Sunday, 27 November 2016

I am actually a mermaid

It is incredible to think that this one element is what keeps us alive. That without it we would be non existent, yet it is something we use and disregard so easily on a daily basis. I contemplate just how much I take this precious elixir for granted. As I swim freely in this natural spring I have but a care in the world, yet I have not once stopped to think to myself how lucky I am to be doing so.

It is time to stop and appreciate the smaller things. 
Marlow
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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Protein Packed Pancakes




I never eat pancakes. When I say never I cannot even tell you the last time I ordered some for myself or took a bite of someone else's. I used to have an obsession with 'healthy foods' and pancakes was never on my healthy food list - saddening I know. 

I am still inclined to labelling foods as healthy and unhealthy - not a habit I would recommend nor is it a correct indication of how food should be consumed - however, I am getting better at stepping outside of my comfort zone. AKA I finally decided to make some pancakes (cue the percussion and cheers from the crowd). 

I still enjoy eating well so I wasn't going to gorge on a sugar laden and simple carbohydrate filled recipe. Instead I was going to source and make one full of delicious and wholesome ingredients that wouldn't leave my body feeling gluggy and my mind feeling guilty.


Ingredients

  • 100g oats
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 100g cottage cheese
  •  1 banana 
  • 1 pinch of baking powder
  • 1 splash of your milk of choice (used soy milk)


Toppings

  • Almond butter
  • Honey
  • Chobani yoghurt
  • 4 Fresh figs
  • 1 pear
  • 1 apple
  • 1 handful of pomegranate seeds
  • (I used whatever fresh fruit I had at home which ended up being a pear, apple and blueberries)



Method

  1. Pop all pancake ingredients (excluding oil) into a blender until smooth
  2. If the mixture is too thick just add a little more milk
  3. Prepare all your toppings into small bowls. 
  4. I peeled and grated the pear and apple, then tossed with the blueberries. I then set the toppings aside until ready to plate. 
  5. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, brush with oil.
  6. Drop heaped tablespoons of the batter into the pan and cook for three minutes, or until little bubbles start to from on the surface. 
  7. Flip and cook the other side until lightly golden and cooked through. Transfer to plate. 
  8. Layer the pancakes up with the fruit and almond butter, drizzle over the honey and spoon on the yoghurt. 
  9. Now eat :D 





Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Healthy-shaming, the new fat-shaming!




I constantly read reports, see social posts and hear about fat-shaming. People being named, shamed and blamed for their eating habits, weight and appearance. I myself have thankfully never been the victim of such bullying but would never like to be on the receiving end of such hateful comments. I have always felt there was no need to put someone else down for their lifestyle choices. I am all for assisting a friend who is struggling when they need it but I would never stand there and jeer at them or reject them for their food choices.


Whilst fat-shaming is very often spoken about health-shaming is not. Just as some feel they have a right to comment on a larger person’s lifestyle, others feel they have a right to comment on others being too skinny, eating a healthy diet or exercising too much.


Today for the first time I truly felt like I was being shamed for my healthy lifestyle choices. Two friends, who I live with, love eating out, enjoying a cheeky takeaway and treating themselves with food. Tonight, was one of those nights. As I was eating dinner they shouted out to me that they were going on a food expedition. Knowing they are both trying to be healthier I jokingly shouted out in return, ‘make healthy choices.’ 


Later I heard them return, excited to see them I rushed downstairs to chat. As I opened the door they were both sitting on the floor munching on their dinner of choice. Whilst one looked at me guiltily the other turned around and said, ‘this is a judgement free zone.’ I stood there shocked. I hadn’t even opened my mouth yet and already it was being presumed that because I choose to eat well, I would condemn them for not doing the same. My friend then asked me to leave the room so they could eat without being ‘judged.’ 




As I shut the door I was so angry. How can you justify ostracizing someone for trying to be healthy when in essence it is just the same as fat shaming? It really got me thinking, why is skinny-shaming ok, if fat-shaming is not? 


To the next person who says ‘you are not welcome’ for choosing to be healthy, commenting on the food that I eat or putting me down for not eating ‘fattier’ or seemingly ‘unhealthy’ foods I say to you: 


~ I love myself. I choose to be healthy and gift my body with the best nutrients this wonderful world has to offer. I eat nutritious healthy food because I enjoy it.  I exercise because it makes me feel good. It eases my mind and jump starts my body for the day ahead. I choose to be the best possible version of myself that I can be. I will not listen to anyone who tries to tell me differently~