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

The first episode of the BBC documentary series ‘The Truth About…’ aired a few nights ago and focused on most people’s guilty pleasure and go-to snack buddy: SUGAR.  The programme was well-structured and gave very informative information regarding Britain’s sugar intake and highlighted the differences between natural and artificial sweeteners.  The 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.  Personally, 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.  This 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 + banana pancakes

Chocolate + banana pancakes

Pancakes aren’t just for Shrove Tuesday; they are for life.

As it was Pancake Day a few days ago, I celebrated by creating a stack of 6 pancakes, made from awesomely whole and healthy ingredients.  I cannot tell you how quickly I devoured the whole stack, leaving a very clean plate at the end.

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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.  Celebrating 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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Banana + coconut pancakes w/ a maple-berry syrup

Pancakes - Julia Gone Rogue

As January comes to a close, the month of February unites everybody in the form of pancakes.  As I am not a major Valentine’s Day fan for the extreme commercialism it exudes, stuffed animals with a gigantic love heart emblazoned on it are not the fluffy things that bring me happiness this month.

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Carrot cake porridge

oatmeal breakfast carrot cake porridge healthy lemon yoghurt paleo

Having vowed to maintain my healthy-eating habits during the bluest month of the year, I am trying to spice up my breakfast game by trying to use oats in varied and exciting ways – hoping that the health kick will be sustained and I can banish those mid-day slumps.  Doing some careful research, I happened upon a lot of ‘baked’ oatmeal recipes… with everyone trying to trick themselves that they are having cakes for breakfast.

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