Springing Into Spring

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I awoke this morning to beautiful morning sunshine, heating my bedroom as it glared through the window pane.

Admittedly,  I was quite rudely awoken by my phone ringing, but that’s my fault for not putting it on silent.

So, forced into consciousness I lifted out of bed and, boosted by the surprise sunshine, sucked up the rays and drove to pick up my hungover housemate from a random house.

And what a day for a spontaneous drive. Upon returning home, I had some brocolli and protein shake. Then jumped on my mountain bike, started my Garmin up and embraced the beautiful outdoors.

Along the canal, into the woods and through the cemetery where my mum lies. Arrived at my friends, had a smoke and played PS4, (caved to a Cadbury creme egg), then rode back again as the sun set.

Refreshingly serene.

And in the wake of a lot of personal tribulations that have been going on/off, it was just what my body and soul needed. Combined, I was filled with a fresh light.

A good friend visited yesterday and performed acupuncture on me (my first time). Five needles in each ear, one for each pressure point linking to a certain part of the body. Interestingly, the only one that even hurt or bled (a tiny amount btw) was the point linked to stress and anxiety (the very top).

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As soon as each needle penetrated, I felt my body tingle from head to toe. Literally the meridians were twitching and I felt the release. For the next 45 minutes I lay alone in silence, concentrating on my breathing in a half meditative state. It was pretty daymn cool man. Heck, later that night I even managed to put pencil to paper and draw something after about nine years.

The days have merged with one another in such natural splendour. A week and a half ago I made a life changing decision, and so am dealing with certain repercussions now. But the sense of freedom I gained from taking that step (so far) outweighs any negative comebacks, which are always only temporary anyway.

Actively encouraging my mental clarity, along with sustaining a clean diet, daily yoga and weight lifting, I’m really starting to feel myself healing from the inside out.

And today, the warmest I’ve experienced since winter took hold, was one of the most perfect days to do so. So a good day overall!

Much love and light all ✌💓

Healthy Spicy Chorizo Pasta

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Another quick and healthy dish, this chorizo pasta is filling and nutritous (and delicious).

Ingredients (serves 4):

Virgin olive oil
Sliced chorizo
400g tinned tomatos
1 red pepper (chopped)
2 handfuls spinach
2-3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 large onion (chopped)
Cayenne pepper
Chilli powder/flakes
Black pepper
Wholegrain pasta

All you need to do:

Sautée the peppers and onion for 4-5 mins until the onion is yellow. Add garlic for another 2-3 min.

Pour in tomatos and chorizo, add spices, simmer on low heat for 5 mins. Throw in spinach for a further 2 min. Add cooked pasta and stir through. Serve immediately.

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Don’t forget to store your leftovers for lunch at work, etc ✌

Chocolate Matters

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Another (extremely) quick and easy snack that will leave you feeling full and mentally satisfied:

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I was halfway through munching when I snapped this, apologies. But the bite is delightful!

Whilst I’ve almost cut dairy out completely, every once in a while I’ll opt for some creamy, natural yoghurt (I used plain; sweeter flavours are available, but I’m extra mindful of sugar content) and some dark dark chocolate. By dark I mean 70% cocoa minimum.  This was 85% cocoa and a pure dark delight.  The chunky bite gives such a dopamine release!

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Real cocoa (and even better, cacao) is packed full of wonderful nutrients. Yep, chocolate is actually healthy for us. It is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, which with the right balance help prevent heart disease and cancer, amongst other common ailments and dis-ease (blood clots, high blood pressure, high cholesterol). It can also help boost cognitive performance. That’s right, it’s a brain food. Elementary!

But, if your body is truly a temple, raw cacao is your best bet. This is because it goes through minimal processing compared to commercial cocoa, which often has its antioxidant features removed due to the ‘bitter’ taste produced.

I’ll be doing a follow up on the uses of raw cacao powder. But for now, do enjoy your guilt-free yoghurt and chocolate!

Wholegrain wheat cereal with oat milk, nuts & honey

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Here’s one idea for a quick, healthy breakfast (or snack).

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Bite-sized wheat shreds cereals (branded or non works either way), oat milk, mixed nuts and pure honey.

These particular cereals work nicely with honey as they can be quite bland without sugar (which I’ve cut substantially). Just try your best to get raw, organic. Nom!

Happy Tuesday :)

Coconut-Curried Veg (Undercover)

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Dont like vegetables much, but want to live healthier? Give this easy-peasy dish a go.

If you’re looking for an ‘easier’ way to consume more vegetables, but battle with how boring it can seem, I’d like to share one of my own quick and easy tacts that can help make eating greens healthy, tasty and even fun.

One could call it a vegetable curry, but I prefer ‘curried vegetables’. Just because most curries take specific and precise amounts of spices and cooking technique. Whereas this here is a loose, almost homage, curry – based dish.

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My motivation was actually from attempting to up my vegetable intake but being unable to withstand the (sometimes) bland taste of greens. Now I’ve come to realise I can eat (and enjoy) any vegetable if it’s combined with some more exciting ingredients. And if chopped into tiny bite size pieces, you might even convince the kids to give it a bash too!

This is one of my favourite ‘curry’ dishes, for which I throw in brocolli (again!), green beans and spinach as my main veggies. It’s so delicious and simple to make, and I often take the leftovers to work with a fresh naan or chapatti.

Ingredients:

•1-2 inch grated/ground ginger
•4 cloves garlic, chopped/ground
•1-2 large yellow or white onions, chopped
•Curry paste of your choice
•400g coconut milk
•1-3 Tsp cayenne pepper
•1-3 tsp ground turmeric
•Half head of brocolli
•Handful green beans
•2 handfuls spinach
•Olive oil
•Coriander (to season)

Simply:

Brown the onions with the spices for roughly 5-6 mins in a deep(ish) frying pan. Add the garlic and ginger for 3-4 mins until aromatic.

Stir in coconut milk and curry paste, and reduce heat to a simmer.

Throw in brocolli for 3 mins, followed by the green beans and finally the spinach. Serve and top with the coriander.

In total the veg should take 6 minutes: 6 for broccoli, 4 for green beans and 2 for spinach.  Try not to overdo the vegetables as they can not only lose their flavour and become rubbery, but they’ll also lose their nutrients. And then you’re just eating empty greens.

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Depending on your taste buds, you could also add more spices or fresh chilli to the veg, for an extra hot kick.

Stir all in well to ensure even coverage. If you find you need a little more ‘juice’ you can add water and a little more curry paste. Or if it needs thickening up, a dash of cream.

And voila. Easy, nutritous and delicious!

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Those ingredients listed are rough measurements but experimentation is key.  You can combine any veg/spices of your choice and even substitute coconut milk for tinned/fresh tomatos if you prefer. The key is to get those spices penetrating well enough to make you forget you’re even eating (healthy) greens, and really get that heated, aromatic ‘curry’ feeling going on.

Serve with rice, naan, chapatti, or whatever you like.

Peace out my loves, and good eating.

The Hippy Who Was Afraid of The Dark

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I’m re blogging this post on impulse, as I’ve just inadvertently stumbled across it. I realised I actually uploaded it a year ago today, and the context is still very relevant to me.

Although some of those past issues or ‘fights in the darkness’ have been faced, I realise there are some that still haven’t.

I wonder if today will finally be the day I truly face up to my demons, get the truth outside, and take the first step forward with my life again.

I want it to be so. I’m going to make it so.

*Quivers with nerves whilst stomach does somersaults*

Peace to One and all, and I’ll be back.

Originally posted on To The Hippy Van!:

Once upon a time in a small western town, a young hippy – type person began their spiritual journey.

From as young as they could remember, the hippy had always been fascinated by ‘life’ and the universe. As a child they would often gaze at the stars and find themselves wondering why they were so mesmerised. And as they got older the world just made less and less sense. Nothing seemed to work the way it ‘should’.

In fact, this particular hippy found themselves spiralling into a deep depression the more they learned about life and the world.

Sure, there were good times, too- amazing times, in fact. But the darkness would quickly envelope the air once such joyous occasions dispersed.

The six months preceding their 25th birthday, the hippy was going through by far the darkest stage of their short 25 years on the Earth plane. Finally, unable to…

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I wrote this for You.

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Just browsing WordPress and finding each post more relevant than the last. Synchronised with my issues. Makes one think of how we create our realities.