I think one of the biggest problems people face when it comes to eating breakfast is time!
If your mornings are packed with trying to get the kids out of the door, or getting to work before 7am then you’re not really going to want to faff about with breakfast. Busy people tend to lean towards cereal and cereal bars when it comes to eating in the morning because it’s easy and portable. But in reality it’s just sugar.
David Gillespie who wrote Sweet Poison said: Sugar avoidance can eliminate whole food groups, not just chocolate and ice-cream. Take a walk down the breakfast cereal aisle and you will be struggling to find a single product that doesn’t have significant amounts of sugar.
Breakfast can be an enormous source of sugar in a ‘healthy’ diet.
Did you know that eating heart foundation approved cereal (i.e Kellogg’s Just Right) and a glass of apple juice for breakfast will add up to almost alb of sugar over a week.
So if you’re trying to be healthy then cereal really isn’t the way to roll. But don’t fear here are two great breakfast recipes that you can make the night (or 3) before and are easy to take with you…
It’s not often that Sex and the City gets described as “innocent” but have you seen the buzz surrounding Sarah Jessica Parker’s interview in this months Harper’s Bazaar?
She claims that the characters in the show were part of “a more innocent time” and that women are no longer supportive of each other. She blames the rise of social media and reality tv that show women to be “pretty unfriendly towards one another”.
“They use language that’s really objectionable and cruel and not supportive. I like to remember that Carrie and the other woman in Sex and the City were really nice to each other.”
There’s a really interesting article you should check out from Michael Hyatt who gives guidance on becoming a morning person. Apparently morning people make more money, are more productive, live a healthier, longer lives and are happier…
This is all down to creating a morning routine for yourself and one of my resolutions this year was to set a morning routine. Nothing over the top just simple things that would mean my day would get off to a roaring start.
image via StyleSaint.com
I’ve been a big fan of doing my to-do list the night before for a while. I find if I fail to write down what it is that I need to do the night before, I spend most of the day coasting, aimlessly going from project to project (or worse from twitter to facebook) and achieving nothing!
Working from home I think its imperative to have routines, so that the work/home life doesn’t blur (or at least doesn’t blur as much because there is and always will be an overlap).
But I’m also fascinated by other people’s routines (something I’ll be posting more about in the future)…
Leo from Zen Habits shared his routine: (more…)
Today was a study day. I spent all morning pouring through my course materials and researching bits and bobs online.
Which is when I stumbled upon this.
Clear Your Mind In 10 Minutes or Less…
Too good not to share!
I’ve got a bit of an obsession about avocado’s at the moment. Guacamole, in salads, anything that an avocado can go in, I want to do it.
But the great thing about adding avocado’s to things is that you can’t really taste them but they do make everything creamy and thick. ESPECIALLY when you include chocolate!
I know that people don’t like to use avocado because they’re afraid of the fat but it’s a real healthy fat and does wonders for your hair/skin and nails (as well as a host of other health benefits!). But like anything, it’s obviously not something you’d have every day so don’t worry about it – this makes the perfect weekend treat or a fab dessert to serve up at a dinner party.
The other great thing about this recipe is how quick it is to make. Perfect if you don’t have the time to faff about.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
This makes enough for 4 people… (more…)
I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. Although I do love going to the supermarket and seeing men in a wild panic because the roses and chocolates have run out (tip always – ALWAYS go for a nice Champagne, that beats choccies and roses any day!)
BUT here’s another idea for Valentine’s Day…Instead of spending money on junk that’ll just sit in a room somewhere and gather in dust or make you put on 3lbs, why don’t you do something today to pay it forward. A random kind act that can be anything from putting some extra change in a tip jar to buying a big issue or even putting some money in to someone’s kickstarted adventure.
Whatever you do, have a great evening AND if you’re like me and you’re planning a mammoth House Of Cards binge then make sure you get in a little disco nap because it’s gonna be a late one!
I know it’s only Tuesday but I bet that there are a fair few of us craving Friday already.
That’s the trouble with our modern life, it leaves us feel drained, tired and as though we are in need of a good spiritual battery recharge. We often push ourselves to the limit leaving us on the verge of snapping, which proves that there’s only so much we can take before we HAVE to have a break.
So if you’re feeling physically, mentally or digitally exhausted then try these simple ways of recharging your batteries…
Get Some Sleep…
I know that it’s a cliche but if you’re lacking sleep it’ll affect you in more ways than you think. Lack of sleep may have an effect on your weight, can cause serious illness, make you feel grumpy and depressed and quite frankly can dumb you down. Who wants that? We’re all guilty of not getting enough sleep so make a promise to yourself to go to bed just half an hour earlier than usual and you’ll notice a difference.
Create Your Own Home Spa…
For some people the bathroom is the only place that they get any peace. So whilst this tip may seem obvious, by drawing a hot bath and using plenty of essential oils, you’ll get to escape for an hour in luxury. The hot bath will also help you relax and soothe those aching mucles and joints. And since technology and water don’t mix remember not to take in your phone or iPad with you.
Go On A Digital Hiatus…
When was the last time that you turned your phone off or went a day without tweeting, checking Facebook or updating instagram? I can’t judge because I rarely switch my phone off but technology being constantly on and in our lives is causing us to have a complete digital overload. Whilst it may feel like you’re losing an essential organ by switching off all your alerts and by vowing to have a “day off” being online you will feel completely rested and your mind clear of non-essential clutter. Plus if you’re like me and check things like facebook/twitter/instagram out of habit and then get sucked in, you’ll also find that you’ve got a few more hours back in the day.
Get Some Fresh Air…
Nature is cheaper than therapy as they say. I cannot tell you how refreshed and alert I feel after a walk with the dogs. By spending time walking around the local park or having a walk to the shops you’ll find your head will be clear and you’ll even feel a spark of energy.
Take a break from eating on the hop or filling your plate with processed food and sugar and you’ll feel better in a matter of hours. What we eat can make a huge difference to the rest of our lives. If you’re eating badly then chances are that you’re masking something else bad in your life. So start your day with a green smoothie and take it from there. Clean Eating = Clean Body and Mind.
If you’re finding it hard to find balance in your life then why not sign up to my newsletter? As well as a weekly pep talk you’ll also be first to receive any news on my virtual workshops taking place throughout 2014!
I’ve been taking way too many photographs for this blog on my iPhone of late so it was one of my New Years Resolutions to put the iPhone down and start taking more pictures with my D-SLR.
Good photography is something that is credited when it comes to a good blog and since The Photography Show is going to be hitting Birmingham soon I thought it was a good time to share some tips on taking better blog photos…
Since I’m no expert, here are a mixture of hints and tips from myself and other bloggers… (also keep reading for a special offer from The Photography Show)
1. Make it shareable…
When it comes to bringing in traffic, pinterest is big business. So making images shareable by either placing a quote or a how-to guide on the image is now becoming essential. Use pic monkey.com or iPhoto to overlay quotes. For example: (more…)
Today my good friend Deborah Lee wrote an excellent post all about working for free. I’ve wrote about the same thing on this blog and I’ve publicly condemned those who think it’s ok to expect creatives to work for nothing.
But today something struck me. Since the end of last year, I changed the way I started working. I discovered what I was worth, decided on how much my services cost and I stuck to it. Anyone who didn’t want to pay or suggested that my quotes were too expensive, clearly didn’t want to work with me. So I wished them well and just moved on. I didn’t change my pricing or scuttle around trying to appease someone who’d already told me that they didn’t think my work was amount that I was asking.
And you know what? It’s worked. I finally set my rules for working and it has totally changed the way I work. I’m happier, I work with people who I like working with and its a nice feeling knowing my clients respect me enough to know that I’m worth the rates I charge.
Which makes me think about what other rules we need to set in life.
For example time. Time is another commodity that we take way too lightly. People will think nothing of suggesting a quick coffee (more…)
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