Hello lovely individuals.
I hope that you’ve been having a lovely week so far. I have been on holiday now for a bit and it has been pure bliss. Whilst having all this extra time on my hands I have seriously loved doing yoga pretty much every day of the week.
For a while I’ve been in a bit of a work-out slump. I felt like I was working out rather intensely, running longer distances etc. but not feeling good about it. Since reconnecting in my practice I’ve really felt my passion and overall will to exercise increase. It feels so good to move your body in the right way, and yoga allows me to do just that.
So if you’ve never tried it I 100% encourage you to give it a go. Seriously, I have never walked out of a yoga class or stepped out of a pose and not felt better. There is something about the practice that just opens your heart to the many joys and blessings that life has to give you.
I have decided to add a few yoga tips and “what to bring along to your first class” for all the newbies out there. Heck, I am still a new yogi, whilst I’ve been practising for around 2 years now I have so much to learn still and I am uber excited for the challenge and the growth that lies ahead.
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YOGA KNOW HOW:
- Make sure you don’t eat a heavy meal prior to class. I sometimes snack on a few almonds etc. if I feel I need the extra boost, but leave at least 1 1/2 hours of no-eating before you enter class.
- For your first class I recommend going at least 20 minutes early, you never know what the parking situation is and it’s super nice to meet your instructor-let them know it’s your first time and of any injuries you may have.
- Never compare yourself to others. Yoga is a personal journey. You are doing your best and that is what counts.
- It’s okay to giggle a bit in class, I know what it can be like if you go with friends or family, but try to be mindful of the others around you. Especially when leaving the room and individuals are still in shavasana.
- I always bring along a water but I try not drinking during class, I find it hinders my practice a bit and makes me less flexible. If you are feeling dizzy or not too good just be sure to lie down and focus on your breath.
- Have fun and just try your best.
Good News it’s almost Friday, which for me always means a perfect opportunity to do a little bit of self-care and indulgence.
Whether that be a big bubble bath or a cup of hot cocoa there are numerous ways that one can find enjoyment on their Friday Night. Sometimes I feel like seeing friends or dancing all night around the town, however some nights I just want to be home and find a little bit of inner peace and happiness after a long and rather stressful week.
I use a few products which I feel have really helped me to relax and feel pretty pampered. Let’s just call it a night time routine. Have a beautiful weekend and hopefully you feel a bit special too! You are worth it. xxx
I always light numerous candles- they are my fave. Secondly I am a big fan of my beautiful buddha sculpture. I love art and pottery. I think it’s such an incredible skill to have. I make use of an incense burner thing. I use the fragrance “SUN” from a beautiful shop in Woodstock called “Indigenous” – Definitely worth a visit if you’re ever Woodstock side.
In terms of face masks I can be pretty fussy sometimes. Yet I absolutely love the Body Shop “Seaweed” clay mask. I don’t recommend it though if your skin is rather dry, if so I recommend using the Nuxe “Masque Purificant” I got it for Christmas last year and although it is a rather luxurious product it really is worth it. So moisturising and purifying.
Lastly just before I hope into bed I will put some “Night” Oil on my temples, neck, wrists etc. It’s from a company called “wass” – A natural aromatherapy business stocking amazing products.
So yeah, those are all of my current favourites at the moment. It’s winter in South Africa at the moment so I won’t lie when I say that I am probably having one too many of these pamper nights. hahahaha, I think it’s good for the soul though.
All my love
Good day everyone!
I hope the week has been treating you well so far. Just thought I would quickly pop in to do a short write up of some of my absolute gems that I own. Yes, I am talking about recipe books. But to me they are so so much more.
Each book tells its own little story and really is an expression of the cook and person behind each dish and photograph. Simply put, I love and own way too many recipe books.
Nevertheless, I thought I would post a few of my favourites. Or should I say, current favourites- I can’t quite keep up. He he.
Recipe Book Must Haves:
- Xochi Balfour is a mindful genius who seriously has a way with her words and her incredible photography skills. Her book is absolutely beautiful. Be sure to try out the courgette bread. xxx
- Living the Healthy Life
- Jessica Sepel is an award-winning clinical nutrionist and absolutely phenomenal woman. I myself am actually a super proud JS Health Girl and have had the privilege of being able to keep in contact with Jessica and listen to her wise words. Her books are both absolutely amazing. The new one is an undoubted favourite of mine. Super simple and wholesome meals, even for a student budget. xx
- Deliciously Ella with Friends
- If you don’t know who Ella is you may not be living in the 21st century. Her story really is inspiring and her positive attitude for life and all things love and health remains infectious. Ella was actually the spark to my interest in health foods, from following her blog way back in 2013 I was an avid reader and adored each one of her recipes. I currently own three of Ella’s phenomenal books and each one continues to blow me away. Deliciously Ella with Friends is filled with nutritious plant-based recipes that keep you feeling super satisfied whilst still tasting amazing.
- I actually bought this book for my mum a few months ago and I may have stolen it a few times. Sarah Graham is a South African Chef and a real good one at it too. Her book is really lovely and I was rather blown away with how tasty all the meals have been. Whoop Go South Africa!
This week I really wanted to focus on a few things namely mindfulness, happiness and inner trust. I truthfully believe that all three are interconnected and that’s what I wanted to explore a bit more.
Mindfulness is such a big part of my life, it never used to be- being a fairly anxious individual- but now I cannot imagine my life without practising mindfulness.
So what exactly is it?
For me I would have to define it as a conscious effort to being aware of all of your surroundings, all of what you have and what you have been blessed with. Mindfulness means showing gratitude for what you have and what you simultaneously do not have. It is a state of inner peace with oneself and the world around them.
It can be incredibly difficult to establish mindfulness sometimes, with the ever-growing and fast-paced world things can get pretty chaotic rather quickly. I have put together a list of my favourite things to do in order to bring myself back to a state of “mindfulness” and serenity.
- Garden walks in nature – I take my little dogs with me which they absolutely adore.
- Sitting with a cup of your favourite tea and a good book. Pure bliss.
- Doing yoga, when it doubt – yoga it out.
- Just breathe- meditate for 10 minutes, you don’t have to panic that you’re doing it right! Just calmly sit or lie in a comfy position, eyes opened or closed and focus on your breath. You’ll be fine, I promise.
- Go on pinterest and find inspirational or mindful quotes, sounds silly but it always manages to make me feel better.
- Speak to loved ones or just be around good company.
- Laugh from the soul and appreciate the beautiful life you have.
Have a swell Monday.
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behold the most beautiful treat in the world.
So I have always wanted to experiment with vegan “cream cheese” aka cream cheese with no cream made entirely from a base of soaked cashews or any nut of choice. Thus I decided to whip out my food processor and just start playing around with what I had in my cupboards. I believe that I have made one of the yummiest ice-cream cakes you will ever try.
It is so decadent with every mouthful that I am really resisting the urge to go and eat another slice of the peace of heaven sitting in my fridge right now. So please go ahead and make these wholesome and delicious healthy treats. You deserve it!
- 3/4 cup of raisins
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
- less than 1 tbsp of coconut sugar ( any sweeter will do the trick)
Cinnamon Coconut Cheesecake:
- 4 1/2 tbsp of coconut cream
- 2/4 cup of cashews soaked overnight in water
- 1/4 cup of macadamias soaked overnight in water
- 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup of water
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 2 tsp of vanilla essence or 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of almond milk
- 1/4 cup of liquid sweetener- I used fynbos honey but agave will work super well if you are vegan.
Chocolate Cinnamon setting
- 5 tbsp of coconut oil
- 4 tbsp coconut cream
- 2 tbsp nut butter- I used cinnamon macadamia
- 2 tbsp of cacao powder. Use more if you are using cocoa powder.
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tbsp liquid sweetener, I used honey once again.
I recommend following the recipe over a course of two days. Trust me it is worth it.
Raisin and Cinnamon Base:
- Pulse all of the ingredients in a food processor on high until a stickyish and slightly crumbly base forms. Sometimes I add a touch of water, but just be patient the base does takes time due to the “tiny” raisins. If you use dates the base will have a much more sticky and easy to deal with consistency. I am sure it will still be delicious though.
- Pop in the freezer for at least 2 hours ( I do overnight)
Coconut and Cinnamon Cheesecake:
- Place the soaked nuts ( cashews and macadamias) in a food processor and process on high until a sort of paste forms.
- Add the water, pulse.
- Add the coconut cream, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and honey. Pulse.
- Scrape the sides of the machine periodically to ensure no chunky bits of are left before adding the melted coconut oil for a final whizz.
- Scoop the mixture onto the prepared base and smooth it out with a palette knife.
Chocolate cinnamon topping:
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse on high until a smooth and chocolatey consistency is met.
- Smear over the set cheesecake layer and place in the freezer to set.
* Add on’s:
I toasted some flaked almonds and splashed them all over the top of the chocolate layer before freezing.
Hope you love it as much as I do.