Friday, 22 May 2015

Flat Shoes Banned From Cannes Red Carpet

"Flat shoes Banned From Cannes Red Carpet"

When I saw that headline the other day, I was actually taken aback. I am all for glamour, especially on the red carpet but is this not an outdated concept and dare I say it gender discrimination?  Also, more importantly, rather than focusing on said dress code should we not be focusing on the amazing work of the actresses (and actors) at the Cannes Film Festival instead.


Among those voicing their concerns was actress Emily Blunt.



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 “Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels,” said Blunt, “That’s very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality.”

When asked if there was a ban on flat shoes on the red carpet, a spokesperson for Cannes Film Festival told Mirror Online, "Regarding the dress code for the red carpet screenings, rules have not changed throughout the years - Tuxedo, formal dress for Gala screenings - and there is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s. 
Thus, in order to make sure that this rule is respected, the Festival’s hosts and hostesses were reminded of it." ... Yet whether there is a written or unwritten rule, there is evidence to show that women are being told they should wear heels.

A group of women in their 50s were turned away from the gala screening of the film Carol for allegedly not wearing high-heeled shoes, according to industry newspaper Screen Daily. The women, some of whom had medical conditions, were apparently barred entry for wearing rhinestone flats.






Valeria Richter, a film producer and scriptwriter who has been coming to Cannes since 1998, was rebuked on the red carpet with a group of friends for Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees premiere last week, for wearing flat shoes despite amputation.

She told The Telegraph she had been stopped four times by festival officials over her footwear, which was chosen to support her after she lost a big toe and part of her left foot two years ago.

She added a colleague of hers had metal in her foot and cannot wear heels, while another was wearing sandals with a small heel and was compelled to change.

"It is ridiculous," she added. "We are all working women who walk up and down the streets of Cannes all day doing business. They cannot force us to wear heels.

"We put on the dress and make an effort to be formal and festive, but to demand heels is not right."

For all this fuss there is a deeper message here perhaps. The message about women not being treated as equals in the film industry. The majority of women in lead roles are still paid less than their male counterparts in films and women appear to be still underrepresented in writing and directing roles. An example of this is in the film American Hustle where Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid less than their male counterparts. When you think Jennifer Lawrence is a bankable star with a billion dollar franchise as the lead role in The Hunger Games films, you wonder how this can happen.



Maggie Gyllenhaal was recently told she was too old at 37 to be a love interest for a 55 year old in a film. She said “There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time".

The American Civil Liberties Union want the inequality of gender in Hollywood hiring practices to be investigated further and I totally agree with them. So Hollywood, wise up! Women as well as men can carry a film, can act, can write and direct and can put bums on seats, and to the organisers of the Cannes Film Festival -  move with the times, flat shoes or sandals can look glam too ...

Tell me, what do think about this issue?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Degustabox April

My food delivery of Degustabox is here again. The monthly subscription food delivery box is perfect when you love to try new things. Every month as you get between 9-14 items, most new to the market and many utterly delicious. Boxes are £12.99 inclusive of postage and you are guaranteed to get much more than that in value.


The box this month had an International theme, with items with an Indian, Mexican, Italian and American influence. It comes in two versions with alcohol and without and they send reviewers both to try.


Nando's Peri-Peri chips RRP: 3 x 69p 

Nando's Peri-Peri Spicy groove potato chips have generous grooves to contain all the flavour.  They give a spicy tasty hit and have a wonderful crunch. I loved the Spicy Chicken especially - a very moorish bag of chips. Recommended.

Kingfisher Beer £2.00

The most popular beer in India, it is clean and crisp and perfect with everything from a mild korma to a spicy vindaloo. In fact it compliments  a range of dishes from all continents. Deservedly popular.

IDRINQ 2 x £1.49

One of the 'new generation' IQ drinks, containing an amino acid call L-arginine. They say "Consumption of arginine-containing food leads to a better performance in physical exercises and sex, and also increases resistance to exhaustion and fatigue." It tastes sweet and fizzy and I like the fact it has no caffeine. 

Scheckters £1.35

A fruity organic energy drink that is 100% natural. Packed full of healthy ingredients like organic elderberry juice, organic ginseng and pomegranate juice it tasted lovely and fruity. We liked this drink!

Wonjo Hibiscus Drink


This health drink is produced from the hibiscus plant and is rich in vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. It can be added to your diet to boost the level of antioxidants. Sweet in flavour this rich ruby drink has no additives or preservatives and is inspired by a traditional recipe from West Africa.
Perhaps an alternative to fizzy drinks for a lunchbox?



Schwartz curry mix 2 x £1.08

These recipe mixes add authentic flavours to family favourites like Korma, Balti and Biryani. From raw ingredients to a homemade curry in as little as 25 minutes, these packets are great to have in your cupboard when you want a quick meal but don't want to compromise on taste.

Debeukelaer Cookies £2.00

A big hit with all the family, these yummy cookies are packed individually for freshness and taste. With a chocolate gooey centre they taste truly indulgent. Add to a packed lunch for a sweet treat, or have with a cuppa for that mid afternoon pick me up.

Kinder Choco-Bons £1.55

Kinder Choco-Bons have a milky chocolate centre and crunchy hazelnut pieces in a little delightful sweet. Yum! These went in no time in our house.




Veetee Rice 2 x £1.49

Veetee rice packs are useful to keep in the cupboard for when you want a nutritious addition to any meal. Heat in the microwave for only a couple of minutes these are great for adding to stir fries too. We ate the spicy Mexican rice with chilli and it was tasty and had a good spy flavour. 

Cirios Tinned Tomatoes £1.69 & £1.20

I always keep tinned tomatoes in the cupboard, as they are easy and convenient to add to curries, pasta sauces, casseroles and stews and I also enjoy them on toast with grated cheese on top. This brand, famous in Italy, are known for quality and taste. 

Barry's Tea £1.75

This tea, an institution in Ireland, is an unique blend passed down through generations. This reminds me of PG Tips and fresh tasting I think this is a perfect breakfast tea.


If you would like to subscribe a Degustabox subscription costs £12.99 per month, inclusive of delivery. The value of the items is usually a lot higher. If you would like a discount of £3 enter code 16LVE into checkout when registering.


You can find Degustabox here:-








Tell me what do you think of the food this month?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Krakow On A Budget

Travelling on a budget? Head to Krakow in Poland

A guest post by Rhian from Rhian Westbury. Rhian blogs about music, beauty, lifestyle and travel. 

Poland isnt necessarily the first place people think of when they want a city break or a long weekend away, but peoples mindsets need to change. Especially if youre after a cheap holiday.



Krakow is a beautiful city with plenty to do and see, but not too much that youll have too much to cram into your 3 /4 days away. When I went I stayed at a hotel in the old town, while the rooms were pretty small they had everything that we needed, but the breakfast more than made up for it. Every morning we had a full on continental buffet which set me up on the day.

The main reason why Krakow is a fantastic place to go is how cheap it is. Over the four days I was there we had lunch and dinner out each night, and numerous drinks/ coffee stops and it was ridiculous how cheap things were. A sit down sandwich lunch with drink was about £2 and each night we had a 3 course meal, and wine, and it never came to more than £14 per person. Even going to the Starbucks there was cheap and I brought back a litre bottle of Polish vodka for £3! So if youre on a tight budget but still want to experience lots make sure you head to Krakow. Although I have been told by a Polish friend that the rest of Poland is even cheaper! I dont quite know if I can believe this though.


Whilst there we had a bike tour which took us around all the sites and our guide was wonderful and allowed us to stop anywhere that I wanted to take pictures, and we regularly got out to explore. You can book yourself on organised tours to various places when youre in Krakow and the two which I would strongly recommend are the Wielizcka salt mines and the Auschwitz- Birkenau world war two camp. 

If you opt to head to the salt mines - probably my favourite part of Krakow- then make sure you wear sturdy shoes as there is quite a bit of walking as you head deep into the depths of the mines. The salt mines are truly phenomenal and when you get downstairs you will be greeted by sculptures and ornaments made entirely from salt. They are all incredibly detailed and I cant imagine how skilled the people that made them had to be. Theres even a wedding chapel down there and we were told how some couples actually get married down there.


In contrast the Auschwitz- Birkenau camp is incredible for completely different reasons and this time you might need some tissues. It is all completely set up as it would have been back in the early 40s and as the tour guide walks you round there are some truly incredible sites. I actually went on this trip with my nan who was alive during the war so it made the trip even more emotional. Even if history isnt your thing its still a worthwhile trip to make.

If youre looking for a fun, cheap city break then head to Krakow and let us know what you think!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Top Tips To Help You Choose The Perfect Mattress

Deciding which mattress to buy can be tricky. There are so many products to choose from, and the stakes are high. According to the Sleep Council, we spend an average of more than 2,300 hours sleeping each year, so a decent mattress is a must.
Also, as bedroom furniture specialists And So To Bed note, getting a good night’s rest is crucial if you’re to maintain your health and wellbeing. With this in mind, here are some top tips to help ensure you select the perfect mattress

A good night sleep is so important
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Understand your options
Contrary to widespread belief, a mattress does not have to be hard to be good for you. As long as these products have an effective supporting structure, the level of softness and padding is simply a matter of personal preference. The important thing is to get to grips with the different versions out there.

For a traditional and luxurious style of mattress, you can opt for versions made using natural fillings like wool, cotton and horsehair. If you’re after a truly opulent finish, look out for designs that feature satin coverings.

Pocket sprung mattresses are also well worth considering. These designs contain springs sewn into individual fabric pockets and they can offer impressive levels of support. Because the springs move independently from one another, these mattresses allow you to move around in the night without disturbing your partner. In contrast, open or continuous coil versions move as one unit. Also, the coils in these products tend to wear out more quickly than pocket springs.
Memory foam mattresses are another popular option. Topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic foam, these designs mould to the shape of your body during the night and they can provide good support.
Meanwhile, if you suffer from allergies, look out for foam or latex mattresses. These products are often breathable, meaning they’re less likely to harbour dust mites and mould.
Try before you buy
It can be difficult to know whether a mattress is right for you without actually trying it out. This is why it’s always wise to visit a showroom to see them for yourself. When you’re testing the products, lie down in your usual sleeping position to see how comfy they are. Also, sit on the edge of the mattresses. High-quality versions should be firm rather than saggy.
Make sure you measure up
Last but not least, always measure up carefully before you buy a mattress. Bear in mind that dimensions can vary, so don’t just rely on descriptions like ‘double’ or ‘king size’. If your current bed base is getting old, it might be wise to purchase a new mattress and bed base together. This way you’re guaranteed a great fit.

* This is a collaborative post

Classic Bakewell Tart

A classic Bakewell Tart is a thing of sheer beauty. The crisp light pastry and the soft almond sponge hides a raspberry jam full of flavour. This recipe is easy to make and is a crowd pleaser. 



Serves 6/8

Ingredients

1 Jus Roll shortcrust pastry sheet 
100gm butter
100gm caster sugar
3 medium eggs, beaten
150gm ground almonds
few drops of almond essence
3 tbsp raspberry jam
25gm flaked almonds

Method

Preheat oven to 190degrees C, gas mark 5
Line the pastry case with the pastry and trim as required, crimping edges.
Place in fridge for pastry to rest.
Cream butter and sugar together until soft.
Add egg a little at a time.
If mixture curdles add a table of flour and continue to beat until mixture comes together.
Stir in ground almonds and almond essence.
Remove pastry case from fridge.
Spread jam on base of the pastry.
Spoon the sponge mixture on top of the pastry.
Top with flaked almonds.



Bake for 30 minutes or until sponge is set and springy to touch.
Serve warm with cream or ice cream.








Thursday, 14 May 2015

Everything You Need To Know About Emerald Rings



There’s no doubt the emerald is a captivating gemstone. Cleopatra loved them; the Mughals associated their colour with Paradise; and the Incas believed their goddess prized them above all else. Though it’s an unconventional option for an engagement ring, an emerald can make a striking statement. Halle Berry, Jackie Kennedy and Zoe Saldana have all chosen them to great effect. But emeralds are very different to diamonds, rubies or sapphires, and clients should make sure they understand their unique properties before committing to such a bold choice.

The first thing to note is that the Gemological Institute of America defines emerald as a ‘Type 3’ gemstone. This means that it’s very rare to find an emerald that is completely free of blemishes (or ‘inclusions’) that are visible to the naked eye. These inclusions can be tiny fractures or cleavages, growth lines in the crystal, or mineral impurities. This is simply the nature of emerald, and it’s unfair to judge it by the same clarity standards that are applied to other gemstones such as diamonds.




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If the inclusions are very large or too prominent then they will disfigure the stone. But small inclusions should be seen as the emerald’s unique ‘fingerprints’, created naturally when the crystal formed beneath the earth’s crust. Emeralds that are almost totally “clean” are unusual, and very expensive, so if you hate the idea of any visible blemishes, then emerald is probably the wrong gemstone for you.

Another consideration is that the inclusions within an emerald are natural weak spots within the crystal. If an emerald gets knocked against a hard object, it’s possible for an inclusion to open up, and become more apparent. This compounds the fact that even the ‘cleanest’ emerald will never be the hardest of gemstones. With a Mohs Hardness Score of 7.5-8.0, emerald lags well behind ruby and sapphire (9), and doesn’t come close to diamond (10). While careless handling can damage any engagement ring, clients who chose emerald need to be particularly careful to avoid scratching or chipping the gemstone

If you are happy to live with some minor blemishes, and are prepared to take good care of your ring, the next thing to think about is your emerald’s colour. Emerald is composed of beryl with trace elements of chromium, vanadium, and iron, and it’s the relative quantities of these elements that determine the stone’s colour. Without them it technically isn’t an emerald at all, but a ‘green beryl’ which has a much lower market value.



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An emerald’s colour is defined by three factors; hue, tone, and saturation. Hue refers to the type of green, for example whether it has hints of blue or yellow in it. Tone defines the colour of the emerald in terms of light and dark. The saturation of the colour is all about the level of its intensity. The most valuable emeralds are bluish green to pure green, with a tone that’s neither too dark nor too light, and vivid colour saturation.

If you find a stone with good colour and clarity, the final aspect to consider is whether or not it has been enhanced through some treatment.. If an emerald has disfiguring inclusions that reach the surface, these might be filled with resin or glass to improve the stone’s appearance. Unfortunately this can make the stone vulnerable to heat, changes in air pressure, and a wide range of chemicals.

Another potential problem is the use of coloured dyes to enhance the saturation of emeralds. These dyes can often be dissolved by chemicals such as alcohol or acetone, and exposure to strong sunlight can also cause them to fade.

Many emeralds are submerged in oil at the point when they are cut, to mask inclusions and enhance colour. This process is centuries-old and needn’t necessarily be a problem, but like any form of treatment, it should certainly be disclosed to the consumer. Over time, the oil will tend to dry out, and the stone will eventually need to be re-oiled. Luckily this isn’t a difficult or expensive process.



A jeweller positioning an emerald in a ring

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Even emeralds that have never been submerged are likely to have minor traces of oil near the surface, as there is oil on the cutting wheels that are used to facet and polish them them. If you have any concerns, a reputable supplier won’t object to you paying to have an emerald checked by a laboratory before you make a purchasing decision.

Emeralds are wonderful gems, but perhaps more than any other gemstone they require a bit of specialist knowledge if you are going to get it right. Consumers should be careful, but shouldn’t be discouraged - if you’re looking for a striking and distinctive engagement ring, an emerald could be a great choice.

* This article is a guest post by David Rhode, of ethical jeweller Ingle & Rhode)

If you like this post check out my article The Secret To Buying The Perfect Wedding Ring - The Diary Of A Jewellery Lover

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

How To Be Financially Secure

Financial security is something I feel strongly about. Old age pensions are small and gone are the days of generous final salary pension schemes. Recent changes in my circumstances mean I have spent time researching this area. My son is off to University in September and a change of job in the last couple of years meant a complete overhaul of our families financial affairs.  

This simple guide will give you an insight into the type of savings to make you more financially secure. I am not an expert in the field so always take advice from an independent body such as The Money Advice Service and if you use a financial advisor ensure they are independent and not tied to any bank or financial company.

Why Save?




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After all the bills have gone out,  it is important to put something aside for emergencies and for your old age.  Did you know the most you can get from a state pension is only £115 a week? Not a lot to live on is it?!

The earlier you can make provisions for your old age the better. Putting aside money on a regular basis in a UK bank account can add up to a tidy sum before you know it. A mix of emergency savings, ISA's and a pension or savings for your old age covers most eventualities. 

Emergency Savings 

Things can happen in life that take us by surprise, such as a loss of a job, unexpected repairs or the breakdown of a relationship. At times like these you may need to draw on emergency savings.  The Money Advice Service recommend putting aside 3 months essential outgoings in an instant access savings account.  

If you set up a standing order or direct debit into a saving account, it won't be long until that money is there, for those unpredictable life events.

NISA

A New Cash Isa or NISA is a tax free way of saving. In the simplest term it is a savings account you don't pay tax on.  A Stocks and Shares ISA is another option but with this type of ISA you are investing in bonds, shares and funds and is a more risky type of investment. You can save just over £15000 an ISA and this can be a mix of a NISA and Stocks and Shares ISA.

A NISA savings account is especially good for medium to long term investing, such as saving for a house deposit, a wedding, or university fees.

Interest is paid on regular savings accounts after tax has been deducted, unless you are a non tax payer yet with an NISA interest is tax free.

If you want to read more about NISA's including the difference between a Cash Isa and a Stocks and Shares ISA, take a trip to Money Saving Expert.com.

Pensions



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More than half the people in the UK are not saving for their old age, or are not saving enough for the lifestyle they aspire to on retirement.  If you do not have enough saved when you are looking to retire you may have to work for longer.

The basic state pension is based on 30 qualifying years of paying in National Insurance contributions. If you have not paid in the right amount you may not get much at all. The full amount of state pension at a little over a hundred pounds a week,  is not enough to live on on its own, and because of this many people have other savings for old age. 

Opting into your companies pension scheme or taking out a private pension on top of this is one option. Alternatively putting money aside in a long term savings account, or investing in relatively stable commodities such as gold or property is another.

Recommendations from industry experts always state a pension is worth investing in though.  Think of a pension as another savings account with the important point that you get tax relief on the savings. The money you save on a regular basis is invested so that is provides you with an income on retirement. There are also new rules about pensions including being able to take money out of your pension pot early, read up on the rules here.

If you want impartial advice on pensions the Pensions Advisory Service is the place to go.

Tell me, do you have any savings or are you considering investing in a NISA, pension or other savings account?

* This is a sponsored post, all words and opinions are my own

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Managing Money As A Student

Students and money don’t really go hand-in-hand (a bit like students and revision as well!) The only time you really talk about the two in the same breath is when you discuss student loans and the ever-increasing amount of debt being acquired while they complete their studies.



This figure has grown over the years, especially since the Conservative government in the UK got their way in increasing tuition fees to a £9,000-per year limit. As such young people are coming out of University with excellent qualifications, but crippling debts which they feel they will never be able to pay off without the help of a lottery win!

As parents, and as graduates ourselves in many cases, we are well aware of just how difficult it can be to get through the academic year with what little money you have available. By the time you have paid for your accommodation for the year along with tuition fees and study materials that are deemed to be “essential” but you barely ever open, you’re struggling to keep yourself in the black and you have little option but to visit the Bank of Mum and Dad for a loan (by loan, we of course mean donation!)

This made me think about how things could be improved. There isn’t enough money available to just give them, but giving them the advice to make what they do have last could be key.



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One idea I had was to get them in for a meeting with an accountancy firm so they can be given expert advice by someone in the industry who can give them the “inside knowledge” on how to make every penny go further. There are some excellent accountants in Manchester and London (and all over the UK actually), who would be willing to spend some time with you and your son or daughter, to offer advice on how to manage money.

Managing money doesn’t come naturally and it is a skill that is best learned early on, to avoid the inevitable and costly mistakes that can take a long time to put right. Simple tasks such as knowing your incomings from your outgoings can pay dividends in a very short time and isn’t necessarily as obvious as you might think. I often wish I had started young, learning to prepare for the unseen costs in life, rather than spending everything by the end of the week and hoping for the best!

An accountant will probably begin by suggesting a simple spreadsheet to track how much money is left and where it needs to be spent. We all know that it is easier to manage money if you can see it, and being organised is key. However, when I was a student, I used to have two columns; ‘Got’ and ‘Gone’, which worked for me. As long as ‘Got’ was higher than ‘Gone’, all was well with the world!




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It is also invaluable to learn how to make a small amount of money stretch and to be realistic about how much they have. If they can get to grips now with shopping with a limit, like £10 or £20 for example, it will put them in a good position when they go out on their own. Own-brand products and special offers will become their first choices and “luxuries” will have to be just that rather than being taken for granted and added to the trolley each time they go with you.

Finally, we all know how important a social life is to a student. Going out for a few drinks is common practice and quite often a spur of the moment decision, but teaching them that blowing all of their money in the Student Union will have a knock-on effect for their bank account. While the drinks might be much cheaper on campus than in a typical town or city centre bar, it’s still money they won’t be able to spend on the genuinely important things - like a train ticket home to see Mum and Dad!

What advice would you give to students on a limited budget?

* A collaborative post 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Skechers GOWalk at Brantano

This post is an easy one for me to write, as I have to admit I am a big fan of this company anyway... one word - Skechers.


If you walk a lot you will know this brand. I am a member of a Disney and Florida website and people are obsessed with footwear, but not any footwear, specifically the best footwear for exploring the theme parks. The type of footwear that won't give you blisters. The footwear that looks stylish but is still comfortable at the same time. Time and time again the footwear of choice is Skechers.

What is so special about Skechers? 

You may wonder what is so special about the Skechers brand. Well Skechers are known for a range of casual shoes, trainers, sandals and boots with the emphasis on quality, style, affordability, and most importantly comfort.


A selection of the GOWalk range

Quality - Skechers footwear are well made and last. 

Style - New designs are released each season in a range of fashionable colours as well as the 'old faithfuls' - black and navy.

Affordability - Prices range from £25 upwards, and for this quality and design this is great value for money. 

Comfort - Each design is thought out carefully with comfort and performance in mind.  

The three main ranges are the walking (GOWalk series), the running (GORun series) and the specific ladies range, Flex Appeal. As I have only worn the GOWalk trainers I will talk about these.





The GOWalk series

Comfort cannot be denied - especially with the GOWalk series. A mixture of a casual shoe mixed with a sports shoe, you will feel like you are walking on air with the Sketcher GOWalk.

This range of walking shoes are supremely comfortable and lightweight, in fact so comfortable they market them as "The ultimate super sock".  The shoe flexes and moves with your foot. Independent circular GOimpulse sensors offer flexibility and feedback for a more responsive walking experience. There is an integrated OrtholiteTM anti-microbial sock liner to inhibit odour and prevent slippage. There is plenty of room in the top of the show to allow your toes to spread, grip and push off and the midsole is lightweight and provides just the right amount of impact absorption.  

What I like about the GOWalk is that they look like normal trainers or canvas style shoes but only you will know how well they are made for that comfort you feel. Once tried on, you will never go back to other walking shoes again.



I'm not just talking the talk here, as about two months ago I bought a pair of Skechers for a trip to the US in the near future. I've worn them a few times and yes, they are great quality with no uneven stitching, and yes, they look super sleek and stylish (all in black), and yes, the price was good. The most important question is - were they comfortable? Hell Yeah!

My comfy Skechers

You can buy Skechers at Brantano as well as other good shoe retailers. Tell me, what do you think of the Skechers brand?

* A collaborative post, all words and opinions are my own.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Mindful Eating

I am an emotional eater, there I said it. I eat when I am not hungry and don't stop when I should. So when I was asked to write about Mindful Eating I thought it would make for an interesting post.

What is Mindful Eating?

Mindful eating is about listening to your body and only eating when we feel hungry. It's not about what your brain thinks it wants, as it takes 20 minutes for the brain to register that the stomach is full. It's about being in touch with how your body is feeling, really savouring food by chewing it well and not eating for the sake of it.




A research article by Harvard Medical School states, “A small yet growing body of research suggests that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating could help with weight problems and maybe steer some people away from processed food and unhealthy choices.” 

So often we eat out of habit, such as having a biscuit or two with a cup of tea when we are watching tv, and find we have polished off most of the pack. I don't know about you but I can eat vast amounts of food when I have a glass of wine or two, or when I am stressed with work or family life. A more thoughtful way of eating definitely sounds a great way to control weight. 




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If you have a family you probably want to eat with them together at convenient times but really think about what you are eating and why you are eating it. If you have food left on your plate and you feel full, leave it. I know we are often conditioned to eat every scrap of food on our plates but what about using the leftovers for another meal, or freezing it for another time?

Mindful eaters still eat cake and chocolate, but when they do they savour every morsel. If you are following this way of life, based on a Buddhist concept, which essentially is everything in moderation then be sure to forgive yourself too if you do not follow it every day. I feel there is nothing worse than feeling guilty when you eat. 


If you want a biscuit eat it, turn off the tv and savour it, and leave the rest of the packet

Something that is recommended is to keep a daily food and emotions journal. This will help you find the triggers. That way you will replace being self critical with self acceptance.  

Also think about portion size. We live in a supersize culture where food is available 24 hours a day, a lot of it is unhealthy and in huge portions. Really think about what you are putting into your body but deprivation and feast/famine behaviour.

To find out more about Mindful Eating, LV have written about it here. I was gifted a Spiralizer to write this post, and I will be reviewing that in due course.

Tell me, what do you think of the principles of being a mindful eater?

* a collaborative post,, all words and opinions are my own.