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Wednesday, 28 June 2017


Welcome to a wellness blog aimed at those passionate about wellness in their 40's and beyond. This doesn't mean to say that you can't enjoy the vegan recipes, beauty posts, organic gardening posts and wellness posts if you are under 40.

Exciting posts are added weekly!

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A taste of summer - strawberry macaroons (sugar-free, gluten-free)


The summer flavours are a taste sensation and these strawberry macaroons will not disappoint.  I am using fava aka the liquid from a can of chickpeas as a replacement for egg whites. Whoever thought of using this liquid, which is normally thrown away, to replace egg whites is a genius. 

We also have a lot of strawberries to eat from the allotment.  This time of year, all the hard work starts to pay off as the harvesting begins.  It's been wonderful to see so many children up at the allotment this year - it's a good way to learn how food grows (it doesn't just appear in the local supermarket!). The recipe below makes 3 strawberry macaroons - perfect for the three of us.  Great for afternoon tea, dessert or use without filling them with cream to top ice cream sundaes.  Don't expect the crisp outer of macaroons made with egg white but you can expect sweet, almondy yumminess.

Strawberry macaroons (sugar-free, gluten free)
You will need 

100g ground almonds
15g stevia + extra for sprinkling
1 tsp rice flour
60ml fava aka the liquid from a can of chickpeas
couple drops almond essence
strawberries to fill
coconut cream to fill

Mix the ground almonds, stevia, rice flour, fava and almond essence.  Using a tablespoon spoon onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment or rice paper (the mixture will make 6 - leave space between them).  Bake in an oven at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Fill with strawberries and sandwich together with coconut cream.
Sprinkle with stevia

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Becky's new childrens' e-book- 'Animal Disco'

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Our guest blogger, Becky has published another children's  e-book on Amazon. It is called 'Animal Disco' and is an interactive book. 'This picture book gets kids dancing along with some really wild movers and shakers- and busting their own moves too!'- Suitable for children aged 3-8 years. You may want to join in too!!! Please see-https://www.amazon.co.uk/Animal-Disco-Becky-Barnes-ebook/dp/B07217B21G/
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Meatless Monday : A taste of summer, pea and mint soup

Monday, 26 June 2017


If you have been growing peas, you may be harvesting them around now.  We were given some by a fellow allotment grower and they are almost ready.  Have you tried eating peas straight from the pod?  Delicious.  


peas growing

The first and second early potatoes are now ready and we have had a bumper crop.  There is something really satisfying about digging up potatoes.  It is also fascinating that one seed potato can produce many potatoes.  No supermarket potato can match one you have grown yourself.  Growing potatoes is also good for breaking up the soil. 


 Potato plants growing

Picking potatoes

 potatoes

This week's meatless Monday includes both potatoes and peas.  I am also using mint which goes so well with peas.  If you are growing your own, it is best to harvest the leaves before flowering.  

Pea and mint soup

Serves 2

You will need

1 tbsp oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
225g peas (weight after podding or use frozen)
300g potatoes (or 1 medium potato), diced
Stock made with 1 tsp pink salt dissolved in 500ml hot water
2 tbsp mint leaves chopped + leaves for garnish
1 tbsp coconut cream + extra for garnish
Crusty bread to serve

Heat the oil and cook the onion for 3 minutes.  Add the peas, potatoes and stock and bring to the boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, adding the chopped mint for the last 5 minutes.  Stir in the coconut cream and blend.  Divide between two bowls, swirl some coconut cream on top and garnish with mint leaves. Serve with crusty bread.  

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This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 25 June 2017


This week's quality cultivated by yoga is self - awareness. In the video we quieten the mental chatter in order to become aware of our true selves.

For a practice focused on deep standing twists such as Revolved Triangle, Revolved Side Angle or Revolved Half Moon Balance, your warm up should mobilise the spine in all directions and create some length in the spine. 
On my 'sister' blog post is a sample warm up for deep standing twists-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/building-home-practice-warm-ups-so.html

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Natural help for back pain



good posture helps prevent back pain

Many of us suffer from back pain at some point in our lives, but for some people back pain can become chronic. Below I offer some suggestions which may help:-


If you do suffer from back pain discuss these ways of helping with your medical practitioner.  

Acupuncture - acupuncture is a complementary therapy that you may be able to get on the NHS.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that pain is a blockage to the flow of qi, the life energy, or that qi is congested. Qi flows along channels called meridians along which the acupuncture points are located. Needles are inserted just under the skin to encourage the flow of qi (don't be surprised if needles are inserted somewhere other than your back!) It has been found to be very effective for chronic back pain.  

Correct posture faults- we sit at our desks, in our cars and on our sofas and most of our everyday tasks are forward reaching.  The result can be rounding in the upper and lower back caused by tight hamstrings, hip flexors, chest and shoulder muscles and weak core muscles.  Yoga can help.  Nowadays rest is not recommended for back pain except when the pain is severe.  The advice is 'keep moving'.  For help on improving posture please see the following yoga videos on my You Tube Channel:-

'How yoga improves health - posture 1'

'How yoga improves health - posture 2'

Serrapeptase - I have mentioned serrapeptase before but it is my number one recommendation for any inflammation in your body.  For more information on this please see 'Beating inflammation with serrapeptase'.

Beat stress - according to the 'Gate theory of pain', pain can be influenced by psychological factors. The pain messages pass through 'gates' in the spinal cord.  When these gates are open, the pain is felt intensely.  What opens these 'gates'?  Anxiety, fear, depression, stress, fatigue or absence of distractions. What closes these 'gates'? Yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, acupuncture, hypnosis, and TNS.  In other words our 'suffering' is influenced by our thoughts and emotions. Yoga can also help reduce stress, depression and anxiety. 
Please see the following yoga videos on my You Tube Channel:-

'Yoga for stress series'

'Yoga for mild depression'

'Yoga for anxiety'

Meditation releases endorphins from the brain stem which are the body's natural painkillers.  For help on relieving stress, anxiety and depression through yoga please see 'Meditation, Ancient help for 21st century stress'.

Sleep well - if you have chronic back pain try placing a pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back or between your knees if you sleep on your side.  Poor sleep is stressful for your body (see above).

You might also like:-

'Mindful of your posture'

'Yoga for seniors - Posture 1'

'Yoga for seniors - Posture 2'

'Yoga to rebalance - a good night's sleep'

'Love your sleep'

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The vegan diet and protein

Friday, 23 June 2017


People worry a great deal about getting enough protein - in fact you probably need much less that you think you do, around 0.8g for every kilogram of your body weight each day.  On the other hand, it is important to get enough protein as lack of protein can lead to poor immunity and loss of muscle mass.  In extreme cases it can even weaken the heart (the heart is a muscle after all).

Protein is made up of amino acids and there are 20 of these.  Some are known as 'essential' amino acids because your body cannot make them and they must be taken in through your diet.  Animal sources of protein have all the amino acids but most vegetable sources do not. The exceptions are soy beans and products such as tofu, quinoa and buckwheat. BUT if you combine beans or lentils with grains then you have a complete protein. So for example falafel in a pitta bread would provide complete protein as would beans on toast, or lentil curry with rice.  Other sources of protein include nuts and seeds.

Below are some vegan recipes that will provide you with complete protein:-

Mexican tostadas

Spiced chilli beans topped with cornbread

Falafel burgers with mango salsa (served with pittas)

Open tortillas with refried beans

Curried rice and beans with mushrooms 

Swedish meatballs

Argentinian style empanadas 

plus many more recipes on the blog!

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