The Simple Life in a Modern World

The Simple Life for a modern world.   ‘Some people say “Shouldn’t we focus on improving the world?” Don’t think about that! The world improves every time a single person improves. The only person you can improve is yourself’ – James Altucher   When I used to be a psychiatric nurse I found it astounding…

Turn your passion into a business

Trying to make a business out of your beliefs and values is an inspiring and romantic idea but with that comes some very difficult decisions. The last year has shown me that. ‘It’s not about resources, it’s about resourcefulness.’  Trying to create a business based on fair trade, sustainability, and ethical morals is not for the…

Feed a Bigger Brain

  Did you know the human brain has actually shrunk over the last 100 years due to our poor Western diet? Worrying isn’t it? BDNF (Brain-derived neurotrophic factor) is a protein that tells cells the brain to make more connections. BDNF decreases when we eat a poor western diet full of processed foods but increases when…

Top Foods to beat Anxiety and Depression

A combination of Omega 3 fatty acids, B-Vitamins and Magnesium can relieve the symptoms and decrease the risk of mental health problems including depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, autism and ADHD. If you suffer with any of the following you could benefit from just a few simple nutritional changes: Depression Anxiety Insomnia Nervousness Stress Mental health…

Hungover? Damage Control!

If you had a few too may the night before, your probably feeling tiered, hungry and dehydrated but worst of all you want to eat 3 whole isles at Tesco only after you’ve consumed that big greasy fry-up. I’ve been there.  3 isles is no exaggeration! Of course this is where I advise never drinking…

Smaller space, more room

‘He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have’-Socrates Mine and Nathan’s lifestyle does not require us to have a house. We don’t have children and are either working away or traveling. In the past I have had times of frustration but there is a lot more that small…

Population crisis

Last night I heard Sir David Attenborough say that in his 90 year lifespan the human population has tripled. That sent a shiver down my spine. When Nathan and I met we were so excited to finally meet someone who shared the same  views on the world. Having children was one of them. I’m yet to feel the…

A Vegan Diary: Day 10

Seriously struggled today as I was quite tired and craving one of the many cakes spread about the office. It was cold and horrible outside and the thought of a hot coffee and muffin picked on me all afternoon. But I held out and made a big pot of lentil and mushroom curry with brown…

A Vegan Diary: First Five Days

So its only been five days so its hard to know whether the changes I feel are due to my diet or other factors. I certainly feel very bloated a lot of the time but this is starting to decrease and when I woke up this morning my tummy definitely felt flatter. My digestive system is…

Van Life

We were picking blackberries in the field discussing where we wanted to go for the winter. I had been working a few months as a psychiatric nurse after graduating and we had just completed our first official year with The Bean Machine. We were talking about South East Asia when Nathan mentioned a Mad Max like truck…

Plant Power

      As I’m running the marathon for the World Wildlife Fund I’m going to be spending February entirely Vegan. I am very intrigued to see how it effects my training and progress over these next few weeks. As a nutritional therapist I will using this opportunity to study how I feel and how my body reacts…

Are we really free?

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are -Anais Nin written by laurenehales Have you ever had that horrible thought that your crazy and no one’s telling you? That everyone knows something you don’t? Like your the only one  looking in from the outside? Is it me or the world that’s…