Weight Loss Journey Vlog 5

Finally I reached my two stone weight loss target! 

Watch the video below for a full update of my weight loss journey so far!  I hope you find inspiration for your own journey or inspiration to start because I didn’t even think I’d loose a few lbs never mind two stone!  It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.

Weight & Diet Update

It felt amazing to finally reach my two stone goal!  It was a big goal for me and I still can’t quite believe I have come this far.  I worked really hard at my exercising and improving my eating habits.  I’m not vegan or vegetarian but I eat loads of plant based meals and I believe this contributed to my weight loss and general improvements of my health.  I have however gained 2/3lbs since this video due to my over consumption of stodgy comforting foods.  I blame the cold weather but I am back on track tomorrow so hopefully that will shift!  hee hee!

I’m not bothered I feel happy with who I am and will continue working towards the next goal 😉

Journaling

I have been journaling to help with my anxiety, this helps me focus on my direction, goals, to do list and change my negative patterns of thinking and just generally improves my mental well being.  I quite often struggle with my thoughts and negative thinking and this has helped me to address these issues and change them around for the better.  I’m not perfect but a work in progress!

Workout Routine

I have changed my routine a little bit from doing step aerobics everyday.  I ended up with a bit of a sore knee and realised I needed to vary it a little to avoid injury.  So because of this I have included some strength training and yoga in every second day.  This has helped with my strength throughout my cardio sessions and I’m happy with how it is working for me.

So before my workout I have a pre-workout shot made with the Motion Fitness Superfood Powder .  I have found it to be a powerful blend and it has helped give me a boost especially throughout my cardio sessions.  So I like to have this 30 minutes before my workout to give it time to absorb and do its magic!  I use my smoothie builder to make a healthy repair smoothie for myself.  This helps me to repair my body and top up my energy stores after my workout.  I love using my Smoothie Builder to make up my repair smoothie.  Sometimes I make smoothies which are not based on this format but this is pretty standard for me.

Smoothie Builder

I have shared my ‘Smoothie Builder’ sheet in this video, of which you can find below.  It details the categories of foods I add to my smoothies and you may find it helpful for your own smoothie combinations.  In the video I mentioned a variety of super foods that I included in my smoothies from time to time.  I have detailed where you can buy those below.  Remember that the name Superfoods is just a marketing term and they are just foods which are nutritionally potent in various ways and turned into pills or powders (some are also fresh).

‘Super foods’ –
Barley Grass
Spirulina
Wheatgrass
Acai Berry
Bee Pollen
Maca Root
Cacao

If you want to learn more or do your own Super food research then I would recommend checking out David Wolfe and some of his training courses.  There are also a good selection of training courses on Mind Body Green they are definitely worth checking out and are affordable.  Patrick Holfords selection of Nutrition books are also worth a read.  They are packed with the latest health and nutrition research.

This image is what I do for my own personal smoothie making it is not dietary advice!!!
Please do your own research when it comes to your health needs and requirements.

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If you have any questions then please drop me a line in the comments below.

Lots of love and good luck on your own health and fitness journey!

Angie Milne

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Broad Bean Soup

Just what I needed today after a cold walk with the dogs and collecting leaves with my son for some leaf identification work we were doing.  Such a warming recipe, I served it up with a little drizzle of hemp oil but you could also use olive oil and perhaps some croutons.    mmmm!

Ingredients

3-4 cups of broad beans (frozen or fresh)

1 leek (chopped)

1 onion (chopped)

3 cloves of garlic (chopped)

1-2 red chillies (chopped)

2 tsp of cumin

1 tsp of tumeric

1 tsp of paprika

oat cream, or other dairy free cream ( a dash during blending, optional)

Green Smoothie Bowl

Add all the ingredients apart from the optional cream to the soup pot along with the stock cube and water to just over the vegetables.  Cook for 40-50 mins or until vegetables are tender and blend in the blender (be very careful when blending hot liquids, make sure the blender has the lid on securely) add in the cream of choice if you like to your desired consistency.  Serve with warm wholemeal bread or perhaps a toasted sandwich.

Any questions pop them in the comments below.

Love Angie

If you enjoyed this recipe pop over to my youtube channel for more recipes, holistic health tips, my family life, and my weight loss vlogging!  Thank you! Angie x

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Weight Loss Vlog 3

So I’m back from my holidays with a sun tan and a 4lb weight gain ha ha ha!

Actually I’m not that bothered about it really as I know it will come off once I start eating a nutritious diet again.  If your going on holiday this year, don’t count calories, perhaps take your running shoes or do some walking but don’t worry about your weight and any possible gain!

Life is way too short not to enjoy yourself now and again!

My next weight loss vlog after this one will be when I hit my 2stone target!  I’m going to be filming some new videos over the next few weeks on a variety of lifestyle and foodie subjects!

Look forward to sharing them with you all!

Love Angie x

 

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Weight Loss Vlog Week 2

Weight loss diary week two!  :-). A quick look at how much I’ve lost this week, what I had for brekkie before filming and what I do for my exercise routine and personal growth!

I apologise the quality is a bit crap, my camera was playing up and wasn’t focusing properly!  I’ve got it fixed already and have filmed week three in better quality!

Now to get on with my studies and my video editing.

Love, Angie x


Cacao Halva Fudge

This is a really easy recipe to make and in a few minutes you have created a tray of healthy snacks for the family!  I’ve added a link to a short video below for the recipe if you would rather watch it.

Ingredients

Sesame Seeds x 2 Cups

Medjool Dates x 1 Cup

Organic Cacao (powder) – 1/2 cup

Vanilla Extract – 1Tbsp

Pinch of good quality sea salt

Agave Syrup (raw or the best quality you can find)

Superfood Toppings (optional)

Add the sesame seeds to the food processor and grind on high for a minute or two, add in the medjool dates and blend again on high for about 5 minutes.  Add in the cacao powder, vanilla, salt and a squirt of Agave syrup if the mixture is too dry.  You should then have a slightly sticky dough consistency (not too sticky).

Roll the mixture into balls or shape in a chocolate tray as per the video.  Add superfood toppings of your choice if you have available.

I hope you enjoy this super easy recipe.  Please subscribe to my Youtube channel for future recipes and holistic health tips and ideas.

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Love and Cacao Fudge Balls

Angie x



Chickpea Tuna Wrap

Approx Calories:

This is one of my favourite lunch items at the moment I just love it!  🙂  I’m always on the look out for new sandwich and wrap ideas for lunch and this one just hits the spot.  It’s light and you can also mix it up a bit by adding spring onions or perhaps some chopped celery into the mashed chickpeas.  You could also add a little mayonnaise or sweet chilli sauce for a different flavour.

Ingredients:

A carton or tin of chickpeas

A good squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Salt & Pepper

Optional (chopped celery, chopped spring onions)

Salad ingredients – chopped tomato, cucumber, red onion, lettuce etc.

Wrap of choice – I used an Italian flat bread

Mash the chickpeas together with the lemon juice and optional ingredients.  Season well and add into the wrap, top with the salad ingredients of choice and wrap and serve!  Enjoy!

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If you have any questions please drop me a comment below.

Love and chickpeas!

xx Angie xx

 

 

 


Three Easy Salads

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Three Easy Salad Recipes

I don’t make enough salads but when I do I really enjoy them!  Here are three very easy salads to make at home and they all compliment each other perfectly.  These are great as side dishes to a BBQ, Pizza or Greek style dinner night.  I just love all the beautiful colours they create together.  I’ve provided the recipes below, I haven’t added any specific quantities on some of the main ingredients as it’s always better in this case to tailor the desired quantity to your own tastes and diet requirements.  If you wish you can watch the recipe video on Natural Living YouTube Channel with assembly instructions, click on the link below.

Please feel free to print out this page and keep as a reference.

I would love to see your finished creations please post your pics on my Facebook Page ‘AngieMilneNaturalLiving’ (a link to my page is at the bottom).

Now lets make healthy salad!

Pita Bread Salad

Ingredients:

Pita Bread (cut into squares and lightly fried in olive oil)

Baby Gem Lettuce (chopped into square shaped bits)

Tomato

Cucumber

Green Pepper

Mint or Coriander (freshly chopped or other choice of herbs)

Red Wine Vinegar (about 2 tbsps)

2 tbsp olive oil (cold pressed & preferably organic)

Lemon Juice (about 1 lemon)

3 Tsps of Za’atar Herb Mix

Pomegranate Seeds (1 Pomegranate)

Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt

Mix all the chopped and prepared ingredients together in a large bowl add the desired quantity of mixed dressing ingredients, season and serve with some additional herbs & perhaps a slice of lemon on the top to make it look all pretty.

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Pomegranate Rice Salad

Ingredients:

Cooked Rice

Pomegranate seeds (1 pomegranate)

Juice of 1 Lemon

Chopped Fresh Parsley or coriander

Sliced Red Chillies

Sliced Red Onion

Himalayan Pink Salt

Black Pepper

Leave the rice to cool a little, then add in all the ingredients and season.  Serve with the other salads.

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Tomato and Olive Salad

Ingredients:

Tomatoes

Freshly chopped basil, coriander or some parsley

Sliced Red Onion

Chopped mixed olives

Lemon Juice (about 1/2-1 lemon)

Olive Oil (around 2-4tbsp)

Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Pepper

Mix all the prepared ingredients together in a large bowl, add the seasonings and dressing ingredients to taste and serve with a sprinkle of additional herbs and extra olive oil if necessary.

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Pink Himalayan salt…

…has many health benefits and you can even purchase it in larger supermarkets now.  Personally I would recommend getting your own grinder and buying it in bulk as it can be over priced in places.

If you click on the image above it will take you to my favourite brand of pink salt.  I’ve always used this brand and would recommend it.  You can also use a cup of this salt in a hot steamy bath and enjoy the benefits of that.  Here are a few links to several further studies and information relating to the healing and health benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt, some of which are referenced.

https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/

https://www.reference.com/health/benefits-himalayan-pink-salt-43cc8a4f87d61ace#

Za’atar Herb Mix

You might be wondering what the ingredient Zatar is??  Well…its a middle eastern inspired herb mix which you can buy in bulk already premixed.  It’s awesome in salads, dressings, stews, bakes and once you have a batch it lasts a long time in the cupboard.  I would recommend the Greenfield’s brand of Za’atar.  It smells so delish!  Click on the image for further details.

Angie x


Strawberry & Banana Smoothie

Strawberry & Banana Smoothie Treat Bowl

Delicious strawberry and banana smoothie bowl made with the addition of maca powder and live coconut yoghurt.  The recipe is so easy, blend the smoothie ingredients and pour into a bowl of choice.  Top with all of the toppings, coconut chips, dried bananas, date syrup, chopped pistachios and live coconut yoghurt, drizzle to finish with delicious date syrup!  You can mix up the toppings to your liking.

So delicious – enjoy!

If you want to find out more about the health benefits of consuming maca powder check out the link below:

https://www.themacateam.com/maca-benefits

You can purchase Maca powder from most health food shops but if you would like to purchase it online click on the link below, this is one of my fave suppliers and I have tried many over the years:

Organic Peruvian Maca Powder – 500g (Certified Organic)

 

These are also my fave coconut chips mmm:
Urban Fruit Coconut Chips Straight Up 14 x 25g

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Whipped Shea Butter Cream

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Organic Whipped Shea Butter and Almond Oil Recipe

This luxurious hand and body cream is amazing for the winter months.  The entire recipe consists of only two ingredients and its really easy to make.  It is particularly good for dry chapped hands, dry skin on your face and for any eczema or psoriasis you may have.

You will need:

A food processor

Storage Jar or Tin

Piping bag

Organic Cold Pressed Almond Oil (3-4tbsp)

Organic Shea Butter (1 1/2 cups)

I put about a cup and a half of shea butter into the food processor and blend on low power until smooth. 

Keep the machine running and add the almond oil into the shea a tbsp at a time, this will fluff up into a thick cream.  Add more almond oil if nessecary until you get the consistency you are after.  Keep checking, it literally takes a few seconds of blending to fluff up.

Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe into your suitable container.  This will keep for a long time!  I would say about 6 months to a year.  Check it before use if its been a while. 

The cream is brilliant when used overnight after a nice relaxing hot bath.  I apply the cream to my hands throughout the day during the winter months to prevent cracking and dry skin.  I also add my own essential oil blends but please do your own research when it comes to essential oil use.  I add the oils after the initial shea blend and additional oils and butters can be added to the cream too.

It is important to use Organic Ingredients where affordable as they are so much kinder to your skin, the environment and the producers of such ingredients.  Also look out for Fair trade options for your ingredients as this will ensure you are putting your money towards good causes, small farms, cooperative groups etc. and helps to support those who need it the most.

I hope you enjoyed the video below and I would love to hear of your experiences with this cream, please drop me a comment or two.

Peace, love and blessings to you!

(!!!You should always test new products on your skin before use and list ingredients/check allergies before giving as a present!!!)