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!

Home Sense – Love From First Find event

Last night I was very kindly invited to the Love from First Find event at the new Home Sense store, which is based in Barton Square at the Trafford Centre.

Home Sense is part of the TK Maxx family, so that already gives you an idea of the fantastic array of products you can expect to find.

I am a complete stationery geek, and hoarder of pretty mugs, so that will give you some idea of what I was hoping to find! Here are a few photos of some of the beautiful displays in the store:

 

And here are the gorgeous items I gifted to myself:

 

 

I am moving into a new office at work in the next few weeks, so this was a perfect opportunity to treat myself/my new desk to some new colourful ‘necessities’!

Home Sense have a fantastic 2 floor store at the Trafford Centre with new stock arriving regularly, so if you’re looking for a new sofa or just want a few decorative items to brighten up your kitchen, this is the place for you!

I’d love to see your photos once you’ve been down so don’t forget to send me your links.

Happy Home Sense Shopping!

New Year, Healthy Us!

2 weeks in to January and any New Year’s resolutions can start to lose their appeal. The weather is rubbish, Christmas is a distant memory and the thought of eating healthily and going to the gym feels like torture!

On top of that, gym equipment and healthy food & drink items can be expensive. I have tried a lot of protein shakes and bars, and spent a small fortune doing so. You can imagine then that I was pleasantly surprised by an extremely purse friendly range available at Home Bargains.

There are 6 items in the range I was sent, and you can have all of them for just £10.04! 

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The press up bars are less than £4. They are super easy to put together, but more importantly they have a proper grip underneath. This means you’re much less likely to slip when using them. They also have good hand grips to help you when you’re aiming for 10 press ups in a row! They even got the seal of approval from my fitness fanatic husband who has used much more expensive ones in the past.

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Press up bar, £3.99

 

These drinks provide over 100% of essential vitamins to keep your body stimulated and your vitamin levels up. I can’t find anything wrong with the drinks. They taste good, you get a 5 day supply in a pack, so perfect for taking to work or the gym, and the creators have even provided some handy exercise tips on the back of the pack. You can track your progress too on the handy chart. All this for 99p!

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5 pack of drinks, 99p

 

The soup mug is a microwave and freezer friendly welcome addition to my tupperware collection. It could be used for your morning porridge, daily protein shakes or to store your lunch in. At 79p it’s more than a bargain.

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Soup mug, 79p

 

The Strawberry flavoured ProFirst protein bar contains a whopping 21g of protein, which when compared to other brands is fantastic. The fact that it only costs 99p makes it a sure buy, and it’s low in sugar.

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Protein bar (strawberry), 99p

 

The Caramel flavoured ProFirst meal replacement bar easily stands up to the overly expensive big brands. It tastes good, which is a definite bonus as a lot of the range (of other brands) in the supermarket aren’t great! It has 14g of protein in it and contains a long list of your daily vitamins and minerals.

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Protein bar (caramel), 79p

 

I’m sure you’ve seen towels like this in the gym, but I think they’re a great idea if you’re in a rush and need to dry your hair faster. I don’t usually take a towel to the gym, I know that’s bad, but since getting this microfibre towel it’s been added to my kit bag. It’s good quality and very absorbent, so has lots of uses.

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Towel, £2.49

 

So, I think it’s fair to say if you want to try some fitness products without breaking the bank, Home Bargains is the place to stock up!

Let me know how you get on!