2 very different hospital meals (no panic this was taken over 10 weeks ago when i stayed as an inpatient, for a couple of days after an infection- + all is well now - no fear !)
First Meal :- breakfast provided for me without choice-. Likely what the #cleaneaters #lowcarb #organic crew would call ‘sugar ladened- heavily #processed #insulinspiking #food+ likely note as ‘bad for me’ or #unhealthy (******NB I was once in this #diet-focused ‘moralistic’ crew - I now have a completely more open + I would say ‘#healthful attitude’ to food!) -
The second image is lunch (same hospital- I chose this from the options available) - It is likely a more ‘acceptable’ #health viewpoint, for a generic #wellbeingblogger (ok that Slaw was no SuperSlaw but hey.....;)
Now I’m not passing excess judgement either way, on the #food served at hospitals - (*sure we can probably improve in this area but I also think we are a lot more blessed than we know sometimes - but...
Gaining weight in pregnancy need not be the head f**ck that many people like to make it out to be.
If you are pregnant, or have been pregnant in the past, you will know too well how the patience wears slightly thin, when the first comment of almost every person you greet becomes fixated on how you look, and how you are ‘sizing up’, to societal norms. I have to admit there are days I find this less irritating than others, pending how tired I am. Only last week I had someone ask me to turn around, and subsequently question whether I was a size 6 or a size 8. I mean, WTF world do we live in, where this is an acceptable comment to make to someone trying their best to grow a human life, It speaks volumes about the values of person asking such questions ........
I am naturally a more introverted person, and very much try and go under the radar ‘most of the time’. I struggle with the overwhelming external analysis and judgment of the size of my body, whether this is meant as a compli...
A common Q I get asked about is my eating habits during bump growth?
So here it is:-
Pregnancy Food - My TOP TIPS!
Pregnancy food intake is a weird and wonderful thing. I have to say I have had moments of embracing every minute of the part of the pregnancy which means you get to eat more. Well any excuse right? Although to be entirely honest- at this stage in the ‘bump game’, as much as I still love eating, the bump defo has a thing or two to say on any gorges I may want to partake in. There simply isn't enough room to fit a super XL meal in (as much as I may give it a good try ;)
Being blessed with a 5'3" stature, and a very short torso, (which really can influence how the bump sits btw) there ain’t much room in that belly for all of the growth that needs to go on, so meal times can be uncomfortable. Add onto this other issues such as digestion, or ‘in-digestion’, + changes in taste, the world of preggo food is an interesting one to say the least.
So here I sit on my new best friend (the gym ball). Suffering with an injury to my hip (****and no I didn't do it lifting weights- ironically I was walking very slowly, wearing Ugg boots, on an icy ground, and did a rather spectacular banana skin, Mr Bean stylee fall, carrying a stupidly heavy bag on my back.
Feeling grateful I had not landed on my bump, and of course being more concerned that any member of the public, may have seen me falling on the floor, I scuttled off, embarrassed, and ignored the nagging discomfort of where I landed, which has now bit me royally in the ass!
(** Note for future learning point- Don’t ignore pain after a fall, its probably trying to tell you something)
Present situation? sitting, standing, walking, lying, for any period of time is uncomfortable. For someone who is used to being very active, I cannot lie, I have struggled trying to adapt with my current situation. How long this will last I don’t know. But I can honestly say I feel ‘unmotivated’ to do a...
I am so happy to be writing this blog 5 + a 1/2 months into my first pregnancy- (and yes pull ups are now that little bit harder with my new weighted vest ;) I finally feel able to share my news with everyone, with a bit more confidence about the way I have taken decisions over my pregnancy fitness, thus far.
I have learnt so much over the past 22 weeks, and I know I have SO much more to learn, and share about this experience, firstly as a female, and secondly as a trainer.
I can honestly say I am growing in many more ways than one!
I will be tracking my pregnancy training as much as is viably possible, and sharing what I find ‘helpful’, and, of course what I have found ‘not so helpful’. My experience must be taken as its written however, that is, one example of pregnancy fitness. I can only write and share, how I found things so far, and am fully aware with the journey of pregnancy that things can change, or may need to be altered, at any moment, on a day to day basis.
You can thank Liz Earle and Philip Schofield for this one as I stole some of the inspo behind it from their feature on skin health on This Morning. (NB- Phil if your mum needs me to come over and cut open her pumpkins for her tell her I’ll be on my way!)
Pumpkin season is in full flow and lucky for me (and the drains of winter weather on my face right now), this beauty of a bright orange veg is said to be great for the skin.
With vitamins A, C, E and K- heaps of fibre AND low in calories- its a bit of a no brainer for nutrition wealth, but can taste a bit bland- FEAR not- I have the answer by adding in a few teaks you can make this a super healthy super tasty freezer filler!
And of course where would SOUP be without SuperSlaw? A brilliant TOPPER - adding extra flavour- extra vitamins AND extra crunch to any soup. You can make both in batch-freeze them and dig them out for office or packed lunches on a chilly day.
Simple- quick - low in calories- and basically eating dessert for breakfast.
I am a massive fan of eating pancakes for breakfast - they tick a lot of boxes nutritionally AND more importantly taste of dreams…..
dash of oil to great the pan (I use coconut- but whatever you fancy)
tsp mixed milled nuts/seeds
(optional protein powder)
Place the oil onto the heat and melt
Mash the eggs into the banana.
Add the cinnamon and milled nuts and seeds and mix (don’t worry if its too lumpy- nice gooey bits of banana taste dreamy)
IF you want extra protein add in some protein powder -be warned this will change the consistency into a thicker mixture when cooked.
Add to the pan and cook until brown underneath- IF you can flip over then you can simply continue to cook in the pan - growing the otherwise- IF the mixture is too dense- Throw under the oven for 3-5 mins and ‘bake’.
Ok Ok I know... its genius….. ALLOW me to introduce my no brainer winter meal - packed with goodness and O So tasty!!!!
Spicy Roasted Tomato, + Garlic Soup TOPPED with Basil SuperSlaw.
This is such an easy way to get an INFLUX of Vitamins and Minerals into one low fat meal. Easy to prep- and will freeze well.
You will Need:-
For the SOUP
-As many tomatoes as you can carry (different sizes/shapes colours- i used about a kilo)
-Celery x 2 stalks
-Red onion x 1 full (chopped)
-1 full Garlic clove
-2 large red chilli (de-seeded)
-1 litre veggie stock
- tsp of smoked paprika
-Red Wine vinegar (dash)
-Balsamic and olive oil to drizzle
For the SuperSlaw
-Celery x 6 stalks
-Sugar snap peas x 150g
-1 HUGE handful of Basil
-Olive oil to drizzle
-S + P
Cut the tomatoes in half, drizzle with oil and balsamic, and oven bake facing upwards with the garlic cloves scattered on top. This will take around 45 mins on 180-200. They should be squishy and just turning brown when they are ready...
I’m sick of trying to chase my child around the house with a fork of steamed broccoli
Any of these problems sound familiar?
I remember the days well, when as a child I would hide behind the green velvet curtains in the lounge thinking my mum would never find me, while she chased me around the house with a spoonful of cold porridge. I was what most would consider a nightmare eater! Still cant eat hot porridge now though, I think I’m mentally scarred (maybe more from the curtains, than the porridge, who knows).
Many children are what we would call ‘picky eaters’. In fact I predominantly work with many adults who I would also fit into this label!
Psychologists have a field-day with identifying the many disorders and psychological issues associated with food, and the emotions attached to eating.
As most people would contest however, I am all about trying to find the most ‘simple of solutions’ when...