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All things positive!

‘A recipe to boost your mood and lift your spirits.’

This series has been all about how we can stay positive and productive during lockdown. Each week we share handy tips and tricks from a different member of The Studio team. And this week we talk about FOOD! We all know what we eat affects our bodies in different ways. It’s easy to reach for a sugar based snack to give us that quick energy lift, but here Steph shows us a dish that has all the nutrition and all the feel good that we need in our day.

Meet Steph!

Steph has a passion for all things food and nutrition! Focusing on eating healthy but mostly on creating delicious foods that make you feel GOOD! Check out the video and recipe below as she talks us through one of her favourite simple and nutritious dishes!

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Brazil Nut Pesto

Ingredients

150g Pearl Barley

1 red onion, chopped

3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Half a butternut squash cut into small cubes

1 lemon, zested

800ml vegetable stock

Handful of fresh sage

Handful of brazil nuts

50g parmesan

Bunch of fresh basil

Extra virgin olive oil

Salt and black pepper

Method

1. Place the chopped butternut squash into a roasting tin, drizzle with oil and season. Place into the oven at 180 degrees for 30-40 minutes until cooked and starting to brown.

2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and add the chopped onion. Cook for 5 minutes until softened. Then add the garlic and cook for a further few minutes.

3. Add the pearl barely and stir to coat. Then gradually add the vegetable stock, constantly stirring on a medium heat. When the liquid absorbs, add more stock until the pearl barley is tender. This may take up to 40 minutes.

4. When the pearl barley is tender, add the lemon zest, fresh sage, and roasted butternut squash.

5. While the risotto is cooking, make your pesto by adding the brazil nuts, parmesan and basil to a food processor. Squeeze in a dash of lemon juice and approximately 100-150ml of olive oil and pulse until smooth.

6. Serve the risotto into bowls and top with a spoonful of the pesto and an extra grating of parmesan. Enjoy!

Love this recipe? Let us know by leaving us a comment below!

You can follow Steph on Instagram for more inspiration here at

@eatingwellnotless

Or visit her website at

www.eatingwellnotless.com

Missed out on The Positivity Diaries? Head back to Part One!

The Positivity Diaries; Sofia Coleman

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‘Not all days are good, but there’s something good in every day’

It’s Part 4 of our Positivity series, and we have more positive goodness coming you way! Give your mindset a boost with these handy tips and tricks shared each week from a different member of The Studio team! This week we have our amazing Paige sharing her favourite positivity hacks.

Find your H A P P Y with Paige

1. Chat with friends/family

It’s tough during these times of social distancing to feel the same human connection we normally do. So make sure you take time out to reach out to friends, family, and neighbours. Have a chat, see if you can help someone who needs it, or why not leave a little present on some ones doorstep to brighten up their day!

2. Bring the outdoors in!

Living, working, eating, sleeping, exercising all in the same four walls can become tiresome and make you miss the expanse of the outside world and all its natural elements. Though we may not be able to go out as much as we’d like, we can bring some of the outdoors into our homes! Try treating yourself to a bunch of flowers to brighten up your work space or treat your garden to some new plants. No outdoor space? Why not try growing herbs in your kitchen window or buying some small succulents? Super easy to look after if your not feeling too confident with your plant survival skills..

Paige’s succulents soaking up the sun

3. Make time for Y O U

Whether you are working from home and constantly checking those work emails, or trying to keep your kids entertained indoors. We can easily lose ourselves in trying to please others. So make sure you take a break and take some time to do something just for you. Whether its a meditation, a soak in the bath, reading your book outside, or even just a five minute cup of tea. Remember you cant pour from an empty cup!

4. Dress up!

Even if it’s just to go downstairs, getting dressed into an outfit you really love can give you a little boost of them feel good vibes. Get a shower, wash your hair, dry it, style it and put on something that makes you feel happy. Show up for yourself!

5. Schedule in that daily exercise

Exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make us happy. Its a fact! Getting your body moving and your blood flowing will give you a bit of get up and go if you’ve been feeling unmotivated and lethargic. The hardest part might me getting up off the sofa and peeling yourself away from that Netflix series, but you are guaranteed to feel better afterwards!

Loving the tips from Paige? Check out the start of the series with Sofia’s tips on staying positive and productive

The Positivity Diaries; Sofia Coleman

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‘One small thought of positivity in the morning can change your whole day.’

Its Part three of our Studio Positivity Series, and we hope you are finding some valuable tips to keep you motivated and feeling good. Need a boost in finding your fitness flow? This week Natalia talks us through how she has been staying on top of her fitness routine during lockdown. So if you need a little help getting started or getting back on track, read on!

Staying Active and Productive with Natalia!

1. Set a dedicated time to exercise and STICK TO IT!

Setting a time to workout will help add some routine into your day, keeping your day structured. Plus you get that sense of achievement when you tick off your daily exercise on your to do list!

2. Write down your workout

Note down how may sets, how many reps. how many miles, how long you will practice. Anything that will hold you accountable for what you are doing. Don’t let yourself down!

3. Get outdoors

Exercising outside can aid us in clearing our minds and help us to feel calmer. Whether its going for a leisurely walk or a quick jog, get your daily dose of nature and box off your exercise for the day in one!

4. Be consistent with your training and routine

Being consistent will help you to stay motivated and see results! It can be all too easy to think it wont matter if I skip today, but everyday you consistently make it a part of your routine, the more it becomes a habit and the easier it becomes.

5. Eat a balanced diet, stay healthy but treat yourself

They do say abs are made in the kitchen, but life is all about balance. Especially through these difficult times, don’t deprive yourself of foods that make you feel good! Mental wellbeing is as important as physical wellbeing. So eat your fruit and veg, but if you want that chocolate cheesecake for dessert, why not..!

Need a bit more inspiration?

Head to our YouTube channel below and follow along with Natalia’s energising Power flow sequence!

Missed the start of our Positivity series? Not to worry you can head to our YouTube to see our top Positivity and Productivity tips with Sofia Coleman. Take me to the video!

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Staying positive doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time. It means that even on hard days you know that better ones are coming.

Welcome back to Part 2 of the Studio Positivity Diaries! Next up we have our very own yogi Rachael sharing all things positive. Read below to find out her top tips of how she’s been keeping on top of her positive mentality during lockdown!

Staying Positive & Productive with Rachael

1. Make your bed

Perhaps this is second nature to some people, but if its not, this is a simple but effective way to make sure your day starts in a super productive and organised way! Make the bed, throw open a window and let in some fresh air, and tidy any clutter before you leave your bedroom. That way when you return to it later it’ll be a clean, tidy, cosy safe space for you to rest in.

2. Walk a pet

Get outdoors with your furry companion and connect with nature, its so important during this time. As in lockdown we are forced to spend most of our time indoors, getting that crucial break of fresh air and a different environment will help to clear your mind and give you a new wave of appreciation to what we have on our doorstep!

3. Disconnect from social media

Turn your social media notifications off or delete the apps off your phone for a few days. Rachael recommends doing it over a weekend and giving those two days completely to yourself. The outside world will still be there when you get back we promise!

4. Make time for meditation

Rachael recommends doing a meditation in the morning to set you up for the rest of the day, any time you can allow yourself some stillness whether its 5, 10 or 20 minutes. It will help you to stay focused on the present moment and provide an escape from all the worries and news stories! Need an app to get you started? We recommend Insight Timer!

5. Brush your hair!

Brush your hair and get out of your pyjamas! Who cares if you’re not leaving the house, show up for yourself you deserve it.

If you are loving what Rachael has to say, then why not check out one of her Online classes, head over to The Studio Online Schedule to find out when she’s teaching next!

Did you miss Part 1? No problem! You can catch up on it HERE and find out what makeup artist Sofia Coleman had to share with us!

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The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.

But how? How do we keep that illusive positive attitude when life is throwing us all kinds of challenges? Our latest Studio Series; The Positivity Diaries, will take you through our top tips on everything from positivity to productivity. So if you need something to help you find a bit of get up and go, give some structure to your day in lockdown, or how to switch that mindset up and get motivated. Then this ones for you!

Meet Sofia!

Sofia is a makeup artist with a passion for all things health and wellness! She’s up first in sharing her tips of how to be Positive, Productive and Proactive. Check out the video below to hear her talk you through it! Want to see more? You can check out her YouTube channel HERE

Sofia’s Top Tips

1. Stay active

2. Be mindful

3. Read more

4. Learn a new skill

5. Focus on what makes you happy

6. Make time for Self Care

7. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself!

Keep your eyes peeled for Part 2 in the Positivity Diaries Series, and see which one of our yogi’s will be sharing next! We’ll be posting more positivity snippets and ways to help you through isolation.

Peace & Love

Enjoy this post? Then head over to Part 2 in the Studio Series to read Rachael’s entry in The Positivity Diaries.. Lets go!

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