One of the drawbacks of leaving teaching is that when i was teaching I was always on my feet. It is a total misconception that teachers sit behind desks from 9-3. If I wasn’t standing up I was walking around the class. During non teaching times I was running up and down stairs to either be on duty or getting photocopying done. It is amazing just how much you walk as a teachers – I wish i’d actually had a fitbit or similar to track it but I didn’t! However now I am working from home the furthest I tend to walk is to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, the 10 minute school run being the only exception. This inactivity has definitely led to my stomach increasing in size. My eating habits are no different really but my levels of activity certainly are. I have slacked on the running lately too which I need to find the motivation for once again.
Therefore I was keen to get involved with Optiwell who are highlighting that #smallchanges really can make a positive impact on how we feel. , Optiwell is a fab chance to snack without worrying about calories. and one they challenged me to try. Optiwell comes in 330ml bottles and 1L Tetra Paks
I have been having optiwell for breakfast in the morning. Pouring it on top of some muesli or soaking oats in it overnight gives a healthy breakfast that is yummy too. I have also been drinking the yoghurt drink straight from a glass after the school run. I find that 3pm-4pm is my weak hour. That is when I am most likely to over indulge after being good all day. With only 64 calories in a glass this is enough to keep me going until dinner time.
Dylan has also been helping himself to a glass in the morning alongside his breakfast cereal. He says that he really likes the flavours and stops him getting hungry until breaktime. He isn’t the only one thinking that as Holly Willoughby says: “As a busy working mum, I love things that make life easier, and that’s where Optiwell comes in. “In the morning, it’s really nice as part of a balanced breakfast. It’s also great for when you’re on the go, and it definitely tides you over until lunch or dinner. “When you’re rushing around it can be hard to make the right choices, so it’s great to have found an easy answer. Optiwell – thank goodness
Optiwell is primarily aimed at the UK and Ireland’s three million health-conscious women aged 25 to 40, who were unsatisfied by the healthy snack options especially yoghurts . It is sold at major retailers including Tesco and Ocado and will certainly continue to be on my shopping list.
Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Optiwell.