Posts with Category: Healthy Eating
Bounts is an app which allows you to receive rewards when you carry out various daily exercise tasks. So you can track your daily exercise, and then be paid in real tangible things like shopping vouchers. This sounds like a really good idea and very motivational, so I decided to put it to the test.
So here we are at January blues time – not even a week back to work, and already the media are trying to convince us that January is the most depressing time of the year.
On paper I am exactly the type of person that the Gousto service is aimed at. We are a family of 4, and the children are older and really enjoy their food. I really enjoy cooking too (when I get the time) but in reality both my husband and I are very short of time, and the children are also snowed under with homework, extra-curricular activities and an amazing social life which puts my own to shame.
So you would imagine then that choosing four lovely meals from a great selection, and having somebody bring the wonderful fresh organic ingredients, pre-weighed, to your door , so that all you have to do is cook them, would be a godsend for people like me. And so it is, in theory.
The nice people at Potters Herbals gave me a bottle of their Elixir of Echinacea to try out.
I accepted quite readily when I got the offer – I’m very fond of all types of supplements and herbal remedies, whether scientifically proven or otherwise, and I’m always happy to try something which is supposed to protect against the dreaded cold and flu bugs which do the rounds at this time of the year.
And then I realised what a difficult blog this would be to write. Yes it comes in very attractive packaging and bottle. Yes I think it tastes lovely, and my daughter thinks it tastes horrible (basically an aniseed flavour – you either love it or you hate it).
So I’m back on a healthy eating kick again, listening to my Slimpod each day, and trying to cut down on sugar as much as possible. I’ve been experimenting with healthy foods – including quinoa, which is a great grain which doubles up as a protein source. As the weather is so nice I was looking for quinoa salad recipes for a summer lunch.
When I’m trying to lose weight I like to try foods and combinations that are healthy and delicious. That way, even though I am only eating a small portion of them, each mouthful is a joy and so I get satisfied more easily. I’ve discovered that I love dill, and the lemon juice in this recipe makes the whole thing taste fresh and zingy.
Jamie Oliver has hit the campaign trail again. This time he is lobbying the governments of the G20 developed countries, to make food education for children compulsory in schools.
He has set up a petition on Change.org, and he is trying to amass 1 million signatures by the end of #FoodRevolutionDay on May 15th.
I have been helping Sandra Roycroft-Davis of Thinking Slimmer recently, and one of the things I have helped her with is setting up a focus group to test a new 12 week weight loss programme, which will be launched to the public in June.
Obviously, cycling to work has many benefits: it saves you money on petrol, takes a lot of the stress out of commuting, and can improve your overall physical health (not to mention, you have an excuse to buy some pretty cool-looking cycling outfits). But, getting on your bike on a regular basis also has amazing benefits for the environment. Here are some simple ways this simple choice can help you to save the planet:
It Reduces Emissions
Emissions from fossil-fuel-powered cars are the single biggest source of air pollution in many countries, accounting for over 30% of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere and contributing to global warming, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
One of the most tiresome things I find about being a Mum is family cooking. I’m not a natural cook: as a student I lived off bran flakes and toast for three years, never understanding my housemates desire to cook something outlandish (like spaghetti bolognaise!). Working long hours in my first graduate job did not improve the situation either, finally earning money meant that eating out and ready meals became an option at last; learning to cook was unnecessary.
Being pregnant sadly didn’t turn me into Nigella either – ‘morning’ sickness meant food was out of the question altogether. However, thankfully for my long suffering husband, having children brought me into the real world! When my baby reached weaning age and I realised that I didn’t even know how to stew an apple, I knew something had to change!