5 reasons to eat Blackberries

12491750_888270167938697_3702526392494132230_oAt the end of last year I tried blackberries for the very first time and I was in LOVE. They literally taste like sweets to me and made a nice change to all the other berries I ate more regularly. After my discovery I  did some research to see if they were as good for me as I’d heard people say they were in the past, and they are! So here are 5 reasons why you should start eating blackberries:

  1. They contain high levels of  insoluble and soluble fibre. 100g of blackberries contains 14% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fibre – this is a lot! It is critical for your health to have high levels of fibre every day as insoluble fibre will help keep your digestive track clear and regulate your bowels and soluble fibre can help to keep a good balance of bacteria in your gut.
  2. Blackberries are full of antioxidants. As silly as it might sound, having a diet high in antioxidants may actually help you to avoid bad hangovers – so before a night out, why not have 100g of blackberries and you might actually be able to get out and about the next day.
  3. They enhance your memory. A study conducted in 2009 found that rats who ate blackberries had improved memory and motor function, so best to stock up on them during exam time.
  4. Immunity boosting. Especially at the moment, with snow appearing around the country, it is getting harder and harder to ward off everyones germs. Blackberries are full of essential vitamins and minerals, particular Vitamin C (100g contains 35% of your RDA). Vitamin C, although it cannot prevent you from developing a cold, it has been shown to reduce the duration of one when you get sick. So you can make sure you reach your goal for a daily dose of Vitamin C by eating lots of blackberries.
  5. Good for weight loss. A lot of people worry about eating fruit when they are trying to lose weight because they are high in sugar (although as long as your not eating ridiculous amounts, this is fine because natural sugars are processed with greater ease by the body!). Blackberries are a low calorie, low sugar fruit – so if you are trying to watch your sugar intake and calorie intake, these are the perfect fruit to snack on.

All in all, blackberries are delicious and why not eat a fruit that is delicious and also offers you a range of health benefits!

 

 

 

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New Years Resolutions

So it’s that time of year again where lots of people have already started to give up on goals and aims they have set themselves on the 31st of January which will make the new year, ‘better’ and ‘more successful’ than the previous. It is very difficult to keep the motivation you felt oh-so-strongly on that optimistic evening when you wrote them down, told your friends and family, and assured yourself that this year would be different.

Over the last year I have learnt so much more about fitness and health and general life hacks that help me keep motivation and more importantly, keep me happy. My number one tip to all of you who think you won’t be able to keep up with your resolutions is this: A slip up doesn’t mean you’ve lost.

At Uni, I always get people asking me the following questions: Where do you find the time to go to the gym? Do you always cook and eat like that? Where do you get the motivation from? The truth is my food isn’t always pretty, and some days I really don’t want to go the gym, so I don’t. The last year has taught me to do what makes me happy, and not to dwell on the things that don’t. Some days I won’t have the perfect diet, but this doesn’t mean that tomorrow I won’t, and the next day. In order to achieve your resolutions, whether it is reading more (one of mine) or trying to get healthy, you can’t take one bad day as a failure.

Looking at your goals as long-term achievements is far better for your mental wellbeing and day-to-day mentality. Because in reality, big changes won’t happen over a year. It will take  years of practice to allow me to always make sure I focus on the things that make me happy, and this last year has been a vital to me achieving this. Just because I may not always make the right decision now, doesn’t mean I won’t in the future. So even though you might feel like there is no point in you staying vegetarian/vegan, or going to the gym more, or reading more, or keeping up with politics, or walking the dog more, cooking more, cleaning more, buying fewer clothes, listening to more music, spending more time with family and friends etc, just because the last few weeks haven’t been successful, just sit down and think to yourself – What will make me happy today? And do it. Showing yourself you can stick to your goals makes you feel amazing I can guarantee you, but if one of these goals doesn’t contribute to your happiness is it really worth it?

So all in all – Let’s make 2016 the happiest year yet.