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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

10 Minute Tomato, Basil & Garlic Pasta


We all lead such busy, hectic lives full of long to-do lists, endless chores and work that needs to be done. It can be so easy to think we just don't have the time to cook healthy, nourishing meals and simply grab a ready-meal from the corner shop or stick some chips in the oven instead of cooking wholesome meals for ourselves but in reality eating healthily can actually be quicker, cheaper and of course more delicious than any of those seemingly convenient options.

Most of the meals I cook take no more than half an hour from start to finish. Don't get me wrong, I love to spend a long time cooking a meal as I really do enjoy the process and find it to be a form of relaxation, however my busy life doesn't always mean I have the chance to spend an hour + cooking away. One of my favourite and quickest recipes is this tomato, basil & garlic pasta that takes only 10 minutes to make from scratch! I wanted to share the recipe with you in a bid to prove how quick, easy, cheap and incredible healthy meals can be.


This recipe really couldn't be simpler! It even surprised me how quick it was to make a pasta sauce that's so full of flavour completely from scratch. The ingredients are all things you can pick up in your local food shop and they're all very cheap too! It's a simple sauce but it's bursting with rich, gorgeously fresh flavours and you can even adapt it to match your tastebuds - for example if you like spicy foods add some chilli flakes or if you like extra herbs add some thyme.

I love to eat this dish with spaghetti as my pasta choice but it would also be delicious with any other pasta type or even stirred into quinoa! It's a wonderful dish as it is but again, feel free to add to it as you wish with a veggie burger, some grilled fish or sausages perhaps.

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Friday, 8 June 2018

Coming Off Hormonal Birth Control?


I've been taking hormonal birth control pills for 7 years now, excluding a short break a couple of years ago for a few months. I was first put on them after my diagnosis if PCOS to control my nasty symptoms and to get me feeling better again. I've had a bit of a strange time on the pill and now it's time to wave goodbye to the artificial hormones for good (hopefully)!
I really wanted to share my journey with coming off the pill because I know it's something a lot of women question for a long time and something women are perhaps scared about. I hope this little series gives you a bit of an insight into my experiences! Lets start at the beginning....


Why did I first take the pill and what reaction did I have?
I was first put on the pill by my GP when I was 16 years old, so I've been taking it for pretty much all my adult life so far. I originally starting taking the pill to manage my PCOS symptoms and I have to say, it did work. Before the pill I had pretty awful skin, my periods weren't regular and the pain I had every month was indescribable. This all changed on the pill - my skin cleared up, my period came every month without fail and the pain wasn't so intense.
I didn't have the easiest time when I first starting popping the pill though. I tried two varieties of the combined pill that made me feel so sick I couldn't sleep at night and I'd spend hours with my head over the sink trying not to throw up! Eventually I found one that did seem to suit my body a bit better and even though I still suffered with the sickness to begin with it died down. I stayed on this pill (called Yasmin) up until I was 21 years old when I decided to have a little break.

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