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5 cheap ways to stay healthy

Hi Everyone!

So many people that I talk to claim that being healthy is expensive and they cannot afford the lifestyle. I think this is an easy excuse to make if you cannot really be bothered. Having a healthy lifestyle does not have to be expensive and here are 5 money saving tips when leading a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Groceries

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When shopping for fruit and vegetables many people claim this is too expensive. A way to save here is buy the loose fruit or vegetables instead of the ready packaged ones. Also checking the clearance section of the store can mean picking up a bargain, especially if you plan on using it in the next couple of days.

2. Weights – use what you can

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Using weights does not mean going to the gym or having to buy over-priced equipment. Look around your house/garden/work/wherever and use what you have available. An example is using old water bottles and filling them with water or stones or filled boxes to create the weight that you want to use.

3. Use what mother nature gave you!

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Going for a run on the treadmill or using the cross-trainer is not the only way to do cardio. Go and explore your neighborhood or some nearby tracks. I live in a fairly rural area so there are plenty of bridle-paths or walkways with beautiful scenery that can be used. Don’t seclude yourself to a stuffy man made environment, go and enjoy the fresh air and outdoors; it is what it is there for!

4. Preparation. Preparation. Preparation

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Start to plan ahead of what meals you are going to have and when (maybe even draw up a little timetable). At the start of the week ensure you have all the ingredients that you need and make lunches and snacks for work or dinners later in the week. You can then pre-plan your healthy meal and be less tempted to buy extra foods, or go to the cafe down the road for lunch that overcharges for a not so healthy meal. You will be really surprised how much money you can save by not buying out all the time.

5. Fake the takeaway

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So much money can be spent per week on ordering take away’s because you do not have food in or time to cook (please see point 4); or if friends are coming over. If friends are coming over and you want to do a take out style meal then there are plenty of healthy versions that help you fake the real thing. It will probably have a lot more flavour and you can feel like you are having something naughty when really your being super good!

So there you go, 5 small and easy changes to make being healthy just that little bit cheaper. What small changes do you make to your lifestyle?

Please like and follow my blog for more helpful lifestyle tips and tricks. Posts are published every Thursday at 6pm. 

Love Becca x

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What did you have for breakfast?

So many people decide to skip breakfast in the mornings because they “can’t eat in the morning” or “don’t have time”, but what affect is this having on your body?

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Protein Pancakes with Dragonfruit
Not eating breakfast can cause a series of mental and physical side effects. One of the main one’s affecting today’s population is that not eating breakfast can be a leader to obesity and not being able to lose weight easily. If you eat a healthy balanced breakfast then this will fill you up for the forthcoming day before lunch; if you don’t then you are more likely to snack and crave easy and not so healthy foods that will only up your fat and sugar intake. Your metabolism and energy levels are also increased if you eat breakfast, helping to keep the weight off and so you can enjoy your day more!

For you girls out there not eating breakfast can affect your menstrual cycle, either making it more painful and/or making irregular bleeds. It can also cause constipation (so lets get eating breakfast!). The National Institute of Health have also stated  that not eating in the morning can cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels; this can then lead to symptoms such as dizziness, lowered concentration, shaking, headaches, tingling and a fast heart rate.

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Herbalife Breakfast Shake
So, with all these reasons to eat breakfast, what makes a good breakfast? Many people reach out to cereal as a good balanced breakfast but this can often be incorrect; cereal can have high amounts of sugar and carbohydrate and not enough fiber. A simple swap is having oatmeal or wholegrain cereals that will contain enough fiber but if you can weight loosing goals then this may also not be a great option. Research has shown that by gram protein will keep you much fuller for a longer period of time that foods that are high in carbohydrates or fats. Good sources of lean protein are: soya, eggs, tofu, peanut butter, protein powders and meats (mainly Chicken and Turkey). Mozzarella is another option but be careful with this as it has a higher fat content.

Finally, what is it that I have for breakfast? I generally have a variety of things to keep it interesting. In the week I tend to make a Herbalife shake with fruits/vegetables added as this is quick to make and easy to have on the go. However at the weekends when I have more time I will make protein pancakes or scrambled/boiled eggs. Just make sure you have fun with it as it is your breakfast.

For any idea’s get following my Instagram @LeanLifeWithBecca or Twitter @LeanLifeBecca where I will be posting a variety of different breakfasts that I have.

Love Becca x

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Cobrafit? Have you been bitten?

So most of you have probably never heard of Cobrafit before. It is an exercise class that I attend every Wednesday evening and is probably one of the best work outs as you can do it as your own level and gain your own results from it.

It is a high intensity class using weighted bags, it burns fat fast and helps to increase lean muscle. There are 3 main moves to a Cobrafit class: Flings, Spirals and snap. These main moves will be put into sequence by the instructor and will include extras including: squats, lunges, planks, good mornings, bicep curls and tricep curls. Making it an all over body workout! If you use the correct nutrition of eating low carb, high protein meals and using a repair shake after the work out then you can burn upto 1000 calories, so it is completely worth it.

Many people get put off of this class by thinking it is all high intensity and not thinking that they are fit enough. All new starters will start of a 4KG bag (the lightest option) to learn the techniques, then you can progress at your own pace from there. If you want to do half the class with a lighter bag and then the rest with the heavier bag then that is totally fine aswell.

I thought I should share some knowledge on the class that I love and it has helped me build more muscle/burn fat than I would be able to otherwise. These classes are held all over the UK and Europe, if you would like to find a class near you then please click here. Or if you have any questions please let me know.

Hope this has helped you understand this new fitness craze a little more! What kind of workouts do you do?

Love Becca x

Introduction, Uncategorized

New Life, New Blog

So, here it is. My first blog! I am just your average 19 year old girl who is experiencing life and I want to share it all with you. I have such an interest in nutrition and lifestyle so expect lots of new and innovative information and maybe some recipes too! I am also an active Herbalife user who loves to try new food idea’s, so if you have any please share!

I often travel to new places either locally or worldwide and I will be telling you all about my adventures.

So stay here for lots of new exciting adventures and tips for your new lean life

Love Becca X