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Steph  🇦🇺23, Sydney. Bachelor of Science (Honours). ✖️Fitness. Wellbeing. Oats. Snacks. ✖️@thegirlgains. ✖️Ambassador @sneaky_wholefoods.

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BEETROOT FOR BREAKFAST 🍒.
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I am a hardcore vegetable lover, so it's no surprise that the new @bounce_aus plant-based balls are appealing to me with flavours like kale (reviewed last week!) and this Beetroot and Cashew one. Hands down; this has been my favourite so far, with the Peanut and Cashew being my least favourite! -
Products specs :
▪️Vegan, all natural ingredients, free from sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, Australian made, gluten-free.
▪️Ingredients: Cashews, Brown Rice Syrup, Protein (Pea), Grape Juice, macadamia nuts, Flour, Rice Bran, Guar Gum, Pea Starch, Natural Flavours, Beet juice, cinnamon, Salt, Sesame Seeds, almonds, coconut, oats.
▪️Average macros per ball (40g): 180 cals, 17.6g/8.4gF/9gP.
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Verdict: 8/10. This ball is so wonderfully sweet, probably because of the combination of Beetroot and cinnamon 😍. I love that it's rolled up in nuts for an extra crunch, and that it's still got the classic Bounce Ball chewy texture. What I'm not a fan of is the essay of an ingredient list and the inclusion of brown rice syrup. But hey, it's delicious and full of other good stuff so it's a fair snack and I'd buy this one again.
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The cumin one is next 🤔 #stephssnackreview

SHOULD YOU EXERCISE DURING RECOVERY FROM AN EATING DISORDER?
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I have been asked a lot recently whether I was 'allowed' to exercise during my recovery, and whether I should even be exercising now.
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To be honest; this is a loaded question; and no answer I give is going to be received well by everyone.
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For me, exercise was (and continues to be) an empowering way for me to honour my body, gain strength, become fitter and improve my self confidence and general health.
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Physically, exercise has helped me build up my bone density again and put on weight. Mentally, it's been an incredible outlet for me and a means through which I've learned to love my body and what it's capable of.
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That being said, i'm still aware that it's a behaviour I adopted to control and manipulate my body - just like restricting my intake. Even now, my exercise regime can easily turn compulsive, obsessive and self-destructive. I can abuse it and I can risk undoing all the hard work I've done to build my health back up.
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It's a very fine line for me, and I'm extremely cautious and self-aware of the role exercise plays in my recovery process to this day. I would never (and never did) drop exercising all together, but I wouldn't suggest that for everyone. I've had to learn the hard way what works for me, and what's truly beneficial for my long-term health. I can really only suggest that you do the same.
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At the end of the day, whether or not you should exercise is entirely up to YOU and your doctor to decide; and will be entirely dependent on the nature of your eating disorder and the stage of recovery you're fighting through.
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It's an extremely personal battle and a journey that you'll experience different to anyone else - so please don't look solely to people like me for an answer or question me on the route I'm taking. We're in this fight together, but we need to fight it using our own tactics ✌🏻.
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Wearing: @dharmabumsactive . Code: STEPH for 20% off ❤️

VEGAN POKE BOWL 🍚🥑.
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I managed to tear myself away from falafels the other day and actually tried something different for lunch (#falafeladdict). I totally surprised myself with a refreshing and satisfying meal packed full of flavour. I've never tried proper poke before (that needs to change) but I like to think I put my own creative twist on this one!
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Ingredients:
▪️100g hard tofu sautéed in 1tsp of @matakanasuperfoods Coco "not soy" soy sauce from @sprout_market.
▪️1/2 an avocado.
▪️200g zucchini spiralised.
▪️200g cauliflower rice.
▪️50g grated carrot.
▪️80g steamed broccoli.
▪️50g cooked peas.
▪️Sautéed kale and spinach.
▪️Sprinkle of @powersuperfoods Nori flakes from @sprout_market.
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Macros for this meal: 360 cals, 31gC/13gF/30gP.
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If you want to try this yourself head to the link in my bio to grab the sauce and nori flakes! They were definitely the key elements behind the flavour of this bowl 🙏🏻

LOADED PEANUT BUTTER OATS 🤤🍯.
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Egg white oats topped with fresh fruit, a @sneaky_wholefoods peanut butter and caramel snick snack slice, crushed peanuts and a generous spoonful jar of smooth @byronbaypeanutbutter 🙏🏻.
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This nut butter is so creamy, spreadable and divine. For a natural nut butter, it isn't overly thick or 'gloggy' - it's just the perfect texture. Even the smooth variety isn't thin or watery 🙏🏻.
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The ingredients are just salt and roasted peanuts (like Pics PB), but I find the Byron Bay peanuts just a little sweeter than Pics' - which I absolutely adore for my oats 👌🏻
So that's a 9/10 for this nut butter. Sometimes simple is best. #stephssnackreview

Who knew eating 2,800+ calories a day could feel so good?!
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The past 2 weeks I've been really pushing myself to get my calories up and to get them IN.
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I've stopped making my many excuses - "I don't have time to eat another snack", "I just feel too full", "I'm not hungry", "I feel fat", "it's ok, I didn't train too hard today", "I look healthy I don't need to do this" - and I've just sucked it up and got it done.
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I've eaten through feelings of failure, guilt and shame.
I've eaten through doubt and fear.
I've eaten without justification of a tough workout.
And instead I've eaten for enjoyment, fuel and for a purpose.
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Funnily enough, I feel better about myself than ever before.
I feel fuller, but I feel more feminine.
I feel heavier, but I feel stronger.
I feel softer, but I feel full of warmth.
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This is just the motivation I need to keep this up, because even though I've been attempting to gain weight for a while now, to be brutally honest, I haven't been giving it my all lately.
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If there was a way to restrict and bulk at the same time, I'm pretty sure I've been doing it. And honestly, Its just been because I've felt scared and complacent. I haven't felt motivated. I've seen no reason to push myself and to gain the last few kgs I need to in order to restore my hormones and health. I've just given in to the comfort of control and what's easy.
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I know a lot of people complain that gaining is a luxury and say I'm lucky that I need to eat more. Unfortunately, eating in a surplus isn't easy at all. It's just as hard as dieting.
It isn't comfortable, intuitive or enjoyable.
And that's why I still need to push myself to keep at it, to stick to this and to reach my goals.
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We all have our battles. And this is mine. But I'm happy to see the changes occurring are worth the extra effort, and that they aren't at all as scary as I've made them out to be ✌🏻.
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Photo credit: @latessaphotography at the @bounce_aus event 🙏🏻

DOUBLE TAP IF YOU LOVE EATING BIG MEALS 🤤🙋🏼.
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I'm a huge advocate for filling up on loads of nutrient-dense and delicious foods. I don't think you should ever half-ass a meal or shortchange yourself on taste or nutrition - even when you're in a rush.
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This is why my favourite meals are often just big bowls full of goodness that are quick and easy to put together, are super satisfying, and give me a well balanced hit of macros and micros.
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So here's one in honour of #toasttuesday: my deconstructed veggie burger bowl 🍔.
▪️Two serves of @proteinbreadco 6 Australian Seeds protein bread cooked into mini burger buns, then toasted.
▪️Three @syndiannaturalfoods Asian bean and Kumera patties.
▪️Mashed avocado.
▪️Sautéed kale.
▪️Sautéed zucchini and broccoli.
▪️Peas.
▪️Broccolini.
▪️Bed of spinach.
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Let me know what you chuck in your bowls! And if you want to try this high protein bread for yourself, use code STEPH on their site for a discount!

High Protein White Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Bowl 🍓.
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▪️100ml almond milk.
▪️100g @chobaniau plain Greek yoghurt.
▪️20g @happywayau Berry whey protein powder.
▪️Topped with fresh strawberrries, frozen raspberries and a deconstructed square of @axiosfoods vegan white chocolate.
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I'm so glad the weather is finally permitting smoothie bowls again 🤤☀️☀️

Some days eating still becomes really overwhelming for me.
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These are the days I try my hardest to eat intuitively and not track my macros. Because even though tracking loosely is still helping me eat enough - sometimes using myfitnesspal encourages me to play around with my food so much that the simple act of eating becomes the most stressful mathematical puzzle ever.
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I'll catch myself making all these obscure adjustments to portion sizes or precisely cutting a snack into a 15g serve just so everything "fits my macros". I'll arrange and rearrange what I've planned a thousand times and I'll end up spending what feels like hours on an app trying to get my head around something that should really be quite straightforward.
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So now, when I find myself trapped in this state of complete indecision and anxiety about what I should eat and how to piece all the numbers into myfitnesspal, I step back. I erase everything I've pre-planned to eat for the day. I commit to intuitive eating. And I decide what I REALLY want to eat in that moment.
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Going with the flow and eating spontaneously aren't ever going to come naturally to me, but I'm getting a hang of putting together meals and realising that most of the time, my body craves a truly balanced meal that I'm capable of putting together without knowing the exact milligrams of every ingredient going into it. -
In fact, these spontaneous meals are the ones that I actually enjoy the most and that leave me feeling satisfied - not the meals I've agonised over and meticulously crafted into myfitnesspal.
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I honestly can't wait for the day I can eat these kinds of 'free' and intuitive meals comfortably and consistently✌🏻🥗.
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Wearing: @kula_athletic (code: STEPH30 for 30% off!)

May your Monday Morning be Ballin' ✌🏻.
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Egg white oats mixed with @happywayau choc pea protein. Topped with fresh strawberries, raspberries, a spoonful of @wild_friends Choc Chip Pumpkin Spice Nut Butter from @sprout_market and a @sneakywholefoods Peanut Butter and Cacao Superbomb which I’ve reviewed below!
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Products specs:
▪️Vegan, all natural ingredients, free from sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, Australian made, gluten-free.
▪️Ingredients: Peanuts, Dates, Cashews, Cacao, Peanut Butter, Psyllium Husk, Agave, Puffed Whole Grain Rice, Himalayan Salt, Stevia
▪️Average macros per ball (45g): 234 cals, 11.3gC/18.0gF/9gP.
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Verdict:
9/10 rating. I always find myself craving this flavour, I think because it’s so satisfying and just tastes like peanut butter rolled up into a ball of dreams. It’s the perfect texture - dense, but not too chewy, and with a little extra crunch from the peanuts on the surface. You all know how much I love Sneaky products, and this is no exception.
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Please also appreciate that I’m trying to make #stephssnackreview shorter than my usual essay-style lengths. It’s taking a lot of self restraint 😬✋🏻.
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Use code STEPH at @sneaky_wholefoods if you want to try it yourself 👌🏻

You know how everyone stereotypes vegetarians as tofu-eaters?
Can we please amend that to "hardcore hummus consumers".
Because hummus is life ✌🏻
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Today's macro bowl for lunch was absolute bliss. Here's what I put in it:
▪️Eggs.
▪️Sautéed broccoli, peas, kale and spinach.
▪️Brown rice.
▪️Half an avocado.
▪️@syndiannaturalfoods Hummus.

WEEKEND BRUNCH IDEA: high protein Berry oats 🍓🍓🍓
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This is my favourite meal to have after my Saturday morning workout. It's quick to prepare, refreshing and satisfying - and is full of protein 🙏🏻.
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▪️60g traditional oats.
▪️80ml almond milk.
▪️60g egg whites.
▪️100ml water.
▪️20g @happywayau Berry protein powder.
▪️50g frozen raspberries.
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Macros for oats: 386 cals, 43gC/8gF/30gP.
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You can use code HAPPYSTEPH for the protein powder, and feel free to add more toppings! (I did 🙋🏼).

Friday nights in with a huge bowl of chocolate #whoats 🙏🏻.
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Egg white oats mixed with @happywayau choc pea protein powder. Topped with fruit, a choc sea salt @googysproteinbar and a spoonful of this Purely Nutz dark chocolate and sea salt crunchy peanut butter 👌🏻
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Product specs :
▪️All natural ingredients, free from sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, Australian made, preservative-free.
▪️Ingredients: roasted peanuts, dark chocolate, sea salt flakes.
▪️Average macros per serving (15g): 84.7 cals, 2.5gC/6.9gF/2.9gP.
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Pros:
▪️This nut butter is AMAZING. The taste and consistency is just like Nutella, but replace hazelnuts with peanuts and add huge chunks of peanuts throughout.
▪️It's creamy, spreadable and not overly sweet despite being chocolate flavoured - it's still a nut butter and that shines through.
▪️It tops oats like a dream.
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Cons:
▪️There's more flavours in this range and now I clearly need to try them all.
I've had a few people say they picked up the savoury one, and my sister has the honey one, so those will be my next ones to try!
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Verdict:
9.5/10. I'm having a hard time coming up with anything wrong with this nut butter, and I'm so excited that Australia is FINALLY getting some flavoured natural nut butters! I'm also happy it has no sugar alcohols in it (Nuttvia, pls ✋🏻) and it is just so super crunchy and full of goodness. Worth the $6 I spent on it. #stephssnackreview

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