Fitspiration, Do You Need it?

If you are a Pinterest or Tumblr fan, you’ve probably come across Fitspiration before. Pictures of toned young ladies with quotes like

“Work Hard or Go Home”

photoshopped across the background.

I won’t lie, I love looking at Fitspiration. The women have incredible bodies and they do inspire me occasionally. But more often than not, I sit there for hours reading inspirational quotes and looking at incredibly fit women, instead of actually getting up and exercising.

Me. On Pinterest.

I’m sure you’ll agree this is pretty counter productive. So I came up with a quote to make myself get off the couch and do something instead of searching images to inspire me.

“If I worked out as much as I trawled facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest. I’d be pretty freaken fit”.

I’m no gym junkie but I like exercising because it makes me feel good and helps me deal with stress. The challenge in this day and age is doing it healthy.

I find that looking at ‘Fitspiration’ often makes me feel unacomplished. Where as actually getting up and doing exercise even if it’s for 5 minutes, makes me feel great.

(You said it sister!)

So if you’ve found yourself getting addicted to pinning fitspiration and are not actively inspiring yourself. Get up, turn of the computer and go for a walk. I bet you will feel 100x better that you would after an hour of searching for fitspiration.

Your Say
Do you find Fitspiration inspiring?

Glowing Skin Juice

Glowing Skin Juice

(Makes about two glasses)
Note that beetroot is a very strong flavour, so use less if its not one of your favourite vegetables. Can dilute juice with water or herbal tea.

You will need
:
1 carrot

Half a beetroot

2 celery sticks

Half a cucumber(any kind)

2 spinach leaves

1 orange

A generous chunk of watermelon to sweeten

Wash, trim and chop all ingredients and process in juicer.

Juices for Vitality!

Juices for Vitality

Feeling a little sluggish? Tired or just lacking energy? Want to surf longer, paddle harder and get wave after wave? Why not enter the world of raw juicing.

In such a technological age a lot of us seem to ignore or minimise natural therapies, when really they are the best thing for us. The team at Ola Nina has become a little juice crazed lately so we’ve decided to share all our recipes. For maximum juicing results use a juicer with a 1200 watt motor.

Below is one our favourites:
Berry Morning Delight

(Makes about two glasses)
You will need
 6-7 strawberries

A generous handful of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries

1 ripe banana

A cup of soy milk

A tablespoon of honey

Two tablespoons of vanilla yogurt

A teaspoon of chia seeds

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until a smooth texture. Add crushed ice if desired.

Radiance Tea

Do you love tea? Our delicious Radiance Tea will make your day.

Radiance Tea
Dried dandelion (2 teaspoons)
Mint (1 handful)
1 Lemon

Boil the water and fill a tea pot. Add dandelion, lemon juice and a a handful of shredded mint leaves. Leave to stand for 3 mins. Add lemon slices to serve.

Health Benefits
Dandelion and Lemon are used for detoxifying the body and help restore your inner glow. Mint is rich in Vitamins A and C and contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B2. It also adds a fresh flavour and smells delicious. Herbal tea is also good for rehydration.

Green smoothie

Juicy Juice. We love home made juices!

naturalnutrition101

I love juices and smoothies, so I thought I would combine them. After watching the rawfooddamily youtube videos I have been inspired to make a smoothie/juice similar to the one this family have everyday!! It’s sooo yummy, I feel so full of energy after I have one and it’s packed with nutrients and minerals!!! 

I have no strict recipe that I follow, just depends what I have in the fridge, but this is basically it.

Ingredients:

3 stalks kale (curly leaf)

3 stalks celery – no leaves

1/3 cucumber, skin removed

3-4 stalks/leaves silverbeet

1/3 carrot

1- 1  1/2 orange , peeled and cut into quarters

1 tsp size piece of ginger – skin removed

1-2 bananas

1/2-1 cup fresh baby spinach or normal spinach, washed

large handful of parsley

Method:

Juice the kale, celery, carrot, silverbeet, cucumber, parsley, orange and ginger in juicer.

Strain all through a sive into a blender

Tip out half

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Spices for health

YUM! Next time you are in the kitchen add one of these delicious and nutritious spices to your meal. Healthy and tasty!

HEALTHY FOOD BUZZ

Spices have been used to heal the body for thousands of years, yet scientific research into their health benefits is still in its infancy. We look at the evidence for five common spices.

Turmeric

his bright orange spice comes from the ginger plant family and adds colour to many dishes.

In traditional Indian medicine it is used for a wide variety of conditions, including those of the skin, heart, lungs and digestive system.

Curcumin is the active ingredient and gives turmeric its vibrant colour.

Although our bodies can’t absorb much curcumin, small-scale studies suggest it has potent anti-inflammatory properties and so the potential to treat joint diseases such as arthritis and back pain.

Turmeric may be helpful in cutting cardiovascular disease and stroke risk. It’s thought turmeric can lower bad cholesterol and reduce the stickiness of blood, preventing blood clots.

A study of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) found…

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Making your very own smoothie

Great Smoothie recipe! Mmmmm perfect for an early morning snack!

Med School Never Ends

The word smoothie has its roots in the fruit based drinks made by Hippies in the 60s, at least according to Wikipedia. I started making my own a month or two after I started taking protein supplements. Despite fancy names like French Vanilla, they.don’t.taste.fantastic. I also realised I didn’t have a lot of fresh foods in my diet, so it seemed natural to mix the two into a post-workout evening meal.

[UPDATE : I read an article on men’s health that says, post workout, you want the protein to reach your blood stream fast. Article on BodyBuilding.com suggests you do something like this before your workout as a source of energy, reducing the chance of your body using protein (and muscle) as a source of energy during workouts and focus less on post-workout carbs.]

Here’s how I make mine.

  1. Ingredients
    A banana, a pear, a small bunch…

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