Christmas a happy or sad time

For me Christmas Was always a happy time, off work spending time with the kids, family gets together, kids get the toys they want, we all sit in front of the fire indulging in food and drink, watching Xmas movies as the kids play with their toys.

When families break up and you become a single parent things change. After years of struggling with work and kids I had to give up my job as I didn’t have anyone to look after the kids at the weekend when I had to work and nurseries don’t open at the weekend and when your parents are still working too what support do you have.

I am currently unemployed as I set up my health and fitness business Moodfit.co.uk so having to rely on benefits to get through Christmas. Starting a business means I’m not sitting at home with my feet up no everyday I am studying and working online to build my brAnd as well as running after my kids.

It is so easy for this to happen, one minute you have 2 wages then one and then none. Never did i think I would have to rely on benefits, never did I think I would have to count the pennies out of my purse to see if I can enough for a pint of milk.

Life is hard now but everything I do is for my kids to make sure they are happy and healthy. I know we don’t need all the trimmings at Christmas as long as we are all healthy and I am with my girls that is all I need.

My kids happiness is all I want for Xmas. I am lucky I still have a roof over our heads for now many don’t, many are on the streets freezing, hungry and lonely. I am so grateful for my health and my kids more important than overindulging at Xmas. My heart will never be empty it is full of the love for my kids, all I ask for Xmas is love and health.

Christmas is a hard time for many who are struggling to make ends meet making sure the kids have the toys they want, having to sacrifice heating or food to give them what they want. Being lonely, trying to be two parents to your kids.

Life can be a struggle but when we struggle we grow, we learn, learn what’s important in life and who is really there for you in times of good and bad, hard times and prosperous times.

Please help those less fortunate than yourselves these years #simoncommunity someone that is lonely can’t cope with the pressures of Xmas, spare a thought for those less well off than you this year, buy an extra gift, visit someone who lives on their own, arrange to meet up with someone or invite someone over for Xmas who would have been on their own.

Make Christmas about giving to those who have less, Male that your Christmas present to yourself and others. The greatest gift in life is helping others and making their Christmas the best it has ever been.

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Hands free hoop

So I haven’t been to aerial or pole classes in 3  so back this week. We were doing spinning pole and I felt so dizzy and sick it is so hard to do any of the moves on a static pole never mind when it is spinning. I think the girls that do pole are amazing hopefully one day I will master it.

Well I did master the hoop, I did a star in the bar then this one. I hands just balancing on my back a bit tricky at first but when I got the balance I stayed for a while.

We did a little combo too, living the pink as well you can buy from my website Moodfit.co.uk where you can also buy workout equipment, clothes and my nutritional and workout plans.

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5 minute healthy cookies

New supper ideas for the kids and a bit of #sustainability and those on a #budget #healthy cookies.

So you get a bowl mash up 2 ripe bananas then add a cup of oats and mash up then add whatever you want.

so healthy options hazelnuts, peanut butter, raisins or cranberries, cinnamon, vanilla or salted caramel extract, seeds, maple syrup or honey if you want to be naughty add some choc white or milk choc but dark the best health wise.

some good combos would be cinnamon & honey, salted caramel & maple syrup, white choc and raspberry, applesauce & cinnamon or blackberries, lemon juice & raspberries.

Also good as a treat for parents too instead of the Bickies you have during the day or at night, these sugars are natural and beneficial to your health and the oats will fill you up so you’ll not crave a whole packet.

So it takes 5 mins then cook in oven for 15 mins at 190’ would also be good as little oats balls great snack idea for their lunch boxes #kidsloveit #snackideas #kidssnacks #healthycookiea #mummys #mummyblogger #food #foodie #foodblogger #nutrition #loseweight #diet #workout #snack #workoutsnacks #niblogger #fitmom #healthymom #singlemom #momlife #kidssnacks

Planks for planks

Here is a really simple exercise to do anytime #planks basically holding yourself up with your core taking all the pressure trying working up to holding for 1minute great for legs And bum too you can advance it by going down on your elbows and back up to tone the arms and do leg lifts to tone the bum and thighs

Looks easy doesn’t it now try it and let me know

If you want to get a personalised workout plan or nutritional plan go to Moodfit.co.uk

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Upping the workouts

So you know I love to workout, why I hear you say. Well my love of exercise began when I was in high school I had low self esteem no confidence and didn’t like how I looked all my friends were skinny and could eat what they wanted. So yes I developed an eating disorder but discovered I could eat but use exercise to control my weight.

So my obsession with running began. My friends never understood why I ran or went to the gym. Well when you have an eating disorder you suffer from depression so what is one of the best ways to help depression exercise of course. It makes you feel amazing as you release endorphins as you exercise the feel good hormones, you lose weight and have this amazing energy afterwards.

I did the Belfast marathon last year in aid of #awareni the charity for depression as they helped me through one of the toughest times in my life, it was mentally hard for me but I did it all 26 miles, would I do it again maybe the London or New York marathon.

I also did a 110 miles cycle on my second day on a road bike and with about a months training on a mountain bike, as I was a single mom I didn’t get to do the training I should have to prepare for these events but as i keep myself fit at home it was easy enough.

I then started doing weight training, resistance training during the summer to build lean muscle but I have missed my cardio so have started to run and do hit again as I have put on a few pounds and want to get my fitness back. I don’t want to be #skinny I want to be #strong and #healthy I have made a lot of mistakes with my weight that have caused me a lot of health issues as I got older.

I then wanted to do something different so I decided to give pole, aerial silk and hoop classes once a week at #flyawayaerialstudio in Lisburn. I was so scared wearing skimpy shorts, everything on show to everyone in a room of mirrors. Nightmare yes so I thought but then there were women there of every shape and size and it didn’t bother me as much and it helped to boost my confidence and not be so worried about what my body looks like.

A lot of people see this as something seedy but they are actually a sport now and until you try them you don’t realise the flexibility and strength you need very similar to gymnastics and I think the woman who do these classes are amazing. The moves can be very scary as your holding onto a pole with merely skin holding you up while you’re upside down but it makes me feel amazing and my kids thing what I do is amazing. They are so proud of me which spurs me on.

So if you want help to get in shape, improve your diet, have fun and boost your confidence then just visit my website Moodfit.co.uk or my Facebook page to have a chat about your goals, I can then tailor your exercise and nutrition plan to your lifestyle and do some personal training online or in person.

Everyone deserves to be the best version of yourself, strong and healthy

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Sweet potato falafel

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Sweet potato falafel wrap 

I love falafel it is so tasty with the spices but also very filling as they are made from chickpeas. I decided to make my own and love sweet potato so combined them into sweet potato falafel.

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First put the sweet potato in the food processor cut into chunks, then at the chickpeas and onion. Then add the spices and flour. Then mould then into balls.

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Place on a baking tray and place in the oven at 220” for 20 – 30 mins. I then served them with my homemade slaw. I don’t like mayo and coleslaw is very high in cals as well so I like to make my own as it’s kore colourful and crunchy.

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This delicious slaw is made with:

4 carrots grated

1 red onion sliced thinly

half a red cabbage finely sliced

cheese cheddar or Parmesan grated

add some spinach, kale or rocket sliced up

add aome nuts for added protein and omega 3

crush or slice some almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds and scatter over the top

you can also add avocado for more omega3

I sometimes add some brocolli finely chopped

for the dressing:

olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, apple cider vinegar and some natural yogurt

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To serve then put them into pitta bread, wraps or flat bread along with the slaw and top with some Natural Greek yogurt.

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Keep healthy this winter

keep away flu’s and colds by adding some of these supper ingredients to smoothies, drinks, salad dressings, veggie dishes, pastas, curry’s etc.

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Also Make sure you get exercise everyday even just a walk and make sure you wrap up warm and drink at least 8 glasses of water and lots of sunshine and fresh air. This will help keep all of the bugs away and keep you healthy and full of energy this winter.

Also get outside with the kids go to the park, walk the dog, go for a cycle or go to a forest park and do some exploring at the same time, jump in leaves and have fun release some endorphins to life your mood.

Make sure you have plenty of fluids and if you can’t do cold water try hot water and add a few slices of lemon slices. Detoxing and well as lovely and warming.

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Party time

So we are now down to 39 days until Xmas and Black Friday has come a week early. I am offering

20% off my entire store this from today until 25th Nov. This includes party dresses for Xmas dinners or Xmas day, cozy cardigans, casual dresses, glitzy shoes and comfortable boots, winter warmer coats, scarves and jewellery.

There is also workout gear and gym equipment. If you want to lose a few pounds before Xmas then I can also offer greats deals on nutritional and exercise plans and also personal training sessions.

Just contact me via my Facebook page Moodycowmum

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Baked Salmon with Greek Grains

Winter warmer with amazing nutrition with brain boosting omega 3 rich salmon and Greek grains.

Baked Salmon and Greek Grains

Ingredients

salmon

1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a pinch of salt

houmous

ground almonds, toasted pumpkin seeds and cashews

pesto

feta cheese

baby potatoes

garlic butter

brocolli

baby tomatoes

buckwheat 1/2 cup

1 tsp olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar

pinch of salt

Directions :

1. Put oven on at 220 degrees place the salmon fillets on a baking sheet covered in tinfoil, drizzle over the lemon juice and add a pinch of salt and bake in the oven for 20 mins

2. Slice the baby potatoes into slices and add a tbsp of garlic butter and place in the oven for 40 mins

3. Add baby tomatoes into the oven to bake

4. Take half a cup of buckwheat grains and add 1 cup of cold water and cook until all the water is soaked in the  add 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil stir, then add a tsp of pesto and houmous.

5. Take the salmon out of the oven and top with houmous, sprinkle the crushed nuts and feta cheese then drizzle the pesto over and place back in the oven.

6. Get some brocolli and break up and place in the oven for 10 mins.

7. Take the tomatoes and potatoes out of the oven and chopped a few up and add to the buckwheat grains and some feta cheese then place in the plate. Add the baked tomatoes, potato slices and broccoli, finally place the salmon fillet on top of the grains.

one amazingly delicious but healthy balanced meal.

Here are some facts as to why this is a superfood dish.

Salmon is one of those super foods you should have in your diet at least once a week amazing for the skin,  brain and mood to name a few.

I teamed this up with some Greek style grains called buckwheat. This is another superfood helping reduce the risk of breast cancer and also a great substitute for meat if you are a vegetarian or vegan.

Benefits Of Buckwheat And Its Side Effects

Buckwheat is a highly nutritional substitute for wheat. As it is filled with fiber, protein, antioxidants, and aromatic compounds, it can help with a host of ailments. It is known for preventing certain types of cancer, aiding digestion and helping with constipation, preventing heart disease, managing diabetes, boosting the immune system, reducing gallstones, improving bone health, preventing asthma, and preventing anemia. It is highly rich in protein and can even be used as a substitute for meat, making it a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans alike. It is also known for improving cognitive function.

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