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De-stress your life – GT top tips

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13.04.16

Stress can creep up on us at the strangest times and for reasons we aren’t always sure of, however dealing with it and learning how you best recover from it is most important, or it can really overwhelm us! Far too often people build up their stress and carry it with them until they can’t any longer and it becomes something far worse than it was initially. Stress is something we can all relate to but because we all suffer from it from time to time, it’s vital that we understand how we best deal with this when we don’t have others to turn to in a single stressful moment. Here are a few foolproof simple ways to de-stress in moments like this..

HAVE SOME TIME OUT

It’s so important that we allow ourselves the time to simply get away from our daily schedules and routines. A lot of stress does stem from what we do in our every day lives as well as certain situations and experiences, which is why we need to nip it in the bud when it arises so that we don’t carry it with us. Taking some time out can be the best thing for you if you are feeling like everything is getting on top of you. It’s also good to be able to re-evaluate the factors within your life that are triggering this so that you can ultimately control or put an end to them. It’s also important to remember that by taking time out you are not being selfish, you are simply helping yourself to de-stress and be much more productive in the long run.

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INDULGE EVERY SO OFTEN

So often we see it as a bad thing to indulge in luxuries that we wouldn’t usually allow ourselves to enjoy, however when things become a bit too much to handle, luxuries are there to be used for just that: to enjoy a luxurious experience. Going along the lines of a spa day (or hour even), a meal with friends, a weekend trip away, or even enjoying your favourite box set with a meal of your choice - these things all allow you to simply indulge in something you love which you don’t do all the time and provide you with the opportunity to forget about things which were previously causing you stress and to simply enjoy the moment. This includes indulging in the most delicious and also healthy of treats too - we like CoFro with lots of toppings including our Giving Tree fruit crisps ..mmmmm

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CLEAR THE CLUTTER

It’s surprising just how much stress we sub-consciously create for ourselves despite not wanting to. In the form of clutter, we allow ourselves to accumulate so many unnecessary piles of clothes and build up things which need to “go on eBay” or washing that can be done later but never shifts. We all hold onto possessions we think we might one day need, as a comfort or security blanket but the reality is that the constant build up of these things is causing us unnecessary stress that we just don’t need. A clear space equals a clear mind, and seeing as your living space is the one place where you should be able to simply chill out, where better to start than there with regard to clearing out the clutter.

“DON’T HATE, MEDITATE”

Meditation, couldn’t be more fitting when it comes to de-stressing. Sometimes just being still in the moment can bring focus back into your life, and allow you to simply be. We allow ourselves to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we occasionally forget to appreciate the moment we are currently living in. Allowing time to just be present in a moment and forget about the stresses we were holding can be a brilliant way of almost trivialising some of the things that were previously worrying you and allowing you to see them in a more practical way, so therefore just dealing with them rather than procrastinating over them.

Stress can get in the way of so many things which is why it’s important to establish what makes your stress levels rise and the best ways for you to eliminate that stress as much as possible by using whichever de-stress technique that works for you. By using these foolproof ways to remove unnecessary stress from your agenda, you will be able live a much more stress-free life in the long run!

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Why summer bod blues need to be banished!

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08.04.16

We can all get extremely caught up in the pressure to conform to trying to sculpt what is perceived as the ‘perfect summer body.Generally the media portrays summer bodies as women that are generally beautifully toned, tanned and without the lumps and bumps we spend hours deliberating over, however it is not the way, even with regular exercise combined with a healthy diet, everybody’s bodies look on the same regime. Things are slowly changing, though not fast enough; generally people are becoming more personally accepting of their different body types which is brilliant, however what it’s doing as a result of this is taking away the importance of eating a healthful and nutrient - dense diet in the process. To eat healthily isn’t only to create the most glowing version of yourself, but to have the right foods on the inside to allow you to be the absolute best version of yourself is what counts the most as it will encourage you to flourish in every area of your life. Here are a few foolproof ways of letting your very own ‘summer body’ flourish the way it should do minus the pressure to succumb to the ideals we’re all too used to.. DON’T SWEAT IT You don’t have to be a personal trainer to know that exercise is extremely vital for your overall health and wellbeing, not only for your body but for your mind. However by not following the workout ‘of the year’ or subscribing to the latest set of work out videos doesn’t automatically mean you won’t feel amazing. The most important factor to consider when aiming to organise your work out regime is to only look into doing things you enjoy or you will result in giving up before you’ve even begun. If you dread running or can’t stand yoga, the answer is simple, don’t do it. There are a wealth of different options out there to explore when it comes to exercise, from boxing combined with pilates, a variety of HITT workouts, fluorescent spinning classes or local boot camps.. the only advice to really consider, is not to worry which path to exercising you take, but just to simply get moving in whichever way makes you happy.   londonpigeon BE INTUITIVE There are countless diet plans and ‘rules’ out there to follow but many disclaim that ultimately what you eat has to work for you. Some people may thrive off a diet filled with lots of good fats including avocado and nuts, and others’ bodies may completely disagree with it, equally a certain amount of carbohydrate in a person’s diet may need to be different depending on whether or not their body can take it and thrive off it. Ultimately, the best diet that works for you will be the one that allows you to want to wake up each morning and reach your fullest potential whilst enjoying the food that you’re eating. Food shouldn’t just be fuel, though at the same time it should provide your body (most of the time) with the potential to be the best version of yourself and ultimately feel amazing. DRESS TO FLATTER So much of the time, the latest fashion trend be it in swim wear, work out gear or day-to-day clothes is advertised as the only way to stay fashion-forward however it’s not always the best way for everyone. Going back to the idea that no diet or work out regime is best for everyone, neither is the same outfit. Half of trick to feeling great (other than exercise and diet) is ensuring that you dress to flatter your body shape. Yes we can all work towards achieving the optimum healthy weight and therefore size for our shape but fundamentally all of our body shapes are different, and what may flatter one persons’ body type might not quite look the same on someone else. It’s important to consider this when buying clothes/swim wear/work out attire, as ultimately what you see is, in the moment, almost as important in the way you feel as if you look you best you will feel you best, so embrace the opportunity each morning to wake up and dress in a way that will enhance the way you feel. Finally, don't forget that you can indulge in healthy snacks - chocolate whey hey ice cream (high protein, no added sugar) makes the perfect summer snack along with our Giving Tree crisps!   IMG_3621    

THE Foods for THE Healthiest Skin

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10.03.16

Eating a diet packed with nourishing foods has endless benefits, increased mood and energy, decreased risk of chronic disease, and weight management to name a few. Lucky for us, the benefits don't stop there. The foods we eat can have a huge impact on helping us feel great from the inside out.

Make these 10 foods go-tos on your weekly shopping list for a daily dose of skin protecting goodness. After all, our skin is our largest organ so show it the love it deserves!

Green Tea

Green tea is a great source of flavonoids, a type of phytochemical that gives plants their bright color. These flavonoids, called catechins, appear to help block UV penetration, promoting DNA repair and helping to reduce inflammation. For an even more potent source of these beneficial compounds, try Matcha. Matcha is a form of green tea where the leaves are actually consumed vs. being steeped and then discarded before drinking. Try a matcha porridge made with Chi Coconut Milk!

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Citrus

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruit are high in the well known antioxidant, vitamin C. Vitamin C plays a role in collagen production and protects the skin from the aging process.

Broccoli

This comes as a surprise to many, but broccoli is actually one of the best sources of vitamin C. It is also in the cruciferous vegetable family, well known for their anti-oxidant, cell protecting properties. Don't forget to try Giving Tree Broccoli Crisps as a fantastic, nutrient packed snack. Or even on top of guacamoles, for crudities, salad and soup toppings too!

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Brazil Nuts

These nuts are packed with selenium, a potent antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radical damage caused by sun exposure. Selenium also helps maintain skin elasticity to prevent premature aging. When it comes to Brazil nuts, more isn't always better. Although they are nutrition power houses when taken in small doses, keep it to 1-2 nuts per day to ensure you're under the tolerable upper limit of 400 micrograms per day. Over indulging can lead to selenium build up in the tissues, which can become toxic.

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Chickpeas, Beans and Lentils

Legumes are a good source of zinc. Zinc plays a role in preventing and repairing cell damage as well as building new cells. Zinc is often found in sunscreen and acne treatments.

Avocados

Avos are a great source of healthy fats and vitamin E. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, so consuming it in the form of avocados will actually help you absorb more and reap the benefits. Consuming this delicious fruit provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects to keep skin healthy and glowing.

Salmon

Salmon is best known for its high Omega-3 content. These fatty acids, appear to help protect against UV radiation and sunburn and may also help reduce wrinkling in sun exposed skin. Don't forget to lather up though, food does not replace the need for the gold standard, sunscreen!

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, another powerful anti-oxidant to help keep skin glowing. Bonus: it's also high in vitamin C to further support its title as a skin protecting food.

Water 

OK, this isn't exactly a food but staying hydrated is key for healthy, smooth, supple skin. Add a squeeze of lemon or orange for extra flavour and a vitamin C boost. Coconut water also makes an excellent hydrator, packed full of electrolytes too! Try CHI Raw Organic Coconut water..delicious and refreshing!

Top Fitness Gadgets for Spring!

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03.03.16

Spring is around the corner.. it's nearly time to get yourself exercising outside, enjoying the fresh air and using the top of the range gadgets to help you along the way! We couldn't resist sneaking in a few novelty ones too..

1. Withings Smart Body Scale
If you want to get fitter, it's worth knowing the state of play before you start - and during your programme. The Withings Smart Body Scale will give you that. It's able to accurately track your weight, body fat and various other stats, and sync them to your phone so you can easily monitor progress over time. They're pricey - but they might make the difference.
2. FINIS SwiMP3 Waterproof Headphones
The FINIS SwiMP3 headphones (£93) are a stunning bit of kit which transmit music through your cheekbones via induction. It's one of the only pair of headphones you can wear in the pool, and if you're spending a lot of time underwater and need a boost on your 50th lap, it might make the difference. (£93)
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3. Nike Fuelband SE
The Nike Fuelband is one of the most attractive and intuitive fitness trackers on the market - and the new SE edition is the best one yet, adding Bluetooth LE for constant syncing with your iPhone, 'Session' markers and limited sleep tracking.
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4. The Smelly Alarm Clock: SensorWake

Alarm clocks are like spiders: everyone acknowledges they do a valuable job, but that doesn’t stop most from despising them. The SensorWake aims to lessen that hatred by waking you up not with a piercing shriek but with a smell, like chocolate or coffee or freshly baked bread, depending on which capsule you pop in it. Unless you sleep through the smell, in which case the shrieking kicks in as a back up. Available in June, around £77 sensorwake.com

 5. The Massaging Jacket: AiraWear

The AiraWear jacket grandly promises a massage on the move, a marvel achieved through its built-in inflation points. Controlled via an app, the AiraWear looks like a regular jacket until parts of it start inflating, and runs for three hours on a single charge. As well as offering a massage, it can also be used to support your back and gradually break the slouching habit developed at your desk. around £176, airawear.com

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Snack O’Clock and the science behind it!

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25.02.16

Do you find it harder to stick to your diet at certain times of the day? You’re not alone, according to a survey conducted by Forza supplements

The th-ree most dangerous moments have been identified as 11.01am, 3.14pm and 9.31pm • Dieters can consume as many as 750 calories during these three vulnerable times – wrecking their chances of losing weight; • Coffee shops were identified as the biggest danger to dieters because even a simple latte from a high street chain is worth 190 calories;

Nutritionists say dieters should opt out of drinks rounds at work because they put themselves under peer-group pressure to consume unnecessary calories with colleagues.

The results are revealed in a new survey of 1,000 people by diet firm Forza Supplements.

The research demonstrated that there are three specific times in the day when we’re likely to throw out the healthy eating rule book: 11:01am, 3.41pm and 9:31pm. As much as 750 calories are consumed at these times of the day – enough to ruin even the strictest diet plan.

The findings point to key mistakes that dieters make. These include skipping breakfast (leading to making poor nutritional choices for an elevenses snack), tackling post-lunch stress with food, and succumbing to temptation late at night. The report also highlighted the high calorie count of an average coffee shop latte (190 calories).

Forza’s managing director Lee Smith, adds: ‘We are all becoming much more knowledgeable about nutrition and how to eat more healthily at traditional meal-times. It is at other vulnerable moments during the day – these Snack O’Clocks – when all the damage is done in diets.’

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While there’s nothing wrong with snacking to keep energy levels up during the day, the study is useful in pointing out when we might make bad food decisions. Remember: preparation is key when sticking to a healthy eating plan. Be inspired by our round-up of nutritious snack ideas, instead.

Giving Tree snacks are here to help, the perfect snacks to try during your day are our 7 different varieties of fruit and veg crisps. When reaching for a chocolate bar, packet of crisps or cheese and crackers we have the perfect alternatives for those both sweet and savoury cravings!

Why not try our vegetable crisps dipped in reduced fat humous, tzatziki or guacamole or just as good on their own!

Our fruit crisps (apple, peach ,strawberry and mango) all make fantastic toppings for a bowl of natural yogurt or ontop of some fat free coconut yogurt..we love cofro! Take a look at the mouth-watering picture above, this was a fat-free, dairy free, gluten and refined sugar free coconut frozen yogurt with our yummy Giving Tree fruit crisps on top mmm!

Let us know your favourite healthy snacks and how've incorporated Giving Tree into your healthy snacking!

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