Wellbeing Wednesdays: Stress Less

I thought I’d follow some of my own advice and have a little more structure to my blog. I am going to aim to have a regular ‘wellbeing wednesday’ post, a regular ‘foodie friday’ post and then my sunday video each week. I want to be honest with you and admit that this may not happen every week and of course I will sometimes have other reviews/meal plan posts too but I feel like my blog and I will get along much better with some structure and routine- so here we go with the first Wellbeing Wednesday!

Stress Less

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We can all be a lit touchy sometimes. It’s okay, we are only human and can’t be calm and have it all together 24/7 but being stressed out isn’t fun. To be honest, I do feel quite lucky that I don’t lead a stressful life and am a pretty stress free person but I know that a lot of people suffer from stress and everyone’s different! It could be that you are stressed because of a life changing nightmare or it could be that you are stressed due to not having a snack!

Being stress free is component of good health and balance in your life- that’s what I’m all about!

I believe that stress can lead to illness, destruct relationships, make you gain weight and just generally make you feel a bit AHHHHH! So let’s get stress free, here’s my top tips…

How to Get Back On Track

I feel like 30 hour days would be perfect. An extra hour to workout, an hour to meditate and practice mindfulness, an hour to read, an hour to clean, an hour to call friends and family and an extra hour in bed! Who’s in charge of hours in the day? Can we have a word please?

Summer so far has been my busiest and best yet! I’ve been working more than ever but also having lots of fun. However, this leads to two things that can stress me out a little. 1. Not finding time to workout, meditate, rest. 2. My house getting messy, washing piling up.

I’m know I’m not speaking for myself. I really feel at the moment everyone around me is the same. From my mum to my clients to people on social media! Perhaps we take on a little too much sometimes and our intentions are to still fit in time for ourselves but in my case in can literally seem impossible. This has really been especially hard the last two weeks and I wanted to just concentrate this blog post on body shape/weight and emotions relating to that topic.

Lots of factors come into making me very aware of my body shape/weight. From dancing since the age of 5 and then going into a Pilates instructor career, I’ve pretty much had to be conscious of my body every single day. I’ve probably worn a leotard, leggings or crop top nearly every day of my life and I’ve probably had to stand in front of a mirror in this attire almost every day of my life. This isn’t a negative but it does make you very aware when you put an extra few lbs or when you don’t train and notice the shape of your legs change.

So the last couple of weeks, I’ve not really worked out properly and I’ve drank alcohol at the weekends and I’ve gone out for lots of meals and had dessert. In the week I’ve then tried to get back on track but ended up just eating LOTS of healthy food- I’m talking a few too many raw nut bars a day! I know I’ve put on a little weight and I know I’m not as lean or toned as I was at the start of summer but that’s okay! I’m still in good shape and slim. But it’s difficult to think like that- my mind likes to go into panic and beat myself up mode. Now I know that is only going to make things worse.

So what to do when you’ve perhaps come out of your normal healthy routine for a bit, maybe because of a summer holiday where there’s all inclusive unlimited food and cocktails or maybe just from being super busy and not being able to workout. Here’s what I’ve done this week to try and get myself back on track…

Beauty, Hair, Wellbeing Favourites Video

I thought I would do a bit of a different video this week and tell you about some of the beauty, hair and wellbeing products I’ve been using and loving at the moment.

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As much as I believe, eating well, drinking lots of water and getting lots of sleep is the most important things you can do to maintain healthy skin, hair and a natural glow, I am still a girly girl and love buying and experimenting with different products.

I am not strict with using all natural organic beauty products however I am aware of the toxins that are in the lotions and potions that us girlies like to use to make us feel beautiful. At this stage in my life, I like wearing makeup and using moisturisers and hair products and perhaps they’ll be a time when I do become a little more natural and conscious of what I use however at the moment as I said I am not strict with it. I have however been trying to experiment with more natural brands out there and you’ll see in my video why I use two different moisturisers, a day and night cream from Neal’s Yard Remedies.

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The Secret to Making Better Decisions

I have always been the most indecisive person ever! When I was younger, I’d make my decisions based on my mum’s advice as I felt like that would always be the best way. I guess I then began to rely on trusting someone else’s decisions rather than my own for a fear of making the wrong choice.

As I got older, I had to start making decisions for myself but boy that was hard even when it came to deciding whether to go out or stay in, I’d literally get myself in such a state. Even the other day, I wasn’t sure whether to go to a yoga class or stay at home and get jobs done but that’s when I used my secret 😉 As I now live with my boyfriend, it’s him that has to put up with me pestering him to help me make a decision. “But what do yoooou think I should do?”, it’s like I don’t want that pressure but Jamie is just as bad as me when it comes to decision making and can honestly say I’ve definitely improved since moving out.

I’m sure I’m not the only one that goes through some torturous minutes, hours, days trying to make a decision. We propel ourselves into the future, fearing that we will regret the choice we made and then beat ourselves up about it. This is all down to the mind being so busy and cloudy. Whether it be a decision to do with a relationship, job, time management, finance or simply what to eat for dinner- we think too much! No one can predict the future!

At the end of the day, you will make a choice and that choice is the right one. It comes down to trusting the present moment and the fact is, where you are right now is exactly where you should be! Every decision you’ve made in your life previous to this present moment has got you here. Yes, right here- reading my blog post 😉

So what’s my secret?…

My Healthy Food Shop Video

We are such nosy people. Especially us girls, we love to know what other people are wearing, eating, going. That’s why social media is so fabulous, instagram and twitter, we get a snap shot of other peoples lives and it’s cool. I don’t find this to be a bad trait at all, it’s where we get inspiration from- each other! That’s where I find cool places to eat, new recipes to try, outfit inspiration. That’s why I love doing videos like this one because it’s something that I’d be interested to watch.

I basically just talk through what I got in the weekly shop this week. I don’t get the same things every week and sometimes I already have things like rice noodles or beans so they won’t be included but I thought this would be interesting for some people to watch who find it hard doing the weekly shop. Sometimes I plan my meals and sometimes I just buy ingredients and then go with the flow. There’s no rules when it comes to living a healthy balanced lifestyle except to eat whole unprocessed foods with a variety of colour and nutrients.

Check out the video below or by clicking HERE

Avocado ‘Mayonnaise’

I love just playing around in the kitchen and it’s when I normally discover my best creations and this avocado cream was one of those times last week. It was Friday and I literally only had what makes this left in my kitchen so put them altogether and what do you get… THE MOST AMAZING AVOCADO CREAMINESS THATS WHAT!

I would say this avocado cream is like a healthy invention- alternative to mayonnaise. I never even used to like mayonnaise in my days before being a healthy bean but I know this tastes 100 x better than the artificial sugary fatty mayonnaise which has almost no nutritional benefits. Mine is of course super good for you and so delicious! I enjoyed my avocado ‘mayonnaise’ mixed into some roasted sweet potatoes with broccoli but you can literally use it in any way you would use regular mayonnaise- with salad, as a dip or spread!

NOSHDETOX 3 Day Juice Cleanse Review

I’ve only ever done a one day juice cleanse before back in March (read my post here) which I really enjoyed and found pretty manageable apart from physically missing chewing food! I said I wanted to give a 3 day one a go and felt that half way through summer was a great time to go for it. This time I was lucky enough to review the Juice Fast with Nosh Detox.

Just to confirm I wasn’t doing a cleanse to lose weight and I generally don’t think that this should be the main reason for anyone doing a cleanse however I like the thought of giving my digestive system a little break and gut time to heal and as a way of getting my skin glowing mid summer and to balance out a few alcohol filled weekends!

This was a fruit cleanse too which I was a little sceptical about due to the concern of too much sugar however the great thing about it is the smoothies are whole pieces of fruit blended with super foods and water. Nosh do not separate the juice and pulp! “Fresh Fruit fibre keeps you fuller for longer and the fibre releases the fruit sugars slowly unlike pasteurised concentrated juices.” Nosh

Note: Due to the fact the juices were just blended fruit, I did decide to eat some avocado and some leafy greens each day too. This is because I know my body and I have relatively low body fat so it’s important for my hormones to eat good fats every day. As I am not strict with any detox or cleanse I do, I believe this was important. 

“Every day, we eat things we shouldn’t and come into contact with all sorts of toxins without even knowing it. We are not designed to deal with this sort of overload and can become backed up. Our systems then start to fail.  Doing a detox allows your body to catch up and process all of that build up bringing your body into homeostasis or balance.”

Geeta Sidhu-Robb, CEO and founder of Nosh Detox Delivery

Examples of The Juices

Coconut milk, Pineapple, Bananas, flaxseed for Omega 3, 6 and Protein

Passion fruit, Orange, Mango, Lime with Acai

Pears, Oranges, Berries, Lemon and Green Superfood

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Day 1

The first thought I normally have when I wake up is… BREAKFAST- MMMM! This is what I had when I woke up and then realised oh actually I have a ginger and lemon tonic and then aren’t supposed to drink my first smoothie until 11am eek! However after my hot water and lemon, a nice shower and a little down time watching the news, I didn’t feel hungry or like I needed breakfast at all. I felt energised and ready to get to work.