Wellness Weekend with Lara

Welcome to week 2 of my weekend wellness series, whereby each week I'll be sharing some tips from my own wellness journey to hopefully inspire you to create or keep up new habits. You guys inspire me too. I love reading your tips and comments over on my insta. Feel free to share!

Let's do this together.

For Body & Soul

For Body & Soul

Meet Lara

Yoga Pose: Cobra.

This pose is great for increasing the flexibility of the spine. It stretches the chest while strengthening the spine and shoulders and it also helps to open the lungs, which is therapeutic for asthma. It stimulates the abdominal organs, which in turn also improves digestion - ready for a good night’s sleep.

We love Lara, her strong pose and textural curves symbolise strength and determination.

Meet Lara

Yoga Pose: Plank.

The plank strengthens your spine, back muscles and your abdominal muscles, which naturally result in a strong posture as they grow in strength. Developing your posture can help a number of ailments, and prevent the onset of other ones. Good posture means you're keeping your bones aligned.

We love Lara, her strong pose and textural curves symbolise strength and determination. 

Keep a finger on the pulse, literally!

"Since January, I’ve really tried to get into exercise and I try to work out 4 times a week. My Oura Ring is my latest investment piece and is what's known as a ‘wearable' (I also have a fitbit). The Oura ring is a wedding sized ring that measures heart rate (a key sign to your overall health), body temp as well as measuring sleep. It was sleep I was really interested in as mine has been so up and down and so my doctors partened with them and analyse my sleep with bi monthly consultations.

Abi's 3 tips for getting a good nights sleep.

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When possible I like to finish eating at least 3 hours before I go to bed so that my body is ready to rest rather than working hard to digest.

2.

In order to help me switch off, I make my bedroom like a restful retreat. Relaxing scent, calm lighting and definitely no TV!

3.

I try to stick to the same bedtime schedule by going to bed at the same time each night and put down my phone at least an hour before bedtime.

Nourish

Nourish

"Recipes in the week for me have to be super speedy and nutrient rich. Things I can whip up quickly are packed with flavour and most importantly are easy to execute. Here’s whats on my radar this week."

Roasted Pumpkin & Hummus Salad

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A super tasty dish from Green Kitchen Stories packed full of veggies and seeds, it makes a light supper and I love to double the ingredients and pop any leftovers in the fridge for my weekday lunches.

Ingredients

1 small Pumpkin

4 tbsp olive oil

500 g mixed mushrooms

1 tsp chopped sage

6 tbsp EV olive oil

1/2 lemon, zest and juice

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 bunch of kale

2 beetroot

100 g red grapes, halved

Spicy Seeds

1 tsp olive oil 
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
a pinch cayenne
1/2 cup mixed seeds

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F fan mode.

2. Cut the pumpkin into large chunks (5 cm / 2 inch) and place on a baking tray, drizzle with 2 tbsp oil, season with salt and pepper and roast for 50 minutes.

3. Trim the mushrooms. Larger ones can be halved and sliced and smaller kept whole or halved. Place in a bowl with the sage and toss with the remaining two tablespoons of oil, season with salt and pepper and place on a baking tray.

4. Once the pumpkin has had 10 minutes add the mushroom tray and roast for a further 25-30 minutes.

5. Prepare the spicy seeds by heating the oil in a pan along with the spices. Add the seeds and toast for a few minute our until crunchy. Set aside.

6. Stir together olive oil, lemon, honey and vinegar into a salad dressing. Toss the kale, beets and grapes in half the dressing. dressing. Season to taste.

7. Remove the pumpkin and mushroom from the oven and whilst it is still warm, pour over the remaining dressing.

8. To plate spread the hummus on one side of a large serving platter (or you can do individual plates), add the roasted pumpkin and mushrooms, top with the salad and sprinkle over the spiced seeds and parsley. 

For the Home

For the Home

Creating a Restful Bedroom.

Getting a restorative nights sleep is vital for our health. It helps the brain to be able to repair and grow cells, tissue, and nerves that regenerate and boost the hormone and immune system. Bedrooms need to feel calm to prepare us for a good nights rest and provide a gentle introduction to the start of the next day. Getting the basics right such as soft earthy paintcolours, lovely linens and ambient lighting will ensure your bedroom feels tranquil and cocooning.

Creating a Restful Bedroom.

Getting a restorative nights sleep is vital for our health. It helps the brain to be able to repair and grow cells, tissue, and nerves that regenerate and boost the hormone and immune system. Bedrooms need to feel calm to prepare us for a good nights rest and provide a gentle introduction to the start of the next day. Getting the basics right such as soft earthy paint colours, lovely linens and ambient lighting will ensure your bedroom feels tranquil and cocooning.

Check out Abi's top bedroom picks for creating a restful and calm space.