S PLUS BY RESMED : REVIEW & RESULTS

Last week I wrote a post on the S Plus By ResMed, the new wireless sleep tracker that monitors and analyses your sleep in efforts to improve your sleeping pattern. As I said for years now I have suffered with issues with my sleep, and its a great relief to have something that can help me out. In my last post I wrote about my awful sleep score, and the advice that the S+ mentor gave me. To really test this beauty out I decided to follow all the advice given to me including exercise,  hot baths and evening strolls. All in a bid for it to improve my score.

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What Is The S Plus by ResMed?

The S+ by ResMed is the first wireless sleep tracker. Unlike activity trackers you do not have to wear anything round your wrist. Meaning its super sensitive sensors tap into your breathing to monitor how you sleep.  Not only this but you’ll get tailored feedback from S+ after your first night’s sleep, along with tips on improving sleep conditions in your bedroom. While you’re learning about your sleep environment and how to improve it, the experts behind S+ will spend a few days collecting and analysing your information, and then send you personalised feedback and suggestions based on your sleep patterns.

HOW DOES SLEEP DEPRIVATION EFFECT US?

According to the NHS one in three of us suffer from poor sleep. There are always so many things to blame. However blame is not what we need, its solutions. Poor sleep can be very dangerous to our health. On average the adult needs around 8 hours sleep to be fully recharged. However poor sleep can have dramatic effects on your health and you can be at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy. Continue reading →

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE COCONUT PANCAKES

Chocolate has to be my biggest weakness, especially when trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. Yes I can make raw brownies with cacao powder, and eat nibbles of dark chocolate. However place anything chocolatey in front me and it gets immediately devoured. My problem is self control, therefore I do not buy these sorts of foods for the house. Out of site out of mind. Yet I am currently at my nanas. What it is about grandparents wanting to fill you full of sugar? Even when your 25 they still do not stop. Anyways Prana Protein became my saviour. They sent me a lovely box stuffed with goodies, inside some chocolate protein. Perfect for after my workouts in the garden and long fell walks. I find that eating something chocolatey in the morning fulfils my cravings. So I went all out and created some triple chocolate coconut pancakes to satisfy my needs.

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WHO ARE PRANA PROTEIN?

New kids on the block. Prana Protein was created as a healthy, wholesome natural way to support your healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. They have a range of uber tasty products from wholefoods, to protein bars and shakes. Their mantra – Life Force – that is what Prana stands for in Sanskrit. They respect what the natural world has to offer and have taken the time to research and source only the purest ingredients, packed full of nutrients and goodness. And it is this thoughtfully sourced, balanced nutrition which is essential to the foundations of life.
‘The part can never be well until the whole is well’ – Plato
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DEALING WITH THE DIAGNOSIS

A few months ago I wrote my very first personal post about my struggles with mental health, and how it as been effected by my knee problems. You can give it a read here. Since then I have seen specialists, and been for tests and scans. As I explained I have had knee problems for as long as I can remember, however I thought I had done some further damage whilst running. Well a couple of weeks ago I was called back to the specialists to discuss the diagnosis. It was a mixed bag of emotions kind of day. I did not even know what results I wanted. A problem on the scan, would lead probably lead to surgery and I may be fixed forever. More importantly I would have something to blame for this ongoing issue and pain in my life. If the scan came back clear, the likely hood was this would be a chronic pain and I would have to live with it forever. Neither sounded like great options to me.

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On the positive note the scan came back clear. That meant no surgery. Which is great as knee surgeries do not always work and have a high chance of getting worse. Also my nana as juts her her hip replaced and surgery was not a good thing in my mind. The downside – no real diagnosis, nothing to blame and something I may have to live with forever. I literally ran into the toilet and burst into tears. I mean I am 25 and cant even go for an hours walk around town, without my knee being like a balloon and suffering from shooting pains all night.

It was decided that physiotherapy was the best first option for me, and any other serious treatment could come later. As it stands physio has a great success rate for these sorts of problems, and you dont really want someone messing with your knee unless you have to.  After a calming down by my mum, I realised this was the best possible outcome and in fact it was really positive.

THE DIAGNOSIS

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GOOD GREENS MATCHA OATS

We have been told all our lives to eat our greens, it will make us strong. Here you go watch Popeye an be brainwashed. Though it does hold truth and greens have amazing health benefits for our body. Lucky for me I have never been a fussy eater and always eaten my veggies. However with 5 a day a thing of the past and 10 a day moving forward, I wonder how we can all incorporate more veggies into our diet. So when The Good Guru sent over their Good Greens powder, I had hit the jackpot. A single scoop of The Good Guru Good Greens powder is full of enough vitamins and minerals to supply you with one of your five a day. I decided to whip up some good greens matcha oats with an added dose of Pure Chimp matcha powder for that super extra energy boost.

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What Are The Benefits Of Greens?

What are the benefits of just one little scoop of this good green superfood powder. Well its not always easy to eat fresh greens on the go or at every meal. So incorporating these into your drinks is just one simple way to get them into your body. As already mentioned just one scoop tends to contain all the vitamins and minerals needed to amount to one of your five a day. Add this to your porridge along with some fruit and a side of juice, thats 3 by breakfast. Adding more greens to your diet can also help your body to purify your blood, aid with digestion, enhance your immune system and boost your energy. So why not. Continue reading →

GOODWOOD RACES LADIES DAY

Last year my partner won the most incredible prize. A trip to Goodwood races on ladies day. I have never been a big goer on horse racing. Apart from on my Birthday, we always make a cheeky bet on The Grand National, in memory of my grandad. Therefore the opportunity to head to one of these prestigious events, was pretty much once in a lifetime. A once in a lifetime event it most certainly was. Everything was covered and paid for by Dove all down to a tee. We got money for new outfits, money to spend on the day, and all our travel and accommodation was covered for.

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WHAT IS LADIES DAY AT GOODWOOD RACES?

Ladies’ Day is the most glamorous day of the meeting, and is truly the place to see and be seen. The prestigious Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes is the highlight of the seven-race card, worth £600,000. There is plenty of action both on and off the track with three group races and the unique ladies celebrity race, The Magnolia Cup, taking place.

TRAVEL:

Our journey there was absolutely insane. We had a car pick us up from the house, to then take us to the airport, where we would catch a plane to Heathrow. When arriving at the other end, we were welcomed by a gentleman in a suit holding our name up. So stylish, it felt like something out the movies and I felt very important and sophisticated. This was followed by a long journey to our BnB, about an hour and a half. However our driver was lovely and we were in conversation the whole way. He took us to our BnB and waited till we were changed to then take us to the races. As we pulled up in The Richmond enclosure next to the Rolls Royce’s and sports cars, I felt so special and well very quiet posh.

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KETTLEBELL KITCHEN – ANCOATS – MANCHESTER

With their first birthday fast approaching, with that I mean tomorrow, we have to seriously congratulate Kettlebell Kitchen on their huge success. Having not even been open a year, this fantastic new concept for fast food is  quickly becoming THE hot spot for healthy clean eating. Turning themselves into a chain already, and now owning 4 premises, 2 being in head offices of fashion moguls.  I mean if that is not impressive for the first year I do not know what is. I hope they have some confetti canons ready! We headed over to their place on Ancoats which screams energy, fitness and CLEAN. With so many statements flying around about clean eating, it has been under fire these past few months. However this place is far from promoting a bad diet – with all your food groups available, their tagline runs though #EatCleanCheatClean. If you get a chance to try one of their brownies. You will understand what I am saying.

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FOOD : ★★★★★

KETTLEBELL KITCHEN, CLEAN EATING, HEALTHY FOOD, CLEAN FAST FOOD, HEALTHY FAST FOOD, MANCHESTER, MANCHESTER DININGWell after the launch of Grand Pacific, we were in dire need of some good, honest food to recuperate our bodies and minds. I could not have picked a better place! Kettlebell have a delicious, mouthwatering menu that allows you to munch upon a protein pizza, burgers and wraps all guilt free. I must admit they all sounded uber tempting, yet I just could not resist going for the Kettlebox. I am not particularly fussy with food, but I loved the subway style of making it up yourself. What is it that is so satisfying about watching someone make exactly what you want to perfection.
Anyways I ordered the chicken, with cauli rice and the homemade ranch sauce. Oh that ranch sauce. Please give me a tub of that. I mean I would bathe in that sauce. On top of all of this I added broccoli, green beans, spinach, cucumber, sesame seeds and cashews. Could you ask for a better box of goodness. I mean the smell that came off this box would make any belly rumble. So I think you got the gist, I blooming loved it. KETTLEBELL KITCHEN, CLEAN EATING, HEALTHY FOOD, CLEAN FAST FOOD, HEALTHY FAST FOOD, MANCHESTER, MANCHESTER DININGThe chicken was tender and juicy, with some lovely greens and lashings of a delicious guilt free ranch sauce. Of course you need something to wash it down with right? Again a great variety of teas, coffees and juices. However I went for a Veg Boost shake. Exactly what my body needed to be revitalised.
It tasted great. Unlike most green juices I make at home, that taste bitter and too good for you. This one had a great mix of flavours and all the ingredients complimented each other giving it a good balance of sweet and green. The one thing I regret is not going for the peanut butter fries, I soooo wanted to try them and have since not been able to think about anything else. Also whilst packing my stuff together the lovely Claudia came and bagged the rest of my box up (yes massive sin I could not finish) with some cutelry and a napkin to take on my train journey. Along with.. wait for it… one of their brownies. I mean there seriously are no words to describe this brownie. I LOVE raw brownies and make them at home. Yet this had so much chocolatey indulgence, it was super rich and left you wanting for more. If you have not guessed it already, yes the food was on point. I will be heading there next time I am in town!

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S PLUS BY RESMED : SLEEPING TRENDS

For as long as I remember I have ad trouble with my sleep. When I was a youth getting to sleep was impossible, therefore waking up was impossible. Now however its all a bit mixed up. Some nights I want to sleep at 10pm others not until 3am. This therefore ends up in abnormal awakening times. All of this results in a really bad pattern, not just for sleeping, but for eating, working and exercising. It effects routine and stability. It has been proven that lack of sleep can be really bad for your health as can oversleeping. This is where the S Plus comes in.

Sleep deprivation can lead to higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. According to Harvard Medical School, for people with hypertension, one night without enough sleep can cause elevated blood pressure all through the next day. (NHS.com)

Oversleeping has been linked to a host of medical problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and increased risk of death. (WebMD.com)

My sleeping issues have always been linked to my anxiety and depression. Or so the doctors say. I have always tried natural ways to sort out my routine, however have massively failed. That is maybe because young life got in the way. I mean what teenager has a stable sleep routine anyways right! However now I am settled I would love to settle my sleeping issues also.

What Is The S+ by ResMed?

The S+ by ResMed is the first wireless sleep tracker. Unlike activity trackers you do not have to wear anything round your wrist. Meaning its super sensitive sensors tap into your breathing to monitor how you sleep.  Not only this but you’ll get tailored feedback from S+ after your first night’s sleep, along with tips on improving sleep conditions in your bedroom. While you’re learning about your sleep environment and how to improve it, the experts behind S+ will spend a few days collecting and analysing your information, and then send you personalised feedback and suggestions based on your sleep patterns.

In this post I am going to go through my first week, and the feedback that I have been given. Throughout next week I will take that information on board and see whether this improves my sleep. You only really start getting feedback around 3 days after using the S+, so I will start from there. Continue reading →

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES

So yes its back for another month and it has come rather late. I just had too many amazing things to post! See what products I’m loving from what I am eating to smelling. Here goes my February favourites …

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What Am I Eating?
I did not think my love for popcorn could grow anymore. However with lots of travelling came meal deals. Were I always choose a bag of Propercorn. No only that but they had to be on offer for just a quid at Tesco! Personally I love all flavours but Peanut Butter and Almond just beats them all to it to first place.

What Am I Drinking?
This month I have been trying to increase my water intake. However I am one that can not stand tap water. So instead I have been supping of Just Bee Drinks. Sweetened with a drop of honey these drinks are the best. See what I thought here.

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GRAND PACIFIC – SPRING GARDENS – MANCHESTER

For a foodie Manchester is a dining heaven. Full of bustling hotspots offering delectable’s to tickle the taste buds. However last night in the prosperous area of King Street a new rival opened it doors, to give guests a taste of the far East. The Grand Pacific, the latest venture into fine dining and exotic cuisine. When we received an invite to be the first to taste what this place had to offer. My mouth was watering and tummy was already rumbling. Having seen pictures of the Grand Pineapple cocktail already I knew we were in for a good night.

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VENUE : ★★★★

THE GRAND PACIFIC, MANCHESTER RESTAURANTS, NEW RESTAURANTS IN MANCHESTER, SPRING GARDENS, KING STREET, COLONIAL, SOUTH EAST ASIAThe outside is sleek, dark, mysterious and oozes luxury. With golden door handles and glamorous hostesses waiting to take you to your table. The venue itself is rather plunged in darkness. It sets a tone and ambience, which is pleasurable to dine in. Most tables had a spotlight on their food, which put these beautiful dishes at the centre of attention! Above the scooping oak stairway are hanging cages with peacocks floating on top and there is a calming chill out area where you could sit for drinks whilst waiting for a table. After your walked through the banana leaves you are met by a large room that screams grandeur. It sets the Colonial vibe entirely. With a huge 22 seated bar overshadowed by a golden palm leaf chandelier. Beyond that lies the dinning area consisting of relaxing booths, silver walls and a giant fireplace. I can admit however I am not the hugest fan of the bar being connected to the restaurant. I got rather loud and was difficult to have a conversation over dinner. This may be due to it being opening night, and I am not sure the music will be so loud on a daily basis. Continue reading →

CLUB HOTEL RIU TIKIDA PALMERAIE – MOROCCO – REVIEW

If you have not already guessed, I have become a huge fan of last minute holidays. As I am currently at home most of the time, I take full advantage of last minute deals. Not only does this avoid hiked up prices for popular holiday duration’s. It also means that resorts are relatively calm and quiet. As well as adding huge excitement not knowing where we are going and at what times. It adds a air if spontaneity. We were looking for somewhere hot and exotic, and yes all inclusive. I do like all inclusive when money can be tight and you want a stress free holiday. We have had two different experiences with First Choice. One terrible at Club Julian in Turkey and one great at Binimar apartments in Menorca. So we decided to give them another shot. Wanting some late Winter sun at the end of January, my eagle eye spotted an amazing deal at the Riu Tikida Palmeraie in Morocco at a steal price of £188 per person. After getting our money back from a flight delay claim, we had some money to play with and though another holiday was in order.

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Why Riu Tikida Palmeraie?

As I said last minute bookings sometimes do not give you an array of choices. So we had Benidorm or Morocco. Well of course Morocco was the winner. I wanted somewhere with heat and somewhere with culture. That left us with a choice of two hotels, by the same company. Just looking at the images of the lush tranquil tropical gardens, my mind was pretty made up. The hotel also also consisted of a stunning vast outdoor pool, along with an indoor one. This was needed as the weather had not reached optimum temperature to heat the vast pool. There was also a gym, a spa, 2 on site restaurants, a basketball court, tennis courts and nightly entertainment. The hotel itself was probably about a 40 minute walk into the centre of Marrakesh, however a shuttle bus ran regularly to and from the hotel. Just make sure to book at least the day before.  Continue reading →