Quinoa Porridge

Great for a winter’s alternative to oat porridge!  Sets you up for a good day nicely!

Cook the Quinoa – soak first as this helps remove the saponins that give Quinao it’s slightly bitter taste –  then cook in water, simmer until the liquid is absorbed the ‘grains’ are fluffy. Cool. The quinoa will absorb the water and will naturally expand. Continue reading

How a burst appendix changed my life – for the better

The last weekend in April 2014 was to prove a pivotal turning point in my life. I can see that now but I didn’t at the time. I came home from work on the Friday and over the course of the evening began to feel quite rough; the thought of food turned my stomach and I felt exhausted. I put it down to jet lag as I’d returned from the UK the same week. I didn’t feel great over the weekend but Sunday we managed a gentle family hike and felt I was on the mend. Later that day though I started to get some weird pains lower and upper stomach pains but put it down to indigestion. Continue reading

Battling Endometriosis and Winning!

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue grows outside of the uterus causing a great deal of – at times quite unbearable pain especially during menstruation and for many can result in infertility. (Maybe a reason why it took me so long to get pregnant with my son, Alex and then didn’t happen again after a miscarriage a few years later). Causes are not clear and there is no real cure for endometriosis. Continue reading

More ways to get vegetables into your diet

The recommended amount is at least 5 servings a day of fruit and veg and many of us struggle to hit that target.  The University of London in 2014 came out and said we should be aiming for 7 so how do we make sure we up our vegetable intake?

I call it ‘crowding out’. Fill your plate with more vegetables you’ll soon see the benefits. You’ll be getting more fibre, nutrients and antioxidants and will feel fuller so won’t be so tempted to add to overindulge on other foods that aren’t so good for you! Continue reading

The Rants of a full time working mum! (On being a full time working mum!)

Well it happened by accident and was never my intention to be working full time now. A couple of years before having Alex I had a senior HR role in a top law firm and I decided that I wanted to give something back to the community and with my firm’s blessing I applied and was accepted to be a JP. It was at that stage I moved to a part time contract with my job, initially working a 9 day fortnight, allowing me to sit in my local court on the days I was not working. Continue reading