I feel Good, dunhunhu nhunhunhu

I feel Good, dunhunhu nhunhunhu

After a few weeks on your health and fitness journey, I am sure you have seen some results- whether it is just in your mood or how you feel about yourself, whether your body has changed by losing weight or gaining some muscles – you can be very proud of yourself!

If not, give it a few more weeks. This is a process – after all, you shouldn’t be looking for quick results, it’s a way of life, and it will come.

Remember, you are beautiful the way you are. This is just an effort to be more healthy.

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Here are a few tips if you are struggling with your body image and how you view it – in a light and playful way, of course.

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So remember, the results will come and you will feel brilliant. But that doesn’t mean you should not feel good about yourself until then.

Keep your head up, and keep smiling.

XO,

Bree

Nutritious Sweet Treats

Nutritious Sweet Treats

Some recipes you probably never though existed but are beyond delicious and failr easy to make!

Sweet Potato Brownies:

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Sweet Potato Brownies Recipe:

Deliciously Ella – Sweet Potato Brownies

PaleOMG – Sweet Potato Brownies

 

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Energy Balls:

Deliciously Ella – Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Zanna Van Dijk – Chocolate Orange Energy Balls

 

Bars:

Zanna Van Dijk – Nutella Protein Bars

Deliciously Ella – Chocolate Caramel Bars

There are loads more recipes like this up on both Deliciously Ella and Zanna Van Dijk if you would like to find some more!

Happy Baking 🙂

XO, Bree

Day Dates

Day Dates

Wanting to spend a healthy day out in Dublin?

Here is a suggestion Guide for you:

Breakfast:

A good breakfast is key for the busy day ahead! My top 4 spots are Urban Health for protein pancakes, Yogism with its’ yogasmic frozen yogurt, protein pancakes & a variety of other options, and Eathos where you can gorge on pancakes (surprise surprise!), chia puddings and acai bowls, and Grind where you can get even more protein pancakes!

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Lunch:

There are a variety of great options to eat ranging from healthy salads (Sprout & Co, Chopped, Cocu Kitchen, Counter Culture) to BBQ/Burger places for the committed carnivore (Pitt Bros, Bunsen, Aussie BBQ). If you want something green, whilst in Ireland, then there are a range of great spots (including Sprout & Co & Green Beards Juicery).

 

Have a happy day exploring the fantastic food forums Dublin has to offer!

XO, Bree

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

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Ah, wouldn’t that be great? A way to shorten our Mondays.

Now if you’re struggling for some motivation this morning, or just in general and would like something to get you going – listening to some music is always a good way to get you going.

But, in my personal opinion, there is nothing like a wake up call from Eric Thomas. My flatmate/best-friend have some banter about this, whenever we start the complaining, we watch Eric Thomas or start quoting him to each other. “Sleep is for the weak”, is probably the most common, haha.

And if it does not motivate you, then I would like to hope that it at least makes you grateful for all the privileges you do have!

This man is an incredible speaker, and I hope you enjoy him as much as I do!

Have a happy Monday!

XO, Bree

Do try this at home, kids

Do try this at home, kids

Don’t feel like going to the gym today?

Here are two very easy workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home, and still keep that body in shape!

And the best thing about all this is that you can blast your music in your room and won’t have to care who is watching, because no one is! (For those of you who have a roommate, maybe try and wait until they leave the room before you start!)

Keep going on your fitness journey!

XO, Bree

 

Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds

Health is about so much more than just eating well! You also need to take care of other things in your life that nourish you.

Here are some quick tips to help you reduce stress!

1. Practice deep conscious breathing throughout the day. You’ll be amazed at the immediate calming effect it has on your body. The “one-breath” meditation is a powerful, straightforward relaxation technique that can be practiced anytime, anywhere.

Try it whenever you feel tired or anxious: sit in a comfortable chair, straighten your back, relax your shoulders and take a deep breath.  Hold your breath for a count of 3, then exhale releasing every bit of tension. Repeat 8 times for a quick pick-me-up!

2. Exercise and be as active as you can throughout your day! Add movement in your day by taking the stairs instead of the lift; experiment with an exercise style that works for you: yoga, Pilates, martial arts, walking, running, cycling, rollerblading, swimming, dancing or competitive sports… anything that will get you moving, and that’s fun!

One invaluable piece of advice that I can give you regarding exercise is that you need to determine if you are a morning person or a night person. I am a morning person, so I always exercise in the morning. I know that if I leave it to the evening, my energy will be too low, and I will never do it!

3. Take a 15 minute break for  yourself every day, and treat yourself to regular quiet time. Turn your phone off, let everyone know that you don’t want to be disturbed, listen to music, study, pray, meditate, whatever works, for you to relax and release tension. And then you can go back to your life with a fresh mind.

4. Remember to be grateful! I know it sounds clichĂ©, but if you are grateful, then you are happy. So, first thing in the morning or right before going to bed at night, think of 3 things you’re grateful for in your life.

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5. Humour is encouraged; hum or sing a happy song and smile! I cannot remember a day in my life where I have not laughed at least once. And when I think about that, I think that is pretty remarkable, and I should be beyond grateful for that!

6. Keep your home in good order: You are your home, and being neat and tidy will only help your stress levels and make you feel good.

7. And lastly, do your best to be on good terms with people; your boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, parents, children, brothers, sisters, friends and colleagues. Good relationships are vital for our well-being, and we need people in our life!

 

 

Shop Yourself Into Shape

Shop Yourself Into Shape

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the easiest ways to avoid eating any junk or unhealthy food is simply not to buy it.

The next time you go to the shops, only fill your basket with simple things.

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Here is a quick list of some of the foods you should think about buying:

  • Berries (blueberries, strawberries, rasperries, etc.)
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Oranges – to up your vitamin C intake
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach (normal or baby leaf – baby leaf spinach is great for salads and omelettes!)
  • Mixed Leaves (if you like to make salads)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Bell-peppers (again, very good for your vitamin C)
  • Sweet potatoes (absolutely fantaaasticc when chopped, drizzled in olive oil and baked in the oven to make sweet potato fries!)

 

  • Oats (add berries, honey and nuts – its so yummy)
  • Muesli (if you like your cereal)
  • Nuts (as snacks or to add to any oats or salads you make)
  • Seeds – pumpkin/sunflower (same as these for oats and salads)
  • Rice- Wholegrain (if you want to mix up your carbs a little)

 

You can choose whatever meet you may enjoy – I would recommend the less-fatty-high-protein options such as chicken breasts or fish, but this is up to you!

Because you are eating such simple foods, none of these goods are hard to find and will be available in nearly every supermarket. Students would be better off going to Lidl or Aldi, due to their budgets, however, and their choice of fresh produce is just as good as anywhere else!

Happy eating!

XO, Bree