Sunday, 28 December 2014

How to Have The Happiest New Year + DIY

Hey guys, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas filled with love, joy and peace! 

I'm at the back left!
So this time last year I came across a DIY project that is super simple yet effective. It's a happiness jar. In a previous post I discussed The secret to happiness. It's appreciation for what you got, whether it's a little or a lot. 

You will need:
  1. A jar/container.
  2. Scrap pieces of paper. 
So this year I challenge you to write down who/what made you happy and how they did it and place it in the jar. You can take it out at the end of the month/year or whenever you feel sad. It will re-direct your mind to positive times thus lifting your mood. I guarantee you! 

It looks like empty scrap pieces of paper but there are stuff written on it!

A lot of the times we focus on the outward appearance of people and things. The truth is if things aren't right on the inside it will affect the life you ought to live. This is where it all begins, by showing gratitude. Last year my goal was to be happy. I accomplished that goal and this year has been an amazing. My faith had a lot to do with it too. If you show gratitude in your attitude your life won't remain the same, I promise you! 

Have nothing to be grateful for? Of course you do, your internet connection, otherwise you won't be reading this now!

In order to reap the full benefits of this experiment you will need to be consistent. I wish all my readers a Happy New Year in advance. It would make my day if you could please like my new Facebook Page. You can also find me on Twitter and Instagram

How was your 2014? Do you practice gratitude? Will you be trying this out?

"If you wait for the right conditions, you won't accomplish anything"

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Smoothie Sunday recipe #2

This is the time of year where the most road accidents occur, the days are shorter and it gets dark quite quickly. My sister is a great driver but her night time vision isn't great. I thought it would be a great idea to share this recipe with road drivers in particular. Carrots are high in beta carotene, our bodies process this into vitamin A which is good for eyesight especially night time vision.

 A lot of people consume carrots with their dinner in but in small quantities. This recipe will help to increase your carrot intake, improve your night time vision and possibly save lives! 

I shredded 2 carrots with a julienne peeler and I chopped up 2 apples.Add water, ice and honey to sweeten. 

Don't forget to thoroughly wash your fruit and veg especially if they aren't organic!

Carrots also prevent heart disease and help cleanse the body. Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibres present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement. This is why they are so popular in juice cleanses!

Go ahead and share this with a road driver! 

                      "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants" - Michael Pollan

Thursday, 11 December 2014

How to Stay Healthy During the Winter

A lot of people associate being fit and healthy around Summer time. Taking care of your body during winter ensures you get a head-start on the best body ever! 

  1. Set mini goals. "We don't get what we want because we don't know what we want" It's the little goals that make a big difference. Write down what you want, when you want it and why you want it. Always refer back to this!
  2. Don't depend on the weather. There are plenty of effective free indoor workouts you can do in the comfort of your own home. It's only a YouTube search away. 
  3. Try something new. Whether it be a new recipe or an additional workout eg. skipping. It's going to spice up the routine and get you pumped up. 
  4. Don't settle. During winter it's cold and a lot of comfort foods are processed eg packaged soups. Try make things from scratch so you know what you're putting into your body. 
  5. Increase your fibre. It increases your anti-inflammatory proteins. It helps fight off sickness as well as aids your digestive and immune system. For example whole grains, oats & chia seeds click here for the benefits.
"Summer bodies are made in Winter"

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Healthy & Easy Lunch Recipes

Lunch is that time where I load up on all of the good carbs to keep me going for the rest of the day. It makes sense to more carbohydrates earlier on in the day rather than at dinner time right? 

Recipe #1 Courgette/Zucchini Pizza boats


    • Preheat your oven to gas mark 5, get 1 washed courgette split in half, cut the ends off & scoop out a bit of the centre.
    • Toppings: 1/4 cup of tomato puree,
    1. Small handful of cooked chopped turkey
    2. Chopped green beans
    3. 1/4 of a sliced red bell pepper
    4. 3 chopped cherry tomatoes
    5. Small handful of chopped feta 
    6. Light grated cheese.
    • Spread on the puree, use the toppings and pinch of salt & pepper, don't forget the mixed herbs
    • Place in oven for about 15-20 mins & TA DAH! 

    This recipe was inspired by Nichola. She's a UK Dietitian who offers amazing health & fitness advice on Youtube and her website

    Recipe #2 Scrambled Stuffed Sweet Potatoe

    • Boil a washed sweet potato for 15 minutes on gas mark 5 (quickens the oven time)
    • Place in oven on gas mark 5 for a further 15-20 mins.

    Don't forget to flip half way!

    2 eggs, washed handful of kale, small handful of purple diced onions, clove of  garlic, 4 chopped cherry tomatoes

    Fry onions & garlic, followed by egg then SCRAMBLE for 5-6 mins (Gas mark 4)

    • When sweet potatoe is soft on the inside, cut open with knife.
    • Place scrambled eggs in the centre and add chopped cherry tomatoes. 
    Courgette/Zucchini contains vitamins C and A, and folate which acts as powerful oxidative stress that can lead to many types of cancer.

    Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6 which helps reduce the chemical homosysteine in our bodies. It has been linked with diseases ie. heart attacks. They are also a great source of magnesium which is the anti-stress and relaxation mineral.

    "Man does not live by bread alone" -Moses