The Vegetarian Lifestyle

I recently wrote a blog post about how my diet and body has changed massively in the last few months. Some weeks ago, I wasn’t sure where my new diet would fit in but now I know where I fall in nicely. I am a vegetarian. This new way of life wasn’t planned. It was something I ever even considered until earlier this year. Although I was never really a meat-eater. I did like the occasional chicken, beef burger, and the rest. My body and my food cravings started changing this year and I just found myself going off many things, including meat. It all happened naturally and I am very happy and comfortable with my new way of living. The Vegetarian Lifestyle Picture

The Vegetarian Lifestyle

Being a vegetarian simply means I don’t eat meat or fish. I take the occasional eggs and dairy products. Sugar is completely off my diet. So no soft drinks at all, and no sugar in my cappuccino or anything else. So far so good, this vegetarian lifestyle is working perfectly for me. I feel and look great. I can’t imagine not being a vegetarian now. It has taken me this long to find the diet that works for my system but I am glad I found it.

A diet like many things is a personal thing. I won’t advise anyone to get off meat and fish and eat the vegetarian way. It is something you have to decide for yourself. I know being vegetarian/vegan is quite popular now, which is one of the reasons why many more people are going along with it. The thing is if you do it for the wrong reasons, you will find yourself regressing very quickly.

You can read more about eating a healthy vegetarian diet on the NHS website. Loads of information on there to help you if you are contemplating eating the vegetarian way.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have a lovely day.

 

Charity of the Month – Olive Pathway

Gender-based violence (GBV) is an issue very close to my heart. I have witnessed the damaging effects of GBV. It is one of those things you have to experience to really understand how damaging it is. Many women suffer in silence and endure years upon years of abuse. These women suffer mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially. Many of the women experiencing GBV see no way out which is really disturbing.

This is why I am so passionate about GBV and why I support amazing charities tackling domestic violence. The charity of the month is Olive Pathway. If you follow my Facebook page and Twitter, you should know about this great charity already, since I am forever sharing their posts on my social media pages.

Olive Pathway is a charity tackling domestic abuse and gender-based violence within black and minority ethnic groups in Greater Manchester and beyond. The charity’s mission is to eradicate domestic violence and eliminate inequality.

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What is GBV?

Gender-based violence (GBV) also known as violence against women is a spectrum of violence and abuse, committed primarily but not exclusively against women by men. This includes –

  • Domestic violence
  • Forced marriage
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Commercial sexual exploitation
  • Stalking and harassment
  • ‘Honour’ based violence
Olive Pathway Objectives

Olive Pathway’s main objectives are to educate, equip, empower women to become independent and self-reliant. To effectively support victims and survivors of domestic abuse and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) women and families, and to prevent and reduce domestic abuse within BME communities.

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Speak out

If you are experiencing any form of abuse, you should speak out and get help immediately. Please do not suffer in silence. There is support available to help you overcome whatever it is you might be experiencing behind closed doors. Charities like Olive Pathway are doing an amazing job helping women experiencing GBV.

You can read more about Olive Pathway and the services they offer here. This charity is also on social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Summer Home Improvements

*Collaborative post.

Summer is always a great time for home improvements. The sunshine and longer days make you feel like you have more time to play with, and with the lockdown, we had so much time. We made the most of the extra time spent at home by doing some summer home improvements. We have been really busy working on our house and I am impressed with how much work we have done already. Prior to the home improvements, our house was looking pretty tired. We have been in our house for over 7 years now and we haven’t really devoted time to redecorating since we moved. I switch things up here and there, but nothing extreme until this summer.

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Before this big home redecoration, the most we ever did was to get new curtains and blinds a while ago. The Yorkshire Fabric Shop is a great store to shop for fabrics for blinds, curtains, so it is worth looking on their website for fabric furnishing ideas. We also decorated the children’s room some years ago and we do get new home furniture every now and again. However, this is the first time we went all out in home decoration.

Plastering and Painting

The first thing we started off with was plastering and painting. We only just finished painting the whole house some weeks ago. M did it all and it was a lot of work. We opted to use the same colour to keep things simple, and the cream paint and white doors work so no need to change it.

Redecorating the Children’s room

The kiddies got new beds. They have outgrown their toddler beds, so we decided to go for single beds for them. They love them and the single beds look great. I love the fact that they come with some storage to store extra bits neatly. You can never have too much storage. The twins also got some new bedroom furniture and a reshuffling of their bedroom. The redecoration has given the room a new look. It looks brand new!

Deep Summer Cleaning

We were able to deep clean the house. Since we were moving furniture about, we got the golden opportunity to clean so many corners and spots we haven’t been able to reach in years. It was so amazing to give the whole house a good deep clean.

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Have you had any summer home improvements done? Do you enjoy decorating?

 

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