September traditionally signals warm weather, longer days and braai’s in the back yard with family and friends. I love September… I basically yearn for it from about the end of May all the way through to the first day of spring. I’m really not a cold weather gal, although I do appreciate the cooler weather and wrapping up with hearty food and good company by the fire, I would gladly enjoy just two months of winter instead of four we have in South Africa any day! The month started off rather chilly and it seemed that wherever I was for the first three weekends of September the rain seemed to follow me there, but the last weekend of the month included Heritage Day (a public holiday in South Africa otherwise known as national braai day) which was spectacular! Clear skys, temperatures in the 30’s and everyone was out celebrating with what may be my favourite national pastime: the braai!
Each year when we head into the last three months of the year, otherwise known as the silly season, I have to remind myself to slow down and take it all in. This year is no exception to having that busy feeling, the weeks and days are rushing by and I’m trying to fit it all in. I think I had a talking to with myself about this last year actually… can you guess what I’m thinking? I need to learn to prioritise better!!I have so many plans for the next few months leading into 2016, can you believe I actually have ideas and plans brewing for next year already!! (I’m a big “plan in advance” kinda gal). Most of these plans involve prioritising my health, spending time with friends and family and of course working on making Clean Living Chronicles a place that rocks!
My little treehouse studio is coming along nicely although with all the travelling, work commitments and contractors who have let me down it hasn’t made progress simple!! But as I mentioned earlier I’m taking a deep breath, slowing down and prioritising time to spend making it a space I love (there will be a post with pics sharing my new little space soon, promise!). In fact this month’s selfie is actually at my desk in the new space… messiness and all, so you have a little teaser of what it’s going to look like when it’s done.
Getting out this month:
This year the first weekend of spring was bitterly cold, but we were fortunate enough to escape to the bush for a weekend Leopards pride game lodge. It’s a wonderful little lodge with very affordable accommodation that a friend owns and runs and it’s great to escape the hustle and bustle of Joburg for a weekend with friends. The other awesome thing I managed to squeeze in was another yoga session with Yoga Works. This time the amazing inner city rooftop session was at Shine Studios which has an awesome view of the Nelson Mandela bridge… very cool indeed.
Movies from this month:
It’s been out for a while so I’m a little late watching it, but given September has been dubbed “Sugar Free September in most health circles I thought it was time to watch That Sugar Film. It’s a really great movie to watch with some very practical visualizations of exactly how much sugar most people eat when they eat what modern society dubs as “healthy food”. I particularly liked the little snipped from guest star Stephen Fry explaining the different kinds of sucrose and where to find it (wish I could find a snipped of just that one bit on the web but alas, I can’t so you are just going to have to go ahead and watch the movie to see for yourself).
On my bookshelf:
Jamie Oliver has been using his popularity as a celebrity chef for some time now to spread the word about healthy living, especially in the sphere of improved nutrition in schools. If you haven’t watched it yet, his TED talk is what got him seriously noticed in the clean eating circles about 5 years ago. His past few cookbooks have had nutritional counts included on every recipe and he has slowly been working up to his latest book called Everyday Superfood in which he focuses heavily on promoting clean eating for the masses. It’s by no means super low-carb but there are some great ideas in here, one that stood out to me was the granola dust recipe (for those of you that are not yet a low-carb convert but are addicted to your Pronutro (or other such morning sugar bombs) this one’s for you).
That’s it for this month bunnies, I trust you are all well and thriving!