H&H: Juicing for Beginners with Curry’s

Juicing vs Smoothie Making

A couple of weeks ago Currys invited me out to try their range of Juicers, an alternative to smoothie making where you only get the juice from the ingredients with no pulp. Since I’ve just joined the gym and I’m trying to improve my health I thought it was a pretty good idea to try before I thought about buying!

Super awesome bonus was I got to hang out with Daisy from Prettygreentea for the day. We met at the Blognix event in Birmingham last year and I just love having a blogging buddy that is so into business like I am. Working for yourself can be lonely at times, so I really enjoyed sharing some ideas with Daisy over a Chai Tea at Bundobust (recommended!) before we headed down to play with juicers!

Juicing with vegetables
My first impression of the juicers were that they were huge! We have a tiny blender that I use for smoothies and milkshakes so the juicers looked like giants in comparison – I really wouldn’t have the space to keep one on our worktop.

The first juice we tried included ginger, cucumber, apples, carrots and beetroot. Beetroot?! It was surprisingly tasty and not too sweet. I would never have thought of including those ingredients.
We then got to make up our own recipes and I loved how easy it was to use the juicers; you can literally toss fruit in there, whole (except oranges – they need peeling, and any stoned fruit needs the stones removed).

Juicing Recipe: Lime, Apple, Cucumber, Pineapple

My recipe was lime, pineapple, cucumber and apple and it came out vibrantly green and soooo tasty, oh my! I think lime is my absolute key juice ingredient. Here’s a few tips I learned:

// Even though you can throw in whole fruits I cut my apple in half and would recommend that you peel away the lime skin if you don’t like a bitter taste to your juice.

// You can add supplements to your juice by popping in a spoon of chia seeds for extra protein or a splash of flaxseed oil that can help with skin complaints like eczema and psoriasis.

// It’s much better for you, especially if you’re dieting, to make a juice from vegetables as fruits contain a lot of natural sugars. For more nutritional advice you can head to NutriShan.

Juicing with fresh tumeric, ginger and beetroots

Best Vegetable Juice Ideas
On the whole I really liked the juice and the variety of flavours you can whip up. I loved the simplicity and I think I would really enjoy drinking a fresh juice everyday as opposed to a smoothie or milkshake… or even as well as. However I think the size of the juicer (and the price!) puts me off, at least until I can get a bit more organised at home! You can read more about our day over at the Curry’s Blog!

Have you tried juicing? Or do you prefer the more traditional smoothie?
Loves x xx

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Health & Happiness: The Dreaded Bra Fitting

Bra Fitting, Full Cup Bras

Bat Applique | Dexy and the Wolf  //  Musical Ribbon | Happy Wrap
Embellished Lace | Joyce Trimmings  //  Bra | Marks & Spencer

So I completed a #100Yeses challenge this week: I went for a bra fitting. I believe I’ve had a bra fitting once before when I was a teenager and it was a horrific experience; I was all hormones and stretch marks and zero confidence.
I didn’t plan to get fitted, I just wound up at Marks & Spencer lingerie department at a quiet hour and took the plunge. Thankfully I was wearing a two-piece and not a dress because I was (obviously!) asked to remove my top, but not my bra.

The lady had a bit of a pull and tuck at the bra I was wearing and disappeared off to the shop floor without as much as getting a tape measure out – very surprising. She returned with bras in my current size and I tried on a full cup t-shirt bra.

The difference in fit was incredible! I felt tucked in and secured. Apparently the bra I had been wearing was a ‘balcony’ which doesn’t provide as much support. I own some pretty balcony bras for special occasions, but I had no idea the one I was wearing was the same fit as those.

Customised Bra

Pink Lace | Frog Feathers  //  Ribbon | Orange Umbrella Co
Pink Poppies | Chocolate Bird  //  Bra | Marks & Spencer

I tried a plunge t-shirt bra also, but my chest felt too bouncy and the shape was awful. The same bra in a full-cup provided gorgeous curves beneath my t-shirt. I had no idea the solution was so simple and I would never have thought of trying different styles as opposed to different sizes.

I’ve been wearing the new bras this week and I feel comfortable and neatly tucked away and what’s even more amazing is that my boobs don’t hurt when I take my bra off at the end of the day – I am so happy I pushed myself into a bit of an awkward experience. The results are so beyond worth it!

My only issue now being: why are all full-cup bras so ugly?
The ones I bought from M&S are plain and dull so I decided that I could pick up some cute lace and embellishments and jazz them up a bit. I’ll report back! If you have any better suggestions please let me know – I’ve scoured the internet, but most full cup bras are only in plus size!

Loves x xx

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