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Choosing Friendlier Hair Products

There’s a lot of talk these days about the importance of understanding what we’re putting into our mouths, and ultimately our bodies, and the effect that certain ingredients and processed foods have on us. But in our busy day, it’s often easy to forget that the simplest of day to day tasks, such as washing our hair, can expose us …

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Why Choose to Drink Organic Tea

For as long as I can remember, a cup of tea has never been too far from my hand. I absolutely love the stuff and just cannot start my morning without a beautiful rounded cup of organic Earl Grey – in a big mug, with a splash of almond milk and the unbleached tea bag left in. Oh yes please! …

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The Benefits of A House Full of Plants

Growing up, I can always remember both sets of my Grandparents having a bountiful collection of houseplants – ranging from a menagerie of Cacti to blooming Kalanchoe. It’s taken me a long while to fully appreciate the many benefits of having a house full of plants (having strongly been apposed to Peter’s Spider Plant a few years back) but since …

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Food Shopping – Tips on What to Buy When You Don't Have a Plan

The last thing you want to do when you’re tired, have no food in the house and really can’t be bothered to go shopping, is to spend an hour or so before hitting the supermarket rustling around trying to find recipes to make a shopping list. Or at least, when I’m low on energy, it’s something that I really don’t want to do! And so, that’s why I’ve put together a shopping list of key foods for you which I buy when I haven’t had time to plan a weeks’ meals and which keep us eating healthily.

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Comforting Cacao and Coconut Porridge Recipe

After a couple of weeks without chocolate (the Cadbury’s kind!) and largely without any other form of pudding, I’ve really started to miss a little bit of pudding indulgence. Thankfully, I’ve discovered that porridge really isn’t just for breakfast and can indeed form a truly comforting pudding when you need that little extra hit of je ne sais quoi! That’s why, with …

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GoodRoots Festival and My Third Sugar Challenge Week

Since I missed last year’s GoodRoots festival, I’ve been pretty excited about being able to make this year’s offering, which was held in a pretty chic and hip dis-used warehouse type location in Dalston, London. It also quite aptly coincided with me being nearly half way through my 8-week no sugar challenge and gave me more inspiration and encouragement for avoiding …

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My Second Week of Quitting Sugar

If someone told me that I could go 14 days without honey, chocolate or bananas – I probably would have laughed at them. But, that has become a reality for me, with today being my 14th day of avoiding sugar. I’m also starting to see the effects of eating less sugar, with my face looking less blemished and my 11am sugar slumps at …

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Thoughts & Questions Answered on My First Full Week Without Sugar

Today marks the beginning of my second week of keeping my intake of sugar, in particular fructose, to an absolute minimum. I thought I’d reflect on how first week went and share with you what I found particularly hard and easy about the first week of the challenge, what I’ve been eating, and also the questions I’ve been asked. What I …

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No Sugar Diary – Week 1

  A week ago, I decided to quit sugar for eight weeks to free myself from the refined chocolate bars and puddings that I turn to when a craving hits or when I’ve had a hectic day. To find out more about the reasons why I’ve set this personal challenge and how I’ll be doing it, have a quick flick …

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Why I’m Quitting Sugar

I have embarked on an 8-week no sugar challenge. Taking advice from Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar‘ book. Why so extreme? Well, you might remember a while back when I started Madeleine Shaw’s Get the Glow challenge, which opens with a no sugar week. I was able to go pretty much the whole week without seeking out chocolate, but after …