slimming solutions teatox

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A while ago the kind folk at Slimming solutions kindly sent me a package of their Teatox to try out. Being a health nut I couldn’t say no. There are many teatox sets on the market all making the same claims. The two important benefits being that they aid weight loss and help to fight the bloat. The ingredients in this pack included ginseng, Oolong, fennel, lemongrass, nettle leaves, fenugreek and aims to..

  • boost metabolism
  • reduce cravings
  • Cleanse the digestive system

The pack comes with a morning blend and a night blend. The instructions stated that the morning tea should be enjoyed first thing when you wake, Just add water and allow to infuse for 3 mins. The night blend was to be consumed every other evening 30 mins after my last meal of the day.

The teas don’t taste as strange as the ingredients sound, once you get used to the taste it’s actually quite pleasant. I read that the night blend would have a mild laxative effect but this wasn’t the case for me I’m pleased to say!

The first effect the tea had on me is a feeling of wellbeing, I also felt like I had more energy after my morning blend. The tea was a great healthy replacement for my usual coffee and a positive start to the morning. I did add some honey and lemon a few times to enhance the taste. As the days went on I noticed I wasn’t as bloated.

The verdict? 

I can’t say I’m any lighter but it would be unrealistic to think tea alone could make you lose weight, you’d also need to eat well and exercise if you want to see results. This tea did however motivate me to choose healthier options and is a great aid toward a more healthy lifestyle.

I think these teas are a great replacement for tea and coffee, doing a teatox pushes you in a healthy direction and motivated me to choose healthier options during the day. It could be a placebo effect but I did feel more energetic and less bloated. If you’re not sure about these teas, they are on offer for June and are buy one get one free! So you and a friend could go halves. Has anyone else tried a teatox and if so, what did you think?

 

With most projects in life it’s important to have a goal and some kind of organisation going on. Without them it’s pretty hard to keep the ball rolling.

Last year was probably my most unhealthy yet. I very rarely exercised and I ate rather badly (although that was fun and yummy!) I started to notice the condition of my skin worsening and my hair went a bit blah, I also started to get a tummy. No longer can this go on, I thought!

So an important thing to remember is that you won’t see instant results so don’t give up if after 3 weeks you’re still seeing bloat and feeling like poo, persevere and it will happen :)

My little sister, who’s lost a tremendous amount of weight all through healthy diet and exercise said the one thing that kicked off her healthy lifestyle was when a doc made this simple statement “sometimes it’s ok to feel hungry you know”. From there something clicked and now she’s unstoppable! We turn to food when we’re bored, dissatisfied, sad and happy. One of the biggest reasons we eat badly is due to a lack of preparation and leaving it till you see red and reach for the snickers/cheese sandwich/crisps..

The guilt of unhealthy food choices can often lead to trying out Fad diets:  There are SO many diets out there but diets are usually temporary and sometimes harmful. Yo yo dieting can ruin your metabolic system and your overall health. The best diet of all is a simple, healthy and balanced diet containing lots of dark greens, fruit, protein, starchy foods and water. There’s no point in investing all that time and hard work at the gym if you’re not fuelling your body with the correct nutrients.

Have a goal in mind –

  • Why do you want to be fit?
  • What areas do you want to work on?
  • Realistically, what can you manage each day?

Research – Now you know what you’d like to improve/change do some research, there is a wealth of knowledge on fitness/nutrition blogs. You tube is a fantastic resource for tutorials and demonstrations!

YouTube fitness Channels I love! 

Blogilates – Cassy Ho posts regular mini power workouts, great for when you’re in a rush in the morning. How could you not love this woman, she’s probably the happiest fitness guru on YouTube <3

Vicky Justiz – I like this girl because I feel like I’m getting a good lower body workout with her. The vids aren’t fancy but you ache afterward which is a winner! She also has a killer body which is all the motivation you need.

Have a plan for what you’re going to do in the gym – Back last year I would use the running machine, do a small amount of weight work then get bored and go home. Now I know exactly what I’m going to do in the gym because I know what results I aim to achieve and I’ve researched into how to target those areas. The burn you feel in your problem area from a correct workout is always a good ache!

Mix it up – This is important for two reasons 1. you’ll get bored doing the same routine and 2. Your muscles will get used to it and won’t work out as much as they did.

Keep a record of your fitness – One thing I like to do is add a coloured tab to my wall planner when I’ve completed a workout. It might sound silly but it’s like I’m rewarding myself when I’m done, seeing all the days I’ve put in at a glance really motivates me to keep going.

Keep a record of your meals tooMy fitness pal is a fantastic app for this. I mentioned it a few posts ago here. You can track your exercise and water in take too so it’s an all around winner.

Be inspired – When I’m thinking of eating all the pies I shift my attention to what result I want to achieve, Instagram can be a great source of inspiration for recipes , search #cleaneating #fitness #fitspo

I swear by these tips to get me on track:

  • Drink a load of water when you feel sluggish – This instantly motivates me to get up and be active. I’ve added a tall glass of water with squeezed lemon to my morning routine, this sets me up for the day.
  • When you’re lacking in motivation, put on a song and continuously squat/do crunches/lunges from beginning to end, you’d be surprised how many squats you can fit in to a 3 1/2 minute tune.
  • Brush your teeth. When I’m feeling like I want to snack on naughty foods brushing my teeth helps.
  • Shop on a full stomach. Shopping when your hungry is lethal. You will want ALL of the bad food.
  • Eat a fulfilling breakfast. Porridge oats with fruit and honey is hugely filling, comforting and satisfying, it also gives you a big energy boost.
  • Visualise what you would like to feel and look, keep that in mind when You have a weak moment.
  • Remember – it’s ok to have a naughty snack now and again. Depriving yourself completely will make you moody and more inclined to have a pig out sesh.

Have any health tips to share? Let me know and good luck!

 

Poisons of choice

I’m a sucker for health potions, powders and elixirs, I’m always looking for easier ways to incorporate more vitamins and minerals into my diet. Holland and Barrett is my favourite shop (even above Zara and Space NK) Crazy I know but there’s no better feeling than feeling good inside.

These are three health products I try to incorporate into my diet daily. I keep them in little suspicious looking bags and whip them out now and again…

IMG_20150517_143939Chia seeds – Consumed by the aztecs and Mayans, Chia seeds were thought to contain magical properties due to their ability to increase stamina and energy. The word ‘Chia’ came from the Aztec word for ‘strength’. People have been raving about Chia for a while, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding this seed, positive and negative may I add! Chia seeds can curb your appetite making you feel fuller for longer, are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, are a great natural source of antioxidants and helps aid intestinal regularity. I notice a big difference in my energy a few hours after consuming them.

Supergreens – On the go super nutritious powder,  You can add to water, smoothies, soups – Just about anything. I add a teaspoon or two into my morning smoothie because I will warn you, this does not taste good in water alone! The great thing is that it provides you with more than your 5 a day per serving It gives me a super morning boost and after continued use I noticed more of a glow to my skin.

Linwoods Milled organic Flaxseed – Sprinkle into soups, salads and yogurts. This powder is a great source of fibre, high in protein and iron and lowers cholesterol.

Always do your research before adding crazy looking stuff to your diet. These do not substitute for a poor diet, Think of them as superchargers you can add to enhance your healthy diet :)

PS. My cute little pinch pots are from tiger  

5| Apps I love

 

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Duolingo – I can actually speak a sentence in Spanish now, I can only talk about how a woman loves reading or drinking water..but that’s after a couple of 10 minute sessions. You can even set it with your alarm and learn as soon as you wake up so the new words stick. This app is fun, easy and addictive. Each time you complete levels you get points, these points can be used to kit out your new best mate which happens to be this owl fellow, You can get him a new jumper and Wait there..ladies and Gentlemen…Duolingo are soon to release the Klingon language to the app! Yes…you heard right. – “buy’ ngop!”

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Monument valley – A brain training game that is extremely relaxing to play. The aim of the game is to guide the main character, Ida through stunning Escher style puzzles. It may look easy, some levels are damn hard though. This game is uplifting, with captivating visuals and hypnotising sounds.

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Deliciously Ella – Ella started documenting her meals on her blog Deliciouslyella.com after being diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, from there Ella created this app which is food-porn on the go for those who want no fuss, delicious and healthy food-spiration. the protein balls are my favourite *chomp*

My fitness pal – This is a handy little app, a food diary where you can document your food intake and fitness as you go. I’m either ashamed or proud to admit I ate over double my calorie intake in one day. This app helps you to realise where you’re going wrong. You can list your weight loss/weight gain goals, log recipes and join a supportive community of like minded motivated peeps.

VSCO cam – I’ve been using this photo editing app for a while and much prefer it over Instagram, It doesn’t come with the giant community Instagram has  but that’s almost a good thing, VSCO cam focuses on photography and artsy photos. This app encourages you to play around with tones and hues rather than simply choosing a filter.

 

DIY | Lime and ginger sugar scrub

We don’t always have the best weather here in the UK so this little pick me up should get you feeling good and ready to bare those pins. I whipped together this Lime and ginger scrub, a combination of my two favourite scents. I’ve just got out of the shower after using this and I can confirm – It is the BEST sugar scrub i’ve used so far. I feel so silky smooth and invigorated. You can use on dry or wet skin, I applied to dry so I could create more friction and get a better exfoliation.

Lime – If you asked me to describe happy in a smell, this is it! This scent makes me feel motivated, thinking about summer, feeling healthy and instantly uplifted. (I’m smiling just thinking about it!)

Ginger – A nostalgic, relaxing, spicy warming scent

Lime and ginger complement one another, add them together and you have an explosion of deliciousness! Have you ever made a pad thai? Then you’ll know what I mean.

Sugar –  a fantastic exfoliator. (You can always use a sea salt but sugar is more gentle for daily use)

Coconut oil – Investing in a pot of raw coconut oil is totally worth it! It has multiple uses from cooking to using as a moisturising makeup remover.

Zest 2 limes and 1 piece ginger, melt a couple of heaped tablespoons of raw coconut oil and add once oil has cooled. Add enough sugar, it shouldn’t be a runny consistency

If you don’t have a pot then use a plastic sealable tub. Store in the fridge and use within a week,

You can always add a little essential oil to enhance the scent further.

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This works out quite cost effective and takes minutes to make. If you don’t have time then here are some scrubs I have tried and loved –

Elemis Lime and Ginger salt glow

Rituals Good luck scrub

Soap and Glory Sugar crush scrub

DIY| Lavender bird

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I’ve been a crafty one of late. Joe blogs hosted a collaboration with Hillary’s blinds and the Crafty hen to bring a day of crafting mania (and cake!) to Chapter Arts centre in Cardiff. I was gutted when I couldn’t go as I was working *sad face* I did however enjoy reading some fellow blog posts about the day :) You can read about the craft roadshow here

They were kind enough to send me a pretty handmade goody bag filled with pretty fabrics, sewing bits and bobs, chocolate and a yankee candle!

The crafty hen are a small group of lovely ladies who run creative workshops teaching us folk how to get our craft on. A great idea for a hen do or birthday party for those who fancy something a bit different.

The fabrics from Hillary’s are high quality and lovely to work with – My favourite is the monochrome graphic print.

I will be showing you how to make your own little lavender bird.

IMG_20150324_132635You will need:

  • 2 Contrasting fabrics 
  • Scissors 
  • Needle and thread
  • English Lavender (this is optional)
  • A print off of Michael Fulkersons’ bird pattern HERE

Cut your shapes out and pin in place on the fabric

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Cut around your shape using the paper as a guide, You should end up with something like this…

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Sew together then repeat on the opposite side (leaving the end of the tail open) Yours should look something like this..

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Sew the head so everything’s stitched apart from the end of the tail..

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Finally, turn your bird inside out and stuff with english lavender (this is the most fragrant), add a few drops of essential oil for a more potent scent. These sweet smelling birds make great little gifts, look cool hanging around the home and create a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy!

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Thanks to Hillarys, thecraftyhen, joe blogs and Lou lou’s Homemade blog