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The power of imperfection

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Embracing imperfection

So, to get me in the habit of writing, I’m going to attempt to blog every day. I spend so much time consumed with thinking about what to write, thinking about work, exercise, what to cross off my ‘to do’ list- it all just becomes counter- productive. Actually putting the action into place is another story! I’m sure you find this- and I’m pretty sure it’s also called writer’s block.

Sometimes, I feel like I have thousands of thoughts battling each other, violently waging a war with each other, with a hope that one of them will be strong enough to inspire me to actually complete one of them. So, here I am, putting all those thoughts into one swift action. I am writing. Lord knows it might just be jibberish to start out with. I am also keeping a ‘writers notebook’ as part of my creative writing course. And, also keeping one for when I am practicising and self-teaching myself short hand. I also make some notes about my daily mindfulness, and I once read that if you keep a diary that it later could become the bones of a good story later on.

Reflection

I’m sitting here on a Saturday evening, having a weekend off from the Saturday late-night socialising, so that I can finish off some ‘life tasks’ and have some quiet time to study. This week has been quite tiring, as I’ve been slowly getting used to my new job, and undergoing lots of training as part of that. The role itself can be quite draining at times, but also rewarding as you know that you are helping someone.

I also annoyingly discovered in the library earlier that they actuallly have Wi-Fi and are part of the 21st century, and have been for the past few months. So, I have a new place to go study, and not have to spend a fortune on coffee and nuts to make use of the wifi in Costa or Starbucks. Admittedly I did go to Starbucks earlier, and I didn’t do any work there which was nice. Just some general socialising and catch up with friends.

Next week

Next week invovles lots of training, sticking to my exercise and training plan that I am making tonight, completing as much writing and short hand training as possible and keeping as sane as possible. You know when you have so many things to do, and I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but it’s either all or nothing. I either give 100% or nothing it all. Next week I am going to destroy all my ‘week tasks,’ get back in shape, and continue to develop myself and my writing habits.

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I have been trying to read a variety of genres of fiction lately, to try and get a feel for different styles of writing. I am just about to finish Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’- the third installment of the Robert Langdon series, from the best selling Da Vinci Code author. I must say, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Inferno, however the ending tied everything up nicely and I just sped through the pages at an alarming pace, as his books are just amazingly well written with addictive and capitviating story lines. I also really enjoy the fact that I’m learning a lot of historical information from his books, as he goes into detail about symbology and artifacts. While most of it is fiction, the organisations and ideas he writes about are all real- i.e Noetic Science and the Masonries.

Final thoughts and acceptance

This week I also have to complete a few applications and find some super hot playlists to listen to, to get me through this next week- which is going to be pretty long! And whilst practice makes perfect. I simply don’t aspire to gain perfection. I think perfection actually prevents you from gaining your true potential, as yes while it does take a set number of hours to become a master in your chosen passion or area of expertise, the abililty to make mistakes and learn and edit those help to mould something even greater.

I hardly doubt that some of the greatest wonders and treasures in the world were just made within one go, and needed lots of editing and changing here and there.  I have learnt from writing and pursuing my passions that this philosophy also helps towards my own ability to grow and develop as a person. Despite what society expects from us and tells us to do, perfection is not attainable and does not lead to happiness. Marilyn Monroe once said, “imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to absolutely ridiculous, than completely boring.” Amen to that.

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Budget Superfoods

Putting The Super in Food

We all need a bit more energy and nutrition when on the go. There are many ways to put the super back into your daily foods, and if like me you’re looking to get some healthier guilt-free pleasures then you might be in luck with some of these tasty superfoods.

What makes a food so super anyway? That might be a question that’s rattling around in your head when paying a visit to the shopping aisle. Foods that have been elevated to superstar food status, usually are packed with antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids such as Beta Carotene and Vitamins A, C and E, but that doesn’t mean they have to hurt your bank balance!

Goji Berries

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Goji berries have been a part of Chinese medicine for more than 6,000 years, grown from an evergreen shrub deep within Mongolia and the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet. They contain an exceptional amount of unique nutrients and anti-oxidants, 18 amino acids, super doses of vitamins and enough iron to make spinach look as flat as an ironing board. These are the perfect addition to my oatmeal in the morning, to help boost my immune system and increase brain power.  While slightly more pricey than your typical fruits, you don’t need to use many, as each berry is packed full of flavour!

Tip: I also really enjoy adding these to smoothies, to add a bit of sweetness and colour! 

 Kale

Health doesn’t need to be expensive, and kale is cheap as, but better for you than chips! One of the healthiest vegetables on the planet with the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to keep you strong. This green delight has more iron than beef, and is great for those looking to detoxify to improve digestion and liver health. Its low calorie and high fibre content makes it a great choice for those going green, and per calorie has more calcium than milk.

Tip: Try making your own baked kale chips. Just carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into perfect bite-sized pieces. Drizzle with a sprinkle of sea salt and olive oil and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees!  


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Green Tea

The green version of your daily brew is steamed, making it full of wonderful antioxidants. It’s the Sylvester Stallone green punch against cancer; repairs liver damage by alcohol, and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. It can also help you look gorgeous, as it’s a popular ingredient for skincare products and gym enthusiasts for weight loss.  With minimal calories and a variety of flavours- such as cranberry, there’s no excuse to have a try and make your friends green with tea envy. I have been drinking this everyday for 15 years, and I think it’s really helped flush out all the toxins and keep my skin feeling and looking good.

Tip: Put green tea bags in fridge overnight and place on eyes to help reduce dark circles and puffy eyes!

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You are what you eat, it’s important to have a diet rich in vegetables, wholegrain foods and fruit. Throw in a few super foods and your body will be giving you a high-five, especially after a heavy weekend!

Enjoy xx

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Banana and Apple Vegan Smoothie

Smoothie Goodness

I’ve always been a fan of smoothies, and previously regularly purchased them every week. However, while there are some which are healthier than others, a lot of them can be unhealthy and packed with sugar and some hidden nasty ingredients. It’s always better, if you have the time to try making your own recipes and start making some D.I.Y smoothies

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner. A few months ago I used an old food processor and thought I’d just throw in some broccoli florets, green beans, water and peas and that I would automatically be a smoothie-making green goddess. However, it ended up being a green gunk mess, as I hadn’t put enough water, included far too many vegetables, and not really thought about the texture or flavours of the ingredients.

The Perfect Smoothie

As I wrote about below, for smoothies to be edible and taste as good as they look from the shop, make sure to use 1/2 vegetables, 1/2 fruit and add some seeds or nuts for extra texture and goodness. This will help balance the flavours and give you the sweetness that your taste buds deserve and need in order to go back and make some more! The past few months, I have become more and more obsessed with my amazing new NutriBullet smoothie-making device! Trust me when I say this but you will eventually be hooked like me, and be a smoothie junkie!

Recipe Instructions

1. Firstly you will need 2 handfuls of spinach, a cup full of goji berries and linseed, 1 apple, 1 banana, flax seeds, soy milk and ginger and a food processor. 

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2. Chop banana and apple. 

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3. Add 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 chopped banana, 1 chopped apple, 1 cupful of linseed and flax seed, and approximately 400 mls of water/soy milk (or both). 

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4. Let your food processor do the magic for about 10-15 seconds and you will have your delicious banana and apple vegan smoothie!

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Tip: 

If you are using the NutriBullet make use of the flip top to go lid, or range of accessory cups to fit your daily needs. On-the-go or in front of the sofa, you can kick back and enjoy your smoothie goodness!

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NutriBullet – Must Have Health Gadget!

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It’s Smoothie-Making Time!

Summer is slowly creeping upon us, and it’s time to whip out those jam jars and straws to make some delicious smoothies. I shamelessly jumped on the smoothie trend about 6 months ago after purchasing a NutriBullet, while being hypnotized watching one of those healthy eating commercials. (Maybe the fact that it’s also one of Kate Middleton’s must-have diet gadgets and secret weapons in the kitchen, may have been a contributing swaying factor!).

This amazing device packs a lot of nutritional punch, due to its high-powered action blade. Not just a pretty face with it’s shiny, dainty red exterior. It also helps pulverize fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and is known as an extractor, as opposed to your standard juicers and blenders. This helps to retain all of your nutritional content in your smoothie, helping you to easily absorb all those vitamins and minerals, and give your digestive system a bit of an easier job, by breaking down all that healthy food.

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NutriBlast- The Ultimate Smoothie

Not only that, but you can tailor different smoothies to specific targeted areas, such as getting better sleep or stronger muscles. You can do this with the NutriBlast smoothie plan- a smoothie comprising of 1/2 greens and 1/2 fruit, with a sprinkling of nuts or seeds for the ultimate health weapon. Not to worry if you’re a total beginner, as you can purchase the mouth-watering recipe book to show you which blends help to give the best nutritional boost.

Of course, you don’t want to be gulping smoothies for every meal, as one smoothie could contain more sugar than a can of your favourite soda. However by just swapping one meal a day with a home-made smoothie treat, the NutriBullet will help you towards a healthier, balanced diet,  and make those fruit and vegetables in your cupboard look super glamorous and even more tempting.

Better skin. More energy. A better you. Whatvalentine smoothie more could you want? 

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Spaghetti and Avocado Recipe

Spaghetti and Avocado Treat

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Avocados are simply the best, and are a healthy fruit that provide so many of my favourite dishes! I decided to take my avocado addiction to the next level by creating a avocado sauce for my gluten-free spaghetti.

Today I decided to spoil myself with a delicious, gluten-free spaghetti and avocado dish. It was really quick and easy to make, and maybe something you would like to try as a guilt-free hangover treat! I try to eat as clean as possible, but also try to take into consideration Miranda Kerr’s 80/20 rule-making sure to eat 80% healthy and 20% indulgent in moderation. Most of my friends and family would argue it’s probably more in the 90/10 ratio mark, but we all slip up occasionally- and that’s okay! We only have one life, so better to enjoy it to the fullest potential.

Ingredients and Instructions

1. Add 12 ounces of gluten-free spaghetti and boil for approximately 10 minutes. 

2.  While the pasta is boiling take two avocados, 4 tablespoons of linseed, 2 tomatoes, a couple of slices of cucumber and half a clove of garlic and  let your food processor do all the work!

Tip: Don’t put it on for too long, and don’t use too much water as you want the sauce to be thick and not too runny. Make sure to try out the Nutribullet to really capture and get the most out of all of those nutrients!

3.  Add 1/4 cup of olive oil, 4 broccoli florets, 2 mushrooms, juice of 1 lemon, 2 large bunches of spinach to a pan and stir fry for 10 minutes. 

4. Sprinkle 4 ground almonds, a dash of pepper and chilli flakes.

5. Finish off with a small bunch of freshly chopped chives and sprinkle on top. 

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Tip: For a nice touch, try some South African Running Duck, organic, fair-trade, vegan wine with some gluten/wheat/dairy free Booja Champagne Truffles for extra va-va voom!

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Spring Detox!

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When I entered my second decade, I made a detox and beauty plan that practice every so often when my body and mind are in need of a boost. What I first noticed was slight skin break outs, because of all the toxins and rubbish from my body slowly being released due to my skin starting to purge. Along with regular exercise and a increased water in-take, I really noticed the difference after a few weeks, and really felt closer to my mission of being the glowing picture of health!

Don’t get me wrong, I am usually very healthy, but with summer lurking around the corner and the occasional slip ups around Christmas-just like any woman I want to feel and look my absolute best! I am a firm believer of natural beauty and inner beauty, particularly thanks to Miranda Kerr. And believe in trying to be the best that I can be, not focusing on trying to emulate someone else, or fit into today’s pixel perfect photo-shopped images of what society calls beauty. As women we deserve to feel good, so I hope you enjoy reading my plan.

Victoria Secret Angel Inspirations

Although, no longer an angel, the wonderful Miranda Kerr has inspired me to lead a healthier lifestyle, adopt more organic living and invest in some of her amazing Kora products that help feed the skin with essential nutrients. I also am a big fan of  Adriana Lima, another angel and advocate for adopting a healthier diet and regular exercise, alongside positive affirmations to create a more natural, positive and healthy me. Strong is definitely the new skinny!

People often complain about supermodels from while begrudgingly wincing at them from their sofas , but what you realize is they really take of themselves, work really hard at it, and it’s also their job! They are pretty much athletes of the model world, with the Victoria Secret Fashion Show being the Superbowl of all fashion shows. Confidence is also extremely important, as you could be the most stunning woman in the room, but if you feel a bag of nerves then your true inner beauty will never shine through.

Why Detox?

I started to notice I had dark circles under my eyes, felt tired and had less energy. So, I decided to take the necessary action, because I am in my early twenties, and whilst being skinny and skipping meals seemed like a good idea, it leads to unnecessary damage to your body. I don’t smoke because smoking is also one of the worst things you can do to your body, and remember that your body is your temple, and we must always look after and respect our gorgeous selves.

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Detox/Beauty Tips

1. Olive Oil tablespoon in morning (raw) to kick start my metabolism.

2. Porridge every morning with soy milk and cinnamon.

3. No Coffee/sugar/alcohol/bread/pasta/white rice. -Anything processed.

4. Eat 3 x regular meals/ 5 x mini meals to help improve metabolism.

5. Take 2 x daily flax seed oil tablets.

6. Take 1 x vegan vitamin tablet.

7. 8 x glasses of water.

8. 2-3 x cups of green tea.

9.  Cold green tea bags/slices of cucumber on eyes before bed.

10. Sudocreme on  any patchy parts of skin.

11. Daily meditation/yoga with breathing exercises for 15 minutes.

12. 1 x 45 minutes of exercise  4 times  a week. (Cardiovascular and strength training)

13. 1 x 1/2 hour walk every day.

14. Moisturizer and toner every morning and night.

15. No eyeliner and only use mascara only on upper lashes to prevent eye damage.

16. Replace Lipstick with Vaseline (Personal favourite-tinted pink)

17. No foundation, only use tinted moisturizer or BB cream occasionally.

18. Wear SPF 30 sun cream everyday to fight wrinkles and sun damage.

19. No heat on hair (only when needed) and plait hair every night to avoid knots. Apply Loreal Elvive extraordinary oil for extra softness and shine.

20. 8.5 hours sleep every night.

21. Sleep on back to reduce wrinkles.

22. Facial exercises to help increase circulation and tone face.

23. Eat two/three super foods a day.

26. Practice daily positive affirmations.

27. Fill up wash basin with cold, water and submerge face under the water. Count to 20 slowly and then finish off by splashing some cold water all over your face.

28.  Daily mental exercises to improve your brain power, because without your brain then the outer and inner beauty doesn’t matter. And just like your body, your brain needs exercise. 

29. Have fun and relax. 

30. Appreciate who you are and let the past go. 

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Treasure Yourself

Miranda Kerr’s ‘Treasure yourself’ has also been downloaded onto my tablet, because this includes tips to help look after and appreciate yourself from the inside in, because beauty really is skin deep. And the most sexiest thing about a woman is her confidence something all these Victoria Secret models have heaps of.

Enjoy xx

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First Chapter

What To Expect

I love to photograph what I eat to share with others that being vegan can be fun and full of delicious food. It’s all too easy to get caught up with family and work life and forget to cook, grab food on-the-go or skip meals in general.  My aim is to delve into the furthest corners of vegan cuisine and make  authentic, colorful and nutritious food, and help show you the rewards of healthy living and being kinder to yourself.

Eating out

I also want to show that it’s possible to eat out as a vegan, and give you lots of ideas for places to go. I recently joined a vegan meet up on the ‘Meet Up’ app, which is a fantastic way to meet people. I recommend downloading the app today, because if like me you spend half your time writing, half your time at work, with whatever time is left for running or day dreaming, it can be quite difficult to meet people, let alone dine out! Depending where you live, there are lots of organized  meet-ups and days out to meet people and devour tasty vegan food.

What Not To Expect

Unfortunately, there will be none of the classic bacon and egg sandwiches slathered in butter, or nasty fast food I’m afraid.

But lots of scrumptious guilt-free delights, such as…

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Some of this!

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And this…..

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1. Tofu curry with bean sprouts.- Wholefoods

2. Avocado tartine topped with beans, tomatoes and onions- Le Pain Quotidien

3. Wholegrain rice, avocado, mushroom, cherry tomatoes, lemon and radishes.

4. Marks & Spencer Super Green Soup with Ainsley Harriet lentils.

5. Whole grain rice, avocado, tomatoes, ginger and olives

6. Tofu, cashew nuts, bean sprouts and soy sauce- Wagamamas 

Veganism doesn’t have to be boring! It can be exciting, rewarding and make you feel good inside and out, despite misconceptions that you don’t get to eat much. Alicia Silverstone, talks about how veganism is a ‘kind diet’ and how it helps you to be kinder to yourself and the planet. It’s one that  people can flirt with. The point being- it’s not all or nothing. You can play with it a little and see if it’s right for YOU.

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