It’s not as simple as just move more and eat less.

Mr Motivator isn’t motivating me!

I listened to an interview with Mr Motivator on British TV – ITV This Morning Show last week. He said that ‘people were simply fat and lazy’. They needed to eat less and move more, but I don’t agree, it’s not that simple. I eat more than ever before, but as it’s only plants on my plate , my meals are nutrient and fibre dense to keep me feeling fuller for longer. I say “eat more plants with every meal, as it’s impossible to over eat fresh fruit, veggies nuts, seeds and beans due to the fibre content”.

Women are always on the go, we are busy being busy, but we begin to lose muscle strength if we don’t lift weights. I’m not talking weight lifting at the gym every day, a kettlebell is brilliant, or if you don’t have one you can use a gallon/large container of milk or water to keep your arms and shoulders toned. I will share more about this soon. Simple small steps soon add up to big changes. Diets don’t work but lifestyle changes do. Subscribe and follow along on YouTube for more information and tips about how to add healthy habits to your lifestyle.

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ITV – This Morning


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ITV Interview on live UK TV – This Morning Show, March 27th.

I received an email out of the blue, with an invite from the Editor of ITV This Morning Show to feature on the regular morning program with Cat Deeley & Ben Shephard. We discussed; my midlife transformation, downsizing, moving to Portugal, my plant based diet, intermittent fasting and exercise.

I flew into Gatwick airport from Faro, Portugal and then made my way by train to Kensington, London. The sights and sounds were quite a sensory overload for me, after living in the middle of a quiet orange grove in rural Tavira, Algarve for several years.

It was strange to be back in the capital city again, 11 years after my last visit. The sky was grey, the buildings were tall and I felt like an alien in this setting.

Interview on ITV – This morning with Cat Deeley & Ben Shephard.

My life has completely changed over the past 3 years. I didn’t expect to be discussing my lifestyle with Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard on ITV This Morning show live on British TV. In summer 2021, I was completely lost in the darkness, struggling to find a reason to get out of bed. Fast forward to today, and I’ve written a self help book for women which will be published in September, I’ve appeared on live British TV, my YouTube channel has suddenly taken off and I’m planning my second book.

Who’d have thought that posting words and pictures on Instagram could completely change my life? I’m proof that it’s never too late to start something new and that midlife+ women have a lot to offer. My followers across all platforms are 95% women, the majority between the ages of 35 and 65 and I’m very happy to be part of a movement that shines a positive light on mature women.

My self help book, The Midlife Edit.

I wasn’t prepared for an empty nest, a rapidly changing body and losing myself in the process. Had I known in my forties what was coming my way I would have prepared, but how? My book ‘The Midlife Edit’ contains everything I wish I’d known before ‘the change’. To be clear, ‘the change’ is not just about biological menopause, it’s about the huge transformation that occurs in a woman’s life that can either take her down, or release and lift her up. I want every woman to see this phase as something to look forward to rather than fear. I will be back on TV later in the year to share more about my book when it’s published on September 26th, so stay tuned for more chit chat.

I’m here to show you it’s possible to start over and create a completely different life, but only you can create the life of your dreams.

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Momo style Nepalese dumplings.

Momo dumplings Nepalese

Momo dumplings, steamed or fried are one of my favourite comfort foods. Easy to make in just a few minutes, they are great dipped in your favourite sauce or as a perfect addition to soups and stews.

When I travelled for work, I always made time to take a cookery lesson with a local in their home. When I was in Taiwan, I learned how to make several local dishes, plus the added bonus of these Momo dumplings as the cook’s husband was Nepalese.

All the Momo ingredients are mentioned in the video, but I’ve listed them below for your convenience.

For the Momo filling

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stick celery
  • 7 mushrooms
  • Thumb sized piece of Ginger 
  • 2 scallions / spring onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 leaves Chinese cabbage
  • 1 cup extra firm tofu 
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon curry power
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter 
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour 
  • Salt and pepper 

Finely chop everything into a course paste by hand or in the food processor.

For the dough

  • 2 cups brown flour (use white flour if you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Warm water

Mix the flour with the coconut oil, then gradually add warm water until you have a stuff dough. Knead for 5 minutes then leave to rest for 10 minutes, covered with a tea towel. Roll out then cut out discs using a cookie cutter or a glass.

Place a teaspoon of the filling into the centre of each disc, wet around the edges and seal like a pasty/empanada/dumpling. Don’t worry if they look messy, as long as they are sealed they will taste amazing!

Steam for 8 minutes to a wonderful soft dumpling.

Or, brush/spray with oil and air fry for 8 minutes until crispy.

I make a dip for my Momo dumplings with; soy sauce, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, chopped fresh spicy chillies and coriander. I usually eat too many – they are just too good!

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day.

Homemade food for dogs.


My dogs are not vegan they do eat meat but not every day. Dogs are omnivores (not carnivores) and can thrive on a plant based diet. This is an example of meals I prepare for them based on what’s in season. I add vegetable pasta occasionally to keep it interesting for my dogs and weight on my one girl who is very active.

It’s cheaper for me to prepare their food than buy good quality food from the store. Plus I really enjoy making it and watching them gobble it down at lighting speed!

Safety & longevity.

There are no food safety regulations for dog food in some countries and dangerous substances such as antifreeze have been found in some, so be sure to check the list of ingredients. I have owned Pointers (hunting dogs) for 30 years. Each of my dogs has lived to 17, even though the life expectancy for their individual breed is 10 years.

Dogs are omnivores not carnivores.

Dogs, like humans, are considered omnivores, which means they have the biological capability to derive nutrients from both plant-based and animal-based sources. This classification is based on their anatomy, physiology, and dietary behaviour. Here’s why dogs are considered omnivores:

1. Dental Structure.

While dogs have sharp teeth suitable for tearing meat, they also possess flat molars at the back of their mouths, which are used for grinding plant material. This combination of teeth allows them to consume a variety of foods.

2. Digestive System.

Dogs have a relatively short digestive tract compared to true carnivores like cats. This digestive system is adapted to process both animal and plant matter efficiently. Additionally, dogs produce enzymes necessary for breaking down carbohydrates, which are found in plant-based foods.

3. Natural Behaviour.

In the wild, dogs are known to scavenge and consume a diverse range of foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and small animals. This dietary flexibility reflects their omnivorous nature and their ability to extract nutrients from various sources.

4. Nutritional Requirements.

Dogs have specific nutritional requirements, including essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, which can be obtained from both plant and animal sources. A balanced diet that meets these requirements can be achieved through a combination of plant-based and animal-based ingredients or solely through plant-based ingredients with careful supplementation.

5. Adaptability.

Dogs have demonstrated adaptability to different diets throughout history, depending on the availability of food sources. Domestic dogs have lived alongside humans for thousands of years, consuming diets that often include a mix of plant and animal-based foods provided by their owners.

Overall, while dogs have historically been associated with a carnivorous diet, their biological characteristics and dietary behaviours support the classification of dogs as omnivores. This understanding underscores the importance of offering dogs a balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrient-rich ingredients, whether from plant or animal sources, to support their overall health and well-being.