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Welcome to the February Newsletter!

How has the first month of 2014 been for you? It seems to have flown by, especially when you think that Valentines Day is just a week away.

We don't really 'do' Valentines Day to be honest, we prefer to save going out for meals and buying cards and gifts for our more personal dates of celebration. Instead, I like to use the whole Valentines Day hype as a reminder of self love.

Now that I've been coaching for a while I can see that a lack of self love is often at the root of our problems. Deep down, some of us just don't believe we are worth the effort, or even deserve to feel and look our best. 

As cheesy as it sounds, starting a journey of self love is one of the best things you can do for your health, including everything linked to that such as weight loss. I'm not saying that you'll wake up one morning and suddenly love every part of yourself, but gradually and with time, you'll start to appreciate and accept how amazing you are. It doesn't mean you won't have 'fat' days sometimes, but you'll have a lot less of them. 

Once you start treating your body like you love it, everything else falls into place. Trust me on this, I've been there and I've worked with clients in the same way too. Make a promise to yourself this Valentines Day - 'I am worth it' - ok try not to sound like your in a shampoo advert unless you want to of course ;-)

Kick off some self loving by making some of my super food chocolate cups, recipe coming up! If you feel that now is the time to change the way you feel about yourself and your body, 1-2-1 coaching with me could help. This is the last month I'll be taking on clients for a while, so get in touch! Also continue reading for the usual healthy living prompts and for what's in season now. I hope you have an amazing February - don't forget you deserve it!

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I've worked with clients on a range of issues including weight loss, bingeing, restrictive behaviours, hormonal imbalance, energy levels and skin concerns. 

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Recipe - Super food chocolate cups

What better way to show your body you love it - with the healthiest chocolate treat ever! These super food chocolate cups are packed with healthy fat from the coconut oil (if you use that option) and nuts and seeds and antioxidants from the cocoa. 

  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil (easily available in Holland and Barrett or Sainsbury's)
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder or if you can find it, raw cacao powder
  • 2-3 tbsp of coconut sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 bar of organic dark chocolate such as Green and Blacks
  • 1/4 cup of whatever nuts, seeds or dried fruit that takes your fancy. I used cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and goji berries
  • optional - sprinkle of sea salt
Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or a double boiler. Add the cocoa powder and the coconut sugar or sweetener. Mix well to combine. Alternatively just melt your pre made chocolate. Add your mixture of ad ins and stir well so that everything is coated in the melted chocolate. Divide between 4 cupcake cases then add a few bits of your add ins on top for decoration. Add a sprinkle of salt if desired. Chill in the fridge until solid and devour!

If you go for the coconut oil chocolate option, it will have a less sweet richer flavour which personally I LOVE. If in doubt use the ready made dark chocolate. Enjoy!

February Healthy Living Prompts

  • Make yourself some kind of chocolate treat, you deserve it! Just because it's chocolate doesn't mean it has to be unhealthy, try the recipe above or make your own nut butter cups using 70% dark chocolate and almond butter.
  • Arrange to have a 'me' day. February can be a crappy month and having a day filled with things that make you feeling refreshed and recharged can take the edge off.
  • Buy yourself some fresh flowers. Spring is just around the corner and having some fresh flowers will brighten up your living space and serve as a reminder of the sunnier, lighter days ahead. 
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Want to know what my top nourishing healthy foods are? Check out this post! 
Stuck for healthy breakfast ideas? See my top breakfasts for busy ladies for loads of inspiration.

In Season Now

brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, potatoes (maincrop), salsify, shallots, swede, truffles (black) [i], turnips

blood oranges [i], clementines [i], kiwi fruit [i], lemons [i], oranges [i], passion fruit [i], pears, pineapple [i], pomegranate [i], rhubarb, satsumas [i], tangerines [i]

brazil nuts [i], walnuts [i]

guinea fowl, hare, mallard, partridge, turkey, venison

clams, cockles, dab, dover sole, gurnard, haddock, halibut, hake, langoustine, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, mussels, oysters, red mullet, scallops (queen), sea bream, skate, turbot, winkles

[i] denotes imported produce


source: Eat the Seasons

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