Staying Healthy during Exam Season

 

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Final term aka the library term. That special computer in the corner of the second floor becomes your new home and all hopes of a social life go out of the window. A day in the library can drive you crazy; it’s just you, your books and your thoughts. Do you read the next chapter or do you quickly scroll through Facebook? Do you bother finding another journal or is it time for a biscuit? Should you go back through those lecture slides or is it time to consider dropping out and volunteering in Fiji? Students, hang in there, we’ve got this, there are just a few more months to go. 

One thing that students tend not to make time for during exam period is their health. It’s so easy to forget about eating well and exercising because “I have so much to do” but I believe that making time for these things will actually increase your exam and assignment success. This is the time of year when your body needs you to take care of it if you want it to serve you well in that exam room. Your brain needs the best food it can get so what you eat during this time matters. You don’t want to spend your entire revision period pigging out on junk and regret it in the Summer, especially you final year students – think about your graduation photos! It takes a bit of forward thinking and planning but it is possible to eat healthily, work out and study. Here are my top tips:

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“You are Worth the Investment,” – An Interview with Ashleigh

Meet Ashleigh Taylor-Greaves, a 21-year old Pastoral Theology Masters student, a Youth Worker and a Tutor. I took some time to talk to her about her experiences relating to self confidence, body image and what makes her feel beautiful.

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What were you like as a teenager?

When I was 14 I didn’t really know who I was; I wanted to stand out a bit but I also wanted to blend in. I was a bit chubby and I didn’t really consider myself to be pretty or anything special.

By the age of 18 I was more confident but for all the wrong reasons. My confidence came from the fact that I knew people would look at me if I dressed a certain way. I knew that if my outfit looked good or if I tried a new hairstyle I would be admired and so my confidence was not from anything internal such as my intelligence but simply from the fact that I knew how to present myself. View Post

Monday Motivation

I’ve been in need of a little push lately. I’m still working out consistently and mostly eating clean but it can be hard to motivate myself. Plus, I’ve been having a few ‘fat days’ and not feeling as beautiful as I should. So I thought I’d share some of the quotes that inspire me to lift a bit heavier, reject that cookie and throw more spinach into my smoothie.

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What do to when you’re having a Fat Day

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 Today I’m having a Fat Day. You know the ones? When you feel bigger than you really are and your outfit doesn’t look right and it gets you down, or maybe you’re just a bit hormonal and you don’t feel good about yourself or maybe you’re even having a bad hair day (or bad hair week in my case sometimes!) It’s totally a mental thing and most of the time we look perfectly fine but here are some things you can do on one of those days:

  1. Dress up

“Yeah but that’s why I feel fat in the first place, my new bodycon makes me look pregnant.”

Then don’t wear the bodycon. Wear something else that you KNOW you look good in and most importantly feel good in. When we feel comfortable and like what we’re wearing, we tend to have a good day because that positive feeling translates to our attitude and mood. Put on your favourite outfit, whether it’s a comfortable hoody or a nice dress and catwalk to your destination, even if it’s just a uni lecture or a trip to ASDA, it’s about you and your feelings today. Looking good isn’t just for parties, photos and birthdays; feel beautiful every single day.

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5 Tips for a Healthier You

Whether you want to lose weight, start a new way of eating or gain some healthy muscle, these tips are sure to help:

1. Tell someone

You don’t have to tell the whole of Facebook and post pre-gym, en route to gym, on treadmill and post gym changing room selfies but telling a good friend or family member helps to keep you accountable and motivated. Once you know you’ve told someone your plan, you’re more likely to remain consistent and actually go through with it because you want to prove yourself and show them that you’re serious. Hopefully they’ll motivate you by checking up on your progress now and again and gently reminding you of your goals when you’re about to order that triple stuffed, double cheese pizza.

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I am Me, not Her – Comparing Yourself

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Sometimes, on the tube or at work or at Church, basically everywhere, I look at other girls and I think “Why can’t I look like her?’

“Why can’t I have hair like that?”

“How come her stomach is so flat and mine isn’t?”

“I wish I had legs like hers.”

And don’t get me started on Instagram. I’ll be scrolling through my timeline thinking,

“Oh wow her abs are so defined, how come mine aren’t? I’m so fat.”

“Look at her spicy tomato quinoa, her meals are so much better than mine, she’s going to lose more weight than me.”

“She goes so hard in the gym! And I gave up after 3 sets, I’m so weak.”

It sounds so silly but I know for a fact that other girls do it too. It’s so easy to look at other beautiful ladies and compare yourself but it is so dangerous. Comparison is my biggest weakness but I’m slowly beginning to see how unhealthy it is and I am teaching myself to love myself for who I am. Here’s why:

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Meal Prepping – What, how and why?

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I’ve alway been a packed lunch sorted of girl. I think it’s the way I was brought up; we hardly bought food when we were out because well, “there’s food at home” and if we were going to be out all day then my Mum would say “pack a snack.” She wasn’t stopping for a Happy Meal; eat your snack or wait until you get home. Even now I take packed lunch to work, uni and sometimes even Church. When I started looking after myself and eating healthier I took it up a level and started to meal prep. You may have heard of this concept and I highly recommend it if you’re trying to stay on track of a healthy lifestyle and you’re busy or don’t like cooking.

‘Meal prep’ is a phrase commonly used in the fitness, weight loss and body building world. It’s pretty simple really; to meal prep is to prepare your meals in advance. It’s not a process unique to those trying to live healthier lives, people do it all the time; mothers might prepare a day’s worth of meals for their babies in advance, busy students might cook two day’s worth of meals or those working night shifts may cook meals in ahead of time.

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An example of my meal prep

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For the Students: Lessons from Daniel

I can’t take full credit for this devotion but it is partially something I heard at Church a while ago and have expanded on.

A new Uni term is upon us;  a new student loan (thank you government) , for some a new timetable and hopefully for all of us, a new and refreshed attitude towards learning (new year, new us right?) . There’s a lesson we can learn from the Bible to prepare us for a new degree or period of education.

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Meet Daniel, essentially a student – he and his Hebrew friends were taken into Babylonian captivity to be educated in the Chaldean ways for three years. Sound familiar? Like most of us, although not by choice, Daniel dedicated three years of his life to studying. He was a student.

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#ILOVEMYTEMPLE – A Giveaway! CLOSED

Happy New Year!

This blog is only about 3 months old and doesn’t have thousands of readers but I’m enjoying blogging so far and I am thankful to the few that read. So here we are in 2015 and out come the ‘New Year, New Me’ statuses and tweets. Whilst they can be very cliche and most people forget about them within two weeks, I can’t knock people for trying to think positively. I believe if anything is worth doing you should do it right away rather than wait for a new year but if that’s what motivates you then so be it. You go girl! Whether it’s a career goal, a relationship resolution or a health transformation, I wish you all of the success in the world.

This giveaway is especially for those that want 2015 to be a healthier year. Throughout the past two years I’ve discovered lots of great foods and so I wanted to share them. The winner of this giveaway will receive this selection of my personal favourite healthy goodies.

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Eating Clean – Carbs, Fats & Proteins

This post is a part 2 to my introduction post ‘Eating Clean – How to Lose Weight the Right Way’ so if you haven’t read that first, click here to do so. I’ve tried to keep this post as simple as possible but if you want more information or a personalised meal plan please contact me and I’d be more than happy to help.

So, we’ve talked about eating clean, unprocessed and natural foods, now it is time to discuss food groups and putting them together to create a healthy balanced meal.

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