Hello Monday! Time to re-set and start afresh. But first a quick glance of what happened last week.
I found myself close to Covent Garden just before lunch-time on Monday and I was starving and thirsty.I popped into vegan chain By Chloe. You might remember I went a couple of months back and left feeling a bit unimpressed. I wanted to give them a second chance and ordered vegan Fish & Chips with mushy peas and a kombucha drink. The kombucha was GORGEOUS the fish and chips looked fantastic but was rather bland unfortunatly.
The salad-bar at newly opened Lebanese and Middle Eastern Foodhall Green Valley on Kensington High Street is so much more interesting! I’m salivating as I’m thinking about all the mouth watering green choices! I normally pick and mix tabbouleh, broad bean dip, fattoush, artichoke salad and baba ghanoush. Yum. They also have a juice bar, butcher, patisserie, and a roastery. Green Valley is not new it was established 1986, but it is new to my area in Kensington and I could not be happier about that!
I’m so tired in the mornings. School run and late nights have caught up with me, so I felt the need to get a concealer for under the eyes.. “Un” cover-up from RMS . Clean and green and easy to apply.
I had a positivity salad with kale and artichoke hearts with a harissa dressing from Yeotown I Marylebone. So good! Followed by a quick mediation in an egg downstairs.
Beyond Bread is the bakery for gluten-free breads in London! Simply the BEST!
I recorded a video of how to make these damn delicious Zucchini Fritters. Should be on YouTube tomorrow.
Lunch on Saturday with the boys was gluten-free pizzas from Zia Lucia. Can you spot which one was mine? 🙂
I thought I’d do a video showing a few things that is always on my shopping list that I buy over and over and also a few things that I found to be really useful. Hope You like it!
Mentioned in the video:
Swell Water Bottle
Tala Loaf Pan
Beyond Bread gluten-free bakery
Taco shells Tesco
Nix & Kix drinks
As everyone knows juicing is a great short cut to better health. I use my trusted old cheap juicer from Philips most mornings. My to go to juices contain lots of vegetables, lemon and cucumber and just a tiny bit of apple or orange to balance the taste. I don’t like those sweet juices with vegetables only as an afterthought. When out an about in London I can recommend Dulce Verde No1 from Daily Dose. It’s exactly my cup of juice. A mix of cucumber, apple, kale, lemon and mint. So refreshing!
The juice bar is in Matt Roberts gym on 16 Berkeley Street in Mayfair.
I adore vanilla! I add it to so many of my recipes even my otherwise savory favorite green smoothie recipe HERE. Have you noticed its near impossible to get hold of? It’s due to poor harvest in Madagascar last year when the Enwao cyclone destroyed everything in it’s way. 80% of vanilla pods comes from Madagascar and as a result of the storm prices have reached sky-high levels!
I have been stocking up on real vanilla this spring and I have a small stach. But it’s shrinking fast! Every time I go into a new super market I head straight for the baking/spice section and sometimes I’m in luck. Sainsbury in Hammersmith has been a particular good source lately 🙂
Vanilla is not only amazing for it’s beautiful aroma it also comes with health benefits!
Vanilla contains important antioxidants, protecting our bodies from damage and harmful free radicals. The antioxidant vanillin gives vanilla that amazing aroma but that’s not all it has powerful liver protective and anti-inflammatory action.
How do you get rid of unsightly nail fungus?
I had a client who suffered from really unsightly nail fungus for no less then 25 years!!! Her GP had prescribed several courses of antibiotics och she tried other expensive treatments, but nothing worked.
It actually got worse and spread to other nails. She had given up and was trying to hide the problem with layers upon layers of nail polish.
I told her about the fab result I had had with VapoRub. She was willing to give it a go but deep down she did not expect any type of positive result.
After 3 months the fungus was completely gone!
She could not believe it!!
How does it work?
VapoRub contains menthol, eucalyptus, camphor, cedar leaf oil, petrolatum, nutmeg oil, thymol and turpentine oil and some of these are antifungal.
It’s especially thymol that seems to be effective against the fungus. Studies have shown that thymol destroys the cell membranes of candida – a common cause of nail fungus.
Thymol is extracted from oil of thyme so just using thyme oil might also help.
Do you suffer from nail fungus or have you tried VapoRub? Let me know!!
I have finally had lunch at Farmers Girl! The Australian style healthy cafe serving delicious and healthy food is very popular and long queues at my nearest outlet in Notting Hill have put me off.
Not giving up though, and the other day I made it to the Carnaby Street eatery. I had an hour to kill between voice over jobs in Soho and I was starving for lunch already at 11.30, perfect for beating the lunch time rush. I can report I understand the long ques, It’s so worth it!
I had the Blue Jack Tacos in the picture above. (BBQ pulled jackfruit, guacamole, pineapple , lettuce and vegan mayo) Gluten free, nut free and vegan. OMG! My food heaven!! I will defiantly come again. 5 out of 5 from me!
A nice oasis above the hustle and bustle on Carnaby Street. As soon as lunchtime arrived it has heaving with customers and delivery drivers picking up orders.
You can combine your healthy lunch with a swishy blow-dry at Duck & Dry’s salon.
This is the space clearing mist I’m obsessed with at the moment, that I mentioned in yesterdays blog post. Every time a spray this mist I immediately feel uplifted and refreshed. I spray it on top of my head and in front of me and then quickly walk into the beautifully smelling dew. You know that calming feeling you get when you are next to a waterfall? That’s the sense I get from using aura mists.
The Peace & Harmony mist from Findhorn Flower Essences comes in a sturdy glass bottle and the spray gives an even delicate misty cloud. The fragrance is absolutely divine, a mix of Rose & Frankincense. My favorite combination.
Firstly, I force my brain to change the way I’m thinking. For me, positive guided meditations is gold! They have been a game changer in elevating my own inner wellbeing since I got my first Sony Walkman (yellow & water proof).
I listen to them in the morning and evening when I need them. The positive affirmations and fantasies you go through in a guided meditation brings in a sense of happiness, that I feel continues throughout the day.
That’s why I was moved to record my own Morning & Evening Guided Meditations. I know what works for me, maybe they can work for you as well. You can find them here.
My second strategy is using EFT Tapping. Tapping is a combination of Chinese Acupressure and psychology that alter your brain and energy system. This is done by tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points, at the same time as you are talking through different emotions and situations. If you are interested there are loads of great videos on Youtube that you can follow. It’s easy, quick and really effective!
Beautifully smelling Space Clearing Mists works wonders for lifting your mood. It clears and purifies both your space and feelings. One of my favorite mists is Peace & Harmony by Findhorn Flower Essences.
I was send a really interesting book about herbs a few weeks ago. It’s written by Henriette Kress a herbalist who lives and works in Finland.
In this book she’s covered anything from finding herbs and picking them to what concoctions to make from the herbs, like lotions and potions and teas and foods. I got inspired to make a herbal tea with rose petals and a body oil that smells divine!
In these video I talk about some of the clean beauty products I’m liking/using at the moment. I was babbling on quite a lot so I have to make a part 2 with the rest of the products shortly!
I’m really in love with the below Radiance Facial Serum from British brand Botanicals!
The other products are:
Babe Balm from Bybi.
Make up Oil Cleanser from Skin & Tonic London.
Make Up Primer from Vapour in Soft Focus.
Nubian Deodorant in Honey and Black seed.
Do you use a clean deodorant? Do you mind if it contains Bicarbonate of soda? I would Love to know!!