Surviving the Christmas party scene

Hi everyone,

For the second instalment in my ‘how to survive the festive season’ series today I am focusing on providing you with some practical (but enjoyable) ways you can survive the (often numerous) festive parties.  As I don’t know about you but I seem to have something planned in my calendar everyday between now and Christmas Eve.

So, today I’m talking through how you can survive those social occasions with grace and still enjoy yourself at the same time.  I know how at this time of year even the most dedicated of healthy eaters can lose their willpower when faced with a Christmas buffet (me included).

First things first

Be prepared!

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Self development

How to have a merry mindful Christmas

Hi everyone,

I’m currently ‘out of the office’ as it’s my birthday weekend & I’ve been put on an enforced no social media ban. Whilst I take some time out the lovely Alexandra is kicking us off in the first of my new series about how to navigate the festive season without losing your head or eating everything in sight – but also still having fun (it is Christmas after all).

Alexandra is a qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist Coach who works within a therapeutic counselling framework. She coaches her clients on a one-to-one basis to help them discover what they truly want to achieve. She has experience of working with a range of different issues, including anxiety, low self-confidence and debilitating habits. Regardless of the problem, her clients always realise their full potential and get a new energy for life to start living their dreams after working with her.

I’m so happy to have her here on the blog and I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I did. Without further ado, here we go…

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Career journey

Study update – five months in

Hi everyone,

Well, we are five months in to the Science Access Course and any ideas I had about being able to provide you with a monthly study update sort of went out the window over the past few weeks.  Sorry about that, life sort of went a little crazy-busy and I wasn’t able to keep all the plates spinning.

So, we are well in to November and I’m on the final leg of the course.  Since my last study update here Biology has bitten the dust and I’m almost at the end of the Anatomy and Physiology module.  I’m just an essay, an exam and a few tests away from completing the course.  How the hell did that happen?  I’m simultaneously delighted and terrified that the course is coming to an end and that the next step will be the hardcore nutrition only studying.

With that in mind, here’s what the last few months have taught me…

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Food hacks

Easy and clever ways to reduce your meat consumption

Hi everyone,

I’ve now completed a whole month of being vegetarian and although there have been the odd slip up (like the time I accidentally bit into a homemade pasty from a colleague and didn’t think to check if it was meat free before realising it was a proper Cornish pasty filled with mince beef and potato) but otherwise nothing too horrendous.  I must admit that in the first week I found myself looking longingly at bacon and sausage sandwiches which surprised me as I’ve always been someone who thought they weren’t that fussed about meat.  I’m happy to report that those feelings soon passed and the rest of the month was relatively smooth sailing.

I managed to find all the foods I wanted and used it as an opportunity to experiment with meat free recipes throughout the week which saved me both cash and time and I’ve even got back into the groove of batch cooking and freezing which has been brilliant – although I am aware I have a freezer full of meat that needs using up and I’m in no rush to get to it.  Perhaps I’ll give it away to my parents?  I will keep you posted on that one.

In the meantime I thought it would be helpful to share some ways I found to reduce my meat consumption over the past month.  I know if you’re used to eating meat at nearly every meal it can seem a little daunting to reduce the quantity (especially if you’ve never tried it before and were raised on the meat and two veg philosophy of my childhood) but just a few tweaks to your regular routine can make all the difference.

Here’s how I did it…

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Trying vegetarianism

Hi everyone,

A shorter but slightly more personal post from me today.  A few weeks ago I watched the Food Choices documentary on Netflix.  They say:

“This documentary follows filmmaker Michal Siewierski as he explores the impact that food choice has on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other species sharing our world. It looks at many misconceptions about food and diet, offering a new view on these issues. The film interviews world-renowned experts, including Dr. T Colin Campbell, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Rich Roll, Joe Cross, Dr. John McDougall, Capitan Paul Watson, Dr. Toni Bark, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Michael Greger, Gloria Athanis, and several others. You will never look at your plate in the same way again.”

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October non-foodie favourites

Hi everyone,

Can you believe we are in to the first week of November already?  Autumn is my favourite season of the year by far and I’ve been loving watching how London is changing as the year marches on.  Although I’m a winter baby (my birthday being at the start of December) I love that Autumn is when you can start to really snuggle down with big jumpers, hot water bottles and big bowls of porridge in the mornings.

With the end of another month comes another set of non-foodie favourites.  This month I’ve been hunkering down and studying more than before as I’m coming to the end of the Science Access Course (five weeks left!  Eek!) and the reading has stepped up slightly so my time away from the academic books has been spent really trying to immerse myself in the things I enjoy to give my brain a break. 

OK, here we go…

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Sweet treats that won’t leave you feeling sour

Hi everyone,

In the final post of my sugar mini-series we are on to the good stuff: the sweet eats.  So far we’ve covered the different types of sugars, how to reduce your intake, how to deal with your cravings and finally (finally!) we’re on to the post you’ve all been waiting for: the desserts.

Now this is not me giving saying it’s ok to go and eat as much sugar as you want, because that’s never going to happen.  Today’s post is a reminder that it is possible to eat sweet things occasionally as long as it’s not all the time and when it’s a mindful choice – not a binge off the back of a sugar craving.

The great thing about these recipes are that they are all low sugar (all mostly low fructose which is even better) and can be knocked up quickly, in batches and kept in the fridge or freezer for when you feel like a treat.

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How to beat sugar cravings

Hi everyone,

Today’s post is the penultimate one in the sugar mini-series I’ve been doing and I’m going to cover what to do when the sugar cravings strike and you don’t know how to stop thinking about chocolate, or cake, or both if you’re like me.

Before we begin if you’ve missed any of the posts in the series then head over here to catch up.

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How sweet is your sugar?

Hi everyone,

Next up in the sugar mini-masterclass we are comparing the various sugars I’ve been discussing over the past few posts (if you’ve missed any you can catch up here because sadly not all sugars are built the same.

They all have varying levels of sweetness and when ranked against one another you can start to see how out of control sugar habits can get when we consume the same volumes of sugars which have different levels of sweetness. Our taste buds become acclimatised and we start to want and crave more and more, which before you know it can get a liiiiiiitle out of control.

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WTF are sugar alcohols?

Hi everyone,

It feels like ages since I blogged but in reality a couple of weeks off from Big Job to study (and take exams) and a trip to Lisbon were just what the doctor ordered.

Now I’m back let’s jump straight back into the world of sugar.  Today I’m turning the focus on a couple of other sugars that you may have heard of – and are starting to get wider use and exposure in the health and wellbeing arena – but aren’t necessary the best alternatives to sugar.

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