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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Baobab - The Superfood That Fights Colds

This week I've been hit with a cold. Luckily I very rarely get colds or flu like bugs but if I'm going to get one then it's bound to be at this time of the year as we transition into Autumn, I think it's my body adjusting to the colder, wetter weather. When a dreaded cold hits I instantly do a few things to help fight it off like making sure I drink lots of water, get plenty of rest and eat all the greens possible! I also add a certain superfood into as many meals as I can and it's something I swear by to cure cold and flus, that superfood is Baobab.

Baobab powder is a superfood powder made from an African fruit that's packed full of nutritional goodness! Baobab is really delicious; it has a gorgeous fresh, zesty, citrus flavour to it so is perfect to add to fruity smoothies or strawberry topped porridge....hey, I even love it added to things like guacamole for a zesty kick or incorporating it into lemon vegan cheesecake (recipe here!).

The baobab tree is very famous in Africa - it's often referred to as the 'upside-down tree' because it's branches resemble roots sticking up. It holds green coloured pods that once cracked open hold a powdery white fruit where all the goodness lies! Baobab is absolutely bursting with vitamin C, in fact it has six times more vitamin C than an orange and just 2 teaspoons of baobab provides you with 33% of your recommended daily intake! Vitamin C is of course something we should get plenty of to fight against the symptoms of colds as this vitamin is responsible for aiding the growth and repair of tissues you in all parts of the body. It's also vital for skin, bone and teeth health! Without vitamin C our body becomes weak, fatigued and our immune system will suffer.

Monday, 19 September 2016

My Journey To Bikini Confidence

As a very young girl I never worried about how I looked; I had curly, messy hair, I used to love climbing trees, making dens and riding my bike so was constantly covered in scrapes and bruises, I liked to wear jeans or shorts and a t-shirt instead of dresses and nether makeup nor nail varnish was even on my radar. But this changed.

I had been living in Oxfordshire where all the children my age were just like me - outdoorsy and carefree, but when I was about 8 years old my family and I moved down to West Sussex for my dads work and I was moved to a new primary school. I went into the school expecting everyone to be the same as they were back in Oxford but it was like going into a whole new world! The girls all had their hair plaited or in some fancy style, they were interested in girly things like nail varnish, boybands and makeup and I'm sure you can imagine how much I was teased for being the girl who still just wanted to climb trees, hunt for fairies and ride my bike around. These girls were 8 going on 18.

Being around girls like this and being teased for my bitten down nails and my untameable hair was tough and I soon started feeling self conscious. This progressed even more when I went to secondary school. Yes, every girl between the ages of 12-16 feels self conscious at some point but I felt it on a whole other level. It started by me buying makeup and straightening my hair obsessively - I couldn't be seen without concealer or mascara and I wouldn't go out without every strand of my hair being straightened dead straight. I then started becoming more self conscious of my body which is where my self consciousness gets to be a serious issue.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Bee Pollen - The Superfood Explained

Bee pollen is one of my favourite superfoods; I love adding it on top of smoothie bowls, sprinkled on porridge and added to coconut yogurt. It's not only delicious but contains a wealth of's actually been said to contain all the nutrients a human being needs in order to live and thrive!

Bee pollen is the food of young bees and is often described as one of natures most perfect foods as it contains all the essential nutrients required by the body to thrive. It contains approximately 25% protein and has more amino acids than eggs or beef (gram for gram). The fact that around half of bee pollen protein is in the form of these essential amino acids is important because it means they are ready to be used directly by the body, which means it's much easier for our body to break down and significantly contributes to our body's protein needs.

Good quality protein is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of bee pollen. Bee pollen is a source of 18 vitamins, yep 18, including almost all the B vitamins and vitamins C, D and E which reduce the risk of developing cancer, boost the immune system, maintain elasticity in the skin, protect your teeth, increase bone health and even make you feel happier. Bee pollen also hosts a many vitamins such as calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and selenium which are all needed for a healthy body.

We know bee pollen contains an amazing amount of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and goodness but how does all this help our body? What are the benefits of consuming bee pollen?

Friday, 9 September 2016

Maca Macaroons

I was thinking about sweet treats I always used to love and which I could recreate to be healthy, gluten free & vegan when I thought of macaroons. I used to LOVE macaroons - the sweet coconut flavour and the rich chocolate drizzle....mmmm, and I instantly thought they'd actually be quite easy to adapt into a healthy sweet treat that anyone can enjoy. I then had an even better idea, why not make maca macaroons? Yeah, I know, I'm a genius! Maca is one of my favourite superfoods and it tastes almost like caramel so is the perfect addition to these little balls of goodness.

I used Maca Powder from Indigo Herbs who are a wonderful superfoods company based in Glastonbury, England. They're all about natural health, affordable pricing and are passionate about supporting wellbeing with solutions the earth provides us, just like myself. I love their ethos, their passion and their amazing quality products. Their maca powder is perfect in this recipe as it's so smooth so mixes into the other ingredients well and it's got such a yummy flavour to it!

I made these macaroons on a Friday and they were gone by Saturday, I think that tells you just how delicious they are! They're the perfect mixture of being delightfully sweet with that familiar coconut taste, rich chocolate drizzle and soft inside. They're also very easy to make and can be completely ready to eat within half an hour, from start to finish, amazing right?

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

My New Monthly Magazine Column

Exciting news! I'm now a columnist for local magazine Sussex Life!
Yep. Every month I'll have a column published in the magazine with a delicious, nourishing recipe included!

When I set up my blog in December 2015 I did so as a way to document my journey to a healthy, happy life as I struggled with both a PCOS and coeliac disease diagnosis. I always saw it as a place to document how I was getting on, share my advice and publish my recipes. I never looked at my blog as a business opportunity or that anything would really come of it, but I've come a long way and now I can say I've got a column in a monthly cool is that?!


Monday, 5 September 2016

Get HIIT Done

Today I'm talking about the form of exercise that made me fall in love with cardio and got me from being a girl who only liked yoga and walking to being a girl who loves pushing herself, getting super sweaty and even lifting weights.

I'm talking HIIT which stands for high intensity interval training. I first started HIIT around 3 years ago when I was looking to lose a little body fat and tone up but primarily I just wanted to feel fit and strong. High Intensity Interval Training particularly appealed to me because it can be done within half an hour (that's with the warm up and cool down included too!) - I'm someone who gets bored quite easily during cardio and I often don't have much time in the day so quick workouts that still push you to your limits and give you results are what I'm all about!

What is HIIT?
HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you give 100% effort through quick, shorter, intense bursts of exercises followed by a short (active) recovery period. This gets your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. You also get an afterburner effect which means you burn calories for hours after you've finished your HIIT session as your metabolic rate is raised.
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