Smart Shopping

We’ve all been there. Not shopped for a few days only to come back with items you’re left thinking why from impulse buys. Or got swayed by pretty packaging, offers or an online shopping basket where you can’t physically see the items to think about pennies, only to again to be asking why when you got back or excitedly opening the parcel.


Today I’m sharing tips I use to try to keep pennies in the bank account, stop unwanted items left unused then donated or thrown out. Try as I have my moments where all sanity left my brain. I know just don’t shop. It’s nice to look at things! 

Ask yourself what mood you’re in. Have you not shopped for a few days, weeks and it’s I must satisfy spending need day? Is it a feel better buy? A quick fix purchase? The times I get caught up in this, 9 times out of 10 I’ve Continue reading “Smart Shopping”

Sugar Coma

Recently every time I’ve had processed sugar it affects my mood. I’ve been clean eating for about a year and half, but sometimes when I’m out trail mix doesn’t cut it. Jelly beans yes. If I can’t get my hands on them, the only other non gelatine sweets available are fruit Mentos or Skittles and my body hates it.

I can’t stop at one. Here they don’t sell individual packs, they sell multi packs of 3. I have a sweet tooth. Almost instantly they affect me. I get irritable, antsy, lethargic, a headache that’s not a headache, a sugar coma that can last well into the next day. Crisps and McDonalds French fries that happen every now and then. I’m human I’m okay with them. Processed sugar’s something else.

I’ve been meat free for about 18 years, 16 animal milk free, the last 7 hardly any dairy just Greek yoghurt and cheese. 5 years ago cheese went. Cheese was hard to give up. I loved cheese on toast, jacket potatoes and cheese with loads of tomato ketchup! 2 years ago I cut out dairy completely. 100% vegan or as P prefers to say plant based (I swear that’s because plant based sounds more masculine than vegan! However there’s a difference. Vegan you can still eat crap on. Plant based is clean) and clean eating. No more Greek yoghurt with my porridge, no more bloated tummy. I felt cleaner. Eggs I’ve never really cared for. They were always been too rich and never settled. Thanks to my cooking skills, I’ve been more or less a raw vegan the whole time even back in cheese eating days if that makes sense. The dilemmas started after going 100% vegan aside from honey!

Up until nearly 2 years I still had the occasional milk chocolate bar until I saw a video how cows were treated at a major farm suppling cheese for a popular pizza brand in the US. I know not all farms are the same, but it was enough to forgo even having a little milk chocolate, I’m still contributing to their suffering. I cried watching that video. Next went palm oil. My beloved Palmers Cocoa Butter Lotion was replaced with a organutan friendly, SLS, petrochemical, paraben free, Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion. Around the time I went ‘vegan’ I read Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life, which was an eye opener to what’s in skincare and cosmetics products. No tears baby shampoo? They add chemicals to numb eyes so the shampoo doesn’t sting!

The biggest change going plant based was running clean, hence when I eat crap or processed sugar, my body doesn’t like it. It affects my mood. This is from someone who has a massive sweet tooth! I replaced milk chocolate with dark chocolate with orange, mint or nuts, but recently I’ve been noticing I haven’t been wanting any or enjoying any as much. I’d rather have a few medjool dates, mango slices or even carrot sticks and hummus! Eating clean affected my taste buds! I’ve still got a long way to go, eating enough energy. It’s not fun if you want to eat out when all you’re looking for is a huge nutritious salad. When P’s here it’s easier. Sometimes I make dinner requests and magically they appear later! I’m not adventurous with food, but I love to load up on salads. When I say salads I don’t mean lettuce and tomato. I pile on broccoli, kale, avocados, beans, quinoa, red cabbage, pepper, spinach etc!

Monday this week was a huge mistral/storm. The winds started Sunday, Monday afternoon heavy rain and wind. Sunny skies returned Tuesday, yet the sea was still full of energy. I wanted to get close the waves but didn’t have time. In the summer, I visit the beach almost daily, take a dip as often as possible. Had a bad day, feel like crap, one swim all worries seem to melt away. If you’re lucky you get prime beach real estate location, a spot right on the shore line to siesta and listen to the waves rolling in. You won’t believe the competition for those spots! Cycling along the beaches everyday isn’t enough, I needed to get close to the sea!Day after stormDay after stormDay after storm

Christmas treats are starting to appear in the supermarkets. The Spanish love turrons, 200g bars of of chocolate wrapped nougat, coconut, marzipan or nuts. One particular one caught my eye Monday. Dark chocolate and coconut. Kinda like a Bounty bar without milk. I loved Bounty bars, so that went in the basket and in my tummy. I knew better, my taste buds thought they knew better. I ate the lot over 2 days. Wednesday I was still feeling it’s toxicity. I pushed myself out for a run. I knew I’ll feel better, but it wasn’t until I stopped for a few moments to watch the waves, smell the sea and fill a spi belt with shells, I felt better. I should when jelly bean moments hit, reach for the sea. Don’t need processed sugar. Just need the sea and near empty zoo to hear the birds and sea to do what processed sugar can’t!

Finally up close!Beach run view

And if no sea’s around, mango slices and medjool dates on hand!

Do you find food affects your mood? If you eat ‘clean’ did you notice your taste buds changing after a while? Favourite place to reconnect when you need to breathe?

So, How Was Your Weekend?

My mum with her never ending but not always welcome one liner wisdoms says if you have nothing to say, don’t say anything at all. But what if you have nothing to say, but want to say something? That’s how my head feels right now. But isn’t that blogging anyways?

I can’t quite explain the feeling. The only way to describe it, is like a piece of gum you’ve chewed for too long and it’s now irritating the sh*t out you, your gums and teeth. That’s how my head, my eyes, my legs feel; restless with a gnawing feeling.

Like thisRhino, Barcelona Zoo Summer’s my favourite time of year, but it every year around this time I get the chewing gum feeling. I get over it eventually. Usually by doing things different. Switching around my day, taking a different route, changing my style slightly, doing a few things differently, making myself appreciate the last remaining weeks of warm afternoon sun. Anything to break the rut even slightly before I feel like I’m about to loose it. But then maybe I already have!

I hope you had a great weekend! Weekends are when the gnawing feeling hits the most. This weekend however, I managed to switch things up. Partly due to the weather and partly because enough was enough.

Friday, I went to Korea for a little while. I’d found out earlier there’s a shop selling Korean skincare and beauty products in the centre! Sephora now has competition! Miin, located in Dreta de L’Eixample, I did my best not to get too excited or seem like a crazy lady (fail everytime)! So many things to pick up, smell, try! I researched on Korea PETA brands not tested on animals before hand, so I’d have an idea what to get excited at it or not. The skincare was a little expensive and I like what I’m currently using which is as natural as I’m going to get. I stuck instead to make up. Such cute packaging that sucks you right in. I finally got my paws on some original as in Korean BB cream. Yay! Prices are the same as Sephora’s own line, so this little beauty junkie, will be trying different brands! Min BarcelonaMiin BarcelonaMiin Barcelona The sun played a muggy hide and seek Saturday. It took quite a bit of effort, to workout. Take a rest day or lighter day! However I know I feel 10 times better afterwards, which is what pushed me. I’m enjoying training on the roof. It’s quiet, I’m not distracted by cats, phone, things to tidy up. Much like at the gym, minus the cats (who aren’t impressed Mama missed World Cat Day, Saturday. Erm,). The 30 standard set Spartan Race burpees took some mental Jedi tricks to get done (as in, just do them, if you’re going to race it. Which I’m now not sure if I am. Another story) and the breeze wind helped. Rain predicted in the afternoon started when I got to the beach. Sarongs, make great capes sitting in the drizzle and cycling! Light drizzle, so I paid a visit to the zoo, thinking it’ll be quiet. Ha!

She missed World Cat Day. No biggie, I sleeps as normalDiesel World Cat DayWindy Roof Top WorkoutAugust Beach I could watch these guys all day.Baby Lemur, Barcelona ZooSunday, I wanted to run, but I didn’t want too. Many reasons, one that chewing gum feeling, the time and I felt like being a rebel not running. I haven’t been feeling runs lately. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe my trainers feel like cloggs, but whatever it is, lacing up trainers requires a little extra effort.

Another reason, the house. While debating to run or not to run, I started sorting out a few things. A few things turned into a few cupboard, shelves, boxes. Run can wait I was on a mission! Why didn’t I do this earlier? It feels so good! One Kathryn Budig Whoa Yogaglo flow later, it was time to escape the place. For the beach and the zoo. Yes, the zoo again. I needed to be in my tropical garden. It was busy and I was busy fine tuning out people.Sunday Beach All day!Lemur Barcelona Zoo He’s just finished playing with a buoy. Like a kitten.Lion Barcelona ZooMoulting Humbolt Penguin, Barcelona Zoo I managed to convince myself, when I got back to go for a run. 6km, which turned into 10km. I forgot my number 2 night safety running rule after wearing bright colours. Tie hair up in a bun, not a pony tail. Never give an opportunity. It felt good to be running a slightly faster pace than late which I paid for later. Monday’s workout I had to modify a few moves. It’s been a while since I was sore from running! Neither helped with that gnawing feeling for long. It always returns. This year’s different, I’m not letting it beat me as much. Well, that’s the plan.

Not bad for someone who had nothing to say.

But that depends on your view point!

Do you get the chewing gum feeling? How do you beat it?