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My Battle With My Mummy Tummy & Body Image

As women I think we all have bad days when we don’t like what we see in the mirror. There are days when you feel good and are oozing confidence and then there are days when…well you are not. I seem to be having the NOT oozing confidence day every day now. I’m a lot heavier than I would like to be and I just don’t feel good in my body. I look and feel like a completely different person than I did 3 years ago and it makes me feel like I am completely losing myself. My battle with my mummy tummy is consuming me and it is affecting my life and happiness.

Belly Donut

The day I realised I could grab the fat from my belly and make a belly donut was both a depressing yet strangely amusing day. Grabbing my belly donut has become a daily ritual. It is now my own built in stress ball. I cannot seem to walk past a mirror without doing it and it makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Talk about losing your identity. What is worse is that my mind still hasn’t really caught up with the idea that I am no longer a size 6/8. It still pictures itself as the Pre-gabriel confident and thin Kylie. Then gets shocked when it sees a picture of my arms side on and how they seem to engulf and eat my whole body. Wtf? I can picture and plan out outfits that i am convinced will make me look like a bombshell only to put it on and look like a walking potato.  Who am I?

Homebakes and Belly Shakes

It doesn’t help that since having Gabriel I have developed an unhealthy attachment to sugar & food. That my desire to be the modern day Martha Stewart has got me baking every week. Then stuffing my face with said bakes. Being an at home mum means that I have access to food at all times and the stress of daily battles with a toddler, while studying makes me want to eat the whole pantry. People come up to me and they don’t get it. They say “oh you are not fat, You look great” and I cant help but sigh. Yes i may not be rolling when walking but you have not seen me in my underwear. Plus I am sure that they HAVE noticed that I am 10kgs heavier and that they are just too polite to say otherwise or they are in the same boat and feel secretly relieved that they are not the only one. (don’t worry, I get it)

#BellyDonut?

So what do I do? Do I accept that this is my fate, that I gave birth (2 years ago), that I am getting older and this is part of the territory? That curvy is “in” right now and I should make the #BellyDonut Movement to encourage everyone to embrace their bodies no matter what it looks (or feels) like? Or do I get up and throw belly donut into boot camp. Tell him he is no longer welcome and get myself back to a place where I feel happy in my body? Where the picture of my self in my mind is actually aligned with reality?

Though I do believe that we should love our bodies the way they are. I also believe you should look after them and do what it takes to feel confident.  For me it is an on going battle. It’s not just about weight and the number on the scale, nor it is about trying to meet societal expectations that women face these days. It is about feeling good in your body and skin, about feeling good about being you. It is easy to make excuses. Lets face it motherhood is hard especially when you are working or studying as well as raising kids and keeping house. However we can’t lose ourselves and who we are because of the kids. We should set an example for our kids that looking after ourselves is essential to living a happy and fulfilling life and also for everyone around us.

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How To Make Overnight Oats

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I have been obsessed with creating new healthy breakfasts lately. If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen a few of the photos. I have always been an advocate for a green smoothie in the mornings. However lately I have been needing something more substantial to curb my hunger. Poached eggs on toast started to become the norm for me, but since I am trying to improve my digestion and lose weight. I felt that this was not a great choice. It left me feeling a bit heavy and stodgy. So I set out to find some fresh and healthy breakfast ideas that would fill me up until lunch time, yet not feel so heavy in the morning. That was when I came across overnight oats.

 

Overnight oats have been a popular trend on Pinterest, and when you see all the different variations and beautiful pictures. It is hard not to understand why. They are quick and easy to make, yet packed full of fibre and nutrients ( depending on what you put in it). Even though there are heaps of variations the base ingredients are rolled oats and milk.

So I thought I would share with you all the recipe that I have been using that is packed full of superfoods and tastes delicious!

Overnight oats

OVERNIGHT OATS

Ingredients

1/2 cup of Rolled Oats

3/4 Cup of Milk (I use Almond Milk )

1 tsp of Cinnamon

1 tsp of Chia seeds

1/2 Banana

Handful of Strawberries

Handful of Blueberries

Drizzle of honey.

NOTE: The amount of milk you use depends on how you like your oats. Some people prefer them thicker while others like them a bit watery. I do not like my oats too thick so 3/4 of a cup of milk is good for me. However if you prefer a thicker consistency try using only 1/2 a cup.

Method 

Mix the Oats, Milk, Cinnamon and Chia seeds together in a bowl until combined. Tip the mixture into a small air tight container and pop it in the fridge. Leave it overnight for at least 10 hours so that the oats and chia seeds absorb the milk.

When you are ready to eat, cut up the banana and strawberries. Add the fruit to the oats and drizzle with some honey. Overnight oats are best served chilled.

Some people like to add a nut butter to the oat mixture before chilling in the fridge, however I find this to make them a little too rich for my liking.

Please note that the chia seeds and cinnamon are optional. If these are not your cup of tea then please omit them. However I add them for the additional nutritional punch, plus the chia seeds add a bit of sweetness.

Overnight oats

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Quick Meals For Your Toddler : Easy Delicious Egg Cups

Like most mums, I strive to be the best mum I can be. And a very important factor for me is proving my son with the optimum amount of nutrition he needs to grow and be healthy. I believe that home cooked meals and snacks give a better nutrition punch than pre made packaged food. That being said, I know first hand how the pressure to constantly cook healthy yet delicious meals can get drive you insane! That is why you need a repertoire of quick meals for your toddler.

So I have been trying to find new and easy snack and lunch ideas that can be done quickly so I am not slaving away at the stove throughout the whole day. One idea that has been a success for both me ( time  and nutrition wise) and Gabriel (Taste wise) has been egg cups.

Basically an omelette in muffin form. These delicious little cups are great finger food for your little one and are very easy to make. What is genius about them is that you can use anything you have in your fridge. Which means you can switch them up a bit. Some of my favourite variations are tomatoes, mushrooms and ham and courgettes and feta cheese.

Quick Meals For Your Toddler

QUICK MEALS FOR YOUR TODDLER

EASY DELICIOUS EGG CUPS

Makes 4-5 Cups

INGREDIENTS

3 Medium Sized Eggs

Filling of your choice: I used

5 Chopped Cherry Tomatoes

A handful of Baby Button Mushrooms

1/2 Diced Onion

Shredded Ham

Optional: You can add some shredded cheese for flavour if you eat dairy.

You will need

METHOD:

Preheat oven at 200°C. Whisk the 3 eggs in a bowl and then add your choice of filling. Oil a muffin tin and fill up to about 3/4 of the way with the egg mixture.  Pop them in the oven and leave them to cook for 20 Minutes.

Put them on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled serve to you little one with vegetable sticks or on its own.

You can keep these in the fridge for about 2 days.

There you go. A perfect lunch in minimum time!

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Gluten Free Spinach and Feta Pie Recipe!

Since receiving our Wedding Gift list items from John Lewis I have been on a bit of a cooking spree. How amazing it is to finally have all of the kitchen utensils and bits you have always wanted. My desire to become the next Betty Crocker seems somewhat more feasible now that I have an arrange of lovely serving platters! Haha

Jokes aside, I love cooking and all my new gear has kick started a new motivation in me to create scrumptious yet healthy meals for my family (and some not so healthy!)

In order to get healthier my husband and I have decided to incorporate more vegetarian dishes in to our weekly meals. With more and more research suggesting that our overly meaty western diets are to blame for a lot of health problems we thought it no harm to try a few veggie meals.

Gluten Free Spinach and Feta Pie

We love Spinach and we love Feta. I remember eating delicious spinach and feta Pide from the local Turkish baker back when I was a kid. It was something I would always reminisce about and think to myself I must try to recreate something similar. So with my new platters, there was no stopping me :p!

Gluten Free Spinach and Feta Pie

Ingredients

1 Large Bag of Organic Baby Spinach – I buy the big bag from Sainsbury’s which is about 400g)

1 Chopped White Onion

1 Block of Feta

2 Pods of Crushed Garlic

2 Eggs

Splash of Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Jus-Rol Gluten Free Puff Pastry – This is new from Jus Roll and the pastry is just delicious. It has become my favourite gluten-free pastry since Genius.

Method

Preheat the oven to about 200°C

Put the chopped onion along with some Olive oil into a pan on medium heat.  Add the crushed garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent.

Boil the Kettle and put the spinach leaves into a large bowl. Cover the leaves with the boiling water and wait for the leaves to wilt.

Drain the water and put the spinach into a sieve and squeeze out any extra fluid. You need to make sure the water is properly squeeze out or you risk making the pastry too soggy.

Add the spinach to another bowl along with the onions, garlic, 2 eggs and as much crumbled feta as you like. Season with some salt and pepper and then mix together.

Lay the pastry onto a baking tray and heap the spinach and feta mixture into the middle of the pastry. Lift up the edges of the pastry so the mixture doesn’t come out and fold into a bowl like structure over the mixture.

Pop it in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Cool for a few minutes before digging in.

Serve with a nice large salad.

Gluten Free Spinach and Feta Pie

The whole family loved it! I will definitely be making this one again!

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Stay Motivated At The Gym With These Awesome Gym Outfits

Hooray! After much discipline and planning, I am finally down to my pre baby weight. I am very chuffed with myself but I still cannot believe it has taken me a year and a half to reach this goal. I had originally thought it was going to take only 4 months! Haha I guess I overestimated my willpower capacity. GREATLY! Check out my post on how I lost 2.5 kgs at home while looking after my little one

Nonetheless I have reached it and am I glad that I will not be rolling down the aisle next month. Although I have no completely reached my goal. I am currently working towards my pre Scotland weight and then I will be satisfied with myself. You read correctly. I put on weight when I moved to Scotland. As much as I love Scotland with its beautiful scenery and its friendly alcohol loving people. It has wreaked havoc on my waistline with its cold weather and yummy yet fattening comfort foods

Fish and Chips, Curry, Sunday roasts and as of course the Deep fried mars bar. No wonder I put on 4 kilos. As disgusting as a deep fried mars bar sounds, you will be surprised to know that it is absolutely delicious!

So with only 4 weeks to go until I walk down the aisle I need some serious motivation to kick these last kilos to the curb. For me having good flattering workout gear has always been a good motivator. I don’t know why exactly but I find that if I feel and look good in any aspect of my life. I always tend to put in more effort to make my life better.

So I have been on the hunt for some good workout gear to get me through these last 4 weeks of intense workouts and thought I would share with you some of my favourites.

My Loves Of the Moment : Gym Gear

What keeps you motivated on your journey to weight loss?

 

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Addicted to Sugar? Why It Happens And How to Break It

I have to admit, I never thought that I would ever be addicted to sugar. I have always, and I mean always been a savoury over sweet kinda girl. Hand me a bag of crisps and I can and will devour them before you can even blink. But put Chocolate on the table and I will maybe have a square or two before I lose interest and forget they are even here.

I used to feel somewhat proud of this. I had fallen in to almost every other over eater category. What can I say I love food. So I was happy that I seemed immune to the sweet addiction. At least there was one thing that I didn’t feel the need to overindulge in.

This was me………. until I had a baby.

Addicted To Sugar

A lot of new mums I know have experienced the same need for sugar post baby so what is it about female hormones that make us crave sugar? Besides the need to up your calorie levels while breastfeeding, it is also said that serotonin levels drop dramatically after having a baby which leads to strong sugar cravings. Chuck in the sleepless nights and high levels of stress and BOOM. We turn into Sugar Junkies.

Unfortunately for us, once you have boarded the sugar train it is very hard to get off. Sugar is highly addictive, and has even been said to be more addictive than cocaine. It stimulates the reward centres of the brain which causes withdrawal symptoms if you do not get your daily fix. Read about How Sugar Hijacks Your Brain And Makes You Addicted here.

Not only is sugar highly addictive, it is now been classed as the root cause of obesity and obesity related diseases. Sugar is high in calories, however they are empty calories. Meaning that there in no nutritional value what so ever. So with its addictive properties making people want to binge eat and fill up on sugary foods. Their bodies in the mean time are consuming way to many calories whilst depleting the body of nutrients it needs for optimum health.

So How do you ditch the sugar?

Go Cold Turkey

I am sorry to say but there is no other way but to go cold turkey. Just like with any other addictive substance, cutting it out straight away is the best way to detox and get it out of your system. Going down the moderation route will end in disaster. One little bite will set you up and leave you wanting more. Choose a few days where you are likely not to be tempted and go cold turkey.

Do not Give in

This is where you need to muster all the willpower you have. It will be hard but it will be worth it in the end. For me it was harder than I thought. I had serious withdraw symptoms. My usual lazy self was willing to take my son and hike up the hill in the rain just for a piece of cake. I gave in a few times only to make it harder on myself the next day. Be strong and stay in the house if need be. You don’t need any temptations at this time.

Do all your shopping online

This piece of advice was my saviour. If i were to go and walk around the grocery store while fighting my cravings I would be setting myself up for failure. Online shopping not only helps me to save time in my busy mummy schedule and it helps me to get straight to the point and buy only the things I need for our meals. No shopping cart envy or lovely smells to tip me over to the dark side.

Get your 5 a day

Another reason you may be finding it hard to curb the sugar cravings is that your body is desperate for some nutritional therapy. With our modern diet revolved around a lot of processed food. Chances are most of us are not getting enough of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet. What helped me to curb my cravings was to start the day with a green smoothie. Check out my recipe here.

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So there you are. I hope these tips can help you to cut the sugar addiction and detox your body. I know that it is hard, but in the long run your body and skin will thank you for it.

 

xxx

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