How my Thermomix helped my postnatal depression 

I sent my monthly newsletter to my Thermotash tribe last week and I shared with them something really raw and personal. I shared my struggle with postnatal depression.

My little one is 5 months now and every day is a joy but two months ago I finally admitted something I had been in denial about for a very long time. I had postnatal depression. I loved my baby but the various issues we had had to overcome, the soul sucking sleep deprivation and the grief I felt losing my old identity had all built up leaving me in a dark place.

Since her birth I couldn’t be bothered eating. I struggled making decisions, especially if it was about meals. I had zero interest cooking in the kitchen. If I wasn’t breastfeeding I would have cared even less about myself.

But I was breastfeeding. I had my little baby relying on me for nourishment so after leaning on my hubby and family for meals in the early days and weeks it was time for me to get back into the kitchen. I honestly don’t think I would have been able to do it without my Thermomix.

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Introducing my Thermobaby

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Maya Quintanilla was born at 6.58am on 12/08/16 weighing 3170g and measuring 51cm long. If you would like to read all about the birth you can read my personal blog here.

Adjusting to life as a mum has definitely been a roller coaster ride and my pregnancy insomnia sure was getting me ready for these sleepless nights! But I am loving every minute and I am so grateful to have my Thermomix by my side.

Every morning I get my porridge started in between feeding and burping.  I also made oat cakes (from the new Vegetarian cookbook) and lactation cookies (http://tenina.com/recipes/lactation-choccie-cookies) to help my milk supply come in and I’m pretty sure they worked 🙂

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Sugar and Spice Baby Shower

My baby shower was held last weekend and the theme was Sugar and Spice (and Everything Nice cos that’s what little girls are made of).

I couldn’t help myself and had to make some of the treats for the celebration. The rest was made by my mum, my sister and my friend. They did such a great job!

I made the Curried Almonds from the Cooking for Me and You recipe chip and the Cinnamon Donut Cupcakes from the Quirky Cooking cookbook. That was it for my ‘spice’ and everything else I made was all ‘sugar’!

img_0493I also made sugar cookies and used my onesie cookie cutter to match the baby theme. I love this sugar cookie recipe from the Recipe Community. The sugar glaze was the recipe in the Basic Cookbook and I just added pink food colouring powder 🙂

img_0496One of the show stoppers were these Red Velvet mini cupcakes. A colleague actually converted a recipe and replaced the red food colouring with beetroot and raspberries. You can find the recipe on her blog here.

But for the frosting I needed something a bit more stable to pipe with so I converted this recipe and it worked a treat. For the Thermomix conversion I melted the white chocolate for 5min/50C/speed 2. I switched bowls and mixed the cream cheese and butter for 20 sec/speed 5 and then added in the lukewarm chocolate. I then added in the icing sugar gradually on speed 4 and the frosting was done. I spooned it into my Thermomix piping bag (which I am so in love with) and piped my swirls on the cupcakes.

img_0058And the final delight I made was macarons. It was my first time making them since pre-Thermie days and back then it had been a disaster. I found this recipe online by googling ‘Thermomix macarons’ and even read through all the comments which had some handy tips. This recipe is super easy to follow and it is important to keep the macaron shells smalls when you first pipe them out. My trial batch had some mixed sizes and the smaller ones were perfect.

For the ganache filling I found this recipe, again thanks to Google. I was a bit hesitant to try it because of the olive oil but it came out perfectly in the end and you couldn’t even taste the oil.

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I was  tired after making all of these great recipes. Being 35 weeks pregnant will do that. But there is no way I would have even attempted to make so much if I didn’t have a Thermomix. And a big oven!

Annual Ovarian Cancer Afternoon High Teal Fundraiser

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the Annual Ovarian Cancer Afternoon High Teal Fundraiser. This was an event organised by a new recruit to our Thermomix team, Lynette Foote in honour of her friend Kelly Carlton. The annual fundraiser helps raise money to help combat and promote awareness of Ovarian Cancer.

It was great to see so many local companies donate their services and products for this meaningful cause. But being a high tea we were all there for the food so let’s get down to business lol 🙂

  

 The vintage inspired china was supplied by NovelTea Vintage and it was just beautiful! I absolutely adored the variety on display 🙂

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ThermoTash is having a ThermoBaby

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I have been quiet on the blog lately and I am excited to finally announce the reason for this is because I am pregnant!

The fatigue hit me hard during this first trimester, especially weeks 4 to 8 but I am happy to report that I never had any morning sickness.

I did have a lot of food aversions though! During the first 8 weeks I just couldn’t go anywhere near a salad or veggies, especially my greens. For a couple of weeks I did manage to get some greens into me by making yummy green smoothies. I even added broccoli which is something I never would have tried pre-Thermomix days! But unfortunately this green smoothie phase didn’t last long!

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The perks of being a Thermomix consultant

I recently wrote about how one of the perks of being a consultant is being part of the final testing phase of the new Thermomix Recipe Platform. This made me realize I haven’t shared with you the perks of being a Thermomix consultant.

When I share my story about becoming a Thermomix consultant I share how it helped balance out the negativity I experienced in my full-time job. For me this was the biggest perk – sharing my passion and bringing joy into people’s lives. Continue reading

Thermomix Recipe Platform

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Thermomix in Australia recently announced the very exciting news that the Thermomix Recipe Platform is in the final testing phase.

There’s always perks about being a Thermomix consultant and right now the best perk is being a part of the testing phase.

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My ThermoResolutions for 2016

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Can you believe we are already in the second week of 2016?!

I am so excited about what 2016 has to offer and hope time will start slowing down now that the festive season is well and truly over.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Years. Sorry for being quiet on the blog for the past month but I ended up taking this time to recharge my batteries and now I am ready to make 2016 the best year yet!

The beginning of a new year is often a time that many of us will declare New Year’s Resolutions or set new goals. As a ‘recovering perfectionist’ I have not taken this approach for 2016. Instead,  I am going to focus on how I want to feel this year and set any intentions based on that. Continue reading

Not using my Thermomix

I bet you never thought a Thermomix consultant would ever write a blog about not using their Thermomix. But earlier this year I caught a virus and my health suffered greatly.

I would struggle to wake up in the morning and each day I would finish my full time job and come home and crash. On the weekends I would spend the whole day in bed!

The doctor couldn’t work out why I was so  tired and feeling flat. In the end he prescribed anti-depressants and that was when I schedule my first naturopath appointment. I’m not saying I’m against anti-depressants. Hubby is on them and he was the one that told me not to fill the script.

My visit with the naturopath was enlightening and I left with a plan to help me recover from adrenal fatigue. In addition with supplements to take I needed to change my diet. My naturopath wanted me to switch to a low carb high fat (LCHF) diet.  Continue reading

My Thermomix Food Journey

Pre-Thermomix I ate the standard Western diet and followed the food pyramid. I ate lots of carbs such as bread, rice and pasta and thought eating low fat foods would help with my weight managemen without knowing how much sugar was in these low-fat products. Over the years I have struggled with my weight and I was a constant yo-yo dieter.

I purchased my Thermomix after starting my health and fitness journey. I wanted to get fit and healthy before turning 30. I did this by running a half marathon and learned the hard way that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. I then joined the 12 week Maxine’s Challenge and started changing my eating habits. I followed the meal plan which focused on eating the right amount of macronutrients to build the physique you want. The meal plan included:

  • lean meats, chicken and fish and eggs for protein
  • slower digesting carbs like oats, brown rice and sweet potato
  • fibrous vegetables like broccoli, lettuce and capsicum
  • essential fats like avocados, nuts and seeds, and oils like olive oil and coconut oil.

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