Apologies for the decline in posts over the past couple of weeks. Exam season has begun, and so my days are spent revising and slowly going insane…. But it’s worth it…. Right?
So to tie in with the torture that is revision I choose to use this time as a chance to really detoxify my body. So for 7 weeks I have banned myself from refined sugar, alcohol and diary products (apart from the odd cup of tea at friends). I am on week 3 now and I can honestly say I feel so much better. I have increased my gym workouts and this, combined with lots of detoxifying juices, has given me a great mental and physical boost. It’s nice to know that my body is getting the nutrients it needs, I no longer feel bloated and lethargic like I used to. It took me about 4 days to stop craving sweet foods; I had been indulging in one too many biscuits with my tea and kept having puddings with my dinners (which was incredible for my taste buds and that’s about it). I began this programme with a 3 day juice cleanse which I spoke about in my previous post. I don’t really miss (refined) sugar anymore either as I know how damaging it is for the body (learning extensively about cell biology and chemistry has also put into perspective the damage refined sugar has on our internal systems). I have also seriously cut down on meat and carbs (the bread/pasta kind). Instead replacing them with high levels of fruit and vegetables. I have been having oats as my primary grain energy source. A lot of people question me about high fruit diets ‘fruit is full of sugar right? Why not just have chocolate?’ I could talk all day about how amazing high fruit diets are when done right, checkout ‘Freelee the Banana Girl’ and ‘Kalel’ online, they are quite opinionated YouTubers (they can get a little preachy…) but good if you want to learn more about it. To sum it up our cells require Glucose to survive, fruit is full of this natural sugar along with countless vitamins, enzymes and minerals. If you do have any questions I am always more than happy to answer them! Just comment below or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Quick insight into a smoothie I love to have post workout. Beetroot Blend!
- Whole raw beetroot
- 3cm chunk of raw ginger
- half a lime (the juice)
- half an avocado (or quarter if it’s a large one)
- 4cm chunk of cucumber
- handful of grapes
- baby spinach
- and I added some chia seeds and linseeds (optional)
I very rarely use protein powders. Unless you are a heavy weight lifting champion it’s not really necessary, we get plenty in our diets when eating well. If I do need some extra ‘oomph’ I will use Hemp or Pea Protein. Most of the cheaper Whey proteins are full of additives and sweeteners, I also never EVER use ‘pre-workout’ powders. They are super toxic for the liver and kidneys, things like that are only helpful to use before, say, running a marathon or participating in a sport where your body will metabolise it quickly and efficiently. I advise to find natural alternatives, click HERE for some great options of mixes that can be used both pre/post workout. This is just my personal opinion and this is all based on my experiences and may differ for others. I, like everyone else, am still learning! I am no where near where I want to be physically but I am improving and that is all that matters. Health and happiness comes from within as they say! (cheesy I know).
So another topic I want to talk about today is stress. (Sick Toxic Revolting Energy Sucking Sensations… this is my own depiction of the thing). I have some really important exams coming up and if I let myself get too wound up in my thoughts I freak out and everything falls apart. Here are my top 5 tips to help release stress when studying and to stay focused:
- Plan ahead. Make a revision schedule making sure you cover all the elements of the subject you need with frequent ‘check points’ in which you go over what you have done thus far.
- Remember it’s okay to take a day off. Don’t punish yourself if you wake up one morning and just cannot cope with revising (obviously this is most days and we have to get on with it but it does built up). Take a day off, go somewhere new or see your friends. You will feel much better the following day when you need to carry on.
- Keep hydrated. Keep a glass of water close by, sitting at a computer or desk for hours we can forget to drink water and can get very dehydrated without knowing. This in turn hinders our ability to retain the things we are trying to remember.
- Do something active each day. Try to get outside every day, or at least do something to get your heart rate up. Even 20 minutes of Yoga will work wonders for your concentration and sleep quality. I have taken up spinning again which has been great!
- Don’t always study alone. Tag up with friends and help each other. Each take a subject and teach it to the other person to test your knowledge. Sometimes just having company can really help motivate you. We are not in this alone 🙂
I hope this post has been helpful and enjoyable. Thank you for reading! xox