Juice Master Pro Bounce

rebounderBack in the summer I bought a second-hand mini trampoline off eBay. It was probably the best £10 I have spent over the last 6 months. Not only is it highly recommended to aid lymph flow but it proved to be a lot of fun too, and, helped me stay physically active post surgery despite struggling with severely low energy levels at times.

I can honestly say I’ve used the trampoline most weekday mornings. Just a 20 minute workout has helped me wake up, feel positive, alive and in control of my health.

For those days when my arm ached I knew that with a quick blast on the mini trampoline it would feel an awful lot better. It has been a huge help to me physically and emotionally and has also proved to be a lot of fun when friends have come to visit too – watching them bounce around, laughing and grinning from ear to ear within seconds of trying it out.

It is addictive and so, when I was asked what I wanted for Christmas, I knew… a brand new trampoline please!!

Having been following Jason Vale’s Rebounding DVD for months, I had worked my way up from the “easy” bounce to the “medium” quite quickly but had struggled to get through the “high bounce” workout. I couldn’t figure out why it was proving so difficult, I was trying to jump as high as Jason was but I just couldn’t get the momentum to keep up. I thought maybe the trampoline had lost its bounce over the years so when I tried the “medium” workout on my new trampoline I was delighted that I was able to jump higher than ever before with less effort and without even breaking a sweat!

The new trampoline seems to me about 5 times more bouncy than the old one. So, today I thought I would give the “high” bounce routine a go. To my surprise I got through the entire workout only stopping occasionally to regain my posture and position because I was bouncing so high I was nearly falling off!

Using the second-hand trampoline for so long had really paid off. The extra effort I was putting in trying to keep up meant that the higher workout with the new trampoline was a piece of cake.

I would definitely recommend trying a second-hand trampoline before buying new. If you like it or even love it, then invest in a new one and you will love it even more.

Goodbye 2013 Hello 2014

2014A new year message for all my fellow cancer survivors and fighters…

Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you ever imagined.

Wishing you all good health, good times and lots of love for the New Year x

Sweet Potato & Spinach Curry

Serves 4
5 mins prep
30 mins cooking

Ingredients:
600g Sweet Potatoes, diced
1 tbsp Olive Oil
100g Rogan Josh Curry Paste
400g Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
400g Tinned Lentils, drained
260g Fresh spinach
50ml Water
100g Greek Natural Yoghurt

Serve with rice

1. Boil the sweet potatoes for 10-15 mins until tender, then drain.

2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or pot and fry the sweet potatoes and curry paste for 2 mins.

3. Add the chopped tomatoes, lentils and 50ml water and cook for 5 mins.

4. Stir in the spinach and cook for 1-2 mins until wilted.

5. Serve with rice and a spoonful of yoghurt.

Notes:

– Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin C. The orange variety of sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A – an antioxidant that helps to fight cancer. In addition, sweet potato is rich in vitamin E, which is vital for healthy skin.

– Tomatoes are also full of vitamin C. They are also packed with lycopene, a type of caroenoid, that helps to prevent cancer. Tomatoes contain high levels of beta-carotene – necessary for the production of vitamin A. This helps to maintain a healthy thymus gland, which plays a vital role in immune response. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin E, which helps to protect the body from toxins.

– Spinach is rich in carotenoids, which the body converts to antioxidant vitamin A to help trigger immune response to fight infections. The vegetable helps to prevent lung, breast and cervical cancers, as well as fight heart disease. Its vitamin C content keeps skin and mucous membranes healthy, while its B vitamins improve energy and nervous system conditions. Spinach is also rich in zinc, required to promote T-cell activity.

– Lentils are rich in B-vitamins, which help to boost the body’s immune system, aiding the fighting of bacteria and other invaders. They contain minerals important for immunity too, including the antioxidant selenium, and iron which is vital for healthy blood. Lentils are also a good source of plant oestrogens and can help boost energy.

(Source book: The Top 100 Immunity Boosters by Charlotte Haigh)