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…

Feta, Mushroom and Kale Salad

Remember their is no one perfect diet for everybody. The perfect diet for me is not the perfect diet for the person next to me. Just eat real food.

As we go into warmer sunnier days, there’s no better lunch then a fresh salad.

Salads can be so exciting and fun. I love creating new combinations and by playing around with a variety of vegetables and wholefoods you are guaranteed to get goodness! Salads leave me feeling light and energised for the afternoon with an air of confidence that I’m filled with yummy nutrients.

This week I’m enjoying this fresh yet hearty salad. The base is kale, if you are not already including kale in your diet then make sure you go out and get this rich source of beta-carotene, chlorophyll and vitamins. Kale helps balance hormones, lower cholesterol and gives you an antioxidant boost! In this salad I enjoy it raw but massaged with my super healthy salad dressing containing lemon, tahini, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. You can watch me make this dressing here.

The two toppings I’ve gone for are organic mushrooms and feta. Mushrooms are known for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. The mushrooms I’ve used are white which are one of the few non animal sources of vitamin D.

I love using feta in my salads as just a crumble can add such a strong flavour and texture and can completely change a boring old salad. Cheese gets a bad name but as long as you can digest it alright then it can be a great source of protein and calcium when consumed in moderation as part of a healthy lifestyle. I probably have about 25g once or twice a week…

Three Steps to Take After You Have OverIndulged by Lydia McCall

We all have those days or weekends where we may eat and drink a little too much and end up feeling bloated, sluggish and guilty. This isn’t the end of the world but learning how to deal with it in a healthy way is important. I’ve turned to my lovely and intelligent friend Lydia, who is a holistic health coach, to give us some advice on what to do after you have overindulged…

I am so happy to be back doing another guest post on Lottie’s blog after my previous post where Lottie introduced me to you. Give it a read if you haven’t already. You can find it HERE.

I thought I would write about a topic that I thought you would benefit from. What to do when you have over indulged. So lets get to it.