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Homemade Granola

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I always make my own granola for breakfast, I don't know why I used to think that it would be such a difficult thing to do, when it's actually really easy.  It saves money and I know exactly what I've put in it.  The kids love helping to make it (and of course helping to eat it too!)

Ingredients for Homemade Granola:4 cups of oats (gluten free)
1/2 cup of mixed nuts
1/2 cup of mixed seeds
1 cup of desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 teaspoon of cinammon
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of maple syrup / honey / agave brown rice syrup (optional)


Method:

combine dry ingredientsmix in wet ingredients (warm up coconut oil if necessary)spread in thin layers on baking traysbake at 150 C until golden (about 20 - 30 minutes)


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Getting Ready for 30 Days to Healthy Living

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After all the excess food consumption over the Christmas holidays, and the lack of running due to the cold and being constantly unwell at this time of year, it's time for a healthy reboot!  So I'm going to be trying the Arbonne30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond plan starting on February 5th!


You can read all about the plan here, but basically I'm going to be eliminating (or cutting down on) common allergens and unhealthy foods such as wheat/gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and alcohol.  I will also be cutting back on caffeine (but not eliminating it entirely, I do need my morning coffee and don't want to set myself up to fail!)

I will also be replacing one meal with a healthy shake each day.  For me I've decided that I eat quite a healthy breakfast already, and with a few changes it can be dairy free.  So I will be replacing my lunch (which is usually just a cheese sandwich!) with a healthy shake using Arbonne Protein Shake Powder, Daily Fibre Support and Greens Balan…

My First 10k

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I was running the 5km Parkrun regularly for well over a year before I decided that it was time to push myself a little bit further and go for a 10km run.  I was so nervous to take this step as it is just so much further!  But I found a local run and signed myself up for it before I could really talk myself out of it.



Then I put the date into my Nike running app on my phone, and it set me up on a training plan.  So I ran three times a week just like I had been doing, but now I was stretching my distances that little bit further each time, and also challenging myself to run a bit faster.



In truth, because life often gets in the way, I had only done over 10k one time before the day of the race, so I was still very nervous that I wouldn't be able to complete it!  But I got myself there on the day, packed my bag full of essentials and got ready to try it.



It wasn't the easiest run for me, because it was a smaller event there were a lot of people who ran a quicker pace than me, so I di…

Breathtaking Niagara Falls Run

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I was lucky enough to spend most of the summer in Canada, visiting friends and family.  It's where I'm from, but I've lived in England for the past 13 years, so a long visit back there is a rare occurrence, especially now that we have two children.  We wanted to show the kids not only where I'm from, but the incredible wonder that is Niagara Falls.


We arrived in Toronto late at night and drove to Niagara Falls the next morning, so we were still very jet lagged for that first day.  The upside to that though, was that I was still very much on UK time, and it meant that I was waking up super early and I was desperate to stretch my legs after the flight, so I decided to go and run along the falls.


It is very unlike me to do any sort of exercise whilst on holiday, and even less likely for me to run somewhere unfamiliar, so it was a big leap, but I am so glad that I did it.  


Each morning while we were in Niagara Falls I woke up at 5:30am and was out of the hotel at sunrise hea…

Parkrun

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It all started with Parkrun.  I had been running off and on for a while, but not very far, maybe 1 or 2km at the most, and I was always exhausted and thought that I couldn't go any further.  So when a friend asked if I wanted to join her that weekend at Parkrun I didn't think it was possible!


But I did a few runs that week, slowly increasing my distance as much as I felt comfortable doing.  I got up to 4.3km on the Thursday night, then took a risk and went to Parkrun on Saturday morning.  I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to do it, but also excited to experience a huge group run for the first time.  Of course I went to Bushy Park Parkrun, which is where it all started and probably one of the biggest.



My husband and both children came to watch and cheer me on, I was practically in tears as I crossed that finish line.  I was in 1110th place and did it in 38:49.  It's silly because it wouldn't be a time to be proud of for most people, but I was just so amazed that…