Healthy Diet Tip #3: How to Choose the RIGHT Beverage

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Hey hey hey! It’s been more than a week (I swear) since I last did my Healthy Diet Tip post (oops). Maybe not. It just feels like a really long time. Anyways. This week’s Healthy Diet Tip is about….. Drinks (if you couldn’t see that from the title, lol). Anyways, lets jump into it.

We know that the lovely H2O (water) is the best for us and the recommended intake is 8 cups of water a day (thats about 2 litres or maybe half a gallon, I really don’t know) and we all know how good it is for our skin, and for weight loss and just for better health.

BUT we all know even more how difficult it is to just drink water in the modern say with so many distractions like the SODA/SOFT DRINK/FIZZY DRINK and juices and sport drinks and… I could just go on naming them for the longest time but I won’t because that’s not the main point of this post.

Now I’m not going to be one of those people who just preach the “never drink anything but water” because a) that would be extremely hypocritical and b) totally impractical. Honestly speaking, I don’t think I know one person who can actually do that.

So here we come to the main part of our little post.

The RIGHT Kind Of Beverage

  • To spice up water (if you find it boring, like me): add some lemon pieces, I know it may sound uber cliched but honestly it makes it that little bit better. If you still can’t bring yourself to love it than add some honey. I know what you’re thinking, “but honey is a type of sugar” and it is true that sugar, no matter what sugar, is the same but honey brings that nice taste into your water and will be MILES better than drinking other types of soft drink, juices and other drinks on the market, trust me.
  • Tea. Tea. Tea. Tea. I cannot emphasize ENOUGH how amazing tea is. It is the perfect beverage. You can have it hot or cold (home made iced tea is just divine). Plain tea is so so good for you. Have a cup of green tea AFTER dinner (and lunch if you want) and it has the best detoxing effect. It will help flush out the oils that you have on you digestive tracts. Tea is the wonder drug people, it really is.
  • Homemade coffee: the ones in coffee shops may have too much sugar in them but you could choose to get the expresso or something that contains no syrup.
  • If it wasn’t obvious enough in my first Healthy Diet Tip post, I like my home made smoothies. They’re ridiculously healthy and yummy. Go for that!
  • And finally, a good beverage choice would be vegetable juice and coconut water. They’re very light and you can keep up the vegetable servings with the vegie juice.

The Beverages to AVOID

  • Carrying on with the juice theme from the end of that last section, juice (especially bottled juice) is something to avoid. There is more sugar in those bottle juices than soft drinks like Coke!!!!! You can see why you’d want to avoid that. In addition, although the recommended dietary intake for fruit is 3 servings a day, a bottle of juice usually has A LOT more than that meaning that you’re exceeding the natural sugar intake that you should be having.
  • Avoid “diet” and “zero” sodas. I know because it has the word “diet” or “zero” plastered across it, people are automatically drawn to it. But don’t be fooled. The chemicals they have in them are not good for you at all. Some companies use chemicals to get rid of the sugar that was in the mixture form the original formular and then add more chemicals to make up for the lack of nice taste in the soda after the anti-sugar agents in it.
  • Normal sodas (or soft drinks) as a whole should be avoided along with sports drinks and energy drinks (ick!).
  • Alcohol! We all know that alcohol is not very good for your liver at all, but not many people know that it’s not good for your scales either. There are so so SO many hidden calories in them. For example, a glass of wine or a pint of beer has around 150 calories in them (!!!) and if you’re having a mixed drink that’s a lot lot more. Research has also shown that alcohol in higher amounts can  contribute to cancers of the breast, esophagus, stomach, and colon. So definitely use judgment and moderation when fitting alcohol into your meal plan.
  • Finally, there is the mixed coffee drinks. I know that this is something that’s so so difficult for me to follow (and will probably be the same for you guys). I love my coffee drinks and my hot chocolates etc from Starbucks and other coffee franchises but Oh My God they’re scary. I will not expand on that because the guilt factor lays on really thick for that one. BUT. I use it as a treat. I won’t have it every single day but if I do, I make sure I have been eating really well.

So that is the end of this healthy diet post. I hope it helped and I hope you liked it. Please tell me what your guilty pleasure drinks are in the comments section below.

So thank you for reading and see you tomorrow.

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Healthy Diet Tip #2: Get Those Muscles A-movin’

It’s time of the week for the HEALTHY DIET TIP post! Yay! Haha. Now I have no idea how many weeks these Healthy Diet Tips will be appearing for but let’s just jump into this week’s: All About That Workout.

Now I know better than anyone what it’s like to absolutely not be bothered to do that workout/exercise that I know is so good for me (and good for losing some pounds/kgs) and over the years I’ve gained some really amazing tips. 

1) Join an exercise class of something you like!

Exercising with other people, and in a class, is so effective in keeping you motivated. You can’t just not turn up to a weekly class, people notice, and you’re wasting your money (don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a lot of money). And choose a class you like! If you know that you hate cycling, don’t take the spin class, you’ll just hate waking up on that morning with the thought “urgh I have spin today!” Rather take something like Zumba or Yoga or Pilates or Dancercise or Boxercise or…. The choices honestly never end. If you don’t want to pay to join a class, not a problem! Just find a friend and just exercise with them, every week for a set amount of time. It’d be so much fun.

2) Sustainable rather than bursts!

Instead of deciding that you want to do a 4 hr long workout every week and then doing the first one and never want to workout ever ever again, think realistic! Maybe say to yourself: “I’ll work out 2 or 3 times every week for 15 minutes each for this month, and then increase the time every month.” This will keep you motivated and achieve a much better long time result. 

3) The only better than H20 is H20 and Exercise

Drink. The. Water. Enough said.

So those are my short little tips. Now a little workout thing that I found on the internet is the 4×4 workout. For those who haven’t heard of it, its just a workout comprised of 4×4 things that will workout everything you want. 

THE 4X4 WORKOUT

1) Cardio

– jumprope

– front kicks

– burpees

– jumping jacks

2) Strength

– 10 pushups/10 dips

– Alternating lunges

– squat press

– back row

3) Cardio

– flying lunges

– side shuffle

– mountain clumbers

– squat pulses/squat jumps

4) Abs

– plank

– bicycle crunches

– v-sit hold

– reverse crunches

 

Beginners: 30 seconds per exercise, once through

Intermediate: 45 seconds per exercise, twice through

Advances: 60 seconds per exercise, three times through

(Remember to take breaks as you need them and DRINK WATER)

 

Now I like to do this on nights where I don’t have an exercise class or sport already so keep that in mind.

I hope this post helped.

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Healthy Diet Tip #1

Hey everybody! So I thought that I might start a “series” of posts (maybe once a week) called Healthy Diet Rules because I’m absolutely passionate about eating healthy, and being healthy, and blah blah blah and I know that there are SO SO SO many people out there who want to be healthier but just don’t know how or just haven’t found anything good. So if you think this is a wonderful idea than please comment below and like this post 🙂 or maybe share it around with your friends because we’re all here to help each other out 🙂

Sometimes I think I’m a little crazy though because I just talk about all these random facts to my friends and they’re just like “i don’t really care, cool story, next topic”. I can honestly talk about food for hours, just on and on and on. Long story short, I ramble! A lot!

Okay, my healthy diet tip NUMERO UNO! is about breakfast. And before you roll your eyes and click away, hear me out. If you eat breakfast every morning, or mornings when you actually wake up early enough to eat breakfast, you are already happily strolling down the happy road to healthiness. But if you don’t, than maybe consider it? Most dieticians and nutritionists say it’s good for your health (which I think it is) and it’s amazing way to start off your metabolism for the day and it’d curb any cravings before lunch or morning tea or whichever.

So: Have a healthy, balanced breakfast. And I’m not going to leave it at that, because what is the point of me sitting here and telling you that you should do something without giving anything to help you?! I am not an amazing chef or food guru but I do know that what I eat everyday for breakfast is healthy, balanced and 100% delicious.

What do I have for breakfast? I have a Mixed Berry Smoothie! It’s so quick and so easy because who can be bothered to get up at 7 am or 7:30 am and sit there making breakfast for half an hour when you’re trying to get ready and leave for school or work or whatever! So here is a short recipe for my smoothie and this usually takes 5-10 minutes but when it’s blending, I just go and wash my face and do my makeup and etc etc etc. So my whole morning routine takes at most 15 minutes before I’m out the door!

MIXED BERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

– 2 cups of frozen mixed berried (because we all know how expensive “fresh” fruit is! and honestly, I haven’t read anything that makes frozen berries awful or lacking in nutrition but if you have, PLEASE tell me!)

– 1 banana (maybe use some older ones because you don’t want to “waste” perfectly good bananas!)

– 1 cup of natural low fat yoghurt (I like to get the organic ones because I know they’re not overly processed)

– 1/2 cup of milk

– 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil (really good for you)

– 1 cup of rolled oats/museli/whichever bran you like

– and some honey if needed

Note: This serves more than 1 person so maybe fiddle with the numbers to get the quantity you like.

I guess there’s not much “method” I can give you other than chuck them all in your brender, pour it into your container to go on the way to school/work or have at home, and that is your breakfast done!

And you’ve gotten all the amazing things you could POSSIBLY need to start your day. You’ve got your Omega 3, your probiotics, your fibre, your protein and your antioxidants ALL in your breakfast (one meal!!!) in around 250 calories (for those who count) and this will last you all morning! Pretty good eh?

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An amazing food website that I found with AMAZING recipes is: The Healthy Chef (Teresa Cutter)

Tag Again!: 10 Little Secrets

Hey guys! I know, another tag! I’m sorry but I’ve been so busy these past few days, especially with just getting back from my vacation so yeah. I’ll hopefully be back into the swing of things tomorrow 🙂

1. What is one product that makes you feel like a million dollars?

Mascara, mascara, mascara!!! I absolutely love it. Because my eyes aren’t very big and tend to be a little droopy if I don’t “lift” it with something, I love to wear mascara. It just makes me looks so much more awake and just improves my confidence by so so much. I can wear no makeup but mascara and I won’t feel naked!

Right now I’m using: Bad Girl Mascara by Benefit

2. What is your skincare secret? / A passed down skin care tip

Oh god, I am NOT someone to be passing down skin care tips, God just look at my skin! But my mom tells me this AGAIN AND AGAIN: after washing your face with a cleanser or whatever you use, make sure to use a toner, especially at night, to remove any excess grease or dirt from the day. You don’t that lingering on your face overnight!

3. Share your hair care secret?

Conditioner!!! Need I say more?!

4. What is your biggest diet rule?

On my little list of posts to do, this one was actually planned for tomorrow because I’ve been on a “get healthy” diet since february this year, and it’s been working out for me so amazingly. So basically, a few quick tips before tomorrow:

– Don’t go on a calorie restriction or fad diet. Those don’t work out because they don’t last and you’ll lose the pounds but then gain them right back. And they’re so bad for you.

– Everyone’s heard this before: DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST!

– and most importantly, I’ve found this to be a really helpful tip. You know when you see something, and you’re not really hungry but you see it and crave it and you just have to eat it. Well, don’t give in straight away. Like if you just had lunch half an hour ago and you’re not that hungry and you know you shouldn’t eat that choc-chip muffin sitting there but you want it. Take a deep breath and walk turn away. Distract yourself. BUT! If you still want it 5-10 minutes later, then buy it and eat it and be done with it! The worst idea is to restrict yourself because when you turn away from the craving then you’re more likely to make a “mistake”and binge/eat something unhealthy at your next meal.

5. Any workout tips?

Have a sustainable schedule. Workout for 30-60 minutes. And do it consistently. Maybe do it with a friend or do a class, that way you can’t talk yourself out of it because you’re being lazy!

6. Which perfume is your secret weapon?

This one is so so hard because I absolutely ADORE perfume! My best friend and I have this thing where for Christmas every single year, we’d get each other perfume. Every year! Haha. But I have to say I adore the Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet for a spring/summer day, the Black XS by Paco Rabanne  for spring/summer evening, Freak by Illamasqua for winter. But sometimes I like to just wear a body spray (Coconut Passion Body Mist by Victoria’s Secret) and I’ve gotten so many compliments on this. I go to hug a friend or whatever and they’re like “oh my god! you smell amazing! what is that?” and this has been more than one person. And guys LOVE this smell because it’s so subtle and you just smell like cookies or something. Its amazing!

7. Show us a clothing item of yours which always turns heads

I don’t have one clothing item but I love off the shoulder tops. They’re not revealing in that you don’t see the chest area or whatever but they’re really sexy in that you see some skin but not enough to seem like you’re showing too much, you know.

8. What is your most treasured piece of jewellery?

I have a ring that my mother got for me for christmas I think 2 yrs ago now. And its this Tiffany & Co. Hearts ring and I just love it to bits!

My mother and I actually have a thing where she gets me a really really lovely piece of jewellery once and year and I really treasure them and I just wear them all the time. Like last year, for my birthday she got me a tiny emerald necklace from Hardy Brothers Jewellers and I’ve basically worn it every day since.

9. Who is your style crush?

I don’t have one person who I just copy and paste off but one of my friends who like so artsy and she does art and textiles and stuff, she’s really inspirational. I love watching people on youtube and I get ideas there. Bloggers as well like Passions for Fashion, Cheyenne meets Chanel, Le Blog de Betty etc. They’re all real people with amazing fashion sense! I also look up to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Nicole Richie. 🙂

10. Tell us something we don’t know about you

Hmm… I don’t know actually… Although I’m an extremely extroverted person and I love people and I make friends really easily, I often become close friends with people who aren’t “good” for me and therefore a lot of my friendships don’t last. But I love to meet new people and I’m always open to hear people out.

So that is all for this tag. Thank you for reading.

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