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Late Night Snacker – How to stop your Snacks in their Tracks

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Are you a late night snacker? I used to be and oh boy let me tell you how this was such a hard habit to break! And unfortunately if you want to lose those extra pounds then you’ve got to break this habit 🙁 Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. The reason why late night eating is bad for you is because of the way your body functions; at night time your metabolism will start to slow down, also your body will be digesting food whilst you’re sleeping; whilst these doesn’t seem so terrible it does have a knock on effect because your body is working hard at digesting the food it’s not helping your body to rest and restore itself, this means you will probably have interrupted sleeping patterns and when you’re tired and cranky the next day you want to reach out for the bad foods that’s going to give you a sugar rush to pick you up again. Not good. Read on to hear my tips for stopping your snacks in their tracks!

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Muscle Strength Imbalance

muscle anatomy editSome people may notice that one side of their body is stronger than the other, I have noticed that my right arm is stronger than my left and this is something I really have to work on and find really frustrating. It’s quite normal but it just takes some clever exercising to get yourself even! Here’s some tips on what you should do if you find you have a muscular imbalance.

 

 

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Spot Reduction – It’s A Myth

fat burningHow many times have you heard someone claiming that they do 200 situps in a day and accredit their washboard stomach to it? Yes, those situps will help develop the muscle but it won’t do jack about the layer of fat over those abdominals. It’s a common misconception that you can exercise to target a specific area and thereby reduce the fat in that area – wrong. Spot reduction of fat is a myth. Fact. Keep reading and I will tell you why and what you can do about it!

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How to Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Coconut Paleo Cereal mix

2.5 stone ago, I used to take a loaf of bread to work each week and every morning for morning I would eat 2 slices of big fat white toast. And this was THE hardest habit to break. I knew I had to put a stop to this but I genuinely had no idea what I could eat for breakfast that was healthy and easy to have on the go.

I would research and look at all of these suggestions for breakfasts to have and they were all boiled egg with asparagus soldiers, or scrambled egg with bacon or some other variation that required me to eat breakfast at home. This just didn’t work for me. I already got up early enough and I don’t have an oven or hob at work that would enable me to eat these delicious suggestions or a boss who would allow me to not work and spend 15 minutes cooking a full breakfast instead of working! Sure I would have these on the weekend and would enjoy them but I needed something that I could make in advance and was quick and I could eat at my desk and wasn’t going to go off quickly, I needed to extend my meal prep to breakfast too.

After my first attempt of making quinoa and egg muffins (which I love straight out of the oven when they are nice and hot!) but reheated I genuinely thought I was going to be sick! It just wasn’t going to work for me. So I’ve had to come up with my own solutions such as;

All of these added some variety to my working weekday breakfasts and I found I could prep them on a weekend and box up to take to work during the week! Hopefully if you’ve been having a similar struggle this will help you out and save you some hassle and stress and might stop some of those excuses you may have been coming up with so you could still eat your toast every morning!!! 😛 Hope you enjoy all of these yummy breakfast treats!

Love Roo xx

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Meal Planning

chia seedsI wanted to recap on a post I did in 2014 because I think this is really important for those who are kick starting their healthy eating regime. Here’s a link to my post about how to eat healthy on a budget and about planning for your week ahead. Setting aside 10 – 15 minutes one evening a week can make a HUGE impact on your healthy eating during the whole week.

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New Year, New Roo

Take a look at this before and after photo. This is me at the beginning of 2014 and one atWeight Loss 1st Jan 2014 - 23rd Nov 2014 EDITED the end of 2014. Here’s my story and how it can help you reach your goals for a happier, healthier and fitter 2015:

Throughout my mid to late twenties I started putting on weight, I hasten to add that I was never obese or what I would consider as fat, I was a very average size 12, I’d always had a slender waist but my butt and thighs were a problem area and had made a few attempts at spot reduction on those problem areas – turns out spot reduction is a myth but there will be more on that in another post! I then started making ill advised excuses and made the assumption that my body shape was just down to genetics and that I was just going to have to accept that, and that I would never be able to wear skinny jeans with confidence. I was starting to feel self-conscious that I couldn’t wear what I felt was fashionable and I could never really make my mark on current trends because my body shape was holding me back. I think it’s really important to point out here that at no point did anyone tell me or make me feel like my body shape or weight was bad, I just did not feel comfortable in my own skin anymore and I wanted a change. You should only make changes based on how you feel and what you want, never based on someone else’s opinion of you.

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Health & Fitness Apps

fitness AppsI am constantly downloading apps and then deleting them months later because I never actually use them but these are my top apps that always survive the app cull! And what’s more they are all free! Yippee!!! Read on to see which of these might help you get your health and fitness regime off to a good start in the new year!

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Food Swap Outs

When you’ve changed your diet to be more healthy it’s really difficult to know what to use when you are craving something bad, so here’s my tips on healthy food swaps to keep you on the straight and narrow! Print this out and pop it on your fridge and next time your planning your meals for the week you’ve got it to hand and can plan exactly what you need to buy from the supermarket:

Food / Diet Swap Outs

Some of the things I have listed replacements for aren’t necessarily bad foods, like eggs for example, but if you aren’t able to eat them or want to find an alternative then those are also included.

Love Roo xx

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How To Be Your Own Coach

 

CoachingOK, so not everyone can afford a personal trainer but most of us have got the internet so we can find the exercises on blogs like mine and personal trainer videos on youtube to help us out but what about the other bits that a personal trainer can provide you with such as coaching, guidance and motivation? Well here are my top tips on how you can be your own coach. It will take some practice but you’ll get there!

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Help! It’s so expensive to eat healthy!

Whole Food Markets Haul

Be honest; how many times have you used this as an excuse to not change your diet? I can’t even count the number of times I said it before I really committed myself to changing the way I eat.

I’ve wanted to write this post for a while now as it’s usually the first thing people say to me after they’ve asked for my advice on how to eat well and then they get that downcast look and so “oh, it’s just not cheap to eat well is it?” If you don’t shop and eat smart then yes it is really expensive but I am going to go through some tips that I found useful to get me started and I wish I’d known some of these from the start otherwise I could have saved myself a small fortune!!

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