Friday, 27 May 2016

Recipe | Roasted Cauliflower & Garlic Soup [VEGAN].

So I've been ever so slightly AWOL for the last week or so - my blogging mojo may have got up and done one. But I've hunted it down and we're on speaking terms so today I wanted to share a really quick, easy and super delicious soup recipe that can be whipped up with minimal effort. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Better Sleep Month.

May is Better Sleep Month. A whole month dedicated to promoting good sleep and encouraging people to do what they can to improve their sleep. Sleep is vital for promoting positive health and wellbeing and not getting enough or having poor quality sleep can leave us feeling rotten. Recently my sleep hasn't been as good as I'd like it to be, which is leaving me feeling tired and sluggish throughout the day. So today I'm sharing some of Casper's Better Sleep Month pledge cards (they know there's more to it than just their mattress!) along with how I'm going to work towards getting my sleep back on track.

My General Life - Better Sleep Month

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Recipe | Pear & Pistachio Cake [VEGAN].

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love cake. All kinds of cake. Except from maybe fruit cake. But there's always exceptions to the rule isn't there? A few weeks ago I cobbled together this delicious, vegan pear cake with pistachio icing. It was a bit of an experiment but oh boy did it work out. So today I thought I'd share the recipe so that you can join the yum train with me.

My General Life - Pear & Pistachio Cake Vegan

Friday, 13 May 2016

Ways To Use Essential Oils ft. Buff & Butter*

Essential oils are not something I've ever dabbled in if I'm totally honest. It's something I've more recently had some interest in and had started to recognise some of the many uses of essential oils, but quite frankly I find all the information a little overwhelming as I had literally zero idea of how to use them. When I was offered the opportunity to try out some of the Buff and Butter essential oils* I decided that there was no time like the present to learn more about them so I could share my new knowledge with you lovely folks.

My General Life - Ways To Use Essential Oils - lifestyle, wellbeing

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

What Is Health?

My General Life - What is Health? wellbeing - wellness

What is health? Well according to the World Health Organisation (1948):

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

I was introduced to this definition at University, can you believe that is has remained unchanged for nearly 70 years? When you search for the definition of health in a dictionary it tends to only focus on the physical and mental health side of things and not on the impact of well being, be it physical, mental or social. Which, for me, is what makes this definition stand out.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Current Favourite Podcasts.

Listening to podcasts on my daily commute to and from work has become one of my new favourite things. It's turned time that ordinarily would be used to just squeal along to 90s classics (admittedly this is very enjoyable), into time to learn and expand my knowledge, something which I'm always keen to try to fit in. I've discovered a few podcasts that I've found pretty enjoyable that I think are thought provoking, educational and entertaining and so today I thought I'd share a few with you.

My General Life - Current Favourite Podcasts - Lifestyle - Wellbeing

Friday, 6 May 2016

Cruelty Free Skincare - Skin Blossom.

For me, being vegan isn't just about diet. Although it was in the beginning because quite frankly I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew. But now I've got into the swing of it I'm really keen to expand veganism into my lifestyle, which includes the products I use on my face and body. And while I haven't just chucked out all the products that aren't vegan (that feels extremely wasteful given that I've already bought them), I'm now making a conscious effort to only buy cruelty free, vegan products from here on out. 

My General Life - Cruelty Free Skincare - Skin Blossom - Vegan

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

How To Grow Alfalfa Sprouts + Recipe ft Indigo Herbs* [VEGAN].

I'm am so far from being green fingered it's ridiculous, I can't even keep herbs alive. It's something that I honestly find a little upsetting really as I'd love to be able to grow and nurture my own food. One of my goals this year is to teach myself how to be a bit more green fingered and at least grow something. So when Indigo Herbs sent me over some of their Organic Alfalfa Seeds I knew I had to try my hand at bringing them to life. And honestly, it was so easy even I could manage it without cocking it up.

My General Life - Growing Alfalfa Sprouts plus Recipe Vegan - Indigo Herbs

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Ditch The Food Guilt.

I've been really enjoying listening to podcasts lately and have discovered several that I'm finding really interested and thought provoking. One of these being the Food Psych podcast by Christy Harrison. The Food Psych podcast has really challenged my thinking around food and encouraged me to reflect on my own thoughts and feelings. Her podcasts look at making peace with food. With our relationship to food, with accepting ourselves regardless of what our body shape is. It also discusses challenging societal norms around food, body image and size and weight bias. It's got me thinking a lot about my relationship with food and my body and how I might like to change this for the better.

My General Life - Ditch The Food Guilt