Eating disorders week

So it is eating disorders week and we have a serious problem on our hands. I don’t just mean people starving themselves but overeating and becoming obese is even larger now.

I myself developed an eating disorder when I was 11. Why? I was very shy, had no confidence and thought I was fat. I was a bit chubby harmones etc while all my friends ate junk and were skinny. How I envied the clothes they wore while I struggled to get into jeans and hated wearing skirts even now I am still not happy with my legs hence why I am now doing weights I know make them bigger 🙈

So what did I do? A lot of people will understand what I did and others won’t because they’ve never had any issues with food or their confidence. So I stopped eating.

Skipping breakfast didn’t have time I’d say going to miss the bus, decided to take dinners which of course I didn’t I kept the money but didn’t eat anything. I did eat a piece of single bread most days but that was about it. People would say were you not tired I wasn’t but losing weight made me feel amazing I felt so light so happy and my confidence got better. But this is where the lies and anti social behaviours started. I decided to be a vegetarian not the reason most do but so I could avoid eating meals with my family as they all ate meat. So I would say yes I’ve had something to eat, leave plates with crumbs on, dirty cutlery, wrappers in the bin etc.

I then became obsessed with my exercise too and started working out everyday and that is where o got my abs from and never left me.

Why did I do this? I hated myself, how I looked the fact I had no confidence and felt no one really liked me, I wasn’t one of the popular girls and was even bullied because I was shy and was called stuck up.

As I got older and started going out and boys became involved then I became more obsessed with being skinny as in my head boys wanted someone that was skinny that looked like a model and I thought if I was thin I would be happy but I wasn’t how could I be.

I was malnourished, my harmones were so low because I wasn’t getting any nutrients into my body and as my BMI was so low my periods basically stopped. I would never go out for a meal, never have take out and the thought of being invited out where there was going to be good just sent me into anxiety. So I hid away and avoided life.

I did manage to start eating again when I was around 19 when I realised my body was like an engine of you don’t put fuel in it how can you expect it to run. So I had a meal out and realised there are healthy options like vegetables which will not put weight on, so I started eating again but very restricted some portions, skipping meals and I started running everyday. Running I loved because of the endorphins it produces you lose weight and feel fit plus the fresh air and sun occasionally.

Looking at this picture now I look so fragile I could probably fit my hand round my arm, ribs protruding but when I looked in the mirror I thought I looked amazing. I loved the feeling of my bones sticking out and my jeans hanging off my no longer there bum, sick right? But this is a mental illness which never completely leaves you. This was in my twenties, I then got married then wanted to have kids. But when I came off the pill no periods returned. It was unexplained infertility I now know it was because my diet was too restrictive, my exercise too rigorous, lack of nutrition, fats and carbs all of which affect your hormone levels to have periods and get pregnant.

After a few miscarriages I finally got pregnant with my first child Mya now 9 after a year of nothing happening then taking tablets took 18 months.

I ate healthily during my pregnancy and I continued to exercise just not running I was too scared. So I walked and got an exercise bike and safely exercises everyday.

After 9 months because it had been a long wait the first time we started trying again, a year later nothing again and so the journey began of tablets, injecting hormones into my body everyday, scans, negative tests, running to the hospital at 7am I was exhausted and stressed and after 3 years I thought the end was in sight IVF but no it failed too.

So I finally took a break started eating more, having fun and then exercising less and low and behold 4 months after my IVF I got pregnant with Cara a complete miracle.

My wee family was complete. But as we all know ladies putting weight on is hard so I ate healthily and exercised through both pregnancies and I had relatively easy births and got my body back in weeks except for my tummy which takes a bit longer to get back into shape. After my pregnancies I lost a lot of weight which I loved of course but then fell back into old habits of exercising and strict low cal diets which is not good when you now have 2 kids and a job.

Finally after the trauma I went through for my kids and a year after my second baby my husband left another trauma which took me a long time to deal with and learn how to cope with the trauma throws at us I went to a counsellor, did mindfulness and decided I needed to be strong not just emotionally but physically as well. So I did a nutritional course and a PT course so I could help others to learn from an early age to be healthy and to help others understand what they are putting into heir bodies and why we need to eat certain foods. I also love cooking and baking and most of my diet is vegan desserts using only natural sugars and ingredients and a plant based protein diet with more carbs and fats.

I still run and cycle as I love getting out in the fresh air and the endorphins but my workouts are more strengthening exercises such as weight, resistance, kettlebells and some hit. I now enjoy my food without any constraints and am on the road to creating a strong lean body from the comfort of my own home.

I have set up my business called so I can help others have the best diet for their brain, mood and body.

My advice get help, talk to someone, see a councillor, recognise what got you into this situation in the first place and deal with the cause then learn techniques to help you to de stress such as mindfulness, cut out processed foods and sugars, do a nutritional course so you understand why you need to eat food and what we get from it.

I can say I am finally content with myself I don’t always like what I see in the mirror but I don’t hate what I see anymore because I now know I am healthier and heavier than I’ve ever been but most of that is down to the muscle I’ve built. I also do some pole dancing, aerial hoop and aerial silks at #flyawayaerialstudio in Lisburn which is fun, keeps you fit and gets me some me time away from the kids. Mental health is so important so don’t forget to look after you as if your not healthy how are you going to be any good for your kids or a good role model either.

So don’t let food ruin your life and your health. Life is wonderful and there are so many delicious healthy foods you can eat without the guilty food mine.

Most important we don’t want our kids to have these issues so boost their confidence and encourage them to eat healthy over bad foods and explain why. It is awful when kids get teased for being healthy these days what is wrong with the world.

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Pre pregnancy and pregnancy nutrition

How precious is your babies health?

As a mother and having experienced miscarriages and fertility treatment, how precious life is therefore we want to give it the best start in life this includes looking after our own life when we are growing another inside us.

You can get amazing nutrition from our systems throughout your pregnancy and may help preparing your body for pregnancy as it helps with stress, energy, hormone balancing as well as essential ingredients for the health of your eggs and for conception.

You can continue to nourish yourself afterwards with these products helping you dealing with the stress of being a new mum, with you sleep, your energy levels, balancing those harmones again and after 3 months or when you have stopped breastfeeding to get your body back in the healthiest and safest way with our nutrition systems that will naturally help you shed those baby pounds and not give into the sugar and carb cravings.

Nutrition is so important when trying to conceive and during your pregnancy and your lifestyle.

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Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday

How is everyone feeling? The sun is out and life is good right?

For some even on sunny days it is still a dark day

How do you get out of this?

One thing is nutrition? Your harmones and your mood is greatly affected by your body so eating the wrong foods not only will make you out on weight and contribute to illness but it also effects your energy levels as well as your mood and the more tired you are the lower you become and you turn to those nasty fats and sugars in cakes, buns, fizzy drinks, fast food and chocolate bars. How to stop this change your diet for good not a diet a lifestyle change.

So one change I made to increase my energy and improve my mood was taking these shakes and some people say they’re boring. Excuse me do you have a coffee everyday????? Is this not boring? I add different ingredients and flavours everyday from dozen fruit or fresh, to herbs, extract, milk, yogurts and different flavours today it is vanilla with cinnamon fat burner and metabolism speeder upper and honey.

These shakes are packed full of nutrients including Vit A D E C B1 B2 B3 B6 H which may help with fatigue, depression, boost brain, regulate moods, energy production, cope with stress, antioxidants, good for skin, hair, bones, liver, heart, immune system as well as folic acid for metabolism, memory, nervous system, iron for fatigue and brain and muscle function, manganese for fatigue as well as thyroid, sugar stabilisation, inflammation, zinc for metabolism, eczema, stress, antioxidant, selenium antioxidant, magnesium for energy and the list goes on.

So is this a weight lose meal replacement? Yes if you are overweight it will help you lose weight as it is full of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs and doesn’t contain Any unnatural ingredients but I take it for the nutrition as we can no longer get the nutrition we need from

Our food because of the toxins in the air the soil etc

I have taken many steps in taking control of my health and my life?

When will you?

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Transformations Tuesday

Transformation Tuesday

So how do you transform your life?

1. Admit you have a problem with your health

2. Identify the problem and the cause and what triggers it

3. Set goals

4. Set actions to meet those goals daily

5. How to deal with those bad days other than using food

6. Swap bad foods for good

7. Cut down your portions

8. Drink lots of water

9. 30 mins of exercise a day walking, stretching, weights, running whatever you enjoy

10. Get a healthy meal plan get help if you need it from a nutritionalist

11. Make a shopping list

12. Prep your meals so you’re not grabbing healthy snacks

13. If you need more nutrition and are always on the go get a good nutrition system that will help you get all of the nutrients you need plus lots of amazing herbs that will give you more energy, mental clarity and help with your stress all trigger for binge eating on those bad foods.

Jennifer was our 2019 Isabody finalist and wow what a transformation not only has she changed now her body looks but with it her mind, her future health, her job, her everyday she now has the energy, confidence and health to do what she wants in life.

All it takes is a good nutritional systems along with healthy food and exercise and you will get there too.

Need help give me a shout that’s my job to help others feel amazing and healthy again and embrace life instead of sleep walking through it believe me I’ve been there and ain’t going back

So join me on this amazing journey of life

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Transform your diet with food swapping

Transformation Tuesday

Like OMG saw this on Pinterest and I was like I need some of this and you know what it has vegetables, fruit and nuts no processed sugars no dairy I’m definitely making this.

This is how you lose weight not with fad diets but filling your body with the right foods. There are so many alternatives to the high fat bad ones, high sugar desserts and high carb that leave us feeling tired, fat, bloated and wanting more because of the sugars and addictive see have become addicted so why not try doing a few food swaps bad for good.

Bad full fat ice cream for healthy vegan ice cream which will not only help you lose weight but fill your body full of nutrients ticking off about 3 of your 5 a day in a treat.

No more diets please just think about what your putting into your body why do you fill your body full of bad stuff that is actually going to in the long term make you ill would you do that to your car???? No you fill it with the best fuel so why not give your body and mind the right fuel to work to its full capacity rather than eating junk food and popping pills.

Make one change today to change your life, your future and your children’s


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Get your inner and outer glow

So today is all about self love 💕

After years of no tan apart from when the summer comes round and I bask in the 10 mins of sun we get or the one scorching day to get that healthy glow. I have decided to step back into a tan.

Why did I stop???? The smell I applied it at night and could t sleep from the smell, stickiness, lack of sleep due to worrying about sick lines my bedclothes and patches from how o slept and the ankles and hands 🙈

I had heard about the #lussotan born and bred in Northern Ireland thanks to #lynseybennett who I had the pleasure of meeting at the #mumsnetworking morning a few weeks back.

So I thought I’d give it a go and support a local business at the same time. So it promises to not have that horrible smell and stickiness and to have a natural Looking tan if applied properly of course.

I will share my experience when I get my first product so excited and there is also a special offer on at the minute so grab your fake tan and get ready for spring.

I will share my experience when I get my first product so excited and there is also a special offer on at the minute so grab your fake tan and get ready for spring.

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Mindful eating at freight Belfast

So had a mad day today

Met an amazing, inspiring beautiful woman today who is my new role model Brenda Shankey and what she is doing for kids with her mindfulness courses our ambitions are the same.

Then we popped over for lunch at #freight in #eastbelfast amazing place and the food amazing I was enjoying it so much forgot to take a pic sorry but all the food I love so I had a lovely baked eggs dish with slaw.

Amazing building and the owners were amazing too very inspirational stories which just shows if you are passionate about something you can make it happen someone will turn up in your life to help you on your journey to find your purpose

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Sunny Sunday’s

It was a lovely sunny Sunday and I could feel spring in the air. We started the day with a visit to the cinema got an early bird session for £1.80 each borough our own fresh uncoated #popcorn and #healthy gluten free #tortilla chips. We saw wreck it Ralph takes over the Internet it was really funny and surprisingly has lots of Disney princesses in it too.

Breakfast was a healthy pancake made from 2 eggs and a banana, packet of protein powder is use #isagenix choc flavour and half a can of coconut milk.

High protein breakfast for all of us. After a runaround in the park after the cinema we were ready to chill out and watch some movies.

Tea was something I haven’t had in a while and so easy to make. Chilli 🌶 vegetarian style. Always good to have a few days a week meat free and having been a vegetarian for 20 years I love my veggie meals with no complaints for the kids.

For the sauce just use a tbsp tomato paste half a cup of crushed tomatoes, 1 tsp turmeric and chilli

Instead of mince or if you like mince you could use turkey or chicken mince or quorn mince.

1 cup basmati rice

1 tin kidney beans

1 red pepper

1 red onion


Iceberg lettuce

Top with cheddar cheese, low fat natural

Greek yogurt and avocado with tbsp of lemon juice and a pinch of salt and a sprinkling of tortilla chips.

Beans are a great source of fibre as well as protein.

The best protein actually comes from plant sources rather than meat. You get it from your beans and pulses, grains, nuts and seeds.

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Curry in a hurry

I love curry it’s one of my favourite meals. I don’t however buy sauces from a jar anymore as they are full of fat, sugar and salt. So I usually make it fresh with herbs but if you’re in a hurry just buy some #currypowder and some #naturalgreekyogurt low-fat and some #tomatopaste for a healthy, delicious curry in a hurry.

Hidden in the curry is #chicken #cashewnuts #chickpeas #peppers #onions #broccoli #garlic #mushrooms along with #basmati rice 🍚 a better choice that white rice.

The kids even loved it and ate up all their veg in the curry, empty bowls.

So you can see you can make fresh food and it doesn’t take too long. The result is a healthy low fat curry that doesn’t leave you feeling bloated tired and craving more or other bad things like coke, sweet treats and crisps.

It keeps you full right up to bed time. You can serve with some poppedoms or some prawn crackers you can get them from the supermarket a healthier choice than naam bread.

Just watch all of the extras you add, try healthier options and try to cut your portions down and leave out the chips as you already have rice.

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