Health & Fitness

The Green Juice

After a summer of drinking too many cocktails and eating far too many BBQ’s, I decided to a bit of research into juicing. Juicing is popular trend (especially amongst celebrities) where you live off different types of fruit/vegetable juices for a week or so in a bid to loose weight quickly and cleanse your body. But after reading up on juice diets, I realised this was unsustainable and probably not good for your body anyway. I then came across Gwyneth Paltrow’s juice recipes and became intrigued by the good reviews. I didn’t want to live off juices for a week but I wanted to try one of her recipes as I replacement for my toast or Shreddies in the morning. This juice is called ‘The Green Juice’ and although it may not be the nicest drink you will ever taste, it also isn’t the worst and is full of good nutrients that your body needs. I try to have this juice atleast once a week for my breakfast and it definitely gives you a wake up boost so you can ditch that morning coffee you so desperately need.

To make the juice you will need:

Ingrediants for Juicing

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Courgetti Spaghetti

After over indulging on holiday, I have been trying to be healthier over the past few weeks and it has been made extremely easy with this super healthy, super tasty recipe. I first heard about courgetti spaghetti on Saturday Kitchen when Hemsley and Hemsley were on the show. For those of you who haven’t heard about these health savvy sisters, they have recently brought out their own cook book filled with healthy and nutritious recipes, courgetti spaghetti being one of them. Courgetti is raw courgette peeled into long thin strips as a replacement for pasta or noodles. Not only are you saving yourself lots of calories, it tastes great so you won’t be missing that carby pasta anytime soon.

I bought myself this Stainless Steel Julienne Peeler from Lakeland which is conveniently on offer at the moment, so I grabbed myself two – one for at home and another to take back to uni.

Julienne Peeler from Lakeland

Julienne Peeler from Lakeland

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The Ultimate Hangover Guide

Unfortunately, at some point in our lives (especially if you’re currently a student), we will all be privy to a rather chronic hangover. Sickness, a painful headache, tiredness, dizziness and generally feeling like the ground should swallow you up are just several of the typical ‘hangover’ symptoms but don’t panic – I have put together a list of the top 5 hangover cures so you’ll be feeling fresh as ever before you know it!

The best way to avoid a hangover in the first place would be to avoid mixing your drinks – we all know this doesn’t end well. Why not drink water in between drinks to re hydrate yourself? Not only does this avoid the banging headache you usually wake up with, but keeps your skin hydrated throughout the night.

Alcohol is a ‘diuretic’ meaning it removes fluids from the body and therefore leaves you and your skin feeling dehydrated, so my top tip to get you well on your way to recovery is to drink lots of water in the morning!

Moisturise:
We’ve all had that moment when we look in the mirror after a night out and nearly scream when we see how dull and tired our skin looks! It sucks, right? Luckily Garnier Moisture Match is to our rescue! It is designed to improve a dull complexion, of all skin types, so simply apply a small amount to your face and neck and watch a miracle happen in front of your eyes.

Garnier Moisture Match

Garnier Moisture Match

Exercise:
It might sound crazy, and yes, you probably can’t think of anything worse than to go for a run after a night out but the fresh air works a treat! Even if you aren’t sprinting, a brisk walk around the park will help you sweat out your hangover and you will build up a healthy appetite ready for my next tip.

A Good Burger:
Nothing can get rid of a hangover more than a good burger. That shaking feeling you usually get around midday will be sorted right out. Plus – who needs an excuse to eat a burger?

Face mask:
My favourite face mask is Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask but this is pretty pricey so any face mask will do! All you have to do is leave this on your skin for 10 – 15 minutes and the soothing lavender oil will deep cleanse and re balance your skin so you are as good as new – no one will ever know you went out the night before!

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask

Bronzer:
Nothing can help dull and pale skin like a bit of bronzer. This will immediately freshen you up and give you a healthy glow. My favourite bronzer is Hoola by Benefit but all bronzers will do the job!

Hoola bronzer by Benefit

Hoola bronzer by Benefit

If you want to skip a hangover altogether you can always drink non-alcoholic cocktails – these are great as you can sit with a yummy drink and not stress about the effects of drinking (or the calories). My favourite recipe is by Wayne Collins, it’s a healthy alternative to a Mojito:

Mint Lemonade
Ingredients:

  • large handful fresh mint, leaves picked
  • 6 lemons, juice and zest of 3
  • 3 tbsp sugar cane syrup
  • sparkling mineral water, to top up

Method:

  • Place the mint leaves into a tea towel and bruise with a rolling pin.
  • Add the mint to a pitcher, with the lemon juice and zest and sugar cane syrup.
  • Top up with sparkling water. Mix the cocktail well and add more sugar cane syrup, to taste.
  • Chill in the fridge.

So there you have it – your ultimate guide to beat the hangover!

Do You Have ‘Fat Fresher Syndrome’?

Before you answer that, let me tell you a few facts…

According to a study conducted by Slimming World an average a fresher gains two stone in their first year of Uni and 59 % of students blame stress for this weight gain. Another one of the main culprits is (unsurprisingly) alcohol (56%) and post-partying grub (59%) – so yes, that Subway you demolished in the early hours of the morning does count, even if you don’t remember it.

The results are shocking, aren’t they?

I happen to be a fresher and with the summer season fast approaching I’m starting to panic. If you are anything like me, in January you planned to look something like Kendall Jenner by March and at this moment in time that is definitely not the case. So I’m now on a quest to get a my dream bikini body by the summer.

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I have found that staying healthy at Uni is not always possible, and the convenience of the corner shop up the road is too tempting to buy copious amounts of chocolate and crisps. Before I left for University in September, I told myself I wouldn’t be one of those people who come back home for the holidays twice the size they were before they left. However, when you are caught up in a whirlwind of leaving home, making new friends and spending the majority of your time clubbing this nightmare does become a reality.

Like a lot of freshers, I struggle to find a balance between being healthy and still having fun (e.g. drinking lots of alcohol followed by chips, carbs and more carbs the next day) but I want change my ways slightly so I don’t return home a ‘fat fresher’. But where do I even start?

I aim to make a few changes, the first one is to actually get out of bed at a normal time. I always find getting out of bed early sets me up for the day as I am able to fit in a nutritious breakfast so I don’t reach for the biscuits mid morning instead. When it comes to going out, opting for a lower calorie alcoholic drink such as vodka and diet coke over wine will help save calories and I also hope to fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Despite not being able to afford a gym membership, a quick workout video from YouTube or a walk into town and back will do the job!

I will keep you posted on my progress and let you know how being a ‘healthier’ fresher is working for me. Until then, do let me know if you have tips of your own! I will also be posting cheap and healthy recipes so keep an eye out for them.