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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 …

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Part 2: A Handful of Books for the List!

As you might know, I’m challenging myself to read 20 books before the year is up. So far, I’ve read six (including one of the ones I’ve listed below…) (so I’m a bit behind at the moment) and that’s why I thought it was time to commit myself to another handful. And so, without further ado, here are five (well.. four …

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Fight to Save the BBC’s Recipe Archive

It’s been announced that the BBC will be cutting the amount of ‘soft news’ content on their website, including recipes, travel content, and magazine articles. In fact, it’s anticipated that save for recent television programme related recipes, the vast collection of culinary knowledge will be lost to the delete button due to the notion that the website is ‘too wide reaching’, …

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A Cheaper Holiday in the Cairngorms

For our latest travel adventure, Peter and I decided to have 5 nights in the beautiful Cairngorms, to get back in touch with the wilderness of the UK and to enjoy a cheaper trip away. We’ve decided to take the big jump of buying a flat together this year, but we didn’t want that to stop us from enjoying some time …