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Posted on March 29, 2017

Degustabox March 2017

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Degustabox March 2017

I was so happy to get my Degustabox this month as I was craving some treats! I wasn’t let down when I saw what was inside.

Degustabox March 2017

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Oreo

I’ve heard so much about this and can’t wait to try the new Oreo delights, especially the peanut butter ones!

£1.49 each

Degustabox March 2017

Weetabix on the go.

To be honest I’m getting fed up of these. I’d rather eat my breakfast than drink it. They’re a good idea but they’ve been featured so many times in Degustabox before!

£1.99 each.

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Westons Cider

I love it when there’s booze in the box! More booze please! These two ciders sound delicious. Pure hopped cider which has a hoppy aroma with well-balanced smooth taste and Caple RD Dry Cider Blend No 5 which is a dry cider matured up to 18 months for a crisp and complex cider.

£1.99

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Heinz Seriously Good Sauces

This tomato and garlic sauce will add a finishing touch to your meals. It’s creamy and smooth and I can’t wait to try it with chicken!

£1.99

Degustabox March 2017

Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Mylk.

I love chocolate milk and this diary free alternative is perfect for lunch boxes.

£1.89

Degustabox March 2017

Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes

I’ve always wanted to try smoked salt and I can’t wait to add this to some of my meals!

£1.50

Degustabox March 2017

Gusto Organic Lemon Energy

This adult soft drink sounds amazing. Sicilian lemons, Amazon guarana, Siberian ginseng and wonder herb astragalus would also make a great mixer for alcohol!

£1.50

Degustabox March 2017

Pipers Crisps

Why do I open this? I ate nearly the whole bag right away. If you’re a fan of salt and vinegar you’ll love these. They’re packed through of flavour and delicious.

£2

Degustabox March 2017

The Jelly Bean Factory

Who doesn’t love jelly beans? I’ve never tried this brand of beans but it’s so fun trying all the flavours.

£1.49

Degustabox March 2017

£onepounders Chocolate Eclairs

Oh my god, chocolate eclairs remind me of childhood! This brand has 65 different types of sweets and chocolates!

£1

Degustabox March 2017

Naturelly

These are a fun and refreshing jelly snack. They’re great for a dessert or sweet treat. They’re suitable for children over 12 months, too. They have no added sugars or sweeteners!

£1.19

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Whitworths

These bars are full of cacao, almonds, coconut, chia seeds, golden flax seeds, quinoa and acai. They’re basically every superfood in a bar!

£1.50

You can get a whopping £7.00 discount, which means the first box will cost £5.99 with the code FAZHX at Degustabox.

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Posted on March 13, 2017

Fitness Update // 3 runs in a week?!?

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Who even am I? I did 3 whole runs plus a workout at the gym! The half marathon training is well underway and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve felt a bit in a rut over the past couple of months but I feel like I’ve pushed past that.

Monday: 5 mile run.

As per plan, I need to add a mile each week. By the end of March, I need to be up to 8 miles. I went for a 5 mile run on Monday and it was hard, but I did it. 11:43 per mile.

Tuesday: 3 mile run.

I went for a quick run before work on Tuesday morning. Although it wasn’t my fastest time, I ran it 1 min 30 sec faster than the pervious week. That’s knocking 30 second off each mile. My pace was 11:13 per mile.

Friday: Gym: 30 minutes.

I did 15 minutes treadmill intervals, 10 minutes no the cross trainer and 5 minutes cycling. It felt okay. The treadmill was hard as I was really pushing myself on the intervals. I do 1 minute on and 30 seconds off. I found last time I ran a half marathon doing this really helped me run faster outdoors.

Sunday: 6 mile run.

I didn’t want to do it. I felt a bit hungover after drinking almost a bottle of wine on Saturday night but I did it! I’m not sure of my pace because I didn’t have any signal to start with so my FitBit recorded my first mile as 10 hours. I ran the full 6 miles in about 1 hour 10 minutes.

The fastest I’ve ever ran a 10k is 1hr 01 mins. So I’m very far away from my pervious fitness levels but I feel glad that I am at least doing something about it. I’m hoping to get faster in time.

I feel very accomplished this week.

Next week I need to do a 7 miler on Friday.

Wish me luck!

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Posted on March 10, 2017

Eating Healthy: Get Your Day Started Right With The Healthiest Breakfasts!

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Some people seem to have it all figured out. They talk about their homemade smoothies, which are chock full of green vegetables, or discuss grains that you’ve never even heard of. They love flax and chia, and they wouldn’t even think of having a bowl of cereal in the morning for breakfast. The good news is that you don’t have to completely give up everything you love in the morning. Eat Clean Direct have came up with eight great breakfast foods that can help you get the day started right.

Many of these foods are ones that you are familiar with. There may even be several that are already part of your morning routine. Not only are they good for you, but they will give you the energy that you need to get through your busy day. These foods are:

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Coffee

Believe it or not, coffee made the list of healthy breakfast foods! While moderation is important, coffee has a lot of antioxidants in it. Granted, you need to skip the sugar and cream and watch your intake. When you drink it the right way, though, coffee can help your heart and keep your mind sharp. It could possibly keep certain cancer at bay as well, including basal cell carcinoma. Finally, it may help you avoid type 2 diabetes.

Eggs

When you eat eggs, you are ingesting 13 crucial nutrients, like protein. When you eat a lot of protein in the morning, you are less likely to make poor snacking choices throughout the day. You want to get at least 9 grams of protein, but it is best if you consume around 25 grams. The B vitamin in the yolk is good for your memory, and the zeaxanthin and carotenoids lutein help your eyes stay healthy. Also, eggs are a very flexible food; you can eat them in many different ways, so you don’t have to worry about getting bored with your morning meal.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit has ample amounts of potassium and vitamin C (this is true for all citrus fruits). They also have fiber, so after eating a grapefruit, you’ll stay satiated longer. One study touted the benefits of eating a half a grapefruit prior to a meal; participants were able to lose more weight when they did this.

Bananas

Bananas are very easy to eat in the morning. You can grab one as you are heading out the door and then eat it when you have time. Some people don’t think bananas are a good breakfast food, because they contain around a hundred calories. However, they also have a lot of potassium, vitamin C and fiber. Even more importantly, a banana does not have any sodium in it, and you normally find fiber with sodium. That means that bananas are a great food for helping your blood pressure to stay under control.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has a lot of protein, which will help to keep you full. You also get a lot of calcium when you eat this food. However, do not go for a flavored tub; it has a lot of extra sugar. Pick up the low-fat plain version instead and add your own fresh fruit. Blueberries and strawberries are a great option!

Berries

Regardless of which berry you choose, it is sure to have a lot of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. And, if you are trying to lose weight, berries are a guilt free option; they do not have many calories at all. There are a few studies that indicate that berries might help fight neurological decline and help people avoid cancer as well.

Oatmeal

There is a reason why generations of families have enjoyed oatmeal for breakfast. It has a lot of dietary fiber, which curbs your appetite. There are several different versions of oatmeal, and all of them are good for you. However, don’t go with flavored oatmeal because it has a lot of sugar. Instead, think about adding a little peanut butter and banana to get the flavor that you want.

Tea

Tea does great things for your immune system. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. In particular, white, black and green teas are great choices. They may help you avoid cancer, diabetes, and heart issues. However, be careful not to add a bunch of sugar to your tea!

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Posted on February 21, 2017

Post Workout Juice Recipes

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After a long workout, it is important to allow your body the opportunity to rehydrate. Whether this is after an intense run or cardio training, if the body loses up to 2% of hydration then this can lead to a loss in performance. Juice camps, such Prestige Boot Camps’ Portugal retreat, combat this by introducing a diet of juice drinks to be followed after an intense workout. These are some similar juices which can be equally as effective.

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Cherry Juice

Filled to the brim with antioxidants, any cherry juice brand (that is not from concentrate) can be the perfect warm down drink to soothe aching muscles. In fact, a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine noted that drank 24 ounces of cherry juice retained their strength after exercise. This is the perfect drink for after any intense arm or leg workouts! A simple recipe for making your own cherry juice consists of:

  • 1 lb of cherries
  • 2 lbs of sugar/ sugar substitute
  • Water

Begin by adding your cherries to a blender before adding your sugar substitute and blending. Then add your water before blending. The result should look like a syrup. Make sure to strain it into your glass before drinking!

Chocolate Milk

This is a perfect drink for any sports enthusiast who aims to build their strength and endurance through an intense workout. Sports nutritionist Heidi Skolnik even claimed that ‘chocolate milk is a great option for recovery. You’ll get plenty of fluid together with carbohydrates and protein.’ Alongside this, chocolate milk supplies a boost of calcium to fight against brittle bones. You can use regular chocolate milk products or follow this recipe to make your own in 10 minutes. If you feel daring, try this alternative recipe and add some sweet potato to your concoction for a healthy twist.

Green Tea

Looking for that extra boost of caffeine without any of the calories? Try a classic green tea or a batch of green ginger tea in order to fight against muscle inflammation, soreness and tiredness. It is also a fantastic fat metabolizer, meaning that it will aid you in your fat burning quest during and after your regime is completed. It is even known to combat against a number of chronic conditions, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

Healthy Post-Protein Shakes

It is always possible to indulge in your sweet tooth while remaining fit from your workout. Although too much chocolate can increase your intake of fat, using it as a protein powder can provide your body with an appropriate amount of energy, protein and carbohydrates to rejuvenate your form. The majority of health information about these milkshakes can be found on Muscle and Fitness, and most of them require chocolate protein powder, low-fat milk or cream cheese and ice. The recipe for a chocolate peanut butter energy shake is as follows:

  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or water
  • ½ cup of organic cheese
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of ice

Add all these ingredients into a blender. Then blend on high for 30 seconds until smooth. Once it is at a creamy consistency, feel free to drink and enjoy!

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Posted on February 8, 2017

Smoothie bowl with Graze fruit

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Smoothie bowl with Graze fruit

Graze sent me some fruit from their better baking section. I’m not great at baking, but these are perfect for smoothie bowls!

I used berries, 0% greek yoghurt with a touch of water for the smoothie and sprinkled with soft dried pear, flame raisins and cranberries.

A word of warning – a smoothie bowl can easily come up to 500 calories or more so if you are watching your weight, make sure you weigh out your dried fruit. I would have put way more dried fruit on this if I wasn’t counting calories!

What do you like to put in smoothies?

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Smoothie bowl with Graze fruit

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Posted on January 30, 2017

Fitness Update // Fitness Test

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I did okay again this week. Just okay. I had a lot on but made time where I could.

On Tuesday I went for a run before work. I wasn’t in the mood at all, but got out there and ran a mile and a half then had a walk up a hill for the cool down.

On Thursday I did 30 minutes of weights and then 10 minutes on the bike. I’m so tempted to just cardio it out to lose weight but I keep reminding myself of how much my body changed the last time I started doing weights so need to get at least one good session in a week.

On Friday I downloaded Insanity and did the fitness test, which took 25 minutes. I’m going to do Insanity in order, but not daily because I still want to run and go to the gym. It’s a good way of adding a bit of variety to my workout and working at home is convenient!

Weight loss isn’t really happening despite doing well with eating. I’ll give it another week and then re-assess my situation!

How’s your week been?

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Posted on January 20, 2017

Sundried Breithorn Sports Bra

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Sundried Sports Bra

This isn’t the first time I’ve worked with ethical brand Sundried and I hope it won’t be the last. Sundried take care to make sure they have a low carbon footprint and are even audited by the Low Carbon Innovation Fund to ensure everything they do has the smallest carbon footprint throughout the lifecycle of their clothing range, from design right up until use and disposal.

They’ve created a really cool concept for the well being of their staff, too, as well as fair wages they created  Every Hour On the Hour (EHOH). An initiative where you spend 5 minutes of every hour exercising throughout your working day, exchanging an hour’s break for 30 minutes lunch and 30 minutes exercising to minimise the negative effects of sitting for long durations. I wish we had that at work – then I could skip a few gym workouts!

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They recently sent me this sports bra as a thanks for working with them on a different post.

It’s a sports bra ideal for anyone up to a C cup and can offer support for all activities. It has a mesh back to give extra ventilation during those tougher sessions.

Features:

  • Wide flat chest strap for maximum comfort and minimal movement
  • Breathable and lightweight
  • Mesh racer back design to ensure maximum mobility
  • Shape holding, stay true material, for long lasting colour and fit
  • Engineered zones for enhanced ventilation

I love the colour of this sports bra and it feels very high quality. I’ve been wearing this quite a bit lately getting myself back to the gym!

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Sundried Sports Bra

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Posted on January 18, 2017

Is your celebrating your success on social media damaging to others?

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Is your celebrating your success on social media damaging to others?

I got into an interesting conversation on Twitter a few days ago after talking about #fityear.

Someone was saying that hearing other people talk about health and fitness was damaging to those that have a bad body image.

I find reading about peoples weight loss stories or stories of how they ran a marathon inspiring 80% of the time. It makes me think I could do that myself and gives me the encouragement to start planning and making steps to do so.

There are times when it it does make me feel like rubbish. Those days where I’m on the sofa all day eating crap and feeling rubbish, then someone comes along talking about how they’ve lost 5lbs this week. I feel terrible about it. But just because I’ve mad bad choices that day, does that mean that everyone else should stop posting their successes online incase they make me feel bad?

I don’t think so. Not at all.

It seems we live in a society where everyone gets offended at everything. Things that are nothing to do with them become personal digs and we’re expected to walk on egg shells because we don’t want to upset or trigger other people.

It’s all just got a bit out of hand.

I understand the difference between what is offensive and what is not. Like, there is a clear difference between fat shaming and celebrating weight loss or a gym session.

We live in a world where we allow external factors to control our feelings and then blame everyone but ourselves. Of course, it might not be our fault, but we can’t prevent other people doing what makes them happy because it reminds us of our flaws and makes us sad. You have to learn to deal with it either by accepting who you are or deciding to change those things you’re not happy with.

We all have the power take control of our lives. Some people find it harder than others, but we should be encouraging people not bashing others for doing well.

Have you ever come across this?

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Posted on November 9, 2016

Degustabox October 2016

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Degustabox October 2016

It’s Degustabox time again!

For those of you that don’t know, Degustabox is a subscription box that sends you new snacks, food and cooking ingredients to try each month.

Here’s what was in the October 2016 Degustabox!

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Pitch Choco Bar

Pitch is a regular brand in the Degustabox, it seems like they now have a new product which is a brioche roll with a chocolate bar in the middle!

Interesting!

£1.40

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I AM SOUPER // £1.49

I feel ripped off here because I’ve been referring to myself as souper every time I eat soup for years. I should have copyrighted that.

These soups are high in protein, so perfect for fitness fans like me! It’s also low in fat and comes in 4 different flavours.

The price isn’t actually that bad, protein products like this are usually way more and I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had been priced around £3.

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Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks // £1.99.

I love these and have reviewed the full range before, so yum! I ate all these in one go. Doom.

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Heinz Kid’s Shapes and Pasta Sauce.

I don’t have kids so these aren’t my favourite thing, but I could always do with some pasta sauce!

Minon shaped pasta and minion sauce are sure to go down well wth minion fans both young and old. The pasta is made from 50% whole wheat and the sauce has no added sugar or salt.

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Beloved Date Fruit Hearts // 75p

These are adorable, packets of 5 heart shaped dates that come in different flavours. I’ve tried the orange one and it’s delicious! If you’re a fan of Nakd bars, you’ll love these.

They’re suitable for vegans and gluten free. They make an ideal snack or a good addition to breakfast. I bet they would also look cute on as the topping to a smoothie bowl!

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Maggi Fusian Noodles // £1.39

I know Maggie noodles seem to have become popular over the last few years, but I’ve never actually tried any myself. I was more of a Super Noodle kind of girl. Actually, that’s a lie. I was more if a Tesco Value Noodles kind of girl when they cost 8p a go. I’m looking forward to try this when I can’t be bothered to cook properly.

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Levi Roots Smokey BBQ Coat ‘n Cook // £1

These are ideal for adding flavours to your meat, ribs, or fish. Or vegetables for me.

You can get them in Jerk, Ginger Beer and Smokey BBQ.

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Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme // £1.00

Hershey’s is the iconic American brand. Famous of Hershey’s Kisses and now it’s available in most UK supermarkets at a fairly decent price. When supermarkets first started stocking American brands, they were so expensive but now they’re not that bad!

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JimJams 83% Less Sugar Milk Chocolate Spread // £2.59

I’m pretty sure that this has been in the box before, I love a chocolate spread but I’m totally the type of girl that will just eat a spoon full. Bad.

This has less sugar than normal chocolate spread which means less guilt. Yay.

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Robinsons Squash’d Orange // £2.49

I love these little things. I’ve tried them in different brands before and supermarkets own. They’re great for going to the gym too to fill your water bottle up if you don’t like drinking just water 🙂

You can get your own Degustabox with £7 off using this code: FAZHX from Degustabox.

Which product would you most like to try?

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Posted on November 7, 2016

Fitness Update // A Chilly Bike Ride

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Gosh, it’s cold.

I forgot my trainers last Tuesday, So instead of going to the gym like I had planned, I decided to go out on my bike as for once in the history of the United Kingdom, it wasn’t raining.

It was coooooolldddd. Long cycling pants and long jersey weather, that’s for sure. I did 5 miles and got stuck in traffic, so that wasn’t ideal. But it was better than not doing anything.

As you can see from the photo below, my second (and only other) workout of the week was in the safety of my gym, where I did an upper body weight workout and a 30-minute spin session.

As always lately – I had another busy week. I worked all week then I spent my day off on Friday blogging, worked Saturday, then right straight to my parents for a bonfire at my uncles. I spent Sunday at my boyfriends, we went for a meal with his friends in the evening so that was my weekend fully booked.

Trying not to get too disheartened about not being able to work out as much because I’m enjoying life right now.

Hows your week been?

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