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Published: 24/04/2018

How To Make Detoxing Super Easy

I've had a lot of questions about 'slimming down' for Summer & Detoxing.  But I actually think the word 'detox' can sometimes be be a loaded word, with lot's of mis-information surrounding it!!

>>Do we even need to detox??

>>Isn't that our livers job day in day out anyway?

Detoxing with all the promise of loosing 'x'lbs can be misleading, as yes indeed our liver DOES help us detox day in & day out.

However, some things can become a 'liver loader' and give it a hard time doing it's job.

>>  The liver transforms substances that would harm you if they accumilated them.  The liver processes it & shuttles toxins & old hormones off to the right channels for elimination.  But when it is overworked, the liver has a very nifty 'back door' that spurts out the extra it can't deal with right now, & re-circulates it back into the system....like old oestrogen (hello PMS & cellulite).

You may have an overloaded liver if you:

  • Have problem skin
  • Have low energy
  • Have low thyroid
  • Have PMS 
  • Have low mood
  • Have cellulite

The choices we make affect how effectively the liver can do it's job.  It's not what we do sometimes, but it is the small things that we do each day that keep our body systems energized.  This is great news for busy mums, full-time workers & anyone feeling overwhelmed.  This means you DO NOT NEED TO GO ON A CRAZY DETOX TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF A HAPPY LIVER!!

Here are some lovely little daily rituals, that you can fit into your busy life that can make you feel a whole lot brighter & brimming with energy!  Not to mention buh-bye PMS & stubborn hips ;-)

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Published: 13/04/2018

Raspberry Zinger Smoothie

It's getting warmer weather...which means one thing in our home...the smoothie making has begun!
 
Now don't be fooled by the crazy-sounding cauliflower!!  It makes the recipe ultra creamy & is exceptionally good for helping our liver to detox old oestrogen & get it out of our system.  The compounds found in cruciferous veg like cauliflower are considered so helpful for easing PMS, and stubborn weight around the hips & thigh area.
 
Let me know how you get on!  If you enjoy it, please share this post with your friends & tag me in your creations over on facebook! 
 
1 serving
 
  • 1 cup of Frozen Cauliflower

  • 1 cup of Frozen Raspberries

  • 1 Lemon (juiced)

  • 1/4 cup of Vanilla Protein Powder

  • 1 tbsp of Chia Seeds

  • 1 1/2 cups of Unsweetened Almond Milk

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Published: 13/04/2018

Cherry Blaster Green Smoothie

This has been my go-to smoothie of the month as it has such a balanced ratio of veg, fats, fruit & protein.
 
Looking to spinach or cauliflower (trust me!) are great for the veg in a smoothie as they take on board the flavours of the fruits.
 
Adding protein from hemp heart seeds are amazing as they are a really great source of amino acids (our building blocks)
 
Fats from chia helps us to stay fuller for longer & is cleansing for our digestive tract.
 
Go easy on the fruit, especially with any hormonal complaints.  Berries are a fab option as they are low in those natural fructose sugars.
 
Do you have a go-to smoothie?
 
2 servings
 
  • 2 cups of Unsweetened Almond Milk

  • 2 cups of Baby Spinach

  • 1 cup of Cherries (fresh or frozen)

  • 1 Banana (frozen)

  • 2 tbsps of Chia Seeds

  • 2 tbsps of Hemp Seeds

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Published: 12/03/2018

Get Your Best Night's Sleep TONIGHT!

 

This month we celebrate National Sleep Day, on Friday 16th March.  I know, I know, there is a day for everything these days...but this is an important one!!

It sounds too simple to be true...but the power of sleep is hiding in plain sight - ie - we all have access to it, but maybe we don't realize the true PRIZE of making it a priority??

It has been researched that not enough sleep leads to weight gain (see study here), and can contribute to depression.

I know when I've had a restless night, or went to bed too late....no willpower in the World can stop me from heading to sugar for a lift at some point the next day.  I realised this profoundly, when I started making sleep my priority.

Perhaps you'll find a little gem in here that you can implement TONIGHT, so that you get a deeper more restful sleep. Or go crazy, and try all 5!!  

I am very intruiged to see what works for you, so do let me know on Facebook & Instagram - and be sure to tag me in your sleep endevours!

1. Get your 'friends' out of the room

How many of us go to bed & have a little scroll before we sleep?  Or use our phones as our alarm?  Or wake up & the first thing we do is reach for our phone?

Our electronic devices omit a blue light which suppresses meletonin - our sleep hormone.   So if we are having a little scroll before bed, we are hampering our bodies ability to repair & heal.  At best, have a electronic curfew a couple of hours before bed.  At minimum filter your screen to a RED back light (check your phones settings or download FLUX for a red filter.  All the blue screen stimulus plays havoc with sugar cravings too (due to the bad gut bacteria that loves the stimulus) - another amazing reason to step away from the devices & keep them out of our room.

2. Shut down the kitchen...but grab your cozy drink first!

It's been proven in a big study by Cancer Research, that having a window of 13 hours overnight without food is great for our health & cancer prevention.

So shutting down the kitchen around 7.30pm is a great idea...but do grab your cozy drink first!  I love sleepy teas like Pukkas Relax or Love.  This is due to the lavender content.  Chamomile tea is also sleep enducing.  See my popular recipes for my Turmeric lattes and healthy hot chocs too!

3. Get a high quality magnesium in 

This is without a shadow of a doubt, the BIGGEST game-changer for me.  Magnesium is responsible for over 300 reactions in the body including muscle repair.  Magnesium is sleep inducing & also helps curb sugar cravings. 

You can find magnesium in:

  • Leafy greens
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Beans & Legumes

However, due to food quality & stress, sometimes foods just are not enough these days.  If you are a lady with PCOS (polycystic ovaries) or PMS – taking a powdered magnesium like @nutri is a must-try.

If you have aches and pains, you may like to try magnesium spray, directly onto the muscle.  I love @sevenminerals

If you are local to Huddersfield make sure you check out our range of magnesium at the studio....whilst stocks last I also have samples to give away!

 

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Published: 12/03/2018

2 Way Cookie Dough

Raise your hand if you love cookie dough!

Now if you are anything like me, you prefer cookie dough over the actual biscuit!!

Here is a recipe that can be eaten raw, as well as baked.  As a bonus, of course, this is a health-ified recipe.  So perfect for a Friday night treat!  (Getting your thumbs in to make it a biscuit is also very fun.)

Let me see your creations over on facebook & instagram - I love to know if these recipes are useful for you.

 

12 Servings

 

Ingredients

  • Pitted Dates
  • 1/4 cup of Almond Nut Butter
  • 3 tbsps of Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup of Water

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