Monday, 25 May 2015

Almond Butter Bombs

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Every once in a while in your life, you will have moments of pure, inspired genius. There will be things you do or create in life that you just step back from and proudly think 'wow... I created this'. This is exactly what happened when I rustled up these bad boys, on behalf of Keen Nutrition.

I'm a big fan of nut butters, and this all stemmed from when I discovered Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups (minis make all the difference) four years ago in LA. Since then I've changed my lifestyle to a healthier lifestyle whereby I devour courgetti on an almost daily basis, spend my evenings doing Yoga with Adriene, all the while finding the balance whereby I can have moments of pure, unadulterated indulgence - mainly in the form of anything chocolate-y, salted and nut butter-y.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Keeping Healthy During Stressful Times

Keeping Healthy During Stressful Times She's So Lucy
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It feels like a lifetime since I last sat down and wrote a blog post, so it feels great to be back. If you didn't know, I handed in my dissertation last Friday which was my final piece of written work for my degree and oh my, does it feel liberating to be free of the stresses of my University work! With just one more assessment next Tuesday morning (where I get to chat about the blog, nonetheless!), my degree will be over. I've had to take a little while away from the blog just to re-tune my brain - I hope you understand my absence!
However one thing I've learnt is that in order to semi-cope under the pressures and stress of deadline after deadline, is how important it is that you maintain as healthy as possible throughout. It sounds like the last thing your brain will even have time to do but I promise you, with preparation and good organisation, it's do-able.

So whether you're completing deadlines right now or have exams, whether there's a big project approaching at work or your home life is just getting a little bit stressful, here are a couple of tips and tricks I've learnt that will help to maintain good health during periods of stress...

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Friday, 1 May 2015

Waving Goodbye to Dairy


It's becoming a regular occurrence seeing people say they're giving up dairy for x, y and z reasons. Lots of healthy lifestyle writers have been showing off dairy free recipes and explaining the importance of cutting out dairy, and it's almost impossible not to scroll through Pinterest without finding a delicious looking dairy free cake or dairy free milkshake. It's been well over two years now since I purchased my last pint of milk and begun my journey to wean myself off a pretty dairy heavy diet. In all honesty, I feel ten gazillion times better for it, and don't have any cravings for dairy products. Plus, it's much simpler and easier than those of your who may enjoy consuming dairy products, would think. 

So, if you're thinking about waving goodbye to dairy, or you're already dairy free and just want to add more fuel to the fire when people question your decision, here are some reasons why it's so important to do so.

Calciums nutrients are actually found in other food sources
When you think about the nutritional benefits of eating dairy, you probably think back to when you were at pre-school and would have a carton of milk as an afternoon snack. Or you'd think back to adverts for children's yoghurts promising to help 'make bones go stronger-er'. We've all grown up believing dairy = calcium, therefore we must consume plenty of it. As a matter of fact, you can find calcium in so many sources of food, and more plentiful too.  Kale is the ultimate health food for many, but in all honesty, pack plenty of it into your diet because it has so many nutrients, especially calcium. Other leafy green vegetables have plenty of calcium too, as do legumes and nuts. Almonds in particular are packed with calcium - no wonder almond milk makes a fantastic, nutritional alternative to cow's milk.

The truth about dairy production
After my chat with Beyond the Kale, we were talking about the way cows are produced and how they're always producing milk. We spoke about the fact that actually, in order to produce milk, cows are being constantly made pregnant. It's something I've never really thought about before but it's so true, and so disturbing. These cows are almost always producing milk, all the while being fed hormones in order to up the production and ensure they can get pregnant when the farmers need to. I don't know about you but in terms of the welfare, that just doesn't sit right with me. If you're going to consume dairy, it should be encouraged that you go for Organic options. This way, you'll know that the cow wasn't pumped full of hormones in the first place that you will end up digesting from the milk.
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