Writing posts seems to be beyond me recently, my head space is not really ideal. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped trying. Here are some little ways in which I’ve been trying to be healthier, happier and better to the planet in the last week or so…
Not zero waste (weetabix came in cardboard and paper, raspberries in a plastic punnet) but I’ve been feeling pretty down this week and eating well has helped no end. I made this insanely yummy stew the other day that had 7 vegetables, 2 types of lentils and filled me up like you’d never believe! At least my body can be happy and I don’t have the added burden of feeling so sluggish.
My student loan came and I invested in some good tech that should last longer than the rubbish cables you get with your phone which are designed to last approximately 5 minutes. These House of Marley earphones are made from FSC certified wood, have fabric covered cords for durability I love them.
In my quest to lead a slower, more conscious life, books are making a comeback. Reading calms me down in a way a million Netflix shows couldn’t come close to doing. And the same goes for knitting (another hobby I’m pouring time into at the moment). There’s something about committing yourself to the process and being completely absorbed which I’m only really learning the true value of now.
A selfie?! On my blog?! I know, I know- but how else do I talk about my crazy hair! Chopping it all off was the best decision I ever made for its health, but the growing out process has been long. A year and a half in, and I can put it up in a ponytail, but I mainly just leave it to do its thing (above). I like the way it does whatever it likes, and watching how my natural, untamed hair in its full glory.
Thanks for reading, friends 🙂
Today I thought I’d take a leaf out of The Beauty in Simple‘s book and share a list of small things that I am grateful for or excited about at the moment. I really love the fact that you can find beauty and value in the every day, mundane details and I’m trying to get better at it, so here goes…
5 simple things that have made me happy this week:
- On Mondays I get the majority of my food from the market on my uni campus. I bought a beautiful baguette off a very nice lady who complimented me on my baguette-shaped cotton bag. My day was made and it hadn’t even hit 12!
- My worm bin finally arrived! Watching all the little wriggly babies settle into their new home and giving them their first load of food scraps was really amazing yesterday. I may have stayed there watching them until the very last one wriggled underneath the surface of the soil before I reluctantly put the lid back on… Expect a post soon about how I’m getting on with this new compost method!
- Having a cold really blows, (GET IT!) but since I’ve been using handkerchiefs instead of tissues, I don’t get that sore red nose thing that I thought was inevitable. Plus I keep them in this jar in my room, and all the colours and patterns look so nice together.
- Today rounded off week 3 of my final year at university, (eek!) and whilst it’s pretty hectic, I’ve managed to minimise the things I take with me. I have one bag (a year ago I would’ve been rotating at least 3) one notebook and one folder for all my lessons. It is really nice not to have to empty and refill my bag and risk forgetting things, because I just carry it all around every day.
- Breakfast for me consists of jumbo oats soaked overnight in nut milk, 1 chopped banana, 1 chopped date, a handful of nuts and a sprinkle of vanilla/cinnamon. It’s filling, refreshing, yummy, healthy- I can’t think of a better way to start the day!
There was a time not too long ago when I could forgo breakfast (and sometimes even lunch as well) and get through the day, but everything does catch up with you at some point- less food in the morning would mean a humongous dinner and ravenous evening snacking. That almost feels a world away now, as I can’t really leave the house until I’ve well and truly fuelled up.
My fuel of choice is overnight oats. As the name suggests, it involves pouring your oats into a bowl making sure to cover them with your choice of milk or water, (I tend to opt for almond or hazelnut milk) and leaving the bowl in the fridge overnight until breakfast time. By the morning the oats are lovely and soft, and the cold nut milk makes it so refreshing! I like to add a banana and one other fruit just to give it a bit more flavour and pack in the energy. Here are the most common combinations I go for (pictured above)…
- 1 banana + 1 clementine (+ dark chocolate chips)
- 1 banana + 1 kiwi
- 1 banana + 1 date (+ vanilla)
- 1 banana + 1 handful of raisins
Note: if you forget to prep your breakfast overnight, try and leave the oats to soak for as long as you can, as they taste better and are absorbed into the body easier the longer you leave them (ideally at least half an hour, but even 5 minutes is better than nothing!)
I find overnight oats to be both light enough to eat first thing in the morning, and filling enough to energise me for HOURS! Seriously, it’s crazy.