Food and Mindset


I have always believed that there is a direct association with what we put into our bodies and our mindset.

Some of it may be brought on by ourselves, for example, ‘If I eat this chocolate bar, I am going to hate myself after it’. – That is an affirmation, you are affirming that you are going to hate yourself, so when you actually ‘give in’ and eat the chocolate bar, that’s exactly how you are going to feel. However, it goes a little bit deeper than that. Your brain is always ‘ON’ and it takes care of pretty much everything from your thoughts to your body’s movement and it even works whilst we are sleeping. So like our visible body, it’s hugely important to fuel our brain correctly. The science? Serotonin (commonly referred to as the happy hormone) is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods and inhibit pain. Since about 95% of your Serotonin is produced in your gut it makes sense that not only is the gut digesting the food, but it is also guiding our emotions.

Serotonin is used to transmit messages between nerve cells; it is thought to be active in constricting smooth muscles and contributing to wellness and happiness. It also appears to play a key role in maintaining mood balance. “Low Serotonin levels have been linked to depression” (‘’)

Food is powerful and in modern day nutrition it is proven that it can create or help to prevent certain diseases. For example, processed meats have been proven to cause cancer and are Carcinogenic to the human body (Just a note Asbestos and Arsenic are also classed as Carcinogenetic to the human body). The World Health Organisation (WHO) ran a study where 22 experts from 10 countries reviewed more than 800 studies to reach their conclusions. They found that eating 50 grams of processed meat every day increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. That’s the equivalent of about 4 strips of bacon or 1 hot dog. For red meat, there was evidence of increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer (

In 2012, WHO also went on to report that several of the most common cancers have to do with your gastrointestinal system. Shocking right?

Deeper again – Tryptophan is an amino acid that is important in the production of Serotonin in the body. We cannot make Tryptophan in the body, so we must obtain it from our diet. Again this proves that our moods and happiness levels are directly associated to the food we eat.

So if my findings and those from The World Health Organisation are not quite enough to make you think more closely about what you are actually putting into your body and how our diet contributes to our mood and happiness, think about this- maybe the food we eat has a spiritual and energetic effect on the body also? Many religions refrain from certain meats for spiritual reasons. Vegetarianism is mandatory for everyone; in Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism. Vegetarianism, called shakahara in Sanskrit, is an essential virtue in Hindu thought and practice. It is rooted in the spiritual aspiration to maintain a balanced state of mind and body. Hindus also believe that eating meat is not only detrimental to one’s spiritual life, but also harmful to one’s health and the environment.

Personally, I believe meat and all animal products are surrounded with negativity, as they are from an animal that is highly likely to have suffered and died in pain and this is one of the reasons I follow a vegan ‘diet’. However aside from my personal beliefs, having a healthy gut is vital for the production of Serotonin which as we have addressed, is responsible for our mood and happiness levels, so I highly recommend limiting foods that negatively alter gut bacteria e.g. artificial sweeteners, trans fats and processed foods.

Try this for a month as see how you feel.

Vegan Bangkok

So, after spending a month in Kuala Lumpur where we could eat so much amazing food, and it not costing us the earth, we were slightly worried about returning to Thailand. We have not spent much time in Bangkok before so where excited to see what we could eat…

When we arrived in Arun Amarin, this area is situated about 3 miles from the famous Khao San road. In the immediate area where we were staying there was literally a super busy main road and a 7/11 (First thought of a vegan, at least we can buy bananas, second thought OMG we are going to starve!!!) However after doing a quick search on the internet a vegetarian/vegan place came up. Ask and you shall receive, maybe, or maybe there is actually a lot of vegans here!! This is becoming interesting!!

We dumped our stuff and off we went to Mango Vegetarian/ vegan restaurant (*just a note a lot of places in Thailand use the word ‘restaurant’ but take it very loosely, I would call many of them more a cafe maybe eatery and some just a roadside stall). First impressions as we walked in, it didn’t look the cleanest of places however it was really busy. So we sat down, had a look through the very extensive menu where everything sounded amazing and finally ordered our food. WOW the food was fantastic, healthy, huge “SARA-sized” portions and really tasty. We were in this area for 5 days and ate here every day and ordered a takeaway from here one evening too!!! (Many food places in Bangkok do this through Lineman and Layla) Try the Quinoa porridge (pic 1) it is so so good!


There was another Vegan ‘restaurant’ minutes from Mango but it was under renovation whilst we were here so we never got to try it  – it is called ETHOS if you want to try it out.

We then moved to more central Bangkok-near to the trendy Sukhumvit area. We had heard there were plenty of places we could eat around here. Now at this point I would like to point out, I am a vegan but that does not mean I accept less with regards to food quality, service and cost, so when I review places I always take this into consideration. Anyway I had heard a lot about BROCCOLI REVOLUTION and after searching on social media, it did look amazing- vegan food, metal reusable straws, recycled and up-cycled this, that and the other – exactly my type of place so we went. When we walked in it was lovely, very trendy and upmarket with nice chilled vibes. Nobody came to greet us so we sat ourselves upstairs and looked through a menu. There seemed so much to choose from. We ordered a “Charcoal Quinoa Burger” – IMG_2716 it looked a lot better than it actually tasted, unfortunately. We had to send it back (to the uninterested staff) as they came out really cold, but enough of the negativity I will always review honestly and although this place is visually beautiful the food just doesn’t cut it and it is very expensive. Great Matcha latte though!

Overall, although we only visited 2 “restaurants”, we found being vegan in Bangkok really easy, food is very accessible, lots of shops where we could buy reasonable priced food and lots of street stalls selling Jackfruit, sweet potatoes and rice, we even spotted vegan cooking schools, alongside many other vegan ‘restaurants’ we spotted whilst stuck in Bangkok traffic

So if you are visiting Bangkok as a vegan not to worry BKK has you covered! Enjoy your trip 🙂

#veganthailand #veganbangkok #bangkok #travellingvegan

10 Tips on going vegan…

Firstly, well done on moving in this direction- you are not only making the best decision for you and your health but also doing a fantastic job for animals and the planet. OK so my top 10 tips for going vegan.

1UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE GOING VEGAN. Whether it’s for your health, animals or the planet, understand your reasons and be passionate about them it will encourage and motivate you in your transition.

2. BE PREPARED. Being prepared with your food is so important when you are vegan. It can be difficult to buy convenience foods, so don’t leave it to chance. When you are going to work or have a long day, bring food and snacks to keep you going. It is difficult at first, checking labels etc, but stick with it- anything worth having or doing takes time and a little bit of effort. It is getting easier day by day with many high street stores such as Starbucks, Marks and Spenser’s, Sainsburys, and more, starting to stock vegan meals-to-go. Also, so many restaurants adding vegan options to their menu but even still, it’s best to be prepared – it’s a great habit to get into anyway much more healthy and cost effective.

3. STAPLE FOODS. Everyone has ‘staple foods’ usually they are things that go with everything and are used in many meals. My staples are oats, peanut butter, cinnamon, chickpeas, avocado and quinoa. These items generally make up the bulk of my diet. For example; overnight oats, peanut butter on toast, homemade energy balls, hummus, quinoa salads etc. Also, these items last a few days in the fridge as long as they are stored correctly.

4. COST. People are under the impression that being vegan is expensive but oats, rice, grains and lentils are all so cheap and full of goodness. When you do your first big shop to stock up on all your new vegan items, you may spend more than usual but you will have your staple pieces that you will use over and over.

5. HAVE A THICK SKIN. Everyone you know or maybe even don’t know will become a nutritionist when you go vegan. The will tell you that you will be lacking “this, that and the other” and maybe even fire questions at you such as, ‘where do you get your protein?’ And many others you will become accustomed with very soon. But don’t let this deter you, the longer you are vegan the more confident you will be answering such questions and you will probably find yourself enjoying educating people.

6. RESEARCH AND LEARNING. If you haven’t already, watch Earthlings, What the Health and Cowspiracy and maybe buy yourself some vegan cookbooks or have a look online for meal ideas and inspiration. Remember- “knowledge is power”. Since being vegan I feel like I learn something new about nutrition every single day.

7. EATING OUT. Do yourself a favor, if you are not going to a full vegan restaurant, save yourself some time and unnecessary stress and check the menu before booking. Lots of restaurants are really helpful if you contact them prior to booking. They may potentially prepare you a separate meal, also remember not all wine is vegan so again do your research beforehand.

8. IT’S NOT BORING. Becoming vegan was the best life decision I ever made and I have never ‘missed out’ on anything. I still go on nights out, have food binges and enjoy life, but when I do it, it causes harm to nothing and no one. So be open-minded, try new foods or maybe even join vegan groups to meet like minded people.

9. THE AWAKENING. Be prepared to see life differently. You will start to see situations and people differently – embrace it. Your taste buds will also change, so you will start to taste food exactly how it should taste.

10.BE PROUD OF YOURSELF. Be proud of you and your amazing decision. For your health, animals and our amazing planet. It may take time to all click into place, but don’t be disheartened- remember why you made this decision in the first place!

#vegan #vegantips #theawakening #plantbased #foodprep

The Right people around you…

Sorry it’s been a while since our last post, I have been super busy training – I took two fights in a week! But aside from that I changed gyms and it got me thinking about how important it is to have the right people around you.

A lot of people, businesses, and gyms go through the motions of life and making money without a lot of thought or compassion to other people’s thoughts, feelings and needs. But in a sport such as Thai boxing where you can actually get seriously hurt I realised how important it was/is that when I trained, my trainer cared about it and about me. When I step in that ring I want and more importantly NEED to know, he has my back, it might just be me in there fighting, but knowing someone cares feels like you have an army behind you and means the absolute world.

Mindset in a fight sport is everything, you can be fitter, stronger more powerful than your opponent but if your head is not there well good luck! I have learned that having the right people around you that genuinely care changes everything.

So the reason for writing this? Surely we can apply this to every aspect of our lives.

People that have genuine interest in you, people that care about you, people that care about what you are talking about, people that ask questions and actually care about what the answer is…Surely these are the people we want and maybe need to be around for our own health, happiness and mental health?

My plan is to only surround myself with those on the same mission as me…..Maybe we all should do the same?

(I won both fights too!!!)


Why being ‘Well’ is better than being fit. Tips on how to create wholebody wellness

When we think of being well, we generally associate it with our fitness or physical state. However, wellness and being healthy is so much more than just our physical body. I believe optimum wellness comes from complete balance in the physical, mental, environmental, spiritual and social aspects of your life. There are many external factors that can affect whole body wellness however there is also so much we can control to create a better you. I have put together some tips on what I believe are so important to whole body wellness.

  1. MINDSET – whatever we do in life, mindset is paramount to our success. There is much evidence to support this particularly in a sporting context – “When you have a vision and you see that vision come true, it really only shows you that anything can happen, you can do it all.” Conor McGregor UFC World Champion. Basically our thoughts create our reality- so if you want something badly enough, believe you already have it, live like you have it , talk to people like you already have it. Negativity never created anything good, so let’s try some positive thoughts and apply them to every aspect of our lives. Tips for mindset – Meditation – if you have never done it before, my advice would be to set a 5 minute alarm on your phone. Sit comfortably in a quiet, dark place, close your eyes and breathe. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, it is just time to clear our mind, It won’t be easy at first your mind will go crazy thinking of things you ‘could’ be doing and also the thought of ‘I must not think of anything’ will keep popping up. Noises will become so much more prominent, just accept the noise and concentrate on your breathing- I breathe in for 3 out for 3, but you will find a breathing pattern that works for you. Stick with it and try to do 5 minutes everyday.
  2. MOVE – Exercise is so important for our body AND mind. If you’re not an avid ‘gym goer’ then my tips would be to start small and don’t be so hard on yourself. Walking to work instead of taking the bus or get off 1 stop earlier, taking the stairs instead of the lift – these all add up and when you feel more confident you can start increasing your activity. The body was made to move, and it really does work wonders on our mood. Its good to remember, the hardest part about exercise is getting out your front door, don’t overthink it as Nike quotes, ‘JUST DO IT’ You will only ever regret the workout you didn’t do!
  3. Eat Right – What we put into our body is our fuel and alongside our weight it will affect how we function, our mood and also potential illness cause and prevention. When we exercise we release a hormone called Serotonin (commonly referred to as the happy hormone) ‘Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods, and inhibit pain. Since about 95% of your serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract, and your gastrointestinal tract is lined with a hundred million nerve cells, or neurons, it makes sense that the inner workings of your digestive system don’t just help you to digest food, but also guide your emotions’
  4. LOVE YOU – Don’t be a hater to yourself, you will risk consuming yourself in your own negativity and self pity- you are worth more than that! Every morning when you wake up tell yourself, ‘I love me and I’m going to have an amazing day’ it will feel strange at first but keep going! Negativity never achieved anything good.
  5. GET OUT – Get out, be outside and get some fresh air. Mix with people and do the things that light you up and make you smile!


#mindset #fitness #selflove

Vegan Athlete

I have written this to debunk the ‘protein myth’ but mainly talk about how I fuel myself with plants.

It annoys me so much hearing how much of “this and that” the vegan ‘diet’ lacks. That will also be the first and last time I will mention the word ‘diet’. Being vegan is not a diet. Vegan is a lifestyle, a way of living, a way we choose to eat and live cruelty-free.

I train Muay Thai Boxing in Thailand. I train 6 days per week, two 2-hour Muay Thai sessions per day, along with 2 runs – that is 5 hours of training PER DAY. Whilst training I have never felt weak, never felt under-nourished or felt like I was lacking anything, simply because… I am not.

A typical training day for me includes,

  • 5.30 am 5k Run
  • 7.30 am 2 hour Muay Thai class
  • 3 pm 2km run or sprints
  • 4 pm 2 hour Muay thai class

A typical food day for me includes,

  • Breakfast normally consists of oats, I have a huge bowl of overnight oats, including dates, peanut butter and banana topped with soy yogurt.

overnight oats for blog_edited

  • Snacks in between training are usually energy balls/ or ‘protein’ bars ( all homemade)cinnamon and date power balls
  • After training I have a huge evening meal, normally something like jackfruit wraps with hummus and vegetables


I eat big portions because I don’t count calories- I count nutrients.

I work my body hard physically so I like to give it the fuel it deserves after training sessions – this also helps with recovery.

Everyone seems so caught up in a vegans protein intake whilst forgetting plants, oats and grains are all stacked with first-hand protein alongside other goodness. My morning meal, usually overnight oats, for instance, packs a whopping 30 grams of protein, and aside from the protein, oats have a well-balanced nutrient composition- they are a great source of carbs and fiber and are loaded with vitamins and minerals ( such as iron, magnesium and vitamin B6 which are all essential for a healthy, functioning body). My listed evening meal- jackfruit and hummus wraps, jackfruit is known as the ‘jack of all fruits’ as a rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbs, electrolytes, fiber, fat and protein, basically everything I need after a training session. Paired with hummus, which is made with chickpeas I have a well-balanced, ‘high protein’ meal. Chickpeas are also great for inflammation and digestion. My evening meal is around 28g of protein. The general guidelines for protein ‘requirements’ for an average adult is said to be 1g per KG of body weight, so as a 50KG female, and without listing my snacks etc per day I  am hitting my recommendations and then some!

Admittedly, as a vegan we do tend to eat larger portions, or perhaps eat more frequently,  but as our food is plant-based, it digests a lot quicker and leaves us without the after-dinner bloated feeling.

I have been vegan for nearly 2 years now and I have honestly never felt better or been in better physical shape.

My training is extreme and I am not recommending you follow what I do at all. I am simply making the point that you can train as much as I do and still fuel yourself through plant-based living. So not only are you doing many other wonders for animals, the planet and your health, you can rest assured you can exercise and still provide your body with what it needs and more being vegan.

‘Not only can you survive eating plant-based, you can thrive!’ source:

According to Harvard Medical School, “studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.”  source:

Patrick Baboumian – Powerlifter 


“This is a message to all those out there who think that you need animal products to be fit and strong. Almost two years after becoming vegan I am stronger than ever before and I am still improving day by day. Don’t listen to those self proclaimed nutrition gurus and the supplement industry trying to tell you that you need meat, eggs and dairy to get enough protein. There are plenty of plant-based protein sources and your body is going to thank you for stopping feeding it with dead-food. Go vegan and feel the power!

Pure Vegan Heaven – Chalong

pure vegan front

So I wish I would have taken a picture of our faces when we first found this place! Pure Vegan Heaven is situated on the well known Soi Ta-iad Road in Chalong, it is basically a fitness strip with lots of well known Muay Thai gyms – Tiger Muay Thai, Phuket Top team, to name a few and lots of Cross fit gyms.

Pure Vegan is only small, but first impressions were clean, trendy and VEGAN FOOD! Since finding this place we have been many times and tried various dishes on the menu – which is full vegan with lots of options

My favorite is the Mexican bowl but all of the dishes we have tried have been spot on and well presented

Mexican Bowl
Falafal Bowl
Summer Rolls
Breakfast wrap
Rawsome plate

As you can see from the pictures, the portion sizes are very generous (Happy Sara)

The food is definitely a 10/10 from us, however I will mention the smoothies and coffees are unfortunately not great 😦 but we are still regular food customers!!

Service is good, the girls will come to the table to take your order. Sometimes the food is a bit slow – but certainly worth the wait. Prices are very reasonable, you can get 3 meals for around 500 Thai Baht (Around 10 English pounds) oh and yes we do order 3 meals!

I believe there are also Pure Vegan Heaven restaurants in Koh Phangan and Chiang Mai – Amazing to see full vegan restaurants opening around Thailand. Pure Vegan Heaven is part of PURE VEGAN HEAVEN GROUP LTD -which seem to be smashing-it in Thailand. They also own Acai Cafe, we haven’t been as of yet but it’s next on our list as we have heard good things about it.

acai cafe group pic

So if you are in Phuket, Koh Phangan or Chiang Mai, Pure Vegan Heaven is certainty worth a visit – you won’t be disappointed!

Just a note they are closed on Sundays 😦

Thanks guys