Meet our new Motivating Mums this month

Join thousands of mums and change your life with The Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Throughout this month’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, these mums will be here to give you advise, guidance and some great motivation tips when you need it.

Meet our new motivating mums this month

Zoe Terry has lost 35 kgs

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Zoe, 28, from Redcliffe Queensland, is mum to a cheeky 3 year old and she has been with the Healthy Mummy since July 2019.

Zoe shares, “I’ve lost 35kgs and gained a love for healthy food and exercise! The Healthy Mummy has also helped me manage my postnatal without medication!

“I joined the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge because I was looking for a lifestyle change that I could continue for the rest of life. I was tired of being exhausted and not setting a good example for my son. In 2020 I want to reach and maintain a healthy weight and feel strong!”

Zoe’s tips for other mums:

  • Start with small maintainable changes that you can build on over time e.g. increase water, increase incidental exercise, etc
  • Repeat meals and snacks through the week to save time and money.
  • Enjoy all things in moderation! You can still enjoy coffee, chocolate and eating out. Factor it into your day and enjoy!

Zoe’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipe:

Zoe’s favourite meal is the Slow-cooked Asian chicken and favourite snack would be Wholemeal Chocolate Chip muffins.

Wholemeal Choc Chip Muffins

Wholemeal Choc Chip Muffins

Kylie Pryor has lost 38 kgs

Kylie, 36, is a mum of three based in Sydney.

Kylie shares, “I’ve been on The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge for 2 years and 8 months now and in that time I’ve lost 38kgs and over 120 cm from my body. I’ve also gone from a size 16 to a size 10.

“My goals for 2020 are to get to a size 8, drop 5 kg, workout every Saturday and increase my running. I’ve done Park Run a few times and want to keep it up.

“Since starting The Healthy Mummy I’ve become fitter and stronger than I’ve ever been but also happier. I feel like I’m a calmer, more confident person overall as well.

“I started The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge as I got some professional photos of myself and my daughter taken and I was really ashamed at the way I looked. I never wanted to feel this way again and it’s driven me ever since.

“Ideally I would like to get to a size 8, around 58 kg and be in a healthy weight range according to my BMI. I was classified as obese when I started. I’m now sitting at the edge between overweight and healthy so it’s been a great motivator for me to watch my BMI go down.”

Kylie’s tips for other mums:

  • Focus on small goals. It can be overwhelming when you have a lot to lose so focussing on 5/10kg at a time can really help.
  • Track your food and stick to your calories suggested when you calculate your BMR.
  • The last tip is water. Have lots of water. I keep four drink bottles in the fridge at all times. Once I’ve drunk those I know I’ve had over 2.5L of water that day which is my minimum.

Kylie’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipe:

My favourite meal on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is the Mexican lasagne. I’ve always got some in my freezer!! My favourite snack changes a lot but this week it’s the Choc nut bombs. They are like chocolate cheesecake – so good!”

Summer Bostock has lost 14kgs

Summer Bostock, 32, is a mum to 3 boys aged 4, 6 and 8, from Loganlea in Qld.

Summer shares, “I have lost 14kgs and 71cms in the past 5 months this is now my 6th 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

“I was doing Healthy Mummy before this but after many injuries and sicknesses, I had lost my way so this time I’m back for life because my mindset has changed.

“I was in the hospital with heart issues August last year for 3 weeks which is why I decided enough was enough… I needed to be here for my family. I have been feeling great since and have a lot more energy.

“My main reason is my HEALTH! I don’t want lots of health issues anymore! I want to be Ble to run around with the kids and hubby without feeling horrible or getting injured! Weight loss will just come with it”

Summer’s goals for 2020

“To fit my wedding rings for my 10th wedding anniversary, lose at least 20kg and get to Sydney for a Healthy Mummy Photoshoot.”

Summer’s tips for other mums:

  • Firstly BREATH! It’s not going to happen overnight so yes you will have good days and you will have bad days! That’s ok! Take it one day at a time.
  • Measurements and photos are so important! I wish I had more starting pics but I was to ashamed back then. It really will help you out.
  • Post as much as you want in the Healthy Mummy support group, we are here to help you out! It’s a safe place so no getting judged just helped! JOIN HERE>

Summer’s favourite Healthy mummy recipes :



“My favourite meal is Spanish Chorizo rice because it’s cheap, fast to make and DELICIOUS! My fav snack is the Mocha banana bread, oh my goodness if you haven’t tried it, you need to!”

Bridget

Bridget, is a mum of 2 girls 5 & 7, she is going back to work as a Full-time teacher this month so organisation is a priority.

Bridget shares, “I have been following Healthy Mummy for over 4 years and I have actually not lost any weight at all! But I have lost over 140cms and completely changed my body.

“I follow Healthy Mummy for more than trying to lose weight, especially for 2020.

“I find the routine of The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge really helps me feel like I can keep my head above the water.

‘It takes away the stress of planning my weekly meals and looking for recipes and writing a shopping list. I can pick and go and know it’s at my fingertips when I need. The meal prep has been a massive help, I find for me I get really anxious in that rush after work and school and when I know dinners ready I can relax and this carries on to my girls.

“Life is hard enough and it’s really important we can find anything that can make it easier and for me, it’s been The Healthy Mummy”

Bridget’s tips for other mums:

The 3 Ps: Plan plan plan

  • Meal plan: it will keep you on track during the week and it will also save money and time.
  • Exercise plan: we have time for exercise but you have to work out where it fits for you. Look at your week and see what fits on what days. It will be different for everyone.
  • Plan your week: write it down, every mum duty, meeting, work, kids sports, your exercise etc. It gives you a good guide on what your week looks like and also shows what meals you might need to prep ahead of time.

“Healthy mummy is all about working for you and by planning you can easily change it Day by day, week by week to suit you.”

Miranda has lost 21 kgs

Miranda, 38, is a mum to children aged 7,5 and 9 months, from Manly QLD.

Miranda shares, “I love my walks along the bay and doing 5km a day most days, and where possible, it has definitely helped me to stay on track with my weight loss goals!

“I joined the Healthy Mummy in June 2019 just 2 months post partum.

“I was struggling with both being a new mum again after 7 years and going from being a single parent(widowed) to a mum of 3 children in what seemed like the blink of an eye. I knew I needed to do something for me. That’s when I welcomed The Healthy Mummy into my life.

“Starting at 104kg and now hitting 83kg on the scales, I never thought it would be possible in such a short period of time.

“I’m fitter, healthier, stronger both mentally and physically than I have been in the last 4 years.

“I have a Healthy Mummy Smoothie every morning and have done since I joined, I swear by my morning smoothie and the metabolism support tablets to give me the energy and to kick start my day on the right foot.

Miranda’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipes:

“My whole family love quite a few recipes, San chow buoy, Beef tomato and mushroom stir fry and Devilled sausages just to name a few.”

Miranda’s goals for 2020:

“My goals for 2020, is to say bye to a little more weight, tone up and make as many Healthy Mummy friends as possible cause like-minded people motivate me and keep me on track.

“Live each day to it’s fullest and appreciate the small things” is how I live and love life as well as staying positive!”

Miranda’s tips for other mums:

“My advice when starting out is taking it slow, one day at a time and find what works for you. Don’t put pressure on yourself and be very aware of your goals and how they will impact your life in the long run, don’t just do it for now, make it for forever.”

Dani has lost 29 kgs

Dani Stormont, 40, is a mum of 3 kids aged 12, 10 & 8, from Umina Beach in NSW. She joined the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge in September 2017.

Dani shares, “I joined because I want to be comfortable in my own skin, and be there for my kids as they get older. Living a healthy lifestyle will hopefully allow me to see in 100!!!

“Healthy Mummy has improved my mental health, control of gastrointestinal issues and better sleep.”

Dani’s goals for 2020

“Keep living my Healthy Mummy lifestyle, Hypertrophy (muscle gain), finish cert 4 and start working in the fitness industry helping women become the best versions of themselves.”

Dani’s tips for other mums:

  • Commit to it.
  • Hold yourself accountable.
  • Never ever give up.

Dani’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipe

Dani says her favourite recipe is the Honey soy chicken and salad and the bliss balls (too many varieties to name!!)

Bridget Finlayson

Bridget, 31, is a mummy from Hervey Bay in Queensland. I have a gorgeous 8 year old son who has ASD and a very cute kitty Cat.

Bridget shares, “This is my second journey with the Healthy Mummy. I had a breakdown in 2018 and have suffered from anxiety, panic attacks and depression ever since. The doctors have put me on a heap of medication and I seriously fell into a dark place for a long time.

“In August 2019 I said ENOUGH, I got my medications changed, and I went back to basics. I started using the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge every day, following the meal plan and doing the exercises as well as using the Healthy Mummy Smoothies and since then I have lost 9.5kgs and I can feel myself getting fitter and healthier every day.”

Bridget’s goals for 2020 are;

  • To get into my healthy BMI range
  • To fit into my size 8 summer clothes by Christmas
  • To be fit enough to do a 10km running event with my amazing Healthy Mummy friends
  • To work hard and hopefully get chosen to go to one of the Healthy Mummy photoshoots

“I first found the Healthy Mummy in 2017 and I lost an amazing 15kgs within a 6 month period and was the fittest and healthiest I’ve ever been.

“Healthy mummy has literally saved my life this time around. When I was at my worst mentally it helped me to simplify my life.

“I seriously believe if it wasn’t for the Healthy Mummy community and challenges I would still be in a very sick and unhealthy place. I can leave the house now without having a panic attack, I can go walking outside in the sunshine and I can now be a healthy role model for my little man.”

Bridget’s motivation tips:

  • Remember your WHY! Why you started in the first place.
  • Look how far you have come, check out your before and after results.
  • Schedule exercise into your day and simplify your meal plan. If it’s easy you are more likely to do it

Bridget’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipes:

“My favourite Healthy Mummy meal would have to be either the One Pan Chicken BLT Salad or the Turkey Burrito Bowl. My favourite snacks would be either the Mango Yoghurt with sweet macadamia crumbs or the Ham and Brie Pithiviers.”

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WIN a Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box Set

WIN a Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box Set

If you thought we were all competition-ed out after our crazy month of competitions in December, you’d be wrong. Everyone loves a good competition, right? Right!

We’ve got a Precision Sports Care in a Box set to give away from our friends at Bullet & Bone, worth £39.99. Bullet & Bone is endorsed by two-time Olympian and professor of Sport Science, Greg Whyte OBE, so you know it’s good stuff.

This is what they say about it:

The perfect gift for a sports-mad family member or friend.  A complete set of all four Bullet & Bone products packed in a beautiful, high quality, presentation gift box.

The gift set provides a complete regime of products to optimise warm-up, performance and recovery to deliver the maximum possible benefits. 

What better gift can you give to the special sports enthusiast in your life than one which helps improve their performance and helps them enjoy their sports more?

With all the products tested by elite athletes and recommended by Olympian, Sports Scientist and Physical Activity Expert Professor Greg Whyte OBE, celebrity personal trainers and Performance Expert, Winston Squire, you can trust all the products to deliver great results.

The Gift Set contains: 

1 x Muscle Rub 100ml

1 x Vapour Balm 100ml

1 x Protective Moisturiser 100ml

1 x Cooling Recovery Body 250ml 

The muscle activating rub, vapour release balm, protective moisturising spray and cooling body wash all contain targeted, evidence-based properties that assist with those all-important marginal gains. The unique, power base of three active, natural ingredients across the Bullet & Bone range of maca extract, magnesium and jasmine are known to hold properties that improve stamina, speed, alertness, concentration and recovery. Like any sporting ritual these potent, topical products will be helpful for all levels of sportsmen.

The set also comes with the added benefit of an enclosed discount code offering 20% off any future purchases of the products through the Bullet & Bone website.

Bullet & Bone is a world first. It offers breakthrough, precision skincare engineered to be used when physically active and contains potent, natural ingredients that enhance sporting performance.

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WIN Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box

Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate Review Photos Price

I have extremely dry skin and it gets even drier especially in winters. I keep looking out for products that are hydrating and nourishing so that my skin doesn’t feel parched throughout the day. I came across Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate and it excited me.Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate

Now, I like using products that have hyaluronic acid content in them since it has been great for my skin so far. So, this serum caught my eye and I thought I should give it a try. I picked it up and have been using for a couple of weeks now. I will share with you what I feel about it today.

About Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate –

Dehydration is a skin state that affects everyone from time to time. And this is why no skin routine is complete without a good hydrating serum. Dot & Key Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Serum is exactly what you need to bring life to dehydrated parched skin.

Featuring intense, water attracting hyaluronic acid, this hydrating serum puts extra thirsty skin to rest by replenishing it’s moisture reservoirs. It contains vitamin C and antioxidants from acai berries, which fight free radicals and daily environmental damage.

Formulated with ceramides and botanicals elements like soothing bulgarian rose, this brilliant hydrator improves skin’s barrier function restoring plump dewy complexion. Ultra concentrated, yet easily absorbable, this face serum can be used alone or along with your favourite moisturising cream for long-lasting hydration. Either way, you are sure to hear your skin heave a sigh of relief.

Features:

  • Hydrating hyaluronic acid serum that boosts moisture and fights free radicals
  • Ultra-concentrated, it is an easily absorbable serum for that youthful dewy looking skin
  • Improves skin’s barrier function, acts as a moisturizer and restores dehydrated skin
  • Contains acai berries a rich source of vitamin C that fights free radical damage
  • Plumps, smooths and deeply hydrates skin while eliminating the signs of daily wear and tear
  • Dermatologist tested, vegan formula
  • Contains no parabens, sulphates, phthalates or other skin nasties

Packaging: The serum comes in a plastic bottle and has a dropper on top to dispense the product. The packaging is much travel-friendly since the bottle is not made from glass. However, the dropper is a little off since it is a bit flimsy and I have to squeeze hard to dispense the product.

This way, if I squeeze way too hard, I am not able to control the amount of product that gets dispensed. I wish the dropper was a bit smoother to use.Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate

Formula: The formula of the Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate is very light weight and it gets absorbed into my skin quickly. It doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on my skin, which is what I like. I do not prefer heavy serums, or it makes my skin feel oily and sticky.

Texture: This serum feels very smooth and light and has a different texture than the ones that I have used before. I like the way it feels on my skin. It has a slightly thick and jelly like consistency since it is a concentrate and it feels like water on my skin.

Colour and fragrance: The serum is colourless and is transparent and doesn’t have a smell. 

Quantity and price: This serum comes in a 30 ml bottle and costs ₹ 895. It is definitely a bit on the pricier side, but this serum is worth every penny. Since it is a hyaluronic acid concentrate, it contains pure hyaluronic acid which benefits the skin to a greater extent. 

My thoughts on the product:

I like this serum to be honest. However, I wish it came with a proper dropper to dispense the product so that there is a better control over dispensing the product. However, my skin is so dry that it just drinks up the serum very fast and I need to layer it up with another serum or a heavy moisturiser so that it doesn’t feel drying.

But in case you have normal to oily skin and are looking for a serum that has pure hyaluronic acid concentrate in it, this is the one to go for. I haven’t tried Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate in summers so I guess it would be fine for me since my skin wouldn’t feel much dry then. 

Rating:

3.75/5

You can buy Dot & Key Water Drench Hydrating Hyaluronic Serum online.

R&R Luxury (Shea)

[samples] The thing with shea based products is that their texture can vary wildly so you really need to know what textures you prefer. When it comes to shea butter balms, I’m in the work-it-in camp especially for feet and elbows because the massage element makes you feel you’re really doing something for your skin.

R&R Luxury (Shea)

Shea can be quite reactive to surrounding temperatures, so more solid in colder climates and more liquid and soft in warm – if you like a very liquid texture, you’d choose a shea oil. I’ve been testing out the Whipped Shea Butter in the Serenity fragrance and the Shea Sugar Scrub in the Revive range. The butter is less whippy than I’d expect but saying that, it’s cold!! The over-riding scent is the typical nutty shea one with lower notes of lavender and ylang ylang. It’s really lovely – like a sort of holiday scent. I’d say it’s best for very dry areas rather than a whole body hydration because it’s not like a lotion, but I spent a happy time massaging it all over the backs of my hands, my fingers and my feet, all of which were quite silky afterwards. It’s so reasonable as well at £13 (annoyingly, sold out at the moment but there will be more stock to come) and you can also use it to bring your tattoos back to life with a skin sheen.

R&R Luxury

It looks like ice-cream in the tub! The scrub is a huge blast of lemongrass – I see why it’s called ‘revive’ because it’s deliciously lemony. I’m not sure the sugar is in the right proportion to the base – I’d like to have seen more grains – but I can guarantee soft skin that feels properly pampered afterwards. It’s £18 and again, I’d recommend as a dry-bit solution rather than the full body treatment. There’s a good selection of products including body oils (all in stock) and that’s your preference, head to lemongrass.

R&R Luxury

The formulas are all refreshingly simple (and vegan)  – for example, the whipped shea contains Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, Bergamot Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil and that’s it so they tap nicely into the trend for less being more. At the same time, the shea is processed by a women’s co-operative in Ghana (where the entire range hails from) and packaged in recyclable plastic. The Geranium candle has been on the burn in my kitchen over the past couple of days and gives a beautiful blast of geranium that won’t knock your socks off but will just nicely wrap you. You can find R&R Luxury HERE with oils, soaps, lip balms and body creams.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

Heathcote & Ivory x Meredith Wing

[sample] Mixed media artist, Meredith Wing, is best known for her work with fresh flowers so this tie-in is perfect for Heathcote & Ivory who make flowers central to their collections. These pretties are heading our way for spring (so not available yet) and they’re the perfect mood brighteners.

Heathcote & Ivory x Meredith Wing

It’s quite a large collection so I won’t go through everything, but it’s been so nicely thought through for the gifting market with tins to keep long after the body wash and hand cream has gone.

Heathcote & Ivory x Meredith Wing

I think you describe Wing’s illustrations as modern day Flower Fairies if anyone remembers those illustrations by Cicely Mary Barker, first published in 1923.

Heathcote & Ivory x Meredith Wing

The fragrance across the range is a fruity floral – white flowers and cassis – light and pretty. I think everyone knows that textures from this brand are always pleasant and effective – it’s just an extra bonus that they’re so lovely to look at, too. I was talking with someone yesterday about how we’ve forgotten the joy of beauty products – maybe got a bit too serious about everything and sometimes it can just be about the sheer joy of using a thing for the absolute pleasure of it and no wider remit than that.

Heathcote & Ivory x Meredith Wing

You can find Meredith at @moomooi on Instagram if you want to see more of her work and this range for Heathcote & Ivory will be on the shelves from early spring – you won’t miss them!

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

Floris Grapefruit & Rosemary Candle

[sample/affiliate] I’ve been going through January in a really good mood until this week where the ‘winter blues’ have hit. I used to find winter such a struggle and I don’t now what the difference is between then and now, but I’ve maintained my mood really well … skipped through November and December!

Floris Grapefruit & Rosemary Candle

I’m not going to stretch credulity by saying that a candle solves anything but I really am enjoying the sharpness of this fragrance from Floris that brings some zest to the room and somewhat lifts the mood. It’s quite a light scent and has rounded the edges of grapefruit that can sometimes be just a bit too bitter. I can’t say truly that I could identify the rosemary precisely but there is a herbal element there that adds an extra dimension.

The point is that I’m enjoying it and when that January mood hits, it’s important to identify the joy and savour it. It’s sometimes hard being an older woman in the beauty industry because it’s so skewed against us but something like this candle, that doesn’t make any assumptions about age, ethnicity or ability is where the joy is at right now. You can find it HERE, at John Lewis, non affiliate HERE. It’s £40.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

OUR FIRST VEGAN EDIT WITH HOLLAND & BARRETT

We’re excited to announce our BRAND NEW partnership with Holland and Barrett and the launch of our first ever fully vegan beauty edit. With an increased demand for vegan beauty, we’ve curated a box that features 19 of the best Holland & Barrett vegan beauty discoveries, covering all the bases. Spanning skincare, haircare, bodycare and oral health PLUS an array of new brands, the Vegan Edit is worth £120 and yours for just £30.

DON’T FORGET

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Take £5 OFF this edit using your exclusive voucher code received with your December Desk-to-Disco Edit.

INSIDE THE BOX

The unique and ergonomic design of this toothbrush is not only planet friendly, it’s fully biodegradable and emulates the experience of a regular plastic toothbrush.

Dissolve away makeup and dirt with this lightweight cleansing oil, ideal for normal to dehydrated skin types to leave skin looking radiant and healthy.

Targeting spots in a gentle, natural and highly effective way, this serum reduces any signs of redness while actively treating inflammation and build-up of bacteria.

This roller ball is a blissful blend of 100% essential oils to keep beside your bed to enjoy better nights and brighter mornings.

Utilising some of nature’s most trusted ingredients, this delivers the same benefits of a fluoride toothpaste while keeping your smile naturally white.

Haul of Fame: June. It’s time to get nude. This fit for a Queen formula delivers the perfect amount of pigment with a subtle sheen to show off your desired nude!

Experience deep cleansing power of activated charcoal and draw impurities from deep within the skin for a complexion that’s left clean and sparkling.

Suitable for normal to combination skin types, this powerful serum is packed with ingredients known to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Suitable for all hair types, this natural hair hero provides hold and protection without tackiness or build-up, giving flexible style and vibrant shine.

Prepare to shape, firm and smooth your natural assets with this body-loving formula. It gets to work gradually to improve cell renewal while protecting collagen.

Use this lightweight formula in place of your regular conditioner for an uplifting spa hair treatment that’s both comforting and conditioning.

Avoid embarrassing white marks on your clothes and embrace long-lasting, effective protection from body odour without blocking pores.

Super handy at home or on the go if you need to refresh. You just need to give it a good shake. Fill the mouth with 2 full squeezes, rinse and spit it out.

Awaken your senses and put a spring in your step, with this exotically fragranced Dragon Fruit-infused body wash, bursting with (100% natural) fruity aromas!

This 100% natural, 0% petroleum formula is a quick fix for dry lips, proven to moisturise and protect while ensuring lips are left soft, beautiful and healthy.

Reveal healthy, fresher-looking skin with this delicate yet effective exfoliator, designed to buff away dead skin cells while stimulating circulation.

Calm, care for and protect delicate, sensitive skin with this comforting moisturiser, designed to balance and lock in moisture in one hit.

This replenishing two-in-one shampoo and conditioner formula stimulates the hair to leave it looking and feeling refreshed and visibly conditioned.

Restore your perfect kiss with this watermelon scented lip balm, a fruitilicious shine free formula that acts as the perfect lipstick primer.

What Is A Skin-Care Brush & Why Do You Need It?

When it comes to applying your skin-care products, you’ve probably been exclusively using your hands (maybe with a cotton pad thrown in here and there). Which seems like a very “no duh” sort of statement. What else is there? Let us be the first to introduce you to skin-care brushes. 

A rise in the use of beauty tools (see: Gua Sha tools and crystal facial rollers) has shown us that there are alternative ways to put on product that can both amp up the efficacy of products and have immediately noticeable improvements to your skin. The latest addition to this category is skin-care brushes. 

While applying your serums and moisturizers with a brush may seem a bit extra, it’s often better (and, yes, more glamorous) than using your fingers. As Dr. Simone Xavier, co-founder and head of product development for Sigma Beauty brushes tells us, “These brushes don’t pull or tug at the skin, minimizing skin-to-skin friction, which can slowly breakdown collagen and elastin, especially in the eye area, and cause wrinkles or stress.” 

So why not just use a makeup brush? As Dr. Xavier points out, these brushes could potentially soak up product, preventing it from actually getting on your skin. A skin specific brush is ultra soft and won’t absorb your moisturizer or serum, so it actually gets to your face and doesn’t waste product. “Skin brushes can be gentler than fingers for pampering and skin-prep.”

A skin specific brush is ultra soft and won’t absorb your moisturizer or serum, so it doesn’t waste product.

Interested in these cool tools? So were we, which is why we teamed up with Sigma to create the new Glow Recipe x Sigma Beauty Hydrate & Glow Set. It will feature both Sigma’s moisturizer and serum brushes, plus a full-size Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream and a deluxe sample size of the Pineapple-C Bright Serum in special yellow mesh pouch.

The two included brushes were each created for use with its designated product — one for a moisturizer, one for your serum. The serum brush features wispy fibers “that allow for even application of serums which often have a lighter, liquid texture,” Xavier says. The moisturizer brush is angled with dense fibers to help reach every part of your face “and ensure a smooth, gentle application,” Xavier says. She recommends applying moisturizer by sweeping the brush upward for full coverage. 

While Sigma’s brush fibers are made to be anti-microbial, as with any brush or skincare tool being used on your face, it should be washed with a cleansing formula after every use. This can be anything from a brush cleanser to a  gentle face cleanser. 

Adding a skin-care brush to your daily regimen lets you have good, clean fun as you upgrade your routine and pamper yourself in the process. There’s nothing wrong with being a little extra when it comes to your skin.

Reviews of the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly

 

Amazon reviews of the new Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly are coming in.

In the original Wheat Belly book, I focused mostly on the history of wheat from Natufian porridge to modern whole wheat bread, the dramatic changes in wheat introduced by geneticists and agribusiness, and the effects it has on modern health. In Wheat Belly Total Health, I outlined a program to undo the harm incurred by wheat consumption and additional steps to take to, for instance, reverse insulin resistance. In Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox, I provided a step-by-step, day-by-day plan to follow the Wheat Belly lifestyle. And, of course, in the Wheat Belly Cookbook and the Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook, I provided hundreds of recipes to make this lifestyle tastier and more versatile.

And, given the worldwide experience that Wheat Belly has generated, new lessons have been learned along the way, particularly as it relates to hormonal changes, steps to take to make reversing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure safer, and the microbiome. ALL of this has been incorporated into one book, the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly. And here is what some readers had to say about it:

 

Winkman: This can be life changing, as it was for me.
A comprehensive treatment on how to have a healthy body and mind, freedom from many debilitating diseases, and a long “young” life.
The importance of our microbiome can’t be overrated. It is the foundation of our health and to a significant degree our happiness with our life and ourselves.

Giving up wheat has helped me immensely.
My wife and I cut down our wheat consumption after reading the original edition years ago. I have now totally eliminated wheat and significantly reduced other grains. Also am following many of Dr Davis’s other recommendations.

I am a healthy 76 and have not felt better in many years. Thank you, Dr Davis.

 

Donna: Happy to receive my book!
I love Dr. Davis and have been eating this way for years, never felt better, and am happy for the UPDATED/REVISED book, if you are willing to change the way you eat, this is not a ‘diet’, you will never look back!

 

Ed Syed: May become the most rewarding decision of your life.
I have read the old version and it worked 100% word by word for me. My A1C was around 9+ and is now 6.7. Weight got reduced around 8 KGs. Feel energetic like when I was in my 20s. Purchase of this book will be the best means you can spend your money. Buy without hesitation there is nothing for you to lose here. I only see benefits with the knowledge gained.

 

I_Love_Amazon: This Book Is An Eye Opener
I started avoiding gluten before it was a household word. I was never diagnosed with celiac, but I just knew I felt better without it. I found this out by accident when I started low carbing and just avoided gluten by default! All my arthritic symptoms, all my stomach problems and low mood just dissipated within three months. When I went off the diet and started eating wheat again, they all returned. When the first edition of Wheat Belly came out, I remember thinking to myself “ finally, someone really gets it.” I am so thrilled to have the revised version. Folk’s today’s wheat is not the wheat of our ancestors. I honestly now liken it to poison, and for a lot of us, it just is. This book is a gem.

Amazon Prime Customer: Incredible Book!
This is an incredible book and makes you never want to eat bread again! I listened to the Audiobook of the original version of this in 2014 and it was eye-opening, and this book underscores those findings. Next time you’re at the grocery store skip the bread aisle, and when you order your next hamburger order it without the bread! This book is a must-read for anybody who wants to kick the bread habit!

 

Helen G.: Read it
It may save your life.

WIN a Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box Set

WIN a Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box Set

If you thought we were all competition-ed out after our crazy month of competitions in December, you’d be wrong. Everyone loves a good competition, right? Right!

We’ve got a Precision Sports Care in a Box set to give away from our friends at Bullet & Bone, worth £39.99. Bullet & Bone is endorsed by two-time Olympian and professor of Sport Science, Greg Whyte OBE, so you know it’s good stuff.

This is what they say about it:

The perfect gift for a sports-mad family member or friend.  A complete set of all four Bullet & Bone products packed in a beautiful, high quality, presentation gift box.

The gift set provides a complete regime of products to optimise warm-up, performance and recovery to deliver the maximum possible benefits. 

What better gift can you give to the special sports enthusiast in your life than one which helps improve their performance and helps them enjoy their sports more?

With all the products tested by elite athletes and recommended by Olympian, Sports Scientist and Physical Activity Expert Professor Greg Whyte OBE, celebrity personal trainers and Performance Expert, Winston Squire, you can trust all the products to deliver great results.

The Gift Set contains: 

1 x Muscle Rub 100ml

1 x Vapour Balm 100ml

1 x Protective Moisturiser 100ml

1 x Cooling Recovery Body 250ml 

The muscle activating rub, vapour release balm, protective moisturising spray and cooling body wash all contain targeted, evidence-based properties that assist with those all-important marginal gains. The unique, power base of three active, natural ingredients across the Bullet & Bone range of maca extract, magnesium and jasmine are known to hold properties that improve stamina, speed, alertness, concentration and recovery. Like any sporting ritual these potent, topical products will be helpful for all levels of sportsmen.

The set also comes with the added benefit of an enclosed discount code offering 20% off any future purchases of the products through the Bullet & Bone website.

Bullet & Bone is a world first. It offers breakthrough, precision skincare engineered to be used when physically active and contains potent, natural ingredients that enhance sporting performance.

Enter the competition below, or click here if you can’t see the Gleam widget.

WIN Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box