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The oils I use

Hi lovelies! How are you? I’m in such a great mood because yesterday I received some incredible news and I can’t to share it with you when it’s all been confirmed. Today I thought I’d share the oils I use for cooking healthy meals. I haven’t used butter for years and when I stopped using butter I immediately switched to olive oil. Olive oil is great and is commonly referred to as a “heart healthy” oil but once you heat it up you run the risk of ruining it’s healthy properties.

The smoke point of any oil is very important to take into consideration when cooking, once the oil has reached this it breaks down, loses it’s health properties and can actually have a bad impact on your health instead. Therefore, I turned to other options that don’t de-nature at high temperatures. These are the two oils I mainly use: coconut oil and avocado oil.

Coconut oil

With my coconut oil I don’t really mind the brand as long as it’s organic, virgin and cold pressed. I just tend to go for whatever is on special offer in Holland & Barrett. Coconut oil has some great benefits such as energy boosting, prevent you getting ill and the lauric acid in it is believed to help improve cholesterol. I mainly use this for sautéing things in the pans such as stir fries and cooking pancakes. It’s used a lot in healthy dessert recipes. It’s got quite a distinct flavour so it’s definitely not suited for all kinds of dishes.

I also use coconut oil for my hair, once a week I put it through the bottom half of my hair in the evening and sleep with it and wash it out in the morning. It works wonders but you might need to shampoo your hair a couple of times to get all of it out. Coconut oil is also a great make up remover and it’s what I’ve been using for the past three months or so and works wonderfully.

The only thing really against this oil is the debate regarding it’s saturated fats. There are mixed opinions on whether saturated fats are actually good for you or not. I think the best thing to do is do your research and make your own decision. I use this oil but not excessively and mix it up with other options such as the next oil I’m going to talk about, avocado oil.

Avocado oil

Avocado oil is something I’ve only started using the past year and it’s my favourite. I think Jamie and I came across it at Waitrose for the first time and we were intrigued. We’d never heard of it before. I’ve used the Olivado brand and another one so far but found the spouty bit on the Olivado bottle poured far less and there was less waste. The Olivado Avocado Oil is extra virgin, organic and Fair Trade. All the good things!

What I love about avocado oil is that it survives high temperatures without de-naturing (up to 255 degrees). So it’s great for roasting vegetables but also for salad dressings, making it extremely versatile. It also doesn’t have any distinct flavours (many describe it as having a buttery taste) so you can basically use it for anything. It’s my go-to oil for most things that requires oil or butter when cooking.

Avocado oil has actually become a prescription drug in France for its anti-inflammatory benefits according to a couple of sources online and is prescribed to help patients with arthritis. It’s even said to improve psoriasis symptoms and is used in creams to treat severe skin conditions. Additionally, the heart loves this oil, it can help lower your cholesterol and your blood pressure thanks to its monounsaturated fats.

I could go on forever it seems with all the incredible benefits these two oils have but hopefully this helps you a bit when faced making healthy choices in the grocery aisles. Please remember, I’m not a professional within nutrition. This is all from my own reading when doing my own research for healthier options so pleas keep this in mind. I use these oils everyday but I always use small quantities as I don’t like oily food and I think it’s unnecessary to use loads of it when you don’t need it.

Have you got any oils you love to use? Please share them with me!


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A Year of Beautiful Eating, Madeleine Shaw



Probably my favourite bit of the book, what’s in season and when!

Weekly meal plans to help you out

Hi lovelies! I don’t think anyone has missed that Madeleine Shaw has released her third cookbook. I can’t believe she’s already released three books, I remember how excited I was for her first one. I love Madeleine’s philosophy when it comes to healthy food. She really opened my eyes to how you can take your usual meals such as a curry and make it healthy and nourishing for your body. She makes recipes which suits all kinds of dietary requirements as well, so anyone can enjoy her take on healthy food.

I’ve been really looking forward to this lady’s third book because it’s all about eating seasonally. This is something I’ve really wanted to get better at (hello eating blueberries in the middle of winter, I know, it’s bad). We’re so spoiled at this day and age to access most food all year round, even when it is not as good quality and packed full of nutrients as when it’s in season. You can feel a bit lost in the grocery aisles when it comes to this so I’m so glad Miss Shaw has taken it upon her to help guide us through it.

In the beginning of the book she has incredibly helpful lists and tips on what to think about when it comes to eating more seasonally. It’s probably one of my favourite parts of the book as it can be used all year round for help. Then it moves on to the different seasons with recipes for breakfast, mains, soups, salads and snacks and finally dessert for each of them. There’s loads of different and varying recipes. The photographs in the book makes you salivate, the food just looks incredible.

I haven’t had the chance yet to make anything from the book yet other than the raw peanut butter bars. They were a hit amongst me and my friends and very easy to make. I think the issue for me is that I usually love to make curries and big meals in a pot for leftovers and a lot of the recipes in the spring section is salads (not surprisingly) and a bit more fidgety things to prep in advance. The curries and stuff is of course under mainly autumn and winter, so there’s my dilemma with eating seasonally with Madeleine’ recipes. This is obviously guidelines and I’m going to try and adapt the recipes more after what’s available right now.

If you’re looking to buy you first book by her I would probably recommend her first two books as I feel I’ve gotten a lot more use out of them. I think this book can be a bit overwhelming and feel a bit limiting at first if you’re just starting out cooking healthier and having to think about the seasonality of things as well. However, I’m so happy to have this in my collection and hopefully the ideas behind this book is something I’ll start to become more aware of.

This book was definitely eye opening for me and made me realise how  much we take for granted that the produce we want is always available to us whenever we require it. It will definitely take me a bit of an effort to try eat more seasonally when there is so much temptation to buy something because it’s there instead taking the time to consider whether it is in season or not. However, for my health, the flavours of the produce and the environment I definitely think it’s the way to go. Hats off to those who religiously eat seasonally. I would love to be better at it.

Do you guys make an effort with eating more seasonally? I’d love to hear!

 


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Youtubers I love

Hi babes! A while ago I made a list of my favourite health blogs and thought it was about time I shared my favourite Youtubers too. Youtube is something I’ve become slightly obsessed with recently. I love learning and seeing what other people are up to. With more and more incredible people opening up and sharing on this platform, it’s become an incredible source of inspiration for me. I used to read blogs for fitness and health but I’ve found I increasingly turn to Youtube.

I’m really picky when it comes to Youtubers and a lot of channels I’ve watched I haven’t clicked with (this sounds slightly sad but it’s true, you need to connect to who’s speaking). Some channels on this list has taken me a little while to like but something changed after watching a couple of their videos. Some of them I don’t entirely share opinions with but I love hearing how others think and live. It’s a great way to learn, listening to others’ experiences and then seeing how I can implement some of their thoughts and ideas into my life to improve my health and fitness journey.

Other Youtubers (which you’ll see under the “Life” heading) I just love to watch because their incredible personalities and it’s fun to see what they get up to. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this list!

Health and Fitness


Madeleine Shaw

Of course I had to include one of my absolute health gurus and name twin, Madeleine Shaw. I love this woman and her incredibly bubbly and positive personality. It shines through the screen. I watch everything she uploads and I’m even loving all her pregnancy videos, always useful to know this stuff for the future 😉 She’s so real and genuine, something I truly respect her for.


Bonny Rebecca

Bonny Rebecca is one of the latest Youtubers I’ve started to follow. She’s a vegan who lives in the land Downunder. I’ve watched so many of her videos by now. I’m not vegan but as you know I cook vegan food the majority of the time at home and she is great to follow to help you on your journey with your diet. My favourite video with her is five reasons not to go vegan. A very interesting watch.


Jess Beautician

Jess is an English Youtuber currently living in Turkey but is about to move any day now so is not as active as she usually is. As you can probably tell by the name, Jess focuses a lot on (vegan) beauty on her channel but what I love about her channel is her “What I eat in a day” videos. She always shows really tasty and easy vegan recipes. I only wish she would upload the recipes on her blog too as it’s a bit difficult to remember where you would find certain recipes in her videos. 


Sarah Lemkus

I can’t remember how I came across Sarah’s channel but I really like it. Her family is adorable and it’s so much fun to see how her and her husband are raising Beth on a vegan diet. It’s super interesting to see as it’s not something I’ve really come across amongst people I know in my life.


Ellen Fisher

My latest Youtube obsession. Through watching Bonnie Rebecca and Sarah Lemkus I’ve come across Ellen Fisher and her family through Bonnie’s and Sarah’s travels to Hawaii. Yes Ellen and her family live on Hawaii. What a dream! They follow a mainly raw vegan diet the entire family and it’s incredible to see her beautiful sons grow and flourish on this diet. Her kids are some of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. She does a lot of “What I eat in a day” videos and also gives tips for mums going through pregnancy as vegans, breastfeeding and so on. The amount of delicious tropical fruit they have access to on their doorstep is the dream. Would love to be able to eat fruit and veg that fresh.


Naturally Stephanie

Stephanie lives somewhere here in the Glasgow area. When I first came across her videos I wasn’t really convinced. I don’t know what it was. With me increasing my training and trying to eat more and more plant-based food I’ve caught myself turning to her more for inspiration. Now I’m converted. It’s amazing how her body is thriving on her vegan diet and it’s so cool to see. I don’t agree on all the junk food she eats but we’re all different! That’s probably what I like about her the most though, despite how fit she is she doesn’t deprive herself of the things she loves to eat and indulges in less healthy things too. Shows how you definitely can have balance in your life and still look and feel great.


Sarah’s Day

Sarah is another Aussie Youtuber I follow. She follows quite a strict PALEO diet so I don’t really look at her videos for her food but I like to hear what she has to say about health and exercise. She uploads workout videos, vlogs and recipes. At first I found her a little bit annoying (don’t know why) but now I’m really enjoying her videos, she’s good fun and always so positive. Following her around makes me want to move to Australia even more! One day it’ll happen.


Ida Warg

Ida Warg is a Swedish Youtuber and all her videos are in Swedish. She does a mix of workout videos, “What I Eat In a Day”, everyday vlogs, challenges and recipes. She is fun to watch and I’ve read her blog for ages and been following her on Youtube since she started her channel. What I will say is that she does a lot of paid collaborations which can be a bit boring and she also has started “Ida testar” series recently which is her trying different things such as a trampoline park (I’m not a massive fan of these videos). I wish she would focus more on health and fitness, which is what she really is about instead of branching out too much.

Lifestyle


Janni Deler

Swedish Janni is one of my style crushes when it comes to clothes. Although some of the things she wears only she could pull off. I love her optimism and smiliness in all her vlogs. She lives in Monaco with her boyfriend Jon but is always on the move all over the globe. I’ve been reading her blog for a couple of years now and have been following her since she started making videos on Youtube too.


Emitaz

The beautiful Swedish Youtuber Emitaz (or Emelie Natasha which she is actually called) is someone I stumbled across through Janni Deler recently. She vlogs about her life in Barcelona with her boyfriend Oscar and all her travels. I love her style and it’s great to get some inspiration. Reminds me that I definitely need to update my wardrobe after getting rid of the majority of my stuff (I hadn’t rinsed out my wardrobe for years, so it was needed). She’s a natural in front of the camera and very funny.


Kenza Zouiten

Kenza is the blogger I’ve been following for years (must be about 7 now at least). I know she’s been wanting to upload videos on Youtube for ages and now she has finally started posting videos on Sundays. In her vlogs you get to follow her around in her everyday life. I love her personality and she is a great style inspiration.


Jon Olsson

The only guy on this list (I might need to go on a hunt for more)! Janni’s boyfriend Jon vlogs and uploads a video everyday. It was through Janni I started watching his videos because I thought it was fun to follow a bit more of her life and then saw all of Jon’s pretty awesome adventures and got hooked. He does everything from heliskiing in the Canadian mountains to surfing on Bali. This guy is all over the place. He’s gone through some recent changes on his vlog team and every single vlog is a masterpiece in how it’s shot and edited. I don’t understand how they do it everyday. Jamie and I really like watching these together, he loves the awesome cars Jon gets to drive around.

I hope you liked my list! I’m always on the hunt for new inspiring people to follow so if you have any amazing people you follow please share.


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Health blogs I love

A while ago I was requested by a friend of mine to share the health and fitness blogs I love reading and have been reading during my journey of learning to take better care of myself. I love reading blogs and this list below is just of the health blogs I follow then I have the style and fashion ones… Let’ just say I read a lot of blogs.

I don’t know why I enjoy reading about other people’s lives so much. I find the blogs I follow really inspiring, they give me new ideas and also help me to stay motivated because there are always new workouts or recipes to try out.

So let’s get this list started!

 

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Madeleine Shaw, I have already introduced her a bit previously. She’s a blogger in London who’s such an inspiration. I mainly read her blog for her recipes but I love her actual blog as well. Her photos of her recipes makes me want to lick my screen sometimes because it looks so delicious. She takes a lot of traditional meals you would eat such as Sunday roasts and curries but gives them a healthy twist. Another thing I love about her is that she has such positive energy that really shines through in all her videos.

If you haven’t read her blog yet, you’ve been missing out!

 

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Deliciously Ella, showed me how amazing vegan food can be. I decided a while ago that I wanted to eat more vegan food because I was tired of eating meat all the time. I’ll talk more about that some other time 😛 Ella’s food is incredibly tasty, hearty and easy to make. On her blog she talks about her vegan lifestyle and shares lots of incredible recipes plus interviews incredibly interesting people.

Get on her blog and get reading is all I can say!

 

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Ida Warg, a Swedish fitness blogger who’s blog I’ve been reading for ages. I love her positive approach to life and how she inspires girls to happy in their own skin. I think that’s incredibly important in today’s society. She writes about life, clothes, travelling and posts great workouts and occasional recipes as well. A while ago she started to blog in English as well!

 

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Alexandra Bring writes a lot about travelling and her weightlifting. I love that she shows girls that even she enjoys a burger once in a while 😛 It’s a blog about her lifestyle and she gives a lot of life tips and insights. She blogs mainly in Swedish but does translate a lot of her posts as well.

 

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Fashionablefit is a blog about amazing workout clothes mixed with everyday life, tips and inspiration. Hannah does collaborations with the online Scandinavian clothes brand Nelly and is soon releasing her third collection. I can’t wait to see her designs! I have a pair of leggings from her last collection that I adore! She’s Swedish but has English translations on all her posts.

 

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Australian Emily Skye does have a blog but I mainly follow her on Instagram. She’s hysterical and I love how goofy she is. I follow her on Snapchat as well and she really makes laugh. I might not want to become quite as muscular as her but I love her inspiring posts and how she talks a bout self love. It’s so important. Follow her, you won’t regret it.

 

I think that’s all the health and fitness blogs I follow and love. So get reading 🙂 xx