Nutri Advanced 30 Day Energy Boost Programme – Outcome

Just over one month ago, I started a 30 day programme to work on improving my energy levels with Nutri Advanced. I was so desperate for any kind of help to give me some sort of energy that I had very high expectations of undertaking the programme.

Let’s be honest, there’s no quick fix. However, I have to say I do feel better. Looking back on my first post, I am happy to say I’ve pretty much stuck to all of the principles of the programme, and felt the benefits. I still need to drink more water though! As a reminder the 5 principles of the programme are:

  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake by half
  • Set a consistent going to bed and waking routine
  • Aim to do 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week
  • Take MegaMag Energen Plus daily
  • Follow the Top 5 Food Tips and stick to energy-increasing foods

At the start of the programme, I completed the health symptoms questionnaire. This involved rating my symptoms from 0-4 (0 being never and 4 being frequent) based on my typical health over the last month. My total score on day 1 was 121, and that wasn’t good! Unsurprisingly my worst score was for energy. The very good news is that after 30 days of following the programme I completed the questionnaire again and scored 56, and the energy score had decreased from 42 to 16. I’m really pleased with this especially as I had completely forgotten what my first score was, so there was no way I could cheat!

My aim is to continue to stick to the 5 principles of the programme, and introduce more exercise into my daily routine. I also might just make another batch of that delicious peanut butter granola too.

I want to say a big thank you to Nutri Advanced for including me in this energy boost programme. A great way to end the year!

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Nutri Advanced 30 Day Energy Boost Programme – Part 2

I am half way through my 30 day energy boost programme, so wanted to update you on my progress. In my first post, I explained the 5 essential principles I have to stick to during the programme, which are:

  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake by half
  • Set a consistent going to bed and waking routine
  • Aim to do 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week
  • Take MegaMag Energen Plus daily
  • Follow the Top 5 Food Tips and stick to energy-increasing foods

I am happy to report that I have stuck to these principles for the last 2 weeks! Reducing caffeine hasn’t been that much of a problem as I was already used to drinking decaf tea. I’m not much of an alcohol drinker, so that hasn’t been difficult to reduce. I tend to go to bed not long after my daughter, who is 4 months old, and wake up when she does so that’s pretty consistent. I take her out for a walk every day for at least 30 minutes, so am managing the exercise. I’m obviously taking the MegaMag Energen Plus every day, more info on that to follow. I have also increased my intake of energy inducing foods. Again, more info on that shortly.

The MegaMag Energen Plus is a powder formula that mixes with water and is very easy to make and drink! It is raspberry flavoured and the powder dissolves easily with water.

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I do feel as though my energy levels are starting to increase and becoming more consistent, which is a definite plus for me. Someone even commented the other day that I looked better and seemed to have more energy, which is definitely not something I hear a lot at the moment!
In terms of energy boosting foods, I am currently addicted to peanut butter on pretty much everything. There was a recipe in the booklet I received for a homemade peanut butter granola, so I had to try that. The lovely people at Nutri Advanced sent me all of the ingredients, so I really had no excuse!

Thankfully it’s a very easy recipe and the whole process took less than 30 minutes.

It’s not the most exciting photo in the world, but I wish you could smell and taste it. The massive downside to this recipe is that you will want to eat ALL OF IT in one go! It goes really well with some greek yoghurt and banana.
So, that’s where I’m up to. I have 2 more weeks to go until the end of the programme, but I know already that I want to stick with the MegaMag Energen Plus. It’s such a quick way to get my intake of certain nutrients that I have clearly been lacking.
You can follow me on Twitter for quick updates, and I’ll write another review in a couple of weeks!

 

Nutri Advanced 30 Day Energy Boost Programme

I am one tired Mama! Happy, but very, very tired. Thankfully, the lovely people at Nutri Advanced have invited me to trial their 30 day energy boost programme, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

Since becoming a Mum at the end of July my previous routine has well and truly disappeared, and my current one obviously revolves around my daughter. This has meant that my diet is all over the place, as is my sleep schedule. I am permanently exhausted and have seemingly forgotten how to look after myself properly. I’m not complaining, that’s just how things are for the moment. So this opportunity to work with Nutri Advanced is very welcomed. It means finding the time to read through the programme, plan my food and be a little bit selfish even for just a few minutes each day.

Before starting the programme there is a health symptoms questionnaire to complete, and my results make for pretty bad reading! I have to fill the questionnaire in again at the end of the 30 days, so it will be interesting to see if there is any difference. Fingers crossed!

There are 5 essential principles to stick through during the programme, which are:

  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake by half
  • Set a consistent going to bed and waking routine
  • Aim to do 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week
  • Take MegaMag Energen Plus daily
  • Follow the Top 5 Food Tips and stick to energy-increasing foods

After 9 months of almost no caffeine I have to say I’ve enjoyed drinking full strength tea, but there’s no difference in the taste of decaf tea or coffee, so I’m hoping that won’t be too difficult. I am expecting headaches though! My going to bed and waking up time revolve around my daughter, who is fairly consistent. More sleep would always be good, but I have to be realistic with what’s possible. I take her out for a walk every day, for at least 30 minutes, so that won’t be a problem. I do want to get back to my gym routine, but again this will take time. I have just started taking the MegaMag Energen Plus. It comes in both raspberry and orange flavour. I have the raspberry and it’s not too bad when mixed with water. I have used MegaMag Energen Plus before but this time there is a full programme to follow, so although I had good results last time, due to my current circumstances, I am very interested to see how I get on.

The top 5 food tips are:

  • Start the day with breakfast and aim to eat every 2-3 hours, made up of 3 meals and 2-3 snacks
  • Choose energy-increasing foods
  • Drink more water – 1.5 – 2 litres of fresh filtered water per day
  • Get sugar savvy
  • Choose energy-boosting combos

These tips are all things I know I should do, but can honestly say I don’t stick to. This is why this programme is going to be really useful for me, as it’s a daily reminder of what I should be aiming to do to help me. It may sound silly, but I don’t think I’m eating enough, so the idea of eating so often is quite daunting. I’ve never been someone who ‘forgets’ to eat, but at the moment finding time to make something nutritious is difficult. Let’s be honest, toast is quick and convenient and you can eat it with one hand, something you become very good at when you’re constantly attached to a baby. But this needs to change. I know the way I am eating is contributing to my level of tiredness, and I also know that more colourful and fresh foods will improve this.

So, for the next month I will be sticking to the programme as much as possible. I will be honest now and say I’m sure it won’t always go to plan and I’ll miss things as my brain seems to have permanently left me, but I will keep you updated on my progress. I have some great recipes to try, and will post the results of these when I get round to making some of them!

Wish me luck, and send energetic thoughts my way!

Self care as a new Mum

Before my beautiful little rainbow girl arrived at the end of July, I took a lot of little things for granted. For instance:

  • A hot shower. I know, mad right! But OMG it is hard to find the time, plus the Mum guilt! I cannot even begin to tell you how bad that is! If I leave her for even five minutes I feel bad, but she’s either with her Daddy or her Grandma, so why do I worry?! Anyway, back to the list.
  • Manicures! Oh I miss my lovely, sparkly nails. They have been replaced by chewed stumps. I’m not over exaggerating. They’re a mess!
  • A lie in. OK, I knew that one would go, and I hadn’t had a proper night’s sleep in months, due to feeling like a beached whale, but the sleep deprivation is probably the hardest one to get used to.
  • A hot drink. Once that beautiful bundle is in your arms, you don’t want to put them down, so if someone does make you a hot drink then chances are it will be lukewarm at best by the time you get around to drinking it.

The above might seem trivial, but the message behind it isn’t. Becoming a parent is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, but it’s also the hardest. I wouldn’t change it for anything, but I have realised the importance of looking after yourself. It is far too easy to keep pushing yourself to keep going and going, but that’s only going to end one way, badly. You have to give yourself a break, even if it’s just ten minutes to have that hot shower. You will feel so much better afterwards.

I think one of the best things you can do for yourself is talk to someone if you’re struggling. I have a few friends who had babies around the same time, and being able to tell them all of my neurotic worries always helps as they’ve usually had the same ones. I still have lots of freak outs about whether I’m doing things right, but when I manage to think logically for more than ten seconds I realise I am.

At times it can feel incredibly lonely as a new parent, but there is such a huge network of people out there willing to listen and help, including me, so remember you are NOT alone, and you CAN do this.

 

 

I’m a Mum!

Well hello! I bet you’d forgotten about me, hadn’t you! I am sorry it’s been so long since I last wrote anything, but there’s a very good reason for that. Say hello to my beautiful daughter, Niamh Esmee Iris Campion.

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Niamh is Irish and pronounced like Eve but starts with an N. It means bright/beautiful/radiant. Esmee is French and means loved, and Iris was the goddess of the rainbow in Greek mythology. My family are Irish, my husband’s surname has French origins and she is our rainbow baby, so all 3 names are very fitting.

I honestly didn’t think the day would ever come that I would be able to write ‘my daughter’. It’s all still very surreal, in the most wonderful way.

I only wrote one post during my pregnancy. To be completely honest I was terrified I would have another miscarriage, so even the thought of writing about being pregnant felt like I would be tempting fate. Because of this, and my ever increasing anxiety, I didn’t enjoy being pregnant. I wanted to, but I also just wanted her to be OK, to be safe, healthy, and to survive. Add to that a not very empathetic consultant, and by the last month I was in a real state.

In the end it was decided that a Caesarian Section was the best option. I cannot say enough positive things about the delivery team in theatre. They really were wonderful and looked after us both so, so well. To anyone who thinks a C-Section is the ‘easy way’, and I’ve heard that more than once, let me tell you it really isn’t. I could write a lot about this, but it will only annoy me, and I want this to be a happy post.

So, I’m a Mum! It’s the hardest ‘job’ I’ve ever done, but the one I wanted more than anything. The hours are long, the pay is quite frankly criminal, but the rewards, well, they’re just everything. When she smiles at me I feel as though my heart might burst. I never thought I would be proud of someone for burping, but she does it with such style!

I haven’t found it easy adjusting to becoming a Mum. If I said I never thought beyond being pregnant to what it would actually be like when we brought her home from the hospital, would you judge me? Well, it’s true. For 9 months I simply willed my body to keep her safe, and so having her here with us has been amazing and completely terrifying. For the first few nights we just watched her sleep, mainly to make sure she was alive, but also to try and take in this beautiful little person that we made. She is the best thing to ever happen to us and we are so besotted with her. How I’ll ever do anything productive ever again I do not know, other than looking after her obviously!

So, I am back now, but please bear with me while I enjoy my time with my most precious girl.

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