We are mid way through summer and the thought of cosy winter days, the autumn collections in the shops and the fact you’ve already had your beach holiday can make all motivation to exercise and stay healthy go out the window. That’s why I thought I’d give you a little mid week move that I…
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
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.
I’ve recently been having a teaspoon of Manuka honey each or every other day. I bought a pot a couple of months a go when I came down with a really yucky cough and cold and I knew it was meant to be contain “superpowers” to aid cold symptoms and was also recommended to take it by my holistic health coach friend. It really did help my cold and cough and I also felt it eased my tummy and was also a very yummy part of my day. I now continue to take the odd tsp in my hot lemon water in the morning and sometimes have a cheeky tsp in the evening straight from the pot, just because I’m crazy like that!
It is an expensive product but that’s because it’s not your average honey. The honey comes from bees that feed on New Zealand Manuka trees. When looking to buy Manuka honey there are certain things you should look for. It’s also important to look for NPA (non peroxide activity) on the pot referring to the unique additional antibacterial properties of Manuka honey and the term used in the lab when testing this. When research was done on the honey is was found that Manuka honey was unusual as it had high levels of antibacterial activity that was non-peroxide meaning it’s not affected when present with serum, saliva, blood and the other tissues in the body. Not all Active Manuka honey is NPA so as you can see it’s worth finding a good brand if you’re going to invest in it.
I didn’t know this until recently, I was sent a pot and some information from a great brand Green Bay. It was obvious how different the Active Manuka honey I’d got before from health stores was to the Green Bay NPA Active Manuka honey. The colour was lighter, texture thicker and lumper and taste was less sweet but it tasted so much healthier! I could literally see how raw and unprocessed Green Bays was in comparison to the other Manuka honey. I know that’s a funny way to describe something but it felt better for me! I know to listen to my body! Authentic Manuka Honey will have NPA mentioned and this is important if you really want to be getting the health benefits!
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…
One thing that lots of us struggle with is dealing with social events especially ones that involve drinking alcohol whilst trying to live a healthy lifestyle. I am not perfect and yes I do drink alcohol. I am 22 years old and at this stage in my life going to events, dinners, parties and having…
If you are looking to make your lifestyle a little healthier then one of my top tips would be to cut back or ideally completely cut out all diet/ fizzy drinks and fruit squashes and stick to water, coconut water and herbal teas to hydrate you. Throughout school and college, diet coke or fruit squash…
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
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…
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…
My bikini abs routine is now up on Lydia’s blog. Do these 5 core exercises 3-4 times a week along side your fitness routine and a healthy diet and you will see more definition in your abs and have a flatter lower belly within no time. But remember you will be beautiful and confident in…
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.