Are you Fed Up?

As you may have noticed from my previous posts and if you know me just a little bit I love everything to do with clean eating, healthy living and feeding my body and soul real food. 

My friend over at The house called Abe  recently told me about a documentary called Fed Up, which talks about how everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years has been manipulated to suit the large corporations including Coke etc. 

It furthermore highlights how child obesity is worse than ever. Although it mainly focuses on the U.S. market, it’s not going away and it’s already a huge issue on our shores too.

It made me feel even stronger about continuing what I am doing but what’s also important is:

  1. teach each and every generation how to cook
  2. stop the obsession with light/fat free products
  3. make sure you can pronounce the ingredients on the back of the label

It made me appreciate being brought up by parents who enjoyed fresh food, cooking and keeping us active. But it also made me scared – scared for what the next generation will be fooled by, the deceases that will get you at an even younger age and the absolute and total power of the large corporations. 

It has made me even more determined however, to not give up on my quest to keep my family healthy, avoid the marketing jargon and stick to what I believe in and most importantly enjoy!

Let’s fight the fight together, support each other and create consumer demand for real nutrition. This and a bit of common sense and morals along the way will get us far!

Have you recently watched something that shocked you but made you even more determined? 

Eating right – getting inspiration

If you follow this blog you know that eating natural comes naturally to me and I do enjoy a good cooking session!

I love everything from quinoa to a perfect salmon and enjoy indulging in delicious, healthy and nourishing meals. However, sometimes finding inspiration to try new flavour combinations can be hard – especially when you’re in a busy job with long hours to match.

I for one refuse to let this be an excuse and make sure I have time to do what Benefits me and my body. Try some of these easy tips and I promise you’ll be inspired to cook something different tomorrow:
– Stock up on different cookbooks with food from different cultures. I own everything from Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s all good and Nigellisima to Jamie’s 15 minute meals and red velvet chocolate heartache – all do incredible tasty recipes, which will keep your digestive system guessing:
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– Find the right blogs for you! I would highly recommend Smitten kitchen, Deliciously Ella or the Natural Kitchen. There’s so many out there so next time try something else than BBC Food
– Use Pinterest. I’m a big fan of the app and many think it’s just for furniture ideas but it in fact has a wealth of other content including healthy recipes to die for. I particularly love this pinHow to make the perfect kale salad which I’ve pinned to my own Food Board – yum
– Ask your family. Both my parents have always been passionate about cooking and our kitchen was always multicultural and never boring! My dad makes incredible potato salad with meatballs whilst my mum does a mean meatloaf. One of my most precious items is a cookbook with all my childhood recipes my mum made my twinnie and I for our 19th birthday before we moved away from home and over to London – now that’s proper heartwarming nostalgic food

Do you have any tips for how to find inspiration?

Make the most of your mornings

As I’m sure you’ve realised by now I love my mornings and if you follow me on Instagram you will know that last Tuesday was pretty epic.

The house on the lake has many perks – 1, it’s bigger than the room we shared for a good two years 2, the garden is a sun trap 3, I have my own kitchen and plenty of space in the fridge and 4, the nature around here is beautiful and it makes me happy.

Luckily my holiday coincided with us moving so I’ve had time to explore, create and generally gloat a bit (sorry, it has just been better than I ever imagined)!

It’s all in the name of being active so I got up and made a beetroot, ginger, celery and carrot juice for Welly and I before he was off to work to set us both up for the day. I was then ready for my walk, where I met these fellas:
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After a brisk walk to warm- and wake up my body I did my Tone it up HIIT workout followed by a relaxing yoga session:

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I then got to use my newest ‘gadget’ – the infamous poached egg maker. Now if you’re like me rubbish at making these delicious eggs without a little help you must try this little fella:

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It resulted in this – the perfect start to my day off:

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What does your perfect morning look like?

Being active – cracking new walks

Having an active lifestyle has never been foreign to me, I literally start itching if I haven’t moved for a half day. For me and for many of my closest ‘having an active’ lifestyle does not mean just going to the gym, it means how we stay active in between too.

You may have read my new home, new fitness routine and will know that I’m now a commuter whereas I used to walk to work. My new fitness routine is great however I’ve also had to put some time and miles into finding out how I can stay active.

So far I’ve found two stunning walks, which I can’t wait to explore during every season. This is the river one:
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Check out the lake walk:

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To my delight I’ve also realised that we have the river to wood trail right on our doorstep, it’s a five mile track which I cannot wait to go on!

Now I just need a dog…

My morning boost – a little bit of juice

There has been a lot of controversy over the juicing trend and whether it’s a fad or not. However, as I agree with not letting juices replace meals I believe the right one creates the perfect start to the day!

I started making juices a good five months ago when I wanted to up my intake of greens, the citrus fam and general loving vegetables. Man, did I quickly get the natural boost I was after!

First thing’s first – get a good juicer! You don’t want to have to cut, chop or peel you veg and fruit as it’s time consuming and a bit messy (especially if it’s beetroot) – I went for the Phillips juicer:

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Secondly make sure you get hold of organic fresh produce or wash your items well ahead of juicing. For citrus fruits buy the unwaxed ones – I love the colours:

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Thirdly mix it up and don’t be afraid of trying your luck (I’ve made some disasters but ya know it’s all goodness so just drink it quickly 🙂 ) – some ideas:
-kale, lime, carot, cucumber, ginger
-lemon, kale, beetroot, cucumber, ginger
-lime, ginger, kale, apple
-orange, beetroot, ginger, kale, lemon

I personally love kale and feel that it gives my skin a nice glow. I use ginger as a wake up boost instead of coffee and I get an extra spring in my step.

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I have my juice with my breakfast past workout, which adds a colourful start to the day 🙂

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How do you start your day?

Get up and do what you want to do!

We’re already six months (and a bit) into 2014, scary I know!

Being in an industry where we already talk about Christmas and January 2015 in January 2014 I decided early on that I would make the most of the year we ‘re actually in.

Prioritising myself is potentially the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m not going to say it has been easy and when I talk to people this seemingly obvious thing is for some reason the hardest thing to keep up.

So what can you do? Well I did the following, see if it works for you:

Use nature as therapy
Having spent three months of my childhood at the beach every summer in Denmark the ultimate escape for me is the outdoors. Luckily my crazy other half Welly loves the outdoors too so as I tried to recreate (or at least re-doodle) what I love I’m sharing what happened.

Well I caught my first fish (admittedly this was with Welly’s new birthday rods but ya know):

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I took my runs, sprints and interval training outside – having run a half marathon in falling snow nothing beats the fresh wind against your skin!

However the coolest thing I’ve done was taking up kayaking – the people at Herts Young Mariners Base were absolutely brilliant! I still have lots to learn but who knew it could be so hard to paddle in a straight line?!

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Took the ocean by storm
Well not really but I faced my seasickness fears and went sailing on the longest day of the year – it was pretty epic:
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Took up yoga
It’s safe to say that 2014 has been one of the most stressful years of my life and I would probably say yoga saved me physically and mentally. I cannot recommend Rodney Yee’s A.M. Yoga for your week more. Its five 20 minute workouts are varied and never get boring. This was the day I started:

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These are just a few of the activities that have made me full of excitement this year so far and I hope I’ve inspired you to take up something new and prioritise yourself!

What do you do that makes you happy?