Last weekend I went on my first ever yoga retreat. I booked it months ago when I was still in the corporate world as a way to recharge. After leaving the crazy, full-on 'day job' to concentrate full-time on Glorious Wellness, I figured the yoga would be a good way to put into practice one of the key parts of my Glorious Wellness programmes: Rest & Restore.
To be honest, the idea of 3 full days of yoga, no creature comforts (we were in a monastery with resident monks.....the accommodation was always going to be basic) and no control over what I would be eating freaked me out.
And you know what?
The yoga was great (and I'm the least flexible person.....), a room with nothing except a bed and a basin was fine for a while and the food was surprisingly good.
It got me thinking about how we can so easily overcomplicate things, especially food.
I get loads of questions like:
'should I give up gluten?'
'what supplements should I take?'
'are sweeteners better than sugar?' and so on and so on.
My answer is this: keep it simple.
Here are a few simple steps to help you feel more glorious.
- Just Eat Real Food.
- Ditch the ready-meals and minimise take-aways.
- Choose foods that look most like how they started out in life and haven't been too mucked about with. A carb-based example of this......opt for new potatoes or brown rice instead of pasta or noodles.
- DRINK 2 LITRES OF WATER EVERY DAY
- This is sooooo simple yet I find myself repeating it to clients. Drink 2L of pure, simple water every day, in addition to the other things you drink. Your skin, your energy, your whole body will thank you for it.
- READ LABELS
- If you can't pronounce it, don't eat it. Simple.
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Oat & apricot breakfast bars
- 120g gluten free oats (or normal jumbo oats if you're not sensitive to gluten)
- 100g ground almonds
- 100g melted butter
- 100g dried apricots chopped (I buy the un-sulphured ones from the health food shop or Waitrose. They're dark brown and really gooey)
- 50g dried figs chopped
- 50g almonds roughly chopped
- small piece of grated fresh ginger
- 2 tbsp honey
In the spirit of keeping things simple, this is a throw-it-together kind of recipe. Feel free to add few other nuts, seeds or dried fruits to it. It will turn out fine.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 C and line a baking tray with non-stick paper
- Chop the dried fruit and melt the butter
- Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well
- Turn it out onto the lined baking tray and press it down realllllllly well
- Score the top of the mixture into 12 bars (this makes it easier to cut into bars when it's baked)
- Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is golden
- Allow it to cool completely then cut into bars
- It will keep in an airtight container for up to a week