Mum on a Missions Guide to….Carbs

Hi and Welcome to the Brand New Series of Mum on a Mission’s Guide to…..blog 1

After going through a recent phase of time out and reflection; I have been brainstorming with myself on where I would like my online work from home business to move forward and after much debating I have come up with this title for a series of blogs. Along the way I will be sharing topics that inspire and motivate me towards a healthy happier lifestyle and I would like to share them with you for the forseeable future.

So who am I? I’m Sharon, mum of two, carer to my eldest, Ellie and have been #mumonamission for just over three years. See a little more here
https://sharoncrowley.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/first-blog-post/

So let’s get started with my thoughts on carbohydrates, carbs for short. With the majority of the world on a lo -carb diet (or it feels like it) courtesy of many healthy eating programmes recently that have been hugely successful for weight loss including @thebodycoach are they really that bad? The latest research suggests it can even reduce belly fat
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/health/weight-loss/heres-why-experts-say-you-should-cut-back-on-carbs-if-you-want-to-lose-belly-fat/ar-BBVtSDN?li=BBoPH6F&ocid=U452DHP

I am no expert, so these are my own opinions only, but I truly believe carbs are needed on a daily basis to maintain a healthy lifestyle; I personally feel tired when I cut them out completely. However do we need as many; probably not? Could we live without them for one meal, probably and more so if not exercising in the evening? Could we change to healthier alternatives such as wholegrain, yes?

Here is a facebook live I did recently with a colleague on healthier habitsand how to implement them during your typical day
https://youtu.be/Nir5ddzeRU0

I would love to know if you are cutting back on the carbs, have maybe switched to healthier versions or think it is a load of baloney; feel free to comment below and click follow to continue with the series as I will be seeing you again soon

Sharon x

Simple or Easy? You Tell Me!

How many times do you hear the saying ‘It’s easy’ and you are there thinking if it is that easy why am I struggling? Stay tuned as I dissect this further.

Two things I like to talk to you about are my own health journey and my own work from home journey and this fits in easily with both or should that be simply?

However today let’s talk weight loss; it should be easy shouldn’t it? Eat less calories, exercise more but if it really was that simple why am I not at a healthy weight yet, why does it feel like I’ve been on some type of diet all my life, why do companies consistently come up with new products to help me lose weight? It just ain’t that simple is it? WHY?

Let’s look at other things that could be affecting the ‘eat less, move more’ theory. I am a busy mum and I am also a full time carer, I take care of the running of the house and I am working from home, therefore sometimes actually eating a decent healthy meal takes precious time to prepare and cook and I often reach for something I know I shouldn’t either to satisfy the hunger pangs or when I realise I’ve not eaten yet. It’s quick and convenient, so time needs to be factored in here and obviously organisation.

Another consideration which plays a huge part is mindset and I talk often about this because when you really are truly in the zone, it does feel simple, it does feel easy because you want it strongly enough and you are taking actions to achieve your goal. You have the right mindset. When that starts to falter you will come up with every excuse not to exercise, you will tell yourself you are happy with your weight. So mindset is also another huge contribution to this debate.

Therefore is it really that simple to lose weight? I would say yes; with the right mindset, some organisation and time to plan your meals and your exercise, it can be. Is it easy, not at all as you have to stick to it?

I hope you have found this useful and maybe can relate to this, if so please comment below I would love to hear from you. Click follow to see further blogs and thanks for reading.

Until next time,
Sharon x

Why lack of sleep could be affecting your weight loss?

As a mum I don’t believe you will ever get enough sleep again. From the joys of a newborn through to the strife of a teenager. I’m not here to slay being a mum in fact it’s one of the areas in my life where I am so proud looking at my two children. 

However, lack of sleep which comes with this fact can be having an impact on your weight loss journey, how? Let me tell you, your hunger hormone increases which is why you always feel hungry and revert to sugar cravings. As loss of sleep also messes with your leptin hormone it makes it much harder for you to feel full and satisfied.

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As you cave into your sugar cravings and start to over eat another impact is your metabolism starts to slow and this increases with age (disaster). Do you find your emotions start to increase with interrupted sleep and you become more emotional resulting in you choosing less healthier options. 

So how can we stop what is a given fact, most parent sleep less. Try these four little tricks to see if they have an impact on your sleep routine 
1. Stick to a routine even at weekends so your body gets used to being tired at a set time and waking at a set time.
2. Have your food prepared, those that plan their meals succeed more than those that don’t
3. Try a little daytime nap, 40 winks should do it but if you’re not sure what that is set the alarm for no later than 20/30 minutes and grab a power nap.
4. Take some vitamins that can help with sleep/and or with energy. Nothing wrong with a little help along the way. 

I hope this has helped as it made me realise what an impact lack of quality sleep can have on your body if you’re also on a health journey too. I would love to chat to you if you are struggling with sleep, please reach out and comment or connect with me via (linktr.ee/shaz_crowley)

See you soon,

Sharon x



Stop With the Excuses

How many excuses do you tell yourself every day?
How many excuses do you let your children get away with?

If you want it, you need to work for it and that means working to achieve your goal when the tough gets going; when you’re sick, when you’re tired and simply when you don’t want to.
Consistency + Action = Results

You have to understand why you want a certain goal and visualise how you will feel when you reach it. Write your goal down and look at it every day.. Journal about it, do you feel better when you’re a step closer, write down times when you don’t want to take action and see if there are any coincidences.

If the goal isn’t that important to you, then that’s fine also. A common goal is most women want to lose weight, but deep down many (including myself I might add) are just not willing to take the appropriate action to get the results they need. In this instance; smaller steps, smaller habits and some progress is better than none.

However if the goal is extremely important keep reminding yourself why you started working towards your goal and stop giving yourself the excuses not to take action on a daily basis. img_09251

I would love to hear if this has helped you get back on track with your goals.
Feel free to share to someone that continues to have the same New Year goals.
I’m off to dust my trainers with a home workout and if you would like my recent freebie on how to get into your LBD for Xmas click below
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See you soon,
Sharon x

 

 

How to find out if you have a Food Intolerance?

More than 20% of the population these days in Western Society have a food intolerance and it’s not nice, simple. Specific foods can be the cause of so many irritations these days and the only way to actually detect them is to remove specific foods from your diet and then re introduce them to see what the cause is or take an allergy test at the doctors.

If, like so many people you are struggling with a wider generic allergy such as wheat then you do have to pay close attention to what you’re eating daily and luckily many supermarkets are now helping us with gluten free foods and other ranges such as dairy free.

So what symptoms should you look out for to see if you too have a food intolerance, here are the common ones;

Itchy Rash – if you suddenly develop an itchy rash after eating then it doesn’t agree with you. Make a note to avoid for future.
Stomach Pain – this is so common and you may need to keep a food diary to see if there is a pattern of when you experience it.
Bloatedness – again another common sign of intolerance as your body tries to digest the food. Keep a food diary to identify patterns.
Insomnia – many people these days are struggling with sleep;  lack of it, a deep sleep or just simply getting off to sleep. Have you checked to see if you are sensitive to caffeine as this can play a huge impact on foods or late night drinks.
Tingly/Itchy Mouth – this would be noticed straight away and you should stop eating immediately and make a note of it.

Here is a short video I did earlier
http://bit.ly/2OrHt1O

Whilst I offer no medical solution to these allergies I have been taking some food supplements myself recently that has helped customers with IBS and bloatedness. If you would like to know more, please message me or get in touch via linktr.ee/shaz_crowley

I hope you have found this useful, if so feel free to share or tag someone that may need to read this and I’ll see you next week, bloated free.

Sharon x

How To Cope After A Bad Nights Sleep

How many mum’s out there for one reason or another has had a bad nights sleep? Teething, nightmares, illnesses, are three main ones I can think of but it isn’t just about the children. Snoring; feeling too hot or too cold and if you’ve drank way too much water any of these can make for a restless sleep.

A good nights sleep is vital for many things; your energy, your mood and it is now linked to our eating habits. So whilst this blog isn’t about helping you get off to sleep, (I’ve wrote about that before), this blog is to help you the morning after a restless night and to help you get the most out of your day.

Here are some Top Tips that I took from an article

  1. Climb the stairs;  10 minutes of walking the stairs can give you more energy than drinking half a cup of coffee
  2. If you do need and rely on that caffeine boost avoid it in the afternoon or you’ll be having another restless night
  3. Eat within an hour of waking for both an energy and mood boost; however avoid the sugary cereals. Oats or eggs are ideal.
  4. Don’t hit the snooze button, you’ll feel groggy once awake and will have wasted valuable time
  5. If you’re struggling have a mid afternoon nap but no more than 30 minutes or you’ll not be tired for your evening sleep
  6. Stick to a regular schedule and let your body adjust
  7. Get some fresh air and consider a walk, as they say blow the cobwebs away

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Please do let me know if you have found this of value and feel free to share or get in touch if you can add a top tip to it. As a busy mum and FT carer I’m always looking to connect with others and you can connect with me via linktr.ee/shaz_crowley.

Until next week, sleep well

Sharon x

Blue Light; Dangerous or Not

What is this blue light that is making headline news recently?
Quite simply it is a source of wave length that is associated with computer screens and mobile phones and as you can imagine we are getting more exposed to them in today’s world with modern technology.

Blue wavelengths are beneficial during the day as they help to boost attention and mood, however they are clearly disruptive at night as the light throws the biological clock into disray and this isn’t great if you already struggle with sleep. Artificial lighting and light exposure suppresses the secretion of melatonin which then in turn has an affect on your circadian rhythm

Even worse, research into blue light states there may be links to the cause of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue light at night does so more powerfully according to Harvard researchers.and their colleagues whom have been conducting many experiments.

If blue light does have adverse health effects, then environmental concerns, and the quest for energy-efficient lighting, could also be at odds with our personal health. Those curlicue compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED lights are much more energy-efficient than the old-fashioned light bulbs we once knew, but they also tend to produce more blue light

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So what can you do to start protecting both yourself and your children from the dangers that are being linked with blue light;  here are three top tips that are strongly recommended

  • Avoid looking at bright screens approximately two to three hours before bed.
  • If you work a night shift or use a lot of electronic devices at night, consider wearing blue-blocking glasses or installing an app that filters the blue/green wavelength at night.
  • Expose yourself to lots of bright light during the day, which will boost your ability to sleep at night, as well as your mood and alertness during daylight.

I hope you have found this helpful, feel free to share and if you have any concerns regarding your children and technology these days, please comment I would love to connect. Alternatively connect with me via (linktr.ee/shaz_crowley)

See you next week,

Sharon x

How To Avoid The Germs

It is that time of year again; the temperature has dropped, the kids are back in school and everyone is passing on their germs which means ‘It’s Flu Season’

I don’t believe it can be 100% avoided but you can certainly reduce the risks of infection by following these simple steps.

Increase your leafy greens and in turn boost your immune system; stir-fry some broccoli with a little soy sauce and ginger for a fabulous flu-fighting side dish

Take your vitamins; both vitamins C and D need a boost in winter to protect your immune system

Sleep; it’s amazing that such a simple action and one that most people enjoy can affect your immune system. Many people need a good 7 hours of sleep every night and having an hour without the TV before bed can help you drop off more easily.

Wash your hands; more and more people are contacting the common cold by touching contaminated surfaces, therefore wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day and if needs be invest in a hand sanitizer.

Get spicy; certain spices have been found to be beneficial bug fighters, including cayenne pepper, which contains an active ingredient called capsaicin that beats congestion by thinning the mucus in your nasal passages so you can breathe more easily. Garlic, which contains a ­chemical called allicin, can zap the cold viruses that lead to infection, therefore try adding these spices to soups and stews for a healthier winter warmer.

I hope you have found some value with this blog, if so, please share and do let me know if you try any of these tips or message me if you have one of your own; I love connecting personally with new like minded people. If you would like to know what supplements I use with my family to boost our immune systems then please connect with me via (linktr.ee/shaz_crowley) or alternatively let’s get connected via my new bot
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Until next week my friend, stay germ free

Sharon x