February 26, 2017

finding my way back to healthy living

With winter finally on its way out and my deposit just paid for a holiday to Croatia this summer, I figured it was prime time to snap out of hibernation mode and get back on a health kick. I'm now over six weeks into giving up dairy, and I walk past the cheese aisle without a second thought and have gone from being the biggest pizza addict of all time to having no interest in it. I've quit the gym that took me thirty minutes to drive to and cost almost £50 a month and instead I've joined one ten minutes away that's less than half the price. Although I loved being a member of a fancy gym once I was there, the distance and cost involved made me lose motivation to go most of the time. As the new one is right next to my local supermarket, I'll have no excuse not to make it in three times a week. 

As much as I want to look banging in a bikini when the time comes for laying around by the pool in August, my main reason for wanting to tone up and lose a few inches is for general fitness and wellbeing. I'd absolutely never advocate any sort of temporary diet that claims to shift weight in a short amount of time, I'm all for ditching the scales and focusing on building muscle and using tape measurements instead. The longer you allow yourself to slowly make a lifestyle change rather than monitoring calories, the more you'll still be able to enjoy healthy fats and the odd biscuit or two.

I've completely given up sugary drinks in favour of lemon infused water straight out of the fridge and filtered using my Brita water jug. I'm addicted to the crisp, zesty taste and always down a glass as soon as I wake up. My top tip is to drink lemon infused water with meals and follow up with a cup of green tea once you're finished to ensure your body is kept on top form.

The jug fits 1.4 litres, which makes racking up the daily recommend amount of 8 cups a breeze. The cartridges last around two months before needing to be replaced and it's equipped with a digital display to let you know once it needs to be changed. It gets a big thumbs up from me, and that's not just because it's gold and glittery.

Milo is never happier than when I'm on a fitness plan as it means longer walks in the countryside for him. Pups are most definitely the best kind of outdoor gym buddy. 

This post was sponsored by Brita. 

January 24, 2017

barbican conservatory

If you read my last post on my newly introduced spending ban, you'll know by now that I'm on a tight budget and after searching around for free things to do in the London, I opted for the promise of rooms full of succulents at Barbican Conservatory. It was a truly wet and miserable afternoon, which suited the grungy grey tones of Barbican perfectly, and after a wander round the estate I now have my eye on a handful of apartments that have all become property goals. 


Barbican conservatory is open every Sunday, and once you've found your way through the jungle of plants, there's plenty still left to do in the centre itself. If you're under 25, there's the option of signing up to young barbican for discounted access into exhibitions and films.

January 20, 2017

try out deliveroo or uber eats this weekend

Whilst staying in London last weekend, I finally got round to trying out Deliveroo for the first time. As my usual home is in rural Norfolk, there's no such luxury of being able to pick from a mass of restaurants to be delivered in lightening speed. 

I'm a big fan of how the stigma of takeaways always being calorie laden and greasy has now been altered with thanks to both Deliveroo and Uber Eats having healthy and nutritious options, my current favourite place to order from is Leon as I just can't get enough of their halloumi wrap. A few of my Islington based faves are Homeburger (you must try their peanut butter and jam pie scraper), Wenlock and Essex (sourdough pizzas, score!) and Tortilla. 

Deliveroo cover most cities in the UK, whereas Uber Eats deliver to major cities across the world. Depending on where you're at, Uber Eats seem to have around double the choice of places to order from than Deliveroo, so I'd definitely recommend giving them a go too. I tend to switch between apps depending on what I fancy at the time. 

DELIVEROO: £5 off your first order (or just sign up with a new account for each order) using the code: jessicart 

UBER EATS: £5 off your first and second orders using the code: thebeautyseries

This isn't a sponsored post but I receive a referral payment for everyone who orders from Deliveroo and who signs up to Uber Eats using my codes, kaching!