Wednesday, 22 July 2015

My fave Post Workout Meals

Just a quick post on my post workout meals. I am one of those people who believe that you should not work out in the mornings on a total empty stomach, and I always advise my clients to have something healthy like a banana or apple some 30 minutes before a morning workout. But what about AFTER the workout?

I feel what to eat after a workout depends on a number of factors: the time of day, your activity level, and the type of workout. But I will write based on my own personal preferences and what has worked for me over time.

Morning workouts: Whenever I work out in the mornings, I immediately drink a glass of water (of course haha) and then I fix myself either oatmeal with honey or sometimes with milk and a bit of sugar.
On other occasions I eat a healthy cereal with milk, my favourite being Kellogg's Fruit N Fibre cereal.
Other times, it's wholemeal or wheat bread and eggs, and I could have some 0% fat Greek yoghurt with granola whenever I can find healthy yoghurt.
I find that these meals are packed with enough healthy calories and fats to sustain me for a few hours, till it is time for lunch.

Evening workouts: Well for me, my evening workouts are actually night workouts, and I do them last thing before bed. But for those who have their workouts relatively earlier in the evening, I would advise a Ceasar salad for dinner, with maybe some croutons or nuts if really hungry. Other great options are chicken, fish pepper soup, or a small portion of beans with little oil.
In general, for those with very active lifestyles, or who do intense workouts, lunch could be made to be a little heavy and then it is always best to have little healthy snacks in between meals.


What do you like to eat pre and post workout?

Sunday, 19 July 2015

DIY hair treatments-an easy guide.


Hope it's been a good weekend so far?

So I came across this image recently and found it so useful and simple as a guide for at-home, DIY hair conditioners for hairlistas- relaxed, texlaxed or natural.
One glance at it and you already see that they are kitchen items and very natural, suitable as moisturizing, clarifying or protein treatments. A good example of a moisturizing one is olive oil, avocado + bananas, and honey. Good example of a clarifying treatment is apple cider vinegar, lemon + baking soda, and honey. Milk, mayo + strawberries, and an egg make a great protein or strengthening hair mask.
I like how the image gives many options based on availability and preference and I think there are about over 25 different combinations here. Store-bought conditioners could be pricey, and DIY ones are always the way to go because you can customize as needed.

Which combo is your fave? :)

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Thoughts, plans, buys- 2

Hope the week is going OK for you and you had a refreshing weekend.
More thoughts to share.....

Aso Ebi for weddings: OK. I am aware how stressful this can be! I decided months ago that I would not have any aso ebi for my wedding, just a colour theme. Then somewhere along the line, I thought hmmm for my traditional wedding, if my "girls" are supposed to dance in with me when the bride is called in, it would look nice if they look quite uniform. Also Mr. Man's friends who will "|dobale" (prostrate) with him should look uniform. So I decided to sort out aso ebi for the girls and caps for the guys. Then later I thought hmmm maybe we should provide head gears and caps for everyone else interested. Then I changed my mind after some weeks. Then Mr. Man decides at least family members should wear similar headgears and caps. Then I agreed. And before I knew it, I got caught up in the whole aso ebi drama. How we have been able to resolve this is to have different "teams" who will sort things out for different categories of people. So my mum will sort out her own people, I will sort out my own people and etc, all using the same supplier. But still.....sometimes I wish I didn't have to worry about this aso ebi issue AT ALL.

Black soap: So my skin went crazy lately. Like tiny bumps all over my forehead and the sides of my face. I admit I have neglected my skincare routine these past few months but...anyway so I have decided to join the black soap bandwagon. Started using it this morning. I bought the Lemon and AHA black soap from NaturalNigerian. I really hope it helps, because this skin has to be smooth in time for the wedding! Lol.

Blonde braids: So if it's not blue-green ombre hair, it's curly wigs, or faux locs or blonde braids....I very recently installed faux locs and girls...let's just say there should be a book titled "What to expect when you install faux locs". In fact that would be the title of my post on the faux locs, soon. But back to blonde braids, as a relatively fair-skinned girl, I find myself lusting after pics of blonde braids. And even blonde hair. 

Renew 360: Now I know it's only a very few of you that know about my "ministry", my "side hustle" turned to "main hustle", my fitness business. It is basically a weight loss business for people who are trying to lose weight, but do not how to go about it. It is just an online-based, simple and efficient as well as affordable method of achieving weight loss goals, based on the principles of healthy eating and strategic exercise. So I help the client to design customized meal plans, and simple yet effective routines, so that in just a month they begin to see lasting results. 
I started this months ago when I thought of how the average woman's interest in looking good and my passion for fitness (born during my own weight loss journey and research in 2013) could work hand-in-hand. Lately I have been busy with a lot of things and need to strategize next steps for Renew 360, but I thought I should share this "secret" of mine with you!

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What do you think of aso ebi drama?
Have you used black soap before? Would you recommend?

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Retail Therapy- Yay or nay?

Just thought I should show you a few clothes I bought off a seller on the Depop website. Depop is sort of small-scale Ebay for clothes- new or used- and sellers and buyers can make transactions with ease.
But really what do you think of retail therapy?
Would you go shopping to make you feel better about something you are going through? Well, I am not sure- I think it works differently for different people. Some may think it doesn’t make sense, while some are OK with that momentary satisfaction and distraction from the problem being faced. I reckon the shopaholics fall prey to retail therapy so often! In fact I believe there is a theory that many people engage in retail therapy without even knowing it!

Well for me, my first retail therapy stint (and only conscious one so far) took place months ago when I got some shocking news and was feeling down- so when I found out about the Depop sale, I jumped on it and purchased a few items.

Have a look!

 My 2 faves are the fluffy cream skirt and the shiny one. I found the leopard print and black dress and even the blue dress to be too short and I would have to relegate them to the party wear section of my closet, in addition to the skirts, lol. That’s the thing with purchases like this. No model available to display it on the human frame, and no adequate information about the item in terms of lengths and all. In fact the only item I wear at the moment is the top I was given by the seller as a free gift (not shown here). It has an interesting cut-open detail at the back.

Did I feel better after buying these? Yes. For how long? Maybe 1 day. Did the problem go away? Course not. Do I hate retail therapy now? No. Do I think everyone should try it? No. Listen to your pocket!

Yes, I never advice foolish spending, although I think a treat sometimes is very good and even wise! So if retail therapy makes you happy, and you won’t regret it later, please do so by all means. You may just be in need of a distraction to clear your head and mind a bit of clutter and worry so that you would be able to come back to tackle the issue at hand more efficiently.

What do you think of retail therapy? Yea or nay?

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Thoughts, plans, buys....

I hope you are having a good week- despite the latest fuel crisis!
Anyway I just wanted to share a few things I have been thinking about lately- well some of them are items I want to buy, plans for the wedding of course and etc etc!

Traditional Wedding Makeup: Well before the advent of Instagram I am sure brides-to-be were not so confused about how they wanted to look on their big day. But now, it's like eye candy every minute! It takes discipline and a determined mind to avoid being overwhelmed or confused with choices.
I have decided on a make up artist for that day and she recently asked me to send her pictures of bridal looks I like. I find that I am tending more towards the sultry, smokey eye, but I am not sure whether to go with a nude lip, a berry lip, or a bright lip colour!

Ombre bluish-green hair: I know it was kinda in vogue before Kylie Jenner brought it to limelight, but I admit she made the look spread like wildfire. So much that I thought hmmm this won't be bad....I was hoping to get something in ombre braids done but I am still trying to figure out how that will work.

Wide-brimmed hats: Finally, something I decided on, and even purchased! I am planning a trip soon to a hot climate (surprise!) and I know I would need all the sun protection I can get! Besides this hat is a trendy fashion item so it's a win-win. Ordered it from Naija Affordables on Instagram.
 Pre-wedding photo shoots: Back to wedding planning, Mr. Man and I are planning to take pre-wedding shots soon. Gets me thinking about how 6 years ago there was nothing of the sort in Naija! Anyway so I have been looking up ideas and inspiration on the internet- just in case our photographer isn't "equipped" enough. Also it helps to be able to bring in your own ideas every now and then.

Curly wigs: I bought one months ago, but it was a cheap, synthetic one that lasted just one month before it became a big frizz ball. My eye is on a good quality, curly wig that I can wear to change my look every now and then. Also one with a  fringe helps me rock the fringe look only when I want to, without risking getting plenty acne on my forehead as is always the case when I rock a fringe.

Bare Lifts: Well, this is another purchase from Naija Affordables. The bare lifts did not look as nicely packaged as the picture above when it came lol! I am yet to try it to see if it really works. It claims to lift the breasts and cover the nipples, without the need for straps or fabric.
 So those are some of the things I have been thinking of, or buying this past week or so.

What do you think of my collage? Any comments on curly wigs or blue-green hair etc?