As you can read about in my recent blog post, I've had a year of crisis after crisis to deal with, but I feel like more than ever, It's vital that I put my own health and mental health first. Focusing on my health and well-being feels like a good way to distract myself when sh*t hits the fan, and it's certainly better than turning to alcohol like I would have done as a teenager. Aside from working out out at home, I'm making a big effort to relax more and continuing to eat well.
So here are a few items I've really enjoyed over the last month which have helped to keep me on track.
Fava Mill Granola
This is seriously tasty stuff and makes a nice quick breakfast for the days where I'm too rushed off my feet to spend time making protein pancakes. It's made from Finnish Fava beans, which are rich in fibre and high in protein. A serving of Fava Mill's 'crunchy granola' is 19% protein and 9% fibre. Per 50g serving, that's 5g of fibre and 9.5g of protein, both of which are considerably higher than that of your usual high street cereal.
Fava Mill granola comes in a number of different flavours, including Apple & Cinnamon, Apricot & Papaya, and Berries & Beets, to name a few. you can also buy bags of ground dried Fava beans to use in recipes, such as Ful Medames, but I'm yet to try this! The full range can be found at http://www.favamill.com/ and for UK readers, you can buy them from https://www.boroughbox.com/fava-mill or http://www.harryandparker.co.uk/collections/favamill
Happiness Diary, by Narissa Phipps
I've suffered from anxiety and PND for the last year. 'Mindfulness' as part of treatment, is something I've never really attempted. To be honest, it seemed like a luxury to be able to sit around meditating for half hour like the celebs suggest in glossy mags. This diary however, (written by a psychologist and based on her research into happiness), encourages you to be mindful and reflect in just 5 minutes each day (there's a page per day). Even I can manage that! So I'm now taking on the 180 day challenge and hopefully I'll feel much more uplifted by the end of it.
I like the daily challenges, which prompt me to sometimes do something a little out of my comfort zone while my mental health isn't too good at the moment - like going out and socializing! The pages are also undated, so if you forget to write in it one day, you can just pick it back up the next day or whenever you need to take 5 minutes to calm down and collect your thoughts. you can grab yourself a copy from Amazon for £11.38.
Broccoli & Brains Magazine
When my son has finally gone down for a nap or is content to play quietly for a little while, I've been sitting down, relaxing and reading through the first two issues of this magazine. There's a lot of thought provoking peices in here! Topics centre around the obesity crisis, with a lot of attention paid to the food industry (a favorite topic of mine), the mental health aspects of obesity (an issue I'm also personally very interested in) and disordered eating - as well as the odd recipe or two. There's some controversial opinions mixed in with counter arguments which makes for a nice balanced commentary on the issues raised. There are so many articles in here that I feel could inspire future blog posts!
Perhaps what surprised me, as it's not immediately obvious, is that these magazines are published by LighterLife, which is essential a diet-plan company. I should also add that the magazine isn't in any way promotional of the LighterLife plans, unlike the WeightWatchers & Slimming World magazines, so you can read it and enjoy it's articles without feeling like you're being marketed to the whole time!
You can sign up for a subscription of Broccoli & Brains (and grab a free launch copy!) at http://broccoliandbrains.co.uk/subscribe/ - issue 3 has just been released.
*Disclosure: This post contains PR samples, as always my opinions are honest and my own.