Tried and Tested: The Honestly Good Smoothie Co.

As some of you know, a few weeks ago, I decided to start a 6-weeks challenge to reduce my body fat. I was shocked to discover that my body fat was at 38% as I have a relatively healthy diet and BMI. I had to drastically change my diet and include some more fruits and vegetables into it. As I work long hours, sometimes it is challenging to have the recommended 5 portions of fruit & veg so I thought about having a daily smoothie. I then came across The Honestly Good Smoothie Co. and decided to try their range. Today I would like to tell you more about it.

What are they? 

The Honestly Good Smoothie Co. are delicious smoothie kits which are hand prepared, 100% organic and conveniently delivered to your door. You can put these handy pre-prepared pouches into your blender whenever you fancy a smoothie or two.

They are based on many highly nutritious and natural recipes including the following blends:

  • fruity
  • green
  • protein
  • veggie

Opinion:

I love smoothies but to be honest I do not not normally have enough fruits and veggies to prepare them at the comfort of my house. I really like the concept of pre-prepared smoothie kits as  they are easy to prepare, you can simply put them into your fridge and have one daily. I ordered a variety box as I wanted to explore some of the smoothies offered by the The Honestly Good Smoothie Co.. The box was delivered on Saturday and when I opened it I was impressed by how great the smoothies looked. Once I blended my first pouch I became a fan of these little fruit and veg smoothie pouches and ordered some more for the coming weeks. You should try them!

Price:

From £4.75 per smoothie.

You can order them from:

https://www.honestly-good.co/

I hope you enjoyed reading this review.

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Pauline

Losing weight with The Diet Plate

If you are one of my loyal followers then I am sure that you have realised that I may have put on a bit of weight recently… I was travelling a lot, eating a lot of unhealthy food and didn’t have much time to exercise. It is the beginning of June though and as I am planning to go for my holidays in September or October this year, I’ve decided it’s time to start doing something about my weigh.

First step was to re-join my gym. I really enjoy exercising in the morning before work and it gives me some extra energy to face a day ahead. It’s always nice to have something accomplished by the time I get to the office.

Secondly, I did some research and this time I decided to start a diet plan that I would stick to, in order to achieve my dream weight. I came across the Diet Plate.

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It is a visual method of weight loss by controlling the portions sizes and adjusting the nutritional food values directly at the point of serving your food. I really liked that concept because it means that I can have most foods and as long as I follow the portion sizes. It also means that I do not have to cook something separately and can have a dinner with my husband eating the same food. What else could I ask for?
I have also read that The Diet Plate was clinically trialled and the results state that anyone using it is 6 times more likely to lose weight rather than going it alone. The endocrinologist Dr Sue Pedersen from the University of Calgary, said the results were “outstanding and ground breaking!”.
The Women’s Complete Set of plates costs only £31.99 and is dishwasher and microwave safe.

How to use it?

Step 1 -get your own set of plates:

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Step 2 – Learn how to use your plates:

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3. Fill in the plate and enjoy:

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Thirdly, I joined The Diet Plate® online programme which works independently or with the Diet Plate set. It has taken 3 years of development and what I love the most about this programme is that when you join it you can decide how much weight you wish to lose and how quickly you wish to achieve it. Consequently, the programme calculates how long it will take you to reach your ideal weight so you know it from the start of your weight loss adventure. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I can see a steady weight loss.
What’s great is that The Diet Plate® online programme works for anyone so you can use it. It doesn’t matter if you are underweight and wish to gain weight or if you wish to lose weight or maintain goal weight. It is very personal and it almost feels like you are using a personal dietician. I love the dashboards that display a lot of important information and help me make informed choices. I am able to see the nutritional content of my food at a glance and combine foods together i.e. for salad you can add all its components and it will display the overall nutritional KCAL value. In addition, I found them quite motivating as they display a break down with lots of short term goals that show how far I’ve come. You can access it from any device that has an Internet connection.
The programme is extremely affordable and you can decide how long you wish to register for.

Results:
I’ve been using the plan for a couple of weeks now and I love it. I can see a steady weight loss and as long as I manage my portion size and do not exceed my calories allowance I can eat whatever I wish to. The Diet Plate online programme is the best diet plan I’ve ever used and a set of Diet plates should become a kitchen must-have for anyone who wishes to lose or gain a bit of weight.

Website:

You can learn more about the programme and purchase it on the official website:

http://www.thedietplate.com/

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

 

Tried and Tested: Leptin Teatox

A few weeks ago, I came across Leptin Teatox and decided to try it to detoxify after the winter. Leptin Teatox was developed to aid detoxification and weight loss and it comes in both 14 and 28 day versions. I ordered 28-day Teatox version.

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Ingredients:

Leptin Teatox is based on many highly nutritious natural herbs only. Leptin Teatox system contains 28 daytime tea bags and night time cleansing tea bags:

  • 28 days’ supply of Daytime Morning Boost teabags. Morning Boost’s ingredients include: Green Tea, Yerba Mate leaf, Lime leaf, Lotus leaf, Dandelion leaf, Rhubarb root & Goji berries.
  • 28 days’ supply of Bedtime Night Cleanse tea bags. Night Cleanse’s ingredients incude: Hawthorn berries, Lotus leaf, Lime leaf extract, Senna leaf, Psyllium Husk & Poria Cocos stem bark.

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Result:

I love drinking herbal teas and 28-day Leptin Teatox has helped me to kick in my healthy regime and prepare for my diet. I haven’t lost any weight while drinking it however I stopped feeling bloated and I feel lighter as a result.

I liked the taste of both teas and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to try an affordable TeaTox.

Price:

£22 for a 28-days supply of the product.

You can order it from:

http://www.leptinteatox.com/

I hope you enjoyed reading this review.

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Pauline

Getting back into fitness after my honeymoon

Have you ever wished that you could instantly undo overindulgence? I have definitely done that in the past. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. If you read my blog regularly, you would know that I have recently returned from my honeymoon. During my time in Asia, I worked out only a couple of times and honestly, I was eating everything I fancied as it was a trip of my lifetime.

Getting more active and starting to exercise again can be challenging sometimes, thus I put a few simple steps that you can all follow to maximise your chances of sticking to your healthy routine. This approach worked for me and I hope that it will also help you to stick to your healthy routine.

  1. Find an exercise routine that works for you and you enjoy.

It doesn’t matter what it is: yoga, gym, walking just put any activity you enjoy in your routine, schedule it and go for it. I love my strength and power sessions at my gym and I attend them at least 3 times a week if my busy schedule at work allows it. Try to wake up earlier and start your day being active. I actually got used to getting up at 5:30 and having my workouts before work. When I arrive at my office, I am normally already fully awake, my endorphins are at their highest level and I am ready to rock!

  1. Set realistic goals

When I was younger, I was quite often disappointed that the goal I worked toward didn’t materialise as soon as I would wish it to do. In order to see the results, you need to stay on track and what I like to personally do is to set both short-term and long-term objectives. Try doing a challenge for 2 / 4/ 8 weeks and don’t forget to set milestones where you review your progress.

  1. Track your progress

Buy any activity tracking device that could help you to stick to your objectives. I’ve tried quite a few of  them as you probably know fitness trackers come in all shapes and forms, have different features and are design to fit all price categories. I  currently have a Garmin tracker and I like it as it tracks my sleep, steps, physical activity etc. -standard features of many other fitness trackers.

  1. Find a buddy

It is great to start your getting back into fitness journey with a friend or a colleague so you can both motivate each other and make sure that you stay on track.

  1. Think different – Electric Bikes!

There comes that time in everyone’s exercise regime where they want something different or some variety. Electric bikes are perfect for those who wish to pedal manually or can be used as extra assistance with the electric motor and so perfect for anyone who needs to ease themselves into fitness this year. Visit Fenetic Wellbeing website for more details.

http://www.feneticwellbeing.com/product-category/leisure/electric-bikes/

  1. Don’t give up and enjoy it!

The key to succeed is to never give up. I am quite active and I am trying to be healthy however like all of you I have my weak points. I am a massive foodie and if I wasn’t working out I would probably be massive now! You need to be realistic with your goals and at the same time enjoy your life so when you go out for a meal have what you like but make sure that you balance your diet and eat less day after. I never say ‘no’ to a sticky toffee pudding but at the same time I know my limits and I try not to have it too often. Having a ‘cheat day’ once a week when you indulge or have a treat is ok as long as you stay on track and limit it to I.e. weekly not a daily activity.

In order to stay on track I got involved in #FeneticFitness. Fenetic Wellbeing are a mobility company who exist to provide customers with the right healthcare and mobility products for their individual needs. #FeneticFitness’s aim is to help ease and encourage people back into exercise. The campaign is inspired by January being the time that people tend to detox, make New Year resolutions and think ahead to getting fit for summer. So what are you waiting for? Join #FeneticFitness today and enter a competition to win.

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From 2nd of February until 14th of February my followers from UK can win a MISFIT Shine 2 Activity Tracker in Rose Gold if they follow @1stclasslounge on Twitter (mandatory). All followers can also get the additional entries by using the Rafflecopter. Winner will be announced on the 14th of February on Twitter. The prize will be send by 2ndclass recorded delivery. This giveaway is running in collaboration with Fenetic Wellbeing.

You can enter the competition using the Rafflecopter below:

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What are your getting back to fitness tips?

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Pauline

Tried and Tested: Zaggora ACTIVE WEAR Slimming range

zaggoraA couple of weeks ago, I told you about some Zaggora breakfast smoothie which I loved. Today, I would like to tell you about Zaggora’s ACTIVE WEAR Slimming range.

At the begining of January (after putting on a bit over my honeymoon) I went back to the gym as I desperately want to lose my excess fat. On Zaggora’s website I read that:

‘Clinical studies at the University of Southern California and University of Brighton have proven that Zaggora Foldover Hotpants™ helps you burn more calories and gives you a better cardio workout, with less effort.’ Who can argue with the results of clinical studies? Definitely not me. I was convinced and as an extra treat I got myself a hot top and a pair of hot pants from Zaggora’s Active Wear range.

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Result:

The range is specially designed with Thermofit fabrics for an instant slimming effect which you can get due to the ThermoFit fabric. This revolutionary fabric uses your body’s heat during exercise to help you burn more calories. After attending my first gym session wearing my new top and pants my body was completely wet. As of today, I’ve been using it for over 3 weeks and both my pants and top are really comfortable and easy to care for. I have lost 3kg so far and sweating a lot wearing Zaggora’s range definitely helped.

Price:

£29-£79. Zaggora gives $5 from every order to women’s charities.

You can order this and many other products from Zaggora’s website:

http://zaggora.com?afmc=3l

I hope you enjoy reading this review!

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Pauline

Tried and Tested: Zaggora Breakfast Smoothie Chocolate Coconut

What are your New Year resolutions? Mine are to eat healthier, exercise more and travel whenever I have time in my busy schedule.

I exercise quite regularly but my diet is not always what it should be. I do not eat enough protein so this year I decided to change that and have some protein smoothies for breakfast.

My friend recommended me to try some of Zaggora’s Breakfast Smoothies. I decided to order some Chocolate Coconut breakfast smoothie made with Vegan protein.

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Verdict:

Zaggora’s Breakfast Smoothie is made 100% from natural ingredients and it has a quick and easy to make formula and I normally only mix it with water. It has only 73 calories so if you are calories counting then this product is perfect great as a breakfast. Each serving (20g) contains 12g protein, 2g fibre, 2g carbs and less than 1g fats. One serving keeps me full and powered until my lunch. On Zaggora’s website I read that this delicious smoothie is:

  • Delicious all-in-One– it contains some great tasting vegan lean protein, antioxidants and vitamins to support health, vitality and beauty from within.
  • Brings Beauty from Within– anti-oxidant mix combines spirulina, wheatgrass, green tea, beetroot and carrot to deliver the potent power of these amazing foods easily into your diet. We have also included aloe vera, chia seeds, flax seeds and lucuma to give you natural sources of Omega 3 and fibre.
  • Helps Weight Maintenance: Only 73 calories. High in protein, source of fibre, no added sugar, low sugar and low fat.
  • Supports Gut Health: Our probiotic and enzyme blends will support a healthy gut, while a mix of potent vitamins will contribute to your energy levels.

Price:

£29

Package:

400g (20 servings) so it will last you for almost a month.

You can order this and many other products from Zaggora’s website:

http://zaggora.com?afmc=3l

I hope you enjoy reading this review!

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Pauline

 

Tried and tested: Paul Mitchell Color repair haircare, Help: Beautify skin supplement

This week I would like to tell you about Paul Mitchell’s Color Repair range and Help: Beautify Skin Supplement.

To start with, some of you might remember, I recently tried Paul Mitchell’s extra body range and I loved it. Just a couple of weeks ago I finally sorted out my hair before the wedding so when I had my blond highlights done, it was a no-brainer and I decided to try this range. All products were tested by an established, independent third-party laboratory.

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I ordered a three-step system that promised:

  • To Keep the vibrant colour for up to 9 weeks;
  • To Prevent thermal damage by 86%;
  • 88% less hair breakage;
  • To add 59% more shine.

The products that were included in the three-step system and should be used together to get the desired results are:

Step One: Paul Mitchell’s ULTIMATE COLOR REPAIR SHAMPOO

It is a gentle shampoo based on a blend of natural extracts that protects, replenishes and helps repair colour-treated hair.

Step Two: Paul Mitchell’s ULTIMATE COLOR REPAIR CONDITIONER

This amazing conditioner contains some powerful antioxidants provides UV protection to help prevent colour fade and damage.

After using Paul Mitchell’s shampoo and conditioner my hair is always soft, hydrated, shiny and manageable.

Step Three: Paul Mitchell’s ULTIMATE COLOR REPAIR TRIPLE RESCUE

The last step of Paul Michell’s ritual is a dual-phase spray protects against excessive heat that can damage colour-treated hair and lead to dull, faded strands. This amazing product protects against excessive heat that can damage color-treated hair and conditions it with Quinoa Color Repair complex.

Verdict:

My hair never looked glossier and healthier. I am delighted with the results I achieved with the products from Paul Mitchell’s Color Repair range. I would recommend them to anyone especially if you are planning to have your hair coloured anytime soon then you should definitely try Paul Mitchell’s three-step hair-ritual. I am already looking forward to trying some styling products from his range.

Secondly, I would like to tell you about ‘help: beautify skin’-a daily jelly supplement for skin from Works with water.

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I was certain that I wanted to try this supplement when I read about its formula and the effects I could expect. As all the brides do, I wanted to look my best during the wedding so I got 2 boxes consisting of 14 sachets (10g each). When I started taking the supplement, I was getting married in a less than 3 weeks so I took 2 sachets per day in the run-up to the wedding to give my skin a boost of nutrition. The jellies are really tasty and have a delicious apple flavour. They can be eaten straight from the packet or popped into the fridge and then eaten chilled. They are formulated to help achieve a healthy, glowing complexion from the inside out.

The formula of ‘help: beautify skin’ consist of patented blend: PravenAGE™ and contains CoEnzymeQ10, Marine collagen, Resveratrol, Aloe Vera and Vitamin C. All of these natural ingredients are proven to deliver visible anti-ageing skin benefits.

Verdict:

You can judge the results for yourself nevertheless on my wedding day my skin looked radiant, fresh and the small lines I had under my eyes appeared visibly reduced. Help: beautify skin is a great supplement if you wish to get a plumper, more rejuvenated skin and a younger looking, healthy complexion.

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Website:

You can order it directly from company’s website or from one of its stockist such as Amazon.co.uk, Lookfantastic, HQHair, BeautyExpert:

http://www.workswithwater.com/products/

Price:

£22.94 for a box of 14 sachets.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline