Friday, 17 April 2015

My Favourite Protein Shakes & Food Supplements

Protein is an essential nutrient which helps form the structural component of body tissues and is used within many biological processes, for example protein is used to make enzymes, antibodies to help us fight infection as well as DNA the building blocks to life. It’s also needed to make up muscle tissue which in turn helps to keep our bodies active, strong, and healthy.

Here are my favourite protein shakes and food supplements.

The Bio Synergy Skinny Protein Shake is great for me as I'm dieting, it's low fat and low calorie so it doesn't add loads of extra calories into my daily allowance, it helps to burn fat more efficiently and tastes great, we have the chocolate flavour and it's delicious.

BioCare Body Balance is a unique nutrient combination which combines high quality whey protein with L-Carnitine, CLA  and Chromium to contribute to the normal function of the metabolism and maintenance of normal blood glucose levels. When used in combination with exercise, Body Balance may contribute to the reduction of body fat and increase in lean muscle.

Deluxe Casein Night Time Muscle Recovery Drink is brilliant because I usually work out in the evening but I sometimes find that drinking a protein shake at night keeps me awake, this is specially designed to be used at night and doesn't keep me awake. 

Lastly is a food supplement that I love, Warrior Reds is an advanced blend of superfoods packed with natural goodness. It's a nutrient rich cocktail of 16 superfoods in one simple 150ml serving per day. Make a shake, drink it, and enjoy the benefits of a vast variety of naturally vitamin, mineral and anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables in your diet. 


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Healthy and Happy Hydration Tips

Given that a healthy human body is made up of around two-thirds water, it makes sense that hydration plays an important role in keeping us healthy. Most of the reactions that take place in our cells wouldn’t work without water, and we need liquid so that our blood can carry nutrients around our bodies and get rid of waste.
How much is enough?
Of course, you can’t go around drinking water constantly. Indeed, if you tried to, you’d make yourself ill. If you consume more fluid that your body can cope with, you’ll reduce the level of salt in your blood and this can lead to a potential fatal condition called hyponatremia.
According to the Food Standards Agency, if you live in the UK or somewhere with a similar climate, you should drink six to eight glasses of hydrating fluid a day. This is equivalent to around 1.2 litres. If the weather’s hot or you’re doing something active that makes you sweat, you’ll need to increase your intake of fluids to compensate. Bear in mind that other factors, including your size, also impact on how much you should drink.
The importance of natural fruit and vegetable juices

As well as water, it’s a good idea to make sure you drink fruit and vegetable juices. These liquids contain a range of vitamins that are important for your health, and a 150ml glass of fruit juice counts as one of your five daily portions of fruit and veg. Meanwhile, smoothies that are made entirely from fruit and veg can count as up to two portions.
Bringing some balance
The good news is, there’s room for some indulgent drinks in your diet too. After all, life’s all about balance and by allowing yourself the occasional treat, you can help ensure you’re happy as well as healthy. From invigorating coffees to rich hot chocolates, you can drink these beverages in moderation with a clean conscience.
It’s also worth noting that a glass of wine from time to time may actually help to give your health a boost. For example, in older people, an occasional glass of red wine is thought to help protect against heart disease. Red wines also contain a variety of antioxidants, which could play a role in preventing a range of other diseases. This is something to consider next time you reach for a bottle of Barefoot Wine or other similar tipples.
As long as you make sure you’re always hydrated and you have a sensible approach to what you drink, you can enjoy a glass of refreshing white, as well as a wide variety of other beverages, without risking your health.
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Thinking About Our Next Holiday

Travelling is something that me and my husband love to do, we've been to many different countries and had some amazing experiences but since we had our two children the holidays have had to be put on hold. Now that they are getting a little older we're starting to think about what our next adventure could be, it needs to be something suitable for the children but still exciting for us.

Somewhere that we have quite often thought about visiting, especially since having children is Lapland. We'd love to see the famous Northern lights, the bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south.. 
Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.

We'd also love to go husky sledding, I can't think of any better way to travel in Lapland than dog sledding through a magical winter landscape of snow-clad forests and frozen lakes. I think it would be a wonderful experience for us and the children.

My husband would love to try his hand at ice fishing, he'd love to travel out to a remote lake by snow mobile and set up a fishing line through a hole drilled into the thick ice, hopefully catch some fish and cook them up for a delicious meal back at our accommodation.

I think Lapland would be a fantastic holiday destination for our family and something that the children would remember for many years to come.

For more information on Alternative Winter Activities click here.


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