Curly Kale crisps! 

I’ve decided to make myself some crisps. These aren’t your usual crisps, they are kale crisps! You can buy these in Prett and Waitrose, but they cost a fortune when you can make them for next to nothing!

I researched kale and found it is one of the most wonderful things for your body. Not only is it full of vitamins and low in fat, but it’s got many antioxidants in which are believed to help combat that horrible nasty thing called cancer! 

These crisps are super yummy and have been fantastic for a snack, eating with Thai green curry or mixing into a salad.

So how did I make them?

  1. Curly kale from supermarket 
  2. Sugar / salt
  3. Oil (olive oil)

Toss the curly kale and olive oil in a bowl together. Mix it with a tiny bit of salt and spread on a baking tray.

Next put the tray in the oven and cook it on 180 degrees until crispy for about ten minutes. Toss the kale over and put back in for another five minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool.

When it’s out toss it in some sugar (I suggest a pinch of soft brown!) then serve!

All photos from Pinterest ❤️

Adult acne update 

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a good weekend so far. 

I wanted to post an update on my skin. Last year I blogged about having adult acne and the problems / complications this has brought me. 

Well, today I wanted to update you on what it was like having to take roaccutane and what it has been like since! 

So what exactly is roaccutane and what is it used for?

“Retinoids work by reducing the amount of the oily substance (i.e. sebum) made by glands in your skin, reducing bacteria and inflammation and opening clogged pores. There are many different types of medicines used to treat acne. ROACCUTANE is used for more severe cases. It was originally created to combat skin cancer. ROACCUTANE is found to cure 70% of patients first time round.”

So now you know what it is and why it’s used! A few things about roaccutane are, you can’t have a child, you get ache pain and it can cause severe depression. It was actually nicknamed the suicide pill in the USA! 

Anyway, my update. Annoyingly it didn’t work for me. I was on 90mg from July to December which is a high dose and good length of time. It for the most cured some of the acne but not all of it. 

Now I’m back at stage one again trying to rid myself of this horrible acne as well as the scars that have appeared as a result! 

I recently went to see a new dermatologist and we decided that roaccutane was a bad idea to try again, because I had reduced muscular strength, weight gain and a worsened knee injury caused from skiing! This photo of Jon and I was taken a week ago on a day out in London. As you can see, there are clear signs of acne on my cheeks, nose and forehead. I actually covered my face in BB cream, foundation and coverup, but it’s still showing through!This is what my skin is looking like now, after a week of new treatment from the dermotologist. There is still clear evidence that I have acne, the scars are still visible and it is still slightly inflamed. 

I am now at a stage where I am able to exercise properly following roaccutane, which seriously affected my knee joins and I’m loosing weight gradually as well as safely! I’m trying to eat properly, reduce my lactosefree – dairy intake and drink more coconut and soy. I am still having issues with my knees, it hurts to drive and walk downstairs but I’m hoping with weight loss this will lessen. 

Another positive thing you will notice is that the skin unaffected is flawless! The new medicine I’m now on consists of two topical creams and a tablet to have daily. 

The creams are two that ‘peel’ your skin off and cause an almost sunburnt effect to the face, removing the top layers of skin to help promote growth and new ones. One of which is like roaccutane, but doesn’t hurt my insides. The tablets I’m now on are to clear infection and rid me of any future acne. It’s hard to say if it’s working so far, I’m only a week in and it’s a 4-8 month treatment! 

So, I’m hoping that over the next few months this will be the final battle to rid my skin of acne! I wanted to update everyone because I know how hard I found this and still do, and think it’s nice to feel human and read that other girls in their mid 20’s are experiencing the same thing as you! 

I’ll keep everyone updated on this and what does and doesn’t help. X

Smile like everyone’s watching

No matter how awkward, difficult or bad things can get in life I believe it is important to treasure life and all the happy moments it brings! Today had its ups and downs, but no matter how down things can get I believe that the positive and good things will outshine them and continue to glow brighter and brighter until they become the happy thing in a day.

JK always knows what to say!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Good morning everyone! It’s Tuesday today and the first day back at work for most of us which means it’s only a four day week!

It’s extremely windy here in Wiltshire today but the sun is shining which is great. Just a bit of positivity for everyone today from me…

Remember to smile, hold your chin up and do things that make you happy. Ignore others negativity and walk away, cut them loose and surround yourself with people who are happy, fun and live their life to the full! Don’t allow people to hold your past against you, we all make mistakes and we all live and learn! I believe things happen for a reason so live in the moment and be yourself! 

From Pinterest

Potatoes 

Potatoes and I have had an on off relationship for years now! I’ve always stated to my mum that potatoes give me horrific stomach pains and quite a nasty blood and build up of gas in my stomach that makes me sluggish and uncomfortable.

I don’t eat them if I can help it and often avoid chips when I go out to eat, opting for my favourite sweet potato fries instead! Last night my family and I sat down to our roast dinner of potatoes / Yorkshire puddings / vegan burgers and vegetables! It was delicious! But what I couldn’t shift was the starch gripping to my teeth and the slow feeling of gas building up in my tummy like a hot air balloon. 

Now it doesn’t have to be said, but a female having gas is most unattractive and quite often the most embarrassing thing in the world when you know you have to hold it in! But in this situation, I was in agony.

I mentioned to my Mum (background in medicine) about this again and actually told her about it seriously! She told me she wasn’t surprised as my Dad had similar symptoms after eating potatoes and had done for years… (My dad’s the one who passed on the lactose intolerance on to me, it’s hereditary and can skip a generation). 

I wanted to share this with everyone just so you know you’re not alone and you’re not weird for thinking or feeling something. If your gut (in this case literally) is telling you something my advice is to listen! You know your own body better than anyone and thus, I’m removing white potato from my diet from now on. Completely! I doubt I’ll miss them to be honest as they really do annoy me. The best thing is just to listen to your body and decide if it’s right or wrong!

Recipe: coconut vegan bites

To help with my weight loss and fitness, as well as my crave to bake and make things almost daily my mum and I came up with these little yummies! They were actually inspired by Delciously Ella’s energy balls, only ours are tons cheaper and yummier than ever’ we used dates from a huge pack that we got wholesale at the market! You don’t need medjooil dates everytime! They’re expensive and I personally think, best eaten alone. 

You will need:

  1. Food processor
  2. Dates (no stone)
  3. Dried fruit (we use our dehydrator. Blueberries / strawberries / apple / pineapple
  4. Coconut powder / flour

To make:

  1. Dry out the fruit on a dehydrator till it’s almost hard but still a tiny bit soft.
  2. Put to one side to rest and cool
  3. Mix a handful of dates in a food processor (they’ll sound loud and vicious!)
  4. Add the fruit to the date mix 
  5. At this point it should be sticky and dough like… if not add a bit of water
  6. Kneed to a dough
  7. Separate into small balls
  8. Roll into the coconut flower
  9. Eat!

It’s just that simple! So simple in fact that you only need telling once! You’ll be making these in no time!


Tip: If you don’t have a dehydrator then use the oven to slowly heat the fruit and remove moisture! I hate oil so never use oil on these! It gives them the worst flavour and after taste!

 They’re so yummy even Henry my nine month old puppy wants them!

Ups and Downs

So far I am doing so well with this whole new ‘eating healthily’ and trying my best to keep up the exercise and I really mean that… I’m trying my best.

It should be easy to just cut something out and replace it with something else right? You just don’t eat the other thing and then eat the new thing (or something like that)?

No, I have fallen off the waggon once or twice over the last week and it has upset me, made me feel sick (physically) and made me feel fat and like I should just give up on everything and be a fat slob who sits on the sofa moaning about how unfair the world is.

So what have I been binging on? 

Weird things actually… one of which is icing sugar and cake batter. I just whip up these quickly in a mug and sit there crying to myself about how life is so hard eating it with a spoon (hypothetically speaking). After I finish a spoonful or two I feel physically sick but I haven’t let myself be sick, just to remind myself how it feels when I fall off the wagon a bit.

I know some people like Deliciously Ella discourage you from counting calories. But I disagree with her on this hugely. Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it is ok to eat lots of it. It means it is good for us in moderation and I need to track this and moderate my eating habits.

Yesterday (and the day before that) I did quite well…. I had two spoonfuls of cake batter and a bit of icing sugar and that was literally it when it comes to remind sugars and things that aren’t good for us. Otherwise I ate fruit / bulgar / veggies and a bit of tofu (oh and a little bit of bread but nothing to worry about).

I just wanted to write this blog so you all know that I am human and not some magical person who will loose 4 stone (56 pounds) and stay healthy forever. This is a hard mountain to climb and sometimes I am going to stop and rest for a moment and feel like turning around to go back to the comfort I once knew. But that just isn’t me. I am determined to succeed on this even if it takes until Christmas 2017.

Something else that I want to rant about quickly is the fact people post status on social media moaning about their bodies / foodie habits but seldom do anything about it. People stop doing this. It isn’t healthy for you, me or anyone else… I know you’re probably doing it to make yourself feel better and laugh at the situation at hand, but it just doesn’t do us any favours. Keep a positive mind and walk more, stand more, eat less and drink water! Thats what I do!

Anyway, just wanted to post this to remind everyone it isn’t easy but it will be in a few weeks time once I get into the swing of things and slowly but surely stop craving terrible sugary badness.

X