June 2019

Tara Hammett - HOW CAN I JAZZ UP MY SALADS?

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Pimped Up Egg & Pine Nut Salad

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Pimped Up Egg & Pine Nut Salad

HOW CAN I JAZZ UP MY SALADS?

It's that time of year where we fancy more salads and BBQ food, but often, what I see many eating is little more than a garnish.

There are so many ways you can make a salad more filling and enjoyable. Far better than a quick lettuce, tomato and cucumber-combo attempt.

When you're eating meals you want to feel full and satisfied from them and if you're serving up a little salad like the one I've shown on the right, there's a good chance you'll be looking for something more soon, wondering why you can't stick to anything and dive into the treats and snacks later.

It's because you're hungry!

So fill up.

Get lots of colour, texture and flavour going on and enjoy your food more.

In my egg + toasted pine nut salad I added extra peppers, beetroot, apple, carrots, sweetcorn, pickled cabbage and hummus. Delish!

So that's just one way you can spruce up your salad.

‘Feel the fear - but do it anyway’

This month I want to share with you some of my tips about body image.

Recently it was mental health awareness week and the theme was about Body Image and helping people improve how they think and feel about their body.

At some point in our lives we have all had negative thoughts about our bodies.

Our relationships with others, what we hear friends and family say about their body, and what we also contribute can - and does - have a lasting effect on our self esteem.

Exposure to unrealistic and 'perfect' bodies on our newsfeed and TV screens can leave so many feeling unhappy, ashamed and/or depressed about how they look.


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1 in 5 adults in the UK have said images which they have seen on social media have made them worry about their body image.

Over the years I've felt the pressure to look a certain way.

  • I've felt paranoid that my waist wasn't small enough.
  • If I was going out with friends I wouldn't eat all day so my stomach didn't bloat or bulge out.
  • I've been embarrassed when I've been told I have 'cankles'

Now I accept myself more. I'm not saying I'm totally over my worries as I'm still a work in progress, but I certainly accept myself more and feel so grateful for my body - especially that my body has created my amazing little boy Danny...and my stretched skin is a sign of that little miracle!

Not so long ago I would NEVER EVER have shared a photo of me sitting relaxed with my stomach showing my stretched skin. Like most, I've only ever posted images where I've felt good, but I wanted to show my reality too. I'm not constantly looking toned and defined, with my abs showing, because the light has hit it well.

We should all feel comfortable in our own skin and love our body for the amazing things it has done for us. When we feel more comfortable about our body, it improves our well being and happiness.

We are more than just our body parts. Beauty certainly comes from the inside and people will always remember us for how we make them feel.

Here are some of my tips for you today:

1) Stop comparing yourself to others.

Comparison is the thief of joy. All of us is uniquely different and we're on our own journey. Whilst someone may have the perfect waist, they probably have their own struggles - something of which you may never worry, or know about.

2) Work on what you can control.

We must all work to improve our physical and mental health. Looking after your body by keeping active, feeding it great food, resting it well and keeping hydrated are just some of the habits we can do daily to keep our body and mindset the best they can be.

3) Think about all the reasons you are grateful for your amazing body.

Do you have amazingly clear skin? Have you created a wonderful family? Were you able to join in with fun activities over the weekend with friends? Think of all the reasons you are so grateful. There will be many!

4) Spring clean your newsfeed and apps on your phone.

If you find you are being triggered and upset by what you see on social media, dedicate some time to filter through them all. Unfollow or mute accounts that make you feel anxious. Start following more people who inspire you to feel better about yourself. Your smartphone could be the most inspirational thing you look at today. Like right now 😉

5) Join a supportive group like the Life Transformers.

In our community we are a group of ladies all on a different journey, yet sharing so many similar experiences. There is no judgement, there is plenty of support and lots of encouragement to help you work on your goals.

If you would like to join in today check out this link for more information on the Life Transformer plan tarahammett.com/lifetransformer/

If you want to learn more or get involved with Mental Health Initiatives you can follow their page on Instagram or visit their website mentalhealth.org.uk

I hope I’ve given you something to think about; and please watch the video below for this month’s ‘Ask Tara’ - it could possibly give you answers to questions that you may have.

Enjoy...

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