Health

3 common health questions answered

From fending off viruses to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there is a lot to get to grips with when it comes to looking after your wellbeing. To help ensure you’re clued up, here are the answers to three common health questions.

1. Should I have a flu jab?

With winter setting in, cases of the flu are set to rise. This virus, which can range from mild to severe and potentially even fatal, is spread by sneezes and coughs and it’s especially common during the colder months. If you’re worried about catching it, you might be wondering if now’s the time to book yourself in for a flu vaccination. Medical experts recommend that anyone who is at risk of developing complications as a result of the virus (such as pneumonia or bronchitis) should have a jab. The groups considered to be most in danger include pregnant women, people over the age of 65 and those with an underlying medical problem. Frontline healthcare and social workers are also advised to get vaccinated.

So, if you fall into one of these categories, it’s probably wise for you to arrange a flu jab. If you’re not sure whether or not to get vaccinated, speak to your doctor.

common health questions

2. Does the emergency contraceptive pill have to be taken the ‘morning after’?

Because it’s often referred to as the ‘morning after pill’, it’s tempting to assume that the emergency contraceptive pill is only effective when taken within 12 to 24 hours of unprotected sex. In fact though, this isn’t the case. As health experts Online Doctor LloydsPharmacy note, there are two types of emergency contraceptive pill – Levonelle and ellaOne. Levonelle is effective for up to three days after unprotected sex, while ellaOne is effective for up to five days.

However, it’s important to bear in mind that the sooner you take either of these types of pill, the more effective they are likely to be. If you have had unprotected sex and want to avoid a pregnancy, it’s essential that you speak to your doctor or a pharmacist as soon as possible.

3. How can I avoid high blood pressure?

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure if left untreated can increase your risk of a range of potentially serious health problems, including heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, vascular dementia and heart failure. If you want to tackle high blood pressure or reduce the risk of developing it in the first place, certain lifestyle changes can help. For example, it’s best to limit the amount of salt in your diet and cut back on alcohol if you drink excessively. It’s also useful to reduce your caffeine intake, and if you smoke, consider giving up. Regular exercise is important too, and try to ensure you get a minimum of six hours’ sleep a night.

As well as following this advice, you should keep tabs on your blood pressure. Bear in mind that anyone over the age of 40 is advised to get theirs tested at least every five years. If you’re found to have high blood pressure and you can’t manage this through lifestyle changes, your doctor might have to prescribe you certain medicines.

 

* This post was made in collaboration with LloydsPharmacy.*

What to get the lady who has everything for Christmas?

Us ladies often get to the stage in life where we want something lovely for Christmas, that we would love as a gift but not always something that we need. There is no denying that I have expensive taste, I always have done. I have this skill for picking the most expensive item, want it and not really need it so they are normally left in the shop as the family comes first.

What To Get The Lady Who Has Everything For Christmas

So this year I thought I would put together a gift guide of items that the lady in your life would love to see under the Christmas tree. Something that she will want a special treat.

Beauty gifts

Every lady loves a spa day, so why not add some Ragdale Hall spa vouchers. A perfect gift to help your lady unwind after all of Christmas preparation.

Luxury face cream and moisturisers by Skin Doctors are going on my list, Instant Eyelift, Skin Resurfacing cream, Beelift and Instant Facelift are on my wish list, they have fabulous reviews and any of the range would be loved.

Relaxing bath products are always a nice like luxury bath salts from Dead Sea or gorgeous bath oils from Olverum. The most amazing smelling bath oil to help you have a wonderfully relaxing bath.

Food and Drink gifts

My gift list always has a nice bottle of champagne added to it, so what about some lovely champagne flutes? Or what about this years craze of Gin, and especially Gin baubles from Find Me a Gift, you could add them to the Christmas tree as little treats throughout December. With Gin being so popular at the moment why not get a Gin & Tonic Infusions set, they give you all the ingredients to make your very own flavoured gins, available from Sous Chef.

Every girl wants some chocolates wrapped up under the tree, Guylian chocolates are one of my favourite as they contain praline, which is my go to chocolate… yummy. This year they are 15% bigger and so very delicious. Sous Chef also sent me this beautiful Panettone the most amazing sweet Italian bread that is very popular in our house at Christmas. We often sit down with a nice cup of tea and enjoy a slice of this fruity sweet bread.

I always love a personalised gift, so what about a jar of prosecco flavoured bon bon’s from Gift Pup. They have so many lovely gifts to choose from. I can’t wait to get started on mine.

Subscription Box gifts

Have you thought about a a floral subscription box? I love having flowers in our house, they always make me smile. Flowers just seem to bring happiness on even the gloomiest day. Beard and Daisies offer a range of different postal flowers, your Christmas gift would be a surprise delivery for months after Christmas.

The Pink Parcel is also a fabulous monthly subscription box, it is designed for us ladies. The Pink Parcel is delivered monthly in time for your time of the month, packed with all the products you need plus a box of little treats to help you feel better. Each month your ‘for you’ box is full of different items so you never get the same thing. Mine contained chocolates, a face mask, a couple of different beauty products.

Whenever I am at home, I have a a candle burning just about all of the time. The lovely team at Sandwick Bay Candles are launching a subscription candle box, which for me is perfect. If they smell anything like this gorgeous festive cinnamon and orange then I can’t wait to get my hands on the first months. Who wouldn’t love this gift?

Just gorgeous gifts

You cannot go wrong with beautiful stationery. What about a gorgeous personalised pen, beautiful note book and some stress therapy colouring crayons from The Pen Company. For me stationery is a must at any time of the year, not just at Christmas.

Of course no Christmas is complete with a gorgeous piece of jewellery. I love it, each year getting something beautiful to wear throughout the year. Rock ‘n’ Rose have a fabulous range of fashion items, you will find the perfect gift for any lady in your life.

Unicorns are so popular right now with both adults and children, that it seems silly not to add a cute little personalised mug and cuddly unicorn from Gift Pup. They will look lovely on my desk, to add that little bit of cuteness to my day.

Fitness gifts

I have always wanted a pair of retro roller skates, I used to skate as a teen. Why not bring back a childhood memory with a gift to remind her of her childhood. Roller skates are going on my gift list this year, as I am also reliving my Sylvanian Families obsession through my daughter this Christmas.

Or how about a lovely personalised t-shirt? You could have one made just for using in the gym or out running. How about ‘I run to eat cake’ or ‘This girl can’ you could put anything you wanted on to the top. Why not think of something that’s really personal to the lady in your life. Printsome offer a fabulous range of personalised t-shirts.

Of course with all of the yummy gifts at Christmas, most of us then start the new year wanting to get a bit fitter and what better way to help than buying a gorgeous Yogabellies yoga mat.

Something a bit cheeky

Why not treat your lady to a little gift that will spice things up in the bedroom? Why not try out the satisfyer pro penguin it’s a fabulous little toy for you both to enjoy.

 

*Big thank you to all the wonderful Brands who have contributed to my Christmas Gift Guide. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

After two weeks with Shake that Weight review

Two weeks ago, I started on my weight loss quest with Shake that weight. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, however I knew I wanted to give it my best shot.

Shake That Weight Review

Week one

Day one, I started the day with a strawberry shake, I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it actually was. As the shake was made up with water, I was expecting a watery sickly strawberry flavoured drink that I wouldn’t like. How wrong I was. I used my shaker to mix it up and it was lovely. I went on to eat my chocolate bar at lunch time, followed by a noodle dish and then a cup of soup in the evening.

The chocolate bar was also yummy, I was pleased, knowing I have got one to eat each day. The simply chicken and vegetable noodle dish was easy to make up and cook in the microwave, it was nice. It was a really small amount for a meal. The soup I made up in mug, it was lovely, I’m not a massive soup fan but I now wish I had ordered more.

I drank water and peppermint tea during the day, I was so hungry by the end of the day. I ended up having a can of diet pop and a cup of tea to fill me up. Which I know I wasn’t meant to do, however I thought it would be better to do that than eat something else.

At the end of the third day, I was not hungry any more. I wasn’t thinking about how hungry I was, having become more used to the 600 calories a day. By day 5 I was in full flow and actually really quite enjoying the diet. I hadn’t found anything I didn’t really like, and I was still cooking a meal for the family without thinking I wanted to eat it as well.

At the end of the first week I had lost 7.5 lbs, I was really happy with this, I wasn’t sure what the result would be, however 7.5 lbs is good going.

Week two

When I started week two I felt good about how much weight I had lost in a short space of time, I was excited to see how much I would loose by the end of the second week.

By day 10 I decided that I would extend my weight loss journey, I ordered another 2 weeks of the plan. I really enjoy the soups so I knew I wanted to one each day, so it was quite easy to place my order. I ordered a shake for each day, a soup of each day, a chocolate bar for each day and then a noodle dish for each day.

The main struggle I had this week was an amazing box of chocolates that I been sent, however I stayed away from them and continued with my weight loss plan.

During the second week we had birthday meal out for my Dad, I made sure that I ordered the best thing on the menu. I went for the baked salmon with green veg and potatoes,  asking for extra green veg and no potatoes and no butter. During the day I only had a shake to keep the calorie intake down.

At the end of week two I had loss another 4 lbs so 11.5 lbs in total over the last two weeks.

Overall I have been really impressed with the results I have had with Shake that Weight. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to loose weight. Just make sure you push on through the first 2-3 days and then it all becomes so much easier. Let’s see what the next two weeks bring.

 

*Thank you Shake that Weight for sending me products to help with my journey. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Beginning my weight loss quest with Shake that Weight

Since having my second child 4 years ago, I have struggled to regain my pre-pregnancy weight. So now instead of having baby weight to shift, I am just fat. With my first born I had lost all of the baby weight and a but more within about 6 months.

Shake That Weight

This year I had planned to sort myself out and get healthier and fitter and shed a few pounds. However sometimes life throws things at you unexpectedly and this year has really been one of those years that I have struggled with on so many levels and my weight has suffered because of it.

Recently Shake that Weight got in touch with me to see if I would like try out their weight loss plan. Having a good read about them I found they offer two different diet plans for women and two different plans for men. Depending on your BMI depends on which diet they recommend for you. As my BMI is quite high I full in the ‘Total food replacement’ plan. Which I thought would be perfect for me, for a couple of weeks I wont have to think about what I am eating, it will be there ready and waiting.

Total food replacement

With that total food replacement plan, you have an allowance of 600 calories a day. These calories come from shakes, soups, noodles, ready meals, porridge and bars. (Now I hate porridge so that was one of the options out for me.) You are able to have up to 4 of these a day, combined with light exercise to help with what Shake that Weight say is rapid weight loss. There is also the option for a low calorie snack each day, which is available on the web site.

Looking at the options for food, I thought I would go for a shake everyday for breakfast, a chocolate flavoured bar each day (I mean a girls got to have her chocolate fix… right?) then a soup for lunch, followed by either a noodle dish, rice dish or a ready meal for dinner. I also ordered 6 packets of the wafers just encase I need them. In total it came to £88.91. The 2 week plan states it starts from £70.00 but depending on which products you opt for depends on the cost, so if you went for shakes, soups and noodle dishes would you get the lower costs, the little ready meals are £3.99 each plus the wafers, which were the items that increased my plan costs.

Health advice

You should always consulate your Doctor before taking part in this diet. Shake that Weight advise that you remain on plan for a maximum of 12 weeks. While undertaking this diet there are a few side effects to look out for, headaches, nausea, and tiredness during the first few days. Then as you continue on the plan as your body gets rid of ketones you can get sweet, fruity smelling breath. If you are worried please speak to your Doctor?

For more details you can download the brochure to have a read about all the advise and guidance.

Starting my plan

I set the date to start the plan a couple of week ago, we have just arrived back from a family weekend in Legoland and I knew wouldn’t be possible to stick to plan while away. So today I am starting my plan and I am preparing myself for an awful headache. When you cut right down on carbohydrates you can end up with headaches, which is something I suffer with anyway, but I also know it only lasts a couple of days and I shall make sure I keep hydrated taking on lots of water.

I am going to let you all know how I get on with my 2 week plan, wish me luck.

*Thank you Shake that Weight for sending me out the products to try.*