Do you drink enough water? I have been staying hydrated with Highland Spring and finding out how important it is to drink water.

Over half your body is made up of water. Your body uses water for many things like getting rid of waste, transporting oxygen and other nutrients round the body and helping your digestive system function correctly.  Water helps your body feel its best. It can also help you feel happier and at the top of your game. Recently Highland Spring got in touch to tell me about their Feel Good Challenge. I was challenged to drink more water during the day and see how it made me feel. I was hoping it would make me a better version of myself.

How much water do you drink during the day? When I was little my mum always insisted we drink water at every meal. She called it Duck’s wine. We were always envious of our friends who got bottles of fizzy pop delivered each week. It was exciting visiting our friends and trying different sparkling drinks. Sometimes we even got to return the empty bottles and get some money back for them. These days I do not drink as much water as I should. I drink plenty of tea and fizzy pop but not nearly enough water. Would I be able to add more water into my diet?

Staying Hydrated with Highland Spring

Highland Spring

Did you know that research has shown 66% of Brits don’t feel they drink enough water on a daily basis. This is surprising given how easy it is to source. Did you know that drinking water has a number of health benefits?

When you are hydrated:

  • You are less likely to feel fatigued. Water helps cells complete functions help restore your bodily functions and produce energy to get you though the day.
  • Your skin will be healthier as it is able to rid itself of toxins
  • The ageing process is slowed as your body does not have to work as hard to renew itself

There are many other benefits as well. Drinking water is a simple way to help you feel your best self. Even mild dehydration can effect your physical and mental performance so why risk it?

Feel Good Challenge with Highland Spring

Highland Spring water comes from the Ochil Hills in  Perthshire, Scotland. The word ochil comes from celtic roots and means high. The hills are part of the gateway to the highlands, an area I would love to revisit one day. We did stay in the Highlands a couple of years ago and there is plenty to see.  To help me take part in the challenge Highland Spring sent me some of their water, a mix of still, sparkling and bottles to carry out with me. The smaller bottles are a great size and easy to fit into a bag.

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How to add more water to your diet.

When you are busy it can be difficult to make sure that you drink enough during the day. To ensure I did I made sure I had a couple of bottles of water in the fridge so they were always ready to drink when I wanted them. Water tastes much better cold. Here are some other tips to help you add more water to your day.

  1. Cut a lemon, orange or lime into slices and freeze the slices on a baking tray. When frozen pop them into a bag and store in the freezer. Add a couple of slices to a glass of water to add a hint of lemon or lime to the water. The frozen slice also acts like an ice cube.
  2. When you go out take a bottle of water with you in your bag. You never know when you might feel thirsty and that way you have it to hand.
  3. Keep a bottle of water on your desk at work with a glass. That way you have a drink near without having to walk.
  4. Start and end the day with a glass of water.
  5. Sparkling water is a good substitute for fizzy pop. You get the same effect from the bubbles without the extra sugar.

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How did the Feel Good challenge make me feel?

After taking part in the Highland Spring Feel Good  challenge for a month I feel much better. I have a busy life and often struggle to find enough hours in the day to fit everything in. This means I often suffer from fatigue and headaches. Adding more water into my diet has helped me feel much more alert and able to cope with things. It is such a simple change to add into your life. I will definitely be staying hydrated with Highland Spring and drinking more water from now on.

If you want to find out more about the benefits of drinking water Highland Spring’s Happy Hydration article is well worth a read.

Do you drink enough water or are you suffering from the effects of dehydration? Let me know below.

Highland Spring very kindly sent me a supply of water to help me take part in the feel good challenge. This helped me stay hydrated and share my experience.

 

 
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The Chris James 3R 3 day cleanse is a programme which will help your body detox and leave you feeling great. The programme fits into a hectic modern life with ease.

Chris James 3R Cleanse

December is a busy time of year. The countdown to the holidays is on. Food shopping needs to be done, presents need to be bought. To do lists can soon spiral out of control and you can feel tired and exhausted. The shorter days don’t help. Getting up and coming home in the dark is draining. The holidays are a time when you need your energy. You want to feel and look your best for Christmas parties. You want to slip on your little black dress and be sure it still fits. To help boost my energy levels and get ready for the holidays I have been trying out Chris James 3R 3 day cleanse.

Chris James 3R 3 Day Cleanse

3R stands for Remove, Restore and Rejevenate which is what the Chris James 3R 3 Day Cleanse aims to do. The plan lasts for three days and inside the box are nine sachets of powder which you add to smoothies and juice. Three of these need to be taken a day. As well as the sachets of powder you get a small leaflet that details what else you can eat whilst on the plan. The aim of the plan is to remove unnatural products from the diet. Over the three days no meat, fish or dairy products can be consumed. Tea, coffee and alcohol are also out along with soft drinks. If you have a sweet tooth then sweets, biscuits and cakes are also excluded. Fortunately the plan comes with an extensive recipe list so you will not be short of food to eat. There are more recipe ideas on the Chris James website as well.

Chris James 3R 3 day cleanse

Day one – remove

The first day of the 3R cleanse aims to remove all unnatural food from the diet. This includes refined and processed food. The hardest part for me was starting the morning without a cup of tea. Herbal tea is just not the same. Breakfast was a wheat free, sugar free museli with plenty of seeds and fruit. I had made up a big box of this the night before and it was very tasty. The muesli was also handy as a quick snack when I felt peckish. For lunch there was a range of salad suggestions. These were all easy to make and simple to take to work in a lunch box. I will use these recipes on a more regular basis now as they were so tasty. For dinner I had a baked sweet potato and borlotti bean stew which was delicious. The sachets of powder were easy to take with me and tasted really nice mixed with juice.

Day two – Restore

Day two was a little harder. I had a bit of a headache and I assume this was due to the removal of toxins from the body. Breakfast was porridge with blueberries. I usually have porridge for breakfast anyway so this was easy. The porridge is prepared without milk and left to soak overnight in a similar way to overnight oats. Lunch was another tasty salad and for dinner I had lentil soup. This was made without bacon but extra spice added flavour.

Day three – Rejuvenate

By day three I was feeling great and full of energy. On day three the diet consists of juices and a large range of different juice recipes are supplied. Ideally you should just drink juice though the day but in the winter you also have the option of adding soups. I did this as it was a very cold day. I thought this day would be hard but it wasn’t bad at all.

At the end of the three days I had more energy, felt much better and had lost three pounds. I feel much better for trying out this detox and am heading into party season with some sparkle. I have also discovered some new recipes that I will be adding into our everyday diets. Who knew pulses could taste so good?

Will you be detoxing before Christmas? Let me know below.

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This weekend I took part in the MoRunning event in Newcastle. These 5K and 10K fun runs raise money for the Movember Foundation which works to change the future of men’s health.

A little while ago I told you that I was going to be taking part in this years MoRunning event in Newcastle.  Since then I have been training, going out for a run in the morning when I take the dog for his walk. I have been gradually building up the distance I can run, hoping to hit that magic target of the 5K. It is not been easy and the week before the run I was really struggling with my asthma as was not sure I was going to make it.

The morning of the run arrived, a typical November day. Rain was lashing down in icy streaks. The sort of rain that will soak you in no time chilling you to the bones.  I chose layers that would keep me warm and dry quickly in case the rain did not stop. That afternoon we set off to Exhibition Park in Newcastle where the run was taking place.

MoRunning in Newcastle

Entering Exhibition Park we made our way over towards the lake were the MoRunning tents were. Exhibition Park is a large park in the centre of Newcastle that was originally used for the Royal Jubilee Exhibition in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 50th year on the throne. Recently the old Military Museum has been taken over by Wylam Brewery. It contains a bar and restaurant and also has events taking place on a regular basis. The building is really impressive standing at the edge of the lake.

Wylam brewery at Exhibition Park in Newcastle

Over by the MoRuning tents people were queuing up to register and get their race numbers. Music was playing and spirits were high despite the rain. People were wearing moustaches to celebrate the spirt of the Movember Foundation and lots were in fancy dress. We were given a stylish orange MoRunning headband to wear when we got our race numbers.

Morunning Newcastle

 

Morunning Newcastle

Morunning Newcastle

My husband and son were there to cheer me on and to act as official photographers, as it is quite difficult to run and take photos.  It was great to have their support. My husband helped me to pin the race number to my official MoRunning t-shirt. Luckily at this point the sun decided to make an appearance and the rain stopped.

Going MoRunning

Going Morunning

Going MoRunning

Soon it was time to line up at the starting moustache and get running. The 5K race began ten minutes ahead of the 10K race. Everyone was ready to go and was counting down the second till the race started. Soon we were off, a large pack of runners moving along the path getting into our stride. Some runners were in teams supporting each other. Others were club runners who were very experienced and determined to get their best time. Some, like me, were just determined to reach the end one way or another.

Going MoRunning

The route was well signposted with marshalls along the way offering encouragement as we passed. Everyone soon fell into their own stride, running fast, running slow or running and walking. The first part was fine, a couple of kilometres passed and I was still going. I was looking for the 3km marker and thought it was taking forever. I was beginning to think I was never going to make it then I saw I had reached 4K. That gave the the energy I needed to reach the end.

going morunning

I felt a real sense of achievement to have reached the end and now I have the medal to prove I did it. The Movember foundation is such a good cause, raising money to help raise awareness of men’s health issues and to stop them dying too young. There are MoRun’s happening all over the country this November, why not sign up to one?

Moruning medal

Have you ever done a 5K or 10K run? Let me know below.
 

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This November I am going Morunning. The 5K and 10K runs are coming to Newcastle on the 6th of November and I have  agreed to take part. Given that I have not done any running for the best part of a year this is going to be a big challenge for me. I have five weeks to get into shape and be able to finish the run!

What is Morunning?

Have you ever noticed that men are terrible when it comes to looking after their health. If they get ill they will put off going to the doctor as long as possible. Women are very aware of health issues that face them and are quick to seek treatment. There is less publicity and awareness around the health issues that face men. As a result many men are dying from testicular cancer and prostate cancer. These are things that can be treated if they are caught early. Men are also more prone to committing suicide which is also something that can prevented if support is in place.

Morunning ladies dressed as superwoman

Morunning is a series of 5K and 10K runs which take place between November 1st and November 29th in 17 locations including Dublin, Leeds, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester and London. The aim is to raise money for the Movember foundation which increases awareness of men’s health issues. You may already be familiar with the idea of Movember which encourages men to grow a moustache during November. Morunning builds on this concept. Expect to see people running with moustaches, real or otherwise and in fancy dress.  It should be a fun day.

Morunning woman with moustache

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Mr Motivator is the ambassador for Morunning 2016

Mr Motivator. well known for his bright Lycra and fitness enthusiasm is the ambassador for Morunning 2016. He will be helping encourage people to sign up for a Morunning race near them. Last year over  16,000 MoRunners took part in the races. This year the aim is to raise £100,000. You can find out more information and sign up for Morunning on-line.

Five reasons I am taking part in Morunning.

When I was asked to take part in Morunning I had to think about it for a while. I have no idea if I can actually run 5K. At least I know I can walk that far so if all else fails I will complete the course. Here are  five reasons why I am taking part in Morunning:

  1. It is for a great cause. Raising awareness of men’s health issues helps to save lives.
  2. It is a great way to get fit and get outdoors.
  3. Running helps with weight loss and having something to aim for will keep me motivated.
  4. I have always wanted to run 5K
  5. It is too easy to sit around over the winter. Running helps reduce stress and lift the mood.

Why not help a great cause and sign up for Morunning as well? You can also donate to the Movember Foundation on my Just Giving Page.

 

 

 

 

 

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Once you pass the age of forty weight starts creeping on. The bodies metabolism slows down and with it the ability to burn calories drops. The only long term way to lose weight is by eating less, more healthily and exercising more. When said like this it sounds simple but if it was that easy we would all be slim.

Sometimes we just need a quick weight loss boost in order to motivate us and start us on the weight loss journey. Something that seems to have become popular recently is a TeaTox. These are teas which are designed to help you burn fat, beat the bloat and energise you. They are also meant to reduce hunger pangs. Drinking a cup of tea and losing weight sounded too good to be true. When I was offered a chance to try a two week Slimming Solutions TeaTox I was happy to give it a try.

What do you get with Slimming Solutions TeaTox?

Slimming solutions TeaTox

The fourteen day Slimming Solutions TeaTox consists of two different types of tea, a daytime blend and an evening blend. The daytime blend is meant to be enjoyed in the morning as soon after waking as possible and before eating. It is made just like normal tea, let the bag infuse in the boiling water for two or three minutes.  The evening blend should be drunk every other evening, before bed and thirty minutes after your last meal of the day. In total you get fourteen day time tea bags and seven night time ones. RRP £19.99

Each tea contains a slightly different blend of tea and spices. The main ingredient in the daytime blend is Chinese Oolong tea. It also contains ginseng for a mood lift as well as fennel, nettle leaves, ginger and dandelion. Dandelion and nettles are natural diuretics which increase the bodies production of urine. The evening blend contains senna leaves which are a natural laxative as well as hawthorn leaves, lotus leaves, fenugreek seeds, burdock root, peppermint, psyllium seeds, Valerian root and liquorice.

Slimming Solutions advise that their TeaTox should be followed alongside a healthy eating plan to get the best results. There is also a warning that you might experience a slight laxative effect when you start this plan but I didn’t find this.

How does it taste?

Slimming Solutions TeaTox

Herbal teas are a matter of taste and everyone will have different preferences. I really liked the taste of the morning tea and I felt a bit of a lift after drinking it.  The tea can be flavoured with a drop of honey if you like it slightly sweeter.  I wasn’t so keen on the taste of the evening blend. This is not surprising as I am not a lover of liquorice. I found this tea slightly bitter.

There was no problem at all sticking to the plan. I usually have a cup of tea first thing in the morning so I just drank the Slimming Solutions TeaTox instead. It was slightly harder remembering to drink the evening blend as I only had to drink this every other day. I resorted to setting a reminder on my phone and this worked.

What were the results after using Slimming Solutions TeaTox?

After a fortnight of using Slimming Solutions TeaTox tea I only lost about a pound in weight. I wasn’t expecting a great weight loss as I had not significantly changed my diet. I did notice that I felt less hungry during the day and was less likely to reach for a mid morning snack. After drinking the tea for a fortnight  I did feel more wide awake and alert which was a good thing. My energy levels were higher and I felt more able to deal with life. I did also feel less bloated.

If you are looking for an energy boost or a way to kick start your weight loss then it is worth trying Slimming Solutions TeaTox alongside a healthy eating plan. The two week option is enough to give you a lift and get you motivated. The Slimming Solutions TeaTox is quite expensive and using herbal tea instead can also be a great way to start the day. After following the plan I have swapped my early morning tea for green tea and this is a nice start to the day.

You might be interested in my recipe for iced green tea with apple, lemon and ginger which is a refreshing and healthy drink. Alternatively why not try sparkling matcha a lovely summer drink that uses matcha.

I was sent the Slimming Solutions TeaTox in return for an honest review. I was not obliged to say anything nice and my opinions are my own.

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