Top 10 Feel-Good Foods to Blitz a Bad Mood

The other day I was whc-styled-stock-photography-2016-april-feeling-zen-20-finalorking from home, with absolutely nothing to stress about, but for some reason I felt this nervous, uncomfortable energy.

I had a yoga class booked for lunchtime and I was filled with anxiety about going. Which is ridiculous! Anxiety about attending a YOGA class? Ahhh, the irony.

We all have wobbles from time to time; days when we just feel overwhelmed, stressed or inexplicably anxious. Once upon a time I wrote a book about wedding planning – and naturally there was a huge section on staying calm before the wedding because BRIDEZILLAISM is real and can happen to the best of us (ahem!). Whilst undertaking the research for that book, here’s what I learned about foods that can really alter your mood – it’s fascinating and useful stuff.

I took my own advice and nommed on some dark chocolate before class – hey, the science says I did the right thing.

Eat up!

Pep ❤

🍴 Top 10 Feel-Good Foods to Blitz a Bad Mood

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10 Sanskrit Words You Hear in Yoga Class (& What they mean!)

10 Sanskrit Words You Hear at Yoga (& What they Mean!)

Ever been to a yoga class and had zero idea what language the teacher is speaking?

You certainly wouldn’t be alone! Many students let the Sanskrit, an ancient Hindi dialect used to describe poses or yogic concepts, wash right over them. And whilst it isn’t necessary to know any of this language at all to enjoy a spot of yoga, it can be a useful way to advance your yoga practice and get closer to its history and philosophy.

Here are 10 of the most commonly used Sanskrit words in yoga along with a short definition of each.

❤ Pep XO

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15 Ways Yoga Transforms Your Body

You probably feel much better after a yoga class, but have you ever stopped to think about why? Here are the physical and mental benefits of stepping on your yoga mat.

You probably feel better both physically and mentally after a yoga class, but have you ever stopped to think about what’s going on in that bod of yours after you’ve stepped off the mat? I’ve found learning about the benefits of yoga during my yoga teacher training course absolutely fascinating! Here are just some of the benefits that a regular practice can provide you with – better than any pill I ever heard of!

Pep XO

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My Top 7 Podcast Recommendations

It’s super weird how things often come in threes… in the last week I’ve, rather randomly, had three friends ask me for podcast recommendations.

And then on a podcast this week I heard that it’s #TRYPOD (Try a Podcast) month – where podcasters are encouraging friends and family to try listening to podcasts if they don’t already.

Unlike how I feel about books – so many books, so little time! – I feel that there is so much time in my day when I could listen to a podcast (commuting, exercising, walking the dog, feeding baby, before bed) and not enough good podcasts to fill it with (or, rather, not enough that I know about).

So, I feel compelled to share 7 of my favourites with YOUS – and ask that you recommend me some goodies back!

Here goes…

7 podcasts that will make your commute, gym or housework time wayyyyy more fun!

 

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Maya Angelou Quotes to Live By

Friends, it’s World Book Day!

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Being in marketing, and being a huge book nerd, I used to be aware of hugely important national dates like this weeks in advance. But because I’m living under a parenting rock that allows me no access or insight into popular culture (seriously, what happened at the Oscars? Who is Ed Sheeran dating? What the heck is Let it Shine?) and most of the time I have no idea what day of the week it is, let alone if it’s a special day, this year’s World Book Day almost passed me by. SAD TIMES.

But alas! I took the little dude to Rhyme Time at the library today (social calendar highlight don’t you know) and the rhyming lady told us it was WBD and I got all excited because I just love and adore books and all that they provide and offer to us. Thanks little library lady.

And! I did just FINISH A BOOK (patting myself on the back while typing) and I loved it and I wanted to share some of the quotes that I highlighted as I was reading (yep I did that, #nerdalert).

That book was Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou, and it was BEAUTIFUL – and here are my favourite quotes!

Enjoy,

Pep XO

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3 Easy Ways to Make a Big Difference to a Refugee, Today

Along with so many of us, I’ve been extremely heartbroken by the migrant and refugee crisis here in Europe over the last 18 months. Whilst I haven’t been able to volunteer my time in a hands-on way like my little sister has, I’ve been trying to do my bit in other ways. Every time Caz comes back from Calais (where she sorts out donations and makes food on the weekend), she has more stories that give me goosebumps.

Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 12.33.04 PM.pngMost of the refugees she meets there are educated, middle-class and intelligent, and she has interesting conversation and jokey interactions with them – amazing when you consider all they have been through. Most have lost friends and family, their homes, their jobs and are now sleeping rough in freezing cold Europe whilst trying to keep the faith that their future involves a life that can be rebuilt. They still give each other weekly haircuts at the refugee camp and shave their facial hair daily in order to maintain a sense of dignity.

If you have the time and inclination, here are three easy ways you can do your bit to support these vulnerable and displaced men and women and give them just a little bit of hope that the future could be a bright one.

  1. Buy one of these ace jumpers or t-shirts for you or a loved one:
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    All proceeds go to the charity Help Refugees.

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What Does “Setting an Intention for Your Yoga Practice?” Really Mean?

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For years I thought (or pretended) to understand what my yoga teacher meant when he or she invited us to “set an intention for your practice”. I’d usually choose a “goal” for something I wanted in my life; ‘calm’ or ‘less stress’ or ‘relaxed’ and then usually not think about it again for the rest of the class.

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15 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Stuck / Lethargic / Unmotivated / Just MEH.

Whether it’s the short, dark days, a break up, a stressful time at work – or sometimes it’s just because – we all get stuck in a lethargic rut from time to time. Here are some of my tried and tested happiness boosters for this inevitable time.

doggy.jpg(Unfortunately you won’t find eating a tub of ice cream or getting wasted at the pub on this list. While I do think there is a time and a place for these things – especially if you’re doing it with your BFFs! – generally you won’t wake up the next morning feeling ready to take on the world again – which is the goal here.) Onwards and upwards… Continue reading

14 Gift Ideas for Yogis / Yoga Lovers

gift ideas for yogis and yoga loversDecember 14th already? Shoot, I’m more behind with my Christmas shopping than I thought! Luckily, so are my BFF and husband who have both asked me what I want for Christmas and my January birthday this past week. It got me thinking – what is a good gift for a yoga lover?

Here’s a compilation of my favourite online finds.

(Pssst… send this list to your other half when she/he asks what you want!)

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