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Yoga & Wellness with Vicky Meikle

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By Vicky Meikle, Feb 2 2016 04:00AM

If you think about it, we’ve just gone through December, the most craziest month of the year - pressure placed on us by society and those around us to get in the Christmas spirit, to buy presents, to socialise to celebrate and its a full on time of year. Many look forward to time off over the holiday season to then greet January and slowly trudge back into work after a mini break - maybe not as refreshed as they would have hoped as the holidays have taken their toll!



If you think about it, we’ve just gone through December, the most craziest month of the year - pressure placed on us by society and those around us to get in the Christmas spirit, to buy presents, to socialise to celebrate and its a full on time of year. Many look forward to time off over the holiday season to then greet January and slowly trudge back into work after a mini break - maybe not as refreshed as they would have hoped as the holidays have taken their toll!



As we head into January I know that I was looking forward to moving forward with my biz, I had so many ideas and plans, to moving back into more of a routine with food as lets face it over the Christmas period it kind of goes out the window, same with lots of things! I love routine - I know where I stand, what I need to be doing and it makes life flow a little bit more easily - you may even say I’m a bit of a control freak - I often use my energy up on trying to plan, predict, and prevent things that I cannot possibly plan, predict or prevent!



This was definitely put to the test during the holidays. I was actually looking forward to getting some normality back in my life - for me that meant knowing what I was doing! I had great plans for January and couldn’t wait to get started. Then BOOM, I got wiped out by the horrible virus doing the rounds and out the window went any plans I had made - believe me this didn’t happen over night and I was resisting this for a while, I definitely couldn’t control this one and it didn’t feel great.



So the start of my year didn’t go to plan and I bet there are things that didn’t go to plan for you either. We try to control how the start of our year will happen - we place so many expectations and pressure on ourselves to have an amazing January that when things don’t go to plan we think that we have either failed, or didn’t do a great job - we may beat ourselves up (you know that inner critic that keeps on knocking you down) and become deflated. But do you know what…… it didn’t go to plan but it has definitely worked out for and its been the best start to my year, even if it doesn’t look like it should have been on paper and if anyone told me thats how my year was going to start I would have not wished that on anyone but I’m a great believer that everything happens for a reason, and for me, taking some time out has offered me so many insights and created more space that it all worked out in the end.



This quote pretty much sums it up for me…







By Vicky Meikle, Jan 26 2016 04:00AM

Mornings can be pretty rushed for many - you may hit that snooze button a few times, have the families meals and days to plan for or have little time due to a commute to work. So where you can save time is prepping double, triple quantities of food, so that as you hit the pillow at night you know that one thing has already been taken care of in the morning.


What I love about this breakfast is that everyone in your household can have exactly what they love without cooking as many meals. This delicious porridge recipe will offer you the base for your creamy and warming breakfast and then the fun starts when you add in all the extras, my favourite bit. This will give you something different each time you eat it.



Basic porridge recipe (serves 2):-

1 cup of oats (I use gluten free as I love the taste and I don’t feel so weighted down after eating it!)

3 cups of liquid - I currently use 2 cups dairy free milk (coconut, almond) and 1 cup of water (plus usually more water when cooking). The more milk the creamier it will be.


Add these into your saucepan and gently heat for 5-10 mins adding in more liquid depending on how thick you like it. Make sure your oats aren’t the quick cooking ones and I like to get a real good quality brand.


OK here is the fun part in completely tailoring your porridge to your taste. These are some of my favourites but definitely experiment and overtime your’ll find your go to porridge recipe……..


Whilst cooking I add the spices so they can infuse the oats (I love these flavours together):-


1tsp cinnamon

1tsp vanilla powder

1/2tsp nutmeg

plus 1 tsp coconut oil (makes it creamy)


Also you could add:-

Grated apple

Raisins

Cacao powder for a chocolate porridge!



Optional toppings

Fruit - blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, banana

Toasted pumpkin seeds & coconut flakes - toast in saucepan until lightly brown

Goji berries



Not forgetting a little sweetness, a good drizzle of honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup


Double or triple the quantities to make plenty extra - when you want to reheat the next day pop in a overproof dish in the oven when you get up or before your workout/shower etc, let it reheat and then enjoy adding in what you fancy that day.


This has my all time favourite porridge and I come back to it year after year so I hope you enjoy and have fun experimenting with different flavours.


Enjoy x



By Vicky Meikle, Sep 22 2015 05:00AM

Over the last few weeks of yoga classes we've been exploring how the time of the year can affect our physical bodies, energy levels and our beautiful minds. All around us nature has its own rhythms and we are very much part of those rhythms - you may not even know it but when we sync our rhythms with those that are happening around us then we can bring more balance into our days.


What do I mean by this? So we are currently in later summer season which is a season of transition - its when we are moving away from the high intensity of the summer (yang) to the more calmer and nurturing times of Autumn (yin). But for many of us we want to hold onto the summer days, the lighter evenings and the beautiful sunshine - it can be hard to make that transition, so instead of going with the flow we have a little resistance to loosing the light & warmth that summer can offer!



This resistance of startng to slow down just like nature can definitely make us feel tired, lethargic, heavy, dull, and you may find yourself reaching for foods, especially carbohydrates and sugar, which we all know will give us the instant hit of energy but then come crashing down!


Its time to nourish YOU! This time of year is all about nourishing yourself, whether that be through the food you eat, through the people you spend time with or the activities you do, our bodies are looking for lots of nourishment to build up reserves for the rest of the year.


Try out these daily habits to nourish yourself:-


::>> Do something for yourself everyday, schedule in some me time, even if its just a quiet sit down with a cuppa or 10 minute lie down.


::>> Take time to plan and prepare nourishing foods - think orange and yellow fruits and vegetables like sweet potato, butternut squash, carrots - soups are always a hit in my house!


::>> First thing in the morning - have freshly grated ginger and lemon with hot water, its fab for digestion and is really cleansing for your whole body.


::>> Walk for at least 10 minutes a day - get outside and see whats happening in nature around you.




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