Tips on Healthy Eating (and brownies!)


Hello everyone, happy Tuesday!

I am currently sat by my desk, surrounded by the twinkling fairy lights in my room. Outside, a grey blanket of clouds has threatened rain all day, so it’s been a cosy stay-in day for me finishing some Uni work. What have you been up to?

So far this year, I have aimed to eat more healthily. I haven’t eaten meat, I’m drinking more water and I’m slowly introducing plant-based meals and ingredients into my diet. It’s great so far – I’m already feeling the health benefits from this diet change and it’s only been a week! Have any of you decided to eat more healthy this year, or are you aiming to at any point?

I really fancied a sweet treat today, so I decided to take inspiration from ‘Deliciously Ella’ and I followed her brownie recipe. From the coconut sugar to the buckwheat flour, all the ingredients were plant-based. I was really unsure what the outcome would be like, but I was pleasantly surprised. They didn’t only look good, but they tasted delicious too, with a soft, gooey centre. Although you can tell a slight difference between these and ‘normal’ brownies, they still taste good and they’re a much healthier option!

The ingredients used were: coconut sugar, buckwheat flour, bicarbonate of soda, coconut oil, chia seeds, almond milk and some melted dark chocolate to drizzle on top! It can be quite confusing when working with unfamiliar ingredients, which is why I find baking from a recipe book so much easier!

There is so much evidence out there regarding the profound benefits of a good diet. It’s proven to improve mental health, physical health, energy levels, memory…the list is endless. It can be difficult at first to suddenly switch diets, so I find slowly introducing new meals/ingredients/healthier alternatives is the best way in order to switch diets without feeling too put off or overwhelmed!  

My favourite recipe books so far are ‘Eat Smart’ and ‘Deliciously Ella’s’ range. They include original, healthy recipe’s which are easy to make and super tasty too! So, if you’re looking for some healthy, animal-free recipe inspiration, have a look at those and see what you think!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post. It’s a little different but I hope it helps!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

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Remember to Self-Love


Hey everyone, I hope you’re all having a great day!

Before you read this post, grab yourself a hot drink, put some fluffy socks on and use this reading time to escape from the real world. You deserve a night’s rest before Monday greets us tomorrow morning! As we launch into January, the nights continue to precede to darkness during early hours of the day, as we patiently wait for Spring to arrive.

Today I want to talk about self-love. It’s something a lot of us struggle with because the voice in our heads can be so critical towards ourselves, and not so kind. What’s important here is remembering to treat yourself as your own best friend. You wouldn’t be critical of your best friend, so why should you be critical of yourself?

Start your day off with positive thoughts. Tell yourself something positive. When you wake up tomorrow morning, tell yourself that you will be productive today. Tell yourself you are loved. Tell yourself that today will be a good day. Filling your head with good thoughts not only creates an optimistic mindset, but also fills the beginning of a new day with positivity. Thinking about happy thoughts and setting positive affirmations in the morning creates a blanket of positivity which you can wear throughout the day!

Remember to be kind to yourself. A key route to self-love is accepting who you are as a person. Don’t put yourself down for any mistakes you make because life is a learning process – we all make mistakes. We are all learning on this journey together – remember that we are all different and that makes us unique and individual.

Accept yourself – accept both the talents and the faults you have because nobody is perfect! Focus on the positive aspects of yourself and remember that you are beautiful inside and out. Reminding yourself of the things you like about yourself is another great way to love yourself. We all have positive qualities, and although it’s hard, don’t let a few negative thoughts override the positives ones.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s post and I hope it helps. Remember to keep smiling and love yourself because you deserve it.

I hope you all have a lovely rest of your day/evening! Subscribe if you want to see more posts and thank you soooo much for all your support!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


New Years Resolutions


Hey everyone! How is the New Year treating you so far?

I went for a walk today – the weather was lovely. It felt so refreshing to switch my phone off and have some ‘me’ time. It was a time of reflection and gratitude. The air was crisp and felt fresh on my skin, as the aura of a New Year danced around the streets. I took this time to be thankful for everything around me, as well as focusing on myself and what I’m hoping to achieve this year.

So…New Years Resolutions, do you have any? Or any goals in general? As we set ourselves these desirable goals, it may eventually become tiring and frustrating if we feel like we aren’t achieving them straight away, or perhaps we are finding it difficult to keep up with our new goals. For example, I know a lot of people who are going to work on their mindsets this year, and are aiming to think more positively. It may be frustrating at first when you are trying to be positive but still feel the same as you did ‘in 2019.’ This can be the same for any goal – whether you are wanting to gym more, work hard, go completely vegan etc. These goals can be challenging and frustrating when we may find ourselves struggling to keep up with them. Sound familiar?! I definitely find myself feeling frustrated at times.

What’s important to remember is that patience is key. Changing our habits and sticking to new ones takes time and persistence. These things don’t happen immediately – it takes time and motivation. Just because it’s a New Year, does not mean you will notice a difference straight away – and that’s completely ok and totally normal! Accept that changing a habit and sticking to a new goal without finding it difficult at times is all part of the process. Take it day by day. For example, when you have completed one day of eating animal-free, reward yourself for that! One day is done, now onto the next. It eventually becomes a habit and will get easier and easier! You can do it. Stay positive and motivated and remind yourself that it isn’t all an upward journey. Life comes with it’s hurdles and that’s okay. It’s all about accepting them and learning to jump them.

I hope this blog post has helped you guys! Subscribe if you want to see more content and let me know how you get on with your New Years Resolutions! Remember, you can do anything – believe in yourself!

Have a lovely rest of your day!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

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The Season To Give


Hello lovely people,

How are you all today? Sorry that I haven’t posted in a while – I’ve been super busy celebrating birthdays and sorting out Christmas checklists! As mid-December has finally arrived, it’s safe to say we certainly are in the midst of the festive season! We are seeing more colourful sparkling lights dress our streets as adorned Christmas trees dazzle the windows of family homes.

Not only is this a time of year full of love and festivity, but it’s also a wonderful time to give. Today I want to suggest some idea’s

  1. Donate/give to charity
    – although this time of year is wonderful for many of us, we can’t forget about those who may struggle. For many people, this time of year can be lonely and sad. Donating a gift or some money to those who are less fortunate not only builds a sense of community and love but will also brighten someone else’s day.
  2. Send out Christmas cards
    – sending Christmas cards and greetings is the perfect way to make others happy and let people know you are thinking of them during the festive season. I’ve found that sending e-cards is not only fun and efficient, but it also helps save the planet as it all can be done digitally, without paper. I recommend using ‘Paperless Post’ – they provide an endless array of different designs for cards, invitations and greetings (with a choice to customize your own) for all occasions! It’s such a perfect way to connect with people, especially during such a wonderful, festive time of year. If you fancy creating an e-card and sending a Christmas card (or any other) to send to someone you love, click on this link: https://www.paperlesspost.com
  3. Treat your neighbours to some festive goods
    This reminds me of my childhood. When I was younger, I was constantly immersing myself in the kitchen, baking all sorts of cookies, gingerbread and cakes. I then neatly presented them onto a plate and gave them to my neighbours! It’s a great way of giving during this time of year, and it’s also cheap if you are on a budget!

There’s a few suggestions of mine of how to give this Christmas! It feels so rewarding being able to give to others and make someone else smile.

I hope you’ve enjoyed todays post! Subscribe if you want to see more content!Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

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Don’t Regret the Past


Hey guys!

Have any of you been to the Christmas markets yet? I went last weekend – indulging in the festive atmosphere was so heartening. As fairy lights glistened, glitter baubles decorated the mini stalls and the queue for chocolate crepes was everlasting. Children were gleaming at the standing Santa Claus statues as adults shared laughter, sipping on warm mulled wine.

Today, I want to share a quick message with you, focussing on mental attitudes towards negative past experiences. Becoming consumed with upsetting past events is common, especially if they have significantly affected our wellbeing. However, over the years, I have learnt that focussing on a negative past event and regretting it doesn’t resolve any negative mentality. This led me to think ‘Why am I getting so worked up about something in the past when I’m now in the present?’

Through conscious effort (although I am no expert), I have tried to change my mental attitude towards negative past experiences. Although having these bad past experiences are unpleasant, I learnt that it is up to you in the present to help how it makes you feel now. Rather than looking back with regret, I ask myself what positive things I learnt from these past events, or what positive outcomes came from it. Whether it taught me to stand up for myself, brought me closer to loved ones or meant someone toxic was removed out of my life – a positive outcome came from it. I’ve found that occupying this mindset has allowed me to forgive the past, rather than dwelling on it with regret which overall leads to a happier frame of mind!

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Lots of love,

Somewhat Perfect xxx

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Being Kind to Yourself


Hello guys!

How are you all doing today?! Currently sat at my desk with a cup of tea (and some fluffy socks on) – it is freezing!

The other day, I was listening to a Podcast walking back from University. It was about healthy eating, encouraging us to eat well because our bodies are ‘temples’ which we should treat with care. Essentially, it was saying that if we put good things into our bodies, then there will be good outcomes which will benefit us (eg/ feeling healthier, better skin, being fitter etc). It inspired me to write this post because it led me to believe that surely if our bodies are temples, then our minds are too. So today, I want to talk about being kind to yourself.

‘I wish my lips were bigger,’ ‘my skin is so bad,’ ‘I wish I was thinner.’

Do these thoughts seem familiar? Every day, we are exposed to influxes of images and videos of people looking their best and having the most amazing time of their lives. Through adverts, social media, models and fitness guru’s, we are consumed into this downward spiral of self-comparison. We are constantly exposed to airbrushed images and desirable lives, resulting us to helplessly compare our worst to someone else’s best. What we need to remember is that our minds are temples, and so comparing ourselves to others and putting ourselves down only makes us feel worse and less confident – and nobody deserves to feel this way.

What can we do to minimise these habits? Firstly, it’s good to realise that you are doing it. When you notice that you are comparing yourself to others, or that you are putting yourself down, then you can alter the negative into a positive. So, instead of comparing yourself and putting yourself down, try saying “yes, she may have nice hair, but I love my eyes and I love that I’m a kind person.” Being kind to yourself and treating yourself the way you would treat a friend is one of the key routes to self-acceptance and happiness.
Secondly, remind yourself that everyone is different. You will have amazing qualities which some people won’t have, just like other people will have certain strengths you don’t have. We are all individual and talented in our own, unique ways and that’s totally fine. So be kind to yourself and remember to feed your mind with positive affirmations – you will feel the benefits of it!

When I’m having an off day, I find that writing a list of things I am grateful for and writing things that I like about myself really cheer me up. It is so easy to get wrapped up and distracted in our busy day-to-day schedules that we forget to be appreciative and grateful for the things we have in life.

So, look after yourselves and have a lovely rest of your day! Feel free to subscribe if you want to see more content! I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post.

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


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Taking a Break


Hey guys,

Happy Halloween! The dark nights have approached us, the crisp, cold air greets us each morning and the hot chocolates are most definitely needed. Although I love this time of year, I also think it’s a time where people are prone to feeling down, due to a variety of reasons: Seasonal Affective Disorder, assignments and deadlines, exams approaching, missing the hot weather.

This week, I took a week off University as I was visiting Cornwall for a couple of days for a holiday. Initially, I was really stressed at the thought of missing uni, however, hindsight made me realise it was definitely the right decision. I had been very caught up in uni work – ongoing thoughts about my dissertation became very overwhelming, and the uncertainty of what I will be doing after my degree was disquieting me. I want to talk to you today about how beneficial it was for my wellbeing to take a break from what was stressing me out, and how it made me feel to live in the present.

Going on a mini-break meant I could disconnect from the busy world of work and enjoy a relaxing, peaceful time away. It was great – walking on the beach, going bodyboarding, walking in the woods, drinking hot chocolate, roaming around independent shops, eating pastries and cycling. And what I particularly loved about this holiday was that for the majority of it I felt so distant from technology. My use of social media was limited, I rarely checked my emails and the heavy stress I was carrying on my shoulders disappeared. One of the activities I particularly enjoyed was cycling, because not only was I exercising my body, but it felt so mentally rewarding and refreshing to absorb all the surroundings nature could offer and appreciate the scenic, aesthetic views. This may seem very cliché, but my point is that I felt so content and happy during that bike ride because I was living in the present. The worries of my dissertation vanished, the worries I had about the future dissolved and I felt so fulfilled at the fact that I didn’t need to focus on anything other than the what was happening in the now. Going on a bike ride is not something I would usually choose to do, so it was good to experience something that isn’t in my usual routine.

Going on a few days break really did me the world of good. My mind feels clearer because of the quality time I had, with minimal phone use and a high dosage of nature. It felt so good to just let go of the worries and enjoy what was happening in the present.

I just thought I would share my experience with you because it felt so rewarding and refreshing! If you’re feeling overwhelmed or sad, why not take a break? It can just be for one day – or even just a few hours. Go for a walk, go for a bike ride, go for a run and just embrace what is around you and live in the moment.

I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of your day!

Lots of love, Somewhat Perfect xxx