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Ham, cheese & yogurt muffins with St Helen's Farm

Ham, cheese & yogurt muffins with St Helen’s Farm

Since I’m on a detox sugar to avoid eating refined sugars (#week 9), I have been trying to find delicious, healthy recipes to keep me on the right track while enjoying my food. This ham, cheese, goats milk yogurt muffin recipe has been a major success in our household! It is exactly what you need to make healthy snacks for your children or if you are traveling and want to avoid eating all the junk food on the road. The original recipe was initially with wheat flour and cows milk yogurt but since I do not tolerate gluten and I find goats milk easier to digest than cows milk, I swapped both respectively for buckwheat flour and St Helen’s Farm goats milk yogurt which we have been using since Mila was little. The health benefits of goats’ milk Steve was the one who introduced me to the benefits of goats milk Vs cows milk when I stopped nursing Mila thirteen years ago. He has always been interested in health and well-being and as the son of a kiwi …

How to avoid a hangover

How to avoid a hangover

The obvious thing to avoid a hangover is not to drink in the first place or drink a reasonable amount but sometimes, we just need to let our hair down and have a good time. So here are a few useful tips that will help you to avoid a hangover, splitting headaches, dehydration, interrupted sleep, upset stomach or feeling lethargic… Tip #1: Don’t drink on an empty stomach If you are the party host, have healthy appetizers like carrot or cucumber sticks on rice cakes or gluten-free oatcakes. My favourites are Nairn’s gluten-free oatcakes with organic houmous which makes a great healthy snack and was recommended by my Nutritionist. Tip #2: Eat before going out If you are going out, eat a meal that involves carbs, proteins and healthy fats like this delicious spicy prawns salad rather than a green salad. Food will help slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol. Red meat is great too as it contains a high concentration of amino acids and B vitamins that help process the nasty byproducts of alcohol. Tip #3: Drink …

Un texte de William Saroyan

Try to learn to breath deeply

Such a beautiful text… I think, these words are by William Saroyan from his book “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze” and not Ernest Hemingway as Pinterest says it is. Would you agree? William Saroyan was among the most reputed American writers of the early 20th century. He would tell stories about the challenges and delights of rural America through the lens of life in the Central Valley of California. He won a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. “He is one of the most underrated writers of the century. He takes his place naturally alongside Hemingway, Steinbeck and Faulkner.” – Stephen Fry American Authors were my dad’s favourites. That’s all he read and he was reading a lot. He used to have a mood board in his bedroom with pictures of all his favourite American Authors. He was also fascinated by native Indians :-) What are your favourite American Authors? A few years back when I still had the time to read, I devoured anything written …

Breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed

Indulging in breakfast in bed this morning because I have a really busy week ahead and I need to quiet my mind to avoid giving into stress and panic. I’m off to Paris on Wednesday for a very exciting project dear to my heart. I’m going to photograph 20 women wearing a beautiful fashion collection over two days. Then Saturday, I’m photographing two more clients and will head to London next Monday. To add to the positive things, I’m kicking off week #4 of my sugar detox with the last slice of gluten-free, sugar-free banana cake I made over the weekend (recipe here). I found that baking a banana cake is the best way to use those dark, ripped bananas that the kids won’t eat. I like mine with some natural goat milk yoghurt but Mila loves warming it up and adding some butter on top. However, one thing that I learnt this weekend is that sugar-free or not, if a cake is available in the pantry I will eat it so next time, I will freeze half …

Create your own magic...

Create your own magic

I love the days between Xmas and New Year Eve when we have no real concept of what day of the week it is or how long they will last. It feels like we are in a little bubble, eating good food without feeling guilty and chilling out. I have been listening to a lot of podcasts on positive thinking and visualisation. My favourites are from Louise Hay and Abraham Hicks, both can be found on Youtube but if you have others to recommend, please do share them with me. I also started to meditate using Headspace. I’m only on day 4 but that is something I would like to do regularly in 2018 because I can see how just tuning in for 10 minutes, helps me to get a feel for everything. I don’t have specific resolutions for 2018 other than feeling good and that may take many forms or shapes but that’s all I’m planning to achieve in 2018 and I’m looking forward to this new year which I think it’s going to …

5 petites habitudes à instaurer pour améliorer votre bien-être

5 positive habits that will improve your wellbeing

If you always end up feeling exhausted by the time comes Christmas/the end of the year or if you are just interested in doing things that will improve your wellbeing, I think you will enjoy this article. I am, for the first time in over a decade, feeling great, fairly energetic, happy and definitively excited by the year ahead and the things I’m going to do and the fact that it is something I achieved despite a very painful loss, gives me a tremendous amount of joy and pride. It’s quite a good feeling when you finally manage to do something you’ve set yourself to do ages ago isn’t it!? So what did I do to come to this “blissful” state of mind… Well…I spent the last couple of years reassessing what was working for me and what wasn’t. What made me laugh, feel good Vs what made me feel stressed out and I made a few changes. So here are a few positive habits that will improve your wellbeing if you apply them in the forthcoming …

White stonewashed linen

How & why I take care of myself & will take a day off without feeling guilty

I was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday. I have been nursing a sore throat since I came back from London and it was also the ‘2-year anniversary’ date since my dad died so I decided to take it easy. Being gentle with myself and learning when it’s time to slow down is something I’ve learnt the hard way these past few years. The biggest warning I received, was when I got hit by depression four years ago. To these days, I’m hugely grateful it had happened to me and that was also, able to recover from it and move on. Nowadays, I pay attention to what I eat, drink, how I sleep and how much stress there is my life and I make regular adjustments (see my articles on well-being). So I don’t feel guilty when I take a day off watching Netflix because I know that, once I feel better, I will catch up on all the things I need to do.I had this little ball of fur to keep me company: …

How to do the 20 days lemon detox

How to do the 20 days lemon detox

Today is the change of season (hello Autumn!) so a few friends, my sister and I, are kicking off a 20-days lemon detox. As I got a few questions on Instagram last night, I thought I would quickly explain it if you want to jump on the wagon and do it too. Lemon detox at the change of season is recommended by Naturopaths and in Chinese medicine. The benefits: Doing a lemon detox is a great way to stimulate your immune system, cleanse your liver, heal your guts from candida albicans (yeast), clear your skin, get more energy, stronger hair, nails, etc… Basically, there is heaps of advantages in doing a lemon detox at the change of season. While a lemon detox is not a detox to lose weight, you may lose a bit, providing you’re eating clean. “One of my sister’s colleagues did it last year when Elodie mentioned it to her and she lost 4 kg in the process.” I have never done a 20-days lemon detox before but I have been drinking a …