If you ate just one mince pie every day in the lead up to Christmas without taking on extra exercise, you could be up to a kilo heavier by the end of December! That's not including all the extra alcohol and other sugary treats we indulge in.
Here's a few of the most common party-season habits that cause weight gain. If you act now to prevent these party habits you can avoid the extra kilos that seem to appear mid-January.
Going to parties hungry
A common mistake is overindulging on high-fat pastries, chips and dips whilst chatting to friends and drinking a glass of wine. Avoid overeating at cocktail events by having healthy filling snack 60 to 90 minutes before you go so you aren't starving at the event. Try wholegrain crackers or a handful of nuts that will keep you full for longer.
Buying too much food
Food packaging seems to get shinier, more colourful and sparkly at Christmas which attracts us to buy more treats to fill our cupboards and bellies! Try not to get too excited and buy lots of extra chocolatey treats, or at least buy the smaller packet sized.
Ditching the exercise
Make it a priority to keep up the exercise regime. If you don't fancy going to the gym or for your usual run because you can't bare to go outside, have a search on Youtube for lots of different exercise workout you can do in your lounge.
Having an all or nothing attitude
Instead of writing off the next 4 weeks as being one long scoffing session try to dedicate extra eating and drinking alcohol in small amounts at specific times that you see fit best in your holiday schedule. Try doing a Bootea Teatox during and after the holiday season and to prepare and recover from the Christmas period.
Eating everything on offer
We often get excited at parties and indulge in food we wouldn't normally enjoy eating. Each time food comes around ask yourself: "Do I really feel like eating this?" It's often all you need to keep in control.
Drinking too much alcohol
Christmas involves lots of alcohol too which contains a lot of sugar and piles on the calories and makes you crave naughty foods high in fat and carbs. Try to still have 3 days alcohol free and avoid using sugary mixers such as juice and soft drinks. Drink plenty of water too to keep hydrated!
We want you to enjoy the Christmas period and we feel that you should take a little time to consider how to manage the holiday season to prevent you feeling heavy, sluggish with a weight-loss mountain to climb in January.
The Bootea Team xx
I'm sure we've has the feeling of not being happy with our skin. Daily routines, the environment and food and drink can all take a toll on our skin and leave it looking grey and worn out. There's nothing better than having beautiful healthy skin that's full of life and colour. Bootea has so many ingredients in that can help detox your body and make your skin clearer. We have heard from so many customers that they have seen a significant improvement in their skin from using Bootea. This obviously makes us very happy! But we also believe foods can help give you beautiful skin whilst your using Bootea and afterwards!
So we've compiled a list of tips on what foods to use to put that sparkle into your skin ready for the party season:
Avocados - A good source of biotin, avocados help to prevent dry skin, brittle hair and nails. When applied topically, they can hydrate skin. Try eating it and mashing it up to turn it into a face mask!
Salmon - Salmon contains astaxanthin, which is something that improves skin elasticity, so you'll have fewer fine lines - a yummy anti-aging food!
Beans - Another protein source, legumes help repair cells. During digestion, protein breaks down into amino acids which help to speed the repair and regeneration of skin cells and collagen.
Pomegranate - If applied topically, this antioxidant-rich fruit may help skin create more collagen, while speeding healing.
Eggs - Protein helps repair cells. Eggs, a complete source of protein, also contain biotin, an essential vitamin that protects against dry skin.
Walnuts - Walnuts are a rich source of Omega-3s, which help put shine in your hair and aid in making skin smoother and younger looking.
So give all of some of these things a try and let us know how you get on. We love hearing from you :)
The Bootea Team xx
Ever looked on the packet of something you're about to eat and seen lists of ingredients that only a scientist would understand? Unfortunately there are a lot of GMO (genetically modified organisms) in our foods which we can't be sure are too good for our bodies. The most common GMO ingredients to look out for are high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), aspartame, MSG, trans-fats, food dyes, sulfur dioxide and potatssium bromate.
What's great is we're beginning to ask what's in our foods. If you're concerned with what's in your food then try some of these simple tips to help you avoid GMO foods and feed your body what it deserves.
1. Look for non-GMO labelling - if you see a non-GMO label it means there's less than 0.9% GMOs.
2. Buy organic - When you buy 100% certified organic products you are more likely to avoid GMOs than if you buy products labeled as containing "organic ingredients." So keep an eye out for the organic label.
3. Shop at farmer's markets - This is where you'll often find organic produce free from GMOs. Avoid always visiting a supermarket. We know it's convenient but it's much more fun picking your fruit and vegetables yourself, plus you don't come away with all that unnecessary packaging!
5. Watch our for processed foods - In North America it has been reported that 80% of foods contain GMOs - wow! Most packaged and pre-prepared foods contain GMOs, often to help them last longer and taste nicer. Try to cook fresh foods with as many organic ingredients as you can as this is the only way you're going to protect your body from GMOs.4. Read food labels - It's best to eat foods that don't have lots of scientific chemical words on the ingredient list. Try to buy foods that have just a few ingredients on the packet that you actually recognise!
6. Buy organic meat too - Lots of animals are fed these foods pumped with GMOs so unfortunately it is then passed onto us when we eat it.
If we were to give you one piece of advice from this blog, it would be to READ what's in the food you're eating. We need to be aware of what is going into our bodies and go back to the traditional days of cooking real food. Your body will love you in return for feeding it with real goodness!
The Bootea Team xx
There’s no way to sugarcoat it: we’re consuming too much sugar. You wouldn't believe where sugar is found sometimes, from bread to salad dressing, dressed up in disguises like corn syrup, maltodextrin and sucrose. We often focus so much on avoiding fat, that we forget food companies compensate with this loss of flavour with salt and sugar.
The World Health Organisation recommends us to keep our sugar intake to 5% of our daily calories. For example, someone on a 2000-calorie diet, the guidelines mean a sugar limit of about 100 calories, or six packets of sugar.
Here are some of the most shocking hidden sources of sugar that you wouldn't expect!
It may not shock you that cereals with the words “fruit” or “chocolatey” on the box contain added sugar; but somewhat less obvious are “healthy,” “whole grain” cereals and granolas that can contain up to 15 grams of sugar in less than a cup. Check the box of cereal to see how much sugar is in there, and notice that brands tend to suggest very small serving portions which is often not the amount we actually eat!
All yoghurts contain some sugar in the form of lactose (milk sugar); it’s the added sugar typical of “fruit” yoghurts that you need to watch out for. Look for added sugar or high fructose corn syrup in the ingredients list. Instead try Greek yoghurt. In roughly the same amount of calories as regular yogurt, Greek yogurt has double the protein and much less sugar.
Sauces and Marinades
Adding sauces (e.g. barbecue, teriyaki, jerk) to grilled meats can add lots of flavour with minimal fat, but in some products, sugars can account for 80% of the calories! Just a two tablespoon serving of barbecue sauce can have 12 grams of sugar. When dining out ask for "half sauce" and consider making your own sauces at home to cut the sugar.
Salad dressings, particularly light and fat-free versions, are loaded with salt and sugar to compensate for the flavour lost by cutting out the fat. Some brands pack in as much as 9 grams of sugar per serving! Be wary of ketchup-based dressings (French, Russian, Thousand Island) and fruity vinaigrettes (raspberry, pomegranate), as they typically include added sugar. Always ask for dressing on the side, and choose varieties with less than 2 grams of sugar per 2-tablespoon serving.
Unfortunately hidden ingredients such as these means we do need to be more aware of looking what is actually in our food. Just because something says 'fat free' or 'light' doesn't always make it healthy. Keep a balanced diet and everything will be dandy!
The Bootea Team xx
Natalia (Instagram @nkwiat) sent her picture and review into us. We could not be happier for her! Natalia lost 16lbs (7.2kgs) on her 28 Day Teatox!
Natalia told us "I couldn't be happier with the results!" We especially envy her stomach; who wouldn't want the toned line she has down the centre of her abs!? Natalia doesn't seem to preach that her achievement was one of a kind, she told us "If I can do it, anyone can!".
"I absolutely looooved the teatox" said Natalia .You may think the Teatox is only for tea lovers but Natalia told us "I don't usually drink tea but the peppermint flavour got me hooked!!". Maybe you will enjoy it too?
We love hearing from our customers and their incredible achievements, especially when they're kind enough to pass on tips from what they learnt during their teatox so that we can tell you! Natalia believed the eating plan and a boost of motivation really helped her. She told us that her biggest tip would be to stick with the eating plan and to just "never give up"! We at Bootea aren't interested in simply just sending you the product you purchased. We are here for you to answer any questions/concerns you have about Bootea products or if you simply need a boost of motivation similar to what Natalia had which in the end helped her get the body she wanted! We are here for you, simply email us via our website contact page - we love hearing from you and helping you!
The Bootea Team xx
1 tsp olive oil
1 shallot or ½ onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp tarragon, roughly chopped (or a sprinkle of thyme, oregano or any other green herb you have in your cupboard)
400g can Puy or green lentils rinsed and drained
¼ cucumber, lightly peeled and diced
100g feta cheese, crumbled
6 spring onions, thinly sliced (or add extra red/white onions if you don't have spring onions)
zest and juice 1 orange (or a few spoons of fresh orange juice)
1 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
1. Cook the quinoa in a large pan of boiling water for 10-15 mins until tender, drain well, then set aside to cool.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pan, then cook the shallot or onion for a few mins until softened. Add the tarragon, stir well, then remove from the heat.
3. Stir the softened shallot and tarragon into the cooled quinoa along with the lentils, cucumber, feta, spring onions, orange zest and juice and vinegar. Toss well together and chill until ready to serve.
This recipe was taken from BBC Good Food, they have lots of amazing, quick and healthy recipes!
Let us know how this recipe goes, send in your pictures to @booteauk we'd love to see them - happy munching!
The Bootea Team xx