Ted Talk Thursday | How to succeed? Get more sleep.

How to succeed? Get more sleep

Arianna Huffington’s Ted Talk on getting more sleep is on point. Her book Thrive, talks about sleep in detail, but this short after dinner speech sums it. Quite simply, get more sleep. We are all in a forever battle to get more done, be busy, go to the gym, and almost brag about how little sleep we get. People often ask me how I go the gym most mornings at 6.30 and I am unashamed to admit I’m in bed most nights by 10-11pm . At not point does getting up early become “easy”, but it forms a habit which helps.

This line had me in stitches…

“We are literally going to sleep our way to the top, literally.”

Currently Reading | Born to Run

Born To Run

This read is nothing short of inspiring, and puts my half marathon goal to shame. It is remarkable what the human body can do, whether it’s running 13 miles like I’m training for, or the 50-100+ miles in an ultra-marathon, with or without trainers depending on the athlete. As cliche as it sounds, the book does make me want to fall in love with running. I love running but to often, its for a specific goal or time, as opposed to just going out for however how long I feel like it.

With my recent obsession of chia seeds being added to any breakfast item, it was definitely interesting hearing that the Mexican Indian tribe, the Tarahumara have been using the seed in there diet for years.

Ted Talk Thursday | Looks aren’t everything.

Looks arent everything

Image is superficial.

One of the lines in Cameron Russell’s Ted Talk that really hit home. I’ve spoken before about living a #LifeUnfiltered, yet still catch myself filtering it.

Cameron’s talk is honest and definitely thought provoking. The contrasting images of the construction of her during a shoot, versus her with friends relaxing is stark. The images of her that we see in print, are not her, they are a character that she is playing that day. Beyond the airbrushing and photoshop, there is a team of artists creating that perfect shot, from makeup, to stylist to hair and photographer and lights. So is it any wonder girls have such insecurities?! Hearing a model admit to being insecure is almost humbling, makes my worrying about my looks and obsessing in front of a mirror seem normal; if the girls who get paid to model are also as insecure as me.

Largs

Largs

Sun in Scotland can only mean one thing, a trip to the seaside for some fish and chips, salt and in my case sunburn. Over the weekend, friends and I wandered down to spend a sunny afternoon in Largs. We did see people swimming, not my cup of tea.

Largs

The local sweetshop, The Candybox And Continental however is my dream. Every type of sweet and pick and mix.

Largs

Largs

Largs.

More impressive, is the chocolate bit next door that sells the most amazing fudge. From Irn Bru to M&Ms and literally everything in between. I took home some Cappuccino fudge and some of the M&M fudge it is incredible.

Largs

Look at how much sugar is on those shelves.

Largs

Now if you are going to do seaside ice-cream, there is only one place. Glasgow’s legendary Nardini’s.

Largs

Sunshine, the sea and ice-cream. My inner child was happy.

Largs

Largs

Sunburn or suntan! Oops.

Largs

Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola

So my last attempt at Granola, proved rather successful. My friend gave me the recipe for Banana Bread Granola by The Minimalist Baker. I really like the ethos of Dana and John, all there recipes are under 10 ingredients and take around 30 minutes to prepare. This granola smelt amazing when baking in the oven, I was half expecting to find a loaf of banana bread in the oven.

It’s such a simple and easy way to prepare breakfast as all the difficult prep work is already done. Simply add some yoghurt and fruit and off you go. When serving I have also added chia seeds and more flaxseeds.

My Dad has been having flaxseed for years and I never really thought it looked particularly attractive. It is not a pretty superfood, but the health benefits are vast.

Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola

I am going to do some seasonal granola in the upcoming months, so pumpkin spice for October/November, then gingerbread for December. Also tempted to make it as gifts for friends, presented in pretty Kilner jar and use gluten-free oats for friends that have a gluten intolerance.

Banana Bread Granola

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