The Perfect Fit

December 1, 2016

Wearing the right sports bra will be the difference between a good workout and great workout. It’s all about finding the perfect fit.

So how do you find your perfect fit? First, it has to do with a lot more than just your cup size. The three key factors to consider are FIT, FUNCTION and of course FASHION.

FIT:
A sports bra should be slightly tighter then a normal bra to provide maximum support. For larger busted ladies it’s important to choose a bra with good cleavage cover.

FUNCTION:
What kind of activities you do will determine whether you need a high impact or a low impact sports bra. Low impact activities include; walking, yoga, weight training and pilates. High impact sports bra’s are designed to “hold you in” and provides support across your back, bust and neck. If you are a larger busted lady always opt for high impact no matter the activity.

FASHION:
The best part, who doesn’t want to feel fab while they are working out? Shortlist an option of sports bra’s depending on fit and function first and then look for a bra that catches your eye and makes you feel amazing.

Staying healthy and fit plays a huge part in my life. As most may already know I’ve been a model for 7 years and if you follow me on Instagram or snapchat you’ll also know that I adore food! I gave up on the idea of depriving myself of life’s delicious treats years again and opted to follow a balanced lifestyle of exercising regularly so that I can eat regularly.

I’ve tried countless sporting and training activities over the years and have finally found the perfect combo for my body. Yoga + boxing + lots of walking and hiking. I train about 4-5 times a week (two high impact sessions and 3-4 low impact sessions per week) so having the perfect workout gear is essential to me, particularly the right sports bra. My two favourite’s are adidas’ Supernova graphic bra and the Supernova X bra.

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THE ADIDAS SUPERNOVA GRAPHIC BRA:
With ventilated climacool® that keeps you cool and dry while training this bra is a favourite of mine during heated yoga classes. With an elastic bottom band and cross-strap back for high support no matter your movement. The best part? It’s made in a more sustainable way by using recycled polyester and decreasing production emissions.

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THE ADIDAS SUPERNOVA X BRA:
With it’s scoop neck and a cross-strap back it makes the perfect high impact sport’s bra. I love running and boxing in this bra as it provides the upmost comfort whilst training as it’s made with a soft, stretchy jersey like material.

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Photos by Justin Polkey
*Advertorial post in collaboration with adidas Women. All words and outfit choice are my own. 

 

Friday Favs: Coconut & Lemon Bliss Balls

February 6, 2016

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These bliss balls are so damn refreshing and tasty, contain healthy oils and is the perfect treat to help curb those sugar cravings.

Ingredients: 
– 2 cups shredded coconut and a little bit extra for the end
– 1/2 cup almonds
– 2-3 teaspoons rice malt syrup (vegans) or honey
– 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
– zest and juice of one organic lemon. (I prefer using organic lemons when I need zest.) 

Method:
– Pop all your ingredients into a food processor and blend.
– If the mixture isn’t sticking together add a lil more coconut oil.
– Roll into balls.
– And cover with the extra shredded coconut.
– Refrigerate for until firm.

Makes about 18 balls, 130 calories per ball.

Enjoy
XXX
EJ

My Ultimate Skin Glowing Smoothie

October 13, 2015

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I can literally have this smoothie every day and never get bored of it, especially on a hot day, so Summer please hurry up and show your face.

It’s packed with all the essentials vitamins for glowing skin… so drink on up!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana.
    TIP: Peel your banana, cut it up and bag it in a zip lock bag before freezing it. Peeling a frozen banana isn’t easy. 
  • 1 scoop of protein powder.
  • Handful of brazil nuts
  • 1 tbs flax seeds
  • 1 tbs maca powder
  • 1 tbs almond butter (or any nut butter really.)
  • A dash of almond milk
  • A dash of water
  • x2 ice cubes

If you not afraid of spirulina, add 1 tbs to your smoothie mixture.

Blend it up, and serve it just like that or topped with some dried coconut and cocoa nibs.

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So what exactly does this smoothie have in it that helps with glowing skin? Here’s the low down:

Apart from the obvious potassium benefits, bananas are great for lowering your blood pressure and act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.

Protein is essential for weight loss as it balances the sugar levels and keeps you fuller for longer. It requires more energy to burn off therefore your body is actually burning calories when you consume protein.

Brazil nuts, spirulina and maca powder are full of  vitamin-E which is a powerful antioxidant. It is required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucusa and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals. These ingredients also contain vitamin C and B, helping improve the digestive system and detoxing your system. Maca is know for balancing moods and clearing the skin.

Lastly flaxseeds are filled with omega fats which boost the immune system and are great for skin health.

So blend it up and get busy sipping. Please let me know if you try this recipe and whether you love it as much as me. Tweet me at @emmamenteath or snap a pic on instagram and tag me @emmajanementeath.

Enjoy
xxx
EJ

Giving Up: Dehydration

January 23, 2015

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So I got this idea at the end of last year to give something up each month for the upcoming year, for example to give up gluten for one month or to give up alcohol for one month, that sort of thing.

So when January came around and the time came for me to give something up giving up dehydration seemed like a good place to start. I’m terrible at remembering to drink enough water during the day, I can go days without drinking any water and not notice so I decided that needed to stop asap.

So in order to give up dehydration that meant I had to drink the recommended daily allowance, which for us ladies isn’t 2 litres but rather 1,6 litres. It was all about finding a balance as too much water can be harmful, it dilutes your minerals and your body struggles to absorb any nutrients.

The benefits of drinking water daily are countless! We all know it’s good for us yet most of us still struggle with it. The improvements I’ve noticed with myself over the past month are:
– Weight loss
– No bloating
– Clear, smooth skin
– My dark circles under my eyes aren’t as dark
– Less tired
– Gives my muscles extra energy when I work out
– My focus and concentration levels have increased
– Less lower back pain

And this is just after a month of drinking 1,6-2 litres of water a day! Oh and by the way, it’s free!

Song of Style posted this flavoured water recipe on her blog a couple of months ago and I thought it would be the perfect inspiration to get you motivated and moving to drink more water if you not currently doing so.

What’s your water story? Do most of you struggle like I used to?

xxx EJ

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RECIPE FOR 5 DIFFERENT FLAVOURED WATER COMBOS:
Cucumber-Lime, Blueberry-Clementine, Strawberry-Mint and Lemon-Pineapple.

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Ingredients:
½ of a pineapple
1 Lemon
2 Lime
2 Clementine or Tangerine
1 container of Blueberries
1 container of Strawberries
1 Cucumber
1 bunch of Mint
1 bottle of Sparkling water
Couple trays of Ice (pre-made with filtered water)
Couple pitchers of filtered water
5 Mason jars or any glass cups
2 Empty ice trays
**Just so you know, I’m just demonstrating each recipe for one serving for each flavour  You can choose your pick and make a whole pitcher.

Don’t forget to wash your fruits and veggies!

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1. We’re going to freeze some blueberries with mint and strawberries with mint. Simply drop 4-6 blueberries in each tray slots and a couple of mint leaves as well. Cut the strawberries into thin slices and add a few in and mints as well. Fill the tray with water and freeze it for about 5 hours. 

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2. Next cut the lemon, lime, clementine and the cucumber in very thin slices and keep them aside. 

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3. Here’s how you cut a pineapple. First, place the pineapple on its’ side on the cutting board and remove the stalk right through the skin.  Cut the bottom of it too.  Stand the pineapple and cut the skin off of the sides from top to bottom in strips following its’ shape, sort of like a crescent.  Continue cutting strips all around. Make sure you get rid of the brown blotches.  Then from the same position, cut it in half or fours and remove the core. Finally, cut it in small bite sizes.

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4. Now, here is the fun part.  You will prepare the fruits in the glass before you add the water.  Going to start off with the blueberry-clementine so grab a mason jar. If you’re anything like me, you want it not only to taste great but look pretty, right? So here’s how you do it. First, drop a slice of clementine flat on the bottom of the jar. With a wooden spoon, slightly press down and give it a twist a few times to burst the flavours out. Then drop a couple of ice cubes that we made in the jar and one by one, slide in each slices of clementine all around against the wall. The ice will support and keep in place the slices from falling forward or floating around.  Add a handful of blueberries and keep it in the fridge for now.

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5. Lemon-Pineapple.  Same way, you will drop a slice of lemon flat down on the bottom of the jar and release some flavors and again sliding the lemons all around the jar. Add a few pineapples and put aside as well.

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6. Next running up is the Cucumber-Lime. Repeat the same steps using the lime. With this one, I added a long thin strip of cucumber right above the lime. 

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7. Last but never the least, Strawberry Mint. For this one. I simply chopped the strawberries in halves and took a good amount of mint leaves and dropped it in the cup. SOO easy right?

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Happy hydration!!!

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