How to keep your sparkle over Christmas

How to keep your sparkle over Christmas

 

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” For a lot of us, we look forward to Christmas all year but for others it can exacerbate feelings of stress, anxiety and loneliness.

Please reach out to friends and neighbours over the holiday period and check that they are feeling ok. Here are my top tips for keeping your sparkle over Christmas:

1. SMILE

When you smile you send signals to your brain and it helps you to relax! Smiling releases endorphins and it can change your whole mood for the day. Put on your fave comedy, invite some friends over and have a giggle.

2. Get baking some yummy vegan goodies

There is nothing better than having a house that smells of Christmas. My favourites are mulled wine and gingerbread men!

Gingerbread Men

https://foxyhotgirl.wordpress.com/2018/12/23/vegan-gingerbread-men/

Mulled Wine

https://veganheaven.org/recipe/german-mulled-wine/

3. Don’t overspend

Do not get stressed about spending money you do not have. The best gifts are often thoughtful and even homemade. You could invite your friends round for a nice home cooked dinner in the New Year or arrange to do something fun; this will help to spread the cost! Your time and company is always worth more than a gift!

4. Take the load off

Do not feel pressured to attend every social event; this can make you feel stressed! If you are in charge of cooking Christmas dinner, delegate some tasks to other people and do not take it all on yourself.

5. Make goals for the New Year

There is no better time to reflect on the year and consider what you may like to achieve in the New Year!

6. Do what you love and have some me time

There are no rules at Christmas! Plan your day to do what you love: whether that’s playing party games, enjoying your fave drink, a long wintery walk, online shopping in the sales or even getting in a sneaky workout! Christmas is all about having fun!

7. Get into the season

Do not wait for the season to get into you! Once you put your Christmas music on and cover your house with decorations, it is impossible to not get into the Christmas spirit.

8. Reach out to friends

If you are feeling lonely at this time, try not to dwell on it! Reach out to your friends and family, invite them round and try to spend time with people as much as you can.

If you need someone to speak to, you can always call the Samaritans on 0800 116123

9. Consider Volunteering

One of my favourite Christmases was spent volunteering at a homeless shelter! It was so rewarding to give back to my local community. You can find more information crisis.org.uk

10. Be grateful

Write a list of all the things you are grateful for this year; think of all the positive things in your life ❤

11. Treat yourself

It’s Christmas, there is no better time to buy yourself the gift you have been wanting all year! The sales even start early now, many starting on Christmas Eve.

12. Enjoy the break

It won’t be long until it is all over and we are back to normality! Enjoy the break as much as you can and take time to unwind and have some me time/family time.

13. Don’t feel guilty

If you are into health and fitness, it is easy sometimes to feel guilty about having a few treats or missing a few workouts. This can all be fixed. Christmas only comes around once a year so make the best memories!

Have a great Christmas everyone 🥰

Vegan gingerbread men

Meet George the Gingerbread Man 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪

Inspired by @betterbeingsteph I decided to bake and make the house smell like Christmas! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

My new years resolution is to make my photos more presentable 🤣🤣

So to make George and his friends…

Mix 70g of buckwheat flour, 30g of oats, 50g of ground almonds, 40g of grated carrot, 1/2 a scoop of @rawsportofficial , 10g of @pronuts_butters gingerbread almond butter, 10g of coconut oil, all the spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg) and some baking powder.

Add enough water to make a dough and chill for 30 mins, then roll out and use a cookie cutter 🙂 Bake for 25 mins and leave to cool 🙂 –

Raw sport have a sale on at the moment / link in bio 😘

https://rawsport.grsm.io/CharlotteSims

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Peanut butter jelly breakfast

Peanut Butter Jelly Breakfast

1. Mix one scoop of @rawsportofficial protein with 20g of coconut flour and a teasp of baking powder and some cinnamon.

2. Add in 100ml of water and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.

3. Put dough into an ovenproof bowl and top with jam (i made my own by heating strawberries and chia seeds). I used a teaspoon of @pronuts_butters and some powdered peanut butter on top and then placed my @moo_free_chocolates advent chocolate in the middle!

4. Bake for 25 minutes 🙂

There is a sale on @rawsportofficial at the moment – link in my bio, no code needed! 30 percent off!

https://rawsport.grsm.io/CharlotteSims

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Transformation Tuesday 💙 30 percent off Raw Sport Sale

🦊 Transformation Tuesday 🦊

💙Happy in both 💙

Keep seeing a lot of posts where girls are posting pics with quotes like “You don’t need to be a size zero to be happy”.

I totally agree! I love girls showing body confidence whether you are a size zero, size six, size ten, size sixteen! If you are happy thats all that matters!

What I hate though is people slating slimmer girls! Saying we are “malnourished” or that we are no fun because we are careful about what we eat and drink! We work hard for these bodies! I was happy on the left enjoying being young and partying lots and I am happy on the right taking care of my body! –

💖Just be happy 💖

Raw Sport has a sale at the moment – https://rawsport.grsm.io/CharlotteSims

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Free delivery on Raw Sport samples and discount code

https://rawsport.grsm.io/CharlotteSims Use code #foxy20

Just ordered me some @rawsportofficial samples, they will be great to take away for New Years Eve!

Free delivery on samples at the moment and if you use code #foxy20 with the link in my bio you will get discount!

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The most valuable thing in life is time

🦊 Motivation Monday 🦊

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“Life happens when you are busy making other plans”

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Goals and plans are great, once you achieve something you feel so empowered you want to take over the world!

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Then you might get addicted to goals and plans! I literally plan out my day every day! This is great it keeps me organised! But then sometimes, especially around this time of year I don’t manage to tick off my whole to do list, this leaves me feeling stressed and disappointed but then I look back and half of my “to do list” is just unnecessary!

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Doing more and having more goals won’t always make you happier, as long as you have some good goals in your life, take the pressure off yourself and live in the moment! The most valuable thing in life is time! So use it wisely!

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Every moment has infinite potential. Every new moment contains for you possibilities! When you try to stick to rigid goals and plans you don’t leave room for anything else amazing to happen 💓

Top Food in season for Christmas Time

Top Food in season for Christmas Time

Eating food that is in season provides you with the best nutrients and it is even better when they can be grown locally! Find out the benefits of these foods and some yummy recipes below!

Brussel Sprouts

You either love them or hate them but Christmas dinner isn’t the same without them! I personally love to cover mine with Marmite!

 Low in calories
 High in fibre
 Brussel sprouts are one of the best plant sources of Omega 3
 Helps fight arthritis
 Antioxidant
 High in vitamin C

*Can cause flatulence 

Sichuan Style fried greens Tempeh

https://foxyhotgirl.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/sichuan-style-fried-greens-and-tempeh/

Cranberries

 Good source of Vitamin C
 Helps with cystitis and urinary tract infections
 Protects eyesight and can help prevent cancer

*Cranberries are not advised if you take Warfarin and be warned cranberry juice normally contains high levels of sugar!

Friendly Foods in Wolverhampton have some cranberry jelly for sale. Check this out …

Naturally Sweetned Cranberry Sauce

https://cookieandkate.com/2018/naturally-sweetened-cranberry-sauce-recipe/

Parsnips

In my opinion, you cannot beat a roast parsnip!

 Very cheap
 Help produce sex hormones
 Good for muscle growth
 Beneficial for heart health

 

Raw Parsnip Rice

https://www.liveloveraw.com/raw-vegan-recipes/parsnip-rice/

Chestnuts

I have only recently tried chestnuts but OMG they are delicious!

 Source of folate, fibre and thiamine
 Low in fat compared to other nuts
 Can be used in sweet or savoury recipes
 Good source of carbohydrates
All of these chestnuts are available to buy in Friendly Foods – don’t forget to use your BCV discount card!

Chestnut Pie

https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes/special-occasions/chestnut-and-mushroom-pie

Whilst we are talking about Christmas, why not try my Mincepie Chocolate Brownies

https://foxyhotgirl.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/vegan-mince-pie-brownies/

Have you decided what you will be having for Christmas dinner yet? I would love to know! Friendly Foods have some great nut roast options! For me personally, I just can’t wait for the mince pies!

Did you know that everytime you use your BCV loyalty card at Friendly Foods, they donate 5 percent of your sale to a local animal charity! How lush is that 💓

If you are stuck for Christmas dinner ideas, Friendly foods have lots.

  • loose shell on walnuts.
  • 6 types of nut roast
  • 4 types of seitan christmas roast
  • Cranberry fairy jelly with silver leaf
  • Gluten free organic Christmas pudding
  • Vegan custard, cream (squirty and whipping)
  • Vegan jelly for trifle
  • Vegan marscapone for tiramisu
  • artisan cheese board nut based cheese eg tyne cheese and mouses

 

Leg Curl

Technically meant to be going as heavy as possible right now to build muscle but with my hip and back feeling dodgy, i kept it light today and did lots more stretching! All ready for a beast of a leg sesh tomorrow!

Did you know if you flex your toes on the hamstring leg curl machine, it focuses more on your hams (sometimes I feel it in my calves so this is great for stopping that)

Tried standing leg curl using the leg extension machine as the cables were busy but my feet positioning always messes up 🙈 I am guessing this stems from tight hips too. –

This is exactly why I film my workouts. I may be a qualified personal trainer but I am nowhere near to perfect. Form matters most over anything else! And yes I do heavy lifts I just like to keep my workouts varied too 🙂 –

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