Old Shoes

No matter what exercise you enjoy, you have a good trusty pair of trainers even if you are new to exercise this is usually the first item in your new active wear range.

Trainers are no longer simply an item for the just gym, with major brands making a name for themselves in everyday fashion, to some peoples dismay. They are no longer simply black or white but come in a range of colours with bright pink, blue, green and purple to name a few. You can even personalise your own name or have specific coloured soles. However, when it comes to my gym sessions rather than opt for the fashionable adidas stan smith I go to my trusty pair of Nike Free Runs 5.0 in light blue. (my favourite colour.)

These are simply a pleasure to wear and from day one I have had no problem at all with blisters or sore feet which I usually get with any new pair of shoes. They are light and I do feel as though I am walking on a cloud. Even though, they are now showing signs of wear, I am pretty sure I will end up purchasing the same type again even to the extent of the same colour.

A reliable set of trainers can make fitness a lot more bearable whether your a regular returner to the gym or a first timer in that yoga session the last thing you want is red sore soles on the bottom of your feet preventing you from doing anything but sit down. A little like how cinderella’s glass shoes were the reason she found her happy ending, my Nikes were the reason I began to enjoy exercise more frequently.

This has now sparked my spending habits in all gym wear from new gym leggings, sports bras and even to the extent of trainer socks. Even with all the new gear though and a lighter purse, I still treasure my Nikes more and I would strongly recommend them to anyone desperate for a new pair of trainers whether that is simply for walking around town or for use in the gym.



First Steps

First Steps is Derbyshire only eating disorder charity which aims to help people in the surrounding area who have been affected my an eating disorder, whether this is themselves or families. The unique aspect about the charity is that the majority of staff and volunteers have had personal experience and are willing to offer advice and support to ANYONE and ANY AGE.

This charity has and continues to help my own struggle with anorexia with my long term aim being able to raise money for them especially through running. Without them, I would probably be in an eating disorders clinic and have a very different view to life that I do know. This blog and recovery account on Instagram @first_steps_to_running shows people all the first steps and the challenges someone with anorexia faces in recovery as well as all the positives that the process has taught me.

The charity has provided me with a unique one to one session with some one who understands exactly what I am going through. After being utterly disappointed by the NHS, I saw the need to start fundraising for this charity which is making such a big impact for so many. Eating disorders is a very complex thing but affects so many so I believe it’s time we started to sort out the services provided and raise awareness.

Each month I am doing something different to raise funds for the charity. I will keep this blog updated with my progress and give you a monthly update on what I have been up to.

Please don’t feel obliged to donate, I appreciate any support from just simply reading my blog but I do have a Just Giving Page and donating is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

This is my link:https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ellie-May-Evans?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Ellie-May-Evans&utm_campaign=pfp-share

Thanks for reading and if you need to support reading eating disorders, feel free to contact me on here or my Instagram account.

Spiced Carrot Oats

I would literally live of oats if I could. You can do so much with the simple humble ingredient and whats best is that it is not only is it inexpensive, it’s gluten free, low in saturated fat, high in fiber and its filling. Oats can be so simple to make either with water, plant based milk or cows milk, there is very little one can do to make it go wrong.

However, as my obsession with oats grew so did my need to spice them up and add different ingredients. I never considered vegetables in my breakfast until I came up with this incredible little recipe. This recipe is quite like carrot cake so it feels indulgent but its a super healthy alternative.

I always recommend doing oats on the stove or hob rather than the microwave but obviously when in a rush this is a convenient option.

DSC_0382Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 1

85g Rolled or Jumbo Oats

250ml of water or plant based milk (Almond works well here)

One medium carrot (grated or spiralized)

1 teaspoon of ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

40g raisins

Optional: 15g of walnut halves for the topping (or another other nut, I usually use whole almonds)

Simply add the oats, carrots, raisins and the milk or water to the saucepan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on a medium heat until they are hot and creamy. Just before they reach this stage I usually add the cinnamon and ginger so the spices are tasted throughout. I tend to use organic jumbo or rolled porridge oats as usually oats take a longer period of time to cook and will need a higher volume of liquid.

Give the mixture a good stir and pour into a bowl and enjoy topped with your favourite nuts.