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Talking about Mental Wellbeing.

Here we are blogging about mental wellbeing and everything related. We welcome your questions and comments. If you have a particular topic you would like us to bring up for discussion please feel free to contact us via ‘contact us’ page. We kindly ask that the comments and discussions on here remain respectful to all.

Thanks, VYM x

Butternut Squash & Lentil Soup

Butternut Squash & Lentil Soup

Yummy yummy yummy! Now the weather’s turned there’s nothing better than getting some earthy veg together and slow cooking it into a delicious soup. Good for the soul, good for the heart and definitely good for the belly!  I initially created this soup without the lentils but noticing my belly was in need of more of a ‘meal soup’, I recently decided to add lentils and I have to say I think it’s a pretty good addition. You really do feel satisfied after a bowl full. Did […]

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The happiest festival award goes to….

The happiest festival award goes to....

HAPPIEST FESTIVAL AWARD GOES TO….. So this week it’s been back to reality with a cold, autumnal bump following the most colourful end of summer parties yet. Bestival 2017. Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not ready to accept that it is the end of the summer (I mean have we even had one?) but, if it’s got to end, then in my opinion no one does a final farewell better than the Bestival gang. If you read my blog back in June – Wellness at Festivals […]

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Turmeric Latte

Turmeric Latte

The hot new drink on the health scene, Turmeric latte.  I know, if you haven’t tasted a Turmeric Latte yet, it does sound a bit ominous. I mean turmeric is usually for curries, right? But trust me, it’s worth a try. For one, introducing a daily consumption of turmeric into your diet is definitely a winner, but it really does taste delicious too.  It is a combination of nut milk and spice and can be taken in the morning as a much more calming and clearing alternative […]

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Top Relaxation Apps for Your Mood

Top Relaxation Apps for Your Mood

TOP RELAXATION APPS The last month I have been busy trialling and reviewing apps to improve your mood for this top relaxation apps list. Some new, some old. Some rubbish and some, I have to say, pretty damn good! I don’t know about you, but I have a bit of a love hate relationship with technology and apps; sometimes I strongly believe they are the bane of our existence and then other times I am in awe of their supreme efficiency. Well this blog is all about […]

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Nutmeg & Coconut Granola

Nutmeg & Coconut Granola

My latest granola creation. I think the combination of nutmeg, maple and coconut is a real winner. The way it tastes to the way it fills the kitchen with the it’s heart warming smells, makes it a perfect soul comforter. If you haven’t yet given homemade granola a bash, TRY IT. It’s so simple and a million times better than shop bought cereals, with the sugar and all sorts of other nasties that your body could do with out as the first thing it’s feeding on in […]

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Cauliflower Rice & Pomegranate Salad

I have literally just discovered the wonders of cauliflower rice and now I make a big batch every couple of weeks. Put half in the freezer and with the rest make a few mid week meals.  Here I use the cauliflower rice as a base for a deliciously mood boosting salad but feel free to pick and choose what you want to add as i’m finding cauliflower rice pretty much goes with anything! What makes cauliflower VYM approved: Boost brain and heart health due to it’s anti-inflammatory […]

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Wellness at Festivals ~ Guide & Review

Wellness at Festivals ~ Guide & Review

WELLNESS AT FESTIVALS It’s that time of year again! Time to don your wellies, stock up on whatever alcohol is left on the supermarket shelf,  find the tent (I swear I never remember where I put it last) and get your dancing feet ready.  Yup, it’s festival season. And this year I am very excited to be reviewing my favourite two things, mental wellness at festivals. Below is my pre-festival ‘wellness at festivals’ blog; what to get excited about at some of my favourite festivals and how to […]

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Courgette & Cauliflower Vegan Fritters

Courgette & Cauliflower Vegan Fritters

These courgette and cauliflower vegan fritters are so quintessentially VYM; They are incredibly easy, amazingly healthy and of course, packed with many wonderful properties for the brain. I typically don’t eat that much cauliflower, probably because I always liken it to cauliflower cheese and that’s about as far as my imagination goes with it. But what with having bored myself with sweet potatoes and kale, I thought it’s about time I go back to the old fashioned cauliflower and see whats what.  So how VYM is cauliflower? Well, […]

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Vegan Japanese Ramen

Vegan Japanese Ramen

This is a super quick, veg packed dish and a great way of getting in some of those 5 a day. Using soba noodles means there’s no wheat to cause that blotted feeling. In fact this dish is all about restoring your energy and leaving the digestive system feeling lighter and clearer. You can be pretty inventive too. I like to call this my ‘whats in the fridge’ dish, because I literally put whatever veg I can find in there. Sometimes it looks like this picture, but […]

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The power of to-do lists….

The power of to-do lists....

The Power of To-do Lists Confession. I am a to-do list obsessive. I write to-do lists for everything; work, shopping, places to go, recipes to make, things to watch, reminders for the day, reminders for the week. The list is endless! I don’t think writing to-do lists is born from me being a particularly organised character or anything; I mean I have learnt to become organised over the years, yes, but back when I was younger I’m not sure organised would be the first word that sprang to […]

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Spinach, Pea and Mint Soup

Spinach, Pea and Mint Soup

One of the many things I love about winter is homemade soup. It’s such a simple way of getting lots of goodness in you and I find a real good soup, like this spinach, pea and mint soup, truly does have the ability to warm the heart. The pea and mint soup combo was actually inspired by a favourite summer salad of mine – pea, mint & feta. It’s such a great combo (and here I’ve given it that extra popeye boost through the spinach), just the strength that’s needed […]

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Six Easy Ways to Practise Mindfulness

Six Easy Ways to Practise Mindfulness

Six Easy Ways to Practise Mindfulness The hot new word of the moment, ‘mindfulness.’ But do we actually know what it means? I’ve had so many people ask me about mindfulness – ‘What is it?’ ‘How can it help?’ ‘What’s the difference between mindfulness and meditation?’ ‘I can’t meditate so does that mean I can’t practise mindfulness?’ What is an idea of simplicity, can coincidently feel confusing and unduly mysterious. So via these easy ways to practise mindfulness I hope to expel some of that mystery and […]

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