It’s that time of year again! The time when people everywhere start saying ‘December? Already?!’ and have flashbacks of last years Christmas that literally feels like it was two months ago. The time of year when you get to see your family and usually have to deal with that one relative who always gets too festive and embarrasses themselves. Or worse, embarrasses you.
The time of year when you have to buy presents for people that you don’t really know so you don’t know what to get them and they end up with something super random like a towel from you. The time of year when there is more naughty food and alcohol than you could poke a stick at… the naughty food and alcohol that you’ve been so good at staying away from. This post is about said naughty food and alcohol.
I give you: How to enjoy the silly season without getting too silly.
The first thing I want to say on this topic is don’t be too hard on yourself. One day of indulging isn’t going to ruin your progress or majorly impact your health. It is totally okay to go a little over board, but you can still use these few little tips to make sure you don’t go so overboard that you never get back on board. Obviously if you’re not tempted by the sweets or alcohol then by all means, don’t have any, but if you’re worried about feeling like you’re missing out, here are my tips for you.
Christmas is about family. It’s about coming together, reflecting on the year that was and having some delicious food. It can be hard to stay healthy around this time of year, but these few little tips can help you stay on track as much as you can. Remember, you're only human. There's only so much you can do to avoid all the naughty-ness that comes out at this time of year (food and beverage related that is), so don't be too hard on yourself. I know I'll definitely be having a few too many cheese and crackers and I am totally okay with that.
I hope you have the most amazing Christmas my darlings. Stay safe, look out for each other and enjoy this festive season.
Composting… you may have heard the term, but wondered what the process really entails. There are many different ways to compost, some quite easy and efficient. Compost is a natural process where organic materials break down to create a nutrient-rich soil, perfect for growing fruits, vegetables, flowers and other foliage.
Organic materials might sound like a vague term, but if you think about it, you’ll realize you have organic materials all over your house. Anything that decomposes, from a banana peel to old newspapers, can be part of your compost pile. Whether you’re an avid gardener or an enthusiastic newbie, composting is a great way to increase the richness of your soil and reduce your carbon footprint. The process for creating compost for your home garden includes:
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the basics of composting, its benefits and the different ways you can create nourishing soil for your lawn and plants.
I have been on the pill for around six years and to be entirely honest, I wish I never went on it. Don’t get me wrong, the pill has made my life very convenient and I’ve never had any real problems with side effects or anything, but there are definitely things I would do differently if I had my time over. I wanted to write this blog post to explain why I personally have decided to get off the pill, despite being in a long-term relationship and having no issues (kind of) with the pill.
My journey with the pill first started when I was in high school. I went on the pill for contraceptive reasons and was first put on Monofeme. Being on this particular pill lasted me about six days because it instantly put me in this major depressive mood. Like major, major depression. So, I went back to my doctor and explained my mood and he changed me to Levlen ED.
Since being on Levlen ED I’ve never had any problems with mood, skin, weight gain or anything like that. The only thing that really changed in my body (externally) was my boobs grew and let’s be honest, what young woman doesn’t want some free extra boobies?! So I was pretty happy with my decision to go on the pill now that I had bigger boobs and could control when I got my period. Now, six or so years later, hindsight has kicked in and I wish I could tell my younger self not to go on it (or at least, not rush to go on it like I did). Here’s why.
First of all, no doctor or anyone for that matter ever educated me about the risks involved with the pill. It wasn’t until being on the pill for about three years that I found out (through a friend, not even a medical professional) that smoking and being on the pill is a massive no-no and that you are at an increased risk of blood clots and therefore should protect yourself by doing things like always walking around when you catch a flight anywhere and not sitting down for extended periods of time. Like hellllllooooo doctors, do you not think these are two MAJOR things I should have known?! Imagine if I didn’t do anything to protect myself against clots (which I didn’t) and then one flicked off, went to my brain and I had a stroke…
The pill impacts on gut health as well. If you don't know by now, I and many others are big advocates for gut health, so when I found out that the pill impacts the levels of yeast in your intestines and inhibits the intestines ability to absorb nutrients from your food, I actually felt bad for doing this to my bod for so many years - cue sad music and tears for all the good bacteria my bod has potentially lost. Then we’ve got the increased risk of certain cancers, heart attack and infertility. Three things that would change your life indefinitely, but let’s not tell a 17 ish year old girl about these. Are you kidding me?!
You might be thinking ‘as if she didn’t know about these, everyone knows this stuff’, but I can assure you none of these risks were stressed to me and this is NOT common knowledge to everyone out there. Now that I am in the health care industry and have studied for three years, I have a better understanding of finding reliable information and making informed decisions myself. This is what has brought me to the decision to stop taking the pill.
Side note - I actually stopped taking the pill earlier this year and had the intention to give my body a break and go back on it once I got my period back. Well, that failed. I waited three months for a period and nothing came. I wasn’t very educated about natural alternatives to the pill then so I panicked and went back on the pill. But since then, I have not been able to get the effects of the pill on my body out of my mind. I no longer want to interfere with my hormones and mess with my body for the sake of convenience.
With all of that said, I guess you can say my decision to stop taking the pill is solely health based. I felt a bit hypocritical spending all this time and effort working on my health with better food choices and exercise, but not changing the fact that every single day, I am messing with my hormones with an artificial pill. I am all about loving and caring for my body inside and out, and as the pill does not fit with this at all it was time to say see ya later pill!
I want to stress that I am not pushing my decision on anyone. This is a personal decision. I want to tune into my body more and treat it the way it should be treated, naturally. If you’re wondering about what natural contraceptive options I will be trying, I am going to trial a few different apps to track my fertility. Believe it or not, tracking has been proven to be as effective as the pill (if done correctly) and it allows you to tune in with your body and really understand what is happening with your body. I can imagine the next few months will be rough… my body is going to be freaking out trying to work out how to regulate my hormones again but I am going to do my best to trust the process, trust my body and remember why I have decided to do this. For my health, happiness and my future Happy Little Humans.
Please feel free to comment on this post or contact me here or on my Instagram and we can talk all things 'the pill'.
Getting in the recommended daily intake of vegetables can be a challenge, especially when our meals tend to be based around carbs or meat. Time also seems to be another reason people seem to fall shy of a good amount of veg per day. But vegetables are so good for our bodies that we really should make it a priority not just to meet these recommendations, but to exceed them!
I know that our busy lives make this more than a challenge, but if you can even get just one or two extra serves of veg in a day, your body will love you for it. Here’s four easy ways to get in that extra veg.
As promised in my initial kombucha posts, the time has now come to write about flavoring this amazing beverage! Flavoring kombucha is easy – you just add the flavor at the same time as bottling and leave the bottles out of the fridge for about a week before refrigerating. I have tried a few different flavors and techniques to flavoring so here they are…
You’ve made your first batch of delicious, nutritious, warming bone broth. You’ve divided it up into smaller portions, ready to be used for… um. Okay so you don’t know what to use your bone broth in. That’s okay, because I’m here to help (Georgia saves the day yet again!).
Taking your health back into your own hands is an achievement on its own. For whatever reason, you have decided that you should ditch the dirty habits and start working on yourself inside and out, and that is amazing!
Getting started can be the hardest part… there are so many little things that go through your head like do you need to do a diet? Can you really live without three coffee’s a day or even worse, chocolate? Its winter and no one wants to get out of bed early to exercise when its stupidly cold, so how am I meant to?!
Recognising and moving past these mental barriers is one part of the journey which can be challenging but it’s also so exciting once you’ve got a little inspiration behind you. Personally, one thing that I find that helps get me motivated is the excitement of trying new healthy recipes or other health-related things. Something that I have found that helps with this when I’m feeling a little lacking in the excitement department is the Inside Out boxes.
Winter is upon us and finding motivation to exercise seems to get that little bit more difficult. Focusing on nutrition based around your exercise routine can help boost your energy levels and improve muscle gains. As a nutrition student who enjoys both weight and cardio training I often get asked what are the best foods to eat around exercise and should the kind of food you eat change depending on your type of training? This post is going to focus on some handy nutrition tips for weights training, to ensure you’re getting adequate nutrients for optimal benefits.
Before Your Workout
Pre-exercise meals vary depending on what type of exercise you’re doing and how long you’ll be on the move for. A good general tip is to make sure you include carbohydrate in your main meal 3-4 hours before your workout. For example, a breakfast of oats topped with sliced banana and a teaspoon of honey, or a whole-meal salad sandwich for lunch. Follow this with a light snack such as a piece of fruit and some raw nuts about one hour before you exercise. These steps ensure you have adequate energy to use while exercising and help delay the onset of fatigue.
Side note: Currently there’s no strong research to suggest that consuming protein before a resistance training session will aid improvement of muscle growth.
During Your Workout
Generally, if your weights session lasts under one hour there’s no need to refuel during training, but it is important to keep your water intake to avoid dehydration. For endurance events, (1-3hours) 30-60g of carbohydrate should be consumed for each hour of exercise, this can be consumed in the form of a 500-600mL standard sports drink such as Gatorade or 11/2 – 2 sports gels (60-70% Carbohydrate) or even 50g of jelly beans.
After Your Workout
Following a weights session consumption of protein containing amino acids stimulates muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and reduces muscle protein breakdown, assisting with muscular hypertrophy (muscle growth). While protein intake is vital to muscle growth there are a few factors to consider when selecting your timing, type and amount of post workout protein.
Refined sugar has been getting absolutely slammed lately! So many documentaries, health programs and even research around how bad sugar is for you have been released in the last few years and shone a light on the truth about refined sugar.
For me personally, I was turned off sugar after watching ‘That Sugar Film’ (I highly recommend watching it if you want to see the effects sugar has on your body that you may not even be aware of in your own body). I realized that even though I’m not a massive sweet tooth, I was still having so much sugar in other forms without even realizing it.
I would also get headaches. All the damn time.
For as long as I can remember I have had headaches almost daily and believe it or not, once I cut out refined sugar – like 100% cut it out – after about a week of withdrawals (unfortunately including headaches) I was clear of all signs of the annoying existence that is headaches! I can’t even describe how good it was not to wake up and instantly have a headache. Eat breakfast, headache. Go outside, headache. Breathe, headache. DRAINER!
So here I am, promoting and backing 100% that cutting out refined sugar – or at least severely reducing it – will do you, your health and the only body you get absolute wonders!
How are you going to do it? With these basic tips!
I really hope these tips will help you! I promise it is so worth it once you start feeling 100% again, even if you think you’re feeling 100% now. Just try it!
As always I am more than happy to chat about this further or answer any questions you may have so please feel free to comment or contact me here. Good luck!
‘Going green’ is a term that has been thrown around for years. I liked to think of myself as quite ‘green’ – I mean, I separate my rubbish into recyclable and non-recyclable and I have a ton of Tupperware containers so I don’t waste plastic – but then my gorgeous friend Sarah put me to shame.
I was at her place one day when I noticed a list on her whiteboard about going green so I asked her what she was doing/changing. The answers she gave me sounded so innovative, yet so simple. I couldn’t believe the minor changes she had made in her life that would have such a positive impact on our planet. I asked her to tell me the five best/easiest/cost-effective things she had done and now, I am sharing them with you.
There you have it. Five super easy ways to help our planet, while also helping your wallet, health, skin, everything! Okay maybe not everything but close!
I know I will definitely be incorporating these simple tips into my daily life and will forever be pestering my friend Sarah about the new things she comes up with to go green. These ideas are such small changes to our lives, but imagine the effect it would have on our planet if we ALL made these changes!
Remember, it starts with you.