Seeing yourself for the first time

Today my almost four month little angel reached a milestone, I say it was a milestone because I believe it to be the very beginning of a part of a girls life that can lead her down several paths…the path to self loathing, the path to vanity or hopefully one of confidence and contentment. She recognized herself in the mirror for the first time.

Her reaction was amazing she actually cried and laughed at exactly the same time and seemed frightened yet mesmerized.
I kept pressing her perfect little nose and saying “beep”.

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Eventually she calmed down enough to really enjoy it and I took the time to tell her how beautiful she is inside and out.

Something that I will have to reinforce in her many, many times as she grows up I am sure because even though she is beautiful she will probably never be happy with how she looks and we can thank society for that!

Positive reinforcement and self worth start at home even at four months old. I pray that things will have changed before my baby is old enough to worry about it but sadly I doubt they will.

Some homework for us all:

Never say “diet” always say “healthy eating”.
Don’t ever refer to yourself as being fat around your children.
Instill confidence from an early age.

Sadly behaviours are learned. Children are like sponges they soak everything up!

Remember, the “do as I say, not as I do” mentality just DOES NOT work!

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Seeing yourself for the first time

Today my almost four month little angel reached a milestone, I say it was a milestone because I believe it to be the very beginning of a part of a girls life that can lead her down several paths…the path to self loathing, the path to vanity or hopefully one of confidence and contentment. She recognized herself in the mirror for the first time.

Her reaction was amazing she actually cried and laughed at exactly the same time and seemed frightened yet mesmerized.
I kept pressing her perfect little nose and saying “beep”.

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Eventually she calmed down enough to really enjoy it and I took the time to tell her how beautiful she is inside and out.

Something that I will have to reinforce in her many, many times as she grows up I am sure because even though she is beautiful she will probably never be happy with how she looks and we can thank society for that!

Positive reinforcement and self worth start at home even at four months old. I pray that things will have changed before my baby is old enough to worry about it but sadly I doubt they will.

Some homework for us all:

Never say “diet” always say “healthy eating”.
Don’t ever refer to yourself as being fat around your children.
Instill confidence from an early age.

Sadly behaviours are learned. Children are like sponges they soak everything up!

Remember, the “do as I say, not as I do” mentality just DOES NOT work!

Probably…the easiest bread recipe ever!

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Irish Soda Bread – Darina Allan recipe

This has to be the easiest bread recipe you will find. No kneading, no rising and to be honest not even very much mixing! Myself and my daughters have made this four times this week already. 45 minutes from start to mouth 🙂

Ingredients:

1lb of white flour or half and half white and wholemeal
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 a tsp of salt
14 fluid ounces of butter milk

Method:

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl

Pre heat oven to 200c or 450f

Make a well in the centre and gradually add the butter milk until everything is combined but not too sticky ( you may not need all the milk )

Turn out onto a floured baking pan and shape into a circle. Don’t knead just shape!

Flatten and with a sharp knife make a cross in the bread.

Apparently the old Irish tradition is to release the fairies from the bread by pricking each of the four corners with a knife. Otherwise the fairies will jinx your bread 🙂 the kids will love this!

Then splash some buttermilk on top and bake for approx 30mins or until hollow.

Cover with a clean tea towel until cool and enjoy!

Probably…the easiest bread recipe ever!

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Irish Soda Bread – Darina Allan recipe

This has to be the easiest bread recipe you will find. No kneading, no rising and to be honest not even very much mixing! Myself and my daughters have made this four timed this week already. 45 minutes from start to mouth 🙂

Ingredients:

1lb of white flour or half and half white and wholemeal
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 a tsp of salt
14 fluid ounces of butter milk

Method:

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl

Pre heat oven to 200c or 450f

Make a well in the centre and gradually add the butter milk until everything is combined but not too sticky ( you may not need all the milk )

Turn out onto a floured baking pan and shape into a circle. Don’t knead just shape!

Flatten and with a sharp knife make a cross in the bread.

Apparently the old Irish tradition is to release the fairies from the bread by pricking each of the four corners with a knife. Otherwise the fairies will jinx your bread 🙂 the kids will love this!

Then splash some buttermilk on top and bake for approx 30mins or until hollow.

Cover with a clean tea towel until cool and enjoy!

Not your typical Yogi!

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Good morning all 🙂

So as this posts suggests I do not fit the image of your typical yogi but since having my baby my joints are really painful (fingers, wrists, ankles and knees). It doesn’t seem to be improving at all and as osteoarthritis runs in my family I am getting concerned that it is creeping up on me already! I really don’t like to take pills on a regular basis so I am avoiding the doctor on this one for the time being and trying to see if the situation can be rectified by me first.

I had been doing kettlebells and TRX before I became pregnant and although I really enjoyed it the training was very tough on my joints so I don’t want to return to classes just yet. While searching the net for exercise programs to help with joint and muscle issues Yoga just kept coming up. I have never even attempted a yoga class before. Anyway I got onto youtube and came across a great VLOG series called “Yoga with Adriene” which seems like a really good place to start. There are lots of videos for beginners and she has a really gentle way of introducing the novice to the practice.

I decided to start today, and try the same video (as adriene recommends) every day for one week just to see how I feel at the end. I think that it is probably a good idea for me to document and what better place to do so then my blog 🙂 so here goes!!

I began with a basic 20 minute video for complete beginners where I was introduced to some poses, easy pose, warrior, downward dog (man they have some funny names :))…. Just to note I do not own any yoga mats, blocks or other fancy equipment I just used a throw from the sofa and a cushion. I didn’t even really need them.

I have to say I really enjoyed it. The poses did push me a little more than I expected and it was confirmed to me just how NOT flexible I am, not to mention how bad my posture is – like really, really bad!

The first thing I have noticed is that immediately my chest is opened up and I can breathe better, I am actually quite shocked that it has had such an effect so quickly. I can breathe much deeper than before, it feels…well, bloody fantastic!

The second thing is that even as I am sitting here typing I feel the urge to straighten my spine and correct my posture. My eldest daughter even commented on how straight I looked. I understand that this will probably wear off throughout the day but it really has made me want to do it again tomorrow!

and not forgetting the mindful bit…I do feel at one with the world and very relaxed….for now anyway! (I have a sick 12 year old to look after today :))

Namaste peeps

BTW should any of you feel the urge to join me on my new journey please check out my new guru at http://www.yogawithadriene.com where you will find lots of free advice and info on yoga practice. She really makes you feel like she could be your best friend 🙂

DAY TWO:
Decided to push myself a little today and did Adriene’s 40 minute video. It was really tough but enjoyable. I did break a sweat which people don’t normally associate with yoga. There were still the basic beginner poses and I found a little rhythm in my movement which was good. I tried really hard to concentrate on form.

Afterwards I felt very “light”, relaxed and again found my breathe was coming a lot easier also again I am very aware of my posture and found myself correcting it as I sat throughout the day. This morning I am a little sore…like after a gym session but its not as severe and feels kind of nice! Not that I am a sadist or anything but you know what I mean 🙂

I stumbled across a book in my local bookstore yesterday which was on sale for 10e.
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It is huge! I will probably never read every page but has some fantastic illustrations and guides through each pose as well as a 20 week course. I think I will start to do this in conjunction with Adriene’s videos after this first initial week. It seemed that everywhere I looked online B.K.S Iyengars name kept cropping up and it also seems he is considered the godfather of asanna yoga. The guru of all gurus so to speak. So it seemed I was destined to find this book at this point 😉

Have a mindful day all 🙂

Jens Thai Red

As I am weight watching at the moment I have had to tweak s few of my favourite curries (not much). I wasn’t sure about this one with the addition of squash but it turned out very nice!

Serves Six

Ingredients:
700gr of diced chicken breast (no skin)
Half a 200gr jar of Thai red curry paste
1 can of low fat coconut milk
1 red pepper deseeded and diced
1/4 of a large butter nut squash diced
1 thumb sized piece of ginger finely chopped

Method:

To avoid the use of any additional oil I have reversed the cooking of this a little. Where I normally fry off the chicken and veg and then add paste and coconut milk I have brought the coconut milk and paste to a simmer first. About 3 minutes should do it.

Then add your chicken and simmer for about 10 mins until chicken is cooked through.

Add veg and ginger and simmer for a further twenty mins until the sauce has reduced slightly.

Serve with rice.

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Don’t eat anything with ingredients you wouldn’t find in your cupboard!

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I have gone crazy this week baking bread… Many different recipes, rye, bagels, standard white, white with wholemeal, rye with sunflower and pumpkin seeds, rye with honey and spelt!! It has gone down a treat in the house with everybody. Kids take it to school to show it off to their friends!

I sat down last night and decided to read the ingredients in a standard white sliced loaf, to say I was shocked is an understatement!

I really must be very naive if I have never noticed how many additives and preservatives are in the humble sliced pan. The one I have lived on most of my life, the one I toasted for children when they were learning to eat solids…thinking it was healthy. I mean what are mono diglycerides anyway??

Don’t get me wrong I am not a health freak and I don’t normally tend to get on my soap box about things like this but after finding that bread only needs three or four ingredients that are cheap and healthy and easy to source as well as the bread being easy to produce I can’t help but wonder why there isn’t more emphasis put on baking your own.

I guess mass produced chemical laden  bread is a huge industry and a great money spinner for both company and government. Sad really….

Anyway I just wanted to at least try and make even one person aware of how wonderful and easy it is to produce your own bread and know exactly what your feeding your family. There will definitely never be another shop bought loaf in my home that’s for sure!

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