Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Banana Chocolate Vegan Breakfast Milkshake


As I sip on this milkshake I feel like I am cheating on breakfast. Although there is no guilt, for this is a weekend treat. For when you wake up and you want something yummy and sweet.

I give you, the very simple and very delicious,

Banana Chocolate Vegan Breakfast Milkshake (or whatever time of day it is!)

You will need:

A small ripe banana
A cup and a 1/2 of your chosen milk (I used Koko coconut milk)
1 Teaspoon of Chia Seeds
 2 Tea Spoons of Bioglan Super Foods Energy Boost Powder
Water or coconut water to top up the mix
Blend until smooth and chocolaty in colour.

This is delicious, as it used a whole banana this is sweet enough for me and gives me that sweet treat fix. Which sometimes you need to give a spring in your step on a weekend morning. You have worked hard all week, you deserve a treat!

I had this with a round of toast, as I wanted to make sure I was full until lunch.


I came across Bioglan as I was already on the look out for something to put a pep in my step in the mornings. I want an extra energy boost without relying on caffeine all the time. I have to be honest the first time I tried it, I blended the Bioglan Energy Boost Powder with just plain water. In my opinion this offers no flavour and doesnt taste very nice. But, when mixed in a smoothie and even in porridge the blend of Lucuma, Baobab, Hemp and Cacao really compliment each other and tastes delicious!

As well as being super tasty this blend of super powders has been put together by Bioglan to combat tiredness and fatigue with natural energy boosting antioxidants. It is also a natural source of B Vitamins, Magnesium, Protein, Iron, Amino Acids and Fibre.

Bioglan suggests putting it in your smoothies, baking, cereals and even juices. I'm looking to forward to trying the energy boost powder in their Apricot and Orange Energy Bites Recipe (found on the back of the packet).


Have you tried Bioglan before? Got any tips for me? What are you chucking in your morning smoothies, that I need to know about?

I brought this item myself and my opinions are my own.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Earth Conscious Lavender Deodorant


This review has been a long time coming. Earth Conscious, an "earth conscious reusable, green, eco friendly store" got in contact with me a while back and asked if I would like to try one of their deodorants. I had been trialling a few other natural deodorants, but was yet to try a cream formula.

First off, I really enjoy the clean lavender scent and would really like to try their citrus and mint versions. I thought I would be really bothered about having to apply the cream deodorant by hand. It was not a massive deal. I thought I would be really lazy with it, but it just worked. I massaged a bit into clean underarms and let it dry whilst I carried on with my morning routine. It applies smoothly to the underarms and I have not had any irritation of the skin.

I didn't notice the deodorant transferring onto my clothes and the scent did help to prevent the midday stink. As it is just a deodorant, it definitely doesn't stop wet underarms, so if this is a concern I would be aware of that. I found that the deodorant worked really well when layered over the top of a crystal rock deodorant.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced natural deodorant and don't mind being hands on with your application, the Earth Conscious Lavender Deodorant* is worth a go. I think with any natural deodorant you are going to have to compromise on antiperspirant performance, at least I have not found one that works for both. I don't think you can compare it with a "normal" deodorant/antiperspirant, that wouldn't be fair. With natural formulas I would be okay with having to reapply during the day. A cream might not be the best to reapply when on the go, but at home or perhaps in a private wash room that would not a problem.




What they say:

A luxurious cream deodorant which will stop body odour like no other natural deodorant you have tried!
  • Eliminates Odour Effectively
  • Soothing all natural ingredients
  • Allows the natural process of perspiration
  • Free from parabens, aluminium and synthetic fragrances
  • EU Commission registered and safety tests completed to standard
  • None of the ingredients used are tested on animals and we do not test our finished product on animals
Ingredients for Lavender: organic coconut oil, organic arrowroot, sodium bicarbonate, organic shea butter, beeswax, organic lavender oil, organic tea tree oil


 Have you tried a natural deodorant? How did you get with on with it?
Let me know if you have any other suggestions for me!

* sent for review, all opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2015 // My Story

Hello,

In the light that it is breast cancer awareness month, I would like to share something with you.

2015 has given me a lot firsts. This year, I learnt how to drive, I completed a marathon, bought a house and I got married....

2015 was also the year, that at 29, a month after my birthday I was told I had stage 2 breast cancer. The 30th of September 2015 marked the end of my active treatment. On the 6 of August 2015 I had my first ever operation, a lumpectomy and pioneering breast reconstruction and I have also had 19 sessions of Radiotherapy. I will be on Hormone Therapy for the next 5 years.

For me this has been a tough four months. It would be for anyone in the same position.

My early diagnosis, led me to have a successful operation with clear margins.

My early detection through self examination meant that it was not recommended that I need chemotherapy.

My persistence in getting a Breast Clinic referral meant that I have just a 6% reoccurrence rate.

I had to go to the GP 3 times before I got a referral. I had felt a small lump in my left breast, which in turn became very painful. So painful that I would literally have to hold my breast to ease the pain. These were my only symptoms.

Because of this pain and my age, the GP's reasonable thinking led them to believe that it was a cyst or menstrual fluctuation.

It is rare to be under 50, let alone under 30 and get a breast cancer diagnosis. 8000 women under the age of 45 are diagnosed each year. In total, 55,000 woman are diagnosed each year. There is a 1 in 8 chance that a woman will get breast cancer in her lifetime. Men can also get breast cancer, 538 men on average are diagnosed each year.
As a population we all have a one in three chance of having cancer.

After going to the GP TWICE and having the GP try to put my mind at ease. I carried on with life for a bit. I moved into my house and I completed (albeit slowly) the London marathon 2015 for Cancer Research.
At mile 18, I cried. I cried because for the first time I let myself think "what if this fucking lump in my breast is Cancer".

I went back to the doctors again mid May and with determination, demanded a Breast Clinic referral. But it seems I didn't need it. Because it was my third time going to the GP, she said she would have sent me anyway. But "not to worry, it's not cancer."

So for 2 weeks, I worried that I was wasting everyone's time.

But, unfortunately I wasn't.

On the day of my appointment, holding my best friend's hand, I had an ultrasound and biopsy that would give me my diagnosis a week later.

Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma 


 It has been a long 4 months.

But I have come out of the other side and the prognosis is so positive. This sadly is not the case for many others out there.

This message is not to cause fear or worry. I just hope to encourage you to be aware of your body. So aware that if anything changes, you know yourself if it is right or wrong. And if you don't like your initial diagnosis, get a second opinion. - that goes for anything, not just your boobies or cancer concerns. Don't wait and see, go get what ever is bothering you checked out!

I would really hope it is nothing too serious, but it is better to check it, then to leave it.

" you better check yourself before you wreck yourself" In all seriousness and well-meaning, take care of yourself and I hope you never hear the words "it's cancer".

The 1st of October marks the first time in 4 and a half months where I don't have a ton of hospital appointments. In fact October is completely appointment free!

And because of my early self detection and diagnosis , I reckon I've got many more firsts to come.

Much Love,
Liz

P.s websites that have helped me were:

Coppafeel: http://coppafeel.org/

Breast Cancer Now: http://breastcancernow.org/

Breast Cancer Care and their AMAZING nurse helpline:https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/

Cancer Research UK: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

And if you want to refresh yourself of how to self examine, here is a good infographic, courtesy of Coppafeel's website.
 
 

For a guide on how to check this one is really helpful, please take the time to check yourself. It takes no time at all, you can even so it in the shower. I actually found mine in the shower. To remind yourself to check these awesome products from Sniffy Wiffy have self examination guides on the label. So you don't even have to think out it. You are already naked and your boobs are just out there already waiting for some attention!

 So give it to them!