July favourites

So my first month of blogging has been and gone – and I have no intention of stopping!

Blogging has turned out to be a great creative and therapeutic outlet for me as I learn to live life ‘worry free’.

Thanks again for reading and if you missed them, here are my July favourites from the last 30 days…

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Why I love long walks (now)

“I would walk along the quais when I had finished work or when I was trying to think something out. It was easier to think if I was walking and doing something or seeing people doing something that they understood.” – Ernest Hemingway

When I was younger and my parents told me we were going out for long walks I never wanted to go. What was the point of walking for the sake of walking? Why would you walk unless you were travelling to something (and the car wasn’t available)?

Now, I get it. Like most commuters, I spend the best part of my day sitting down on a train or in an office, so when I get a chance to walk and enjoy being outdoors, I do it. Even, if that means adding 20 minutes to my commute in the morning just to walk between two tube stations. And even if that means lugging a pair of trainers around with me at work all day!

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Whole grain foods for a healthier mood?

I’ve suspected for a while now that what I eat has an impact on how I’m feeling. But I hadn’t really thought about how much my mood can affect what I eat.

It’s something I’m sure most of us have probably experienced – a busy day, a stressful situation, a ‘down’ moment – all can have us reaching for so-called ‘comfort food’ on complete autopilot. And, let’s face it, eating healthily, especially on a bad day, is a pretty big commitment. Buying fresh ingredients and ‘eating clean’ isn’t always cheap, and it’s definitely not as easy (or as therapeutic) as stabbing a ready meal with a fork after a hectic day at work!

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Keeping fit with kettlebells

Kettlebells.are.the.future – of my fitness regime at least. Also, on my first go, the instructor said I was good at them (go me!)

Swinging a kettlebell is like swinging yourself between two chair arms as a child, except if you let go you don’t just fall down, you risk hitting yourself in the face with an 8kg weight (or worse, hitting someone else!)

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Mishapen mini pizzas with seafood greens

Mishapen mini pizzas with seafood greens

Pizza is, by far, my favourite food. A few weeks ago, a group of us were eating lunch in the park and one person pulled out a slice of leftover pizza. This is the gist of the conversation that followed:

Me: “Oh I love pizza!”
Person with pizza: “Me too, but I can never eat more than one slice at a time, I always have to save the leftovers.”
Every other person in turn: “Yeah me neither.”
Me (in my head!): “I could eat a whole pizza, and do – on an embarrassingly regular basis.”

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Mango basil smoothie

Mango basil smoothie

This week’s ‘superfood’ mango & basil smoothie might be an acquired taste for some, but I liked it!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of mango cubes (frozen)
  • small handful blueberries
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • a few kale leaves
  • 1 tsp flax seeds

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