Hip Hop Happening Mama and a Paleo Priest

A few years ago, I wrote a post about my friend Z.....and our quest to become Hip Hop Happening Mama's. We were approaching 50 and we had a plan. We aimed to be Hip Hop Happening Mama's forever more. Complaining about age was not allowed, one had to get on with it. We had guidelines..

HHHM Guidelines
What is a Hip Hop Happening Mama? 
It goes with the adage that you look as young 
as you feel.
To be a Hip Hop Happening Mama 
requires an extra pep in your step 
and a 'can do' attitude.
It is a state of mind with a little of that
 'I am woman, hear me roar' 
kind of thinking.
If you feel good, you look good. 
The aim is to keep 
the spirit going as long as you can. 
Trying is believing.

(note: 'mama' includes all women)

And here we are, a few years shy of 60 and we still believe. We admit in the four years since I wrote that that post we have had challenges... as most women do. We both had a visit from the WMF (wild menopausal fairy) , that mischievous imp, who tends to seeks out women in the  'mid-years' of life and cast a spell that lures them into blind compliance. When they awake from the spell, they barely recognise themselves and so begins the journey..again...for the quest for a Hip Hop Happening Mama.

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Facebook: Health Kick- Around the World

I recently wrote a post  about my experiences with a personal trainer. I am happy to note that since starting a few weeks ago, things are looking up. I am taking it slowly and healthily and feel myself getting back on track.

Knowing that I am not alone in this quest, I asked my Facebook friends if anyone would like to join me and form a support group to encourage each other in diet, exercise and mental health. I thought maybe two or three would reply and was delighted when thirty women said yes. I set up a private page and the rest is as follows...

We are spread out between Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, USA, England and Ireland..and are all chatting away. A wealth of great information has transpired these past few days. Too good not to share....

Want the Sugar Scoop: Whole vs. Processed foods?  
Watch this

Can hormonal imbalance cause weight gain? 
Read here

Interested in high protein, low carb foods? 
Read here

Want to know which cheeses are highest in protein
Read here

Interested in morning rituals to supercharge your metabolism?
 Read here

Ever wonder what to eat before and after a workout?
Read here

Want to know about Michael Mosley 5:2 diet?
Read here.

Want to know how many calories to eat to lose weight?
Read here

Interested in the Paleo diet 
and the anti-aging benefits?
Read here and here 

Have you wondered what NUTRiBULLET is?
Read here

Walking for health? 
Read here

Interested in how to get your body-
caftan ready for summer?
Read here

Do you know about the Lose it! App?
If not, read here

Are you familiar with Fitness Pal?
If not, read here

Looking to Map Your Walk?
Read here

Want your phone to count your steps?
Read here

Need a good heart rate monitor? 
I like this one

Thinking about diet and Alzheimer's
Read here

Thinking about Life and Love and Creating the Dream?
Read here

Have you read The Moral Bucket List
by David Brooks?
Read here

I enjoyed it so much that I bought his book
The Road to Character
Read here

Which brings me to Instagram and the Paleo Priest

I am one of those people who enjoys social media...I blog, so it makes sense that I would. I tell my kids that if they want to know what their mother is up to day to day, they should follow me on Instagram. I call Instagram my 'window to the world'. I love it for the glimpses it gives me to others who enjoy travel and photography the way I do. I enjoy the social connection to people who also enjoy art, style, food, architecture, gardening and the list goes on. It makes the curious...curiouser. 

It is on Instagram that I met Anita @letshavelunch who also happens to be the owner/chef  of Vue at Jindivick  Eco Bed and Breakfast in West Gippsland, Australia. Anita and I have been chatting off and on for a few months, sharing many of the same interests in life. I secretly want to be her...running an ECO B&B in the beautiful countryside of  Victoria, Australia.  It would be a great spot for a Hip Hop Happening Mama retreat!

If you are asking yourself the same question I did, "Where in the world is West Gippsland?" You will want to watch this, it is beautiful. You can also find Anita here.  

Anita asked the group...

"My local parish priest is on a vegetarian Paleo diet and looks amazing..he's 75!! I would love to make him some Paleo bread, would like to make a tried and true recipe, do you have one?"  

How sweet is that! 

I admit it...the curious...got curiouser. I had to ask about her local parish priest.

When I asked Anita if I could share the story behind her parish priest, she happily said yes.

Anita said... her parish priest has a PhD in Eastern Philosophy, shares his home with a Buddhist monk, a Yogi master and a Hindu. He is about to retire and establish his home as an interfaith ashram. 

The first thing that came to mind was Father Tim of the Jan Karon's book series the Mitford Years and Father Tim novels. I love the stories and imagine the Paleo priest would have an interesting one too..  Someone needs to write a book about the local parish priest, who follows the Paleo diet, retires and starts an interfaith ashram..in Australia. I think it would make for a fascinating read!

And there you have it....Hip Hop Happening Mamas who chat on Facebook, by way of Instagram, and Collage of Life...who are looking to stay healthy and fit. How the world turns!

I wonder if our friends, the Franciscan Friars would
enjoy meeting the Paleo Priest.
I am guessing they would!

So...can I ask?

Does anyone have a tried and true 
Paleo bread recipe for the parish priest?

Do you have anything you would like to add to the list above,
 food, diet, prevention, exercise, mental health, Apps?
You can write to me at jeannecollageoflife@gmail.com

Any health experiences you would like to share?
Something tried and true for you?


Are you a Hip Hop Happening Mama or Papa? 

Best wishes for a wonderful week!!

Jeanne xx

PS.. Many thanks for your comments on Tahilla Farm

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...a new post here


  1. Wow, Thank you for the list
    Paleo diet search...bread...found paleogrubs.com...sweet potato bread on the blog wholefoodsimply.com
    Coconut flour and milk ingredients sounds wonderful.
    Recently I had a conversation about the diet, the no grains bit. I disagree because I believe ancients would see animals eating grasses, and try it themselves. Thus, grain would be part of their diet in some places of the world. Bread no, but grains, I say yes.
    As for gluten and dairy free...I've tried both, and did notice a sense of feeling lighter, and overall better.

    1. Thank you Maywyn, I will pass the link onto Anita! :)

  2. Hello Jeanne,
    I just clicked on your Franciscan Friars post and was delighted in how you felt being called an Artist........amazing how just one word made your heart soar. I also spied the beautiful photo of the bower bird. That particularly species is from PNG. How perfect are her green eggs. At Vue, we too have bowerbirds. I'm envious of friends who show me bowers on their farms and wish I could find just one on ours.........the bush is just too thick but I see them and hear their call.
    Thank you so much for mentioning Vue and showing your readers the beauty of Jindivick by posting the video. One day you'll come this way and see for yourself that sunrise.
    As for our Paleo Priest, I can report he's looking very well and we chatted the other day about his diet. It's not for the faint hearted......he's even cut back on wine !!! Jeanne, you can add being nominated for Australian of the Year for his work in interfaith relations and you're absolutely right, someone should write and probably will a book about him.
    How sweet are your terracotta Friars.
    They look so happy in your garden xx Anita

    1. Thank you Anita, I will be sure to update the list of fascinating facts. As for bowerbirds, I have never seen one and would love to. I am counting on seeing that sunrise one day...your little corner of the world looks beautiful. I spotted the Friars in an arrangement at the Seminary where are three Friars live. I was smitten...and then they gifted one to me, a singing Friar. He goes with me everywhere. xx

  3. I think the Paleo diet is great. I am seeing and feeling the benefits of the diet for a long time now. Not only have I lost weight, but I feel much more energised, and much better in myself. I think the reason is that whilst the paleo diet may be a diet, I do actually eat much much varied food than I did previously. All I've done is taken out the stodge that my body finds hard to digest, and added more types of fruit, veg, and indeed meat.

    I've now actually taken an interest in cooking paleo meals, which I can guarentee is 100% better than throwing some ready meals in the oven like I used to.

    I'm a real foodie, and would not survive on any other diet, but Paleo has been very good for me. I've written about one of my favourite cookbooks: http://cookbook-reviews.net/review-the-paleo-grubs-book/

    1. Thank you Katie, great to hear. There is nothing like the 'lightness' in one's step agai. Off to look at your cookbook review. All the best! :)

  4. I hope you know that I am right there with you as a hip hop happening mama trying to get it all in while I can and not worrying too much about things like post menopausal weight that I can't totally control.

    1. You are right there with me Linda...without a doubt! Love seeing your photos of Florence...30 days...wonderful! ;)

  5. Beautiful Jeanne and your instagram account is lovely

  6. Jeanne, I love seeing a glimpse into your day on Instagram, from the flowers, to Tika, the house, your reading material and of course your walks around the city. I appreciate you sharing this beautiful area of the world with us.

    Did I miss the link for the Facebook page? If so could you let me know what it is? I am excited to read what other like minded women have to say about aging gracefully, naturally and of course being healthy at the same time!

    I am approaching 48 and the dreaded menopause...which scares me because I do not want to ruin all of the gains I have made in the last 2 years. Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated!

    I hope that you have a wonderful weekend! I cannot wait to check out all of these links. Thanks so much for compiling them in one place!

    xo Elizabeth

  7. New commenter here, loved your fitness app bit, I need monitoring - so will check it out. Thank you.

  8. ANITA or NEAT as she goes by is MY FRIEND TOO!!!!
    What a small world..............SHE IS SALT OF THE EARTH.
    Yes, to the women meeting up with her at her beloved Jindivick.I hope to see it for myself one day!
    In fact I am making her a flowered accessory for her hat this week!!!!

  9. I will add one: mental exercises to keep the mind sharp. Or you may look at Blue Zones by Dan Buettner about lives of centenarians from 5 different parts of the world and the Power 9.
    link: https://www.bluezones.com/live-longer/

  10. I missed your e-mail about your new group. I turned 60 in December and have just relocated to Washington DC. So, lots of changes, and joining a conversation with women from around the world sounds perfect. If you are still accepting new voices, I would welcome the chance to be a part of the conversation. Thanks so much!

  11. Jeanne - such a wonderful post...followed many links already and there is just so much wonderfulness there. Is the Hip Hop Mammas group now closed? If so, I hope you will continue to post great information such as in this post on your blog. I so appreciate the wealth of infor mation in this post.


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