Hi everyone, welcome to the new look Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish, I hope you like the new design! I decided that since I was going to be out of normal action for a while due to the wisdom teeth coming out, I would make the most of things and spend some time updating the blog. I felt that the old design was a bit out of date and I wanted it to feel a bit more ‘me’. I also wanted to streamline the side bar and links and arrange my sponsors logos better to give more space for bigger images within my blog posts. I would love your feedback on the new design! I have also updated my ‘About Me’ page, please take a look and let me know what you think :-)

On Friday evening I felt really poorly but yesterday I started to pick up and even decided to make a trip to the gym. I actually felt so much better for some light cardio. I just did an hour on the bike, cross trainer and step machine. I would have loved a run but anything high impact is well and truly off the agenda for now. This morning I decided to suck it up so I could make my new kettle bell class. This is a new class that my gym is offering.

It was 45 minutes made up of a warm up followed by an exercise done repeatedly for 1 minute before moving on to another, then some of the toughest abs moves I’ve ever done and a cool down. I really enjoyed it! You use the kettle bell in swinging motions or passing it around your body or similar to a dumbbell for tricep kickbacks and rows etc. Its definitely going to become a regular part of my training plan!

I have to admit I’m feeling a bit down in the dumps with my recovery, its a lot worse than I expected it to be. I had worried that working out would make things worse, but I’ve worked out twice now and felt better for it each time so I’m going to try and keep to my usual training plan but just dial it down a bit and ditch the high impact running for a while. I also can’t see me being able to eat solid foods for at least a few more days yet :-( The pain seems to come and go but its the swelling that’s really getting to me. Oh well, I might as well make the most of it and keep on enjoying making delicious smoothies – as they say ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’! I hope I’m not boring you with these smoothie combos, but here’s a few I’ve had over the weekend:

CIMG2374 Spinach, frozen banana, frozen mango, midori greens, plain hemp powder, manuka honey, bee pollen, water topped with more bee pollen and honey

CIMG2344 Based on the ‘Bunny Spice’ recipe from Raw Food Real World: home made almond milk, carrot and ginger juice, cinnamon, maple syrup – so delicious!

CIMG2346 Greens, half a large pineapple, Thai young coconut, bee pollen, honey, water, ice – very tropical!

CIMG2362 Based on the ‘Black Sesame Jewel’ recipe in Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen: frozen banana, 2 tbsp of tahini, 2 tbsp of black sesame seeds, 1 tbsp of manuka honey, water topped with more sesame seeds, bee pollen and honey. This was utterly delicious, so creamy and full of good stuff!

CIMG2351 Cabbage, courgettes, 2 scoops of vanilla sun warrior, maca powder, midori greens, ground flax, water, ice, maple sugar – this was way better than it looked, very creamy!

CIMG2341 Kale, frozen cherries, cacao nibs, cacao powder – topped with coconut – so sweet with no need for additional sweeteners

CIMG2359 Greens, apple, pineapple, nectarine, dates, coconut water, water, ice – tasted lovely and cleansing

I’ve also added in some different things including some protein pudding:

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Just 1 scoop of chocolate sun warrior protein powder mixed with water, a teaspoon of cashew butter and some agave syrup.

This morning for breakfast I defrosted some frozen raspberries and mashed them with some Viva Pure cacao chai chia pudding and agave syrup:

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This was perfect, just the right consistency, I’ll be eating more mashed raspberries me thinks! 

I’ve also been having juices, just my fave green juice blend and beet, carrot, cucumber, ginger blend. I’ve started to try and eat some of the smoothies with a spoon out of a bowl as I read that sucking through a straw may not be best when your gums are healing. I have to say its a bit strange, on one hand I feel awesome from all the goodness I’m getting from the juice and smoothies, then I feel crap when I feel how swollen and sore I am!

Today I’ve made a big pan of my Lentil and Spinach Soup and blended it down so I’m going to have that for dinner plus I can’t wait to make a shake with my remaining Thai young coconut and raw cacao!

I also wanted to mention that I have a new Goodness Direct discount code for you – so even if you’ve used my old code, you can use this one. It gives you £10 off and free delivery on all orders over £35 – just use code 322345GH at the check out!

So what do you think of the new blog design and my ‘About Me’ page? I really hope you like it and would love any feedback! Hope your all having a brilliant weekend!