Saturday, 16 January 2016

DELICIOUSLY HEALTHY COURGETTI BOLOGNESE

DELICIOUSLY HEALTHY COURGETTI BOLOGNESE

This recipe is a simple dinner you can make in less that 10mins, it is delicious and by swapping the regular pasta for some zoodles and draining the mince you are reducing the calories by over 75% (according to my calorie counter). And if you are like me this means there is room for dessert :).
 This is a child's serving btw ;)

Ingredients
  • 2 large courgettes, cut into strips with a julienne peeler (you can buy one here)
  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red or green pepper, chopped
  • 100g of minced beef (the fat percentage does not matter for now)
  • 1 tablespoons of tomato puree
  • ½  can of chopped tomatoes
  • pinch of brown sugar (optional)
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • ½  a stock cube
  • 1 teaspoon of red wine or balsamic vinegar

The Bolognese Sauce

  1. Brown the mince and drain excess oil- I use a sieve and some paper towel
  2. Fry the onion and garlic gently in a teaspoon of olive oil
  3. Add the mince to the onion and garlic and lightly fry
  4. Then add the tomato puree,stock cube and pepper and stir fry the spices into the mince
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes, the pinch of sugar and the vinegar, stir and simmer for about 10 mins.



The Courgetti

  1. Wash the courgettes and shred using a julienne slicer or a spiralizer
  2. Dry fry the shredded courgettes in a greased pan for 45-90 seconds. This is enough to cook it a little without making it soggy.
Et voila, dinner is ready!


Thursday, 14 January 2016

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO ACHIEVE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS GOAL?

 Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying 2016 and you haven't given up on your New Year  resolutions/goal. The most common goal is to lose weight and for many years my sister and I made the same weight loss resolution and forget we even made it in two weeks times after failing on another fad diet. Over the years the weight finally came off after we discovered what worked for our bodies and today we've achieved our weight loss goals after taking different paths.

From the first day of a new year TV, radios, magazines and every mainstream media outlet are out there trying to sell you the 'answer' to your weightloss goal, from diet books to gym members or supplements that promise to help you lose the weight for good. The truth about weight loss that no one wants to tell you because there is no money to be made is that CALORIES IN must be less than CALORIES OUT - eat more than your body needs and you will gain weight, eat less than your body needs and you will lose weight.

All diets and exercise programs try to achieve this directly or indirectly. For instance Atkins diets  works by putting you in Ketosis which eventually reduces your appetite and depletes your glycogen stores so you eat less and hold less water. 5:2 diet works by creating a caloric deficit on your fasting days which leads to weight loss. All diets do this by some form of food elimination and it all leads to eating less calories at the end of the day.

So what is the best way to lose weight? 

The best way is unique to every individual and it has to do with discovering the most sustainable and enjoyable way to exercise and eat at a caloric deficit long term. If you don't see yourself being on the diet in 6 months time and after you've reached your goal weight then it is not for you. If you love fatty salty foods like bacon and chicken wings, a lower carb diet might be for you, if you can't live without your carbs then maybe a vegetarian and low fat diet might work better for you. The key is to be in tune with your body and do what your body responds to the most without driving you insane. 

However the most important thing you need to do to lose the weight for good is to - IDENTIFY the habits that caused you to gain weight. I've had friends that say they don't eat much but gain weight and the truth is that is impossible and oxygen does not turn into fat in your body.  Some common habits that cause weight gain are;

  1. Binge Eating/ Overeating
  2. Lack of portion control
  3. Mindless Snacking
  4. Eating out a lot
  5. Nutritional ignorance
  6. Emotional eating

If you discover what caused the weight gain and you break it, weight loss will happen naturally without any fad diets and metabolic damage as a results over dieting. I hope this helps you and takes you a step further towards your weight loss goals.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

7 NATURAL HEALTH REMEDIES THAT WORK WONDERS

Hello friends hope you are enjoying the first few days of 2016.  This year I'm kicking diets the curb and trying to focus more on being healthier, I've also recently discovered my inner hippie and I'm currently enjoying learning about a lot about natural remedies and how it improves your health.

Here are some a of my favourite remedies.

COLD & FEVER TONIC
8 oz Glass of Fresh Orange Juice

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
One glass every two hours (for six hours) to break fever. Remove certain flu symptoms. This is pretty nice tasting but if you do not like cayenne pepper you can substitute it with some freshly grated ginger.

LEMON-AID
1 litre filtered Water


1⁄2 cup Lemon Juice


1⁄2 cup Maple Syrup

Cayenne Pepper
The is perfect for a post Christmas detox as it aids in restoring health to body by stimulating the liver, kidney and getting rid of water retention. It is also a refreshing beverage.

GREEN SMOOTHIE
1 medium Carrot


3 sticks of Celery


1 medium Beet


1/4 of a small Cabbage


1 Cucumber


2 handfuls of Spinach

a pinch Parsley



Juice ingredients with Juicer combine and drink. 

This smoothie is a great blood builder, cell booster as it an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids from the spinach), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline. The beets contain nitrates is good for lowering high blood pressure.






NATURAL ANTI-BIOTIC- FOR COLD, CHILLS, INFECTIONS
1⁄4 Fresh Grapefruit (with peeling)


1⁄2 Fresh Orange (with peeling)


1⁄2 Fresh Lemon (with peeling)


1⁄4 Large Onion


2 cloves of Garlic

1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper


Wash all fruit thoroughly. Blend all ingredients (with rinds) in a little distilled water. Mixture will have consistency of paste. Take 1Tbs, Chew well – eat every hour or as needed. 

Honesty time- this works well and will have you feeling better in no time but the taste is baaad! You can fix that though by adding some honey to the concoction.




BOOST YOUR BLOOD- BEAT ANAEMIA
4 medium-sized beetroot
4 Carrots
½ Lemon or 1 lime
Beetroot is one of the foods that are rich in iron, and carrots make the iron absorption easier. Wash and cut the beetroots, carrots and lemon. Run them through your juicer.  Once they are juiced, add the brewer’s yeast. Mix and drink. Drink this before breakfast to give you an iron boost all day long.


CELLULITE ERASER
1 large grapefruit


2 oranges


1/4 lime


1/2 inch ginger root piece



Ok a drink promising to erase cellulite sounds like utter BS right??? I agree a drink can't erase cellulite but I promise you it improves the appearance of cellulite-lifting weights also works wonders just in case you were wondering.

Grapefruit juice is one of the best fat-burning foods and this drink works more efficiently when you also eat a healthy diet by eliminating processed and deep-fried foods, flour and sugar products, gravies and coffee. Drink first think in the morning and don’t drink if taking medication as grapefruit interferes with some medication.




WEIGHT LOSS ELIXIR
1 cup of fresh grapefruit juice or 100% pineapple juice


2 Tbsp of lemon juice


3 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar


1 Tbsp raw honey


1 teaspoon of grated ginger(optional)


Another BS name but I like it. This works thanks to the apple cider vinegar, grapefruit and lemon juice by helping reduce the insulin spike after a high carb meal and increases satiety.(check out this link for the full gist) You can keep it up to 2 days in the fridge - drink 2  times a day before a meal.


Hope this helps :)

Love Nemi x

Friday, 1 January 2016

HAPPY NEWYEAR + A LITTLE TRICK THAT WILL GUARANTEE YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS IN 2016

Hello everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations.  I had a wonderful Christmas celebrating my mother and father in-law's 40th anniversary with family and a pretty chilled New Year with some curry and Netflix (currently on Scorpion just in case you are wondering).


Last year was pretty eventful with a few health challenges, hence the inconsistency with the blogging. Fret not! I have been busy, working on many exciting projects you will love, guaranteed; and I am looking forward to sharing them with you this year.

I just want to encourage you to keep dreaming and making little, teeny-weeny steps towards your goals, because it is the little steps that matter in the long run. Many people start the New Year making big resolutions and crash by week 2; I want to challenge you this year to ditch the big resolutions - instead consider the bigger picture and make one small change towards your goal. Say you are looking to lose 20 pounds this year, instead of going on a fad diet, detox or crazy fitness regime, try making a small change like drinking one more glass of water a day or sleeping one more hour a night. Little steps like these are easier to stick to and will have you completing your goal by this time next year. 


Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best this year
Love
Nemi



Wednesday, 15 July 2015

HEALTHIFY SUMMER SERIES- 5 MINUTES 200Cal Pizza


Hello lovelies hope you are enjoying the summer. I am starting a new series on the blog where I will be attempting to healthify some naughty and calorific foods to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle all year summer long. 

Healthify is a term I coined to describe the process of tweaking unhealthy foods to tastier and healthier alternatives. I super excited and looking forward to sharing some yummy and healthified recipes with you in the coming weeks.

Today's recipe is PIZZA, a thin crust 14" pizza contains 1718 calories and Pizzas are one of those cravings you get when trying to eat healthier and yielding to it can undo up to 3 days worth of gym/workout time #notworthit. My healthified version takes 5 MINUTES to make, it has 200 CALORIES per pizza, it is healthy and full of flavour, spice and tastes just like its fattier brother. Most importantly it will satisfy every pizza craving from the pit of hell that wants to derail from your healthy lifestyle #abgoals.



Here is what you will need
  1.  Weight watchers Tortilla wrap (any Tortilla wrap with under 120 cals is fine)
  2.  1 tbs Tomato puree
  3.  Basil leaves
  4.  Sliced Chorizo
  5.  Low fat mozzarella


STEP 1

Stir a pinch of chopped basil and sea salt in the tomato puree, then spread the mixture on the tortilla wrap.



STEP 2

Add the   sliced chorizo and mozzarella
 

STEP 3
 Grill in the oven at 200c for 3 minutes and voila! 







 Quick, easy and delicious.

Here are some nutritional facts per pizza. The serving size is one pizza as a snack or 2 or 3 as a meal enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 200
Calories from Fat 74
Total Fat 8.2g13%
Saturated Fat 3.7g18%
Sodium 327mg14%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 19.0g6%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g14%
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 5.4g
Vitamin A 1% · Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 20% · Iron 8%




Did you enjoy this recipe and would you like me to "healthify" your favourites foods,  I love a good challenge and would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Love Nemi x

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