Foodie Friday: 2 Ingredient Paleo Pancakes

30th January 2015

Paleo Pancakes
Is there an award for the worst food photographer? Because if there is, someone nominate me!  Whilst not the best pictures, rest assured that these paleo pancakes taste AMAZING.

No wheat, no gluten, no sugar – perfectly healthy and done in a flash too! 

I’m gearing more towards meals that take less and use less lately so these are perfect. They’re also a good weekend treat when you don’t want to ruin your healthy eating streak but fancy something a little different.

So it’s really simple you need 1 banana and 1 egg.  Continue reading

What does your kitchen says about you…

29th January 2015

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image from Wren’s Kitchen Design Tool

If you follow me on social media then you’ll know that I am absolutely in LOVE with my kitchen. It was one of the first jobs we did in our new home and it’s by far my favourite room.

PS: I’ve uploaded some before and after pictures at the end of the post for you…

But I thought I’d do a bit of a fun post today about what your kitchen colour says about you. I’ve gone for white gloss and white walls with black countertops but before you think I’m completely clinical and boring, I do have some brilliant funky lights that give it a bit of an edge.

The thing is kitchen design is quite intimidating, you’re making decisions you’ve got to look at for the next 5-10 years. Which is why I love this kitchen design tool from Wren Kitchens which allows you to see in your vision before you make any costly mistakes.

So with a little help from some home design experts and this brilliant kitchen design tool, here are some tips on what your kitchen says about you… Continue reading

live, work & eat better on the weekend #11

23rd January 2015

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Susannah Conway talks some serious sense > The myth of perfection  

Joshua Rothman has a few notes on grumbling 

Do you use Find my Friends or any other geo-tagging apps? the Independent writes about the sinister side of them.

Thinking of going Vegan? The LA Times did a piece on how to reap the benefits and avoid the pitfalls.

How to cook the perfect vegetarian haggis

Words of wisdom from my friend Deborah…

THIS from Michael Fertik is fascinating >  online reputation is becoming more valuable than money or power

My friend Claire has made a brilliant documentary for Radio 4 on MCAT and how it’s trail of destruction >  CHECK IT OUT. 

Jo Goddard has narrowed down all those “sneaky” exercises me undertake on a daily basis.

This cracked me up, use glitter, the herpes of the art world, to torture your exes

Becca (Bionic Buddha) on hashtag hijacking 

image is from my trip to the V&A last week. Art work by Cornelia Parker

How Sugar Affects Your Body (and your brain)

19th January 2015

There’s loads of talk about quitting sugar at the moment. It’s becoming more and more apparent just what sugar does to the body. And it’s not the odd slice of cake or chocolate bar that’s really the problem, it’s the fact that the majority of us (even if we don’t think we are) are reliant on sugar.

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There’s no question that the majority of us use sugar as a crutch, and not to mention all the hidden sugars that we’re consuming (think low fat goods, tinned soup, white bread etc).

The reason I’m posting this today is I stumbled upon a pretty cool little video from TED lessons about how sugar affects the brain. I’ll pop the video on the end of this post – it’s well worth a watch and only 5 minutes out of your life.

But I also wanted to briefly share what sugar really does to your body. I’m going to admit, I’m just starting out on trying to eliminate sugar from my diet, it’s something that’s been talked about a LOT during my studies with IIN and it’s not easy, but the facts, really do speak for themselves.

The thing is with sugar and this is something that’s been apparent to me for a while is that whilst it’s as dangerous and addictive as hard drugs, it takes a slower approach when it comes to damaging our health. You don’t sit down with a bucket of haribo one night and die straight away from your sugar binge, it’s a slow, destructive process that only really shows itself when the damage is done (i.e obesity and diabetes).

So here are 3 things that sugar is doing to our bodies…

Sugar increases fat storing. Insulin is one of the most important hormones in the body for when it comes to weight loss. When we eat sugar this causes a spike in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). Of course if we’re exercising we can burn that off but if we’re sat at our desk or watching tv then it will turn to fat. Continue reading

Live, work & eat better on a weekend #10

9th January 2015

So, it’s been the first full week back at work after the Christmas break…how’ve you coped with it? I’ve not done too badly, I’ve stormed ahead with a HUGE writing project and I’ve also been updating my e-course #YBYW ready for round two.

Anyway, here are some reads to ease you in to the weekend! Enjoy…

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This is interesting from Emma Barnet and I’ll definitely be tuning in to her radio 4 documentary on Sunday (11th Jan at 1.30pm)  when she explores “Mindfulness” and why are so many of us living lives we feel unable to cope with?

Are your 30’s really the happiest years of your life?

I am SO glad Jamie Oliver is on the case about misshapen fruit and veg. The thought that perfectly good veggies are thrown away and not sold because they aren’t perfect drives me mad. it’s 2015 and people are still in poverty in this country, it’s time to get real and stop the waste.

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Bored of dieting already? Make small changes

8th January 2015

If you’re anything like me then you’ve tried every diet out there – and believe me, I’ve tried every diet under the sun. Every January (or make that every Monday) a new diet plan is put in to action and there’s you stuck in a perpetual dieting cycle.

Of course diets work, short term. But if you’re looking for long term success then ditching the diet is the only way to go. We spend way too much time asking ourselves if it’s ok to eat that slice of birthday cake or mentally totting up the calories in our salad. From fasting to atkins, diet plans seem to be the crux of obsession and disordered eating.

So before you put yourself through the agony of yet another restrictive eating plan, here are just a few tips to help you be happier, healthier and slimmer in 2015…

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Concentrate on health, not calories or carbs.
I know this is going to come as a shock to you if you’re used to counting calories but not all calories are created equally. It’s time to forget totting up the numbers and instead think about how the food you’re eating is making you feel and what good it can do to your body.

Counting calories also doesn’t give you the complete control over your nutrition as you may think it does. Let’s take a microwave ready meal for example; YES you maybe ingesting 500 calories but you’re also taking in GMO’s, e-numbers and other nasties that would be avoided if you made that same meal yourself.

Think about the nutrition your body needs first and foremost then the rest will naturally follow.

Eat before 8pm.
I’ve always been a late eater. It drives my boyfriend absolutely berserk because he likes to have his dinner done and dusted by 6.30pm where as I like to drag out the meal process as long as possible. However, the end of last year I started to make a conscious effort to start eating my dinner before 8pm. Not because I believe the time you eat has any effect on what you weigh but because I learned about how vitally important it is to give your digestive system a break. By giving it a rest you’re giving it time to digest what you’ve already eaten and get rid of any toxins and waste hanging about. This little trick will do wonders for you if you suffer from bloating. Continue reading

7 Tips to Achieve Your Goals in 2015

2nd January 2015

There’s something special about New Year and the prospect of a blank page to start afresh and to achieve new things. Whether you’re vowing to get fit or finally launch that business idea, January is the perfect time to go about achieving it.
So here are 7 Tips to Achieve Your Goals in 2015

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1. Have just one goal. I’ve blogged about being a scanner a few times so I know what it’s like to have so many goals to accomplish. But whilst it’s great to never be short of ideas it can also be a major distraction.  So rather than spreading your focus too thinly, just have one goal so you can put your heart, soul and energy in to making that one thing a roaring success.

2. Create a new habit. It takes the average person around 66 days before a new behavior becomes a habit. Goals are only achieved by habits so if your goal is to build a brilliant blog then get in to the habit of blogging often. Maybe you want to run a marathon? So get out and start running daily.

3. Stop procrastinating. When it comes New Year we all make resolutions but what’s the point in setting out goals if you’re not taking any action. Taking action doesn’t have to be big, bold, grand gestures but small things like; sending THAT email, doing some internet research, writing up your to do list can all be forms of action that will add up to help you achieve your goal. Continue reading

Your fave posts from 2014!

30th December 2014

I can’t believe that tomorrow is the last day of 2014!

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Anyway, WordPress (the platform on which this blog is hosted) sent me an email this morning with all types of stats surrounding my blog. One of them was a list of your favourite posts in 2014! So, whilst I put the finishing touches to my healthy living plan for January (by the way, sign up to my newsletter below to find out first – it’s FREE!!!) I thought that I’d post what wordpress say are the most read posts in 2014…What was your favourite?

Your favourite post this year was this recipe: SLOW COOKED PORK CHEEK CASSEROLE WITH MUSHROOMS & RED WINE

TOP WEIGHT LOSS TECHNIQUES YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE TRIED

MARILYN MONROE | THANK YOU FOR THE CHAMPAGNE…

HOW TO: ACCEPT GIFTS WITH GRACE

CELEBRITIES READING MEAN TWEETS PARTS 1-7…


It’s been a bit of a weird year for me this year, I’ve been to some great places, met some great people, moved home, wrote off a car, studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, we had a flood, my best friend had a baby…whilst there were times in 2014 I thought it was the worst year ever, the good definitely outweighed the bad and I’m looking forward to an even better (and hopefully trouble free) 2015!

Anyway, sign up below and be the first to hear about my January Healthy Living plan!!

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live, work & eat better #9

28th December 2014

Well December has shot by! I’ve had a bit of a blog break – well, kind of, I’ve still been working on the redesign, the podcast and the second round of my E-Course Your Blog, Your Way. OH and I’m also working on a self love challenge for January, if you fancy going me then sign up to my newsletter (over there >>>) to be first to know the details!

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So since you’re all hopefully still snuggled down, eating chocolates and watching crap festive TV, here are a few brilliant reads to get you through the next few days…

Well first of all, I watched Gone Girl last night and can I just say – WOW!!! It’s one of those films you just keep thinking about! Anyhow, if you too liked Gone Girl (which by the way, the book is just 99p on Amazon at the moment) then Harpers Bazaar have compiled a list of 15 psychological thrillers you may enjoy.

This casserole reheats perfectly and will keep for at least five days in the fridge

I’ve been so lucky to have travelled to Cuba several times since 1999 and also travel across the Island taking in all those non-tourist spots. Cuba is one of my favourite places on earth, until you go and experience it for yourself (and I’m not talking about drinking Cuba Libre on the beach – although that is fabulous) then you’ll never know just how wonderful the Cuban people are. So this Associated Press piece about whether the diplomatic thaw between US and Cuba open the market for hotels, coffee chains and burger joints is really interesting.

Great post from Bangs and a Bun about how you can’t move on to the year ahead without addressing what happened in the year you just lived.

How To Become the Most Compelling Person You Know.

Forget your expensive lotions and potions, find out how the Mediterranean Diet can slow ageing.

Who cares so long as people are cooking? While women are cooking much less than they did in the 1960s, men are cooking much more.

So Serial has finished but if you still want more then check out Rabia Chaudry ‘s blog. Insightful.

This piece by Mark Manson – In The Future, Our Attention Will Be Sold is.

 

Homemade face masks for you to try…

1st December 2014

I had the best weekend at The Good Food show in Birmingham and have come away very inspired so expect plenty of foodie posts coming up.

However, I’ve been thinking of posting this for a while and since it’s a food and beauty mix I thought it was perfect timing. I don’t know about you but when winter comes along it wreaks havoc with my skin. The snapping cold wind and the central heating just does me no favours at all.

Because I’ve got sensitive skin, I’ve got to be careful what kind of products I use, so at least if I use stuff from my own kitchen, I know exactly what’s in it so homemade face masks are the way to go!

Here are four of my favourite homemade face masks

To hydrate…

Our skin is put to the test every single day. So it’s no surprise that many of us suffer from dry skin. Whilst there’s no better way to hydrate your skin than making sure you drink plenty of water, here’s a facemask that will feed your skin and keep it plump and juicy… Continue reading