Confessions of a Secret Snacker : Revised

Hello Beautiful People ❤

I hope you all had a great Paddy’s Day and now at least we are almost over hump day!  🙂 I know I have been neglecting my weekly food posts lately. I think it’s pretty easy to guess why; my eating habits have been horrendous! I’ve always had bad snacking habits hence the creation of this weekly post. Lately however I have been eating everything unhealthy that you can possibly think of. I don’t know where my motivation has gone. Continue reading

Add Some Goodness to your Short Stack

Hey Guys,

Happy Pancake Day! I hope you’re all planning on tucking in to some delicious options whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three in my case!) I Love pancakes so this is my favourite kind of Tuesday 🙂

There are numerous different carb free and protein pancake recipes out there and I do in general love them. For today though I think it’s ok to partake in a little pancake indulgence. At the end of the day, it’s all about balance. Continue reading

Confessions of a Secret Snacker

Hey Guys,

Last week I was full of good intentions for kick starting my healthy eating regime, however I wasn’t as good as I had intended! Upon evaluation, I think I ate healthily for about 60% of the week. This is realistically not good enough. My main downfall came from food preparation.

Although I was initially motivated, I found myself craving unhealthy food come mid week. This is mainly down to two reasons; the first being that I have become accustomed to unhealthy food over the Christmas season and so now my body is craving fatty food. The second reason is definitely down to unimaginative meals. I really dislike boring food, it leaves me unsatisfied. I tend to pick at chocolate and crisps if the meal I ate was bland. Even if I am full, I will still snack on unhealthy food. That was one of my biggest downfalls last week. As I was tired (my first week back in work) I became unmotivated to plan my meals for I’d say about half the week. I became bored and so reached for the bad stuff. This week I am going to do my best to stay at least one day ahead with my food prep.

Last Night’s Food Prep for Today:

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The weekend was by far my biggest downfall. It always is. Despite the fact I didn’t consume even one drop of alcohol, I still managed to eat like I was hungover; i.e. eat crap! Again relating back to the food prep aspect, I was lazy at the weekend and so kept grabbing quick fix snacks which were high in sugar and saturated fat. I also went for dinner and the cinema so I can’t even comprehend how many calories were consumed on both outings. I think it’s best I don’t know! I do however think weekends off are for enjoying, but maybe just not so much in my case. I need to keep my organisational levels up and this will hopefully reduce my unhealthy eating habits.

Sums me up:

 A positive aspect from last week was that I did in fact work out so I’m hoping that it may have saved me slightly. I know the saying that you can never out train a bad diet, but I do believe a workout helps you feel better. I’m not a huge fan of the weighing scales and choose to go by how my jeans fit and how I look sans clothing. So I think my workouts did in fact rescue me this week. This however will not provide room for progress, it will simply aid in maintaining my current physique (which is not what I am aiming for!) thus proving I need to get my ass into gear with my diet.
 Although my carb intake is still a little higher than I would like, I did manage to avoid white bread and pasta, which is a small victory that I’m claiming from last week. Sweet potato is also my go to healthy carb when I’m feeling hungry, it is nutritious, filling and tasty! Perfect! This week I need to up the vegetable and fruit intake though as replacement for so much carbs. Again I feel it’s important to reiterate that I am working towards a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Not a strict, depressing diet!

I’m hoping next week’s evaluation is more successful. I am already keeping note of today’s eating antics! In the mean time I hope you all have a happy & healthy week 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Guide to Getting Fit & Healthy

Hey Guys,

I know from experience that the majority of us ladies start the New Year hoping to change our eating habits and achieve the body of our dreams! I am always the first to say that I am certainly not a fitness or weight loss expert, I do however want to look and feel good and so I’m always looking for tips to stay motivated. It is due to this that I have decided to interview four different girls about their own personal motivations and success. I have chosen the four girls based on the fact that every one of them work full time and have other commitments. They don’t get to spend all day working out and preparing food. They work around their schedule and endure the same struggles as the rest of us. Each of the girls is at different stages and have their own specific goals, so I’m hoping that everyone reading this will take something from the tips they give!

Fit & Healthy Girl No. 1

1. What is your biggest vice?

My biggest vice is going out! I don’t mind the calories consumed with alcohol as I normally  drink vodka (one of the lowest calorie alcoholic drinks) but a night out nearly always ends up in a takeaway and a constant binge the next day.

2. How do you over come this?

I do try to limit my nights out now to special occasions, as I don’t even enjoy drinking any more due to feeling so crap the next day and knowing that I will be hungover and wanting to binge. Also if I know that I have a big night out coming up, I will allow the next day to be my treat day for the week and make sure that I am consuming lots of water.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received about health & fitness?

Keep it simple! We’ve all fallen for juice diets and going ‘no carbs’ for four days, but diets don’t work. In order to lose weight it’s all about a lifestyle change and not a fad diet! A healthy lifestyle change can be kept simple, just try to limit junk food to one day a week and try exercise three or four times a week. Again keep it simple; a gym membership is not required to get fit and lose weight. A few long walks will help or challenge yourself to do a 5k and you will see some serious results.

It’s also important to remember that you didn’t gain weight over night so you won’t lose it as quick either! Be consistent and keep it simple. Oh and try drink two litres of water a day, it’s great for weight loss but your skin will thank you for it too!

4. What has kept you motivated?

I don’t think that there is any better feeling than being healthy and strong. My motivation for going for a run or taking a spin class is the feeling I get afterwards, knowing that my body will benefit and my mood will improve. It can be hard to stay motivated but once you get into a routine, you will love it. It takes 21 days to break a habit

so take the next 21 days to improve your healthy eating and commit yourself to a walk three times a week. Of course you’ll enjoy that treat on Saturday night even more knowing that yo worked your ass off all week!

Fit & Healthy Girl No. 2

1. What is your biggest vice? 

My biggest vice would be chocolate.

2. How do you over come this?

I have a small amount every night. I find going cold turkey just drags you down and I end up binging on Nutella!

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received about health & fitness?

In terms of diet, the best advice I’ve ever received is to treat your body like a furnace; you need to add fuel to keep it burning so eating small amounts more often. Also drink lots of water as the more you drink the less water you retain. In terms of training; high intensity interval training burns more than hours of cardio as you will keep burning calories for 24 hours after. So skip the treadmill and stepper and start doing burpees and press ups.

4. What has kept you motivated?

The best motivation for me is seeing results. If you take a picture every week in the same clothes you will be so impressed that you will keep going. Also I had an injury and didn’t train properly for so long because I was afraid I would do more damage. Now I work around it and still see results which means no matter what your strength capabilities, if you stay determined you will see results. So that is inspirational too.

Fit & Healthy Girl No. 3

1. What is your biggest vice?

My biggest vice is sour jellies and Cadburys chocolate, I have such a sweet tooth.

2. How do you over come this?

In order to overcome giving in to my vice, I look back over old pictures which puts me off eating chocolate and jellies as I don’t want to go back to that ‘before’ stage!

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received about health & fitness?

The best advice I’ve received is to keep ‘trucking on’ no matter how much you want to quit  and also to never let a bad day become a bad week. I am in Unislim and I never miss a weigh in, even though sometimes I may feel embarrassed. It keeps me on track because I know I could do major damage if I don’t go to a class. Also I think before and after photos are a great idea.

  4. What has kept you motivated?

Seeing results really is the best motivation you can get. I hit ‘like’ on all the Facebook and Instagram motivational pages but really the motivation comes from myself and seeing that I really can do it. Even though I haven’t yet reached my final target, I have come a long way. I have old photos scattered around the house which helps keep me motivated.

Fit & Healthy Girl No. 4

1. What is your biggest vice?

My biggest vice would be crisps, once I start I find it very hard to stop!

2. How do you over come this?

I overcome this by having them in moderation. I never deprive myself of something I am craving. I buy multi packs of my favourite crisps and have one packet a day, usually at night time when I can relax and really enjoy them.

3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received about health & fitness?

The best advice I have ever received is everything in moderation and to never be too hard on yourself if you go off the rails a bit, because it can send you in the completely wrong direction.

 4. What has kept you motivated?

What keeps me motivated the most is looking back at how far I have come from last year. The difference I feel about myself now and my new confidence keeps me motivated.

 I personally find it interesting, gaining an insight into other people’s habits and motivational tips. Each of the girls interviewed may have different weight loss and fitness goals but they do have one goal in common; looking and feeling their best. I hope that anyone who reads this can take something from it. It’s not realistic to put yourself under too much pressure and to deprive yourself, as each of the girls stated above. If this has helped each of them become fit and healthy then it surely proves that moderation and persistence will far out weigh starvation and deprivation!

Until Next Time My Loves 

Z x

Natural Energy Enhancer

Hey Guys,

I am constantly on the go and I am terrible for going to bed late so I am therefore always tired. Whether I’m in work, writing articles or even going out, I tend to look for something to give me an extra boost. Thus sums up my love affair with coffee. I am however trying to limit myself to 1-2 coffees a day but find my energy levels slipping due to this. I am always reading articles saying that green tea is brilliant for boosting energy levels, however I am not a lover of green tea. I used to try force myself to drink a cup every now and then, but I can’t remember ever finishing a cup properly. It’s just not for me.

A friend of mine recently heard me complaining about how tired I was (regular occurrance) and she gave me a green tea tablet. I could not believe my energy levels after half an hour of consuming the tablet. I can’t remember the last time I had such a productive day. I Product Image For Super Green Tea Diet bought the tablets at the weekend and have been taking two a day and I have noticed a significant boost in my energy levels. I decided to share this with you guys in the hope that you can also get some benefit from these little wonder tablets!

Now I am conscious that the tablets say ‘diet’ on the label and I would be strongly against  any sort of ‘diet pill’ I questioned the lady working in Holland & Barrett and she said it’s primarily for PR purposes and that all consumption of green tea can aid in weight loss as it boosts your body and immune system. She informed me that these tablets are a mere replacement / supplement for those who don’t drink green tea (like me!)

Here is a list of the ingredients included in the tablets:

Two tablets contain: % EC RDA*
Vitamin B6 25mg 1,786%
Chromium 200µg 500%
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) (leaf) 405mg **
Caffeine 396mg **
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) (root) 60mg **
Guarana (Paullinia cupana) (seed) 14mg **
Bladderwrack Extract

 

 The tablets are currently available in Holland & Barrett for €11.95 or there is a special offer on where you can purchase 2 for €12.00 (Limited Time)

Hope you enjoyed guys 🙂

Z x