The week in review

Cooking, Food, Healthy Food, Healthy Meals, Journey To Clear Skin, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. So it looks like I missed last week’s week in review. I was off from work so didn’t really do much with food. No smoothie however I did retreat to the usual chicken. This post will be a mixture of last week’s and last two weeks.

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This was Mondays lunch. Mix vegetable bulgur and left over lamb

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This is a mix vegetable and turkey Wholemeal noodles. I believe I had this on Tuesday. I will blog about the recipe later

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I had this for dinner on two occasion. Oven baked chips, bread chicken and mix vegetable. What you see on the chips is Nando’s perperi salt

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This salad I had on Wednesday doesn’t look appetising lol but yes it was nice

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This is Wholemeal turkey fajitas. I made this a couple of weeks ago and kept a bit of it in the freezer just so it does go off. Thursday’s lunch

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Fridays was a very colourful lunch with chicken, vegetables and bulgur

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This was last two weeks lunch. It’s mixed vegetables bulgur and chicken

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Different shaped sweet potatoes and vegetable

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Oven baked chips, chicken and mixed vegetable

The fruits I had from work fruit box

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I had a bit more bananas this week as the tangerine and apples were quite difficult to eat. They were not as sweet as previous weeks fruits. 😬

As you can see from my lunch, I am trying to have a variety of meal and this is because I am not a big fan of food so I am trying to have different meals available to encourage myself to eat.

Until next time, it’s bye from me.

Iryn

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The week in review

Balanced Diet, Cooking, Five A Day, Food, Grocery, Healthy Food, Healthy Meals, Journey To Clear Skin, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. As you may have noticed I have not been posting about my lunch meals lately. I will be doing this on a weekly basis just to ensure that the post is properly prepared. For now let’s call it The week in review.

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For Monday I had potatoes, vegetables and lamb with gravy

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On Tuesday I had mix vegetables with couscous and chicken Nando’s lemon and herb sauce

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Wednesdays lunch was star shaped sweet potatoes with mixed vegetables and chicken

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On Thursday I wanted to have couscous but turns out the cous cous had gone off due to the heat. Preservation issues. So I had vegetables and lamb.

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Friday was mix vegetable brown rice and chicken with chilli sauce

I bought organic chicken this time because the free range available was to be on display till Monday. I noticed the taste was slightly different. It was really delicious. Might be due to how I cooked it.

As you can see I am trying to incorporate vegetable at every given chance. I am very strict about having a balance diet while ensuring that I have enough carbs and protein to maintain my weight.

In addition to this I have morning fruits thereby having all the nutrition I could possibly have.  So I am basically having more than five a day.

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I would also like to invest in a juicer. A good one is very expensive so I am going to save up for that.

Until next time, eat well and you will feel better.

 

Iryn

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The making of my Shea body lovin’ butter (Nkuto) and a few health concerns about beauty products on the shelf

Beauty, Body, Carrier Oils, Hair, Journey To Clear Skin, Moisturiser, Natural Products, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. It appear my first blog regarding this topic was not saved. It actually contained a lot of useful information so lets see if I can recollect my words. I have used shea butter ever since I was born. Being Ghanaian this was a staple body butter in my household in addition to cocoa butter.

My love for shea butter (Nkuto) and black soap explained

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Shea butter in a container. The ones I purchased from up north usually comes in the rock form. But the lady was not available to send it on a short notice so I had to settle with this.

These are natural moisturiser which can be used on the hair as well as the body. In a hot climate your hair will be shiny when applied whereas in a cooler one I guess not so much.

Yes I am a mixtress in case I have not confessed this before.

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Instead of melting the butter I blended it together with the other carrier and essential oils in order to maintain it properties and thus it potency

Being in the UK, this is usually my request when a family member goes on vacation to Ghana or a friend is visiting the UK. My other request being the black soap locally known as alata samina. This soap I believe is extracted from the leaf of plantain, when used it gives you a very good clean; you then need a good moisturiser to restore the skin or your hair back to nourishment. To use on hair, make a soapy water and massage on your scalp.

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The black soap in avocado flavour and the unflavoured one from the market. Although it is called black soap it is actually dark brown in colour and solid.

They now also come in different flavours such as lemon, avocado and aloe Vera. You can purchase the non flavoured from the markets in Ghana I believe.

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I add the oils and then blend to a creamy texture.

My aunty usually source this from the women in the northern part of Ghana so it is the unprocessed or unrefined shea butter. I would like to think that it is ethically sourced as it is being purchased directly from the women in the villages up north and thus paying them what they demand or the right amounts for them by way of appreciating the work they put into making it.

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The carrier oil and essential oil I added to the blend are: Avocado, Coconut, hemp, flaxseed, jojoba carrier oil and lemon, cedarwood, lavender and rosemary essential oils to give it a nice aroma

I purchase the essential and carrier oils from Naturally Thinking which a company based in Croydon, UK.

I recently learnt that, there are different flavours such as the cocoa butter shea scented shea butter. I am not too sure if they are just cocoa butter in the tablet or cocoa butter scented. When I was growing up there was just one type of shea butter and then there was cocoa butter.

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The cocoa butter in a cup form

Cocoa butter is the by product of the cocoa puds or beans when it is being manufactured into the cocoa powder for chocolate and Ghana is one of the highest producers of this. It smells like cocoa butter so I will just call it cocoa butter not shea butter cocoa flavour edition. 🤭

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The yellowy colour is from the avocado oil and jojoba oil I added.

I recently receive the shea butter and the cocoa  butter from Ghana but have only managed to make a mixture with the raw shea butter. I added some carrier oil and essential oil for a bit of fragrance. The carrier oils are pH balanced so I am confident my skin is getting the nourishment it needs. And this is how it looks (Please see picture below and above). This mixture works well for my skin in summer however in winter due to dryness and itchiness I use Dove. I will try this mixture this winter and see if there are any changes. I am not too sure if I have dry skin or as stated before the black soap gives me a proper clean and thus drying to the skin.

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After struggling to find a container for the mixture, I came across

Recently I heard on the radio that shampoos and some beauty products for women have plastic in them which is harmful for us women especially and the environment as well. I will be switching back to the natural ingredient that I used to used. Although these products on the market are pH balanced(so they say) the majority of cosmetologist guru on Instagram are ambassadors and will not say anything bad about these products on the market unless it has a bad effect on them. Before, the natural hair YouTubers were advocates of natural product but now, not so much.

I will continue to use my shea butter  and black soap as those before me used them in the absence of the manufactured ones and were fine. So thank you and no thank you.

I will end this here.

Until next time, take care.

 

Iryn

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Something different…Mix vegetable scrambled eggs for breakfast

Balanced Diet, Breakfast, Cooking, Food, Grocery, Healthy Food, Healthy Meals, Journey To Clear Skin, One Of Five A Day, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today’s blog is about food. I have been thinking of switching up my breakfast and possibly cut down on the sausage although it has helped me to gain a few pounds. I put this together with an inspiration from BBC good cook.

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All your five a day in your brunch with this mix vegetable scrambled eggs

These are the ingredient you need

– Eggs

– Tumeric

 

– Grounded Black Pepper

– Cayenne Pepper

– Salt

– Chopped Red onions

– Chopped Tomatoes

– Mix vegetable

– Whisk the eggs and spice together and steam the vegetables if they are frozen.

– Fry the red onions and chopped tomatoes

– Add the steamed veg and fry for about 5 mins on medium heat

– Add the egg mixture stir till its well done

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The meal is now ready to be served

 

Until next time , happy brunching.

Iryn

Resurection Sunday

African Fashion, Ankara style, Beauty, Church, Culture, Fashion, Journey To Clear Skin, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. This is just a blogpost of gratitude to God for salvation and forgiveness of sins provided to all mankind on the cross of calvary over 2000 years ago.

I can confidently sing “Because He lives, i can face tomorrow”

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My outfit on resurection sunday. Ankara style from Ghana

I hope you had a great day at church as we remember the greatness of the Creater of heaven and earth and everything in it. #HeIsRisenIndeed

 

Until next time, God bless you all.

 

Iryn

With love, signed cucumber juice

Balanced Diet, Beauty, Healthy Drinks, Healthy Food, Journey To Clear Skin, One Of Five A Day, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. This blog is about healthy drinks you can drink and todays star veg is *Cucumber*. When i started my clear skin diet, cucumber and carrot juice were my go to juices. I did my research so i was aware of the nutrition it both provided.

The benefits

Cucumber is made up of 95% water and therefore is hydrating. It has many benefits to the skin both topical and internally. It has traces of folic acid, vitamin A, B, C and K, to name but a few. Those with dark circles can put a slice or the juice on your dark circle area. The benefits are countless. I can testify that it will contribute to a healthy glowy skin if you incorporate this in your diet; whether eating  the vegetable as is or drinking the juice. I battled acne with this juice.

I am also aware you will be getting rid of the fiber part of the vegetable which is good for digestion. You can put it to use by making a facial out of it.

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With love, signed cucumber

 

Where to get the juicer

You will need a very good juicer to grind the carrot especially. Argos had an affordable one in their Good Cook range and a few years ago it was not too expensive however you are now looking at spending more than £100 for a good one. I also got one from Asda from £30 however the motor didnt survive however they do have a more expensive ones as well. As mentioned above, to get one with a high watts you are looking at £100. Let me know if you have tried any juicing lately.

Feel free to share other vegetables you juice i would like to try.

Until next time, happy drinking and happy good friday.

Iryn

Why i run, jog

Balanced Diet, Exercise, Journey To Clear Skin, Work Out, Work Out With Me

Hello and welcome to my blog. As the title state i am going to discuss why i jog or run.

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After a 6 miles jog. I did some floor exercise before i left as well.

When i started my clear skin care journey, the book (Clear Skin Diet) i read spoke of the pH level within, circulation of blood and it importance to your wellbeing and overall health. It also pointed out it importance and contribution to your overall health.

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Take good care of you from the inside. You will have a lot or enough energy to complete a lot of things you need to do during thw week.

What i picked out from the book was that, your skin thrives on blood circulating and coming towards the skin on the inside. This is why diluted essential oil such as rosemary which encourage blood circulation to the surface of the skin when applied, helps with hyperpigmentation. So it is important that you do an exercise which encourages blood circulation.

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You can start small and increase the distance as time goes on.

With this said, you can see that to get new blood pumping means your heart will be beating and i believe more regular. Your body and mind rest on your heart beating regularly as it pumps new blood to the other parts of the body ensuring the pH within is also balance. If your heart is not pumping new blood, your are filled with old blood which maybe toxic, causing you to fall ill regularly.

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You can do some floor exercise if running is not for you.

Anything opposite this is likely to contribute to acne formation and feeling sluggish in addition to illness.

I saw a lot of improvement in my skin and general health. I slept easily and really well. I will encourage you to take up some form of exercise if you want to improve your health in addition to eating well.

Until next time, happy workout.

Iryn

What’s in my smoothie?

Breakfast, Five A Day, Food, Journey To Clear Skin, Smoothie, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blogpost. As always i come to you with my ‘what’s in my smoothie’ blogpost.

When you look at the ingredient this time you will know that i am slowly incorporating other vegetables into my smoothies. That is the plan going forward. This week’s guest star is beetroot.

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I did not use the cranberry juice in the end, I just used water and it taste great. This discovery will save me a couple of pounds £.

The ingredient is as follows:

– Beetroot

– Blueberries

– Strawberries

– Kiwi

– Spinach

– Cinnamon

– Maca

– Matcha, wheatgrass, chlorella, spirulina amd green tea

– Water

Cranberry Juice

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Another 5 a day, vitamin packed smoothie for the week. 

I know i have craberry juice in the picture. I totally forgot to get coconut water so i was thinking to use that juice but due to the sugar content, i was a bit reluctant.

What i did was use water in the first blend with a bit more cinnamon to make it drinkable. I tasted the first blend without the juice and i liked it so decided to use water and more cinnamon. Will do this going forward.

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Switching it up this time round. I think now that i know it tastes nice with water i will use water. Seeing that some of this fruits already have sugar on them.

Until next time, happy smoothie making.

Iryn

What’s in my smoothie?

Balanced Diet, Breakfast, Five A Day, Food, Ghanaian Dish, Grocery, Healthy Tea, Journey To Clear Skin

Hello and welcome to my blog, as promised i am coming to you with my blog on my “weekly” smoothie. This time i switch it up a wee bit. I had the usually fruit plus spinach and other powders..

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What’s in my smoothie…

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The green blend and maca powder

So the ingredients are as follows:

– Spinach

– Strawberries

– Blueberries

– Kiwi

 

– Coconut water

– Cinnamon

– Green Blend of:  Organic matcha, wheatgrass, green tea and spirulina, chlorella

– Maca powder

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The making of the smoothie…

I am no stranger to adding vegetables to my smoothies. In the past the majority of the ingresient were vegetable like broccolis spinach. This time round it’ s 4 of 5 a day.

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#Cheers

The cinnamon helped quench the strong taste of the maca ppwder.

What’s in my grocery trolly

Balanced Diet, Food, Grocery, Healthy Food, Healthy Meals, Journey To Clear Skin, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today i will give you a view of what i purchased from the supermarket namely asda.

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What i bought today for the week and the coming weeks.

This week i have decided to have a variety of lunch. So i bought lamb burgers and burger buns. I also bought some panceta to make an italian-like dish. This weeks meal will be a mixture of salad, burger and chips and tagliatelle.

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My next post will be “what’s in my smoothie”

Until next time it’s buy from me.

Iryn