Month: September 2017

Stories I loved this week.

I’ve been talking a lot about self-care and ways to destress recently. It’s so essential. Here are five more ways to feel less stressed. (Healthyish) I love this profile of Oprah, especially this line, “When the shoot is finally over, I am taken to the […]

Are you more stressed than you realise?

How do you feel right now? Check your breath. Is it shallow, taking short, little breaths through your nose? Check your hands and teeth – are they clenched? Check your shoulders – are they tensed up towards your ears? If you answered yes to two […]

Stories I loved this week.

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Happy weekend! Here’s a round up of some of the interesting food, health and wellness articles I’ve read this week. Have you found an interesting study? Send it my way!

Just eat real food and eat mindfully. This interesting study shows that the common denominator between a good quality low-fat and low-carb diet is havingĀ vegetables all day long, as much as you can eat, having a salad every day, no added sugar and as little refined flour as you can get. (The Washington Post)

Changing what you eat (and drink) can help you respond better to stress. (The New Potato)

I’m a big believer in reproductive freedom, however this story underlies the importance of women doing proper research before they choose. The joking tone to a story ultimately about hemorrhaging and anaemia caused by a copper IUD is disturbing. (Refinery 29)

I love the cooking tips in this article, especially around really thinking about how you salt your food – it is through an actual salt or through salted foods like anchovies, capers or olives? (Food 52)

More reason to be mindful about the amount of fish you’re eating. (NY Daily News)

Who doesn’t love Ina Garten? (Epicurious)

This is a great recipe for fig season. (Bon Appetit)

Green Salads For Beginners

When people ask me for shortcuts for getting healthier and feeling better, I tell them two things. Firstly, that there are no shortcuts and health should be lifelong pursuit. Then, once I’ve stepped off my high horse šŸ˜Ž, I tell them to eat more vegetables. […]

Stories I loved this week.

Happy weekend!Ā Here’s a round up of a few of the nutrition stories I’ve found interesting this week. The microbiome is so fascinating. Did you know that every unbalanced microbiome is unbalanced in its own way? This is why a one sized fits all approach doesn’t […]

What’s your self-care routine?

flowers at kew

Self-care has become a hot topic these day, as people search for a way to keep grounded in what feels like crazy times.

Self-care, as in the act of taking small moments for yourself, in order to uplift, centre and increase energy, is not the selfish act it’s sometimes made out to be.

I had a big watershed moment last summer when I realised that I was doing too much and not taking care of myself enough. It was then I understood how important rest and a sense of peace are to my own self-love, self-care and ability to love others.

For parents especially, we’re guilty of neglecting our own self-care in service to our families, children and loved ones. I’m sure many of you can think of specific moments where you sacrificed something for yourself in order to give to your children, whether it be time, food or emotional energy. That’s par for the game as a parent.

But in order to keep doing that, we need to make sure we keep our own ‘cups’ full. That is, we make sure we are rested enough, nourished enough, energised enough and calm enough to keep giving.

That’s where self-care comes in. And to be clear, this has different manifestations for different people. For some people, self-care is being able to have 20 minutes of extra time in bed in the morning, for others, it could making sure that they can get to their spin class at lunchtime. It could be taking a long bath in the evening Ā or it could be noodling away at a piece of woodworking. It could simply be making the time to feed yourself nourishing food at every meal and eating it in a mindful way.

My self-care routine has evolved over the last few years. Now, for me, it means:

  • Being able to do some yoga (even if it’s just 10 minutes with my son jumping through my legs during downward dog) every day
  • Lighting my favourite Daylesford candle and enjoying the smell and the flame
  • Doing my deep breathing exercises when I feel overwhelmed
  • Having a little smooch with my husband
  • Having a big belly laugh with my son
  • Making meals from scratch at home and making sure there’s always something good to eat in the fridge

What do you do for self-care? Has your routine evolved or changed depending on what’s going on in your life?