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Posted on July 15, 2016

The Benefits of Coconut Oil


The Benefits of Coconut Oil

We all know coconut oil is the new big thing. Well, it’s not so new anymore. It’s been around for a while and to be honest ,I think avocado is now taking over!

But let’s look at some of the reasons why coconut oil is recommended not only as an oil substitute but as a topical treatment for your body.

1. Weight Loss.

Add a teaspoon to your diet daily, increase this until you work your way up to 4. Coconut oil is easy to digest and protects your bloody from insulin resistance. It also boosts your metabolism so you’ll burn more calories. It’s also an appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less each day, which will lead to weight loss in the long run. It’s also known for getting read of fat around the abdomen.

2. Skin Care.

Coconut oil is hydrating for your skin – it keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong to prevent sagging and wrinkles. Great for oldies like me! You can apply it to your skin directly to reduce the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on both your face and body for a healthy glow. You can also use it as a body lotion and hand cream.

3. Hair Care.

Coconut oil is good at protecting your hair from damage. It can prevent sun damage by blogging around 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It can give your hair a lovely shine and keeps it growing healthily. It can be used on your hair after showering, it’s a great conditioner for helping the re-growth of damaged hair.
Also massaging it into your scalp can keep it dandruff free. It can also prevent catching head lice, for any of your mums or teachers out there.
Though remember when you use it on your hair, it can be hard to wash out – it made my hair appear greasy after I used it!

4. Improves Dental Health.

Using coconut oil can be used as a mouthwash to kill off harmful bacteria and reduce bad breath. It’s also said to whiten teeth and even help improve hangovers. It’s a process called ‘oil pulling’, where you swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes and then spit it out – just be sure to spit it into a bin or tissue as it solidifies and will clog up pipes and drains!

5. Nail Care

Rubbing coconut oil into your nails and cuticles is a great way to moisturise them as well as prevent them from splitting.

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Posted on May 20, 2016

New In – Zero Calorie Canderel Sugarly Sweetener

diet/ review

Zero Calorie Canderel Sugarly Sweetener

Oh look, a new zero calorie sweetener. Made by the very well known Canderel, this sweetener actually looks and has the texture of sugar – as you can see in the images below.

Normally, sweetener in a jar like this has that light and fluffy texture. But nope, this is granulated, just like sugar, and claims to be the closest thing to sugar you can get.

The taste is pretty spot on, too, the only difference is that it dissolves faster than real sugar and is a bit lighter.

When using this, remember that it’s sweeter than normal sugar so you’ll need less. Half the amount should do it – so if you usually have a tea spoon of sugar in your tea, you’ll need just half a teaspoon of Canderel Sugar to do the trick!

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This products was sent to me for review via Degustabox, the monthly food subscription box. If you want to get hold of your own box full of yummy treats like the ones below, you can get £6 off with the following discount code:


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Posted on May 11, 2016

Jst Jodie SEMTEX and OMG Protein Bars

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Jst Jodie SEMTEX and OMG Protein Bars

I’ve never really been a fan of Jodie Marsh.

Not that I don’t like her or anything, it’s more that I don’t know much about her.

It wasn’t until an e-mail dropped into my inbox about trying some of the Jst Jodie range, that is developed by Jodie Marsh, that she appeared on my radar.

I was sent a bottle of SEMTEX and a tub of OMG Protein bars.

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Let’s start with the SEMTEX first.

Caffeine – 328mg
Brazilian Cocoa Extract – 240mg
Capsicum – 190mg
Green Tea Extract – 40mg
Guarana Extract – 24mg
L-Carnitine – 20mg

The directions of these are to take two 30-45 minutes before working out, or for days you’re not working out, take 1-2 eight to six hours apart.

The are supposed to give you an energy boost to help increase the intensity of your workouts as well as promote fat burning and high metabolism.

The first time I took these before a workout, I felt AMAZING. My workout went really well and I felt really powerful during it. I was tired but felt I had unlimited energy and could keep going.

Another time I took these and during spin class, I suddenly felt light headed and dizzy. I felt like I might be sick or pass out so had to leave half way through. I didn’t really know what caused it.

Then another time, around 30 minutes after taking two, my chest got tight and I struggled to breath. My face started heating up and I had to lay down. I started feeling dizzy and light headed again and then it occurred to me that it’s from the pills and that’s probably what caused me to feel so ill at the spin class.

These have 328mg of caffeine per serving. The average cup of coffee has 94mg of caffeine and up to 400mg is recommended to be safe for adults.

I drink coffee already and I’ve always been a bit sensitive to caffeine and can really feel it if I’m tired and drink too much. I think these have too much caffeine in for me.

Although it was great when the worked for me as I really did feel the energy difference, but it’s kind of like a risk – I either get loads of energy or I get a massive caffeine hit and feel dizzy.

If you’re not sensitive to caffeine, then these might work for you, though I’m not sure I would recommend them as they made me feel really ill. I also have a friend who had a 2 day panic attack after using them and had to go to the hospital because her heart was going too fast, the missing a beat! Scary.

I searched through other reviews of this product, there are many people who love it but also many people who have horror stories about how the side effects of taking this made them not able to sleep, jittery, have heart palpitations and more. So it’s one to approach with caution.

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Now let’s move on to the better of the two products. The OMG Protein bars.

Calories – 106kcal
Protein – 7.5g
Saturated Fat – 0.6g

These are delicious. They have a lot of flavour to them and are a bit sticky, kind of like how you would imagine something made with dates. They are a great snack before a workout, or after and have 7.5g of protein in each bar. You can also get them in chocolate chip flavour.

These something I’d use again and recommend.

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So, there you go. A bit of a mixed review there!

You can view the Jst Jodie range here. The offer many different workout products, such as protein powder, meal replacements and more.

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Posted on April 22, 2016

Easy Vegan Mexican Bowl

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Easy Vegan Mexican Bowl

I’ve always been a fan of chilli. It’s wonderful. I usually make it with slim noodles and soya mince, but I’ve been trying new things lately and these types of bowls with rice, beans and dip have started to become quite common for me.

The dish itself is packed with protein, it’s also quite high in calories. I added this up on myfitnesspal for 700 calories and 35g protein. You could easily reduce this though as I ate a massive portion as I’ve been trying to eat a bit more lately, because I’ve not been losing weight restricting calories.

Easy Vegan Mexican Bowl

Easy Vegan Mexican Bowl


(for cooking times, follow the back of your ingredients packet because I just YOLO it and do what feels right)

  • 400g tin of kidney beans in chilli sauce
  • sliced peppers (around 100g)
  • sliced red onions and shallots (around 200g)
  • 100g mixed quinoa and bulgar wheat
  • green salad
  • guacamole
  • salsa


I stir fried the onions/shallots and peppers first, then added in the tin of kidney beans all while the bulgar wheat and quinoa were boiling.

I laid some salad leaves at the bottom of the bowl, then when the quinoa and bulgar wheat was done, put that on top then added the chilli. I finished with a DOLLOP of guacamole and salsa.

Oh, man, this was SO GOOD!

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Posted on April 20, 2016

Super Easy Smoothie Bowls

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Super Easy Smoothie Bowls

Smoothies are one of my favourite things. I’ve been out of the habit of eating them lately, though. Last year I was ALL ABOUT THE SMOOTHIE. This year I’ve been just eating fruit whole instead.

It’s mostly because I’m lazy and hate cleaning the smoothie maker afterwards! But eating smoothies is a great way to get in a whole load of vitamins, minerals and other good things without too much effort.

I finally tried a smoothie bowl last week and I loved it, it’s something I’ll be doing again!

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Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (21g protein)
  • 1 banana
  • 120g mango
  • 60g blueberries
  • 60g raspberries
  • coconut water


  • Blueberries
  • Goji berries
  • Chia seeds
  • Mixed dried fruit
  • Bee pollen

The best thing about them is you can mix up whatever you want and add the toppings you want. It makes for a filling breakfast and fuelled my workout well! The only thing I would say is just be careful how much water you add as you don’t want the consistency to be too watery that the fruit doesn’t hold on top without sinking. Well, that’s if you care about how instagramable your food is 😉

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What would you top your smoothie bowl with?


Posted on April 1, 2016

Vegan Sushi Bowl!

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Vegan Sushi Bowl

Danna Richards is my new inspiration in life. On her daily vlogs, where she talks about what she eats, she did some vegan sushi bowls that looked delicious. So I decided to create my own version of hers. Mainly replacing the rice with bulgarwheat and quinoa.

This is such a delicious, filling meal and filled me right up after an intense gym session.

Vegan Sushi Bowl

Vegan Sushi Bowl


  • 100g bulgar wheat and quinoa mixed
  • 100g tofu
  • half a red onion
  • a handful of mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic
  • a handful of grated carrots
  • a handful of edamme soya beans
  • half an avocado
  • a handful of bell peppers
  • a sheet of seaweed
  • wasabi paste
  • soy sauce

You can play around with the veggies as you wish, adding more or less or even different ones. The world is your oyster. Or something like that.


  • Rinse the quinoa and bulgar wheat then boil in 400ml water for around 25 minutes
  • Chop and stir fry the tofu, mushrooms, garlic and onion in soy sauce until browned.
  • Prepare the rest of the vegetables.
  • Put the quinoa and bulgar wheat and in a bowl and arrange your toppings around it.
  • Finish it by tearing a seaweed sheet up and adding a dab of wasabi paste.
  • Regret the wasabi paste if you’re an extremist like me and added too much.

I tried to calculate this on my fitness pal and it came to around 500 calories with around 60g of carbs, 25g of fat and 30g of protein. Not bad for something so filling!

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Posted on March 11, 2016

Diet Pro Meal // High Protein Meal Replacement

diet/ weight loss

Diet Pro Meal

Looking for a high protein meal replacement to help weight management while still getting all the nutrition you need? Sci-Mx’s Diet Pro Meal is a great way of managing weight still getting enough protein.

You can get it in chocolate, vanilla, banana or strawberry and it’s nutritionally balanced to insure you’re meeting all your requirements.


It has green tea extract, metabolic support to help your metabolism, energy and vitality to keep your energy levels normal on a low calorie diet. It can help you maintain normal cholesterol and contributes to thyroid function.

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Have you ever tried any meal replacement products?


Posted on March 2, 2016

WIAW // I made vegetable thai red curry

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Okay so, the star of this show is the Thai Red Curry.

I went out to eat a place in Leeds a few weeks ago and I cannot remember for the life of me what it was called. But they had the most amazing Thai Green Curry and a FULL veggie menu that was just amazing. You got so much too, I could hardly eat it all.

So then I decided the next day, I would make my own.

The only problem is that most Thai Green or Red curry sauces have fish in them. And I’m a vegetarian sooooooo I was at a loss. Or so I thought.

Dun dun duuuunn.

Finally I found some jars of red and green in M&S that were free of fish!

I basically just bought prepacked veg and butternut squash spaghetti and cooked them in the sauce. It’s a great dish for vegetarians or if you’re trying to eat less calories!

The final dish was just a mix of stuff I had in my fridge that needed eating, peppers, falafel and Quorn cocktail sausages with humous. Ha.

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Posted on February 27, 2016

8 quick tips for busy women to stay healthy.

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8 quick tips for busy women to stay healthy.

Hellena is a Yorkshire company (WOO!) that specialises in high quality vitamin, minerals and supplements.

The have recently started a campaign called Love Your Bones, Be Strong.

It’s a campaign to promote self care for women, who are often busy looking after their children, having a career, trying to juggle a million things at once and neglect to look after themselves properly, leaving them feeling exhausted and weak. This happens to me and I don’t even have kids! Just working full time, trying to fit in exercise and blogging is enough to make me sometimes neglect my own health! For me, this generally comes in the form of food. I’ll pick something quick and not too healthy to eat because it’s easier to make, or have a glass of wine after a hard day at work that can turn into a bottle!

The campaign focuses on how important your bones are and how you should keep them healthy.

With this in mind, they e-mailed me about sharing some times about how to keep healthy while running a busy life style.

So here are some tips for a busy lady to ensure she doesn’t forget to take care of herself!

8 quick tips for busy women to stay healthy.

  1. Enjoy a bath. While this one is purely mental, having a bath can be the perfect way to have a bit of me time. I’ve recently started doing this and feel so relaxed after. Making that time where I’m just on my own listening to music can be a great way to take a break from the world – especially as I’m always on my phone, using Twitter and never feel like I have time to just stop and be still.
  2. Meal prep. I used to do this all the time but I’ve been so bad at it lately! Making something simple like a bath of quinoa with vegetables that stays fresh in the fridge for at least 5 days is a great way to stay healthy when you’re busy. You can prepare so much food for the week and save time, just search on YouTube for meal prep and there are loads of ideas out there!
  3. Stick to a bedtime. If I could stick to this advice, my life would be so much easier but one of my worst habits is staying up late and feeling tired in the morning. I struggle sticking to a schedule as I work shifts so work can time from 6am up until midnight! When I’ve had enough sleep, I’m so much more productive and just a better human in general.
  4. Put down the cigs! Research suggests that smoking can weaken your bones. Not only that, but it can just make you feel rubbish. I know this because I smoked for 10 years. I’ve been a non-smoker for over 2 years now and I’ll never ever go back. It made me feel so lethargic and I felt like I was always putting stuff on hold to go and smoke, so it wasted my time as well as my money.
  5. Feed yourself properly. Diet has a lot to play in bone health, not only do you need to get enough calcium, but not eating properly can really weaken your bones. Anorexics and bulimics are at a massive risk of developing osteoporosis.
  6. Regular Exercise. This basically helps a million things. Your bone health, your heart, your energy levels, how well you sleep and how good you feel about yourself. Try it.
  7. Make time to stop and think. The hardest thing about being busy is that you never actually stop to think about how you’re neglecting your health. Make a conscious effort once every week, or month, just to take a bit of time to think about you diet, exercise and energy levels and if there’s anything you need to do different.
  8. Get a step tracker. Something like a Fitbit, or even an app on your phone that measures your activity during the day. This can give you a real insight to how active you are and if you need to move a bit more!

Don’t forget to check out the joint care section of Hellena, supplements that can prevent injury and support your joints during the day to day wear and tear!

What are your tips to stay well when you’re busy?


Posted on February 17, 2016

WIAW // beans beans beans

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Ohhhh this is from a long time ago, I don’t even remember when! But bean salads are something that keeps coming up in my meals. They’re just so tasty and M&S do a great version of a bean salad in a mint sauce, Tesco have a lovely one in their finest range.

Yesterday I went to Morrisons and piled a load of their bean salad into my salad from the salad bar. Beans are a winner for vegetarians!

Yesterday I also ate some veggie chilli with cheese and slim noodles, so this WIAW Wednesday is pretty accurate, apart from the breakfast. I had toast as I was slightly hungover and wanted something a bit more starchy!




What did you eat on the Wednesday?


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