Nourishing your body is just as vital as nourishing your mind, and often go hand in hand. Feeding your body with the right nutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc will hugely effect how you feel , function and move forwards.

When you eat a biscuit to satisfy a craving but then tell yourself you may as well eat the whole packet now, how does that make you feel afterwards? When you haven’t prepared your meals, or done the food shopping so you have takeout what are the after thoughts?

We make the greatest excuses for ourselves, the biggest being time. Being on the go, having kids, busy social life, but for some reason there is time to scroll facebook and look at what someone else is having for dinner, or if someone booked you a fancy night out time would miraculously appear for that. We make time for what we want to, and because the consequence of not nourishing your body is not instant we often don’t make time for our body.

My journey with eating food started with my trainer giving me tips on ‘clean eating’ just after I had my second baby. I was extremely busy and tired however changing my foods to healthy variations gave me an energy boost to enjoy my children, instead of counting down the hours until my husband came home to take over. Don’t get me wrong there were days when I was exhausted and 4 years later those days can still occur, but it certainly beats feeling lethargic, and just ‘surviving’ on a daily basis.

Skipping breakfast meant I was starving by 10am, ultimately meaning I would reach for a biscuit sending my blood sugar high and crashing shortly afterwards. Changing a habit to making a smoothie taking only 1minute 45seconds (yes I timed it) involving a few strawberries, chia seeds, a dollop of yoghurt and almond milk whilst my daughter watched evolved to my daughter asking for her ‘pink’ drink every day.

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    by pureandrawgoodiessheena Loved having this fresh mint grown in the garden as my tea every day and my kids love it too, when they first tried it they felt instant warmth, calm and refreshment. I also love adding it to sparkling water with a dash of agave for a cool refreshing virgin mojito. With so many health benefits that mint provides what's not to love?
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    by pureandrawgoodiessheena So I've been trying to let my kids do some independent cooking where I leave them with a recipe and they have to find the ingredients, follow instructions and I only assist with the oven or if they ask for help. So last week we made some peanut butter flap jacks which have been soooo great for an alternate breakfast for them. These flap jacks are dense, indulgent, packed with great ingredients and super yum free from gluten and refined sugars. Recipe Mix (dry)3/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup oat flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 tspn baking soda, pinch of
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    by pureandrawgoodiessheena I've been loving making these very quick spelt chocolate chip biscuits with the kids...Moreish and yummy 2 cups spelt 1/2 tspn soda bi carb 1/2 cup coconut sugar (more if u want it sweeter) mix above with... 1/2 cup melted coconut oil mixed with 1/2 cup almond milk Add choc chips, make a dough, make balls, press and place in oven for 12-15 mins at 180degrees. To make them neater roll out between cling film and press with a cutter If you make them let me know how you get on the

I love Italian food, so I still enjoy but I switch the white pasta to lentil pasta (yes they exist and readily available in my local supermarket). I swap whole wheat wraps for beetroot and sweet potato wraps, I make my own houmous, (again 4minutes, literally blitzing chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and pink salt), I have pizza but on spelt or buckwheat bases. You don’t need to deprive yourself because there are so many alternatives readily available. Explore different aisles, swap recipes, join forums and create. Have the treats, but also be mindful so you can make conscious choices for the rest of the day. I certainly love the hash browns and veggie sausages if I have weekend away, but the rest of the meals Il be mindful of.

I became quite engrossed in the superfoods, especially after discovering chocolate in its purest form (cacao) is actually good for you. Cacao is a natural mood enhance, has more calcium than milk and more anti-oxidants than blueberries. My family and friends loved the home made healthy deserts and treats I was producing that eventually I set up my own business Pure and Raw Goodies.

My children absolutely love my Peanut butter cake, and my Matcha and Chocolate topped brownies. They are full of nourishing nutrients , taste just as naughty and certainly beat the sugar laden chocolates. Having hot chocolate now involves, cacao powder, coconut sugar, almond milk and added maca powder. Warm health boosting turmeric and matcha lattes are now the staple of every evening. The core of my work is central to my belief that nourishing the mind as well as the body go hand in hand in giving us the best chance of being the best version of ourselves.

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