Monday, June 25, 2018

Why I don't crave pizza, burgers and sweets any more

I use to be seriously addicted to pizza, burgers and sweets. Pasta was another favourite. Ten years later and these bad boys aren't foods that I crave any more.

The secret is understanding the physical and psychological needs that we have. Physically your body needs vitamins, minerals and sugar.

I realised that when I crave lasagne or a burger or a Bolognese, really I just wanted some iron. A lean piece of steak or lamb does the trick.

When it came to pizza, that was my body not getting enough calcium. I would buy a pizza express from tesco and load it with extra cheese once upon a time. I would drool (and kind of still remember fondly) fugazzetta pizza in argentina which is a heavenly concoction you must try if you ever go. These days I have full fat cheese and milk throughout the day.

Sweets and sugar were my energy fix. A good meal was not complete without some pudding. When we visited NYC last year, we did some major donut and cheesecake investigating. You'll also see that I've blogges about macarons, M&M world and afternoon tea. They were one of my great loves. These days, I eat a lot of fruit because it is full of nutrients and fibre. They tend to be my breakfast feast and my afternoon sweet snack. That way I can burn the sugar throughout the day. Exercise makes me want to eat more healthily. It also gives me that lovely endorphin rush that sugar used to provide. Sleep, drinking enough water and being mindful of just needing to rest also help manage energy levels. I tend to want sweets if I haven't slept enough or properly. So just making a point to get rest of sleep makes such a difference. Sugar is addictive so watching what additives are in foods and checking product labels makes a difference.

Psychologically the pizza, burgers and sweets made me feel good. They were habitual. These days I focus on a variety of fruit and vegetables, fish, whole grains like spelt and proteins such as nuts, beans and lean meat.

If I am out to dinner, I will enjoy pizza, a burger or dessert. These occasions are the exception rather than the norm.

I feel so much happier and healthier. It's amazing how being in control of your cravings can help you be more positive and empowered. I've won the battle against pizza, burgers and sweet cravings, if only I didn't have so many other bad habits to kick!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge - grace, style and beauty

I love Reese Witherspoon's story about meeting the Duchess of Cambridge. Though this was six years ago, everyone still loves Kate. She is a woman of grace, style and beauty. Today she's less about fashion and more about her three super cute children and the many worthy causes she works on.

Meanwhile, London is finally going to get it's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle balcony moment. The Queen's birthday celebrations this week on Saturday from 11am will include the newly weds.

For a look back on some hilarious misbehaving children moments on the balcony, read this article:

See how the future Queen's story has evolved -when she first got married and it was all about
The Duchess of Cambridge - fashion icon.

If you want to know more about the Queen's birthday celebrations this Saturday, read about Trooping the colour.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

My natural happy pill - the amazing discoveries from London walks

Walking is like a natural happy pill because you make all these amazing discoveries in London. Today I videoed these baby coots being fed and then they all snuggled underneath Mum.

I'd never seen baby coots being fed like this. I thought they were called moorhens.

When you are out amongst the birds and the ducks, you take time a way from the every day. You live in the now. Your brain and body relaxes. It's a mini holiday!

Check out the videos of the baby geese in the canal. These guys came right up to me the other week. It was amazing.

These links will take you to youtube:

Enjoy the glorious weather London is having. Explore the canals. For those times when you can't, then tap your magic dorothy red slippers, watch a video and it's like you're transported to the wonderful world of the baby coot - being fed, snuggling up and getting ready for bed.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018's biggest event: The Fairytale Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

This Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will be held at Windsor. Like any couple, they will want the day to go smoothly. It is a day to celebrate - for them, their friends, family, the country and the world.

When I saw the couple's BBC interview which I've included in this post, it was beautiful to see the love they shared.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

London Event: The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, talks about transparency at LSE

The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, is in London. Yesterday he met with Theresa May and Boris Johnson. Today he spoke about transparency in democracy and corruption at the London School of Economics.

He talked about trying to change things for the better, including investing in education and infrastructure. The President is tackling gangs, drugs and corruption in his country. He spoke about caring for his people and raising salaries.

It was an amazing opportunity to hear him speak. Panama is a strategically positioned country and this President has taken many steps to develop and become globally competitive. He is focusing on his country's strengths and tackling its weaknesses. He is seeking to learn from the experiences of other countries. He seems to be embracing doing things differently.

President Juan Carlos Varela's talk will be available on the LSE website.