Quick snack before my fave workout class ever @bryony_miles SILENT DISCO HIIT CLASS!!! yeeeooow!
This girl will get ya feeling sassy, sweaty, and super duper in 45mins. Hit her up for more info, custom fitness plans, an intro to vegan health, or whatever other things you might wna know. She's also killer at handstands!
P.S. yes, eating fruit is fine (re sugar). The fibre is a piece of whole fruit slows digestion and gives you all the good vitamins and minerals without that nasty sugar rush that you'd get from free sugars (or added sugars, it means the same thing).
So eat yourself silly if you're eating whole fruits!!! 🍉🍊🍇🍌🍍🍎🍐🍑🍒🍓
Made nut butter last night! Check it out!
Lots of shop-bought peanut butter has sugar added to it, which is totally unnecessary. This is just 100% nut goodness.
Bang the nuts in the oven for 15mins first to release the oils, then just blend and blend and blend.
Keep scraping it off the edges until it blends smooth. (It's a labour of love, but so worth it).
Almonds or oilier nuts are better, and will give you a smoother end result ☺
I added raisins for a little sweetness cos I'm cheeky! .
Just cos you don't eat sugar doesn't mean you're constantly gna have super high energy levels and be on the go all the time on a slow release oat powered hype!
I'm knackered today, and am thoroughly enjoying just sitting on the sofa with a cuppa.
Even though I have emails to respond to and things to apply for and bit and bobs, every now and then it's good to do nothing. I don't think I do enough of it, actually!
I also had a brief conversation with a nutritional therapist recently, and she suggested I take some B12 supplements and omega 3. As a vegan I may well need some of that, and a lack of it could explain my lethargy.
I thought that going sugar free would make my energy really sustainable. And it's definitely improved my moods, my fitness, and my overall attitude to food, but I have still been feeling tired.
Maybe because I work 7 days a week, BUT, maybe also because I need some B12 buddies!!!
I'll keep ya posted!
In the meantime, take the evening for yourself when you can. I might even have a bath 🙄🛀
A little snack earlier before going to a Bath Against Cuts meeting to discuss social housing, austerity measures, the NHS, and future collaborations. They meet on the 1st Thursday of every month at The Ram in Widcombe, if anyone's interested in coming along. 🤗
Open to all, we can all benefit from supporting each other!
But this is a cuppa and a black bean brownie topped with peanut butter, coconut cream, raisins and Goji berries (the brownies have gone a bit dry after a week in the fridge, so I had to jazz it up a bit hehe)
These other peeps in the office behind me have just busted out some malteasers. She said "I've got this real sugar thing at the moment". He said he ate two Double Decker bars yesterday, so he'll pass on the malteasers until later. Those chocolate bars have 29g sugar in them - yes, PER BAR! so just in those 2 chocolate bars that he had yesterday, he was 2g under DOUBLE the RDA of sugar... I wonder what else he ate yesterday? .
Sugar is addictive. Sugar boosts our mood for a short time. When you work at a computer all day every day, those artificial mood boosts can help get ya through the day. But long term, they're doing us damage!!! We need to find different ways to work that enable us to be healthy. Apparently only 30% of UK workers take a proper lunch break. According to the NHS having a desk job 'doubles risk' of heart attack. And these unhealthy environments that we spend 8hrs (or more) a day in don't encourage healthy living! .
We are too sedentary, eat too much, and eat the wrong stuff. Not only does sugar impact mood, weight, and physical fitness, it also prevents our brains receiving the signal that we are full, so we get no satisfaction from our food either.
This "sugar thing" is an epidemic, and we can all do our bit to become more aware of how harmful our habits our to ourselves! .
Giving up sugar is not impossible!
Smelled marzipan when I went in the shop and thought I'd grab one of these bad boys. @nakdbars bakewell tart -tastes exactly like marzipan! But it's just dates, cashews and raisins! I'm gna get on making my own versions now that I have the nutribullet (yasss)!
Lovely cuppa and treat for now tho! .
Snacks for today! The best kiwi I've had in a long time (thanks @anneli.tree), nuts and raisins, and the last of the choco yum energy balls 😭
Guess I'd better make another batch tomorrow!
For tonight I'm off to talk to twenty 15-18 year olds who are end the end of their summer Bright Green Futures camp, about how to get your voice heard as a young person and how to make a difference.
Not because I'm sugar smart, but because of this other project I hold very very dear to me, Protestival. Find out more on www.protestival.co.uk.
We organize events and workshops designed to empower and support communities to make the changes they desire. Instead of feeling frustrated by the way society operates, let's do something about it! (Ehile having fun!) .
Chocolate bar wrappers and plastic bottles are the most common pieces of litter. At least, at Bristol Harbourside they are. Not cool, confectionary consumers. Plastic takes hundreds of years to break down, and when in water it breaks UP, getting eaten by fish and poisoning them. If you eat fish, you eat plastic. Simple as. Read 'Strands' by Jean Sprackland if you're interested. Also the documentary 'A Plastic Ocean' is fantastic but heart breaking. .
Plastic is not fantastic. Eat a piece of fruit instead of that plastic wrapped rubbish. .
Back to work @beyondthekale with a lovely cuppa tea & oat milk. I may be slightly distracted by all those delicious looking cakes in the display fridge... Unfortunately, just because they're refined sugar free doesn't mean they're #sugarsmart - the body breaks down sugar in the same way whether it's date syrup or white sugar.
But fruit is still a winner! The fibre in a piece of fruit slows down the digestion of the sugars, and just gives you that fab boost of energy, fibre, vitamins and minerals 😊👌
Fridays are for working in cafes (choosing soya instead of coconut milk for my latter cos the coconut Alpro has added sugar), doing yoga, and starting the day with bliss balls that taste better than chocolate. .
If this is starting to get a little too much like a 'clean eating, clean living, look how happy I am with my salad' kind of Insta, don't be fooled. I still woke up in a foul mood today with bad breath, I still get annoyed about stuff, I still struggle to love myself, sometimes I don't wna do ANYTHING - we all have these struggles! .
Another struggle is finding coffee that tops @cascarabath .. hasn't happened yet. Sorry gals! .
Tasty bday gathering dinner last night! We had beetroot cous cous with sweetcorn, tofu and other veggies, mint and pea salad, fried beans with garlic and pumpkin seeds, herby roasted potatoes and carrots, black bean chili, a mountain of hummus, crackers, tangerines, kiwis, and blackberries.
Some mornings you just gotta slip a brownie into your porridge. One of the best things about being sugar free is that you can eat anything anytime because it's all healthy!
These are black bean brownies (flourless, sugar free and vegan ofc - recipe adapted from the minimalist baker), with a couple of dates, and overnight oats (that I actually just made this morning). Also ft. raisins, goji berries, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, tahini, and some almond meal. 90% water and a splash of oat milk.
Left on the side at work... oxymoron?
1) women's magazines are toxic, and exist only for profit. They tell you to be confident and happy with yourself, while at the same time saying 'buy these things to make you happy' or '10 reasons why x celebrity is better than you and you will never be like her'.
2) slimming world relies on people failing to stay in business
3) sugary food is addictive and it's not just a question of willpower. It's partially the government's responsibility to limit the power of the sugar industry and it's lobbyists (who fund research btw and enable reports to be produced which are full of misinformation about sugar, claiming that fat is the villain here. And also that more exercise, less food is the key to losing weight).
A lovely gin and soda water with lime at the pub last night. We had a fab time doing the Sugar Smart quiz I made for the campaign - it was bloody hard!
No one got more than 50%, and it was a hard quiz but some of the basic things were unknown too, like how much an adults daily recommended maximum sugar intake is (30g). That kind of knowledge is vital if we are going to get sugar smart!
Just featured on @SomerValleyFM with the Radstock and Westfield Big Local and a bunch of year 10 boys on their placement, talking about the Sugar Smart initiative!
I had a great time, and hopefully shocked some listeners enough that they'll change their sugar consumption habits. .
- Download the free change4life app to track your sugar (you can scan the barcodes on products to see how much is in there)
- read the label! Use the traffic lights system and go for green
- think before you drink. Will one fizzy drink, flavoured coffee, or fruit juice take you over the RDA of sugar?
- swap one sweet snack. What could you replace that choccy bar with. Piece of fruit? A Naked bar? Some nuts? Go on, be creative.
Tune in on the Somer Valley FM website!
Amazing pasta for lunch made by mister. Tasted like tinned spaghetti but better. I think this was a bit of a 'there's no food in the house I'll just mix everything together' kind of meal... Spinach pasta, gluten free spaghetti, roasted leftover veggies, coconut cream and tomato passata sauce.
So tasty! Especially when it's made by someone else 😉
Just had such a nice, super fast and simple meal! Cous cous with tomato passata, coconut cream, and steamed carrot, beetroot, cabbage and great beans. Drizzled with a little Tahini and a sprinkle of fresh rosemary and oregano and voila! The flat bread is just wholemeal flour and water, mixed and fried super hot and fast -that's the way to get around most supermarket bread containing sugar! #sugarsmart#sugarsmartuk#vegan#vegansofig#tahinisauce#herb#couscous#sonicetheynamedittwice
My colleague is having a cereal bar. Healthy, right? WRONG! This 30g bar has about 12g sugar in it, almost half of the RDA. This has sugar, glucose, fructose, honey and concentrate apple juice in it (which your boy breaks down like sugar). #readthelabel#sugarsmart#sugarsmartuk @jordans #cerealbar#snacks