Overindulgent kids free time and a green kale, avocado and pineapple smoothie

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Last weekend was a rare and lovely event of nearly 48 hours of me and husband time without the kids. Not that I don’t love spending time with my kids but I find it important for us as a couple to recharge, regroup and just being two people in a relationship rather than just mummy and daddy sometimes. We spent a month looking forward to it which in itself is a treat. ( it’s always good to have things to look forward to ) I’m very lucky to have a sister and brother-in-law who are willing to sacrifice their weekend peace and quiet for us to have some is time.

We decided to not go away for our weekend but to actually be tourists at home in London and we turned into two kids in a candy shop and tried as many restaurants, bars and coffee places that we could possibly try in a weekend. All these places that you can’t go to with a buggy and 2 kids that are unable to sit still for no more than 10 minutes!

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Although the weekend was amazing it wasn’t exactly amazingly healthy. I have a fairly addictive personality to put it mildly, it’s all or nothing, on or off, do or don’t. (Yes I have been betting on most games during the World Cup! ; )
I’m working hard to learn moderation but didn’t succeed this weekend so after a hedonistic 48 hours I’m getting back to my latest favourite, smoothie meals! Sometimes I have one for breakfast, sometimes for lunch and if I don’t have time for a proper sit down meal in the evening I might even squeeze in a smoothie for dinner. I always thought I would go hungry having just a smoothie as a meal but if you do it right then it can be very filling.

Advantages of a smoothie as a meal;
You’re giving your digestive system a well-deserved break, it’s fast and easy and it’s easy to load the smoothie with nutrients.

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Green breakfast smoothie with quinoa and kale

Serves 1

1 cup of kale (roughly 2 medium leaves)
1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of chopped pineapple
1 oz of cooked quinoa
1 tablespoon of wheatgrass
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1/3 of an avocado

Cook the quinoa. If you’re having the smoothie for breakfast the quinoa can be cooked the day before to save time in the morning. Crush the chia seeds a little bit to get the most omega 3 out of them. Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth. Breakfast is served!

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Gym evaluation and an alkaline raw porridge

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I have now finished my one month of testing how the gym makes me feel and as I said I will now evaluate it. Just as I really started to get into it and had created some sort of a routine, I have to leave which is a bit annoying but as they say; do something for 21 days and it becomes a habit. Exercise is now a habit ( so precious and I need to make sure I don’t loose it ) Next I am going to test Hot yoga!

So how was the gym experience;
Fairly good I must say, absolutely amazing to get to use my muscles for something other than doing zoom zoom zoom with my kids (which is pretty amazing too but only works the arms….and stomach….and legs) Also really enjoyed some good cardio to get the heart pumping. Now to the evaluations categories.

How much have my spirits lifted ( do I feel on top of the world? )
Quite regularly I do feel on top of the world whilst being at the gym. The happy happy techno/ disco music and the full-on positive self-talk, that I learnt after my MS diagnosis, makes me feel that way. 8/10

How happy do my muscles feel (stretched, no pain, stronger etc)
I feel stronger, muscles are aching in both a positive and negative way. I do get little aches and pains from the gym, especially if I don’t stretch properly which isn’t so good. 4/10

How calm and at peace do I feel
As calm as a testosterone-filled, Duracell bunny rabbit on jugs of Java! But I guess I do loose a bit of negative energy 3/10

How happy does it make me feel
I do feel happier. Healthier hence happier ; ) but not ridiculously happy hormone levels 5/10

How clean and refreshed do I feel
Sparkly clean! I love the sauna and shower straight after gym combo. I know I know since I have MS apparently I shouldn’t use the sauna but hey apparently I should take medicine to suppress my immune system rather than eating lots of healthy stuff to make my immune system as strong as possible, so…….I don’t always believe everything being said about how to deal with MS. Please note if you have MS, don’t take my word for it. Sauna works for me but might not for everyone. I do take it fairly easy in the sauna and make sure I regularly leave the sauna for ice-cold showers. 10/10

Fitness and cardio levels
Stronger and easily did a 4k run on Thursday so very happy with fitness and cardio. My body is slowly starting to be less of a Picasso painting and more like….well less like a Picasso painting at least! 8/10

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So for today’s recipe I want to add a raw food porridge that I have become totally hooked on. A friend recommended this breakfast that she had got from a fab Swedish website that talks about the alkaline diet, smartamaten.se. As you probably know I’m not a big fan of putting a name on how you are eating but if there’s one “diet” out there that makes sense to me this would definitely be it. This is pretty much how I believe one should eat to be healthy. A humongous amount of plant based food, and a low amount of meat, dairy and gluten. But with the alkaline diet there’s no no-no foods. As long as you eat alkaline food 80% of the time you can eat acid food 20% of the time. If you want to read more about it here’s an article in the Telegraph. For you Swedes out there, do check out smartamaten.se where you can read more, get a free ph-list and subscribe to getting more great recipes.

Raw food porridge

Serves 1

1 banana
1/2 an apple or pear
A handful of raspberries ( I use frozen )
A handful of almonds
A handful of pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon of crushed sesame seeds
2 Brazil nuts
A couple of teaspoons of cacao nibs ( I use Creative Nature )

Mix everything apart from the cacao nibs with a handheld blender. Sprinkle the cacao nibs over. Enjoy! This breakfast keeps me full until lunch!

I put all the nuts and seeds to last me for ten breakfasts or more in a large jar which makes the mornings much easier

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Healthy living rules and a gluten, dairy free banana/ cacao bread

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Victory and success!!!! Yeah!!! I saw the neurologist the other day and walked out of her office deliriously happy. And no there hasn’t been any miracles. I still have MS (the lumbar puncture confirmed it) And that I have had new lesions since 2007 is still a fact. But but…..I asked her what it means that I have had new lesions but hardly no clinical symptoms.
She said that a) it’s a very good sign and b) it seems that my brain is so strong that it can find new ways of transporting the signals to body parts even with new lesions. (She did actually seemed a bit surprised about this ) Her saying this is to me significant. It means that I am on the right path and all this kale stuffing, vegetable juice slurping, perfect exercise searching and finding more happiness quest is working! It means that I have made my body strong enough to deal with whatever rubbish comes its way. I even asked her if she thinks that all the things that I’m doing is working and she said YES! (This is coming from a neurologist and they normally just believes in steroids and immune suppressing medications…..)

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Of course I am still dreaming though that one day there will be no new lesions. And my long term goal is to be fully fit and capable to dance with my son at his wedding. If he’s anything like his dad whom I married on his 40th birthday (my son is only 18 months old) I have to keep fit for a very long time ; ) But no problems I can do it! If he’s not getting married (which I’m totally fine with) I guess I’ll aim for completing a marathon on my 80th birthday. I actually couldn’t care less if my son gets married or not but after having left the neurologist my body was filled with such an enormous amount of happiness hormones it did some weird things to my brain. I had this Hollywood happy ending vision in my head and I looked at my son and said; hey sweetie, you know what, I am absolutely fine and if you decide to get married one day in the future, I’ll definitely dance with you!

Anyway I’m delighted and feeling very encouraged to continue on my path to happier, healthier living….

Since I have recently gone gluten-free I’m searching for some gluten-free goodies to eat and I found a recipe for a yummy banana cake

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Altered from Lemonstripes.com
Ingredients:
1 cup rice flour
1 cup Doves gluten-free white bread flour (can be substituted with another cup of rice flour)
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
1/3 cup sunflower oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons of cacao

Preheat the oven to 175 °C.
In a bowl, combine the flours, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, bananas, maple syrup, applesauce, oil, vanilla and 2/3 of the walnuts.
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well mixed. Divide the mixture into 2 bowls. Stir in the cacao into one of the bowls.
Add the mixture without cacao into a 8″ x 4″ loaf pan coated with a little bit of oil. Then poor the cacao mixture on top. If you are after a more marbled effect you can use 2 spoons and dollop the mixtures into the cake tin alternately. Top the cake with the remaining walnuts.
Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean.
Enjoy a slice with a cup of your favourite tea!

5 healthy tips for mornings

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1. Drink a warm cup of lemon water first thing every morning.

Lemon aids digestion and gets rid of toxins. It also contains pectin fibre which is beneficial for colon health and helps fight hunger cravings so great for weight loss. Make sure the water is warm not hot and then squeeze 1/3 of an organic lemon into it. Drink before you eat or drink anything else. I can really feel a difference when I do this in the morning.

2. Consume vegetables with your breakfast

Regardless of what you are having for breakfast, add some vegetables! If you’re having a sandwich add for example some avocado, peppers and tomatoes on the side. If it’s porridge have a vegetable juice, add blueberries and munch on a carrot while the porridge is cooking. It’s a great feeling to already have consumed 2-3 servings of fruit and vegetables before 8am.

3. Make sure you have some protein for breakfast

It keeps you fuller for longer and you have a better chance of avoiding the mid morning dip.

Good protein breakfasts
Buckwheat pancakes
Porridge with milk add some chia seeds and top with some chopped nuts for added protein

4. Make sure you have some me-time first thing in the morning

If you have an hour to do exercise, great! But even if it’s just 5 minutes for some serenity and focus before the madness of the day kicks in it’s still very beneficial for the mind and body. It can be doing exercise, yoga meditation, visualizations, drawing a picture. Whatever makes sure your day starts in a positive way.

5. Plan your day.
Check your to-do list and pick the items that has to get tackled that day. And don’t take on too much. It’s better to under-promise to yourself and then over-deliver. Then you end the day with a great sense of achievement instead of feeling that you have failed doing what you set out to do.

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My Multiple Sclerosis (MS) story- part 2 Healing and Recovery

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This is the part of the story where I’m going to tell you about my road to recovery. It’s a tricky part because I don’t want to give the impression that I have found a magical, one-size-fits all cure to MS..because I haven’t. I have found what works really well….for me. Nor do I want to give the impression that I’m Mrs super-fit who is never tired, never has a sore back or never ever has any health problems. I’m just like any regular person who does get worn out if I push myself too hard and who struggles to find time to do exercise….But hey that’s pretty good….being just like anyone else, given that 6 1/2 years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and was faced with a very uncertain future in regards to my health……

So after I had been diagnosed I had a couple of days or a week of feeling terribly sorry for myself ( I most likely scoffed one or two or three tubs of Ben & Jerry’s during those days ) Then I guess I found some sort of fighting spirit within me and I quite firmly decided no, I’m not going to let this thing beat me, no way, no way, no way!
The neurologist very kindly offered me disease modifying drugs and steroids. ( yes I’m being slightly sarcastic by using the word kindly) Since I had already started to read about nutrition and a more holistic view on health I strongly believed that there was a different path to stroll down rather than using conventional medicine. I felt fairly certain that medicines wouldn’t “fix” my body since I instinctively felt that I was “broken” because of stress and an unhealthy lifestyle. The last thing on earth I wanted to do was to put more toxins into my body. And anyway, the medicines would just give me a 30% chance of having less episodes but had exactly the same side effects as the illness. Seemed absurd to me.

So I declined their very kind offer and started on my path as a healing detective : ) I was reading anything I could find about MS and holistic treatments. Found lots of stories of people who got better and started to connect the dots between them. Vitamin D, B12, eating minimal saturated fats, a positive mindset, eating lots of vegetables, meditation, exercise, getting rid of toxins in your body, staying away from processed food. I also started to find lots of stuff that seemed really relevant to my own health.

For example if the thyroid gland has been under stress for a long period it can start attacking it’s own healthy cells…ok, sounds like MS and is true for me, I certainly had been very stressed for a long time
B12 deficiency has almost identical symptoms to MS. And stress, alcohol and crap food depletes B12……umm….aha I see!

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Decided to see a nutritionist ( See details below ) who took some tests and as I suspected, my body was completely wrecked. My thyroids and adrenals were exhausted, my vitamin levels were all over the place. I tested intolerant to several types of food. She also suspected I had candida and leaky gut. And after quite a bit of convincing I went on a 3 month candida diet with added extras (as if the candida diet isn’t strict enough ; ) no sugar, no fruit, no alcohol, no dairy, no meat, no coffee, no rice, no peas, no wheat, no soya, no yeast, no citric acid….the list goes on! The first week was diabolical, seriously difficult to get out of bed. I felt awful. Really! But as the weeks progressed I started feeling……well pretty good. I stuck to the diet over Christmas and New Year’s Eve which was interesting to say the least but in the end of the day what is one Christmas amongst many if I could have my health back.

I also tried to get rid of as many toxins as possible so started using deodorant without aluminium, shampoo and shower gel without parabens and other toxins, toothpaste without SLS, stopped colouring my hair, used cleaning products without toxins, natural make-up, ate organic vegetables etc etc. I even started making my own paraffin free candles. It’s unbelievable
how many toxins we get into ourselves on a daily basis!
No wonder the body has little capacity left to fight illnesses.

I continued to work really hard on continuing the mindset I was thought through CBT, searching for the positive rather than the negative. So for example when going to the gym and looking in the mirror instead of screaming I haaaaaate my varicous veins I smiled and thought this is an amazing body because it is healthy, it has legs that can walk, it doesn’t hurt and it can lift heavy weights ( I went back to bodypump shortly after having been diagnosed using tiny tiny tiny weights in the beginning)

I tried a lot of other alternative treatments, reflexology which is amazing and I still do sometimes ( see details below) I tried bee pollen, visualisations, meditation, the placebo effect….you name it.

And how did it all go. Well 6 1/2 years later and I still haven’t had another episode and I’m not in the slightest bothered by my MS. The doctors think I am lucky. I think I am lucky that I listened to my inner voice that told me to go down an alternative route and refused the medicine. ( please note I’m not recommending to anyone to not take their medicines, this is my story and this is what felt right and worked for me ) I honestly believe that my body was imbalanced and toxic and that I needed to get it back into balance. I don’t dare to think about how I would feel today if I had taken the medicine and hadn’t changed my life style (which my then GP suggested)

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So what things would I recommend for a person who has recently been diagnosed with MS? Like I said before, I don’t think there is a one size fits all solution. Every individual should look at their own life and ask, what’s not working really well? Using lots of toxins at work, is that part of what’s making you ill? Lots of amalgam fillings in your teeth? Is removing them part of the solution? Is there a part of your life that you are unhappy and stressed about, partner, work? Are you eating food that damages your body rather than foods that will help your body to heal? And so on and so forth. You get my drift.


For me my way to recovery was definitely a combination of many things.

Seeing a nutritionist who looked at me as a whole and who could take tests that showed imbalances in my body and helped me correct them. Super important!

The 3 month diet, definitely! It allowed my body to have a long break where it fully could concentrate on healing, our own bodies have a great healing capacity if we just let them.

B12 is of mayor importance, the only time I have felt slightly unwell was when I stopped taking it. I am taking 400 micrograms of sublingual powder every day. And B12 is a water soluble vitamin so there’s no harm in taking large doses to see if it makes a difference. It’s important that it’s sublingual powder, shoots or patches since it appears to me that a lot of people with MS has difficulties taking in b12 from food or tablets.

Changing my diet was of paramount importance. I now eat a plant based diet (some raw and some cooked) I don’t eat a lot of meat and I rarely eat butter or cream. I try to stay away from wheat and sugar as much as possible and I eat mainly organic food. Processed food is a rare event. It may sound strict and boring but it most definitely isn’t.

Waving bye bye to as many toxins as possible is significant ( while writing this I realise that I have let some toxins back into my life so time to get a grip…)

Exercise is of course really really really important. ( which I’m struggling to re-introduce in my life after the birth of my two kids…..time, I neeeeeeed more time ; ) Even if you have just been diagnosed with MS there are always some exercise that you can do. Even if it’s just 5 minutes of stretching!

The placebo effect or the mind is a powerful tool. I read a lot about using your mind to think yourself well and I am going to use a quote by Henry Ford that I find explains it. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right” I believe this statement is true for the healing process. ( And no I don’t think you can heal a broken bone with the power of your mind ; ) In the beginning when I was diagnosed my husband sometimes wanted to talk about the future and the conversations went something like this;
Him; Let’s say you would get another relapse
Me: But I won’t
Him: but let’s just say you would
Me: But I won’t
Him: ok but let’s just say for arguments sake that you would
Me: hmmmmm…..ok…….but as long as you understand that I won’t.
Him: ok so let’s say you would have another episode
Me: but I won’t

Needless to say these discussions could take aaaaaalll night. What I was doing was using the placebo effect to heal myself hence not allowing me to doubt for a second that I would get better. Denial it might sound like to some but it has been proven that if we really believe something is going to make us better, there will actually be measurable positive changes in our bodies. Here’s an interesting study conducted at Harvard. The placebo effect has long been accepted as something that works by conventional medicine but they are still baffled about how it works, and how to use it.
I also used visualisations where I visualised the scars in my brain healing and disappearing. Visualisations also have been proved to have real effects on our bodies.

My dream is that one day a holistic approach using nutrition and lifestyle assessment would be the first call for treatment and that medicines would be the last option. I don’t think that the “there’s a pill for all ills” mentality works. In fact these days we take more pills than ever but many illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease are on the increase.
Ideally it would be no need for hospitals but hey I’m a dreamer, not completely crazy ; )
Don’t get me wrong, there has been some incredible advances when it comes to traditional medicine. Surgery of today is unbelievably good. But seeing the individual a a whole needs to become standard.

I also dream we will have healthcare where there’s a choice! You want to use medicine and operations? Fine we support you wholeheartedly. You want to use nutrition and exercise? Absolutely, we support you wholeheartedly. Currently this is definitely not the case. The medicines that I was offered and declined would have cost the NHS £8000 per year. Was I offered any support for vitamins, seeing a nutritionist or exercise? Nope, I don’t think so, not a penny!

The most important lesson that I have learnt from my MS story is, do your research!!! Very few people goes to buy a car without having done any research about pros and cons of what’s out there. Yet when it comes to our own health we take the doctors word for that what they are offering is the best remedy (this also goes for if you are seeing a nutritionist, naturopath or healer) Don’t take anyone’s word for what’s the best remedy. Keep an open mind and listen to what people have to say but do your research!

Nutritionist, I saw Annie McRae who has now relocated to California to be closer to her sons. (Lucky California) She does skype consultations so if you are struggling to find someone close to where you live, do contact her!

Reflexology, I am seeing Anna Lee at Shine on the Green who has magic hands! I always feel really good afterwards. And the great thing is that she can tell you if there is something wrong……..she told me there was something up with my teeth shortly after I had removed my wisdom tooth!

For recipe I picked another one with turmeric. This is a fantastic breakfast smoothie that was posted by Emily Ho on thekitchn.com. It’s perfect to prepare the night before and then you have your breakfast ready in the morning.

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Sunshine breakfast smoothie with coconut, clementines and turmeric

1/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut water
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
Fresh or frozen segments from 2 (or 3 if they are small) clementines (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2-inch fresh turmeric, peeled and roughly chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon ground)
1/2-inch fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maca powder

The original recipe called for honey it every since my post about sugar I’m trying to reduce my intake of sugar ( even natural ones)

If you are going to use frozen clementines prepare and put into freezer a couple of hours before. Then prepare the ginger and turmeric and put into blender. Add all other ingredients and blend until desired consistency. Enjoy!

My 10 favourite recipes from last year

So my white month started today , also my no sugar, no dairy and no gluten month. I know I only mentioned booze, the evil white stuff and dairy but what the heck if I’m going to be good I might as well be very good.
I’m probably also feeling inspired to be very good because I watched a fairly cheesy ( I cried a lot in the end ) but also very inspiring Australian/ American documentary last night called Fat, Sick & Nearly dead. It’s about a guy, Joe Cross, who goes on a 60 day juice fast to heal himself and take the one foot that he has in the grave out of the grave. He also meets another man with the same issues as himself. Can he convince him to start the fast as well? If you want some motivation for living a healthier life, this is a good film to watch.

Anyway, I have gone through the recipes that I wrote about on my blog last year to find out which ones do I keep coming back to over and over again! It always annoys me whenever tv-series do these episodes when the characters are just thinking back to things that has happened previously. I always get the feeling that the writers must have been very busy so they haven’t had time to write something new. And it’s sort of true for me as well, I have been very busy preparing for my meeting with the Neurologist tomorrow. I want to be armed to the teeth when I go there. But me being busy isn’t the only reason I have done a “10 favourite recipes” I also find it’s good to evaluate your year when it has come to an end so here we go;

My favourite 10

Peanut butter smoothie
This smoothie is fantastic! It’s a great combo of being that perfect healthy treat and a pre-sports drink, snack! It contains both short-term and long-term energy and is also quite filling. For me it has been more of a healthy treat but since I’m going to be doing more exercise this year……..

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Raw cacao, macadamia, goji and coconut balls
I’m hooked on these yummy little things. Full of anti-oxidants! They are lovely to eat straight out of the freezer so great to have handy if you are craving some chocolate.

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Roasted parsnip and garlic soup
My latest addition to my soup collection and I love it. It’s soo good for keeping those pesky flu-germs away given all the garlic. And delicious!

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Pineapple, ginger, chia seeds and coconut water smoothie
Refreshing and ideal before or after sports due to the coconut water. Also very good if your stomach is upset or as a hangover cure.

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Mozzarella, quinoa, peach, chilli and pomegranate salad
Haven’t made this in a while given how hard it is to find decent peaches this time of the year but it’s a great salad that I make lots of when good peaches are plentiful

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Macademia nut butter smoothie with mint dark chocolate covered macademia nuts
This is quite high in fat and calories so shouldn’t be eaten everyday but it’s a lovely, very nutritious and good for you treat. Waaaaay better for you than my old pals Ben & Jerry

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Fake sushi
A super nutritious and very easy way of making sushi.

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Beetroot goat cheese salad
Good enough to be eaten throughout the year. Perfect for lunch since beetroot is an energy booster

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Liquorice smoothie
A recipe from Ascension kitchen.com. Delicious and so good if you are feeling a bit stressed out

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Giving up coffee
Isn’t obviously a recipe but it’s one of the best things I did last year. Believe me next time I go to Sicily I won’t say no to that perfect espresso. But on a regular basis I feel more balanced, focused and calmer without it.

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A planned weekend and buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup

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I am currently reading a book called “What the most successful people do before breakfast” by Laura Vanderkam. Yes it’s a self-help book and no I’m not too keen on the title, I don’t exactly think I’m going to get successful by reading this book if you get my drift. However…. this book is different to other self-help books that I have read, the ones when you get inspired but as soon as you have finished the book, it’s completely forgotten and nothing has changed. With this one I can see a couple of changes happening already, small things……It’s just simple advice, easy to implement. Lessons I have taken away from the book so far

a) if you don’t do exercise in the morning chances are…it won’t happen because you have had a hard day, you get lazy, that very tempting after work drink becomes way too tempting or the sofa just looks too cozy! So I have been doing 15 min every morning, for a month on Monday so I guess it’s a habit by now. Not a lot but it helps, and it sets up the day in a very positive way. Now I can step it up one notch, perhaps some additional morning meditation…..

b) even if you want to do NOTHING during your weekend you have to plan it. (This is especially true when you have kids because lets face it, doing nothing rarely exist with little ones) And you don’t have to plan every minute, just some key points. Planning it early in the week also means you have a nice weekend to look forward to, like a mini holiday : )

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So my weekend plan that I have been looking forward to

Watching the last 3 episodes of Breaking Bad with hubby on Friday night

Some me time and some quality time with my son whilst hubby and daughter is in the park.

Finish off Christmas decorating ( I love Christmas so it’s not a chore for me, it’s fun )

Christmas party at my sisters on Saturday night

Reflexology session on Sunday afternoon followed by..

Carols by candlelight at St Barnabas church with activities for the kids ( not usually a church goer but Carols, mulled wine and activities for the kids in one of the hidden gems of Hackney…sounds worth checking out)

And one of my favourite weekend breakfasts this morning;

Buckwheat pancakes with bananas, maple syrup and blueberries

Serves 2

3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of flaxseed
1 cup of milk of your choice
1 egg
1/2 banana
2 handfuls of organic blueberries
Maple syrup

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I use the Dove farms buckwheat flour and rice flour. It’s both organic and naturally gluten free. Dove farm is a company with great ethical and environmental policies.

Mix together flour, baking powder and flax seed. In a separate bowl whisk the egg and milk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Prepare the banana, cut in slices. Wash the blueberries.
Pour a little bit of olive oil and then the mixture into a blini pan, plett pan (not too shallow) or non-stick egg rings. As soon as you have poured in the mixture put a couple of banana pieces on top. Cook on a low heat. Once the pancake is bubbling on top turn it over for another minute or two.

Serve with the blueberries and maple syrup

Buckwheat flour is gluten free and comes with lots of benefits. It may lower the chance of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes and also contains a lot of magnesium and anti-oxidants

Weekend favourite breakfast!

weekend breakfast…is poached eggs on bread with various vegetables and a dollop of hollandaise sauce.  Poached egg is sort of tricky to do hence I don’t make it during the week. There are all sorts of tricks how to make them but so far I haven’t found anything that has worked so what I do is this ; boil the water and take the pan of the heat. When the water isn’t bubbling break the egg as close to the water surface as you can without scolding yourself. When the egg is starting to look white release it carefully from the bottom with a spatula. Then put it back on the heat and slowly cook it some more. Then eat your breakfast and relish in the fact that you have started the weekend with 2-3 portions of fruit and veg!

I just bought these cool looking poachpods. I’ll try them out next weekend and let you know if it is the ultimate poach solution

Week day favourite breakfast!

porridgeMy favourite breakfast on week days is porridge. So simple, tasty, healthy and it keeps you full for so long. Oats must be the cheapest superfood around but apart from being nice to your wallet the health benefits are many. For example very good to prevent diabetes and cardio vascular disease. According to an article in the Guardian oats were used as one of the few effective treatments for diabetes before insulin was discovered.

I like to eat my porridge with cinnamon (which is also good for preventing diabetes) All that’s needed is a teaspoon a day according to this article .I then top it with some berries ( I don’t think I need to mention the superfood qualities of berries : )

And also porridge should be complimented with a glass of orange juice since porridge is full of iron and orange juice helps the absorption of iron. Wasn’t aware of the iron content so a glass of orange juice will be added to my favourite breakfast from tomorrow!