Bye bye baggage and a buckwheat, chia seed and grilled vegetables wrap

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4 weeks ago I did an intensive crash course in self-improvement. Think psychology meets self-help books meets new ways of thinking. It has changed my life (me thinks at this point) but I’m still not sure how to write about it so I won’t….just yet. It’s called Landmark forum and no it’s not a cult and yes they do use some intensive selling methods and no they don’t do brainwashing….well sort of. In my case my brain was “washed” from negative, draining thoughts that I have been living with for years. From what I could see that happened to a lot of people who did the landmark forum with me. For the last couple of weeks I have felt lighter, much much lighter….Think decades of baggage just gone. In 3 days.

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Anyhow since I’m all go go go at the moment instead of maybe, I’m not sure, another day, I don’t have time, I don’t have money, I’ll think about it….you know the mentality, I have less time to cook so I’m looking for even easier recipes that will keep me well nourished to keep the energy going.
This is a gluten free, vegetable and nutrition packed recipe that can be prepared in advanced and then enjoyed for several days.

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Buckwheat and chia seed wrap with grilled vegetables and hoummus!

Grilled vegetables
Enough for 3 meals
Feel free to use any leftover vegetables or favourite ones.
I used;
6 medium carrots
4 turnips
2 parsnips
2 spring onions
1 teaspoon of rosemary
1 teaspoon of thyme
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
Coriander (for when you put the wrap together)

Preheat the oven to 180ºC ( 350ºF ) Peel and chop the vegetables into similar sizes pieces. I kept mine fairly small since it’s then easier to put them in a wrap.

Put vegetables and coconut oil in an oven proof dish and sprinkle the herbs over. Put in oven. Stir after a couple of minutes to make sure all vegetables gets coated with the coconut oil and cooked evenly. Cook for 45-55 min.

When the vegetables are cooked and has cooled down put them in a glass jar (toxin-free ; ) and they can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Buckwheat wraps

2 cups of buckwheat flour
2 eggs
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
3 1/2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients together apart from the coconut oil and make sure there are no lumps. Let in stand for at least 10 minutes.
Melt a little bit of coconut oil (or butter if you prefer and add enough batter to cover the pan and about 5mm thick. Cook for a couple of minutes. Then turn over and cook on the other side.
These wraps can be put in freezer. Make sure you add baking paper in between.

When making the wrap put some vegetables in the middle of the wrap, add a dollop or two of hoummus and some coriander. Wrap up and enjoy!

The wraps can be enjoyed as pancakes as well with fresh fruit. And the vegetables are yummy with a piece of fish. It’s a very versatile dish that can create several meals during the week and hence save a lot of time!

Health benefits of buckwheat see here

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5 possible areas to start removing toxins

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On a daily basis it’s unbelievable how many toxins we get into ourselves. But don’t freak out, our bodies are very clever and they are designed to be able to deal with some toxins. The only problem is the amount of toxins we have to deal with these days might just be a touch too many for our hardworking bodies.
This is not going to be the perfect post about all the toxins out there that we need to/ should remove. I want this post to just be a gentle voice from our bodies that says, please please just give me a break, I need a holiday!!!

One of the problem that I think a lot of people struggle with is that there are so many things in regards to our health that we “should” get better at that it’s just soooo much easier to stick to your old ways than trying to find alternatives that helps AND work. Hence nothing gets done.

So what does one do? Well it’s easy, we all leave our jobs, move to a cottage as far away from civilisation as possible and start storing all our foods and liquids in glass containers. If that option isn’t really tempting for you then there are lots of areas in our lives where we can start cutting down on toxins.

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Next time you run out of washing up liquid, mascara, deodorant, shampoo or any other possible toxin laden product instead of taking the easy option and just buying what you always buy, do yourself ( and nature ) a favour and spend that extra 5-10 minutes to find a better alternative. If you don’t have time or energy to research all the toxic ingredients in the world pop into your local organic/ health shop and talk to them. Even if you don’t get recommended a product that is completely toxin-free the chances are that they contain lots lots less. And if there’s one product that you can’t live without give yourself a break and use it. If it becomes too hard to remove toxins and that will cause you to not do anything about it, then use the bad deodorant, colour your hair, open that occasional tin of beans, but do try to remove as many toxins as possible!

Water bottles
If you constantly drink water (or other drinks) from plastic bottles the chances are that you are getting some toxins into yourself such as BPA and antimony. And it seems as if the longer it has been stored in the bottle or if it has been heated up the more toxins has leaked out into the water. Try to mainly drink your water from a glass but when you’re on the move here’s some alternatives;

Glass bottles ( in a protective sleeve )
www.flaska.eu/
www.lifefactory.com
Stainless steel bottles
www.kleankanteen.com

Tins
Are sooooo convenient, but also contains BPA. Instead of tins of tomatoes try tetra pak. Cook large batches of beans and freeze them. Always use fresh fruit and vegetables instead of tinned ones.

Beauty products
Consider how many products you apply to your skin and hair on a daily basis and if all of them are chemical-laden that’s quite a scary thought. The good news is that there are so many toxin-free excellent products or products that at least contains much less toxins, out there now. And here’s where the spending 5-10 minutes extra before you purchase a new product comes in. If you need a new nail varnish, google toxin- free nail varnish and you will see that there’s lots of great products out there. Check out your products at EWG skin deep. You can even download an app for free and bring with you when you go shopping.

Beauty products
www.drorganic.co.uk
www.weleda.co.uk
www.lavera.com

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Nail varnish
London based Jacava does not contain Formaldehyde, Camphor, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Phthalates or Animal Ingredients www.jacava.com

Scotch naturals nail varnish are free from formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP),Toluene, Camphor, Formaldehyde Resin, ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, and heavy metals.www.scotchnaturals.com

Deodorants
Most contains aluminium which has in several studies has been possibly linked to cancer ( in particularly breast cancer) Some claim that there are no firm evidence to support these links. I personally do not want to put aluminium so close to my breasts and risk it.

I find this deodorant from Alva to be really good

www.alvanaturalskincare.co.uk

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