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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Why Parabens Free?

This post is going to be talking about why i have decided to go Parabens free for my Body & Health.
In this post, i am focussing mainly on Parabens in Deodorants  but there are other additives that are also concerning and that is why i choose to try and be as natural as possible with my Skin care products.

There has been Scientific evidence that suggest that Parabens has a direct link to Cancer. Scientists have found high levels of Parabens in Tumours (Breast Tumours particually) and this is why it has been suggested that Parabens is a link to Cancer and is best avoided. 
Some Scientists say that more research is called for into the link between Parabens and Cancer as they don't think there is enough conclusive evidence, but i would rather be cautious and avoid parabens if i can.

But first, let me tell you what Parabens are!

What are Parabens?
  • Parabens are a used Preservative. They are widely used in Cosmetic and Skincare products.
  • Parabens are effective preservatives of many types of formulas. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their Bactericidal and Fungicidal properties. They can be found in Shaving Gels/Creams, Moisturisers, Tanning Creams, Toothpaste, Make-up, Deodorants etc.
  • Your Skin is the largest Organ on your body, and needs to be treated with care. It is a transport system amoungst other Factors, as it acts like a Sponge and soaks up ingredients & Chemicals into your bloodstream, so you want to be mindful and careful about what you put onto your Skin.
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I have been trying to source out some good, Parabens Free Deodorants. 
There is conflicting evidence, as i have read from the National Cancer Institute that there is no conclusive evidence that Anti-perspirants or Deodorants cause Breast Cancer, but on the other hand, i have read a lot about the possible links between Anti-perspirants containing Parbens and Breast Cancer/Tumours.
I would prefer to avoid any Chemicals where it is suggested there is a Cancer Link. 

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I have read that Cancer causing substances in Deodorants are absorbed through Shaving Cuts in the Arm pit.

When Deodorant is applied under the Arm Pit, Chemicals within the Deodorants can be absorbed through the Cuts and deposited within the Lymph nodes.

Because the Anti-perspirant/Deodorant prevents you from Sweating, its not able to get rid of the Toxins and Chemicals through Sweating and this is why there is a strong link between Anti-perspirants and Breast Cancer. 

Some people believe the reason men have a lower risk of Breast Cancer is because they do not shave their Underarms like Women and there underarm hair keeps Chemicals in Anti-perspirants from being Absorbed into the Skin.

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Here is a brand i have sourced from the internet
1. North Coast Organics



North Coast Organics are a 100% Organic, Natural and Vegan company who make handmade Deodorants, Bath Crystals, Scent Sticks, Body Butters, Organic Candles, Lip Balms, Massage Oils and Hand & Body Butters. 

North Coast Organics is against Testing on Animals (so is Cruelty Free!) They are Certified Vegan by Vegan.Org and Certified Organic by the Ecocert ICO. 

The ingredients used in their products have been ethically sourced and they are made from the finest Ingredients. 
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I have started to use these Deodorants as opposed to convenient spray Anti-perspirants. All 4 of these Deodorants are smooth in texture and go on without clumps or white Marks. They all have a nice, natural smell which is refreshing.

My personal favourite is Death by Lavender. 
This Deodorant in particular has a scent burst as soon as you take off the Lid which is lovely. You smell like you've wandered through a floral garden and reminds me of the hot summer days.

 These Proudcts are Aluminium, Parabens and BPA-Free

I feel a lot happier and more comfortable using these products as it reduces my risk and keeps me fresh throughout the day! What can be better than that? :)

The Deodorants i have taken photos of are the Travel Size, and are perfect to take on the go and out and about for a refreshing touch! 

The Travel size retail at- $3.49 (£2.30)

The Normal size retail at- $9.99 (£6.59)

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All these products & MORE can be found on NCO's Website-

Thankyou so much to the kind people over at North Coast Organics for very generously sending me these great products to use & enjoy!  I may need to invest in the large ones soon... :)
Such a Great company and i will continue to love their products!

North Coast Organics are a USA company and can be found all across the beautiful USA.
You can find them at these retailers-

Im not 100% sure, but i do think they ship WORLDWIDE

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Organic Spicy Tomato Soup with basil

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free,Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Guilt-free.
As the Warm Summers Sun is slowly waving us goodbye until next Summer, Autumn is on its way, what better way to greet the cool weather than with a bowl of hot, fresh homemade Soup!?

I really enjoy Tomato Soup. I decided to make my own, as i know Shop bought Soups can contain a high amount of Sugar, which isn't good for you. Making Soup is fun and a healthier way of eating!

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Ingredients-
-12oz of Fresh Juicy Organic Tomatoes (I used 3 Large Tomatoes & 3 Small Tomatoes=12oz)
-6 fresh Basil Leaves
-1/4 Teaspoon of Chilli Flakes (Optional)
-1/4 Teaspoon of Oregano flakes
-1 Meduim Organic Red Onion (chopped)
-1 Small Organic Carrot (chopped)
-1/2 Teaspoon of Oregano
-2 Teaspoons of Tomato Purée
-1 Litre of Vegetable Stock (I use 1 Kallo Wheat & Gluten-free)
-Pinch of Salt and Pepper
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Lets get cooking....

Step 1- Wash and prepare your Vegetables!

Step 2- Chop all of your Tomatoes into small chunks along with the Onion and Carrot.

Step 3- Prepare your Large based pan by spooning in 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and lightly heat for a few minutes.

Step 4- Once the Oil is hot, pour in the Onion and Carrot. Make sure you stir with a wooden spoon to prevent the Vegetables sticking to the pan. Mix until they have lightly changed colour and are softer.


Step 5- Measure out 2 tablespoons of Tomato Purée and mix it into the Vegetables. They should turn bright red, then pour in all of the juicy Tomatoes, Basil, Chilli Flakes, Oregano, Leaves and a sprinkling of Salt & Pepper.

Step 6- Pop a lid onto the Pan and leave to stew for 10 minutes over a low heat. (remember to stir occasionally, keep everything moving)

Step 7- After 10 minutes, pour in the Stock and mix well with a wooden spoon. Turn up the Heat to the highest setting and wait for the Soup to bubble. Once Bubbling, turn down the Heat and pop the Lid back on. Cook for 20 minutes, whilst string occasionally. 

The Soup should be steaming and the Tomatoes should be soft.

Step 8- Remove the Pan from the Heat and remove the Lid. Leave to cool before spooning the Soup into your Blender.

Step 9- When the Soup has slightly cooled, Ladle the Soup into your Blender and whizz up until smooth.

Step 10- Pour the Puréed Soup back into your Pan and gently heat up on a medium heat for 5 minutes until ready for serving.

Serve in a bowl for Lunch with a sprig of Basil, DS Gluten-free bread roll and a sprinkling of Pepper.

You can even swirl in some Dairy-free Yogurt or Coconut Cream.

Enjoy and Happy Autumn




If you like, give it a try yourself, and let me know how you get on, 
I hope you liked this recipe!
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Saturday, 26 September 2015

Inika Cosmetics

Inika is a UK based luxury cosmetic company. They sell a range of natural products, from Makeup to Brushes.
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Friday, 25 September 2015

S5 Vegan Skincare

Looking for better Skin....S5 it is!
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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Watermelon,Mint & Lime Cooler

Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Wheat-free, Yeast-free, Guilt-free
A Natural refreshing Watermelon Iced Summer Spectacular, with a slice of Fresh Lime, drizzle of Agave Nectar and a Sprig of Mint Leaves...Delicious!
(and of course a juicy Watermelon Slice in the side)
Mint, Lime and Watermelon work beautifully together.
Both Flavours compliment each other, and Mint is a great Leaf to add to drinks & food. It has soothing & calming benefits & it has been used for thousands of years to help improve digestion problems. It also contains an Antioxidant which has been studied to help and improve symptoms of Allergies.Watermelons are delicious, summer fruits that you can Eat as a dessert, starter or as a refreshing Drink. 
Did you know, that Watermelons are 92% Water?!! This yummy Fruit has many nutrients, too many to list them all...

I decided to make this Cooler as i love Watermelon, anything (as you may be able to tell from my Instagram account, which i'll link below) 


Lets get on with the recipe<3

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Ingredients-
-1/2 a Watermelon (Cubed)
-2 Lime's (Juice)
-15-20 Ice Cubes
-Pinch of Salt
-1/8 Teaspoon of Fine Sugar

-Agave Nectar to Drizzle (optional)
-1 Slice of Watermelon & Mint Leaves to decorate
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Lets get blending.....

Step 1- Place your Watermelon and Ice into your Blender or Food Processor. Blend until well mixed.

Step 2- Then add in the Sugar, Salt and Lime Juice. Blend again until fully combined & smooth.

Step 3- Pour your yummy Watermelon Drink into your favourite glass. Decorate with a slice of Fresh Watermelon and a light drizzle of Agave Nectar for added sweetness(This is optional) and a few leaves of Mint. 

This Drink can be made anytime of the year and it always tastes delicious!


If you like, give it a try yourself, and let me know how you get on :)
I hope you liked this recipe, i came up with this myself by experimenting in the kitchen with my favourite foods and flavours.
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Holly x

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Self Catering in France

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
I have just come back from France for my warm, summer Holiday.
 This was my first time out of the UK following a Vegan Diet with my intolerance's too. Me & my family normally like to take our own food away with us as we don't know what is in different Supermarkets and eating out can be very hard.

I have visited France on many occasions and this time noticed a big difference in the variety of Organic and FreeFrom Food. Unfortunatly, Vegan food is still hard to get. I managed to source a few Vegan products from the main Local Supermarkets (SuperU & InterMarché)

I decided it would be a good idea to share these foods with you as it really helped me with my dietary needs on Holiday and i hope it would help you too find some new and exciting food.

When on Holiday, it can be very time consuming to prepare and cook meals. Convenience food (especially with dietary needs) are much easier and less time consuming in the kitchen (giving you more time to soak up the Sun)
I also prefer to eat a lot of Fresh and Healthy food which you can add to these dishes (Salads, Rice etc...) 
I took quite a lot of Food Supplements like Chia Seeds, Linseed and Pea-protein (which is great to add into rice dishes) I didn't know if i could get these over in France, hence why i took my own. In fact, i didn't see any of these sold in the Supermarkets or around where i was staying. 

As we were travelling by Car, i was able to take Vegan Snacks, Drinks and Food with me, for example-
-Uncle Bens Rice/Tilda Rice
-Jamie Oliver Chickpea Curry (in a packet for easy use)
-Trek Protein Bars
-Nuts & Seeds
-Kallo Stock Cubes
-Soya Milk (You can easily get this over in France)
-DS Gluten-free Brown Chiabatta Rolls & Pizza Base
Gluten free pasta 
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I was alittle concerned about the Journey as we planned to stay over in a Hotel outside Paris for 1 night before travelling to our self-catering destination. As you probably know how hard it is to get Vegan food, especially in France. I didn't know if the Hotel Restaurant would cater for my Diet, so i decided to prepare a Curried Lentil Casserole in advance and freeze it. This acted as a good, freeze block to keep my Salad/Lunch cool and fresh, and by the time we reached the Hotel, the Casserole was defrosted, ready to be heated up.
Thankfully the Hotel had a Microwave and they kindly heated up my Curry along with some Brown Wholemeal Rice. I don't like to use Microwaves normally, but on this occasion it was convenient and meant i didn't go hungry for the night.

I will link below the Casserole for you to give a try-
http://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/protein-packed-spicy-lentil-casserole.html

I prepared this dish again for my journey back. 

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I would like to share with you some of my favourite Vegan finds and what i cooked along with them. Also some self-catering Vegan meal ideas anyone can make.



My favourite find were the Sojasun Indienne Steaks. These are chilled Soya Burgers with a Mild, Indian flavour which are rich in Protein. They are easy to cook as they only take 5 minutes on the Hob. 
Ingredients-
Water, Soya, Tomato Concentrate, Sunflower Oil, Onions, Sugar, Mustard, Salt, Wheat Fibre (without Gluten), Gelling Agent- Methylselulolse.

These Burgers are a great source of protein as they contain 16.6g of Protein per Burger. 
They are low in Saturated Fats and have 5.2g of Sugar, which isn't too bad.

They are a lovely accompaniment with a fresh Salad or Vegetables/New potatoes. I paired mine with some Spicy rice and Rocket with Chia seed and Carrot Rapee (which you can purchase literally anywhere in France) and i hope to replicate the recipe soon (as its sooooo yummy)

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I am a sucker for a nice rice dish, i eat rice almost every day as its convenient and versatile.
I found this rice whilst in SuperU, down the Rice Isle.
It is Long grain Rice, with Provençal Spices (Savoury with Marjoram.

This Rice can be cooked in the Microwave for 2 minutes but i prefer to heat it up on the Hob. All you need to do is break up the Rice in the packet and add a little water to a small Pan.

Ingredients-
Long grain Rice, Pepper, Tomato Concentrate, Sunflower Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tomato Powder, Onion, Salt, Colorant (paprika), Thyme, Sugar, Marjoram, Xantham Gum.

This Rice is low in Saturated Fat, contains 8.3g of Protein for the 1 sachet, its a little high in Sugar at 10g, but it makes a great accompaniment with Salads, Sausages...
Its quick and easy, just what you want when on Holiday.

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All of these next 3 products are by the same French Company.

Cereal Bio are a French company with 80 years of History based in Cestelnaudary Revel in France. They produce a good range of Organic Products. They do supply Meat & Fish dishes, but have a great selection of Vegan & Vegetarian products.
You can buy products by Cereal Bio in most Large Supermarkets throughout France.

I found a few products which i tried and really liked and would like to share them with you :)

The first product is a Lentil, Rice and Soya Dish.
Ingredients-
Carrots, Green Lentils, Water, Basmati Rice, Onions, Olive Oil, Soya, Soya Sauce, Wheat and Salt.

This is a 220g Pack, each Sachet contains 15g of Protein, 15g of Fibre, 2.6g of Saturated Fat(which is Low), 4g of Salt.
You can Microwave this dish for 2 minutes, but i prefer (again) to heat it up on the hob. It states on the packet, you can place the unopened Sachet into Hot water on the Hob for 10 minutes until fully cooked.

This is a great dish to have on its own for Lunch or Supper, or it can be paired with a DS Gluten-free Chiabatta Roll or Salad.

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I found these Burgers in the Organic Isle in the Intermarché(but i think you can get them in SuperU too)
Again, these are a Cereal Bio product, and so are certified Organic. 

These are un-chilled Burgers with Provençal flavours and are rich in Protein & Fibre (14g of Protein per burger and 7g of Fibre Per Burger)

Ingredients-
Tofu 76.6%, Water, Soya, gelling agents, Onions, Tomato Concentrate, Oatmeal Flakes(Gluten), Millet, Soya protein, Garlic, Parsley, Seasalt, Sunflower Oil, Chives, Yeast extract, Pepper, Thyme, Oregano. 

These Soyabean & Tofu Burgers are easy & fast to cook which take only 2 minutes on each side in a lightly oiled Frying Pan, or 8 minutes in the Oven at Gas Mark 210 degrees C or in a Microwave for 1-2 minutes maximum.

You can have these in a Bun with Salad & homemade Sauce, or Potato wedges. You can also pair them with homemade Guacamole. Il leave my delightful Guacamole recipe below for you to give a go :)

http://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/spicy-mexican-cups-and-tangy-guacamole.html

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Again, this product is by Cereal Bio and i found it next to the Burgers above. 
This is a Ravioli meal with Tomato, Tofu and Basil. It can take only 2 minutes in the Microwave to Cook, but again i prefer to cook it on the Hob. It states on the packet, you can place the Sachet into Hot water on the Hob for 10 minutes until fully cooked.
Ingredients-
Water, Tomato Concentrate, Wheat Pasta, Semolina Wheat(Grain), Onions, Vegetable Oil, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Carrot, Mushrooms, Breadcrumbs, Seasalt, Brown Cane Sugar, Spices, Basil, Garlic, Celery, Rice Flour, Yeast Extract.

Although this Ravioli contains Wheat, i can tolerate a small amount occasionally, but if you don't have a problem/are intolerant to Wheat, then this i a great Vegan Meal to have whilst away on holiday, especially if you are self catering & don't want to spend too much time slaving in the kitchen. 

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You can check out Cereal Bio's website here. I have linked the translation to English page. so you can check out more of their delicious products,



All of these Products mentioned are a great source of Energy as they contain a high source of protein, which is needed if you are on an active holiday (cycling etc)
I also like to add in extra Protein wherever i can (like adding Pea protein to Rice dishes & Chia Seeds on-top of the Burgers etc...)


These Foods really helped me out when i was over in France, as i got to try some new and exciting readymade dishes which is always fun, but i like to add a lot of fresh products along side these foods..Salads, homemade Guacamole & Salsa...



If anyone who reads this post has any other recommendations or ideas eating abroad, especially France, let me know in the comments below.
I really hope this post helps some of you venturing on your Holidays, i know this post would have really helped me.




Please comment if you have any questions , i'll be happy to answer and hopefully advise you :)

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