How to simplify your life: Meal Planning

Meals at the table

Food, glourious food, it is life’s great pleasure! We love celebrating special moments with food and share meals with our loved once. That has not changed for decades.

When I think of my grandma, I clearly remember her spending most of her time between the allotment and the kitchen. The kitchen really was the heart of the home. She had an amazing ability to  trasfer her love and passion into fantastic, home made food! Now, while we still enjoy great quality food, our lives are a very diffrent. Faster paste and longer working hours prevent over 30% of British population from cooking , according to a recent study. Instead many reply on pre-prepared foods, ready meals, processed foods or take aways. Limited time can be a challange, however everyday cooking does not have to be complicated or overly time consuming! The simplest of dishes can be super delicious and can certainly be very nutricious.

Instead of using limited time as excuse not to cook, make the most of it by starting with meal planning! Continue reading “How to simplify your life: Meal Planning”

Benefits of sustainable living

Sustainable Life

Living sustainability means putting our best efforts to protect the resources, minimize pollution and being conscious consumer. At the moment we overly exploit natural resources and continually reduce the ability of the environment to provide more of them for the future. There is no doubt that being more sustainable on every level is crucial, not an option anymore but absolute necessity.

Making the effort to live more sustainable not only benefits the planet but also can greatly benefit your personal health, well-being and your pocket!

Sustainable living: what does it mean? Continue reading “Benefits of sustainable living”

5 Myths about plant based diet

Plate of fruit

Scientists provides plenty of evidence suggesting that plant based diet can be long term and sustainable healthy choice. Science aside, what comes to your mind when you hear “plant based diet”? Too restrictive, complicated, expensive, boring…? Let’s take a look at the most common misconceptions I came across.

I’m hungry when I don’t have meat!

We know that whole plant based diet is very beneficial for your health, but can it be satisfying? Absolutely yes and it’s mainly due to fibre which most population is not getting enough off! Fibre is found in plants and to put it simply it is the “tough stuff ” that holds the plant together. Our body does not digest fibre well which helps slowing down the process of emptying our stomach making us feel fuller for longer. It also slows down release of glucose helping manage undesirable blood sugar spikes and related mood swings and cravings.

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5 Easy sustainable swaps worth considering

Tea Pouring

It is not at all difficult or expensive to be a bit more Eco friendly. While sustainable living principles are about re-using and re-purposing in fact you can save your budget and time! You don’t at all have to find an extra dosh, what you need to find is a consideration within you and will to break old habits.

Most people are aware how badly we have been managing our global waste. Most of us have understanding of the global waste issues, excessive amount of plastic covering acres of landfills . We hear that our oceans and marine life are struggling with shocking prediction for plastic to exceed the amount of fish in our seas by 2050. We might be aware of fast fashion issues and food waste around the world. All of us heard of global warming and pollution. We hear it and we feel shocked and horrified, it makes us worry. Many of us see the issue with our own eyes or experience the climate change. Continue reading “5 Easy sustainable swaps worth considering”

The art of fining life balance

Women cycling

Today, a bit of reflection about life. It turns out that motherhood and self – employment both comes with seemingly endless demands, it feels impossible to keep up, there never seems to be enough time or money and expectation always high. A feeling of failure and guilt is not unfamiliar to me. Work, family, friends, play, leisure, relaxation, caring for others and ourselves, social and political consciousness, environmental awareness, physical needs … there is just so many things we are having to juggle in life. Is it possible to find a balance and if so, how to do it? Balance surely means something different to each of us.

Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Continue reading “The art of fining life balance”

How to start eating plant based diet

Bowl of salad

What is whole plant based diet?

Let start with clarifying what plant based diet really is. Whole plant diet is plant-rich diet consisting mostly or entirely of foods derived from plants and with few or no animal-source foods. This way of eating aims to minimize or eliminate meat, dairy and other animal foods, while focusing on unprocessed, pure plant foods for optimal health. Continue reading “How to start eating plant based diet”

Herbs for better health

Herbs

I always have enjoyed herbal flavours when it comes to cooking. Vivid herbs not only look great on the plate and add much-needed colour and flavour all year round but also provide benefits that with regular consumption develop over time, in many cases putting them beyond the scope of clinical trials.

Why you should eat more herbs?

In my kitchen I aim to use at lease one herb in each meal I prepare. It might sound challenging if you are not used to this idea but it’s really matters of using small amount with whatever you are preparing. They are quite powerful and little goes a long way! Continue reading “Herbs for better health”

7 Reasons you should start growing herbs

Herbs

New Year is approaching and with it time for planning, summarizing, setting new goals and aspirations, no matter how big or small. I want to inspire you to add to your new year’s resolution list. Growing herbs! It is uncomplicated, rewarding & satisfying making it a perfect no failure New Year aim that will stay with you for life and comes with long list of benefits! Continue reading “7 Reasons you should start growing herbs”

How to freeze leftover food and reduce your waste

Green Beans

Tons of food is being wasted daily with over 40% of the total waste happening at the consumer level. According to Food Standard Agency fish and meat top the list with 2.1 billion pounds worth being wasted. We can all do our bit by planning our food shopping better, not preparing excess food and of course preserving it before it goes bad. One of the best and easiest methods is freezing. Continue reading “How to freeze leftover food and reduce your waste”

6 Tips for more sustainable Christmas

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1. Make natural decorations

It’s not only more sustainable to make your own decorations but it’s fantastic activity the whole family can enjoy! You can make beautiful garlands, natural wreath or Christmas tree decorations. Choose natural materials such us wood, paper, cinnamon sticks, pine cones, nuts. Get the kids involved in drying slices of lemon, apple and oranges and making fragrant master pieces. Recycling is absolutely OK too! Paper origami, mini cardboard stockings…sky is the limit.

Each year I make a beautiful, natural wreath out of thing I fridge for and find in my garden. If you have never made one before and don’t know where to start I just want to re-assure you that it’s very straight forward. Find plenty of tutorials on You Tube or join a wreath making class with your fried and make a nice day out of it. I find Pinterest a great place for inspiration when I’m stuck for ideas.

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