Monthly Archives: March 2015

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 ✌💓

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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!