Showing posts with label healthy living. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healthy living. Show all posts

Virgin Pure T6 Water Bar Review


Earlier this year while attending the Ideal Home Exhibition I was introduced to the Virgin T6 water bar and over three months in I think I can safely say that this is one of the best purchases that I have made this year. 

What is a Virgin Pure T6 water bar?
A Virgin Pure T6 water bar is a worktop ‘water bar’ that purifies tap water and provides instant boiling or cool water. The machine connects into your mains water supply so it never needs to be refilled and the built-in replaceable filters plus bacteria-killing UV lamp makes the water it dispenses is super clean and fresh.

The machine’s a super simple digital display and boost cool functions such as daily wake-up timer to make sure that your fave beverages are prepared at a set time. I haven’t gotten around to playing with that function yet, however I have adjusted the settings to make sure the machine dispenses the correct amount of water for my glasses and mugs.

I can now have hot or cold drinks on demand which has been a blessing during this recent stint of hot weather we have been having,  I have not even needed to put ice in my cold drinks! 
The hot water function has somewhat made my kettle obsolete as it produces a lovely cup of tea without any scum or limescale flakes. 
The  machine does still need to boil the water and I’m not convinced that it is quicker than the kettle but that is not the end of the world


Finally, I love the way the Virgin T6 water bar looks in my kitchen with its sleek design.  The Virgin T6 water bar is available in a few different colours but I opted for silver as my the colour pallet in my kitchen is mostly grey and chrome.

Would you invest in a water filter system?

Be:fit London 2015 Review

Still on my healthy living kick I wanted to do something constrictive over the bank holiday weekend so I headed down Be:fit London which is now being held at the Design and Business Center in Islington which in my opinion is a much better fit then the Old Billingsgate, London which was a much smaller venue.
For those who don’t know Be:Fit is a re branding and imagination of The Vitality Show, the focus now is on women’s fitness, health and nutrition.
Now in its 2nd year Be:fit defiantly fulfilled its promise of being bigger and better than last year.
I know the event would be popular when I tried to book one of the classes online to find that they were all fully booked!
Normally when I go to events like this I try to be somewhat organised however with so much products that were new to the market there was no way to plan in advance what stands I wanted to go to because I didn't know what they were but there was lots of amazing products and foods to try out as cooking demos and health and fitness seminars that I found the time whizzed by and before I knew it was time to leave.
Despite me being unable to book any of the classed on line there was the opportunity walking and take part however my wedge trainers were not the best footwear for the task darn it!!
Did you attend Be:Fit London what did you think?

I'm sorry for my lack of pictures on this post i had so much to see and so little time 

I’m juicing bitches

I thought I had been doing well in watching what I eat and trying to get my 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day when it was pointed out to me that most vegetables I don’t even bloody eat.
         I had also looked in to various supplements but kind of got bored of that.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
My aunties had just started a juice diet and had been singing brazes about it to me I looked at the thick funny coloured liquids they were drinking and thought nah that’s not for me.
That being said since I have been on prednisone I have been up very late at night and had seen the infomercials for The Bullet 

and thought that it looked a bit fun
After some more consideration I decided that I wanted to at least try out adding fresh juice to my diet.
Then I got a phone call from Auntie V..
Auntie V: I know what I am going to get you for a late birthday present
Me: A Bullet? (I had watch the infomercial the night before)
Auntie V: What … No.. I’m going to get you a blender but its not a Bullet
Me: Imma be juicing bitches!!

Monday I received my Morphy Richards Easy Blend

How Morphy Richards describe it:
Morphy Richards Easy Blend Blender 48415It's easy: you blend and drink from the same beaker so there's less washing up. It has 2 speeds and a pulse function to blend soft and hard fruit to your own taste. Just add fresh or frozen fruit, or any ingredients you like, some liquid and even ice (great for cocktails or for kids' slushies), blend, then pop on a sealed drink-through lid and your drink is ready to go. Includes two 795ml beakers and two drink-through lids.Blend - Add the drink through lid - Take away and enjoy!
300W
2 speeds, pulse and off
Pulse function
Ice crushing ability
2 x 28 oz measuring marked engraved cups with beaker lids
Easy to travel with and store
Stainless steel ice crushing blades
Easy to clean the base, blades and beaker
Dimensions(cm): Depth: 13.8 x Width: 11.5 x Height: 34cm
Colour: White

I found the machine simple enough to use and I liked the fact that it came with two cups with beaker lids however there could be a bit more grip as I have at times found it very hard to open and close.
I also like the Pulse setting which I didn’t realise was there until after my 1st try because god forbid I take the time to read the instructions.

My first Juice attempt consisted of:
Cucumber
Banana
Apple
Mango
I suppose I could work on my presentation
                                                                                                                                               
Because that’s what I had in the house lol! 

Must say that I really enjoyed it and it did fill me up until dinner.
I am optimistic that this will be a really good way to get some more iron in to my diet as green vegetables are the ones I detest the most.
I have added broccoli to my last few shakes and I don’t even notice the taste.
I even took some to work 
I have since ran out and brought a loads of fruits and vegetables so that I can try out loads of different combinations

Here are some benefits of juicing
Juicing can be enormously beneficial for health, and can also help you lose weight as part of a balanced diet plan.
It supercharges your nutrient intake by providing your body with pure micronutrients, vitamins and enzymes - with none of the bad stuff that constitutes processed food.
By putting the most nutritious fuel into your system possible, you can kick start your metabolism and give your body a break from all of the strange chemicals you've been challenging it to process until now.

Have you tried juicing?
What are your fav recipes?

Living With Lupus But Still Blogging And Fabulous

Hey guys I hope March is treating every on well
Those that have been paying attention to my Instagram and twitter may have noticed some changes in my posts so I
thought I should explain it.
You may have noticed my food diary
 and my work out posts 
and also many of my hospitals visits-
I have never said this on my blog but some have figured out that I am a Lupus suffer for the past year have been dealing with a flare which is the reason for the hospital visits and also the reason that I have not been doing outfit of the day posts (Sorry guys the steroids have made me fat and I haven’t felt like taking pictures).

What is Lupus?
There are two main types of Lupus

Systemic lupus
Is a chronic and presently-incurable illness of the immune system, a condition in which the body's defence mechanism begins to attack itself through an excess of antibodies in the blood stream causing inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and other organs.
The name systemic lupus implies that almost any organ or system within the body might be affected and lupus is perhaps the classical multi-symptom illness, deserving of far greater priority and investigation by the medical community.

Discoid lupus
Is a condition of the skin alone, and in a very few patients can develop into systemic lupus.
Lupus may be triggered by various means and can present in a bewildering number of ways, even to the extent of mimicking other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis.
The causes of lupus is not positively known though research has provided evidence implicating heredity, hormones and infections including viruses.
Some 50,000 may have lupus in the UK and 90% of sufferers are female, mainly between the ages of 15 and 55.
With its many symptoms, lupus can often be overlooked by a GP or consultant which may delay final diagnosis and a vital start to necessary treatment which can contain the disease and hopefully limit potential damage to the kidneys, heart, lungs or brain. Those diagnosed usually remain in medical care and receive ongoing treatment. Many symptoms will have less impact but there may be side effects.
Lupus can adversely affect the lives of sufferers and their families, and influence relationships with friends and business colleagues.

What are the symptoms of Lupus
Joint/muscle aches and pains
Permanent rash over cheeks
Extreme fatigue and weakness
Increased risk of miscarriage
Rashes from sunlight/UV light
Flu-like symptoms and/or night sweats
Weight gain or loss
Inflammation of the tissues covering internal organs with associated chest and/or abdominal pain
Seizures, mental illness or other cerebral problems
Headaches, migraine
Kidney problems
Oral/nasal ulcers
Hair loss
Depression
Haematological disorders including anaemia
Swollen glands
Poor blood circulation causing the tips of fingers and toes to turn white then blue on exposure to cold (Raynauds)
A person with lupus may have four or five symptoms, where some of these might recede and/or others develop.
Health Online also have a great diagram that demonstrates the effects Lupus Has On The Body

For more information about Lupus please check out Lupus UK

How does Lupus effect me?

Even though I was diagnosed with Lupus some time ago and i have been having a flare for nearly a year its hard to say exactly what my symptoms are because they change, 
I can honestly say no two day are the same for me, 
The most consistent symptoms has been 
Fatigue 
(However while i have been on Prenilsone I have had insomnia)
I would literally come home from work get ready for bed and go to sleep yet still wake up late for work the following day

Joint pains

 mostly in my hands, arms legs but I'm sure if pretty much had it in most of my joints by now i find that a hot bath helps with the swelling as dose good old ibuprofen 
I wont go through the long list of all my symptoms other wise this would be a long ass post lol!
 but I'm happy for people to email me at: wotshernameagain@gmail.com  if that have any questions about the above list of symptoms or just want some advise 
(I am not a doctor but I will try to help anyway I can)
Before I was diagnosed with Lupus I was naturally very slim and toned so I didn't think about the kind of foods that I ate or put much effort in to exercising then Steroids got involved and I am now having to consider what I eat and how it benefits my body and I have to say I am really finding it very interesting.
The girl that never ate ANY fruit or veg is now regularly getting her 5 a day and has discovered home made smoothies yum
One thing I must say I  am proud that I have managed to keep with my Wots Her Name Again Blog because honestly it has sometimes been my only motivation to get myself out of bed.
What can I say I do it because I love it and I hope you guys enjoy reading it bad grammar and all lol!

I am considering starting a Wots Her Name Again LUPUS BLOG which details some of the things I go through as a Lupus suffer and how I overcome them also so perhaps that will come soon.

As my health improves I hope to be come up with interesting posts more often so in till then thanks for reading my blog



Do you think I should write a blog about Lupus?