Should I Be Eating Gluten?
It feels as though we are constantly being bombarded with differing opinions about how/when/what we should be eating and in most cases, the information is coming from biased (i.e. someone is trying to sell you something) or from unqualified sources. Sure, freedom of speech is great and putting out your opinions is what the internet is for. But, when it comes to your health, that starts to get dangerous.
How To Detox Your Beauty Regimen
The skin is the largest organ in the body and the substances we put on our skin make their way into our system. Think about how a nicotine patch works; it is simply a patch on the skin but it’s contents get absorbed into the bloodstream. In our modern environments, we are exposed to some toxins which we can’t do anything about; things like air pollution. Fortunately, there are some things we can control like what beauty products we use.
Natural Options for Cleaning & Cleansing
A flannel with warm water and a natural soap or coconut oil is a relaxing and gentle way to remove makeup and wash your face.
Natural Options for Moisturising & Fragrance
Natural Oils; Coconut Oil, Olive Oil mixed with a few drops of your favourite essential oil; I love grapefruit, lavender and vetiver.
Natural/Low Additive Brands
Ingredients to avoid where possible:
Phytates – Sometimes called dibutyl phthalate in nail products. Particularly to be avoided in pregnancy
Fragrance – A loose term with no bound legal description meaning it can be hard to know what has been used to create it in the product.
Heavy Metals – Mostly found in hair dyes. Opt for organic or natural hair dyes
Words ending with ‘-thiazolinone’ – a preservative which is an irritant to skin and potentially neurotoxic
Have you tried lowering your toxic load and detoxing your beauty regimen? Let me know in the comments!
Check out my other lifestyle posts:
How to Improve Your Sleep Hygiene
Helpful Guides for Mental Health Support
How To Detox Your Beauty Regimen
When you’re battling with a chronic health illness like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome often the last thing you feel like doing is preparing and cooking a meal. However, enjoying homemade food is so important, especially when your body could do with the helping hand that nutrient dense wholefoods have to offer.
Before I developed fibromyalgia, I really enjoyed cooking and baking. I had been baking cookies and cakes since I was a teenager and had developed a love for cooking in my early 20s. I didn’t want to stop being able to cook, not only for the nutrients, but for the joy and relaxation that cooking brought me.
Unfortunately, my energy levels don’t always see eye to eye with my intentions!
Over time, I figured out ways to make my time in the kitchen easier and how to maximise a good day when I have extra energy to spend on cooking. Here are my tips for cooking with a chronic illness
When I decided to cut out refined sugar, one thing I didn’t ever, ever want to stop having were my favourite chewy chocolate chip cookies. Fortunately for me, although perhaps unfortunately for my overused oven, I didn’t have to.
Previously, when baking chocolate chip cookies I would use heaps of brown sugar, flour and sugar laden chocolate. Now, after (happily) testing out many different versions, I have developed my best cookie recipe yet.
When I cut out refined sugar, I was shocked at commercial food that contains added and/or refined sugar.
In my first shop, I bought a bottle of ‘healthy’ salad dressing. The packaging looked wholesome, the word ‘healthy’ was proudly shining up at me, there was an illustration of a vegetable, you name it, this bottle had it and I thought I was on the right track.
Until I read the label.
So you’ve made the decision to reduce or cut out refined sugar from your diet. The decision itself is easy but sometimes the next steps to put in this positive change into motion can be a little harder, luckily it doesn’t have to be.
That’s where I come in.
I used to eat a huge amount of refined sugar every day so if I can do it, so can you. Here are the tips I wish I had been given when I cut out sugar.
This chocolate pistachio brownies recipe uses ground walnuts as an alternative to flour so not only is this recipe gluten free, but it has all the fantastic benefits that walnuts have to offer and trust me, these guys aren’t messing around. This recipe is also vegan and refined sugar free.
Energy balls are a fantastic way to get a quick boost, whether it be to get through a meeting at work, keep you going in between classes or to see you through that challenging 1am – 2am phase of a Netflix marathon when you’re just so close to the end of the series, but your focus is seriously dropping. The pistachios and seeds add texture and depth to the recipe and the very subtle zest from the lemon brings it all together.
Is there anything in life more satisfying that the contrast between the chocolate layer and puffed rice layer of these Chocolate Coated Vegan Puffed Rice Bars?! Your first pay check, getting your first job? Nope – there isn’t, this is it! These are one of my all time favourite recipes, since you can make a big ol batch of them and keep them in the fridge for 5 days, you can throw one in a sandwich bag, throw that bag into your bag (there’s a lot of throwing happening here, are you going to a basketball game or what?) and enjoy them on the go.
To me, these sugar free roasted hazelnut muffins sum up perfectly what autumn baking is all about. Firstly there is the fact that they are muffins and everyone knows wearing light layers whilst eating a warm muffin with a cup of hot chai tea is totally an autumn thing. Seriously, everyone knows that, ask strangers on the street and they will confirm this. Next, they have roasted hazelnuts, and a maple syrup glaze infused with orange and cinnamon – cinnamon, I tell you! The epitome of autumn!