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How I take a day off from work 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 …

How to deal with criticism & improve your positive thinking

How to deal with criticism & improve positive thinking

Do you get hurt when you receive an unsolicited comment or criticism from someone close to you and would you like to know how to deal with criticism? Generally speaking, criticism sucks. It’s never nice to be at the receiving end of bad comments and even more when you didn’t ask for anyone’s opinion. A “friend”, once, told me that the item I wore (and loved!) didn’t suit me at all when I was telling her how much I loved that piece of clothing. I wasn’t hurt by her comment. I was in a good place in my life and when I narrated the conversation to my husband, it made me laugh thinking how rude, my friend’s comment was, given I hadn’t asked for her opinion. Some people need to work on their delivery and diplomatic skills I think. However, should I have been in a difficult place in my life at the time, her comment would have hurt me like hell I think. Since it was a recent friendship, I naturally distance myself a bit. …

5 feel-good things to do this year

5 feel-good things to do this year

I recently read my post from January 2016 about 4 feel-good things to achieve in 2016  and my excitement for the year ahead back then, made me smile. Considering, we had lost our dad two months before, my eagerness to move on as quickly as I could from the pain and grief, was a bit naive to say the least :-) 2016 was indeed a year of grief, acceptance and gratitude as we lost more loved ones and so did the rest of the world. I can feel this year has changed me though. I’m not sure if I have changed in a good or bad way but I certainly feel different with regular seismic kicks from my inner child who seems keen to get out and live her life to the full. How about you!? How are you feeling a few days in 2017? Business wise, 2016 was a big transitional year too. Closing the chapter on 10 years of my life when I sold the e-shop, was a big thing but I’m glad to say that it remains …

Happy New Year 2017

And so does the year 2017 begins…

2016 was a challenging, painful year for many people worldwide and close to us and sadly it’s not over for some but I’m absolutely convinced that we are turning a corner and here is what I wish for every single of you: * PEACE: To the risk of sounding like Miss World ????, I wish this world, our world…peace, love, understanding and gratitude and decent, honest, kind people in control of government matters. * HEALTH: To take care of yourself inside out by eating healthy whole foods and start exercising if you haven’t done it yet. Nobody is asking you to run a marathon but everyone can walk to work and it matters you matter! * LOVE: To love yourself just the way you are because YOU are unique and beautiful. * COURAGE: to make your dream comes true because believe me, you really can do this! * FORGIVENESS: To let go of things that hurt you & leave them where they belong…in the past. * RESPECT: To honour this planet we live on & make daily …

Gratitude

It has been a tough few days (actually a tough year but let’s focus on the last few days). We lost a chicken on Monday and that upset me more than I expected it would and yesterday, Steve and I went to a funeral as our friend Alexia lost her dad. 12 months after losing mine, feeling her intense pain and re-living the sense of loss and sadness we all felt, was extremely draining and painful. We, as a group of friends, have spent far too many times at the Crematorium these past few months…4 times in total, that’s one loved one gone every 3 months. Yet today, with tears in my eyes and my whole body aching, I want to feel grateful for all we have.

How to make a healthy winter soup for the whole week

How to make a healthy winter soup for the week?

I have meant to share this recipe with you for ages because it’s super easy, quick and inexpensive but I wanted to use one of my photos rather than one from my food styling board on Pinterest. The ones I have pinned are a lot nicer but since food styling & photography is something I want to improve, I have to start somewhere… I have to admit that, while this soup only takes 5 min prep, getting my shot ready took waaayy much longer time. Anyway, here are a few shots I’m finally ‘happy’ with…I brought back the white ceramic bowls and the wooden spoon (on the right-hand side) from my trip to Marrakech and I’m so pleased with them. I had Ikea white bowls from the 365+ series for the past ten years and I’m slowly changing everything for something a bit more organic with a handmade feel. These have a few flaws and were really inexpensive but they give me a great deal of pleasure just by using them on a daily basis.Enough talking, let’s make this healthy soup for the winter! …

Food diary low in sugar & gluten week 3

Food plan diary low in sugar* & gluten | week 3

Last week was my second week in Marrakech and while I really enjoyed the food there, there is no doubt that sticking to healthy eating habits in a foreign country is always a bit more challenging (at least it is for me!). For those who asked me if I had any gluten-free places to recommend in Marrakech, I’m afraid I don’t but to be honest, moroccan food is very vegetables based so if you stay away from those delicious pancakes, bread and pastry, you can have some deliciously tasty tajines and salads. I’m not big on pastry so I stayed away from those and Morocco being a muslim country, drinking wine was a very rare occasion. However, sugar was a bit of an issue… At first, I really enjoyed drinking mint tea in the souk with the various vendors I was chatting to, then I realised that they were adding quite a lot of sugars in it. By the second week, my body was really struggling to process all this sugar and I finish the week …