• Mind & Body,  Nutrition

    Eating seasonally

    In my last post I talked about living more in tune with the seasons (if you haven’t yet you can read it here). As part of this I feel that eating seasonally or eating for the seasons goes hand in hand with listening to your body and working with nature. What is eating seasonally? What does eating seasonally mean? Eating seasonally is choosing fruits and vegetables that are naturally growing at certain times of year. Just because something is being sold at your local supermarket does not mean that it would naturally be growing at that time of year. We are living in a time of convenience and consumerism where…

  • Living in rhythm with the seasons
    Mind & Body,  Mindfulness,  Nutrition

    Living with the seasons

    I have felt pretty pleased with myself the last couple of years on how I’ve changed my attitude towards winter and the darker months. I used to dread them, I’d go as far as to say ‘hate them with a passion’, but this left me wishing away huge chunks of time (and my life) pining for Spring, daylight and warmer days. Instead of waking up and dreading the dark I started to appreciate waking up to the stars, the moon, running in the dark and feeling like the only person in the world, getting to see those dramatic winter sunrises, and the patterns the frost makes. Finding the tiny little…

  • Reconnecting with yourself after a serious illness
    Mind & Body,  Mindfulness

    Get reconnected to yourself ; to your body, intuition & purpose

    When we are struggling with big emotions, problems, or things in life aren’t going well or really resonating with you as a person, it is often our response to block or numb ourselves to the problem, instead of facing it. Personally, for me, I lost my way. I fell into a job in my 20’s that wasn’t ‘me’, a series of terrible relationships the last of which was terribly toxic yet I couldn’t see it (hindsight is a beautiful thing!)… and my coping mechanism for all of this was to mindlessly shop, and spend my nights partying. Ironically, when times are the worst we often neglect self-care practices (if they…

  • How I stay grounded
    Holistically,  Mind & Body

    Staying grounded | How I work to stay grounded

    If you don’t check in with yourself and how you’re feeling on a regular basis it’s easy to get lost in our busy lives and everything going on. Staying grounded is especially important if you are a sensitive person that picks up on others emotions and energies, and the environment around you. For myself, as a creative person and constant over thinker, it’s easy to get lost daydreaming, lost in my thoughts, instead of being present and in my body. Loosing the connection with your physical body means you start to lose touch with your gut instincts, your intuition, your digestive system and nervous system. You can become numb to…

  • Mind & Body

    Don’t take everyone else’s advice

    I know this might sound contradictory, as most of what I’m writing on here could be classed as ‘advice’. But just bear with me for a moment… When someone offers you advice for anything in life, as well meaning and helpful as they intend to be, the truth is we can only every offer advice from our own experiences and perspectives. Each of us views and experiences the world completely differently. We each have our own set of lenses, our own past experiences, different upbringings, different ways of thinking and feeling things. No one else in the world is you! Listen to your intuition So I guess what I’m actually…

  • What You Need to Know About Sugar
    Mind & Body,  Nutrition

    What You Need to Know About Sugar..!

    Refined sugar is one of THE worst things you can consume for inflammation. I was, and still am, one of the worst for my sweet tooth, but it can do so much damage. Here’s what you need to know about Sugar: I think people fall into two categories when it comes to all that is sweets, chocolate and desserts. Most people I’ve met tend to prefer either savoury or sweet; you either have that sweet weakness you always crave, or a complete take it or leave it attitude to chocolate and would much rather snack on crisps or some similar savoury snack. ( there is also a third category though,…

  • what is perfection_mindfulness tips
    Mind & Body,  Mindfulness

    What is perfection?

    What is perfect and when did we decide that it was something to strive for and only when we get there will we be truly happy?? Honestly, the more I learn and absorb and expand, the more I realise ‘perfect’ is a load of b.s!! No one is perfect. Ever. Life by definition is messy, and that’s just how it’s supposed to be. Without the messy less than perfect moments we wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate the times of happiness, joy and success. Just because an air brushed image of a person in a magazine looks like they are perfect in every way. It doesn’t mean that’s what the…

  • natural remedies for summer health and beauty
    Holistically,  Mind & Body,  Natural skincare

    Natural/Holistic remedies for summer health & beauty

    Each season has its own share of skin, beauty and health woes. As we all know!  Whether you are going abroad or staying at home, these are the natural products and plant based holistic remedies for summer health & beauty. Things to take with you to get you through the summer. Think of it as your go-to summer first aid kit. (Or something like that!). But after suffering with sunburn along my hairline, and a few bug bites of my own this month I thought some natural & holistic plant remedies for summer would be useful. If it’s popular I may even make this kind of post a seasonal feature…

  • Life Lessons yoga has taught me
    Mind & Body

    Life lessons Yoga has taught me

    If you hadn’t already worked it out by now; I Love Yoga! It is the perfect combination of movement, strength, flexibility, and breath that for me becomes a mindful and meditative practice. You don’t have to already be flexible to start, your flexibility grows with your practice. As does you peace of mind and inner calm. Something you can carry with you throughout the day. As well as being good for your body, yoga has taught me a lot of other things to take into my day-to-day life as well and I thought it might be something interesting to share. Life lessons yoga has taught me Yoga has taught me…

  • Everyday Mindfulness_Peonies
    Mind & Body,  Mindfulness

    Everyday Mindfulness…

    I’m sure by now you have heard of mindfulness. It definitely seems to be having its moment in the spotlight – not necessarily a bad thing, as it means there’s plenty of information available for you. Personally, mindfulness is something I have been practising since I was diagnosed with my illness nearly 5 years ago. When you have a limited amount of energy to use you definitely have to think more about what you want to use that energy for. What you want to say yes and no to. But this practice, or life mindset applies whether you have an illness or not. What is Mindfulness In essence mindfulness is…