Fitness Rockstar Spotlight Interview

A few weeks ago a fabulous and very exciting opportunity came up to work with Julia Buckley and her online gym so I had to participate – I love working with people who share the same ethos and outlook on life as me. Julia offers an incredible online workout programme which you can do in the comfort of your own home – for a fraction of the cost of a gym membership or personal training, you can achieve amazing results!

To spread the word of her online gym and newly published eBook “Ignite” to accompany the online workouts, Julia has set up a group of Fitness Rockstars – and I’m lucky enough to be one of them 🙂 What is a Fitness Rockstar?!

The Fitness Rockstars are a collective of people with a mission to make the world a healthier, happier place.

We’re not professional athletes, or even what many would consider typical “fitness people”, but we all appreciate the privilege of having the ability to move our bodies and we’ve all experienced having our worlds rocked by the astounding difference fitness and health has made to our lives.

Neither are we celebrities, or in a position to spread our message to millions of people, but if something we post can help light the fuse that helps anyone to discover myriad of amazing benefits of doing what takes to be fit and strong which ripple out into all areas of life, then we’ll feel like stars for sure.

To help us Fitness Rockstars get to know one other, Julia conducted a small interview…

  1. For me, fitness is all about: Feeling great! There’s nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of blood pumping through your veins, pushing your body to the limit and achieving those fitness goals 🙂 I love the feeling of motivation, determination and productivity which I get when exercising – it makes my whole day feel more positive, active and worthwhile. It also helps my body confidence and makes me more time efficient in other tasks.
  2. I get most excited to do my workout when: I’ve had a bad day… If I’m feeling down in the dumps then the best way to clear my thoughts is to have a good workout session; it helps to channel my frustration/ anger/ negativity into adrenaline and motivation to do that extra rep, run that extra kilometre, or to hold the plank an extra 10 seconds.
  3. When a workout really pushes me to my limit, I think to myself: Wow, great work! I’m always positive when working out as I love the feeling of progressing, seeing results and achieving the goals I’ve set out for myself.
  4. I’m most likely to skip my workout if: It’s raining outside. I suffer quite badly from SAD and the weather/ seasons really affect my mood (which is quite volatile anyway) so the rain outside will dampen my spirits and tempt me to just stay warm inside with a cuppa!
  5. In a group fitness session I’ll be the one who: Puts the tunes on – you can’t have a good workout in silence, it’s all about the motivational bangers to take your mind off the strain/ pain!
  6. The item of exercise equipment I’d most hate to go without is: My yoga mat! I can’t be doing sit ups (or any ab work for that matter) on the cold hard floor – or even worse, the other day, on the wet grass 😥
  7. The last thing I usually do before starting my workout is: Take a selfie at the gym… (Shamefully I will admit to it!!) Yes I’m one of those people who snapchat when they’re at the gym; I mean, I’m going to get hot and sweaty so I’ll be out of snapchat action for the next hour or so…
  8. My top 5 workout music tracks are: 1. Pump It – The Black Eyed Peas; 2.Run the World – Beyonce; 3. Just Like Fire – P!nk; 4. Light It Up – Major Lazer; 5. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
  9. If I start feeling ‘meh’ about fitness I give myself a boost by: Putting on one of my favourite workout tracks! I love music, dancing and all things related so nothing will give me more of an energy boost than a heartfelt song by P!nk!
  10. The most important thing I’ve learned about fitness in the last year is: Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s easier said than done of course, but there’s nothing worse than comparing yourself to that ultra lean, super fit, uber defined muscleman lifting the equivalent of five times your body weight or that skinny yet toned girl in the gym – it helps no one and will just get you down! Everyone has their own diets, workout regimes; and it’s discovering what’s best for YOU (in terms of lifestyle choices, daily routine, work schedule etc.) which is the important thing.

Let me know in the comments about your fitness regime – What motivates you? Are you working towards a particular goal or just want to maintain a good level of fitness? Do you workout in the gym or at home?

Check out the other rockstars’ interviews by searching for the hashtags #JuliaBFit and #FitnessRockstars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Mindfully, Moni x

Guest Blog Post: Amy Mia Goldsmith

5 Foods to Ease an Upset Stomach

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Whether you had a stomach flu or simply ate something bad, your organism will not respond quite well to certain types of food. During this period you might experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and it is recommend altering your diet, at least until your organism stabilizes and starts digesting foods normally. But before you condemn yourself solely to toast and crackers, you should try implementing these few foods into your diet plan, as they are known to be some of the best stomach soothers:

  1. Bananas

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Bananas are known to be natural antacids, meaning they contain vital nutrients which can normalize the stomach acids and firm the bowel movements. Because they are so rich in fiber, pectin, potassium and vitamins, they can be easily digested and actually serve as a great energy booster, which is another plus, as stomach problems are known to drain your energy and leave you feeling exhausted. This is why bananas are generally recommended as breakfast foods or pre and post-workout snacks.

  1. Papaya

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Fruits are known to be generally quite healthy because they are so rich in vitamins, but it is a well-known fact that they should be avoided during stomach issues, because their acidic levels could harm the stomach flora even further. But every rule has its exception and in this case the exception comes in the tasty form of the tropical papayas. Papayas are known to be quite rich in papain, an enzyme that aids with digestion. These enzymes help break proteins and create a stable acidic environment. This is also why papayas come in many supplement forms and are used to treat stomach ulcers, certain allergies and even some sports injuries.

  1. White Rice

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In the last couple of years the complete hype about white foods being bad for you has resulted in many people simply cutting certain foods like white bread, flour and rice out of their nutrition. Contrary to popular belief, plain white rice holds many benefits, especially when it comes to easing stomach pains. It has the ability to absorb the gases and acid in your stomach and solidifies your stool. This helps especially with diarrhea or similar issues in the digestion track. White rice is also a good idea as it can replenish your energy; make you feel satiated without upsetting your stomach further.

  1. Ginger

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Considered one of the healthiest foods, ginger has many great properties that are used to treat all kinds of diseases and health issues. For many years, ginger has been praised as one of the best remedies when it comes to alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory components that help reduce the stomach pains, but it is also regarded as a substance which eliminates intestinal gases and soothes the intestinal track. Depending on your ache, you can consume ginger in fresh form or perhaps mix up a cup of ginger tea. It is very important to remember that a recommended dose is 4 grams of ginger per day.

  1. Apple Sauce

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When it comes to stomach aches, an apple a day will certainly not keep the doctor away, at least not if you consume them in a fresh form. Fresh apples are known to contain high levels of fructose which can be very upsetting for the stomach. On the other hand, this fruit is also quite rich with pectin, which helps soothe the symptoms of diarrhea ad constipation. In order to get the most out of these health properties, it is recommended to consume apples in a form of applesauce, as cooked down apples will help with digestion.

 

Lastly, it is really important to create a well-balanced nutrition that will help you get all the essential nutrients without doing any harm to your digestion track. This can be accomplished by mixing up some probiotic and prebiotic foods and forming a synbiotic your body desperately needs. Personally, I use and recommend the SCD Lifestyle diet plan. Try to manage a diet that contains all the essential nutrients needed for a body to function properly.

Here are some gut healthy recipes:

Strawberry Smoothie

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Simply blend half a cup of low-fat yogurt, milk and frozen strawberries and enjoy your instant synbiotic mini meal.

Toasty Breakfast: A combination of toasted whole-wheat English muffins with low-fat yogurt and bananas makes a nutritious and healthy breakfast idea.

Chicken Salad Sammie:

When you feel ready to step up the game, mix up a bit of mayo, low-fat yogurt, celery, cut-up chicken breasts and spread it on whole-grain toast for a delicious afternoon snack.

Savory Yogurt Dip:

A light everyday snack which contains low-fat yogurt, minced cucumbers, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of fresh dill makes a tasty dip or a toast spread.

After you have cured your stomach ache and feel ready to get back to your regular nutrition, it is a good idea to start slowly by implementing some of the above light snacks and gradually introduce other foods.

About the author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a personal trainer and chief editor at Beausmith blog, a healthy lifestyle blog. She has a degree in nutrition and her goal is to teach people to live a healthy, happy life.

Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

Calling all mindful eaters, health foodies, fitness fanatics, budding food entrepreneurs and everything in between!

I’ve got a very exciting opportunity to share with you today which could change your life and turn your entrepreneurial dreams into a reality! Cotswold Fayre is offering £1,500 in funding and a year of mentoring from company Founder, Paul Hargreaves to help you progress your business.

Their annual awards aims to support young, budding businessmen and women between 16 and 25 years old who have a new fine food product that they are looking to bring to market. Whether you’re in need of a boost to materialise your ideas and dreams into a flourishing business, or a bit of extra advice to take your business to the next level be sure to check out the application page – don’t end up regretting a missed opportunity which could accelerate YOUR business plan.

My support for this scheme

As a young, ambitious person myself who is deeply passionate about the healthy food and drinks industry, I am 110% behind this scheme as I understand how difficult (and scary) it is to take a leap of faith and dedicate all your efforts to accomplishing one goal, especially if it is contingent on having the right contacts, investments, social media followers, endorsements, brand identity etc.

Starting up my blog – with the incentive to inspire others to lead healthy, balanced lifestyles which aren’t extreme in one way or the other and to look after their bodies from the inside and out – was nerve-wracking because I knew it was an already concentrated market. However, I refused to let any self-doubt prevent me from doing what I love and my desire to connect with others like me across the globe, who share my passion for wellbeing and wholesome eating. And since my first blog post, I haven’t looked back – my only regret is not setting up my blog earlier! This is why I couldn’t express strongly enough the extent to which I support Cotswold Fayre‘s start-up support scheme. I think it’s the perfect motivation and support network for young, ambitious and determined entrepreneurs-in-the-making who would otherwise struggle to secure the final boost they need to successfully get their concept, prototype, or product in its early stages on the market!

Why apply?

Now in its fourth year, the initiative aims to help food entrepreneurs aged between 16-25 years old with financial and mentoring support to make their business a success.

The winning food and drink business will be awarded £1,500 to help grow the business as well as monthly mentoring sessions with Paul Hargreaves to discuss and develop their business plan and support from Cotswold Fayre’s in-house designer to build a strong brand identity through design and take things to the next level.

Having started a business himself 17 years ago, Paul Hargreaves completely appreciates that the hurdles to starting a new business can be daunting; therefore understands the value of, not only offering a small amount of monetary support but also, mentoring the winner of the start-up support scheme throughout the first year.

The winner of Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Last year’s winner, Jerome Jacob, founder of PHROOTI, said: “Winning the Cotswold Fayre Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 award has helped me achieve industry recognition, helped with my start-up costs and, most importantly, given me an invaluable mentor in Paul”.

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Don’t waste one more second of deliberation and send off your application NOW (before 30th June) to ensure that you don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity; you never know, you could surprise yourself and end up achieving all your hopes and ambitions as a result of one simple application! Don’t kick yourself later by thinking ‘what if I had applied…?’ For more information and to apply now head here… https://www.cotswold-fayre.co.uk/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year

Mindfully, Moni

Introducing… Thrivo

 
When I discovered Thrivo through Twitter, I knew I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to collaborate with them to correspond with their brand launch! It was very exciting to hear that they were offering bloggers an exclusive launch pack so I jumped with joy at the prospect and am bursting with glee to share with y’all my great satisfaction with Thrivo 🙂 

 

Thrivo have teamed up with the UK’s leading wellness brands and retailers to secure exclusive deals and discounts for our members. Join their community today and reap the rewards. What’s more, membership is absolutely free!

Save up to 50% on health, fitness and wellness products with Thrivo.

Thrivo is the UK’s premier wellness-driven discount membership site. They partner with large retailers to bring our members exclusive discount codes for food, health and beauty products that you won’t find anywhere else. They also partner with carefully selected smaller producers who share their passion for healthy living. 

 

Thrivo is also a community of like-minded, health-conscious members. Their ‘Hub’ features delicious healthy recipes as well as health and fitness articles for you to enjoy.

We believe that a healthy and active lifestyle should be affordable to everyone. Our aim is to help our members save time and money. Spend less on the things you need and invest more time doing the things you love!

As a blogger, I received a special launch pack which included some truly amazing products from brands such as Squirrel Sisters, Aduna, Arctic Power Berries, Elderbrook, Rawr Chocolate, Green People, Superfoodio, Planet Organic and many more…! These incredible brands are all teamed up with Thrivo to offer you some great deals on their products so sign up today or lose out big time!

Mindfully, Moni x

The Healthy Body Kit Review

 
With the winter months come cold, dark nights and so we tend to slip into bad habits – both in terms of dietary and fitness choices; so it only seemed the perfect time to try out and review The Healthy Body Kit! I love the fact that, at the HBK, they celebrate all things healthy and include some fantastic products in their boxes for you to try, helping you to feel a little healthier during a season where one naturally feels slightly sluggish and eat/ drink a little extra 🙂

Our aim is to help you become the best version of yourself that there is – fitter, healthier and happier! – The Healthy Body Kit

The Healthy Body Kit is a monthly subscription, especially designed for women who – like me – have a keen interest in Health, Fitness and Organic Skin Care; a fully body approach to health and wellbeing. Each month you can receive a selection of amazing products delivered directly to your door – so no need to make that trip to WholeFoods or Planet Organic! They pride themselves in only selecting the very best products for their kits and aim to provide you with a selection of fitness, health and organic skin care products to sample. 

 

What’s included in a Healthy Body Kit?

  • Fitness Supplements
  • Organic skin care
  • Health Supplements
  • Health foods and clean eats

Although that sounds (and is) incredible in itself, The Healthy Body Kit is much more than just a subscription box! Each month you will also have access to their online resource, called ‘A Healthier You’ which enables you to access a 30 day fitness plan, healthy recipes and meal plans, informative blogs to help support your steps towards a healthier lifestyle and amazing discounts for some of your favourite healthy products and brands. It’s an absolutely brilliant way to keep motivated and achieve all your fitness/ health goals so that you don’t feel like you have to do it all by yourself, making it less daunting and more manageable to accomplish your aims!

 I received the December Healthy Body Kit which had these fabulous products, carefully selected for their nutrition, health benefits and/ or organic sources:

  1. Terre Verdi FranChouliPom Facial Serum: With organic argan and pomegranate oils, which bring vitamins and antioxidants to your skin naturally, the FranChouliPom facial serum also brings frankincense and patchouli essential oils to the fight against the effects of stress and ageing. Like the rest of the Terre Verdi range, this facial serum is designed to keep your skin look fabulous: supple, nourished and taut. Use daily on your face to help prevent dryness and lines. It can also be used as massage oil. FranChouliPom facial serum is 99% organic and COSMOS certified organic.
  2. Love Your Blender’s ‘Super Berry’: A single serving sachet of superfoods, whole nuts and seeds, to boost your at-home smoothie with nutrition and flavour. Just add in your blender with fresh ingredients. Recipe suggestions are inside the label – follow the Intense suggestion for a decadently dark, intensely fruity drink; follow the Creamy suggestion for a comforting, velvety, sweet cinnamon treat. Both are packed with antioxidants, thanks to a trio of Brazilian berries – goji, camucamu and acai – and bursting with good fats, fibre and whole protein. No blender? Try stirred into porridge for a tasty superfood boost.
  3. Buff Bake Protein Nut Butter: Buff Bake offers a variety of flavours – I received the Snickerdoodle Protein Almond Butter, which was simply luscious ❤ Each 340g jar of this delicious nut butter is fortified with all natural whey protein so you’re guaranteed 11g of protein per 2 tablespoons, plus: 6g of Fibre,7g of Carbohydrates, just 1g of Sat Fats. It also has added chia, hemp and flax seeds – ideal for keeping your Omega-3 and antioxidant levels topped up. Handmade using the finest, freshest almonds, this fantastic almond butter has no added sugar (contains naturally occurring sugar) or salt and is even gluten free.
  4. The Chia Co 8g Chia Seed Sachet: A great way to get a nutritional boost on the go, two shots of chia a day will provide you with 3g of Omega 3 ALA, 6g of dietary fibre and more than 3g of complete protein. These nutritious little seeds can be eaten raw – sprinkle onto your porridge or granola or add to salads and smoothies.
  5. Healthspan Elite: Performance Greens has been developed by Healthspan Elite’s nutrition experts alongside their Official Partners, Team Sky, to provide a convenient means of topping up the fruit and vegetables you get naturally in your diet.Containing a high potency blend of 14 vegetables, fruits, herbs and botanicals, Performance Greens is a nutrient dense formulation packed full of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and fibre. Ingredients include algae superfoods, spirulina and chlorella, dark leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale plus highly concentrated matcha tea.
    As well as being rich in phytochemicals and polyphenols, these specific ingredients have been chosen as they are alkaline-forming. Effective cell metabolism is of critical importance for recovery and overall performance. Cells and tissues require a slightly alkaline environment to function effectively. One of the simplest ways of achieving and maintaining the perfect PH balance in the digestive system is through a diet that is rich in alkaline-forming foods.
    Created to be highly palatable, Performance Greens has a delicious natural lime flavour and is gently sweetened with stevia. Stevia is an organically formed product made from the crystallisation of plant leaf and has the added benefit of being virtually calorie free.

Mindfully, Moni x

Attention Britons: WIN FREE Blogathon 2015 Tickets

Calling all British health bloggers, fitness fanatics, foodies, organic promoters, conscious consumers, nutritionists, mindful eaters etc.!  

 

You’ve probably all heard that this month is (or hopefully even participated in) Organic September; and Of the Earth Superfoods is hosting an Organic Blogathon on Sunday 27th September at the Ice Tank Kitchen in London. I’ve been fortunate enough to be selected to participate in this amazing event! I will join eight other bloggers to hold cooking demonstrations – we will cook one ORGANIC recipe each, within just minutes, to show how easy it can be to eat organically! 

 

GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate this incredible event and to coincide with Organic September, I’m giving away 5 tickets (!!) to the Organic Blogathon.  

 

All you have to do is comment on this blog post your favourite healthy meal. 

Five tickets to be given away to five individuals. Tickets will give the holder guaranteed entry to the event. Entries must be received by 23rd September to be eligible.

Exclusive Teami Blends “Back 2 Skl” 20% OFF Discount Code

20% OFF TEAMI BLENDS DISCOUNT CODE

 


We all know what time it is when summer draws to a close and August bids us farewell 😓😩😭… But fear not, my Mindful Eaters, I’ve teamed up with the awesome people over at Teami Blends to give you not 10%, not 15%, but a whopping 20% off online purchases between Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd August using the code ‘MONIBTS‘. This is a back-to-school offer you don’t want to miss out on, so hurry; it only lasts for THREE DAYS!

With 20% off, there’s no reason not to kick start that teatox you’ve always wanted to try – ’cause let me tell you, their stuff actually works! I’ve even got my DAD hooked on Teami detox teas as he says they really help his digestion. So turn that frown upside down and wave away the Back 2 Skl blues with this amazing offer!

Don’t get caught out; you seriously don’t want to miss this opportunity! As once Monday comes round, the code will no longer be active 😔 So stop delaying and head over to their site now – international orders are accepted 🎉🙌

Don’t forget, use the code ‘MONIBTS‘ at the checkout for the 20% offer to be applied ☺️

Mindfully, Moni x