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.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

March Health & Fitness Buys

I can't believe it's already March. This means it's not long until summer, so hang on in there! This month's Health & Fitness Buys is quite the foodie month. I've been putting all kinds of things to the test, from pasta made out of brown rice, to protein ice cream.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Recipes for Plant Based Protein Powders: Pancakes, Chocolate Bites and Chia Pudding

Plant based protein powders are a perfect way of getting a quick fix of protein into any dessert, smoothie or post workout shake. They offer an alternative to whey protein and are free from dairy and lactose as well as being free from sugar and rich in fibre. There's a vast range of plant based protein powers and I've been putting three different types from That Protein to the test this week.

That Protein offers a range of three powers: Pumpkin Powder with Chia Seeds, Hemp Protein with Baobab and Brown Rice with raw Cacao. All of the powders are made from raw, cold-pressed and organic ingredients.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Top 10 Tips for Improving Sleep + SleepPhones Review

Sleep is great for your health, I'd even go as far to say as it's more important than exercise. It allows your cells to repair, heals you from your tough workouts, curbs your appetite, boosts your immune system, refreshes your mind and restores your energy levels. Best of all, it's free! 

Unfortunately with the every day stresses of life, not many of us are getting enough hours of pillow time. I'm sure there are many of us who struggle to drift off and panic further when we see the time on our beside clock and realise we're up for work in just 5 hours... oh wait, now it's 4 hours, 45 minutes!

Here are the top 10 tips for getting more sleep: 

Friday, 20 February 2015

Guest Post: Julia Buckley's Five Ways to Swerve the February Fitness Cliff

Unfortunately the majority of people who decide to get fit each new year do not stick with their resolutions into spring, with many falling off by mid-February. It’s such a shame when they end up feeling like they have failed or that fitness is not for them. If you’re finding lacing up your exercise shoes tougher by the day, it's time to rekindle those fires and make sure you keep smashing out those workouts.

Here are five tips from top trainer, Julia Buckley, to get you back on track...

Friday, 13 February 2015

The Home Gym That Fits In a Cupboard

Not everyone wants to go to a gym, or has the time or the money. Some people are quite content to go for a jog in the park while others will workout in the living room with a fitness dvd or an online class. This is great, but what if you're keen to begin lifting weights? The trouble with working out at home is finding space to keep any equipment you may be using.

There's probably no room in your house for a weight bench right? or a weights rack? No, me neither. For those of you just starting out with weights, you're in luck! There's some great equipment on the market that can help get you started and it will all fit in the cupboard under the stairs!  

I'm Co-Hosting The Friday Blog Hop!

Happy hopping everyone! Thanks for joining us again for That Friday Blog Hop which goes live every Thursday evening at 8pm EST. So join us each week & link up your blogs, social media outlets, or anything you'd love to share. 

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