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Kacey's BARE Journey
Kacey's BARE Journey
Hey Everybody!  Introducing....Kacey! An incredible BARE member who has absolutely blown us away with her honestly, achievements and genuine attitude towards health, inspiring the BARE community to do better everyday. We are SO grateful to have Kacey in our community, she has been an absolute gem not only to us, but to the entire BARE community.  One thing when I started developing BARE Lean is that I wanted it to be seamless, I wanted the women to feel empowered, educated and confident in their ability to continue their new healthy habits to the rest of their lives.  If you're wondering what BARE Lean or the community can do for you and want to hear it from someone who has gone through it - then below is the most amazing genuine testimonial.  Below are her words:  Kacey's Journey: Personally for me, going into it my goal wasn't necessarily to lose weight, but to focus on my mental health. I'm so happy to say that has changed immensely. I have confidence now that I haven't had for years (including about to hold a jon interview 2 weeks ago and be successful!! I start tomorrow!!) but also mood wise.  Before the challenge, I was in such a slump. The havoc of mental/physical pain of fertility treatment, the day to day grind of being the stay at home mum and trying to do everything that comes under that title..things had started to feel heavy. My purpose to life was unknown and I just felt so flat everyday.  The 6 week challenge has taught me who I am again. I'm such a happier person to be around, I thrive on living my best life and I'm so proud. I have never taken part in a BARE 6 week challenge, but this time I thought ‘why not? What have I got to lose?’ Well, apart from losing 5.8kg and 39cm.. I GAINED confidence, strength (mental and physical) and courage. The support from the BARE community is one that I’ve never experienced before - cheering from the sidelines for those little goals and the big goals, and the ongoing support is what kept me going. I now have a healthy relationship with food - no foods are considered ‘bad’ in my life anymore because everything is great in moderation. My sweet sugary cravings are gone and I no longer want to binge because the recipes in the guides provide sweetness without overdoing it. But the best part? My mental health has improved. I’m happy, I love life and I have so much more energy than I did before the challenge. If you’re on the fence about joining the BARE community or registering for a challenge, jump over that fence and DO IT!! I will be forever grateful to Leah and her team for creating this community.   Thank you to Kacey for your incredible words - we are SO grateful for your constant love and support. We are SO grateful to have you as a community member - you are amazing!! We are so proud of your journey and SO happy that you have improved in all areas - thats what we love to see!  If you're wanting more recipes, more deliciousness' and a little community encouragement - then come on and join the BARE Guide community!  Check out MY BARE GUIDES! Kacey used BARE Lean :)  Love, Leah xx
5 Ways To Increase Your Daily Exercise (NEAT)
5 Ways To Increase Your Daily Exercise (NEAT)
While healthy eating is important for a balanced and healthy lifestyle, exercise also plays a pivotal role. In my BARE Lean Guide, we recommend you're moderately active and enjoy 30 minutes of exercise a day - and note the word ENJOY!  Exercise should include a combination of strength, flexibility and cardiovascular training, it's always good to have a variety in your schedule. It's not about crazy long workouts in the gym every day, it's about moving your body in an enjoyable way that you can sustain, change, move and work with. Keeping yourself fit works wonders for your mental and emotional well being (ever felt on top of the world after a run?! it's THAT feeling!).   Many people think that for weight loss, you need to smash yourself in the gym each workout for hours on end, but this just isn't the case! Have you ever heard of NEAT? Neat is "Non exercise activity thermogenesis" which is the energy you burn everyday that is NOT due to specific workouts, but more things like walking to work, gardening, cleaning, typing on your computer etc. This actually accounts for 15% of your Total Daily Energy Expenditure, where as your exercise may account for 5% - so there is a huge gap to be utilised!  Here are some of the ways I like to move my body on a daily basis that DOESN'T involve the gym.. I'm sure to much of your surprise, none of them are in the gym. 1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take the option of getting your heart rate up and using the stairs at work, trust me.. You'll be surprised as to how beneficial this would be. For someone who takes the stairs into work and walks a block before getting there (parking a little further away), you're already two steps ahead of the rest! 2. Park further away from work & walk 5-10 minutes extra to the door. Like I said above, if you drive into work... is there any capacity to park perhaps 1 block away and walk? This is a great option to get your heart rate up and enjoy a small walk to & from work to your car. 3. Standing at your desk vs. sitting Ever thought about a sit stand desk? You don't have to stand ALL day, but you can get some movement in if your job requires you to sit for the entire day. It's great for keeping those aches and pains (or maybe thats just me haha!) away and  Effectively by standing at your desk your body burns more energy, which allows this to count as being more active. 4. Walk your dog in the morning or night This is a great way for you to get out of the house with your partner and get some fresh air with your dog (if you have one!). Mitch and I love to walk Reggie and Wally even if its for a few blocks at night, just to get them out!  5. Do the house work (yuck but....we all gotta do it!) You'd be surprised by how many ladies in our BARE Guide community have been losing extra body fat by just doing the house work each week and eating healthy. We ALL have to do it, so why not put some music on loud and enjoy it! There is seriously something special about belting out Adele while mopping! This is one that doesn't seem like much, but really.. Doing the housework allows you to be quite active.    There are many other ways in which you can get your daily exercise up, however, these are the 5 that are most realistic to ME. It's important you do things that make YOURSELF happy and suit YOUR schedule. Give these a go and embrace being more active each and every day, as your body, mind & soul will feel good! If you’re struggling or stuck at the moment, join me on my journey with BARE Lean. Because this guide isn't just about getting leaner, but it actually gives you ALL the tools you need on your weight loss journey. Including taking out all the stress of counting calories (because we do it all for you so you never even have to look at calories!). It also gives you a platform  to track the changes to your energy levels, stress levels, mood, body measurements and progress photos too! 💪🏼 If you're wanting more recipes, more deliciousness' and a little community encouragement - then come on and join the BARE Guide community!  Check out MY BARE GUIDES! Love always,Leah x  
How We Achieve A HEALTHY Energy Deficit
How We Achieve A HEALTHY Energy Deficit
Hey! Super happy you're here. Thank you for checking this blog out with me!  Wondering what a 'healthy energy deficit' is? Let's get into it! An energy deficit or calorie deficit (the same thing, just different wording!) are terms that seem to be popping up EVERY WHERE when it comes to losing weight, and with good reason since it's so important for us to know! But since it's definition can be pretty scientific, I get some EXTREMELY puzzled looks and awkward "i'm sooooo not understanding this" 😬 smiles whenever I try to explain what it is and why it's SO essential for weight loss. First things first, let's touch on the fact that since we're talking about energy (calories) here, we need to know that while 1 calorie = 1 calorie, all calories are not equal in quality of nutritional value (even though yes, numbers are numbers)! Let's look at a typical biscuit versus an apple. Same calories, but entirely different nutritional value!! The biscuit has saturated fats, sugars, and not much else that really serves the body (which again, isn't a bad thing in moderation!). Whereas an apple has fibre, vitamins and antioxidants (to name a few). We always need to make sure we're paying attention to the nutritional quality of our food as well.. Not just for our overall health, but also so we avoid things like sugar crashes and those slumps in energy that are caused from eating foods lacking in nutritional quality. Not to say I'm against biscuits (because that's absolutely not the case!).. but it IS important to note the difference! With BARE Lean being individually tailored to the person completing it, the headache of figuring out a sustainable and achievable energy deficit has all been done FOR you. BARE Lean isn't another low-calorie, numbers-focused or restrictive diet. We created and portioned ALL the BARE Lean recipes to meet your daily energy (calorie) requirements. So while eating from the guide and pairing that with at least 30 minutes of planned exercise 5 times per week, you and I both know that you're going to be in a realistic and sustainable energy deficit for your body! There's nothing worse than putting in the hard work, only to realise that the unrealistic program with the crazy deficit was putting you WAY too harsh of a deficit, causing more problems for you and having the weight bounce back super quick! 😯 Another thing to keep in mind to achieve a healthy energy deficit is to focus on what kind of exercise you're doing throughout the day! There is the energy we burn from our planned exercise, like from a gym class or a run, and then there is the energy we burn from non-exercise activity (NEAT), like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, gardening, cleaning, doing a little dance while cleaning haha, and so on. Incorporating BOTH into your week is the best thing you can do for your journey and the overall energy deficit! Tips on how to increase your NEAT here!  The BARE principles are (and always will be) about those LONG-TERM results to help you achieve a healthy mindset in LIFE above anything else! Knowledge is power, and we should absolutely understand why we're doing the things we do... but getting stuck on calories or energy deficits shouldn't be taking our attention away from our journey at all.. that's why we (Team BARE) work SO hard to do it all for you! So your day can just be about loving and enjoying your life 🥰🥰 For the BARE guides - we use the Harris Benedict formula to calculate a healthy, sustainable energy deficit for you.  SO glad to have you ladies on this journey with me! If you're wanting more recipes, more deliciousness' and a little community encouragement - then come on and join the BARE Guide community!  Check out MY BARE GUIDES! Love, Leah xx LOVE ALWAYS, Leah xx
My 7 favourite cooking tips (aka...make your food EPIC)
My 7 favourite cooking tips (aka...make your food EPIC)
It's not secret that I LOVE cooking but I know how daunting cooking, let alone healthy cooking, can be! It's also tough when you're wanting to try different meals, but are unsure or not super confident in what you're making for the first time (totally normal!) so keeping a few tips and tricks in your sleeve is a really good idea incase you need a little boost of extra flavour, or something that can just make your life easier in the kitchen.  So I wanted to share with you my favourite 5 healthy cooking tips that absolutely ANYONE can follow.These tips will make cooking quicker, easier and even cheaper. How good is that? You can thank me later haha!  Alright, here we go!  1. Use Infused olive oil for extra flavour  Infused oil is a really good way to start your meals off with a big boost of flavour. Not only that, but if you're cooking for someone who may have a garlic/onion intolerance or someone who doesn't love too much chilli - these infused oils are a great base (especially the FODMAP friendly ones). This is not sponsored, but my favourite infused oils to buy are the Cobram garlic, garlic and onion, chilli and my new favourite - garlic and rosemary! These are all super good on meats, fish, pasta bases...literally anything! Infused oils go so well with so many of the BARE guide meals - make sure you grab some!  2. Buy a sharp knife  Theres nothing worse then trying to cut with a blunt knife, not to mention is almost MORE dangerous! My favourite knives are SHUN knives...A little expensive but goes A LONG way! All you need is a few really good knives and look after them as best you can (i.e no dishwasher etc) so you're able to keep them longer!  3. Buy in BULK!  Although it may seem expensive, it can actually be cheaper in the long run.  If somethings on sale, buy a few to last you! I typically do this with tuna, canned tomatoes, canned beans/legumes or things like rice, lentils/flours etc. In my pantry I have some beautifully labeled jars that I can re-fill with ingredients, and at the bottom of my pantry I have an "overflow" basket, with all the bulk goods so that I'm able to re-fill when needed.  4. Wing it, be confident (or at least act like it!)!  When it comes to a specific recipe, MAKE IT YOUR OWN! Follow the instructions, but theres no harm in changing/adding in some of YOUR faves. For example, If you've made a new recipe and you're sitting down to eat it, and you're not really sure of it, or flat out don't like it...don't eat it! CHANGE IT UP! Add some chilli, some infused oil, little sprinkle of fresh herbs, salt & pepper or a new spice!  5.  Smell everything  Foods like ground spices 'die' quickly, so make sure to smell them before you put them into your pan! If they don't smell like anything, then they wont taste like anything (or barley the flavour you want). Not only should you smell everything, but taste testing at the start, during and end of your meal is important. I taste test always when I'm in the kitchen because I want to catch things that aren't tasting right before I go to serve - everything is fixable!  6. Don't waste scraps, use them!  Food you'd usually throw in the bin like onion peels, potato skins, carrot peels, chicken or beef bones... KEEP! Boil these in some water with salt for a couple hours and they turn into a BEAUTIFUL stock that can be used for SO MANY THINGS! My favourite is using this stock for chicken soup. Here is a base recipe for chicken stock, where you can add your veggie scraps too! Click here :)  7. Make extra and freeze  I always make extra food when i'm cooking, because who doesn't love left over pasta for lunch?! If you have a recipe that you LOVE - then make triple the recipe (depending on the serving size) and freeze. That way, you can get home from a long day at work and whip it together in 10 minutes.  I hope these tips we're super helpful - or at least one or two of them that re-sparks some things you want to try and do in the kitchen.  If you're wanting more recipes, more deliciousness' and a little community encouragement - then come on and join the BARE Guide community!  Check out MY BARE GUIDES! Love, Leah xx
What is BARE Pregnancy?
What is BARE Pregnancy?
Hey everybody! We are SOOOOOO excited to bring you this BRAND NEW BARE GUIDE!  Firstly, you guys know how obsessed I am with food, health and creating delicious recipes, it’s my bread and butter (pun intended) haha so for me, this BARE guide is a long time coming! We have so many beautiful new parents within the BARE community, however I didn’t want to create a guide without having first hand experience when it comes to pregnancy - purely because I didn't want to give you a basic do's and dont's list - I wanted to truely write from experience and my heart to give you a truthful and accurate reflection on the realties of pregnancy.   This guide is much more than a ‘what you should do’ list, but a true accurate reflection of the realities of pregnancy. After falling pregnant and looking at what I needed to do/eat/avoid to give my child the best, it became overwhelming and felt almost unrealistic with my morning (or all day!) sickness. So, writing this guide has been an incredible experience I felt really connected and passionate about - because i was really living what I was writing! I have some incredible resources for you (check out that line up above!) and I really hope this guide can help you now, and far into the future. ANYWAYS... Let's get into the nitty grittys! What does BARE Pregnancy Include?  ✨A realistic approach to Fertility & Pregnancy Nutrition ✨60+ NEW exclusive recipes to BARE Pregnancy, designed to have you feeling your best in each trimester based on needs ✨Meal ideas & bought ideas (need snacks on hand always!!) ✨Written in collaboration with our incredible BARE Dietitian and our newest APD & Certified Fertility and Prenatal Dietitian ✨Fertility Resources (Preconception basics, conditions that may affect fertility, dive into endometriosis, dive into PCOS,Preconception nutrition, foods to consider, supplementation and fertility dietetics takeaways) ✨First, Second and Third trimester Resources (Foods to avoid, consider or reduce, how you may be feeling, self care in pregnancy, exercise in pregnancy, realistic eating in the first trimester, Nutritional requirements, gestational diabetes, what does my baby need?, nursery checklist, hospital bag checklist ✨Post Partum resources such as recovery nutrition, a note on PPD, Key nutrients we should look out for, BF nutrition, supporting milk supply, one handed snacks and toast toppers ✨ Carbohydrate information on each recipe displayed to assist those with gestational diabetes to manage Can you use the recipes in Pregnancy BARE if you're not pregnant? Absolutely! All the recipes within the guide have been created to be family friendly so everyone can enjoy them. What is the cost of Pregnancy BARE? Pregnancy BARE costs $59.97 with all previous BARE guide purchasers receiving 10% off. How do I access my Pregnancy BARE Guide? You can access your Pregnancy BARE guide via the BARE Guides tab on your web portal. If you do not already have an account with us you will be sent a link to access your web portal after making your purchase. Who created Pregnancy BARE? Pregnancy BARE has been written in collaboration with our incredible BARE Dietitian (Brittany) and our newest APD & Certified Fertility and Prenatal Dietitian Aleisha. We teamed up with the best to give you a true, realistic approach to pregnancy while giving you the tools and guidelines to feel and eat your absolute best. Both Brittany and Aleisha are super excited to support you through this journey. How many recipes are included in Pregnancy BARE? Pregnancy BARE includes 60+ NEW exclusive recipes to BARE Pregnancy, designed to have you feeling your best in each trimester based on needs. Can I see a contents page and list of recipes?  Absolutely! Check out the below.  I have a health condition. Is the guide suitable for me? As every pregnancy is different we suggest discussing if this guide will be suitable for you with your healthcare professionals. If you have any specific questions about the Pregnancy BARE Guide please reach out to our team via our help center.   I have gestational diabetes. Is this guide suitable for me? As every individual is different we have not specifically tailored the recipes for those that have gestational diabetes. However, if you have been recommended to monitor your carbohydrate intake we have done some of this work for you, for each of the recipes within the guide you will see that we have provided the approximate carbohydrate content for one serving. Please use this as a guide, as our nutritional analysis is based on ‘generic’ ingredients which may vary from the ingredients that you buy for the recipes.  
BARE Guide Challenge Starts 10th January!
BARE Guide Challenge Starts 10th January!
WOOOO, A NEW BARE 6 WEEK CHALLENGE IS HERE!! Let's take this opportunity to think of our BIG goals, and how we're going to implement them. Not only right now, but for the rest of the year. Where do you want to be? What do you want to achieve? What are you looking forward to? How do you want to feel? Let's get started!  The past year has been incredibly hard with the worlds climate - and I even we have struggled to feel that sense of 'calm' and 'control' - but kickstarting the new year with a plan and a group of incredible women all heading towards their goals can really put you on the right foot to start the year off running.  The BARE 6 Week Challenge is BACK...and I'm more than excited! All the information in relation to the BARE 6 Week Challenge is listed below - I can't WAIT!  There's absolutely no catch to it.. All you have to do to participate is own any BARE Guide and sign up to the challenge below. If you don't own a BARE Guide yet and would love to join we've created a special discount for you .. USE CODE / CHALLENGE20 for 20% off! REGISTER HERE What Is It?  The BARE Challenge is here to give you a little spark in your routine, to start something new and to challenge yourself into building new, healthy habits that will last a lifetime. The challenge is to smash your goals in whatever they may be, for 6 weeks. The challenge is to eat BARE, progress in your goals and strive towards becoming a better version of you over the 6 week period. This year and this challenge given the climate, we're going to really focus on SELF love, 'me time', moving our bodies, fuelling ourselves and really doing this as a team.  To join in on our BARE Guide 6 Week Challenge, all you have to do is purchase a BARE Guide, either BARE Lean (regular or vegetarian), BARE Regular or BARE Vegetarian.. there is nothing else you need to do other than sit tight....and wait for the fun! Our BARE 6 Week Challenge will start on Monday the 10th of January and run until Sunday the 20th of February, 2022.  What Prizes Are There?  Good question, I'll touch on this a little below but we will be rewarding people this BARE 6 Week Challenge. OVERALL BARE CHAMPIONS: The prizes will be done a little differently this time around, we will have 4 x BARE Champions who will have the opportunity to win $500 each. BARE Champion $500 AUDBARE Champion $500 AUDBARE Champion $500 AUDBARE Champion $500 AUD How Do You Pick A Winner? These winners will be women who are living & breathing the BARE healthy eating lifestyle over the 6 week period. As the BARE 6 Week Challenge  is about YOUR goals around mental, emotional and physical health and nutrition, we will be judging the winners with a range of factors set out below. 1. Support, community contribution and active members The BARE community is an incredible place for support, and we’d love to be able to see you asking, sharing and inspiring others on your journey within the BARE Guide Facebook community group. If you don’t have Facebook this is okay - We’d love to see support on your other social media profiles. As a base, we’d love to see that you’re a positive and active member of the BARE Guide community and are smashing through your goals, supporting and inspiring women all around you.  2. Social Media Activity We of course need to be able to see you! Being active could be posting on Instagram, or just commenting or engaging with others in our community facebook group. Remember to tag @leahitsines & @bareguide so we see it, sharing your creations on Facebook and with the FB group community, engaging on the BARE Guide & Leah's Instagram posts and overall being active on social media. This one requires your profile to be on PUBLIC so we can see. Leah can't see if your stories are private. (This isn't a necessary one, but just to note we can't see private accounts). We will be asking the Facebook group at the end of the challenge who they think is an absolute champion, so it isn't just about that social presence, but perhaps doing an incredible deed for a fellow community member could win you that spot!  3. Goal Progress We’d love to be able to see your progress. Of course everyone has their own goals so we want to take ALL types of tracked goals into consideration. Your progress could relate to how many dress sizes you've gone down, how many CM you've lost off, or something like how much better you feel mentally & emotionally (ANY PROGRESS!).    How Do You Participate In This Challenge?  The BARE 6 Week Challenge isn’t for a specific guide, it’s for ANY BARE Guide that you own, whether that's BARE Regular, Vegetarian or BARE Lean. The BARE Lean members will have access to the dashboard, which will be easier to use for progress measuring, which helps when working towards their goals - This isn't necessary, but still great to have! All you need to do is register using the button below :) If you don't own a BARE Guide yet and would love to join we've created a special discount for you .. USE CODE / CHALLENGE20 for 20% off! REGISTER HERE   When Does The Challenge Start & End?  The BARE 6 Week Challenge will start on Monday the 10th of January and run until Sunday the 20th of February, however, you can join at any time from today onwards.   What Do I Have To Do For The Challenge? The BARE 6 Week Challenge is designed so you can eat from your BARE Guide & smash your goals over the next 6 weeks. This is designed to support your goals and help you strive towards being a better version of you.  Do I Get Any Additional Content During The Challenge?  Lucky you.. You'll receive the below during the duration of the BARE 6 Week Challenge FREE weekly workouts LIVE cooks every Monday over on my @leahitsines Instagram A WEEKLY Printable Planner & Habit Tracker with daily/weekly tasks for the groups to complete  Group fun! Daily challenges, weekly challenges, movement goals and extra support!  How Do I Sign Up? To sign up all you have to do is purchase either the BARE Lean, Regular or Vegetarian Guide. If you already have these guide's and you would like to join, PLEASE REGISTER!  Please note, it'll be easier if you have BARE Lean to track progress with our inbuilt dashboard, however, any BARE Guide is fine.  I'm super excited & I can't wait to SMASH our goals together as an amazing community.  What are you waiting for?! Start Your BARE Journey Today! REGISTER NOW! Join the Facebook community to get the absolute best out of the challenge. Linked below.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/bareguide/ 
Naomi Isherwood  and her Incredible BARE Lean Journey
Naomi Isherwood and her Incredible BARE Lean Journey
Hey guys!  I am absolutely blown away by this incredible BARE Lean journey. One thing when I started developing BARE Lean is that I wanted it to be seamless, I wanted the women to feel empowered, educated and confident in their ability to continue their new healthy habits to the rest of their lives. If you're wondering what BARE Lean or the community can do for you and want to hear it from someone who has gone through it - then below is the most amazing genuine testimonial.  Below are her words:  My Journey: My journey with my fitness, health and diet has been a long old battle, full of twists and turns. My relationship with food has been a bumpy road from starving myself in the day, massive binge sessions on non-balanced snacks, juice diets, restricted calories, restricted carbs as well as following the different diet plans we have all heard of (which I’m not going to list because that’s a wormhole you don’t want to go down!). Nothing worked for me and it took me a long time to work out why! I wasn’t fuelling my body or giving it the energy or nutrition it needed to function not only at a basic level but also during periods when I would exercise intensely. I tried to do it myself but I still struggled with my portion sizes or knowing how to build my plate to give me a balanced meal and to provide me with enough fuel and energy to have a productive day at work or to smash out a workout. I started following Leah back in 2019 and brought the BARE guide as soon as I could. Slowly I started to realise I didn’t and shouldn’t feel guilty about eating pasta or snacking on a puff pastry pin wheel (if you know, you know!). I was still struggling with my portion control and holding myself accountable and as if by magic Leah, Mitch and the team must have been in my head because BARE LEAN was then released. BARE LEAN; What can I say – BARE LEAN has quite literally changed my life! I brought the guide / plan because I wanted to take back control of my body and my mental health. What I have gained, however has been so much more! For me progress has taken time and It’s made me realise why it is so important to complete the bi-weekly check-ins as it has allowed me to see how I am doing against the goals I set, look at my physical changes pictorially as well as through measurement numbers. As I always say to the BARE Community, NEVER just rely on the scales for progress or compare yourself to others. We are all on our own journey and all have a different starting point. For me I knew I wanted BARE LEAN to help me fall back in love with my body and myself. Yes I wanted to shift some of the weight that sits around my hips but I knew that was going to take time because of my body type which is totally ok! Has it always been easy? Absolutely not! Have I had days where I have reached for that extra snack, or that chocolate bar? Absolutely yes! Do I feel that guilt or nagging feeling still when I eat something that isn’t in the guide? Nope! BARE has equipped me with the knowledge and ability to now build up my plate with the right foods at the right quantities! It’s also shown me that it’s ok to have meals out or to have that takeaway pizza. Your progress will NOT be ruined by it! I have grown in confidence to the point that I now set the BARE Community weekly exercise challenges to help push them and to keep them moving throughout the week. I’m now on my third cycle (weeks 25-37) and I’m STILL seeing changes in my mental health and physical appearance! After the second 6 week challenge (and my second overall cycle of the plan) I reviewed my progress so far and was amazed at how far I had come! 🍷 I’ve been able to reduce my alcohol consumption dramatically 🐻 I’ve been able to find my purpose again and to be open and honest about the ups and downs of day-to-day life through supporting and being supported by the amazing BARE community 👖 I’ve managed to fit back into my favourite pair of red jeans! 📏 I’ve lost weight and CM’s even off my pesky hips! And my double chin is a lot smaller! But I’ve also learnt it’s ok to maintain and to not be deflated by it! 💪🏼 I’m so much stronger then I was before (the abs are fighting to be seen) 💁‍My skin is so much better with way less breakouts 😴 I’ve learnt that it’s ok to have rest days 👯‍ I’ve made friends for life from our EU Bare Bears workout group to the rest of the BARE Community 🥞 I now know that it’s totally ok to eat pancakes every weekend, crumble in the week and to take your brownie into the bath tub with you 🤣 🍲 I’ve incorporated making one new recipe a week into my routine and I’ve actually eaten far more veggie meals then I had expected to! 💤 I’ve prioritised my sleep by getting off my phone 30 min before bed at least 85% of the time ❤Andddd a big one for me is I now have the confidence to be who I am and to let my light shine! Thank you to Naomi for your incredible words - we are SO grateful for your constant love and support. We are SO grateful to have you as a community member - you are amazing!!   If you're interested in joining BARE Lean - Heres the link! 
14 Delicious Recipes To Make This Your Best Easter Yet
14 Delicious Recipes To Make This Your Best Easter Yet
It's Easter time! Yay! Naturally, I'm a big fan of this wonderful time of the year because not only do I get to spend time with my family, I get to cook and enjoy SO much amazing food. My boyfriend Mitch LOVES chocolate (he's actually a chocoholic haha) but for me, I get more excited about Sunday lunch. I just love piling my plate high with various heaps and a HUGE amount of sides (they're my favourite part of every feast!). And while Greek easter is still another week away for me that doesn't mean I can't share with you my favourite recipes for easter lunch. From succulent meats to delicious sides and addictive desserts, I've got everything you need to make this your best easter ever!   Fish 1. Lemon and Cherry Tomato  I love one tray bakes because their super healthy and packed with flavour! This Lemon and Cherry Tomato tray bake only takes a few minute to marinate and then simply pop in the oven. Easter lunch (or brunch) doesn't get much easier than this!   2. Thai Baked Barramundi  I absolutely love the flavours of this fish! Barramundi is a very mild and soft fish, which is seriously good for those non-seafood lovers. It's fresh, it's fresh and it's going to make your guests' mouths water!   Meat 3. Tandoori Style Lamb This Tandoori Style Lamb is 100% mouthwatering! It's super delicious but also super easy to make. The tandoori marinade is so simple but PACKED with flavour. Plus, you can choose to use either a lamb leg or shoulder to bake in the oven - it's completely up to you. In just over 2 hours, you'll be enjoying most tender slow cooked lamb (and even leftovers). PERFECT for a Easter!   4. Honey and Garlic Chicken Wings When you're cooking for a lot of people - aka Easter lunch - you need a super simple recipe that's easier to make in bulk and nothing could be more perfect for this than Honey and Garlic Chicken Wings. They're a super quick and delicious way to keep everyone happy.   6. Thai Pork Skewers Just like these chicken wings, these Thai Pork Skewers are a very easy way to please a crowd. Simply marinate, skewer and then cook in a pan or on the BBQ!   Sides (My favourite!!) 7. Quinoa Salsa Salad If you're looking for some healthier options for this easter than this salad is your new best friend. It's so quick and easy to make, and great way to add some freshness into your easter feast.   8. Strawberry and Spinach Salad This might seem like a odd choice but the combination is super delicious! Everyone will be piling it onto their plates.   9. Haloumi Pasta Salad I mean who doesn't LOVE pasta salad?! At any feast - whether it's Easter, Christmas or just your standard family BBQ - this is an absolute must-have for me.   10. Crispy Bacon and Cheese Potatoes  Another must-have for your Easter lunch! These crispy potatoes are SO delicious, they'll leave you wanting more.   11. Cheesy Broccolini This is one of the most popular recipes on my website and it's not surprise why! It's super easy to make and so tasty. Don't be surprised you end up just eating a big plate of broccolini for Easter!   Dessert 12. Reece's Peanut Butter Cups For a healthy treat, there's no going past these amazing peanut butter cups. So sweet and delicious, you and your guests will be loving every single bite.   13. Chocolate Brownie If you really want to enjoy Easter to it's fullest potential, then you're going to need the Chocolate Brownies. They're so easy to make but perfectly decadent! Don't be surprised if they disappear quickly - they're that good.   14. Oreo Balls  I mean do I really need to say anything more? It's all in the name! These Oreo Balls are pure heaven in your mouth and a sure to satisfy any chocoholic this Easter.   So there you have it! My most delicious recipes for you to enjoy your best Easter yet! Be sure to try one, three or even all of the recipe over the holidays and let me know how you go on Instagram. I absolutely love hearing from you! Have an amazing Easter! Leah xx  
My Top 5 Sweet Style Recipes
My Top 5 Sweet Style Recipes
As you would know I believe in BALANCE when it comes to enjoying food and having a good relationship with food! Balance to me means when you're craving a sweet dessert, EATING IT!! Sometimes you just need to treat yourself and there's nothing wrong with that. You don't have to go overboard.. But below are some of My Top 5 Sweet Style Recipes that I love to have from time to time. Apricot & Oat Cookies These Apricot and Oat Cookies are so sweet and delicious, and only take 30 minutes to make! They're the perfect healthy treat for when you're craving sugar or need a 3pm work snack. Plus, this is the perfect easy baking recipe for kids so it's a win win for everyone. Chocolate Brownies These brownies are DELISH and super great as a cheeky dessert if you're having that chocolate craving! They're gooey, fudgey and even really easy for kids to make. Choc Protein Lava Cake These Choc-Protein Lava Cakes are an absolute must have dessert. Super easy to make and take less than 5 minutes in the oven, they're a protein recipe well worth eating for dessert!  Chocolate Spiders This treat is something my mother used to make ALL the time at special occasions - and everyone LOVED IT! I mean, whats not to love about peanut butter and chocolate together?!  Loukamades Don't these look INCREDIBLE?! These are Greek Donuts called Loukoumades, they are the most amazing dessert ever! Basically its a donut covered in honey and cinnamon....and the best bit is...you probaly have all the ingredients in your cupboard!  I hope you guys love these recipes and remember to occasionally treat yourself.. Because you deserve it! Leah x  
4 Delicious Sides To Add To Tonight's Dinner!
4 Delicious Sides To Add To Tonight's Dinner!
Okay so picture this.. you've got a BEAUTIFUL dinner planned tonight, maybe an epic Stuffed Cajun Chicken or a Pork Belly dish.. but as delicious as it's gonna be, you have absolutely NO idea what to serve it with.. Well, put that boring side salad away and keep reading because I've got FOUR of the most delicious sides that you can EASILY add to tonight's dinner!      1. Crispy Cauliflower with Garlic Aioli I absolutely love cauliflower, especially as a side for dinner. But sometimes I feel like something that's a little on the crispy side.. you know? So that's where I sub a recipe like this in! I absolutely LOVE crispy veggies and this crispy roasted cauliflower is absolutely delicious!    2. Baked Honey Sesame Carrots You want to know what my favourite thing to do is? Adding a little extra jazz to a usually-mundane veggie. These baked honey sesame carrots are so simple, but so bloody delicious! You seriously won't believe the taste!!   3. Garlic & Parmesan Potatoes The ability to please even the fussiest of eaters is an art form I tell you what haha and these crispy potatoes definitely hit the nail on the head!   4. Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Salad For something a little on the fresher side (pun intended ha!).. there's nothing better then a side dish that has a speedy 2-minute-assembly! These tomatoes after they're roasted... ooft.. you'll be in love!     And there you have it! You better believe your dinner game will have increased by 20+ cool points after you add one of these to it! Happy cooking ladies!Leah xx
Top 12 Budget-Friendly BARE Lean Veg Recipes
Top 12 Budget-Friendly BARE Lean Veg Recipes
Whether you've already purchased BARE Lean Vegetarian for yourself, or if you're just wanting to know what our top budget-friendly recipes are inside the guide.. you've come to the right place!   When it comes to creating these recipes for you guys, I always aim to use the BARE Lean staple ingredients first to fill out the meal! I mainly do this because once you buy those staples for your pantry, cooking on a budget with BARE Lean is almost always achievable!   But to make things easier for you, let's go through what my TOP 12 budget-friendly meals from BARE Lean Vegetarian are.. 🔽   BREAKFASTS Smashed Avocado Page 54 Depending on where you are in the world, the smashed avocado could be your newest budget-friendly breakfast! Obviously depending on how expensive/inexpensive avocados are in your area.. this recipe has only minimal ingredients with pantry staples you very likely already have! Hot tip - if you're not one to finish or need a whole loaf of bread ASAP, there is absolutely nothing wrong with freezing your bread! Besides, after you toast it, it tastes exactly the same!   Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Page 51 My favourite part about smoothies for breakfast is that they're so simple to whip up! With only a few ingredients in the pumpkin pie smoothie, and most consisting of the BARE pantry staples.. this one's a winner! Plus you can minimise your cost wastage by portioning out your steamed pumpkin and freezing them in snap-lock bags. That way any extra pumpkin doesn't go to waste or spoil early!     Peanut Butter Berry Toast Page 49 This is my go-to I'm in a rush, forgot to buy ingredients for this morning's breakfast and need something simple breakfast hahaha. I absolutely LOVE it. PLUS all you really need is a berry/fruit that's in season and cost-efficient for where you are. The rest of the ingredients you'll likely already have!     Egg & Chili Wrap Page 42 The Egg & Chili wrap from BARE Lean Vegetarian is one beautiful roll away from being a real cost-efficient favourite in your house! Only consisting of a few budget-savvy ingredients, it ticks all the boxes. Plus, rather than buying a whole packet of wraps and only really needing half of them.. you can freeze them and then just thaw them out individually the night before you need them. I'm all about ways to get the best bang-for-your-buck here!       SNACKS Tamari Chickpeas Page 81 These Tamari Chickpeas are SO good if you're sitting at your desk and really need to keep your hands busy during your afternoon-snack (we've all bee there hahaha!) PLUS they only have 3 ingredients?! Talk about a win!!     Chia Pudding Page 66 These chia puddings are SO easy to whip up and are a great summer snack since they're chilled! Consisting mostly of ingredients you already have in your kitchen, the only real thing you'll need to purchase is fruit! We use drained, canned peaches for ease.. but feel free to use fresh fruit if that's more accessible for you if you like! When they're in season, I personally use the peaches my Papou's peach tree! 🤤     Bagel with Cheese Page 61 With only FOUR ingredients, this bagel snack is such a winner in my books! All the ingredients are easy to source and very cost-efficient! What I usually do with my bagels, is when I buy them, I'll slice them in half and freeze the ones I don't need straight away. And then the night before I know I'll be having it as a snack, I'll take it out the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge. It really saves you buying a pack of only 2 bagels (since they can be most costly that way!) and as an added bonus, this bagel snack turns into a really easy last-minute snack.   MAIN MEALS Cauliflower Steaks Page 93 HOW GOOD ARE CAULIFLOWER STEAKS! If you haven't tried these yet, you absolutely have to! What I love most about these, is that they're 7-ingredient dinner.. most of which is all veg! And if you don't have Cous Cous in your pantry, you can swap it for another grain that's more accessible/cost-efficient for you. Simple!   Mushroom Stroganoff Page 124 If there is any recipe in BARE Lean Vegetarian that has caused the BIGGEST position reaction out of our BARE Community.. it's the Mushroom Stroganoff! And it's surprisingly easier than it looks to make! Did you know out of the 12 ingredients it takes to make this.. 7 ingredients are kitchen-staples you'd already have.. and 3 are from the veg section of your supermarket. This dish is super budget-friendly, and the taste is absolutely going to knock your socks off!      Haloumi Burger Page 110 If the Mushroom Stroganoff caused the biggest positive reaction.. the Haloumi Burger has come in at a close second! This burger is a perfect budget-friendly addition to your Friday night (or any night!) burger night. Consisting mostly of veg and items you'll already have in your fridge or pantry, the only real addition you'll need to purchase is the Haloumi - which actually (depending on your area) can very often go on sale! PLUS for an added tip, the burger buns can be sliced in half, frozen, and thawed out for when you need them.. causing less cost-waste when you don't use all 6 buns in the pack you just bought!     Mexican Quinoa Salad Page 117 I LOVE a good salad bowl. Give me fresh veg and a grain of some kind any day of the week. This recipe mostly consists of pantry-staples (and if you don't already have them, they are super cheap to buy!). Plus if where you are at the moment doesn't favour quinoa being a cost-efficient purchase, you can always swap for a grain that better suits you or one that you already have in your pantry!     Chickpea Curry Page 95 I tell you what, a good curry has a warm place in my heart. I love it in winter, and also those days when you just want something warm to comfort you! What I love about this curry is how cost efficient it is. This recipe mostly consists of spices (that you'll likely already own), rice (that you'll probably already have), some veg and a couple pantry staples! This recipe uses ginger, which granted, can be a costly purchase.. but you can now get pre-minced ginger in the veg section of your supermarket in small tubs that are a GREAT budget-friendly solution!       So there you have it... my Top 12 Budget-Friendly BARE Lean Vegetarian Recipes for you to try! All our recipes are super easy to make swaps to, so you can customise and accommodate for ingredients that may be more cost savvy for you wherever you are in the world! (and quite often I do the same!). If you'd like to check out the Top 10 BARE Lean Regular Recipes On A Budget.. check out the article here! I hope this helps you to make use of our most budget-friendly recipes in BARE Lean, and to also draw inspiration from on how YOU can make the other recipes more budget friendly!   Love Leah xx    
Common Cooking Mistakes You Could Be Making In The Kitchen!
Common Cooking Mistakes You Could Be Making In The Kitchen!
You guys know me well enough by now to know how much time I spend cooking. There's no two ways about how much I love to freely cook for Mitch, my family, or even strangers hahaha it doesn't matter.. cooking in general sends me STRAIGHT to my happy place! 🥰 But over the years I have fallen victim to some cooking mistakes in the kitchen that not only did I feel inconspicuously 🕵🏼 hinder my weight loss progress.. but most importantly, I found these mistakes were often just simply making things worse for my overall health and happiness, you know? It wasn't until I realised those mistakes, that I was able to be more aware of when & why I was doing them..so that I could fix them! THEN I realised that other people may be doing the exact same thing.. These kitchen mistakes are SO common, so let's go through what some of the most common cooking mistakes you may be making in the kitchen are 🔽     Oops, I eye-balled the oil! There's no secret that everyone loves a good freehand splash of oil in the pan, or over the salad.. commonly without even thinking twice about it. It just feels.. professional 🤣 .. but portion control when it comes to oils is important. I see so many people load up their pans with oil or butter, without realising that all of these (while definitely essential for a tastier meal) are also very calorie dense. A simple second or two of extra drizzling could be less than great for you in the long run (it adds up quick!)  So my top tip for you here is to measure out your oil.. for a few weeks at least. Take a look each time on how it looks in the pan, or how it looks in the bowl, or how many seconds it takes to drizzle it out. Like 1 tablespoon = X seconds. Once you're used to it, you can then go back to your personal pro-level and drizzle with confidence knowing you're not drizzling 4 tablespoons, when the recipe says 1 (oops)    Oops, what's in this sauce?! Okay.. picture this.. you're home later than usual from work, you forgot to meal prep ingredients for a sauce that you intended to make tonight for dinner.. (dammitttt) okay okay its fine, straight to the supermarket you go, you can be nifty and get a pre-prepared sauce to cut the cooking time in half.. life-SAVER!! Amazing solution. BUT BE CAREFUL.. Those delicious sauce bottles and jars you get from the shops are mostly filled with sugar! Yep, that’s right, they’re typically filled with added sugar that can be super sneaky under a different name (sucrose, high fructose, corn syrup etc.). Food labels list ingredients in order of weight...so if you see sugar being the 2 or 3rd on the list... it could be quite a problemo you have there with that jar you're holding! The issue with these sauces is that they essentially add unnecessary sugar to your meal, giving you literally no nutritional benefit other than a quick spike in blood sugar and a bit of a crash! But for every pain-in-the-bum sugar filled sauce jar.. there are also tasty ones that use better (real) ingredients. And even if they're not ALL A-grade ingredients (you could be in a rush or on a serious budget!) .. you should at least aim to be able to pronounce all the ingredients of what you're buying for peace of mind! 🥰   Oops, I eye-balled the salt or extra sauce! Cooking bland meals can make you want to rush over to the salt shaker to drown your meal, or turn to the fridge for a sauce-solution to lather your meal in (ah yes, the band-aid approach hahaha). I don’t ever calorie count myself, especially on BARE Lean, but It is important to be mindful of what you're putting into your meal. Let's pretend you're about to cook up a mean salmon. Instead of coating it in salt and coconut oil, you could instead add some garlic, lime and fresh herbs like mint, coriander and chilli... and then HOT damn, wouldn't you know it.. you have yourself a Thai inspired salmon without needing a band-aid solution. There is absolutely nothing wrong with adding seasonings to your meals, in fact, when seasoned in a smart way, you can mimic some pretty incredible flavours!   Oops, did I just put too much cheese or cream?? Okay, here's another scenario for you.. you're cooking an EPIC pasta with cherry tomatoes, spinach, olives, garlic (so bloody good, i'm drooling as I’m writing this!) but as you're getting near the end of your cook, you over-do it with cheese, cream, and other additives that add taste, but will also add the majority of energy to your meal (not a bad thing, but just sometimes missed!). It's crazy how many people believe pasta is bad for you, when it's just not the case.. It's the ingredients you ADDED to your pasta at the end, like that thickened cream, extra oils, fatty cuts of meats, etc.. those little buggers all add up!  I used to do the exact same thing too without even realising.. so now I try to make sure I always first opt for things like FRESH herbs, ground spices, some chilli, a bit of extra garlic (hahahah is there ever such thing as too much garlic?!) to add some extra jazz to my meal. First of all.. by doing this, you'll feel like a Masterchef.. and second of all.. it's better for you.  This isn't to say that things like cream, oil or cheese is BAD for you.. because they definitely aren't when you have them in moderation! But you'd be surprised at how you'll only need a touch of those extra ingredients after you've done the flavouring the healthier way! #HotTip 😄      These tips have seriously helped me the past few years simply just be more aware of how I cook in the kitchen so I can benefit my health, rather than work against it. So hopefully it can help you too!!  💛 Love always, Leah x