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STOP SABOTAGING YOUR RESULTS

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HOW TO STOP SABOTAGING YOUR RESULTS

So often I see clients who struggle with their nutrition, and are constantly sabotaging their fat loss efforts without realizing it. Below I have listed a few things to help you take control and stop getting in your own way in your journey to losing fat long term

1. Over eating on weekends – So often clients are eating well through the week but completely come undone at weekends. They go way off track and wonder why they aren’t getting anywhere. I am not saying you cant’ indulge a little but too often will slow down results. 

For me I try to eat near perfect Monday to Friday so that I can plan out a few things I like on the weekends. 

Always be mindful of your weekend eating and plan out your social activities so they don’t derail you.

2. Skipping meals – So often we think that by skipping a few meals we will eat fewer calories that will lead to greater fat loss. However skipping too many meals can lead to you over eating either mid afternoon at the office or at the end of the day (especially after dinner) if you haven’t planned out your meals it will leave you reaching for whatever is floating around. 

You don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight. Plan out your meals ahead of time, don’t skip meals and don’t be scared of eating 3-5 times a day if you are following your eating plan properly. 

We often think we need to suffer to lose weight, be it in training or by following a ridiculous diet that restricts everything.  YOU DON”T fat loss should be about health and nutrients and making sure you are getting enough of what you need to function better, have more energy, sleep better, train better and think better

3. Reward yourself with food after exercising – This is a big one and I see it so often. You cannot out train a bad diet!!!! Just because you train doesn’t mean you can eat what you want. We somehow think we are exempt and this can be a big reason why you aren’t getting the results you want. Like always stick to the eating plan your coach has provided you with, try to get out of this way of thinking so you can finally move forward

4. You don’t give your eating plan enough time to work – So often a client starts a new eating plan and only sticks to it for 1-2 weeks before declaring it doesn’t work and start making their own changes based on what they think. I have learnt that you need to be patient and really commit to the plan to test how effective it is for you. As a coach if my client follows the plan they always see results, and I can make changes as and when they are needed as I know they have the foundations spot on. Be patient and trust that your coach knows what they are doing (providing they are following evidence based nutritional guidelines). 

5. One slip and the whole day is ruined – In terms of self-sabotage this is a big one. You eat some cake mid morning and immediately declare that you ruined the day so proceed in eating whatever you want and declare to start again tomorrow. 

If you eat the cake, it’s done, you can’t take it back, but you can control the rest of the day and stay on track.  We need to rid ourselves of the guilt associated with eating something not in the plan and look at the bigger picture. One piece of cake in a week will not ruin your fat loss results, but constantly losing a day because of one slip will definitely have an impact on your goals. Try to keep things in perspective, you are only human, you just have to pick yourself up and keep going

6. You don’t keep track of your food portions – I don’t expect clients to stress over weighing everything but your portion size can play a big role in long-term fat loss. It’s easy to over eat even if it’s healthy. 

To combat this you should weigh or portion your meals, use a bowl instead of a plate, use cup measurements to portion rice and veg, use the palm size of your hand to measure protein etc.

When I was trying to lose fat I switched to a bowl for my main meals as it stopped me over eating. I found this very useful and successful in sticking to my calorie goal and use it to this day

7. Not reading the label – We are so often tricked into believing something is healthy for us because it is what the front label says. It could be labeled as low fat, low sugar, low carbs etc. and we immediately think its ok but you have to look a little deeper. 

Most things low sugar may contain artificial sweeteners; low fat generally has higher sugar etc. Be careful and read the ingredients, if things contain more than 5 ingredients and I can’t pronounce the names I don’t touch it. Look at the serving size then times it by how big your portion will be – after this I usually realise it’s not worth it. Food companies want you to buy their product so make it look as healthy as possible. 

If your still not sure – stick to real food, make it yourself and don’t trust what companies say

8. Trying to do too much at once – When starting out on your fat loss journey so many people try to do everything at once – food prep, training, lifestyle changes etc. Unless you are one of the few who can make a lot of changes without much of a challenge  – you will soon become overwhelmed and feel like you are failing and not good enough. 

What I do with clients is set weekly goals; we sit down and chat about where they are at in their journey, work out how stressed they are, how much time they have for training and food prep etc. Then I work out what 1-2 big changes they need to make first before overloading them with a long list. You need to prioritise what you need to do first to get you started on your journey, then as you build better habits you can make more changes. 

If you currently feel overwhelmed – sit down and work out what big changes need to happen first. If getting to the gym is too hard and you are not exercising – aim for 10000 steps a day. If you are bored of the gym – go find a personal trainer or local boot camp. If you can’t get your eating right – cut out sugar and lower your white starches down and eat more vegetable. Make 1-2 changes that make the biggest difference in helping you reach your goals. 

9. Letting the scales be your guide – to be honest I don’t really weigh myself, as it always leads to misery. Constantly jumping on the scales every day can turn your fat loss goal into an emotional rollercoaster. You might feel great until you jump on the scales and your disappointed, which in turn ruins your day, it effects your food choices and you don’t even feel like training anymore. 

Don’t weigh yourself too often – once a week maximum. I use girth measurements with clients over weight, and even then it’s not always accurate. Forget the scales, stick to eating plan, train your butt off, stay positive, be consistent and you will drop fat – trust me

10. You are too hard on yourself – No one is perfect and there is no perfect diet, perfect training program, or perfect plan for fat loss. Your journey is just that…. it’s a journey, it will be filled with highs and lows, good choices and bad choices, great training sessions and poor training sessions, good days and bad days. 

Don’t be so hard on yourself when you mess up…………………

IT HAPPENS. 

You just have to learn from it and move on. Don’t worry about being perfect; but instead focus on doing your best each day, be consistent and enjoy the journey.

Stress less and enjoy life, stay positive

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HOW TO AVOID EATING CRAP DURING LOCKDOWN

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So, you’re trying to stick to a routine, done your workouts, working from home and trying to keep yourself busy – Fantastic!!!! But you find yourself snacking more and ‘grazing’ on sugary and salty snacks throughout the day. Well you’re not alone. Everyone experiences emotional eating at some point, but this will be even more prevalent now due to self-isolation.

WHY?? TRIGGERS

There could be a number of triggers ranging from; boredom, lack of concentration, anxiety, panic, and anger. The trick is to understand your trigger and find activities at home to combat them without using food as a coping mechanism.

If you’re feeling the urge to snack then try and opt for a mentally challenging activity like a crossword, sudoku, scrabble. Play a board game, twister, charades or get the cards out and play silly games like snap. The interaction with family members will be fun and take your mind off eating. Call a friend for a chat or read a book. Maybe start up an old hobby you haven’t done for a while like knitting or drawing. Slip into a relaxing bath and meditate.

Avoid buying large amounts of crisps, biscuits, chocolate and ice-cream. Instead replace them with healthier whole foods to graze on. Get baking there are so many healthy recipes for mini snacks that will trick your brain into thinking it’s having a chocolate muffin, but actually you’re eating a low fat brownie alternative that you’ve cooked yourself from scratch.

Plan the times you eat your meals and include plenty of vegetables and high protein foods as they keep you fuller for longer, leaving less room for junk food. If you’re feeling the urge to snack drink some water first then wait 10mins. Often hunger pangs are mistaken for the need to hydrate. If you’re working at a desk, take regular breaks to re-stimulate your brain. Low concentration levels often lead to reaching for the doughnuts. Brush your teeth after your evening meal and get you pj’s on. You’re more likely to not snack because you feel more ready to go to bed.

One last thing. Try and have a healthy perception of food and put the food you eat into two categories. Foods you eat on a daily basis, and foods you don’t eat that often. That way if and when you do reach for the treat tin you won’t beat yourself up with guilt.

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SURVIVING VEGANUARY

Surviving Veganuary 2020

We are well underway into the new year, schools are in session, most of us are back to work dreading the packed trains and congested roads in the morning. Already nearing the halfway point for the first month, I’m sure many of you have come to realise that your new plant – based lifestyle isn’t as hard as you may have first thought. However, tackling those mischievous cravings for a simple yet so delightful cheese toastie could end in crumbs… So to help you march your way to the end of January here are our top tips for getting you there!

 

Planning + Preparation

Just like with the majority of things in life, having a plan and being prepared for what is to come will increase chances of success (By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail). So set a little time aside and figure out what you will be eating over the next week. Stock your fridge and cupboards so that you already have the ingredients to cook your meals. We all have those times in the day where we might be at home and start to feel peckish, so not quite hungry enough for a full meal but enough so that it bothers you to get up and look for something to eat. Having plenty of vegan friendly snacks available at home will stop you from giving in – The same goes for when you’re at work! Prep meals and bring vegan friendly snacks.

Focus On What You Can Eat

A great place to start when trying a vegan diet is to attempt replicating the foods you already love by substituting out what isn’t vegan friendly. Veganism, especially over the last few years, has gained a huge amount of popularity, making it easier than ever to find meat and dairy alternatives, allowing you to focus on the things you really enjoy about veganism and so block out your old cravings for foods like eggs, meat and dairy.

Do your Research

It’s important to educate yourself on the reasons for switching to a vegan lifestyle as it gives a real purpose for why you’ve decided to change. There are plenty of documentaries out there now, such as: ‘The Game Changers’, ‘What The Health’, ‘Cowspiracy’ and ‘Forks Over Knives’ all of which are on Netflix. However, remember that these shows have a bias (that may not be evidence based) so doing your own independent research is best, to decide of being vegan is for you, or just something you want to try more of in the future. Having a ‘why’ or a purposeful reason for doing something will reinforce your resolve, making your decision to be vegan more important than that cheese toastie you were craving.

 

 Experiment!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking, there’s just so much variety! Have fun experimenting with different recipes and explore cuisines you’ve never had. Keep it varied and make sure to include Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins (The 3 macronutrients) as well as your Vitamins and Minerals (Micronutrients). Where there’s variety you will be sure to get all your needed Macro and Micronutrients. A few to be considered a concern when referring to a vegan diet are Protein, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12. However, there are vegan protein powders and multivitamin tablets that are widely available. Other sources of protein are soya, tofu, chickpeas, beans, nuts, seeds, lentils and quinoa. Variety in what you eat is so important as you want to consume as many nutrients as possible.

 

Let Bygones be Bygones

It’s alright if you make a mistake along the way so try not to dwell on it if you do! Substituting such a large proportion of your diet from foods you have been eating for years to foods you may have never eaten before is a drastic change in lifestyle, so you can’t expect it to go perfectly – especially if it’s your first try. The important thing is to not give up, keep going and try to do better next time. We believe in you!

Veganuary will be over before you know it, follow our top tips to survive the rest of the month and finish strong, Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IS BEING VEGAN HEALTHIER??

The push for us to eat less meat is growing, and many have opted for a plant-based life.

For some its ethical, for others it’s a way to spend less, for others it’s a belief that being a vegan or veggie is healthier.

 

BUT IS IT?

 

I think you need to do your research if you’re going to cut out all animal protein and opt for plants only. If you’re vegan and all you eat is fast food, highly processed fake meat, minimal veg and poor-quality fats then your health isn’t probably going to be great.

Not all veggie or vegan food is created equal, many of the foods can contain loads of preservatives, bad fats and fillers that can make you feel worse and aren’t good for your health (the same is true for all processed food products).

On the other hand, if you know what plant-based foods contain the proteins you need, if you eat a variety of fruit and veg, good quality fats and organic soy products you will probably be much healthier overall.

The same goes for meat eaters – eating meat won’t make you unhealthy but if your diet is highly processed, low in fruit and veg and quality fats then yes it can lead to that.

 

You can have the same healthy approach to nutrition whether you’re a meat or a plant eater. Eat real food, eat as much unprocessed food as possible and eat a variety.

I think you can be healthy eating meat or eating plants.

Food is your first medicine, the food choices you make today will have an impact on your health, skin, weight gain/loss, mood and energy levels. So be smart and nourish your body with quality over quantity.

 

Find a great cookbook, vegan or otherwise; and go shopping to make healthy meals not just for convenience.

Make a plan around what you want to eat; and keep it simple.

 

This post isn’t pro vegan or pro meat – it’s pro health.

 

Have a think about how healthy what you eat is?

Could it be better?

What changes do you need to make?

Are you switching to vegan just to be healthier?

Have you made a plan around how you will accomplish this without meat?

 

Don’t blindly do something without first doing some of your own research.

 

Just something to think about.

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EATING SMARTER FOR FAT LOSS – HOW TO CUT 50-150 kcals A DAY

If you just ate 150 calories less a day you would be eating 1050kcals less a week

7700kcals = 1 kg of fat lost so in just over 7 weeks you could lose 1kg of fat (not 1kg scale weight) by making small changes that you won’t really notice. Provided that you are in a calorie deficit by making these changes, if not then you may need to increase the deficit.

 

Now I am looking at calories only not how healthy the food is – that is a blog for another time.

 

We make fat loss so complicated – all we need to do is look at what we really eat, not what we think we eat. Then look for ways you can decrease the calories by 50 each meal or a total of 150 a day.

You could pick a different deficit, but the point is I wanted to highlight how thinking smarter and making small changes may be all you need to do to lose weight over time.

I am not asking you to give up your social life just to think a bit more about the easy changes you can make that require minimal effort.

 

 

A SIDE NOTE 

 

Just by adding 20000 steps a week you could burn 1000-1300 kcals a week (depending on height, weight, sex and intensity/speed)

That’s a 30 min walk a day.

No real effort just a commitment to make the time to do it.

You could also take walks at lunch or go for a longer walk on weekends, get off the bus or train 1 stop early or take the stairs at work.

 

Every little bit adds up to help you move closer to your goal.

Just the same as over eating a little bit adds up to weight gain over time.

 

The fat loss won’t be an overnight transformation but what you will notice is that you aren’t stressed about your food, you can go out socially and just lead a normal life without being on a diet 24/7.

 

Something to think about

 

HOW YOU CAN CUT 50 KCALS FROM YOUR DIET TODAY AND A FEW CALORIE SWAPS

 

Below are just some examples of what 50 calories looks like and some ideas on how you can reduce what you eat quite easily.

 

1 slice bread granary bread = 85 kcals and 2 tsp butter (10g) = 74 kcals – so cutting your bread with butter intake down by 1 slice a day would lead to you eating 160 kcals less a day.

 

Each serving below is 50kcals, we have also added a few alternatives so you can see the difference in calories compared to similar items so you can learn how to calorie swap.

If you want to reduce calories by as little as 50 kcal a day then the below portions are what you would need to cut out. Or if you simply swap to a lower calorie food you can cut them out that way.

 

What does 50 kcal look like?

 

Ice cream

Hagen Dazs – 25mls

Oppo (Choc and Hazlenut) – 63mls

 

Yoghurts (yeovalley)

Greek – 38g

Natural – 63g

0% Fat – 100g

 

Meats

Chicken Breast – 40g

Rump Steak – 34g

Prawns – 75g

 

Milk

Full fat – 60mls

Semi Skimmed – 100mls

Skimmed – 138mls

 

Brown Rice – 50g

Oats – 14g

 

Condiments can be a very slippery slope if we don’t portion accordingly – by reducing your current portion by the amounts below you cut our 50kcal for that meal – if you’re doing this 1-2 times a day it will add up in your favour.

 

Tomato sauce – 45mls (3 tbsp roughly)

 

Salad cream

Normal – 15g

Light – 22.5g

 

Mayonnaise (Hellmans)

Full fat – 15ml (0.6 Tbsp)

Light – 19g

 

These are just a few examples of how you can cut calories by simply reducing portions or switching to a lower calorie choice.

There are more options but hopefully you get the point.

 

Don’t make fat loss complicated.

Don’t make it so difficult that you can’t succeed.

There is an easier way that will work for you, you just need to weigh up your options, make a decision and stick to it.

 

For more info on how we can help you finally succeed in your weight loss journey or about our 30 day trial, contact Lisa hello@fitnesshub21.com

 

 

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TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE SMALL CHANGES TO YOUR NUTRITION FOR FAT LOSS

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SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CALORIES TO HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT

 

  1. Calorie swaps– take your normal snack, work out how many calories it is then replace it with something that is lower calorie.

 

  1. Plan ahead with your meals– make extra dinner so that is lunch the next day.

 

  1. Get your food delivered– If never having food in the house is an issue, then get it delivered.

 

  1. Buy meals that you want to eat not just random items– Don’t just buy food but plan the meals you are going to eat and shop accordingly then you won’t be left with no food in the house and feel tempted to get takeaway.

 

  1. Taking fruit to work or healthier snacks lower in calories– saying I won’t eat the cake in the office is hard, a way to combat this is to take a healthier option with you so that you don’t feel so left out.

 

  1. Have a smaller breakfast, lunch or dinner– eating 100-200 kcals less in a meal adds up over time, helping to create a calorie deficit.

 

  1. Eliminate a meal a day– skip lunch on a Sunday because you had a late breakfast.

 

  1. Have smaller portions– just reduce the size of each meal across a day – if you took just 50 calories out of every meal x 3 = 150 kcals a day you not eating, times that by 5-7 days a week and you have cut out 750-1050kcals a week. A little each time adds up to a lot over the weeks and months. (give example of 50kcals – meat, rice, toast etc

 

  1. Watch your fat portions(only as they have 9kcals per gram as opposed to 4kcal per gram with carbs and protein – 2 tsp butter = 90kcals, if you eat 2 slices of bread (give calories then have 2 tsp butter each slice that’s – work out the calories – maybe just have 1 slice or reduce the amount of butter (we all need fat in our diet but just be mindful of your intake)

 

  1. Introduce lower carb days– If you are a heavy carb eater than maybe have 2-3 lower carb days a week – it’s not the lower carbs that make you lose weight but that fact that the thing you overeat the most is reduced for 2-3 days a week therefore you will be eating less calories. Make sure you increase your protein and veg intake on those days.
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TIPS FOR HEALTH AND FAT LOSS

  1. FOR FAT LOSS YOU NEED TO BE IN A CALORIE DEFICIT
  • Is doesn’t matter whether you eat low fat, low carb or do intermittent fasting. What gets the best fat loss results is being in a calorie deficit.
  • The best way to do this is to eat less food, eat smaller portions, cur out high fat high carb junk food.
  • You can also create a deficit by training more often and moving more throughout your day.

 

  1. MAKE SURE YOU EAT ENOUGH PROTEIN
  • Protein is important and eating more will be less hungry, eat it at every meal.
  • Protein goal is around 1.5-2g per kg a day.

 

  1. DON’T FEAR FAT
  • Eating good fat won’t make you fat, it is essential for fat loss and building muscle – nuts, seeds, avocado, olive and coconut oil.
  • If you increase fat you may need to decrease carbs.

 

  1. FILL UP ON LOADS OF VEGGIES
  • Make veg the foundation of your diet.
  • Not only does it help to increase the nutrients you are adding to your body; but it can make meals bigger, especially if you have cut your carbs down.

 

  1. CARBS AREN’T EVIL
  • Believe it or not your body actually uses carbs for energy. They fuel your training and will help you get more out of your workouts.
  • You don’t have to cut carbs out to lose weight.
  • Some people do well on low carb diets and others don’t because they can’t stick to them.
  • If you are sticking to a calorie deficit and eating enough protein there are allowances for carbs if you want them.
  • The best carbs are from vegetables, whole grains, lentils etc not from sugar and processed foods.

 

  1. START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON
  • Set your day up the right way – be prepared and plan your meals ahead of time.
  • It will set you up for the day and help you stay on track.

 

  1. EAT REAL FOOD
  • Avoid processed products such as cakes, bread, pastas, crisps, sweets, ham and processed meats etc
  • They tend to be much higher in calories and don’t fill you up that much; which means you end up eating more and hindering fat loss.

 

  1. AVOID ALCOHOL
  • The occasional glass of red wine is ok, but most alcohol is counterproductive for fat loss.
  • Be realistic – if you enjoy a drink on the weekend then make allowances for that by adjusting what you eat during the week or drinking lower calorie drinks.

 

  1. STAY HYDRATED
  • Drink 2-3 litres a day as a guide only – that includes tea and coffee.
  • Hydration is important for health and life.
  • Being dehydrated is a stress on the body.

 

10.BE REALISTIC, BE PATIENT – WORK HARD

  • There is no perfect diet, no perfect plan, and your fat loss will never be linear.
  • Make sure the goals you want to achieve line up with the effort your willing to put in to achieve them.
  • Be patient – it’s a journey and work your butt off to ensure you get what you want.

 

11. YOU CAN’T OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET

  • You can try, but depending on how bad it is, be prepared to be in the gym every day and night.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a healthy eating to help you lose weight.

 

12. EAT FOR HEALTH NOT JUST FOR FAT LOSS

  • Switch your focus away from just fat loss, eat for better health.
  • If your focus is toward being healthier you will lose weight in the process and in the long run find it easier to maintain your results as your habits are healthier and cause you to be leaner.
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NUTRITION TIPS

FITNESS HUB 21 NUTRITION TIPS

 

FOOD CHOICES
Vary fruits, vegetables, fats and protein sources to expose your body to as many nutrients as possible
LOW GI FRUIT – 2-3 X A DAY MAXIMUM
Apples Plums Grapefruit
Cherries Prunes Peaches
Grapefruit Strawberries Coconut
Pears Blueberries Kiwi fruit
Raspberries Oranges
BREADS AND GRAINS – ELIMINATE WHERE POSSIBLE OR MAKE THE BEST CHOICES
Spelt or rye bread – for most its better to eat a couple of times a week
Brown, wild or red organic rice

Oats – soaked in water overnight and cooked in the morning

Buckwheat

Pearled Barley

Quinoa

FATS – use a variety to provide the body with more nutrients
Organic cold pressed Coconut oil – (good for high heat)
Organic cold pressed olive oil – sainsburys do a good one
Organic cold pressed hemp seed oil – Sainsburys (keep in the fridge)
Avocados
NUTS – SOAK IN WATER OVERNIGHT
Brazil Pecans Almonds
Hazelnuts Macadamias Walnuts
VEGETABLES – NOT LIMITED TO THESE, EAT A WIDE VARIETY
Asparagus Cucumber Celery Cauliflower
Beans Chard Carrot (raw) Broccoli
Chives Okra Eggplant Brussel sprouts
Garlic Olives Lettuce Kale
Leeks Spinach Fennel Mushrooms
Onion Artichoke Tomato Watercress
Peas Peppers Cabbage Rocket
Eat1.2-2g/kg a day, keep it varied and avoid any foods that bloats you or upsets your stomach
 

PROTEIN CHOICES – NOT LIMITED TO THESE, EAT A WIDE VARIETY
Chicken Beef Mince meat Eggs
White fish Lamb Gluten Free sausages Smoked salmon
Oily fish Prawns Turkey Halloumi
Feta Cottage cheese Shellfish Pork

 

LISAS TOP 10 RULES

 

  1. If you eat breakfast make sure its healthy – Lean protein, fruit and vegetables, maybe jumbo organic oats. E.g. 2 chicken thighs and 1 apple, 40g oats and 2 eggs, 2 egg omlette with mushrooms, tomato etc.

 

  1. Eat 2-4 meals a day spaced out (whatever number you desire)

 

 

  1. Eat a variety of vegetables, good fats and protein in each meal.

 

  1. Favour real carbs like grains, vegetables and fruits over refined and processed carbs.

 

  1. Eliminate or greatly reduce (1-2 times a week max) processed foods.

 

  1. Eliminate completely trans fats or hydrogenated fats from your diet (they are found in most processed cakes, biscuits and bars etc).

 

  1. Train 3-4 times a week (weights or intervals).

 

  1. Have a permissive meal 1-2 times a week – provided you are eating well. It will keep you sane.

 

  1. Work on ways to reduce stress levels – epsom salt baths, yoga, sauna etc

 

  1. Be in bed by 1030-11pm every day (8hrs sleep)

 

 

For maximum health I aim to eat more vegetables and fruit, increase my protein intake and choose better choices of carbs to help fuel my workouts

 

8 HEALTHY HABITS TO LIVE BY

 

  1. Plan your meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)

 

 

  1. Get good sleep (length, quality, routine)

 

 

  1. Think positive thoughts about yourself and how you look – replace the bad thoughts with good ones

 

  1. Say positive things to yourself – change your self talk, be grateful

 

 

  1. Improve your digestion – increase knowledge of how to improve it and small steps we can make to improve it

 

 

  1. Is your training where it should be – number of sessions a week, intensity, need to stretch, strengthen etc in order to be healthier and fitter

 

 

  1. Drink enough water – are you drinking too much alcohol, tea or coffee

 

 

  1. Have a social life and enjoy yourself – get a hobby, go out with friends, go for a walk etc

 

 

 

 

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ENERGY DATE BALLS

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If you fancy a sweet treat using all natural and healthy ingredients and sugar, try these.  So delicious, simple to make and just 5 ingredients. They will keep for a week in the fridge in an airtight container or can be frozen.

 

Ingredients:

200g (1 cup) almonds

400g (2 cups) medjool dates

4 tbsp raw cacao powder

2.5 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp coconut oil

(I add flax seeds and protein powder if desired)

 

Method:

  • Pulse almonds in food processor/nutri bullet until they are crushed.
  • Add dates and coconut oil and pulse till mixed.
  • Add almond butter and cacao and mix again.
  • Take a tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball and continue until mixture is finished.
  • Put them into a freezer for about an hour, remove and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

 

Nutritional value:

Total calories 1550

Total carbs 320g

Total protein 24g

Total fat 58g

 

Per ball:

Calories 162

Carbs 17.9g

Protein 3.9g

Fat 7.8g

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APPLE AND PEAR PIES

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Apple and pear pies:

 

A low fat, natural sugar sweet treat. 109 calories per portion.

 

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

1 medium apple

1 pear

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp finely chopped figs (or dried figs)

1 tsp honey

0.5 tsp ground cinnamon

2 sheets filo pastry

Coconut oil cooking spray

(can add Oppo low fat ice-cream on side)

 

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180C
  • Peel, core, thinly slice apple and pear and combine with figs, lemon juice, honey and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Divide mixture between two small ovenproof shallow dishes and cover with foil. Bake for around 10 mins until fruit starts to soften.
  • Remove foil and place a sheet of scrunched up filo pastry on each, spray with the oil and bake for 30 mins till golden.
  • You can add chopped nuts if desired.

 

Nutrition:

Total calories per serving: 109 calories

Carbs 23.5g

Total protein 1.6g

Total fat 0.7g

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