Winter safety | Car tyres & other tips
For me personally, the winter months provide me with some of the best moments of the year, my favourite being Christmas but also the frosty mornings, winter walks and even though it doesn’t always make an appearance, I love the snow! Unfortunately as of yet I haven’t seen any this year. Although the winter months provide us with all of the good points I’ve just mentioned, we do also get the downfalls as well, this mainly being the bad weather. As we’re well and truly into January, it’s not unusual to see icy roads, heavy rain, sleet and many other dangerous conditions which can affect our day to day lives, especially if your preferred mode of transport is by car.
During the winter months it’s more common to see cars that have collided with another vehicle or steered off the road due to bad weather conditions, so it’s essential that anyone who drives a car knows the relevant safety checks that need to be carried out before and during your daily commute in order to avoid a potential collision.
Before setting off on your journey it’s important to allow plenty of time to get to your destination, icy conditions are usual the main cause of road traffic accidents and its essential your able to take your time and drive carefully to wherever you want to go. As well as allowing enough time for your journey, there are so many other different factors you need to think of when driving in dangerous weather conditions, such as sticking to main roads and avoiding country lanes, the list is endless, but one of the main areas we need to be clued up on is tyre safety.
Like myself, I don’t think it would cross most people’s minds to check their car tyres during the winter months but after I did some research on winter tyre safety, I soon realised how important it was, so I thought I would share with you some important tyre checks you should carry out to avoid a road collision:
- Regularly check your tyres are inflated correctly.
- Ensure your tyre tread depth is at the correct measurement. Many people carry out this check, by seeing if a 20p coin fits in between the tread lines.
- Have a look at your tyres and see if anything looks unusual, for example do they look worn in any areas?
- Consider having winter tyres fitted. I’ll be honest, I didn’t even realise you could get winter tyres!
- Replace your current tyres – If you’ve had the same tyres on your car for a while or you can see worn or cracked areas then it’s best to be on the safe side and just have the old one’s replaced. There are so many different places you can get tyres from, I have recently been looking at what’s available at Point S, a company who sell a wide range of cheap tyres and their website is pretty straight forward too, so I would recommend having a look. There are also companies such as Goodyear & Continental who offer a wide selection of tyres, so it’s worth shopping around.
It’s really important that we know how to stay on the roads during the winter months and what checks we should be carrying out on our vehicles and after reading how important it is understanding how to keep your tyres in good condition, I will definitely be giving my tyres a once over and look into getting them changed.
Magic Lantern Walk | Chester Zoo
To get in the Christmas mood myself and my girlfriend Keely took my little sister to Chester Zoo to experience their Magic Lantern Walk. The Lantern walk takes you on a journey around different parts of the zoo where you get the chance to see magical animal lanterns come to life. The lantern walk runs throughout selected dates in November and December, We paid £10 each for me and Keely and Erin got in free.
When you book the tickets you have to choose a time slot and we chose 4:30pm as it would still be early but it would be dark so we could experience the lanterns at their best. On arrival you are given a small lantern which you can carry around the zoo as well as a larger one which comes in a variety of colours. When its dark and everyone is carrying a lantern, all of which are different colours it really does look great, not to mention all of the Christmas lights displayed around the zoo.
This was the first year we had been to the lantern walk so I didn’t really know what to expect. We crossed the bridge next to the elephant house and it offered view of some of the lanterns and believe me it did look magical to me and Keely so I would definitely recommend it if you have children. The first section had lanterns in the shape of lions, zebra’s, tigers and much more, I couldn’t believe how realistic they looked, the detail was amazing!
The next part of the journey took us down a path surrounded by plants and tree’s with lots of lanterns hidden which give it a really natural feel and some of the lanterns move which everyone seemed to love, as you walk around the zoo there are also actors dressed up in lantern costume and interact with you which made the experience even better.
The final part of the journey took us to see Santa and his elf’s and across a bridge which scales over a large part of the zoo, although there were no lanterns on the bridge it was covered in Christmas lights. I wanted to create this post mainly to share some of the pictures I took but I would definitely recommend you experience it for yourself and get your tickets quick as it’s very popular.
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5 Reasons To Visit Indonesia
Today’s post is something slightly different to usual, I’ve asked Elliott from See Outside to write a post about his time in Indonesia..
It appears that Indonesia, and more specifically Bali has become the new Thailand over the past few years as the go-to destination for travellers. This cluster of islands in the Indian Ocean has been a long time favourite for surfers thanks to the number of world class reef breaks; and for Aussies due to the low cost of partying in paradise. But it’s now become the hottest destination for travellers from all over the world searching for affordable luxury, and for good reason.
Indonesia is essentially a group of volcanic, tropical islands. The nation is famed, in part, for its beaches. Some of the beaches are breathtaking – similar to scenes from a film. Dreamland beach (aptly named), located on the Bukit peninsula, just north of Uluwatu in Bali is one of the most idyllic. You can see why.
Just one cove further south lies Bingin beach- quickly becoming Bali’s favourite beach. Wooden huts built into the cliff side are the perfect, if not basic place to stay on bingin, and for less that £5 per night. As a rule of thumb, the closer you get to the beachfront, the fewer amenities you can expect. Personally, I chose to stay right on the shore line at Sally’s. The view from our bedroom window definitely made up for the lack of aircon! The sunsets aren’t too bad either.
As a tropical nation, Indonesia receives its fair share of rainfall. The weather in Indonesia is split into two seasons: wet and dry. The dry season runs from May to October, and wet (rainy) season spans from November to April. Rainy season doesn’t necessarily mean that it rains all the time, however when it rains, it really rains! I was in Indonesia during the wet season and I actually prefer it – the islands aren’t as busy as during the dry season, the locals are more receptive, and finally, the waterfalls are at full flow.
For me, the most impressive waterfall is Tiu Kelep on the island of Lombok. Located on the north of the island near Senaru, this waterfall is well worth the trip. A short trek through the jungle, past another, equally impressive falls (Sendang Gile) brings you out at an opening to Tiu Kelep.
On the island of Bali, Teganungan falls near Ubud is another waterfall well worth visiting. It can get very crowded though!
As previously mentioned, Indonesia is famed for its surf. From mellow beach breaks, to gnarly reef breaks a mile out, there is something for everyone. For beginners, try the beach breaks in Seminyak ior Canggu. Board rental is available at all the main beaches for a couple of quid for the hour. Be wary of the current though; it is strong and the waves can get heavy!
For seasoned surfers in pursuit of the infamous Indo tube in Bali, the Bukit peninsula is the place to go. Padang Padang, Impossibles, Bingin and Uluwatu are all guaranteed to be pumping. Just beware the razor sharp reef that lies below. I came away with some lifelong souvenirs after surfing at Bingin!
The Food & Drink
Indonesian cuisine is one of the most colourful in the world, and one of my favourites. Think Nasi Goreng, Satay, Curry, Ayam Goreng. Still not sure? Take it from me, it’s all delicious.
Coupled with a good selection of new wave, vegan and healthy eateries established by westerners, the food in Indonesia is incredible. There are also a number of high end restaurants worth checking out- Barbacoa is one of my favourites.
As far as drinking goes, Bintangs on the beach are an every-day thing! In terms of bars; Old Man’s at Echo Beach in Canggu, Single Fin in Uluwatu on a Sunday, Pretty Poison in Canggu, Deus in Canggu all have the same sort of vibe; fairly laid back and surf. Single Fin Sundays are renowned for getting rowdy, especially after a few Arak cocktails!
Luxury beach clubs are also in abundance in Bali; Potato Head Beach Club and Mosaic are two of the best. Grab a lounger and spend the day drinking cocktails to the soundtrack of lo-fi house. Expect to pay over the odds in these places though!
Thanks to the tropical climate, much of Indonesia is covered by dense, lush rainforest. The jungles in Lombok are teaming with wildlife- when trekking to Tiu Kelep waterfall we were followed by a family of monkeys who wanted the food from my bag. The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali is the most popular jungle in which you can see hundreds of monkeys. Just don’t look at them in the eyes!
All of the images used in this post were taken by Elliott. If you would like to inquire about using any of them, then please contact Elliott directly – firstname.lastname@example.org
What I’m listening to // September
As September is coming to an end, I thought I would do a quick post on what I have been listening to for the last month. You may of seen my gym playlist post a few weeks back where I was saying that I had not long been paying for Spotify premium and how much I liked listening to music without the adverts but mainly be able to use it on the go and not just where’s there’s Wi-Fi or draining my monthly data allowance.
Besides the songs I listed in my gym playlist, I have discovered some other new music that I really like and also some good playlists. Anyway, here’s some of the music I have been listening too:
All I wanna do – Martin Jensen
False Alarm – Matoma, Becky Hill
Aint Giving Up – Sigala, Craig David
Millionaire – Digital Farm Animals, Nelly
Crank It – Kideko, George Kwali
Trouble – Offaiah
Closer – The Chainsmokers
The songs listed are just some of my top picks from September and it would be great to know what good playlists there are as well as any song suggestions, so if you have any let me know!
Getting to know me // 25 Questions
Considering I still haven’t completed my “About me” page I wanted to write a post that told you a little bit about me, without writing a long post about my life, if that makes sense? I was looking at a number of blogs and quite liked the idea of getting someone to ask you questions, so I thought I would give it a go. Below are 25 questions that I was asked and my answers for them.
What is your middle name?
What is your star sign?
What was your favourite subject in school?
P.E, considering we used to just play football for an hour and it was the last lesson of the day.
Favourite chocolate bar?
I’m going to have to say two, the first being Reese’s peanut butter cups and the second being dairy milk fruit & nut.
I’m not a massive lover of sweets, I prefer chocolate but I’m going to say Skittles.
Harvester all day long! Unlimited salad bar and lots of chicken, whats not to love?
If we’re talking non-alcoholic then it’s got to be Pepsi Max but when it comes to alcoholic, it’s Southern Comfort, I LOVE the stuff!
Whats your favourite hobby?
Going to the gym. I love keeping fit and eating healthy.
Technically this is 3 films but Taken, starring Liam Neeson. I love action films and for me the Taken films top the list.
This may seem biased considering I live close, but it’s got to be Liverpool. Amazing restaurants, shops and it’s home to the best football team in the world of course.
I have two really, Hugo Boss “The Scent” and Versace “Eros”, but if I had to choose between the two I would probably say Hugo Boss.
Favourite holiday destination?
I think the majority of people would answer this question with somewhere like America or somewhere similar but for me I love the island of Majorca. The beaches, nightlife, food, the reasons why I like this amazing Island are endless.
Favourite song of all-time?
Mr Brightside by the Killers.
What would you buy if you won the lottery?
Where do I start?! Now obviously I would give some of it to my family members but obviously I would sort myself out first, so…. At the top of my list would be my dream car which is an Audi R8, as well as a Range Rover both in Black. I would buy a huge house with a gym, swimming pool, games room, cinema (I think you get the idea) and I would tick off some places on my travel bucket list. These are just a few things, I can think of many more.
What would your last meal be?
I love food, so can I say an all you can eat buffet? If not I would probably choose a burger and triple cooked chips.
Favourite TV series?
If we’re talking of all time then it’s got to be Gavin & Stacey, I was obsessed with it. I had the whole box set and would watch each episode over and over again.
What is your favourtite shop?
Thinking of where the majority of my clothes are from, I would say River Island.
Can you cook?
In my eye’s I’m better than Jamie Oliver, but I suppose the sensible answer is yes.
Indian or Chinese?
This is a hard one but I’m going for Chinese.
What’s your favourite time of the year?
Well Christmas is my favourite time of the year so I’ll have to say Winter.
What was your first job?
I started earing money delivering the local newspaper but then I got a part time job at Pret A Manger.
How do you take your tea/coffee?
Well to start, I can’t stand coffee but tea, I have milk, one sweetener and as long as it doesn’t look like “dishwater” as I would say, I don’t mind what the colour is.
How tall are you?
Last time I was measured I was 6ft 2″, but I couldn’t be sure what I am now.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I’m a leap year baby! And yes this does mean I only have a Birthday once every 4 years, which yes…does mean technically I’m only 5 😂
My Travel Bucket List
Since we have been back from our recent holiday, I have been thinking of the destinations I really want to visit. There are loads of different places I want to explore around the world, but I only have a handful of destinations that I would put on my bucket list as places I definitely want to see.
I thought I would create this post so I could share with you the places that are at the top of my travel bucket list and the reasons why, some of them I have wanted to visit for a long time and some have only recently interested me, but I have different reasons for why I wanted to go to each destination.
Marbella – Well known as a place where the rich and famous like to holiday, Marbella is located in the South of Spain and is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. If you read my holiday post you will know that I went to a harbour called Puerto Portals, which is a place that you can stroll around designer shops and look a million pound yachts.
So I’m lead to believe Puerto Portals is similar to the famous Puerto Banus, in Marbella, but on a smaller scale so I would love to go and see what’s it’s like in person. I won’t lie, I do like to experience what it’s like to live the rich life (who doesn’t!?), so that’s why I would like to visit Marbella, the designer shops, sports cars, yachts and just for the overall experience.
Las Vegas – Ever seen the film The Hangover? That’s one of the main reason’s I want to go to Las Vegas. Now that’s not me saying I’m going to wake up with a Tiger in my hotel room or do any of the hilarious things they do but for me, it looks like a place to go if you want to just enjoy yourself and let your hair down.
I would love to have my photo taken in front of the famous Las Vegas sign and have a little gamble in the casino’s, but the main reason I want to go is because I want to visit the Grand Canyon, which isn’t far away, therefor I would be killing two birds with one stone!
Dubai – Surely this place tops the list for luxury holiday destinations? I have wanted to go to to Dubai for a long time now, and for two reasons in particular. The first being that I would love to stay in the Atlantis Hotel, I mean who wouldn’t? Staying in a 5 star hotel anywhere is good enough, but here you can lie in bed looking out of your window, which looks into an aquarium full of different types of fish.
The second reason I want to visit Dubai is because, since I was little one of my dreams has been to swim with dolphins, I couldn’t tell you why, it just has been. The Atlantis Hotel offers this experience, so for me Dubai is high on my travel bucket list (I need to get saving tho!)
New York – Saving the best until last, New York sits at the top of my bucket list. I have always wanted to visit New York for so many reasons, and the feeling of wanting to go has never gone away. It’s a place that offers so much to do, I don’t know how people fit it all into one holiday, if I’m honest.
Cruising around New York harbour and passing the Statue of Liberty is the thing I want to do the most, as well as visiting The Empire State Building and walking around Times Square, for me the list is endless.
Our Holiday: Majorca
Since it’s been nearly 2 weeks since I’ve been back and I have just about got over the holiday blues, I thought I would write a post about our holiday in Majorca. I have been to Majorca quite a few times with family but never just me and my girlfriend. We wanted to stay in Palmanova as we have both stayed there before and it’s such a nice place.
We flew out early Friday morning and landed in Palma to cloudy skies, which I wasn’t happy about considering we left Manchester to torrential rain, but the cloud soon dispersed and the sun made it’s appearance. The hotel we stayed at was only about 25 minutes away from the airport so we weren’t on the coach for long which was a bonus. The hotel we had booked was called Sol Palmanova and I can honestly say it’s the best hotel I have ever stayed in. The room we had was modern and the cleanliness of both our room and the hotel in general was faultless. The staff were very friendly and the food was ok, I think there could of been more selection as it was near enough the same types of food all week, but it certainly didn’t ruin the holiday.
We both knew that this was going to be a relaxed holiday, with lots of lounging by the pool and the occasional trip to the beach, so for us, it was perfect. Majorca is well known for it’s white beaches and clear waters so if you like to spend your holiday down at the beach then I would definitely recommend Majorca.
Sunbathing by the pool isn’t everyone’s idea of a holiday but there is so much to do around the Island for both families and for tourists, wanting to experience the local culture. Some days out include, Katmandu Park, Marineland, Palma Aquarium and so much more. On the Wednesday we jumped in a taxi and went to Peurto Portals which was only about 5 minutes away and apparently is similar to Peurto Banus in Marbella. This small port is full of million pound yachts, sports cars, boutiques and high-end restaurants, so this is definitely somewhere to visit if you would like to sample how the rich live.
As I previously mentioned, we have both visited the area before but the highlight for me this time was exploring parts of the area we have never seen before. After talking a walk along the beach one night we come across a bar that sat overlooking the sea. Watching people on the beach and slowly watching the sun set was amazing (not to mention the huge glass of sangria I was sipping).
The best night of the whole holiday was the Sunday. We knew the Euro 2016 final was on so we went to find somewhere to watch it, however as I’m sure you can imagine, every bar and restaurant was packed and people were even sitting on the streets looking at TV screens, so we decided against it. We decided to go for a walk along the front and up some steps which we knew provided a perfect view across the Mediterranean sea, and what a good idea it was. The sun was setting, the sky was clear and the view was just breath taking (just look at the photos). After we had sat taking in the amazing views we ended the night by ditching the footwear and walking along the white sands of Palmanova beach and going for a paddle, the perfect way to end the night!
On our last morning we woke up really early so we decided to go for a walk down by the beach and even though it was a bit windy, the views were amazing. We walked up a hill that over looked the sea and watch the sunrise over the Island, no one at all was around which made it even better, I just wished it wasn’t so breezy.
It’s really hard putting everything into one post but hopefully you can get a real feel for the holiday from looking at the pictures we took. Whether you’re looking for a family holiday destination or somewhere to go with friends, Majorca is the perfect destination for all ages and I definitely recommend you consider it for your next holiday. We have already started looking at prices for next year!
Where do you like to go on holiday? I would love to know your suggestions.
My Blogging Goals
It’s been 3 months since I published my first blog post and since then I have been trying to post at least once a week but sometimes it can be hard. I feel like I’m getting into the swing of blogging now and when I look back at my first post I definitely think my posts are getting better and better, but at the same time I am still very new to this and there are so many things I can improve on.
I started my blog as I work in digital marketing and I communicate with bloggers on a daily basis so I wanted to be part of the blogging community, mainly so I could understand all aspects of what blogging really is about. I like to look through other blogs as I get inspiration, whether it be the design of the blog, blog post ideas but mainly to see what other people get up to. I look at some of the opportunities bloggers are offered and eventually, I would like to be in that position.
As I have previously mentioned I do try to post at least once a week but I don’t always get the time as I work 9-5 and blogging isn’t always my top priority when I get home or on the weekend, but I need to start spending an hour or two a week planning and writing my next posts.
I won’t lie, I would love my blog to be at the standard where brands and PR agencies approach me to see if I would be interested in collaborating with them but I know I’m not at that stage yet, after all I’ve only had my blog a few months and I know it takes time and hard work. I have been thinking of where I want to go with my blog and what I want to do next, at the moment I’m trying to make regular posts in the hope that my DA will increase come the next update.
Once I have seen an increase in my DA I then want to buy a theme as I am currently using one of WordPress’ free theme’s. I didn’t want to jump the gun and buy one straight away as I may slowly stop blogging as time goes on, although I’m confident I won’t. One thing I really think makes a good blog stand out is the images that accompany the blog post. The images on my blog have been taken on my iPhone but I know to capture high quality images I need a good camera, so that would be something I would look into buying, but I would have to do some research first as I’m not exactly clued up on good cameras.
As well as having a good camera to take the images, some need to be edited, and as I am finding at the moment a good PC is needed. I’m not saying that I would have to have an Apple Mac as there are other good PC’s and laptops you can get but I have always wanted one, so I would rather save for a little longer and get what I really want. To edit my images I’m currently using Canva which is free but you can only do so much with it so I would look into buying PhotoShop as I am familiar with this package.
Currently I’m just focusing on making regular posts and increasing my DA and although everything I have mentioned are things I would like to do, it won’t be for a while yet, I’m taking things step by step. I do want to improve my blog and I would really appreciate any advice and tips to may have so please do let me know.
Father’s Day Gift Idea’s
As we are slowing creeping into June, not only does it mean we are nearly half way through the year! It also means it’s nearly Father’s Day (19th June). Every year I’m always the one who is looking for a last minute present the day before, so I thought this year I would plan in advance and get my presents earlier rather than later, but as we all know deciding what to get can be a difficult decision.
I feel that I always end up buying my dad the same thing every year, normally a crate of beer, sweets etc but this year I want to buy him something he isn’t going to expect. I wanted to share some ideas with you in case, like me you struggle to think of things to get your dad. So here goes:
- A lot of dad’s like to play on games consoles so why not buy him a new game or another controller so you and him or a friend can play together.
- I think a watch is a really good gift idea to give to your dad, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. The one in the picture is from River Island for £30 but you can definitely spend more or less if you wanted to.
- Aftershave is always a safe bet and there are so many out there. I recently bought Hugo Boss “The Scent” and it’s one of the nicest aftershaves I have ever had so I would definitely recommend this fragrance.
- With the Euro’s kicking off next month why not buy your Dad the new England top? This is something I’m definitely considering and why not get his name and favourite number on the back? A definite winner!
- Skincare products are always a good present to buy and recently I have heard a lot of good things on Twitter about “Bulldog Skincare” and their prices are reasonable too. Just like aftershave there are so many different brands so you can shop around for good deals.
- We all know another safe bet are body sprays, body wash’s etc, so why not but a gift set like this FCUK on from Boots? which includes a wash bag, body wash and a body spray.
- Having a beard seems to be a popular thing at the minute so why not buy your dad a beard trimmer? From my experience you get what you pay for when it comes to trimmers so it may end up being slightly more expensive present than other options but they are becoming more popular, and surely your Dad’s worth the extra money right?
- You can’t go wrong with alcohol can you? Instead of buying him a crate of beer why not spend a little more and buy him a bottle of his favourite spirit?
- One thing we all know our Dad’s like to do is sprawl out on the sofa and watch TV, but what if there isn’t anything he like’s on? An Amazon Fire Stick is such a good idea and there not expensive. The Fire Stick allows you to catch-up on missed programmes, watch movies, play games and so much more. I have the Amazon TV box and they are so worth the money.
- If you wanted to keep things simple then why not buy him a nice shirt for work or when he goes out? Whether it be from Next, River Island or Topman, you don’t have to spend a lot. Just make sure you know his size as I have learnt in the past.
- If your Dad is into his Gadgets then why not consider a FitBit so he can keep track of things such as, the amount of calories he has burnt, how many steps he has taken and how far he has traveled each day.
- For a Dad who wears suits to work or goes out on the weekend then why not buy him a nice belt? This is another gift that you can spend as much or as little on as you like as they vary in price depending on what shop you go to. The one I have picked is from Next and is currently £13.
I hope this post has given you some idea’s as to what you should get your Dad for Father’s Day, as even though it’s a few weeks away yet it will soon creep up. If you have any more suggestions then please do let me know, it would be very helpful.
Oh, and don’t forget to buy a card!
Weetabix On The Go: High In Protein
Recently Weetabix have added a new product to their range, “Weetabix on the go” which is a high protein breakfast drink. I went shopping a few days ago and seen these in the cereal isle so I thought I would give them a go. I would still be having my breakfast when I wake up but normally I will have a mid-morning snack so I thought I would replace the snack for this new drink.
The drink comes in three flavours, vanilla, strawberry & raspberry and blueberry & blackberry and provides you with a number of healthy benefits. Providing you with vitamins, iron, fibre and calcium this breakfast drink is definitely a good way to start the day, but as well as everything I have just mentioned one bottle contains 21 grams of protein which is actually the same value as some protein shakes. Weetabix also have another “on the go” breakfast drink but it doesn’t provide as much protein but does come with other nutritional benefits.
I have tried all three flavours and they taste nice and refreshing and have the consistency of a smoothie. One thing I definitely recommend is putting them in the fridge before you drink them as the packaging suggests because I did have one that had gone slightly warm and it wasn’t good. In terms of the price their about average compared to similar products sold by other brands. I bought mine from Asda where they are currently on offer for 5 or £4 and usually they are £1.98, which as I have mentioned compared to other brands who sell protein drinks and similar products they are sold at similar prices.
I was unsure if replacing this drink with a snack would be a good idea, meaning would I be really hungry and I normally have the same thing to eat every morning but I’ve got to say this drink did see me through until dinner. It’s a filling drink and for anyone who isn’t a big eater, having one of these for breakfast would probably be perfect for you and it provides the same benefits as eating a bowl of Weetabix.All in all I was impressed with this breakfast drink so I would definitely recommend you give them a try!
The Benefits Of Green Tea
Not so long ago I couldn’t stand the smell of green tea never mind the taste of it, but recently I have been trying different flavored versions and I am starting to like it more and more. I wanted to start drinking it as I knew it was a healthier alternative to other hot drinks but I then learnt that it supposedly provides a number of other health benefits.
So, what does green tea supposedly do?
Antioxidants – One of the main benefits green tea provides is antioxidants which are best know for cleansing our bodies. Green tea is high in antioxidants and help to kill off any bad molecules that will try and damage your body cells.
Oral Health – It is lead to believe that the compounds in green tea can help kill off oral bacteria, as well as helping to prevent gum disease and and cavities. Another benefit it can provide for your oral health is improved breath. According to researchers green tea can help to kill off microbes which are part of the reason for bad breath.
Fat Burner – Green tea helping to burn fat isn’t believed by everyone but what some websites tell you is that it helps to boost your metabolic rate and burn a small percentage of fat. Now as I said, not everyone believes this but if you research ways to burn fat, green tea will more than likely appear.
Brain Function – The main compound in green tea is caffeine, but as well as this it also contains an amino acid called L-theanine which can work in unison with caffeine to improve brain function. Surely that mean’s drinking green tea makes you smarter?! 🙂
If you look up the benefits of green tea you will probably find more than what I have mentioned. I have also read that green tea can help fight cancer, prevent Alzheimer’s in later life and improves health in general which if they are true then it must be worth drinking. I think most people, like myself will just buy ordinary green tea to start with which I would recommend. Instead try some of the different flavours on offer, such as raspberry & pomegranate, tropical, jasmine and believe it or not lemon pie which my friend Kerry recommended, and yes I can confirm it does actually taste like lemon pie!
Like I said, a few months ago I wouldn’t of even considered drinking green tea but after trying the different flavours I am now a fan and if the health benefits it provides are trye then surely it’s something to try. Even if you don’t like it I do recommend trying the Lemon Pie flavour.
What should we be eating?
So, as I am sure you have all seen in the news recently Britain is seeing a large increase in the number of people in the UK, particularly teenagers who are becoming obese due to lack of exercise and not choosing the correct food’s to eat.
Most people don’t know the true facts about obesity, how it’s caused and mainly how to reverse it, so when I seen this infographic from Europa Pharmacy I thought it would be a great thing to share with you all.
One thing I have always found is that I don’t know exactly what I should be eating when it comes to portion size and also the breakdown in percentage of protein, carbohydrates etc. In the recent budgets released by the government some of you may have seen that the “Sugar Tax” is going to be added to fizzy drinks with the hope that people will cut down on consuming the sugary drinks. Because of this many articles on health and obesity have been published in the media. When I was reading through the Mail Online a few days ago I came across a really informative article answering my questions regarding portion size and what exactly we should be eating.
I do go to the gym about 5 times a week and I do like to eat well but it is hard to know exactly what you should be eating and how much.
I would be great to know what you all think of the recent health articles published in the media and what you think are the best foods to eat.
My #Leanin15 blogging challenge
Since I decided I wanted to change my diet to a more healthier one than what it was, I wanted to find someone who shares healthy recipes which don’t take long to make and ideally, the ingredients needed don’t cost too much! Whenever I try and look for healthy recipes I find the majority of them are always fairly expensive to make because of the ingredients you need and it puts me off. I searched the internet for a cookbook that would suit what I wanted… healthy recipes, cheap to make and can be made quickly and that’s when I came across “Lean in 15” by The Body Coach, Joe Wicks.
I bought the book off Amazon and it was only about £7 which surprised me. Lean in 15 is full of easy and tasty looking meals that can be made in a short amount of time and best of all you don’t need a load of ingredients. As well as recipes the book also contains HIIT (High intensity interval training) session workouts that can be done in the comfort of your own home and a weekly planner so that you can plan your meals and when you are going to workout. Since I bought the book I have been following The Body Coach on social media and I’ve got to say some of his Snapchats are hilarious, If you don’t follow him you need to! So, anyway as I have just started my blog I want to make sure I am making regular posts so I am going to set myself the small challenge of making at least one Lean in 15 meal a week and creating a blog post on how it went. I will include the recipe, method and most importantly, how it tasted 🙂
I will start the challenge as of next week and it would be great to you know what you think of the posts!
Birthday Meal – The Montgomery
As it was my birthday on Monday, me and some of my family went for a meal at The Montgomery in Eastham, we have tried to book a table for a while now and we never seem to able to get one so I booked this quite a while back. The Montgomery is a gastro pub & kitchen located in Eastham village and is becoming a very popular place to eat.
Usually when I go out for a meal I just have a main and a dessert but as it was my birthday (and I wasn’t paying!) I decided to have a starter as well. I opted for the potato skins which I shared with my girlfriend, they weren’t what I expected to be honest but they were very nice. They had a sort of fried bread crumb coating on them which was unusual but it worked. They were served with sour cream, tomato salsa and yoghurt with spices mixed into it, which was amazing!
Whenever I eat out I always have a burger so really I wanted something different but I have been told that their burgers are good so I decided to stick to what I like. I ordered the house burger and I was glad! It was served on a mixed herb bun and served with salad and home made chips which were really tasty.
The main reason I wanted to go to The Montgomery for my birthday meal is because I have seen pictures of a dessert they do called “the pudding plank”, it is the most expensive dessert on the menu and is packed with calories but it is worth it! Sticky toffee pudding, apple pie, lemon cheesecake, chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie and chantilly cream, all on one plank. It was my idea of heaven!