For many centuries, humans only ate real foods. There were no additives, chemicals or preservatives that many processed food contain. No one could ever claim that processed foods are good for you and although they might be convenient, the fewer of them you consume the better your health will be. There are so many reasons why real foods are better for you, and here are just a few of them.

Vitamins and Nutrients

Unprocessed foods are high in vitamins and nutrients. Eating a varied diet will give you everything you need, with some real food having more things in than others. Nuts are especially good and just one Brazil nut a day can provide all the selenium you need. Just avoid the roasted and salted varieties to get the most benefit. Fish, lean meat, fruit and vegetables should all be part of you diet.

The variety of meals you can make with real foods is endless, and you can add extra flavour with herbs and spices, which all have their own health benefits. Erbology is a site that will inspire you to try some of these such as sea buckthorn, black seed, milk thistle or rose water.  It also explains how each one can contribute to your health.


If you want to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease or obesity, avoid processed sugars. The natural sugar found in fruits, for example, is less concentrated and mixed with fibre so will do you much less harm. In fact, it can be as bad to have too little sugar as too much, making the sugar from real foods ideal. This will help to keep your glucose levels as they should be, making it easier for you to stay alert and energetic.  


Fibre is a crucial part of our diets and some real foods are packed with it. Fibre helps to keep you feeling more satisfied, so you are less likely to overeat.  It is also good for your digestive system and metabolic rate. It occurs naturally in whole grains, avocados, and blackberries, which are all high in fibre, as well as in many other foods. This is a much better way to get the amount you need rather than eating processed food with extra fibre added.

Healthy Fats

Everyone needs some fats in their body, but having the right sort is important. Naturally occurring fats are fine. Things such as olive oil are good for the health of your heart and coconut oil has been shown to help with burning body fat weight loss.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish such as salmon, herring and sardines. Nuts, seeds, and avocados also have good fatty acids in them.

Real Foods – The Healthy Option

There are so many health benefits from eating real foods that many people just do not realise. They contain antioxidants, which will help to reduce the risk of disease as well as keeping your skin looking younger and healthier. They are also good for your dental health and generally will keep you in better condition.

*This is a collaborative post*

Welcome back to the Be in the Picture weekly roundup. Once again there were lots of wonderful pictures shared on instagram and I struggled to pick just a few favourites. I could have featured so many. If you missed the last roundup you can catch up with it here, Be in the Picture 7.

For those of you that haven't heard of #beinthepicture, it is an instagram hashtag that myself and Alana from Baby Holiday created. It is designed to encourage you to get in-front of the camera as opposed to behind it. I used to always be the one taking the pictures and I was never in them myself. 

You can use the hashtag on any pictures that feature you whether that be fashion, parenting, travel, with your partner etc. You name it, we want to see it.

This week I've decided to feature some ladies on their own who were rocking life and work.

First up is, Zenaida Bocian who sends some great advice for anyone struggling who says to push through your obstacles and you can make yourself proud. She had lots of images I could use too so I'm sure you'll be seeing her on the roundup again soon.

Next up is Emily and Indiana who managed to deal with something that had set her anxiety and PND off with a smile on her face. Keep going lovely mama, you got this. 

Lamb and Bear is the ultimate mum boss. She runs her own business making clothing and accessories herself. This is her with her gorgeous latest design. 

Next is Laura Sidestreet who was talking about her positivity for a new month and how she's looking forward to spring.

My favourite image from my own feed was one where I discuss the fitness goals I smashed in January which was an amazing achievement. That also brings me to tell you about another Instagram hashtag community I have started which I will also feature on my blog. #freetochangeforme is all about pictures of you achieving or attempting to get through your goals for the year whether that be fitness, cleaning, journaling, meal planning. I want to see them all so please join in.

You may remember me talking about goals a few images back and how I think it’s ok to set them. Well here we are almost at the end of January and let me tell you what I’ve smashed already this year. Hard work and dedication pays off in more than ways than one. First up I’ve dropped a dress size after my Xmas binge. Smashed it ✅ I’ve taken a minute off my 1k run time. Smashed it ✅ Lifting heavier weights. Smashed it 🥰#✅ But most importantly I’ve stopped my antidepressants and I 100% credit that to my new lifestyle. Exercise has given me a new state of mind. It’s made me strong, fearless, powerful and above all happy. The endorphins it releases are amazing. All credit goes to my awesome personal trainer @elliotwill_pt at @creazionefitness . I may be scared of him, he may sometimes be scared of me but I am 100% feeling better than ever 💪🏻💪🏻 #freetochangeforme #lbloggers #beinthepicture #welshbloggers #fitfam #fitnessmotivation #positivevibes #fbloggers #wiwt #ootd #asseenonme #stylediary #fashionover30 #mumsthatslay #mumdresscode #mumsthatshop #sharewithnext #nextofficialbrands #moodliftmarathon
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Make sure you join in with #beinthepicture over on instagram and also follow it to see everyone's pictures.

If you're looking for ways to revamp your garden then why not try one of the new garden trends that have been predicted to be big in 2019. Trends such as crazy paving, wild flowers, metals and bright colours have all been suggested to be making their way into a garden near you this year. 

We are desperate to change our garden and we've been searching the internet for inspiration. At the moment it lacks character and it is uninviting. We may hire someone who specialises in garden designs to come up with a make over for us. We hardly spent any time  in the garden last year (even though we had a wonderful summer) because we never felt comfortable in it. Our garden is chaotic and is not the relaxing, enjoyable space that it should be.

The trends that have stood our for me that I think could work for us are the following:

Crazy Paving:
Different textured paving and stepping stones are predicted to be a big hit with people using irregular shapes and sizes as opposed to symmetrical ones. We already have patio in our garden but we're considering more at the back area so we'll be looking at various patio designs. I'd like some stepping stones between the two areas to join them up.

Wild Flowers:
I've always been a big fan of wild/loose flowers. I think they look beautiful. I also think they create a rustic look. I'll fully admit I'm useless at gardening and maintaining any flowers/plants we own so this year I think we'll look for local gardeners help us with the upkeep.

Bold Colours:
This trend excites me as I think bold colours in a garden can give it that Indian summer feel. I'll be placing yellows, oranges and reds in our garden to create warmth. This will also be reflected in the colour of flowers we choose to plant too.

Do you have any of the above trends in your garden? What would you suggest to do to a garden to give it a new look?

*This is a collaborative post*

I'm not very adventurous when it comes to ideas of things to do in the snow. My skills are building a snowman and a snowball fight which can get tedious after a time.

I asked fellow bloggers for their ideas and this is what they suggested.

1) Footprint Tag
Chilling with Lucas suggested a game of Tag. You allocate a home base such as a tree or a stick. The first person must get to the base before being tagged. Other players must walk or run in the first persons footsteps.

2) Igloo Building
Jenny at Monkey and Mouse makes igloos with her children. I remember seeing pictures on her instagram page and it looked incredible. 

3) Footprint Finder
If you don't have a lot of snow but are still looking for something fun to do then Hannah from Hi Baby Blog suggests searching for as many different footprints you can find imprinted in the snow such as birds and animals.

4) Snow Painting
Both Heather (Mrs Mactivity) and Claire (The Ladybird Adventures) suggest snow painting. 

5) Make Snow Ice Cream
Sarah from Craft Invaders likes to make snow ice-cream. There is a recipe and guide over on her blog.

6) Toy Car Fun
Lianne at and her children take all of their toy cars etc out in the snow to play and make tracks.

Have you got any other ideas that aren't suggested here?

We all know that oral hygiene is important, but the truth is that a lot of people still fail to appreciate just how important it might be, and this can lead to some real troubles. Even if you think you have a pretty good oral hygiene routine and you stick to it pretty well, you will be surprised to discover some of the ways in which this might be helping you out, and it goes far beyond the fact that you are keeping plaque to a minimum. In this post, we are going to take a look at three very good reasons why you should try to take even better care of your teeth, whether that means flossing more often or making that visit to the dentist you have been putting off for a while - or whether it means something a little more than that.

It Affects Your Overall Health

People often make the mistake of thinking that your teeth and gums are a standalone health issue. Actually, they affect much of the rest of the body, and if you are taking good care of your teeth and gums, you will find that your overall health is considerably improved as well. Conversely, having poor teeth and gums can mean that you are more prone to such severe diseases as heart disease, Parkinson’s and even stroke. You should therefore make a point of brushing regularly, and in particular paying attention to your gums, as it is gum disease specifically which can cause such problems in the rest of the body if you allow it to worsen over time.

It Will Improve Your Self-Image

For most people, the way their mouths look has something of a say over how they feel about themselves, even if deep down they know that it ultimately shouldn’t matter too much. But nobody wants terrible teeth which make it less tempting to even smile, and if you are keen to keep your own self-image high you will want to definitely think about keeping your oral hygiene high too. You should also consider getting any cosmetic work you might need done with a dentist you can trust like DFY Dental, so that you can expect your smile to appear as you would like and expect it to. That way, your self-image will likely continue on in a strong and healthy manner.

You Will Set A Good Example

If you have children, then this last one is for you. Having good teeth is bound to affect what your kids think of you, and you will find that if you make a point of really taking good care of your own oral hygiene, then you will be setting a good example for your children who will be more likely to follow suit in the future. That will mean that they will grow up with better, stronger teeth, and will themselves receive all of the benefits that come from having a healthy set of teeth and gums. For many parents, this is the best reason of all to continue on strongly with their own oral health.

*This is a collaborative post*

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