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CHOCOLATE COCONUT BITES – GLUTEN FREE AND VEGAN

Now I don’t want to be all boasty and blowing my own trumpet here, but holy smokes these are damn good. I’ve not had a bounty chocolate bar in years, but these coconut chocolate bites are way better – in my opinion! And as with all the treats I make, they are vegan, gluten free, and ridiculously simple to make.

RACE RECAP AND BEING A RACE PACER AT THE GOODLIFE VICTORIA MARATHON (8K TURKEY TROT – 55 MINUTE PACER)

If you follow me on social media, you may already know that on Sunday 13th October 2019 I was a pacer for the 8k Turkey Trot race in Victoria, British Columbia.

Being a pacer is something I have wanted to do for a couple of years now, but never thought I would be able to; it was purely down to a lack of confidence in myself, I just didn’t feel like a good enough runner to be a pacer. What rubbish! If you are able to run a pace consistently that allows you to easily talk throughout the race if necessary, then you can be a race pacer!

TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOU HYDRATED

We all know we need water to survive, and it’s recommended everyone drinks 2 litres/8 glasses of water a day.

But it can be hard right? Life can be busy and we simply forget to drink regularly, or we have too much on to be rushing to the bathroom every 30 mins.

What I say is do your best and be mindful of what you are drinking. Here are some tips to help keep you hydrated:

SHOULD I RUN? ASK YOURSELF THESE 5 QUESTIONS.

When you can’t be bothered running and you’d rather stay in and watch Netflix, or meet your friends for a drink, perhaps have a bath with a glass of wine, or an extra hour in bed; we’ve all been there. But what do you do? Do you give into temptation and not run, or do you force yourself out the door?

Ask yourself these questions:

WANT TO EAT HEALTHILY, BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START? THESE ARE THE 5 THINGS I DID.

First and foremost, that’s awesome you want to take control of your health by being aware and in control of what you eat. When I started out on my clean eating journey in 2015, I was so overwhelmed with all the conflicting advice; it really can be difficult knowing what actually is healthy.

I started going through my cupboards/pantry/fridge/freezer to see what was easily identifiable as unhealthy. Rather than putting it all in the bin – I hate being wasteful and throwing money away – I slowly used all those items up. So whether that was having a biscuit once a week as a treat, or having that processed meat in the freezer for dinner with lots of fresh vegetables on the side; it took me months to get rid of everything, but I felt better using it all up and not wasting food.

CHOCOLATE BANANA NUTTY BARS – GLUTEN FREE AND VEGAN

WOW – just wow! These treats take a maximum of 10 minutes to make (not including the time for the chocolate to set in the fridge) and are vegan and gluten free.  They are crunchy, salty, sweet and absolutely scrumptious! I’m going to sound terribly British here, but they go perfectly with an afternoon cup of tea!