REFINED SUGAR: no thanks, I’m sweet enough.

The first episode of the┬áBBC documentary series ‘The Truth About…’ aired a few nights ago and focused on most people’s guilty pleasure and go-to snack buddy: SUGAR. ┬áThe programme was well-structured and gave very informative information regarding Britain’s sugar intake and highlighted the differences between natural and artificial sweeteners. ┬áThe effects of high sugar consumption were also presented, including its effects on our brain and eating habits.

La Duree, Paris

The programme prompted me to analyse my past relationship with the white stuff.  Sure, I barely have refined sugars nowadays and I always look for the sugar content in anything I buy from the supermarket but how smart do I have to be to ensure the 6-teaspoon daily guideline is not exceeded?

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Spring runnin’ | Playlist

As we welcome March with its longer days, frequent hay-fever occurrences and daffodil-lined streets, most people use this time to ‘spring clean’ their lives/living spaces. ┬áPersonally, I am more delighted that gale-forced winds and dark nights are soon over so frequent outdoor running sessions will be back in my diary.

Nike Running - 3.55 km

A year ago, spring marked the start of my over-consumption of Mini Eggs, induced by the excitation that they are supermarket regulars once more. ┬áThis year, I am loading on complex carbs and lean protein in time for my first 10 K in two weeks’ time.

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Chocolate + cardamom porridge

As it is Fairtrade Fortnight until 8 March, I plan to support the cause by posting a couple of recipes which uses Fairtrade products.  Buying Fairtrade goods not only ensures the producers get fair wages and good working conditions, communities are also benefactors, with many schools and small businesses profiting from our everyday food and product choices.

Chocolate + cardamom porridge

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WHAT + WHERE I ATE: Paris 2015

Paris -Julia Gone Rogue

After what felt like months at the silent study corner in my university library, I have finally re-gained some freedom after my first set of exams this year. ┬áCelebrating this feat, along with my friend Fabia’s anniversaire, a trip to Paris was booked.

After a few mishaps getting there (waking up late and taking the wrong train), Paris welcomed us in its dreary, wet and cold state.  Now, this may have been an unfortunate set of circumstances for some, but Fabia and I embraced the cold air and explored Paris on our feet, with our adventurous stomachs in tow.

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Lucky Fox, SHEFFIELD

Lucky Fox, Sheffield (Julia Gone Rogue)

Amidst the independent array of shops, boutiques and bars in Division Street comes a fairly new establishment, boasting a highly-varied all-day breakfast menu.  Lucky Fox steers clear of the plat du jour gourmet burger craze and instead, introduces Sheffield to a diner-esque menu, filled with pancakes and waffles paired with fried, savoury delights, as well as the traditional fruit toppings.

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Healthy eating + student budget

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With everyone kick-starting the new year (every year…) by being healthy, Instagram and other social media sites/apps are filled with photos and recipes of everyone trying the latest health craze – detox teas, paleo diet, quinoa, kale, etc. ┬áAdmittedly, I am part of this bandwagon. I’m not a dieter per se but I love food crazes – I am all over chia seeds and nut butters at the moment.

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