Sunday, 26 July 2015

Deliciously Rich Lasagne in a Rush

This lasagne is perfect for them days spent endlessly rushing around and burning off the calories, leaving you hungry and in desperate need of nourishment!  It's sure to be a family favourite and it's also ideal to serve to dinner guests, as you won't need to spend more than 30 minutes in the kitchen to make it!

My original lasagne recipe is already on BTBS, but this one is slightly different in that there's now a few shortcuts added in and some ingredients changed and the calories reduced even further! You'll be glad to know that the new cooking method also reduces the washing up considerably!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Book Review: 7 Simple Steps to Stop Emotional Eating, by Sally Baker & Liz Hogon

7 Simple Steps to Stop
Emotional Eating
(Hammersmith Books)
Many of us turn to emotional eating when we're under pressure from work or our personal lives. Emotional eating can take many forms, it can be overeating or binging when you're feeling sad to fill a void inside, 'rewarding' yourself with junk food after a hard day, or yo-yo dieting that reflects how you feel about life (for example, overeating immediately after a breakup and then hitting a period of extreme dieting as a way of demonstrating that you're 'over it' or a 'new woman'). Not sure if you're an emotional eater? Then try out the quick and simple exercise in Sally Baker and Liz Hogon's guest post. There's also a quick quiz on the 7 Simple Steps website

Sally Baker and Liz Hogan have put together a practical guide to figuring out addressing the underlying causes and associated emotions behind your emotional eating. In their book '7 Simple Steps to Stop Emotional Eating', they share the three main therapy tools ('Emotional Freedom Technique' or EFT, 'Percussive Suggestion Technique' or PSTEC, and Hypnotherapy) which they have used successfully with their clients, as two case studies in the book highlight... 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

ActivBod Review - Skincare products for all fitness fans!

ActivBod Products
Other than that first gulp of protein shake, there's nothing more satisfying after a workout than a cool refreshing shower! The unisex ActivBod range, available from the ActivBod website, is the perfect skincare range for post workout freshen-ups. 

The range of products are designed to cool and reduce the redness of flushed skin, gently warm up aching muscles and restore the moisture in skin that's dried out from all that sweating.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Guest Post: How to remove your stumbling blocks to successful dieting by Sally Baker & Liz Hogon

Anyone wanting to lose weight can’t imagine sabotaging their own success, and yet that is exactly what so many dieters do, time and time again. Most dieters understand if losing weight were only a matter of balancing calories in versus calories out, or cutting down on eating while exercising more, then everyone would simply achieve their natural weight and stay there forever. This is clearly not the case for many people who struggle with food, and weight issues for most of their lives. The simplification that people are overweight because they have no willpower, or are greedy ignores the subconscious reasons that compel many people to overeat.

All those past unsuccessful attempts at getting fitter and losing weight may well have failed simply because your subconscious mind didn't want you to lose weight and conspired against your best efforts to make sure you were ultimately unsuccessful.

If that sounds unlikely there is an easy way to find out if this is true for you... 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Planned Pregnancy, Unplanned Illness: Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Oh Bella, we know how you feel! We feel like we're dying too!
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is severe pregnancy sickness, affecting just 1-2% of pregnant women. You'd be forgiven if you've never heard of it, I hadn't until I was diagnosed with it myself and then realised it was exactly what my mum had also gone through while pregnant with me (unfortunately she didn't have a GP who realised what the condition was and was hospitalised for much of the pregnancy, sans medication. What a warrior of a woman!) 

HG is absolutely nothing like regular morning sickness, a common aliment in pregnancy which usually passes by the start of the second trimester. If you've ever had salmonella, you will have some idea of the scale of HG. It's not just throwing up one or two times a day, it can be up to 50 times! The difference is I was in and out of hospital after just one week with salmonella, whereas HG can often last anywhere between 20 weeks to the whole pregnancy. 

Having suffered with HG myself these last three months (which is why the blog has been so quiet and my inbox set to 'out of office' ) I've decided to give HG it's own blog post to explain what HG is, what it certainly isn't and what not to say to a loved one who may be suffering with it.

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