The Deal With Diets



High-protein diets. Low-fat diets. All-vegetable diets. No-carb diets. With all the focus on dieting, how do you figure out what's healthy and what isn't?
Lots of people feel pressured to lose weight and try different types of diets. But if you really need to lose weight, improving your eating habits and exercising will help you more than any diet.
 

What is the deal with diets?

The word diet has turn into a bit of dirty word.  It now means what fad you are on, which method you are using to restrict or torture yourself, short term fix or simply messing with your head. I use to be a very slim and went through a phase in my life where I was completely obsessed with food.  I thought about it every second of the day. I would literally dream about my ‘cheat meals’.  It made it incredibly hard to focus on anything else in my life.  It was a pretty crappy spot to be in and negatively changed my relationship with food. 

Women talk about it all the time. What about this diet, my friends lost 20lbs on this, how about shakes… paleo, vegan, juice diets, gluten free, fat free, sugar free?? The list goes on and on.  No wonder people feel confused.  It has completely over complicated food and left people completely guilty an unsure about their food choices. These are my Five Key Simplified Food Philosophy’s to take the overwhelm out of diet/food/nutrition.  They are not hard and fast rules, but I always come back to these core points. I lost over seven stone doing this, no tricks or fads. 


Mindful eating
‘If not dieting, then what?’ by Rick Kausman is an excellent book to wrap your head around mindful eating.  A simple questions to ask yourself when you are eating is. ‘I can have it if I want it, but do I really feel like it?’.  There is actually no right or wrong answer!

Mindful eating really challenges to listen to your body. What does you body want, how does your body react (positive or negative) to certain foods.  Choose to eat with the intention of caring for your body, with the attention to the affects on your body.

What are your beliefs?
It is totally a fair question to take your beliefs and values into account when choosing how you nourish your body.  Do you care for sustainability, eating local, vegetarian, organic, cheapest/budget friendly, religious considerations? This may change for you several times over your life time and shouldn’t be something you feel guilty about.

 
Educate yourself
There is always new research coming through, so be wary of jumping down the rabbit hole of the latest super food taking Hollywood by storm.  Don’t be ignorant to what you are putting in your body.  What is really in for your food? Get some basic understanding of how your body works, how food works so you know how to care for your body better.
  
Keep it simple
Think fresh, unprocessed, unrefined, few ingredients and ingredient labels you can read.  All makes sense right! If it isn’t food – don’t eat it! You know all those logical things your grandmother and earlier generations would have been teaching us.  Eat the ‘rainbow’ (colourful range of food) and eat in season.


 
Don’t restrict yourself.
Weather it be full food groups or avoiding social situations because of the ‘temptation’ you may be presented with.  It’s ok to indulge (just listen to your body, have you had enough, how do you feel afterwards?).  Food is fuel but it is also a wonderful cultural and social ritual that should be enjoyed.

How do you stay in shape?

 

Fashion Friday - Slogan Tees!

This week we are all about slogan tees! So here are our favourites, do you like rocking a slogan tee? 



Need this one!




Summer goals


Love this subtle statement



Yes to this!



Too cute


Make a real statement!



 Heart on your sleeve.


Seen everywhere this rat and boa one!

Would you rock any of these?

 

Gratituesday - Spring is Coming!

This Winter needs to be done! If we could have one week of snow (not slush, I mean full on snow) then I would be happy! Then we can forget the rest of Winter and hit Spring (the best!) Happy Valentines day to you all, whether you be a big fan, think it's too commercial, it's the best day to share love with anyone and everyone! Here are a few things we are grateful for this week: 


Pretty outfits.



Gorgeous art



Plants



This photo. 



Delicate tattoos.




 Vintage cartoons.


Planning holidays.

Little Things...

  Batch cooking (saves so much time!) Blackened Tuna obsession PANCAKES Cosy Hoodies New friends The Girl on the Train (late to the party but sooo good) Fibre one lemon drizzle cake (yummy and so low in fat!) Picking Prints Rediscovering tiger balm Puppy Cuddles Planning surprises Fresh Flowers 


I want to hear the best parts of your week… So please indulge me!
 

Macro Monday - 177!

It's Monday, so lets cut to the chase and get our lols on right? 


Love doing this. 




I mean banana bread is good..
 
 well?


Pretty much



No. 


 Word.


 Hell.


 Genius.



Yep.



Always


 Boy be cray cray



 Thank god she is OK.


Goals. 

Have a lovely week and Valentines Day!

14 Fun Things To Do This Valentines Day!

With Valentines Day coming up, it’s the perfect opportunity to show your partner how much you love them.. so why not ditch the pre-made card and plan some fun things to do around the city or even at home? Here are my top 14 fun things to do this Valentine's Day...

 Handmade Love Note


One romantic thing to do this Valentine's day would be to spend some time finding some cute notelets or a pretty card and write your partner a handwritten note.Leave it by their bed so when they wake up, that's the first thing they will see. That's just the kind of thing that will make their day!

 Take The Day Off


If you can, try to get the day off. Not only will this give you more time to plan and enjoy your Valentine's day, it will also keep you relaxed and give you a much deserved lie in! Don’t fret if you can’t get the day off, though, you can have just as much fun after work!

Prepare a Picnic 

 

Most people forget about lunch on Valentines Day, but it can be the perfect way to have some fun!Pack a picnic basket with all of your favourite foods, and find somewhere picturesque to share lunch. Whether you feed each other or just spend the time talking, you are sure to have a great time! Don't forget...your picnic basket is virtually incomplete without a yummy dessert!

Treasure Hunt 


Write a series of love notes, with clues about your plans.
Hide them in different places, such as on the bed, on the fridge and in their work bag.It's a fun twist and will add some much needed excitement to the normal, mundane Valentine's Day especially if the two of you are working.

 Create a Holiday At Home


Have you seen “It’s A Wonderful Life”?There’s a scene in it in which the bride has to ‘create’ a honeymoon after her plans get ruined. Take inspiration, and go on holiday at home!Dress as if you are there, eat the right foods, listen to music...maybe even decorate your house according to the theme.This is also a great way to remind your partner of your honeymoon, if you’ve had one!

Look After Them




Simple things, such as having a cup of tea ready when they get home or running them a bath and lighting some candles, are often the most appreciated. Show them how much they mean to you by making them feel good about themselves and they are sure to return the favour!

Give Them A Massage


Massage is a brilliant art, for both the giver and the receiver. It’s also free, which is perfect if you are saving the pennies!So read up online on different kinds of massages.Our favourite is a foot massage. Grab some candles, towels and scented massage oil, and take it in turns. This is the perfect money saving yet romantic way to celebrate!

Go Out of Your Comfort Zone 


One of my favourite, most incredible Valentine's dates was going paintballing.
Not very romantic, and I only went to keep my boyfriend happy, but I knew he’d love it and I wanted to surprise him. It was me that got surprised in the bargain though! We both had so much fun, and it bought us so much closer. Think about what your partner might like, and see if you can arrange it. You might enjoy it!

Learn Something New 


Whether you learn to dance or to make chocolates, book a class doing something completely new together. You’ll have a lot of fun, and have a new skill!If you can’t afford a course, try buying a chocolate making set online, or a dance DVD, or even just cooking a meal you haven’t tried before.

 Book a Hotel 


Spend the night of the 13th apart, and pamper yourself. Then dress up and meet in the bar of a fancy hotel, before having a meal and finally retiring upstairs.
There are usually some good deals around at this time of year, and you’ll have more fun then you’ve had in months. It's a great way to spice up your relationship and bring the spark back.

Recreate Your First Date 


What better way to spend Valentine's Day then to reenact your first date?!
Go back to the where it all started by going to the same restaurant, cafe or venue that you two started your love affair and look at how far the two of you have come.

Take A Dance Class 


Taking a dance class together is a fun way to get your heart pumping and see each other in action! It's not about getting the dances down perfectly.
It's more about getting close and learning something together. Then, the next time you're at a party, the two of you can show off your moves!

 Send a Care Package 


If you happen to be in a long distance relationship and can't see each other in person, send your sweetie a care package. Fill a box with their favorite treats, maybe some reminders of dates you went on in the past, photos, a letter or poem and plans for the next time you meet up!

 Tour The City 


Why not spend your special night hitting some of your city's most romantic spots for the big night? Even if you don't live in a big city, there is bound to be a place that has a great view that you can enjoy or a new area to explore together.

Check the local paper or websites to see if there are any special events going on.

Who knows what great spots you might stumble upon?! Whatever your budget, there is a way for you to get close to your partner and have lots of fun this Valentine's Day. Just make sure that you remember to enjoy yourself, and have a great day too! Have you got a fun way to celebrate St Valentine's Day?
Please let us know!