How do Spanish Women Stay So Slim- The Barcelona Series

If you follow me on social media you will know that I have just been on a wonderful break to Barcelona with my lovely mama.  We packed so much into our four days and really tried to absorb ourselves in the Barcelona way of life and learn as much about the lifestyle, culture and city as we could at the same time as trying to get some time to relax in the glorious warm sunshine! Barcelona really is a treat!

My first post from my Barcelona blog series is a question my mum asked to a very talented michelin star chef (Amelia) who was also very Spanish and very slim! We were lucky enough to have a Spanish cooking experience with Amelia. Spending time chatting, walking around the market and cooking traditional Spanish dishes with her! The question my mum asked was “we’ve noticed all the women here are very slim and beautiful, how do you stay so slim considering the spanish diet is known for bread, paella, olive oil, wine?!”

I wanted to answer this question with notes from what Amelia said and also from what my mum and I observed during our time in Barcelona. It’s always interesting to learn from other cultures and to get ideas and inspiration for a healthier lifestyle from around the world so I hope you enjoy this post…

Overnight Oaty Avocado Bowl

Two of my favourite breakfast options are overnight oats and avocado smoothie bowls so I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to combine them. One morning last weekend, I was about the dig into my amazing overnight oats and caught a glimpse of a little lonely avocado on the side. It was a “ah ha” moment.

You have to try this! The combination of soaked oaty chia seeds in nut milk and mashed banana with the crunchy tasty bits of pumpkins seeds and cacao nibs is then blended with the creamy avocado to make the most amazing filling and super healthy brekkie. I would definitely recommend this breakfast if you need to be kept going for a few hours.

Ingredients

1/2 banana

1 cup of homemade almond or any non dairy milk you love (I use a variety but homemade almond milk is the best)

4 to 5 tbsp oats

1 tbsp chia seeds

handful of pumpkin seeds

handful of cacao nibs

1/2 avocado

1 tsp honey/maple syrup (optional)

Method…

Never Apologise For Being Sensitive or Emotional

I read a quote this week that really made me think…

“Never apologise for being sensitive or emotional. It’s a sign that you have a big heart, and you aren’t afraid to let other see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.” Brigitte Nicole

Me
I have always been a very sensitive and emotional person.

I cry at anything and everything and I can sometimes really let things get to me. I find it hard to be criticised and absolutely hate being whine up.

I cried at the last episode of Friends, I cried when I dropped a cup of tea on our newly painted walls when myself and Jamie first moved in. If someone picks on a feature or something I do in a funny way I sometimes find it hard to see the funny side. I get emotional if things don’t go my way as I always want everything to be perfect. I like to write to the people I love and appreciate cards with lovely heart felt messages because it’s nice to express those feelings in written words sometimes. I show ALL my feelings in my facial expressions (just ask my friends) even when I’m looking at someone thinking “please leave me alone”, my face says it for me! This may sound like I’m an emotional wreak but after discussing with my girlfriends a lot of these things are actually quite normal.

Showing strength and dignity doesn’t mean we must hold in tears or true feelings. I used to think my sensitivity was a bad trait about myself but now I am beginning to appreciate this side to myself. Crying is a powerful and strong thing and shows as the quote says that you have a soft heart. I personally need love and affection, it’s just who I am and isn’t that a beautiful thing.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you not to cry or that you’re being stupid or to man up! Being open is beautiful, don’t let the coldness or harshness of others toughen your tender soul…

My Top 5 Bikini Butt Exercises

I am a butt person! I love a good perky butt!

Here are my 5 best exercises to make your bottom look amazing not only in a bikini but in jeans, shorts and body con dresses this summer! Woohoo!

The aim is to lift and tone the crease where you thigh meets your bum and to hit different areas around the hips and glutes to get a well rounded toned booty!

1. Deep Squat and Side Lift

x20 alternating

My 80/20 Lifestyle and a Summer Body Meal Plan

I get asked about what I eat a lot. For breakfast, lunch, dinner, when out and about so I thought I’d do another daily meal plan post with the focus on a summer body!

You can check out my other daily meal plan posts here…

what I ate today

example of daily meal plan

I eat dairy, meat, fish, gluten and drink alcohol but all in moderation. That’s the key my lovelies, balance and moderation. You don’t have to starve, you don’t have to cut out food groups unless you are intolerant and you don’t have to just eat lean meat and boring lettuce leaves. I generally have very social weekends, from about Thursday to Sunday there may be dinners out with friends, weddings, parties, roast round my mums. I make healthy choices as much as I can but I still love a good roast chicken, glass of wine and piece of cake!

Monday to Wednesday, I therefore eat a vegetarian plant based diet as much as I can and I love this too! Don’t get me wrong this doesn’t mean I live one way for a few days of the week and then completely gorge on bad food and get pissed at the weekends. That is not a healthy lifestyle. I still eat extremely healthy and clean all week long but I might fancy a good steak at a restaurant or seafood paella and red wine in spain.

I aim for 80/20% ratio of clean plant based diet with some fish,eggs and greek yogurt and 20% wine (joking), the other 20% might be meat, homemade cake, ice cream!

This Monday, I ate this meal plan below which is an example of what I would typically eat when working in the week and also keeping in mind I want to maintain a summer body (feeling confident myself in a bikini), of course this is what we all are after, confidence!

This meal plan is dairy free, sugar free and meat free…