Paleo Granola Recipe

Paleo Granola

One of my favourite people to follow is The Paleo Mom.  She has some great recipes and I get loads of ideas and information from her blog.

This recipe is an adaptation from one I found on her site.  I made a few changes because the honey in the original recipe made it a little bit too sweet for me. My taste buds have changed quite a bit since eating Paleo…don’t get me wrong, sometimes I still need to eat chocolate…I’m no saint!…and in the grand scheme of life I don’t think we should beat ourselves up if we fall off the wagon.  Unless you have a specific time frame or goal for achieving a bikini body etc. then I think to just eat real food is a lot better than stressing about being skinny.

 

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My Hydrotherm massage experience with Ben Barnett

Ben Barnett profile

I met Ben in the Foyer of his Folkstone clinic in Kent.  Straight away he was very easy to talk to with a presence that inspires trust, making you feel at ease and able to confide in him.  Maybe I’m susceptible, but I also picked up on the healing energy radiating from him.  Celebrity clients of Ben’s include Kylie Minogue and the American fitness model Jennifer Nicole Lee, so I knew I was in safe hands.

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About Me

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About me & the Lifestyle Sister Blog…

Firstly I am not a qualified dietician, nutritionist or an expert on food.  This blog is based entirely on how I live my life, what works for me, my experiences and the knowledge I gain from those who are qualified and up to date with the latest research papers.  I am a qualified fitness instructor, but not a personal trainer.  I’ve been working out since the age of 14 and have embraced most of the fitness fads during that time.  I now settle with HIIT (high Intensity Interval Training), body weight and weighted workouts combined with Yoga based stretching – IT WORKS!  As a make-up artist I work freelance with Bobbi Brown cosmetics and also have a  BA(hons) in Fine Art Painting.

Keeping it all together…

My life has been a work in progress so far, covering pretty much everything to do with ‘keeping it all together’ – you name it I’ve done it, Fitness, Diet, Make-up, Hair, Skin…and if I don’t know something, I find someone who does!  I’ve had many problems along the way but I have never given up hope.  There is something inside me that always say’s,

“This is not the end, if this is not what I want, then this is not how it’s going to be, I will find a way”

The longest and most drawn out battle I have had is with ACNE and it is central to this Blog.  By cleaning up your diet you can change so much.  You can also transform your body with the right kind of exercise and improve on what nature gave you with some basic make-up techniques.  Be consistent and conscious of what you do each day and 6 months from now you’ll be amazed at the results!

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Abs Workout

Abs Workout

The following workout is a great HIIT video and the kind of thing I do.  If I’m bored I will go to YouTube and do Zuka’s routines.  She was the first person I followed and the one who got me into these short but effective exercise routines.

How to follow this video

You’ll need an interval timer. Total workout is 12 minutes, there are 3 different sets.

1st Set; Set your timer for 4 rounds of 10secs rest/30secs work = 3mins

2nd Set; Set your timer for 3 rounds of 10secs rest/50secs work = 3mins

3rd Set; Set your timer for 8 rounds of 10secs rest/30 secs work = 6mins

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My Fitness Journey

How I got into Fitness

My eldest sister first inspired me to start working out.  She ran for the county and I was so jealous of her perfect little bubble butt, as she walked through my bedroom in her knickers to the airing cupboard…I was about 14 at the time, and so my fitness journey began.

I’m now 42 years old and I’ve exercised regularly since about age 16.  Over all of those years I have exercised anywhere between 3-6 times per week.  For most of those years I think I over trained.  I worked out for far too long and didn’t allow for rest days.  It’s only in the past 4-5 years that my routine has changed…and I’ve experienced the most dramatic changes in my shape.  Before I would do hours of cardio, aiming for 5-6 days per week.  Now I do short interval workouts using Body Weight, an Ugi ball, Rubber Bands, Medicine Balls, Dumbbells and a Skipping Rope…though not normally all at the same time!  I also include Yoga based stretches.

You can see the Results in my HIIT (High Intensity interval Training) Gallery. I am by no means a saint when it comes to diet, I try to eat the right kind of foods most of the time.  Fortunately I don’t really like junk food and I never drink fizzy drinks.  My weaknesses are Dark Chocolate, Crisps and Wine!

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Deliciously Ella’s Cookbook – is there too much sugar?

 

 

I bought the ‘Deliciously Ella’ cookbook on recommendation.  It does have some really nice wholefood recipes in there.  It’s plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free…so it’s easy if you are following that kind of eating.  Personally though, I’m not an advocate of a Vegan diet, especially one that is so high in sugar, albeit fruit sugar. So, this brings me to the sweet recipes in her book.  I can’t speak for all of them because I’ve only tried one, but on the most part I think you could cut down a fair amount anywhere there is maple syrup or lots of dates!  I’ve made some lovely Paleo biscuits from various recipes…but most of them are just a bit too sweet.  The point is to retrain your taste buds so you don’t want to eat such sweet things!  Below you can see the recipe for my revised version of Ella’s Almond and Chia Seed Energy Bites – Mine are called Energy ‘Balls’ 🙂  These little treats can even be served at a dinner party as an alternative to the bog standard Chocolate truffle which can be far too sickly!

Revised Recipe –  Almond & Chia Seed Energy Balls

(Original recipe is the blue writing)

1 cup Almonds (approx. 150g)  –  (200g Almonds)

4 Medjool Dates (pitted)  –  (400g or 24 dates!)

4 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder  –  (same)

3 Tbsp Almond Butter  –  (2 tbsp)

3 Tbsp Coconut Oil, plus a bit extra to help the coconut stick –  (2 Tbsp)

2 Tbsp Chia Seeds  –  (same)

A little water

Desiccated Coconut to roll the balls in (not in the original recipe)

Method

Place the Almonds in a food processer and blitz until nicely crushed.  Add the pitted medjool dates along with the rest of the ingredients.  Blend until you have a nice sticky consistency with all the ingredients mixed together – you may need to add a little bit of water if the mixture is too stiff.

Roll the mix into balls.  Use your finger to paint on some melted coconut oil and then roll each ball in desiccated coconut.  Place on a plate in the freezer for about 1/2 an hour to an hour.  Take the balls out and store in an air tight container in the fridge.  They’ll last for quite a while and are a healthy alternative when you need something a little sweet!

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Say no to ‘shop bought’ hummus!

Why do we still buy this stuff? It’s Inflammatory!

I’ve got a thing about shop bought hummus.  It’s not actually very good for us.  Why?  Because most of the average hummus you can buy in the supermarket is made with Rapeseed oil or some other industrial seed oil. These oils tend to oxidise and have a pro-inflammatory effect on the body and may be another factor in the contribution to modern, chronic disease.  The following is a list from ‘Your Personal Paleo Code’ by Chris Kresser, a book I highly recommend if you want to educate yourself about food!  These oils are high in Omega-6 linoleic acid and best to avoid as much as possible;

Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheat germ Oil, Corn Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Soya Oil, Ground Nut (peanut) Oil, Rapeseed Oil and it goes with out saying, Vegetable Oil  (Check your labels, its in most, if not all processed foods!)

My Homemade Hummus

I love this recipe, it tastes amazing and I think it’s way better than shop bought Hummus.  You can add extra Virgin Olive Oil if you like, I sometimes do.  Olive Oil is great for healthy skin, so don’t worry about adding it!

400g tin of Chickpeas

25-30ml of ice cold water (add more at the end if your hummus is to stiff)

1.5 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

2.5 tbsp. Light Tahini

1/2 tsp Garlic, crushed (you can add more if you like, but it can give you really bad garlic breath!)

Sea Salt, Rock Salt or Himalayan rock salt to taste

Method

Place the chickpeas in the food processor and process until you get a stiff paste.  With the machine still running add the tahini paste, lemon juice , garlic and about 1/2 tsp of salt.  Next drizzle in the ice cold water and process until the hummus is nice and smooth.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with these delicious Paleo Homemade Gluten Free Crackers

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Acne & Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% Gel

Treating Acne with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Gel

I made the following video a few years ago to show how I cleared my acne using 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Gel.  Whilst I wouldn’t recommend long term use of BP, and I say that from experience, it really can get you out of a nasty acne situation quite quickly.  I noticed a huge difference after just 3 weeks.  My skin was less angry, less lumpy and a lot easier to cover with make-up.  It can go a little pink and slightly dry, so you need to build up over a few weeks to the full amount.  Be careful if you have very sensitive skin, you might just want to do a patch test first.  All details can be found at Acne.org

The video has music so you may want to turn your speakers down!

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