How to give yourself a little boost with Boots in 2018

How to give yourself a little boost with Boots in 2018

How to give yourself a little boost with boots this 2018 - motherhooddiaries

The year 2017 was the year of unhealthy overindulgence, especially during Christmas, when I went all out over the food. My brother had smoked a lamb for eight hours, my mum had cooked a turkey and my dad roasted some beef. Furthermore, my sister-in-law made two large cream cakes and my sister, who moved to Singapore with her fiancé last year, was missing cheese so much that she brought an entire platter of different indulgent cheeses to the main Christmas dinner. Christmas was excessive, overwhelming and very unhealthy.

My seven-year-old is literally a born vegan (apart from eating cheese, which is not often) and, even though I had tampered with veganism in the months leading up to Christmas, I had somehow lost my way and ate everything that was on the table. During Boxing Day, I vowed to myself to never touch an animal product again because I just felt rubbish, inside and out. So, I began the road to veganism, with the help of Veganuary (Vegan January). I was so glad I did it – and properly this time too! It felt like a detox for the mind and soul and soon I was back to my pre-Christmas weight with my insides finally stable and happy. I upped my workout game to four to five times a week and I shed all the nasty weight that had crept up on me in 2017, not to mention, losing my sugar cravings, (which had spiralled out of control after a loss in the family) thanks to a plant based only diet. Who would have thought that eating clean stops your sugar cravings – there is something to this vegan lark you know!

So, now that I’ve got my diet in check, it’s all about detoxing and boosting the body for a super healthy 2018. Boots, the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, is my favourite store for looking after the mind, body and soul, and I love racking up my Boots points by indulging in some great products for me and the kids, like body scrubs, massage oils and other comforting items that help me stay cosy during the winter freeze.


What’s more, I’m encouraging my kids to stay fit too, although, they’re prime examples of how you just keep on going every day. After school, they have Drama on Mondays, Musical Theatre and Beavers on Tuesdays, and Gymnastics and Swimming on Sundays. Plus, we regularly go out for hikes and bike rides at the weekend and that keeps their fitness levels up. They’re keeping me fit too!

Aron and Aidan biking - motherhooddiaries

Boots gifted Motherhood Diaries an awesome little boost box, filled with great products that will help me stay on the road to health and fitness. I am now a fully-fledged vegan, so some of the products, I can’t use myself, but my willing husband, who is also motivated to stay on track with his health and fitness, are putting the products to good use for me.

So, what did we get in our Boots Little Boost Box?

Well, Boots stock a huge range of vitamins, health drinks, body scrubs, rubs, massage oils, rejuvenating teas, candles – whatever you need to give yourself a little boost, no doubt, Boots has got it. It’s my favourite ever store and I can literally spend hours wafting through the aisles and going crazy trying all sorts of products.

Here are some of Boots’ Wellness products, which you can find in any one of its 2,500 stores in the UK – and each one of them, in turn, will help to give your body the extra boost that it needs:

Boots Little Boosts Pack - 2018

Women’s Best All-In-One Whey Protein

Boots has an entire section on Women’s Best products, which contain high-quality sports nutrition that is specifically designed for women. The whey protein that I received in my Little Boosts pack is vanilla flavoured, which means it’ll taste super delicious in a post-workout smoothie. Unfortunately, as I am on a plant-based diet and whey is made from animal protein, I am not able to use this myself, but it would make a great addition to shakes, especially when it contains a full range of vitamins and minerals to give you that extra immunity boost after your stores have been depleted during a workout.

Women's Best All-In-One Whey Protein

Recommended daily intake:

Mix around 33g (2 measuring spoons) of powder with 200 – 300ml (11.8oz) of ice-cold water. Shake well for about 10 seconds and then enjoy post-workout!

Women's Best All-In-One Whey Protein

Bach Rescue Night

Bach Rescue Night

I work from home and, sometimes, when I work in the evenings, I find it difficult to wind down and go to sleep. I especially find it difficult to sleep when I’ve gotten up early and had a long-wired day of work, kids, cooking and cleaning (which is mostly every day) and so I try to do some breathing exercises and will myself to sleep quickly. It’s important that I get at least seven hours of sleep at night, which means I need to be in bed by 10 pm and asleep by 11 pm, so I can get up at 6 am. Boots has provided Rescue Sleep in the Little Boosts pack, which helps to calm a restless mind and provide natural relief from occasional sleeplessness caused by stress and repetitive thoughts. There are five active ingredients in all the Rescue Sleep Products, which are:

* White Chestnut – To help ease a restless mind

* Star of Bethlehem – For trauma and shock

* Clematis – For the tendency to “pass out”, and unconsciousness, being ‘far away’ and not present mentally

* Cherry Plum – Fear of mind giving away, verge of breakdown, anger

* Impatiens – For irritability, tension and fidgety

* Rock Rose – For frozen terror and panic.

Bach Rescue Night

I’m looking forward to drifting off into the land of nod within minutes of going to sleep, rather than hours. This will at least provide me with more energy to tackle the millions of tasks that I have got in store for me every day. Boots has a great article on how to get more energy on their website, so it’s worth checking that out.

Did you know that getting enough B vitamins into your diet will help you get a good night’s sleep? Good job I have my healthy dose of Marmite on wholemeal toast every morning!

Nature’s Bounty Turmeric 500g

Nature's Bounty Turmeric 500g

You’ve probably heard about the health trend around adding turmeric to your tea and smoothies. Well, there is a reason for this because Turmeric is actually a superfood spice that contains powerful medicinal properties. Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids, the most important being curcumin, which is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and is also a very strong anti-oxidant. This means that all that rubbish food you ate in 2017, which caused possible inflammation to the stomach, may be counteracted by taking one Turmeric supplement per day. Unfortunately, as curcumin is poorly absorbed in the bloodstream, you would need to take some black pepper with it, as black pepper contains piperine, which is a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%

Nature's Bounty Turmeric 500g

If you can add Turmeric to your diet in its whole food form, then great. Otherwise, you can find the ground spice in any supermarket or just take a supplement every day to ensure you get the recommended daily amount of curcumin levels into your system. Also, the food supplement version is fat soluble, so make sure to take it with a fatty meal.

Boots Pharmaceuticals Sleepeaze Pillow Mist – Lavender

Boots Pharmaceuticals Sleepeaze Pillow Mist – Lavender

As mentioned above, sleep is one of the things I find the most difficult to get into quickly – although, once I’m asleep, I’m asleep. I noticed the same long wind-down pattern in my seven-year-old who, no matter when he wakes in the morning, cannot get to sleep without at least an hour of winding down – this involves yoga music, some stretching, chatting and venting, massaging – you name it. I am loathed to use additional support products because I want him to learn how to settle to sleep himself. But, last night, it was nearing 9.30pm and I knew this was because I had missed the very short ten-minute window between 6 pm and 6.10pm to get him down and ready for sleep. The problem is, if he goes to bed after 6.15pm, he will tend to get drowsy around 8.30pm and then fall asleep around 9 pm, depending on the day he has had. If he is in his bed with lights off at 6 pm, he’ll be down by 7 pm. On some days his after-school activities don’t even finish until 7 pm, which means he is home at 7.30pm. Then it is virtually impossible to get him to sleep before 9.30pm. So, on one of those days, I brought out the Sleepeaze and sprayed it on his bed and lightly onto his pillow. Fifteen minutes later, he was asleep. Now, was this because it was already 9.30pm or did lavender have something to do with it?

Well, lavender has been known to relax the mind and body to sleep because of its calming aroma. Studies on the essential oil show that lavender can relieve stress, stabilise your mood and improve sleep. How much you have to use to feel the effects is still unknown, but I shall be trying again on both mine and my son’s pillow to see if the other night wasn’t just an anomaly.

Boots Pharmaceuticals Sleepeaze Pillow Mist – Lavender

Sanctuary Spa Protect 5 Minute Moisture Boost Mask

Sanctuary Spa Protect 5 Minute Moisture Boost Mask

The harsh weather plays havoc on my skin, making it dry and, on some occasions, chapped and bleeding. My hands get it the worst, but it is also quite noticeable on my face – I seem to have more fine lines during the winter than in the summer, which may be down to the cold weather zapping moisture from my skin. So, Boots kindly included an indulgent mask which you smooth over your dry skin and leave for five minutes before you rinse off, with either warm water or a warm towel. I will be trying this mask tonight because it has been a particularly cold day (the temperature gauge hit -3 degrees Celsius this morning), so a nourishing mask that replenishes the moisture back into the skin may be just what the doctor ordered tonight!

Sanctuary Spa Protect 5 Minute Moisture Boost Mask

Comvita UMF 15+ Manuka Honey

Comvita UMF 15+ Manuka Honey

Manuka honey has a rich and well-known history of medicinal properties – in fact, before going vegan, I used honey in medicinal teas for my boys’ sore throats, rashes and even chicken pox (the spots scabbed over in less than three days!), but what is it in honey that helps to treat wound infections and other health conditions?

Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand and comes from the native manuka bush that the bees pollinate and make into honey. The liquid gold, as some call it, contains three chemicals; hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone, two of which contain bioactive compounds that provide its medicinal properties. Manuka honey is graded according to its non-peroxide antibacterial potency, which is more commonly known as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). The higher the UMF, the stronger the potency and, therefore, the more medicinal benefits the honey has – that’s why the higher the grade, the more expensive it is to buy. The Comvita UMF 15+ Manuka Honey 250g is £49.99, which may seem dear, but my son had a persistent cough and I added the 15+ Manuka honey to his peppermint tea (with lemon) two nights in a row and the cough has gone! I do believe Manuka Honey works, especially when I saw the miraculous effects of its properties on my sons’ chicken pox.

Biona Raw Virgin Coconut Oil

Biona Raw Virgin Coconut Oil

I am a coconut oil fiend! I use it on my hair, my face, my food – everything! Although, one of the fattier oils and, therefore, the more indulgent in foods, I found coconut oil to be the most versatile of all the oils.

Coconut oil works because of its healthy fats, i.e. Caprylic acid, Lauric acid and Capric acid. If you are suffering from lack of energy, coconut oil can provide a great source of energy because there is only a three-step process for the body to turn the oil into fuel. Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, which means that it is easier to digest, not readily stored as fat, processed better by the liver (hence why it is immediately converted to energy rather than being stored as fat) and, more importantly, it is antimicrobial and antifungal. Coconut oil has even been known to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as treat dandruff (you massage it into the hair and leave it on overnight before washing off). Coconut oil can also be known to treat urinary tract infections – it’s a true superfood!

My thick curly hair is often radiant and bouncy after a slather of coconut oil when I step out of the shower. My skin soaks up the oil and retains the moisture and, during the extra cold days, I use the coconut oil on my sons’ chapped lips and dry hands. I’ve recently added coconut oil in some rather indulgent desserts and I just love the taste of the oil with the sweetness of the dessert. As it has been so cold lately, the coconut oil’s texture is like cement when trying to scrape it out of the jar. But, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and you’ll see it transform into a transparent liquid.

Biona Raw Virgin Coconut Oil

Sanctuary PA Covent Garden Signature Sanctuary

Sanctuary PA Covent Garden Signature Sanctuary

No relaxation is complete without a scented candle. Along with the flame that sets the meditative lighting and soothes the soul, the scent of the candle can trigger positive memories or inner peace and it has also been known to help people rest into a deep sleep. I love to keep a lit scented candle in the toilet for a few minutes to counteract any nasty odours or alight while I’m having a soothing bath. The above Pink Grapefruit candle from Sanctuary Spa fits perfectly in the kitchen and emits a lovely fruit aroma while I’m cooking, which also helps to balance against the cooking smells. So, definitely, one to add to your Little Boosts pack.

Boots Pharmaceuticals Re-Energise Vitamin Tablets

Boots Pharmaceuticals Re-Energise Vitamin Tablets

I take a multivitamin supplement every day but prefer to have mine dissolvable form because it forces me to drink a good helping of water before I’ve eaten or had my coffee in the morning. These Boots Re-Energise tablets remind me of Berocca and I’ve noticed that they do provide a good boost in the morning before I tackle the day ahead. Also, my skin is clearer, but that may be down to a good diet and a good helping of multivitamins.

Boots Pharmaceuticals Re-Energise Vitamin Tablets

So, how about you? How do you reboot your routine and shake off the Christmas excess? What are you doing to embrace the new year and stay on track to a healthy and prosperous 2018?

If you are interested in joining other like-minded people who are into their health and fitness this year, check out my supportive Facebook group, The 6 am Club, where you’ll find great exercise tips and awesome recipes from experts in the group. Otherwise, I’d definitely check out the above Little Boosts products at your nearest Boots or online because they’re the perfect companions to help you stay strong and motivated.

It’s time to create a new you this 2018!

*This post is in conjunction with Boots but all thoughts are my own*

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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 5, and Aidan, 4. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/