Monday, 28 October 2013

Let's Talk About Fat

As I am sure you have seen, over the last week or so fat has hit the media headlines. It is now emerging that fat can indeed be good for you - providing you eat the right fats! About time if you ask me.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Week Two Training Update

Right, so I'm now two weeks into my 12 week training schedule. Eating cleaner has become so much easier as I do not want to undo all my hard work by eating shit! Also I am finding that the less shit I eat the less I actually crave it, if I fancy something sweet after dinner I will have a bowl of yogurt with some honey and/or nut butter. Also a good tip I discovered by accident is to have a few nuts before my workout, the small amount of protein followed by exercise is really good at suppressing the appetite resulting in a smaller dinner.

Friday, 18 October 2013

The Benefits of Green Tea

Let's start with me being honest - I HATE plain green tea. However thankfully manufactures have added nice flavorings to green tea to make it more palatable. My favorites are 'orange and lotus flower' and 'peach and cherry blossom'. So why do I drink a drink I don't particularly like? Quite simply.......for the health benefits. It has been known for sometime that green tea can aid in all aspects of health but more and more research is being done into the other health benefits of green tea.

Please note that the tea MUST be caffeinated  and I would advise not to drink it after 4:30, caffeine after this time can affect your sleep patterns.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Low Down on Cholesterol

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a building block for your steroid hormones which help control many of our functions, including our mood, our metabolism, inflammation, immune system and sexual functions. Without cholesterol we would not survive, this is why 85% of our cholesterol is made in our body and the rest is made up from our diet. Many studies have shown that having a lower cholesterol is a larger risk factor for heart disease than having high cholesterol.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Why Wheat Can be Bad for Your Health

For years society has led us to believe that grains should be a staple in our ever day diets, toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and pasta for dinner. Well it turns out that all this wheat can be bad for your health and in particular the health of your gut.

Well I am here to tell you why we should reduce the amount of grain we are consuming.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Why I Prefer Weights To Cardio

As I have previously mentioned, for over a year I was going to the gym four times a week and doing an hour of pure cardio. Rowing machine, treadmill, cross trainer, bike, stepper! I lost no weights, my body composition did not change and to be honest it made me feel miserable. I then came across Ben Coomber and Lucy Doyle and they spoke a a lot about weight training. So I listened to their advise, started weight training and 8 months later I had lost a stone and a half.

7 Reasons to Ditch the Sugar

Sugar is what nutritionists call 'empty calories', they are referred to by this term because they contain calories no other nutritional value. Sugar is also linked to weight gain and other health problems, see the below image.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

I'm Bored of Explaining Myself!

This blog entry is really more of a rant.

I am fed up of people going 'you are eating that for lunch' - on this occasion I had a lunch box full of vegetables with a chunk of tuna steak, 'how can you eat soup without a roll' - referring to my pumpkin soup, 'you had what for breakfast' - see below!!!!


Friday, 4 October 2013

Let's Get Back On It!

Well I have never really been off off it but I haven't been go to gym as much as I would like. I am putting this down to moving, once I moved my gym was too far to go and this made it inconvenient and it was getting way to easy to make excuses. So I joined the local gym (two minute walk from my house), I was worried that it wouldn't have everything I wanted but in fact it has more! I suppose due to it being a local gym (quite small) it doesn't need to have 20 of he same machine, meaning more variety. I like. It even has an assisted pull up machine, now I love this because I have NO upper body strength, I can't even do one pull up unaided! I now have no excuses not to go!

I was looking into personalised gym programmes for woman focused at weight lifting, but it was all so expensive and I know the basics, its now just fine tuning and working towards a plan rather than just going to the gym and doing whatever. Then I came across a great website Simply Shredded, now it does look a bit scary when you look futher into the website and please note I do not want to be 'ripped' just toned and healthy! It has a great 12 week programme. I am currently doing week 1, today I done upper body A. I am not lifting anything heavy (yet!) ranging from 5 kg to 15 kg for upper body. Lower body I can do a bit more - I will tell you more after I have tried the lower body workouts.

Really I just wanted to tell you a bit more about what I am doing. I hope you are enjoying my blogs - if there is anything you would like me to write about in particular please let me know and I will see what I can do :)

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Don't Worry Be Happy - It's Good For You

Everybody suffers stress and worry at some point in their lives, some people may even get stressed and worry about things daily due to work and home life. All this stress can play havoc with your health and your weight. But why?