Real food + real people

We’re big fans of really nice local people making really great products, and the family behind the At One biz certainly are that!

Husband and wife team Andrew and Tara are the creators of Noosa-based company At One, making nutritious and tasty raw food bars that are actually unique and unlike any other health bars on the market.

Cos let’s face it, there’s an abundance of ‘healthy’ food bars on the market now right? Supermarkets and health food stores – even some service stations – are stacking their shelves with these, trying to appeal to the health and allergy-conscious consumers.

So what sets these products apart from the others?

We chat to Andrew and Tara to find out!

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The lovely Andrew & Tara. Image sourced from My Entrapreneaur Magazine

US: Andrew and Tara, you create a variety of raw, vegan, paleo-friendly bars, what was the inspiration behind this kind of product line in particular?

A&T: Our range of At One bars were born while Andrew was running a 250km ultra-marathon across the Sahara Desert. It was then that Andrew discovered the shocking reality of the ingredients and additives used in regular nutrition bars.

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Andrew’s dessert adventure! Image sourced from ClaireKCreations

We envision a world where people are empowered to be their best through healthy lifestyle choices. We felt that the range of snack products available to the general public at that point was certainly not working towards our vision, so we committed to creating something better. We’re both fanatical about food and Tara’s love playing around with raw food and Paleo recipes. So we set about developing our completely natural range of snack bars with simple, clean and good for you ingredients. We’re proud of the fact that our bars are incredibly good for you, but just as important to us, is that they taste amazing!

So now you can have that decadent treat, without the added guilt!

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Beautiful bars of goodness! Image sourced from Pozible

US: The bars we’ve tried are all jam-packed full of flavour, you must use awesome ingredients, where abouts do you source them from and is quality super important to you guys?
A&T: Flavour is number 1! We’re very particular about nutrition, and all our bars are paleo, vegan and gluten-free, but at the end of the day, if it doesn’t taste good, people won’t eat it. And we want everybody to understand that good food can taste great, it doesn’t have to be packed with sugar and added flavours!

 
As all our ingredients are raw and free from preservatives and because we don’t use any additives, the quality of our ingredients is paramount. We source them from Australia where we can, but many of our ingredients are best grown overseas, such as our raw cacao from Peru. This can cause supply issues at times, for example we’ve had to delay production in the past due to a global shortage of sulphur-free organic apricots.

 

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Cacao Incaberry & Banana Pecan – YUM!

 

US: You’re in the process of making 2 new bars, can you tell us a bit about them and when they’ll be ready?
A&T: Yes we’ve been testing new flavours and we’re working towards a launch in November of our new cacao mint bar and coconut goji bar. We love our two existing flavours (cacao incaberry and banana pecan), and we think the two new ones will make for a great range. We’ve already had loads of incredible feedback from the public about the new flavours, its blown us away!

 
We’ve tweaked the recipes a little for the new flavours by decreasing the fruit content and increasing the nut content. This has resulted in a slight decrease in carbs and an increase in fats in the two new flavours, which we know is something that more and more people are looking for. Don’t get us wrong, our bars are not zero carb bars, its virtually impossible to achieve that in a bar without using highly refined and artificial ingredients. But we can guarantee that everything in our bars is minimally processed and completely natural.

 

US: You make such healthy snack bars for people to enjoy and benefit from, what ways do you both like to stay healthy in your own lives?
A&T: We love food and are always trying new things, but the key is always about good, quality, fresh ingredients. We grow a lot of them ourselves in our own veggie patch! Andrew is a keen ultra-marathon runner and loves nothing more than to go running around the national park trails near home. He’s also just getting into mountain biking.

 

Tara is into more gentle pursuits, walking the dog, riding with the kids. We’re both learning more about meditation at the moment and are giving pilates a go as well!

 

We’re continuing to develop our understanding of what overall health and well-being means. Life is a constant journey of learning!

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Tara enjoys yoga at the beach

US: At One seems to be going gangbusters, what are your goals for the biz moving forward and what advice would you have to others wanting to start a health food business themselves?
A&T: We’re working very hard on growing our business, we want to touch as many people as we can with our healthy snack products. Our vision is to empower people to be their best through healthy lifestyle choices, so we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us 🙂 We’re encouraged by the growing awareness of healthy food in society, but we’re only just scratching the surface.

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Brainstorming on the balcony

For others wanting to start a health food business, or any business at all for that matter, question yourself as to how passionate you are about what you’re doing. When the going gets tough, which it will, a passion for what you do is what will keep you pushing.

In terms of food, farmers markets have given artisans a market for their products, which is fantastic and is part of the reason why we’re seeing lots of innovation at the moment. If you’re starting out in this situation, you just need to be realistic about what you want to achieve. We started this way, but we did it with a plan to use this as a way to launch our brand and to test the market for the types of products that people are seeking. Its now been almost a year since our last market, a lot of water has passed under the bridge, but it was a great way to start.

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Andrew & Clint at the Real Food Festival

 

US: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us guys! Your story is so interesting and your passion for providing healthy, easy and affordable food for people is wonderful. We’re so excited to see what you do in the future!

 


 

 

If you’d like to get your hands on some of these scrumptious bars, or you want to find out more about the makers and their products, visit their website here.

We’re thrilled to announce we’ll have some of their bars in the Paleo Food Prize Pack at Aimee’s next cooking demo event ‘Paleo for Busy People on Saturday 7 November – so one lucky guest will be taking all these goodies home with them that day! Yay!

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Eat well + play well!

Clint & Aimee

 

5 Things We’re Grateful For:

  1. Wonderful new friends like Andrew and Tara
  2. Sunny days and getting lots of Vitamin D
  3. Spending time in nature often
  4. Wrestling and play
  5. Kids classes and the fun had by all
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Just how did the first ever Paleo Camping Retreat go?

What happens when 3 modern cave-people who like good food, natural movement and spending time in nature get together and plan a weekend of fun for a group of people?

This!

10 people, 2 nights out in the country, camping in tents, surrounded by bush and wildlife, eating delicious healthy food and playing…

Otherwise known as the Paleo Camping Retreat 2015!

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2015 Paleo Camping Retreat campers and hosts – Primal A Team!

The 3 all-things-primal-loving hosts:

Me – Aimee Clark

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Clint Bauer

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Dan Barrett the Aussie Paleo Chef

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Where was this unique event held?

Well what better location than the beautiful Sunshine Coast, just past the hinterland, in the country town of Kenilworth.

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And we bet you’re wondering how an event like this came about in the first place?

Well late last year we caught up with Dan the Aussie Paleo Chef from Canberra while he was in Brissie for a cooking event. We all got along like a house on fire and became instant good friends. A couple weeks later he invited us to host a camping retreat with him, incorporating all the things we love and are passionate about. We took all of about 10 seconds to ponder the offer and give our response of… Hell yes!

How could we turn down as opportunity like that, when it was something we’d already wished we could do ourselves but knew we needed another awesome primal team member to actually make it happen?!

So it was official, we were going to host a Paleo Camping Retreat! Woo!

We set the date for 1-3 May and worked hard to plan the event and get lots of great sponsors on board. The week leading up was exciting, Dan was flying up on the Thursday, it started raining in the region over the middle of the week and then when Dan was on the plane flying up Thursday morning, we spoke to the owner of the property the retreat was being held at who told us there was going to be some serious flooding come Friday. So we made the sad decision to cancel the retreat. Boo! Poor Dan found out as soon as he landed!

We told our campers the bad news, sat down and worked out a new date…  July!! A couple more months to wait, we could do that…

It was hard waiting, again! But eventually mid-July rolled around, Dan was back up here and it was actually going to happen. It did rain a little during the week, of course, but nowhere near as much as last time thank goodness! Mother Nature just had to tease us didn’t she!

Day 1:

We spent Friday setting up the camp at the private Kenilworth property, with the day not going quite to plan and Clint ended up having to drive all around the Coast trying to collect food and other items, and didn’t get back to the campsite till late in the afternoon when our 7 campers were arriving. So Day 1 was a bit of a shemozzle but we got there. We helped our campers who were bringing their own gear set up their tents and beds, and had tents and beds set up for the others. We had already started a fire to get coals happening for the Roo Tail Stew Dan was cooking up for dinner. Our campers arrived to a nice smoky sunny welcome.. the best way to start a camping weekend!

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Because our day had gone way off track, we didn’t get to sit down and properly welcome everyone until late, and no one felt like doing much that evening, so we sat around the fire, waited for dinner and started to get to know each other.

What a great bunch of people we had… 5 adults, some Clint and I already knew, some we didn’t, and 2 teens created a diverse and interesting group of campers. Dan was looking forward to meeting everyone for the first time.

The stew for dinner was delicious, and really healthy, full of fresh organic produce supplied by Garry at Sunshine Organics, with local kangaroo tail supplied by a local chef and farmer. Then everyone was treated to paleo marshmallows to toast over the fire! One camper in particular, Shannon, told me she was so excited about these, even having a dream about them that night! She said she’d loved marshies growing up and was so happy to find a really healthy version of them. I was stoked to hear that of course!

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Browning the roo tail pieces on the fire

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Only lanterns and fire for light – such relaxing ambiance

Hot stew, hot chocolate with marshmallows, and a fire to warm us up

Hot stew, hot chocolate with marshmallows, and a fire to warm us up

The sky was a little cloudy so star gazing wasn’t an option but this cloud cover meant we’d be enjoying a warm night in our tents.

Day 2:

Us hosts were up at 6am to get a big cooked brekkie happening and slowly our campers started rising. Actually some took a little longer to get themselves up and out of their snugly warm sleeping bags, so I decided to walk around yelling loudly, threatening to eat all the fried eggs, bacon and sausages if they didn’t hurry up haha, that got ‘em up!

We boiled some water on the fire so folks could make a hot cuppa for themselves. We had Montville Coffee, Planet Organics teas and chocolate to choose from. As well as delicious raw and cinnamon creamed honey from Hello Honey Australia, and creamy coconut caramel and chocolate spreads from Niulife to create some magic in a mug. YUM! Along with the cooked goodies, and paleo granola from Analuca, brekkie sure was a feast!

Shannon enjoying a hot cuppa first thing

Shannon enjoying a hot cuppa first thing

We needed by be ready and raring to go by 8:30am for our guided Bush Tucker Tour with the property owner Graeme of Witjuti Grub Bush Foods Consulting. He walked us around his land and educated us about native bush foods. At that time of the year there’s not a lot of fruit available so he bought out some frozen foods for us to try on top of the few things we found on the walk. Some were sweet while some were sour. Ok I lie, most were sour! Bush foods are very rarely sweet, most have a tart flavour. Although strangely enough the Finger Limes that were fruiting all over about 3 bushes near our tents were actually quite sweet. A few of us were squeezing the ‘caviar’ out and sucking it down.. not what we’d expected. We expected to be pulling fish faces! So that was a nice, and tasty, surprise. I was stoked so many Finger Limes were available because I was using them in my Gelatin Demo that day.

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The bush tucker tour and chat begins

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Picking bush foods right off the plant

Native berries are often have very striking colours

Native berries often have very striking colours

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Can’t remember what this fruit was called but it was actually really sweet and tasty

Bush foods for us to try

Bush foods for us to try

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Native Aussie foods are typically sour and tart as opposed to sweet, and these two aren’t quite sure what they think of this fruit!

After the educational start to the day, we served up morning tea with some Cave Foods and At One bars, Analuca trail mix, gelatin lollies made by me, nice cold Coconut Groove coconut water, and tea/coffee.

Healthy snacks for morning tea

Healthy snacks for morning tea

Next I gave my Gelatin Demo to a few eager beavers wanting to learn about gelatin, it’s benefits and how to use it. I made Finger Lime Panna Cotta (find the paleo panna cotta recipe here) which was for dessert that night. Those not watching had some free-range time to chill out. Some played, some read, some walked. Graeme stayed for the demo and was interested to see how bush foods can be used for healthy paleo dishes, yay, spreading the paleo love!

Clint was keen to get everyone up and moving after lunch so he took a Primal Play Workshop, teaching games and movements to help get the body and the mind working while improving fitness and having fun. Stick throwing/catching, medicine ball throwing/catching, Up Down No Hands, crawling, wrestling, tiggy, combo’s, it was a great mix of movements. Most campers hadn’t ever done that sort of thing before and one in particular, Nicole, got up and gave wrestling a go with Clint. She really stepped out of her comfort zone which was great to see!

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A game of Hip Tiggy gets the heart rate up and the laughter started

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Tog O War is fantastic for all-over strengthening

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Getting some coordination training in with throwing and catching a stick

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Weighted throwing and catching using a medicine ball (or a rock) is great too

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Tiggy through the camp ground!

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We moved to where the ants weren’t around and tried our hand at crawling

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Crab walking (or inverted crawling) plus a game of Crab Grab is hard but fun!

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Wrestling and rough-housing is natural for humans yet so many of us stop doing it past childhood, or never even did it during that time

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Nicole stepped outside her comfort zone and had a wrestle with Clint. We saw her confidence soar after that activity!

One of Clint’s favourite challenges to set is Facing the Flinch. Putting yourself in an uncomfortable situation to build tolerance and comfort level. His challenge this time was for us to jump into the freezing cold creek!!

Putting on brave faces while Facing the Flinch in the cold COLD creek!!

Yes, it really happened, most of us did actually take a dip! It was so invigorating and another confidence-building exercise which is always a positive thing. I remember trying to walk out of the creek onto the bank and found it really hard.. my legs were going numb haha that was sure an interesting experience!

After that chilly activity we got changed, warmed up by the fire and watched Dan get dinner ready. We were looking forward to Eumundi Beef topside and veggies roasted in the camp oven, followed by Finger Lime Panna Cotta I’d made earlier.

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The sun is setting and a fire brings a bit of light while Chef Dan chats about what’s on the menu for dinner

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YUM! Roast beef, veggies and paleo sausages!

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The campers dig into the night’s mighty feast

The pumpkin may have ended up a little mushy in the camp oven, but it didn’t bother anyone, overall the meal was delicious and followed by the panna cotta and more marshmallows, after which we walked to another part of the property away from the firelight to star gaze and chat, and it was a pretty good night really!

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Toasting marshmallows over the fire

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Then scoffing them down!

Camper Ross, a talented photographer, set his camera up overnight and captured these beautiful shots of the stars…

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Star trail

Can’t see stars like this in the city!

Check out Ross’s other amazing photos here

Day 3:

The final day of the retreat <sniff>. The campers woke seeming happier and more relaxed which was great to see.

We wrangled up brekkie for them, of eggs, bacon, sausages, Dan’s amazing tomato sauce, granola and whatever goodies were left in the camp kitchen!

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Happy and refreshed campers

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The last of the Walker Farm Foods pastured eggs cooked up over the fire.. deeelish!

After brekkie we took some time to wander around the property, enjoying the sunshine and warmer temp. Some spent time sitting by the creek, some picked more bush foods and some played.

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Spotted! We wandered off for some free-range time while the sun was shining and came across a kangaroo hopping through the property

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View through the trees and smoke haze

Dan and Clint doing some primal movement after brekkie

Dan and Clint doing some primal movement after brekkie

We really wanted to pack as much fun into the last day as we could, so Clint set the Slackline up between a couple of trees and let everyone have a go.

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Looking ahead toward the end of the slackline is a good tip for keeping balanced and moving forward

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Nicole again doing something completely new and receiving lots of encouragement from others

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Shannon’s turn

Playtime ended and we decided to have a bite to eat before we had to pack up camp. A few of us foraged in the bushes for leaves to use for tea and came up with Nettle, Lemon Myrtle and Aniseed Myrtle. Boiled up and strained, the flavour was amazing! Even our bush tucker guide Graeme gave it double thumbs up!

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Freshly picked and brewed bush tucker tea

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Tea maker extraordinaire..!

Fresh tea plus some snacks for the road, we ensured our campers had full bellies before they left to travel home.

Shannon, who writes the blog Eat Well Travel Often, actually made a video of herself doing something outside of her comfort zone… trying the bush foods tea and eating roasted crickets! Check out her video here

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Anne enjoying the ‘Classic’ jerky thanks to our friends at Griffin Jerky

One of the downsides of camping would have to be the packing up part! Even though us hosts wanted to take care of most of that for our guests everyone chipped in and helped, so it didn’t take long at all. The trickiest part was folding the pop-up ensuites! But Clint working in a camping store is well practiced so he showed Dan and Shannon the technique!

Hold your tongue in just the right spot and it's easy to fold up these things..!

Hold your tongue in just the right spot and it’s easy to fold up these things..!

Once the campers were all packed and ready to go we organised one last activity… a Forest Therapy meditation session.

We all sat by the creek while I took a guided visualisation meditation using nature around us, to really relax and rejuvenate the group. It’s the perfect way to use the healing properties of nature to the fullest and something we enjoy teaching to people whenever we can.

The ideal spot for some Forest Therapy

The ideal spot for some Forest Therapy

That, sadly,  concluded the first ever Paleo Camping Retreat on the Sunshine Coast! Our campers then said their goodbyes, to us and each other, and off they went back home to their regular lives.. but hopefully feeling happier and healthier from a great few days in the hinterland.

We think they enjoyed the retreat if the feedback they shared afterwards is anything to go by…

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We want to thank all of our open-minded and lovely campers and all of our amazingly generous and helpful sponsors, you all helped make the first Paleo Camping Retreat a success and yes, there will be another!

We’re currently planning another retreat for Autumn 2016. If you’re interested in coming along, register your details here.

The sponsor list:

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Walker Farm Foods, Sunshine Coast Spring Water, Hello Honey, RumblesPaleo, Wippells Organic, Cave Foods, Sherwood Rd Organic Meats, At One, Planet Organic, Natural Evolution Foods, Analuca, Evolution Screenprinting, Ecology Skincare, Tassie Tallow, Niulife, Broth of Life, Primal Collective, Coconut Groove, Noosa Basics, Griffin Jerky, Emmely Rackemann Health Coaching, Eumundi Beef, Montville Coffee, Sunshine Organics

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To stay up to date with what Dan the Aussie Paleo Chef is creating in the kitchen, follow him on Facebook here and next time you’re in Canberra be sure to visit his cafe Elemental for a bite to eat!

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To purchase your own bush foods starter kit for your garden, or to organise a tour for a school/community group, contact Graeme at Witjuti Grub Bush Foods Consulting here.

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We hope to see YOU at the Paleo Camping Retreat 2016 here on the beautiful Sunshine Coast!!

Aimee x

Hanging with some happy cattle, and a recipe for paleo slow cooked brisket

Healthy happy cattle make for happy healthy eaters of cattle!

Why? Think about it.. if animals are eating what they’re meant to be eating and are living a happy natural existence, people who eat them are receiving that health and happiness in some way because we’re eating what WE’RE meant to be eating!

Make sense?!

Clint and I are really passionate about connecting people to quality, ethical, sustainable, professional and genuine producers. This includes farmers who raise animals the way they’re meant to be raised.

In the time we’ve been hosting the Sunshine Coast Paleo/Primal/Real Food Meetup Group we’ve met some awesome paleo-friendly food and product producers. We’re probably not meant to have a favourite but we can’t help it, we do! lol

One of the nicest, most generous, educational and respectable producers we’ve come across is Farmer Susan of Eumundi Beef. She’s actually become a good friend of ours and we enjoy hanging out with her on the farm when we go there to collect our meat orders, often being treated to saying hello to new members of the clan such as brand new calves, new chickens and even a goose with a crooked neck who’s now part of their family! It’s a menagerie and we love it!

Farmer Susan raises a small herd of 100% grass-fed Murray / Angus cross cattle on her small sustainable property in Belli Park near Kenilworth. With a background in Biochemistry and having gone through major health challenges, she’s really passionate about raising healthy happy cattle to benefit her, her customers and the environment. She does it well too, her meat is delicious and her farm is a beautiful country oasis!

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Like us, Susan wants to help provide education to consumers. So she’s only too happy to host farm tours on her property, showing people around and teaching them all things healthy grass, soil and cattle.

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As with other grass-fed beef farmers we’ve met, Susan likes to think of herself more as a grass farmer than a cattle farmer! Isn’t that cool?!

In the hopes of connecting as many people as possible to as many good quality local food sources as possible we enjoy organising farm tour meetups. So a few weeks ago we held our second at the Eumundi Beef farm; a tour with Susan then a picnic afterwards. It was sensational!

We started by viewing the washing-machine-like biodynamic fertiliser producing machine, learning about what it does and seeing the healthy soil-textured final result.

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Next we walked to one particular paddock that contains incredibly healthy soil and learning about the different layers and how long it took Susan to dig through the top soil when she first started her grass-fed farming adventure 5 years earlier. She said it took all day to dig through just that top layer! With her continual hard work and persistence it’s now the right depth and is working well for the sake of the pasture and the animals.

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Then we were treated to feeding and patting the famous Eumundi Beef cattle themselves! The kids and adults alike always enjoy this part because it’s terrific to witness cattle looking so healthy and nourishing, munching away on the healthiest pasture possible, and to get up close with them, there’s really no better way to ‘meet your meat’.

And this time… there were a few cute fluffy little calves to see! Bonus!

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Susan showed us around the different paddocks all at different stages of growth. She told us about the various plant species growing, which of those are pests and even explained to us the different lengths of grass which matters because cattle need to be put on pasture growing at a specific height. It was so fascinating!

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On the way back to the homestead we met the local chickens and guinea fowl, including a breed of heritage chooks being raised for meat.

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.. which, while we were all away, may have gotten into some of the biscuits left on the picnic table…! Sneaky little things! We suspect these few were the culprits…

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Susan also had a group from Slow Food Noosa visiting for the tour, which was great to see. They had their own gathering after on the homestead deck, while our group picnicked under the gazebo enjoying lots of paleo tucker brought by our members, and stunning views of the property.

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All of our meetup members brought delicious paleo-friendly foods to share around and we provided honeycomb and gelatin lollies, plus a slow cooked cut of Eumundi Beef brisket which was loved by all! I’d only ever slow cooked brisket once before and not with the flavouring I wanted to use for the meetup, so it was a total experiment and I’m stoked it was hugely successful! (see recipe below)

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After the food was all gobbled up, Clint helped the kids burn off any excess energy left after the walk around the farm by playing some games on the open grassed area near the house. What prettier playground could they have asked for?!

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There’s not a whole lot to be unhappy about when you’re out in the country, on a beautiful farm, surrounded by lovely people, eating great food, and watching the sun setting behind the gum trees. Bliss!

What a way to end a fantastic day!

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Oh and we can’t forget the produce! Before we headed home a few of us grabbed some meat and bones. There’s not always a lot of stock available because it’s a small sustainable farm, but we grabbed what we could!

On certain packs, too, Susan includes a tag containing the heritage details on the beast you’re buying which is exceptionally cool. We love this and it’s just another aspect of such a respectable and ethical small local business.. the kind of business that should be promoted and supported.

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So another successful farm tour meetup is done and dusted. We’re looking forward to organising another Bone Broth cooking workshop at the farm in the coming months, and to the next farm tour meetup next year sometime. Until then, be sure to get on Facebook and show your support to Susan and what she does by Liking her page, inviting your friends to Like it and maybe even check out her products sometime, either at the Farm Gate on Friday afternoons or at the Peregian Beach Markets. You won’t be disappointed!

Thanks to all our members who came along, we appreciate the support you show for our group and what we’re trying to do for the community. We love catching up with familiar faces and making new friends and we love hearing how much everyone enjoyed the event!

A big thanks also to friend and member Ross McNeil of Ross McNeil Photography who captured some of the above images on the day. And for bringing the yummiest cupcakes ever!!

And last but not least.. thanks to Farmer Susan for having us, for all of your amazing knowledge and passion, and for donating that sensational piece of grass-fed brisket!

 

Now for the recipe…

 

Aimee’s Paleo Slow Cooked Brisket

1.5-2 kg grass-fed brisket

1/2 cup coconut amino sauce or coconut or ‘not soy’ sauce (I use Matakana because they don’t contain nightshades. Available here)

3 tbsp organic All Spice powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Ghee, coconut oil, or fat to fry in

 

1. Cut the brisket into chunks small enough to place in the slow cooker but not too small. They should just fit width and length ways

2. Heat a large fry pan and add cooking fat

3. Place a chunk of brisket at a time on the pan and brown the edges. This seals in the juices and helps add flavour later

4. Once all brisket is browned, place in the slow cooker and pour over the All Spice and sauce. Ensure all surfaces of the meat are coated with the sauce mixture then place the lid on

5. Cook on low for around 12-15 hours so the meat becomes as tender as possible before eventually turning to mush

6. Remove from the slow cooker and allow to rest on a plate or board for 15-20 mins. Slice as desired and serve

7. Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge. But really, there’s not likely to be leftovers! 😉

 

ENJOY!!

Aimee

 

5 Things I’m Grateful For:

1. Farm tours and picnics at Eumundi Beef!

2. Delicious grass-fed beef from Susan’s farm

3. Pretty sunsets

4. All the lovely people I meet at these gatherings

5. Paleo chocolate cupcakes… <drool>

 

 

Beating those pesky Winter Blues

With the sudden onset of this current cold snap throughout New South Whales and southern Queensland it seems like Winter has finally arrived, especially because up until this point we were experiencing pretty mild temps really. In general though, the colder months and shorter days tend to make even the fittest person want to roll over in bed of a morning to stay warm under the blankets or to reach for the extra helping of warm comfort foods during the day.

I call this period of lower motivation the Winter Blues!

Today I want to share 5 quick tips on ways you can overcome the Winter Blues and to make the most out of this time of year…

  1. Sun time – Yes the days are short and cold, but when you manage to get yourself out in the sun sure are in for a treat!

 

Spend some time each day lying in the sun.  This sun not only helps to warm us up but it’s a great way to get that vitally important Vitamin D; something a lot of people are missing out on in the cooler months of the year.

 

You can get a really cool phone app called D-Minder which helps track how much Vitamin D you’re getting versus how much you need.

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D-Minder is a great app we use often

If you’re brave and have a private spot to sun yourself, consider doing what Daniel Vitalis is promoting at the moment…  the #NakedSunTime Challenge (check it out on social media)!  The aim of this is to expose your whole body to the sun and have no visible tan lines. Not for vanity reasons but purely for the amazing health benefits.

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naked sun time on the balcony

  1. Play outside – Instead of going to the gym, how about attempting to get outside to play or exercise? This again gets you outside in our natural surroundings and is far more beneficial then working-out inside.

 

Even if you only do this in your lunch break it’s a great way to get the body used to the colder weather.

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playgrounds aren’t just for kids! take advantage of one near you

Stuck for ideas on what to do? Click here for some inspiration

 

  1. Expose the body to the cold – Yes, you read that right! More often than not people feel the cold and rug up as much as possible to make themselves feel toasty warm. Why wouldn’t you?!

 

I enjoy doing this too, of course, but this year I’ve made a conscious effort to let myself be exposed to the cold weather more often than usual. I do this by going barefoot outdoors, trying to minimise the use of my jumpers and even jumping into the cold water at the beach.

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barefoot…

 

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to watch the sunrise on a chilly winter’s morning

The reason I do those things is to build up my tolerance to the cold weather. It’s a new thing for me this year and already I’ve noticed my usual sissy attitude to the cold has improved.

 

So why don’t you give it a go?

 

  1. Work-out and play in a group – It’s much easier to face the cold and work-out if you’re with a group of people. The motivation you can give each other, the ideas of things to do, team work is really helpful at this time of year!
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get your friends involved for some fun outdoors

Find a group of friends who are willing to face it with you and get moving together.  If you don’t have keen friends or colleagues, you can always join our Primal Fitness Class

 

  1. Warm up by a fire – This is one of my favourite things to do in Winter! If you have the space at home outside, consider getting yourself a brazier or fire pit and sit around it at night.

 

It’s a great feeling to sit around with the orange glow in the night. It’s a terrific way to have some down-time from the busyness of our daily lives and helps us reconnect and converse with friends, family and our loved ones.

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a brazier like ours is about $20 from Bunnings

For bonus points head straight to bed after a fire without turning the house lights on.  The orange glow of the fire will make you nice and sleepy so you should be out like a light. By avoiding the bright unnatural indoor lights your melatonin levels stay balanced.

 

You could also consider making healthy marshmallows and roasting them on the fire. Who doesn’t enjoy that?! It’s a nice treat to help you enjoy the experience even more. You can grab the recipe in Aimee’s Sweet Goodness with Gelatin e-book here.

These are a few of my favourite ways to beat the Winter Blues and I hope they help you in some way.  We’d love to hear from you if you have any great suggestions to add to these!

Until next time… move and play lots!

Clint

 

5 things I am grateful for:

  1. Sunshine
  2. QLD flogging NSW in the State of Origin
  3. Sitting around a nice fire
  4. Going barefoot
  5. The ability to learn

Our paleo Moree adventure!

When our good friends Tony and Carrie from Three Apples Organics in Moree, NSW invited us to visit and do some paleo workshops, the first thing we said was.. “Yes!” then we said… “Road trip!!”!

 

In 2014 Steve, Sarah and Brett, hosts of That Paleo Show (only the coolest radio show ever!), brought to QLD a magical event called Cave Camp that, among other things, helped form new connections and friendships within the paleo community. We were lucky enough to be there and made some amazing friendships. One person we met there and stayed in touch with was Tony Casey, owner of a little organic store in a little country town in NSW.

 

Skip ahead 7 months and we’re driving down to that little country town to do a series of Paleo Lifestyle workshops with that little organic store and it’s fantastic owners!

 

Our adventure began on Wednesday 13 May when we left the Sunny Coast and stayed with family overnight in Brissie (to save some time on the overall drive down) then headed off for the main leg of the trip early on the Thursday morning. And boy were we excited!

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See? Excited!

Clint and I both love the country so we knew we were going to enjoy a few hours driving through countryside we hadn’t seen before. Once we’d passed Toowoomba and headed south-west were all of a sudden in cotton and grain country. Kind of ironic that we promote minimal grain consumption for humans and animals and we’re driving past a heap of grain farms lol

 

Once we crossed the QLD/NSW border we noticed a distinct change in scenery and wildlife. We even spotted some emu and wild boar on the way! And as we edged closer to Moree we were treated to beautiful bright yellow wattle trees lining the roadside, giving a burst of colour to some often plain views.

 

We arrived in Moree at the very end of the day and pulled up out the front of the Three Apples Organic store on the corner of an intersection in an old Hotel building – which was a bit of a contrast actually!

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We quickly settled into our motel, which was just across the road of Tony and Carrie’s home, we had a nice dinner at their place and got an early night to be ready for the first day of workshop fun set for Friday!

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Inside the famous Three Apples Organics store!

First up… Clint took a group of 16 energetic pre-schoolers for a 1 hour Primal Play session. He was just as knackered at the end as the kids were! They spent the time running around, playing Chasey, balancing, crawling, mimicking animals, stalking, sneaking, rolling, jumping, and laughing.. lots of laughing!

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It was great to see some of the mum’s join in as well. Especially because the movement and activities Clint did aren’t just for kids, they’re for all ages. The only difference being as we move out of childhood, through our teens and into adulthood, most of us lose the ability to move properly. It’s not that we’re meant to stop playing and moving naturally because we reach a certain age. It’s just that the way we tend to live in this day and age, that’s what ends up happening. So when adults attempt to jump, crawl, balance etc they usually find it difficult. One of Clint’s goals is to educate kids AND adults about the benefits and necessity of moving this way and having fun doing so, throughout our entire lives, not just through the early years. So to see some adults joining in, getting a great workout and having heaps of fun was terrific!

 

After the fun that was the pre-school workshop, we had some lunch at the motel and ducked off to a park (and boy there are a lot of parks to choose from in Moree, it’s great!) to do some natural movement ourselves and Clint set up the slackline.

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That afternoon Clint had another workshop to do, this time with a group of primary school kids. It was only a small group but all the kids seemed to have a lot of fun and the parents sounded impressed with the activities and games.

 

The age of that group meant Clint could incorporate more ‘mindful’ movements into the mix such as ‘Stalking your Pray’ which involves one person (usually Clint) standing with eyes closed, facing one direction, with the kids crawling up towards him from behind, trying to be as quiet as possible. The person standing needs to listen carefully and turn to point to where they hear a noise and try and end up pointing at someone crawling. The kids crawling need to think about their movement, the noises they’re making, which direction they’re coming from and the speed they move at. It’s got the usual benefits of crawling but with more mindfulness and thinking.

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‘Stalking your Pray’

 

 

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‘Chasey’ always a hit!

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‘Lifeguard Sprint’ where the kids lie face down in one direction then at “GO” they jump up , turn and sprint to an object in the opposite direction. Definitely a thinking game and great for getting the heart rate up

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Hands on shoulders and pushing is great for all over strength

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‘Hip Tiggy’ is always a favourite, it gets the heart rate up and the giggles on!

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‘Over and Under’ teaches coordination, team work and is good for general strengthening

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Inverted Crawling mostly strengthens the arms, shoulders, wrists and quads

They’re images of just a few of the games and movements the kids did in that session. We’re pretty sure they would have all slept very well that night! And well done to the two mum’s who joined in some of the time, we hope you slept well too!

 

Day 1 of workshops isn’t over yet! I had my ‘Sweet & Tasty Treats’ Paleo Cooking Demo to host yet! BIG day!

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Does that photo look a little dark to you? That’s because it was taken during a blackout!! Yes, we actually had a power outage in the store during my evening workshop!! Apparently a powerline at the local tennis centre fell onto a parked car, causing some of the CBD to be without electricity for some time. Luckily for us not all the shops were power-less, so quick-thinking Tony took a food processor full of Banana Bread ingredients to a friends’ nearby shop with power, gave it a blitz, brought it back over and put it in the still-hot oven. It wasn’t ready that night but it was in the morning so all the guests could come back and grab their piece!

The Chocolate Brownies that were already in the oven cooked almost enough during the workshop. They were still a little gooey on the inside, but for brownies.. that’s totally fine and often preferred by fudgy brownie lovers anyway!

The other tasters – Jelly Cups and Apricot Bites – were already set in the fridge and ready to go so they were devoured on the night. And before long the power was back on and we could finish the workshop off. A big thanks to everyone who lent their phone torches so we could get through the darkness without injury! lol

 

After a big day of workshops we were looking forward to a relaxing dinner again over at Tony and Carrie’s place. Their hospitality throughout the entire weekend was absolutely amazing and we had some great conversations with them and their gorgeous kids. They definitely took their ‘friend’ status to the new level of ‘family’ pretty quickly while we were there!

 

We’d had perfect blue sky weather since we arrived and Saturday was no exception! First thing Saturday morning we headed to the local soccer fields to watch Xan play soccer before our final 2 workshops on that day; Clint took a group of adults through a Natural Movement and Play session which included a bit of a chat about the Paleo Lifestyle. Some attendees were already quite familiar with paleo in terms of food but not so much the movement aspect, which we find common when we meet people.

 

‘Crawling’ is an essential foundation movement for any age

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Once hands and knees feels easy, switch to hands and feet. MUCH more challenging and works even more muscles including the abs

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Women especially like ‘Inverted Crawling’ for those ‘tuckshop lady arms’! It’s also great for getting down steep hills with ease and speed

 

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‘Hip Tiggy’ get the kids laughing and adults alike. Never has one person not at least smiled when doing this activity in a workshop!

 

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Clint and Tony demonstrating the pushing movement and giving tips on how to find your strengths against your partner

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Slowing things down with some ‘Timing and Tension’

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‘Broad Jumps’ not only strengthens the legs and abs but is a great cardio boost

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Little Annabel joined the adults for a game of ‘Chasey’

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The ladies really got into the game!

 

As you can see from the images, the ‘big kids’ sure got into the games and movements Clint introduced them to! And hopefully they’ve since been doing a few of them in their regular workouts and are finding joy in moving.
Ok so that’s all the play for the trip.. but not all the fun! One more workshop left!

 

My ‘Everyday Savoury Dishes’ workshop at the store was still to come…

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Bacon, egg and melting cheese crepes.. mmmm!

 

I demo’d some of my favourite meals including Brekkie Crepes with Melting Cheese, Spaghetti Bolognese and Cauli Oregano Mash with Lemon Thyme Patties. They were a hit with the crowd… phew!!

 

It was a great 2 hour workshop, and a fabulous way to end the 2 days of Paleo Lifestyle events. Made even better by this gorgeous sunset we saw as we left the shop that evening…

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So the workshops were over, we had one more night left in town, what were we going to get up to before we headed home? A dip in the ARTESIAN POOL of course!! The main attraction to Moree is the artesian baths, and lucky for us they were right across from our motel, so we headed home, got changed and met The Casey crew over there for what was definitely one of our highlights of the trip. We could have stayed in the soothing warm water all night but we definitely would’ve come out shrivled prunes!

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The air feels just a tad cooler when you step out of the hot water… ok lie… it’s freezing!!

 

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What was in that water anyway?!

There are 3 different outdoor pools, all different temp, and we tried out all of them! Playing games in the colder one and scaring everyone else out of the water (mwahahaha!) and sitting with our backs to the massaging jets in the hottest pool. It was heaven!

My legs and feet were really sore and achy after all the standing I’d done, but when I got out of the pool I felt so much better. It was amazing. If you ever get the chance to travel to Moree be sure to visit the Aquatic Centre.

 

Our last night didn’t end there.. we ended up staying at Tony and Carrie’s for a while, having dinner, eating raw cake, and watching funny cat videos that had is in hysterics. As you do, right?! We had such a blast and of course then a late night, so we didn’t head off as early as we’d planned to the next day… oops! But it was worth it 🙂

Before we drove off I had to get a photo of something that kept making us laugh …

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Every time we stepped outside we saw men and women, of seemingly Russian, or Ukranian, or something, descent all walking to and from the pool wearing robes and slippers. So many of them! It was so cute and so funny at the same time! It’s like ‘the thing’ people in Moree do, hilarious!

 

So after that we drove to Brisbane, tired but really happy. It was such a wonderful weekend; the new experiences we had, the lovely people we met, the positive feedback we received… we loved every minute of it and are so grateful for the opportunity. We love taking our knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the Paleo Lifestyle to more people and we hope we can do so with many more road trips in the future. If you’d like us to come to you and do our thang, just let us know and we might just be able to make it happen!

 

A HUGE thank you to The Casey’s for their amazing hospitality while we were in Moree. And also a big thanks to Sarah, Steve and Brett of That Paleo Show for having organised Cave Camp QLD, inviting us along, and allowing us to meet such awesome people like Tony. Without that event none of this would have been possible!

 

Aimee x

 

5 Things I’m Grateful For:

1. Our trip to Moree and all the fun we had

2. Wonderful friends

3. Getting sun on the balcony today

4. Finally being over the virus I had all week

5. A really fun private cooking workshop yesterday

Paleo meetups aren’t just about the food.. but it is a bonus!

Today we held a very laid back meetup at Earthly Wonders Emporium in Maroochydore, who just a few months ago started introducing paleo options to the menu. We thought it was about time we held a meetup there, so we did! It was lovely too. Just a small group of ladies came along and joined us for a couple of hours of eating, drinking and lots of chatting!

 

Thanks to the ladies who came along, it was lovely to see you all. And thanks also to Kelly and her wonderful team for hosting us! Clint’s special iced choc with mesquite, that he always asks for, was delicious as usual. My nettle tea was perfect. And everyone else seemed to enjoy their meals and drinks too. And it was a great setting for a lot of good conversation!

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Sweet potato, eggs, meat, salad, all sorts of amazingness right there!

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Dig in Lesya!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nettle tea was just what I needed today

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Clint’s fave drink.. iced chocolate with mesquite powder. YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chats, as well as the food and drinks, were great today; we talked paleo of course including eating and other aspects such as movement and getting outside in nature. We also talked about what work we do, the stresses in our lives, some of our big goals for the future, and all sorts of things.

 

Clint and I really cherish these get-togethers – connecting with people like this, who are also on a journey to achieving good health and happiness, is a very special thing and we hope this meetup group continues to grow and supported by locals, so we can keep paleo going on the Sunny Coast, to help and inspire as many people as possible!

If you’d like to come along to future meetups at this cafe, or just any of our awesome gatherings, stay up to date with events here

 

Good night x

Aimee

 

5 things I’m grateful for:

1. Today’s meetup and the lovely people we spoke to

2. Organic and paleo-friendly cafes in our region

3. The amazing warm sunny days this week and being able to sit outside and soak up the Vitamin D

4. My raspberry plant about to berry this season

5. Good friends

 

Our almost-totally-paleo meetup group camping trip!

One of our fave things is camping. We love it. We’d pack up and be permanent campers if we could! We have our dream 4×4/roof-top tent set up in our minds and it’s a very nice sight! And we’d love nothing more than to spend our days traveling all around Australia and exploring this amazing country.

But until that’s an option, we’ll settle for exploring the region we live in. And it certainly ain’t bad! The Sunny Coast is surrounded by varieties of scenery and camping options. Because we host the Sunshine Coast Paleo/Primal/Real Food Meetup Group we thought why not organise a meetup camping trip?! So we did!

Unfortunately out of all the members who initially said they were keen, very few could actually come the weekend we had to plan it for. But that’s ok, a few did come and it was a super fun weekend!

We headed to Kenilworth Homestead about an hour’s drive from the middle of the Sunny Coast. Clint and I took my mum along who hadn’t camped since she was a youngster. She was a bit apprehensive about it but she had a great time! We knew she’d enjoy a few days out in the country!

 

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the view as we arrived at the camp ground

The other campers were .. a friend and her 2 boys, and a friend and workmate of Clint’s with her daughter. It was a great bunch of people; friendly, fun, open, not-afraid-of-nature which always helps when camping! The friend and her two kids hadn’t been camping before so it was great to share that new experience with them and they all seemed to have a really good time. So yay!

We’d decided to make it an almost-totally-paleo weekend, with the exception of beverages. Ie. alcohol! Clint and I enjoy drinking alcohol when we occasionally get to go camping and we knew mum would want to take some wine, while Clint’s colleague would have some alcoholic drinks with her too. So that was fine and we totally succeeded with the food side of things! Brekkie, lunch, dinner, snacks.. everything was paleo-friendly.

Here’s some pics of where we camped…

 

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campsite set up and ready to go

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mist over the hills

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sun and mist rise together in the morning

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the old homestead

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It wasn’t only cool to have a weekend away, eating good food but not having to worry about how ‘crappy’ (literally!) you’re going to feel the days following. It was also great to be spending time out in the country, with gorgeous sunrises, misty mountain views, the smell of fresh air, green grass to play on, creeks to explore in, no computer and TV to create distraction, gorgeous sunsets and the smell of a camp fire going.

<sigh> bliss!

We definitely enjoyed eating well and here’s some pics of what we took along and created that weekend…

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Clint gets the fire ready

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brekkie day 2: free-range bacon, pastured eggs, goat cheese and avocado

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local sweet and juicy pineapple, yum!

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brekkie day 1: paleo-friendly wraps with bacon, egg and avocado

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Egg-free wrap for Aimee’s mum, with tomato, bacon, avocado and goat cheese

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getting coals ready for tonight’s camp oven dinner

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love a crackling fire at night

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and camp oven meals! roast chicken in one and veggies in the other, yay!

 

So the food so far looks alright hey! For lunch on the second day we actually ate paleo sausages and jaffa panna cotta!! Why not?! You can do that when you’re camping!

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paleo sausages. so simple and so good

Apart from eating, which is obviously a great part of camping, there’s also plenty of time for fun, games, exploring, relaxing and we all did all of that!

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Clint pretending to throw Georgia in the creek

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Larissa taking time out to catch up on some reading

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Clint slacklining. There wasn’t two suitable trees nearby so the bullbar came in handy!

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Georgia practiced a lot and kept getting better and better

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Now Larissa’s turn!

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Exploring the creek nearby; skimming rocks, wading, walking… re-naturing!

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Beautiful flower on a fierce-looking thistle plant along the riverbed

 

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Just sitting, chilling, smiling.. how camping should be!

 

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Magical sunset ending a fun second day

We did try and not have our phones on us 24/7 so there’s not a photo of every meal we had but they were all definitely paleo-friendly and delicious. Nothing beats a camp oven roast, tea and coffee using a billy over the fire, bacon and eggs cooked on a gas stove, good company, beautiful scenery and being surrounded by nature.

When was the last time you went camping?

Have you ever attempted to do it paleo? If you haven’t yet but want to, now you know it’s definitely do-able.

Tell us about your paleo camping trips, we’d love to hear from you!

Clint & Aimee

 

5 things we’re grateful for today:

1. the rain on the garden

2. going camping

3. good friends

4. healing gelatin

5. each other