This salad is a combo of warm and cold veggies with a nutritious dressing and sprinkle of sunflower seeds. It’s a nice option if you want something light and nutritious but also warming and filling so perfect if you know your going out for a big dinner or christmas party. You could have this salad on its own, with some rye/wholegrain bread or as a side to some fish or chicken! I’ve been enjoying this recently for my lunch and it’s really satisfying plus my dressing will make you LOVE kale!
Woo hoo it’s December! Officially my favourite month of the year with a close second going to January, my birthday month! I know that lots of you that follow and support me are basically just like me, healthy girls/women who are trying to be the best possible healthy happy versions of themselves. As we are are in the Christmas month of FOOOOD, booze, mince pies, turkey, roast potatoes, quality streets etc etc, I know that lots of us stress and worry about how to stay healthy but still enjoy ourselves and indulge a little.
I thought I’d do a little video guide for a healthy girl at Christmas! There’s just three steps and if you follow them I think you’ll have a super duper Christmas and still feel fabulously healthy! Watch my video below and enjoy your advent calendar choccies this week! 😉
Juicing and juice cleanses have now been around long enough to no longer be a “craze” or “fad”. There’s still lots of controversy out there about whether they are worth it or not but, like everything, it comes down to how you feel and whether you enjoy them and feel they work for you! As I’m already a healthy person, I never felt the need to do a juice cleanse but since studying a little bit more about nutrition on my Holistic Health Coach course, I now consider any burst of nutrients, minerals and phytonutrients into the body to detox, cleanse and alkalise a good thing! This is due to the fact our digestive systems have to work so hard to process the acidic food and drink we eat such as meat, dairy, alcohol and processed foods and don’t get me wrong our digestive system is supposed to work for us but sometimes it needs a break.
I’ve been party dress shopping recently for Christmas events and love trying on lots of different styles. It’s nice to focus on what parts of your body you love and consider them when choosing a dress shape. I think the key areas to focus on showing off in winter dresses is legs, bum, shoulders and back. The belly can wait for summer! 😉 With party season in mind I decided to do a workout focusing on these areas! The workout is only 5 minutes long because I know we are always tight for time, especially this time of year, so you can do it once, twice or three times depending on how much time you have. I love doing a little workout in my bedroom before getting in the bath to get ready to go out. Maybe make this part of your getting ready routine!
I’ve really noticed this year that the change in weather and shorter days has started to effect my energy and mood. I’ve been feeling a lot more lethargic and irritable since the temperature has dropped and it now gets dark at 5pm! I don’t know about you but I can’t remember the last time I was at home in my PJs at 5pm, but I’m normally out and about wishing I was! This is due to the fact that daylight tells your body when you should be awake and asleep so technically at 5pm we should all be wrapped up with hot cocoa! It always means when our alarm goes off at 6am and it’s still pitch black outside, we feel groggy! I hate groggy! Winter is time people, including myself, find it harder to exercise, eat healthily and be proactive but giving in to these Winter blues and unhealthy habits will only make you more down and stressed.
The lead up to Christmas, New Year and my birthday in January makes this time of year my favourite time of year so I wanted to look into ways to avoid these Winter blues. I researched and then came up with my own 3 goals that I’m going to try to do to boost my mood and energy during the winter months. If you’re like me and don’t like being groggy then give them a go too!
If you’ve followed my blog for a while then you’ll know that back in February, my boyfriend and I moved in together and bought our lovely little nest. You can read my post “I’ve Flown The Nest” to see my feelings towards it then.
I thought I was someone who as long as I had a roof over my head and a cosy bed would be content. And don’t get me wrong I am so so grateful for the fact I have this but I’ve realised that your home environment and features about your home are so important for your overall happiness, wellbeing and relationship.
Our home would be a dream for many people. It’s in a lovely road, has gorgeous unique features, tons of storage, 3 bedrooms, a gorgeous kitchen, dining room and lounge and a good sized garden in the sun but we are moving! Why? Because we don’t like it! So there is a little bit more to it than that which I will explain later in the post but I’ve realised something that I’m so grateful for which is that both Jamie and I are very in tune with our feelings and sense of wellbeing and I know he might hate me for saying that but it’s true. We aren’t scared to say what is bothering us and then do something about it. We aren’t sit around and wait things out people we are DO it and CHANGE it people if things aren’t working. Which is why after only 9 months, our house is back on the market…
Any recipe with a ‘the’ before it in my food section means it’s a big deal! I don’t eat takeaway food because I genuinely don’t like it but I do really love Wagamamas. I always get the Yasai Yaki Soba when I go and as much as I enjoy those 20 minutes eating it, I do not enjoy the stodgy bloated dry mouthy Lottie that occurs quite soon afterwards. Restaurants add so much salt to there foods and I can really taste the amount of salt added to dishes and sauces now. With anything home cooked, you are in control of how much salt and oil you add which makes such a difference. There really is no need to go crazy on salt. I made this dish last weekend and it really reminded me of a combination of the dishes I enjoy at Wagamamas and in my opinion it tastes soooo much better. It also didn’t leave me feeling stodgy at all and I ate A LOT. This is the perfect weekend night cosy TV meal, it honestly doesn’t take long either, probably quicker then you ordering and waiting for a takeaway. I hope you try this and enjoy it and do give me your opinion on whether you think it’s better than the real deal!
I am a true believer that we should do lots of different styles of training and not just stick to the one type. Don’t put yourself in yoga box, runner box, spin class box, try to do 2-3 different ways of working out each week. As I do lots of yoga and Pilates, I’ve recently started doing some spin classes at Psycle London which you can read more about HERE.
I notice whenever joining a new fitness club, gym, class that there are people that literally go every single day! I’ve read on https://crosstrainerhome.co.uk/ that there’s crazy folk out there that go to Barry’s Bootcamp twice a day sometimes! I don’t think it’s healthy to overtrain but understand that if you find something you love then you just want to do that and only that. So I’ve decided to do a little series with 5 best Pilates moves to incorporate if you are doing a certain type of training A LOT and don’t have time to get to a Pilates class too. This week with my own training in mind, I’m focusing on spinners/cyclists!
There are certain imbalances and weaknesses that cyclists can be prone to and a little bit of Pilates will be a great addition to your exercise regime to stop any set backs injury wise. Here’s my best 5 Pilates exercises for cyclists you can do after your session or at home to make you feel even more fabulous!
Happy Halloween week! I’m sure Halloween has crept up this year like a sneaky scary spider. With the theme of Halloween in mind, my post today is about FEAR! Dun dun dunnnn!
However, I am not talking about the Halloween kind of fear of ghosts and witches and wizards, actually wizards are quite kind aren’t they? I’m talking about the fear of achieving your hopes and dreams. Yes, you may think but why would I fear that? The truth is many of us aren’t going after what we really want in life because of a fear of failure and even a fear of success. Success is scary, it may mean pressure, it may mean attention, it may mean more hard work but it may also might mean you being the happiest and most honest version of yourself too!
Negative thoughts and a fear of the future is what holds us back. I’m not saying we must ignore fear but acknowledge whether self doubt and fear is stopping you from taking a step towards a hope or dream you have. I’m always fearing something but I try to just say BOO to fear and doing it anyway! I promise it won’t be as bad as you think, it could even be great! Whether it’s starting a new hobby, leaving your job, talking to boy in a bar or standing at the front in your gym class- do something that scares you this week! It is Halloween after all!
Watch my youtube video about fighting fear HERE
The cupboards in my kitchen are probably filled a little different to the rest of the kitchens in my street. There’s always nuts, seeds, different oils, different flours and grains, then there’s my jars (oh I do love a jar) normally filled with chia seeds, desiccated coconut and a home-made granola but venture a little deeper in my kitchen and there’s the lotions and potions and magic powders that turn you into a magical positive glowing healthy fairy! No I’m kidding! But I’m talking about superfoods, supplements, probiotics and the latest healthy product to launch and claim to change your life.
I don’t think you should buy into every healthy product out there and spend your millions especially if you’re like me and can’t even pronounce half of them but being someone in the health industry and who lives in a little bubble of whole foods and Pilates and happy people, I do like to experiment with different supplements and powders. We are all so unique and what might make me feel like a hundred bucks and glow with energy could have no effect on someone else which is why it does take experiment and the skill of listening to your body to see what works for you. Don’t just read this or any health magazine and believe that a green powder or whatever is going make your immune system unbeatable because really healthy living comes down to eating a balanced unprocessed diet, exercise, drinking water and being happy in yourself.
But I thought today, I would share with you what I’m trying at the moment and share a superfood smoothie bowl recipe with you at the end…