I hope all is good with you and you’re ready for the weekend. It’s my little boys first birthday tomorrow. This time last year was my due date and I was keeping busy, wondering when he’d make his appearance. Where does the time go? Now a proper little character who just adores his big sister, as she too adores him.
I’ve been busy trying out some new products, as well as old favourites that may feature in the March beauty favourites vlog…….there’s some goodies! I can’t wait to share with you.
Today is really to tell you a bit about something I recently tried out, out of intrigue more than anything, and also a little frustration. You see, I had Arthur almost a year ago now and I’m still not back to my pre-pregnancy size…..sigh. What I find the most frustrating about this is that I was so focused during pregnancy. I rarely ate sweet things or processed rubbish. I became an avid green smoothie fan and drank 2-3 a day as well as discovering things like chia seeds, spirulina, chlorella, and following Mel Wells (The Green Goddess Life) and Kimberley Snyder (Beauty Detox and Beauty Detox Foods). I exercised quite obsessively, getting up at 5am to do Davina workouts and pilates, and I walked for up to 2-3 hours a day, pushing my then 2 year old in a buggy all over the place. I was so determined to be fit and active and not gain as much weight as I had with Molly, and I didn’t. I gained about a stone less. Yet here I am 1 year on and not where I want to be, or at my most comfortable.
I think a whole host of contributory factors are the reason. For the first 6 months I breastfed every hour through the night. That is no exaggeration. Only now are we in a place where he sleeps from 7-6am, and this isn’t every night. I’ve been woken between 4.30-5am at least 3 times this week. Then there are the times I occasionally get up in the night for Molly too. Normal parenthood really! You do get used to it and I’m sure any parents reading this will relate to what I’m saying. So some days are a struggle, and as much as I have my super green smoothies and healthy dinners I also falter with the biscuit tin (cookie jar) if you’re american. Also, I’ve not really done any proper exercise to speak of, other than doing the school run. Without boring you with all of the details, finding time has been very difficult. Something that I intend to change because I felt SO much better exercising several times a week.
I know perfectly well what I need to do, it’s just getting my head into the right place and getting back on the right track and not losing focus! So rewind a few weeks back and I had a conversation with a lovely lady who told me about green coffee bean supplements. Now being out of the cabin crew loop I knew nothing about these (crew always know what about the latest craze). So I hopped onto google for a look, my curious nature eager to learn more.
This latest slimming supplement to hit the headlines comes recommended by Dr Oz, who says that it is true, green coffee bean extract can help people with weight loss as well as being rich in antioxidants.
Green coffee beans are beans that have not been roasted. When coffee beans are roasted this breaks down the plant compound, chlorogenic acid. It is thought that the chlorogenic acid has an effect on limiting glucose absorption, therefore helping with weight loss.
Dr Oz apparently conducted a study that found dieters lost an average of two pounds a week whilst taking the pills, those who did not take them lost on average one pound a week. He recommends that you should look out for green coffee bean extracts with at least 45% chlorogenic acid. This is listed as GCA (green coffee antioxidant) or Svetol.
Now, I don’t believe that a pill can just drop the weight, not without side effects anyway. I know that a good healthy diet, cutting out refined sugar, and exercising are the only real way to change things. It’s not even a huge amount of weight I’m battling, but my goodness does it feel it when you’re a little stuck! So before I knew it I’d found a website and placed my order, just to see what the effects might be and if they’d assist me.
My experience of them was this. They definitely reduced my sugar cravings and made me less hungry. I could literally feel my increased heart rate, not something I loved even though I know it means calorie burning. I think you really need to increase your water consumption when taking them as I felt more dehydrated, which must be the caffeine. They only have a very small amount of caffeine in them as the ones I used are made from decaffeinated coffee beans. But still I could feel it, I’m not someone who ingests huge amounts of caffeine daily so that might be the reason why. I may have lost a pound or two but I didn’t take them for long enough to really see how they would help on a more long term basis. I like the fact that they are very antioxidant rich, much like green tea, which I might also add can make me feel a little jittery if I consume more than 2-3 cups a day. They definitely have a place for some people as a supplement to aid weight loss, but you need to get the diet and exercise in place more importantly. They aren’t a miracle pill to take whilst inhaling junk food and hoping it will cancel it out! So although I have chosen to stop using them, you may find them useful. If you’d like to learn more then you can find out here.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and the sun stays out for us all.