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Is Your Sugar & Fat Intake Out Of Balance?

fat and sugar intake

IS YOUR SUGAR & FAT INTAKE OUT OF BALANCE?

Can you See the Signs?

There are a lot of confusing ideas out there. Don’t eat sugar. Eat some fats, but not others. Don’t eat fat if you’re trying to lose weight. Don’t eat sugar, but fruit is good… Amidst all this conflicting advice, it can be hard to determine what exactly is right when it comes to eating fats and sugars. It’s not surprising that a lot of us are getting the balance wrong.

So, we thought we would do some research and see if we can’t pick from the clutter of advice some of the rights and wrongs and maybe even clear up some of the confusion.

First of all, fats and sugars are a necessary part of our diets. Cutting either out entirely is a bad idea. However, like most things moderation is key.

Some of the Common mistakes people make

Low-fat products

If you normally make a beeline for the low-fat section in the supermarket you may want to just pause. Often when manufacturers remove the fat they also end up removing lots of the nutritional value. And to supplement the lost flavours they often add in sugars or sweeteners.

So check the nutritional values and ingredients. Especially when it comes to the sugar content in things like natural yoghurt, you may be surprised.

Low sugar products

When manufacturers remove the sugar, they replace it with artificial sweeteners. It has been suggested that the use of artificial sweeteners may have a stimulating effect on appetite and therefore may play a role in weight gain and obesity. But research is inconsistent on this front. We suggest erring on the side of caution. Instead of buying low sugar products try cutting down on the amount of sweet foods you eat.

A lover of fruit

Fruits are a great source of vitamins and natural sugars. However, things like dried fruit, smoothies, and fruit juices are highly concentrated in sugar. The NHS advise you limit the amount of fruit juice or smoothies you drink to only 150ml a day as ‘crushing fruit and vegetables into juice and smoothies releases the sugars…which can cause damage to teeth.’

You’re Nuts

On the flip side you may be a nutty enthusiast and find yourself grazing on nuts and seeds throughout the day. Nuts are high in unsaturated fats which are considered one of the good fats. However, they aren’t particularly filling meaning you can end up consuming far more fat than your body needs.

Both nuts and fruits are healthy food choices. But we recommend mixing it up a little. Eat fresh fruits with a tasty selection of nuts to compliment the nutritional values of the fruit. But be aware and try and keep a good balance of both.

Your breakfast choices

Eating a nutritional breakfast with plenty of energy is important to getting a good start to the day.

Unfortunately there are a lot of cereals out there that aren’t all they crack up to be. Be wary of sugar content in cereals. Whilst they may be low in fats, they are often high in sugar content.

You love your red meat

Steaks are delicious. Red meat is rich in iron, zinc and B vitamins, but it’s also rich in saturated fats, which should be eaten in moderation. Choose organic and for red meat opt for grass-fed, which has a better nutrient profile and is higher in omega-3 fats.

Try eating more white meat and fish. Fish is high in omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins A and D and other key nutrients. There is a reason you always see gym junkies eating chicken and rice or fish

Conclusion

Moderation is key. As long as you are aware that some of the habits and foods you are eating are throwing your sugar and fat balance out of whack you can balance it out again by adjusting your diet.

We recommend you do some research of your own along these lines before making any major changes.

Our key points though are be careful of low fat foods that sneak more sugar into your diet. Similarly, be wary of low sugar foods that substitute artificial sweeteners.

 

Sources

https://www.healthy-magazine.co.uk/too-much-sugar-or-too-much-fat-7-signs-your-diet-is-off-balance/

https://www.healthy-magazine.co.uk/superfoods-that-wont-break-the-bank/

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Whatcounts.aspx

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-about-fats-bad-and-good

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/the-truth-about-artificial-sweeteners.aspx

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Travel Ready with HBB

Travel with HBB

TRAVEL READY WITH HBB

Travel with peace of mind

It’s Summer, the time of country walks and longer days. A time for travel on foreign continents in search of sun, exploring hidden trails in far off lands and tasting foods you’ve never tried before.

But don’t get so distracted by taking in all the sights! One must always be safe and protected against pickpockets and thieves.

Our HBBs are designed with peace of mind in mind. Not only are they comfortable, good for your back, practical, and stunningly stylish, our bags offer a great secure alternative to a traditional backpack or handbag.

On a backpack, your zip is on the front of the bag making it easy to access to people behind you. Our bags position the zip pressed against your body.

A perfect design for security conscious people.

Accessible

With the zip always pressed against your body, it’s almost impossible for anyone to access the main compartment of the bag whilst you are wearing it without your knowing.

Not only are our bags more secure though, this design makes them more accessible to the wearer.

You are able to swing the bag round without ever taking it off and access the contents that way.

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Double Zips

The final touch is the double zip design which makes the bags easier for the wearer to access as they can position the zips wherever they want. Bottom, top, middle or anywhere in between.

HOW ARE WE HEALTHY?

Still DON’T BELIEVE US?

Here’s what one HBBer had to say:

“I have bags of various sizes and colours and my partner also has an Earth bag he uses on holidays as his ‘man bag’. I love them all as I feel, especially abroad, they are very secure with thick straps and the ability to have them in front as well as on your back. They are superbly comfortable and with all the pockets can hold many bits securely. I recommend them to all my friends and family.”

– Ellie Wilson, HBB customer.

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7 Hilarious Fashion Instagrams to Follow

7 Hilarious Fashion Instagrams to Follow

7 Hilarious Fashion Instagrams to Follow

Hilarious FASHION ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

We’re all about combining practicality with good looking fashion.

However, sometimes when fashion struts its stuff, the runways are dominated by the bizarre and unwieldy rather than the beautiful or practical. And we aren’t the only people to have noticed this, not by a long shot.

After discovering these we thought it only right that we share some of the most hilarious fashion accounts on Instagram.

We save the best till last…

1. DIET PRADA

This instagram calls out designers for knocking each other off, as well as sharing ‘who wore it better?’ images.

If you’re going to copy someone, maybe copy something less… well memorably strange. Diet Prada points out the somewhat striking resemblance between these two seasonal releases, 23 years apart.

FOLLOW @DIETPRADA

2. FREDDIE MADE

Designed to make you smile, this account by conceptual artist Freddie Smithson takes iconic shots and highlights the ridiculousness of them with some… let’s say curious, Photoshop.

We all know the Queen has some pretty great fashion sense, but this one may be new to us.

FOLLOW @FREDDIEMADE

3. TOMMY LENK

The actor and comedian Tommy Lenk recreates, in DIY style, and tries on different outfits worn by models and celebrities.
We will let you be the judge of just how successful he is in pulling them off.

Believe it or not you can make this stylish outfit yourself with nothing but some bin bags and red cups.

FOLLOW @TOMMYLENK

No need for words here.

DON’T FORGET YOUR HBB!

We’ve got a fantastic range of HBB’s that make the perfect evening companion.
Check out our Smarter range below.

  • Black Fleur Large Baglett

    £32.00 £25.00
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  • Chenille Blue S

    £85.00 £45.00
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  • Chenille Red S

    £85.00 £45.00
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  • Circular Motion Large Baglett

    £32.00 £21.00
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  • Circular Motion S

    £69.00 £37.00
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  • Denim Traveller M

    £75.00 £42.00
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4. ANGELICA HICKs

Her ‘who wore it best?’ segment is original and it certainly tickles us, but it is her humorous illustrations that we love most of all.

It kinda works both ways…

FOLLOW @ANGELICAHICKS

5. COPY LAB

Chris Rellas takes his satirical fashion viewpoint with photoshop as his witty weapon. the results are surprising and pretty interesting.

Have you ever thought about what Renaissance paintings would look like with flashes of Chanel and Gucci? Chris has.

Sometimes all an old outfit needs to update it, is a new accessory.

FOLLOW @COPYLAB

6. SIDUATIONS

This account cleverly creates funny fashion memes, a lot of them you have likely seen doing the rounds on your social media feeds.

For the first time it would seem they put some practical clothes on the runway. This would keep our beekeepers safe.

FOLLOW @SIDUATIONS

7. TASTE OF STREEP

The final one on the list is definitely our favourite.

We love Meryl Streep, and we love food. So, what could be better than an Instagram account that photoshops her seamlessly onto your favourite food?

An Egg-cellent picture here…

It’s not Prada, but it certainly is a tasty look.

FOLLOW @TASTEOFSTREEP

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE FASHION ACCOUNT YOU FOLLOW? SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW.

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Enekes in Cheltenham

Enekes in Cheltenham

Enekes is one of the leading retailers for luggage and leather goods in the UK and so we are very excited that they recently started stocking Healthy Back Bags.

They have a vast range of products and brands which we slip seamlessly alongside, including the likes of Samsonite and Ted Baker.

Their team is incredibly dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate about what they do ensuring their product range is only of the highest standards.

Their store is based in the Regent Arcade in Cheltenham, where their full range can be viewed.

But they also have a comprehensive online store that’s well worth a peruse for all your luggage needs.

New Retailer

It’s always exciting to welcome a retailer into the HBB fold.

Our bags sell extremely well in a range of different stores, and its unsurprising that they do well in luggage stores. The unique shape and burst of colour that our product supplies helps them stand out whilst at the same time offering a great opportunity for retailers to do some interesting merchandising displays to draw in footfall and increase sales across their store.

We look forward to a long relationship with Enekes.

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What to Wear with your HBB

What to Wear
with your HBB

Choose the Perfect Outfit to Match your HBB

To get the most out of your outfit, your accessories are vitally important. It’s all very well wearing a gorgeous new dress, or form fitted tailored suit, but accessories can make or break an outfit. . A tired looking bag, scuffed pair of shoes or overly colourful belt will distract and not in a good way.

Traditionally you would simply match your bag with your shoes but that isn’t necessarily the right way to go. It is, in fact, a little old hat.

WHEN IT COMES TO MATCHING YOUR BAG WITH YOUR OUTFIT, EVERYTHING HAS TO DO WITH BALANCE.

Too much matching normally isn’t flattering, you end up looking like a sort of walking crayon. What you want to do is create a balance of colour, neutrals and prints so that your outfit never ends up looking boring.

For example, If your outfit is busy with a complicated print or lots and lots of colour, then your accessories should be more toned down. You should consider matching the colour pallette of your accessories to help tie outfit together. They should be calmer in colour so as not to confuse the eye. Think a nice navy leather HBB for example, matched with a pair of black shoes perhaps.

However, since workwear normally means a lot of neutral colours anyway, with blacks and dark blues dominating the office blocks, you can quite easily get away with some mismatched accessories which will stand out and help give your outfit personality.

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Simple and Sophisticated or Bold Colour?

By combining simple neutrals or light and dark you can create smart and savvy combinations, perfect for the office.

Don’t be afraid to combine colourful prints with an equally colourful mono-colour bag.

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On the left the Expedition Burgundy pops from an outfit of neutrals. On the right of the image the outfit and bag (Textured Nylon Lagoon) are all taken from the same pallette with the neutral gloves adding a bit of flair.

Alternatively you could do something like the second image with the same bag. The accessories are from a matching pallette and then set of against the bright yellow of the shirt which makes for a playful, quirky outfit.

The Textured Nylon Cranberry sets off the outfit of pastels as an eye-drawing snap of colour.

With a busy print like our Zebra Print HBB, block colours and neutrals work best. This is then matched with shoes to create a smart and interesting outfit.

The pale blue of the detail of this Mosaic Blue HBB reversible matches neatly with the outfit, whilst the deeper almost oceanic blue adds a depth.

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New Seasonals for AW18 are Here!

AW18 is here!

The Healthy Back Bag – AW18

It is finally time to say goodbye to summer and what a summer it was!

But even though we are sad that the sunniest days have past we can’t help being very very excited about our newest collection of bags, and we are sure you will be too. Say hello to the new AW18 range below!

Themes

As always at HBB, we endeavour to bring new, bold and exciting designs into your world. With this in mind, we develop 3 themes every season to help differentiate ourselves from crowd. The new bags for AW18 centre around three themes, all inspired by contemporary issues and ideals.

The three themes for AW18 are Back to the Future, Reflection, and Wanderlust.

BACK TO THE FUTURE

A blend of vintage and modern re-invents the traditional autumnal colour palette. The soft contrasts summon an image of another time whilst also promoting the modern aesthetic.

Deep purples combined with colour pops of aqua give this luxurious range a contemporary twist.

REFLECTION

Rooted in a Japanese-inspired aesthetic, the mood is mindful, meditative and spiritual and offers a balance of unisex neutrals with a zen hit of crimson.

WANDERLUST

Sport and craft meets individuality and difference. Genderless green is combined with natural greys, yellows and blues to create an earthy palette. Perfect for roaming the outdoors or travelling across the globe, these bags will definitely have Wanderlust effect.

There is a a whole collection of gorgeous seasonal’s perfect for almost any occasion. Contact us to find out more about our products and see how you can get hold of our newest range.

What is your favourite seasonal?

At HBB, we’re always trying to improve and bring you the best and brightest designs we possibly can.  Do you have a design or pattern that you love? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page!

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Athleisure & Boutique Fitness Fashion

The Rise of Athleisure

Athleisure, simply put, is athletic apparel that people can wear in non-athletic settings.

The rise caught many by surprise with a lot of people wondering if it was just a fad. However, more and more people are leaning towards the comfort of athletic clothing.

Athleisure is the blend, the blur between performance wear and comfortable athletic inspired lifestyle clothing. It has over the last couple of years solidly dominated the runways. More and more brands are turning their designers to comfy practical clothing.

The athleisure interpretations on the runway divide into two themes. The first is a track, field or gym-ready look that takes athleisure quite literally. These are clothes-to-go with body defining cuts, utility details, sporty colourways and decoration that directly references sports – such as numbered tops or stripes on rugby shirts. But a little indulgence is still allowed – Moncler’s bomber and shorts in white luxe lace makes that clear.

Alternatively, there’s a sports influence that’s more about everyday (or after dark) wear with an edge. But it’s one that really makes you feel the force of the sports trend.

One potential reason this trend is going from strength to strength is the growing health conscious population. People are more aware than ever of how things effect their health. They are eating healthier, organic foods, living more active lifestyles and they want the clothes that fit with this lifestyle.

Another reason for the trends exponential rise is the support from big brands. Adidas, is one example of a sports brand benefiting massively from this trend. The athleisure movement is allowing them to reach new demographics.

HBBs and Athleisure

Where does HBB fit into all this?

Our bags make great companions for all walks of life, from the office to the beach. Whether you’re heading to the peak district or the gym.
They are designed to be practical, comfortable and stylish. They come in a huge range of colours, fabrics and design all with our unique shape.

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Perfectly Practical Bags Combining Fashion and Function

practical bags for everyday use

Perfectly Practical Bags Combining Fashion and Function

Three stages of loving an HBB

Firstly, people love the way it looks.

With its unique shape, bright colours and gorgeous seasonal patterns and prints, each HBB allows you to show the world your mood.

Secondly, they adore the way it feels.

They try it on, and it really does make their load feel lighter! Check out our HBB Health section to find out more.

and Finally, they realise they can’t do without it.

The design and practicality of it means going back to a regular bag is no longer an option. Try it for one week and you’ll see what we mean.

Practical Pocketing

One of the things people fall in love with about our bags is the pocketing.

We have carefully and strategically designed the internal pocketing to serve two purposes.

The first is simply to keep your possessions organised. More often than not the internal pocketing of bags just hasn’t been thought through. Leaving a simple cavernous interior that swallows possessions.

Our pockets make organising things easy with space for umbrellas, headphones, your phone, make-up, pens and more. There’s even a clip for your keys.

Healthy Pocketing

There is another reason for this strategic internal functionality.

Balance.

Our bags are all about balance. So our pockets are designed to spread the weight of your possessions throughout the bag, distributing the weight evenly and helping make the bag comfortable and good for your back.

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Non-Slip

Another one of our perfectly practical features is the non-slip strap.

When your straps slip down off the shoulder, people often compensate with a slight twist of the spine. This can lead to back pain.

To address this problem our bags have non-slip straps. This stops the strap sliding down and off the shoulder. This is especially useful when slung over one shoulder but also makes the bag more comfortable when worn cross-body.

Why Are We Healthy?
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8 Reasons you Should Cut your Sugar Intake Today

Here’s why you should cut down your sugar intake today…

We were recently talking in the office about how much sugar you find in everyday food and drink. Things you consume without really thinking about it, like cereal or yoghurt.

Sugar provides the body with empty calories that give us energy without any nutrients. As a result, we eat more without feeling full or satisfied. This leads to an increased risk of weight gain, certain diseases, and a cycle of highs and lows in energy levels, which will leave you feeling tired and craving even more sugar!

We know that sugar isn’t exactly good for you, but at the same time we couldn’t agree on just how bad it is.

So, we did some research…

Your Recommended Daily Intake

The Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommends that our daily sugar intake should be less than 5% of our total energy intake.

This varies from person to person but as a rule of thumb that works out to be around 25 g for women, and 40 g for men.

To put this in perspective, a 330ml (small) can of coke contains 39g of sugar. That’s basically the suggested daily intake for men.

What does sugar do to your body?

Let’s start with the obvious ones.

Sugar can Cause Weight Gain

The SACN carbohydrates and health report found that the consumption of high sugar beverages and foods resulted in weight gain and increases in BMI.

Sugar supplies us with energy but no other nutrients meaning it is in no way satisfying for our bodies. This leads us to over consume. This means if you are able to dramatically cut down your sugar intake, losing those extra pounds will be much easier.

It’s bad for your teeth

We are all told this as children, it doesn’t stop us of course, but sugar rots your teeth and leads to gum disease. So, if you want that pearly white smile, best to avoid it as best you can.

Sugar contributes to diabetes

People with large sugar intakes are much more likely to develop type-2 diabetes.
The issues surrounding diabetes are complex. Sugar by itself is unlikely to be the direct cause of diabetes, however, it does contribute, you are much more likely to get type-2 diabetes if you are overweight. Other factors include genetics, and fatty foods.

It’s bad for your skin

We’ve all seen spotty teens running around and our first thought has been too many sweets. Well, we aren’t entirely wrong there. Too much sugar causes your insulin to spike which leads to inflammation through your body. This Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.  Aside from increasing the effects of ageing, sugar can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea.

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It’s bad for your heart

“When glucose spikes after eating sugary food, our insulin increases to compensate for it, and this activates a part of our nervous system which increases blood pressure and heart rate.” High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, as is diabetes and obesity, both of which have been linked to excessive sugar consumption.

Sugar also increases unhealthy blood fats called triglycerides in the blood, which up the risk for heart disease and stroke. In one April 2014 study, those who ate the most added sugar were most likely to die from heart disease than their counterparts who consumed the least.

It makes you tired but won’t let you sleep

We all feel like we need a quick sugar pick me up sometimes. I personally keep some dark chocolate in my gym bag for if I over do it and start feeling faint. However, consuming sugar gives your body a sugar spike which then forces it to over compensate by producing more insulin. This means the sugar spike lasts only a short period of time and then you crash. You then crave more sugar, and you begin a cycle of sugar spikes which could be detrimental to your sleep.

Sugar could very well be addictive

Although the verdict is still out on this, you can’t argue with the withdrawal symptoms people suffer when they reduce their sugar intake. Nor can you argue with the cravings that lead us to over consume sugars. Both of these things are signs that sugar is addictive.

Sugar is bad for your liver

Like alcohol sugar is processed in the liver.  Too much sugar leads to fatty build ups around your liver. Some studies even suggest sugar is as bad for your liver as alcohol.

What can you do?

  • Cut out fizzy drinks. They taste good, but not only are they full of sugar, our body processes this sugar very easily leading to very quick energy spikes.
  • We’re sad to suggest it, but cut down on your desserts.
  • Exercise frequently. This will give you something to focus on that isn’t your cravings.
  • Check the sugar content of your food. Yoghurt for example often has surprisingly high sugar content.
  • Be careful of fruit juices and smoothies. Whilst they are often sold as ‘healthy’, they can contain huge amounts of sugar.
  • Breakfast cereals are another thing to be wary of. Some of my own favourite cereals like Crunchy Nut Cornflakes are hugely sugary.
  • Jamie Oliver offers some great healthy recipes and advice on sugar.

All images sourced from Unsplash

We are no experts on these matters so please feel free to share any knowledge you have in the comments section below.

Our main sources, which we have linked to at various parts of the article, are:

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The New HBB Branding

Our New Branding

You may be noticing some changes.

This is because we decided it was time to refresh our look and our message.

We wanted to get to the core of who we are and what our bags mean to our customers.

This was no small challenge.

We began by sitting down and asking the hard questions, what are our customers saying about us? To each other, to their friends, and to us?

With this in mind, we began thinking about the HBB identity, where it currently is and where we wanted it to go.

What became very clear, very quickly was that we are many things to many people. But what is our core message?

Comfortable, Practical, Unique.

After hours of brainstorming these three words appeared at the forefront of the conversation.

From this we came to a brand statement that we believe combines these ideas perfectly.

Beautifully Balanced

Balanced not just in the ergonomic, comfortable shape, but as a part of your lifestyle. Perfect for city slickers and country ramblers; for the office or the beach.

The Look

Next we had to figure out what this would look like.

Mood board after mood board exposed some weird and wild ideas.

We settled in the end with a mixture of abstract imagery that display this idea of balance without immediately identifying our product. Perhaps more importantly though is the idea of colour! Bright block colours that match the innovative, exciting and colourful bags that we make.

How does this actualy look?

What are your thoughts?