Feel, Look, Be, Amazing

We are all amazing, just the way we are!

Healthy is the new skinny. It has to be! It’s one of those things that seems so obvious I shouldn’t even have to write about it. But sometimes writing it down or reading it out loud just strikes home the reality punch we need.

I don’t know about you but Im sick of being hit with totally unrealistic media images telling us what to look like. Telling us that we must conform to a certain body image (skinny) to be cool, beautiful, successful…

You may think you have this sussed, that it doesn’t affect you. But we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the media and the warped views they give us on how we should look.

In fact, how many people out there are starting on a new diet today? Millions I bet. Are you one of them?

Chasing Skinny – The Crazy Truth

Back in the day when I was a teenager in the 80s, it was fashionable to have skinny legs and a tiny, little, peachy bum. What I had was ‘thunder thighs’ and a pretty big pear type bum. 😎

When we did PE (Physical Education) at my school, we wore gym pants instead of shorts. An unfortunate thing for me! We did have a choice but they were what everyone was wearing so of course my 13 year old self chose them.

They were exactly as they sound, just a pair of pants. 2 of my 4 butt cheeks hung out of them. A fact that didn’t escape the guys, who teased me mercilessly.

‘Hey Shona your bums winking at me’,

‘Wee Bogey’, who was a cheeky little git but got away with it, came up behind me on the school running track one day and shouted

‘Hey Shona, your bum looks like an oscillation’??? (Yeah, I had to look that up too😬) On reflection a very polite insult for a Scottish person.

I was mortified!

I’d have done well today with the whole Kardashian led craze for big bums but back then not so much.

I tried and tried to get that ‘fashionable’ look. Suffering the pangs of starvation as I battled with every diet out there. I puffed and panted my way through every fitness craze. It was in the days of Jane Fonda and the invention of lycra (not a great look for old thunder thighs)

I remember my first aerobics class, it was in a seedy old disco in town and it was rammed full of sweaty bodies. Of course I thought they were all skinnier than me…and better at the aerobics. 😔sigh😔.

It was torture.

The whole thing was mission impossible. For a start the ‘dieting’ didn’t work. I was yo-yoing all over the place. I lost weight, put it on, lost weight, put it on. It didn’t matter. The thunder thighs and big butt remained even during the ‘skinny’ times.

The problem was, my goals were unrealistic for me. I was fighting against my genes. The thighs and bum were ‘what my mama gave me’. The only way I could have got rid of this genetic gift would be to starve all the fat off myself. The only way to reach my goal was to make myself ill. Luckily I never went there.

As an aside, I don’t think much has changed for our younger women. In fact I think with the added pressure of cosmetic and aesthetic surgery, social media and photo filtering, it may be worse. I feel so sorry for them.

Sammy, the 400 year old Sammand tree, stands on a former slave driven sugar plantation in St Kitts, The Carribean.
I love its message, we can all learn from it.

As we get older and wiser

Of course we still have the same genes as we get older. But…hopefully by now we have a level of acceptance of ourselves and all our bits, maybe even a bit of pride… My ‘thunder thighs’ are strong and powerful and really help me with my dance, yoga, and just generally give me practical, physical strength. I’m very grateful to have them.

And hey, Im proud of my big bum but now apparently its fashionable, thanks Kim. And it seems that having a bit of meat around the posterior region is and always has been sexy to lots of people!!!! who knew. The point is, if you love yourself and the way you look, who’s going to argue.

Healthy has got to be the New Skinny why?

Genes Matter-You can go on all the diets in the world and be a goddess champion of fitness but you can’t beat your genes. Unrealistic goals of ‘skinniness’ will never be achieved unless your natural body type allows it. The truth – Learn to love your natural self and make the best of what you’ve got. Choose healthy not skinny!

Media sucks-What a pile of crap. Why should I, we, be slaves to what other people, the media, think of as beauty. They churn out unrealistic images that are genetically impossible for us to reach. The fact that they airbrush to make them even more extreme and unrealistic really pisses me off.

The images they hold up as the epitome of beauty are also subject to fashion trends which makes the whole thing even more farcical. The Truth – We can never live up to their fantasy images. If you happen to be naturally ‘skinny’ then that look is healthy for you. For everyone else, just forget it. Choose healthy not skinny!

Diets dont work anyway – If you are just chasing skinny, i.e. changing what you eat soley to loose weight, it’s destined to fail. Deep down you know diets don’t work. They only work for the lifetime of the diet. As soon as you go back to your normal lifestyle the weight goes back on. We all know this, we’ve been there. The truth of this is undeniable.

Yo yo dieting is very real. We really do put on and loose the same stone or 5 kgs or whatever your personal number is, over and over again. What a pointless waste of time.

To learn more about why diets don’t work read this blog post from Psychologytoday.com

Healthy not Skinny I’m certainly not suggesting we should all be overweight either. The truth is we should be chasing healthy. We should be striving to be our best selves, not blindly chasing ideals that are held up to us by people who are only there to take our money.

Chasing healthy

Just one goal but with so many benefits. One of which is

Losing Weight

Yes, if you are overweight, a huge benefit of getting healthy is that you will loose weight. naturally and effortlessly. (Or gain it if you are underweight). Chasing healthy is the best way to reach your naturally healthy weight. What that looks like is very different from person to person.

But the weight control is just one of many benefits.

I began chasing healthy over 7 years ago and I’ve never looked back. I feel amazing. You can read about how I did it and the many benefits here.

If I can do it so can you!

I m very excited to be working on my   Amazing Health Lifestyle Reset course. I know it’s going to help so many women.

Full details coming soon but here’s an outline:

  • An online 6 week live course
  • The number 1 objective and committment of the course is to inspire healthy eating habits, but a total lifestyle reset is offered.
  • Leading you step by step , day by day, through the reset and offering advice and support from myself.
  • Personal guidance to help you negotiate any obstacles on your way to success.
  • Active student forum for you to motivate each other, share ideas, problems and more.
  • Helping you make good habits and break bad ones.
  • Mindset reset
  • Lifestyle reset
  • Tastebuds reset
  • Basic recipes, video demonstrations, advanced techniques and demos.
  • Suggestions of weekly menus and shopping for those who want it. You don’t have to think, “what’s for dinner” if you don’t want to.
  • Inside Out. Tackles many problems with just one goal.
  • Holistic – We are aiming for health of the Mind, Body and Soul
  • Learn simple organic beauty routines
  • Never be hungry
  • Get peace of mind
  • Tips for when you travel

Try out Amazing Health lifestyle reset course. See if it fits! If not, you can always go back to your old lifestyle having completely nourished and cherished yourself for 6 weeks, your body will thank you for it.

Or

You may decide that you love it so much and you feel and look so good that you just keep on going.  

Dying to try it to see if it works?

Excellent choice! Just subscribe below to be first to get the details when its ready.

Email subscribers will get first dibs on the first course to run and also a nice discount. All I need is your first name and email address in the box below.

Amazingly Healthy Life, helping you Feel, Look and Be Amazing from the inside outat any age.

I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and questions in the comments section below.

Lets face it, we all want to be starting good habits, stopping bad habits and sticking to it.

We all want to replace bad lifestyle choices with healthy ones. Who wouldn’t? It’s a no brainer.

Regardless of our age we still want to be enjoying our lives to the full, looking mighty fine and feeling it.

So what’s stopping you?

Why aren’t we all springing around like..

fit, healthy 🐼??? What…

That’s better😬!!!

Anyway..

Why can’t we just do it?

Let’s have a look.

This isn’t an all singing all dancing, everything you ever needed to know guide about habit making and breaking.

It’s a focused insight into some major factor’s that are stopping you being successful.

As always, knowledge is power, awareness is key. Both can help us get the results we deserve.

3 Major Reasons we fail at starting good habits and stopping bad habits:

  1. Never getting started
  2. Yes to the end goal but nah to the path
  3. You keep falling off the wagon
  1. Never Getting Started

To start a healthy habit or stop an unhealthy one we decide on a start date. It’s always in the future!

  • Yes I will start being good tomorrow.
  • I will stop smoking next week when I have less stress.
  • It will be easier for me to concentrate on getting fit and healthy next month when I will be less busy at work or when my son has started at scouts or whatever…

Our excuses reasons are endless.

We should really congratulate ourselves on our creativity.

You put things off until you fool yourself perceive the time to be ripe, everything will be perfect, the moons will all align and then, you think, I can finally start being good.

But, In truth this never actually happens. Life ticks on and something else turns up that stuffs up your plans for that perfect moment to start.

The truth is Tomorrow Never Comes.

It’s all a very clever ploy that our mind tells us in order to stay in its comfort zone and avoid the change we are trying to make.

We should give ourselves an award for best at self sabotaging our own goals.

You have comforted yourself in the knowledge that you will start this much needed project in your life. You have told yourself that it is going to happen. Just not right now. So you feel good about yourself knowing that you will solve this issue soon.

In truth though it never happens, it just keeps being delayed and put forward and postponed. Before you know it, 20 years have passed and you are still smoking, still overweight, still not fit, still eating trash, still drinking too much alcohol…

2. Yes to the end goal but nah to the path

The body, your mind, the brain…whichever is the part of you that makes the important decisions re your wellness. Its pretty lazy, and prefers what it knows.

It’s comfortable in its routine and does not relish the thought of change. It doesn’t fancy the discomfort needed for an upgraded lifestyle.

In actuality, that part of us doesn’t really want to the make the change.

It wants the benefits, the end goal, the dream but it doesn’t want to put in the work it takes to get there.

Its comfortable where it is thank you very much and is employing avoidance tactics. Hence the very clever I will start tomorrow tactic.

It also uses another self sabotaging tactic which appears when we have actually managed to start or stop a habit.

I will start again tomorrow.

Which leads us to …

3. You Keep Falling Off the Wagon

Let’s say you finally found a today and did make a start on that goal you really want, that benefit you really desire. But now you keep cheating, falling off the wagon and saying it’s ok I will start again tomorrow.

  • I can cheat now and start again tomorrow.
  • Im so stressed I can have a ciggy now and start stopping again tomorrow.
  • I will skip my workout today and get back in to the flow tomorrow.
  • I will start up my healthy eating plan again tomorrow.

In a way this is ok. Stopping and starting new habits is hard. Upgrading your lifestyle is difficult. It is a journey and as the old cliche goes it’s the journey that matters. You will learn and improve along the way. Never give up trying, every millimetre closer is a step in the right direction.

But

I think it’s easy to fall into a trap where you aren’t really trying. Your just very conveniently using the tomorrow excuse again and again and it’s not doing you any favours.

If you cheat too much, if there are too many tomorrows, you won’t be reaching your goals. You won’t be getting anywhere. You’ll be in the worst possible place. Half trying, half putting in the work, but going nowhere fast and not reaping the benefits.

The Tomorrow Cycle

This cycle will continue until you see it clearly for what it is and put a stop to it.
You are self sabotaging your own goals, your own health, your own future, your own happiness, your own life…

Today, now ,this second…

No matter how small the step towards your goal it has to be today. That may just be as small as starting to make a plan but do something!

If you have to or want to loose weight, stop smoking, quit junk food, get fit, eat healthy etc etc decide that it will happen today or this minute, this second, just now.

  • Just now, right at this moment, I will not light that cigarette.
  • Tonight just for tonight I won’t drink that glass of wine.
  • Right now I won’t eat that chocolate bar
  • Today I will not eat junk food
  • Today , just for today I will not smoke
  • Today I will take one small step towards my fitness goals by doing a 10 minute walk.

The point is to decide to do it now, in this moment, today.

Just be good today.

Tomorrow can be decided tomorrow.

After all tomorrow will eventually be today and today we are going to be bad ass and achieve our goals right!!!

There is no such thing as the perfect time to start or stop habits. Your life will never stop giving you reasons, obstacles and excuses.

This will never end!

You have to make your goals fit into your lifestyle or make changes to your current lifestyle to fit your goals. Here’s some quick tips.

Practical tips: starting good habits, stopping bad habits

  • Work from the inside out
  • Step by step
  • Be realistic
  • Use short time slots
  • Track your progress
  • Use a toolbox of healthy replacements
  • Get accountability
  • Make a plan
  • Make it fun

You’ll be hearing loads from me explaining and expanding on the above.

It’s what Amazingly Healthy Life is all about.

For now my biggest tip is to begin from the inside and work your way out. After time it will stop being a struggle and start being a pleasure. You will start enjoying it.

I’ve given up all the major bad habits and developed healthy ones without a struggle. More than that I was actually happy doing it.

And that’s how I did it…

…By starting from the inside out.

For a brief explanation of my journey and the benefits that you could enjoy too, read About it here

Amazingly Healthy Life, helping you Feel, Look and Be Amazing from the inside outat any age.

If I can do it so can you!

I m very excited to be working on my   Amazing Health Lifestyle Reset course. I know it’s going to help so many women. 

Full details coming soon but here’s an outline:

  • An online 6 week live course
  • The number 1 objective and committment of the course is to inspire healthy eating habits, but a total lifestyle reset is offered. 
  • Leading you step by step , day by day, through the reset and offering advice and support from myself. 
  • Personal guidance to help you negotiate any obstacles on your way to success. 
  • Active student forum for you to motivate each other, share ideas, problems and more.
  • Helping you make good habits and break bad ones.
  • Mindset reset
  • Lifestyle reset
  • Tastebuds reset
  • Basic recipes, video demonstrations, advanced techniques and demos. 
  • Suggestions of weekly menus and shopping for those who want it. You don’t have to think, “what’s for dinner” if you don’t want to. 
  • Inside Out. Tackles many problems with just one goal.
  • Holistic – We are aiming for health of the Mind, Body and Soul
  • Learn simple organic beauty routines
  • Never be hungry
  • Get peace of mind
  • Tips for when you travel

Try out Amazing Health lifestyle reset course. See if it fits! If not, you can always go back to your old lifestyle having completely nourished and cherished yourself for 6 weeks, your body will thank you for it.

Or

You may decide that you love it so much and you feel and look so good that you just keep on going.  

Dying to try it to see if it works? 

Excellent choice! Just subscribe below to be first to get the details when its ready.

Email subscribers will get first dibs on the first course to run and also a nice discount. All I need is your first name and email address in the box below. 

Amazingly Healthy Life, helping you Feel, Look and Be Amazing from the inside outat any age.

I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and questions in the comments section below.

Fresh coconut water. Delicious raw drink to enjoy when travelling

The health and beauty benefits of eating more raw fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds are widely accepted. Last week we looked at the why: 6 great reasons why you should start eating raw now.

Now it’s time for the how (to eat more raw). These ideas are taken from my own diet. I make, eat and thoroughly enjoy all of these and more. I have for 7+ years and do totally recommend that you try them.

Of course there are hundreds of ways to eat more raw these are just a few of my favourites picked because they have fantastic health and beauty benefits, they are easy to make and they taste awesome.

Lets get started and in no particular order.

Simple and Delicious Ways to Eat More Raw

  1. Green Juice

A green juice a day keeps the doctor away!!!

  • it’s quick and easy to make
  • it’s delicious
  • it packs a powerhouse punch of nutrients, vitamins and enzymes. All alive and readily available for your body to use as it needs and pleases
  • it’s easily digestible, so all the goodies go straight into your system
  • it’s portable so you can grab it and go
  • you can suit it to your own tastes by choosing ingredients you enjoy

Here’s my regular Green Juice recipe. I drink this every morning. 8 ingredients = 8 towards my ‘5 a day’ and Ive not even left the house yet👍

Green Juice– my regular recipe

  • 1 slice fresh pineapple (1 inch) (to sweeten your juice)
  • 2 cups spinach and/or kale
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 broccoli piece ( around 2 inch diameter)
  • Wedge cabbage (around 2 inch diameter)
  • 1 piece cucumber (3 inch approximately)
  • 1.5 inch fresh ginger

Juice in your juicer or blend and strain through nut milk bag. Serve with ice and a squeeze of lemon or lime if you fancy it. This makes 1 glass of juice.

Just be careful to prioritise the greens and the vegetables, keep the portions of fruit down. One portion of fruit should be enough to sweeten anyones green juice. (i.e. an apple, an orange, a slice of fresh pineapple and so on). Fruit is fine to eat freely when you eat the whole fruit, but in juicing its easy to overdo it. You don’t want too much liquid sugar in your diet.

For this reason its always best to make your own green juice, many of the high street ones just have too much sugar and they also use fruit concentrates. You really just want to be drinking whole fresh fruit and vegetables freshly juiced.

A note on equipment for juicing: I use a high speed blender and squeeze through a nut milk bag. It works very well, and although they can be pricey they are indispensable and will be well used for a healthy diet and lifestyle.

If you want to use a juicer then the masticating variety works much better at extracting the juice of the leafy greens which are an essential ingredient in the mix. Oscars are the number one of masticating juicers.

2. Green smoothies

Green smoothies are awesome. You basically just pop all ingredients in your blender and blitz. No straining, just pour out all the goodness , including the fibre, add ice and or toppings if you like.

  • They are alive and kicking with an array of nutrients, vitamins and enzymes
  • They can be a complete meal, often including all required macronutrients.
  • They are fast, easy and portable, just blitz and go
  • They are extremely satisfying and moreish

Again watch out for sugar levels. They can also contain lots of healthy fats and proteins which is a good thing but if you are watching your weight just be careful. Always best to make your own so that you can control what’s going into them.

Smoothies are basically made up of:

  • Some form of fluid – plant based milk like coconut or almond , milk or kefir etc
  • Fruits and vegetables – including greens like spinach, kale or chard, tropical fruit, berries, bananas etc
  • Protein/fat – nuts, seeds like chia, sesame or flax, nut/seed butters like almond or pumpkin seed butter etc
  • Toppings/ supplements like cinamon, cacao nibs, coconut, Macao powder, turmeric etc

The internet is awash with ideas for smoothies.

Here’s my green smoothie recipe it’s sweet and simple, a bit like me😂

Green Juice versus Green Smoothies

There’s a bit of debate in the natural health community about which one of the above is the best. The rough arguments are as follows:

On the juice side-Juice is better because of the sheer volume and variety of fruit and vegetables you can pack in and dilute to a manageable amount. More produce = more health goodies. Its liquid form also makes it easy to digest so the vitamins, nutrients and enzymes are readily available for the body to use.

On the smoothie side-Smoothies are better because unlike juice they contain all the fibre of the produce. We need fibre for a healthy digestion, which in turn is essential for our health. Also smoothies are a complete meal often containing all our required macronutrients.

For me the answer is simple. They are both winners.

We don’t need to choose. We can choose one or the other or both to suit our whims and needs.

3. Chia Seed Pudding

Just yum. You can have chia seed pudding for breakfast, lunch, dessert, whenever you want really.

Chia seeds dont really taste of anything so you can make them anything you want.

You can do banoffee pie flavour, chocolate, strawberry, fruits of the forest, lemon, orange and ginger, pineapple and cinnamon, the list is endless anything you want.

You name it you can do it. Just add milk (always plant based for me) and other healthy ingredients, normally fruit and/or spices,coconut chips, cacao nibs, nuts,seeds. You can sweeten with banana, honey , coconut sugar or just cut up dates.

But the best thing is, its mega healthy, mega filling and not mega calorific.

Chia seeds may not taste of anything but they are super packed with nutrients. In fact, they are known and touted as a superfood. High in nutrients, fibre and antioxidants, low in calories, high in good fats with a good amount of plant based protein in them too and gluten free. Whats not to like?

A portion size is said to be 2 tablespoon. I normally eat 2.5 tablespoons, 1 tablespoon = 60 calories.

This is my normal day to day recipe. I eat this for breakfast.

My Favourite Chia Seed Pudding recipe

  • 2.5 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • Homemade coconut milk enough to cover seeds by about an inch
  • half teaspoon raw honey (Vegan can use coconut sugar)
  • 5 frozen organic raspberries
  • 3 organic strawberries cut up
  • 1 portion of fresh pineapple cut up
  • 5 dried sour cherries (soaked overnight if I remember)

Put chia seeds in bowl cover with milk then stir. Stir in the rest of the ingredients except the honey and allow to set. (10 minutes to overnight whatever suits you) Spread the honey over the top of the pudding or stir in.

  • Chia seed pudding sets so can be portable easily with the right container
  • You can make them ahead of time by soaking them overnight or you can make them with just minutes to spare
  • They are extremely healthy, in fact they are a superfood
  • They can’t help but be tasty, you make them to suit your own tastebuds. You might also want to adjust the setting time so that the texture is to your taste. Note: if you dont like the texture you can blend them to a mousse texture.
  • Chia seeds are great for weight control, they form a thick gel which expands in your tummy making you feel full. They also contain healthy fats and protein keeping you full for longer and are low in calories.

4. Raw Dessert/Sweet treats

If you try nothing else please try these. They will change your life.

Can you imagine a world where that sweet treat you are yearning for and trying to resist is actually healthy? And I mean actually healthy not pretend healthy like stated on the wrappers of so called healthy processed ‘foods’. Can you imagine a world where just 1 of your sweet treats is genuinely enough for you, you have no craving to eat another one? (ok sometimes maybe 2)🤥

The internet is awash with raw sweet recipes. You will find many recipes of your old favourites in raw form, like raw banoffe pie. You will find raw lemon tart, truffles, chocolate cake…and so on.

Im a big chocolate fiend.

I love chocolate, But it has to be dark and strong. Ooh er missus😂

… but that’s ok because dark unsweetened chocolate is actually very healthy…

My favourite chocolate treat is my own raw chocolate brownie recipe which i eat 2x per day. One for breakfast, one for supper .😋

  • They are my comfort food.
  • You can make these and most raw dessert in advance and freeze them for when you are ready to eat them. I make a batch of around 24, which if it was just me eating them (yeah right😏)would last 12 days.
  • They can be low sugar. I use 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar for the whole batch which makes the amount of sugar per brownie, one 24th of a tablespoon. In other words, very low. You can slowly work your way towards this, gradually lowering the amount of sugar you use.
  • They are nutritious, delicious and so satisfying.

Its true that although containing mega healthy ingredients and being amazingly tasty many raw sweets are extremely high in calories. But they dont have to be…

They are so so simple to make yourself.

You can then control the amount of sweetener you put in. If you have a sweet tooth, start where you are comfortable and lower it gradually, you won’t even notice. Take it to the lowest level you can where you are still really enjoying the treat.

Your tastebuds will adapt and get used to the lowering sugar levels. You will start to reset and enjoy the flavours of the whole item and not just the sugar.

Because they are raw you can taste the recipe as you go along, testing the sugar levels.

Exciting announcement!!!

I’m shortly planning on sending my very own, secret and beyond awesome Raw Chocolate Brownie recipe, (free of charge of course), to all my email subscribers.

If you would like one and haven’t yet subscribed to receive my weekly blog posts directly into your inbox thats no problem. Just subscribe and it will be yours.

5. Salad Swap

Simply swap out your current cooked vegetables for a delicious raw salad to accompany your dinner. You can start at just once per week and possibly build it up to a level you are happy with. You may find, like me, that you actually prefer it and have it just about every day with just about everything.

Im not talking about boring lettuce, tomato and cucumber (although if you like that feel free).

Make sure you pick salad ingredients that you love. Make it exciting with different flavours and textures.

  • Add a bit of natural sweetness, it can make all the difference, I add a pear. This really works for me.
  • Add texture. Make sure you have crunchy vegetables and soft ones.
  • Add contrast. Sweet and bitter. crunchy and soft, contrasting colours etc
  • Add herbs. I love tarragon for a nice liquorice flavour.
  • Add dark greens. I always eat a dark green vegetable like spinach and/or rocket for their nutritional benefits. If you find these kinds of vegetables difficult , it may help to chop them up quite small.
  • Add a dressing if you like, yes even an oil based one but for the love of god make it yourself, don’t use a bottle of processed yuck to poison and spoil your salad. A splurge of extra virgin oil, a a splodge of vinegar or lemon juice, salt and pepper, should do the trick. My current favourite is 100% raw and unprocessed, grated fresh ginger and a squidge of lime juice. Totally recommended. ()
  • Add topping. Sprinkle on nuts and seeds like chopped walnuts, sesame seeds, flax seeds for added nutrition and texture. (I tend not to do this when I eat my salad with meat since Im already eating enough fats and proteins in the meat)

So that’s my 5 easy and delicious ways to eat more raw.

Introducing just one of these tips into your life should result quick and noticeable benefits for you in the way that you look and feel.

The more of them you do the better you will look and feel but take it step by step and action by action, it’s a winning philosophy .

Let me know what you think of these ideas and my recipes, how you get on with them. Tell me if you are feeling and seeing the benefits. Are you having any problems adding them to your daily routine. Do you have any questions or suggestions of your own. I would love to know, tell me in the comments section below or email amazinglyhealthylife@gmail.com

To see a Food List of what I eat click here.

Food isn’t the only think that nourishes me, to see the Healthy Habits that enhance my life click here

Amazingly Healthy Life helping you Feel, Look and Be Amazing from the inside outat any age.

If I can do it so can you!

I m very excited to be working on my   Amazing Health Lifestyle Reset course. I know it’s going to help so many women. Yes

Full details coming soon but here’s an outline:

  • An online 6 week live course
  • The number 1 objective and committment of the course is to inspire healthy eating habits, but a total lifestyle reset is offered. 
  • Leading you step by step , day by day, through the reset and offering advice and support from myself. 
  • Personal guidance to help you negotiate any obstacles on your way to success. 
  • Active student forum for you to motivate each other, share ideas, problems and more.
  • Helping you make good habits and break bad ones.
  • Mindset reset
  • Lifestyle reset
  • Tastebuds reset
  • Basic recipes, video demonstrations, advanced techniques and demos. 
  • Suggestions of weekly menus and shopping for those who want it. You don’t have to think, “what’s for dinner” if you don’t want to. 
  • Inside Out. Tackles many problems with just one goal.
  • Holistic – We are aiming for health of the Mind, Body and Soul
  • Learn simple organic beauty routines
  • Never be hungry
  • Get peace of mind
  • Tips for when you travel

Try out Amazing Health lifestyle reset course. See if it fits! If not, you can always go back to your old lifestyle having completely nourished and cherished yourself for 6 weeks, your body will thank you for it.

Or

You may decide that you love it so much and you feel and look so good that you just keep on going.  

Dying to try it to see if it works? 

Excellent choice! Just subscribe below to be first to get the details when its ready.

Email subscribers will get first dibs on the first course to run and also a nice discount. All I need is your first name and email address in the box below. 

Amazingly Healthy Life, helping you Feel, Look and Be Amazing from the inside outat any age.

I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and questions in the comments section below.

delicious raw food

Let’s start by saying I’m not pushing a fully raw diet or even close. I’m not a vegan and that’s not what I’m about.To see a food list of what I eat click here. I’m simply talking about the benefits you can enjoy by boosting the amount of raw produce (fruit, vegetables, nuts , seeds) that you eat.

And the benefits are so worth it…

Let’s go!

Main benefits of eating Raw Produce

1. It’s alive! (The science bit)

Raw produce retains all of its nutrients and natural enzymes. You know those things we all need to stay healthy and thriving. Cooking and heating over a certain temperature (40-48 degrees celsius) destroys many of them.

If you are eating raw your body is smugly lapping it up. It’s loving it. (A bit like the trees after it rains😁 ). It’s living it’s best life just because you have fed it what it desperately wants and needs.

eat food thats alive for health

2. You will look amazing

Eating raw will give you The Raw Look: a natural healthy beauty, glowing, radiant complexion, sparkling eyes that are full of life. I can recognise it a mile off in people. I met Kendrick, a tour guide, in Grenada. I could see he was a ‘healthy eater’. He recognised it in me too. Spooky. Here’s his photo, it’s not close enough to see his glow but it proves I didn’t make him up😂 Below is a clip from my journal about the day I met him. I knew right away that he was a ‘healthy eater’. The vitality of his being, the aliveness in his eyes. He told me he only ate natural foods and I replied me too. He said that he knew there was something about me. We talked about how we both held spiritual beliefs in nature. He believed that if you sit quietly in nature for long enough you can feel its power. I dont know what age he was but he told me he hadn’t been sick for 45 years!!!

carribean fruit

This look is simply a reflection of your healthy insides. No amount of money can buy this look, no surgery or aesthetic injections. You have to do it the natural way by eating raw. It is Healthy Beauty from the inside out.

3. It makes you feel amazing

This goes back to the science bit. Your body has needs. Needs that are met by eating food that’s alive and it will thrive on this. Meaning not only will you be looking your best but you will also be feeling it.

I can’t tell you how amazingly wonderful this is…how amazing I feel!

My own personal experience is a distinct lack of dis-ease in my body:

  • I used to suffer from bad colds, now nothing. Every now and again, maybe once per year I feel like I’m going to get one , then nothing comes of it. That’s been 7 years now. No flus either, not one!
  • I get no headaches, ever!
  • I haven’t been to the doctors at all. Except for women’s check ups
  • I haven’t taken a paracetamol or the like in 7 years. I haven’t needed to.
  • When I started my lifestyle reset I had acid reflux symptoms. They disappeared, overnight. That’s it. Full stop.

I can only conclude that I have a thriving and fully functional immune system. There is no doubt in my mind that this is largely due to the high raw element of my diet.

It’s not just that I’m lacking disease , I also just feel alive, brimming with energy and with a definate zest for life.

4. Helps maintain a healthy weight

Raw fruit and vegetables are very low in calories, raw nuts and seeds are very high in calories. Both will help with weight control!

How?

Fruit and veg. Eaten raw are bulky, big and fibrous, meaning they fill you up big style. They are also very low in calories. This is a Win win situation if you are trying to loose or maintain your weight. If you are full then you’re not eating anything else and nobody likes to feel hungry.

As an extra benefit raw vegetables unlike cooked retain their natural sugars meaning some are really quite sweet such as carrots, mangetoute, red peppers . This helps curtail a sweet tooth or in a other words you don’t crave a sweet after your main course as much.

Nuts and seeds- the high levels of healthy fats in nuts and seeds makes them high in calories. But it also makes them incredibly satiating. They keep you feeling so satisfied and full for a long time which is excellent for weight control. With the right preparation these are life changers. They can be the difference between constant yo yo dieting and effortless weight control. The difference between healthy snacks and treats and absolute junk.

When you eat whole food, including raw produce, your body is nourished. It knows it has eaten and sends signals of satisfaction to your brain. This is the reverse of what happens when you eat junk. Your body doesn’t recognise this as food ( because it isn’t) and therefore demands more nourishment. This leads to a spiral of over eating.

5. It’s Fast

Just chop or peel and chop and your good. No slaving over hot stove, no waiting time no faffing around with sauces or mashers. Chuck on plate and eat. Yummy.

6. Produce tastes better raw

Im sorry (not sorry) but it does. It’s juicy , refreshing , full of water and flavour and well…life! That’s my only way to explain it. That’s my opinion, if you try it for all the great reasons above I’m confident your tastes will change and you will agree with me😁

jerry mouse,  yummy in my tummy

Anyway, kids much prefer raw vegetables and that proves it. It’s probably the natural sugars in the veg. they enjoy but that’s besides the point.😂

Right well that’s my reasons for trying to persuade you over to the ways of the raw. I’m guessing your next question is how? How can I boost my raw produce? What are easy but scrummy ways to boost the raw produce in your diet.

That sounds like an excellent topic for my next blog post.

cool cat, sounds good to me

It’s not just food that nourishes me, to see the supporting healthy habits that enhance my lifestyle click here

If I can do it so can you!

I m very excited to be working on my   Amazing Health Lifestyle Reset course. I know it’s going to help so many women. 

Full details coming soon but here’s an outline:

  • An online 6 week live course
  • The number 1 objective and committment of the course is to inspire healthy eating habits, but a total lifestyle reset is offered. 
  • Leading you step by step , day by day, through the reset and offering advice and support from myself. 
  • Personal guidance to help you negotiate any obstacles on your way to success. 
  • Active student forum for you to motivate each other, share ideas, problems and more.
  • Helping you make good habits and break bad ones.
  • Mindset reset
  • Lifestyle reset
  • Tastebuds reset
  • Basic recipes, video demonstrations, advanced techniques and demos. 
  • Suggestions of weekly menus and shopping for those who want it. You don’t have to think, “what’s for dinner” if you don’t want to. 
  • Inside Out. Tackles many problems with just one goal.
  • Holistic – We are aiming for health of the Mind, Body and Soul
  • Learn simple organic beauty routines
  • Never be hungry
  • Get peace of mind
  • Tips for when you travel

Try out Amazing Health lifestyle reset course. See if it fits! If not, you can always go back to your old lifestyle having completely nourished and cherished yourself for 6 weeks, your body will thank you for it.

Or

You may decide that you love it so much and you feel and look so good that you just keep on going.  

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Learning to love yourself is an amazingly healthy goal. It will bring you health, vitality and happiness. It will help you to fulfill your full potential. Learning to love yourself will help you re-find you and that’s where your real power lies!

That’s why I’ve including my One Week to Loving Yourself More task sheet, so that you can get started straight away. (details below)

This subject is huge, whole books are written on it. This post is merely scratching the surface.

The point is to get you thinking about it and possibly taking a few steps in the right direction.

Knowledge is power. Awareness is key. Only when you are aware of something can you begin to work on it, change, and improve.

The subject of self love is well worth your time.

Why?

Because true and genuine self love is powerful beyond measure. If you truly love yourself you are invincible. There is nothing that you cannot do or achieve. We all have greatness in us we just have to believe in ourselves, wholeheartedly, to tap into it. That’s the power of self love.

There are basically 2 sides to learning to love yourself:

  1. The psychological side: Changing and improving your mindset. How you think, feel and talk about yourself.
  2. The practical side: Changing and improving how you look after yourself. Body, mind and Soul.

Both are interconnected. So improving one will automatically improve the other.

Altering our mindset is much deeper and harder to achieve. We have to breakthrough years and decades worth of learned behaviour and thought patterns, much of it from our childhood. Depending on your own personal life you may need a professional therapist to help you with this.

I don’t want you to think about rushing towards some end goal. It’s the journey that matters. That’s truly where the enjoyment, learning and satisfaction lies.

It’s a lifetimes work really but every step closer is a victory. For every step you take towards deeply and truly loving yourself you will be a little bit happier and more contented.

I’m not talking about loving yourself in the narcissistic, vain way where you constantly admire yourself in the mirror and only thinking of yourself and how you look.

Nooo!!!

This doesn’t mean that you will be perfect or think of yourself as perfect. You will learn to accept and love your ‘flaws and imperfections’ as an integral and necessary part of your unique self.

Nor does it mean that you will live in a Disney like existence where everything is perfect and you are always joyful and bright. You will accept that life has its ups and downs and that so do you.

I’m talking about including yourself in your own circle of love. Being your own BFF Best friend forever , after all, let’s face it , your stuck with yourself… forever. You may as well make peace with it and get on with yourself…

I mean treating yourself the way you treat your most cherished people, like your own children, your best friends, your partner.

Most of us treat ourselves much worse than we treat these important people in our lives.

We abuse ourselves terribly:

  • Trash talking ourselves
  • Judging ourselves harshly
  • Being dismissive of ourselves
  • Putting ourselves and our needs last
  • We have expectations of ourselves we would never demand of our friends and family

This has to stop!

This falls into the deeper, psychological , mindset reset side of learning self love. It’s roots are entrenched in our culture, our childhoods , our personal circumstances…hard to master, needs chipping away at, but not impossible and worth the effort.

The practical side of self love is easier to master:

Self Love = prioritising your own health and wellbeing.

but we still often neglect it:

  • Failing to feed ourselves properly and in fact loading up on poisons and junk
  • Lack of physical excercise
  • Bad habits and addictions
  • Not prioritising our sleep and not understanding its importance
  • Not taking time to relax, unwind, de stress and just be.
  • Neglecting playtime
  • Not spending enough quality time with family, friends and fellow human beings. We all need human connection
  • Not spending time outside in nature

In comparison, ask yourself honestly how would you treat your past self, the child that was you. Your inner child. If you had to look after her right now. What would you feed her, how would you talk to her, what would you encourage her to do and not to do?

The answer to that question should tell you exactly how you should be caring for yourself.

It’s not too late you can look after her now!

Can you tell me one valid reason why you are less important than everyone else?

No I thought not…

So what you really need to do is prioritise your own health and wellbeing on every level. Not just the body but the mind and soul as well. All need to be thriving for you to be healthy. All are interconnected. Only by nourishing, cherishing and nurturing yourself will you ever be truly happy, healthy and contented and be able to reach your full potential.

This week I’m sending a free, fully downloadable task sheet ‘One week to loving yourself More’ to all my email subscribers. The tasks are quick and easy yet powerful and effective. Some of the tasks are good old fashioned self nurture but most are designed to chip away at old, unhealthy mindsets and start building new and healthier ones.

If you have not already subscribed to my email list and would like to receive the task sheet just subscribe in the box below and It will be yours.

More Self love in practice

I’ve covered foods that properly nourish your body here in my blog post Food List and there are some delicious and nutritious recipes in this one. My blog post healthy habits is a fantastic resource with suggestions on different ways we can nurture and care for our whole selves with exercise, relaxation, sleep, nature, play etc etc, Give it a read. Special mention to yoga which manages to tick all 3 boxes of caring for your body, mind and soul. My personal favourites is ashtanga yoga . For anyone in the Dorset area of England I have some great teacher recommendations. Just ask!!!

If I can do it so can you!

I m very excited to be working on my   Amazing Health Lifestyle Reset course. I know it’s going to help so many women. 

Full details coming soon but here’s an outline:

  • An online 6 week live course
  • The number 1 objective and committment of the course is to inspire healthy eating habits, but a total lifestyle reset is offered. 
  • Leading you step by step , day by day, through the reset and offering advice and support from myself. 
  • Personal guidance to help you negotiate any obstacles on your way to success. 
  • Active student forum for you to motivate each other, share ideas, problems and more.
  • Helping you make good habits and break bad ones.
  • Mindset reset
  • Lifestyle reset
  • Tastebuds reset
  • Basic recipes, video demonstrations, advanced techniques and demos. 
  • Suggestions of weekly menus and shopping for those who want it. You don’t have to think, “what’s for dinner” if you don’t want to. 
  • Inside Out. Tackles many problems with just one goal.
  • Holistic – We are aiming for health of the Mind, Body and Soul
  • Learn simple organic beauty routines
  • Never be hungry
  • Get peace of mind
  • Tips for when you travel

Try out Amazing Health lifestyle reset course. See if it fits! If not, you can always go back to your old lifestyle having completely nourished and cherished yourself for 6 weeks, your body will thank you for it.

Or

You may decide that you love it so much and you feel and look so good that you just keep on going.  

Dying to try it to see if it works? 

Excellent choice! Just subscribe below to be first to get the details when its ready.

Email subscribers will get first dibs on the first course to run and also a nice discount. All I need is your first name and email address in the box below. 

Amazingly Healthy Life, helping you Feel, Look and Be Amazing from the inside outat any age.

I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and questions in the comments section below.

Let Food be Thy Medicine
And Medicine be Thy Food’
Hippocrates

An interesting quote by the first ever physician. (1)

This week I’m having a bit of a rant about the crap food we’re fed in more ways than one. I’m talking about the idea of food as a prevention and cure for disease and also the fact that our modern day ‘food’ is causing disease. I don’t want to loose the passion I feel about the subject and its urgency by over organising it, so it is what it is. It’s about a 5 minute read.

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I believe, as do many doctors, scientists , dieticians etc that many of our modern day diseases for example: IBS, Acid reflux, digestive problems, diabetes, some heart problems and some cancers -are directly related to poor diet and lifestyle and can be prevented, managed and even cured by making the right diet and lifestyle choices.

Acid RefluxA Natural Cure that worked for Me

That’s where my journey into amazing health began, with acid reflux. The medication the doctor prescribed me (Omeprazole, a PPI) wasn’t helping at all… I quit taking these alongside a radical change of diet which quite literally ‘cured’ my acid reflux overnight. (to see what I ate/eat click here) Or to put it another way, the horrible symptoms disappeared, never to return. As long as I maintain my healthy diet my acid reflux is non existent and I have never taken the medication since.

If your struggling with acid reflux I implore you to give it a go. It changed my life overnight and after all it’s only a change to healthy eating. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain (Click here to see the many benefits I have enjoyed with my new diet and lifestyle choices) . Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

These kinds of afflictions can really weigh us down and have a massive detrimental effect to our quality of life. Often leading to depression which further undermines our happiness and wellbeing.

There are many doctors who strongly support lifestyle changes over medication for many of these types of condition.

One such doctor is Dr Rangan Chatterjee, famous for his tv show Doctor in the House amongst many other projects. He has released books and appeared on radio shows and podcasts to discuss this very subject. Notably, his natural health book released in the UK as ”The Four Pillars Plan” was released in America as “How to Make Disease Disappear” here is a link to his Wikipedia entry

Attitudes

It astounds me when people mock the idea that our food has the power to prevent us getting sick and even to heal us. Its simple common knowledge and common sense. For example, We all know that back in the day sailors were given citrus fruit to prevent and cure scurvy. We now know that it was the lack of vitamin C that caused them the disease. Originally of course they didn’t know why it worked they just knew it worked and so it was given to them as a solution to the problem.

Thats important, despite the fact that they didn’t understand it, they still took it on board and administered it.

Notably they didn’t say ok ya well we don’t have enough physical proof , the evidence is merely anecdotal blardy blah, and your all nutters for even suggesting it. No they just took the flippin lime juice and solved the problem.

After all it’s only limes.!

Whats wrong with us anyway , why is everyone so angry about the thought that food can prevent illness?

Is it because they’re scared they might have to give up their sugar?

Dont scoff just because you don’t understand it. Nobody is denying science and it’s importance, but science has some catching up to do. What worries me is who is going to pay for the catching up.

Poor Diet causes Disease and Illness

FACT – if your body is not being fed the correct amount of nutrients it will suffer, sooner or later, from dis-ease. True or not?

Why then, when we mostly eat crap are we surprised when we get sick? And then why do we then prefer to take medicine (drugs) to deal with cover up the symptoms rather than addressing the core problem which is poor dietary choices.

Why do we do this. Just how addictive is the stuff we are eating that we would do this to ourselves.

Real food is nutritious, it feeds our bodies, it oils our natural processes, it maintains all our systems. In short, it keeps us alive and well.

A diet of processed food does none of the above. It’s not really food being mostly devoid of nutrients and full of chemicals and other nasties. In fact we are damaging our body by eating this crap, not feeding it.

Processed food is designed to be addictive so that you crave more and more and more (and buy more and more and more = big profits) and eat more and more and more but yet it never seems to fill you up! This can cause obesity and therefore weight related health problems as well.

Most people eat processed food because they are too busy to cook proper food but take a moment and think about that. Have you got time to be well. Have you got time not to be well? Ok I get it, you’re busy, life is busy. But what’s more important than you being well? Don’t be the one that only appreciates the gift of being healthy when it’s too late.

You have to make time to eat proper food as if your life depends on it…because it does…

Prevention is better than cure

Look, if you are really sick , with a serious illness you have to go to your doctor, because it’s probably too late in the game to use food and natural therapy. Science needs to catch up fast so that we know how to cure as well as prevent but we’re not there yet for many things.

Although natural alternatives may work it’s too dodgy to mess around with your health. We don’t know enough yet. But, there is nothing wrong with revolutionising your lifestyle choices AND taking your doctors advice. A two pronged attack.

Less serious dis-ease and illness though, I would have a go at a diet and lifestyle reset first. You’ve got nothing to loose and everything to gain. ( read my post about the many benefits I have enjoyed with mine) This is about taking control of your life and taking responsibility for your own health and wellbeing.

For the love of God don’t just take the tablets then carry on with the lifestyle that caused you the dis-ease in the first place!

Just keep taking the tablets and stuff that makes us sicker and sicker😔 and you won’t be alright in the morning ever.

It reminds me of Dr McCoy in one of the Star Trek movies. He has traveled back in time (to our time) and is horrified to find that the medical practices being used are ‘barbarian’. Imagine what future generations will think of our pumping our bodies full of poison in the name of curing an illness that could have been totally avoided by making the right choices in the first place…

They will think how did these people thrive under these conditions. Well, the truth is, many of us don’t thrive, we just live or even worse still we are merely existing.

Predictions

I predict that more and more of the truth about our ’food’ will be drip fed to us over the next 5-10 years.

We can already see it happening. In October 2015 the World Health Organisation announced that processed meats such as bacon and ham were a class 1 carcinogen. That means it does cause cancer, just the same as smoking causes cancer. ( with a lower percentage risk rate). Have a read about it in this article by the Guardian.

Soft drinks were also under fire this month, September 2019, when the public were urged to drink water instead. A massive scientific study has found a higher risk of early death linked with both sugary and artificially sweetened soft drinks. The sugary ones most linked with digestive issues (like liver disease) and the artificially sweetened ones with cardiovascular disease. Read a balanced article about if here by The Guardian.

Also, watch out for food industry trying to jump onboard the wellness wagon. You will be offered magical wonder drinks and foods that are 100% healthy except they won’t be. They’ll be full of additives because they have to be for shelf life. The food industry’s number one priority is profit not your health. They will try to make profit out of an unhealthy situation that they themselves created. It’s up to you but I wouldn’t trust them!

The Good News

There are no shortcuts, no hacks, no miracle cures, no healthy foods in a packet, no getting away from the truth. We as human beings have to eat proper food and we have to avoid ingesting poisons as much as we possibly can. If we do this we give ourselves the best chance of leading long, happy, healthy lives. Just by doing this one simple thing. Eating real food.

Isn’t this the most fantastic news!

(1) (although there does seem to be some doubt as to whether Hippocrates even said this or not)

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We need Exercise, Relaxation and Play!!!

Below is a list of how I bring all 3 into my life. It’s also a list of my loves and passions💕

Use the list to inspire ideas but You do you. Whatever makes you happy, do it. Even just 10 minutes makes all the difference if thats all that you can spare…Draw a picture on your commute, walk in nature for half an hour at lunch time or whenever and whatever … it makes all the difference. Set your timer and just do it!!!

Excercise

Dance
If you love to dance, go to a class or just put on your favourite music and dance like nobody is watching. This counts as playtime too.
Egyptian Dance was my job and still is to a lesser extent. Its my go to cardio, its also so much fun and brings lots of joy in to my life. I adore the music.

shona hagan dancing, sert el hob
Torquay, July 2019
Photo by Tracy De Brito (😘 thanks Tracy)

Yoga
Find a good teacher and develop your own practice that you can take with you everywhere. The benefits of yoga go far beyond the physical.
Its with me everywhere I go at all times. I currently practice 3x half hour per week.

yoga

Strength training
If you want to get strong and stay strong especially going into your middle years and beyond get a bit of strength training into your life💪. And, as a major benefit your body will start to look pretty amazing too. 2-3 times per week, full body, is the maximum you should do, your body needs time to recover in between.
I currently aim for 3x strength training sessions per week. Ive been doing this for around one year and am actually seeing and feeling the results.

Walking (in nature)
I can’t recommend going for a walk in nature enough. It counts as exercise. You tick the fresh air, vitamin D and sunshine boxes (fingers crossed but walking in the rain is also nice). It fills your soul just being surrounded by nature. Trees, flowers, the sea, the mountains, birds, animals, insects whatever! It’s all good and gives you that lovely all is well with the world happiness you can’t find anywhere else. Do it with a friend or partner and the happiness multiplies.
Walking in nature is a weekend activity for me. I always try to fit at least one walk in, normally sunday mornings. If Im not too busy I try to fit them in elsewhere as well. Of course, when Im travelling I enjoy even more outdoor activities in nature.

Relaxation

Sleep
Prioritise this. Its essential. Do whatever it takes to fit in your 8 hours in bed. Everything in your life is better if you are getting enough sleep. Your looks, your health, your attitude, your happiness levels, your productivity, just everything. full stop.
I am an early to bed early to rise girl. I go to bed at 10pm and get up around 6/7am. I use sleep stories to help me sleep. Its like having someone read you a bed time story😁. 😴

winnie the pooh sleeping

Meditation
Ten minutes when you wake up or when you are going to sleep will get you started. Also consider a phone app like Calm to guide your meditation. I like their self affirming messages. Its a nice way to start the day.
I always do 10 minutes first thing in the morning, my Daily Calm. I also try to fit in an unguided one around lunch time but it doesn’t always happen. I also like a bit of meditation before falling asleep at night.

Nature
Nature fills you with a happiness thats unlike any other, Get outside and enjoy it, That can be in in so many forms. Sit and relax in your garden, sunbathe at the beach, walk, cycle, run, play, go out on a boat, go fishing, go kayaking, climb a mountain, watch the sunrise or sunset, look at the moon and the stars. and so on. You get the idea.

Find something beyond the house across the street to look at or the four walls inside your house. Doing all the above with friends and family multiplies the benefits, we all need human connection.
Like so many others I sometimes struggle to get outside due to busy-ness. As already mentioned, if possible weekends are reserved for this purpose. But also, I will schedule 10 minutes or half an hour in my day, whatever I can afford, to go outside. Set the timer on my watch or phone, when it goes off, back inside I go. Its amazing the difference that 10 minutes makes to my day. It refreshes me.

glorious sunset
Sunset enjoyed in Port Denarau, Fiji

Garden
Sit in it, relax and enjoy, or tinker about and do some gardening, Both are golden.
I like to grow my own organic herbs and vegetables. Its not time consuming. It ticks so many happiness boxes AND provides me with the best possible nutrition for my body at a very budget price. A pretty revolutionary thing to do!!!

Yoga
Already covered above. You can also look for opportunties to do yoga outside, or set up a space in your garden. Doing yoga outside in nature is sublime

Breathing
I know it sounds weird but I do have 2 breathing techniques that I use that really enhance my life.

Ujjayi is a breathing technique I learned in Ashtanga yoga class. I use it to calm and centre e.g. in meditation or in times of stress and to energise me during yoga practice.
I also use
Buyteko breathing, This is a method of breathing from Russia primarily used to help Asthma and sleep apnea sufferers. Its extremely interesting and useful. I basically use this to fall asleep and also to keep my heart rate nice and low.

Time with friends and family An essential. We all need to make the effort to do this. It can also be part of your play time.

Play (creativity)

Writing
Writing for yourself purely for fun is a great habit to develop, it gets addictive. Keep a journal or do the Morning pages. Carry a small notepad and pen around with you and when you get a minute, in a queue or something, instead of pulling out your phone pull out your notepad, Just write down whatever comes into your mind during that time, Write like nobody will read them (and they shouldn’t) so you can be totally honest with yourself. Extremely cathartic.
Im in love with my morning pages. After my morning meditation Its the first thing I do.

Art – Draw/paint
It doesn’t matter if you are an amazing artist or you have zero talent. Start! These are amazing ways to relax, unwind and get creative. Its so much fun and you get into an almost meditative like trance during these types of activities. Everyone has 10 minutes to pull out a pad and draw. Just put away the phone and do that instead, Much nicer.
I am not a ‘good’ artist but I don’t care. I enjoy it, it makes me feel like a child again. Who says you have to be good at something to do it? When short of time I schedule 10 minutes, pull out a sketch pad and some colouring pencils, set the timer and just go for it. I never regret it. Ive got plans to set up and easel and paints in a dedicated space in the future. Ive no idea how to paint, Ive just got memories of myself in primary 1, and I know I loved it. Thats all I care about.

creative play
a drawing by shona hagan

Dance
Dance time can also be play time if thats what you love, especially if done with friends and family

Gardening
You can get very creative in the garden with what you grow and how you present it.

Creating things
Anything that gets your creative juices flowing is good for you and got to be better for you and more productive than staring mindlessly at your mobile phone right? Whatever floats your boat or is useful to you. sculpting, poetry, furniture making…the list is endless. Its amazing what you can do in half an hour or even just 10 minutes. Schedule time blocks to do creative things, even if a short time, you won’t regret it.
Last weekend I made beeswax tealight candles for the first time and started my bullet journal. Both were creative and really relaxing and fun to do. Both are also extremely useful.

Extra

Travel
Do it whenever you get the chance. doesn’t need to be to another country. Schedule weekend trips away, use them to immerse in nature. Leave your phone behind (at least when outside)
I travel a lot. What I love most about it is that I am outside a lot more and immersing myself in some form of nature or another.

kayaking in the carribean by shona hagan
Kayaking in St Vincent, Carribean

If I can do it so can you!

I m very excited to be working on my   Amazing Health Lifestyle Reset course. I know it’s going to help so many women. 

Full details coming soon but here’s an outline:

  • An online 6 week live course
  • The number 1 objective and committment of the course is to inspire healthy eating habits, but a total lifestyle reset is offered. 
  • Leading you step by step , day by day, through the reset and offering advice and support from myself. 
  • Personal guidance to help you negotiate any obstacles on your way to success. 
  • Active student forum for you to motivate each other, share ideas, problems and more.
  • Helping you make good habits and break bad ones.
  • Mindset reset
  • Lifestyle reset
  • Tastebuds reset
  • Basic recipes, video demonstrations, advanced techniques and demos. 
  • Suggestions of weekly menus and shopping for those who want it. You don’t have to think, “what’s for dinner” if you don’t want to. 
  • Inside Out. Tackles many problems with just one goal.
  • Holistic – We are aiming for health of the Mind, Body and Soul
  • Learn simple organic beauty routines
  • Never be hungry
  • Get peace of mind
  • Tips for when you travel

Try out Amazing Health lifestyle reset course. See if it fits! If not, you can always go back to your old lifestyle having completely nourished and cherished yourself for 6 weeks, your body will thank you for it.

Or

You may decide that you love it so much and you feel and look so good that you just keep on going.  

Dying to try it to see if it works? 

Excellent choice! Just subscribe below to be first to get the details when its ready.

Email subscribers will get first dibs on the first course to run and also a nice discount. All I need is your first name and email address in the box below. 

Amazingly Healthy Life, helping you Feel, Look and Be Amazing from the inside outat any age.

I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and questions in the comments section below.


Below is a truthful account and example of what I eat and I really do feel amazing for it. Im not going to dilute it to make it more popular or commercial.

There are tips at the bottom for saving money or for those on a tight budget.

Every body is different. Nothing is set in stone. Eating well can be adapted and changed to suit you and your lifestyle and tastes etc.

And most importantly step by step, little by little is key.

The great news is that you can still travel, party and be a good dinner guest. Its not like being a vegan or vegetarian where you have to stick to it 100%. You can relax when its easier and much more fun to do so.

I have noticed my adherence is better now than it was when I started out on this journey seven years ago. I deviated more in those days and thats ok. Little by little, step by step!!!

I don’t have 100% adherence to it, its not necessary. 80-85% of the time is good enough. A perfect scenario is to relax it at the weekend.

I think its just a matter of resetting your tastebuds. Nowadays there is NOTHING I would rather eat. I do have the option of relaxing more at the weekends but the majority of the time I don’t bother. I LOVE WHAT I EAT.

I’ve divided the list into 3 groups.

1. Foods I always eat. Forms the majority of my diet.

2. Foods I sometimes eat. Occasional, probably once or twice per week and in moderation.

3. Foods I never eat. (Nearly never) sometimes you have no choice ie when flying long haul

Always
Everything is organic when necessary and where possible

  • Raw Produce – fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds
    Eaten raw, not cooked, where possible. For the reasons why click here.
  • Free range eggs
  • 100% grass fed meat
  • Free range poultry
  • Wild caught fish
  • Organic farmed fish
  • Wild Game
  • Raw honey (but I do watch the amount)
  • Coconut sugar (in moderation)
  • Spices and herbs (waitrose have an extensive organic range)
  • Willies 100% chocolate (or as high % chocolate as you can find)
  • Cold press extra virgin coconut oil

Note:. I don’t just eat handfuls of nuts and seeds. I make delicious raw sweets and desserts from them plus things like raw seed crackers, nut milks and seed butters etc.

Herbal and flower teas
Plant based milks like coconut and almond (mostly coconut, more budget friendly to make yourself)
Green and Blacks Cocoa

Sometimes

  • cheese (around once per week, i always buy the best quality I can find)
  • Brown rice (but in very small portions, normally at the weekend)
  • Potatoes/sweet potatoes (but in very small portions normally at the weekend)
  • Sourdough bread (homemade or find a good artisan, buy the best quality you can find and eat it as a treat)
  • Pulses (these weigh me down a bit, but I do occasionally eat them)
  • Quinoa , buckwheat, couscous etc- the whole versions
  • Oats ( I do like overnight oats but prefer the chia seeds for breakfast which aren’t processed. I think the processing of oats if you buy good ones is minimal although they are by necessity steamed and I like my diet to be raw where possible)

Never (nearly)
Processed Food and Drinks

EXCEPTIONS-Condiments- are processed but sometimes its just worth it and an ok compromise because you eat so little. Things like tabasco sauce, coconut aminos,

Freixnuit Alcohol free cava – Ive always been a wine lover, this is both guilt free (as no alcohol) but also a guilty pleasure (as is processed). Please see note on alcohol below.

A Typical Day

Breakfast
Herbal Tea
Green juice
Raw Chia Seed pudding with coconut milk, berries, dried sour cherries, walnuts and pineapple
Raw Chocolate Brownie Warmed

Fact- This is 100% Raw Vegan as are most of my breakfasts. It keeps me full until dinner and Its also absolutely delicious. And you get to eat chocolate brownie at breakfast

Lunch
Either

Eggs (after weight training)
or
A bowl of homemade bone broth or soup
or
A green smoothie

Fact- I only normally eat lunch when Ive been to the Gym. Im just not hungry after my breakfast and I do eat dinner quite early.

Dinner
Quality protein portion For example lamb chops, salmon, eggs
A large salad consisting of something dark green like rocket, spinach, tarragon etc, one pear cut up, red pepper, chilli pepper, grated ginger and some lime juice as dressing. Sometimes I add home prepared sauerkraut.

Fact-My diet is very high raw produce. I do allow myself a few cooked meals per week but I very rarely take advantage. I prefer the raw produce. It is absolutely delicious. It tastes alive whereas cooking the vegetables tasted dead to me now.

After dinner/dessert/supper
large cup homemade coconut milk warmed
1 raw chocolate brownie warmed
A portion of Willies 100% chocolate

Fact- When Im home this is always what I eat. Its the last thing I eat or drink in the day. Its a real comfort to me.

“Advanced” Foods

Raw chocolate Brownies
Raw seed crackers
Homemade pumpkin/sunflower seed butter
Homemade cultured butter made from 100% grass fed organic raw cream
Homemade Saurkraut


These are things I make at home that are pretty much out of the ordinary. They are also extraordinarilly good for you and/or make my daily food consumption so much more of a pleasure.

They are generally pretty easy to make and worth every bit of the effort. For example the brownies are an absolute gem, they are my treats but they are also extremely healthy.

Guilt free healthy treats= win win situation

They don’t even have a lot of coconut sugar in them. I’ve cut this down to one tablespoon per batch (of 24 roughly) meaning there is one 24th of a tablespoon of coconut sugar in one brownie and I still adore them. They really are a treat and the sugar consumption is totally acceptable.

  • Money Saving Tips
  • Just follow all the above but buying non organic produce instead. Its a million times better than eating processed “food” For produce, Peel off the skins and/or wash thoroughly. For meats, fish and poultry, Look for the highest welfare you can afford.
  • Always cook from scratch, at least you know whats in your food.
  • Grow your own organic vegetables, especially greens, its cheap, its easy and you can’t beat fresh from the garden. This is my first preference, always. Doesn’t get any better.
  • Go to your local farmers market or farm, lower prices for quality produce. (Some small growers are organic but can’t afford to pay for the organic certification.)
  • Join a vegetable box delivery scheme
  • Most of the main supermarkets offer at least a limited organic range at reasonable prices. This range is getting larger and will increase the more people buy it.

Below this is a list of fruit/vegetables that really do not need to be bought organic they generally have very thick skin protecting the flesh from the poisons sprayed on them.

Produce you dont need to buy organic
Avocado
Pineapple
cabbage
onions
papaya
asparagas
mango
Aubergine
melon (all varieties)
Kiwi
Cauliflowers
Grapefruit
Oranges
Lemons
Limes
broccoli
peas
sweet potatoes

A note on Alcohol
I’ve always loved wine and have only very recently given it up (January 6th 2019). That means for the rest of the last seven years I was still enjoying the occasional glass of wine and sometimes, much more than a glass, whist still reaping the major benefits of my lifestyle reset. The wine was simply the last thing to go. The point is you can lifestyle reset and still enjoy a glass of wine… I did it for 7 years…but be warned… you may end up giving that up in the end too.😁

If I can do it so can you!

I m very excited to be working on my   Amazing Health Lifestyle Reset course. I know it’s going to help so many women. 

Full details coming soon but here’s an outline:

  • An online 6 week live course
  • The number 1 objective and committment of the course is to inspire healthy eating habits, but a total lifestyle reset is offered. 
  • Leading you step by step , day by day, through the reset and offering advice and support from myself. 
  • Personal guidance to help you negotiate any obstacles on your way to success. 
  • Active student forum for you to motivate each other, share ideas, problems and more.
  • Helping you make good habits and break bad ones.
  • Mindset reset
  • Lifestyle reset
  • Tastebuds reset
  • Basic recipes, video demonstrations, advanced techniques and demos. 
  • Suggestions of weekly menus and shopping for those who want it. You don’t have to think, “what’s for dinner” if you don’t want to. 
  • Inside Out. Tackles many problems with just one goal.
  • Holistic – We are aiming for health of the Mind, Body and Soul
  • Learn simple organic beauty routines
  • Never be hungry
  • Get peace of mind
  • Tips for when you travel

Try out Amazing Health lifestyle reset course. See if it fits! If not, you can always go back to your old lifestyle having completely nourished and cherished yourself for 6 weeks, your body will thank you for it.

Or

You may decide that you love it so much and you feel and look so good that you just keep on going.  

Dying to try it to see if it works? 

Excellent choice! Just subscribe below to be first to get the details when its ready.

Email subscribers will get first dibs on the first course to run and also a nice discount. All I need is your first name and email address in the box below. 

Amazingly Healthy Life, helping you Feel, Look and Be Amazing from the inside outat any age.

I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and questions in the comments section below.

Hi I’m Shona Hagan. I’m 52 years old and I feel amazing!!!

December 2018

My passion, and the aim here at Amazingly Healthy Life, is to help you feel amazing too…more than that, I want you to Feel, Look and Be Amazing.

So what’s my secret?

I reset my lifestyle…

And never looked back!

To explain myself more here are some of the major benefits (In no particular order) that I’ve enjoyed due to my lifestyle reset:

  • Clear, glowing, healthy skin
  • Sparkling eyes, whites whiter than white
  • Healthy hair
  • Effortless weight loss/maintainance
  • Zero hunger
  • Zero cravings
  • Zero hankering after junk. I love what I eat. I wouldn’t change it for anything.
  • Distinct lack of dis-ease. zero colds, zero headaches, zero sickness, zero doctors visits(excepting women’s stuff)
  • A thriving body with fully functioning immune system
  • Got rid of acid reflux symptoms
  • Several bad habits just dropped away
  • Happiness/contented
  • Healthy and fit body
  • Lots of energy
  • Fabulous sleep 😴
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Striving to achieve my potential, reaching targets, enjoying the journey
  • Improved relationships
  • A vastly improved relationship with myself
  • A zest for life
  • Peace of mind ( this should be 1st on the list really)

So…What did I do?

I ate properly…

I concentrated on nourishing my body with proper food and my body loved it.

Read here about the Supporting Habits included in my lifestyle reset which enhance my health and wellbeing. It isn’t just food that nourishes me…

But the food is first. Get that sorted and everything else falls into place quite naturally.

Read all about the type of food I eat here Food List-What I Eat

I hope you enjoy reading my blog posts and that they inspire you to make changes, no matter how small, towards a better more healthy lifestyle filled with wellness, happiness and fulfilment of your dreams. 💋

If I can do it so can you!

I m very excited to be working on my   Amazing Health Lifestyle Reset course. I know it’s going to help so many women. 

Full details coming soon but here’s an outline:

  • An online 6 week live course
  • The number 1 objective and committment of the course is to inspire healthy eating habits, but a total lifestyle reset is offered. 
  • Leading you step by step , day by day, through the reset and offering advice and support from myself. 
  • Personal guidance to help you negotiate any obstacles on your way to success. 
  • Active student forum for you to motivate each other, share ideas, problems and more.
  • Helping you make good habits and break bad ones.
  • Mindset reset
  • Lifestyle reset
  • Tastebuds reset
  • Basic recipes, video demonstrations, advanced techniques and demos. 
  • Suggestions of weekly menus and shopping for those who want it. You don’t have to think, “what’s for dinner” if you don’t want to. 
  • Inside Out. Tackles many problems with just one goal.
  • Holistic – We are aiming for health of the Mind, Body and Soul
  • Learn simple organic beauty routines
  • Never be hungry
  • Get peace of mind
  • Tips for when you travel

Try out the Amazing Health lifestyle reset course. See if it fits! If not, you can always go back to your old lifestyle having completely nourished and cherished yourself for 6 weeks, your body will thank you for it.

Or

You may decide that you love it so much and you feel and look so good that you just keep on going.  

Dying to try it to see if it works? 

Excellent choice! Just subscribe below to be first to get the details when its ready.

Email subscribers will get first dibs on the first course to run and also a nice discount. All I need is your first name and email address in the box below. 

I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and questions in the comments section below.

Amazingly Healthy Life, helping you Feel, Look and Be Amazing from the inside outat any age.