Veg-Anuary

You may or may not have seen a lot of advertising and a lot of campaigns around Veganuary, where it’s asking people to become vegan for the full month of January.

Now as much as I like the idea of this I think I would find it really really difficult to give up eggs. I think in a week I eat between 6-8 eggs!! It is one of my favourite breakfasts and I often have them for a quick lunch – So I think it would be very difficult to give up eggs.

So my compromise this January is to go vegetarian. I have started to reduce my meat intake anyway so I don’t think it’s going to be the worst month in the world. I love my veggies so I don’t think I’m gonna miss meat all that much.

To make sure I don’t get bored and have the same meal over and over again I’ve created a Pinterest board which is full of delicious and really appealing dishes that are meat free! Head over to my Pinterest page here, and check out some of the recipes.

I’d love to hear what your favourite vegetarian recipe is, comment below with your favourite meal..

Film Feasting

I love Christmas – literally, I love everything about Christmas!!

I love that you get to spend time with people you love, I love the people tend to be happier around Christmas, I love that you get time off work most of all I love that it’s fine for you to sit and watch telly.

I’m not really one likes to sit around and watch telly for hours on end, but I feel it becomes acceptable over Christmas. After coming back from New York and not getting over the jetlag for a while I really could not get enough of just sitting on the sofa getting comfy and watching a good film!! 

This year was actually the first year that I watched it’s a wonderful life and actually was wonderful!

But I’m sure you’ll all admit that sitting on the sofa watching a film is not complete without a few snacks. Christmas seems to be a time where people got a bit snack mad at overindulge, but I don’t think that has to be the case. Healthy snacks are great because they fill you up, they satisfy your snack craving and it doesn’t make you feel really guilty after you’ve eaten it!

One of my favourite go-to healthy snacks is simply an apple cored and cut up into segments with a little bit of peanut butter spread on top!! It is such an easy snack, it doesn’t cost a lot and it is soooo good! 

Another favourite is popcorn. I have a popcorn maker so you don’t need to have any added oils or butter, it is simply just popcorn. I’m a fan of it just plain, but if you want to be a little bit naughtier you can add a drizzle of butter,  sugar, or some cinnamon sugar.

I have stolen this idea from the cinema – Once your popcorn is all popped and in the bowl, sprinkle your favourite naughty snack over the popcorn! For me, that would be a bag of peanut M&Ms. If you are sharing this popcorn is reduces the amount of naughtiness you are eating! 

Although I don’t want to spend too much of my free time sitting on the sofa watching telly, I am going to make an effort to have a movie night more. I think it is really important to sit down and relax regularly. 

What is your favourite snack to eat whilst watching a film?

NYC to New Year

I found that I really dipped in my motivation in the run up to New York and that was both food and fitness related! 

And I am happy to say that I hated it! Having said that though it didn’t make me get up and do things differently! 

I try to eat fresh unprocessed foods and exercise everyday but for some reason I really couldn’t be bothered!! 

The plan was never to be good in New York or limit ourselves – we just wanted to go and enjoy ourselves!! We did over indulge in the food however we did work out we walked over 206,000 steps during our stay!! Which completely explains the really sore feed and the very tired legs!! It is safe to say, event with all the walking we have put on a few pounds and lost quite a lot of fitness and strength! 

I still have a week off work and I plan on using it wisely. I am going to spend the time planning my food, my fitness goals and actually start practicing yoga every day! I know for the past few years I have set myself a lot of goals for the year and have never really stuck to them – I always try to live well but I do tent to try to achieve too much and always miss the final goal. So this year I am going to do things different! I am going to change on thing a week until I have met the goal and once I have I will start to change a new thing each week for the next goal! 

Have you already set your goals for 2018? 

August Intentions

August Intentions

I know I’m a little bit late in posting this but anyway here are my intentions for August! As always I have a mix of lifestyle, food, fitness and education goals in here.

Meditate more

I downloaded the headspace app awhile ago I got really into the first cycle of it doing the 10 minute every day. I was doing it in the morning found that I kept falling asleep! So instead of being a sensible person and moving my meditation later in the day I just stopped. My whole morning routine has changed quite a lot recently so I’m going to try and give it another chance in the morning if that doesn’t work and then move it to later in the day.

Yoga flows

As I mentioned my morning routine has changed and it has allowed me the time to do quick flow every morning which I have been doing and I have been loving. When I do these flows I typically follow Cat Meffan on YouTube, but this intention is to start doing my own flow. Really finding what feels good for me and what my body is needing.

Lunchtime reading

Since starting my new job I haven’t really had a proper lunch break, I tend to eat my lunch sat at my desk and continue working, so this intention is to step away from my desk at lunchtime and to start reading, I have a massive list of books I’d like to read I’m not getting through them and I have no time to read.

Lifting

I’ve started back at the gym and have started to include weights into my training plan and I’m loving it –  although the pain in my legs are telling me otherwise!! This intention is to keep lifting and to keep progressing with the weights. It’s really easy to get stuck doing the same thing and lifting the same weights – but I’m determined not to do that.

What have you set out to do this month?
 

Eating for energy

I know I have already mentioned the Outlaw event the other weekend, but it was my first 22 hour shift so I am going to milk it for as long as I can!!

I am still feeling incredibly tired and lethargic from it so have started to created my weekly food plan around the foods that I know will help give me a boost. The main ingredients for this plan are: 

Lentils

Lentils are high in fibre and are great at stabilising blood sugar levels, making sure you don’t have an energy crash during the day.

Quinoa 

Not only is this little grain filled with more protein than any other grain, it is also packed with amino acids, folate, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, making it a great nutrient-packed source of carbohydrates for long-lasting energy levels.

Eggs

Eggs contain one of the highest complete forms of protein in any food, our bodies can absorb 97% of it!! They give 30% of the recommended daily value of protein all of the essential amino acids that your body uses to rebuild muscle. No matter how you cook them, eggs are a great option to repair and replace your needs! 

Yogurt

Yogurt is another great source of high quality protein that helps to keep you full. 

There has also been a lot of evidence to show that dairy fat has a neutral or even a slightly positive effect on preventing heart disease and type 2 diabetes! 

Water

Being dehydrated has been linked with why we feel tired so much. Drinking plenty of water each day will help keep energy levels up and also stop us thinking we are hungry, when we aren’t! 

I will be sharing the individual recipes and how they have helped!