What are affirmations and how can they improve your life? Plus a plant-based dinner recipe you will love

#positive emotional health #shepherds pie
When you affirm something you are stating or declaring and confirming a truth. And this is where your power lies because you could say ‘what is truth?’ I believe our minds are so much more powerful than we think and our negative thoughts, simply illusions, created from what we have learned in our life experiences thus far.

I have used affirmations to change my life for many years, although it has been only in the last few years that I have really understood their power and used them to change the negative or fearful conversation going on in my mind. Reading books on mindset, personal growth and spirituality all confirm that affirmations work and that is exactly why I decided to write this post. I know for myself that changing my internal conversation, working daily on repeating affirmations, and recreating who I believe I am, has improved my emotional wellbeing, success and continues to be my most powerful strategy to happiness and peaceful feelings.

What do you say to yourself when you wake up?

We all have days when we feel tired and not so good, and keeping a practice of writing words that describe how you want to feel can make a huge difference to how you view the world, think of it as a psychological shift. Writing over or repeating the words to affirm how you want to feel will also help you change the old conversation which in my case was always one form of ‘you are not enough’. Affirmations have changed my beliefs about my own capability and my self worth.

You are enough

Marisa Peer, a psychotherapist is well known for her unique but successful methods in improving people’s emotional wellbeing and one of her strategies is to write with lipstick on your mirror ‘I am enough’.
Two powerful words ‘I am

Famous author and spiritual teacher ‘Wayne Dyer’ cites ‘I am’ as the name of God and when we say these words we have to be careful what we follow them up with e.g. I am stupid’ or ‘I am strong’, ‘I am beautiful’ I am happy and healthy’. Start each day by speaking or writing the words I am and follow them with positivity.

Example affirmations:

‘there are great experiences coming my way today’

‘everything is working out for my highest good today’

‘I am safe and protected’

‘the universe is plotting to do me good and I can’t wait to find out what it is’

Change your thoughts, change your life’ Wayne Dyer

Everything you say and think is affirming something whether positive or negative. Self-awareness is the journey because these are simply habits of thought. Focus on changing them a little every day, be patient with yourself as firstly you won’t notice, then you will catch your negative thought process. Very soon you begin to think the negative thought and you quickly change it to a positive. Before you know it, you are affirming your self-worth and you are ready because you finally know you are worthy of an amazing life.
Mung bean shepherds pie 

This week I was listening to ‘Julie Daniluk’ author of the Hot Detox, her passion is so inspiring. You can google her website and find plenty of tips and ideas. Much of her new work is focused on warming foods, which is really what we need when it is cold outside. I love to cook up soups, stir-fries, curries, and chilies and use the leftovers for lunches. I decided to take Julie up on one her tips to increase antioxidants (apparently decrease cravings) and gain the benefits of red wine without the alcohol by adding a little red wine vinegar to hot water (you can also add to soda water for a nonalcoholic cocktail); it was actually quite nice! I also adapted the following recipe as she suggested a shepherd pie topping of sweet potato and cauliflower, I can tell you it is absolutely delicious. Mung beans are one of my favourites because they are delicious and are known to be gentle on the digestive system in comparison to other pulses. My family loved this recipe and so it will be a regular feature in our house from now, so you can see how popular it was, here is a quote from my 15-year-old daughter: “I could live on this!”


serves 5-6

  • 250-300g mung beans (soaked in water 8-10 hours or overnight)
  • 1 red onion – diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves – diced
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (to saute onion and garlic)
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 100g mushrooms chopped small
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 400g of chopped tomatoes/passata
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos (tamari or liquid aminos will work well too)
  • Himalayan salt


  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • a quarter of a head of cauliflower – separated into florets
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • a generous pinch of Himalayan or sea salt

optional nutritional yeast for topping
ingredient tips: You could add a variety of different veggies to this dish


  1. add the diced onion and garlic to the coconut oil in a pan and heat until slightly softened, then add all of the other ingredients for the filling, add water to cover the mung beans if required and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the mung beans are tender
  2. chop the sweet potato and boil in a pan of water with the cauliflower florets for 10-15 minutes until ready to mash
    drain the sweet potato and cauliflower and then mash with the coconut oil and a generous pinch of Himalayan salt
  3. add the filling into a baking tin or oven proof pie dish and layer the mash over the top, you can bake in the oven for ten minutes to add a crisp to the top, or you can serve immediately

*refrigerate any leftovers and consume within 3 days
Have a wonderful week, much love and light,

Kelly x

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