February Favourites

Lots of changes happened in February! I’m feeling so happy, proud and grateful. Learning everyday to let my feelings be felt but let them pass me by if they’re not serving me. That sneaky little voice in my head tells me I’m not good enough a lot lately. I’m mastering it every day the best I can.

Eating
Granola and lots of it right now… I write all about my healthy eating habits on my last blog post so check it out for inspiration! ♡

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Drinking
I am loving Earl Grey! Never thought this would happen! It’s a posh tea for sure… 😂 I also still try and drink a herbal tea like Peppermint but have also loved my Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey tea.

Watching
I watched a lot of things this month! Stranger Things (again). Arrival. Deepwater Horizon. LA LA LAND! A film has not excited me as much as that one did!

Listening
The La La Land soundtrack on repeat daily. Also, where have Podcasts been all my life?! I am obsessed! I really love The Melissa Ambrosini Show and The Ultimate Health Podcast at the moment. They’re full of lots of nuggets of wisdom and ideas to stay healthy in the body and mind.

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Reading
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to and loved it! I listened to it whilst getting ready in the mornings, on the way to and back from work and at my desk. It was recommended to me by my best friends sister in-law who had checked out my blog and saw that these types of books really interest me! I love when that happens and I so appreciate any recommendations! (Thank you again Katie! x)

Planning
Our new kitchen designs hit full throttle at the beginning of February however, Joel’s been so busy with the Six Nations so we’ll have to pick back up again in March once it’s all over (and hopefully England have won again! 🌹) I’ve also been updating my Life Planner loads at the moment and organised most of my events throughout the year.

Obsessing
Yoga Girl! She was due her baby girl this month and I have made sure to catch her Instagram story every day to see when she has her! Complete stalker I know! Rachel is so lovely and amazing and inspirational…! I could go on all day! Can’t wait see her and Dennis as wonderful parents.

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Wanting
I really want to start surrounding myself with like minded people. If that means joining a class or starting a new journey out of the corporate life… I’m not too sure yet. I just know I have this desire to make the most of my day by filling it with the things I love to do.

Feeling
Overall, excited but dazed. Lots to take in and think about but lots of love and gratitude.

Katie ❀

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Healthy Lifestyle Starts Now!

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth becomes useless and reason is powerless.

I’ll start off by saying, I start a new job next Monday! ❤️ So these weekly updates have now been changed to monthly ones, as detailing what I’ve been fuelling my body with week by week is going to be a bit difficult. This post has really excited me and even though I’ll be a super busy bee, I definitely want to keep up with my new food diary and share it with the world!

I’ve mostly been nourishing my body with foods that I know are benefiting me and it feels sooooo good! Don’t get me wrong though, there was a day when I had 2 pizzas in a row… 😁 (THE SHAME!) The real key is that, I know it’s bad for me and I allow myself to feel it but then dust myself off and make improvements. I’m no longer ignorant to my unhealthy eating habits so no more, “the diet can start on Monday” – this lifestyle is NOW!

So over these past few weeks, I’ve had some pretty simple meals but very tasty!

Breakfast

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day! I can’t go a day without eating something to get me going for the rest of the morning.

I love porridge oats and created mine with Organic Rolled Oats, Almond Milk, Manuka Honey, Maca Powder or Cinnamon, Full-Fat Natural Yoghurt and Raspberries or Blueberries.

I also made a really nice savoury breakfast from Madeleine Shaw’s YouTube Channel. I made it slightly different by using a Wholemeal Pitta Bread with Cherry Tomatoes, Rocket, Spinach, Smoked Salmon and Lemon.

Then one day, I had a bowl of Cheerios (boo..! 😞) so realised I needed to satisfy my cereal cravings and created my own granola! This is another one from Madeline’s YouTube Channel! It’s made of Organic Rolled Oats, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Pecans and Cinnamon, baked for around 10 minutes (I did a bit longer for extra crunch). I eat it with Full-Fat Natural Yoghurt, Strawberries, Blackberries, Raisins and a little bit of Honey. So quite sweet but it’s a treat!

When I get to work, I’ll sometimes team my breakfast with either a Coconut Water, Decaf Earl Grey Tea, Green Tea and/or just Water.

Lunch

I’m pretty good and will not skip lunch EVER! I work in an office and realised a few years ago that I need a boost of energy to get me through an afternoon. The trick is not to get anything that makes you feel sluggish and sleepy. I’ve pretty much trained myself to be a lover of salads and if I’m super organised, I’ll have the ingredients to whip one together every morning.

My salads are pretty simple I have Rocket, Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, Spring Onion and Cucumber. Then pop in some flavour depending on what I fancy such as Feta, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Evening Primrose Oil, Apple Cider VinegarSmoked Salmon or Ham.

I also love a soup. Quick and easy to heat in the office microwave, whilst staying healthy! There’s one I grab from a place called Rawberry in Winchester which is a Thai Carrot Soup and it’s made of Carrot, Chilli, Lemongrass and Coconut. It’s delicious!

Dinner

Dinner is always a tough one because by the time I get home, I’m shattered but want to do yoga, a workout, housework, catch up on TV, organise my life, pay bills etc etc! Then there’s also the complication of being married and your hubby perhaps not being on the same course as you that day. Usually when I would like something small, Joel’s body is calling out for steak! So compromise and time are big learning curves!

Saying that, we have actually eaten the same meals for most of this month. I made a great meal of Salmon cooked in Coconut Oil, spirulized Cucumber topped with Evening Primrose Oil and Sesame SeedsSweet Potato fries with Pink Sea Salt and Coconut Oil, Full-Fat Natural Yoghurt mixed with Smoked Paprika, Pink Sea Salt and Lemon. It’s now my specialty and we absolutely love it!

We did eat Fajitas one night but I substituted a few ingredients for a healthier version! Guacamole was switched with good ol’ mushed up Avocado, the salsa was just Cherry Tomatoes and sour cream was my favourite Full-Fat Natural Yoghurt. You could taste the difference… in a good way!

I also made some savoury muffins from… you guessed it… Madeleine Shaw’s YouTube Channel! (She’s been amazing recently!) I created them with Spring Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Spinach and Ham.

Snacks & Desserts

I usually graze on Blueberries, Apples, Oranges and/or some Dark Chocolate whilst at my desk or at home. Recently I’ve been trying to eat a pot of nuts to subside any cravings! These pots consist of Cashews, WalnutsPumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pecans and Raisins.

I also love to make a smoothie! My favourite at the moment consists of frozen Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries and Banana with Almond Milk, Maca Powder and Acai Powder. I always try and make up few frozen packs at the weekend, so that they’re ready to make in the morning as either a quick breakfast or snack.

My desserts lately have been really limited! I’ll either just have a little Dark Chocolate or a teaspoon of Manuka Honey. Need to think up some recipes!

Exercise

This is still a work-in-progress! Although I kept up a Yoga practice for 4 days in a row on week one and smaller stretches on the other days. We did a big walk around Lulworth on a Saturday that got my heart rate pumping! Meditation-wise has been a struggle but I try and squeeze one in the morning, even if it’s just 3 minutes (at least)!

So there you have it! My February Glow-ness! I’m so proud of myself! I love eating healthy and learning about the human body and mind. Food plays such a large part of that and I’m hugely grateful to have the ability and means to fill my world with clean, organic and whole foods. ♡

Hope you enjoyed! I’ll be back with an update in March!

Katie ❀

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Get The Glow

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.

I couldn’t believe when I read that the average person in Britain consumes about 140 teaspoons of sugar per week! High sugar intake upsets our hormones, stores as fat and masks the tastes of other foods. So I’ve decided to kick the sugar habit once and for all and I’m so excited!!!

I’ve been following Madeleine Shaw’s recipes from her ‘Get The Glow’ and ‘Ready Steady Glow’ books on and off for the last few years. She’s really great at creating simple, healthy and low-sugar meals! I would definitely recommend visiting her website for inspiration and to learn more about her food philosophy.

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I’ll be writing weekly updates on the foods I’ve been nourishing my body with and why, in the hopes it’ll inspire others out there to do the same. ♡

So far, it’s been really easy with the exception of… quitting chocolate! That is proving to be the most difficult obstacle, as a self-obsessed choco lover!

I’m sure they’ll be good weeks and bad weeks but I want to document this journey truthfully and prove to myself I have what it takes to turn this into my new lifestyle! Let’s see how I get on!

Katie ❀

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Something I Struggle With

This is the a big one that I know most of us struggle with and that is…

Procrastination
The avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.

Yep. This pretty much sums me up! 😄 I sit on my sofa most nights knowing the kitchen needs cleaning or a load of washing needs to be done and I tell myself “oh I’ll just do it later…” So I go back to watching TV and flick through my social media apps countless times.

Later comes and I’m tired so I go to bed. Then when I wake up in the morning I’m so frustrated with myself that the kitchen is a mess! It’s a vicious cycle that I can’t seem to break. I then make excuses to myself over and over again.

I put my procrastination down to being uninspired. For example, our kitchen was constantly a mess and it didn’t “flow” properly (if that makes any sense at all 😂) and the cupboards were so full with junk. So, I spent a day cleaning and reorganising and then I was finally INSPIRED! I cooked our favourite Buckwheat Risotto from Madeleine Shaw’s recipe book, washed up as I went and then still had time to sit and relax with my hubby.

Being inspired and organised completely stops my procrastination. When I’m inspired I just do, I don’t struggle and make excuses for myself. The things I need to get done just happen naturally.

I love this quote ❤️

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I thought I would struggle with this 30 day writing challenge because the sofa seems much more appealing after a long day at work but because I’ve been loving it so much, I just automatically switch on my iMac and start writing my little heart out. It energises me and I love it!

Katie ❀

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