Month: November 2012

Kids won’t eat veg? Don’t stress, just outfox them!

Kids won’t eat veg? Don’t stress, just outfox them!

I’m a mum who wants my children to benefit from a healthy diet to enable them to be healthy and strong. So it’s always a stinger when my eldest refuses point blank to eat anything that resemble a vegetable. He just doesn’t ‘do’ them. ‘Yuk’ […]

Cocoa-heaven hot drink

Cocoa-heaven hot drink

Evening! I can’t resist posting this on a cold, blustery night when warming the cockles is the order of the day. If you don’t want to load up on calories or send your blood sugar into overdrive, but need a soothing, warming, delicious drink, pop […]

A warming way to start a winter’s day

A warming way to start a winter’s day

Staying hydrated in the winter months can be tough, and there’s nothing better than a warming drink to brighten your spirits.

This ginger infusion will provide a boost to your body through hydration and is a great way to start your day (after your pint of water).

As well as the water in the infusion benefitting your skin, ginger is well documented to aid digestion, help nose and throat congestion, soothe gurgling guts, and according to Ayurvedic texts even gives you a boost in the bedroom!

 

Method

Simply grate about an inch of root ginger (powdered ginger won’t do in this situation), and steep in water for 5 minutes. It’s worth noting that slicing doesn’t release the flavours as effectively as grating.

Strain and enjoy!

Time for ‘me’

Time for ‘me’

At this time of year there are so many bugs around, and I know that over half term I probably came into contact with about three different ones, not to mention the one that hubby was nursing whilst I was away. Safe to say, I […]

No-sugar, ultra-healthy oaty cookies

No-sugar, ultra-healthy oaty cookies

No-sugar, ultra-healthy oaty cookies So good, you’ll have a job keeping your hands off them! Ingredients 200g pitted dates 100g flaxseed, ground (or buy pre-ground flaxseed) 200g oatmeal 100g oats 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp baking powder 2 large eggs 4 tbsp coconut oil 2 […]

How to be smart throughout the Festive season

How to be smart throughout the Festive season

Argh! Christmas is just 6 weeks away today, so on this firework night, let’s light the touchpaper and get thinking about how we can positively manage the festive season to stay feeling trim, full of energy, and looking and feeling great.

1)  Drink water.
Obvious, I know, but I also know how hard it is when the wine and cocktails are flowing to keep drinking water. To help myself out, I like drinking mine still with ice and slice of citrus, or sparkling in a cocktail glass. No-one notices once the evening’s in full flow and your body and skin are seriously going to thank you.

2) Eat dinner before you go out.
Of course, if it’s a sit-down dinner, don’t. But eating a healthy and nutritious dinner before you go out to a ‘do’ with canapes will stop you from gorging on the delicious-but-no-doubt-fried-and-full-of-fat snacks. The trick is not to then gorge on canapes as well as dinner! Trust me, I know this is hard – ask my friends, my capacity for eating catering teams out of house and home is well-known, but resist, and you’ll feel fab for it (and slightly smug).

3) Choose a treat meal/night out a week.
Whether it’s the amazing canapes here, or the fabulous dinner to be served up by your friend there, or a boozy night out with friends, choose the one event where you’re going to let your hair down and fully enjoy what’s on offer.

4) Stick to your regular exercise regime.
As much as you are able to, ringfence your workouts to ensure you’re maintaining your fitness levels to keep your energy expenditure up. Just as you get fitter with more exercise, the effects reverse when you don’t go, so keep fit by keeping going!

5) Be smart with your choices.
I think I can conclude here that you don’t have to wear a halo throughout the festive season, after all that would be too boring. But know your limits and keep your wellbeing in check by making the right choices with meals and snacks so the food you eat doesn’t sap your energy. Don’t overdo it on the booze. Drink water. Keep your body moving and energised regularly. Spend time with the people you love and who care about you, or revel in the peace of spending time solo. Be positive and kind. Say ‘no’ when you need to. Lastly, and most importantly enjoy the festive season whatever shape it takes for you!

See you soon!

Sophiex