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Stress Free Lifestyle

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

Stress-Free Lifestyle Tips

You’re sat at your desk and all of a sudden your inbox is full to the brim, that colleague of yours is constantly asking questions, your boss is putting pressure on you… not to mention all the washing, chores and other odds and sods waiting for you at home.

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

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You thought this week would be the week you start eating healthy and ditching the crap. You’ve realised you skipped breakfast for the caramel latte and all of a sudden its 11 am and you’re stressed, hungry and about 10 seconds from hitting the vending machine!

STOP!

Here are some top tips of how to stop emotional and mindless eating at work.


Say “No” and Supply Alternative

Stop yourself.

Pause and say to yourself – will this sugary sensation help?

Will it get me closer to getting my jeans to feel comfortable?

Will it make my day less stressful?

Saying no means sometimes eating what you know will make you happy later on even when you really want chocolate cake now. 

Fill your bag and desk full of healthy alternatives. Pull out those carrot sticks and homemade hummus.

Go and get a glass of water or make a cup of tea. Get up and go for a walk. Distract that pang and focus on what will truly make you happy.

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

Healthy office snacks

Chocolate Won’t Make Stress Go Away

The sweet sensation of sucking on a piece of chocolate may make you have a few minutes of taste but this will be followed by a sugar rush.

You will have a brief period of increased energy followed by a severe low.

You may even go through the guilt cycle of “I shouldn’t have had that” “I was supposed to have a healthy week” etc etc.

Sugar is never the answer to a stressful situation – in fact, it can make it a thousand times worse.

Find out what is triggering your stress at that moment. Pause. Take 5 minutes to deal with it. Acknowledge the want for the chocolate and then let it go.

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

Spinach

Don’t want to eat like a rabbit? Then don’t!

Unless you love salad, in which case, crack on, however, if you’re like the majority of the human race, we associate eating lettuce leaves with “being on a diet” and that automatically makes you feel restricted.

Instead, fill your lunchbox with some delicious whole food recipes. Try new things. Find out what you like and try out something off the wall. Get some new recipe books in and have a research.

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

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Love Your Body Its The Only One You’ve Got

Right now is your prime! This second is the youngest you will remember.

You will look back at photos and look at this time and wish you still had that youth. When mindlessly eating or feeling stressed out and grazing… think about the future.

avocado

You are what you eat and you will want your body to be full of the most nourishing foods out there.

Think skin: avocados

Think hair: coconut

Think body: lean protein and these triggers will guide you

Think Cellulite… yes vending machine I am looking at you!

Pip N NutGet Support From Your Friends

Making the right choices can sometimes be hard if people around you are not making the same choices. Share with a friend.

Make yourself accountable to someone at work… someone who can stop you mindlessly reaching for the 3 pm biscuit tin, or when you’re out for coffee saying the no-way to the Hazelnut Latte!

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

Beetroot Hummus


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Nourishment + Recipes/ Stress Free Lifestyle

My Recommended Supplements to give you that Vital Boost!

Supplements-daily

There are often mixed responses when it comes to supplements but I truly think the right ones can support you against the natural stresses of our world. 

Often, we are all so busy running around from meeting to meeting, client to client, work to the gym that we often miss out on vital nutrients and minerals. This is where I believe supplementation can support our modern lifestyles.

Here are my Recommended Supplements to give you that Vital Boost and Keep you Balanced!

VITL Supplements

VITL

VITL are a home delivery supplement service bringing to you all your vital vitamins and minerals in handy day packets which means no fussing with tonnes of pots of pills everywhere!

They have an app where you update your details, complete an assessment of your lifestyle and needs and then they recommend the correct vitamins and minerals for you.

Here’s How It Works…

1) In-App Consultation

Find out your wellbeing scores across five key pillars of health:

Digestion

Energy

Mood

Immune system

Detoxification status

This will pinpoint which area of your well-being to focus on to improve your health.

2) Bespoke Content & Reminders for You

Receive a free, fully personalised well-being plan with the latest advice and health tips relevant just to your scores.

3) Personalised Vitamin Packs

A nutrition pack will be formulated according to your unique nutritional needs. You can order your pack directly from within the app and you’ll be reminded to retake your consultation so your pack adapts as you progress.

4) Integrates with Your Apps

Connect the Apple Health App and your 23andMe profile to seamlessly integrate your sleep patterns, activity levels, and genetic markers to help our experts perfect their recommendations

All this for £10 for your first month with code: CYNCITY

You’ll get your first month supply of personalised vitamins on the monthly plan for just £10

VITL packaging is very easy to use and you can throw the daily packets in your handbag – I couldn’t be without mine!


Pukka Turmeric Lifekind

Pukka

Pukka Herbs are an incredible brand who’s products, teas and supplements are organically created here in the UK. From Sleep to Stress they have a solution to support your daily needs. Due to Pukka’s phenomenal popularity, many people do not realise how committed they are to ayurvedic medicine and organically and naturally produced herbs. This is a company that cares.

Turmeric Lifekind

Is one of my favourite go-to’s to support my daily needs. It naturally supports my system with its anti-inflammatory properties. It comes in a handy little capsule that I pop in my bag to take just before breakfast and morning cup of Detox Tea.

The BBC did a report that found that increasing your intake of turmeric (curcumin) has shown to affect the cells responsible for depression, eczema, asthma and cancer.

“It was really exciting, to be honest. We found one particular gene which showed the biggest difference. And what’s interesting is that we know this particular gene is involved in three specific diseases: depression, asthma and eczema, and cancer. This is a really striking finding.”

There was evidence turmeric is lipophilic which means for it to be absorbed it is best taken with fat…roll on those coconut turmeric eggs!


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Sönd Skincare

Have you heard about Sönd? Sönd is a new skincare system for sensitive skin, which harnesses the incredible natural power of silica. Their Energise + Activate supplements are incredible for dull skin and are formulated to replenish your skin with collagen forming silica, and to improve the overall health, function and appearance.

Their packaging is simple and chic and they pride themselves on looking after your body from the inside out as well as topically.

The tablets contain minerals which are also really good for promoting healthy sleep – which is also an added bonus for our skin.

I will keep you updated with my results but anything that will brighten my skin and help me sleep better is always a bonus.

 (I showed the ingredients list to a biochemist who was impressed and said she would take these)

Sond-Energise-Activate


Conclusion

There are lots of brands out there pushing vitamins to us that are low quality or full of fillers. Do your research prior to taking supplements and make sure the brand you use know their ingredients.

I hope you find my recommendations useful and informative. I am open and honest with my suggestions and would only recommend products I have tested and used myself. I have run all ingredients past a qualified biochemist to investigate.

Nourishment + Recipes

Coconut Tofu Curry With Courgetti

Coconut Tofu Curry With Courgetti

Delicious, Nutritious, Low Calorie, and Full of Good Fats and Protein! 

Coconut Tofu Curry

This meal is perfect to throw together when you get in from work! Its really easy and takes no time at all. There are little shortcuts which make this recipe perfect to make your family, friends or housemates without breaking the budget! Its completely clean, gluten free, dairy free and sugar-free – so you are ticking all the healthy eating boxes with only a handful of ingredients!


Difficulty: Medium

Lasts: 1 day

Travels: In Tupperware

Storage: Fridge

Coconut Tofu Curry With Courgetti

Ingredients:

  • Courgette – 1 spiralized (to make this easier you can buy prepared from Courgette Spaghetti from Tesco)
  • Tofu – 1 Pack
  • Sugar Snap Peas – Few handfuls
  • Peppers – 1 red
  • Onion – 1 white
  • Garlic – 1-2
  • Coconut Milk – 1 400g can
  • Chilli – 1 red
  • Ginger – 1 knob
  • Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Lime – 1 lime

Coconut Tofu Curry With Courgetti

Method:

#1 Heat a wok to a medium heat and add your tbsp of coconut oil

#2 Chop Tofu into small squares and shallow fry in the coconut oil until slightly crispy. Remove from wok and place in a bowl on the side. (try not to pick 😉 )

#3 Chop up your onion, pepper and garlic into small chunks and put in the wok. Simmer these on a low heat for a few minutes.

#4 Add can of coconut milk and turn the heat up to a medium. Chop the chilli an garlic into small pieces and add to the wok.

#5 Grab the courgette spaghetti. Heat a frying pan to a high heat with a little drop of coconut oil and pan fry the Courgetti for about 2 minutes.

Coconut Tofu Curry With Courgetti

#6 When the mixture is simmering nicely – taste – if you have a well-rounded taste with hints of garlic, chilli and ginger – add your sugar snap peas.

#7 Once the sugar snap peas are looking cooked (they should still snap but not be raw) add the tofu and season with a squeeze of lime.

Dish out into a bowl and enjoy this little spicy healthy treat to warm your belly

 Coconut Tofu Curry With Courgetti

Let me know if you try this recipe! @cyntra.in.the.city on Instagram or share with me on facebook! I love getting your feedback!


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Stress Free Lifestyle

Is Massage Good For You?

Massage

This week I have been thinking a lot about massage. Not the cheeky ones you pinch off your other half – I mean the sports, Thai and deep tissue offered around. Most of us have had a massage at some point in our lives – usually as a treat at a spa weekend or when we manage to coerce our partners into giving us a little back rub but have you ever considered the benefits of this little treat?


Why is massage good for you?

Research suggests that regular massages are actually very important to our bodies. They help relieve stress, aid with inflammation and can actively help promote health and well-being.

Our poor little backs take on so much pressure from our day to day lives. We rarely get the opportunity to look after our back because we cannot reach it ourselves. Unlike the rest of our body, we cannot reach all areas of our back which consist of some of the biggest muscles in the body.

 So let’s have a look at what regular massage can do for our bodies…

  • Back Ache – Regular massage can help with rehabilitating back problems. Sitting at a desk all day and using computers puts a strain on our neck and shoulders. Many of us do not sit correctly at a desk and do not get the opportunity to move around. This can lead to poor posture and muscle strain. Regular massage can release the muscles that become tight over time. This makes you feel less tired and relieve the aches that you may be feeling on a day to day basis

 

  • Stress and anxiety – For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also soothe anxiety and depression. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression.

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Is Massage Good For You?

  • Weight-loss and Performance – Spending time in the gym lifting weights and doing HIIT can often lead to fatigue and muscle ache. When you have muscle ache your performance in the gym goes down by about 40%. Regular massage and sports massage can relieve muscle tension and elongate the tight muscles. This then allows you to push harder, faster and stronger in the gym and stay committed to your goals

Is Massage Good For You?

  • Sleep – For those who have had a massage – ever fallen asleep while on the table? Research suggests that massage promotes deeper sleep as it has an impact on your delta waves (the waves associated with a deep sleep)

 

  • Immunity and lymphatic drainage – Regular massage helps with lymphatic drainage. The lymph system carries waste products away from the tissues in the muscles and body back to the heart. Regular massage also helps with the build up of toxins in certain muscles in the body and breaks these toxins down in order that they can flush out of the system. It’s also great if you have PMT!

Massage should be a regular occurrence in our lives – much like getting a facial!

However, if you are like and are thinking – I don’t have the time or money to find a good massage place near me. Or you may be worried about having a wonderful massage and then having to commute home – adding more stress to your day… well I have a little treat for you…


Let me introduce to you Urban Massage

Urban Massage is London’s top-rated mobile massage company. They deliver a range of professional massages on-demand, direct to your home and the best news is that they can be with you within the hour. You can choose your preferred treatment and therapist as well as treatment length, date and time.

What else is also great… you can get £20 off your first massage using this code: 

GET YOUR DISCOUNT HERE

I’ve been using this company a long time and I absolutely love them. They are a small company in London made up of a really cool team. They go above and beyond for customer satisfaction and will make you feel comfortable in any surrounding.

Free those muscles release your back and love your body. Make massage a regular part of your health and well-being. When work is taking it out of you, you need to take time out for yourself.

Happy Massaging.

Nourishment + Recipes

Homemade Cacoa Protein Balls

Homemade Protein Maca Balls

 

Homemade Cacao Protein Balls


Chocolate Lover

Anyone who knows me knows I am a sucker for Chocolate!

When having a healthy lifestyle it is all about making the right choices but also allowing yourself the things in life that you love but might not be so good for you… That flat white moment!!

Homemade Cacao Protein Balls


Homemade Cacao Protein Balls

You can get your little chocolate fix the healthy and clean way by making Homemade Cacoa Protein Balls!

These balls are made using cacao instead of chocolate which is full of anti-oxidants which protect cells from free radicals! Cacao helps the body protect itself. Do not get Cacao mixed up with Cocoa though… Cocoa has been roasted and therefore loses these wonderful anti-oxidants… so make sure you check the label!

These protein balls will give your body a much-needed energy boost and keep you fuller for longer. They also contain Maca – a superfood that boosts vitality as well as libido – loaded with nuts and sweetened with antioxidant-rich honey, these balls are the perfect snack to get you up and going and keep you full.


Recipe

Difficulty: Medium

Lasts: One Week

Travels: In Tupperware

Storage: Fridge (longer in freezer)

Ingredients:

  • 50g raw cacao
  • 100g oats
  • Tablespoon of Vega Essentials Protein
  • 150g almonds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 100g almond butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 100g of 85% chocolate

Makes 12-15 balls


Method

#1 In the food processor, blend the oats, protein and almonds for 1–2 minutes, then add the cacao, maca and salt.

Homemade Cacao Protein Balls

#2 Blend for 1 minute, then add the honey, almond butter and coconut oil.

Homemade Cacao Protein Balls

#3 Blend, then roll the mixture into balls and put them in the fridge to set for a few hours.

Homemade Cacao Protein Balls

#4 Melt chocolate in a bowl on the hob, grab a skewer and stick in the middle of the ball. Rotate the ball in chocolate to cover evenly

Homemade Cacao Protein Balls

#5 Allow to cool and store in fridge till required

 Homemade Cacao Protein Balls

Tada – a stress-free snack loaded with protein, full of anti-oxidants and perfect if you need that little moment.

These balls are also great if you need a quick snack before a workout. Great for carrying in your bag to munch on your way to the gym after work!


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How To Get Thick And Luscious Hair

Cyncity

CyncityEver feel like your hair is brittle, snapping or just a little bit tired? We put our locks through so much. From straightening, pollution, styling and brushing, it is no wonder that sometimes our hair starts to feel limp and lifeless.

Thick And Luscious Hair

I have been lucky in the gene pool where I have a lot of hair. That is not to say it is thick. However, recently my hair has done a 360 and I am now seeing it grow faster, longer and THICKER!

I am not one for keeping secrets… so lean in and I’ll tell you what I have been doing.


Tom Oliver Nutrition

I have started taking supplements.

Alongside looking after your locks from the outside you also need to look after them from the inside.

My trusted hairdresser Ricky Walters, from Salon 64 London, introduced me a month ago to a supplement which has started to transformed my hair.

Tom Oliver Nutrition

Omega 3 Herring Caviar by Tom Oliver Nutrition

Omega 3 Herring Caviar, ethically produced from herring caviar, is rich in vitamin A, an essential ingredient for improving the elasticity and quality of healthy hair follicles. A recent study showed that Omega 3 Herring Caviar is 3 x better absorbed than normal fish oil, making it the ideal supplement choice to encourage a rapid improvement in hair strength and thickness.

When I started using it, I knew it would take a while to work as supplementation is not an instant fix. However, I started to notice my nails becoming stronger and my hair became shinier. This was after 4 weeks.

How To Get Thick And Luscious Hair

Six weeks later, I have started to get comments from my friends that my hair has grown longer.

I only recommend products when I notice a difference and these supplements are on my list.

One of the best things I can also say about them, unlike other Omega 3s, they do not leave you with that repeating flavour that other fish oils can give.

If you want to try them yourself, you can find them online here: Tom Oliver Nutrition or in Soho at Salon 64


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Stress Free Lifestyle

5 Tips to Find a Work-Life Balance to Succeed in Your Profession

You can do anything not everything

5 Tips to Find a Work-Life Balance to Succeed in Your Profession

Today’s industries are usually fast-paced, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of becoming a workaholic. Successfully juggling work with your hobbies and social life seems to be so difficult these days that it could qualify as an Olympic sport.

Paradoxically, this obsession with work makes a person counter-productive. Studies suggest work-related depression and anxiety is on the rise, resulting in lower productivity levels. A survey about the British workforce revealed that 12.5 million business days were lost in 2017 due to work-related stress, depression, and anxiety, and burnout from workload was one of the main causes.

In other words, a lot of employees know how to work hard, but not all know how to work smart. Maintain your productivity with these tips and get your work-life balance in check.


1. Make sleep a priority

Most goal-getters would think getting enough sleep is expendable. In truth, however, performance soars when a person gets a good night’s sleep, and Leesa has listed the reasons why sleep is important: well-rested people are less stressed, more creative, and more likely to enjoy healthy habits like exercising.

Generally, people with sufficient sleep are happier; and happy people prove to be better workers. Media strategist Danielle Sabrina delved into the correlation between the positive emotion and productivity, stating that a happy organisation has mutual respect, support, and appreciation among its members. All of this results to a collaborative work culture.


2. Start the day right

A good start is the best way to a good finish. Taking control of the first few hours of the day carries out into how the rest of your day will go. Forbes revealed that the most successful people start their day with a personalised routine, motivating them for the day’s work and improving their mood even during the toughest of work days.

Cyntra in the city


3. Stop trying to do everything in a day

A good way to plan the day is to identify and/or write the top tasks that must be accomplished and commit to completing them, with no excuses. By applying priority levels to your tasks, the mind can concentrate on what’s important without being frazzled by an overload of other lesser responsibilities, leading to more work is done in less time.


4. Do work at the workplace, and nowhere else

One of the most crucial rules for the best work-life balance is to not take work home. Separating professional from personal spaces gives you that much-needed room to breathe once out of the office. Simple habits like turning off all work notifications on devices after business hours, or removing all work-related items from a home space, keep you more relaxed. This way, you’re eliminating the unnecessary stress from the visual reminders of your job. It also helps you focus more on accomplishing work within the designated working hours, and ultimately prevents burnout.


5. Remember to invest in a social life

It’s important to have consistent reminders that there’s life outside of work. The Muse suggests scheduling recurring social activities, such as weekly dinner dates with friends, or a monthly book club. Planning a social life around work instead of the other way around provides a person with a source of enjoyment from something other than work-related success, and an avenue to blow off steam if the work week didn’t go as planned.

You can do anything not everything


All things considered, achieving a good work-life balance has a lot to do with perspective. Things like adequate sleep, morning routines, and leisure spaces might be simple for some people, but the combined impact of these minute details can effectively boost work productivity. Ultimately, success in your profession not only lies in how much work you can accomplish in a day but also in how you improve yourself on a holistic level.


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Nourishment + Recipes

HIIT at Home

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Freezing

Baby it is cold outside!

This makes my “walk to work” ethos take a bit of a side hit as health comes first.

To combat the loss of my morning walk I have put together a HIIT workout that you can do in your living room that requires only a phone (and a playlist see below)

It takes 20 minutes… And the endorphins have made me buzz all day!

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The Workout

You will need an interval timer on your phone.

I use Interval Timer 

but there are a ton of other apps which you can download which suit you the best.


Routine

I do 3 minutes warm-up
15 rounds 30 seconds on/ 30 seconds off
2-minute cooldown

#1 Star jumps

#2 Lunges (15 seconds each leg)

#3 Burpees

#4 Knees Up

#Squat Jumps

HIIT

Using the timer it will give you a bell between each set of 30 seconds. If you repeat this around 3 times it will give you a full body workout in no time.

THIS WILL STRIP FAT FROM YOUR BODY


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