Heath & Heather Organic Super Tea

Written by: Helen

 

I love trying different teas.  My tea shelf (which is gradually expanding into a tea cupboard) is well stocked with a variety of herbal and unusual teas (I’ve written an article before about the health benefits of herbal teas.  You can read it here).  So I was pleased when Heath & Heather sent me their range of organic super teas to try.

The great thing about these teas is that they have been created by herbalists and each is designed with a specific purpose in mind.  Struggling to sleep at night?  Try the Organic Relaxing Night Time tea.  Coming down with a cold?  Try the Organic Supportive Root Remedy tea.  I’ve included the full range of teas along with their descriptions.  There’s one to suit any mood.

I enjoyed these teas.  They are made from natural ingredients, no funny business and the main thing is they taste great.  So far my favourite, I think, is the Night Time tea but it depends how I’m feeling.  These teas are available from Holland & Barrett and independent health food shops.

 

The Company

Heath & Heather was first established in 1920 by Samuel and James Ryder.  They were among the first to study the therapeutic benefits of English botanicals, herbs and plants.  Today the company continues to develop a range of fruit and herbal infusions, designed to help support a natural, healthy lifestyle.

You can contact the company through their social media at-

Instagram: Heathandheathertea
Twitter: @HeathHeatherTea

 

The Full Range

Organic Energising Morning Time tea– It contains ginseng root and Amazonian guarana which are natural energy boosters.

Organic Relaxing Night Time tea– chamomile and spearmint infusion with valerian root and hops, traditional herbal remedies for easing insomnia, anxiety and restlessness.

Organic Supportive Root Remedy– This uses turmeric, ginger, galangal and ginseng roots to support health and help keep colds and flu at bay.

Organic Detoxing Slim Tea– An infusion of green yerba mate, guarana seeds, psyllium and rooibos meant to assist natural bowel movements, aid detoxing the liver and curb food cravings.

Organic Digestive Super Seeds– This combines coriander seeds, anise seeds, fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds; herbal aids to ease digestion and bloating.

 

I received these teas for free.  All opinions are honest and my own.

 

10 Healthy Food & Fitness Events in 2017

Written by: Helen

Last year I listed some food and fitness events taking place around the UK and I’m going to do the same this year.  There are great things happening so if you’re looking for inspiration to help keep you eating and feeling well this year then attending one of these could really help.  You can get motivated by trying new products and foods, taking part in classes and workshops and speaking to experts.

 

1) SFN Expo 2017

14-15th October, Glasgow

This is all about fitness.  So if you like to exercise this is worth a visit.  It has various brands, athletes and coaches attending and you can watch bodybuilding and Strongman championships.  You can find out more here.

 

2) Be:Fit London

28th-30th April

The UK’s only health and fitness festival for women.  The website says it is a ‘three day celebration of health & fitness with back to back classes, talks from industry leaders, live cooking demonstrations, workshops and more, all included in the price of your ticket- plus a shopping village filled with a hand picked selection of the best brands in health, fitness & nutrition. We will also be launching a Be:FIT London yoga studio, functional training studio, cycling studio and the Be:FIT braid bar, all brand new for 2017.’ Find out more here.

 

3) FitCon

21st-23rd April, London

Held over three days at Olympia, London you can meet top brands and athletes, as well as fellow fitness enthusiasts.  Find out more on their website here.

 

 

4) International Yoga Day

18th June, London

In the beautiful grounds of Alexandra Palace you can join some leading instructors for hours of free yoga and meditation.  It’s on from 8am-6pm and there will be classes for all abilities.  Find out more here.

 

5) Natural & Organic Products Europe

2nd-3rd April, London

This event at Excel London has natural healthcare products, organic foods and even eco-household products and more.  Visit their website here.

 

 

6) Eat Clean Fair

2nd April, Gloucestershire

This is a big gluten free and healthy living fair in Thornbury.  It has all sorts including food and drink, beauty, sports, wellbeing and you can speak to experts.  There are more details here.

 

7) Soul Circus

18th-20th August, Gloucester

This is a yoga and wellness festival.  If you like yoga or if you’ve been wanting to give yoga a try, this looks fab.  You can be at a sunrise yoga class in beautiful surroundings.  To find out everything that’s on you can visit their website here.

 

8) MindBodySpirit Wellbeing Festival

28th April-1st May, London

This is at Olympia London and there is lots going on.  There are workshops, exhibitors, yoga and a wellbeing spa.  You can check out the specifics on the website here.

 

9) Vegfest

20th-21st May, Bristol

The event is at Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square on Bristol Harbourside.  It is about all things vegan and there will be lots of stalls with vegan food, information etc as well as music in the evening.  The website is here.

 

10) Sport & Fitness Show

16th-17th September, Brighton Seafront

This event will have exhibitors, free fitness classes, triathlon entries and other activities.  The website says it is something the whole family can enjoy.  Find out more here.

 

Let me know if you’re planning on attending any of these.  Perhaps I’ll see you there! Thanks for reading 🙂 

How I’ll Stick to my 2017 Resolutions

Written by: Helen

I’m a fan of New Year’s resolutions.  I always make them.  Granted they may have fallen by the wayside come March, but I, like many people, enjoy starting the year with writing down goals; a plan for how I would like the year to turnout.

Inevitably some resolutions I can stick to and others I can’t.  Resolutions I make that are connected to diet and exercise I tend to find the hardest to stick to.  And judging by the way gyms everywhere are full in January and then empty again in February I don’t think I’m alone in this.  For me, this is because after the usual Christmas and New Year gluttony, I’m ready to launch myself with gusto into healthy eating and a stricter exercise regime.  However, after a few months I’ve either fallen off the wagon entirely or I’m perhaps still eating reasonably healthy and doing some exercise, but not with the same kind of fervour that I promised myself at the start of the year.

So this year I’ve come up with an ingenious way to stick to my diet and exercise resolutions….I’m not making any.  Okay, so it’s not that ingenious but it’s also not a complete cop-out.  I had a baby in August so I do have some baby weight I’d like to shift and I’d also like to get back into a decent exercise routine and start running again.

However, writing down goals that I won’t be able to stick to for a whole year can leave feelings of failure.  So this year I’ve made no mention of diet or exercise.  I know the things I need to do.  I need to switch the unhealthy snacks (particularly the ones that I munch on whilst breastfeeding) for healthy ones; I need to go for a run once the baby is in bed.  But I’m going to do these things in my own time and without putting pressure on myself.  I’m going to ease myself back into exercise gradually and maybe, down the line, I’ll set myself some goals.

There will be times when I’ll stay in the warm instead of going for a run.  There will be times when I’ll put down the apple and pick up a chocolate bar.  But, overall, I’ll hopefully end the year a bit healthier and fitter than when 2017 started.  I’m just going to get there gently.

This doesn’t mean I’m not making New Year’s resolutions.  As I said at the start I loooove making them.  I’m just avoiding any that mention diet and exercise.  This year my resolutions look more like a bucket list of things I’d like to do and see this year.  I’d like to go on the Harry Potter Studio Tour (has anyone else been on this? Is it completelely magical??), I also want to see Stonehenge and I’d like to do more charity work.

So, in between nighttime feeds and dirty nappies, 2017 is about being kind to myself and setting achievable goals.  Have you made New Year’s resolutions?  How do you stick with yours?  Thanks for reading.  Don’t forget to subscribe and I’ll send healthy posts to your inbox.