The afternoon started off with a talk from Ash Turner, of Enhance Nutrition, who covered a wide range of topics including portion sizes, how to plan for cheat meals and how to maintain a positive and balanced mindset when it comes to food and fitness. One of the things he spoke about that I found particularly interesting was the use of BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids), as I did not know a lot about this supplement prior to the event.
Ash mentioned that BCAAs can be useful to take in the morning pre workout in order to ensure that your body uses fat stores for energy and does not break down muscle cells. This was eye-opening for me, as I occasionally workout early in the morning before breakfast and did not realise the affect that this could have on my body in terms of where my energy was coming from!
We then got to prepare our own flex bowls! We started with a base of Wheyhey Ice Cream, I opted for Banoffee (my favourite flavour) and then piled them high with a delicious selection of toppings thanks to Muscle Food. I added protein chocolate cookie clusters, granola, nut butters, syrup, cinnamon coated almonds, cashews and popcorn! This was definitely a highlight of the event, as this was my first ever flex bowl and it was insanely delicious.
Next we listened to Zanna and Hazel speak about how they find balance between their social, work and fitness lives. They are both huge inspirations to me, as they are normal girls who went to university, developed a passion for fitness and are now following their dreams. This is extremely similar to my journey so far, hence I feel that I can really relate to them and I am continually inspired by how determined they are to succeed in what they love to do, and are constantly pushing themselves to achieve more. There was then a Q&A session, where they answered lots of questions, for example how often they train, what supplements they take, and their opinions on cardio and cheat or ‘treat’ meals.
There was then a chance to chat and mingle with other like-minded fitness enthusiasts over Belvedere Cocktails and some live music thanks to Mollie Bylett. One of the reasons I love going to these types of events is the opportunity to meet so many lovely people who all share the same interests as me and get to learn more about them and their journeys.
Obviously vodka and ice cream is not usually what comes to mind when you think of fitness, but that is what this event, and life in general is all about: balance. This event did not drastically change my mindset, as I have always tried to have a balanced approach to fitness. I love working out and always try to fit it into my daily routine, whether that be a power walk with my dog, lifting weights in the gym, going on a bike ride with my dad, there are so many forms of exercise that I enjoy and I love the feeling that I get post-workout. I also enjoy nourishing my body, experimenting with recipes that I come across on Instagram and on my favourite blogs, and creating ones of my own!
However, I will have a cheat meal once a week, usually when I’m out for dinner with friends or family. I also enjoy drinking alcohol in moderation and going out with my friends. I never feel guilty about these indulgences though, as fitness is something that I think should add to your life, not something that makes you feel restricted or deprived. I know that one meal that isn’t 100% ‘clean’ isn’t going to ruin my diet or my training, but I also know that eating well 80% of the time makes me feel full of energy, happy and I genuinely enjoy it. I think it’s important to focus on the things that make you happy in life and try to balance them accordingly.
Make a List of What Makes You happy.
Make a List of What You Do Every Day.
Compare the Two.