favourite snack!

This is such a moorish snack! For me, being lactose intolerant, it’s such a treat being able to eat what I call normal cheese. Any cheese aged/matured¬†over 3 months is supposed to be ‘safe’ for us who cannot enjoy certain cheeses. So for example parmesan, pecorino etc is all good! The one below is 9 months mature, so I can eat it without any trouble and it works great when grated over food in the oven too…

 

 

 

sleep your troubles away

This is one of my old EVE articles which I instinctively went back to today as I really need some advise on how to sleep better. All I really need is a reminder of things that help…some basic ideas. So, here are some of my own ūüėČ

“I‚Äôve realised I‚Äôm blessed in this department because as soon as I hit¬†the pillow I sleep, and wake up rested, but I‚Äôve also experienced¬†sleepless nights which drove me insane, and it got me thinking of the¬†importance of a good nights sleep.Here are some ideas, whether you have serious trouble sleeping or just¬†want to make use of the night, as part of a healthy lifestyle. They are¬†all well known, but just like people need a constant reminder to drink¬†plenty of water every day, to keep their body and skin hydrated, this is¬†simply a push in the right direction.

  • Start by looking at your day- if you are stressed or worried it will¬†cause tension which makes it hard for the body to relax and fall¬†asleep. Work-related thoughts need to take a step back until the next¬†day, as there is nothing you can do about them in that moment,¬†worrying about someone or something will only seem bigger the day¬†after if you are not rested. Tell yourself you need to be re-charged¬†in order to face whatever troubles you may have. Picture yourself in a¬†more stress-free environment and work towards finding a balance.
  • Spend as much time as you can outside in daylight,take a break from¬†computers and office light whenever you can, or let in natural light,¬†this will make you naturally tired as oppose to¬†staring-into-a-screen- tired‚Äô
  • Prepare your bedroom for a good nights sleep ‚Äďclean sheets, cool¬†temperature, dark and free from noise. Invest in a proper pillow and¬†mattress if they are causing you to feel stiff and tensed when waking¬†up.
  • Find a ritual before going to bed- take a warm bath or shower using¬†relaxing bath oils, light a aromatherapy candle, listen to calming¬†music, read a book or magazine or listen to audio-books or relaxing talk on CD.¬†Using a sleep mask also helps to remove any light.

Avoid- alcohol or drinks containing caffeine just before sleep, time in front of the computer or TV (or any screen) and smoking.

Sweet dreams…."Sweet dreams" by lenahcaruana on Polyvore

 

my latest article for Femme Magazine

This article is all about tanning. Real tan vs fake tan.

It surprised me when I was reading up on the subject how little we know about the importance of Vitamin D. You always hear about Vitamin A, B, C and E but not much about D. So many people suffer from a D deficiency since we spend too little time in natural daylight. It seems we either sit inside in front of a laptop¬†or¬†we go nuts on the beach, hours and hours soaked in spf 4 oil compared to years ago when people weren’t chained to their office or laptop and instead spent more time outdoors, able to soak up the vitamins but avoiding getting burned.

The right way to get the most out of the sun and its important health benefits is to spend a few minutes here and there, enough to take up the important vitamin, but not long enough for your skin to turn light pink. Once you know you’ll be long in the sun, apply sun lotion, or even better; cover up with long sleeves, hat and glasses!

 

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fruvia

This is by far the best alternative to soft drinks so far, I have tried the orange flavour and it did not make me sick like other soft drinks. I dont touch anything that contains artificial sweeteners such as asparthame, sorbitol etc, so this feels a bit more safe.

Locally made, low in calories and sweetened with stevia, this is my new prosecco. Kidding. But its a good option when you are out of ideas in a coffee shop.

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Pineapple crush

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I'm obsessed, as always having to find balance in what I eat, but pineapple has proven to be so helpful in so many ways.

"Bromelain found in pineapples work to neutralize fluids to ensure that they are not too acidic. It also helps regulate the secretions in the pancreas to aid in digestion. Apart from that, since bromelain has protein-digesting properties, it can keep the digestive track healthy."

I eat it chopped in pieces or as a fresh juice, either way, it's tasty and healthy. The only thing I notice on the negative side, is that it tend to cause a bit of a itchy rash on my face around the mouth. Maybe it's too sweet :)

"Since pineapples are rich in vitamin C, it can fight off viruses that cause cough and colds. Even when you are already infected with such ailment, pineapples can help you. These fruits have bromelain, which is effective in suppressing coughs and loosening mucus. Eating pineapples while taking the right medications prescribed by the doctor for your sickness can help you recover more quickly."

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Morning smoothie

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I had coffee and went straight to drop Aiden at school and then off to the gym for over an hour, and totally forgot to eat before?! Never happens. I came home and wasn't even as hungry as I should've been, so I took the time to prepare a massive smoothie with blueberries, fresh pineapple, banana and some oats. I'm so beyond full now, enough to last all day.

Another thing I noticed, apart from the fact that pineapple is the sh*t for a happy tummy (I ate a small plate for breakfast when we were in Rome, and realised in the evening that my tummy was ok even though I had eaten some crap during the day. So now, I take a cup full of fresh pineapple every morning and trust me, it does miracles!)

Anyway, what I was going to say was that I am not all for redness. Red meat, red wine, red pepper...they don't agree with my stomach! I no longer choose meat and red wine and instead I go for chicken or fish and white wine. If we're out...or for a BBQ. I checked about it and apparantly red wine and red meats are the no 1 things to avoid if you suffer from IBS.

Why didn't anyone tell me haha.

My breakfast. 

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