs

1 tbsp agave nectar/ honey/coconut syrup

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Combine wet ingredients into dry. Bake for 45-55mins at 300 degrees Celsius

 

 

Damn these thunder thighs!

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“You fed them, you lift them”. This is a great quote by a wonderful dance teacher called Janice Breen. Never was a truer word spoken and unfotunately my thighs are quite well fed.

Lifting the legs in Ballet is kind of an integeral part, it requires a lot of technique and strength. This is one of the reason ballerina’s have such slender legs as it makes the job of lifting them past your ears that much easier.

If however, you are like me and bottom heavy, it takes superman strength to keep your nutella-fed thighs in the air. I have no one to blame for this but myself. It feels like I need a crane to get my drumsticks even a centimetre off the ground. But I gotta work with what I got!

This minor hurdle makes me more determined to keep practicing and eventually no matter how chunky they are, I will be able to lift my legs higher than Bob Dylan at Woodstock.

Note to self: Only Aladdin can work Harem pants.

And so it begins

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Tonight was my first class on the long road to my ballet exam. Technique was not on the agenda. But the old noggin was put to the test trying to decipher ballet terminology and timing having never seen this syllabus before. It is way harder than any suduko (not that I have ever done suduko but I’ve seen people struggling with theirs on the train)

Being able to speak French doesn’t help in the slightest and by the time you figure out the feet, you realise you forgot to add the arms. And then comes the timing….PUTAIN!

Needless to say in an hour long class we only got through 3 exercises. It may not seem like much but considering each exercise is at minimum 1.5 min long, this was quite an achievement. I instantly felt alive and the passion for dancing stirring inside me.  Learning is such an underestimated thrill!

Sweet zucchini slice of heaven

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Awesome slice for grain free peeps or coeliac’s….terrible for anyone with a nut allergy.

This is great for those moments when you feel like something sweet. High in calories but low in crap and additives. Super healthy and easy to make! (Ps I realise food photography is not my strong point)

RECIPE;

1 large zucchini grated

1 cup organic nut butter (almond, cashew, macadamia, peanut etc)

1/4 cup of coconut syrup

1 egg

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

dark chocolate (optional)

then mix it all together and bake for 30-35 minutes at 180 Celsius!

 

Let them eat cake

imageIm pretty sure pre-diabetic ballerina’s shouldn’t eat cake…but if it’s a special occasion (like your favourite sisters birthday or you know…a Friday) it is perfectly acceptable. Handy hint: make sure you have enough letters before the shops shut, but if not just improvise and say it with a southern accent.

the good kind of crystal

Yes you read it right! CRYSTAL. DEODORANT. There has been no solid scientific proof that aluminium increases your risk of breast cancer. But….why take the risk with antiperspirants full of chemicals when you can use something made by mother nature. I was skeptical at first but believe me it actually works. And works great! It won’t stop the sweating but it stop’s the smell. Which is what we all want. And I sweat for a living and I still smell fresh as a daisy. Best part is it last for a whole year and only costs $7-$12 dollars. Try it and decide for yourself.

The hippie’s are definitely onto something. #grantsofaustralia

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