Tagged: health

Woman Crush Wednesday: Hemsley & Hemsley

hemsleyFor my #WomanCrushWednesday this week, I have not one, but two awesome females.

If you haven’t heard of them yet, sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, better known as Hemsley + Hemsley are the hottest new duo to hit the cookery scene.

The uber-talented pair, who are both chefs, have gained success thanks to their awesome healthy recipes, which they feature on their website. However, the health gurus have also gained fans thanks to their fun personalities, stylish fashion choices and excellent writing skills that can be seen thanks to their blog.

In fact, the two London sisters have impressed with their writing ability, food skills and fashion sense so much that they are now also writers for Vogue and The Guardian.

Being a blogger myself, I find it really inspiring that the pair have managed to achieve so much and that is why they are my #wcw this week!

You can buy the Hemsley sisters first book ‘The Art of Eating Well’ now and  can follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with their latest news. 

Diet Tip #2: Cut out the diet coke!

no diet cokeFollowing on my last diet tip post about what you should eat, this post is all about what you shouldn’t have if you want to stay trim.

I used to think diet coke was a saint. No calories, tastes nice & fills you up because of the bubbles = skinny bod right?

Well… it may not add inches to your waist instantly, however it could in the long-run.

I used to religiously glug diet coke at all hours of the day. As a mid-morning pick-me-up, after lunch, when I got home from work, hell even at 9am in the morning some time. I couldn’t get enough of the stuff.

Obviously I heard that it isn’t great for you because all of the additives & stuff, but I thought that if it wasn’t affecting my waistline, why did it matter?

So, coming from me, the world’s biggest ex diet coke addict, let me tell you now… STOP DRINKING IT.

I decided that it was going to be my new year’s resolution to cut out the stuff – and guess what? I actually did! Yep, ever since that clock midnight on the 1st Jan 2014 I have been staying away from the fizzy stuff.

And why was this? Well I knew I was drinking too much of the stuff and hearing that it was bad, I decided I wanted to try swapping to other drinks such as water or fruit juice.

What I found was that the results were amazing…

Within about a week I had tons more energy and I mean tons. I was waking up brighter, getting everywhere on time instead of ten minutes late and feeling a lot more energetic.

This made me a lot more happier as I was achieving things and being productive. Feeling less tired also meant I was less likely to snack and more likely to get on that treadmill!

I’ve been keeping it up for the last two months and honestly it feels great. I would honestly recommend it to anyone as it’s so worthwhile in my opinion and has had a big beneficial impact on my health.

Let me know if you’re a religious fan of coke, whether you’ve tried quitting – I would love to hear your feedback!

Sam x

Diet Tip #1: Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn

popcornNow, being a lover of food, I definitely am not one of those girls who lives off just lettuce leaves every day to stay skinny.

However, due to the fact that my love for food is so vast, I have to make sure I have a few simple tricks to keep my figure in check, whilst still having some yummy treats everyday.

My latest discovering is Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn. Now, normal popcorn has been around for ages, being sold (highly over-priced might I add) in cinema’s for years. However, this is actually the yummiest popcorn I have ever tasted, I tell you.

It also really healthy too, with even less calories than most diet crisp brands. I bought a multi-pack of four of them today and there is just 52 calories in one of those bags, so practically nothing! Although you may think it’d be carby too, there are only 7 carbs in each of these bags, which again is less than a bag of crisps.

The flavours they do are amazing too. The ones I purchased today were sea salt, but they also do salt’n’sweet, which is divine. I saw in the store today too that they do spicy’n’sweet, which really intrigued me, but I wasn’t brave enough to try yet!

So basically, if you are a popcorn fan & looking for some healthy snacks to put in your desk drawer or kitchen cupboard, definitely invest in some of these. They also do family sized packs, which you could use to still be kind of healthy on DVD nights, rather than having a multi-pack of crisps or chocolate.

You can buy Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn from their site, or find it in most supermarkets.

Anyway thanks for reading & let me know what you think if you buy any & try some!

Sam x