Health & Fitness Wellbeing

5 Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

June 13, 2019
A cup of green tea and some cook books

5 Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea was first published in June 2016 and updated in June 2019. There are many health benefits that come from drinking green tea. I’ve been drinking it for a number of years now, although exactly how many, I can’t quite remember. It was a nurse who suggested I should try it during one of my many hospital admissions. And although my memory is pretty fuzzy of how the conversation went, I probably wouldn’t have…

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Vegan Lifestyle Wellbeing

My Vegan Journey

May 22, 2019
Pink Rose

My Vegan Journey was first published in February 2017 and updated in May 2019. In 2009, after many years of feeling generally sluggish and living with the pain of IBS, I decided to remove meat from the menu. I’d always wanted to become vegetarian but being a fussy eater and growing up in a household that loved a variety of meat, I didn’t think I could do it. “What would I live on?” I often pondered. Somehow, a lifetime of Linda McCartney veggie…

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Wellbeing

5 Health Benefits of Drinking Chamomile Tea

May 16, 2019

5 Health Benefits of Drinking Chamomile Tea was first published in November 2016 and updated in May 2019. The first time I tried chamomile tea, I was a little surprised to open the tin and find a bunch of tiny flowers staring back at me. I shouted to Ian from the kitchen, asking if he knew that chamomile tea was made from daisies. Apparently, he didn’t know either. For as long as I can remember I’ve been a troubled sleeper. Even…

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Health & Fitness Travel

How to Spend 4-Days in the Lake District

April 26, 2019

My infatuation with the Lake District began over 15-years ago. One cold, damp February, I convinced Ian we should go on a walking holiday in the Lake District. We’d never been hiking before, neither of us knew what it entailed, and Ian was an exercise-phobe. (I think I may have just made that word up). But nonetheless, I announced we should head up North, explore the great outdoors and become at one with nature. You can read a bit more…

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Vegan Lifestyle Wellbeing

12 Sources of Vegan Protein

April 3, 2019

12 sources of vegan protein was originally published in June 2017 and was updated in April 2019 Vegan protein is a hot topic. It’s also one of the things vegans get asked about the most. But until I switched to a plant-based diet, no-one cared about my protein intake. People didn’t ask me what my diet was like, or utter the words where do you get your protein from? No-one cared. But once I switched to a vegan diet, all that…

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Vegan Lifestyle

Thoughts on Vegan Options in Restaurants

March 27, 2019

Thoughts on Vegan Options in Restaurants was first published in March 2018 and updated in March 2019. The last 12 months have seen some major changes for vegans and eating out is becoming easier than ever. With places like Prezzo, Zizzi, Wagamama, Pizza Hut and Pizza Express offering vegan options on their menu, the choice is growing all the time. Here are my thoughts on some of the current offerings out there. Vegan Zizzi I LOVE Zizzi! It’s been my…

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Travel

A Strenuous Hike Up Zwölferhorn Mountain

March 22, 2019

In the morning sun the heat was excruciating. It made hiking up Zwölferhorn even harder than it already was, and each time we hit a patch of shade, we both let out a sigh of relief. Eventually, under the cover of the forest, we found shade. But with the forest came the ascent and with each footstep, the climb became steeper. I felt defeated. As I stood under the shade of the trees, hints of sunlight twinkled through the leaves.…

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Vegan Lifestyle

Easy Vegan Food Switches

February 23, 2019
Vegan meal of tofu, broccoli, spaghetti and cashew nuts with pesto

If you missed last week’s post, Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet Made Easy, you might want to read that first. As the title suggests, I talk about the different ways in which to transition to a plant-based diet! This week I’m looking at easy vegan food switches you can make during and after your transition. Meat Alternatives Although being vegan and eating a plant-based diet, means you don’t consume anything that comes from an animal, most people instantly think about…

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Vegan Lifestyle Wellbeing

Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet Made Easy

February 11, 2019

With 540,000 people in the UK now identifying themselves as vegan, the industry doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Food manufacturers are stepping up to meet demand, with new plant-based options showing up daily. Whether it’s for health reasons or ethical reasons, transitioning to a plant-based diet is easier than ever before and making the switch doesn’t have to be difficult. Meat, milk and dairy are all easily replaceable – it’s just a matter of finding the right alternatives…

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