Why Meetup?

Do you ever have those days when you wonder why you are doing something – what is it all for?

I had a few questioning days like that in the last couple of weeks.  

When a call out was made late last year to help organise the Brisbane Paleo Meetup Group – I jumped at the opportunity.  I am passionate (not fanatic) about Paleo.  For the first time in my life I am totally in tune with my body, I feel fantastic and I have Paleo to thank for that.  So why not share my enthusiasm with other like-minded people?

Our first meeting was a fantastic turn out of around 20 people.  We went around the table and shared our stories with one another.  Every story was inspirational and empowering.  Even those just starting on their journey could feel the support and encouragement from the group.

Isn’t it amazing when you find a group of people all on the same page as you?

Then our little group quickly grew in numbers and we needed to iron out a few teething issues (as you would with any new group).  It was evident we needed a few guidelines for the group, I needed some help organising, there was the question of paying for the Meetup page,  the calling around of places to host suitable Meetups and finally the organisation of the event.  All of this and I was wondering whether I was doing the right things since I had never even heard of Meetup until last year. (There may have been a few pregnancy hormones caught up in my drama too!)

Deep Breath!

During this time I was so lucky to have had contact with Jo.  Jo – an amazing person and the organizer of the Melbourne Paleo Meetup Group!  When everything seemed like it was a little too much I contacted my  Meetup “mentor” (as I am now calling her!) and she gave me some sensible advice.

Why not put it to the group?  

The Brisbane Paleo Group is a bunch of fantastic people – I knew this so I focused my energy on the next Meetup, wrote down my concerns and put it to the group.  The weather was glorious, we had a nice turn out for a Paleo picnic and the group shared the issues and helped find solutions.

Sitting around talking to the group, sharing food, feeling totally comfortable with these people made me wonder why I questioned why I was doing all of this!  It was obvious! People join Meetup for all kinds of reasons but the most common response I hear is to “meet other like-minded people”.  It is wonderful to be able to share your views, recipes, have discussions with people who understand, learn, grow and where you don’t feel like you are being judged or having to justify why you do this.

I feel energised, inspired and keeps me on track this is why I Meetup!

Why do you Meetup?

If you don’t Meetup – why not Meetup?  More details here:http://www.meetup.com/Paleo-Brisbane/

Cream, Butter Bells and Soda Streams these are just a few of my Favourite things!

At the moment I am as busy as ever but I am also heading into my third trimester of pregnancy and I am really feeling my body start to slow down!  In my first pregnancy I never really had any particular food cravings but I did really enjoy drinking milk which I don’t normally.  This time round I still don’t have any “real” cravings but I can’t get enough full fat cream!  I never over eat it as it makes me feel full but it feels like I am having an incredibly naughty treat.  I can whip it in the Thermomix in a few seconds!

Speaking of Thermomix and cream I have been making my own butter.  Homemade butter is like no other – it’s really like solid cream!  But the thing with real butter is it’s hard straight out of the fridge and who has time for it to soften?  And in our Queensland weather there is no leaving butter on the counter. Hello ants and fruit flies!

My friend Julie ordered me this amazing thing  – a Butter Bell.  I am sure they have been around for years but we never ate real butter growing up so I had never heard of a Butter Bell.  Its basically a vessel to keep your butter soft and from going rancid without using the fridge.  You just fill it with a little cold water every three days and the butter stays fresh and soft.

A definite favourite thing!

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My other favourite thing at the moment is fizzy water!  I was sick of carrying bottles of mineral water back and forth from the shops – let alone the amount of plastic we were consuming in the house so I brought my hubby a Soda Stream for Christmas.  Thinking he would think it a gimmick and never use it, I braced myself for the “oh that’s a nice present” but instead of putting it aside he actually uses it regularly and it is a definite favourite thing in our house!

After completing the Whole 9 Seminar a few weeks back a few of you may have seen my Facebook posts on practicing good meal time habits.  We have cleared the table of electronic devices, turned the TV off, set the table and we pour ourselves a wine glass of “fizzy water” with a slice of lemon or lime.  It is amazing how good fizzy water tastes out of a wine glass.  I am not kidding give it a try!

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Our dining table complete with flowers from the garden and home made decorations by the 2 year old.

My last favourite thing for today is Lamb – grass fed lamb that tastes like Lamb your grandmother used to cook!  I placed an order with Mitchell Grass Meats last month and ordered a 10kg lamb pack.  It was great value for money with 2 amazing lamb roasts, lamb chops, shanks, necks and other cuts of lamb.  We have enjoyed the beautiful fresh taste of the lamb and we will be ordering again.

Here is a tip I learnt from my friend – make sure you clear your freezer out before you receive your order 🙂