When it’s minus five and pitch black outside, it get's so much harder to keep healthy and active. But don’t worry - there are plenty of tips and tricks for getting in those steps and raising your heart rate, even when time gets tight and temperatures drop approaching the festive season.
Sound the panic alarm and grab hold of your loved ones, because we aren’t getting enough nutrients from our veg anymore. Thanks to modern farming techniques, much of the fruit and veg that we eat today has significantly less nutritional value than it would have had 50 years ago1 Research by Texas based biochemist Dr. Donald Davis tells us that some vitamins in our veg have dropped by up to a whopping 38% across the last 50 years, meaning that you now have to eat almost double the amount of them that you once did for the same benefit.
Luckily, some lovely people *cough cough* did something about this and came up with Food Booster Blends. They’re a way to rectify the missing vitamin content from your current veg by simply adding a spoon or two of the powders into your drink, snack, or meal. They’re made up entirely of natural and organic ingredients so, in short, we literally ground down the missing nutrients and are handing it to you on a plate - or in this case, in a tub! Many of our ingredients are imported and difficult to get hold of in one place, so our blends make it easier than sourcing all the raw foods and cooking them into your meals separately… they’re also cheaper than flying to New Zealand for your wheatgrass!
We’ve mixed these imported veggies, fruits, and plants into four deliciously different blends for you to choose to suit your lifestyle - or you can just have them all:
A great all-rounder for improved wellbeing as well as a general vitamin boost. Containing:
Perfect for those who want to look their best as well as feel it. Packed full of:
Skin Food contains Vitamin C which helps the skin, joints, and bones. It also has Copper which contributes to hair pigmentation, as well as immunity.
Goes great with a busy schedule as it keeps you feeling fresh and ready to take on the day (we use it for the office hangover-cure too). With:
Energise contains Magnesium which contributes to energy levels, Vitamin C which assists the joints and bone development, Iron to help maintain immunity, and Copper which has antioxidant properties.
Stops anything holding you back by helping you fight off any nasty bugs. Containing:
Immunity contains Iron which contributes to immunity and brain development. It has Copper which assists the joints, helps to maintain and improve energy levels, and is also bursting with antioxidant properties.
With all these to choose from, we like to think we’ve given you an organic and easy alternative to doubling the veggies in your diet. You’re welcome!
It’s freezing outside and you feel like s**t - what do you do? Do you curl up in bed and sulk? No, you get these four natural flu-busting concoctions into your system and you show that cold who’s boss!
This masterpiece is made up of a small slice of ginger, half a teaspoon of turmeric, the juice of ¼ lemon, and a small clove of garlic - mixed in with around 50ml of water. These ingredients are full of Iron, Vitamin C, and Calcium - what more could you want? The shot assists metabolism, skin and blood functions, the immune system, and also combats fatigue. If you’ve got more delicate tastebuds, we recommend watering this down or reducing each ingredient to taste, as it’s a very potent mixture. It might make you pretty unkissable for a while - although let’s face it, if you’ve got flu people are probably avoiding you anyway!
Many studies have been conducted into the effects of echinacea, and there has been a ‘consistently proven effect of echinacea in stimulating phagocytosis, that is encouraging white blood cells and lymphocytes to attack invading organisms.’  That’s one hell of an immune system boost! Simply pour around 15 drops of this into a large glass of water to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Because of the way in which it benefits the immune system, it can also be used as a preventative measure to keep the germs from getting you in the first place!
With spirulina, nettle, New Zealand wheatgrass, chlorella, moringa, and kelp all in one place, this blend makes it easy for you to literally sprinkle goodness into your diet. Add some of this into a smoothie or meal and let it’s ingredients do the rest - they’re full of Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin C so boast similar health qualities to the turmeric, ginger, garlic, and lemon super-shot. Definitely worth a try if you still fancy a smooch after your vitamin boost, and our Immunity blend is another obvious choice if you want to avoid those winter bugs!
Manuka honey is rich in a ‘compound called dihydroxyacetone, which is present in the nectar of manuka flowers. This chemical produces methylglyoxal, a compound thought to have antibacterial and cell-killing properties’  It’s been linked with acne prevention and has even been rumoured to have antibiotic properties. When we’re feeling rough we love to load up on hot drinks, so adding manuka honey to a cup of tea is a necessity.
When summer comes back around and brings hay fever with it, try swapping manuka honey for locally sourced honey. Taking in small amounts of local pollen present in the honey can act as a natural tolerance booster!
We’ve been trying these ingredients at LoveRaw HQ to fight the winter bugs and can’t wait to see everyone else’s results! Don’t forget to keep us posted on your cold and flu-boosting concoctions by tagging us @loveraw
In 2015, our top 10 resolutions included losing weight, staying fit and healthy, quitting smoking, and enjoying life to it’s fullest, and in 2016 ‘four in ten Brits vowed to lose weight.’ Sounds like our bodies should be feeling great, right?
Unfortunately, research from the University of Scranton found that only 8% of people continually succeed in their resolutions. With 47% of resolutions being centred on self-improvement and education, it looks like most of us just want to better ourselves, but are struggling to keep at it.
So, we’ve found some tried and tested methods for resolution success to help you get through 2017 as your best self!
Roy F. Baumeister, author of Willpower: Rediscovering our greatest strength tells us that ‘those who try to quit smoking whilst also restricting their eating or cutting back on alcohol tend to fail at all three.’ He conducted ‘The Radish Study’ with four groups of students; one given radishes to eat, one given cookies, one with no food at all, and one with both options - left to choose whether to remain healthy or not.
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Then they were taken into a second experiment where they were told to complete a puzzle. This puzzle was incompletable, and they were actually being timed to see how long they lasted before quitting - apparently scientists are just really cruel! Students in control groups who had either been allowed the cookies, or given nothing at all, stuck with the task for around twenty minutes, but students who had just successfully avoided the cookies lasted just eight minutes. They had exhausted their willpower on avoiding the cookies and so had no patience left for the puzzles - and probably were just really hangry!
This is the same with New Year’s resolutions today. We often try to take on too many new behaviours or cut out too many things at once, leaving us with less willpower per task. If you want to really achieve at something, try your resolutions one at a time to make sure your willpower is reserved for the most important resolution.
Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct: How self control works, why it matters, and what you can do to get more out of it, tells us that ‘willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep.’ So sticking to those healthier resolutions can actually improve the willpower needed to keep succeeding at them - it’s a sort-of happy paradox.
More importantly, she also tells us that ‘guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again, but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control.’ That means you need to give yourself a break if you slip up and miss a gym-sesh or eat a piece of chocolate. Learn to work with your mistakes and use them to motivate your future decisions by recognising what led to them. Living guilt free and staying positive about the good decisions you make can help you stick to your solutions and feel great about them too.
So you’ve narrowed down your goals and learned to enjoy the journey - all that’s really left is to keep track of the progress!
Keeping a diary is a great way to remind yourself how much you’re achieving. Diaries like the Five Minute Journal are especially useful because they focus on positivity as well as recording parts of your day. It’s also a quick task to complete each day, so won’t intrude too much on the rest of your lifestyle. That way, you should be able to keep your willpower strong when tracking your progress - you’ll also look really poetic and interesting, which is always a plus.
An even more convenient way to do this is by using apps designed to help you track specific changes in your life. Apps like Streaks, Momento, C25K, and Sleepfulness are brilliant at helping you set goals for yourself no matter what your resolution.
Whether you want to eat cleaner, exercise more, sleep easier, or just be better at being you, it’s about knowing what you want to achieve and making sure you take the time to grab it this year. Now you know how to kick 2017’s a**, don’t forget to keep us posted on your health journey by tagging us in your posts @loveraw. Happy 2017!
1, 3- "New Years Resolution Statistics", Statistic Brain, 11 Dec. 2016, http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/. Accessed 3 Jan. 2017
2- "Four in ten Britons vow to lose weight in 2016," You Gov, 8 Jan. 2016, https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/01/08/four-ten-britons-vow-lose-weight-2016/. Accessed 3 Jan. 2017
4- Baumeister, Roy F., John Tierney, Willpower: Rediscovering our greatest strength, (Penguin, UK, 2012)
5- McGonigal, Kelly, The Willpower Instinct: How self control works, why it matters, and what you can do to get more out of it, (Avery, 2011)