Having Your Burger And Eating It With EatEnjoy Gluten

Nearly 3 years ago now I made the conscious decision to follow a more plant-based diet.  I did my research and decided that it was something I really wanted to do in order to help save the animals, our planet and most importantly my health. Before this I was vegetarian for roughly 7 years so the transition wasn’t too hard for me.

However, as much as I love eating plant-based foods and reaping the benefits of this lifestyle, I did find that as I introduced more gluten rich foods into my diet I became extremely bloated and uncomfortable at times which was not ideal at all. So, when I was approached by EatEnjoy Gluten to test out their new supplements I was more than keen to give it a go.



The supplement works by breaking down the proteins found in gluten which are extremely difficult to digest and helps ease the symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity.  Therefore, it is perfect for anyone suffering from gluten sensitivity that stops them from enjoying their favourite gluten rich foods.  All you have to do is take one capsule a few minutes before eating gluten.  It’s that simple!

I tried the supplements for just over a week and during this time I cooked meals at home and ate out.  The product seemed to take effect straight away and reduced the bloating to almost none.  Now I can eat all the bread and pasta I want!  It’s also great for when I eat out and don’t have to sit there feeling uncomfortable, stopping me from having a good time with my friends and family.



If you are interested in purchasing the capsules by EatEnjoy Gluten they are now available in the UK and you can order them exclusively online here. I even have an exclusive discount code to get 20% off your first order and free shipping! Simply use ENJOY20OFF when you checkout. 

Please note: This product is suitable for those with gluten sensitivity but not suitable for coeliacs, IBS sufferers or anyone with a diagnosed medical condition.  This product is also not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.



This blog post is in paid partnership with EatEnjoy Gluten but all opinions are my own.

Lauren xx

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Sustainable Fashion and The Capsule Wardrobe

As much as I love going out and buying new clothes I have been thinking a lot about sustainable fashion lately.  It's currently a hot topic and especially with fashion week now on and the urge to buy more clothes as we transition into winter.  But is it really necessary to keep buying new clothes?  What's wrong with our old clothes or buying second hand?

As much as I love buying new clothes I must admit I am quite the hoarder.  I definitely think twice before throwing something out, especially if it hasn't been worn much and always donate a lot to charity every so often.

Adidas trainers - 3 years old

I don't think there's anything wrong with keeping an item for more than 2 years but for some reason people seem to be embarrassed or feel the need to constantly keep updating their wardrobe.  I get that obviously trends change and you don't always want to be seen in something 'so last season' but that is why I have tried to create a capsule wardrobe for myself.

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of items that are classic, timeless pieces that you can wear again and again.  I now look for this when I feel the need to shop; will it last forever?  will it go out of fashion quickly?  will I wear it a lot?  do I have something similar already?  These are the questions we need to be asking before purchasing something.

Here are some of my most loved items that I've had for over 2 years.

Faux leather jacket from Miss Selfridge - 6 years old

Vest top from Forever 21 - 7 years old

How do you feel about sustainable fashion?

Lauren xx

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On Blackheath 2018

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend On Blackheath which is a music festival taking place on Blackheath, London.  I went on the Sunday and got to see the amazing Paloma Faith as well as the hilarious Lightening Seeds and the oh so funky De la Soul.  The weather was so beautiful and it was just such a perfectly chilled day.

We got there about 3pm by taking a train to Greenwich and walking through the park.  We went straight to the VIP area which had it's own bar and toilets.  There were also comfy seats and lots more room to sit and chill whilst listening to the music.  The only downside to the VIP area is the huge fence around the edge so whilst people can't see in, you also can't see the stage but it was nice all the same.



When De la Soul came on we decided to go out into the crowd for a little dance because how can you not when this band performs!  After a good dance we had worked up an appetite and decided we wanted to check out some of the food stalls.  There were so many to choose from I think this was the hardest decision of the day!

I was really pleased by the amount of vegan food that was on offer too and in the end decided on Vegan Vice as I'd heard good things about them from the Vegan Nights events.  I went for the truffle shuffle burger which consisted of a seitan patty which is the best alternative to meat EVER, vegan cheese and mayo.  It was honestly one of the best burgers I've had and I definitely want to try more from them.



Lastly we went to see the amazing Paloma Faith.  She has such an amazing voice and what I love about her performance is that she really interacts with the crowd.  She explained the meaning behind some of her songs and talked about a recent loss she went through which just made her even more relatable.  After that we walked to Lewisham and took the train home after an awesome day in the sunshine listening and dancing to live music.

This was my second time attending On Blackheath and I'll definitely be attending next year.  I would highly recommend it to anyone in the London area.  It's also super family friendly.




Lauren xx

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How To Enhance Your Career

I recently got a promotion at work.  It was such a relief that my hard work had finally paid off because there were certainly times when I wanted to give up.  I'm no expert on how to work your way up the career ladder but I've definitely had my fair share of set backs and that is the inspiration behind today's post.


Don't give up

If I'd given up after every set back I had I would not be anywhere near where I am now in life.  In my early thirties I am just about to qualify as a lawyer and buy my own 4 bedroom house in London.  However, I can't tell you how many nos and fails I've had along the way but I'm now I can look back and realise I'm so glad I kept going.

There's no substitute for hard work

I didn't do particularly well at school and I thought this would never get me a good enough career to live the lifestyle I wanted.  However, it's not always about good grades and top education but hard work.  I did have to go back and study to get the qualification needed to be a lawyer but I did it all whilst working full time and that was way more beneficial for me than any degree and debts I would have ended up with.



Believe in yourself

This is one where I need to practise what I preach.  I am not very confident in myself, maybe because I've had a lot of knock backs and feel like I'm not 'as smart' as everyone around me but if you believe you can achieve.  Sometimes you have to be your number 1 fan and trust that you will get to be where you want to be if you just have a little more faith in yourself.

Learn from your mistakes

You're never going to get it right every time and particularly not the first time so don't be disheartened if you get it wrong.  Sometimes getting it wrong is the biggest learning curve.  Whenever I get something wrong it then sticks with me to never make that same mistake again.  Remember, that most people you work for will have been in your position at some point.

Ask questions

I was always so afraid to ask questions at the risk of sounding stupid but actually, there's no such thing as a stupid question.  What's more stupid is to sit there quietly not knowing what to do and wasting time.  Ask the questions and do the work.  There is no shame is admitting you don't know something.





What's your best piece of career advice?

Lauren xx

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Do We Still Marry For Love?

Today's society is such a strange one, with Millennials taking over the internet [world], feminists finally having a voice and veganism being the fastest growing movement of 2017.  But yet we still aren't anywhere nearer to getting world peace and it makes me wonder about love and whether we still even marry for love?

If we go back to the 18th century, no-one really married for love.  Girls from high society families would be set up with a man from a similar social class by their parents and would marry for money.  The girl would then be reliant on the man and his family to provide for her and any children she may have.  



Marrying for money, however, makes you very vulnerable.  If you are then reliant on the man to look after you you would have to be willing to turn a blind eye to his affairs or abuse he may put you through.  If you don't, you will be divorced and poor.  Obviously the situation is not as bad in this day and age because girls can go out and get good jobs and look after themselves.

Even so, it does seem like some people just settle and put up with stuff just because they think they will have a better lifestyle if they do.  I think as always the media is to blame for this.  They blast all over the internet these glamorous lifestyles and some girls think the only way to achieve this is by getting with a rich man.



Ladies, we are strong independent women, please know your worth.  Just look around at the #MeToo movement and see how strong some of those ladies are.  We don't need men to have beautiful things, we can get that ourselves.  Find someone who has a good heart and fall in love.  Once you have found that special person you will feel like you have everything you could ever want anyway.

What are your thoughts on love today?

Lauren xx

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Belgium

At the beginning of August my friend and I took a weekend break to Belgium.  I've been to Bruges before but I really wanted to visit Antwerp after seeing it on Lonely Planet's top destination for 2018. I mentioned this to my friend and, as a food blogger, she was game and said she would like to visit Brussels so I said why don't we do both!

We took the Eurostar to Brussels and stayed 2 nights at the NH Collection in Brussels and then did a day trip to Antwerp as it was only 45 minutes on the train.






Where to Stay

Belgium isn't a huge country so it's easy to get about.  We decided to do 2 nights in Brussels and just travel to other cities if we wanted.  We stayed at a lovely 4 star hotel in the centre of Brussels and it was so easy to get about from here.  The hotel which was part of the NH Collection group and the staff were so accommodating.  I actually stayed with them last year in Berlin so I knew I was in safe hands.

We left London early and arrived in Brussels around midday.  We didn't think we would be able to check into our room until 2pm but when we arrived at the hotel they said the room was all ready for us and we were able to go straight there and put our stuff down which was perfect seeing as we were tired from being up so early.



The room was a perfect size, we each had our own bed and when we wanted extra teabags (so British) they gave us a whole variety of them.  They couldn't be more helpful and even had a cute little sweetie trolley in the foyer to help yourself to.

Where to Eat and Drink

Now if there's 3 things that Belgium is known for it's beer, fries and waffles so obviously we had to make sure we tried as much as we could.  We were eating waffles for breakfast, lunch and dinner and every flavour of beer.  Literally heaven.



We went to an amazing place for brunch that did savory waffles.  We even went back twice.  It was called Peck 47.  I had the mushroom flavoured waffle with eggs, spinach and pyscho sauce.

In terms of the sweet waffles there are literally places everywhere.  You have the fancy places where you can sit inside and get tea with them or there are the little stalls that sell them from 2 euros.  Honestly, I would just go to the stalls because they are just as good and the service is way better.  We went to one of the famous places called Maison Dandoy and we literally had to wait almost an hour for one waffle.  Needless to say we ended up walking out.



For dinner I really enjoyed Manhattan Burgers.  It was an American joint which isn't exactly the most cultural thing to do in Belgium but sometimes you just want a good burger and this place did not disappoint.  I had the veggie option.  The famous fries place is called Fritland but unfortunately we didn't make it there because the queue was always so big but they basically do fries with a tonne of sauce options.

As with the waffles you can pretty much get a good beer everywhere and lots of places have offers on.  My favourite fruit beers were the strawberry fruli one and the cherry kriek.



What to do in Antwerp

On the second day we got up early and took the train to Antwerp.  It only took about 45 minutes and so we were there in time for brunch.  Perfect.  We visited a place called the Goodie Foodie where we had white chocolate malteaser milkshakes and omelettes.  Not as good as the food in Brussels but still pretty satisfying.

We then explored the city and the weather was beautiful.  Antwerp is a lot more trendy and cute than Brussels with lots of pretty alleyways, flowers everywhere and impressive buildings.  We decided to visit the Chocolate Line whilst we were there which smelt like heaven.  It was free to walk around unlike some of the museums in Brussels.



What I also loved about Antwerp was the fact that it had loooooads of shops.  You could definitely spend a good day just browsing the clothes stores and picking up the latest trends.  We then went and had a drink in a bar and chilled for a bit before getting the train one stop outside the city and walking to one of the parks to relax.

How to Get There

For some reason it didn't instantly cross my mind to take the Eurostar to Brussels.  I was just going to take a plane.  However, we got a much better deal by booking on lastminute.com any of the stops between London and Kent.  My friend lives in London so she wanted to get on there but as I live a little bit outside London in Kent it was easier for me to drive there and leave my car.



I took the train from Ebbsfleet and literally walked straight through check-in and passport control in under 5 minutes.  It was so easy and stress free, I couldn't recommend this station enough.  When I boarded the train my friend was already on it and we then headed off to Brussels.  On the way home I just jumped off at Ebbsfleet and she stayed on to London.  I left my car at the station for 5 pounds per day and was home in 30 minutes.  It couldn't have been easier.


Have you been to Belgium yet?

I think if I went back I would just do a day trip or 1 night as there isn't loads to see and do but it's definitely somewhere worth visiting, especially if you're a foodie!

Lauren xx

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