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Happy, Healthy, Pancake Day!

Posted on 13 February, 2018 at 3:10 Comments comments (0)

We love Pancake day in this house!


I may have mentioned to you all once or twice that I have gastritis, so I have to be super careful with what I eat.


I also really struggle with wheat, some dairy and gluten.

 

There is no way I'm missing out on such a yummy day though!

So what's the alternative?


I make healthy pancakes of course!

 

I'll share my recipe below:

 

2 medium eggs

1 ripe banana

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

pinch of cinnamon or I add 1 drop of doTERRA cinnamon bark oil

1 teaspoon maple syrup



 

Blend all ingredient up - I use a hand blender.

(you can add blueberries, but I prefer without)


 

In a frying pan add a little coconut oil.

 

When the pan is hot; drop a little of the mixture into the pan and cooks until browned on both sides.

 

These are the lightest, fluffiest pancakes you will ever eat, and you will never want to go back to the other type again!

 

Let me know how you get on with the recipe. Happy Pancake Day!




How to have a healthy, happy, National Nutella Day!

Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 4:40 Comments comments (0)

A very quick blog thsi morning as I'm getting ready for the Female Entrepreneur Association networking event I'm hosting today at the Pointing Dog in Cheadle Hulme.

Well, my children are over the moon, I have just told them it's National Nutella day!

Now we have all heard the bad press about Nutella (we love it so) I'm not going to go into that here as this page is for purely positive news lol!


However, I do have an alternative, healthy recipe for you.

(Image from http://www.hollandandbarrett.com)



There are lots of different versions out there on the web, but this one comes highly recommended by my good friend Louise from Lulu's Healthy Kitchen.


Louise also recommends two ready to buy versions Jim Jams and Meridian (I love their peanut butter too).

(Image from www.evergreenhealthfoods.co.uk)

Tomorrow night at my Essential Oils LIfetstyle Class, in Prestbury, Cheshire, I will be teaching the version Louise has given me.

 

You can book on to the event via the hyperlink above or via paypal -  [email protected]


or email me for the PDF, and I will happily send it on to you at [email protected]

Guest Blog from the very fabulous Glow Getter Goddess - Ailish Lucas

Posted on 23 January, 2018 at 0:45 Comments comments (0)



I am absolutely thrilled and excited for this week's guest blog from Ailish Lucas! I am enrolled in her Glow LIfe course, to get my glow back after having bronchitis for the past few weeks. The antibiotics I have been on, whilst they have made me better, have upset the natural flora in my gut and body and I know this course will help me get back into balance.


This course is extra special as my lovely friend Jo Hill at my local health food shop, Amaranth in Bramhall, collaborated on the nutrition content in this course.

 

Please look out for my blog next week, as I have an exciting offer from Jo Hill to bring you!



 


New Year. New You. New habits. New Everything. Literally. Everything. Each year we like to think that if we change everything immediately then we can be the person we’ve always wanted to, but by the time we get to the end of Jan, we’ve decided it’s all a bit too hard, too much effort and go back to living on autopilot, because it’s easier.


That uncomfortable discomfort, that makes us feel miserable, but not quite miserable enough to make any real, lasting changes. I know this, because I was well versed in it many years ago.


Every January 2nd (because Jan 1st, I was still celebrating life in a big way), I’d commit to eating clean and lean, with zero sugar ever touching my lips again.


I would decide I had to meditate at 5am every morning for an hour before work, I would then run 5k immediately afterwards despite hating morning exercise and come back to shower using filtered, chlorine free water using only natural products and then skip off to a job that I really loved.


It sounds as exhausting as it looks. This is where most people fall down with the whole ‘New Year, New You’ philosophy. It’s all or nothing. There is no middle ground with small, progression steps to get you to where you want to go. It’s all or nothing and that’s just not sustainable.


Which is why a few years ago, I started to go small. Instead of committing to huge, life changing things, I committed to some small changes that I could easily incorporate into my day. And guess what? I’m still doing them years later. And yes, it has been life changing.


I’ve gone from overweight, stressed out and unhappy, to healthy, doing something I love and grateful for every day.


So I wanted to share with you the areas I looked at to help me glow inside and out in the hope that it will help you too.


There are five key areas that need to be reviewed and I’ll go into a few of them here. The first one being what we eat.

What We Eat.

What we eat is so important, but we look at food in the wrong way. 30 years ago there was only real, whole food which was organic and now there is a whole lotta junk being disguised as food. We need to go back to just eating whole real food again.

The price of organic food is the real cost of what whole, real food actually is, not the factory farmed Chicken you picked up that is a bargain price in the supermarket. Ask yourself, will this food nourish me? Will it help my body do all the things it needs to, to not only keep me alive but thrive as well?

When we re-frame and start asking better questions, not only about the food we eat, but in every area of our lives, we get better answers. And in this case, if the food you just picked up isn’t going to nourish your body, you should really leave it where it is.


What We Use.

The next area is what we use. If we are eating well, managing our stress levels, moving our bodies and generally being happy in life, then doesn’t it make sense to review what products we are using on ourselves, our children, in our homes and daily life?

If we are using products that strip away our natural oils on the skin, or cleaning products that cause breathing problems, then we are doing it wrong. We need to educate ourselves on what’s actually going into the products we are using and love.

An easyplace to start is using products that have The Soil Association logo on as the companies have gone through rigorous testing to make sure that the product is safe, has been ethically and sustainably produced.

Why use some cheap product when you’ve no idea what long term damage it’s going to do when you can use something that was created by Mother Nature herself?


What We Do.

The last area I’ll talk about today is what we do. What we do is important because we see our work colleagues more than we do our actual partners most of the time, and if they are people that don’t lift you up and the work you do has no real meaning to you, then what life are you actually living?

Why not do something that lights you up, that puts fire in your belly and gives you that glow inside and out.

Ask yourself, ‘If I could do anything in this world, what would it be and why?’ It’s a great place to start where you can then explore all the options that comes up and find one that works for you. It might be a bit scary at first, but life is an adventure and aren’t we meant to have fun rather than living on autopilot?


There are other areas that I look at but I won’t go into detail here, otherwise I might be writing for days, but if you’d like to find out more, I have an online course called The Glow Life which is open for enrolment until Tuesday 23rd January 11.50pm UK time.

We go into detail on what you eat, how you think, how you move, what you use and what you do.


It starts on Wednesday 10th January 2018 and I would love for you to join me. You can sign up here: http://theglowgetter.co/the-glow-life-course-250


I hope 2018 is full of adventure, fun and having your best year yet.


To find out more about Ailish and to follow her on her social media channels please see the links below:

https://twitter.com/TheGlowGetter

https://www.facebook.com/theglowgetter/

https://www.instagram.com/theglowgetterofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmdY_d1vy0IGm5KFgROPbQQ

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/theglowgetter/

National Popcorn day!

Posted on 19 January, 2018 at 1:50 Comments comments (0)

I have fond memories of going over to my Grandma's house and her giving us toffee popcorn. When I eat it now, it reminds me of her, and I get a lovely, warm, fuzzy, comforting feeling of love.


As this website is dedicated to healthy eating, and consciously make healthy eating choices; I am offering you two yummy popcorn alternatives for National Popcorn day today!


As you may know from my Facebook page, I have bronchitis at the minute and so here is a recipe with OnGuard protective blend to help combat seasonal threats.


Ingredients:

1 cup popcorn kernels

1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

5-6 drops On Guard Protective Blend essential oil

2-3 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

ground cinnamon to taste

salt to taste


 

Directions:

Air pop the popcorn and place in paper bag.

Melt the coconut oil.

Stir in the maple syrup and essential oils (On Guard and Cinnamon)

Pour maple syrup mixture over the popcorn and shake well.

Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and a touch of salt.


For those sweet and salty lovers like my kids:


Ingredients


1/4 cup yellow or white popping corn

1 teaspoon butter

1 tablespoon honey or other liquid sweetener (or a little more or a little less depending on taste)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Dash of salt

Instructions

 

Add corn to a standard lunch-size brown paper bag and fold the top of the bag over twice, pressing the fold tightly, so the bag stays closed.

Microwave the paper bag for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes or until there is a 5-second pause between pops.

Remove the bag from the microwave, transfer the popcorn to a large bowl.

In a small microwave-safe dish, heat butter, honey, vanilla and salt in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until butter is melted and honey is just bubbling.

Pour the butter mixture over top of the popcorn, tossing to popcorn to coat evenly.

Season with additional salt, if needed.


The girls and I will be cuddling up on the couch tonight watching funny movies, hope you all enjoy your Friday night. Let me know if you make the popcorn!