When I was first contacted about Flyte energy drink, I thought this opportunity was made for me.

Anyone who knows me knows how much of an addict I am when it comes to energy drinks, which is odd because I don’t like coffee. Energy drinks are a lifesaver for me because I always have trouble sleeping and getting up for early mornings. Because I’m not a majorly experienced driver either, I always worry about driving early in the morning in the dark when I have my delivery shifts at work, because I’m so scared of falling asleep at the wheel!

So of course I was really excited to try Flyte – the latest energy drink on the block.

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To first tell you a bit about Flyte, it’s important to know that it’s an entirely clean energy drink, meaning it’s sourced from nature, powered by organic caffeine, non-GMO and has absolutely no added artificial ingredients or added sugar like you’d find in most energy drinks.

On paper, it sounds like just a fizzy fruity drink and in some ways, that’s exactly what it tastes like, but it has the added bonus of being an energy drink too.

After reading all about the product and receiving it to my door, I’m instantly sold. Before trying Flyte, I was a total Red Bull addict (how I haven’t had a heart attack before, I don’t know…) but knew it was incredibly unhealthy for me. It gave me an energy boost, sure, but at the cost of feeling a comedown afterwards and putting unnecessary artificial ingredients, it just wasn’t worth it. So I was really excited to hear about an energy drink that does the complete opposite of that whilst also giving me a boost.

I also love the packaging – it’s so sleek and sophisticated with each flavour showcasing just the right amount of colour for each bottle. Each is a durable glass bottle too – though is carbon positive – and just genuinely has a really nice look to it.

The ingredients don’t just offer an energy boost though. The ingredients include 100mg organic caffeine extracted from green coffee to keep you alert, 100 mg maca root – a super ingredient to improve focus, 330 mg Shizandra – a super berry for your blood oxygenation and 100 mg gryffonia – for serotonin lovers to lift mood and bring positivity – so all round a great uplifting drink!

But does it do the job and how does it taste?

I’m not a huge fan of fizzy water/fruit drinks and I do like drinks such as Coke and Dr Pepper etc with tons of  flavour, but I was pleasantly surprised with the four flavours Flyte offers: Red Berries, Green Mango, Citrus Lemon and Orange Clementine. Each has a delicious flavour which isn’t too overbearing and genuinely tastes great.

I found myself feeling an instant boost during my first few sips of Flyte. It wasn’t an overbearing boost which rushed to my head, but I can honestly say that after a few minutes I felt less sleepy, my eyelids didn’t droop into closing so much and I felt refreshed and energetic. In fact I was actually surprised at how well it worked and how long it lasted.

What’s better though is that I haven’t felt guilty drinking Flyte. Other energy drinks I’d pick up to drink with my breakfast, on the road, or have sips throughout the day when I needed a boost. With Flyte, I can drink it at any time of day and not worry about the effect it has on my body or anything like that, which is really great.

Flyte has become my staple drink – I always have one in my bag, in my car and in the fridge at work (causing colleagues to ask curiously about the new drink!), and have yet to grow bored of the flavours. It does the job and makes me feel great too – so it’s a win win, really.

Currently, Flyte can only be purchased online – a six pack costs only £12.00, making each drink a mere £2 each – cheap as chips. I’m totally honoured to have the opportunity to review and help get behind a brand that is really all about being healthy and good to your body though, and it’s clear to see the team behind Flyte are really passionate about a healthy and natural lifestyle.

Will you be trying Flyte any time soon? Let me know!

*Please note, although I received this product free in exchange for a review, all opinions are honest, unbiased and entirely my own.

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Another day, another nutritional range review – after all, who doesn’t like the sound of a quick fix to get healthy and tone up?

When the opportunity came up to review the Nutribuddy range, I jumped at the chance. I was sent the breakfast bundle (consisting of a breakfast flavour powder, instant porridge and a shaker, as well as add on’s chia seeds, coconut flakes and flaxseeds), but what really drew me in was the fact that that all the products are entirely vegan (as well as vegetarian – obvs – gluten-free, soy-free, lactose-free and sugar-free!).

In actual fact, at first I didn’t even realize it was an aid for weight loss – I was intrigued by the fact that it was all vegan and, for a long time, I’d been struggling to think of more vegan breakfast products. I struggled with breakfast as it is when I was eating meat, so trying to find healthy vegan options in the morning when, as a whole I’m not a big fan of breakfast, was something I’d struggled with.

Therefore, I chose to review this product for the sure fact that I could replace my boring go-to breakfast of avocado on toast.

But more about the product.

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WHO ARE NUTRIBUDDY?
As a company, Nutribuddy create their products to fit three core values:

Safe | When buying any health products – it’s vital to know what you’re buying is safe. We always have safety at the forefront of our minds when developing any new products. Despite our ‘safety first’ ethos we have still managed to develop some of the most effective products on the market with clinical studies to back up the effectiveness of the core ingredients.

Healthy | We believe health products should actually be healthy! We ensure all our products contain healthy, natural ingredients and we don’t use any unnecessary bulking agents, fillers and other unnecessary added ingredients, to ensure our products are pure and healthy. We only use natural flavourings. All our products are Non-GMO and our whey protein comes from grass-fed cows.
Effective | The Nutribuddy team have spent countless hours formulating the Nutribuddy products to make sure they really work! All our products are based on real science and where applicable the key ingredients have robust clinical evidence to back up their effectiveness as well as safety. To view real Nutribuddy results, visit our testimonials page.
I love these core values, and the testimonials page is extremely motivational – it’s so nice to see physical photos of actual customers and the results they have achieved by using Nutribuddy’s products.
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WHAT’S IN THE PRODUCTS?
The Nutribuddy Breakfast contains organic gluten-free oats, organic flaxseeds, organic chia seeds, organic sesame seeds, organic desiccated coconut, vanilla flavour and stevia, whereas the instant porridge includes just gluten-free instant oats, flaxseeds and stevia – so all good stuff!
HOW I GOT ON
I started my breakfast kit not long after returning home from Mexico as a boost to get me back onto my fitness regime (it turns out getting in a new relationship can make you super lazy). Mostly, I relied on the breakfast blend, simply because it was so easy to put together and drink on the go. You simply measure out three scoops (using the included scoop spoon of which I do not know the correct name of!) of the organic oats, seeds and coconut and 300ml of milk or a milk substitute, pour it all into the shaker and, well, shake. The taste is delicious and it kind of tastes like a sweet but light milkshake. This surprised me, as I’d tried oats in the past and found them RANK. It was ideal for on the go though and even when I knew I was staying at my boyfriends house, I’d measure out the power into the shaker (or a small container) in advance so that I could just add milk at his – so it was really easy.
I also enjoyed the porridge, but one thing I will say is that the suggested number of scoops to use doesn’t result in much porridge and certainly not enough to fill you up. I mean maybe that’s the point, as in to eat less, but I tended to add an extra scoop or two as I felt this stopped unnecessary snacking later in the day. I also added the flaxseeds and coconut shavings on a few occasions and some fruit, which resulted in me finally being able to put together a super cute oat bowl that was totally Instagram worthy. I’m also not a huge fan of porridge normally, but this porridge was delicious.
Day to day, I actually didn’t feel a huge change. I didn’t feel like I had extra energy or that my hunger was quenched, but in a typical placebo effect, the fact that I was choosing a healthy breakfast over anything else did make me feel more upbeat and like I was doing a job.
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CONCLUSION
Although I didn’t feel different day by day, I actually did notice a difference after a week or so of using the breakfast kit. I looked a little less bloated but physically I couldn’t see that I had lost any weight. HOWEVER. After weighing myself at my Nan’s, I realized I had lost weight. 
When I finished Veganuary and spent a week binge watching unhealthy food before slowly easing myself back into going vegan, I weighed myself and I had put on weight. Simply by going from full vegan to full not vegan, I put on just over half a stone. 
When I weighed myself after a week or so of using these products, I had lost around about this amount and found my weight exactly the same as it was the day I stopped being vegan. Therefore, I had lost the weight I had gained since going back to eating meat, which was reassuring.
It’s interesting that that’s what the scales said, although I didn’t physically see a huge difference. However, I guess there is that old age debate; some people believe you shouldn’t listen to the scales and just concentrate on how you look and feel, but, on the other hand, your physical weight fluctuates due to bloating and water weight etc, so it’s hard to deny what the scales say.
I did try and ease back into my fitness regime during this time too, albeit very slowly. I probably managed one workout a week.
So, in conclusion, I do believe it worked – alongside a few work outs – but not in the way that other nutritional ranges had for me. I didn’t feel any different, but it was clear to see that I did lose some weight.
Because of this, I would likely try this product again, especially as I believe it is worth the price: for £35.98 you can get the full breakfast kit (with the add on flax seeds, chia seeds and coconut shavings), for a 14 day supply. I do believe you get enough in the kit to last you three weeks or perhaps even a full month though.
There’s also a three month shipment plan which saves you 30% and works out to £21.59 a month – however, if you cancelled after three months I’d strongly suggest you’d be left with enough ‘kit’ for five or six months!
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At only a few days into the new year, there’s no doubt that nearly everyone is probably on some kind of fitness plan. 

Many people’s new year’s resolutions have likely been to lose weight or tone up or, like me, in general just get more fit (and start a new fitness class). It’s also the time of year when we really start to evaluate our bodies and brainstorm ways to get from A to B.
Although I’ve always been about the ‘make yourself feel good rather than starve yourself to lose weight’ message, I can’t deny the fact that I’ve been intrigued by detox ideas in the past – but can you blame me?
Many teatox companies offer fast weight loss or quicker ways to get fit and so when the opportunity arose to try out Essential Tetox’s 14 day AM and PM cleanse, I jumped at the chance to see whether the idea of supposed teatoxes are really worth it.

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WHO ARE ESSENTIAL TEATOX?
To begin with, Essential Teatox don’t claim to be a weight loss company. Their mission states that they believe it’s a natural way to feel good and live better, which I love. It’s not promising weight loss. It’s not promising hours spent on the toilet and it’s not promising a huge change – only, perhaps, a bit of a push in the right direction for the new year (which I think sometimes we all need).
Although the cleanse is a product of Herbal Synergy Ltd, a company with roots in both nutrition and weight loss, Essential Teatox also states: 
“We’ll guide you on a journey to better physical fitness and overall wellness with healthy eating habits and exercise, better quality sleep and a more radiant you – even if you have a hectic lifestyle and have found other strategies hard to fit in.”
Their mission statement is also particularly enlightening:
“We began with the philosophy that detoxing, weight loss and improving energy levels is often done in an unhealthy way. Fasting, low calorie diets and energy drinks can all have short-term effects but are mostly unsustainable and make you miserable in the process. We formulated Essential Teatox as the complete opposite, something that could be enjoyed daily and coupled with a healthy lifestyle, would aid better quality sleep, increase energy levels and deliver natural and maintainable weight loss. 

Of course, there is no “magic” solution to weight loss and feeling great, so Essential Teatox is at it’s most effective when combined with regular exercise that’s fun and enjoyable and a commitment to taking good care of yourself in a holistic way.”
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In this particular cleanse, you drink the AM tea every day and the PM tea every other day. I received enough teabags to try the cleanse for two weeks, and the company also offers a money back guarantee if the cleanse doesn’t benefit you. The ingredients in the tea’s are 100% natural, too, and include things like Oolong tea, Ginger pieces, Senna Leaf and Peppermint Leaf. Although they are natural, it’s worth nothing that, like most teatoxes, it’s worth checking with your doctor if you are on any medication or taking the contraceptive pill.

HOW I FELT DURING THE CLEANSE

I felt pretty positive throughout the whole cleanse. I will admit I felt a lot less bloated, and I think my energy levels improved a little, especially as during the cleanse I had a lot of early morning breakfast shifts with Heart radio which had be getting up at 4:30am when it was still dark out! I did feel all round better in myself and, as a bonus, the evening tea did not make me want to go to the loo loads. Many teatoxes are notorious for making you sh*t a lot, but this one didn’t which is nice. And the tea tasted really nice, too.

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DID IT WORK?

As a teatox, I feel it did what it said on the tin. Because I felt less bloated, I definitely felt like it detoxed me and in a safer manner than other teatoxes! My energy levels were up too, and I felt all around better in myself.


I didn’t weigh myself before or after because I didn’t use this cleanse to lose weight and although I didn’t feel like I lost weight, a friend commented that it looked like I had when seeing me after the cleanse (she didn’t know I was on the cleanse). However, during that time, apart from a lot of walking with work, I didn’t go on any runs or change my diet. So it made me feel less bloated (and perhaps look less bloated too), but I wouldn’t say it caused any weight loss as I didn’t change my diet or eat particularly healthy, nor work out.

Saying that, my friends comments lead me to believe it clearly made some difference. I think because it gave me more energy and made me feel better in myself, had I used this alongside working out and eating more healthy than I would have witnessed a bigger change/weightloss perhaps in a sense of showing me results sooner as it helped detox me.

WOULD I RECOMMEND AN ESSENTIAL TEATOX CLEANSE?

I don’t tend to recommend diet fads or quick weight loss tools, but having tried this cleanse, I would recommend it because I wouldn’t say it could be categorized as one of the above. An Essential Teatox cleanse aims to improve energy levels, aid weight loss and detox you and I feel that this cleanse did exactly that.


I wouldn’t take this cleanse expecting a quick fix weight loss, as the cleanse clearly aids weight loss – it works, perhaps by detoxing you and showing results a bit quicker as you are less bloated – when you put the effort in.

Which, if you ask me, is quite a healthy way to see in the new year!

I’d also recommend it as a little boost to help start any new fitness regime, because we all know how hard it is when you commit to a regime or a healthier diet only to not see any results. They say it takes up to six weeks for everyone else to see the results, so this cleanse could work as a nice boost = if you see results quicker, you’re more likely to stick to it!

If you’d like to try the Essential Teatox Cleanse, you can enter my competition to win a 14 day AM and PM cleanse. Just enter below!

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You may remember that this time last year I was preparing to take part in Veganuary 2016, which involved me going vegan for the entire month of January.

Only, I didn’t actually prepare all that much. I printed off some recipes, I looked up what foods were accidentally vegan and that’s about it – which made the whole transition pretty damn hard, if I’m honest.
Unsurprisingly, I’m choosing to take on the challenge again this January. But, unlike last year, I’m going to be a lot more prepared. Now that I’ve done it the one time, I know how important it is to put together meal plans and do big shops in advance.

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I’ll likely put together quite a few posts related to both Veganuary and preparing for Veganuary, but for now I’m sharing something I wish I knew when I first chose to go vegan: a vegan starter kit.
And even though we’re still a few days away from 2017, now is about the time to start thinking about what basic go-to products you should be getting in. I’ve already put together an online shop and if you’re choosing to try Veganuary or go vegan entirely, this is something you should be doing too.

It might sound silly, but it’s well worth doing a shop now or putting in an online shop. Last year I left it really last minute, so by the time I went to order my food, no delivery slots were left until around the 3rd. Not many shops were open on New Year’s Day, I was hungover, hadn’t really thought about anything in advance and certainly had no vegan products in my house. I tried to buy some basics from the local shop (and failed, I accidentally bought things that weren’t vegan) and eventually succumbed to a bowl full of rice, which was okay in the end as I was hungover and not starving, but it still wasn’t ideal.

You don’t want your first day of being vegan to be stressful and you don’t want to leave your shopping until really late, resulting in having nothing to eat at all on your first day – trust me!

Therefore, here is my vegan starter kit; aka basic products you should have in your kitchen for the moment you turn vegan.

Please note, I am not an expert, but these are the types of products I wish I had in my kitchen ready in advance and are also the kind of products I used over and over again during my month of being vegan.

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Also please note that, for ease, all these products are from Tesco, totalling to £13.36.
THE BASICS
The basics are, of course, the Vitalite dairy free butter, Tesco Wholemeal bread, Violife cheese and Alpro almond original milk. Technically, you could do a whole month of being vegan with just these four products (though it would be terribly boring), making things like cheese sandwiches and using the milk for cups of tea. The butter and the milk is a massive staple, so these are things I’d stock up on. The cheese is about as good as a vegan alternative gets – it’s still not amazing and isn’t ideal for cooking but it’s tasty with other products and has been the best I’ve found so far. It’s notoriously hard to find a nice vegan cheese in the UK, especially if you’re looking for mozzarella or something. Finally, the bread is just what I’m ordering and can be substituted. I’ve chosen wholemeal as it’s just that bit more healthy, although I prefer white bread overall, this bread is used in a recipe I’ll be trying. A lot of bread is actually vegan, but it helps to check Tesco’s vegan friendly food list here just to be sure.
FOR RECIPES
These are just a few staples that come up a lot in vegan recipes, depending on what you’re cooking. Butterbeans are used loads and are a good source of protein – something you’ll want to be stocking up from, as you’ll be losing protein by not eating meat. They’re especially good for curries, chili and soups. Organic plain flour is another must-have if you’ll be doing a lot of baking and Tesco free-from milk yogurt is another staple for breakfast items like smoothies, fruit filled yogurts etc. It’s also useful to thicken up sauces in recipes too.
TREATS
Nakd bars were my savour when I went vegan last time so there’s no doubt I’ll be stocking up on these again. The Bakewell Tart flavour is the best (although they’re all nice) – but be warned! For some reason in my local Tesco, this flavour isn’t stocked with the rest of the Nakd bars and is instead stocked alongside a couple of other flavours in the baking aisle. I have no idea why but, alas, if you have the same problem as me, it’s worth asking a member of staff where this particular flavour is kept because it’s so yummy. Avocados aren’t really a necessity either, but they go with so much and I actually relied on these a lot towards the end of last January. I’d often have a filling lunch or tea of avocado on toast and found this was my perfect go-to meal if I was in a rush or couldn’t be bothered to cook – it’s super tasty but can also be really filling too.
So, there you have it. A vegan starter kit including necessities, a few baking products and a couple of treats too for under £15. As a whole, most of these items should be on your shopping list week-in-week-out, except for things like the flour which last longer or anything you buy in bulk.
Other items include lots of fruit and vegetables, and I personally like to still buy some crisps, like salted tortilla chips (delicious with guacamole) and a lot of Walkers crisps which are surprisingly vegan and good for home comforts and junk food.
Are there any basics I’ve missed out? Let me know with a comment!
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Keeping your body fit is key to leading an active and happy life. But we shouldn’t just stop at trying to increase our physical fitness. We also need to take good care of our mental fitness as well. If we don’t, then we could be putting ourselves at risk from mental health diseases as well as illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. There are a few different things you can do to look after your brain. Here are some of the easiest. 

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CHALLENGE YOURSELF

The brain loves getting stuck into puzzles. The kinds that you find in the back of newspapers are ideal! Things like crosswords and sudokus can keep our mind stimulated, preventing it from aging prematurely. There are many other ways you can challenge your brain. Learning languages is another good one. And the best thing about a new language is that it will open up an exciting new culture to you!

HEALTHY EATING

Some foods can boost your brainpower! Sticking to a vegetarian or vegan diet can be very beneficial to your brain. Fruits, vegetables, and cereals are where all the healthy goodness that your brain loves can be found! If you are still eating meat, make sure to eat lots of oily fish. They contain high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, which can help your brain to function properly.

TAKE SUPPLEMENTS

If you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, you can still enjoy the benefits of oily fish by taking Omega 3 supplements. Your local supermarket should sell them in capsule form. There are some other supplements that can help your brain as well, such as Citicoline. There are certain Citicoline indications that are warning signs. If you notice them, your brain isn’t producing enough naturally. If you are having problems with your memory or thinking logically, it could be worth taking this supplement to help your brain out.

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TAKE A TRIP

Your brain thrives when it has a change of scenery. When there are new things for it to focus on, it will reignite neurons that could have been dormant for some time. Don’t worry if you can’t afford a holiday, though. You can help your brain even just by walking a different route to university or work. And I’m sure you’ll be able to find loads of exciting new places you’ve yet to explore in your local area!

WORK OUT

Keeping your body fit also keeps your mind fit. So you are killing two birds with one stone! By being active, we are promoting blood flow up to our head, and it also encourages the development of new brain cells and neurons. This then prevents it from aging before its time. Not only that but exercise reduces stress, which can have a very negative effect on your brain and mental health. You don’t have to start running marathons to feel the benefits. Just walk more instead of driving everywhere!

By keeping your brain and body healthy, you are giving yourself the best chance to live a happy and healthy life!

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