New bedding

I’ve been slowly but surely sorting out our bedroom and spare room over the last few months. We moved into our house a year ago but up till very recently still had unpacked items in boxes, as we just had no home for them (or more to the point, no furniture to unpack them into). Continue reading

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Surviving the first few weeks of a new job

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I started a new job last Monday – but it feels like I’m on a memory crash course rather than surviving it. I’m now working at an animal charity, which I used to work at years ago.

I guess going back to work somewhere that you worked previously is much less daunting because to a certain extent you know what to expect, know the organisation and understand the office culture. But I also realised that a lot has changed since I left about three years ago so I still had a lot to learn.

My first day was rather surreal as I am sitting back in my old desk and there are even some of my old things still there! I’m sitting with the same original people and the team is very similar.

But I’ve realised that there’s a lot I’d actually forgotten and so I have a lot to learn again about the charity – as well as my new role and what is expected at me.

Despite returning to familiar faces, there are still the same hurdles to jump in the beginning of any new job.

What to wear?

This is a tricky one because your only experience of the company or organisation so far is probably from your interview – when your interviewers may well be dressed more smartly than on a normal day. Did you say any other employees on the day though? What were they wearing?

Failing that, you could have a look on their website or some companies share staff pictures on their Facebook page. These should give you a good idea of the typical work wear worn by staff and a bit more about the company culture. Continue reading

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Stop wearing clothes that don’t make you feel great

I’m definitely guilty of this. Mostly on a Sunday, if I’m having a veg day and I know I’m not going to leave the house, I inevitably reach for an old pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a hoody. Because I think if I’m not going out, I don’t have to bother too much.

But what I end up doing is making myself feel crappy. I find that something as simple as what I’m wearing has a big affect on my outlook for the day.

On that veg out Sunday, I go for the same two-three t-shirts that I hate. They’re old. They’re unflattering. They’re mis-shaped. But I’m not going out, so it doesn’t matter, right?

Wrong.

I’ve realised that as soon as I put on this stuff, I feel ‘bleugh’ about myself.

I have so much to choose from – why pick the worst clothes I have which should be thrown out or taken to a charity shop?

clothes hanging inside my wardrobe

This isn’t an attack on casual, comfy clothes like joggers, onesies and hoodies. I do love hooded jumpers – and I don’t own jogging bottoms but I think there’s no problem snuggling up in them in the evening. But when I wear clothes like this for the whole day, I hate it because of how it makes me feel.

So I need to get away from this attitude. Because I’m making myself feel crap. I look in the mirror and think ‘eugh’.

In fact, I even did it yesterday and realised it. I immediately changed out of my mis-shaped t-sihrt, jeans which are ripped at the crotch (too bad for outside, but good enough for indoors?!) and big hoody. Instead, I put on some hotpants and tights and a cute vest top. Because they are fun and made me feel better about myself. Even if no-one else sees.

Does anyone else a victim of crappy-clothes-when-you’re-alone syndrome?

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Simple roasted vegetable salad with feta cheese

I’ve been trying to do some quick and easy salads recently – but my one qualm with salads is that they’re not often very filling. So I started investigating recipes that would be reasonably healthy but also deter you from reaching for the biscuits a couple of hours later.

I apologise in advance for the vagueness of my measurements – I never follow recipes exactly as I like to add my own spin. The downside of that is that a dish will never come out the same the second time around!

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Healthy takeaways in Brighton

My last post about eating fast food prompted some discussion on Twitter about finding healthier takeaway options to allow yourself to feel a little less guilty about giving in to fast food.

This then got me thinking about what my alternative options would be – to think beyond pizza, curry or fish and chips which are laden with fat and calories. There actually are a few healthy takeaway options (which offer delivery) in Brighton to choose from, many of which are now bookmarked on my phone!

Lumberjacks

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This is a relatively new service on the scene in Brighton. I spotted a Lumberjacks branded car a couple of streets from my house a few months ago, which featured a ‘guilt free takeaway’ message. I was intrigued, but when I investigated found that the service was still on its way. Fast forward a few months and Lumberjacks is fully up and running.

A friend reminded me of it and said a friend of hers recommends them. The vegetarian options are a little thin on the ground (just a veggie burger), which is a shame when Brighton is so veggie friendly – but for meat eaters there are options of lean chicken in low fat sauces, beef burgers and chicken skewers. The sides sound good too: with dishes such as bean chilli, sweet potato chips and mixed veg to choose from.

The prices are reasonable, with a burger coming in at just under £6 and sides at about £2 each.

See the Lumberjacks website here.

Los Amigos

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I absolutely love Mexican food – it’s probably my number one choice for a meal out – I had it three times last week… I haven’t actually been to Los Amigos in Hove but I think it’s the only Mexican place locally that seems to deliver (tell me if you know otherwise!).

Mexican can too be unhealthy if you start with nachos and then choose dishes slathered in sauces and melted cheese. But Los Amigos offers four salads or wraps filled with mixed spicy vegetables or grilled chicken. It’s all about making the right choices.

Wraps are the cheaper options at about £7; while the salads are about £10.

Check out Los Amigos’ website.

Murasaki

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In Brighton you’re “lucky” enough to receive takeaway and restaurant menus by the handful through the letterbox every day. I normally take a quick glance at them and put them straight in the recycling, but Murasaki’s really caught my eye.

I still haven’t eaten there but it was recommended by a friend, namely for the Bento boxes which are set meals. The Sushi Bento box, for example, comes with five pieces of nigiri sushi (salmon, tuna, prawn, mackerel and squid), three pieces of vegetable hosomaki, two pieces of futomaki, fishcakes, edamame and pickle, miso soup and a drink for £12.75. Delicious!

See the Japanese delights on offer here.

Pizzaface

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Ok so pizza definitely isn’t the most healthy option when we’re talking fast food. But Pizzaface serves vegan pizzas, wholegrain spelt bases and gluten free bases.

The vegan pizzas, complete with dairy-free cheese, also feature fake ‘meats’ such as vegan chorizo, bacon, pepperoni and smoked sausage.

Pizzas range from £6 – 11.

See the range and more at Pizzaface.

Moshimo

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I didn’t realise Moshimo offered a delivery service until recently. They send your food to you in a taxi which you need to pay for – so it’s not the cheapest takeaway if you live far away, but Moshimo food is fresh, delicious and healthy. Plus when you order a delivery, they’ll slip in a £5 voucher for your next visit.

This Japanese restaurant serves takeaway dishes like mixed sushi, miso soup, rice and noodles.

See the Moshimo takeaway menu here.

Pompoko

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I know this is the third Japanese restaurant on my list, but I love Pompoko, it’s so cheap and so delicious!

Choose from fresh Japanese curries, rice and noodle dishes or salads and spend under a fiver for the privilege. If you use Dinner2go you can order from Pompoko and get it delivered to your door.

The Tofu Don pictured comes with rice and costs just £4.60.

Check out Pompoko’s menu here.

Do you have any different healthy takeaway suggestions? Please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to try some more out rather than reaching for the chip shop menu! Help save my waistline!!

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