My last task on my GIGANTIC  list of things to complete before Girl Got Glow could go live was to write a couple of blogs to get the ball rolling and I had absolutley no idea what to write for my first one. Not because I didn’t have any ideas in mind but because I didn’t know what the first one should be about – I mean it sets the tone of things to come and well, if it was a bit rubbish or a bit too controversial, not controversial enough, too long, too short etc etc you might not want to read anymore! So much pressure!! There are lots of things that I want to share and talk about on my blogs but I finally figured the first one should just be a hello and welcome kinda thing!

SO here it is, all finished and ready to go! Girl Got Glow, my business, my baby, my idea, my fault if it all goes wrong!  Its been a lot of work, a lot of planning, a lot of recipe writing – all of the food plans are pre written and , well lets just say there are a lot of them!!

I really hope Girl Got Glow works for the ladies who sign up. I’m passionate about my plans not being a quick fix, I want the food and exercise plans to be sustainable and above all I wanted Girl Got Glow to have an emphasis on loving yourself and being kind to yourself. I don’t want to encourage woman to kill themselves every day in the gym with crazy workouts! I want to encourage women to accept where there body is at the moment and start changing things little by little, being mindful of what they’re eating and pushing themselves just enough to make a difference the right way.  I want you to look forward to workouts because they make you feel great, not dread them! Of course they’ll be days that you wont want to workout, we’re only human but I’m hoping that because the work outs are simple and relatively quick you’ll do it anyway and feel good afterwards!

I’m really keen to get a community vibe going on with the women who sign up so please connect on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – it’ll be great to all chat together about anything and everything and above all, support each other. No competition, no judgements just a group of women doing the same thing in their own way. Check out the social media links and make sure you take advantage of the free sign up gift which is a 7 day food and fitness plan. Oh and just as soon as I work out what the hell snapchat is , I’ll be on there too! I may just ask my friends 4 year old to explain it to me!

My aim is to blog regularly about fitness, food, general life and compassionate eating. (I promise to not get too animal activist on you all!)  The blogs will be sent out to the email list and will be here on the website too.

So I’m going to leave you with this really simple and amazing Thai style salad which I’m slightly obsessed with at the moment. It’s great for a light lunch or even as a colourful side dish to a lovely thai curry and rice. Let me know what you think…

Mango and Noodle Thai Salad with Mixed Leaves.  Serves 4Mango & Mixed Leave Thai Salad

For the salad

  • 2 handfuls of spinach or mixed leaves of your choice
  • 2 handfuls of kale cooked
  • 1 large ripe mango roughly chopped
  • 2 nests of rice noodles cooked, drained and rinsed in cold water
  • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper sliced into thin strips
  • 1 small bunch of chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 deseeded red chilli finely sliced (optional)

For the dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped or crushed
  • 3 tbsp low tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tbsp honey or other sweetener of your choice
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger

Simply pop all the salad ingredients into a big serving bowl, whisk up all of the dressing ingredients, taste and then alter to your liking – does it need more lemon juice? Maybe some more soy?  It’s better if you can let the dressing sit for at least 20 minutes before serving. When you are ready to serve just drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss everything together to make sure its all coated and sprinkle with sesame seeds. It’s also great sprinkled with a few cashews or unsalted peanuts to give an extra bit of crunch!

Abbey xx