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5 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

The darker days are looming, the break up with summer ’17 is official and I’m feeling just as heartbroken as you. With winter around the corner, it’s normal to be feeling a little bit drowsy, lethargic and unmotivated. Don’t worry, we’re all in this together.

 

If you’re already turning to the hot chocolate instead of the iced tea, or the scarf instead of the sunglasses, or rolling out of bed instead of springing, then check out these 5 ways to fight the winter blues.

 

Take Up a New Hobby!

 

It’s cool, I get it. The last thing you want to be doing when you’re waking up in the dark to go to work and coming home again in the pitch black is finding the energy to do something other than snooze on the sofa binge-watching Netflix.

 

However, according to Sue Pavlovich of the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association (SADA), Keeping your mind active with a new interest seems to ward off symptoms of SAD, says Pavlovich. “It could be anything, such as playing bridge, singing, knitting, joining a gym, keeping a journal, or writing a blog. The important thing is that you have something to look forward to and concentrate on,” she adds.

 

Dose up on Vitamin D

 

It’s the time of the year where we’re swapping the sunshine for vitamin D capsules. Since we see a break in the gloomy clouds approximately once a month during winter, it’s wise to get your vitamin fix elsewhere.

It’s not a coincidence that you may feel low during this time of year, so many diseases correlate with vitamin D deficiency – the most relevant being depression.

 

So, fight them winter blues and head to your local pharmacy ASAP! The New York Times best-selling author Joseph Mercola, DO, suggests that adults take as much as 5,000 IU per day. Certain foods are good sources of vitamin D, including cod liver oil, swordfish, salmon, tuna, milk, yogurt, sardines, eggs, and cereals fortified with vitamin D.

 

Go Carb Crazy

 

Carbs are your friend. Eeeeeeek!!! Yes, you read correctly. Complex carbs don’t cause spikes in blood sugar that can create roller-coaster moods; they also increase levels of serotonin in the brain so you won’t feel as drowsy and as dull as the weather.

Opt for whole grains and complex carbs like spinach, yams, broccoli, beans, zucchini, lentils, skim milk, and more, which will fill you up while also providing long-lasting nourishment.

 

Don’t Over-Indulge

 

Unfortunately, ‘storing food for the winter’ isn’t a good enough excuse to be eating rubbish. You’re not going into hibernation – it’s winter, not the ice age. Researched published in the Public Health Nutrition journal found that people who consumed fast foods were 51 percent more likely to have low moods. During this time of year, try super hard to stick to your routine, it will benefit you now more than ever.

 

Fish are Friends…Not Food!

 

Omega 3 is your best friend during the snowy season. Studies have long linked deficiencies of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids to Seasonal Affective Disorder. A 2011 study in Nature Neuroscience has even demonstrated how lower omega-3 levels change brain activity. With high levels of omega 3 racing around your body, you’re also more likely to fight off the dreaded cold and flu that creeps up on us every icy season.

 

With these tips in mind, you stand the best chance of staying healthy (and most importantly happy!) during the winter, whilst maintaining a balanced diet and energy levels.

 

Hope this helps!

 

Much Love,
Evie Xx

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SMOOTHIE OF THE WEEK

Hello friends and followers,
I hope you’re all doing well and the happiest one can be.
I have a smoothie to share with you all that is just…divine.

I wish I could keep it a secret to myself but at this moment in time I’m bursting with energy and love and I must share it amongst those who love their greens and goodness.

PROTEIN MINT BLISS

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One whole coconut (obviously we’re not using the shell!)
3 frozen Bananas
1/2 tsp of spirulina
1 scoop (24 grams) of vanilla pea protein
1 dash of peppermint essence

Whizz this concoction together in a blender until ingredients are all combined and the mixture is of a nice smoothie-like consistency. Pour this mint-full beauty into you’re nearest glass or jam jar (if you’re that kind of person) and enjoy!
It’s probably the most delicious smoothie I’ve ever come across and a perfect post-workout meal especially when you’re not exactly feeling you can stomach a big meal just yet.

Please, give it a go! You wont be disappointed.
Let me know your thoughts.

Much love friends of the world

Evie X

 

Things I learnt from doing a Food Show

Well hello again,

It’s been a short while since I last posted… as you may know ( or not ) , I attended the free from and allergy show at the Olympia exhibition hall in Kensington, London. Yeah.. I know, big scale things and a long way for little me, BUT I did it! and that’s what has been consuming all my time and energy the last few weeks.
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SO… from this, I wanted to share with you my own experience and what I have taken from doing this.

Firstly, to enjoy every minute. I found I was on a rollercoaster of emotions, as I was running on little to no sleep for the first 2 days of setting up and the first show day… I know. However, I was unbelievably lucky to have my partner in crime helping my for the whole weekend who handled my crazy soul for a whole 5 days, very well. A big thank you again, I couldn’t have done it without.
Once I learnt to let go and just be in the moment rather than worrying if everything was perfect or tasting perfectly, I absolutely loved it. After all, I do love talking…

Secondly, for a food product, packaging is key! I learnt a lot from the friends we made at the show, whether that be customers or other stand holders. Packaging is the main attraction. Unfortunately, you could have a fantastic product but in poorly presented packaging and you’d get nowhere near as far and as fast as if you had eye catching packaging. SO… for me, this is the next step for Raw Bake Station. I hear pouches are the way forward..
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Thirdly, to keep in contact with all the people that you met, again whether that be buyers, consumers or stall holders. Everyone of them will have a purpose and help to flourish your business, especially stall holders. Making friends with people there wasn’t hard, especially when every morning we were both bouncing on in, with a smile on our faces and being (probably annoyingly) energetic as always. These wonderful people are what made the long days so much easier, but not only that, they also gave me some comfort in knowing that I wasn’t alone in all the struggles of starting a business. It’s  so easy to look at someone else’s business or another company and think they’re getting it all right and you’re not. At the end of the day, everyone’s on the same journey, we all have our hurdles and our peaks. Take note of other peoples advice and share your own too. It’s nice to be nice.
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Lastly, to focus on the bigger things than on the smaller things. Moving forward, my main aim of the game is to sort my packaging out and work out a stronger plan. Watch this space!

I’d highly recommend anyone who is in the food world, to get yourselves onto a food show. The contacts, the experience and the future business you create makes it all worth while.

Any questions please feel free to email me !

Much love

Evie X

 

It’s a smoothie thang’

Good morning world,

I wish you all a fabulous weekend and hope it’s even better when you try out my FAVOURITE delicious green smoothie.

So just to recap my rules for the whole juice/smoothie malarkey:

  • no more than 1 piece of fruit per juice/smoothie
  • an add in of a superfood

A green goddess of a smoothie : 

Juice: 2 celery stalks
1/2 cucumber
2 handfuls of spinach
2 broccoli stalks
1 handful of kale
1 chard leaf
4 sprouts (this is the only time you’ll find me consuming these awful balls of veg)

Then blend with half an avocado and 1/2 tsp of spirulina.

This is the ultimate blend of a drink, super creamy and filling.

If you like your drinks less earthy, try with less spirulina and add in either :

– mint leaves
– some ginger
– lime
-half an apple

Any of the above additions will make it an even more delicious drink. My favourtie is ginger!

Because of its high fat and fiber content, this is the PERFECT drink for any time of the day.

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Enjoy lovers.

 

Much love

Evie X

 

A bendy weekend.

What a weekend.

A weekend full of getting bendy.
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So, for those that weren’t watching my one million gazillion Instagram stories, I spent my Saturday morning with the Lulu Lemon crew at their second yoga event in the city!
I had the pleasure of joining in, on the hour of yoga class… which was amazing! The teacher was, by far, the most hilarious yoga teacher I have ever come across, she had the whole room laughing with her crazy lingo and prosecco phrases. Find her at Loft Yoga in Eccles!
I then jumped straight from the yoga to spreading the Raw Bake Station love to all those that came!
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It was a wonderful morning, spending an hour of connecting with my body with another 150-beautiful people. Namaste lovers.
To top that off, on Sunday, I went down to the Magna Pass’ yoga in the city event, situated in an unbelievable space in the old Granada studios! Fortunately, the sun was glistening hard that day so whilst lying in savasana pose, we all had the pleasure of the warm tingles off the sunshine blaring down from the glass roof. Dreamy.

If you haven’t yet checked out Magna Pass, they are a platform of fitness classes and unique workout sessions.  The best way to find out what classes are around you at that time… aka the bomb of an organiser.

Another hour of yoga to then a break with Raw Bake Station treats.
This was like the dream team morning which I was so happy to be involved in.

So, a totally different way of spending my Bank Holiday weekend but an absolute flower of one. Feeling totally revived for a new week ahead, and woke up this morning with no headache ( thank you, thank you ), no grogginess and body that is feeling totally relaxed.

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Hope you all had a smashing weekend.

Chow for now.

Evie X

Raw Lasagne

Hello friends,

Is it just me or is this year is flying by??

Quite scary really, whilst I’m trying to get my summer body into play, it seems the retail world is wanting to challenge me with yet another Chocolate fest! Yes we are all guilty of it… using Easter as an excuse to get chocolate rich.

*Sigh*

Now although I have nothing against chocolate, I decided to play around with some savoury dishes to come up with a new raw recipe to take the edge off my guilty head with all the feasting I’m doing.

I’m not usually one to go for Italian food as it leaves me feeling extremely heavy and sluggish but this dish is so much more than your everyday pizza/pasta… Raw Lasagne is the ‘bomb’. This dish is raw, vegan and free from gluten, dairy, wheat and all of the heavy bloating guilt. Super easy too.

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Shopping list

5-7 courgettes
Bunch of spring onion
Bunch of parsley
Bunch of basil
Bunch of dill
Bunch of thyme
Cherry tomatoes
A bag of spinach
2 chard leaves
A bag of kale
300g of pinenuts

A deep lasagne dish is necessary for this beauty!

Method:

– Slice 5 of the courgettes into thin strips (if feeling rather lazy, you can buy pre sliced courgette) and set to one side
– Add the parsley, basil, thyme, kale, chard leaves ( leave out the stalks), cherry tomatoes, spring onion to the blender and mix for 1 minute until all combined and smelling fresh.
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– Once you’ve made your filling, pour mixture into a bowl and place in the fridge whilst we make our pine nut cheese!
– Now for the creamy goodness : into a clean blender, add in the rest of the ingredients. All of the pinenuts, the spinach, a handful of dill and thyme, the chard stalks, and 2 chopped courgettes.
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– Blend the ingredients all it becomes a creamy thick delicious whirl of pinenut cheese.

– Now for the fun part! Layer the base of the dish with courgette, then add 2-3 spoonfuls of your filling and spread evenly.
– Add another layer of courgette, the filling and now for the creamed pinenut!
– Repeat this layer action until the dish is completely full with the “cheese” layer being last.
– Decorate with cherry tomatoes and pine nuts if you have any left!
– And there you have it! You’re very own raw and vegan lasagne.
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This dish is super filling but extremely healthy for you so don’t be worried about having a big slice! I enjoy mine with a side salad but I’ve known people to want new potatoes with it.

And and the beauty of making this dish is that if you have any left overs of any of the filling or “cheese”, they are perfect with raw flaxseed crackers or to be enjoyed as part of another home-made salad.

God I’m good.

Enjoy and send me in your own creations of this recipe.

Check it out on the YouTube channel also: a more visual guide on how to make this dreamy dish.

Think More. Think Raw

Much love

Evie X

GET VISUAL. STAY FOCUSED

There will be a time in life where we all fall off our pathways, sometimes its actually necessary we do so! Sometimes we need to. Life is a journey so don’t panic if at some point you feel you’re not where you “should” be or “need” to be, just embrace that flippant and unexpected moment/block/time.

 Live in the moment and keep on smiling, as long as you’re happy you’re doing something right!!

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I see a lot of my friends stressed and upset because they’re unsure of the next step or where they’re heading or even feeling under pressure because its not what they had or anyone else had expected for them. Again dont panic, sit back and enjoy the ride. Life is a learning curve, and we’re here to enjoy ourselves, to experiences things and to make the most of it!

I felt a little lost a few years ago, nothing to work for because I had no clear image of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. Before I found the power to let go of this pressure, it was an awful time for me. I was stressed and ever so down, I felt left behind in comparison to my friends. But its not about anyone else, this is about your individual journey and what you can do with it.

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Travelling really helped me find myself…as cliche as that sounds.

“the world is a book and those who dont travel read only one page” – Augustine of Hippo

One of my favourite quotes!! The people, the places and the experiences. Travelling will always be a passion of mine and I advise anyone and everyone to get out there and find out things you never knew about yourself and the world around you!!

Anyhow. The point of this post is to assure you that its OKAY to go do things that may not have been on the agenda, that may not have been ‘Mummys’ and ‘Daddys’ expectations, or even your childhood dreams.
The worst thing you can do is feel alone, stressed and  feeling uneasy about the future.

Firstly, if needs be, go and find yourself! Go travel, take up a few crazy hobbies, do something you and no one else would expect you to! It may take a few weeks or a few years to realise what it is you would like to do. It certainly took me around 18 months to realise all I wanted to do was to help others achieve their goals both mentally and physically. And I had the time of my life doing it.

Secondly GET VISUAL.  write down your goals. Long term and short term, and then you have something to work for, something to get excited about.
This idea got thrown upon me by a good friend and its REALLY helped me, I wrote my very own Goals List 2 months ago and I must say most have already kicked off!! Wahoo.
I’d advise to write these goals with the words – I will
For example ;
I will have saved “x” amount of money by this time next year.
I will have travelled to “x” in january.
I will have got the job promotion

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Set your goals and get excited. Life is one big journey. Positive vibes. Positive life.

One of my many goals lists and my pin up vision WALL. Inspiration everywhere 🙌

For those who like to be a little creative, how about doing a Vision board!!!
Lets get back to the primary school days and get daft with the craft..
Im talking colours, cut outs, quotes, drawings, pin-ups. You name it, just board it!
Put your dreams and ambitions up on this magical board and keep re-visiting it.

 TO ACHIEVE IT, YOU MUST BELIEVE IT… now to believe it, YOU MUST SEE IT.

For anyone digging a little deeper, I would recommend reading the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Bryne. I also found this a huge help to me and my outlook on things, Keeps your mind focused and feeling positive and thats the one thing we all need to have in life. Postivity.

Much love, sending positive vibes your way X

Ps. I would love to see your vision boards!! Send me them through and be creative!!!

WAKE UP // SHAKE UP

Bonjour le monde!
The past few weeks I’ve had a fair few people asking me if I can put together a short FAT BURNING exercise routine for them. Potentially my readers too, would like to try out one I have devised. A pure beauty she is.
Now of course for some of you, you may require in depth one on one work  to reach your goals but for most this one off routine should help blast that unwanted fat – It’s more about how much YOU push YOURSELF.
The harder you go, the more you burn!

When wanting to burn fat, the best method to go with is HIIT as I explained in my “Morning Blast” post. A style of training called Tabata is something you should absorb, it is what I use for a lot of my own training.  Note it down and research it later.

Here goes a short devised fat burning beauty;

Firstly take note; we’ll be working at a 2;1 ratio. Working out for 20 seconds, and resting for 10. No more, no less… Aim to keep within the time frames.

WARM UP

March in place for 10 seconds after each warmup exercise.

Jumping Jacks
Duration: 20 seconds

Toy Soldier
Swing left leg and right arm to touch toes. Repeat on other side.
Duration: 20 sec.

Hackey Sack
Tap left ankle with right hand. Repeat on other side.
Duration: 20 sec.

High Knees 
Duration: 20 sec.

ROUND ONE-
Remember 2:1

Jump rope/Skipping rope  ( if no jump rope, use your imagination! )

rest

Burpees 

rest

Jumping squats

rest

Jumping jacks into squats

rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into –

ROUND TWO

Fast Feet – sprint on spot

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Pushup

rest

Quad Touch Jump Squats
Place hands on quads, jump and reach with hands to ceiling. Land in squat position.

rest

Mountain Climbers

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Repeat all of above and move straight into

ROUND THREE

Skaters

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T Jacks
Start with arms in a T. One touches the floor while the other is still out in a T.

Rest

Single Leg Burpees

Rest

Fast butt kicks

Rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into

ROUND FOUR abs-mazing

Plank Ups
From plank position, place right palm down, then left, to get in pushup position. Then, come back down onto forearms.

Rest

Bicycles

Rest

Supermans

Rest

Crunches

Rest…END

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casually worn out

 

HALLEJUAH. This style of workouts is SO effective when performed to our best ability! Only you can make a change to your body, only you can push yourself to the end! Make it happen. Why not start today?
Get off your bums and put your laptop down, go grab a big glass of water and sweat towel and jump into some comfy clothing. Whizz some pumping music on, and get to work.
20 seconds GOGOGO, 10 seconds rest.
Try this every morning before breakfast if possible and if the timings not all good for you in the morning then do this workout when you can fit it in EVERY DAY.. theres no excuses. You DONT need a lot of time for this and you DONT need a gym.
Give it 2 weeks maximum of doing this routine each morning and I promise you you’ll see and feel the difference phsically and mentally. Not only will fat be dripping off you, your cardio ability will actually improve!!

Double whammy, Enjoy and let me know how you get on!

Much love X

A smile for a smile

I noticed today that the sound of laughter makes me smile.

The sight of friends rejoicing makes me feel warm inside.

On my way home from work today, I saw a young boy showing off his car to his Grandma, holding his (what I believe to be) driving test papers… I couldn’t stop smiling for the rest of my journey home.

It’s funny how little things like that can have an impact on someone else too… someone else out of the situation.

I feel we’ve become a world where there is less and less eye contact with strangers, less warm smiles to walkers by, and less “please” and “thank you”. I’m too sure why we all think we’re better than the person next to us not to crack a smile because at the end of the day no matter who we are, we are all on the same path and it may just be you can change a strangers day with just one smile…

A few of my personal friends reading this will probably be cringing at how soft I sound but I felt I needed to write this as honestly I bounce off peoples energies and although I was already buzzing inside with happiness, seeing that small moment of laughter and joy made my cheshire cat smile grow even more.

The more you smile, the more everyone else will.
The more you love, the more love you’ll feel around you.
The more you compliment, the more positive air you’ll be surrounded with.
Make someone smile today!

 
It’s friday, enjoy

 

Evie X

 

A mini moo

Thrivin’ Thursday!!

I’m calling to all the chocolate fans out there, to all the sweet toothed gods and godess’. I have just perfected my delicious mini pot of chocolate heaven. A pot of pure raw goodness. Now my beautiful mother is absolute sweet fiend ( and I am too at heart ) and so I gave her a weeny pot to let her use her magical sweet taste buds to do their thing and give me their verdict. OH YES. We have a winner, she asked for another!

Okay, now sometimes you’re having one of those days/nights, you’re sat indoors and if in england, it’s probably raining outside and all you’re craving is something sweet, something delicious, something oh so dreamy.. BUT WAIT you can’t. You promised yourself you’d be good and stay clean. Sigh.

Eh presto, rub the nearest lamp next to you and I’ll give your wish. I dare you.

A GUILT FREE TREAT!

2 large soft avocados
1/2 banana
A splash of almond milk
1 tbsp of cacao powder
A drizzle of agave
1/2 tsp of coconut oil

So simple, all you need to do is get yourself a blender of some form, whack in all the ingredients and whizz and voila, you have yourself a RAW HEALTHY DELICIOUS CHOCO MOUSSE. Boo-ya. Just scoop it out in however many dishes you like and refridgerate for about an hour to ensure they’re cold yummy beauties when devoured.

 

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Topped with Chia seeds

Please have a go and Let me know! I would love see your mini moo’s.

Much Love X