just a thought: are we finally getting bored of choice?

23rd February 2015

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I hate too much choice. Especially when it comes to restaurants. On Saturday it took me at least half an hour and 5 waitress visits before I chose what I wanted to order (which was of course an impulse decision and actually not very nice).

I know i’m not the only one. I know others hate a vast amount of choice as much as I do. I recently did the myers briggs personality test and come out as an enfp of which one of the traits is…

“They also enjoy its sense of adventure, expectancy, and wonderment toward life’s mysteries. But Ne also has its challenges, such as making it difficult for ENFPs to draw firm conclusions or feel confident about their decisions.”

Big decisions I can make but whether I want lasagne or pizza – that’s the kind of decision I get stuck on.

Which is why I find it interesting that there seems to be an fad of restaurants only selling one thing popping up. First there was the cereal cafe, then the crisp sandwich cafe (< love this idea) and now a joint that only sells porridge. OK so there’s still an element of choice involved (i.e the topping or the flavour) but essentially, you’re going in and you’re faced with one choice.

There’s an interesting article from the New York Times which suggests we’re a generation suffering from decision fatigue.  Choice is of course good but too much choice is making more of us indecisive and making us bloody miserable and I agree! Being faced with too much choice just puts me in a spin and especially when it’s something that doesn’t really matter.

What do you think? Are we shunning choice and paring down our decisions or are we more overwhelmed than ever?

Live, work & eat better link love #12

1st February 2015

#cornwall #beach #staustell #sun #sea #england #uk

I’m planning some BIG changes for this blog. February for me is all about getting centred, getting organised and moving forward with some pretty big plans. Does anyone else use January to mess around a bit before really throwing themselves in to the new year?

Here are some interesting bits and pieces from across the web…

If you like BUTTERED TOAST then you should try a California Chardonnay for more amazing tips for choosing wine then checkout Joanna’s post.

Want to eat less meat? It’s easy with these 16 great vegan recipes from Cookie & Kate.

Homemade pizza, yoga and failure…this girl is right up my street.

The Cosmedic Coach is my hero. She’s working hard to campaign for safety in beauty. Check out her latest post on the great vitamin IV debate.

I have SO much time for Beth Reacher, you ALL need her wise words in your life. This post  on how things have to fall apart so that better things can fall taught is just so spot on at the moment.

Chickens are closely related to dinosaurs, and other insights from the new bird family tree > OK so I was initially drawn to this because of the flamingo pic (I <3 flamingoes) but turns out its a great read too.

There’s been LOADS of talk about Vaginal Steaming lately…Gwyneth suggests on goop.com that women steam-clean their vaginas for extra energy, to rebalance female hormones and for a squeaky clean uterus. This writer in The Guardian explains why that’s a BAD idea.

Meet Mr. Money Mustache, the Personal-Finance Blogger Who Wants You to Spend Like You’re Poor.

and FINALLY…if you’re stuck or procrastinating then you need to read this article by Gary Vaynerchuck. Stop Asking Me About Your Personal Brand, and Start Doing Some Work.

I was having a little look through my flickr photo stream the other day and found this from my visit to New York in May. That squirrel kept going back and back and back for nuts. Clever.

Have a fabulous week x

 

image from my trip to Cornwall last summer. 

Foodie Friday: 2 Ingredient Paleo Pancakes

30th January 2015

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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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