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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Juicy Juicy!*

Recently I got sent a Philips juicer to have a go at making some nice healthy juices! I was also given a page of Joe Wicks juice ideas so I thought I'd have a go at some of them!

My favourite of his suggestions were the 'Zesty Zinger' (1 pear, 1 orange, 1/2 a fennel bulb and 1/2 lemon) and 'Mr Leanie' (2 carrots, 2 apples, small handful of coriander, handful of kale).

The other ones I tried were;

'Feel Fresh Juice'
2 apples
2 celery sticks
1 lemon
1/2 a cucumber

This was ok tbh but I'm not a celery fan so maybe just 1 stick (or added another apple or orange or something) could be more up my street.

'Carrot or the Stick'
2 carrots
5 celery sticks (I used 4)
1 beetroot 
1 pear

Ones I'm definitely going to try include the Beetroot Reboot Juice (2 beetroots, 1 pear, 1 carrot and handful of spinach) as apparently beetroots are good for cleansing (the liver in particular, which is always good after those Sunday nights in Revs) 

This is one of my lovely (my favourite) juices I made the other day including just; 

3 carrots
3 oranges
2 apples

And it was delicious!

Also sometimes I add a touch of ginger which is meant to be quite good for cleansing and goes well in an orange and apple juice.

This juicer is brilliant! It was so easy to use and clean and, although I was unsure about putting it together since the instructions were just pictures, I got the hang of it quite quickly. It's also perfect at packing some healthy bits into a tasty juice that I can take around university!

Has anyone else used a juicer? What do you think?

If anyone has a go at any of these juices I've mentioned, take a picture and tweet or instagram with the #RealJuiceReboot


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

How to cope with anorexia at university?

I for one, have experienced first year (and now second) and have tried to ignore my mental health problem in the hope that with everything else going on, it'll just disappear. Unfortunately this probably won't happen (and didn't - in fact it got a lot worse until I chose to get a grip with it). 

So here's a few little tips that could help some of you (not just people with anorexia, a lot of people let their health deteriorate at uni, especially first year);

- Eat with your housemates

It's very easy (for some of us) to shy away and eat in our rooms, alone, watching TV, but this enables us to eat as little as we want and this can become a big problem. Eating with my housemates not only made me eat more - as we cooked more bulky meals altogether and sometimes I wasn't the one dishing up - but also enabled me to get to know them and all the chatter and music singing we did when cooking and eating didn't really give me time to think or worry about portion sizes!

- Never say no to a take-away

I know, I know, for some of us this is the last thing we want to do. But trust me, it won't do you any harm, in fact it'll be really yummy, won't affect your body shape at all and will give you fun stories to tell with your friends.

- Be aware of your commute

As a fresher you might be lucky enough to be able to roll out of bed into lectures, but if not you need to be aware of how far you are walking each day. Even though my commute last year was only 15-20 minutes walk, that several times a day up a hill, was considerably more than I was used to and therefore burned more calories without me really allowing myself to take that into account. So if you've got a longer commute, maybe grab a sneaky coffee or an extra chocolate bar to counteract that.

- Clubs and Societies

These are really great for those who exercise obsessively. Joining a sport club (just one/two, and no gym on top of that!) lets you give over your exercise periods to someone else's control. If you join a club, the club organiser will run sessions for a set period at a certain intensity and this will be enough and you don't have to worry that you didn't do enough.

- Weather and Temperature

Obviously depending on where you're from/where you go to uni, this issue will be of different relevance. But from a student at York, England, I can say it does get fairly chilly (and by that I mean f****** frezzing) but I never really notice or take into account that all that heat my body is trying to generate burns a hell of a lot of calories! So remember to wrap up warm and allow yourself a bit of extra feeding around autumn and winter time, because you really do need it!

- Emotions and Stress

Another unnoticeable calorie-eater. Stress, work and revision uses a lot of brain power, therefore using up a lot of glucose (that's my biological knowledge coming in there) and thus burning a lot of calories without technically 'exercising'. This together with worry, anxiety and loneliness can play havoc with your brain and body and eat up a lot of your storage food. So make sure you take care of yourself, give yourself well needed revision breaks and next time you feel guilty about demolishing a pack of digestives during exam season, don't! (don't feel guilty that is, don't not eat them - was that clear?)

So here are just a few tips for those having trouble at university or college or just living alone for the first time. It can be daunting and this can be very dangerous for fragile people, so make sure you put your health first and concentrate on what's best for you!

Remember how beautiful, intelligent and special you are and treat yourself - you're only young once and life is short ... so eat the damn cake!

I'd be really interested to know if anyone found this post useful or has any extra tips (I'm all ears) so please leave a comment, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

New Year, New Me...

This never happens let's be honest, New Year yes, but I don't really change much to be honest. I've always thought that New Year was a nice idea though and the idea of New Year's resolutions are good too. It is refreshing being able to start again and feeling like you can do whatever you want to do! 

However, I've realised that I don't really restrict myself in making resolutions to just the New Year, I think we are constantly changing and improving ourselves and if doing something one way doesn't work there's no reason to wait for next year or wait till the end of the week to put a change to it.

I do think little goals are good to have at the back of your mind, but I can't say I ever really stick to them rigidly (ie I don't beat myself up at the end of the year if I haven't stuck to all my resolutions) in fact I've stopped writing them down and tbh can't even remember what they were last year!

In saying that I thought I'd share a few I've come up with based on how I'm feeling now and how I want to kick off 2016;

  • Get out more. 
I need to have a bit more fun, I think. I spend way too much time studying and worrying when really the things I worry about aren't even worth it. I really want to spend more time with my friends and family and just getting out and experiencing things more. To start this resolution, I'm joining a new society at uni and potentially join a new club or just attend some more one-off events with people. I was recently emailed a site; Eventbrite, that you can search for events or clubs in a certain area or of a certain criteria to take part in, which I think I'll have a look at, anyone ever used it before? And if anyone's interested you can also sell tickets to your own event online.

  • Spend more!
Maybe this one isn't quite that literal. Rather, spend more on better things. Again, going back to my ridiculous worrying, I'm a money saver and I'm constantly worried about how I'm going to afford to live next year or buy so-and-so a good birthday present! I feel just spending a little more here and there will help me feel more comfortable and get out and experience things and have some fun.

  • Eat more!
A constant resolution over the past few years and one I never really see the importance of. But this year is going to be different, I'm going to put all my energy into recovery and enjoying my life rather than my worries of the future and my petty studies, health is more important now.

  • Finish my new books.
A little one here, but more specific and definitely achievable; I got the two new Robert Galbraith books for Christmas and I'm buzzing to read them. The minute these stupid exams are over, my face will be deep within those books, not asleep deep into my notes!

  • Worry less
To round all of the above off, and sticking to probably the most consistent of New Year's Resolutions over however many years, worry less. I don't want to look back on my 20s (Oh god I'm 20 now!) and think I'd wasted it all on worrying about my future financial situation, my body, career prospects or making mistakes. The time is now.

So these are a few of my New Year's resolutions, just quick points I might want to refer back to during the year to remind myself of what's really important, or how I want to be living my life!

Have you made any New Year's Resolutions?
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