Well, it has been a pretty crazy, hectic week, but all worth it when I look around at my new kitchen. Still a few jobs to do, tiling, painting, flooring, order lights, however, I am over the moon with it all!
My belief is that keeping your vibration high, and good feeling thoughts going, supports a happy flow. This is why I have focused on introducing and maintaining habits that result in me feeling good. I encounter a lot of different people on a daily basis, as many of you will too – each of whom have a unique set of belief systems subconscious or conscious stemming from their backgrounds, relatives and ancestral beliefs, childhood incidents and treatment etc. We all have a story and I am no different, but in the end, it all comes down to what we choose to do. Changing our beliefs and thought patterns is always simple but not easy, it takes time and commitment.
A good way of recognising what you are telling yourself (your story) is to write down thoughts and feelings. You will soon notice a pattern and often it is one of ego sabotage. For example, you may believe you are not worthy of love or time, or may be that you must prove something to others by working or even that you believe you can not do something and so don’t even attempt to go out and follow your dreams.
Whatever your story, I can assure you that you are worthy of love and you can achieve your dreams just as everyone can, everything else is an illusion.
Although my belief that our thoughts create things is firmly held, there are times when it is not always easy to build in time for oneself and keep negativity at bay. My pattern of working hard to the point of tiredness means that I have to consistently remind myself to slow down and take time for me – this is a work in progress. However, having habits really support your health and reduces the self-sabotage.
The best habits to incorporate:
A morning routine is essential in making sure I am ready and energised to face the day, this includes hydration – drinking lemon water and more water, meditating -guided/mantra or breathing and quiet time, 5 minutes of thank you/gratitude journalling, activity – running,walking or yoga, nutrition – a nutritious breakfast of either green smoothie, avocado, and eggs or savoury porridge. I begin my routine more than 2 hours before I have to leave the house each morning, and it takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.
Cameron Diaz’s daily habits for longevity:
This week I have been listening to ‘Longevity’ by Cameron Diaz on audible. It is detailed, well researched and great if you are interested in cell biology like me, however, I didn’t learn anything new and the main message to save you £, is that to live a longer happier life you need to eat well, stop smoking, drink low amounts of alcohol, be active every day, sleep well, rest and avoid stress. Cameron states that her perfect day starts with her making her bed followed by brushing her teeth and drinking a litre of water. She then meditates for 20 minutes, eats a breakfast of either avocado toast or porridge followed by a workout. Cameron says this routine takes her 1 hour and 15 minutes each day and helps her feel energised and excited for the day, she states that the secrets to living happily and long are ‘rest, nutrition and movement’.
So, could you choose one small habit to introduce over the next 30 days? Add a challenge to your day to improve your happiness and longevity.
The first recipe I want to share this week is a busy mum healthy convenience dish. I noticed Sainsbury’s were selling boodles (butternut squash noodles) and although I have a Spiralizer (a gadget to make courgetti/boodles) it was so much easier to buy and steam. They were delicious and popular with the kids too – a bonus! These could be used in your mason jar lunch salads too, adding lovely colour and of course packed with vitamin A – for vision and skin x
Buy boodles and steam as per packet instructions £1.20 serves a family of 4/5
serves 4-6 people
3 cloves of garlic
1 red onion diced
a quarter of a fresh chilli
sauté in a little avocado oil
1 courgette sliced/diced
1 aubergine sliced/diced
400g chopped tomatoes
1-2 tbsp tomato puree
pinch of paprika
black pepper to season
optional: add fresh herbs, e.g. basil thyme, rosemary etc.
* Add all the ingredients into one pan with enough water to cover all the vegetables. Simmer for 15-20 minutes and then blend into a sauce to serve onto your boodles. We sprinkled ours with nutritional yeast for a cheesy topping packed with B vitamins – energising!
This is a breakfast I consume at least once a week, it is nutritious, comforting and energising in one. Often we associate porridge with sweetness, however, my porridge is rarely sweet – although today I topped with strawberries which were simply delicious. This is the perfect breakfast to fuel a workout with a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and protein.
3-4 tbsp porridge oats
approximately 300ml dairy free milk of your choice e.g. almond/rice milk
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional extra seeds e.g. pumpkin/sunflower)
1 tbsp cashew nut butter (no sugar or oil added)
pinch of Himalayan salt
* heat the oats, seeds, and milk together for a few minutes until the oats are softened, then add other ingredients.
option: This is lovely made with tinned coconut milk x
lots of love and health,