A few glasses of rosé in the sun are are certainly a necessity this summer for many. But, when it comes to alcohol, do we actually understand how it affects our bodies and relates to our goals?As with everything, moderation is key, but let’s take a look at what alcohol is and what is actually going on when we order that extra glass of vino….
Nuts get a bad rep sometimes and we are constantly told “I hear nuts are really fatty”. Absolutely you are correct, but they are also a great source of ‘good fats’ (mono- unsaturated fatty acids which promote an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol and helps to reduce LDL (BAD cholesterol)). Here are our top 4 snacks for nut lovers!
When women want to lose weight, the focus should not about how much you weight (unless you are in the bracket that needs to for health reasons), but instead about staying healthy, getting strong and having total body confidence. BUT do you really need to exercise to achieve weight management / loss AND have all of this too?
Quite a few snacks can be fat heavy, and, although we need fats, this is often where we go over the top with our overall calorie intake. These bars have a great balance of fats, fruit and carbohydrates, which make SUCH a balanced snack, that is of course, tasty as well. Always a bonus.
Interest in gut health has soared over the last few years, though it is difficult to know what is actually beneficial and what is a total waste of time and a waste of your hard-earned cash. Many people have jumped on the topic and it’s gone a little bonkers. You don’t have to spend your cash on expensive supplements, or do the latest yoga craze to get some ‘zen’. There are some really simple yet SO effective steps you can take towards glowing gut health. Here are some of our top ones.
For many women, mums or not, finding time to fit in your workout can be a bit of a struggle. Media sometimes suggests that you must exercise more than once or twice a week to gain the results that you want, but is that true? Can it still work if you can only make one or two sessions a week?
Remember, food is just food. It is never bad or good, it is simply either less helpful or more helpful in relation to the goals you are working towards. These are 5 high street on the go lunch options that can help to support weight management, energy, hormonal health and wellbeing.
At least whatever the weather this recipe is an absolute winner. In cold weather, it’s just as good as warm oats, and in colder weather it’s a winner when it’s chilled. We always love a good versatile recipe which means you have to have less in your repertoire.
Regardless of how strong our willpower, hormones can effect our the cravings of which foods we desire. PMS is not just the 5 days you are ‘on’ but the entire month. Pre cycle, you can crave sugars in an enormous way, the same can be said when you start a new nutritional plan. We see it all the time with our clients.
So many women feel trapped when it comes to food, because it’s confusing or not relevant to their lifestyle. Read on to be inspired!
Diastasis Recti (or separation of the abdominals) is fast becoming the newest hot topic in the pre and post natal world. Over the last few years more and more women are being made aware of this, but, very few are told the scientific home truths about healing and recovery….
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to RECOGNISE what each food is? For example, what is a Nakd bar classed as? Are ‘protein’ bars an OK snack? Is a sandwich ok or do I have to live off superfood salads my entire life?!
You will ALWAYS be drawn towards things that bring you more pleasure. If your plan or program simply provides discomfort and pain, causes tiredness, and makes you feel utterly restricted, then it’s never going to last, you will always get drawn back to the more “pleasurable” foods. These 3 things can change that.
Learn how to turn your menstrual cycle from a hindrance into your secret weapon! Come down to our next workshop to gain the knowledge of how you can train smarter, not harder, using the natural power of your hormones and make mother nature work for you.
We’ve all been there, we have all felt nervous about being the newbie in class or starting a new fitness club or gym. Sometimes first time nerves even stop us from giving something new a try. But you’re not alone. Everyone feels the nerves. But remember, nerves are good! It means whatever you are doing is important to you so utilise them and make them work for you. Nerves activate your ‘fight or flight’ so use this adrenaline to get ahead!
There are numerous benefits to exercising regularly during pregnancy, but sometimes the thought of exercise can feel a bit daunting when you first find out that you are expecting. To learn about why these things are important and so much more, come along to our ‘Exercise in Pregnancy’ workshop on Thursday 24thJan 2019.
Did you know that we actually have a ‘second brain’, another organ that also controls just as much of our highs and lows, both physical and mental. Something that we have been missing and may just perhaps be the key to health, happiness and wellbeing.
Most people don’t know why Vitamin D is so important to our health and, even if they do, they probably still don’t get enough of it daily. We tend to rely on the sunlight for our Vitamin D needs but what about during Winter when even the sun is not able to help us. It’s not found naturally in many foods, and only fortified (added) in some however it’s absolutely essential to good health. So, why isn’t more done about incorporating it into our diets and how can we make sure we get enough in order to avoid serious health problems related to a deficiency?
Do you want to know how you can get through the Christmas binge AND avoid having to go on a January crash diet? Here’s some advice and tips on what you can do so you stay on track with your fitness and nutrition goals without having to be the party pooper.
When you are trying to eat a more balanced diet, one that matches or works to balance your energy in vs energy out, for weight loss or weight management, we can often revert back to thinking we have to restrict ourselves from foods that are ‘nicer’. There are many recipes that you can make that TASTE like you are eating those more wanted foods, but in fact you are eating a more balanced food. Below is a recipe for a chocolate pudding which is full of good fats and high in antioxidants.
Knowing how you respond to expectations can help you to get better results when setting personal goals this Winter. According to Gretchen Rubin’s book, ‘The Four Tendencies’, you fall into 1 of 4 tendencies based on your personality traits. Are you an upholder, an obliger, a questioner or a rebel? And how does knowing this help you?
We often focus on body weight as a key indicator of our fitness level. It’s the motivation to ‘get fit’. It’s your point in which to determine if you are larger or smaller than ‘normal’. But should you be watching the scales for results? And how can you start losing fat, not just weight…
The seasons make us crave different things, so as it gets colder we are always looking for warmer foods to satisfy us. Which often always come with the more stodgy texture; pasta, soup, potatoes and so on. Usually winter is a hard time to eat cold foods so give this salad a try with it’s cooked salmon, potatoes and quinoa for a satisfying and warming health kick. All these foods also fight infection, inflammation and support digestion and gut health so it’s a definite winter winner.
We are all human, and winter is that time of the year where it seems that little bit harder to muster up the motivation to workout and eat healthy. And that’s when the excuses pot comes out of the cupboard! So, here are some of the funniest one’s our trainers have heard during their time working in the fitness industry! (ps we have all SO done 2, 3, 9 and 10!)
It’s that time of year again where your energy levels are dropping, you start to feel more lethargic and you seem to attract every illness that passes within 2 feet of you. So give yourself a cuddle with this delicious and healthy beef stir fry. It’s quick, easy and low cost and provides you with a heavy dose of veg. It’s perfect for welcoming in the winter months, fending off germs and just generally helping you to feel better. Stir frying your meal also means you use less oil and heat, so retaining more of the heat-sensitive nutrients that are normally lost in deep frying.
If you’re consistently rushing to drop weight in summer and then waving goodbye to all that effort and achievement in winter, then you definitely need to read this blog. Not just for your mindset and relationship with food, but to cut costs and keep all those hard earned summer gains. So how do we break the cycle of the seasonal dieting?
Try some or all of these drinks to warm you up and help to boost your immune system this winter; Ginger Morning Zinger Shot (juicer), Bulletproof Coffee (whisk or nutribullet), Warm Turmeric Tea, Spicy Ginger Tea.
We are looking for 14 women who want to transform their body, fitness and nutrition in just 30 days and help kickstart 2019 with some serious attitude.
Opting for more soups than salads now with the recent weather shift to ‘brrr’? We are too! Autumn/winter can be a time where we drink less water and eat less veg let’s make sure you are getting your greens in, and enjoying them. Here’s a recipe that will help you manage weight, feel full and keep your energy levels up plus give you that warm ‘comfort food’ feeling that we crave for at this time of year.
We don’t need another motivational quote to get results, to feel better or feel more confident. Often we just need to change our focus. We want to share with you some of the things that have really encouraged change in our girls and helped them to get better results.
So many of us wait to start a new fitness and nutrition journey. We wait for a Monday; for the right clothes; for xyz to be over; for the proper motivation…the list of reasons to put it off can be endless. But girls, there is no “perfect time” and thinking there is and waiting for it just leaves us waiting and waiting for the life we’d really like.
Turmeric has many, many benefits, especially if you are suffering from inflammation, or are a little under the weather. Inflammation can be caused by many things, not just being unwell, but from over indulging, dehydration, over training and food intolerance’s. Adding small changes to your diet such as adding in turmeric can be beneficial to your body, but not over stress your mind. Try this recipe!