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Monday, 3 August 2015

Oh My Goodness, You're SO Skinny!

Firstly, allow me to point out that I'm not! But sometime last week, something astonishing happened.

I stood up (that's not the astonishing bit... unless you're my fitbit friend; then perhaps you may be mildly bemused) and a lady, who has only ever seen me from the shoulders up, proclaimed "Oh my goodness! You're so skinny! How do you stay like that?" so I explained that I hadn't actually, 'cos I'd just lost quite a few pounds. Then she said the thing that all people who try to lose weight hear (and probably feel at times, depending on the 'diet' that you've chosen): "Don't you eat?!".

And, well, I do. Lots!

So I thought I'd do a little post of everything that I either have eaten, or plan to eat today. I'm following weight watchers because it gives me the control that I need whilst allowing me the flexibility to eat whatever I want/need. So, without further ado...

I have 26 points on ww, 5 of which I allocate to my milk before I do anything else.

Pre Breakfast

I can't eat a full on breakfast just after I wake up; I need a little time to "come to" before I start eating. Never-the-less, I still have a quick something - actually, I've just changed round the way most people have breakfast and then a mid-morning snack. Today, that something was a banana and a cup of tea at around 7ish. 0pp.

Breakfast

I generally like to wait till I've gotten to work and then I'll have my proper breakfast before I start. This was 100g 0% fat natural yoghurt and 20g porridge oats with some previously griddled fruit (nectarines) and some chopped macadamia nuts* on top. Healthy, filling and - probably most importantly - tasty! 3pp.

Lunch

Last night, I prepped a tuna mayo and avocado salad with peashoots and I'll add in some cherry tomatoes at lunch time.  I'm actually drooling thinking about this - 12:30 cannot come quickly enough! 5pp.

The tuna consists of a tin of (130g drained weight) tuna in sunflower oil (if you have the choice, opt for the tuna in brine as this will save 2 points per can - or 1 per serving) 5pp, 1/4 large spanish onion 0pp and 50g lighter than light hellman's mayo 1pp. Total points 6pp, or 3pp per serving.

The 1/2 avocado was weighed on my ww scales at came in at around 45g for 2pp.

Dinner

After letting my daughter decide, dinner tonight is butternut squash fritters (4pp) with 3 HECK Chicken Sausages (3pp), an egg (2p) and side salad. 9pp.

Dessert

With 4pp left for the day, I can choose from a variety of things. Such as:
  • Options/Weightwatchers hot chocolate with a caramel wafer: 3pp (My favourites are the Options Orange and the Weightwatchers Black Cherry). I'll have this before bed, because I'm just so cool...
  • Metcalfe's Skinny Popcorn in Sweet Cinnamon: 3pp (LOVE!)
  • Griddled bananas with ambrosia low fat custard: 3pp (I'd try not to have too much fruit in a day. Yes, it's 0pp, but I'd rather fill up on veggies)
  • Jacob's Orange Club: 2pp
  • Baked banana with chocolate, spray cream and nuts: 2-3pp
I hope you find some of the above helpful - and rest assured that I definitely do eat :)

If you'd like to see some more ideas of what I eat, let me know and I'll put something else together. Oh! And I did take pictures, but I don't know where they went... :/

Love,
Linzi x


* N.B: I don't actually have some sort of macadamia/nut fetish... I just like them and happened to pick up a reduced bag (bonus) and don't want them going off, ha! Also, did you know... it's better to keep nuts in the fridge? It prevents the essential amino acids in them from going bad.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Sunday Spa & Other Random Bits

Hey guys,

A big part of looking as best as you can (if that's your bag) is by taking care of yourself as much a you can. For many people, this involves painting your nails, having your hair cut and coloured (professionally) and having a wax. However, it also crucially involves caring for your skin, looking after your hair, taking exercise and eating healthily - in other words, starting from the bottom up! Making sure that you have the absolute best foundation that you can possibly have, will make sure that you look your best at all times. It'll also make you happy and smiley - which, let's face it, is one of the prettiest things that we can do.

With this in mind, I do love to have a sort of Sunday Spa Day (or hour, or however much time I can manage to snaffle!). This means (for me) sticking on some chill-out music, running the bath with some delicious bubbles/oils and massaging the ends my hair with my hair mask. I'll light some candles for atmosphere and do a little facial while I'm relaxing in the bath. This will include cleansing, exfoliating and then a mask of some sort, depending on what my skin needs. When I come out, I wrap my hair in a towel and slather on some body lotion/butter then get into some nice jammies (or a dressing gown if I really want to up the "spa" ante) and cashmere socks. Every other week or so, I'll also include a mini pedicure.

If you're using oils in the bath, lavender is probably the most well known for it's relaxing properties. However if you, like me, aren't mad keen on lavender then there are loads of other oils you can use. These include: chamomile, bergamot, cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang. I personally find that bubbles make the bath for me but sometimes, only an oil will do; so if you want to relax like me, my most favourite blend is a few drops each of frankincense, geranium and bergamot.

These are a few of the products that I'm going to use later:
Philip Kingsley Elasticiser, Korres Showergel, Origins Never a Dull Moment, OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo and Conditioner and Sanctuary Ultimate Salt Scrub. 
The Sanctuary salt scrub is, hands down, THE BEST I've ever used. It is amazing!

And finally: Sunday breakfast. Yes, really.

Pudding for breakfast? Yes, please!

Enjoy,
Linzi x

Saturday, 1 August 2015

How to be Beautiful - My Week in Food

Hey guys

I know this blog was conceived to be about product reviews and things but this post definitely is linked to beauty - however tenuously you may find it.

Being in the beauty industry is very much about helping people realise their beauty goals - whether that is having pretty, long nails when they are incapable of growing them themselves; giving them the golden tan that they desire without harming their skin or giving them the fluttery lashes of their dreams. 

But there is more to true beauty than a few topical treatments can provide. And you need to have that healthy base before you start. Now, clearly I'm not a nutritionist but I do try to eat healthily between working and looking after my daughter, and my various other commitments; so I thought I'd show you some of the things that I've eaten over the course of the past week.

A few of my favourite meals have been my healthy banana berry cake - Yes! Healthy cake!! - with stewed cinnamon apples and fresh peaches, my butternut squash fritter with egg and salad for an easy yet tasty Saturday brunch and Tuesday night's Hoisin Pork & Noodle Stirfry for supper.


Butternut Squash Fritters with Egg
Healthy Banana Berry Cake
Hoisin Pork & Noodle Stirfry

As you can see, there are lots of lovely healthy fruits and veggies on my plate at each meal and these are essential to be able to get your daily dose of the vitamins and minerals that you need to take in. I hope this pictures above inspire you to add some more veggies or fruits to your current repertoire.

Love, 
Linzi x