Learning Not To Fret Over Your ‘Summer Body’
Learning Not To Fret Over Your ‘Summer Body’
posted onApril 4, 2016

We can get extremely caught up in the pressure of trying to conform to the ‘perfect summer body’ look. Although the imagery that comes with this arguably isn’t far off ‘perfect’ in the sense that it is generally beautifully toned, tanned and without the lumps and bumps we spend hours deliberating over; 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 (which is undeniably a bonus), but is more importantly to have the right foods on the inside which allow you to be the absolute best version of yourself and 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.

 

BE INTUITIVE

There are countless diet plans and ‘rules’ to follow out there, 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, but others’ 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 works for everyone, neither is the same outfit. Half the 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, because ultimately what you see is almost as important as the way you feel. If you look your best you will feel your best, so embrace the opportunity each morning to wake up and dress in a way that will enhance the way you feel.

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Below is some recipe inspiration for creating meals which will help you on your way to feeling your absolute best.

 

 

MINT AND LEMON COURGETTI SPAGHETTI

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WHAT YOU NEED:

2 serving brown rice spaghetti 2 large courgette 1 avocado a handful of pine-nuts a large handful of mint, minced Juice 1 lemon 2 tablespoon of olive a generous pinch of salt

WHAT YOU DO:

Start by cooking the pasta, as directed on the brands packaging. Once done, drain and rinse well under cold water until the pasta is room temperature. Make sure it drains off all the water. Meanwhile using a spiralizer, spiralize the courgette. If you don’t have a spiralizer you can use a peeler to create long strips. Roast the pine-nuts in an over for 5 minutes at 180 degrees celsius, checking to make sure they don’t burn! Slice the avocado into cubes. To compile add the pasta, courgette, avocado and mint to a bowl. Pour on the lemon juice, olive oil and a pinch of salt – toss well. To serve, scatter with the toasted pine-nuts!

 

 

CREAMY QUINOA PORRIDGE

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1 cup quinoa flakes

2 cups Dairy Free Milk; Oat, Brown Rice, Coconut Or Almond

2 tablespoons cashew butter

A drop of vanilla extract

2 teaspoons raw honey/date syrup

Topping Ideas: Sultanas, Goji Berries, Berries, Sliced Banana, Cacao Nibs.

WHAT YOU DO:

Add the quinoa flakes, milk, cashew butter, vanilla extract and a touch of natural sweetener to your sauce pan. Bring to the boil, and simmer, for 5-10 minutes until creamy. Stir in any of your toppings – and serve!

 

 

HEALTHY RAW CHOCOLATE FUDGE

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1/2 cup cashew butter 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 of a banana, mashed 1/4 cup cacao powder 1/4 cup date syrup (you can use pure maple or agave syrup)

WHAT YOU DO:

Start by melting the coconut oil, and mashing the banana. Blend everything until smooth and pour into a mini loaf pan, lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer to set and transfer to the fridge. If you don’t have a blender then mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a a mixing bowl, or melt in a pan over heat until smooth.

 

 

GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1 Cucumber 1-2 Apples (depending on how sweet you like it) 2 stalks of celery 1-2 handfuls of spinach 1-2 handfuls of kale 1 banana, preferably frozen 1/2 Avocado

BOOST THIS SMOOTHIE, OPTIONAL:

1 Tbsp almond butter 1 tsp spirulina powder (I use Organic Burst) 1 tsp bee pollen 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed

WHAT YOU DO:

Start by putting the cucumber & Apple through a juicer. Then add the juice to the blender with all of the other ingredients. Blend until smooth!

 

 

AVOCADO CREAM

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WHAT YOU NEED:

2 avocados Juice 1 lemon 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp water pinch of salt

WHAT YOU DO:

Remove the avocado flesh from the skin, and add everything to your blender/food processor. Blend until smooth!

 

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