Wednesday, 30 July 2014

#RealMumsAllBran 5 Day Challenge

I have to admit that before I took the Real Mums All Bran 5 day challenge I was a breakfast skipper.

If I didn't eat breakfast you may be wondering why I decided to take the 5 day challenge.

I was offered the challenge at the same time that I was diagnosed with depression. As soon as I was diagnosed I knew that I needed to make some lifestyle changes. This included the way I ate. I do love food, I love cooking and baking but during the day I tended to pick about and not eat proper full meals.

When I researched further I found out that 90 - 95% of the "happy" hormone serotonin is made in the gut! Therefore it is essential to have a good, balanced, healthy diet to make serotonin. As soon as I read this, I knew I had to make changes. That is where the #RealMumsAllBran 5 day challenge came in.

I was challenged to eat an All Bran breakfast for 5 consecutive days and see if I could tell a difference in my digestion and in my general well being.

I was sent three delicious flavours to try, All Bran Golden Crunch, All Bran Red Berry Crunch and All Bran Chocolate Wheats. For once I was actually looking forward to breakfast time and changing my diet.

I decided to start with the Red Berry Crunch. I love anything berry so had high hopes for day one and I was not disappointed. This cereal is packed with yummy berry bits. A cereal which is not only good for you but tastes good, this really was a winner! With just 184 calories per typical serving it is an ideal way to start the day.

When it came to trying the Chocolate Wheats I will admit to being just a little dubious as to whether they would be truly chocolaty. I was amazed to find the the bite sized wheat packages contained whole chunks of naughty but nice chocolate! What is even better is that you can enjoy the delicious chocolate flavours without the guilt as a typical serving contains just 185 calories! A perfect, sweet start to the day!

The last one that I tried was the Golden Crunch. This cereal was malty flavoured multi grain clusters that had the goodness taste with a sweet bite. With icy cold milk this cereal gives another yummy start to the day. This All Bran variety contains the lowest amount of calories with just 182 calories per typical serving.

My #RealMumsAllBran 5 Day Challenge Verdict

Since starting with the #RealMumsAllBran 5 day challenge I can honestly say that I can feel a difference in both my mental well being and my digestive system.

Breakfast has now become a part of my daily food routine and I have found that I am not only snacking less but I am also feeling less bloated. After having the twins two and a half years ago bloatedness is something which I have suffered with. However I have found that my tummy is feeling happier since I added the extra fibre that All Bran provides into my regular diet.

As for the depression, I have started to feel more like my old self. I feel that this is due to a combination of medication and eating more regular meals and starting the day as I mean to go on, with a good breakfast. I feel confident that eating a healthy breakfast with All Bran is kick starting the serotonin that I need to make each day a good day!

Thank you Kellogg's and BritMums for setting the challenge which really has made a difference to my life.

If you would like to know more about the Real Mums of All Bran 5 day challenge or would like to take the challenge yourself visit Kellogg's All Bran.

This post is an entry for the Real Mums of All Bran linky challenge sponsored by Kellogg's.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading about your experiences. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part


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