Vive Wellness – Vitamins Delivered to Your Door

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When family-run vitamin company Vive Wellness reached out to me to ask if I’d like to try a month’s worth of personally selected supplements delivered to my door, it was a no brainer. I love to try a new health product and I always take vitamins and supplements of some sort, so I was keen to see how this company was different. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Vive, so I thought you’d like to hear about them too as I think a lot of you reading this will really love the product. Also I must add, has there ever been a better time to get vitamins delivered to your very doorstep? I think not (stay indoors please people!).

The Vive Wellness journey starts with a quiz, answering lots of questions about your current lifestyle and diet, and also questions about areas you’d like to see change. The quiz was a good length and I really felt they asked a lot of varied questions to get to the bottom of which vitamins were best for me – the questions varied from asking about my physical health, current diet, mental state and things such as any pre existing conditions or issues I may have. Once you’ve finished the quiz, you get a score out of 100% for how healthy you are in your lifestyle and also your diet – they also generate you a report which goes into detail about what you’re doing well at and details any issues or gaps it sees and suggests ways to be healthier. I’ll pop a screenshot of my results below – I’m fairly happy with 71% & 72%, however there is room for improvement in my health and wellbeing, and this is detailed in the reports for me.

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I really like the way Vive Wellness tailors the vitamins it sends to you and also that the reports give you advice and tips to get healthier outside of their products – the whole experience gives you the feeling they are a knowledgeable and responsible company genuinely wanting to improve people’s lives.

After reading through my quiz results and my wellness reports it was then time to check out the vitamin recommendations and see what I was going to be sent. I get so excited to try anything new which looks as if it’s going to improve my wellbeing or health in any way so I was genuinely intrigued to see what they were suggesting for me – I’m a health product addict so trust me when I say this company is good – I’ve tried a few haha!

My recommendations were as follows:
The Heart Supporter – Omega 3 and D3 x 1 a day
Immune Booster – Vitamin C & Echinacea Blend x 1 a day
The Chill Pill – Magnesium & Rhodiola Blend x 2 a day

I was pleased with my selection and thought Vive Wellness had got it spot on, however if for whatever reason you weren’t 100% happy with the results, there is an option to edit your monthly pack and there are a few different options to choose – all still based on your quiz results.
Now here’s the best bit and quite honestly my favourite part; the vitamins come neatly packaged in a Tiffany coloured tube, and in that tube are individual tear off packets WITH YOUR NAME ON. Oh yeah, this Hollie spelt with an ‘ie’ gets very excited when she gets anything with her name on it. Aside from being sassy as hell, the individual packs are really handy, firstly to help you remember to take the vitamins each day but also if you’re travelling or want to just chuck the pack in your bag it’s so easy to do so.

So that’s the service you’re getting – personalised packets of vitamins delivered to your door via a monthly subscription which can be cancelled or changed at any time. But do the products work? YES! I genuinely think the products are brilliant quality and could feel them working after a few days – I felt brighter, calmer and generally clearer of mind. If you read my last blog post you’ll know I had been feeling very anxious and not myself at all in the first couple months of the year, and I definitely think my ‘chill pills’ helped me get back on track mentally. Magnesium is a wonder ingredient I think we should all be getting more of, I certainly felt the difference.

I would urge you all to take the free quiz and have a look at your own health scores and reports – it’s a great way to get an overall picture of your health and to take steps to improve it – there is no obligation to buy the vitamins at the end of it. However if you would like to try Vive Wellness, it’s a great time to plug the gaps in your nutrition and get them delivered to your door – I hope you are all staying safe during this strange time we’re living in! I do have a discount code for £10 off your first pack – use REFNGBA2UTRVN at the checkout (their website is linked below).

www.vivewellness.com

Just Hollie xox

*Product gifted by Vive Wellness, however views are my own and I always say what I really think!

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Norridge Summer Wellness Event

What do you do on the eve of your 26th birthday? ‘Get on it’ to prove you’re still young enough to do so? Throw a party? Cry because you’re now closer to 30 than 20?

Whilst all of the above were tempting, I booked myself into a pop up yoga and wellness event and it couldn’t have been a better choice. I saw the Summer Wellness Event on Instagram via @norridge.popup and instantly knew I had to be a part of it.
I have been getting back into yoga for the past few months and whilst I am loving my sessions with ‘Yoga with Adrienne’ on YouTube in my living room, I do think a class every now and then is really motivating. The Summer Wellness Event was advertising yoga, meditation and energy work with raw, vegan cacao treats afterwards – you can see why I was instantly drawn to it!

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The event was ran by the Norridge girls, two lovely ladies who are still currently studying at university whilst running pop up events in the city. They have mainly held food events up until this one, with the last being a pop up cafe for the weekend in the city centre serving seasonal, delicious yet nourishing treats – and as the name would suggest, it included porridge! They wanted to expand their events by doing an evening of yoga and people coming together with good energy, finishing with scrummy food.
They really delivered, as myself and the 14 other people who attended the evening all absolutely loved it and left feeling centered and ready to take on the world with new intentions.

We began by doing around an hour of slow, mindful yoga with Cata Parrishwain who is the most calming and welcoming person you could hope to be leading a yoga class. We focused on doing what felt right for ourselves and our bodies rather than ‘perfecting’ the poses which is such a refreshing view on yoga. I have been to classes before where the instructor has literally came over and moved me into the positions because I wasn’t perceived to be doing it right but actually, you should be relaxing and enjoying the experience not bending about so much you put your back out!  Continue reading

My YouTube subscription list

Happy Mondayyyy!!

How pleased are you that it’s Monday, raining and you haven’t woken up to a money tree at the bottom of the garden?!

Me either.

But what do I do when it’s cold outside and I need a little pick me up? YouTube!

I have been slowly getting into YouTube over the past year and I now have a hefty subscription list which I wanted to share with you guys and hopefully get some recommendations back. I was reluctant to ‘follow’ YouTubers to begin with as I really thought it was something teenagers did and that they were all vlogging themselves setting farts on fire or falling over but actually, I love it.

I wish I had the confidence and the big personality it takes to start a YouTube channel – I think for bloggers/Instagrammers it provides a whole other dimension to your following and you really get to know the people behind the social profiles.
I also like the chill out factor of being on YouTube; most videos/vlogs are about half an hour long and you can just get totally lost in someone else’s life for a while. It can be inspirational, educational or anything you want it to be. Want to learn about something? YouTube it. Want to find out about a country or somewhere in the world? YouTube. Workouts, recipes, how to properly tie a tie, how to change a tyre or anything else you could ever need – YouTube.

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Veganism and me

So you may have noticed (if you follow me on Instagram you will definitely know) that I have recently taken up following a plant based diet. This essentially means I am now a vegan, but honestly I try and tell people I’m plant based as for some reason when you tell people you’re vegan it can evoke unwanted reactions. If you too are plant based you’ll know what I mean!
But anyway, I’m vegan now and I wanted to speak to you about it a bit and about the reasons why. I’ll start from the beginning;

I used to be a vegetarian, from the ages of around 12 to 19 (I think, can’t remember specifics) and back then even at 12 I was always really health conscious and I didn’t like the thought of what meat eating did to my body. I found that the vegetarian life always presented so many more healthy options and that naturally I gravitated toward foods which were better for me. I lived off green tea, fruit, grains and lots of other deliciously healthy things.
But then at around 19 I thought I would go back to eating meat, honestly very influenced by my boyfriend at the time (toxic, awful guy!!) as he was a chef, I was impressionable and he pretty much convinced me that I was missing out by not eating meat. I was discovering my love of food and cooking at that age and I really did think that maybe I could make much more adventurous and ‘chef like’ food if I included meat. So gradually I re-introduced all meats back into my diet and actually went too far the other way and ate everything an anything and put on around 3 stone over a couple of years (he also really liked chinese takeout which naturally meant I really liked chinese takeout?! Honestly what is wrong with teenagers – girls, never let boys tell you what to do).

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Thankfully that relationship went south and shortly after I got with my lovely Daniel, whom is now my husband to be (eek!). God love this man as he encourages everything I ever want to do and always gets behind the latest ‘thing’ I’m into – trust me there have been a lot of ‘things’ – knitting anyone?
Obviously, when I first spoke to him back in Autumn last year about wanting to go back to not eating meat, he was his usual kind self and told me to go for it – on the condition I didn’t make him do the same haha! But after reading a few bits and seeing a lot online about the health benefits of veganism I decided to go balls deep and go fully vegan. I thought well I was vegetarian before, so the not eating meat thing won’t be hard for me and there are so many dairy alternatives now why not give it a go?

I never thought it would change my life in the way that it has. Not in a ‘I’m now a millionaire living in St Tropez’ kind of change but a ‘I feel happy, content and back to my true self’ kind of way. I’ve read a lot of vegans feel like this after they make the change, like it makes them feel a more rounded, true version of themselves. I’m aware of how hippy dippy that sounds, but it honestly is that case (I would’ve rolled my eyes too previously, I know). I have lost weight (a stone to date), I eat WAY more veg than I used to, I enjoy cooking more as it forces you to be a little more creative in the kitchen and I just bloody love it.

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