Monday, 15 June 2015

ARE YOU STILL STRUGGLING TO LOSE YOUR UNDER ARM FAT? THIS MIGHT BE THE REASON.

Hello friends how was your weekend? Mine was super relaxing and I am energised for this week, hope yours was fun and relaxing. 

I have pretty cool post for you guys, I have been studying a lot about hormones lately and wanted to share some of my findings as I believe it will really help someone. Enjoy!

Do you struggle with arm fat, batwings, bingo wings or what Nigerians call ‘christian mother’ (that’s just harsh)? Have you tried everything you know and have lost weight all over but still struggling to shift that under arm blubber? This may surprise you but it is probably not your fault.


I have a friend that struggled with this, she tried every diet known to man and lost a significant amount of weight everywhere but under her arms. It is true that it is impossible to spot reduce, but do you know that most stubborn fat deposits are hormonal and treating the hormonal imbalance can make huge difference? I suggested she calls her doctor and ask for a blood test to check her hormone levels and as I suspected her testosterone levels were below normal. Have you noticed men hardly have underarm fat? It is the testosterone!


Testosterone is an important hormone in both men and women and is needed in varying amounts. It is important in women in small amounts as it helps you stay lean, have stronger bones, increases sex drive and even improves your mood. Low testosterone in women can cause symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, anxiety, low libido and osteoporosis. Some common causes of lower-than-normal testosterone levels in women are are; stress, low protein intake, lack of quality sleep and excessive oestrogen in the body by eating hormone-laden meat and dairy, drinking out of plastic water bottles, medications like birth control pills, and using cosmetics that contain parabens (common preservatives).



So how do you balance your hormones and increase testosterone naturally to the normal level and get rid of that arm fat?



1. EAT HEALTHIER BALANCED MEALS- 


 
Eating whole unprocessed foods are not only healthy and good for you, it can help you get rid of stubborn fat by balancing your hormones. Testosterone and related fat burning hormones are made out of cholesterol therefore eating a diet rich in protein and good fats like eggs, avocados, coconut oil, salmon, mackerel etc help stimulate the production of healthy balanced hormones in your body. 

2. STOP EATING CRAP-
These foods contain numerous chemicals and processed fats your body cannot metabolise efficiently there by slowing down your metabolism, increasing your insulin and  creating stubborn hard-to-lose fat accumulations in your body.

3. CONSIDER SUPPLEMENTING WITH HERBS- There are some herbs and supplements that have been shown to improve hormonal balance in the body and lead to weight loss but please speak to your doctor and do your research before taking any drug or supplements. Ginseng available in teas or capsules have been shown to act as an adaptogen by naturally balancing out sex hormones in the body through stimulation of the hypothalamus gland. 
Other herbs like Vitex or tribulus are regularly used in alternative medicine to balance hormones. Female bikini competitors use supplements likeCLA(Conjugated linoleic acid) a natural fatty acid found in cheese and meats in small amounts, to lose fat in stubborn areas like under arm and thighs with good results.
                     

Zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6 are three powerful vitamins and minerals that promote testosterone production and increase your immune system response, muscle building capacity and mental alertness.

4. LIFT WEIGHTS WITH INTENSITY- Lifting heavy weights or high intensity training are effective at raising testosterone level. A simple way to do this would be to do some 30 seconds sprints and 15sec rests in between your exercises.


5. SLEEP- Is very important when it come to balancing hormones, sleep disturbances can decrease the release of testosterone by almost half, so make sure you get your nightly zzz.



Here is an infographic of how sleep affects you

Hope you found this article helpful, and you win the battle against stubborn fat. Is there any thing that has helped you shed stubborn fat in the past? Please share as sharing is caring :).

Have a great week guys
Nemi x

Monday, 1 June 2015

ARE YOU BEAUTIFUL OR AVERAGE?

#Ididnotwakeuplikethis
Hello friends did you miss me? Ha I thought as much. Can't believe it has been about 2 months since my last post, I guess I just needed sometime off to deal with some health issues. I am happy to say I am fine, very well, healthy and have been given an all clear from the docs phew!!

This recent health scare has not only not given me a new lease of life but has made me a whole lot more conscious about taking care of my health and making decisions/lifestyle changes for sustainable long term results  rather than short term aesthetic goals. I believe this will influence Anemistyle blog in a very positive way.

Anyways you might have heard of this Dove did a campaign where they invited women of all ages to a building and in front of the entrance they had the signs 'Beautiful' and 'Average'. The women had to choose a door and very sadly most women chose average. A lady interviewed said we are constantly bombarded with unrealistic beauty that we don't know what is beautiful any more.

With the rise of Instagram, facebook and most social media platforms unattainable beauty is at your finger tips. The truth is that most of this #Iwokeuplikethis or #whatieatinaday are all lies, the pictures have been filtered the shots of abs were taken first thing in the morning after the biggest wee and only lasts till breakfast. Actually do you know that for the average person to have visible abs you have to be dehydrated like crazy?!?

The strive for perfection is tiring especially when it is not real. I just want to encourage you today and tell you that you are beautiful just the way you are, and the body parts you are paranoid about add character to your body and no one notices it anyways.

Wishing you a fab month and a wonderful summer!

Love
Nemi


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

HEALTHY EATS REVIEWS : LIVLIFE BREAD REVIEW

Hello everyone,  hope you had a lovely easter break and you are enjoying the AMAZING weather in the UK. I had a pretty relaxing and fun long weekend with the husband and hanging out with some dear friends, it was a great weekend!

This Spring and Summer, I will be doing some healthy eat reviews on some of my favourite good-for- you treats. After learning some hard truths about dieting, I am a big believer of making healthier choices everyday instead of the YOLO and dieting culture that is becoming the norm.

The foods featured in these reviews will be healthier substitutes of foods and snacks people tend to eat. This is to avoid eating bad one day and restricting or fasting the next.

The first review is for LivLife seeded bread; thanks to low carb diets, gluten free and wheat belly, bread is seen the food of demons. I don't know about you but every now and then a slice of toast with butter. PB, marmite or nutella 'gives me life'. With LivLife bread you can enjoy a slice or two with no guilt shame or condemnation. Read the full review to find out why.

Friday, 20 March 2015

ADD SOME SPRING TO YOUR WARDROBE- 6 STYLE INSPO

Hey guys hope you are having a good week. It is the first day of SPRING finally and I could not be more excited. I woke up this morning to grey skies then there was a solar eclipse and and it got darker but by 10.30 the sun was shining, birds were singing and blue clouds in the sky.

I have not posted any style posts lately as I have not been inspired due to the loooong winter. I am a huge fan of in between seasons like spring and autumn and can't wait to share some cool spring fashion inspiration with you all. So lets get to it-


FLOATY MIDI SKIRT AND A JUMPER
Very easy to style, wear and super versatile. The jumper keeps you warm as it is generally quite chilly when the sun goes down. A statement necklace is needed if you want to dress up the outfit; because the  outfit is quite simple you have the space to inject your personality with your choice of hairstyle, accessories and shoes.



MULTICOLOURED FLORAL JACKET

All black everything is elegant, chic and a common winter staple. As the sun comes out in spring, you might not be ready for the floral flirty dresses and spring pastels; a statement multi coloured jacket gives you the best of both worlds and it is effortlessly stylish.


 FLORAL TROUSERS

I like floral trouser but can't pull them off unfortunately, if you are one of those slim legged beauties out there, try them out as they have a way of upgrading an outfit. Pair with a plain t-shirt and simple accessories to avoid looking garish.

PASTEL BLAZER
Pastel colours are the epitome of spring, they are soft, soothing and neutral which makes them easy to style and pair with most clothes you already have. A pastel blazer in my opinion is a fashionista's must have this season. There is a colour for everyone and blazers are great at transforming an outfit.

SOFT MAXI SKIRT

Doesn't this outfit make you wanna go "aaaah, it is soft, flirty and ultra feminine. A maxi skirt in spring/summer is so refreshing and easy breezy cover girl, it is not only for tall girls as they suit every one,  you just need to find the one that is you.


STRIPES WITH A POP OF COLOUR
When all fails or I can't be bothered, stripes with a pop of colours always saves the day. Stripey tops or dresses are available almost everywhere and they are quite affordable. Pair with a bright colour and neutral accessories and Bob's your uncle!


I hope these style ideas inspire you to add some spring into your wardrobe this season.

Happy weekend ya'll

Love 

Nemi xoxo

Monday, 16 March 2015

WEEKEND UPDATE: MY EVENING AT THE UK HAIR FELLOWSHIP FOR AFRO HAIR

Hello friends hope you had a lovely Mother's day weekend. I haven't done a weekend update in aaaages as I find taking pictures to capture every moment in life stops you from living in the moment and could be intrusive to friends and family. That being said, I think some moments are better enjoyed when you can capture it and share. OK enough jibber jabber.

I went to the hairdressers recently and got invited to a UK hair fellowship event for Afro hair. The Fellowship of British hairdressing is an organisation that is dedicated to promoting the best of British hairdressing by organising events where the UK top hair dressers, colourist, stylist etc share their skills and expertise. Being a member of the fellowship is strictly by invitation based the on quality of your salon. Basically every one there that was amazing and from an award winning hair salon and I was very excited to be there and learn from the best.

Afro Hair Presentation and Workshop
The evening started with an introduction from Errol Douglas(MBE) the current president of the fellowship then some hair demonstration.
Errol Douglas (MBE) President of the fellowship

A common thread that ran through all the demos was the use of colour, Natalie Joseph of Hype Coiffure(UK colourist of the year) had green in her models hair with blond tips and the result was stunning. She stressed that his was only possible without damage because the models's hair was natural.
Natalie Joseph from Hype Coiffure


Michelle Thompson cutting technique was captivation and I could not look away, she relaxed her model's hair to loosen the curl pattern then blowdried it to add body and bounce before cutting the hair. Again the result were amazing and the texture of the hair was just amazing, I didn't know black hair could look that smooth straight and bouncy.
Michelle Thompson from Francesco Group



 Donna Marie Hunt added colour to relaxed hair and a few members of the audience were quite skeptical because of the over processing and damage. She said that as long as the hair was in good condition you can add colour to relaxed hair without further damage provided you don't  strip the hair of its natural colour and you use a darker colour. She used a pinkish purple on her model and it was stunning.
Donna Marie Hunt from Alan d

 Joy Miller wrapped her model's hair to make the sides flat then bonded some short extension to the crown of her models hair for shape and volume. Is it just me or does the model look like Rhianna?
Joy Miller from Junior Green

Interview with Tom Forster- Award winning barber  and London Fashion week mens hair stylist.

Having tracks put in my hair cos I am not brave enough to dye my hair




 BEFORE-With Anne Veck
AFTER- Went for a redish pink and loved it!!





Had a wonderful and inspiring evening at the event and I learnt a few things about black hair. By the way just so you know, relaxers are out and texturisers are back! For the perfect smooth and bouncy hair texturise then, blowdry boom!

Have a great week ya'll

Love
Nemi








Friday, 6 March 2015

THAI GREEN CURRY SALAD



Hello friends, hope you are having a great week. I am pleased to be sharing today's Thai green curry salad recipe with you. This salad is delicious, quick and easy to make and will satisfy every thai food craving.
Curries are one of my favourite meals, whether is it Thai, Indian or Nepalese I enjoy them all. There is a new(ish) Thai restaurant in Oxford called Oli's Thai with incredible reviews and after reading countless amazing stories I was semi desperate to try the food already. I tried calling to book a table for 3 consecutive days but could not get through, when I finally got through and tried to book there was a 3 month wait!! The food better be worth it.
In the mean time I decide to console myself with this healthy and low calorie Thai green curry salad cos come the 25th of May I am having a real splurge. 

Here is how I made the salad.


Friday, 27 February 2015

BLACKCURRANT AND APPLE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE BOWL( (nature's Ribena)




 NATURES RIBENA BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE BOWL



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Hey guys hope you are having a great week. I am currently obsessed with smoothie bowls and can't wait to share todays breakfast bowl experiment with you.

Smoothie bowls are great way to start the day, filled the antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and with many health benefits. The toppings, high fiber content helps keep you fuller for longer and eating it with a spoon ensures you enjoy and savour every spoonful . Think of it as a soft serve breakfast icecream!  

I grew up drinking Ribena and loved it greedily. One day when my parents where driving me home after being admitted in the hospital they stopped at a supermarket and bought an bottle of concentrated Ribena and left it in the back seat. Before we arrived home without anyone noticing I drank it and though it didn't taste right my greed didn't not let me stop. You can guess what happened after that...intense and unbearable tummy aches and many unmentionables. Thank goodness I have been healed from the food greed and my love for Ribena was not destroyed as I  later learned about diluting it.

Today's recipe is as easy as A B C, it is perfect for a breakfast or a post dinner dessert(make it 3 hours before and freeze).

INGREDIENTS
  • medium apple
  • 20 grams or a  2 handfuls of  frozen blackcurrants
  • 5 chopped dates
  • Vanilla extract
  • chopped mango or pineapple(Optional)
  • 50ml of water

  • TOPPING // red currants almonds, roasted and raw pumpkin seeds sunflower seeds and flaxseeds 

  • INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a blender combine the apple, dates and black currants.  Add water slowly till its gets to your desired consistency. Blend until a smooth liquid.
  2.  Pour into a bowl and garnish with more currants, nuts, seed or granola. 
  3. Eat with a spoon and enjoy :). 

Love
Nemi xoxo



Monday, 16 February 2015

SUGAR FREE CHOCODATE HEARTS AND BALLS

Happy Monday everyone and hope you had a wonderful weekend. I had a pretty chilled weekend hanging out with the Husband and catching up and some Scandal with some Chinese...twas really good :).

So like many people out there I struggle with procrastination, when I have so much serious work to do that is when I feel inspired to do mind numbing tasks. This weekend was no exception I spent a good chunk of playing with chocolate creations and honestly it was a lot of delicious fun.

CHOCODATE BALLS




Ingredients

  • 20 grams of pitted dates
  • 10grams of Cocoa powder
  • 10 desiccated coconut or cashews

Instruction

  1. Grind ingredient in a coffee grinder or blender.
  2. Scoop mixture into an ice cream scoop or measuring spoon and press till it holds its shape(the dates will ensure this).
  3. Transfer to a mini muffin case and voila!

CHOCODATE HEARTS


This is so easy to make, do you know that if you combine cocoa powder and dates  in a 2:1 ratio you can mould it and play with it as you would fondant? Well you can imagine what happened when I discovered this.

Ingredients

  • 20 grams of pitted dates
  • 10grams of Cocoa powder

Instruction

  1. Grind ingredient in a coffee grinder or blender.
  2. Mould into a ball and Bob's your uncle.
  3. Flatten ball with a rolling pin on a smooth surface and cut out exciting shaped using a cookie cutter or fondant cutter.

Was that super easy or what? The best part is that you can enjoy these guilt free as the ingredients are all natural, sugar free and and chock full of fibre.


Wishing you a wonderful week

Love

 Nemi x 





Wednesday, 11 February 2015

QUICK AND EASY BEETROOT HUMMUS

Hey guys hope you are having a fab week, if you did not read last week's Favour filled February post what are you waiting for? It is absolutely worth it!

Recently the blog has been getting quite foodie woodie, my apologies for that if you are not a foodie. Food experiments are currently trending in my kitchen, I am enjoying it and so are all the people sharing the recipes; I appreciate your support.

So earlier this week I sent Le Hüsband to the shops to buy some beetroot, I asked for some raw beetroots with dirt on them as I needed them for my pinky-red warm breakfast smoothie bowl (veggies in smoothies are better raw). He came back with some cooked beetroot as they did not have any raw beetroot- so with my smoothie dreams over I decided to get creative with these cooked beetroots.

I remember the first time I had beetroots, my Mum was going through a juicing phase cos there was this diet 'Hallelujah Diet' where you had to eat every thing raw. Anyhoo I came home from Uni and like most Mums, my complained about me looking ill and under fed. Fair enough a diet of 2 minute noodles is anything but balanced. She decide to make me some beetroot and aloe vera juice and I drank it for peace sake as It was absolutely disgusting BUT  that was not the worst part. I went for a wee a few hours later and my urine was blood red!! I thought I was dying and bleeding to death (yeah yeah over dramatic I know) but it was scary!

I have gotten over my fear of the red root veggie and I quite enjoy it cooked as the cooking process gets rid of the tangy taste and all you are left with is a potato-ey red root vegetable.

This recipe is so easy and there are many recipes online so you can make it with what ever you have at home.


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 medium cooked beetroot
  • 1 tbs of lemon juice
  • 15-20g of sunflower seeds or Tahini or 100g of canned chickpeas
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Whizzed ingredients in a high speed blender and and voila beetroot hummus.



Serve with your favourite veggies for a crunchy afternoon snack.



WISHING YOU A HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Love 

Nemi xx

Friday, 6 February 2015

5 TIPS TO HAVING FAVOUR FILLED FEBRUARY

Hey guys, hope you are having a good week and a fantastic month. All through January, I have been telling everyone around me that February was going to be a good month for me I even hashgtagged it #FavourFilledFebruary, pretty bold huh!?!? Anyhoo this might be hard for some to believe but from the last week of January I started having incredible favour and I will be sharing some of them later in the post.

I believe favour is from God, it is neither luck nor karma but an empowerment from God for grace and success. Proverbs 22:1 says favour is better than silver and gold. Favour is available to everyone and not just a special few and following these principles below can help you walk in favour.

    ASK FOR FAVOUR- Let me start by saying it is not greedy or carnal to ask for favour as some Christians might think. Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9-11 shamelessly asked for blessings(favour) from God, he didn't just ask for blessings but that God would keep him from trouble and pain.  This was the perfect time for God to send in the leading prophet of the day, imagine Samuel, Jeremiah or Habakuk knocking on Jabez's door saying "Thus saith the Lord, thou O Jabez art a greedy man! How dare you asketh for blessings and no trouble and pain in this evil generation of yours. Thou shalt be stricken with the disease of the Egyptians"! Nah... the next verse 10 says "And God granted him his request". If you want favour or blessing just ask and no you will not be stricken with the disease of the Egyptians.

EXPECT - This is so important because you can have a favour filled experience and miss it if you are not expecting anything good to happen. Have you met one of those 'Debbie downers' that are soooo pessimistic and always complaining about everything? When was the last time something amazing happened to them? Being expectant does not mean you should become this carefree, 'walking on sunshine' optimist with your head in the clouds because quite frankly 'ish' happens and life has a way of knocking you off that sunshine! Instead being expectant is being real, seeing the good in situations and expecting more of that good in your life. Your expectation is not from people but from God.

SPEAK FAVOUR OVER YOUR LIFE- Personally, I believe this is the most important point because   what you say affects your life in many ways. Proverbs 18:20-21 talks about your life being filled with the 'fruit of your mouth' or in today's speak 'your words. It also says life and death are in the power of your tongue. Have you noticed that the more you say you are tired, the more tired you feel. If you want to have favour in your life say I am blessed and highly favoured everyday and please please please don't undo it by saying 'why don't I ever catch a break' or 'why do bad things always happen' to me or any other favour killing quotes you have in your repertoire. 

Side bar:  Single Ladies please stop saying there are no good guys around, that is a favour killing statement, the more you say it, the more it becomes your reality and truth!



BE A RAINBOW IN SOMEONE'S CLOUD:
 I saw this Maya Angelo quote and I was really inspired. You want to be blessed and highly favoured right? When was the last time you did something amazing for someone?  Being kind will bring you extra kindness, smiling wins more friends than frowning.  Favour and blessings usually come through people; Luke 6:12  in the King James says Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. The part about men giving to you is often skipped in-fact many translations remove it entirely.Wouldn't it be fab if God would rain £100 from the sky, the reality is that God works through people like you and I. Be open to doing something amazing for someone for no absolute reason.

SHARE YOUR FAVOUR: When you start walking in favour be a blessing by sharing (not bragging) your testimonies to encourage others to believe and expect. You have no idea how much hope your little story can give. 
So my #FFF (Favour filled February) stories as promised earlier. I won a hamper from a vegan challenge, I am a huge snacker so this was a huge treat and unexpected. 
I went to the hair dressers for a £6 treatment( with a voucher) and left with a trip to London, hung out with leaders in the hairdressing world, Anne Veck (google her) walks up to me and says don't touch your hair anymore anything you want to do come see me! Free hair treatments till further notice, and most importantly I got the chance sit with her over carrot cake and chat about life as a leading female entrepreneur, raising a family, fitness and many more random stuff . We are practically besties ha!

It did not end there, I have been working on a business on the down low for a while and if you have started a business you probably understand how difficult it can be sometimes. I received the most amazing encouragement and from a young female entrepreneur. This favour got me jumping on my bed...( I went all Tom Cruise!). Anyhoo guess who my other new bestie is?  Yes Cassandra Stavrou the CEO of Propercorn whoop whoop! Yes Cass wrote to me about my business saying I should give her a shout if I need feedback or advice. Now to some people this might be nothing but if you are working on an app and the CEO of Apple Tim Cook writes to you how would you feel? Well that is how I felt.


It is just the first week in Feb and I am so excited about what else this favour filled month would bring. I have been praying for people around me and for this favour to spread and can't wait to hear testimonies of favour, will keep you guys posted. 

Have a great weekend and a Favour Filled February
Love 
Nemi