Reflection 

So I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been going through some challenges and needed to take a break from my blog for a minute. But I’m back now! 

This post is called reflection because these last weeks I have been reflecting and trying to adapt to changes that have happened in my life. So many things have changed and it took me a while to realise lol. 

My friend actually said to me last night that I’ve changed abit, I’ve become more reserved she said and it’s true that’s how I’ve become with a lot of things now. 

People leave your life & friendships can change so it’s really important to make sure that you are able to be there for yourself & have your own back because at the end of the day you’re born alone and will eventually die alone. ( I know it sounds morbid and slightly depressive but it’s the honest truth) 

I’m not saying don’t confide in people but make sure you’re good on your own as well because you never know what will happen. I’m still working on this and if this means I’m becoming more reserved, I guess that’s who I’m growing into. 

I’m definitely happier than I was a few weeks ago but as always there’s room for progress. 

Work is going really well, I really enjoy my new job – it’s literally the dream practice I’ve always hoped for. 

I’m getting into the spirit of Christmas, it’s my favourite time of year. I love seeing all the Christmas lights on Oxford Street and Marylebone High Street, it’s all so pretty! 


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Trying to be Fab4 to the Core

So it’s been a whole week since my last blog and I thought I would just check in and let every one know what I’ve been up to! 

I started a new job 2 weeks ago and it’s been an adjustment, there’s a lot to learn (which is good) and very challenging!

Im also now I’m taking extra time to focus on myself spiritually, mentally and of course physically. 

I’ve become an avid reader of nutrition blogs and I discovered a little gem called ‘mindbodygreen’ which is very informative and helpful when it comes to food, nutrition and a host of other topics. 

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/

Mindbodygreen led me to an amazing podcast from American nutriotist Kelly Leveque who talks about stabilising blood sugars and why you should focus on diets but changing your eating habits for a healthier you. I recently bought her book Body Love and so far I’m impressed. 

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/kelly-leveque-on-sugar-the-ketogenic-diet-weighing-what-you-want

The book isn’t shoving do’s and don’t’s down your throats rather explaining what types of food does to your body and why it’s better to be informed about what you are eating and why. 

I personally like her style of getting her message across and I’m willing to try her way out. She has a thing called the ‘Fab4’ which is fibre, protein, fat & greens. Kelly believes these 4 should make up all your meals so sustain satiety and a level blood sugar, in turn keeping you healthy and able to lose weight if you wanted to. 

I definitely am up for changing my nutritional habits in the way Kelly suggests so I can be the healthiest version of myself. 

Gym wise I’ve actually wanted to go every day this week but because of work I haven’t been able to. This morning I ran which was nice because I enjoy running but going to the gym I will definitely work on but I’m not going to beat myself up for not going. 

I’ve also lost 6kg!!! Which is good and I hope to keep losing weight. 

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My first fab4 smoothie! Spinach, frozen strawberries, 1tbsp of Almond butter, Almond milk, 20g of vanilla protein powder & 2tbsp of flax seeds

Chocolate Bliss at Olympia 

So yesterday I attended the annual Chocolate Show at Olympia in Kensington where I got to see chocolate in all its glory! With many different types of chocolate, there was definitely something for every body. From truffles to Belgium hot chocolate, chocolate wine and even delightful macaroons it is definitely a day out every body would enjoy. 
Featured in the show were famous chocolatiers such as Paul A Young to start up companies like Winchester Fine Chocolates created by Zara Snell  who was a winner of the International Chocolate Awards 2017. There were many different stools with chocolate from all over the world all supplying their best products for the eager chocolate fanatics! 

Paul A Young was there to give talks and demonstrations which were packed with overzealous listeners about chocolate from one of the best chocolatiers around. Mr Young was also there promoting his book ‘Sensational Chocolate’ with the help from The Children’s Air Ambulance charity in which Paul A Young is an ambassador. 

The Children’s Air Ambulance charity promoting Paul A Young’s book ‘Sensational Chocolate’

The chocolatier Aneesh Popat had the best chocolate spread I had ever tasted and it didn’t contain any mild products but it was so creamy and had the correct richness for a chocolate spread. (Yes 1000% better then Nutella)


The Chocalatier Aneesh Popat 

My personal favourite was Winchester Fine Chocolates by Zara Snell. Her truffles were amazing especially her handmade Champagne truffles, they are definitely a treat. Not only does the chocolate taste incredible but the hard work and dedication put into the products are very noticeable. Winchester Fine Chocolates which was created in 2016 are definitely a company to watch out for. Treat yourself and get some goodies at http://www.winchesterfinechocolates.co.uk 


Winchester Fine Chocolates 

As a chocolate lover I will definitely be back next year to see what The Chocolate Show has to offer! 

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Check yourself & your Mental Health 

I was going to publish this blog at a later date but in light of ‘Mental Health Awareness’ day yesterday I thought this was a more opptune time. 

‘According to the Mental Heath Foundation, every year in the UK 70 million workdays are lost due to mental illness, including anxiety, depression and stress related conditions. This means mental illness is the leading cause of sickness and absence from work’ – Counselling Directory 

Mental illness has different shapes and forms. Some people don’t even realise they suffer from a form of mental illness until they come out the other side. Some people are really good and well practiced at hiding the pain and sadness they feel inside that nobody would know they are suffering. 

1 in 4 people will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem. It can happen to anyone, it doesn’t matter where you live or what you do or how much money you may earn every one is potentially susceptible to a form of mental illnesss. 

‘Anxiety is considered one of the most common mental health problems. In 2013 there were 8.2million cases recorded in the U.K alone’

I personally have suffered from anxiety which effected me so much my doctor recommended medication. It was a hard time for me and my family as they saw the sadness and fear I was dealing with. During the worst time of my anxiety I literally felt as if I was in a black hole filled with fear and panic with no way out. Some days I wasn’t able to go to work & some days I would have panic attacks whilst out with friends. It was a very frustrating time for me, I just wanted to feel like my old self. I just wanted to be normal. 

One day it got so bad, I couldn’t go to work and I had just had enough with trying to battle these feelings. I wanted it all to end. 

This is when I decided I needed professional help and went to my GP. I discussed how I was feeling with my doctor and he asked various questions about my home life and life in general. But I had no answer to give him as to why I was feeling this way or what caused it. Looking back now I would say it was a mixture of work stress, a really hard break up that had happened months before & unresolved issues from my younger days.  All these feelings and stresses I had pushed to the back of my mind just erupted. 

I was fortunate to have a doctor that was patient and empathetic who listened to all my concerns and worries. He sent a referral to Mind Matters and prescribed me medication to use when I was having an anxiety attack. The medication worked and made me feel much better. It helped me get back to my normal self. My experience with Mind Matters was really positive, they were efficient and understanding and reassured me that if I relapsed into my bad anxiety faze they were always there to talk to. 

Today I am off the medication and anxiety free. I know my triggers and how to calm my nerves without the use of medication but I know it’s always there if I really need it. 

Depression can be caused by various different reasons for many people. It can cause people to feel so down they don’t know what the purpose of living is any more which in some cases can lead to suicide. 

‘Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the U.K. and it is considerably higher in men, with around three times as many men dying as a result of suicide compared to women’ – Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation say that men are more likely to commit suicide because they are less likely to talk about depressive feelings or suicidal thoughts compared to women. I really believe that young boys and teenage boys should be encouraged discuss their feelings rather than being told to be a ‘big boy’ or ‘man up’. 

Expressing feelings of sadness or worry are nothing to be ashamed about and there should be more open talks about how you feel in schools and colleges. Children and young adults to should be encouraged to talk to their parents/guardians, teachers or even use helplines if they need some one to talk to. Especially in this age of social media where the use of online bullying is increasing. 

I encourage every one to openly talk about how they feel, listen to others and be empathetic because you never know when some  one can be truly in need of some one to talk to. 

Don’t forget to take time out of the hustle and bustle of every day life and check yourself and your Mental Health! 

hypnotherapists.org.uk

If you are suffering from a mental health problem and would like to discuss it please contact your GP or click the links below;  

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk

https://mind.org.uk/

http://www.mindmatters.uk.com/

https://www.samaritans.org/
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& Cleanse…

So it’s the end of my cleanse and I survived! 

Not only have I survived but I’ve also lost 3kg which I’m so happy about as it really has, encourgaged me to continue with my weight loss journey. I can’t say I’ve really missed having meat which is odd because I thought I would be craving chicken all the time but what I really missed was eating cheese. 

I’ve aslways loved cheese but now I know the love is true. I really recommend the ‘Juliette 7 Day Detox’ to any one wanting to switch up their diet for a more healthier one. 

Here’s the link for the detox, go on give it a go!

http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/diet/detox/plan.htm

I’ve found a new love for fruit and vegetables, I’m also on a mission to keep my changed eating habits and discover more beneficial ones as well. 

Exercise is still a work in progress but I have much more motivation for it then I did a few days ago! I have planned to increase my walking on a daily basis and teach myself how to run long distance (I will keep you updated with that). 

There is never a right time to change your diet and become more active so you just have to bite the bullet and do it! 


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Stop worrying about things you cannot change!

Cooper's Corner

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I am writing this with the hope that not only will other people take my advice, but hopefully I will take my own advice too. 

Although I am quite an upbeat person, I like to think that my brain has too many tabs open. I always end up worrying about something when I’m alone and gathering my thoughts, and that doesn’t sit right with me.

Will there be a nuclear apocalypse in the next few months? Is my boyfriend going to get the job he so desperately wants? What if something happens to me tomorrow and it’s really bad?

I know to others these might seem silly, but thoughts like these are constantly running through my head and it drives me absolutely insane!

You’re probably already thinking “You can’t control what happens! Just forget about it and live for now!” Usually, I’d say that any advice is great advice. However…

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Gym Struggles 

5 days into my cleanse and I’m still alive and standing. To be fair eating has not been an issue for me, in fact it has pushed me to try new foods and become more proactive when making myself meals. 

Before this I was not really into fish that much but because I’m not allowed to eat meat I’ve had no choice. I’ve tried two new types of fish in the past five days; salmon and mackerel! I know, I know these are every day types of fish for people but I just have never had them. I like both and even after the cleanse hope to keep them in my diet. 

I would say the only thing I have struggled with is not having cheese and butter on my Jacket potato, it’s suggested to use natural yoghurt instead of butter or mayo. I really really cannot even bring myself to try that. I just can’t. In fact I actually won’t (lol). So yes I have been having cheese and butter on my potato, I could of just had butter but if you’re being naughty go all out aye! 

So I’ve got the healthy eating down but what about working out? 

I am struggling so much to even muster up motivation to work out. I simply cannot be bothered. I don’t even want to step foot in the gym! It doesn’t help that my gym cancelled my box fit class that I was going to force myself to go to, is it a sign me and the gym are not meant to be?! 

Probably not because if I want any kind of results I will have to work out. I’m hoping some sort of motivation will come to me and I will work out at least twice by Sunday. My aim right now is to try and work out three times a week. 

So if you have any tips for being motivated to work out send them my way! 

It was just not meant to be! Class Cancelled …