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Silent Sunday no. 76


What is my Silent Sunday ?
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An ode to Dad (and a recipe roundup!)
On the eve of Father's Day ...a little poem :-)

My Dad and I


My dad and I we think alike,
He knows just what I mean
Before I even say a word

He reads just in between.

My dad and I we like to dream

Inspire each other on.
Reminding me what I can achieve,
Beyond my comfort zone.

My dad and I like to pretend,
That we follow with the crowd.
But it’s finding our own direction
That makes me stand so proud.



In the months after I turned to a plant based lifestyle and began this blog back in August 2011, my dad took an active interest in what I was doing. Most of those in my life, supported me and were happy to share my meals and were even intrigued by my recipes, but had no real inclination to change anything for themselves. That was cool, there was no pressure there and that was never my direct intention as I transitioned through this stage in my life. But if people decide to question their own 'habits' and ingrained ways of doing things after having seen the changes I have made and the impact on my life then that gives me a huge amount of joy.

My dad went this one step further, he embraced the plant based lifestyle as I did and has since been my biggest ally... constantly reading, researching and buying the newest book out on the market. In moments when my mind may have faltered or I felt as though being 'different' is too hard, I always have my dad to support me and whether he knows it or not that support means the world.

So today, on the eve of Fathers's Day, a little recap of some of his favourite recipes from the blog.  (plus scroll down for a little giggle...)


To all your dad's out there....enjoy your day tomorrow! 
















For a final giggle... last weekend I emailed my dad to ask him what 'his 3 favourite foods' were. In my head I was anticipating he would answer with sweet, nutty or fruity things as I was thinking along the lines of making him a special cake or desert of some sort for Father's Day. 

However, due to my somewhat vague question, the response I received was (I quote) "mushrooms, jacket potato, beans"  ha ha, that would make some amazing cake!!  Hmmm, i'm still thinking what do with that response so you'll have to wait to next week to see what happened. :-)
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Mantra for Monday no. 75


I. DID. IT!!   I completed my Tough Mudder...... smiling faces all round :-)

What surprises me most was that I'm not too sore afterwards...winner!  Ok, well my knees were pretty painful yesterday and I wrapped packs of peas round them for a few hours, but that was expected since I am prone to pain in my knees and there was an awful lot of trail running!! But where is the muscle soreness?...nowhere to be seen!

I'm so glad I achieved it. For me the mental challenge was the biggest feat I had to overcome, swathes of self doubt crept in right up until the day itself. In terms of fitness I was more than ready (most apparent in hindsight which has given me a big confidence boost) and if I'm honest I didn't find too many of the obstacles as physically challenging as I was anticipating....see how much I over analyse and big things up to epic proportions in my mind!!

Anyway, for giggles, here is a short video shot of me trying to climb 'Everest' the slippery half pipe wall...bear in mind I had just run 12 miles and 20 obstacles when this was shot... see the gritted teeth...then the splat....oh so so close ;-)



What is a Mantra for Monday?
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Silent Sunday no.75



What is my Silent Sunday ?
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Mantra for Monday no. 74




This weeks Mantra is a direct extract from Leo Babauta's recently published 'Little Book of Contentment' (Freely downloadable from Zen Habits). My search for 'contentment' is a continuous learning curve and this little book speaks many simple truths. Upon reading this book, my Mantra is one of the key concepts that I took away to work with, and one which I struggle with most.

"Instead of internalizing failure as an indicator that we are not trustworthy or not sufficient, we need to learn that failure is just an external event. Sure, we were involved with that event, but it’s like throwing a ball toward a hoop — if we miss, does that mean we are horrible people? No, it just means we need to adjust the way we throw the ball. Perhaps move closer. Maybe throw underhand if that’s more successful. Get a ladder. Make the hoop bigger. Find someone to help. There are no rules in this game — we can figure out ways to make ourselves succeed. Failure is simply an indicator that something in our method needs to be changed. "


What is a Mantra for Monday?
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Silent Sunday no. 74


What is my Silent Sunday ?
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Inspired in May

May has now come and gone. Crazy. It's all been a bit much really.

Whilst this month should have been one of the most positive in my life so far, it's all felt somewhat overwhelming which has marred my ability to enjoy the moments in between…the moments that mean everything!

This month saw my 30th birthday and also saw the launch of my Wholeplus business… two huge milestones on my life. My birthday came and went in barely the blink of an eye as I felt so engulfed in being 'busy', so much so that I have yet to formally celebrate it with my family.

All experiences are there to be learnt from and built upon, and I had a wakeup call and a few moments of realisation in that time. My goals for the forthcoming year? To learn the art of relaxation, the ability to take time out, and the reasoning not to sweat the small stuff.  

All is good. Life is good and I have everything I could ever want at my finger tips…it's all in my control. 

Run with it! Catch me if you can...

See you in June!

love the pineapple peeler and spiraliser

lots of quinoa cookies

milestone reached

old photo albums...the day I was 

the melon cake was fun!

my first ever tofu and GF pizza at a vegan restaurant

lots of bowls like this!

experiments with almond paste... 3 ingredient cookies

julienning to the max!
lots of watermelon concoctions

watermelon coconut coolers

so cute...my cousins new puppy!

My dad's camera collection made me smile 
My first attempt at rice paper wraps....hmmm need practice!

Hot air ballon on a beautiful early morning run

Absolutely loving my oatmeal bakes at the moment!!

Ha ha- more photo album perusal...I always loved cameras!

Birthday girl!!


This month in pictures. You can follow my Instagram here! (i'd love to see you)
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Mantra for Monday no. 73


I first came across this quote by ‘ultra-marathon man’ David Goggins on Joel Runyon’s Blog Of Impossible Things. It spoke to me at the time, but I noted down the words and then duly filed them away. To be forgotten.

It was only when I was sifting through my ‘M4M’ file notes yesterday killing some time yesterday morning  whilst I waited to go to the beach for my cold sea swim (Tough Mudder preparation) that these words caught my eye once again.

So true in life, both in mental and physical tasks that may test you to the core.  Here is a further paragraph as extracted from David’s interview:

“In a race, you hit several walls. Every time you hit a wall, it’s a big deciding factor in that race, or in life, if you’re not running. You have a big decision to make.  You can either stop at that wall and go parallel left or parallel right. You are looking for that door.  When you get to that door you have another decision to make.  Should I open it or should I keep it closed.  If you keep it closed you made the decision to quit.  If you open that door you made the decision  to carry on, to continue on your journey or mission, whatever you’re on.  I always open that door!  Once you open that door, and you go through it, your mind resets and it gives you a few more miles.”


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