Ali’s Super Green Juice

I love a green juice mid-morning or mid-afternoon if I’m feeling like I need a break in the office or am just back from a dog walk. They seem to pick me up and provide a spring to my step. All that green goodness is a real energy boost. Although I’ve added so many greens I like to get a scoop of the Arbonne Greens Balance in there too as it has a broad spectrum of fruits and veg in it so you’re ...

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Coconut Protein Pancakes you won’t believe are Gluten Free

I’ve been experimenting with gluten free American style pancakes for ages. The mixture was either too thick to cook all the way through or so runny it became a flat pancake rather than a fluffy American style. These are pretty much perfect in every way. Packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, due to the addition of a plant based protein powder, they are super delicious. They make a perfect ...

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Sweet Potato Pea Fritters

When I first suggested these as a brunch snack Mr H looked a little perplexed. I don’t know what he was expecting but they turned out much better than either of us anticipated. They are little dollops of yummy-ness on a plate. I like to serve them with a green salad, salad leaves or watercress, when in season. Half a sliced avocado and a poached egg on top really complete the dish. You could of ...

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Roast pumpkin seeds with fennel and chilli

It’s that time of year. I am scanning the US sites with envy as I see all the amazing halloween displays and goodies to buy. Here in the UK we’ve a little late to join the Halloween party but I’ve been carving pumpkins for years and love the buzz of trick or treating on a cold October night, though I do struggle to give trick or treaters all that sugar as I see it as the enemy on so many levels. ...

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Ali’s Beetroot Hummus

I love beetroot but no one else in the Hutchinson house will touch it. I’ve tried adding it to smoothies, chocolate brownies, soups but they still detect it so I’ve now given up and have to eat a whole bunch to myself. Shame! This beetroot hummus recipe came out of necessity. I had cooked some beetroot that had arrived in our organic box but had far more than I needed so was wondering what to do ...

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Ali's chia puddings

I love Chia Pudding. It’s amazing how it soaks up liquid to become a gloopy, sticky mess. You need to get the consistency right or it can be a bit frogspawn-ish! So do experiment. Chia seeds are super hydrating, and are bursting with four times more iron than spinach! You can add any fruits that are in season to create a breakfast bowl or supper dessert. I like to add coconut flakes and seeds and ...

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Ali’s Superfood Protein Bars

I love a refined sugar free protein bar that is also gluten free and these are just one of my best inventions. Not only are they packed with protein and super foods but they are super tasty – they’ll keep for a week in an airtight container (if you’re lucky) – they never last that long in our house! Give them a try and let me know what you think. Ingredients ½ cup quinoa flakes ½ cup gluten free ...

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How to prevent tummy bloat

There’s nothing worse than buying a new dress which fit perfectly in the fitting room only to find that the first time you put it on your tummy is twice the size it was when you bought it and it now feels uncomfortable and pulls in all the wrong places. Here’s my top tips for prepping your body to feel your best from the inside out thus minimising tummy bloat and ensuring you feel comfortable all ...

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How to get legs beach ready fast

There’s still time to get your legs beach ready. Here’s how It might feel like the British summer has been and gone but if you’re heading for sun, sea and sand you’ll still want to get your legs out. Or maybe you’re just feeling the chill and sticking with short skirts and sandals anyway – after all you only get one chance to wear your summer clothes in the Uk and this is it! So whether you’ve ...

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Ali’s Gluten Free Flour blend

I use this gluten free flour recipe for everything from thickening gravies and sauces to home baking. It’s a perfect combination which I love and it seems to work just like normal flour in almost all of my recipes. Ingredients 125g Brown rice flour 125g Sweet white sorghum flour 175g Tapioca flour 175g Cornflour 175g Potato starch 75g buckwheat flour Directions Mix all the flours together and ...

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Hummingbird Café Inspired Carrot and Pineapple Tray Bake with Coconut Lime Frosting

Sometimes you need cake that really feels indulgent. I've loved watching The Great British Bake Off over the years but i'm mostly left feeling hungry and disappointed that so many of the gluten free alterntives to traditional cakes are so dense, tasteless or packed with refined sugar. This was a superb exeriement that i undertook after I had a can of pineapple pieces left over from a birthday ...

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Best Banana Bread with Ginger Frosting (gluten, refined sugar and dairy free)

I’m a great one for saving ingredients then doing nothing with them so when I spotted 3 unripe bananas in the fruit bowl and I already had a freezer full of frozen banana pieces ready to make smoothies I thought I’d better use them up immediately or they’d be making compost in the wormery by next week. I have to say I’ve triumphed with this recipe. It is a beautiful, light, moist cake which you’d ...

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Post Holiday Exercise Blues - How to get back into it

Ever had that sinking feeling when you put your trainers on post holiday and head back to the gym? You know the feeling; when your leggings feel a little tighter round your waist and thighs (and you thought lycra was super stretchy); when your heart races a little faster at just the thought of the stair stepper and you haven’t actually chosen a programme yet; when hovering at the vending machine ...

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Ali’s super soulfood pancakes

Pancakes always give a breakfast the feeling of having a treat but now you can feel good about it too. Packed with energy, these chia and flaxseed super soulfood pancakes really pack a punch. They are filled with healthy omega 3, fibre and protein. It’s quite literally rocket fuel for a plantpowered diet. Ingredients For the flaxseed egg 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed 6 tablespoons filtered water ...

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Ali’s Lemon and Lavender Protein Balls

I came back from 10 days of glorious sunshine in Italy to a wet and cold UK summer! Burr… where did the beautiful weather I left behind go too. I even lit the wood burner on Monday evening it was so chilly! I also returned home to a lavender hedge which is nearly over but for a few fresh flowers. Not wanting my lavender to go to waste I’ve been cooking up some treats in the form of these luscious ...

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Ever felt like a bad mother?

Ever felt like a terrible mother? That was me two weeks ago as I put Miss H on the school bus which was taking her to the airport and a 10 hour flight to Sri Lanka for a hockey tour. I know what you’re thinking, how lucky is she? And yes she is, so why did I feel so bad? She had everything she needed for the trip, new bikini’s, tour kit, hockey stick, my favourite mineral suncream and tonsillitis ...

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7 favourite yoga stretches this travel season

Staying fit and healthy when I’m traveling is a must so I make sure I travel with essential nutrition and stretch as I go so I don’t arrive stiff and jaded. Here are my favourite stretches which you can do at the airport, on the plane, in the arrivals hall and by the pool. These are great for anybody and at any time but especially when you’re on a long haul flight. Make sure you keep moving on ...

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Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine with herby Quinoa

Ingredients 2 tbsp coconut oil 2 onions, chopped ½ tsp each ground cinnamon, coriander and cumin 2 large courgettes, cut into chunks about 2cm 2 large tomatoes chopped ·400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 4 tbsp raisins 425ml vegetable stock 300g frozen peas chopped coriander, to serve ​For quinoa 100g quinoa 300ml hot vegetable tock Handful of fresh herbs chopped - i love to use corriander, ...

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Ali's favourite Summertime Smoothies

I just love a plant based smoothie for breakfast or lunch. They fill me up, satisfy my hunger for hours and are packed with plant based protein, vitamins, minerals and probiotics. For me a smoothie used to be fruit and veggies alone but I was always starving a couple of hours later. Then I discovered Arbonne Protein powder and i've never looked back. I use a combination of their flavoured protein ...

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How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

I love travelling, it’s one of the reasons working for myself is so great. I really do get to plan my diary and take off when and where I like. When Miss H first started at a private school I was so shocked by the length of the school holidays and wondered how anyone with a ‘proper job’ would ever cope. For me working from home and being able to be there for her into her teens has been so ...

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Could this boost your happiness?

I guess we’ve all tried to create different things to make us happy. For me i’ve tried detoxing from social media, having a 40 day challenge to do something different, adventurous or positive every day, given up alcohol etc but does any of it work. One of the key trends that is doing the rounds at the moment is list writing. No i’m not talking the Wunderlust app that allows you to do your ‘to do’ ...

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Healthy Lunches in a Hurry or on the GO

When it comes to eating healthy lunches when I’m busy my ‘Go To’ is a favourite shake. I love the way a Vegan protein shake fills me up, satisfies my hunger and helps me stay energised all afternoon and into the evening. But I sometimes feel that talking about healthy shakes isn’t for everyone. For those of you who still want a healthy lunch and who prefer to have a breakfast shake here’s a few ...

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6 Fats That Don't Make You Fat

For decades we’ve believed that it is Fat that makes us Fat. Not so, we’re coming to understand that not all fats are equal and many of the healthy fats are essential to our wellbeing. Many of us have clamoured for the latest health fad or ‘revolutionary new diet’ in the hopes of dropping pounds and feeling great. One of the biggest misconceptions is that fat makes you fat. Our society is ...

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Ali's 14 Day Healthy Living Programme

Are you ready to take your wellness to the next level with an exciting, fast-acting programme that will help you have more energy, lose weight, feel better, sleep more deeply, breathe more freely, think more clearly, and feel more vibrant and healthy? My 14-day programme will help you achieve optimal wellness with delicious, fresh plant-based food, nutrient-dense shakes, and easy wellness ...

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It’s National Smile Month – Make your Smile Healthy and Happy.

As it’s Smile Month I’ve asked my lovely neighbour, and National President of the British Association of Dental Therapists, Amanda, to share her top tips for keeping our teeth and mouth healthy. She’s a great advocate for dental health and is always keen to raise awareness of Oral health especially in the great month of Smile Month 2017. It’s an initiative which has been going for 25 years! ...

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Why I believe in eating plant based protein powder

When I first had a stab at being vegetarian in my 20s it was a disaster. I ended up anaemic, under nourished and ill. I was advised to return to eating poultry by my doctor, who, to be honest probably had no nutritional facts to back up his suggestion that poultry was the answer, but I duly did it. I tried it again some years late with better results having educated myself on all things nutrition ...

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Five Spice Salmon Burgers

When it calls for a really super quick supper I can prep before I go out of the door In the morning, or even the night before, and have on the table in less than 10 minutes these are my go to favourites. We all love Salmon in our house and it’s so good for you too. It’s a high source of protein, one of the body’s building blocks, is packed with omega 3 fatty acids as well as being full of ...

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Pan-fried gurnard with broad bean, spinach and mint stew

Pan-fried gurnard with broad bean, spinach and mint stew Many moons ago, before we adopted a healthy wholefoods lifestyle, we used to have a similar dish to this from a top UK chef which called for a whole pack of butter and mashed potato. It was delicious but not something we ate often as we knew, even then, that it wasn’t really doing us any good. We’re real foodies in our house so the supper ...

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Is Gluten Free for you?

Are you curious about what the gluten in your diet is doing to you or worried that you may be gluten intolerant? It's believed that 50% of the population has some level of gluten intolerance. I’m currently reading a book called Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis. It’s fascinating and explains just how different modern wheat is from the wheat we consumed in the 1930’s let alone in the 18th century or ...

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My 3 favourite Energy Snacks

Do you ever get that 3pm slump when you need a little boost and a simple Energy Fizz Stick alone won't do? I love to have some healthy treats in the fridge for just such emergencies. Homemade Energy Balls are a great snack to have on the go, pre a workout or in my desk draw. They keep me going and ensure I dont reach for the really unhealthy stuff that's in the vending machine. Raw Dried Cherry ...

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Healthy Breakfasts On the Go

When Breakfast needs to be ‘on the go’ these are my 'go to' Jars! Sometimes there simply isn’t time to sit down with the family for breakfast and that’s when a healthy wholefoods diet is key to success, well it is for me anyway. I can simply mix a quick and nutritious shake and drink it on the go. But how about when you need more than that? That’s when my latest invention is perfect. The ...

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What are superfoods?

We’re all bombarded with healthy claims about the latest ‘super food’ but what are these so called superfoods and are they so super? I say ‘so-called’ because there is no official definition of a "superfood" and the EU has banned health claims on packaging unless supported by scientific evidence. But as we all know, that hasn't stopped many food brands from funding academics to research the ...

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Want to eat a more Plant based diet?

Want to eat a more Plant based diet? Here’s a few great ways to start. Plant-based foods are becoming more and more popular in people's diets today. More and more individuals are looking for ways they can include aspects of the plant-based lifestyle in their own everyday lives, even if they don’t want to go completely vegan. This is certainly true for me and my family. I eat a pretty much vegan ...

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Healthy snack bars for fuel on the go

I have a new healthy treat in my lunch box this week! I’m always looking for healthy, low or no sugar snacks which I can eat when I feel the need for a quick pick me when out and about or on the go. Sometimes a homemade bar wrapped in foil or in a plastic container just doesn’t cut it and you need a more portable bar. If you do have the time to make your own, here’s my go-to recipe for protein ...

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How to stay healthy at the office

Counteract office life and sitting at a desk with these health tips Staying healthy at the office can be a challenge for everyone. There’s always something to tempt you to fall out of your healthy eating routine from Friday cakes, to sweet treats at the coffee machine and Birthday celebrations. That’s before all those beige foods at catered lunches and meetings too. Staying healthy in the office ...

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Is dairy free for you?

Have you ever considered cutting down dairy or going totally dairy free? I'm not entirely dairy free but I've pretty much cut it out of my diet with the exception of the occasional piece of cheese. I know cheese is my downfall and after I've indulged I often wake up the next morning with a sore throat and feeling all mucus’ey’. Often, going dairy free starts as an infant milk allergy but there ...

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How to fight allergies naturally

Discover how you may be able to treat allergies with natural remedies and lifestyle changes. It’s the time of year when allergies are a favourite topic of conversation in homes and offices but over-the-counter products aren't your only option for treating allergies. Here’s my take on some common alternatives which have been seen to have great results. Supplement with ‘friendly bacteria’ Adding a ...

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Spring back into fitness

It’s time to get fit and active this Spring! If you broke your ‘Go to the Gym’ resolution back in January, don’t fret. Spring is the perfect time to set a new goal and get fit and healthy before the summer season. I generally work out five times a week and if I’m not at the gym or in a class I’m walking the dog or on the cross trainer or trampette – my latest crazy fad! But I haven’t always been ...

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What can you do about IBS?

Do you suffer from IBS and want to know what you can do to relieve IBS symptoms? These tips and advice may help to ease your IBS. If you're one of the estimated 20% of the UK population to be affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) you'll know that at best it's an inconvenience and at worst, it's life-changing, stressful and debilitating. Around twice as many women as men experience IBS and I ...

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How to sleep better and why it’s so important!

Can’t sleep, struggle to get to sleep, or just want a better night’s sleep? After the birth of Miss H I recall saying “sleep deprivation, it’s a form of torture in some countries!” While that might not be true for what you’re suffering from, lack of sleep can significantly affect our overall lives. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being and getting enough quality sleep at the ...

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Healthy Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes

Show how much you care with these Healthy mother’s Day breakfast recipes to get the day started right! Mother’s day is fast approaching so if you’re planning a day of treats why not start with a healthy Mother’s Day breakfast tray. Here’s my favourite breakfast recipes to kick start her day and ensure she is energised for all the fabulous activities you have planned for her. BUCKWHEAT CREPES ...

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Do you have enough protein in your diet?

Are you getting enough protein in your diet? Most of us in the West eat far too much carbohydrate and not nearly enough protein according to health authorities. Manufacturers have become rich on the back of high carb, high sugar products and we’ve become fat on them! So how do you get the right amount of protein? When I was a vegetarian in my 20s and 30s I had no idea of the value of protein and ...

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Healthy snack ideas to keep you satisfied

Easy to make nutritious snacks ideas to keep your healthy eating on track! One of the things that has kept me on track with my new ‘healthy’ way of eating is to have plenty of healthy snacks at the ready when I feel the munchies coming on. I always concentrate on the things I can eat rather than fixating about the things I can’t. There are far more positives to eating a healthy wholefoods diet ...

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How I quit sugar – 10 tips from a former sugar addict

Giving up sugar is one of the greatest things that I have done to improve my health. Quitting sugar was also one of the most difficult things I have done. Not just personally but for people around me too. There’s a sugar conspiracy in the UK. When I first started to say I didn’t eat refined sugar people tutted at me. It’s was as if not eating sugar made me less fun! Yet they don’t react in the ...

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Pucker up your pelvic floor

Pucker up your pelvic floor this Valentine’s Day It’s true, I did almost spill my herbal tea when Diane, one of my lovely Arbonne team and a physiotherapist started chatting with me about puckering up my pelvic floor for Valentine’s day. Really! Was I actually having this conversation in a public space? But when you think about it, this is exactly the sort of conversation what we, as modern women ...

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How to start a sugar free diet

Keen on reducing sugar intake and having a sugar free diet? Keep reading… Are you tempted to join BBC Radio 2 Presenter Chris Evans on his ‘sugar free February’ but worried about where to start when it comes to a sugar free diet? Here’s my top tips and guide to going sugar free. I quit sugar over three years ago and have never looked back. For me it has been a life changing journey of rediscovery ...

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Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Close your eyes and you really do think you’re eating cheesecake! This Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie is the most delicious thing, you might not quite believe it counts as a clean eating breakfast and it’s so filling there’s never any need to snack before lunch! Ingredients 5-6 ice cubes 1 serving Arbonne Essentials Vanilla Protein powder 1 scoop Arbonne Fibre plus 3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened almond ...

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How to detox your body

Most people overindulged in December, right? Although we didn’t have a tin of Quality Street there was certainly more chocolate and other sweet treats brought into the house over the Christmas weekend than I would normally get through in a month! For me January is a great time to detox. This year my health goal is to lose the excess around my middle which has built up over Christmas. Detoxing is ...

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Increase energy levels and bounce back this January

Want to feel less tired and increase energy levels? Most people feel a lack on energy as we head into winter and light levels fade. I’ve found that changing a few simple things in my life can really make the difference between feeling tired and lethargic, or full of life. If you want to find out how you can get more energy, keep reading. Fuel yourself for success I nearly put petrol in my Diesel ...

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Simple health tips for a better 2017

The Government has warned that those aged 40 – 60 face the biggest health crisis. If you’re worried you’re not the healthiest you can be, you may be wondering what you can do about it… The Government has faced up to the fact that we are becoming an unhealthy nation and it’s not just childhood obesity that is to be blamed. Experts have said middle-aged people in England (those of us falling into ...

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Your Health and Wellness Plans for 2017 – How I can help

Cast your mind back to this time last year. Did you say that 2016 would be the year that you ate better, moved more and lost weight? Did you keep to your plan? Are you feeling healthier or lighter as we leave 2016 behind or are you making the same promises to yourself for the year ahead? If you’re struggling to get started, join me on my 30 days to Healthy Living programme and make 2017 the year ...

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My New Year Fitness Tips

People have been making New Year resolutions for over 4,000 years. While many of us will pledge to get fitter or lose weight, by 15th January, chance are that many of us will have returned to our old habits. We may start with the best of intentions but we can’t always get to the gym five times a week and the last of the Christmas Chocolate still needs eating up! Sound familiar? It’s time to start ...

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How to go sugar free

I’ve been refined sugar free for nearly four years and it has completely changed my health. If you think your sugar addiction has got out of hand, and want to know how to quit, for good, then read on. My problem with sugar came to a head when I was on holiday in France a few years ago and suffered from really bad night sweats. I thought I was going through an early menopause and did a bit of ...

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Why I eat organic

There’s nothing better than good home cooking made with fresh, organic ingredients. I’ve been buying as much as possible of my fresh produce and meat from organic sources for years. I know it has often been labelled as a fad and people say it doesn’t taste any different, I have to disagree. Other people say eating organic food isn’t any more nutritious, I’d disagree again there too. For me, ...

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Guilt free snacking ideas

If you’re just starting out on a wholefoods, clean eating programme there’s a vast amount of information out there and you’re probably super confused. It really can seem like a minefield. It’s simpler than it looks though, especially when you discover guilt free snacking! I know what you’re thinking. This is going to be one of those posts filled with ingredients you’ve never heard of from unknown ...

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How I keep hydrated

Hydration is so important for maintaining your energy levels. I stay hydrated by drinking two plus litres of filtered water through the day. I find I often reach for a snack thinking I’m hungry when I feel tired but I’m actually dehydrated so it’s good to make sure you’re drinking enough to stop yourself from eating when you don’t need to. I’ve noticed that I can often reduce the onset of a ...

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Clean eating breakfast ideas

When you start trying to eat clean or stick to a wholefoods programme, it can initially be tricky when you’re looking for foods that you enjoy eating and will still keep you full up until lunch time. Especially when you’re in a rush to get to work or drop the kids of at school, breakfast can take a back seat. Throughout my four year journey of clean eating, I’ve developed some delicious breakfast ...

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My guide to clean eating

So you’re interested in eating clean. It seems to be a new buzz word and about time too. When we see food as medicine, rather than simply fuel for our bodies, then our whole attitude to eating changes and with it our health, our sleep patterns, our energy levels and our weight! How do I know all this? Because I’ve been on quite a transformational journey to better health myself over the last few ...

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