Blog Update

Monday, 24 July 2017

(Photo Credit: Jane Beadnell Photography (http://janebeadnellphotography.co.uk/)

Over the years I've loved sharing my knowledge of wellness and yoga with you all. I've wanted to share as much as possible, so I have been posting six times a week over the two blogs. However, I'm planning some new and exciting projects to share with you, and to give me the time to work on these, I won't be posting quite as frequently. I'll still be here though, and I look forward to continuing on our wellness and yoga journeys together.

Thank you for your support- sending my love to you all.

Please see below for my latest post!







Meatless Monday : Broad bean summer salad


This week’s Meatless Monday uses some of the produce that we have grown on the allotment and in the greenhouse – broad beans, salad leaves, peas and lemon balm. I have also added some courgettes – we haven’t grown them this year but they have been given by a fellow allotment grower. The broad beans and peas add protein to this dish, which would make a great lunch pack-up, as well as fibre, and vitamins A, B1 and B2. So enjoy a taste of summer!


Broad bean summer salad
Serves 2


You will need

150g buckwheat

½ tsp pink salt

300ml water

150g broad beans

1 medium courgette, diced

Handful peas, podded

Dressing

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 ½ tbsp. olive oil

½ tsp stevia

1 tsp English mustard

Garnish

Lemon balm or mint leaves
preparing the broad beans from the allotment

Rinse the buckwheat and place in a saucepan with the salt and 300ml water.  Bring to the boil then reduce heat to simmer until all the water is absorbed – about 25 minutes.  Towards the end of cooking time, place the vegetables in another saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to the boil and boil for 3-4 minutes.  Drain and stir into the cooked buckwheat.  To make the dressing, blend all the ingredients together and stir through the buckwheat and vegetable mixture.  Serve on lettuce leaves and garnish with lemon balm or mint leaves.

Enjoy!


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This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 23 July 2017



In this week's yoga video we cultivate curiosity by being mindful and returning to a beginner's mind-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/qualities-cultivated-by-yoga-curiosity.html

A yoga finishing sequence will release any tension and calm the mind ready for final relaxation.
Please see the blog post for an example of a finishing sequence-
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/yoga-finishing-sequence-receive-benefits.html

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Age reverse - youthful skin

Friday, 21 July 2017


When I was in my 20s my skin was, I considered my best feature.  Then to my horror, I caught chicken pox. My face became a red and yellow mass - only one square centimetre on my cheek was unblemished.  I cannot tell you how low I felt.  I hid away for many weeks, embarrassed to go out. When a cold caller knocked at the door, he took one look at me and turned tail and ran - that's how bad it was.  When eventually I had to go out I wore thick make up and had a fringe cut to hide my forehead.  Now thankfully, apart from a few small marks on my forehead my skin is restored and I no longer wear make-up (except lipstick!).
  
There is much you can do to maintain a youthful skin.  Below are my top tips:-

Wear sun protection EVERY DAY, not just in spring and summer but autumn and winter too.  The burning, UVB rays are weaker but the aging, UVA rays can still damage your skin. Please see 'Sun Protection - what you need to know' for more on sun protection.  

Stop smoking - along with protecting yourself from the sun, stopping smoking if you are a smoker are the best steps you can take to restoring youthful skin.  Why?  Because smoking reduce blood flow and oxygen availability to the skin, accelerating skin aging.  Smoking also depletes antioxidants such as vitamin C leading to skin damage.

Don't forget the muscles under your skin give support and if these muscles become thinner then the overlying skin can sag and wrinkle.  To help prevent practice facial exercise several times a week.  Please see 'Facial yoga' and 'Lion breath - the three minute facial toner

Moisturise to hydrate your skin and protect your skin from the ageing effects of pollution. 

Coconut oil is a good choice as many commercial moisturisers contain ingredients that are best avoided. Please see 'Spring clean your beauty products' and 'Reduce the effects of air pollution on health and skin aging'.

My mother always told me to pat my face dry rather than rub.  This was good advice because the facial skin, especially around the eyes is delicate and rubbing can lead to wrinkling. Also, if you sleep on your side consider a silk pillow to avoid 'sleep lines' when you wake.

Sleep well  - please see 'Love your sleep' for how your sleep can affect your skin.  

Hydrate from the inside with water and herbal teas to maintain the skin's elasticity.  Avoid alcohol which dehydrates.  

Eat a skin friendly diet.  Make sure you include omega 3s in your diet.  Please see 'Where do vegans get their omega 3s from? ' Omega 3s reduce the inflammation that accelerates aging.  Also include antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E and zinc from fresh fruit and vegetables, lentils, beans, nuts and seeds.  Protein is essential too in order to maintain skin and the underlying muscle. Please see 'The vegan diet and protein'. Also include probiotics which make nutrients available, break down toxins and reduce stress which affects skin. 

Supplement help- serrapeptase helps reduce the inflammation that leads to skin aging. Please see 'Beating inflammation with serraenzyme' Glucosamine with chondroitin can also help reduce skin wrinkling.


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Meatless Monday : Tofu with vegan barbeque sauce and sweet potato wedges

Monday, 17 July 2017


Whatever the weather, you can still enjoy this recipe. The barbeque sauce is so moreish and you will probably have some left over which you can enjoy with kebabs, on or on a pizza. The sauce can be frozen if you do not need it within a couple of days.

Tofu with vegan barbeque sauce and sweet potato wedges

Serves 2

You will need

400g tofu

For the barbeque sauce

1 tsp onion salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
350g no sugar tomato ketchup
1 tbsp vegan worcester sauce
1 level tbsp English mustard
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp stevia
1/4 tsp cayenne
Sweet potatoes (allow 250g per person)

Drain the tofu and squeeze between pieces of kitchen towel to remove the water.  Cut into 1/2 inch slices then cut each slice in two.  

To make the barbeque sauce, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.


the un-cooked tofu with sauce


Spread some of the barbeque sauce on a baking tray, top with tofu then cover with more barbeque sauce. Cover with a sheet of kitchen foil and place in an oven at 200 degrees for 25-30 minutes with the sweet potato wedges.  

To prepare the sweet potatoes, scrub the sweet potatoes and cut into wedges.  Place on another baking tray and spray with olive oil.  


 cooked tofu

Enjoy with corn or the cob and a side salad if you wish.

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This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 16 July 2017


This week's yoga video is another quality cultivated by #yoga- equanimity, one of the four 'divine abodes'.
Please see my 'sister' blog- http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/qualities-cultivated-by-yoga-equanimity.html

When you are building your home yoga practice don't skip the warm ups. On my 'sister' blog we look at a sample warm up to standing poses-
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/building-home-practice-yoga-warm-ups-so.html

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Oh, why do we love to beside the seaside?

Thursday, 13 July 2017


On a Friday evening, and even though still a good hour from Scarborough, you will see queues of cars heading for the seaside town.  What draws us to be beside the sea?  I believe there are several reasons.  

If the weather forecast is hot, it can often be cooler at the coast because of the sea breezes. I also think that most people like to connect with nature.  When I am up on the cliffs at Bridlington watching the seabirds wheeling and calling and listing to the waves lapping on the rocks below, I feel at one with nature and a peace steals over me.- so meditative. 

For children of course the seaside has much to offer.  I have fond memories of rock pooling with my children, paddling in the sea, building sandcastles and playing beach games - all free activities in nature's playground.

When I was young and suffered from asthma, my mother used to tell me that the sea air would do me good. She was right - the salt air has all the benefits of a salt pipe.  If any bacteria are lurking in the lungs the salt will burst their cells apart rendering them harmless. Sea spray is also good for skin problems as salt is healing.

Have you noticed too that when you spend a few days at the seaside, you sleep 'like a top'. This may be because sea air is charged with negative ions which boost serontin, (the feel good neurotransmitter) in the brain, reducing stress and energizing us through the day so that we sleep well at night.  You get similar effects near waterfalls, up mountains or even going for a walk after a rain shower.

If you like a swim in the sea (make sure it is safe to do so) there are even more benefits.  Sea water is rich in magnesium - it is the second most abundant mineral after sodium in sea water.  The mineral helps remove toxins from the body.

It is no wonder then that we 'do like to be beside the seaside'.

Wishing you happy summer days!

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'Been out Christmas shopping?  Restore with an epsom salt bath'
'Salt pipes and lamps'

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