Manage Your Sugar Cravings for Optimum Health!

The disadvantages of eating refined sugar are becoming increasingly recognised by health conscious consumers. Far from being something that only causes problems for the dentist, people are now understanding that sugar is responsible for a lot of serious health problems. Research has even shown that sugar can contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer. For this reason, and many more, it is imperative that we reduce our sugar intake or eradicate it from our diets altogether. Given that so many of the processed foods we eat are laden with sugar, this can prove to be difficult. However, by opting for a plant-based diet you’re much more likely to avoid such foods.

Sugar is a fairly addictive substance to the point where our bodies crave it if you suddenly stop consuming it. This is a temporary and completely manageable sensation and there are several things you can do to help prevent such cravings. Beginning your day with a high protein breakfast is one of the best things that you can do. Between 15 and 20 grams of protein will help to ensure that your blood sugar level stays steady throughout the day. Sugar cravings are much more likely to take hold when your blood sugar levels are fluctuating too high or too low. Continue reading Manage Your Sugar Cravings for Optimum Health!

Win a Box of Teapigs Matcha Green Tea!

It’s competition time again and this month I’m excited to be giving away a box of teapigs Matcha Green Tea! As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, green tea is fantastic for health, especially when consumed on a regular basis! However Matcha green tea has many amazing benefits that other teas just can’t compete with! In fact, just one serving of matcha green tea has the equivalent benefits of 15 cups of standard green tea!

For starters it is incredibly high in antioxidants which are responsible for combating free radicals in the body. This battle against free radicals greatly helps to promote optimum health. Not only are antioxidants fantastic for our insides but they also keep our skin looking fresh and young! A cup of matcha green tea is one of the most effective ways to get a huge dose of these incredible enzymes into your system! In fact, matcha contains 70 times the amount of antioxidants as the same portion of orange juice as well as nine times the amount of a comparative portion of spinach! Add to that a whole host of Vitamins A, B and C!

In today’s hectic world, anything that encourages your body to relax can’t be a bad thing and enhancing feelings of calm is another great benefit of matcha. This type of green tea has been used throughout time by Buddhists and Daoists during meditation. The amino acid responsible for this sense of calm is called L-Theanine. This amino acid also helps to improve your memory, increase your concentration as well as boosting energy levels and endurance.

On top of all of these amazing advantages, research has also shown that matcha can increase your metabolic rate which in turn helps the body burn more fat than it usually would.

teapigs_matchaSounds amazing, right? So all you need to do to be in the running to get your hands on a free box is to follow me on Facebook,  Twitter & Instagram and also like this blog post! Make sure you do it before Thursday the 15th of May though because that’s when I’ll be choosing a winner. Sorry to anyone reading who lives outside of the UK but only UK residents are eligible to enter!

There are many other great types of tea available from teapigs so why not visit their homepage to sign up to their newsletter and receive their latest news and discounts straight to your inbox. You can also click here to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter!

Good luck!!

Top Five Foods to Make Your Skin Glow

There is so much varying advice when it comes to taking care of your skin. Whilst one person swears by one thing, another person might be totally against it altogether! However, even though it can be confusing, skincare is definitely something that we should pay attention to – especially as we age!

As a teenager, I wasted a lot of money using different skin care products, trying to find an amazing product to do absolutely everything I wanted it to do. It’s only when I stopped looking at creams and lotions and turned to food that I found a genuine answer! By eating a well balanced, plant based diet, your skin will soon begin to glow and feel a great deal healthier.

Although eating well and eliminating animal products will get you on the road to having better skin, there are certain foods that you can aim to include to speed the process up. These five foods are my top suggestions!

figs_theflexifoodieFigs

Figs are full of vitamins and minerals that aid the body in the process of removing toxins and mucus from the body. It is only when these things exit the body that your skin will truly have a chance to shine. It’s easy to include figs in your diet and they’re delicious whether eaten on their own or even in a smoothie. Blending them down into a smoothie is actually a great idea as more antioxidants are released as the seeds become pulverised!

cucumber_theflexifoodieCucumbers

The enzyme-rich water in cucumbers makes them perfect for improving the health of your skin. Cucumbers are also packed with B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. All of these things combine together to create some serious hydration.

rocket_theflexifoodieRocket

Rocket (or Arugula as we know it in the States!) is rich in Vitamin A which has shown to help with acne. It is even thought that a Vitamin A deficiency could be partially responsible for the occurrence of acne. On top of that, rocket is highly alkaline which assists in cleansing and neutralising toxins in the blood system. This in turn contributes to the overall health of our skin!

almonds_theflexifoodieAlmonds

Like most nuts, almonds are a great source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is the antioxidant found in human epidermal tissue and goes a long way to promoting smooth, supple skin. It is particularly important to up your Vitamin E intake if you have unwittingly allowed the sun’s UV rays to cause damage to your skin.

Red Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers are so incredibly high in Vitamin C that they actually help to regenerate collagen in the body! Although they are technically a fruit, red bell peppers are very low in sugar which makes them perfect to snack on throughout the day. They also contain silicon which has been shown to help keep wrinkles at bay by strengthening the connective tissue!bellpepper_theflexifoodie

So there you have it, five great food choices that will have you positively glowing! Why not include all of these things in one incredible salad to really take advantage of their fantastic benefits!