Homemade Granola

My latest healthy baking attempts have been a disaster, and each time I swear its the last time. Then I pull up my socks and refuse to give in. With my confidence being knocked I needed to try something requiring minimal ingredients and instructions!

My sister has mentioned a few times that I should make homemade granola, and I happen to have a load of oats, nuts and dates mixed together after an earlier baking disaster. I just added honey and melted butter (or you can use oil apparently) till it was lightly coated and baked in an oven, stirring every so often so it baked evenly. I brought it out when it was golden brown all over and crunchy.

Yum! It was a big hit with me, and more miraculously, my kids. Even my extremely fussy eater came back for seconds.

Next time I’m going to use this proper recipe and make it even more delicious mmmmm!


Word of Wisdom

Summer is my favourite season. I absolutely adore and mentally thrive being outdoors, and I’m able to be out a little more because warmth helps a little.

We eat a lot of junk though, everybody would rather be outside doing something fun than cook a meal. So we end up with the processed, easy option.

In one of my previous posts I wrote about mindful eating. I’ve really tried to incorporate this into my life. My healthy eating ebbs and flows throughout the year, but being mindful of my eating helps me take away the guilt and has encouraged me to increase the healthier food throughout the unhealthy periods of my diet because I am aware that my body needs the right fuel. I definitely recommend it, if you are looking to change your lifestyle for the long term.

I’ve spent a lot of the past few years trying to work out what diet is right for my health and now I have a family I want to find the diet that will fit with all of us. There’s a lot of advice out there. It takes a while to sift through it all and decide which is right. My church have a Word of Wisdom which is a health code we’re expected to live by.

The principles of the Word of Wisdom are
• Abstaining from alcohol, tea and coffee, tobacco and drugs.
• Eat meat sparingly.
• Make use of herbs and grains.
We are also advised to
• Avoid extremes and fads.

While sifting through all the information there is about diets and food, I think these are good, sound principles to follow that make healthy sense.

It also promises great things as a result of living by it, such as

“health in their navel and marrow to their bones;

And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;

And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint”

D&C 89:18-20

Although I like the idea of running and not be weary and walking and not feeling faint very much the quote below says, it is not a promise of perfect health right now, but it will keep your mind and body working to the best that it is able.

When you have an illness without known cause or cure it’s easy to spend countless hours searching for the key to perfect health and try all sorts of remedies. Some help, some don’t, but giving your mind and body it’s best fighting chance just makes sense to me.

I hope you are enjoying summer as much as you are able 😀

Mindful Eating 

Each day I’m bombarded by food posts on social media in the form of recipes; scare stories; advice and information; adverts etc. Food is such a hot topic for me that it elicits a variety of emotional responses, but the biggest one is guilt.

I’ve had a funny relationship with food since my teens. I’ve always been conscious of my weight,despite being slim, and conscious of healthy/ unhealthy food. I’d try all sorts of different diets. I remember once doing a low fat diet, before I understood about calories, and would eat a big bag of haribo every night because they contained little fat. Later on I would make a million resolves to be healthier and eat less right after I devoured a load of food (Once, I ate an 8 pack of penguins and then vowed to stay off chocolate for a year … It lasted a week!)

About a year before I became ill with M.E. I was diagnosed with IBS and so I began a wheat and dairy free diet. I discovered I’m pretty motivated if I’ve got a plan to stick to. This trait of mine came in handy when a few years down the line I tried a very restrictive diet, alongside the Perrin Treatment, for my health. I ate extremely healthy for a year and a half. After that pregnancy sickness and cravings, moving into our own home and caring for little kids all made a healthy, strict diet very difficult – It takes a lot of preparation, planning and extra finances to eat an enjoyable healthy diet.

For the past 4 years (where does the time go?!) I’ve eaten as healthy as I can, with unhealthy blips, like Christmas, inbetween. I feel constant guilt that I’m not eating well enough. Sometimes this guilt spurs me on to eating better, sometimes it sends me straight to the chocolate cake.  Although I’m a more sensible eater now and try to eat as well and as healthy as my energy and circumstances permit, I continue to have an underlying sense of guilt that I should be eating better.

My Perrin practitioner would always tell me that I should be ok with whatever choice I made when eating and not beat myself up about it. It’s important to remove all guilt and negative associations with food. It was thinking in this vein that reminded me of an email I received a few months back. Usually I would disregard emails like this, but the caption appealed to me – “Why dieting doesn’t work”. It contained a link to a YouTube video of a TED talk about mindful eating. I can’t usually sustain concentration for too long, but I was really interested in all she had to say and watched it all straight away, rewinding every now and then to really get the gist of it. It’s worth a watch if you’ve got the time and energy:

It makes sense to me that the more notice we take of what we consume and the more we are mindful of it we will recognise what effect it is having on us, whether good or bad , and we will be more inclined to eat better.  These three quotes explain it well

there is no right or wrong way to eat, but rather varying degrees of consciousness about what we are eating and why. The goal of mindful eating, then, is to base our meals on physical cues, such as our bodies’ hunger signals, not emotional ones — like eating for comfort.

Jenni Grover, Huffington Post

Mindful eating is not a diet, or about giving up anything at all. It’s about experiencing food more intensely — especially the pleasure of it. You can eat a cheeseburger mindfully, if you wish. You might enjoy it a lot more. Or you might decide, halfway through, that your body has had enough. Or that it really needs some salad.

Jeff Gordinier, The New York Times

Mindful eating helps us learn to hear what our body is telling us about hunger and satisfaction. It helps us become aware of who in the body/heart/mind complex is hungry, and how and what is best to nourish it. Mindful eating is natural, interesting, fun, and cheap.

Jan Chozen Bays M.D, Psychology Today

The process of mindful eating is a long one by its nature. To do it properly would take a long time at each meal, but we can make a start by following the suggestions on this picture from www.eatingmindfully.com and becoming more mindful when we eat.


It’s removing all distractions and really being in the moment of eating; noticing your thoughts and feelings before, during and after; observing the food, it’s smells, textures appearance; stopping when you feel satisfied; paying attention.

I thought this article was also good in explaining how to eat mindfully:


Although it sounds a bit far-out and hippyish I can really see how mindful eating can remove the battles I have with myself over food and help in achieving a healthier diet.

What are your thoughts on mindful eating? Have you tried it? Would you try it? Let me know in the comments 😊


Simply Naturals Sizzling Minerals Review

*This is not an endorsement or an   advertisement for Simply Naturals Sizzling minerals. This is an honest, unbiased review.

Everyone I know seems to be jumping on the MLM (multi-led marketing) bandwagon. All of them offer ‘great rewards’ for hard working new recruits, and the majority of budding “entrepreneurs” have come to me in hope that the amazing products they’ve found will improve my health.

Whilst I’d love a quick-fix miracle cure, if it was that easy I’d be better by now! However, I was approached by one friend whose numerous attempts to get me to try the product (at her own expense, I might add) were genuine. Her health hadn’t been good for the past few years and we shared quite a few symptoms.

She called me to tell me she had discovered Simply Natural Minerals and her health had improved massively since being on them. She had more energy and her hair and skin were in better condition. She told me how much more she was able to do now, and I admit I was impressed. She implored me to try them, but I don’t part with money easily, and I’m a sceptic when it comes to these things.

Over the next couple of months she told me of more and more people who had tried the minerals and improved with them, particularly one lady with ME. She also told me of an offer where I could try them and get my money back if they didn’t work. That was what swayed me in the end and I placed an order.

first pack from simply naturals sizzling minerals order

I chose the Cherry flavour. It wasn’t very cherry and it was quite tart. But I’m not a big fan of sweet drinks so I wasn’t put off by it. It took a couple of minutes for the wafer to fully dissolve.

cherry mineral wafer dissolving in a glass

The only difference I noticed during the first few days were that my number two’s were a green colour. Then the headaches started. I’m prone to headaches any way but these were a lot more intense in pain, concentrated in one area and sore to touch. I also got more intense pains in my arms and legs. After nearly two weeks I stopped taking the minerals and the symptoms stopped. I was told to cut my wafer in half and have half in the morning, half in the evening to help my body digest it better, but it didn’t help.

A month later I tried the orange ones to see if a different flavour would help. My sister gave me 4 of her wafers. I didn’t have any adverse affects to the orange ones but I also didn’t feel any improvements either. All the reviews I read and the people I knew who had taken them said they felt improvements within the first day or two. I decided not to continue; partly because I’d felt no improvements, partly because the side effects I’d felt in the previous batch had made me wary.

Although my experience wasn’t a great one, I do know they have worked for my friend and I gave the rest of my minerals to my sister who has had some health troubles since pregnancy. For her they did make a difference. She’s kindly shared her experience:

Before I got pregnant I would run every morning for half an hour and was a size 10. I would walk to get anywhere I needed to go even if it took me over an hour and wouldn’t bat an eye about it.

By 8 weeks in my pregnancy I got incredibly ill. Most days I couldn’t get out of bed or even look at a phone screen without being violently sick. At my worst I couldn’t even talk, if I did I’d be interrupted by vomit. The sickness eventually got better to the point that I could perform the basic functions of every day life.

As the pregnancy progressed my health got worse. I would get flu symptoms without having the flu, I would get physically shattered after standing up for 5 minutes to do the washing up. My daily choices energy wise became having a shower in the morning and getting dressed properly or doing the chores for the day.

After giving birth to the most glorious beautiful little boy my health did start to improve as in the sickness left and I could stand for a little bit longer but my energy choices were still the same and I still got the flu like symptoms without having the flu.

6 months on and the thought of exercise was still a pipe dream. My sister convinced me to try the sizzling minerals. They hadn’t worked for her but she thought they might be worth a try for me.

Sceptically I gave them a try. I was very pleasantly surprised. 4 days into taking them I walked for 40 minutes and still had enough energy left to make tea for the family and the flu symptoms had stopped. I had also started to eat very healthily around the same time as taking the minerals and I wondered whether my change had happened because of that and not the minerals so I kept eating healthy and stopped taking the minerals. After a day the flu symptoms came back and I was lethargic. I started taking the minerals again and 4 days later felt amazing.

I’m now 2 months into taking the minerals and healthy eating. I’m walking 10,000 steps a day, sometimes 20,000 and going to the gym 3-4 times a week. With being so unwell for a long time I’m now a size 16 so exercise is not as easy as it was but I’m on my way back to what I was and I’m feeling fantastic 😊