Winter is one of my favourite times of year, I love the crisp, cold air, the crunchy leaves and most of all- the foods that come with it.
The Mary Berry Tomato Soup is my absolute favourite to cook on a freezing day, when I’m hungry and can’t wait to eat.
This is one of the quickest recipes and is really cheap too! All you need is chopped tomatoes, a tiny amount of sugar, salt and a blender. It’s TO DIE FOR, and is the sort of thing that is great the next day. It’s also a great back up, no matter when I last went shopping, I always have the ingredients in my cupboard, just in case.
Recently I’ve been trying to be pretty healthy, and one of the things I’ve noticed is how important breakfast is. I eat breakfast quite a bit before I go to uni, so I have a while to wait before and avocado on toast is quick and beyond filling.
Caramelised cinnamon apples, the absolute best on top of morning porridge- they also make the entire house smell amazing.
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Every term Warwick University hold an event called “Skool Dayz”, where you dress like school kids and dance to school disco songs.
As someone that has particularly outdated music taste- this is my cup of tea! Put me in a club playing busted, mcfly, Blink-182, Fatboyslim, spice girls and Robbie Williams and I am in my element.
We had predrinks at Jack’s University halls, as it was an SU event, then headed over to the copper rooms.
It lived up to its typical warwick university night expectations:
- Drama- a group of girls got in a trolley and tried to mount a curb… was never going to end well. The University Security team, first aiders and an ambulance later- turns out they had just had that little bit too much to drink.
- I made a friend in the loo- I always love this, she complimented my eye liner, I complimented her outfit and I’m pretty certain she won’t remember the conversation.
- Overpriced drinks- but that’s why you budget!
- Sticky dance floors.
- Grumpy bouncers.
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I have found that staying healthy at University is not an easy task, with take outs on every corner, alcohol being pretty central to nights out and even with the amount of physical activity my History Degree demands. Having to avoid dairy, gluten and the majority of fruit has made this task even more difficult, but I have recently found an App that really does work for me- Lifesum.
I am by no means a large person, but have not felt brilliant about the way I look for quite a while and have tried several methods of losing weight… that really haven’t been successful. Even when I have been avoiding both dairy and gluten my figure hasn’t changed and I haven’t noticed a different in the way I feel.
I decided to download the Lifesum App onto my phone and can honestly say it’s really really good!
- What should I eat? I am not educated on what is good and bad. I thought I was, but the app has shown me that that might have been where I was going wrong. You simply enter manually or scan the barcode of whatever you have eaten and it tracks your daily intake of carbs, protein and fat, showing you how much of it you can have.
- Footfall: The app links to any exercise app already on your phone that records your foot fall, automatically adding it onto how many calories you have for the rest of the day.
- What do you want to achieve? When you activate the app, it asks you to enter height, weight and what you would like to achieve, either: lose weight, get healthier or put on weight. It then asks your desired weight and spreads the ‘diet’ over 22 weeks, each week is therefore different.
- Recipes in line with your health goals: The app offers healthy recipes for every time of the day, whether that is breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snacks.
- Water: It tells you how many cups of water you should drinking a day, and even reminds you if you haven’t drunk for a while, or when it is best for you to drink in terms of losing weight.
- Statistics: the app records every day on a calendar and suggests that you weigh yourself once a week, to really see the difference.
It really does make me feel more in control of my diet, and is really flexible with the foods I can and can’t eat- I eat what suites me, unlike strict diets that give you recipes for each day. I don’t feel like I am constantly thinking about what I am eating, but I feel like I have a plan that is sustainable.
I really do recommend this to anyone who wants to notice a different in a week.
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Sorry for not being as up to date with the blogs recently, I have had 4 deadlines in the space of 2 weeks and it has been STRESSFUL to say the least. However, my final deadline is on Thursday and then I will be back to posting weekly.
Feeling under pressure recently has certainly made me notice how important the little things in life are. I think my best tip for University, College, School or even just Life is to look after Number 1. It’s so easy to be bogged down in work and become a recluse.
(RECLUSE: a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people.
aka. goodbye social life)
How I make sure I am not a biscuit-munching-essay-writing-ever-getting-larger-recluse:
- Retail therapy- hell yeah, Missguided had a sale on- 50%!!
- Shower every day- I have two days off a week, and oh the temptation to stay in my pyjamas- but NO.
- Go for a run. I’m really awful at running, but it gets me out. Also, with a degree like History you spend a fair amount of time on your bum.
- When I get stressed I get break-outs 😦 but I am a firm believer that if you feel in anyway rubbish about yourself, put that extra bit of effort in. If I have a random and ever-lasting break out- I curl my hair, or put some eyeliner on.
- Paint my nails.
- Go out for cake. But only if I walk the 20 minutes to the tea shop.
- Go out with friends, have fun, otherwise you WILL go crazy.
Quick Update on what I have been up to:
- I tried a new diet. It lasted one day and I feel horrendous about it. It claimed you could lose 10 lb in 1 week. However, it forgot to mention how awful you feel. I ate nothing but fruit all day and had to leave a lecture early after feeling I was going to pass out. Not only was this embarrassing but I feel so stupid for even trying it.
- As a result of this, I am just going to eat healthier, cleaner and do more exercise… hopefully!
- I have been ordering Christmas presents and am now feeling unbelievably festive.
- During my Reading Week, we got a new Coffee Machine and it is the new best thing for dairy free diets.
- I handed in an essay that I knew was bad.
- Spent too much money on makeup.
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Undoubtedly one of the best things about University are the events and this year was awesome. Hannah and I decided that instead of spending money on an outfit, we would invest time on our makeup: it’s so easy to get all Halloween-y and spend very little! Our local shop is Asda and they actually have some really good face painting kits and loads of variety. We looked at vampire kits, cats, zombies, clowns, witches and Frankensteins, but we decided on being an alien and a fallen angel. I cannot express how much fun it was! I loved it. The alien kit contained the paints, some gems, some stick on tattoos (that reminded me of being a kid!) and a little sponge to apply it. My boyfriend, Jack, decided to go as the Joker, and Hannah’s boyfriend, Charlie went as a zombie- and they looked fantastic. I shall make sure to upload a photo!
- Taxis are bloomin’ expensive- we spent £50!
- When it comes to Hannah and I… Sours are lethal.
- Fake blood tastes gross.
- Taking these child-like tattoos off resulted in half my eye brow coming off with it.
- Asda is pretty damn awesome at Halloween.
- Enchiladas are great before a night out.
- I love the Student Union’s cheesy playlists.