Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well and you’ve been keeping warm in this cold weather. Only 5 days left until Christmas can you believe it? I haven’t really cooked a lot of Christmas themed foods so I’ll quickly share my thoughts instead.
This Christmas I’m looking forward to some tasty food (which I’m sure I’ll be sharing), seeing family and watching lots of movies. To be honest with you, this year I’m not as excited for Christmas as I have always been in the past but it’s still such a fun and festive time to relax, eat chocolate and be merry.
The main thing to remember during this festive season is that it isn’t just about the presents and gifts but giving back and spending quality time with family and friends. Giving back can be done through donations no matter how little, charity or volunteering your time, it can be something relatively small which another person would be so grateful for. Make sure you are present with your family and friends, ask questions and check in with your loved ones.
Hello Everyone, I hope your Sunday has been well so far.
Today I’d like to briefly talk about comfort zones and why we should seek out new experiences at any opportunity we get.
The last couple of years have been quite stressful for us all and in some respect, life was put in hold because of the pandemic and all of the restrictions, so we couldn’t fully experience new things. I’m trying to explain that being out of your comfort zone is good, although awkward and uncomfortable in the beginning, your mind is learning new tasks and skills which is actually very beneficial for the brain.
For a while I hadn’t had any major new experiences, I worked at my previous job for almost 3 years which is actually quite a long time and I was very comfortable in what I was doing and used to that environment. Changing to a new job was a bit of a shock to my system and although it’s in a similar field, many things are different and I felt like I was learning all over again. As I write this, I actually think a part of me/my brain didn’t like the change and I had a mild sense of regret for leaving my old job and having to start again. It sounds a bit dramatic but that was my thought process, I’d been working somewhere where I was super comfortable and not really out of my comfort zones. I almost felt ‘uncomfortable’ in the new environment I wasn’t used to and had to work on myself to be confident in myself and my abilities that I was in the right place and truly belonged there. Now that I’m more used to the people, environment and roles, I feel more settled and I’m getting used to it.
Comfort zone definition: a settled method of working that requires little effort and yields only barely acceptable results.
Looking back on my last job, although I did enjoy many aspects of it, there was no real room for me to progress within that role as it was a very small team and my mind was becoming quite stagnant doing the same things every single day, with little change. Starting my new job has given me new confidence in myself and made me realise and remember how important change is for our mind.
I feel like this book was a long time coming for me and I can’t believe it has taken so long to find something that is really inspiring in terms of being a woman and going through menstruation. I literally loved this book from beginning to end, I was most looking forward to reading about diet and exercise but truthfully was interested in all of the chapters.
Taking it back to the beginning, I don’t really remember sex ed class at school or having much of a period talk but I know it was presented as more of a daunting issue rather than being a ‘crowning achievement of evolution and reproduction’ as Alisa describes it in her book. There’s also the truth behind many myths such as Cramps are unavoidable and Being on the pill helps you regulate your period which many of us grow up hearing and believing to be true.
If you are willing to invest a little into yourself, the myflo app is great (costs less than £2) and allows you to keep track of your cycle as well as offering advice and support throughout each phase. There’s even more stuff to buy into like supplements, diet plans etc. which I guess would be useful if you have serious PMS, cramps, hormones or other symptoms that you want to reduce. Ultimately the book is saying that if you’ve ever suffered during your hormonal cycle, it didn’t need to be that way and things can get better if you work on it.
I’m sharing this because I know someone out there will find it useful. I originally heard about the book from @Sophiatheherbalist over on Instagram, who has a great platform if you are interested in medical herbalists, definitely check her out.
So I recently ordered food from a zero waste supermarket where everything is ordered in bulk and when you make a purchase it is distributed into paper bags (depending on the item) and brought to you in a cardboard box, similar to what you get in supermarkets. It’s a fairly new concept as there aren’t many stores like this but I think it’s a very good idea at reducing plastic use and waste. I wasn’t able to do a full shop and purchase a variety of things but I was able to get a good selection.
I think my favourite things so far were the mango strips which I absolutely love, you must try them if you haven’t already. It is definitely something to fill a sugar craving however, because they are sweet be mindful of your teeth. I also really liked the desiccated coconut which I ended up sprinkling on just about everything I ate such as a couscous salad, scones topped with jam, mixing into a chicken curry and baking. So far, none on the paper bags have ripped which was good however you can really notice how much oil is in the desiccated coconut as the bag did become quite dark after it arrived so I put it into a used pasta jar.
Actually as you can see below, I’ve been keeping a few used glass jars so that I can use them as food storage later on. I’m trying to do my bit for the environment and reduce my waste where possible, it’s not anything major but I do believe that we all have our part to play.
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I’ve literally been carrying packed lunches with me for such a long time, back when I was in school as a kid up till now as an adult going to work. I love carrying lunches to work, not only do you save money but you can personalise your meals and really enjoy what you’re eating. There are a lot more options available now but the general cheese and salad or chicken mayo just doesn’t do it for me. Most days I keep my lunches pretty simple because I don’t like feeling super full or bloated at work, so I opt for foods that are fairly filling, nutritious but still tasty. Recently, I’ve been preparing my work lunches before I leave out in the mornings so that I have even more time to myself when I get back in the late afternoon/evening.
I think my current favourite lunch for work has to be a seasoned couscous salad, usually plain couscous sprinkled with salt, chilli flakes, garlic powder and dried herbs. Sometimes I’ll even add some toasted pine nuts for extra flavour which are high in calories, specifically protein helping me to keep fuller for longer.
Quick work lunches ideas:
Peanut butter sandwich
Pasta: sauce, tuna, sweetcorn, carrot, spring onion, cheese, kale
Leftover homemade pizza
Couscous salad: tuna, sweetcorn, carrot, pine nuts, lettuce, cucumber, radish, sliced spring onions