Category Archives: Well Being

4 simple steps for mindful living

When we mention ‘I Blame The Wine’ to people who never came across this site about organic wine, wine clubs and heathy & happy wine lifestyle, they sometimes comment on how negative our name sounds. We all like to blame external things from time to time, but our ultimate goal was to provide a wealth…

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Do not Blame the Wine checklist – download for free

You love wine. Me too! Whilst many health authorities prompt you to give up drinking and cut down to less than 14 units a week (that is less than 9 small glasses of wine to you and me), I decided to research and explore the issues around wine and health. As a result of my…

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Cocoa and coconut gluten free cookie: guilt free, but indulgent!

I think it was a bit of a success! Finally, I said, as my last attempt to bake something interesting were not great. I love cooking, but baking is definitely not my forte so to speak! So the mission is to find a way how to enjoy a sweet treat with your afternoon tea or…

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Healthy eating shopping list

Healthy eating shopping list

Without a further delay here comes a consolidated list of my approach to shopping for my healthy eating lifestyle. I quickly touch on the inputs that made this list as it is right now – from diets, to restrictions and healthy eating guidelines I follow. Paleo diet or lifestyle So what is Paleo about? Palaeolithic…

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the social aspects of drinking wine

The Social Aspects of Drinking Wine

“Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine,” observed the Classical Greek philosopher Plato “was ever granted by the gods to man.” Drinking Wine and Me Our relationship with this valuable commodity is described in detail in Homer’s Iliad and The Odyssey; it is well documented in Christian and Hebrew texts, and in Confucius’s Analects (collection…

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Should we buy organic food?

Where to buy organic food We are what we eat. It’s been illustrated quite nicely by the plethora of documentaries from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead to Super Size Me. We all know to avoid excess white sugar and saturated fat, and recent press reports have warned against too much processed meat, but when it…

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Can wine cocktails help to drink less?

Could wine cocktails be an answer how to drink well but less? As wine enthusiasts we are usually only concerned with the quality of the product that we are pouring from each bottle that we purchase or taste. Would you want to mix your favourite vino with anything? It can sound like a crime against…

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units of alcohol and wine units

From Baudelaire to Doughnuts: units of alcohol, our health and the future

“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters” Charles Baudelaire, the 19th century French poet once said. You can be absolutely certain, in the 21st century, that government, the health service and advisory bodies such as drinkaware would take issue with him for disregarding alcohol units. Units of alcohol, alcohol by volume and personal…

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Wine Calories: how to reduce your wine calorie intake

The ‘invisible’ calories in wine. Is your wine intake responsible for being able to pinch more than an inch? As we enter the festive season, much wine will be consumed; at parties, over dinners and by the fire at the end of a long day. It’s also the time when many of us want to…

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10 easy tips how to drink well but less

It is definitely not a guide from drinkaware.co.uk (which is actually quite a set of rules and guidelines for the ones who want to know more about alcohol and its influence on human body), it is also not a confession of an alcoholic (there are AA meetings for that), but simply a set of simple…

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Healthy eating pattern and wine lifestyle

Have you fallen into a trap of deciding which diet recommendations to trust and follow? We are bombarded with articles, expert advice and celebrity endorsements, yet it seems that everyone just quite a few miles away from each other on terms of agreeing on fundamental principle – how much carbs, protein and fat you should…

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Using exercise to compensate for wine drinking?

I remember telling my friends that yes I drink a lot of wine, but I compensate it by training hard and getting rid of the toxins in the gym. I have had an agreement with myself, which as you can see involves working out and allowing myself to drink wine  – a daily limit for…

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Losing it with wine units, abv and calories?

There is an on-going current debate whether wine producers should put the amount of calories on the label. This discussion has a lot of controversy about it: who will certify those calories, how to compare it with other foods and whether we are better to stick with units. Let’s get to the bottom of units,…

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Priorat creme

Priorat product not for oral use

During my organic wine tour to Priorat, I have indeed tasted dozens of wines, they were provided during professional wine tastings and tasted awesome. Yet this time this short review is not about wine! Imagine you get a some crushed grapes that were not used in the winemaking. What would you do with it? When visiting…

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Banana Ice Cream, Dairy Free, Sugar Free

I can eat ice cream now. Guilt free!

I always loved ice cream. I remember walking home  from the beach and harassing my mother to buy me a vanilla ice cream in a crispy cone (preferably with chocolate coating as well). Nowadays I cannot afford a good scoop of a rich Cornish ice cream – it is just too fatty, and I am horrified…

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