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Slimfast New Advanced Vitality Range & #SlimFastBreakfastClub Twitter Chat!

Posted on September 26, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I’m a big fan of SlimFast – as someone that struggles with my weight I’ve found their products to be incredibly helpful when I decide to start shifting the pounds.

SlimFast have recently sent over some of their new products to try from their Advanced Vegan Vitality Range, which now includes Strawberry Kick flavour, as well as new Vegan options, Strawberry & Blueberry Burst and Intense Mint Chocolate. If you’re not familiar with the new Advanced Vegan Vitality range, it’s basically a brand new, enhanced and updated version of their classic powder meal replacement shakes…

Discover a holistic way to lose weight helping you to feel great on the inside and out. Our unique SlimFast Advanced Vitality shake recipe is made with selected ingredients to support your metabolism and reduce tiredness and fatigue – essential when losing weight and keeping it off. With no added sugar, high in protein and fibre and with 23 vitamins and minerals in every serving, it’s perfect whether you are on a diet or looking for a balanced meal alternative.

A few more things you should know about the Advanced Vegan Vitality range – firstly, you don’t add milk like you would with SlimFast’s original powder shakes, you just add cold water, making them even easier to make up when you’re out and about. You’d think this might deter from the flavour, but surprisingly it really doesn’t! (There are also have 4 other flavours that can be enjoyed with milk too). Also, they contain less calories than the original shakes, at only 220 calories per serving – net bad hey!

I’ve been trying out the Strawberry & Blueberry Burst flavour, as well as more recently the Intense Mint Chocolate flavour too. Both of these are vegan, and they both contain the same vitamins and benefits as the non-vegan options which is fantastic.

I’ve personally found the Strawberry & Blueberry Burst flavour to be my favourite – it’s very similar to the traditional Strawberry SlimFast but just feels a little extra. I love that the new Vitality range includes a load of added extras in terms of vitamins and minerals to give you more energy, and the texture also gets a thumbs up as it contains little chunks of dried fruit, which makes it more of a ‘meal’ than just a smooth milkshake.

On that note, of course you can always pimp your shakes by adding almost anything you like, to tailor make them to your taste. SlimFast recommend adding a handful of cacao nibs or frozen berries for an added boost, which adds less than 100 calories to your shake.

I’ll be co-hosting the SlimFast 3.2.1 Breakfast Club Twitter party from 9am to 9.30am on Wednesday 27th September where we’ll be chatting all things SlimFast including discussing their  new products, tips and general chat, and there will also be a prize for one lucky participant. Everyone is welcome, just follow the hashtag #SlimFastBreakfastClub from 9am and join in the fun!

SlimFast Advanced Vegan Vitality products are £14.99 per pack and available now at Tesco, and the rest of the range is available at Boots (currently buy one get one half price)

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by SlimFast

Health: Let’s Talk About Your Intimate Health…

Posted on July 25, 2017

Hi Guys,

So, this is a little different from my usual posts, but today I’m looking to have a no-nonsense, straight-talking chat about what can often be an embarrassing topic, but nevertheless a conversation that needs to be normalised. So, here we go….let’s talk about common vaginal conditions. To be specific, the most common cause of unusual vaginal discharge, Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). Never heard of it? Well you’re not alone, in fact a recent survey showed that only 7% of people interviewed felt confident they definitely knew what BV was. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 women of childbearing age will experience BV at some point, that’s 8.9 million women in the UK alone – so it is very common!

Apparently, it’s also very common to misdiagnose BV as Thrush. Helen Knox, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Contraception and Sexual Health, explains:

“Most women know about thrush, but very few have heard of BV. While there are some differences in symptoms, such as a fishy smell that is caused by BV but not by thrush, many women will automatically reach for a thrush treatment when they have any vaginal irritation. This misdiagnosis results in, ineffective treatment and prolonged symptoms.”

“Many women look online to self-diagnose vaginal conditions – to ease their worries and get a better understanding of their symptoms before seeing a doctor. But it’s easy to come across inaccurate advice and misdiagnose symptoms for something else.”

“If you understand the correct symptoms to watch out for, then it’s much easier to determine whether you are suffering from BV and find the right treatment options.”

A healthy vagina is all about balance: it is home to millions of micro-organisms, and is normally good at keeping them stable. Lactobacillus is a ‘good’ bacteria that helps to stop other more harmful micro-organisms from growing, and maintains the pH (acid-alkaline) balance of your vagina.   Ultimately, the vagina is self-cleaning, but it is also a delicate environment which can so easily be disrupted by factors that upset its natural balance.

When this balance gets disrupted, you’ll start to notice things aren’t quite right and you could be developing BV.

BV doesn’t mean you’re not clean – in fact soap, shower washes and even douches can upset your natural balance, and make BV more likely.

You can develop BV at any time, but it’s more likely to occur if your vagina, (which is an acidic environment) is disrupted by something that changes this natural pH balance – for example, semen – which is alkaline; or by using perfumed products or soaps; or even menstrual bleeding. Because the pH of this intimate area can so easily change due to many factors, it’s no surprise that BV is so common.

BV doesn’t need to be a problem. There are a variety of effective treatment options available, including antibiotics and over the counter vaginal gels and pessaries. Balance Activ has been helping women successfully treat BV for over 10 years. It is a gentle formula that has been clinically proven to treat BV – and contains a unique combination of lactic acid and glycogen. The lactic acid helps to fight BV and the glycogen provides nutrients to help the good bacteria regrow and maintain your natural balance. You can use Balance Activ to maintain a healthy vagina when you’re run down, or if when taking antibiotics you think you are likely to get BV.

How can I be sure it is BV not Thrush?

To help women find clear and accurate information on vaginal health, Balance Activ has created the Intimate Health Taskforce (IHT) – a team of real women with experience of BV, along with Health Care Professionals united in their passion to raise awareness of BV, its symptoms and how to treat it. They have worked with the IHT to create articles and videos to inform and reassure women with vaginal health concerns along with an online symptom checker to help quickly and easily understand their symptoms – all available at www.balanceactiv.com.

Helen concludes; “if you are showing symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis, trying an over the counter lactic acid remedy like Balance Activ will do no harm. But if symptoms persist, see your GP as there may be another kind of bacteria involved that requires a different treatment”.

If you have any concerns at all, or if you think you have BV and you are pregnant you should talk to your doctor or midwife as it may cause complications.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is written in collaboration with, and sponsored by Balance Activ.

Tasty New Products From SlimFast!

Posted on September 16, 2015

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Hi Guys!

If you’re a regular reader you may remember when I took part in the SlimFast Blogger Challenge a while ago. To be completely honest, it didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, and this is completely my own fault as I didn’t sticking to the plan as I should have done. However I did lose three pounds, which I think was a really good start considering!

I actually loved the range of products I was trialling, they were all tasty, filling and definitely suited my lifestyle whilst pleasing my sweet tooth. My only criticism was that SlimFast didn’t offer any savoury main meal options. They had savoury snacks in the form of Cheddar Bites, Sour Cream & Chive Pretzels and Barbecue Tortilla Chips, but nothing savoury for a main meal. I did mention this in my original post and I’m guessing others had thought the same thing as now lo and behold, SlimFast have now come up with some fantastic Noodle Box packs!

Firstly, I love that SlimFast have listened to what their customers want, and secondly I’m just beyond impressed with these new noodle boxes. They come in three flavours – Chicken Tikka Masala, Spaghetti Bolognese and Spicy Thai. You just microwave them for a few minutes and Bob’s your uncle! The packs have less than 100 calories in each, which is amazing, and due to the low calorie content you can choose to have your noodles as a quick hot snack, or with veggies or something else as part of a main meal.

As well as their fab new Noodle Boxes, SlimFast have also kindly sent over one of their new 7 Day Starter Packs to kick off my routine. The pack includes everything you need to follow their 3-2-1 plan for the first week. It’s a great way to try out their range of products if you’re thinking about giving the plan a go. I’ve only been doing it for four days and I’ve already lost four pounds so far, so I’m over the moon!

If you’re interested in hearing more about SlimFast’s new products, meal ideas, tips for staying motivated and more, I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with SlimFast and a couple of other lovely bloggers tonight at 8pm. The hashtag is #SlimFastWorksForMe and everyone is welcome! SlimFast will be also giving away FIVE starter packs like the one I mentioned above during the chat, so it’ll definitely be worth stopping by!

I hope you enjoyed my post, and please do join me in the chat tonight if you can!

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Gift Ideas For Fitness Lovers!

Posted on December 10, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today’s gift guide is especially for fitness lovers! I’ve put together a range of products that should keep even the fussiest fitness fanatic friend, sibling or partner happy – from snazzy water bottles to trainers, and holdalls to cook books, I’ve got you covered! 😀

1. Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 9 Running Shoes from Sportshoes.com, £78.74 – These women’s running shoes are perfect for hardcore fitness addicts as they have been specifically engineered for triathlons and the Ironman competition, wow! Apart from looking amazing, these running shoes also have a list of features as long as my arm! From The Impact Guidance System to the DuoMax Support System and The EVA removable sock liner these trainers really are the bees knees of running shoes! Click on the link to read the full list of specs and you’ll see what I mean!

2. Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band from John Lewis from £59 – Garmin’s Vivofit fitness band is an easy to read device that learns your activity level and assigns a personalised daily goal to keep you motivated. It displays steps, calories and distance upon its crystal clear 25.5 x 10mm screen, and even monitors your sleep to ensure you are getting the most out of every hour of the day. As you meet your milestones, Vívofit will also adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle.

3. Jawbone UP24 Activity Tracking Wristband from Argos, £99.99 – UP24 is an activity and sleep tracking wristband that wirelessly connects with your iOS or Android device and your favourite fitness apps to give you helpful information to guide you in taking action to improve your health and fitness. The UP24 will help you understand more about how you sleep, move and eat. It’s always connected to your device through the use of Bluetooth Smart, and works with the UP app to deliver real time information and insights to help you understand how you sleep, move and eat. The UP Insight Engine collects the data provided by UP24 and ties it all together, helping you find connections and patterns in your daily and nightly activities and providing tips to improve your quality of life. The UP Insight Engine will suggest daily goals based on your unique patterns to help you go farther, stay hydrated and sleep better.

4. Nutribullet Superfood Nutrition Extractor from Very, £99 – This would make an excellent gift for the smoothie fan in your life. The NutriBullet is the perfect way to get the best from your fruit and veg as it extracts all of the vitamins and minerals, creating delicious and nutritious smoothies. It completely breaks down food, from fruit and vegetables to nuts and seeds, giving you all the nutrition and leaving nothing out. It boasts a powerful 600 watt motor combined with bullet cyclonic action which pushes everything through the turbo extractor blades to get rid of any unwanted lumps. This NutriBullet also comes with a handy nutritionalist guide and cook book so you can get lots of healthy tips and tricks.

5. Camelbak Eddy Glass Water Bottle from Wiggle.co.uk, £22.49 – The new super stylish Eddy Glass Water Bottle is naturally BPA-Free and doesn’t retain taste or odours, and with it’s grip-able silicone sleeve it is both stylish and protective. The Eddy Glass water bottle is durable, easy to carry and spill proof, and comes with a lifetime guarantee, making it a fantastic choice of gift.

6. Fast Cook: Delicious Low-Calorie Recipes from Amazon, £7.49 – Mimi Spencer returns with more than 120 simple nutritious recipes to provide the definitive support system for the 5:2 diet. There are ideas here for everyone, with chapters ranging from Warming & Wonderful (comfort food for hungry days) to Lightning Quick Suppers (speed cooking for when you want to walk in the door and eat in ten minutes flat), along with a whole section devoted to substantial meals for men. Fast Cook is the perfect adjunct to the original Fast Diet Recipe Book, offering a new repertoire of really fast Fast food to help you conquer hunger and lose weight with ease.

7. Head St Moritz Bag, from Head’s Ebay Store, £44.99 – This is Head’s contemporary version of their classic retro St Moritz Ladies Holdall which was first introduced in the early 80’s (I actually had one of these as my school bag in peach and grey about 20 years ago!) The new version St Moritz has been brought up to date with its beautiful soft perforated PU faux leather fabric. It has one large main compartment with a double zip access, a side wet pocket which is ideal for trainers or damp towels, and a front zip pocket for smaller items. This bag is perfect for the gym, travel or whenever you’re on the go!

8. iPod Shuffle from Argos, £39 – This super mini iPod is essential for any fitness fan, it’s 2GB storage holds up to 500 songs and has 15 hours of battery life. The Apple iPod shuffle is a must have for the commute to work or in the gym – simply clip on to a belt, lapel, backpack or anything else you can think of to listen in comfort. The new iPod Shuffle also now features a voice over button giving you song, artist and battery information.

9. Get Fit Kit from Ayurveda Pura, £33.95 – The Get Fit Kit contains everything you need to help with lose weight, detoxify the body and keep your body fit and healthy! The kit includes:

  • Chyawanprash, which is a thick brown product with a jam-type texture, it smells sweet and spicy. Chyawanprash comprises of over 35 natural ingredients such as fruits, herbs and spices, and has been used for thousands of years as an alternative medicine to revitalise the mind and body. You’re advised to take take 1-2 teaspoons twice a day.
  • Re-Energise Herbal Tea, which really smells like Christmas! (it’s the cinnamon) this helps to gently but effectively boost your energy levels, uplift your mood and remove toxins and any excess water from the body.
  • Get Fit Herbal Food Mix, this is a powder containing a selection of carefully blended super foods that you add to your tea or smoothies.
  • and Re-Energise Massage oil. Ayurveda Pura’s exclusive Massage and Shirodhara oil is infused with gentle, yet effective, herbs specially selected by our practitioners to restore (or maintain) a healthy balance. It acts to stimulate and energise the body, mind and soul. It also improves circulation and brings a warm, healthy glow to the skin.

I hope this has given you some gift inspiration! I’d love to hear what you think? xxx