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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

FAST Five on Friday

Welcome to this week's Fast Five, today is 5 things we've been up to since last Friday here at FAST HQ:

Permaculture! I started my PDC (Permaculture Design Course) which is spread out over 6 months, more about the course so far in THIS post

First Aid - I renewed my first aid certificate through St Johns ambulance, I would highly recommended them it was by far the best and most comprehensive first aid course I've done so far

Thirst Aid: Cider! I've been brewing my own again and posted a super quick cheap and easy way to make your own cider in just 3 weeks using supermarket ingredients, click HERE to find out how you can too.

Diet! We're not on a diet, but we are trying to improve our diets and nourish our bodies from the inside out.We are have adopted a more plant-based diet, which is for the most part gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. I still have cow's milk in my tea, and butter on my toast occasionally, and still have a few meals with meat in - we're not being too strict on ourselves. Despite much protest on my part it turns out that vegan food can be pretty damn good, here's a snap of a roasted butternut squash and chickpea salad we had yesterday

Nibbles Lastly a tasty snack that Carly made with the left overs, roasted salt and vinegar chickpeas! They were so good they didn't last long at all!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend, thanks for stopping by!



  1. A good fast five. We have stopped eating meat for 40 days and it's surprisingly easy. It's making me have to go to recipe books and getting me out of my cooking rut

  2. The salad certainly looks delicious, well done for striving for a healthier eating regime.

  3. Congrats for your diet! I eat very little red meat, mainly fish & poultry. And also glutenfree and no added sugar :)

  4. I wish I could persuade my other half that he doesn't need meat in every meal. He'll eat veggie and vegan stuff, but I can tell he'd prefer it with a couple of rashers of bacon on top!

  5. The roasted butternut squash in your salad made me drool. I've been trying to add a yellow or orange fruit or vegetable every day, and this would be perfect. I might have to cheat with a smear of butter on it.

  6. It sounds as if your study courses and activities are giving you satisfaction and helping with your lifestyle goals. Have a good weekend!

  7. Enjoyed your Fast Five. Love veggies, but I have to have a bit of meat too, mostly chicken which is so versatile.

  8. My daughter is vegan and cooks quite a bit. Everything she's made is delicious! Good for you for starting on the healthy eating path. We start and stop and start and stop...but I'm about to start up again.

  9. A fun fast five. The salad looks delicious and healthy. We eat a lot of vegetables and fruit and lean protein.

  10. Some great ideas, thanks very much and good luck :-)

  11. This is a lovely Five, Carly, and that salad looks delish. x

  12. Food looks good. for good veggie recipies check out a Girl call Jack - her book is great for low cost and healthy food.
    I haveb;t get sent you the yams but I will! Just getting round to it - they don;t need to go in yet anyway!


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