COOK BOOK HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

I recently purchased a few new cook books from The Works and thought I’d show you. If you’re not in the habit of frequenting The Works, I really urge you to check it out on a regular basis because they always have some amazing deals and sales on.

I always find it too easy to fall into the same cooking patterns recycling the same recipes over and over again, so I’m really looking forward to trying out some new recipes from these books. There’s so many yummy recipes out there I just need to make more of an effort to try them all. Which makes me think… Has anyone ever watched Julie & Julia?! It’s about a woman named Julie who decides to cook every single recipe from Julia Child’s cookbook in a year and blogs about it. I’ve always wanted to do that haha a day although it’s never going to happen, the idea of actually cooking every single recipe in a cookbook is kinda cool. I’d love to achieve that, I mean who knows what delicacies we’re missing out on by not trying more recipes!

Anyway here’s the cook books I just added to my collection and I can’t wait to read through them and try some new recipes out!

I’ve already got one of Aine’s cook books but for a fiver I couldn’t complain and the more new recipes for inspiration the better. Then I also liked the idea of discovering some raw food ideas, as I’ve heard lots of positive things about a raw vegan diet. Oh and the last book I guess isn’t a cook book, but a book about vitamins and minerals which I thought would be a very interesting and hopefully informative read. Being vegan now has opened my eyes more to making sure I’m receiving all the nutrients my body needs; and this is not due to the ever present stigma that vegans struggle to get all the nutrients their body needs (a rant for another time), but rather because the whole vegan lifestyle for me is about starting to take better care of my body. So I’m looking forward to educating myself some more!

Now I’d love to know if any of you already own these cookbooks and if so what are your favourite recipes?!

Love Carina xo

SUPPLEMENTS

Hey there beautiful souls,

I thought this might be an interesting post for discussion. I have taken supplements on and off for the past 6 years or so and I have to admit I have never been able to tell if they make a difference; anyone else feel like that? Anyway there are a couple of supplements I have heard very good things about and am currently taking so I thought I’d share and I’d love to know if any of you also take any of these supplements or any others you find really make a difference?

The first supplements I’m going to mention are the Raspberry Ketones and Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse. I have been taking these on and off over various ‘dieting’ periods in the last few years as the combination is supposed to aid weightloss. The woman in Holland and Barrett told me she had received lots of positive feedback from customers taking both, the Raspberry Ketones in the mornings and the Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse in the evenings. Now I can’t really say if these definitely work or not I’m afraid, but when I stuck to a low sugar diet and took these regularly I did manage to loose 9lbs in 12 days. Now whether I received these results purely because of the sugar free diet or whether these supplements really did help too, is hard to prove. However as I still have some left I decided to take them again until empty in the hope that they do really help. I will however most likely not repurchase them afterwards.

Whilst at uni I seemed to get tonsillitis/ a bad throat infection a couple of times a year and was always put on penicillin. Going on antibiotics is never great because although it kills the infection it also damages the good bacteria. My mum recommended I start taking Acidophilus, a microorganism that helps maintain an acidic environment in the gut which can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Now these aren’t the cheapest and thus I haven’t been taking these regularly however as having a healthy gut is important I have currently started taking these again. If it becomes to expensive to take one a day I might start to just take one very second day.

Now it may not come as a surprise to a lot of you that another supplement I take is Vitamin B12. Now that I have adopted a vegan diet it was time for me to begin taking this supplement as this is supposed to be one of thing a vegan diet can’t give you enough of. I don’t feel any different for taking this supplement, but from all I have read and heard it’s beneficial.

The last supplement I am currently taking is vitamin is Vitamin D or otherwise known as the sunlight vitamin. At this time of year I barely get any sunlight and I’m not the only one, most people in the UK have a vitamin D deficiency apparently. It’s also supposed to help with tiredness, something I feel I suffer from 24/7!

Love Carina xo

BUCKET LIST FOR 2018

Hey there beautiful souls,

At the beginning of the year I wrote my new years resolutions post filled with mainly personal aims. However I also have a list of more activity style aims for this year which I felt fit better under the title of Bucket List. So here goes a list of things I want to do this year, from travelling abroad to seeing more art and enjoying more music.

(Also I’m pretty sure this list will keep growing, so I might do posts on my updated Bucket List)

  • Go to the Harry Potter Studios
  • Visit at least 2 different countries
  • Lindisfarne Festival (tickets already booked – yay)
  • Vegan Camp Out Festival
  • Visit friends – London, Bristol, York, Manchester, Edinburgh
  • Get my lip re-pierced
  • Get a new tattoo
  • Go to at least 4 Royal Northern Sinfonia concerts at the Sage
  • See at least 6 art exhibitions
  • Read at least 40 books (including audiobooks)
  • Have a mini getaway in the Peak District again

Do you have anything specific on your Bucket List for 2018?? I’d love to know!

Love Carina xo

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

Good evening beautiful souls,

The other day I looked back to the beginning of my blog and discovered I use to write What I Eat In A Day posts, who knew aha! I had totally forgotten and these used to be some of myΒ  favourite posts to write too! So I’m going to start writing them again and I hope you enjoy!

This is what I ate on Monday the 5th:

I got up early to try and get an emergency doctors appointment so I just bought an Innocent smoothie on my way to keep me going till breakfast after the doctors. On the way back I reallyΒ  felt like treating myself (I always do when I am ill haha – anyone else the same?!) and so I popped into our local Sainsbury to buy an avocado and a fresh baguette. Whilst there I saw a nice barley, broccoli, bean ready-meal thing and thought it looked delicious, but instead of buying pre-made food I decided to have a go at making something similar myself and bought some more healthy foods.

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Breakfast

Once I got home at about 9.50 I finally made this tasty breakfast I had been soo craving! I toasted the baguette and then spread some vegan cream cheese on that we had left before adding the avocado which I had mashed up with some salt, pepper, chilli flakes & lemon juice. Next I topped it with some rocket salad and pomegranate seeds. To drink I just finished the Innocent smoothie I had bought earlier that morning.

Tip: Pomegranate is a fruit that literally goes with soo many things – start experimenting what you can add it too!

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Lunch

The way I usually cook is by making things up ass I go along and this was no different. I should have checked what exactly went into that tasty looking ready meal in Sainsbury, but I didn’t so I just ended up creating a veg & barley mix. It was quite tasty and full of goodness but I don’t think my aim in recreating what I’d seen had quite worked haha. I’d made quite a lot though so it’s lasted us for another two meals which is great when you can’t always be bothered to cook. So if you’re wondering what went in – pearl barely (cooked in veg stock), green lentils, black beans, kale, broccoli, carrots, spinach, onion & garlic. To drink I had a glass of squash.

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Snack

I always look to find low sugar crisps and I encourage you all to do the same. It’s crazy how much added sugars are put into savoury foods! Just pic up aΒ couple of different brands and look at the of which sugars per 100g – you might surprise yourself. Anyway most Kettle’s aren’t too bad so they’re usually one of the brands we have in the house for snacks. I nibbled on these throughout the day and on some red grapes which I’m obsessed with at the moment but forgot to take a picture of.

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Dinner

Jessica had wanted me to try some of her Chinese food for ages so we finally had these fast food style noodles which only took a couple of minutes to cook and then you just mix your sauces together and top with peanuts and pickled vegetables. I enjoyed it, it was kind of peanut buttery. The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the spice; I mean I like spicy food but I maybe shouldn’t have put all the chilli spice in haha.

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And there you have it – what I eat in a day! Hope you’ve all had a good day lovelies!

Love Carina xo