If you're a regular reader of Tattooed Tealady, you'll know I've been making efforts to try and eat better, alongside my Weight Watchers healthier lifestyle and eating plan, and overall just trying to look after my body on the inside as well as the outside. Changing my eating habits is a huge aspect of that and something I am being more conscious about in deciding what foods we have in the house. I was recently contacted by Dorset Cereals, who have a huge range of healthier breakfast options including cereals, porridge, muesli and bars, and a large proportion of their range is vegan-friendly too (minus the bars and products with honey in), and asked if I'd like to give their cereals a try. I of course said yes, and couldn't wait to give their breakfasts a try, especially after I saw the packaging which is right up my street with the colourful designs and homely kitchen feel.
I am a sucker for a cooked breakfast, I'd genuinely have one everyday if I could, but it's something I've been trying to massively cut down on and trying Dorset Cereals has been the perfect way to change my eating habits from bad to good (but that's not all I've been making sure to to do each breakfast time, more on that later...). I'm always super excited about being introduced to British beauty brands, but independent British food brands are also always a favourite find too, especially when they're healthier than the big name brands we're used to. Dorset Cereals also do more than most, to put back into the earth and often work with The Woodland Trust and have contributed 16,000 new trees to be planted. I love a brand that gets stuck in with such important charities!
Dorset Cereals are situated in picturesque Poundbury, West Dorset, and believe life begins at breakfast, the ideal time to sit down and reflect. I completely agree - if you read my recent The Happiness Project you'll know I've ventured on a journey to having a happier life and happier me. A year long project which is going to involve a lot of self-chosen tasks, a lot of which will definitely revolve around having a more positive and understanding outlook on all aspects of life. To get where I would like to be with The Happiness Project, I need to look for happiness in everything. Alongside sending me some delicious breakfast options, Dorset Cereals also set me a challenge. But first, let's get stuck into the yummy breakfasts I've been enjoying!
The Tasty Toasted Spelt, Fruit & Nut Muesli (£3.79)* is easily the tastiest of the three for me, a delicious blend of toasted flakes and spelt flakes, with a light helping of sweetened dried pineapple, hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds which is perfect for a filling and healthy breakfast. It's high in fibre, contains whole-grains alongside three different types of grain, as well as being suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The Simply Delicious Muesli (£2.79)* is my partner's favourite; an original blend of rolled and toasted flakes with a generous helping of Brazil nuts, with roasted hazelnuts, dried fruit and sunflower seeds. It's got no added sugar, contains naturally occurring sugar and is high in fibre. Another one suitable for vegetarians and vegans, there's no preservatives and it contains good-for-you whole-grains. I want to try making breakfast bars out of this, as the flakes are perfect for it! Last but not least, the Oat & Barley Porridge Sachets (£2.49)* which was another one I enjoyed a lot - so much I've finished all 10 sachets! A creamy blend of just three ingredients; jumbo porridge oats, cut porridge oats and barley flakes. It's high in fibre, contains whole-grains, no added preservatives or sugar, as it contains naturally occurring sugar, and is suitable for vegetarians. This is particularly nice on the colder mornings we've been having recently. Both of us have loved the Dorset Cereals we've tried, and I'll definitely be putting in an order soon as I much prefer them to sugar filled cereals from the supermarket!
So what challenge did Dorset Cereals set me? Dorset Cereals challenged me to take the time I have when sitting down to breakfast, to reflect on what makes me happy; I had to think of five things which I do to make myself happy. Here are my five happiness actions.
- Reading: Reading is the one thing that really makes me take a break from everything and I love disappearing into a new book. I recently shared some of my favourite books, the ones I'll never let go, and I always have my head stuck in a book! I make sure to sit down for at least 30 minutes each day to read, whether it's morning, afternoon or evening, 30 minutes a day of reading really works to chill me out and it's something I've done since I was a little girl.
- Pampering: This can take anything from 60 seconds a day to 60 minutes; doing something to pamper yourself, it instantly puts me in a happier mood. Quick, easy pampers include applying cuticle butters and hand creams, or a quick face mask, longer pampers include taking time out for a bath or popping a hair treatment on.
- Planning ahead: Maybe a little bit of a geeky one, but I work best when I'm organised and everything is planned ahead. It stops me worrying or stressing, and instead I just go with the plans I've made, when I've made them. Every morning, right after breakfast whilst enjoying my morning cup of tea, I plan my day; what needs doing, when and give myself a little (often very long) to do list. This keeps me happy and on top of everything!
- Taking time out: Sometimes, technology just needs to go to sleep before I turn into a drone. I switch my phone, tablets and internet off at night just before bed, and do something else away from social media and phone notifications. Sometimes if I'm struggling to sleep, I give in, but most of the time all devices go on airplane mode and we're cut off from the outside world for a while. It's nice to switch off sometimes.
- Think Positively: I try to think as positively as possible, because I believe to live a positive and happy life, you need to think positively. If I come across a situation in my day that is a little stressful or not something I want to deal with, I take a few minutes to stop, think things through and think, what's the worst that could happen? It makes daunting tasks much easier, keeping me happier overall!
So that's it, my five happiness actions! What are your five happiness actions? Do you have more happiness actions? Perhaps there's something you do, that you think I should try? Let me know! And be sure to check out Dorset Cereals, too - we're definitely converted!
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