Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Everything Must Go Sales..... (40% off all items!)


Hi peeps!

Just a quick one- Renew 360- the weight loss consultancy I am a part of is doing a MEGA SALES on a couple of beauty and health items! Check them out:

Likas Papaya Soap
N1200. Now N720

Kojie Sans Kojic Acid Soap
N1800. Now N1080

Diana Stalder Glutathione Soap (2 left)
N2000. Now N1200

Pumpkin Seeds
N700. Now 420

Sesame Seeds
N570. Now N312

Fry Light Sunflower Oil Spray
N580. Now N348

Stevia natural sweeteners
N300. Now N180

Maximum Strength Glutathione
N1700. Now N1020

Red Cherry 704 (2 left)
N1200. Now N720

Duo Lash Eyelash glue (1 left)
N1500. Now N900

Abra High Strength Enzyme Brightening Peel
N2000. Now 1200

How to order?
Send an email to either:
1. folasoasis@gmail.com
or
2. renew360ng@gmail.com

OFFER LASTS FOR 2 WEEKS AND ENDS 7th of September, 2015.
ITEMS AVAILABLE PICK UP ONLY (Location: Lagos Mainland-Maryland) 


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

My fave Post Workout Meals

Hey!
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.

Laterz!

What do you like to eat pre and post workout?

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Detox teas- my thoughts


Hi all,

So have you ever tried fat-burning teas or detox teas? I don’t mean those harsh ones that claim to burn off 20kg in one month though! I mean more realistic teas that claim to assist you with losing weight in collaboration with a healthy eating plan and exercise?

Well I tried one of such teas some months ago and I thought I should share my thoughts on it. I will also put a little note on other natural herbal teas that I recommend for detoxing.


About Nudey Tea: The tea comes in day time and night time tea bags. There are 14-day plans and 28-day plans. Also you are advised to drink the tea in collaboration with a healthy lifestyle.
Day time tea
Packaging was OK; I ordered the 28-day pack while in the UK. It arrived promptly and it comes in branded paper bags with instructions behind.

Price: 32 pounds for both packs.

How I used the teas: I used the daytime tea in a mug first thing in the morning and the night time one every other day, last thing at night before going to bed. Well, I normally try to eat healthy as much as I can, though I still struggle lol. I also tried to work out though around that period it was not so often.
Night time detox- my fave!

My observations: I found that I did not notice any weight loss of any sort. From the contents of the tea bags, the herbs used are mainly detox-oriented, and I noticed clearer skin, and my energy level increased as well. The last point directly affects weight loss because then you have more energy to do more work outs or more routines. I honestly believe that the only safe, sensible and lasting way to lose weight is by healthy eating and exercise. I noticed that most “wonder” weight loss programs and products- shakes, coffee, pills- still require the user to eat healthy, stay off carbs and all, which is actually what makes the weight fall off at the end of the day.
Bed time detox
Taste: The daytime tea does have a herbal taste, though not overpowering at all. The night time tea in my opinion is amaze-balls. It has this vanilla fragrance and taste with the herbal undertone to it. I always looked forward to trying it. Whatever you do, if you are picky with tastes, never drink a herbal tea when it is cold unless you don’t mind! You may find it really weird to drink.

In summary: I think if you are looking for a tea to help you lose weight, in as much as I do not recommend or advice “wonder weight-loss products”, Nudey Tea is not the tea for that. If you already eat healthy and work out, or are doing all that to lose weight, then there is no harm at all in using this tea or a similar one. In fact to a small extent, it should help you achieve your goals faster.
Day time detox
As a detox however and an energy booster, this tea is very good. Dandelion tea, fennel tea, nettle tea (components of Nudeytea) are GREAT for detoxing and also for clearing up the skin!

Other natural herbal teas that are great for you: Green tea, nettle, dandelion, fennel, chai tea. These teas are great for the digestive system, and for the skin as well. I particularly adore the taste of chai tea. Try to cultivate the habit of having a cup of herbal tea every day or night and over time your body and skin would thank you for this new habit!


Do you drink herbal teas? Got any recommendations?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Cooking with Nemi: Pan-fried salmon with green beans stir fry, served with rice.


Hi!
Hope the week is going great. Well this post is looong overdue. Nemi and I made this delicious meal (well more of Nemi making and me helping) months ago when I was in Oxford. As you can see, it is healthy because of the generous serving of veggies, and then the fish, and it tastes even better than it looks. If you like fish, and are looking for a healthier alternative to our good old rice and stew, this meal is a must-try. Now I won't ignore the fact that green beans are not a staple in our Nigerian diet (for those of you who live in Naija), and not so cheap either. I don't see why we can't grow green beans in this country- it is actually a very healthy vegetable and it is quite bland, so no overwhelming taste, and so it always tastes good when seasoned or stewed. However you can buy a big bag of green beans (can serve 6-8 people and can be refrozen) for between N1000-1500 at the frozen foods unit of any supermarket here. Anyway here goes the recipe!

Ingredients
Green beans
I small onion
Bell Pepper-we used 1 red and 1 yellow
Seasoning e.g maggi, then curry, thyme, salt to taste.
Chilli pepper
Tomato puree
Non-oily fish e.g salmon, croaker
Carrots
5 tablespoons of olive oil
Rice- preferably basmati.
Chop the peppers and onion. Start by heating up a bit of oil in a pan or wok for a few minutes.

Add the green beans and peppers as well as onions and toss to combine. Break up any clumps of sliced onions that may have stuck together and stir fry till tender. This will take anywhere from 1-3 minutes. Turn off the heat.
To make the stir-fry sauce, mix some tomato puree with the seasoning and some chilli pepper and add a bit of water. Mix thoroughly.
Using only a quarter of the sauce mixture, thoroughly coat the fish with the sauce, and then using about 2 tablespoons of oil (heated in another pan), place the fish in the pan to fry for a minute, turn over and over till it is well cooked. (This takes about 4 minutes). If you like, you can grill the fish in foil for 3 minutes in the oven so the sauce soaks into it better. 

The rest of the sauce should be poured into the veggie mixture, turn on the heat again, and then keeping tossing till it begins to really sizzle. At this point you may add some soy sauce if preferred. Add a bit more water if the sauce is looking dried out. Turn off the heat. 
For the carrots, simply slice them with a julienne peeler or any other tool you like, then steam the carrots.
For rice, cook the usual way. Make sure the rice serving is not too large.
And there you have it!



Laterz!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Guilty pleasures, healthy meals and the gym life

 Hello!
I have been quite sparse with my posting lately haven't I? Well that's because I have been reasonably occupied with stuff here and there and then I decided to take some time off to spend time with family and friends as well. So I have been busy trying out new experiences, visiting new places, and trying out new meals as well! I am such a foodie and I think I may have gained about 2 kg in the month of October! So I have started my workouts again and this time I decided to take advantage of the relatively cheaper gym subscription fees here in the UK.

Guilty pleasures
 But back to food, my sis took me out for lunch after church one Sunday to Giraffe, and we had a beautiful mocktail called "strawberry smash" that I loved so much, I think I would call it my second favourite cocktail/mocktail after the mojito! I think it's the mint and lemon in it that just does it for me. If you haven't tried this before, trust me you want to!
 So this was one of my guilty pleasures-nachos. Well I couldn't finish all that of course haha!
It was my sister's birthday and we had cake and sparkling white wine. Do you see where I am going with all this? It has not been easy trying to eat healthy, what with my sister's husband always trying to get me to try new goodies and just spoiling me with treats, like mince pies, fish and chips, courvoisier chocolates etc. #lesigh.
 He really loves cooking and we would walk round the shop and pick up things like oxtails, lamb and stuff and I would be thinking, "Gosh Fola all this is gonna make it more difficult for you to stay in shape whilst you are here!".
So I have been trying hard to curb the fatty and unhealthy foods and eat in moderation, trying to stay in shape and work out, eating plenty fruits and veggies etc. But really, why do the unhealthy foods taste so great and the good, healthy ones, not sooooo great? It's just not fair!
 Anyway, I discovered bubble tea about 2 weeks ago. It's basically like a smoothie and the "bubble" part is actually flavoured jelly-like bubbles that you crush in your mouth-you can see the bubbles in the green smoothie on the right. If you ever see Chaboba anywhere please go right in and get yourself a cup of this-it's too real! My cuz had the green apple with honeydew bubbles. As for me, in my quest for the healthy option, I had green tea, red guava with strawberry bubbles. Didn't taste great at all compared to my cuz's choice! I think I will leave my healthy teas for when I am home.

Healthy meal discoveries
I  discovered some new meal combos and foods that are not just healthy but also very tasty-just be moderate with your portions! For example, I have tried scrambled eggs with tomatoes, alongside low-calorie rice cakes. I usually have some fruit by the side.
I have also been LOVING granola and no-fat Greek yoghurt (not the sugar and preservative-dosed ones). I am so obsessed with this. It is so high in fibre, nutritious, healthy as heck, and tastes glorious! I just hope granola and active yoghurt is something I can readily find in Lagos.
A few times, I ate yoghurt with my fruit. If you haven't tried it, please do-it's awesome.

I have been sticking to things like basmati rice, fruits, veggies and healthier options as well.


Sudden Gym Rat
So I don't know if any of my Nigerian readers know how much cheaper it is to be a gym member in other countries compared to Nigeria? I mean I can't even afford a gym membership on my own because it is really highly priced in Naija, but in the UK for example, you can do a 4-month membership for just a 100 pounds or whereabouts. I was excited about being able to go to the gym whilst in this country so what I did was to book a couple of gym sessions and exercises classes such as spinning, strength training, step exercises, aqua-aerobics etc. I am really looking forward to seeing results in a month or so!
 Let's see if I can achieve a more toned body and also get rid of that lower belly pooch!

Laterz,
Fola

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Weight loss-friendly Nigerian recipe-plus free easy-to-follow meal plan!

Hi guys!
I am so excited about this post because I have a guest blogger right here, someone who has become my friend, and someone whose fitness tips and healthy recipes always inspire me! Her name is Nemi (once featured under a Style Crush post here), and she was kind enough to stop by Fola's Oasis again to share two things: 1. A simple, quick-to-make Nigerian recipe for weight loss, and 2. A sample weekly meal plan for those on a diet. So here goes!

"My not so little baby brother came to visit this summer, he realized after stepping on the scale that he had gained over 10kgs in the last 6months (university stress) and asked me to help him shed some weight. He stayed with us (husband and me) for a month and after 3 weeks on a program I put him on he lost 8kg! I was shocked and was not expecting this result as there was no exercising involved or dieting, in fact his staple meal was fried rice and chicken! We just identified the foods his body responded well to and fed him. The best part of the story is that not only has he sustained the weight loss, but he has carried on losing weight since.

Many people try different diet programs and fail because they try generic fad diets that their bodies don’t respond to or can’t sustain. Most people that have lost a substantial amount of weight have identified the foods that their body responds to. I believe tailoring a diet to your individual needs is a key to successful weight loss. Another key to sustainable weight loss is tweaking your favourite meals and making them healthier so you are still satisfied, you enjoy your food and you don’t feel deprived.
(One reader will receive a free evaluation and a customized weight loss meal plan based their body type, likes and physical goals more details later in the article).

Rice and Stew is a staple Nigerian meal and tweaking the stew recipe can make a huge difference on your waistline. This Chicken stew is a healthier and tasty alternative to the typical Nigerian stew. It is also very easy to prepare and can be ready in less than 20mins-yes 20mins.

Here are the ingredients you will need
2 Chicken breast or any meat you have
1 Onion- chopped
1 can of Chopped tomatoes or 5 large tomatoes- cubed
1 tablespoon of Tomato puree
2 Scotch bonnet (habanero)
1 Red Bell Pepper (Tatashe)
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
I clove of garlic (optional)
Curry and Thyme
2 stock cubes
Salt to taste

Method

        Chop bell peppers and onions into cubes
        Finely chop 2 Habanero peppers


        Then using a different chopping board cut the chicken breast into bite sized chunks
        Heat up the vegetable oil in a large pan (you need as little oil as possible-just enough to stop the chicken from sticking to the pan)

        When the pan gets hot, fry the chicken for 3 minutes

        Then add the peppers, onions and garlic and continue to cook till the chicken is golden brown



        Then add the scotch bonnet, curry, thyme and stock cubes

        Then add the tomato puree and dry fry 
        After 1 minute of stirring,  add the can of chopped tomatoes and salt to taste, then simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes or  till the tomatoes are cooked.

        Serve on white or brown rice


Bon Appetito!




  
FREE MEAL PLAN

For someone who has unintentionally done loads of research on the best and most efficient ways to lose weight and stay fit, I find Nemi's recipe to be on point. As long as you use a little oil you would be fine. Also, you can even try basmati or ofada rice which are healthier options. As for the sample meal plan, I just love how it has in-between snacks and is healthy in terms of nutrients. I learnt the hard way that starving yourself or doing the no-carbs-at-all diet is a no-no. Nemi's meal plan works because it takes advantage of quantity/portions, quality, timing, availability of food items, personal tastes and personal goals. Thankfully, she is willing to give out a customized meal plan to a lucky Fola's Oasis reader! She would ask you relevant questions, and design a meal plan that would be useful to you, and you can also work with her so she designs something you would be able to stick to.

Giveaway Rules:
We made it simple: 1. Follow Fola's Oasis and Anemistyle on Facebook and Instagram! If you do not have an instagram page, you can still enter. 2. Write a comment below stating your Facebook name and Instagram name.
Fola's Oasis Facebook page: Click here
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I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something from Nemi's recipe and meal plan. Don't forget to download the link and/or share with a friend who may need it -you can follow the meal plan for just 3 weeks and see results.Also check out Nemi's blog- www.anemistyle.com for great healthy recipes and other cool stuff!



Love,

Fola