New Year’s Resolutions ( here we go…)

It’s that time again…..

… to reflect and see what you want to improve from your life, your health, your friends, family, work, career and so much more. You write down lists of how you will lose those 15 pounds you have wanted to lose all of this year, but didn’t achieve, even though you have it written down for this year’s resolution. But this year…this is definitely the year, you can feel it. Something new. A new start. A new beginning. But is it really? The only new thing is a new number of year on the calendar.

So why do we wait for a new year to act upon something? And how much do you keep it for an entire year, or all through the years? Reflecting monthly or every few months would make your resolution that much better. Be honest. How many times through the year do you go through your list and see which ones you are achieving and which ones you are lagging on? And if you are really waiting on a new year to try and be better in the things you want to achieve or be, then how are you defining your resolutions? How you think and write them also makes a huge difference.

It is very normal to wait for new dates to start something; it’s basically human nature. You wait for a Monday to cut down your carbs, start excercising, read for 15 minutes. But if it’s Thursday today, why not start 4 days before instead of waiting for a new week. You tell yourself you are going to start that online course you have been wanting to do and it’s the 3rd week of the month, but you wait for the 1st day and the 1st week of the next month? Why?

You probably see, the past few days after Christams and until the New Year, people do less, and wait anxiously for the New Year to start achieving their resolutions and targets, only to be lost a few weeks or months later. Social Media Influencers ask their followers, what are your resolutions, what do you want to change for next year? Of course, it’s all in good spirits, and there is nothing bad in setting new goals for the new year. But if you are going to set them, maybe try and go about it a little bit different this year.

Instead of saying “I want to lose 15 pounds”, say, “I want to reduce the daily intake of (for example) chocolate, and aim to do something healthy 5x a week.” This could be, doing a home workout for 7 minutes one day, an hour walk the next day, going to the gym the next, playing and running with your dog the next, and so on. The aim is to build that habit, which normally becomes one, after 21 days of doing it. It doesn’t mean doing the same things every day, but it means doing things to achieve that goal every day. After 3 weeks, you will want to do more and keep it going. If you go extreme and say ” I am going to the gym every day for 2 hours and I am not eating chocolate at all”, then you are kind of being a little bit unrealistic, cause life happens, and with it, all its deadlines, work, sudden pressures, life surprises; whether good or bad and so much more. You might go to the gym 2hrs per day for the first few days or even weeks if you are so strong and determined, but then there is that weekend away you want to go with your friend, and then you get sick for 4 days, then there is that big project you have been working on and you won’t go to the gym at all. Start small and don’t make unrealistic goals.

If you want to start reading more,or you have completly stopped reading, instead of saying “I need to read for 30 minutes everyday”, say, “I want to finish 1 book a month, or read for an hour a week, and you will have time to achieve it with no problems.

If you really want to spend more time with friends, and everyone is so busy with their life, talk it out and plan for once a month to meet up. Set a date so no one plans anything on that day and when you meet, set a date for the next month. If you live too far away make it every 2 or 3 months, or even plan to have a group conversation online with video and wine once a month. The possibilities nowadays, thanks to technology, are endless.

If you would like to get that promotion, or even change your work and take a new route, set the big picture as your end goal, but you need to be writing and developing plans on how to execute those things and slowly progress or make sure you ace that interview.

I wish you all the luck in 2019, ad be wise about your decisions and resolutions. I thank you all for having followed me for the 1st year of my blog and vlog pages, and hope to bring you even better contect in the next year!! To your health and happiness – 2019- Cheers!

Fit Fridays

Fit Fridays

Keeping Healthy during the Hoildays

So much food and drink- what to do?!

Yes, it’s that time of the year were we want to celebrate with our family friends. We get to see some of our family and friends that we don’t see often during the year with our busy schedules and work. We are invited to so many gatherings, parties, festivities and we also host some ourselves. The type of food that is served it typiccaly finger food, lots of carbs, dips, gravies, lots of liquor, deserts and so much more. We are lucky that nowadays we have a variety of ingredients to cook and bake with which are gluten free, have less carbs, less saturated fat, less salt

Fit Fridays

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Not all Sweet Treats are Bad for You

Fit For You Cupcakes

I really wanted to have a few cupcakes made for a Halloween Party but wanted to keep it extremely healthy. I found Fit For you Cupcakes advertised online and contacted renowned dietician Jessica Borg ghigo. I was immediatey given so many choices; Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose free and the list went on. All of them were sugar free by the way. I was invited to see her making them after I told her about my interest and my blog, and was advised of certain ingredients that she was using that had the same effects and result as other unhealthier ingredients.

Behold, the Halloween Cupcakes- Vegan and Gluten Free!

I got to know about how the water in the chickpea or broadbeans cans can solidify the same way as eggs, for example. We used vegan protein powder and coconut flour. All the other ingredients were as healthy and as effective, but I will let you ask her to make you some and then you will relaize.

She was making other cupcake orders in the meantime and it was fascinating to see the vast amount of different ingredients and requests. As she put some in the oven, the smell was so inviting, I couldn’t wait to try one! They all looked and smelled delicious.

We all get the urge for something sweet whether once in a while or many times a day. Truth is, that’s fine, as long as you choose your food well. There are always several parties to attend to or host every week, so why not enjoy a treat that will not affect your health and your waistline in a negative way! You can simply find Jessica Borg Ghigo on Facebook and tell her you want to order some delicious cupcakes and exchange numbers. Easy peasy!

Excuse me! But my 24 cupakes are ready, but I’m only taking 23 of them to my party…because one of them has just been devoured!! Mmmmhmmm yummylicious!!

Have a great and healthy weekend! x

Fit Fridays

Fit Fridays

Vegan, Gluten and Lactose Free Sweet Bites

Healthy Balls

Everyday, more and more people opt to try to be healthier and thanks to all the Social Media and all the knowledge available, everyone can do a little better, or else try. The most important thing is to collect different recipes and know what kind of ingredients are good for what. Whether you want to try more of a gluten free diet or vegetarian/vegan, you will find countless of information and recipes on several social media groups and Pinterest.

Today I decided to make one of my favourite gluten free and vegan, healthy sweet recipe. I call them Healthy Balls! 🙂

It is very simple to make and here are the ingredients needed to make them:

  • Almonds- 1 cup
  • Dates- 1 1/2 cups
  • Coconut Flour- 1 cup
  • Dessicated coconut (optional) – 2 spoons
  • Honey- 2 teaspoons
  • Coconut oil- 2 spoons
  • Peanut Butter (or any other nut butter- Optional) – 1 spoon
  • Chia seeds- 1 tea spoon
  • Hemp seed Protein Powder (optional)- any flavor you like – 1 small scoop

    Firstly, put the almonds, dates, coconut flour and chia seeds in a blender. After you blend, add the protein powder, dessicated coconut, coconut oil, honey and peanut butter if you are using it. Blend again. Refrigirate for about 30-45 minutes and then scoop with a spoon and mould into balls. They are immediately ready to enjoy!

    Why are they so good for you? 

    Coconut is high in natural saturated fats which increase the healthy cholesterol (DHL) in your body as well as help convert the (bad) cholesterol – LDL into good cholesterol. It also promotes heart health and lowers the risk of heart disease. Coconut flour is high in fiber and is free from wheat and other grains. It is also very low in sugar. Almonds have the same benefits as coconut and they also contain unique and protective phystosterol antioxidants. It is also high in protein.  Dates can reduce blood pressure, promote respiratory and digestive health and are a good scource of iron too. Chia seeds contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids and are high in calcium and antioxidants. Honey can prevent cancer and heart disease. It also contains flavanoids and antioxidants.

    This is a very quick thing to make, no baking neccesary and great to munch on when you want something healthy but don’t want to sacrifice many calories and sugar. This is a really healthy gluten and lactose free, vegan receipe that is already enjoyed by many.

    Try it out! Bon apetite!