Did you know…
– Exercise improves your immune system- that is, helps your body fight off potential illness.
– Eating fruit before exercise reduces the chance of you losing weight as a result of the exercise. Your body uses the fructose instead of body fat as fuel for energy during your workout. People who do not want to lose weight, but want to exercise regularly should consider having a piece of fruit 30 minutes before your workout.
– Exercise reduces the effects of stress, depression and anxiety by assisting the body in releasing happy hormones to improve your mood! (IBS sufferers, this is ideal for you. Did you know the main trigger of IBS is stress? Even if you don’t think you are stressed it could be the cause of all your pains and discomfort. Add some more exercise into your routine to cheer your body up!)
– Eating properly pre-workout, post-workout and pre-race can improve your performance, for a good read, click here: http://www.womensfitnessmagazine.com.au/fitness/exercises/2013/9/eat-for-exercise/
Exercise is incredible for the body, it: helps the body fight disease, age well, improves bodily functions, improves digestion (IBS people, this is a good fact for you), improves flexibility, helps with stress, helps with improving sleep, makes you feel good, gives you more energy, can help with mental illness as well as reduce the chance of developing memory issues at an old age, and gives you goals which can give you something great to work towards and look forward to each day.
The purpose of the “award” is to get the blogs listed noticed and have them gain more followers. I am also getting the opportunity to search out great new blogs to follow.
So here goes, here are the rules;
You must link back to the person who nominated you.
You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award with under 200 followers.
You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.
I was asked to answer these fun questions:
1. Is there one country you have always wanted to visit? tell me why and why you haven’t gone there yet? Yes, oh so many countries I want to visit, Ireland and Scotland make the list, I haven’t been there yet because I’m only a student (cant afford much with my studies) but I received a plane ticket to Canada for my birthday so next year I’m, going there!
2. If you had to bake a cake what kind would it be? Apple Spice Cake – my favourite. I’ll post the recipe!!!
3. Do you like fudge if so what kind? I LOVE fudge (before when I was able to eat it) my favourite that I have ever tried was a coffee cream one, delicious.
4. If you could only have one last meal, what would it be? Beef Stroganoff.
5. Song that reminds you of your childhood? Janet Jackson-Together Again
6. Why did you begin a blog and what are your goals? Or aspirations? I began my blog a little over a year ago with the intention of helping others with the same problems as me (IBS, food intolerance). When I was first diagnosed with IBS I got online to see what resources I might be able to find that could help me, there was not one positive resource that I could see. So, i made a goal to make IBS not such an awful thing- it forces you to be healthy, good right?
7. What do you do when you’re feeling blue? Exercise. I used to be a swimmer, training up to 8 or 9 times a week, so I never had problems with mood because of the constant release of endorphins through exercise. So, now that I’m no longer swimming. Whenever I’m blue I know thats the first thing I can do to fix it.
8. If you could do any job in the world what would it be? Marine Biologist, my favourite animal is a whale.
9. What is your favourite blog and why? , I love what they promote and wish I had lifestyle that was more involved with being in the garden!
10. What is something on your bucket list that you’d be most disappointed if you didn’t accomplish? Swim with whales, I can die happy after that!
10 Blogs I nominate are:
Here are the questions for the people I nominate!:
1. What is your favourite way to exercise?
2. Favourite recipe of all time?
3. What are 3 things you would like to improve in your life?
4. What is your favourite food?
5. Favourite quote?
6. What is the greatest thing you have ever accomplished?
7. Any pets? What kind/s?
8. What is the most beautiful place you have ever visited?
9. Whats a place you would like to visit?
10. What is your favourite smell/scent?
Keep blogging so well! I enjoy your posts.
Friends! The 365 Days of Purity 7-Day Meal Planner is NOW AVAILABLE! (finally). Heres the details:
The 365 Days of Purity meal planner includes 90% clean eating meals. The booklet contains facts and benefits of some of the foods you are eating, and is an organised booklet of 7 days worth of planned meals for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The book contains meals that can be frozen and used another day, and a no-waste system that uses elements of some meals to be eaten the next day or at another time. This booklet can be re-arranged to be used for weeks, even months. The 365 Days of Purity book gets you on track with healthy eating and nutritious food so all the organising is done for you. The book contains the appropriate serving sizes for specific age groups and a grocery list of the items required so you are ready to go! I am studying nutrition at University and this book has been compiled using the information I have learnt.
It is available for sale as a PDF (can be downloaded and printed in your own home, or put on a tablet or mobile device) for $3.00. I wanted to make this available to everyone at the most affordable price I could. This cheap price does not mean it is low in quality, I have put tens and tens of hours into this. I really hope you enjoy it. Attached are some previews.
Heres the link to purchase it:
I’m working on the meal planner today and have added an extra few little features, such as a “No Wasting” section, encouraging you to use elements of the foods you used in a particular day as part of the meals for the next day! Cheaper for you, and less waste occurs. Also, I am adding the Dietary Food Intake recommendations, so that you can ensure you are including the serving size that is suitable for your age group or gender. Have a great end to the week lovely people!
Hello my fellow friends, this article is specifically for those of you that have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). its the worst, and can be a real fun sucker at times. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with IBS, and one year ago I threw the towel in (Australian term for “had enough”) and decided I couldn’t live that way another day more. I sought the help of an incredible dietitian and she sent me on my way with tips and tricks to start over.
With my IBS I was unable to tolerate the following: dairy, nuts (especially peanuts), any processed sugar, and no more than a teaspoon of regular sugar, anything high in fat, any meats that were too fatty, some sweeteners, some preservatives, anything deep fried, eggs yolks, cocoa, chocolate, any foods that contained syrups or thickeners (bit rough on the tummy), and any grains or seeds.
As you can see, this tosses out a whole heap of foods that make up your every-day diet. My dietitian started me all over again, I kept a food diary (excellent tool to maintain your diet and watch what you eat, also to manage symptoms and identify trigger foods), was taken off any processed or refined sugars (this gave me a headache for 2 days, but after, the cravings were completely gone and the sweetest thing I would crave was an orange) and was encouraged to only eat fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates and only wholemeal bread and low fat meats (no sausages, lamb chops etc).
A year on, I have gradually begun increasing my food tolerance by slowly adding things back in very small amounts (e.g: increased my tolerance to nuts by having the tip of a teaspoon of almond butter every morning and gradually making it more and more, now I have my toast smothered in it) and this morning had my very first bowl of cereal with milk (it was soy, was declared lactose intolerant a year ago, but I’m still excited) in 5 whole years. And loved it. Toast gets very very bland after 5 years.
So for those of you who feel like your drowning in a hole with food intolerances, heres my tips to help yourself start over, and get your life back:
– Firstly, get a small book you can keep a food diary in. When you have a problem after eating something, write it down, you will notice a pattern if it happens again after the same food and then you have a trigger to watch out for!
– Start over with all your foods, strip it back to healthy carbohydrates (pasta, rice, wholemeal breads, potatoes etc), vegetables, fruit and meats.
– Gradually introduce some foods, one at a time in case you have trouble and find yourself blaming the wrong food for some issues you think it caused. So for example, you want to have some nuts again, try my almond butter trick. Peanuts are no good for IBS sufferers, peanuts are digested in the sensitive part of the small intestine, they will most likely hurt regardless of your small efforts.
– Drink lots and lots of water, not cordial, not soft drink, not juice, just water. Add some lemon or mint leaves to give it some flavour. Water helps your digestive system and will help everything pass through smoothly.
– If you have constipation issues, increase your fibre intake – the wonders this will do will amaze you, you will feel lighter, less bloated and not as gluggy all the time, and it will keep your bowels regular (make sure you keep your fluids up, fibre uses the water in your system to help it flush you out a little, so drink, drink, drink!).
– Start saying yes to activities again… scared about your reactions out of home, pack your food so you know what your having, don’t go grabbing a handful of treats at a party… this will only hurt you, and set you back. You can do this!
– Exercise!!! Half an hour every day is ideal! This will help keep your systems regular, relieve stress (IBS trigger) and aid in the release of happy hormones!
Now I CAN eat the following 🙂 : nuts, any processed sugar, MORE than a few teaspoons of regular sugar, some foods high in fat (a couple chippies), any meats, most sweeteners, preservatives, anything deep fried, dairy-free cocoa, dairy-free chocolate, any foods that contained syrups or thickeners.
Good luck! I hope it can work for you, as well as it has for me. xx