Banishing Easter Guilt

Banishing Easter Guilt

Happy Easter and Happy start of April!

This blog post is all about Easter Guilt.

Over the last week I have seen so many articles focussing on how bad Easter eggs are for you. Ranging from calories to how many burpees you would need to do to burn them off… for real?! Though I am not surprised, it is pretty sad to think that Easter (and the opportunity to eat Easter Eggs) comes round once a year, and we are being told not to enjoy it!? These sort of articles just make people feel bad. Unnecessarily. Because sometimes you need a treat. There are so many of us worrying about our health anyway, these articles are just damaging, not only to our idea of a healthy balanced diet, but to self confidence too. So here are my thoughts on eating Easter Eggs at Easter time!

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Having a healthy balanced diet: I treat myself. Otherwise, quite frankly, I’d go loopy. I have tried diets- and they just make me miserable. A healthy balanced diet means I eat good 80% of the time. In the other 20% I make room for Easter Eggs, the odd glass of wine and a meal out if I choose. Depriving yourself is really bad, deprivation simply leads to binging, which leads to unhappiness. AKA, a vicious cycle, and an unhappy you. I do not claim to be a nutritionist, but if you check any out, they are forever disproving myths surrounding diets. Often they prove that a healthy, balanced diet is the way forward. So as I’m sat here, hell yeah I’m eating an Easter Egg!!

But what about my weight? I have never, ever, stepped off of the scales feeling anything but inadequate. For me standing on the scales is the worst possible thing I could do for my mental health. I could be on a real health kick, for weeks- but the minute I step on those scales, I can lose it all. I automatically go from feeling positive about myself and expecting to see a physical difference, to thinking ‘pass me a chocolate bar, this healthy eating has done sod all for me’. Every time I do the same thing. I get upset, I compare myself to others, I wear baggy clothes for a few days (and binge) and then I give myself a pep talk. Because they really are only numbers. They don’t define me, nor my worth, or my health. I have always been heavier than I expect. But I end up assessing my life in general. Do I eat healthily 80% of the time? Yes. Am I active on a daily basis? Yes. Am I in a positive mindset the majority of the time? Yes. I know I am healthy.

One day will not make me gain weight: Have you ever gone to the gym and lost weight after a day? Nope. So this one day of eating an Easter Egg will not make you gain weight. Think of this as a day off. Granted, one day at the gym gets you one step closer to where you want to be, but these moments of indulgence will not have an impact on the long run. Especially not when mixed with a health diet the majority of the time. If you feel bad, go to the gym an extra time this week or squeeze in an extra 15 minutes work out.

Easter Egg Guilt: We live in a world where people are counting calories left, right and centre, there are apps for it, books for it and DVD’s for it. The celebratory seasons are the worst for it, whether it’s Christmas or Easter (the two biggest seasons of enjoyment), we have calorie counts rammed down our throats. When the reality is: I love skittles and wine. Sometimes I don’t ‘deserve’ them, but quite frankly the idea of ‘working for’ these indulgences is ludicrous. It’s two days a year. Real life has to come first sometimes. I am certainly not prepared to start turning down pudding at the Easter roast dinner, or ask everyone not to bother getting me an Easter Egg this year. Life is for enjoying!

What I am trying to say is, future you isn’t going to think ‘I’m really glad I didn’t eat those Pringles on the 28th February’, it’s all about moderation. If you’re working towards a goal, whether that’s a number, a shape or simply a healthier lifestyle- patience is key. Results don’t happen over night. So allow yourself an Easter treat (or multiple), maybe it will give you that extra reason to stay good for the rest of the week, or work that little bit harder in the gym. In my case, I feel like it simply gives me a boost, my enjoyment this weekend will allow me to have a healthier mindset throughout the rest of the week.

We are entitled to enjoy our food. Life is for living and enjoying. Look after your body and treat it sometimes.

Bee xoxo

The Realities of Working Out

The Realities of Working Out

I am what I like to call: Fit(ish).

Fit(ish): semi-fit and a little bit podgy. Someone that likes the idea of being fit, but likes food too much.

I strive to be healthy. To me, this means two things. To be physically fitand active, and eat a healthy balanced diet. And mentally fit, whereby (to avoid mental breakdowns, and maintain sanity) I eat cake when and if I want it. I think it’s a pretty healthy diet. I would never want to resent being ‘healthy’ if it meant I couldn’t eat birthday cake, or have a takeaway every now and then. I’m a firm believer in treatin’ yo self. 

But that’s enough natter, here are some of the realities I have found with working out!

CARDIO:

Getting bored after 5 minutes of any form of cardio. I have always hated running. I simply don’t enjoy it. But I do try. (I’m far better at running out of money, if I’m honest)will.gif

Running next to someone and it feeling like a race. They up the speed, so do I. Bring it. run.gif

My running style: drunk woman slowly being chased by absolutely nothing.drunk.gif

When you take your headphones out and realise you were making panting/grunting noiseswhile you did cardio.sponge.gif

When people look at you while you do cardio.melissa

When you up the speed too much and your heart skips a beat, because you can’t keep up.gym.gif

Me doing cardio: ’20 minutes left. That’s two lots of 10.  It’s only 4 lots of 5 minutes’(then I congratulate myself on the 30 seconds wasted on that mental maths session)wil.gif

I like to think, when people see me jogging outside, they think ‘wow an athlete’, but in reality it’s ‘aw, good for her’.

Quite frankly, the best bit about running is the end.

I’ve honestly come to the conclusion that running is wrong. I agree with Miranda Hart,unless it’s running professionally, or as a child- it’s not OK.

SWIMMING: 

Is this just me? As a kid, at swimming lessons, I would convince myself there was a shark in the pool– so I would swim faster. Maybe I should imagine clowns on the treadmill behind me.shark.gif

MOTTO’S I THINK IN THE GYM/LIFE:

‘Sweat is just my fat crying’.

‘I may look like a potato now, but one day I’ll turn into fries and you’ll all want me then.’

‘I work out because I know I would have been the first to die in the Hunger Games.’

‘I wear all black in the gym, like a funeral for my fat.’

REGRETS: 

When your ‘cheat meal’ turns into a cheat week.shame.gif

Stepping on the scales and seeing no change after weeks of exercise: ‘off to Krispy Kreme I go’.donunt.gif

Leaving the gym feeling great, waking up the next morning feeling like your legs are hungover.
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FIBS:

Aim:to be the weight I told the app I was.

‘Drink more water’ they said, ‘it will be good for you’ they said. I’m weeing ALL THE TIME.

(Last time I did that 2 litre a day thing, my Mum sent me to the Doctors thinking I had diabetes.)

My summer body expectations vs reality. summer.png

Embracing your summer body like at least my flipflops still fit!fat b 2.gif

So there it is, a page full of GIF’s, personal experiences and life contemplations, from a Fit(ish) individual with some serious love for cake. 

My First University Supermarket Shop (Lacto-Free)

My First University Supermarket Shop (Lacto-Free)

Hey everyone!

Today’s blog is all about my first University Shopping list. As a 3rd year, this is my third and last (yikes) ‘first’ food shop. Over the last two years, and many shopping trips, I have discovered I am actually quite frugal. I am more than happy to go for the supermarket own products- does not bother me one bit. I pick what I spend more on, for example Free Range Eggs or meat. This is definitely worth spending the extra couple of pence on- in my opinion! But rice, pasta, sauces etc I try to spend the minimal.

I usually spend around £25 a week on my food shop, which I think is an OK price. I only buy what I don’t already have and try to keep the extras to a minimal. So everything on this list is what I like to have, and when I run out I will top it up if necessary. My best shop (as sad as this sounds!!) was a whopping £19- I’ve never managed to go lower.

If you’re anything like me, I split my shop up into sections- which I will do on this blog too! Just as a heads up, the first University shop is the most expensive, so don’t panic, most things last longer than you think! So I would estimate this shop between £50 to £60 depending on offers!

Fruit and Veg

  • Multipack of veg- most supermarkets do this- usually potato, sweet potato, carrots etc
  • Mushrooms
  • Raspberries or strawberries.
  • Pineapple or mango.
  • Satsumas (I always have these!)

Fridge

  • Lacto-free milk
  • Vitalite
  • Lacto-free cheese/ goats cheese/ feta (depending on cost or preference!)
  • Lacto-free cream cheese
  • Alpro Soya Yoghurts- blueberry
  • 6 x Eggs

Freezer

  • Frozen peas
  • Fish fingers
  • Chicken breasts (separated into little plastic bags, so they last longer!)
  • 3 x weight watchers diet meals (ideal for when you feel ill, have deadlines etc and don’t want to pig out!)
  • Bread- I don’t really eat bread, but I do like having it in the freezer for the odd occasion or for guests!

Cupboard

  • Marmite
  • 2 x cans of soup
  • Rice (either microwavable or just plain) or couscous
  • Tinned tuna
  • Tinned sweet corn
  • 1 x pasta sauce
  • Tinned pineapple
  • Ketchup
  • Pesto
  • Pasta (the cheapest!)
  • Plastic bags
  • A curry sauce/ sweet and sour sauce
  • Crackers/ Rivita/ Rice Cakes
  • Cereal Bars
  • Porridge Sachets
  • Sugar (small- for my porridge :))
  • Tea
  • Coffee

Toiletries

  • Toilet roll
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup remover
  • A face scrub or treatment

Cleaning Products

  • Anti-bacterial wipes for surfaces in my room.
  • A spray for the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Air freshener
  • Fabric softener

I like to have my cupboards stocked up in case I feel unwell, haven’t had a weekly shop or feel too busy to do one, hence the variety of meals you could make out of this food shop.

A little side note- I do not include alcohol or fizzy drinks into my budgetting. I am not a massive alcohol drinker anyway, but I budget any alcohol into my “me fund”. I put it in the same category as makeup, clothes etc, just because I feel it’s a treat, not a necessity.

I hope this helps, obviously as I have a lacto-free diet, some of these are quite specific to me, but I would totally recommend giving the lacto-free products a go- they’re healthier and literally taste the same.

If you are doing a first University Shop, don’t forget that there are shops on and around campus, so anything you forget can easily be picked up!

Enjoy the anticipation and good luck to anyone starting in the next week!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

Bee xoxo

Dairy Free Products- My Opinion

Dairy Free Products- My Opinion

lactoLacto-Free Milk (Normal, Sachets and Chocolate!)

  • This is my all time favourite go-to milk. It’s the one I always have in my fridge and it tastes exactly the same as normal milk. Unlike quite a few dairy free milks, the lacto-free milk doesn’t congeal or separate.
  • It also comes in long life little sachets, so you can carry it with you wherever you go.
  • The chocolate milk is a perfect treat and I seem to consume far more when I have deadlines. What can’t chocolate fix?

Soya Milk 

  • Soya milk is sweeter than lacto-free milk and has a thicker consistency than soya milkalmond milk. Whenever I am out and about, and I fancy a drink from a coffee shop, I always order soya or almond milk.
  • Soya is fattier than almond milk, but more nutritious. If ever I have something chocolate based, such as a Frappe, I choose soya, as it’s the creamier alternative.
  • I don’t, however, enjoy having it on my cereal, and sometimes it has the tendency to separate in drinks- so I make sure to keep a spoon by my side if ever I use soya.

Almond Milk

  • This is the bees knees in a Frappaccino- almond is even sweeter than soya milk. I prefer having almond milk in warm drinks or on ice. Again, it can have the tendency to separate, but tastes delicious. Starbucks is the best.

Lacto-Free Cream Cheese 

  • Is the boss. It’s great for cheesecakes and with crackers. I have (over the last yecheese---soft-cheesear) got into chutneys, and lordy the cream cheese and chutneys go together brilliantly. This is a dairy free diet must-have.

 

 

Alpro Soya Cream 

  • It can be simply poured, put on deserts and in main meals. Sometimes it quite easy to rule certain meals out, whether they are cream, milk or cheese based. But these alternatives are so good.

Oatly Milk

  • This is my preferred milk (other than lacto-free milk) in cereal. Though, once again(!), it can separate- but for some reason it doesn’t in cereal!
  • This is my entire family’s favourite milk to use with our coffee machine- it froths so well and tastes just as good as any alternative milk.

 

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Koko Yoghurt 

  • This with granola, as a snack or even to have with fresh fruit is so scrummy. It’s coconut based, really smooth and the berry yoghurts are my favourite.

Violife cream

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  • This is a vegan alternative to cream cheese. I love the taste, but the consistency is a little bit jelly-like. That’s my only complaint.

Feta 

  • Feta is so fresh and actually quite a strong flavour, so you don’t need much on top of pasta, or as part of a meal.
  • It also lasts a long time.
  • Plus, I prefer feta to goats cheese. I do eat goats cheese, and quite often, but feta is creamier! My all time favourite salad (of which I have uploaded the recipe on my blog) consists of feta, watermelon, cucumber and fresh mint. It’s the best combination.

Lacto-free custard

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  • This is super yummy and super creamy, You can heat it in the microw
    ave or just have it cold. Some things I really missed when I first started a dairy free diet, things such as cream and custard on deserts were one of the big ones. This is so yummy and is by the same brand that creates the lacto free milk!

 

I think that when you have to rule out such a seemingly large part of your diet, it can sometimes seem rather limiting. But I think, especially in today’s food domain, having a  dairy free diet is actually pretty easy. If anything, you learn more about flavours, about nutrition and alternative food groups. Whether you are trying new foods, getting used to a dairy free diet, or simply want a healthier lifestyle, try some of these products. They are so yummy- trust me.

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Lifesum Review

Lifesum Review

Hello!

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.

Hope you enjoyed the Blog- like and subscribe for more!

Bee xoxo

Allergy and Dairy Free Me

Allergy and Dairy Free Me

I have recently come to notice that most of my blogs revolve around the food I eat and the drinks I consume, so I am going to dedicate this blog to discussing my diet!

  1. When I was about 7, I had my first anaphylactic shock to artificial food colourings, in particular: green, yellow and orange. I think this was primarily down to greed. Mum always rationed the amount of sweets I was allowed and so given the opportunity to stuff my face- I did! Hence birthday parties being a tad hazardous. Long story short and several anaphylactic shocks later, I have learnt to avoid everything artificial, including: bacon frazzles, icing, starburst, cherryade, sprinkles and many more.
  2. Peaches. My ultimate nemesis. Having been able to control my anaphylaxis I avoided having any trips to A&E for about a year. But I one day at work I had a peach and within seconds I looked like I had Botox and was struggling to breath. Turns out, though similar in symptoms, I have oral mouth syndrome, which is an allergy to certain fruit families so to speak.
  3. In 2010 I was told I had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) having had excruciating stomach cramps and was hospitalised with suspected appendicitis. Changing my diet to suit this included avoiding wheat entirely. Though a drastic change, it did help, to start with. I have to say avoiding wheat can be really hard, though in terms of health- it’s pretty good for you. Despite avoiding wheat, I still had stomach cramps.
  4. So University was an opportunity for me to really monitor my diet. My sister had been told she had an intolerance to dairy, and I thought I’d give it a go at avoiding that. This was a total success and I haven’t gone back. It’s actually unbelievable how many alternatives to dairy products there are. There is probably a substitute for everything. I honestly cannot taste the difference between dairy and non-dairy. I often use one of the following: Lacto-Free milk, soya milk, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk or goats milk as alternatives to cows milk.

It’s a much healthier lifestyle and so easy to adapt to. You honestly don’t miss out on anything.