New Recipe Alert! Low FODMAP Egg Fried Quinoa!

And I thought Egg Fried Rice was good! This protein packed alternative is an awesomely tasty way to inject some extra protein into a vegetarian dish and you can take your pick of your favourite veggies to throw in so the possibilities are endless!

Go make yourself a plate and feel the veggie protein-y love! Just click the tasty photo to go to the recipe!

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One Small Step: The Magic of Teas

Ah tea…it’s a truly magical thing and truly a habit I fully advocate. Now I’m not talking about these nonsense “skinny” or “detox” (detox is a forbidden word on my blog, only a medically trained professional can “detox” you) teas, I mean proper real life non health branded tea. Why? Well just google the health benefits of green, black or red tea, there are a multitude of awesome things this magic liquid can do for you and with so many varieties, there is really is something for everyone.

Enjoying my Bluebird Tea Company Salted Carmel Matcha sample in style, everything is better with Pusheenicorn

Thinking way back I believe drinking green tea was the first healthy habit I went for. I bought some flavour green tea (twinings probably) and I will be perfectly honest here; it smelled way better than it tasted. Thought not fully enjoying it for some reason I was determined to persevere, and in time I found myself where I am now: a self confessed tea snob and damn proud of it.

So if you want to make one small step toward a healthier life and think tea might be your jam then here’s some thing to know and places to go!

Things to know:

  • There are loads of varieties. Black (earl grey, chai and English breakfast group here), Green, Oolong, Red (aka Rooibos), Yerba, and herbal/fruit (unless they state they contain tea they aren’t technically tea but well count it for now).
  • Black contains the highest levels of caffeine and Red is caffeine free
  • Tea comes in two forms: tea bags and loose leaf. Loose leaf means it’s one big container of tea and to use it you’ll need a tea infuser.
  • Loose leaf tea is generally more expensive so it may be best to start with the more affordable supermarket teas if your not sure that you’re going to stick to it.
  • Loose leaf though a little pricier is still way cheaper than buying lower quality tea from your local coffee chain everyday so if you like your new habit consider investing in some good quality loose leaf.
  • If budget ain’t and issue there tea of the moment: matcha! The superfood of teas, though with a very strong flavour it’s perhaps not for the beginner!
Staying on the theme of maturity, meet Frogbert my tea infuser

With that in mind here’s are my favourite tea haunts!

  • Bluebird Tea Company (stores across England and online). They have an amazingly huge range of tea and an awesome and unrivalled flavoured matcha collection. They also have a tea made with IBS in mind, “The Digester” is an awesome tea made for when you gut needs a little TLC!
    Matcha tea, the current king of teas and superfood. Using the remaining Christmas money to treat my self to this beauty.
  • T2 Tea (online and stores across the uk). A new addition to my list having visited the new Glasgow store and already finding a new favourite in Green Rose.
    T2’s ‘Green Rose’ a new favourite after discovering their Glasgow store.
  • Tea Lyra (online). Tea Lyra have a HUGE selection of teas, and loads of rooibos flavours for the caffeine free fix. They also offer free UK delivery and some flavoured matcha at a slightly more affordable price that I’ve found to be great for baking and my matcha rice porridge.
Another matcha, this time from Tea Lyra. This raspberry matcha makes for an awesome baking ingredient!

Hi 2018! Bit of a lengthy-ish post coming up!

So I’ve been a little absent from the whole internet-y social media world as of late. While I’m all too aware that 90% of what you see online is fake or only the absolutely best snippets of someone’s life, I found myself profoundly affected by having a 24/7 view-only access to lifestyles that were completely unachievable for me.

So I opted to take a hiatus from all of it; it was doing nothing for my self-esteem and my 2017 has been hard enough without that shit. Amazingly within the space of week I already felt better, the frighteningly long hours that I would have wasted each day on Facebook etc, I spent doing things I actually enjoy. Hell even just sitting staring into space was a vastly more enjoyable activity that looking at “#blessed” 4 million times over.

It’s been a couple of months without (maybe 3/4ish) and now. I feel like I come back at this world with a plan of what I want out of social media. For me I’ve realised for me the enjoyment is in being useful and relatable and to me that means it’s about blogs and sharing with people who enjoy life while being grounded in reality.

I love to learn and get a bit of a useful hint, tip or solution to get me through life and last year I learned countless useful bits and pieces around FODMAP/IBS on various blogs. On instagram and the like, I’ve enjoyed seeing everyday people just getting on with it. I like people who share all that it takes to achieve a goal and then seeing them achieve it, people that tell you honestly what it takes, proper blood sweat and tears (and food of course). I’ll believe the badass Lifter that eats a balanced diet and treats themselves to a pizza before I’ll believe the person that tells you the only way to be like them is some random companies fat burning supplements. The last thing I want is another year of scrolling through nonsense where “athletes” spew out nothing but motivational quotes and constant product placement (lets be real here, we’d all think your products were great if we got them massively discounted or even for free).

So for 2018 I’m getting really real about shit. Instagram, I’ll follow you if your interesting, if you’re about food and lifting we’ll get along just smashingly! If you’re about showing off wealth and the kind of fitness where all you do is take constant gym selfies or any other posing selfie and post ABSOLUTELY ZERO workout or fitness activity I don’t think we’re meant to be.

Also (my main rant about instagram) No longer will I follow people if they only follow me so that I’ll be polite and follow back and then immediately unfollow me (seriously how shitty is that?!). I want to enjoy Instagram the way I did in the begging and if that means quality not quantity; sure I won’t end up “insta-famous” but I’d rather have 10 awesome followers I can relate to than 10,000 shite ones.

So this year I’m all about me; and here’s what you should know

  • I’m no ones “ambassador” or “athlete”, though I will constantly share photos of my socks cause I love them (I buy every pair with my own hard earned pennies).
  • I’ll constantly talk about food, like 99.9% of it will be about food.
  • I’ll seldom post photos of me posing in the gym, I go to the gym to lift and you should too
  • Sometimes (rarely) I’ll post a photo of me, the reason will be I feel particularly proud of myself that day and also I suppose it helps to see what all my eating and lifting is achieving. Though said photos will never involve any expected stereotypical female fitness pose (we’re all equal and I show off the guns if I want dammit)
  • I’ll complain when it gets tough or sometimes (heaven forbid) I’ll skip a workout, cause sometimes I’d rather just sit on my ass.
  • I’ll give you this one motivational quote (just in case you really need one) “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. If you can appreciate and accept that, you’ll figure out how to achieve your goals.

So for now it’s bring on 2018, hopefully I can stay strong and keep at it (blogging and lifting)! Below is me being fearsome for your enjoyment… hehehe