My Answers To Your BS Weight Loss Excuses


I am a very tough-love kind of friend. I'm there when you need me but if you want some help, I'm your girl to kick you out your slump and give you some straight-talking. I have all the time in the world to help you get to your goal but don't give me any of the excuses's below - they are holding you back! I apologise in advance of this rant post - I just want you to get out of your own way!


How to Overcome Constant Cravings


Cravings are instinctual, brutal and part of being human. You can crave a hot bath, a cup of tea or your bed. Non of these are harmful to crave but when food is taking over your life and you are following these cravings further and further into obesity then it's time to learn what cravings are and how to kick their butt. 

Calorie Counting: Vegetables

vegetable calorie count

Vegetables are brilliant and anyone who says otherwise has never tried anything other than over boiled smelly mush. I love vegetables and they are amazing to bulk out any one pot meal. To help you make better food choices, here are 50 vegetables sorted by low to high calorie counts.

Stay Slim at Christmas When You’re A Guest

healthy christmas dinner

If you’re a guest you have no control over how the food is cooked so you can't request that they steam rather than fry or serve plain carrots over honey-glazed ones. Here's what you should and shouldn't eat at Christmas. Stick to this list and you won't put on the usual Christmas pounds...

Healthy Version of Christmas Dinner

If you're hosting Christmas dinner this year then this post is for you. I'm going to go through each component of a Christmas Dinner and explain how you can shave the calories without losing flavour...

Afternoon Tea at The Quarter Cafe

afternoon tea at the quarter cafe hanley

The Quarter Cafe in Hanley, Stoke offers an amazing afternoon tea option at great value! Read my review below on this experience...

How Is Bacon Healthy?! An Introduction to the Keto Diet

what is the keto diet?

Like many of you, I have been on-off dieting for years. I am a big believer in the Keto diet and highly recommend it to anyone looking for weight loss. I have pulled some sciencey things together to better explain why this diet is brilliant. I'm starting this diet today and always use it to kick start weight loss when I feel I've gone too far and want to drop some pounds fast without feeling restricted. Here's how it works...

How to Have a Holly Jolly Low-Cost Christmas

christmas dinner

Christmas can be a very expensive time but who says it should be? Shop savvy with these tips and celebrate the holidays with more money in your pocket than last Christmas...

Plan a Food Shop (And Actually Live Of It!)

The difference between buying a food shop once a month and a couple times a week will make a very noticeable to your bank account. You can also make healthier choices, as you’ll be pre-planning your budget (and calories). Check out the tips below to ensure you’re doing everything possible to have a affordable but healthy and home-cooked lifestyle...

3 Ways to Lose Weight When Travelling

A lot of people will see a holiday as a time to switch off from the 'diet'. But pretend all you might, calories still count and if you travel regularly or are simply truly committed you maybe find yourself trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle no matter your location... Here is how to do it easily -

How To Structure An Everyday Healthy One-Pot Dinner

So you've decided to ditch the takeaways and cook nutritious healthy meals BUT you're lost on how to actually put together the meals so they have decent mixes. This guide is intended to help beginners who want to get healthy but don't know how to start. It's really basic and can be done with just a few pans - great for your budget, your housekeeping and your weight!

One Big Healthy Food Shop

Going into the supermarket or ordering online can be a daunting task at the start of your healthy journey. Well I've put together a very basic shopping list that should be the bones for your food shop. It's full of healthy food that should start you off on the right path...

10 Ways to Avoid The Office Temptations

Working in an office environment is hard on your healthy lifestyle. It's always someones birthday - which means cake. Or the Office Mum has baked cookies for everyone just cause. Or perhaps the boss has brought in some cupcakes to say thank you for staying late last week. Here are my top tips for avoiding those office temptations....

50 Cheap Date Ideas

Dating doesn't have to be expensive. Here's 50 ideas for your dating life that won't cost you the bank...

Why You’re Failing On Your ‘Diet’

Most people perceive diets as short-term ways to drop a dress size before an event. I’ve done these before and they are 100% a diet - which is both it’s success and it’s failure. Read below for my thoughts and feelings for why diet's suck...

Sneaky Supermarket Tricks of the Trade

Supermarkets have been around for a very long time and you don't get to be that old without being wise. They spend billions on learning how customers think and feel when they're shopping. We are all familiar with some of the basic tricks like putting enticing colourful flowers near the front or playing music that will make you spend more time in store but did you know about these tricks...?

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Like so many of you, the PSL has captured my heart. It's sugary, delicious and expensive so goes against everything I believe in but I love it. Starbucks first introduced the drink in 2003 and it's hard to ignore the desire, so I've put together a post on how you can get the yummy taste at cheaper prices and lower calorie options...

My Favourite Low Calorie Snacks When Travelling

Staying on the diet when travelling is very hard. For the most part I just do my best by packing low-calorie snacks when I'm on the move and reaching for these before I reach for something from the shop. Below are my highly recommended low-cal snacks for travelling...

Nutrition Explained: Proteins

Protein plays a heavy role in energy, weight loss, building muscle tissue, mood and overall brain function. Proteins are also used to make enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and various tiny molecules that serve important functions. You've heard of protein, but have you ever read further into what it does and why we need it? Below is a beginners guide to the world of protein...

Are You Hungry? But Really, Are You…?

How can you stop yourself snacking? It seems like every time I used to pass by the kitchen to go to the bathroom I bring something back to snack on. That would be 100cals a pop minimum. I try to drink 2L of water a day so that's a lot of bathroom breaks and a lot of snacks! Well it all changed when I heard about something called The Apple Test...

Media Worth The Money: Health Books

There's 388,129 books on Amazon to date that discuss diet (I've not even added on exercise specific books) and I'm going to recommend just 11. That's 0.0023% of the books available to you so hopefully I'm going to save you some time...

Save VS Splurge: Date Night

date night meal for 2

I firmly believe that in a long term relationship, you need to set aside some time to spend together, flirt and make each other laugh. However it can sometimes seem 'expensive' to do that when you already live together or spend every available moment together. Below are some cheap versions of some of my favourite date ideas so you can reconnect without it lightening your purse...

Nutrition Explained: Carbohydrates


Not all carbs are created equal and you shouldn't just cut out a group. You should understand the basics so you can better make choices such as opting for complex carbohydrates and why that's actually good for you. I've broken down the basis into bitesize bubbles to help you digest the  information easy (pun totally intended)...

Save VS Splurge: Halloween Edition


It may seem slightly early but for myself there's only 1 pay day between now and Halloween so if you were thinking about hosting a party it's best to get the budget book out soon and take a look at these money-saving options...

Let’s Talk About Water


Water is a very valuable thing for our bodies. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly. Water gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements, keeps your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints and protects sensitive tissues - MayoClinic Are You Actually Thirsty When You're 'Hungry'? The body … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Water

Party Planning: Dinner Party

dinner party

Dinner parties can be a great way to socialise and combine friendship groups. I do enjoy a good house party or night out but there's something brilliantly formal about a dinner party that if you have an open-minded group of friends can also be a lot of fun...

Fresh and Frugal – Seasonality Table

Besides being the freshest and tastiest fruit and vegetables, why should you buy our produce in season? Well when you buy what's in season, your buying food that's at the peak of its supply, and costs less to farmers and distribution companies to harvest and get to your grocery store...

Wine, Dine and Sunshine


Wine, Dine and Sunshine is Harvey Nichols Sample Set Dinner Menu. It's extremely good value if you're craving a fancy night out but don't want the cost alongside it. It's 3 courses and a cocktail for only £22...