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Nando Wake Up Call

nandos 1It was a Saturday and my mum was shouting at me to get ready to go to our
local shopping Centre. Mum was obsessed with this place. To think that I
probably spent half my youth shopping with my mum is an understatement. I remember how many arguments we used to have roaming those shops. It
was like a Saturday ritual until I was the age of 16 when I stopped going
shopping with her and started going alone.
I remember this particular Saturday because it was the Saturday I decided to
go Vegetarian. I loved all the meals my mum used to make me for – a lot of it
was meat based. So on this Saturday we decided to have a meal in-between

We sat down at Nando’s and I orded 1/2 chicken with two sides. I normally ordered chicken so there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary but it was like I had an epiphany. As I was sitting there, putting ketchup on my chicken I suddenly just saw what I was eating – like really saw it and I wasn’t the same from that moment. I realized I was eating flesh. I looked at my mum and I was like mum, do you know what this is? She looked at me like I was totally nuts! I spat it out almost and I was like “mum, I cant do this, this used to be alive!”.

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She was like okay, “but you love chicken” and I was like “no mum, not anymore” Its like a light bulb had gone off and everything had just gotten brighter. My mum was actually really sweet and supportive and said “okay, go and order something else, so I did!”. From that moment on I was a Vegetarian and have been since. I did take it to the extreme that day and instead of going shopping for clothes or make-up I decided to shop for healthy foods and products. I bought this Tea Tree oil Shampoo by Maple Holistics that I loved and I still use to this day – not the same one obviously. I have tried a few brands over the years actually and love them. We went all out Vegetarian shopping. I wanted everything to be animal friendly! My next move is to become a Vegan. I have seen so many Vegan documentaries. I am not quite there yet, but I think the transition will happen soon! In the meantime, I am a very dedicated Vegetarian and in a way I owe it all to that one chicken! My mum laughs at me and says it’s the longest relationship I have ever had – being a Vegetarian that is not with the chicken – lol! What can I say, I am a dedicated girl to my animal friends. I now seek out sole Vegatarian products and foods and have felt that my over-all sense of well-being is much better. In a way our shopping adventures became less heated as in we didn’t argue as much. I guess I wasn’t bored anymore in just buying clothes – although I still did love to shop in that department. I now felt our little shopping outings had meaning! Vegetarian meaning!

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Why You Should Eat Out Every Once In A While

You may have heard a lot of reasons as to why you should avoid eating out. However, below are a few reasons why you should!

1. In as much as you may like to cook at home, there are some complicated recipes that you will never get to cook. Eating out will allow you to enjoy fancy dishes from all around the world.

2. Eating out saves you from having to clean up afterwards. Ever patted yourself on the back after managing to prepare a four course meal only to be deflated by the amount of cleaning you have to do? Eating at a restaurant allows you to enjoy a variety of dishes without having to worry about cleaning afterwards.

3. Eating out every once in a while is a way of supporting the local economy.

4. You can give yourself a treat by eating out. Eating out can be your way of rewarding yourself for having a productive week. You can sample scrumptious meals and indulge a little bit in dessert to your heart’s content.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should start eating out at restaurants.  However, no matter what you do, you should make sure to eat healthy.  If you would like to read more about restaurants and reviews of various popular eateries, please check out

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More Options In Healthy Eating

I have noticed that there seems to be quite a controversy over healthy eating and what a lot of people think that they are doing to eat as healthy as possible. The fact of the matter is that there are a lot of foods that are labeled as being ‘healthy’ today that are actually processed. The words healthy and processed should never be going together if you are trying to eat in the best manner possible.


The reasons why I love healthy food may differ quite a bit from the next person, meaning that I like to find foods that are going to naturally fuel my body while giving me a boost of vitamins, minerals and keeping me satisfied at the same time. I used to reach for snack bars and fiber filled shakes to try to get on a healthy path, until I realized that these processed foods had a lot of unnecessary fillers.

Today, I reach for healthy foods that are as unprocessed, organic and ‘raw’ as possible. Fresh vegetables, lean meats, plenty of nuts as snacks, fruit and eggs for breakfast and good, whole grains are just a few of the ways that I try to eat as healthy and as naturally as possible.


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