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Build My Body Supplement Pack Competition!

10 Jan

My WONDERFUL sponsors over at Build My Body have been kind enough to put together a little pack for me to giveaway to one of my lucky blog readers!   These are all products that I personally use and endorse!

Pack Includes:

  • ON Opti-women High Potency Multi-vitamins;
  • Inner Armour L-Carnitine; and
  • Gaspari MyoFusion Protein Powder in Milk Chocolate

All you have to do to win this FABULOUS pack is head on over to Facebook and like my Facebook page and also like Build My Body’s Facebook page then post a status on your profile that says:

“I want to win a @Build My Body – Supplements pack please @Amanda’s Daily Dose of Awesome because [insert exciting and original reason here]”

The bold parts are where you need to mention both my facebook page and Build My Body’s Facebook page.  If you don’t tag us in your status I won’t be able to see your entry on my wall and your chances of winning reduce to zero!   Note, when you post your status update, change the setting from “Friends” to “Public” on the drop down so that we can see it on our walls.

If you are entering the comp via twitter, simply follow me (@mevsthebulge) and Build My Body (@BMBSupplements) and send a tweet that says:

“I want to win a@BMBSupplements pack please @mevsthebulge because [insert exciting and original reason here]”

I must see that you are following us both to win!

Also, yes, they are women’s multi-vitamins but don’t let that stop the fellas from entering!  I’m sure you all know a special lady that needs some vitamins in her life!

A winner will be selected at random on Friday the 20th of January at 10am EST.  Sorry, competition entry only available to Australian Residents.

Get cracking people!  This is your chance to start the year off with a bang and get your best body yet! 😀

Blackmores Product Trial

12 Dec

As per my last post, I mentioned that Blackmores had kindly sent me some products to trial.   I’m not even going to exaggerate here, but a couple of these products literally have changed my life and I now SWEAR by them.

It all started with a phone call to the wonderful Kate Ferguson, an advisory naturopath for Blackmores.   I’d never consulted with a naturopath before and I knew from my Health Assessment that I had some issues that I needed to resolve, so I was very much looking forward to hearing what she had to say!

I outlined to Kate my current diet and exercise regime and then we spoke about some of the issues I was experiencing around digestion, recovery and sleep.

We addressed digestion first.   So, for a while I had been experiencing severe bloatedness and adverse reactions to certain foods (oats being the main culprit).  My high protein diet was starting to wreak havoc with my insides and I was feeling uncomfortable for much of the day.  Look, I won’t go into too much gory detail here, but I think you’re catching my drift.  Please tell me you are because I am not going THERE.   Okay?  Good.  Moving along then (awwwwkwaaaarddd).

Kate assessed my symptoms and diet thought I would really benefit from using a digestive enzyme supplement. Blackmores Origins Digestive Enzymesis a broad spectrum enzyme to help improve digestion and relieve symptoms of bloating and heart burn.

The following article provides some additional information on how digestive enzymes work:  http://www.blackmores.com.au/learning-centre/article/digestive-enzyme-your-way-to-good-health

This product has changed my life.  I can now eat oats without discomfort and I have not experienced any of the symptoms I had prior to using this product!   She also recommended that I keep drinking my T2 Detox tea and peppermint tea as it’s great for digestion, bloating and cramping.

Next we addressed fatigue.  Important nutrients to help support energy levels are magnesium (helps with muscular aches, pains and cramping) and the B group vitamins.  I was using Blackmore’s Bio Magnesium in tablet form but I must admit I had been a bit slack in remembering to take it everyday.  Kate recommended I try Blackmores Magnesium Powder which contains magnesium and B vitamins and that I should take it in conjunction with my multi vitamin.

I am now loving my magnesium powder.  I have noticed a considerable improvement in energy levels since taking it and recovery has been better too (come on!  More energy!).

Lastly, we spoke about sleep.   I’d been finding it hard to drift off to sleep and when I’d finally GET to sleep, I would find myself waking up in intervals throughout the night.  Kate said that the essential oils roman chamomile and lavender applied to the back of the neck are great to help relax you and support a good night’s sleep.  A lavender pillow or lavender eye mask also works well too.

Kate said that having my energy levels properly supported during the day with B vitamins and having magnesium will help to improve my sleep (which they have) and she also suggested I have a look at Blackmores Sleep Sound Formula  or Tranquil Night.  She sent me some Sleep Sound Formula to try and I will report that I am now a valerian junkie.  This stuff REALLY works and I have found myself drifting off to sleep easier and staying asleep for longer.  It takes a week or so to start working but it’s well worth the wait.

I definitely recommend the experience of consulting with a naturopath.  Just a few small additions to my regime and the improvements are something I would DEFINITELY write home about.  Mum?  Are you reading this?  Expect a hand written letter soon!

Have you ever consulted a naturopath or tried any of the products mentioned above?  Share your experiences below!

Supp Y’all?

23 Sep

This is how many supplements you will need. NOT.

I often get asked what supplements I take and to be honest I don’t take a whole lot but there are 3 supplements that I am currently taking on a daily basis and that I swear by.  I think that if you have a rich and varied diet that you should get all the nutrients you need but when you put your body through strenuous exercise regularly, you sometimes need a little assistance.

Whey Protein Isolate

I have written a little about whey protein in another post which you can read here.

I usually mix my WPI with a little skim milk, vanilla extract and cacao powder.  It’s great to have any time of day as a snack but is particularly beneficial immediately after exercise as it quickly provides protein to the muscles.

BCAAs

I’ve only recently starting taking BCAAs and I am now converted.  The brand I use currently is Xtend but I think I will change to something else when I’m done as it contains artificial sweeteners and is really REALLY sweet.  You get used to it but, yeah, wow, it’s sweet!

Since using them I have found that I recover easier and have less muscles soreness, which is exactly what I need when I have been smashing 5-6 weight sessions a week and a few cardio sessions too!

Glutamine

I take glutamine for its immune and digestive system benefits but it is also another supplement that aids recovery post exercise.

I also take, as required, but not every day:

Fish Oil

For the anti-inflammatory and omega-3 benefits.

Bio Magnesium

To help with muscular cramps and ease premenstrual symptoms.

I would recommend talking to your GP before commencing any supplement usage to ensure that they are safe for you to use!

What supplements do you swear by?

How To Be ‘Salt-Wise’

29 May

We all know that too much salt is not good for us but how much is too much and how can we do what’s best for our food and our health at the same time?

The National Heart Foundation recommends a one and a half teaspoon limit for all Australians and one teaspoon for those individuals with high blood pressure.  Currently, the average Australian is consuming almost double that recommendation!

If we consume too much salt the risk is that we could develop high blood pressure.  People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke so it definitely pays to be more ‘salt-wise’.

So, how do we become more ‘salt-wise’?  Some tips:

  • Be aware of the amount of salt you are consuming – you need to use the right salt, in the right amount, for the right dish.
  • Abandon the salt shaker – when cooking you should use your fingers and hands to gradually add salt in small increments, tasting as you go.  This way there is no need to add more salt at the dinner table.
  • Be aware of ‘hidden’ salt – read labels and make a conscious decision to choose foods lower in sodium.  The Heart Foundation recommends products that have a sodium below 120mg per 100g.
  • Take some iodine – it  is essential for healthy function of the thyroid gland and the recommended daily requirement for most adults is 150 micrograms.
  • Use a good quality natural sea salt for general purpose use.

Check out the book below to learn more about using salt healthily and the different types of salt needed for different dishes.

 

Now that you know more about being ‘salt-wise’ will you change your salt habits?  I know I definitely will be!

 

Project Tighten Up: Update 3 & Macular Degeneration Week

23 May

Can you believe that we are at the start of week 4 of Project Tighten Up?  I know I can’t!  Who’s been going strong still?  Don’t forget to share your progress at the bottom of this post!

My trainer is on leave for two weeks (woe is me!) but I have a trick up my sleeve.  My local Crossfit gym, Crossfit Kensignton, has a fantastic trial offer where you can try 3 weeks of crossfit for only $50!  I have always wanted to try it so this is the perfect time.  Not sure what crossfit is?  Check this out:

Hardcore yeah?  That’s why I think I’ll LOVE it.  I’m really excited and a little bit nervous!  I do similar stuff with my trainer so it shouldn’t be too hard.  Right?  Right??  Eep. I have my introductory session tonight so I will do a review post later in the week.

I am also focusing on being kind to my eyes as well as my thighs (boom tish) this week (22 – 28 May) as it is Macular Degeneration Week.  I’m extremely interested in eye health as, not many of you may know this, but I wear glasses all day every day at work!  Yup – I’m a regular four eyes!

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of vision loss and severe vision loss in Australia, affecting an estimated one in seven people.  Although the condition may not make itself apparent until later in life, preventative measures can be started much earlier.

Grant Fisher, Budget Eyewear National Eyecare Director says: “AMD already affects a large number of people in Australia, and as the population ages, more and more people will suffer. There are a number of steps everyone can take right now to limit the onset of the condition, some of which are as simple as stopping smoking and wearing sunglasses in bright light. It’s also important to have regular eye tests. Medicare covers a visit to the optometrist every two years, so even if you are on a budget, there’s no excuse!”

Grant suggests focusing on nutritious food to help prevent the disease. A poor diet with a high level of fats and low-level of vitamins can make AMD worse, so give junk food a break, and make sure you are eating the right vitamins and minerals.

Research suggests that diets rich in carotenoids found in leafy green vegetables, such as raw carrot, broccoli and raw spinach can reduce the risk of AMD. A high-level boost of nutrients zeaxanthin and lutein may slow progression of the condition. Lutein is found in egg yolk, while zeaxanthin is found in small amounts in most fruits and vegetables. I also wrote a post last year about eye health – check it out here.

All of these foods are featured on my Project Tighten Up Meal Plan so whilst we are working on tightening up our bods we can also rest assured that we are doing good by our eyes too (all the better to SEE our progress with my dears!).

Eye tests are painless and can easily diagnose MD, and best of all they are free with the cost covered by Medicare. When was the last time you had your eyes tested?

How has your progress been over the last few weeks?  Also, has anyone tried Crossfit?

Recently Trialled Health Products!

3 May

I’ve been meaning to post about these for a while now but I have been time poor lately.  Okay, poor choice of words… I’ve not been time efficient.  Argh, alright alright, I’ve been outright lazy.  OKAY?!  Gosh you people, always on my back.  I joke, I joke.  😉

I’m going to make this really easy for you (and me) and just give you some bullet-pointed notes on each product.  Then, hopefully, you can make an educated decision on whether you would like to try them or not!  I’m hoping it’s a big fat YES because they are each equally wonderful!

Coconut Oil

  • Coconut oil has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties and is even being used to help treat AIDS patients
  • It is known to contain a unique form of saturated fat that helps prevent heart disease, stroke, and hardening of the arteries
  • It has been shown to improve digestion and strengthen the immune system
  • It is used as an energy booster and enhances the performance of athletes
  • It is great for weight loss as the fat in coconut oil is used to produce energy and speed up metabolism, rather than be stored as body fat
  • It is fantastic as a massage oil or body moisturiser
  • Start off taking a teaspoon daily and slowly work up to 3 – 4 tablespoons
  • You can add it to smoothies or cook / bake with it (I recently used it in a thai inspired soup and it was delicious!)

I buy my coconut oil products from Nature Pacific.

Vital Greens

Vital Greens sent me some samples to try recently and I think this is an amazing product!

  • It’s a great tasting green powder that you mix into your favourite milk, juice, smoothie or water
  • Contains 76 all-natural ingredients and is known as a “super food”
  • It has all the benefits of spirulina, chlorella and other super foods in the blend as well as herbs, enzymes, probiotics and minerals
  • It’s free from gluten, allergens, additives, artificial flavours, dairy, wheat and other nasties
  • It helps detoxify, energise, alkalise, nourish and support your system

Why not visit their site and give it a go for yourself?

Whey Protein Isolate

I was so thankful to receive a sample of this product and will definitely be using this for the long-term, that’s for sure.  I’ve even got Justin on to it!  I’d been looking for a good quality whey protein isolate product for a little while and when I stumbled across Double Barrel Nutrition’s site I knew I had hit the jackpot.

  • Contains no added fillers or flavourings – just 100% high quality whey protein
  • I blend it into my morning smoothie and flavour it with a little honey
  • Whey protein is derived from milk during the process in which milk is turned into cheese
  • Protein is found naturally in every day dairy products, eggs, and soy, but the quality is not comparable to whey protein powder nor is it as easy to use
  • Studies have shown that whey protein is the best concentration to provide optimal performance
  • Whey protein contains BCAA’s which can be utilised directly by the muscle cells, so they are used at a high rate during exercise
  • These BCAA’s have shown in studies to have the greatest positive effect on muscle protein synthesis among all of the amino acids
  • Have a read of this site for lots of useful info on Whey Protein – www.wheyoflife.org

Do you use any of the above products or products that are similar?  What do you think of them?

What’s In My Fridge?

15 Apr

Happy Fridge Day Dudes & Dudettes!  Oops, I mean Friday! 😉

The most important part of losing weight is nutrition so I always make sure my fridge is stocked with lots of  goodness so I can quickly and easily prepare healthy meals.  So, I thought I would do a short post on what you can usually find lurking in my fridge! 

This is riveting business people, strap in your seatbelts and feel the G’s!  Or is that the cheese?  I’m never quite sure…

Top shelf – butter, lindt dark chocolate

Second shelf – ham, salad I prepared for lunch, parmesan, light tasty cheese, pre-made quinoa g

Third shelf – apples, strawberries, margarine (Justin’s!), fresh ginger & garlic, mini frittatas

Fourth shelf – grapes, cucumber, tomatoes, bag of lettuce, fresh thyme, cherry tomatoes

Crisper – oh god, where to begin… asparagus, more lettuce, baby spinach, carrots, capsicum, avocado, sweet potato, pumpkin, plums, zucchini, oranges, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot… Just a whole bunch of fresh fruit and veg!

Fridge door – olive tapenade, low-fat whole egg mayonnaise, horseradish, dijon mustard, hot english mustard, wholegrain mustard, capers, bottles of low alcohol sparkling wine (I bought a whole box about 6 months ago and I have barely made a dent in it!), flaxseed oil, lemon juice, jam, pizza sauce, satay sauce, rice milk, sparkling water, still water

Freezer – chicken breast, chicken thigh, chicken tenderloins, lean cuts of pork, beef and lamb, lean mince, frozen soups, frozen berries, puff pastry

What are your healthy fridge staples?