Sarah Wilson Author of I Quit Sugar on GetRealLive

‘I Quit Sugar’… Yes, this is something I can say with about 80% certainty… Why only 80%?  The answer is simple and it goes like this. I’m a busy mother of 3 and as much as I would love to feed my children, husband and myself perfectly 100% of the time ~ I don’t! 80% of the time I think I get it right and the other 20% is when I’m exhausted or simply can’t be bothered (anyone ever felt like that before?).

In saying ‘I Quit Sugar‘ for the most part I have and I feel wonderful. Where did this stem from and why did I start? Well, one of my besties, Jane Kennedy (amazing person and founder of A Girl and Her World) has been talking about sugar, fructose and a collage of other things that have, at times, totally confused me.

But the sugar thing caught my attention. For over 1 year I have been listening to Jane talk about her journey of living a sugar-free life. Finally, I started to listen and quietly did my own research. In doing so, I was introduced to a beautiful Aussie girl called Sarah Wilson. Sarah’s story resonated with me because she simply started to experiment with something and through her determination and questioning mind, she has created a movement. Yes, #IQS or #IQuitSugar started to roll off the tongues of people around the globe. Exciting, indeed.

As someone who loves to cook and be in the kitchen I started to play.

I was armed with Sarah’s book in one hand, my stick blender in another and my counter covered with new ingredients. Coconut flakes, coconut cream, cacao beans and chia seeds (who knew chia seeds actually existed I was only aware of the chia pet….). The rest is history and I am now on week 7 of no sugar and I have no plans to turn back.

Sarah is a journalist, tv host and blogger with an integrated voice across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She is the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. She has also been a commentator and fill-in host on Channel 7′s Sunday Night, The Morning Show and Sunrise, and The Ten Network’s Good News Week and The Project.

Sarah is an adept social commentator, following a career that’s spanned politics, health advocacy, restaurant reviewing, opinion writing and trend forecasting. She’s also a qualified Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. Sarah is the author of two best-selling ebooks: I Quit Sugar: an 8-week program. And most recently,  the recent follow-up, I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

I hope you enjoy our GetRealLive conversation with  Sarah Wilson, author of I Quit Sugar.  Sarah stopped by GetRealLive to talk about making this energizing change in life!

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A Caring Teacher

As parents we have all been exposed to the ‘Parent Teacher Interview’. I remember as a child dreading the return of my parents following their interview with my teachers. I knew they would hear the standard, which was always:

1) Susan’s grades are good
2) Susan talks too much in class
3) Susan socializes too much in class

Needless to say, I was a busy student and the social side of school was very important to me.

Interestingly, I seem to have similar interviews with my children. My three children all do very in school and they are extremely social. I’m reminded, once again that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, which brings me to my story about a very caring teacher.

Two years ago, my daughter (Sophia), who is an A+ student, was in her first year of junior high. Grade/Year 7, as we all know, is an interesting transition. Elementary school and its structure and teacher-driven schedules seem to fly away the moment you walk into the ‘other’ side of the school. My daughter, who has always been extremely social and usually very capable of handling her school work plus her social behaviour, found herself in this new world of self-discipline, student-driven schedules, no recesses to chat and linger and a heavier work load. The balancing act she was accustomed to didn’t seem to be working in junior high.

Report cards came out and surprisingly a few of her grades had dipped. Thankfully, they only dipped ever so slightly but this was something she nor her teachers had ever seen before. Parent Teacher interview time quickly approached and I received an email from her Geography History teacher, Mr Dowhan.

Mr Dowhan knew Sophia well and he knew what she was capable of. His email requested that Sophia be present at our interview. With a request like this, her father and I quickly agreed.  On the day of the interview I could tell that my lovely Sophia was slightly nervous and unsure of what Mr Dowhan’s intentions were. Through her eyes I could see concern – the same concern I (her mother) had as a 13-year-old girl. What would he tell my parents? Is he going to tell them how much I talk and focus on socializing rather than listening? How much trouble am I going to be in after this? She was clearly unsettled and deeply concerned about what would be revealed during the conversation.

As her parents (and like most parents) we know our kids well. I was pretty sure that Mr Dowhan was going to highlight Sophia’s socializing and the dip in her grade was due to her lack of attention, etc. I wasn’t worried but I played the parent card well and let my (at the time) 12-year-old daughter know how serious this was, we were being called in by the teacher and her presence was requested. It was serious.

We arrived at the interview and Sophia was nervous but poised. Mr Dowhan began to talk to us about her marks and went through his detailed information. We all listened intently and then Mr Dowhan asked Philip and I if he could direct the conversation towards Sophia. We always knew that Mr Dowhan was a great teacher and the students greatly respected him, but for Philip and I, this is when Mr Downhan showed who he really was and the the extraordinary teacher that he is. Mr Dowhan said to Sophia, “Sophia, you are a very smart girl, you are sociable, very outgoing and a joy to teach. You engage in interesting conversation and you have a great interest in your classes. Unfortunately, your marks aren’t reflecting this. Sophia, you are better than this, you are a scholar student and you are operating below your natural ability.” He went on to ask her if she was happy with her grades and if she thought this was her best effort.

He talked to her and during the conversation he masterfully allowed Sophia to see what she was capable of through her schooling. He brought her to a place that was hard, she had to accept responsibility and then make a mature decision to make the necessary changes to bring the gold that he saw within her. Mr Dowhan is a wonderful teacher and an engaging teacher, as I said earlier the kids respect him, they have fun with him whilst he teaches them. In this instance, Mr Dowhan put on the strong teacher hat and took an opportunity with our child to set her on the right track. Mr Dowhan challenged her, corrected her and disciplined her. He did this wisely and seasoned with wisdom.

Sophia came away from our meeting inspired and grateful. She recognized what Mr Clooney did and how he took a risk at telling her exactly what he thought. She knew he wasn’t impressed with the work she was putting forward, she had disappointed him and us. Sophia determined that day to accept Mr. Dowhan’s challenge and from that day on, instead of grade 7 being a weird and awkward year, it became a year she will remember. We are grateful that Mr Clooney took the time to simply care about his student. He truly is a caring teacher and a teacher I believe Sophia will remember for lifetime all because he cared about her and made a point of really teaching her.

What Mr Dowhan did in that interview was true teaching. Yes, he is her Geography/History teacher and he helps her learn about the world but that day he truly taught a young girl how to be all that she can be. That’s why we are grateful. Sophia was given the opportunity to see herself through eyes other than her own, other than her parents, she saw herself through the eyes of a teacher who believes in her. Sophia is once again excelling in every area of school life, her grades are back to their great standing and her social life remains strong and healthy.

To all the teachers out there, may you never underestimate or forget the incredible impact you have and can have on young lives. Kids need your wisdom and to simply know, like Mr Dowhan, that you care.

Susan xo


The Red Plate Theory

 

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Well, friends, it’s finally here. My explanation behind many Facebook, Instagram and Twitter mentions or pictures of the ‘Red Plate’. I posted a quick update on my different social media platforms about the Red Plate and had since been asked (countless) times to share the wisdom behind the Red Plate. So, here it is (finally)!

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ChangetheAge Journey Update Sept 13th

Well friends, today I felt the challenge of ChangetheAge. When my alarm went off at 6am I was desperate to press the snooze button. All I wanted to do was curl up under my covers and snuggle in for another hour of much needed (or so I thought) sleep. With the Autumn chill in the air, getting up and heading to the gym was the last thing I felt like doing. In saying that, I was reminded that operating by how one feels isn’t usually the best tool in decision making.

So, as I document my journey, here is Part 1 of my morning workout.. Hope you enjoy my raw honesty.

{Disclaimer : I really need a shower in these videos}

Susan at 6am – Pre Workout

 

Susan Post Workout… What a difference 1 hour can make in a persons life…

Just one girls honest journey about ChangetheAge and doing it one step at a time. Hope you have enjoyed.
Susan xo


Red Thai Curry

Okay, for all of you who follow us regularly and who LOVE our ‘tried & true’ GetRealLive Recipes, this one will NOT disappoint.

Barry Crocker Jr. and his lovely family are some of our closest friends and whenever we are together one thing is for sure…. we will EAT! We love getting together and it’s always a food explosion, whether it be Philip’s famous Seafood Nights complete with freshly shucked oysters, Crab and Lobster and usually a bucket o’ clams, Barry’s delicious Chicken Burgers (I promise I will get that recipe from him….) or our GetRealLive fav Bill Grangers Caramel Chicken food when we are together NEVER disappoints. This coupled with years of family memories, kids growing up, challenges in life, the highs and the lows and then, of course, everything in between. With all of this, we consider the Crocker family one of our nearest and dearest and a safe place for all of us.

So, without much more I want to share this video with you, Barry has not only shared the recipe but he’s taken the time to share it via video for our family, friends, readers, listeners and followers to enjoy. I promise that once you have this, you won’t regret it and you (like myself) will crave it. Also, your kids will enjoy it and the moment the scent begins to travel through your home, your kitchen will have a gravitational pull that simply can’t be denied. It’s perfect to serve guests as well and you will dazzle them with your culinary brilliance. Additionally, it keeps well so leftovers are perfect.

Enjoy friends and thanks Barry for doing this and believing in GetRealLive. For those of you in LA if you want to see more of Barry, check out Hope Church Santa Monica where he and Suzie his wife Pastor a vibrant and very relevant Church. His three gorgeous children are there as well and over the years, they have been some of the most beautiful influences in my children’s lives. Explaining that to you really sums up the story of GetRealLive ~ we are all about building extraordinary families, developing relationships and strengthening the communities we live in. Trust me LA friends, if we were there, we’d be at Hope Church Santa Monica.


Caramel Chicken – Bill Granger

After many requests I have decided to post this recipe. I can’t take any credit for finding it, however, indulging in it and enjoying every bite, I can!!! This recipe was found by on of my closest friends who is a known domestic Goddess,  Samantha Cosatto. The origins of this recipe are from one of GetRealLive favourite chefs, the one and only….  Bill Granger. We have a few favorites at GetRealLive and Jamie Oliver and Bill Granger are two of our tops!

The recipe Caramel Chicken and it is simply delish. Your family and friends will love this and as a reminder, we want to let you know that all of our recipes are tried, true and tested by GetRealLive families and friends.

Caramel Chicken by Bill Granger
8 Chicken thigh fillets, skinless chopped in half
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 red onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
freshly ground black pepper
60ml (1/4 cup) dark soy sauce
115g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
60ml (1/4 cup) fish sauce

Method:
Place the chicken and oil in a large bowl and toss to combine. Heat a large frying pan over a high heat until hot. Add the chicken, in two batches, and cook for 2 minutes on one side until lightly brown, turn and cook for another minute. Remove from the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and add a little extra oil if needed. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return the chicken to the pan, sprinkle liberally with black pepper, add the soy sauce and stir to combine. Cover the pan, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase the heat to high, add the sugar and stir to combine. Cook uncovered for 3 to 4 minutes, for until the sauce is rich, dark and syrupy. Add the fish sauce and stir to combine. Place in a serving dish and serve with steamed rice and green vegetables.

Serve with steamed rice and green vegies.

Green Vegies:

You can either steam these or lightly stir fry in a tablespoon of oil and garlic – either way tastes great. Be adventurous with your veggies there is more to life than green beans, frozen peas and iceberg lettuce.

To make life easy for you and to take the headache out of meal planning we have included a shopping list for this meal (we will do this for all of our meal recipes). All you need to do is simply cut, paste, print and away you go to the shops armed with everything you need for a healthy, substantial meal that will make you look like a total legend at home.

Grocery List:
8 Chicken thighs
1 red onion
1 bulb of garlic
Dark soy sauce (if you’ve run out)
Fish sauce (this is a great ingredient to have on hand – it’s becoming more and more popular so don’t hesitate to buy. It keeps in the fridge for sometime).
Broccoli (Chinese or normal – Chinese is the long skinny one)
Snow peas
Baby Bok Choy

Enjoy and remember to share this with friends…everything tastes better when it’s shared.

Susan.


Susan’s Change the Age Journey (Part 3)

I’m well on my way on the Change The Age journey and thus far I feel great.

On Friday, I had my second measurements done with my Trainer, Alex (my first ones were before I started anything). I was super excited to find out what my results were and to see how far I had come on the journey…. More on my results later and I will reveal exactly what my success rate is thus far. Fasten your seatbelt.

 

 

Before I share those details, here is a pre workout video I made just before a 6am workout. This workout was like the ‘last chance’ workout before I headed off on our GetRealLive Cruise with Princess…..


Needless to say, my time spent working out with Alex is hard. He pushes me and expects a lot. He knows my goals and knows how to get me there. There are times when I have felt like lashing out (at him) because he has put me through something more grueling than I’m used to. However, I bit my tongue and remind myself that he didn’t get me to this place but with his help and wisdom he will show me the way out.

I am reminded daily that it’s not only my workouts with Alex that will get me to where I need to go. Rather, I have to do my part as well. That means for the other 23 hours/day that I’m not with him (and I don’t see him everyday) I have to make wise choices when it comes to food and activity at home and as I go about my day.

Below is a video that I took after a lunchtime workout…. There is a Korean Restaurant right beside the gym and boy did I enjoy my lunch. Maybe a little high in sodium but none the less I made wise choices whilst eating out because this is a big part of life.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired to join me as I Change The Age and bring health and fitness into my life in an even greater way.

Susan


GetRealLive Cruises with Princess

Well friends, we are here!!! The GetRealLive Cruise is happening and we are having an absolute ball. As I write this I am gazing out at the beautiful Bahamas whilst nestled comfortably in my suite on the Grand Princess.

I find myself marveling at how things unfold. Last year, along with my family and at the generosity of my mother, we took our maiden voyage on the Ruby Princess. Exactly 1 year later we find ourselves again being spoiled by the Princess family. However this time, we didn’t come alone, we brought an entire GetRealLive group with us and we’re having fun.

Get ready for a few updates, pics, vlogs and stories all from the decks, the bars, pool side, the gym (yes, my change the age program is still happening whilst on holiday) and of course our annual Karaoke competition… Robert and Philip are currently planning their songs and the Pop Princess Competition gets underway tonight…. Stay tuned for the updates ☺. As requested by many of our friends/followers & fans, we will take pics of the incredible food we will dining on. It’s already proving to be outstanding.

I’ll sign off now and head down to the pool ~ the kids are already there. After returning from an afternoon at Princess Cayes Island a poolside pre dinner cocktail is on the program.

Ahhhh…. The life with Princess it just gets better and better.

Susan xo


GetRealLive Omelette Supreme!

Here’s a simple, fast and healthy recipe for a great veggie omelette. You can tell Scott gets hungrier and hungrier while he films. 7 minutes from whoa to go….probably faster if I wasn’t talking.


RealLife is Cruising to Aruba

That’s right, we have been asked to host a cruise to ARUBA….. Friends, family and Real Life Radio listeners/readers are gathering from all over the globe to join us for 7 Luxurious days onboard the newly enhanced GRAND PRINCESS enjoying sun, family, friendship and maybe even a few cocktails. Cruising with Princess is like a dream come true. Everything from your linens to your dining is an experience.

Real Life friends and family book NOW and be part of this once-in-a-life time experience with us. We can’t wait to see you as we travel and enjoy together.