My nightmare with antidepressants

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It’s taken me a while, but my video about treating my depression and anxiety is finally up :)

This video is pretty long, so it may not be for everyone – I recommend watching it if you suffer from anxiety/depression and are looking for alternative treatments.

Contents:
– In a nutshell: A quick background of what caused my depression and anxiety
– My anxiety and depression: what I experienced
– My nightmare with antidepressants
– Finding alternative treatment

Mentioned links:
Mindfulness meditation
Magnesium and the brain: the original chill pill

*** NOTE: This is just my personal experience with anxiety and depression, and what I found helped me in my own journey. This video is in no way intended to be professional medical advice, so please consult with your doctor or health professional first before trying any of my treatment suggestions **

My first time drinking chai

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Some people are either a coffee person or a tea person. I am definitely a tea person!

My favourite staples are regular green tea and Earl Grey, and branching from that I’d have to say ginger tea, passion flower tea, lavender tea, peach tea, lemon verbena tea… the list goes on.

Most recently added to that list is chai tea – I never really liked it initially because I had only ever seen it served with milk as a ‘chai latte’, and I’m not a fan of tea with milk in general. So when I learnt that you could actually have chai in it’s original form, my mind was blown!

I tried ‘straight’ chai for the first time when I received this gorgeous Chai Walli packet in my Vegan Box subscription. This was a caffeine-free version (so minus the black tea) which was a bonus because I’m not really into black tea either.

While it was brewing in my teapot, the smell captivated me – such a sensual, spicy aroma, yet sweet and warm too. Most chai spice mixtures include ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorn, nutmeg and cloves, so it’s no surprise that my olfactory receptors were having a field day.

Other possible ingredients include nutmeg, mace, black cardamom, chilli, coriander, rose flavouring, or liquorice root. This particular mixture had dried rose petals added to it, which looked so pretty when I poured it into a glass jar for storage, kind of like a herbal pot pourri.

There are also some great health benefits to drinking chai:

  • Ginger aids digestion
  • Cardamom detoxes
  • Cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Star anise contains antioxidants and has antifungal and antibacterial properties
  • Fennel seeds are concentrated source of minerals like copper, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc, and magnesium
  • Pepper corn promotes intestinal health
  • Nutmeg relieves pain and improves blood circulation
  • Cloves are a natural anti-inflammatory

So if you feel like giving chai a go, or are already a fan and would like to see how Chai Walli fares then check out their Chai Walli online store.

They have both the caffeine-free and regular chai, as well as some organic jaggery – a natural, unrefined sweetener derived from palm sap, and is a natural sweetener used in Indian dishes, especially chai.

 

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Choc-Orange Jaffa Mousse with 5 ingredients

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Hi guys!

Sorry it’s taken me so long but I finally have my new YouTube video up :)

This time it’s a How-To video featuring a Choc-Orange Jaffa Mousse, with only 5 ingredients.

If you have an avocado, cacao powder, coconut cream, maple syrup, and some orange zest* then you’re ready to go!

Watch the video below to follow the recipe, and make sure to watch til the end to see what surprise topping I use from Healthy Treats by Mrs Rees as the finishing touch!

*sorry I used the wrong term in the video – I said ‘rind’ instead of ‘zest’. Apologies for the typo!

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DIY Powder Foundation with only 6 ingredients

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Hi guys!

So I’ve finally put up me next YouTube video, and it’s all about making your own powder foundation!

You only need 6 ingredients, most of which can be found in your kitchen or bathroom.

The good thing about this is that if you find that this type of foundation isn’t really for you, you can use the edible powders in your baking and cooking, and you can use the clay for your weekly/monthly face masks :)

So why not give it a try? You have nothing to lose!

 

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‘Berry Ripe’ Superfood Smoothie

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Hi guys!

So today I posted my very first food video on YouTube! It features a delicious superfood smoothie that is packed full of goodies for the skin that will make you glow from the inside out.

It’s based on the Cherry Ripe Smoothie by LOVE SMOOTHIES, but I’ve tweaked it a bit to suit what I had in my kitchen at the time, so essentially it’s more of a ‘Berry Ripe’ rather than a Cherry Ripe.

So why is this smoothie great for your health and your skin?

The ‘Milk Chocolatte’ blend that I use in the video contains organic cacao powder, organic lucuma powder, organic mesquite powder, organic vanilla powder, organic maca powder, and organic ground cinnamon.

Together, these ingredients help to elevate your mood, enhance well-being and mental clarity, balance blood sugars, reduce cravings and increase energy. Cacao and lucuma are both proven to have potent anti-ageing effects on skin.

The blend contains no nasty fillers, preservatives or additives, and is an excellent source of magnesium, fibre and antioxidants, plus a useful source of calcium and protein.

Other benefits:

  • Banana provides vitamins B6, C, and folate, magnesium, potassium, fibre and antioxidants
  • Spinach provides niacin, zinc, fibre, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese
  • Berries provide vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants
  • If you choose to go with almond milk, this also provides protein, fibre, vitamin E,magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron,phosphorus, trytophan and calcium

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