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Friday, 3 April 2015

Change


"Ain't it funny how you think you've got your whole life planned, just to find out it was never ever in your hands..."

That's a line from one of my favourite Sugababes songs. Change. Isn't it a funny thing? I've never been a believer of fate but sometimes in life, change is out of your control. Over time, I've learnt to embrace it because even though change may initially seem uncomfortable or confusing, most of the time I find that it's for the best. 

Things change. People change. Can you imagine what life would be like if everything stayed the same all the time? You'd never gain new experiences, you'd never let go of bad ones, you'd never invite new people into your life, you'd never get rid of the ones that make you unhappy. 

Change isn't always good but, if you give it a chance, you'll find that most of the time, it'll make your life a whole lot brighter than it was before. 

My life has gone through a whole heap of changes in the past six months and, I'll be entirely honest, not all of those changes have been easy but it's made me a better and happier person. I've worked hard, I've made decisions for the best even though it seemed like it was the wrong choice at the time and, most importantly, I've got a smile on my face.

Choose to make a change for the better and embrace the changes that you can not control. Nothing ever stays the same.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Review: Exante Diet

First of all, it has been way too long since I have posted on here. Life has been so busy lately that I've barely touched my laptop and therefore I have barely had time to blog. I'm back now though and I have a few posts lined up!


Towards the end of last year, I was contacted about a new brand called Exante Diet. I'll be honest, anything with the word "diet" tends to put me off quite quickly as it just makes me think of fad diets and starving yourself. However, having seen that Exante Diet also included actual food, I figured I'd give it a go. 


These shakes* were what I was most apprehensive about because the thought of replacing an entire meal with a shake was just a little daunting, plus it made me hungry just thinking about it.... These are designed to be mixed with about 250ml of water. I tried this with the toffee caramel one to begin with and I have to say, it was hard to stomach. All I could taste was the soy protein and it wasn't great. I found that the trick with these is to mix them with almond milk instead of water, much more pleasant to taste! I also preferred to use these as a pre-workout drink as they definitely didn't fill me up and I'm not entirely convinced about replacing meals with shakes. 


Food! I'm a major foodie so it was nice to see that there was actual food included in this package. The portion sizes are fairly small so I found that this was best eaten at lunch. The pasta carbonara* was lovely and creamy but perhaps a little bland in comparison to the real thing. The spaghetti bolognese* was also a little on the bland side but nothing a sprinkle of herbs and spices couldn't fix!


These soups* were far better than the spaghetti bolognese and pasta in my opinion. They came out nice and thick, perhaps a little too thick, but it's a bit of trial and error when it comes to the amount of water you add. They would also make a great sauce to pour on top of some fresh green veg.


These diet bars* were the products that I was most looking forward to trying out but I wasn't overly impressed by them. They all tasted the same to me and all I could really taste was soy protein. If you like the taste of soy protein then you'll probably quite enjoy these but they weren't for me and there was no way I could eat one of these as a meal.

Overall, I definitely don't think I'll be replacing my meals with diet products anytime soon but I'm all for trying new things to see what works. For now, I'll be sticking to my healthy meals and regular exercise.

Have you ever tried anything similar?

Sunday, 18 January 2015

It's Okay To Indulge


As some of you may have seen from my blog posts, I'm making a conscious effort to lead a healthier lifestyle which includes eating healthily. However, I'm not someone who is going to deprive myself from things like cakes etc. 

I admire those who have the willpower to completely eliminate all the "bad stuff" from their diets but for me, I like to indulge once in a while. I want to be fit and healthy but life would be so boring if I could never have a calorific slice of cake ever again, or if I had to avoid most of the delicious menus on offer across the city. 

It's okay to indulge. It's okay to go for the full three course meal rather than the salad and yoghurt. I think it's all about moderation. I am a serious foodie so it's totally out of the question for me to go through life without sampling all the delicious foods on offer, and why should I? I exercise regularly and I eat healthily most of the time. 

I like to set aside a day (or sometimes two... I know, wild right?) each week where I can just eat whatever I want and indulge a little. It doesn't mean I'm going to get to Sunday and get a Mcdonalds breakfast, a lunch buffet, and then a pizza for dinner. It just means I'll have a slice of cake if I want one, and I'll go out for a meal if I feel like it, and I'll have a DVD night with nachos if I want to.

For anyone who is interested, that carrot cake in the photo was absolutely delicious and I savoured every spoonful!

It's okay to indulge.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

New Things #9

It's been way too long since I've done one of these posts (September 2014 to be more precise!). These are a few of the lovely gifts I received from family and friends at the end of last year. It is indeed already January but better late than never, right?


Mad About Macarons (link here) - Knowing my love of baking, I found myself unwrapping this amazing book! The recipes in there look so tasty and not too difficult either so I'm really excited to make some of these when I find a spare few hours. 


Laura Ashley 2015 Diary & Ballpoint Pen (link here) - I've always loved the look of Laura Ashley products, everything looks so elegant and sophisticated. Now I have a nice little diary and pen set to get organised for the year ahead and I can do it in style.



Laura Ashley Mug In A Tin (link here) - As if one Laura Ashley gift was not enough, I found myself with this mug in a tin. The mug has a simple polka dot design but I think I love the tin that little bit more. I seem to have developed this obsession with tins and glass jars...


Christmas Socks - Probably one of the most practical presents ever! I can always rely on someone to buy me new socks every year. Is it just me or does it feel exceptionally cosy when you pull on a brand new pair of socks? 


Radox Gift Set (link here). I love fruity smells and I adore the smell of coconut so this was a great gift for me. My favourite part of this set has got to be the colour changing body puff! I have never seen one of these before so I'm super excited to try it out.


Super Soft Throw (link here) - The best thing about the cold weather is being able to snuggle up in anything cosy and fluffy and this definitely ticks those boxes. 


Salt Sugar Smoke (link here) - This book is all about preserving foods and making things such as jam. I am a food enthusiast. Need I say more?



BakerDays Christmas Cake* c/o BakerDays (link here) - Just before Christmas, BakerDays kindly sent me this delicious Christmas cake. A yummy buttercream iced sponge and a layer of fondant icing, perfect for any cake lover. If you're looking for a personalised gift for someone with a sweet tooth then this is so much more exciting to receive through the post than a card. They also do cupcakes too now!

I hope you all enjoyed the return of my New Things series! Happy Weekend!