Hayfever Hacks – The Natural Method

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Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing…and no I haven’t got a cold. Summer is ‘officially’ here which brings with it, my nemesis…HAYFEVER!!

Growing up in the countryside I never had a problem, but living in London, working in parks and add to that, pollution levels, my symptoms have definitely got worse over the last two years.

Most advice will point you in the direction of the chemist, but in my bid to beat the pollen attack this year, I decided to stay away from ‘traditional’ tablets and instead, opt for natural alternatives. With good nutrition you can make huge improvements…

If you spot me in the park snacking on capers and necking black coffee you will now understand my reasoning, even if I do look a little nuts! Girls gotta do what a girls gotta do…

Go forth and experiment the natural way…!

1. Black Coffee: Has to be caffeinated! Coffee is a natural anti histamine and helps to relieve some of the symptoms quickly while you’re on the go. Now it’s warmer I’ve been opting for an iced version but be sure to drink plenty of water as well so you don’t become dehydrated.

2. Capers: Yes, that’s right…Capers. Get your snack on as these bad boysIMG_5120 are loaded with quercetin. They help to regulate the secretion of histamine which is what makes you sneezy and itchy. Quercetin is also an anti inflammatory and powerful antioxidant. I would opt for the less salty/vinegary version.

3. Onions: Also high in quercetin especially the first layer. Munch raw if you can bear it or just make sure there’s plenty in your meal.

4. Lemons/Apples/Garlic: Upping your intake of antioxidants and bioflavonoids help to improve your immune system. It is advised to start loading up a month before the time you suffer the most but it can’t hurt to keep good levels in your diet now. Homemade lemonade anyone?

5. Avoid: Dairy and grains – they aggravate hayfever as they stimulate the production of mucus. Dairy milk alternatives include almond milk (unsweetened), coconut milk or soya.

If all of the above fail, get yourself to the nearest shop and stand under the air con – yes, I was in a bad way the other day and dashed into Topshop for some relief…Maybe retail therapy helps as well? I’ll research that one and get back to you…

To all you sufferers, I hope this is helpful and if you know any other good natural remedies, please comment below as these are simply my top 5.

We can survive this!

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Move, Nourish, Believe

Last Thursday I headed out early doors (morning coffee in hand) to attend the launch of the Lorna Jane Fit Challenge and Clean Eating recipe book. Despite being a tad tired from a serious leg session the night before, I was buzzing for the morning (virtual) workout as it was being lead, live from Australia by the one and only Kayla Itsines, Instagram super trainer and owner of a seriously killer bod and enviable all year round tan!

When it comes to fitness, health and lifestyle I am all about the no fads approach (diet is a swear word to me) and so it is mega refreshing when such a well-known active wear brand and fitspo, collaborate to promote such a positive message for women everywhere… Move, Nourish, Believe!

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Which is exactly what we did that morning… We MOVED… put through our paces by Kayla we all participated in a 30 minute HIIT (‘you’ll keep doing this until Kayla says STOP!’) session which resulted in a lot of sweating & laughter! We NOURISHED… After the workout I don’t think I could have necked the green smoothie by Honestly Healthy any faster ahhhhh alkaline goodness… My bod needed it – yum! And we BELIEVED… I believed I could push through all of the jump squats after leg day and that every burpee, crunch and press up was possible because the motivation and great vibes of the morning gave me the push I needed.

I am also a lover, ok addict, for new kit and the new Lorna Jane Spring/Summer 2015 collection didn’t disappoint… You can get your paws on it at House of Fraser NOW and my favourite piece from the lot was this bright orange sports bra… Oh so beaut!!!

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So you can don your new kit and get involved with the virtual Kayla workout by signing up to the challenge here – its freeeeeee… If our session was anything to go by, you are going be getting your sweat on!

And because nutrition is such a huge part of a healthy lifestyle, Lorna Jane has created her Clean Eating recipe book…(the pictures make you want to lick the pages) full of delicious food to NOURISH that body of yours.

“Clean eating isn’t about restricting or denying yourself; it’s about treating your hard-working body with the love and respect it deserves” *Air high five’s LJ!!*

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What a positive, sweaty and stylish way to kick off 2015… Ladies, make this the year you decide to MOVE your body, NOURISH your body and BELIEVE in YOU!!! It’s not a fad…it’s a lifestyle!!

For kit, cooking and fitness challenge fun, follow the links below

Lorna Jane Spring/Summer 2015 collection

Kayla Itsines fitness challenge

Clean Eating recipe book

@lornajanehofuk

Happy and Healthy wishes lovelies x

Gloriously Green

I love me a smoothie… Me and my Nutribullet are best friends!

I came up with this beauty when I was craving something comforting and silky smooth…and boy it’s good… Perfect hit of warming cayenne chili pepper to boost you in the wintery weather…

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Happy smoothie time

•2 bananas
•1/2 avocado
•Spinach – I used four frozen bundles
•Almond Milk
•Water
•Table spoon Honey
•Tablespoon raw cacao powder
•Cayenne pepper (to taste)
•Cinnamon
•Chia seeds sprinkled on top with extra cinnamon because why not eh!?

Blend blend blend into deliciousness and ENJOY!!!

All Hail Kale

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I love a crisp… not going to deny it! So when I tried out making a healthy option and they tasted amazing, I was pretty darn happy…*crunch*

Obviously I want to spread the scoff-tastic joy!

So without further ado, here is the recipe and method!

Kale Crisps for the win…💚 My new obsession and perfect healthy snack —————————————– 1. Tear the kale off the thick stems 2. Rinse 3. Pay until dry 4. Spread in a single layer on the baking tray 5. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the kale… You don't want to drench it 6. Rub into the kale to make sure it's covered 7. Pop into the oven – pre heat to approx 120• 8. Cook for roughly 15 mins – you want the leaves to be nice and crispy and not burnt 9. Pop in a bowl and add rock salt if you desire 10. SCOFF!!! —————————————– #healthyeating #healthysnacks #kale #greens #kalechips #instahealth #fitness #vegetables #cooking #instafood #foodinspo #foodies #fitfam #frankieholah #health #recipe #instarecipe #howto #fitnessfood

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What will you need:

1 Bunch of Kale – the best stuff is from the market in bunches, but if all else fails, then bagged is fine

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Pinch of rock salt

Baking tray

Oven

How do you make them: (preheat the oven to approx.120 degrees)

1. Pull the leaves off the large stalk (if bagged you won’t need to do this part)

2. Rinse the kale

3. Pat dry

4. Spread the kale out in a single layer on the baking tray (they cook more evenly like this)

5. Sprinkle Olive Oil over the Kale (you don’t want to drown them in oil)

6. Rub oil evenly into leaves to ensure crispy-ness

7. Pop in the oven for around 15-20 mins – It’s best to keep an eye on them and turn the tray if the leaves on the edge start to brown…

8. Take out of the oven when all of the leaves are nice and crispy, pop in a bowl and sprinkle some rock salt over for flavor… you can also add spices if you fancy an extra kick!

9. 1,2,3 SCOFF!!!

I will be uploading more recipes every week to make your tummy happy!

Up next will be a fave Autmun/Winter 2014 soup…so on trend…

Enjoy xx

Warning: scoffing may occur

Last week I posted a pic of some peanut butter bites that I made so I thought, what better place to reveal the recipe than here… In all their peanut butter glory…

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To make a batch of 8 (depending on how big you make them) the amounts below should be plenty…

– 5 heaped tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter – I only use Meridian as it’s my favourite and in my opinion the BEST
– 2 table spoons of runny honey
– 2 eggs
– 2 handfuls of pumpkin & sunflower seed mix
– Stir all of the ingredients together until thick and tacky
– Roll the tablespoon scoops into balls
– Flatten out on a baking tray and paper
– Bake for 12 mins at 180 degrees

Voila – delicious peanut yummies for your tummies!!

Let me know how you get on… These are great for pre and post training and you can add whichever seeds you want…

Enjoy!!!

Ps: who would like my new raw energy ball recipe? Tasty alert