Category: Mommy’s diary

WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS BUSTED BY FORMER MISS BRITAIN

DON’T BE FOREVER FOOLED THIS APRIL-

 VICTORIA’S SECRET MEDIA INFLUENCER AND TV PERSONALITY AMY KITCHINGMAN REVEALS 4 OF THE BIGGEST WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS 

 Have you been working out so hard for more than 6 months now but you have not seen any result so far? Have you been skipping that dessert since Christmas but you are still desperately looking at that sagging stomach? Have you been aiming and rushing to lose weight for the summer season but you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel?

Amy Kitchingman, official presenter for Physique TV’s On The Go, former Miss Great Britain and the new media influencer for the humongous brand Victoria’s Secret sports collection enumerates 4 of the most common weight loss myths that can deceive you, with or without April Fool’s Day.

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MYTH #1: THE GREEN LIGHT IS ON FOR ALL GREEN TEA

FACT: Green tea is definitely one of nature’s best gifts to mankind as it fights toxins, improves mental alertness and helps aid weight loss, but this doesn’t mean that all green tea products that are on the market are good for you.

I’ve seen green tea candy with 50 calories per candy, green tea chocolate with more than 100 calories, green tea chips with more than 200 calories per pack and the worst of them all – the green tea shake that has more than 500 calories per cup as much as a burger with fries!

Green tea is amazing but only in its purest form. The next time you see ‘green tea’ products, Read the back of the label. If theres anything in there that you cant pronounce,(and this rule goes for pretty much everything) and  doesn’t sound like it comes straight from the green tea plant then put it down.

 

MYTH #2: DIET FOODS WILL MAKE YOU THIN 

FACT: Although diet food may contain less calories, you have to think about all the nasties ( E numbers and chemicals we cant even pronounce) that have to go inside them to make them taste like the original version. Personally, I keep away from diet food and prefer to eat plenty of the right food,organic foods, in their natural state. Not only is this going to help me maintain my diet long term instead of binging on diet foods, that really aren’t going to satisfy my bodies nutritional needs. But natural foods are going to help my hair, teeth and skin look great too, as well as my waistline.

 

MYTH #3: LESS FOOD, LESS MISTAKE

FACT: This is probably the worst myth that anyone can believe and sadly there are still many people who believes it. Starving or skipping meals is the greatest mistake that you can do to your body. Our body is like a machine and it needs regular fuel to be able to work. Instead of creating a habit that may lead to disorders such as anorexia, try to develop a healthy eating routine in small portions such as 3 light meals and 2 snacks a day composed of fruits and nuts.

If you’re combining your diet with a work out you also need to be able to fuel that workout affectively. So feed your body!

 

MYTH #4: FITNESS IS A SPRINT, NOT A MARATHON

FACT: When people say they are starting a diet, I always ask their near term goals, which are usually to loose weight. And then the long term goals which are usually to keep the weight they have lost off. But to enable this to happen, you need to adapt to a healthy lifestyle. Not just a quick fix of the latest trending diet. These fads are never going to leave you with the long term results you want.

Adapting to an overall healthy lifestyle will help you achieve what it is you want, and help you maintain it. I lost a substantial amount of weight over 4 months but those changes that I made back then to enable me to loose the weight in the first place I still practise now.

Achieving your fitness goals is not a race, its about how you can make them benefit you the longest.

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BECAUSE MOMMIES ARE SPECIAL

Mothers day is approaching and how are you planing to celebrate this special day with your mum? I know that we all love our moms to infinity and beyond (remembering Buzz Light year here). So we don’t really need one special day maybe. But thinking again, how often do we make our moms realize we love them? How many times have you told her that you love her. If your relationship with your mom is like mine, you both love each other a lot, but fail to express, then this day is for you to show some love. Lets all make our moms realize how special they are, because moms deserve it (and more).

To make her day special its just enough to say you love her, I know. You might have already thought of gifts to give her, jewelry, watches, a spa day or maybe cook for her (her favorite food?). Sorry guys this post is not about various ways of celebrating mothers day or various gifts to give her to let her know she is so special. When I came across a whole new range of beautiful products from lush to pamper and love your Mom on this Mothers day, I thought I must share. Because we all love lush, and this, I think is a perfect gift to make our moms more relaxed and pampered. Not just your mom, I am going to buy this for myself too,because I am a mom too!

For a Mother like no other, she deserves LUSH 

Treat Mum this Mother’s Day with limited edition products and gifts from Lush. For a mother like no other, pamper your Mum with a floral spectacle like Rose Bombshell. Mum can indulge in her choice of Ladybird bubble bars, Yummy Mummy shower cream, or Love You Mum gift set all carefully crafted just for this special occasion.

Ladybird

Bubble Bar

 

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This friendly little ladybird wants to take you under its wing and run you a hot floral bath, filled with sweet geranium oil to aid relaxation. A little peppermint oil gives a menthol hint to this flowery mix, helping to revive and uplift your mind and body.

And look at it, how cute it looks!

Price: AED 39

Sunrise

Soap

 

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Grab hold of your own little piece of the red planet, formed
by layers of juicy tangerine and brightening Sicilian mandarin oils and lather up an extra (terrestrial) toning lather. Dig deeper still to discover a soft murumuru and organic silken tofu core.

If you really want to know why it is called the sunrise, then you should see the picture of the full product. You might be confused if its sun, if I don’t tell you!

 

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Price: AED 41/100g

Yummy Mummy

Shower Cream

 

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The mother of all shower creams, made with Fair Trade organic cocoa butter for blissful lathers and velvet-soft skin. This gloriously sweet blend of Brazilian orange and geranium oil is a sure-fire way to pack some pampering into your daily routine.

Price: AED 52/100g

Rose Bombshell

Bath Bomb

 

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Bursting with yellow rose petals, this bomb is a floral spectacle in your bath. Rose absolute blends with rose oil, Sicilian lemon and floral geranium oils for a beautiful, skin-softening experience.Not convinced yet, see how it melts!

 

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Price: AED 37

Gift sets

If you want to make your mom feel even more special, then you could pamper her gift sets. I love the quirky design of the gift sets.

Just for Mum

Five fabulously pampering soaks await the mum who opens up this pretty package. If mum fancies it, there’s one for each day of the working week, or she can have some truly luxurious weekend baths.

Contains… Intergalactic bath bomb; Twilight bath bomb; Guardians of the Forest bath bomb; Yoga Bomb bath bomb; Rose Bombshell bath bomb

 

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Price: AED 250  

Thanks Mum

Here’s three beautiful shower products to treat you royally, wrapped up in stunning recycled Khadi paper made in rural India.

 

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Contains… Intergalactic bath bomb; Twilight bath bomb; Guardians of the Forest bath bomb; Yoga Bomb bath bomb; Rose Bombshell bath bomb

Price: AED 180

Mum

It’s time for some well-deserved relaxation with this bountiful extravaganza, blooming with freshly made florals.

 

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Contains… Sakura bath bomb; Sunflower bubble bar; Ladybirdbubble bar ummy Mummy shower cream; Respect Your Elders soap; Love and Light hand cream.

Price: AED 300

Happy Mother’s Day

This pack is filled with the sunniest uplifting products to help recharge her batteries and pamper mind and body. In a re-usable tin for her to plant her flowers or put her favourite bath bombs in. Whether it’s a quick wash with Sunrise soap or a long, uplifting Think Pink soak, there’s something to make her feel appreciated every day.

Contains… Rose Bombshell bath bomb; Think Pink bath bomb; Sunflower bubble bar; Yuzu and Cocoa bubbleroon; Sunrise soap; Helping Hands hand cream; Lemony Flutter cuticle butter; Yummy Mummy shower cream.

 

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Price: AED 390

Love You Mum

The gift of pampering baths, to be enjoyed in absolute peace and quiet. These two luxurious bath products are carefully packaged 
in handmade Khadi paper, made by an organization in rural India which uses material offcuts to create beautiful papers.

 

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Contains… Rose Bombshell bath bomb; A French Kiss bubble bar

Price: AED 110

Ladybird

 

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A trio of bath time treats to make busy bees feel as snug as a bug in a warm hug. If you bug your mum about one thing today, make sure it’s that she has a good long soak with one of these luxurious bath treats.

Contains… Sunflower bubble bar; Honey Bee bath bomb; Ladybird bubble bar.

Price: AED 170

I know now you might be even more confused about which one to buy. But don’t worry you have a few more days to figure it out! Once done rush to your next lush stores or visit their website by clicking here. (non-affiliate link, just helping).

BAKING YOUR MAKE UP USING BABY POWDER

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Are you familiar with the term “baking” or “cooking” your make up . If you follow a lot of makeup artists on instagram or any other social medias, you might definitely be aware of what baking or cooking of make up really is. You might already be doing the baking of make up( may be every day). Or you might have tried baking your make up atleast once because baking of make up is a huge trend now. No wonder as Kim Kardashian’s make up artist informed us he use the technique on her. Since no one can beat them at the contour game, we must believe it.

As I am a mommy, my darling baby and her things always inflence me in one way or other. The idea of using baby powder for baking of make up struck me when I was writing my previous post 30 beauty hacks using baby products. But I didn’t want to write about it before trying it out. Now I have been using the baking technique using baby powder for a couple of times and I am extremely happy how it turned out to be. (more…)

30 BEAUTY HACKS USING BABY PRODUCTS

 

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After having a baby, I have learned a lot of things. I also had to make some (read as complete) changes to my lifestyle. Changes both good and bad, like now when we go shopping our primary focus is on baby stuff as any other parents. You also get a lot of products during baby shower or later,which sometimes you don’t use at all. So I had to come up with these beauty hacks using the baby products.Okay, I admit, I am that beauty-obsessed  mother spare even her baby’s products! Thank God! my baby is not big enough to know it!

So my today’s post is about how you can use baby products in your beauty routines. (more…)

LACTATION SMOOTHIE RECIPE

The lactation smoothie is great for breast feeding mommies, but anybody can try it as an energy boosting smoothie…

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With mommies being made aware of the benefits of breast feeding more and more new mommies are keen in breastfeeding now. Which is great, but that is definitely your personal choice and what works for you and your baby. Some times even if you choose to breast feed, you might find it difficult because of not having enough supply to meet your baby’s needs. If that is your case, then continue reading because this post is about one great method to increase your milk supply. This post is about one fantastic lactation smoothie which helped me a lot. My baby is almost one year old (her birthday is on 22 Jan) and I still continue to feed her breast milk along with all other food. But at the beginning I had low milk and the lactation smoothie is one thing which helped me. The best thing about the lactation smoothie is that it is super easy to make and it really works.

The lactation smoothie

You need just few ingredients to experience the blissful feeling you get while feeding your baby that you might have not had due to low milk supply. So lets get to the ingredients that we need to make the amazing lactation smoothie.

You need

1 banana

1 cup almond milk

1/3 cup rolled oats

1 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp brewers yeast

1 tbsp flax seed

1/2 tsp vanilla or chocolate extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Crushed ice (optional)

Method of preparation

To prepare the lactation smoothie combine all the above mentioned ingredients in a blender and blend till the desired consistency. Transfer the smoothie to your favorite glass and enjoy. You have your on the go lactation smoothie.

Remember:  You can use full fat milk instead of almond milk if you like. Don’t use low fat or skimmed. You can use coconut milk also. I like the taste of coconut milk.

I have seen many cook the oats before adding to their lactation smoothies but I would say just toss it in, don’t cook.

I add honey as a sweetener, you can skip honey, it is your choice. But I think you will have to. I can’t think of drinking the lactation smoothie without any sweeteners. But its your smoothie, your choice.

We add vanilla or chocolate extract for flavor. Don’t skip that, I would say, because the brewers yeast has an awful taste. If you can bare with it, then cool.

If you want it chilled then add crushed ice as much as you like. You can also add frozen banana and milk. Trust me, the chilled version is yumm! But you don’t have to necessarily make the chilled version skip ice if you like it that way.

If you hate the taste of any particular ingredient, you can always skip that particular ingredient or just substitute it for any other ingredients of your choice. This is your lactation smoothie you can customize it as you like. The brewers yeast is the one I hate about  this recipe of lactation smoothie but I was ready to adjust. After all, this is for my baby. But you can skip if you don’t like.

Few other tips for increased lactation

  • Always remember to drink lots of water.
  •  Using Fenugreek seed is the most popular and effective way for increasing lactation. I have been given fenugreek tablets from my doctor, to boost supply. You can also drink fenugreek water or maybe include some fenugreek porridge in your diet. It works.
  • One important  point is to always remember is to remain happy and stress-free.
  • I know this might sound impossible with a baby around, but take plenty of rest. Rest is really important.
  • Oatmeal is one great ingredient to boost lactation, try to include oats more and more in your diet as porridge, smoothies, cookies, whatever.
  • Include more vegetables, fruits and green leaves in your diet.

If low milk production is stopping you from breastfeeding your baby, try the lactation smoothie and see the change. I have had good results so will you.

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