5 THINGS I LEARNED DURING VEGANUARY

5 THINGS I LEARNED DURING VEGANUARY

Its been a while, but I’m finally back with my first post of 2019! So much has happened over the last few months I had to take a step back from my blog and focus on myself. It hasn’t been easy but I finally feel like I’m coming out of the other side. I’m not one to share much of ‘myself’ but maybe I’ll do a life update at some point if you’re interested?

Anyway, new year new me. This time last year I rejoined the gym and joined forces with Herbalife to help me achieve my fitness goals.

I’ve never been one to diet or obsess with over how I look but there were definitely a few areas I wanted to improve. After incorporating the range of Herbalife products into my daily routine for a month I had some pretty amazing results and felt I was able to manage my weight better while getting all the key nutrients I needed.

After a pretty dreadful end to last year I feel like I lost all motivation and ‘let myself go’ so when Herbalife reached out and asked if I would like to be take on the Veganuary challenge, I knew it was time to focus on myself again and get back to where I wanted to be.

What is Veganuary?

Launched in the UK , Veganuary is a registered charity that encourages people to try going vegan for January.

Whilst I have never been a massive meat eater I have never considered going vegan so thought this would be the perfect opportunity to learn more about a vegan lifestyle.

So what have I learned?

1. When changing to a vegan diet it’s important to make sure that you are getting your daily intake of nutrients and vitamins. Meat is a key source of iron, protein and the vitamin B12 which keeps the body’s nerves and blood cells healthy. Whilst switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet has many health benefits if you don’t make sure you are eating the right foods you can easily become deficient in certain areas.

Research is key here, putting together balanced meals can be tricky at first will soon become part of your everyday life. If you do have any concerns about getting enough of the good stuff you can also include supplements into your routine.

For me, I use Herbalife Formula 1 with an added scoop of Oat Apple Fibre. The soy-based meal-replacement shake contains 25 essential vitamins and minerals and contains 18g per serving. Whether you have switched to a vegan diet for a lifestyle choice, weight-loss or any other health benefit Herbalife make it really easy to make sure you are getting your daily intake of nutrients. Used as part of a healthy diet, the Formula 1 Shake can help you lose weight safely. I’ve had such good results with it in the past, you can read more about it here 

2. Vegan food doesn’t have to be boring. With more and more people going vegan than ever before there is definitely more demand for good vegan foods than say 10 years ago. (and we’re not just talking about Greggs vegan sausage rolls). I was really surprised by the range I found and how many supermarkets were supporting Veganuary. It made it really easy.  I even found vegan pizza! Life. made.

3. There are health benefits to a vegan lifestyle. Since I have switched to a vegan diet I can definitely feel a difference. I never used to eat much meat anyway, but switching out dairy for vegan alternatives has made me feel considerably less bloated. I wouldn’t say I have decreased my intake of calories over the period but with the combination of nutrient rich food, fibre and Herbalife meal replacement shakes I feel much more healthier overall. I have also noticed that I feel more energised than ever. When I have had times that I feel like I needed a pick me up (around 4pm usually) a cup of Herbalife Instant Herbal Tea sorts me out!

4. It can seem very daunting at first but the key is research. The truth is out there, you’ve just got to look! If you were considering going vegan but are unsure how to do it I would suggest doing it gradually. Cutting out meat, diary and eggs as well as many other animal derivatives in one day can be hard! Trust me, your food shop is going to take considerably longer! Luckily from years experience as a vegetarian I found the transition much easier but don’t give up or feel bad if you do slip up – you’re already doing much better than most.

5. Oreos are vegan. Once I discovered this I knew I was going to be okay. Once you get through the initial cravings you will realise it not difficult to be vegan and you don’t  actually need meat or animal products to survive this world.

I would like to thank Herbalife for encouraging me to give this a go. I was unsure at first but feel like I have learned so much during Veganuary!

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NEW IN – THE MANKIND GROOMING BOX ‘STRENGTH EDIT’

NEW IN – THE MANKIND GROOMING BOX ‘STRENGTH EDIT’

If your supplies from the last Mankind Grooming Box are starting to come to a end, don’t worry because Mankind are back yet again with another fantastic box this summer to keep your skin care routine on point. Every couple of months the team carefully curate a new box packed with a selection of products; some from brands you may have heard of before, others maybe less so. It is a great introduction to some quality new brands and you can really see they have thought about each product that is contained in the box.

Whats great about the Mankind Grooming boxes is that they don’t require a subscription. There’s also no surprises – you can also clearly see what you are getting on the product page before you buy which is probably why they sell out fast. The Strength Edit features £130 worth of products, all for £40 and as always, the handy box features 6 full-sized products to cover all basis. From everyday essentials such as toothpaste to more targeted products like the eye gel they really do have a bit of everything you need!

So what comes in the Strength Edit grooming box?

  • Hawkins & Brimble Elemi and Ginseng Body Wash (250ml)
  • ESPA Shave Mud (200ml)
  • Christophe Robin Cleansing and Thickening Paste Shampoo for Men (250ml)
  • Marvis Strong Toothpaste (85ml)
  • Aveda Pure-formance Grooming Clay (75ml)
  • Refinery Eye Gel (15ml)

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As you can see the box is packed full (literally) of full sized products. Although I have tried a couple of the items in the box before such as the Marvis toothpaste and The refinery Eye Gel, there are a number of brands I haven’t used in here, ever. Both ESPA and Christophe Robin are new to me and are the two products I’m most looking forward to using.

Although the ESPA Dual-Action Shave Mud is initially designed for use whilst shaving, I love the idea of it doubling up as a deep cleansing mask which they recommend using twice a week. The mix of ingredients sound so good too – a mixture of clays, shea butter and almond oil I can already tell my skin is going to love this product!

When I first opened up the box I thought the Christophe Robin product was a moisturiser so I was surprised to find out this huge tub is actually a tub of shampoo! Just like the ESPA Shavemud, the Christophe Robin Shampoo is a clay formula and is designed to leave the hair feeling healthy, thicker and stronger with continued use. Im not sure how it will stand the test of time in a shower environment but I’m looking forward to putting it to the test.

Would you like to see a review of any of these products? Let me know in the comments below. Have you tried any of the products in the latest grooming box? I’d love to hear what you thought!

The Mankind Grooming Box Strength Edit

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THE MANKIND GROOMING BOX – EXPLORER EDIT

THE MANKIND GROOMING BOX – EXPLORER EDIT

In the run up to Father’s Day, the ultimate destination for male grooming, Mankind, sent me their latest grooming box to check out.

The Mankind Grooming Box – Explorer Edit is a male grooming box featuring 6 of the best grooming products carefully curated to form the basis of the ultimate grooming routine. The box contains everything from a toothpaste to a face mask and is a great introduction to the brands featured.

So, what’s in the box?

  • Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash (150ml) – I’ve used this product before (see here). A gel cleanser that feels thick, luxurious and smells great. Most importantly it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.
  • Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher (100ml) – If you don’t know, Omorovicza are fast becoming one of my favourite brands. I’ve tried numerous products by the brand and have NEVER been disappointed. The brand is definitely a luxury purchase but the products always live up to the hype and the facial polisher is no different. A exfoliating treatment, the Facial Polisher leaves your face feeling healthy and bright.
  • Regenerate Enamel Science Toothpaste (75ml) – Unfortunately I don’t use toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulphate as these give me painful ulcers so I can’t comment on the product but I’m sure it’s great!
  • Men-Ü D-Tox Clay Face Mask (100ml) – If your skin is on the oily side this mask is for you. Designed to minimise excess oil and unwanted shine this clay mask is easy to apply and fast drying, drawing out your skins impurities whilst it does so. Once rinsed your face feels healthy, calm and firmer.
  • Anthony Skincare Shave Cream (90ml) – Anthony is another brand that never disappoints. Whilst I don’t wet shave, this shave cream is perfect for tidying up and shaping my stubble. It leaves your skin soft and irritation free. The peppermint oil and eucalyptus also gives off a pleasant natural scent whilst leaving your skin feeling cool and refreshed.
  • Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel (250ml) – The first thing you notice about this product is how good it smells. A fresh, fruity scent that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and clean – what more could you want from a shower gel?

At just £40, the Mankind Grooming box is a steal, especially when you consider the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher retails at £65 alone and the amount of quality products in the box.

Have you tried any of products in the latest grooming box?

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HOTEL SP34, COPENHAGEN

HOTEL SP34, COPENHAGEN

Hotel SP34
Sankt Peders Stræde 34
1453 Copenhagen C
T: +45 3313 3000

We stayed at SP34, a 4+ boutique hotel located on Sankt Peders Stræde in Copenhagen’s old Latin Quarter. The 118 room hotel is a twenty-five minute journey form the airport at a cost of 275DKK (£27), but is about a ten minute walk from Nørreport Station if you decide to get the train.

Check-in time for the hotel is at 3pm but we arrived at around 11am expecting to drop our bags off and they had a room ready for us, which was ideal. On arrival, the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming, answering any questions we had and inviting us to join them between 5pm and 6pm for the hotels daily wine hour for complimentary wine. The lounge and lobby area has a really relaxed positive vibe, which is perfect for enjoying a glass or two after a day of exploring. The hotel itself is very chic, blending Scandinavian style with influences of art and modern comforts.

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Our room was on the 5th floor and was clean and comfortable and spacious enough for two. Once again the decor is similar, you can’t really go wrong with grey walls, white linen and wood accents can you? The bathroom however featured a waterfall shower and was stocked with Ren toiletries, adding to the luxurious feel.

In terms of amenities, the hotel offers a gym, high speed internet access, a private cinema and three a la carte Restaurants with an adjoining roof terrace on the first floor. The location makes it ideal, with quick transportation links and many attractions such as Trivoli and the Rundetaarn within walking distance. I would stay here again without a doubt and recommend it to anyone looking to stay somewhere a little different!

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Checked in: 20/07/15

Have you visited Copenhagen before?

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MY DAILY ROUTINE WITH HERBALIFE

When I was first contacted by Herbalife to try their range of products I was interested to see if they would fit into my daily routine and what benefits I would see or feel from testing out the products.

I had already used the shakes and some of the protein bars a couple of years ago so I was already familiar with a few of their products but never really committed to it.

I’ve never considered myself to be unfit or unhealthy but over the past year or so (maybe with age!) Ive found it harder to keep weight off certain areas and probably haven’t been the healthiest I could have been. The time felt right to make a change so I was put in contact with Phil, a Herbalife member who asked me what I wanted to achieve and then recommended the products which would help me get there. He gave me a lot of useful tips about diet and talked through the benefits of each of the products.

My aim was to lose a stone but gain lean muscle, I don’t want to be skinny, just toned. I go to the gym twice a week and have a PT session once a week too so matching the products to my lifestyle was important.

So what were the products that we decided on?

and from the Herbalife 24 range:

I eat fairly well on a daily basis so I didn’t have to make too much adjustments to my diet. My biggest downfalls are not eating regularly and snacking. Ive made much more of an effort to eat at regular times – Phil recommended eating 5 times a day – 3 meals and 2 snacks and gave me some pointers as to what I could eat at each meal time.

So how do they fit into my everyday routine?

I start everyday with a Formula 1 shake, If I’m going to the gym I mix it with the Protein Drink Mix to help me with my workout. If I’m just having the Formula 1 mix for breakfast I will mix it with 250ml of semi-skimmed milk. I have tried a number of the different flavour formulas over the last couple of years and my favourite changes all the time; at the moment my favourite is vanilla and the good news is that they really do keep you full! If I’m adding the Protein Drink Mix I will just mix it with 250ml of water. Every morning I also have 2 Fibre and Herb tablets and a Multivitamin to make sure I’m getting all the nutrients I need for the day.

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On the days I’m going to the gym, I use a sachet of the Hydrate Electrolyte drink to keep me hydrated during my workout, which always goes down well! After the gym I have another ‘protein’ shake using the Rebuild Strength Recovery Drink powder. Like the Protein Drink Mix, you also just mix this with water.

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The other two meals of the day I have a mix of complex carbohydrates and proteins. I eat fairly well so haven’t had to make too many changes. I’m a lot more aware of portion sizes and making sure I make the time to eat lunch – I never really ate lunch before! I try and prepare it the day before so I always have something to eat at work so I’m not tempted to snack!

Talking of snacks, if I do feel hungry throughout the day I always make sure I keep a Protein Bar in my bag – these things are SO good! It definitely helps when your having a sweet craving. I also keep the Thermo Instant Tea with me too, which gives me that extra boost of energy when I need it. I currently have the Lemon one but I’ve heard the Peach one is the best so I’m looking forward to trying that next!

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I’ve been using the Herbalife products for around a month now and can already feel the difference. My initial goal of losing a stone is almost in sight, I have lost almost 10lbs without having to try that hard and can definitely see the difference around my waist area – my work trousers fit so much better!

Herbalife really does help you manage your weight safely. I have found that the products fit into my everyday routine nicely and has really helped keep me focused alongside the gym to help me achieve my goals and feel better about my body. After a month I’m still feeling really motivated and committed to both healthy eating and exercise; I know getting to where I want to be isn’t going to happen over night but I’m willing to put in the work!

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