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5 Tips if You’re Tired All The Time

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Ok so if you follow me on instagram, if not, why not? @chlohodgkinson then you’d know that I’ve been a bit up and down for the whole year so far. It’s actually really common this time of year, at the start of the year I mean with the weather being colder etc and illnesses going around but I thought I’d do some research in to to try sort myself out. With the nights getting lighter and the weather getting warmer, if you’re still feeling tired here’s what i tried and what then happened…

  1. I increased my warm foods. 

Illnesses and colds etc thrive in colder environments hence the increase of colds in winter months. Drinking warming drinks (a personal fave is hot almond milk) and warming foods like root vegetables and soups can help reduce the amount the bad bacteria thriving… buzzing.

  1. Prioritise sleep

Don’t be ashamed to go to bed really early if you need it. Watch the TV programme on catch up and embrace what your body needs. I went through a week period of being asleep before 9, my body clearly needed it. 

  1. Increased calories

When feeling energy depleted, food is the stuff that gives us the energy so I increased my calories to help my body along. 

  1. Keep exercising but reducing intensity 

Intense exercise can be really stressful on the body. I dropped the intensity of my workouts and opted for longer walks instead. 

  1. Check Deficiencies & intolerances

You may or may not have seen that when I eat oats they make me sleepy. That seems to be the case for a lot of grains unfortunately *glances at the packet of over priced rye bread I no longer can eat* … knowing what foods make you feel great and others that don’t can really help your energy levels. I know to avoid oats first thing in the morning but things like bananas pre workout make me feel amazing. 

I’d also recommend seeing if you have a deficiency somewhere, things like anaemia can cause low energy caused by low iron. 

I’d love to know how you keep your energy levels up, I’ve also added in my favourite products that help me with the all the points above.

Wishing you all the energy in the world

Chlo xxx

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The Healthy Sweet Treats I Can’t Live Without

‘What you actually eat sugar?’ or ‘So what can you actually eat?’ or ‘Can you eat anything nice?’

I’ve got sensitivities, I’ve got intolerances and I love to eat foods that make me feel amazing while avoiding those that don’t. The truth is I have a big sweet tooth as well, I love to have treats and I love snacccckkks. If you follow me on instagram @chlohodgkinson you’d have seen me talk about these brands a lot:

Mindful Bites

Oh my god, so sticky and smooth and it’s even better than you can now get this nut butter in the form of a bite while is a wafer shell filled with the nut butter! My favourite has to be the cacao & hazelnut one!

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Raw Halo

Dairy free chocolate you just HAVE to try.

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Squirrel Sisters

Healthy brownies & all the flavours to match. I love keeping one in my bag for emergencies but I’ve also been to known to add to yoghurt bowls or ice cream as well!

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Pip & Nut

Shock, it wouldn’t be a post about food without me mentioning these guys. They are my favourite nut butter company and I go through 1kg tub of coconut almond butter prob every month and a half! It’s so smooth and the soft coconut taste is incredible!

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Granola

I’ve actually in shock if I ever hear people not liking granola… the crunch is incredible. Add to yoghurt, to halo top, on it’s own ahhh so so good! I’ve listed below my ultimate favourites:

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Livia’s Bakery

All your favourite treats but just less of the shit stuff! They are honestly gorgeous – just try not to eat them all at once… or do…

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Loving Earth Chocolate

Oh my god, the dreammmmmmm. So smooth, so tasty, so Aussie. I feel in love with this brand way before visiting Australia and it’s definitely something I keep as a treat – I love when I head to London coming home with one for the train or having a night in with films and having some then!

Koko Dairy Free

This is my go-to most evenings after dinner – I tend to have this with frozen berries and granola & bran on top. It’s so good and the coconut flavouring comes through really nicely with the berries. This is perfect if you’re intolerant like me to dairy!

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Halo Top Ice Cream

I tend to keep this as a real real treat because sometimes the artificial sweeteners can play havoc with me but the coconut one is defo my fave!

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Things Australia Taught Me

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I guess it’s that time again. I’m on a long haul flight home after my second most incredible trip this year.

I have to say I think this trip may have taken the title for best trip I’ve ever had which after Thailand I didn’t think was going to happen – although I will argue that each trip was the best for very different reasons. Thailand, I was able to put lots to be bed and find out who I was, while this trip I was able to grow even more and work out even deeper who I was.

On every trip I go deep into my thoughts and my visions because often at home I struggle to find the time too.

I often spend a lot of time focused on my future, where I want to be and where I want to go/what’s next for me – I love doing this as it really motivates me for when I’m home. I originally came out to Aus to explore the health and fitness industry and let me tell you – I very much did that! I’ve eaten incredible food, been on amazing runs and completely fallen in love with the place & the Aussie lifestyle… I now have some really exciting ideas in mind of what I want to achieve now and what parts of their amazing lifestyle I want to bring back with me. Examples: more plant based eating, exercising outside, early mornings.

Coming out to Australia made me realise that at the start of summer I was basically living this lifestyle so it’s inspired me to get back to that kind of life… I’m not that much of a party girl, don’t get me wrong when I party – I can… but I’m really sensitive and it takes a lot for me to recover. It effects me in more ways than one & It’s not really something I want to have in my life.

I’ve learnt a few things this trip, things like I ACTUALLY AM GOOD WITH DIRECTIONS! And I’m really good at taking control when I need too.

In the past I’ve been told I’ve been awful with directions and I’m ‘ditsy’ and although the ditsy part may be true in some aspects I’ve actually really surprised myself that my sense of direction was sick (Ask Kate if you don’t believe me)… btw this goes for driving too if any of my family are reading this! I’ve been told that I’m quite a good driver actually! but this has nothing to do with Australia because this dosey cow left her driving licence at home – did I mention I’m not actually ditsy? haaaa.

I’ve learnt I’m actually so up for an adventure and I’m a bit of a Dora the Explorer. I want to explore culture and I have a sense of urgency to make sure I see everything in the short amount of time I was there. I love to explore and was researching every place we went too about what we needed to see. I was conscious of the fact that we were only there for a few days so I just had to make sure I saw everything – partly because everyone we met told us 3 weeks wasn’t long enough… WELL WE SHOWED THEM!… btw did I mention I’m not competitive?

ok… yeah I’m totally competitive. I wanted to do every walk and every run I went on I wanted to do it faster than the day before. I had so much get up and go that I definitely didn’t stop even when my body told me too. This is something I’ve always struggled with, I can often tune out of my body and just keep going and although this is sometimes beneficial I learnt that my energy levels don’t gradually decrease when I’m not listening to me body, they jump… I’m really really good and then bam I’m dead.

Australia found my love for moving my body and eating nourishing foods without the need for calorie counting, calorie burning or focus around protein. I fell back in love with the fresh air runs and how good fresh food makes me feel.

I read 3 (on my 4th) amazing books and they took me to some dark places. It made me realise that I had suffered from a potential eating disorder and that my obsession with exercise was definitely worse that I first thought. I read ‘Body Positive Power’ by Megan Crabbe and Mel wells’ book The Goddess Revolution and it really opened my eyes to the culture I had been swamped with for the past few years. That culture being diet culture. I want to save the details for a few more posts but one big thing I’ve done this trip is make the decision to step away from 1-2-1 personal training at Winners.

I want to be able to help as many people as possible to feel the energy and the feel good feelings I get when I move my body and eat well. I want people to have a happy mindset that they are able to go and live their life with the greatest fulfilment.

That they are able to use their strong body and healthy insides to achieve everything they want to achieve. I realised it was my time to step away from helping people change their bodies for aesthetics. It doesn’t sit right with me people coming to see me to lose a couple inches because ‘that’s when they will love themselves’.

Self love comes from the inside, people are so much more than how they look and I felt I was contributing to the diet culture that ruined my mental health and gave me obsessions that I’ve had to work so hard to get out of.

It definitely doesn’t mean I’m turning my back on the industry – defo defo not! I’ve been working on a few things over the past few months and this has just given me the motivation I needed to really push through for those ideas to happen. I want to reach more of you and help more females find empowerment and love for having a healthy and strong body. I want young girls to grow up realising their worth and their abilities when they are strong and healthy – both body and mind. So please bare with me, but I am currently working n creating.

#ProjectBecomeGoodAtShit will definitely come back now I’m home – to me that’s why I move my body, I want to become good at stuff instead of chasing that ideal body I did for so many years when I was younger.

#ProjectHealthyAdventurer, my latest project is going to be in full swing with more things booked in and more opportunities coming my way – the best place to see this is probably my instagram @chlohodgkinson … but I might use it as an opportunity to get back vlogging on youtube if enough people are interested.

A big thing for me this trip was my connection to the universe. This may freak some people out so if you’re not into spirituality maybe skip this bit? haha.

I’ve felt a real connection with who I am and a real guidance on what I’m meant to be doing in this world. I realised I’m a lot more hippie and spiritual than I first thought and I love it! I saw Treena in Sydney- the lady I sat next to on my flight home from Thailand. A psychic and life coach who gave me a reading and guidance on my life. I feel I have a bit of a calling to make a change to society when it comes to health and fitness and just to freak you all out – I now take a gypsy juice every morning and every evening – basically flower essences that will help me. – did I mention I’m a proper hippie nutter? haaalp.

Australia has also made me realise that I’m a worrier. If everything is going well, I’ll try to find something that isn’t and will focus my energy on that. Treena has helped me see different perceptions on this and this is something I really want to focus on.

Australia made me realise I love affection but often struggle to give it, I’ve realised I’m a big kid that loves any type of game and I also like things to be black and white. I’m not good when there isn’t a definite answer. I’m not a big fan of the grey areas in life which often means I’m an all or nothing person … must keep working on that ‘balance’ shit.

Australia made me realise a complete different perspective on previous experiences. Ones that I had once viewed as completely negative I no longer did. This isn’t the platform to share that as it’s a bit too personal but this hit hard. You know when you see something completely differently & that’s really really hard to deal with – I try not to be a ‘what if’ person, but I have to be honest I’ve thought that a lot this trip.

I learnt I’m a bit of a people pleaser and am often happy to forget about myself and my own likes & dislikes to keep others happy – as much as I love to give, I’m going home ready to stay align with my true self.

I’ve learnt I’m no longer scared of snakes, reptiles, the sea or storms. I learnt that finding vegan places to eat even in Aus is bloody hard. I learnt that walking 25000+steps hurts my hips. I learnt that yoga is the answer to most things. But most of all I learnt that you can be complete opposites to someone yet have the deepest connection too.

Kate, If you read this, thank you. Thank you for the very very best trip and one I will never forget. Thank you for the matching tattoo and thank you for being so understanding when I need some alone time (I recharge by myself, I’m what I would describe as a extroverted introvert). Thank you for opening my eyes to vegan food and for answering all my questions when I’ve challenged you about it. Thank you for being the polar opposite to me and open my eyes to whole a new different perception. Thank you for listening to my stories about mindset and most of all thank you for accepting a spot of spirituality. Thank you for skipping through Sydney CBD when I asked you too, for the deep chats… oh and for hugging that tree when I told you too. Thanks for the laughs, the energy dips and the energy rises, the good food and the adventures but most of all, thanks for being you.

Another trip down, a lot learnt & even more memories created- now for the home stretch and here’s what I’ve got planned:

  • Fit will go live!
  • Focus on myself, my goals and my happiness
  • Yoga will become a weekly thing
  • Reading will become a daily thing
  • I’ll get back running
  • I’ll work on keep my energy levels high
  • I’ll accept emotions rather than suppress them
  • I’ll come off my phone when I’m with my family and friends
  • More adventures to come & I’ll treasure every moment.

Australia you were an absolute blast – thank you, thank you, thank you. Until next time xxxx

I’m in the process of writing the healthy guide to Australia so bare with me.

*My aim is to revisit this in a few months to reflect on this – Feb 2019.

 

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A Moment with Nutritionist, Fiona Hunt

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An email slid into my dm’s (inbox) sharing how people with really cool careers eat and train their way to success – as someone obsessed with all 3 (eating, training & success) I was a sucker and when I had read it was written by nutritionist Fiona Hunt, I felt like I needed to get a minute with her and for me to share with you guys what I found out… here’s what I did:

What are the latest trends in the food industry that you can see?

One of the biggest trends amongst consumers at the moment is a move towards eating a plant-based diet, vegetarianism and veganism. The number of vegans in the UK has risen by a whopping 350 percent in the past decade and the veganism is the fastest growing lifestyle trend this decade. Avoidance of gluten and dairy is another growing trend. The food industry has responded by making products to suit the needs these consumers – everything from seaweed pasta to diary free milk alternatives.  Last year the ‘free-from market’ showed a 27% rise in sales.  Functional and fortified foods also continue to grow along with foods that support digestive health and boost the growth friendly bacteria in the gut

2) How has the industry changed over the last few years?

One positive change is that consumers seem more aware of the role of diet in not just their long-term health but also how they feel and perform on a day-to-day basis.  There was time, not so very long ago, when if you wanted to buy something ‘healthy’ like brown rice or lentils you would have to go to a health food shop now all supermarkets have an extensive range of healthy ingredients are foods available.

3) Do you have any top tips to increase fertility in women or for someone who has

lost their period? (for my ProjectP if you follow me on insta, @chlohodgkinson

A healthy, balanced and varied diet is a key element in ensuring optimum fertility. What you eat can affect your ability to conceive a child – both positively and negatively and nutritionists are increasingly coming to believe that what you eat in the months prior to conception can have an important and lasting impact on the health of your baby after it is born.

It’s worth remembering that it takes two people to create a new life and to maximise the chances of conception both partners need to think about getting in shape. Ideally you should start to prepare at least 6 months before trying to conceive.

But it not just what you eat that’s important – how much you eat is also important. It’s well documented that being over or under weight can impair fertility. A certain level of body fat is necessary to regulate the hormones that control ovulation and menstruation, when body fat drops below, a certain critical point ovulation and menstruation cease. Obesity can also reduce fertility in women by impairing ovulation and can reduce sperm production in men. So, if you‘re overweight or underweight its worth doing something about it.

4) Do you have any tips for someone wanting to improve their health? 

The best things you can do improve your health is the eat a healthy balanced diet, take regular exercise, minimise stress ( or at least develop strategies to help you cope with stress) and be happy

5) Healthy habits you follow in regards to nutrition

I based my meals around vegetables – I do eat meat and fish and other animal proteins, but they are not the main part of meal. Whatever I’m cooking I like to include as many vegetables as possible. I also try to make sure I eat a variety of different foods, it very easy to get stuck in food rut eating the same few foods week in week out   – variety maybe the spice of life but it’s also the key to healthy balanced diet.

6) As the fitness industry has boomed, what have you seen happen to your industry?

Unfortunately, interest in nutrition means that there are a lot of untrained people giving nutrition and fitness advice, advice which is not always supported by strong science – this can leave people feeling very confused about what they should be eating

7) What things do you think someone who is training hard should bare in mind? 

Sometime people think that if they are training hard – burning calories they can eat what they want, that’s a huge mistake. You need to give your body the right nutrients to fuel your training but also to keep your immune system strong because if you get ill you can’t train.  After training you need a combination of protein and carbs to help repair muscle and restore glycogen stores but It doesn’t have to be a sports drink or energy bar –unless you are an elite athlete  a glass of milk and  banana are  just as good for most of us

8) Any tips for someone just starting out in a fitness journey to lose weight/build muscle?

Choose a sensible diet – there are lots of faddy diets around which promise rapid weight loss in short period of time, but they really don’t work – at least not in the long term – in my experience people who lose a lot of weight very quickly with fad or crash diet usually end up regaining the weight the lost because extreme diets are difficult to sustain. The best way to lose is to make small changes to your diet and lifestyle which are design to help you reduce your energy (calorie) intake and increase the energy expenditure.

And there you have it… a moment with Fiona – Check out the article I loved here.

Speak soon treacs

Chlo xxxx

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Guest Post / What a Nutrition Student Eats in A Day….


Meet BitesbyBecs: 

”I am a true believer in balance – I eat as healthily as I possibly can; however like everyone else, some days are always going to be better than others. After all I am a student! If I am eating out, I always tend to go for the healthiest option on the menu; however, if I fancy a pizza that is what I will have! I am also a chocoholic with a huge sweet tooth so if someone opens a packet of chocolate or a tub of ice cream is opened it would be rude to say no!
As you can see in the example week below, I eat three main meals a day, as well as two or three snacks (again depending on if I am working out etc.). My main meals always include a protein source, a complex carbohydrate, some healthy fats and heaps of vegetables. My snacks tend to be high in protein and healthy fats to keep me full and provide me with enough energy. 
Hydration is so important so I take a water bottle everywhere I go, I try to drink 2-3 litres of water a day. I also start my day with a cup of tea, either peppermint or green tea and tend to have at least one more throughout the day.” 

MON
TUES
WED
THURS
FRI
SAT
SUN
BREAKFAST
Oats with berries, a handful of almonds and a teaspoon of flaxseed 
2 eggs scrambled, 2 corn thins and wilted spinach 
Oats mixed with protein powder, berries and almonds 
2 boiled eggs, 2 corn cakes and avocado 
Oats with berries, almonds and flaxseed
2 poached eggs on a slice of rye with avocado 
2 eggs scrambled with smoked salmon and a slice of rye
MORNING SNACK
Banana
Homemade protein ball
2 boiled eggs and spinach 
LUNCH
2 egg omelette with spinach, tomatoes and courgette
Tuna, brown rice and mixed salad leaves 
Chicken, sweet potato, feta cheese and mixed greens
Tuna, brown rice and broccoli 
Chicken breast, lentils and mixed salad leaves 
Tuna salad with sweet potato 
Chicken salad with feta cheese and quinoa
AFTERNOON SNACK
2 corn thins with banana and peanut butter 
Berries and a handful of nuts 
Homemade protein ball
Homemade smoothie – frozen banana, peanut butter, protein powder and almond milk
A ‘Kind’ nut bar 
Popcorn 
Homemade smoothie – berries, frozen banana, protein powder and almond milk
DINNER
Grilled salmon fillet with stir fried greens and brown rice
Homemade turkey burgers with roasted sweet potato and salad
Stuffed peppers with quinoa, kidney beans, mixed vegetables
Pan fried sea bass with new potatoes and mixed green vegetables
Homemade wrap pizza with pesto, chicken, peppers, tomatoes and spinach 
Homemade chicken Pad Thai 
Chicken sausages, roasted vegetables (butternut squash, sweet potato, peppers, courgette) 
DESSERT
Greek yoghurt with 2 squares of 85% dark chocolate and berries 
Greek yoghurt and berries
Greek yoghurt and berries 
Ice cream 
Dark chocolate 

You can catch qualified PT and nutrition student, Becs at @bitesbybecs / http://www.bitesbybecs.wordpress.com.

* you can buy Kind Bars featured in Bec’s diet below:

Hope you enjoyed seeing what other people eat, let me know if you did!

Love Chlo xxx 




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6 Times My Health Kick Was Once Bad For My Health

Those blooming health kicks, from fad diets to diet pills the industry is booming with so-called health kicks. It’s scary that as a fitness and health blogger for sometime to look back at even times that I was blogging and sharing my journey that actually what I was doing to improve my health was actually hindering. Here I’ll share you 6 times my health kick was bad for my health… and I had no idea.

/ Not Eating Enough

This is one of the most common I see in clients, especially serial dieters. A lot of us don’t actually eat what our bodies need and that can be so scary. Starting a few years a go and only ending last winter I was a huge under eater, I worked out recently that in those times I was eating roughly 1000 cals a day but binged at weekend. I binged because by the weekend came I had deprived myself so much that I craved sugar and carbs and when giving myself a little bit simply couldn’t stop. My sleep was horrendous as was my mood and was there any fat loss or muscle toning? Absolutely not… just a fluffy, bloated pouch on a somewhat skinny body.

/ Over Training

Unfortunately while I was under eating also came over training. I was a huge fan of HIIT and although I still am when it comes to fitness levels and fat loss, I did this 6-7 days a week and completely exhausted myself. You see, HIIT puts your body in a stressed state and can be really harsh on the body especially if you’re doing lots of impact stuff e.g burpees and jump lunges, which I was. I was running on adrenaline, yet carried on with the mindset of the more you do the better you are. Now I train 5x a week, might fit in HIIT 1x a week but mostly get my cardio from walking.

/ Cutting Out Carbs 

Jeez Louise, this was the worst one I have to say. I lived on a more or less protein diet… eggs, chicken with a tiny salad and repeat. I may have a tiny handful of raisins before gym but other than that carbs were a no go. The unfortunate thing is it’s destroyed my gut and my gut still pays the price now. I have a really sensitive gut from all the damage I caused it from my no-carb days. I would bloat every few weeks and was constantly constipated… it got to the stage that if I managed to go to the loo, I would tell everyone because it was so rare. I know TMI I’m sorry.

Now, I have a variety of carbs in my diet from oats and rice to sweet potato and berries. I have actually found not only do I have more energy but it’s given me a lot more shape to my waist and my muscles. I still monitor my carbs as my body strives off fats and protein but I would never ever cut them out again. I always ensure I have high fibre foods like chia seeds too… you can find the recipe for my chia seed pudding on my youtube!

/ Taking Laxatives

A bad 15 year old that listened to whatever the internet told her. This I remember was a bad time. I spent my time looking at myself in the mirror grabbing my unwanted fat, I would cry in the bath and be unhappy in myself … but was also completely uneducated. I had no idea why I was fat (I wasn’t actually that fat), why I had fat, how I had fat and wtf I could do about it. I heard that laxatives helped lose weight, so I popped to boots and brought shop brought constipation relief tablets… I think I got up to taking 6 a day at one point. It was so uncomfortable, embarrassing and surprisingly didn’t work… FYI, this much have also played a part in my sensitive gut.

/ Obsessing Over Calories or Fitbit 

Probably a most recent one. I started tracking my food to ensure I ate enough and I brought a Fitbit. I love love love both. I love knowing what’s in my food and ensuring I have enough calories and macros through out the day. From my under eating days it’s still very natural for me to under eat unintentionally, not a chance would I eat the amount I do unless I saw I had too! However, the flip side is that it can become obsessive, I went through a tough time of having to eat below my calories.. weird I know and also had to hit over my goal on my Fitbit. Both things can be amazing if you’re in control of it, if you feel like you’re obsessing then I recommend coming off them for a few days. I only track mon-fri when I’m working and need the calories now and then weekends I sign out of My Fitness and chill… I want to fuel my body not obsess over it.

/ Following People On Social Media 

A funny one as you’d think it won’t directly damage health but I found myself following people who made me question my own body, what I did, how I looked and what I did. I found myself copying people that A) had completely different bodies to me B) completely different lives C) completely different goals… Social media can often make you question yourself. So question yourself before social media does… question everyone you follow, how does each time they upload a picture make you feel? If it’s negative… give them an unfollow.

I wrote these not only because I’ve learnt a lot from all 6 and wanted to share them with you but I want to try to prevent these situations happening to you too. 
Love as always 
Chlo xxxxx



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4 Changes Im Making To My Health

It’s September and for some, including me, that means it’s time for new goals, new focus and time for reflection. It’s different for me this year, it’s quite scary actually, that this is the first ever year since I started school in reception that I haven’t gone back into education in the September. Im a big girl now but also a creature of habit so I love to start new things in September and I thought I would share them with you guys…

/ Stopping Tracking

Since January I’ve been tracking my calories and macros as a way of helping me understand the calories in food, the nutrients in food and also how much food I actually need for my body. I’ve now decided to stop tracking and living my life by a number and take the plunge to eat intuitively instead. Im actually really nervous about this one as it’s a big step but now it’s time to learn to listen to my body rather than let a number dictate it.

*Watch this video for how to get leaner* 

/ Gut First

Ahh this blooming gut of mine. It’s a nightmare but this winter I will be putting my gut first, filling my body with healthy nutrients, fibre and all things gut friendly. By gut friendly I mean going back to my food intolerance test and living by that, that means no dairy, peanuts, sunflower seeds, limited gluten, no yeast and no red grapes or carbonated drinks. I don’t mean none of these forever, but I am going to try have none for at least 2 weeks and then keep them at minimum because lets face it… who can give up Oppo ice-cream forever? Not me.

*Watch this video for bloating tips*

/ Practising Mindfulness

My body has been at the centre of my goals, whether its strength, feeling comfortable or getting abs. However, this winter my mindset is going to be another one of my focuses. I have achieved some great things this summer but I want to be able to achieve even more this winter and next year but I believe to achieve more we have to be in the right mindset… Que more visits to the shaman & more headspace.

*Watch this video for more* 

/ Training for Enjoyment not Body Composition

Like said above, my training I’ve always loved but it has primarily been for my body not my mind. Im going to ensure I train to my full enjoyment rather than what I need to do more of what I feel like doing! If I want to run.. I’m going to run, Yano.

I feel like you guys can see a very clear trend that I’m moving away from having the ideal body and more of having the ideal soul and life. I want to live a strong heathy life that is flexible and striving to be the happiest and healthiest I’ve been not the leanest and fittest. 
* Watch This Video for Workout Inspo*
Here’s to the winter… what are you doing this winter?
Chlo xxxxx

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5 Ways to Beat Summer Blues

Ahhhh Man! Maaaa G’sssss.. I’ve lost my head because summer is leaving. OR HAVE I?! Ok, im pretty sure it’s the coffee that is making me write this weird shiz, but lets all go with it yeah? Summer is over but your happiness my friends is NOT! Let’s beat summer blues and prevent SAD with these ways…

/ Embrace Winter

Ha, funny one ey but na I’m serious. Winter can actually be so much fun, winter walks leading to films in the fire or even heading out and trying out winter sports. It’s so easy to mop inside and moan but really just because the weather might be colder it doesn’t mean we cant do the things we did when the summer was better.. when half the time the weather probably wasn’t better! Bring summer to winter I say… I really want to have a winter BBQ.

/ Try Something New

Skiing and winter sports are a great choices but just anything new is a great way to distract yourself. Summer tends to be full of parties, get together and just generally doing things so try something new to help keep you busy. I’m still working out what I want to try but I really really want to learn to speak Spanish ready for next summer!

/ Book a Get Away

Have yourself something to look forward too, even if it’s just the weekend. Groupon have some great deals and I really recommend Berlin Xmas markets! It will allow us to not only associate summer with holidays, relaxing and fun. 

/ Set New Goals

New season, new goals. I always set up new goals at the end of summer. This season i’m going to try add some lean muscle and ensure i’m eating at maintenance calories because naturally I tend to eat in a caloric deficit but accident… oh & im also going to put loads of time into my Youtube.

/ Surround Yourself With Positivity

They say you’re only as good as those you surround yourself with, so opt for those with ambition and that are positive. Winter tends to be a toughy for most people but the last thing you need is someone making it harder for you.

I’d love to hear some of your own tips if you have any on how to get you through winter!

Love Chlo xxxx

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5 High Protein Breakfasts

Protein Smotein! You hear it everywhere, but as brits it’s actually a macro that we often deprive ourselves of and is such an important macro when it comes to your health and fitness.
I really encourage all my clients and myself to have protein at every meal, yet protein at breakfast seems to be the one people struggle with most. BUT HAVE NO FEAR, I’ve got some high protein breakfasts that I can’t wait to share with you!

/ OATS & GREEK YOGHURT

Oats are a fab energy and carb source and a very popular breakie, for added protein you can simply add in 100g of greek yoghurt. Here, I’ve used Fage total 0%. Topped with chopped hazelnuts and Pip & Nut chocolate hazelnut butter …. a must! Pip and Nut are a fabulous brand offering clean nut butters that are naturally high in protein and good fats. You can buy their book here!

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/ CLEAN FRY UP

Ahhhh the good old English breakie! You see, your English breakfast doesn’t have to be full of nasty fats and high in calories. Cutting the fat off the bacon and scrambled eggs cooked in a small amount of butter, you can’t go wrong!

/ Dairy Free Yoghurt Bowl

This one is for those of you that aren’t keen on the dairy. Alpro GO ON. yoghurt is perfect for you, high in calories without the dairy made with soya. If you’re into dairy then you can def go for the total fage 0% like in the porridge bowls, however if you’re wanting to look after the cows, then Alpro has your back. This is topped with Rude Health Granola, blueberries, raisins & Meridan Almond butter. 

/ PROTEIN PANCAKES… 

High protein breakfasts or healthy breakfasts doesn’t mean you can’t see pancakes again! Here I’ve used Misfits Nutrition vegan whey as I can’t have whey protein, however any whey protein will do! I recommend My Protein Vanilla Whey. This is topped with fruit and My Protein Sugar Free Syrup & If you’re after a great protein pancake recipe I recommend grabbing The Body Coach’s book!

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/ Egg Muffins

Ahhh these are delights! You basically whisk eggs and your choice of fillings (I used cheese, bacon and courgette) and pour the mixture into muffin cases and baked in the oven! Sprinkle a little cheese on top for that extra cheeseyness. Is that even a word? Who knows.
A great recipe again, can be found in The Body Coach’s book!

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Could you guess I’m still quite a fan of Joe Wick’s recipes?! Ha! 
The point of this post was to try to share with you guys that there is a variety of foods you can have that are high in protein! 
I’d love if you could share with me your creations! Tag me on Instagram @chlohodgkinson 
Love Chlo xxxxx

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Recipe // Healthy Snicker bars








I’ve had so many people ask me when i’m going to put this recipe up but I wanted to put it in my vlog… It’s now going to be on both! These Snickers bits create voltures in my house, everyone diving into them & they are gone quicker than it takes to make them. They really are the best guilt free treat and I hope you love them as much as I do…

Ingredients

/ 6tbsp Almond flour
/ 8 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener
/ Extra large big scoop of peanut butter
/ 16 Dates
/ 1/2 cup of almond milk
/ 2 tbsp of peanut butter –
/ 250g 75%+ dark chocolate

Method/

The caramel: / 16 Dates
/ 1/2 cup of almond milk
/ 2 tbsp of peanut butter –

/ blend it all up until thick in either a nutribullet or a stronger blender
/ The mixture should form a thick, spreadable caramel type mixture
/ mix in salted peanuts with a spoons
For the nuggety part:

/ 6tbsp Almond flour
/ 8 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener
/ Extra large big scoop of peanut butter

/ Mix that with a spoon / Lay out the nuggety bit on grease proof paper in a tin, I spread it out with my hands as I find it’s easier! / Then add the caramel on top

/ Freeze for 4 hours
/ Take out of freezer and cut into shapes
/ Melt down the dark chocolate over hot water
/ Roll each shape into the chocolate.
/ Allow to cool
/ Enjoy & try not to eat all at once!


Let me know how you get on & don’t forget to tag me in your insta pics!!
You can see me making it over on my Youtube channel too if you like…

Love Chlo xxx

Freeze for about 5 hours, cut into squares then melt down dark chocolate and cover the frozen squares in chocolate and leave on a tray where it doesn’t stick wait to harder then keep in the fridge xx Not bored of me yet? Come say hey!
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