Saturday, 15 April 2017

Top Health Apps and Trackers

“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” – Herman Hesse

March In Review video






Breathing Zone (on iTunes) 

Breathing Zone (on Android)


Period Tracker (on Android)

Period Tracker (on iTunes)


Other useful wellbeing videos from Life In Recovery:



Getting active after being bedbound

Gym workouts

Do you use health trackers or apps? Technophobe or tech-lover? What are some of your favourites?

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Month In Review: MARCH 2017

Quote of the month: "You get in life what you have the courage to ask for." - Oprah Winfrey

Healthy meal/food: supplement regime

Lesson of the month: Don't burn the candle at both ends

Healthy thing: group exercise

Goal for April: routine of good food, exercise, study/work and being outside with friends

What was your favourite thing about March? How would you sum up the month in a quote? I'd love to know if you have a goal for April!

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Simply Cook: Thai Red Prawn Curry - REVIEW

I was recently emailed to ask if I wanted to try out a Simply Cook recipe box*. Having never heard of them - I checked out their website and was quickly intrigued with the nifty concept; a box of spices and flavours featuring four recipes, posted through your letterbox to make quick, tasty and healthy meals.

So, a couple of weeks ago came the familiar sound of the letterbox going, and among the usual bills and leaflets was a slim box carrying the precious ingredients for my next week's dinners.

In each box you get four recipe cards, and four containers of the spices you need to make each one. All you have to do is buy the fresh ingredients, follow the simple step-by-step guide whilst cooking and then voila - eat!
Four spice boxes: Malay Laksa, BBQ Tandoori, Bokkeumbap, Thai Red Prawn Curry
The recipe card and shopping list
I decided to cook the Thai Red Prawn Curry - I followed the steps exactly, although I added a load of extra vegetables and cooked rice noodles, instead of plain rice (my small act of rebellion). I think this just shows that the recipe is very versatile and allows you to tweak it. I love a lot of vegetables, and the only drawback, or negative thing I have to say about the recipe is that I felt the recipe lacked vegetables. But this was easily rectified, by adding some tenderstem broccoli and green beans to the dish.

Three spice pots
Overall, the dish turned out to be delicious. A tangy, flavoursome and more-ish meal - that had a good hit of heat. It was also even more yummy the next day, reheated. I found it to be the perfect balance of creaminess with a punch of chilli - the ideal feast on a cool night while curled up in front of the TV, or shared with friends over a few drinks. It's comfort food at its best!

If you want a quick, tasty and crowd-pleasing meal (they really do only take 15-20 minutes to make from scratch) then Simply Cook have provided me with a discounted trial box for only £3 to offer to you - click here to get this awesome deal - your taste-buds will thank you!

Have you ever tried a recipe kit box? What were your experiences like? 

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Simply Cook kindly sent me a box to try, free of charge, and they have provided an affiliate link for you to use for your first box, at a discounted rate. However, the opinions above are all my own, nor was the box sent with any proviso that I would write a review (favourable or otherwise). 

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Reflections - things I learned from 2016

Here is the second instalment of my 'Reflecting on 2016' series. If you didn't catch the first one, listing some of my favourite things click here, and if you want to read my life lessons from 2015, and see if I repeat any (I did have to check myself) then click here...

  • Being a student isn't all laughter and hanging out with your mates
  • Being a student isn't all studying and hanging out in the library
  • You can't make yourself feel more for someone than you do, however much you may want to
  • Grief can hit you out of the blue
  • I don't like my family living in different countries
  • Change is good
  • I'm learning to love LinkedIn
  • My intuition/gut instinct is spookily correct
  • Law degrees are hard work
  • Goodbyes are never easy
  • I somehow know enough about make-up that I got offered a job at Space NK on a window-shopping trip
  • Just because someone has done a "bad" thing, it doesn't make them a "bad" person
  • Sometimes you have to go further into something to get closure/know where you stand/know how you feel
  • I look younger than I am
  • 'Feeling the fear and doing it anyway' is harder than it sounds
  • I'm more comfortable with being wrong, or looking silly, than I ever have been
  • I don't always practise what I preach
  • When you know, you know, and don't let anyone (including yourself) convince you that you don't
  • I have a fantastic NHS doctor (not a new lesson)
  • It takes me a while to open up, and that's okay (another not new lesson)
  • I love an afternoon of batch-cooking
  • Flu over Christmas and New Year is the worst
  • I'm one of life's feeders/looker-afterers
  • It's enough for things to be 'good enough'
  • It's okay to feel like you've made a mistake 
  • I'd rather try than not
  • I'm still finding my balance
  • I'm still finding my health
  • I can be made speechless
  • I can achieve things I thought were impossible for me
  • There is always a positive to every negative
  • This year has far outweighed my expectations
  • I am now sufficiently enough of a grown-up that if I get a bad haircut, I don't cry
  • I am not sufficiently enough of a grown-up when it comes to needing help with my CV
  • Inside me is a lioness that I am able to tap into more and more
  • Life is still an incredible, surprising and wonderful thing (and far too much has happened this year for me to neatly sum it up in these lessons)
What life lessons did 2016 bring for you?

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