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

3 DAY JUICE CLEANSE – 8lbs DOWN

Good evening beautiful souls,

A couple of weeks ago I watched a documentary on Netflix called Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, which taught me a lot about juicing and it’s benefits. I’d also heard lots about juicing from various Youtuber’s I follow so it’s been on my radar for a while, although I never really considered doing it because juicing machines can be rather expensive. However, Jessica and I had popped into our local British Heart Foundation store to look for a secondhand food processor a while ago, and although they didn’t have any food processors they did have a juicer for £10, so I instantly decided to buy it. I could tell it wasn’t the best straight away, but for a £10 who could complain?!

Having been really ill last week I thought it would be a good idea to cleanse my body and give it a few days to detox, so I decided to give my immune system a boost and went on a three day juice cleanse. It wasn’t an easy three days but it was definitely helpful not having to do it alone as my housemate Jessica joined me.

I’d previously tried a smoothie diet (just drinking smoothies – I can’t remember for how long I set out to do this but I didn’t last long). The thing I found hardest was just drinking meals, I almost instantly missed the action being able to chew and actually eat something. Although I’ve not done a juice cleanse before I knew I was going to face the same problem as when I tried the smoothie diet. It was going to be hard, but unlike last time I was determined to complete a full three day detox.

We started on Tuesday, my day off. Every morning began with a cup of green tea, then a glass of lukewarm water with a tablespoon of chia seeds. The slime of chia seeds when wet is supposed to help clear out/scrape toxins from the body and they have great nutritional profile so are very good for you. After this we drank ca. 800ml of juice for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 1 was all juice. By day 2 we were craving food really bad and so we compromised dinner by having a homemade well blended soup. On day three we did the same juicing for breakfast and lunch and having a soup for dinner. Being able to have something savory and warm in the evening definitely helped.

I don’t know how much hood this cleanse has done me as I don’t think I did it long enough to see the difference, as in day 3 is supposed to be the worst regarding how you feel (eg. more tired and headachey) and then you’re supposed to feel an increase in energy and the likes. It’s hard for me to say how tired the cleanse made me because I was working ridiculous long busy days at work with no real break. But I did loose ca.7lbs in three days so I’m happy with that!

I decided to slowly work food back into my body by having a smoothie for breakfast and lunch today, and now for dinner finally having my first meal in four days.

I’m glad I stuck out with the cleanse and loosing some weight has only motivated me to continue eating more healthily! And I will definitely be adding a juice day into my life now and then!

Has any one else ever done a juice cleanse?! I’d love to know!

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

FEELING ILL

Good evening beautiful souls,

Just a quick note to apologise that there won’t be a proper blog post tonight. I have spent the last two days in bed coughing my guts up and my throat raw all the while popping pills and herbal remedies. However I’m still no better and feel like death warmed up so I haven’t had the energy to plan any content. Sorry guys. I know you’ll forgive me! I hope you’ve all had a better weekend than me!

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Love Carina xo