Sunday, 25 October 2015

Superfood Brunch In 5 Minutes


Nope I'm still not bored of avocados. 

This homey morning brunch wins every time with a hangover, after a run, or just because you want something delicious but nutritious.  
If it takes more than 10 minutes or requires more than 1 pan I usually lose interest in a recipe but this combo is effortlessly put together and leaves minimal washing up. Winner. 

It's also super easy to make in bulk if you are feeling generous and cooking for friends or family too. 

Simply scramble your eggs in a pan, grill your kale until crispy and dice your avocados into bit size chunks. I love to pile this onto a dark rye bread, lightly toasted and add heaps of black pepper. It's such a perfect meal to kickstart the weekend. 



Lots Of Love,

B xx 



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Monday, 19 October 2015

Never. Give. Up.





 Outfit: Sweaty Betty and Adidas   Trainers: Asics
Photo credit: Melody Armstrong



I'm not a girl that's easily defeated. Put simply I love to excel. Good enough just doesn't cut it. But some days, motivation is low and "life stuff" clouds my tenacity. In work, university, the gym, relationships, sometimes you just can't be bothered. Staying motivated knowing you have a reward or perhaps a holiday in sight during the summer when the weather is warmer and days are longer is somewhat easier than when darker nights approach and everyone seems to have a cold. Long term motivation can be tough, but be mindful of your schedule and actions and you'll find this season much more rewarding. 

Get Outdoors

If I have a late start, one of the most uplifting things I enjoy is getting up at sunrise and going for a jog or a walk. An outdoor workout on a bright, crisp morning really refreshes your mind and body for the day ahead. If I can get into the countryside once a week even better, but even in an urban setting, a dose of fresh air and increased heart rate can be a therapeutic break from any stress and light active recovery for achy muscles.     

Update Your Wardrobe

When you look, good you feel confident and when you feel confident, your perform better. In many disciplines. So make sure the shape, quality and fabrics you work out in are form fitting and sweat wicking. 

Stay Hydrated

Shoutout for herbal teas! In colder weather I find glugging water much more of an effort and I'm forever guilty of not drinking enough. Starting the day with a large herbal tea or hot water with a fresh lemon slice is a great way to kick start your system after a long sleep. Keeping hydrated is so important for concentration and getting the most out of everything.  

Sensual Smells

Since finding my love of Hot Pod Yoga I've become a bit obsessed with relaxing essential oils and having my flat smelling like a spa. During the dark winter nights I find it really therapeutic to have calming, subtle aromas in the place I want to chill. Home.  

Positivity


Positivity is so rewarding. For yourself and for infectiously, unintentionally making others' day. When you wake up each morning this week, make mental note to approach situations with a can do thought and see how much more you get out of it. 



Lots Of Love

B xx  




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Monday, 12 October 2015

Keeping It Simple




The smile you see on faces when you give or receive flowers is so infectious. That small gesture that often speaks a thousand words and truly makes someones day. Acts of kindness we don't do nearly enough that shift life back into perspective are oh so worthy of a thought. The simplicity and beauty of my fresh flowers lead to somewhat of a reflection. Keep things simple. 

Flowers bloom, we grow, things change. I'm a serious overthinker and stress head, but the world doesn't stop turning and life wont wait while I battle with my bad mood and panicking over insignificant matters. So take a deep breathe, organise your thoughts and if all else fails, add an extra yoga class to your diary.    

Last week I gave and received flowers and tonight I'll drift off to sleep noting giving and generosity feel good. 



Lots Of Love

B xx 
    
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Sunday, 4 October 2015

One Week Later // Half Marathon




Outfit (Top Sweaty Betty, Shorts H&M, Trainers Asics)


1.54:50 

I said I was going to be happy with anything under 2 hours, I lied, I really wanted to push for 1.50. 10 weeks of concentrated training and feeling sluggish progress, I wasn't sure if this was realistic or possible, but I reeeeally wanted it. 

The day started with a blanket of grey cloud and a temp of only 9 degrees (teeth chattering) but after 3 miles I felt in a comfortable stride and was warming up nicely. 

6 miles in, still steady, and on track for sub 2 hours, I gulped a mouthful of Lucozade hoping it would add a little more bounce to my stride in the second half. To my surprise I didn't slow at all and miles 10 to 13 were far more pleasurable than I expected. Yes, my legs were aching by this point, but the sky was now blue and the infectiously happy vibe from the runners and spectators totally numbed the fatigue.  

8.5/9 min miles for 13. I can now confirm, this really hurts, but feels really good. The event didn't disappoint and neither did the re-feed andd rest that evening! The volunteers deserve such a huge thank you, the event just gets better every year. So much money was raised for such worthy charities, and so many well deserved personal bests from participants. 

Mission sprinter to distance runner ... complete! For Now. 



Have you run any Half Marathons this year?  What's your next challenge? 

Lots Of Love

B xx 
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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Vegan Update



Autumnal colours are so warm and inspiring, a conscious effort to inject them into my wardrobe and diet has been noted. I wear too much black and eat too repetitively. Keeping in line with this it's 5 weeks into #VeganThursdays and I'm totally in my stride. Eating lots of chickpeas and waking up on Friday mornings feeling lighter and brighter are 2 factors I'm loving. 

This may be placebo, or it may be that a meat and dairy free day has this effect, either way I feel good for it. I thought I'd therefore write up a little post if any of you are wanting to try a plant based diet, to demonstrate the kind of foods I've enjoyed on my Thursdays - or any day for that matter. These meals are all meat and dairy free: 

Breakfasts

Green Smoothie: 
Frozen mango, frozen banana, coconut milk, spirulina, spinach, ginger and topped with dates and chia seeds (for chunchy chewy nommness.)

Rye toast with peanut butter and banana

Soya Yogurt with fresh fruit and chopped nuts

Lunches

Salad Bowl: Roasted cajun chickpeas with salsa and mixed green leaves.

Rye toast with smashed avocados or hummus and spinach

Soup: Asian style vegetable broth with lemongrass and chilli 

Dinners

Green Lentil and Cauliflower curry with basmati rice

Hot Kale and Sweetpotato Deliciously Ella salad  with broccoli, black beans, onion, garlic and brown rice stirred in. (Lemon and balsamic to dress) 

Edamame and vegetable stir fry

Veggie chilli with salad, homemade guac and corn chips





Have you got any great vegan or veggie dishes for me to try? 

B xx 


Illustration for this post from deliciouslyella.com 
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