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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Why can't life be like a Hallmark movie?



So its that time of year again, when spending chilly nights by the fire curled up in a blanket, sipping hot cocoa, and watching christmas movies feel's like heaven.
I've been watching a lot of christmas movies lately, more specifically hallmark movies.
I know I like to start early, but Christmas is just my favourite time of year, the decorations, the food the parties, it just feels so magical, especially when watching a hallmark movie.
There so heartwarming and comforting and make you feel so motivated, to be kind to others, and follow your dreams.

But when you switch of the TV and get back to your daily life you realise just how far from reality Hallmark movies really are.
You know how they go they start of with a character who seems to be down on their luck, a struggling parent, an unlucky in love singleton, are grieving, or have an estranged family.
You relate to them at first because lets face it we all have problems.
But as the movie progresses the character seems to have got themselves a fairy godmother, they end up landing their dream job or meeting mr right, and they all live happily ever after, even the cynical or mean characters end up having a heart deep down inside.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Beetroot Latte



I love a good latte, vanilla latte, pumpkin spice latte, gingerbread lattes, and so on, however there not exactly the healthiest, as a caffeine addict i like to try and cut down the coffee, because although its great, it doesn't always have the nicest side effects!

I am sure you've all heard of the healthy trendy lattes by now like matcha lattes and turmeric lattes not only do they have a bunch of nutritional benefits but there also delicious.
But have you heard of beetroot lattes yet? I recently came across them online of course, and thought to myself thats very interesting I must try it!

Beetroot poses an array of health benefits including lowering blood pressure, cancer fighting, reducing inflammation and detoxifying as well as being full of vitamins and minerals.
And even if your not a huge beetroot fan you'd be surprised just how delicious this beetroot latte is and to top it all off there pink and look super cute!

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Friday, 10 November 2017

My Endometriosis story



I've been wanting to share my story with Endometriosis for a while now, but have only just built up the courage to actually write it.
Endometriosis is a severely painful and debilitating illness that more awareness needs to be made of  so hopefully I can do some of that. 
In case your unfamiliar with endometriosis check out my post here where I explain more in detail.

I lie in my bed as I write this, it's a Sunday and I am coming onto my period, I am in severe pain that feels like someone's stabbing me in my uterus, I have my heating pad strapped to my adbdonen, trying to relieve the pain. 
I feel completely sick to my stomach and have been vomiting for most of the day due to the excrutiating pain. 
I've felt this way for 2 weeks straight already yet my period still hasn't begun.

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Autumn/Winter harvest bowls



These Autumn/Winter harvest bowls are a fresh take on the regular Buddha bowls, i say autumn/winter but you can eat them whenever you like!
I just specifically targeted them towards a/w as they are warming, hearty and comforting to relax with on a cold fall evening. 
These harvest bowls are full of delicious and nutritious plants to nourish your body and keep you fueled over the festive season. 
Hope you enjoy!



SWEET POTATO, QUINOA, WITH ROASTED ARTICHOKE & GRILLED RED PEPPERS 
'with a maple mustard dressing'

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Working-out when you have Endometriosis?



As a lover of exercise, it was very distressing to me when i started suffering from chronic pain due to endometriosis, as I had to give up a lot of things in my life including exercise.
When the pain is at its worst, i really can't do any sort of exercise and I am often bed bound.
Before I started struggling with endo I was always extremely active and enjoyed high impact exercise like running Hiit and Strength training.
I tried to push myself to continue with my intense workout regime, however it only made the pain worse and in turn just made me sicker, and i would be left bed bound again for a week after.

Exercise has always been my stress relief, something that calms me down, shuts of my mind for a while and makes me feel better both physically and mentally, so I knew that exercise wasn't something I could fully give up, not only that but as anyone would be, i was worried about gaining weight.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Dark chocolate covered Pumpkin spice energy balls



These delicious pumpkin spice energy balls are a great healthy snack alternative, perfect alongside a cup of coffee, or as a halloween 'trick or treat' or for parties.
They are all raw minus the dark chocolate, Vegan & Gluten free.
Feel free to leave out the chocolate as they are still very indulgent, but why wouldn't you want to dip anything in chocolate?!

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Friday, 20 October 2017

DIY Vitamin E Lip scrub



Now that were getting into the colder months, i don't know about you but my lips start to get a little chapped, with the combination of the cold, the wind, and central heating, it can really dry out our skin especially, one of our most delicate areas our lips.
So here is a lil DIY all natural lip scrub that is perfect to get rid of dead skin and smooth the lips, it also helps in plumping them.
This lip scrub is perfect to use all year round when your in need of a lil pampering.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

How to eat Vegan as a Student? #Cheap



Many people have this huge misconception that being Vegan is expensive, before I was Vegan myself I actually thought the same way.
But since going Vegan I actually found it can be one of the cheapest lifestyles.
I myself managed to stay Vegan living as a student and even now as a broke graduate.
So i thought i would share with you some of my tips for eating Vegan on a budget and the types of foods to eat and the ones to avoid...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Mushroom coffee review




I don't know about you but I am a huge coffee lover, so much so i end up drinking way too much of it.
As someone who suffers with a chronic illness 'endometriosis' and a lot of digestive issues I know how bad coffee can be when your struggling with these kind of things.

I've been trying to switch it up with matcha, teas and decaf, but nothing ever really come's close to a 'good ole cup' of the caffeinated stuff.

I was searching online for a good coffee alternative when I came across mushroom coffee, sounds a little strange but 'mushroom coffee' claims to host a range of benefits including, digestion, immune boosting, liver cleansing, and lowering the risk of Cancer and Alzheimer's.
The amount of caffeine in mushroom coffee is usually a lot lower so is great for those who suffer with anxiety.

With all the array of benefits Its no wonder I had to try it..

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Pumpkin & Pine nut Pizza



Since its Autumn I have yet another delicious Pumpkin recipe for you.
This pumpkin and pine nut pizza is a healthy yet indulgent delight perfect on chilly fall nights, sharing with friends, and as a healthy option for the kids. 
As always its Vegan & Gluten free
Hope you Enjoy!...

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

The access to therapy in the uk is ridiculous




As someone who's suffered with numerous mental illness since I was child as well as chronic illness I've been through quite a few therapists, both on the nhs and private.

As a child abuse survivor you can probably imagine it can cause a lot of trauma PTSD and mental stress. 
And I feel it's extremely necessary for any abuse/trauma victim and those with mental illness to see a therapist. 
Otherwise how will you ever get better?!

The first time I ever saw a counsellor was 
Back in university, this was the first time I ever disclosed the abuse I suffered as a child to anyone. 
Shortly after speaking about the abuse I suffered a nervous breakdown, I saw the counsellor at uni for 2 months and then she retired, so I was passed onto another counsellor at the uni for another month, she then referred me onto a student therapist elsewhere. phew!

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Why can't life be like a Hallmark movie?

So its that time of year again, when spending chilly nights by the fire curled up in a blanket, sipping hot cocoa, and watching christma...

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