Sunday, 3 April 2016

Living la vida coco


Coconuts.
You have no doubt seen a lot on them, and seen them presented in a variety of different ways; coconut water, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut flour, coconut scented lotions... The list goes on and the coconut themed things just keep on coming!

You may think that coconuts are just the 'in' thing at the moment; coconuts are definitely having a moment but in all honesty they are here to stay. I have come to the coconclusion (too far?) that coconuts are, in fact, the god of all fruits (or nuts or seeds depending on who you talk to). To be specific, coconut oil is my holy grail in every aspect of life!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Why it's okay to eat what you want

Let's talk about that famous saying first; 'you are what you eat'.
I bet you heard that at least once during your childhood and I bet you have thought at least once that maybe life as a pizza wouldn't be too bad... (I'm now contemplating life as a pizza myself)
The truth is that although this expression is often used as a halfhearted attempt to tell people to be healthy buried under that patronising tone there IS an actual, tangible, element of truth; let me explain.
'PizzArtwork 'by Petti Leaf

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Holidays and fitness... Or the key to staying motivated

I'm not going to lie to you; I have been meaning to do this post for a while... My summer off from uni is all but over and as well as that 'holiday' I have just spent a week away in Kos (pure bliss by the way). This summer has been a true revelation if I'm honest; both in terms of fitness knowledge and my fitness levels in themselves. I truly expected to lose all motivation over the summer but I have in fact doubled my enthusiasm and motivation for anything even mildly fitness and health related whether that's with regards to a new workout or a new 'mode de vie'.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Body positivism


Every body is beautiful. How often do you hear these words nowadays? You never HEAR them, you read them. You read them on positive blog posts, on facebook, on twitter, and you see them thrown around the internet almost as a way of proving some sort of acceptance. This doesn’t just happen with bodies, it happens with everything because on the internet it’s just as easy to love something and everything, as it is to hate that same thing.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Perfectionism

I recently read an article called 'why 'perfect' sucks' by Anna Hart for Glamour magazine. This article was one of the most revealing and meaningful articles I believe I have ever read. Ever since I was little I pushed for perfection, from the strong need for lots of friends (and okay, being the leader too) in primary school, to the never ending competitive needs in high school.
Perfection seems to be the goal that society pushes you towards from a young age; society doesn't want you to just try your best, it wants you to try to be THE best, and that makes all the difference.  I have come to realise that, as Anna Hart so bluntly put it, 'perfectionism doesn't make us perfect; it makes us miserable. High standards have a high price'. And so maybe perfectionism isn't perfect either, and maybe it leads us further away from true happiness. Perfectionism actually often leads us to feeling deprived of something, us perfectionists have half empty cups and not half full ones. And if and when our cup gets slowly filled up we also mentally increase the size of our cup, pushing the boundaries further. Having passion and striving for goals is in no way a bad thing but it can very quickly become one.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The swap guide- Part 1

So as you may or may not know the famous saying 'abs are made in the kitchen' is in fact true.
You may bust your sweaty little tush off at the gym every single day and not see any results because you are still having pasta three times a week (who doesn't want to eat carbonara three times a week??). The sad truth is that pasta will not help you achieve your dream body. No amount of exercise can ever outrun a bad diet and in fact it would seem that someone would be better off eating clean with minimal exercise than eating anything and everything with 6 workouts a week.

For me this was hard. I naturally have a sweet tooth and will often crave Ben's cookies (or any) or that cheeky chunky kitkat but I managed to control this (mostly)... But wait what? I can't have dressing on my salad?? I can't have that extra veggie filled pasta for my dinner?? Life was utter confusion until I initiated the 'swap'. If followed the swap will make you feel that you're improving your diet rather than restricting certain foods. So here goes, the top swaps: