The Cinnamon Fiend Goodies Are Now On Sale!

For those that don’t know I am now selling my healthy snacks, desserts and goodies! ūüôā

All products are wheat, gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and packed with superfoods. You can order by direct messaging me on one of my social media channels, email or telephone (link here) or you can now place orders in Le Studio gym Bohernanaeve, Thurles, every Tuesday/Thursday for delivery at your following week’s class.

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A full list of products available along with prices will be available here soon but for now you can find all the details over on my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/TheCinnamonFiend/ 

Cakes, squares, slices, energy balls, cookies – you name it, I’ve got it! ūüėČ

Getting Back to Books

Growing up I was a reading and story writing enthusiast.. As I got older, I always continued to write in one way or another – whether it was writing endless lists and notes on my phone, my travel diaries or the blog, I was writing in some form. Reading however took a bit of a backseat during college as I couldn’t help but feel guilty reading a novel rather than something academic¬†or being too consumed with work in my spare time.

Now that I have a better work-life balance I vowed to get back reading. The only problem – I find it really difficult to pick a good book so I love getting recommendations. With all that in mind I thought maybe you too would like a recommended good read so here’s a few of my current and all-time faves!

Shantaram

Quite possibly my ultimate favourite read. The kind of book that despite it’s 1,000 pages I wanted to read it all at once, unable to put it down, yet never wanting it to end. Simply put – I can’t believe this is a true story and ALL of these things actually ¬†happened to one person. It also gives a fantastic insight into Indian culture.

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The Alchemist

A short fable but will leave you pausing multiple times pondering lines and referring back to your own life/situation. Definitely one you’re gonna want to highlight or underline parts in and keep on your bookshelf for years to come.

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The Power of Now

For anyone that, like me, just cannot seem to switch their mind off. This book highlights some really interesting points and simple technique to start living in the present moment, embracing and dealing with the only thing you can which is the present moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

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Tuesdays With Morrie

A newspaper sports columnist gets back in touch with a University professor after discovering he is dying from motor neuron disease. Together they document his decline, his life lessons and words of wisdom through their weekly visits. Short but touching.

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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

After collapsing from a heart attack, extremely wealthy and succesful lawyer Julian Mantle sells all of his material possessions and heads off to India on a journey of self-discovery before returning to impart his new found wisdom.

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The under-lying message in all of these books, in all spiritual teachings, in meditation.. is to be present. To be fully aware of your surroundings at any one time instead of being caught up in your thoughts, our fears, stresses, anxieties, excitement, emotions, from the past or in the future.

The present is all we ever have ‚̧

How to Get In & Stay in Shape!

I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite some time. As a P.E. teacher, former international athlete and part-time model, fitness and keeping in shape has always been a huge part of my life.

I absolutely love sports. I love trying new ones and particularly anything that is outdoors, I want to get involved in. Running is my main¬†sport and people often ask me if I run every day – I can assure you, I don’t. Your body needs rest equally as much as it needs exercise, in order to repair and recover. Only then can you improve.

Carrying out the same repetitive movements and exercise on your body day after day will not only lead to boredom and soreness from over-use of the same muscles but you will also plateau very quickly as your body too gets bored of the same daily routine and those miles you are slogging away don’t have half the effect they could if you varied your runs/activities throughout the week. Personally I like to run, on average, 3 times per week. I vary these runs so that one run may consist of 30 minutes sprint or hill training, one 30-40 minute steady-paced run and one long run, ranging between 60-90 minutes – I usually save this one for the weekend (mainly so I can climb back into bed after it!). However, on the other 4 days I will stay active in other ways. I love to swim, go walking, do some yoga (if you can’t afford classes, YouTube is your best friend, there are hundreds of fantastic tutorials on there); or even just give the house a really good clean! It all counts!

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With all that said, getting in and more importantly,¬†staying¬†in, shape is a lifestyle choice and a habit which you must adopt and adhere to. It can’t be about signing up for the latest trendy exercise class or quick fix fitness DVD.

There are also few people in the World who are ‘naturally skinny’. ¬†Enter – Gwyneth Paltrow. Not that I fully agree with her very strict lifestyle but I appreciate her honesty and admittance that looking as good as she does, at her age, takes real effort.

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Another myth that I’d like to demystify is the overused excuse of a slow metabolism. A slow metabolism is in fact very rare. Genetics, too many calories, too little exercise and unhealthy habits such as not getting enough sleep are actually much more likely to contribute to excess weight.

So where to start? Well here are a few inspirational images and tips that might help..

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267260559106903474_spxqOJ1H_fAs I already said, any movement counts – walk the dog, clean out your car, do some gardening, go grocery shopping and park the car as far away from the door as possible – or better still, if you can, walk there in the first place. Carrying those heavy shopping bags is a super arm workout! (Just make sure they’re filled with delicious healthy foods and don’t undo all your good work! Refer to my previous posts¬†Food As Fuel¬†and Well-being Through Food, for guidelines on what to fill your trolley with!)

When you can, always take the stairs. It’s about¬†making the active choice, rather than the escalators or elevators or parking your car as close to your destination as possible.

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Next time you’re on the phone, rather than sitting on the couch, walk around the house or get outside and burn calories while you chat.

Meet friends for a walk, jog, swim or fitness class rather than a cup of coffee.

Join a fitness group – great for beginners and they have an added social bonus.

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Just remember the most difficult part is getting started..

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But once you get started you will begin to do these things and make active decisions automatically as they become your new habit.

And remember, best of all.. 

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Good Luck! X

Mother Nature

Nature never ceases to amaze me. Tucked right under our noses we too often take for granted how minute we are on this Earth.

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I’ve always been a nature-lover. Back home in Ireland I love that I live in the country-side, down a little winding lane-way with grass growing in the middle of it, surrounded by luscious green fields. Nothing can beat those mornings when I walk half a mile down the road from my house, dog in toe; to watch the sun come up over the hills of my favourite plot of land. The place, where in my dreams, I would put my future home.

These moments I used to enjoy in Ireland I really miss now that I live away from home but then this morning I experienced a gentle reminder, that natural beauty is around me no matter where I am.

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I woke early, donned my trainers and made for the beach – a rarity for me to do mid-week and pre-work, on what was a dull, grey morning.

While lying on the sand carrying out some yoga poses I was distracted by a little starfish poking out of the sand next to me. As I looked at it with the waters washing into the shore and the Burj Al Arab in the background I was suddenly aware of how surreal my surroundings were.

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 Inspired, I took a stroll along the beach where I stumbled across the figure of a tree carved into the sand. At first I presumed it drawn by a previous beach go-er until I continued walking and discovered dozens of these captivating tree-forms, spaced evenly along the beach where the tide had yet to reach.

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¬†Formed by the in-washing water I was genuinely awe-struck. I felt as though I was on a spiritual journey walking alongside the ocean, stepping over these forms – identical in shape to that of the well-known ‘Tree of Life’ ¬†symbol; and with drops of rain lightly falling on my skin. It was truly spell-binding.

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Being the soulful individual that I am I believe someone from above was sending me a message and I would like to interpret this message as so Рto enjoy and seek out the beauty around me. To be present in the moment and remember that every day is a journey and an opportunity for new awakenings. 

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For on a recent trip to Oman I was again reminded of just how beautiful and amazing the world we live in is. I was in awe at the scenes around me. As I floated in a sinkhole – a¬†lagoon-filled, crater¬†gifted from Mother Nature; and swam in Wadi Shab’s aquamarine-filled pools, through caves and under waterfalls, I realised just how tiny I am in this great big world.

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So why am I sharing this with you?

Because nature is the perfect company to be completely alone with. To spend time appreciating the small things in life with. The things money can’t buy and we cannot control. The things that surround us every waking moment yet we¬†too often fail to notice.

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My Favourite Foodies

There are some really awesome people online sharing their stories, recipes, pictures and advice, either through their own blogs or websites or on my preferred site to follow РInstagram. I am without doubt a visual person & I love aimlessly browsing through pictures online, constantly being inspired by what I see. Below I will share with you my favourite foodies from around the globe Рkicking off back home in Ireland there could be only one lady at the top of my list..

 

Miss SJ White Рaka: The Health Geek. 

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Susan Jane has penned probably the only cookbook that I genuinely love. Every other cookbook I have is covered in pencil doodles and adaptions to make the recipes suitable for my food intolerances. Whereas with Susan’s book – The Extra Virgin Kitchen; everything is dairy, wheat and sugar free so I almost feel like it was wrote just for me! Definitely get your hands on a copy of it & sign up to subscriptions on her site for regular delicious recipes and exciting events. I attended one such event last year consisting of a three-course meal using recipes from her book in Harvey Nichols in Dublin. Think mackerel pate, flaxseed crackers, superfood salads and decadent chocolate cake to name but a few delicious items – oh and I won best tweet of the night so got a fab prize from Harvey Nichols to take home! Win win!

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Deliciously Ella

Moving across the pond to London this lady has skyrocketed to stardom over the past two years since I began following her. She gives great advice, great recipes and really helpful video tutorials. For anyone in the London area she also hosts workshops and events (you lucky sods!) One of my favourite videos is her Christmas special video and her sweet potato brownies tutorial is a popular favourite. Her new cookbook was released in January 2015 which I am dying to get my hands on but you can also check out her website here: www.deliciouslyella.com

 

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The Instagram Greats 

@talinegabriel – Creator of the app: “Hippie Lane“, making delicious raw and baked goods

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@madeleine_shaw_ 

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@secretsquirrelfood 

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@bananarawpublic 

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@theholisticingredient – Ozzie-based; I can’t wait to try her turmeric, goat’s curd & onion seed loaf (pictured below left)

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@omniziltoid                                                   @kiaraible

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@sallykrix                                                           @jordanbourke

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@thebarefoothousewife                           @thehealthyindulger

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The accounts listed above are just a small selection of the hundreds of amazing people online sharing their culinary adventures and showing how simple, enjoyable and rewarding it is to care for your body. I hope these people can inspire you like they have inspired me xx

Holistic Living

I really and truly believe in a holistic approach to life. Holistic meaning that everything we do, all the factors involved in and surrounding our lives, be they mental, physical, spiritual or intellectual, are all inter-connected and each and every one of them effects us in some given way.

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That being said, I think it is so important that every day we create a good work-life balance and step away from our smartphones/laptops. I’m guilty myself of logging on for what I planned to be a quick ten minutes in fact end up losing three hours of my life drooling over vegan desserts on Instagram. Instead set limits on your online time and set aside time each day for you.

I love “me time“. In fact, sometimes I’m a bit too good at it!¬†What you do in this time alone doesn’t have to be anything off the wall, it’s all about ¬†the simple pleasures and being kind to yourself.

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Some of my favourite things to do¬†are read a book or magazine, take a steamy Epsom salt bath, light some candles and have a cosy movie night, go for a walk somewhere lush and green – if there’s water, like a river or the sea, even better!, cook myself something I will really enjoy, do some yoga (YouTube has great tutorials for every ability) or simply lie on my yoga mat and practice some deep breathing; literally breathing all my thoughts, stresses and worries away!

If I want to do something a bit more extravagant (and I’ve clearly just been paid!) I like to treat myself to a massage, facial or to getting my nails done. [*Note: yes this is cheaper to do on a more regular basis when living in Dubai, but when in Ireland I save money so I can do these things maybe every 3 months or whatever is realistic for your budget]. In the meantime you can do your own nails at home – take out a basin of water and treat yourself to a DIY foot spa; and make your own hair and face masks at home with some beautiful, simple ingredients I will soon share with you all!

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