YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH

December 02, 2017


More than ever, I have felt the need to constantly remind myself that I am good enough, in various aspects of my life. I feel like as I have grown up, I have lost my sense of self and I compare myself to others a lot (which makes me feel even more crappy) and to be candid, I think this is down to my usage of social media. Over the past few years, I have become increasingly active on various social media channels. But I see this as both a good and bad thing. Although I do wonder, does the good outweigh the bad?

I am currently working on my dissertation (eeek!) which is on social media and body image. I have been reading articles and the vast majority have linked social media (such as Instagram) to eating disorders and mental health problems. It got me thinking about how unhealthy social media can be and how consumed I have allowed myself to become. It is very easy to get hooked on the following, the likes, etc. but this can become very dangerous. It is also easy to get hooked on comparing yourself to others, I know I'm guilty of this.

I will not compare myself to strangers on the Internet


Social media is full of individuals from all walks of life, mostly sharing their highlight reel, the good stuff, the stuff that makes you feel as though you need to get your life together. I'm not saying that it is a bad thing as I do it also, what I am trying to say is that it is important to remember that what you are seeing is snippets of their lives, the great snippets. Even if I am having a crap day, I could post an image on Instagram or a share a Tweet, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm having a good day. Someone may seem like the happy go lucky type on social media but this could be a persona that they are hiding behind when really, they are unhappy.

Comparison is the thief of joy


What you must remember is that you are good enough. Do not judge your own self-worth on the snippets of a strangers life. You don't need to be a certain weight, clothing size, have the 'perfect body' (whatever that is?!), have the latest fashion trend, beauty trend, a big following or likes to be 'good enough'. You are fine just the way you are!

A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way.


CULLY & SULLY SOUPS | AD

November 16, 2017



During the autumn and winter months especially, I like to have a hot lunch before I head out into the cold. Cully & Sully is a brand which I recently discovered. I have had the pleasure of trying their soups and it is safe to say that I am a big fan. Cully & Sully's soups are perfect for those who don't have much time to cook but still want a nutritious, delicious and homely meal. The soups only take a few minutes in the microwave (or you can heat them up on the hob if you have time!) and they have a range of flavours to opt for! They are also Gluten Free!

PREZZO | IPSWICH

November 01, 2017 Ipswich, UK

A few weeks ago, my friend and I decided to go to Prezzo for dinner and a catch up. A number of restaurants opened towards the end of last year in Ipswich, including Prezzo (being an avid foodie, I'm yet to try a few out which I'm very disappointed in myself for). Neither of us had been before so we were both excited to try it out. We were also swayed by their amazing set menu that they had on offer at the time - three courses for just under £15!

SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

October 29, 2017


Spaghetti Bolognese is one of those dishes that I will never get tired of and it is a major comfort dish of mine. Before I joined Slimming World, I never used to make my own sauces, I would just grab a ready-made jar from the supermarket. But since joining Slimming World, it has helped me to experiment and create my own sauces from scratch and I love it! Putting together different seasonings and ingredients to create a delicious sauce excites me so much (probably more than it should).



I love a good dinner but sometimes I don't always feel like cooking a meal from scratch after a long day. So what I love to do is batch cook. I batch cook sauces and meals and then put them in the freezer so they are ready to defrost and eat whenever I need them. Hardly any effort required yet you still get a tasty dinner!


 Ingredients:


-  5% Fat Beef Mince
- Frylight
- Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 Chopped Onion
- 1 tbsp Tomato Pureé
- 1 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce
-  A sprinkle of Salt and Pepper
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 tsp of Oregano
- x2 Beef Stock Cubes (crumbled not mixed with water)
- 40g Reduced Fat Cheese (Healthy Extra A or 6 syns)

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to seasoning so alter the seasonings to your preference!

Method:


1. Place a large frying pan on a medium heat and a spritz of Frylight oil.

2. Reduce the heat and add the onion, fry until the onion is translucent.

3. Increase the heat back up to medium and add the tin of chopped tomatoes, tomato pureé, Worcestershire Sauce, garlic, oregano, parsley and beef stock cubes. Stir well and leave to simmer for
45 minutes (until the sauce becomes thick and rich).

4. When the bolognese is nearly finished, cook the spaghetti and grate the cheese.

5. Once the sauce is thick, serve the spaghetti and top with the bolognese and cheese.

SPAGHETTI CARBONARA

August 09, 2017



Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti
  • Bacon (syn free with the fat removed)
  • Chopped Mushrooms
  • Chopped Onion
  • 75g of Philadelphia (Healthy Extra A)
  • 1 egg
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper
  • Sprinkle of Garlic Powder
  • Sprinkle of Oregano
  • Fresh Parsley to top

Method:


1. Boil water in a saucepan (or frying pan if you like to cook your spaghetti like me) and cook the spaghetti. Once cooked, drain most of the water out from the frying pan.

2. Add the bacon, onions and mushrooms. In a bowl, mix the Philadelphia, egg, salt and pepper, oregano and garlic in a bowl to make the sauce whilst the bacon, onion and mushrooms are cooking.

3. Once the bacon, onions and mushrooms are cooked, stir in the sauce and mix well, cook on a medium heat and keep stirring. Add more seasonings to taste.

4. Once the sauce is thick and creamy, your carbonara is ready to serve! Serve topped with parsley. If you find that the sauce has dried up, add a little bit more water before serving!



PHILLY PESTO PASTA

July 31, 2017


Philly Pesto Pasta is my favourite pasta dish at the moment. I love pasta, in all of its shapes and sizes that it comes in. I also love that I can eat pasta and lose weight! This recipe is a Slimming World friendly recipe and is only 2 syns for the Pesto Rosso if you count the Philadelphia as your Healthy Extra A! I often alter the ingredients I use in this dish, but the sauce recipe is always the same. Sometimes I like to have bacon or chicken with it, or sometimes I will have no meat and simply just throw in some vegetables like spinach.



This recipe serves one person, however, if you are cooking for two (or more) then you can double the ingredients! Don't forget to tag me on Instagram (@sophiemleung) if you make this dish!
 


Ingredients for one


  • Pasta (70-100g)
  • Philadelphia Light (75g) (healthy extra A)
  • Pesto Rosso (1 tbsp)
  • Vegetable Stock Cube (crumbled)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 small fresh Chilli
  • 1/2 an Avocado
  • 3 Cherry Tomatoes chopped in half
  • Salad to serve

Instructions on how to make it


1. Boil the pasta in a saucepan (or frying pan which I like to do) until cooked.

2. Once the pasta is cooked, drain some of the water whilst leaving some in. Add the vegetable stock cube and stir well. Add the Philadelphia, Pesto Rosso, fresh chilli and seasonings, stir and leave to thicken on a medium heat (stirring occasionally).

4. Once the sauce begins to thicken and become creamy, lower the heat and stir in the cherry tomatoes and some of the avocado.

5. Transfer to a pasta bowl along with a side of salad and top with the remaining avocado.

And that is my quick and easy Philly Pesto Pasta dish! It is such a versatile dish as you can use all different meats, fish, vegetables and it will still taste beautiful every single time!

FROM ONE STUDENT TO ANOTHER

January 22, 2017

Being a fellow university student, I know some of the pros and cons of being a student. Pros - student discount (hallelujah) and the help some of us get from student finance. Cons - actually having to write essays, being stressed constantly and not forgetting being tired all of the time. My first year was a breeze. My second year, not so much. I am extremely worried about going into my third year. When I used to hear people say that university was hard, I never really believed them and I honestly do not know how some students go out every night when they are at university, because I could not. Every day I am worrying that I haven't done the reading/work for my seminars, that I haven't completed the reading for my lectures, that I haven't started my essay which is due in a week, that I haven't submitted an assignment. And... it goes on. So here are a few tips from me, to help your time as a student run that tiny bit smoother.

LIFE LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED SO FAR

January 04, 2017


When I look back at who I was when I was a teenager compared to the person I am now, in ways I'm the exact same person but then I've also changed and grown a lot. Lessons in life, whether good or bad, benefit our growth. These lessons which I have learnt have helped me grow into the person I am today - sounds cliché I know, but it's true.

Quality not quantity when it comes to friends

This is a major lesson which I have learnt throughout my life so far and something which I will always live by. I went from having lots of friends throughout high school to having very few now. But at the end of the day, quality not quantity.

Care less

Throughout my teenage years and young adult life so far I have always been a worrier and cared what other people thought of me, but why? As long as I am happy with who I am, other peoples thoughts of me are irrelevant. This is something which I still really need to work on, but the fact that I have realised it is enough. 

Don't compare yourself to others

Whether this is comparing your life to others, your looks, your body, anything. Just don't. You are you and to be honest, you never really know what their life is actually like. We all put on a front from time to time so what makes you think they aren't putting on a front? 

Be present

I am guilty of this and I'm working towards being more present. Take the time to appreciate those around you because (another cliché) life is to short. Focus on the present and spend more time with those you love. Being present will make you appreciate your life even more. 

Bad situations pass

When we go through rough times it is hard to see a positive outcome, but every single bad or stressful situation I have been in has always passed. 




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