Tuesday, 3 March 2015

6 Top Tips To Stop Food Cravings

Hello, hope you are all well!

I thought I'd write this post as I have actually been using these tips more than ever recently...I seem to be in some kind of super crazy junk food craving mode - literally, every second I am craving something (chocolate, cake, biscuits, crisps - you get the picture) and I have been trying my best to be good! So, here are my best tips for not giving into those cravings, or distracting yourself if you like - I vary which tips I use so that I don't get too used to them!

1) Make yourself a cup of tea 

  • As soon as I start getting a craving, I make myself a large cup of tea. This can be any tea, I tend to go for camomile or mint tea as they have a natural sweetness to them (as I usually crave sweet things). This has been my absolute go-to tip recently, not only does drinking tea fill you up and distract you from the craving, but it's also so good for you and helps with rehydration too! I recommend green tea, camomile tea, mint tea, fruit teas and/or any other herbal teas that you may like. Seriously, try it! 
2) Brush your teeth
  • This one's pretty self explanatory, like the cup of tea its another distraction technique that has additional benefits. Obviously, a nice clean mouth, shiny white teeth and fresh breath come from brushing your teeth, plus the minty taste in your mouth you are less likely to want to reach for junk food as your taste buds are already being stimulated with mint! This is another tip that I use constantly, it works for me so well. Have a go!
3) Plan your treats
  • Were all human, we all enjoy some (or a lot) of junk food from time to time! Plan "cheat meals" or "cheat days" in advance as something to look forward to (that is, as long as you can get back on track afterwards)! Tons of people swear by this tip and it is probably the most popular method used in the fitness and health industry. Most people choose days on the weekend for this as you are more likely to be splurging then. Just make sure you can get yourself motivated and back on track and this could work wonders for you!
4) Get up and move
  • This is yet another tip which has amazing added benefits! As soon as you start to daydream about all the biscuits, chocolate and cake you could be eating (if you're anything like me than this is a full time occupation) - get up! Do 10 squats, do 10 star jumps, do 10 lunges, go for a 10 minute walk! Do anything! If you're moving, you're not only distracting yourself but you're also benefiting from burning up energy, getting the oxygen flowing, improving circulation and much more. GO go go!
5) Grab some fruit
  • This is especially effective if you are craving sugar! Fruit is full of NATURAL and GOOD sugar (the only kind of good sugar) and will help you if your body is willing you to eat sugar. Not only does fruit contain a ridiculous amount of good things (essential vitamins, minerals and fibre), but it all tastes so amazing, it is natures candy, use it!
6) Make an alternative
  • This is particularly good if you're craving things like chips, deep fried chicken, crisps, cake etc. With this tip you can actually satisfy some of the craving, by making a healthier alternative to the craving! Search for substitutes and healthier versions of your favourite recipes/foods and make them! Get creative. Get cooking!

I hope that these tips help you in some way and that you can use them easily and that they work. I use these on a regular basis and sometimes combine a few if a craving is really bad. But most of all, remember, we are all human, do not beat yourself up about a bad day/week/month. Aim to be better than you were yesterday and take everything step by step. If you slip up, dust yourself off and get back up.

Thank you for reading, I know I ramble a lot!

Amy xxx

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

How to lose weight fast and get perfect skin, hair and nails!

...or not, glad I got your attention! Wow, its been a long time, almost 2 years to be exact! I've been wanting to write a blog post for a while now, so here it is :).

The title of this post will probably attract a lot of attention as it seems to be the kind of thing girls and women are always searching for. Society today places huge emphasis on the 'perfect' this or the 'perfect' that and is almost always focused on trying to make us feel insecure about things we shouldn't be worrying about and giving us expensive or unrealistic 'solutions' to become or look 'better'. Well this is what has prompted my desire to write a new entry, and perhaps a few more.

Another thing that I am so guilty of doing almost all the time, is comparing myself to others. And at that, comparing my true self to what others choose to put on display. Instagram, facebook and other social media sites give the illusion of another person's life as 'perfect' or near 'perfect' as naturally we choose to put out all of our best and hide our worst. This is one of the worst things that you or I can do for our happiness, self esteem, confidence and general well being! But it is something that we do naturally, when looking on these social media sites, and we need to stop.

Everybody is unique, different and individual, if we were all exactly the same the world would be very boring and predictable. Appreciate and be grateful that you are different and embrace your imperfections as well as your best points. Nobody is perfect, not Victoria's Secret models (okay, maybe Candice is ;) ), not all the amazing girls on instagram, no one is perfect. Stop aiming for the unachievable and start aiming to be the BEST version of YOU. Only when we realise this will we be happy in our own skin. And I don't know about you guys, but I think I need reminding of this daily! It's so easy to constantly compare ourselves and nothing good comes from it.

So apologies for probably the worst written post in blog history (I think I wrote this more for myself than anything else) but I hope this helps at least some of you! 

Love, Amy xxx

ps. I hope you are all as excited as I am about creating an e-book to help you all, that's all I want to do, help others :)