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Throw away the scales!!

June 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Stop getting hung up on your weight, take your measures instead. Muscle weighs far more than fat.



Why Five a Day?

March 28, 2013 Leave a comment

OK! So in the UK we’re told we need to eat 5 fruit and veg a day. It’s a bit simplistic admittedly but it points the general population in the right direction and gets them in the mindset that they need to be eating fresh food and a healthier diet.

5 a day really, in my opinion should be the minimum. In the US they say 9 a day! Doesn’t have the same ring to it, for us, at least, since 5 has been drilled into us since the NHS started a health campaign with the cancer charities way back in 1991.

Anyone reading my blog will be interested in health anyway so I don’t need to bang on about the numerous health benefits to fruit and veg – the vitamins, minerals, digestive benefits, slow release carbs, non processed foods etc etc etc. You know all that.

But what I will point out is – be varied with your choices. Each plant has a different make up and composition so keep it varied, opt for different varieties, try new recipes and ways of eating them, get creative.


Brits eat most fruit and veg in Europe!

March 27, 2013 2 comments
English: veggies

English: veggies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


It’s not often that, as a nation, us Brits top the healthy eating polls! But it seems we’re much better than our European counterparts at eating our recommended 5 a day fruit and veg


One in five of us is eating the RDA – it’s not great, let’s be honest, so it’s even more suprising it’s the highest intake in Europe, where the average is fewer than one in 10.


But it’s not all great news, the consumption is lower in lower income groups, and while adults seem to be good at eating healthily we’re not encouraging our children to do the same, consumption is down for them too.


So come on, substitute sweets for fruit, swap a sandwich for soup, swap crisps for baked fruit pieces – it’s yummy, healthy and cheap!





The 90%

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Remember you need a healthy lifestyle

You’ll never achieve your goals if you think it’s all about the 10% of the day you spend working out.

It’s what you do outside of the gym and training that is just as important, the 90% of your day

Eat clean, live clean. Train dirty

A glass of wine tonight will undo your good work

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Bottle and glass of Malbec wine from Mendoza A...

Bottle and glass of Malbec wine from Mendoza Argentina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After saying that I realise I’m now not your favourite person.

But first let me reassure you, as I write this, I am enjoying a lovely glass of red wine. But I’m fully aware of the amount of calories I’m consuming and the fact that it’s sugar base will affect my carb intake for the day.

On a Friday evening, when all you want to do is get to the bottom of that bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to forget the stresses of the working week the last thing we are worried about is the calories, they don’t really count do they? You deserve it don’t you?

You may well deserve a drink, but those calories DO count. And if you ignore them they WILL undo all your hard work in the gym and healthy eating for the last week.

The average glass of red wine will contain 170cals, but let’s be honest, at home, you’re not pouring ‘bar’ measures!

170cals will take you 30mins or walking, 10 mins on the Cross Trainer (flat out) and about half an hour of resistance training to burn off.

And of course, you were just going to have one glass of wine tonight, right!!!

Go on, work out how long you’ll need to spend working out tomorrow to burn off what you intend to drink tonight – Work it Out!

Now, are you going to feel like working out for that long tomorrow? Probably not. So where will those calories end up? Yes, they’re carbs so those little rascals will get converted and stored as fat. Probably replacing the very fat you’ve been successfully burning off Monday – Thursday!

So, by all means, relax on the sofa tonight with your partner, share a bottle of wine as you chat through your week and your plans for the weekend ahead. But remember, you’ll pay for it, either in the gym, or on your hips!



Music to run to

February 21, 2013 Leave a comment

To keep exercising make a forty five minute long playlist and don't stop until it does

Tax CRAP food

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Junk food copy

Junk food copy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the UK, doctors today have launched a campaign calling on the Government to tax junk food, and ban adverts for junk food before the watershed (9pm on TV). FINALLY!

But, only if taxation is lifted on healthy foods.

People on a budget have to reach for processed junk food to feed their families, right? wrong! They choose to! possibly because it’s easier, they’re addicted to the sugar, salt and additives, don’t know how to cook, or simply won’t cook. Whatever the reason, it’s not price. How do I know this? Because it’s a fact that healthy food is cheaper already.

Yes, you have to go to the supermarket more than once a week because, hey, it’s not packed full of preservatives so that banana won’t last 10 days like a packet of crisps will.

So, I’m all for it. Tax the hell out of the junk food, but also, offer people cheaper healthier food as a double incentive. Throw into that decent health education and cookery at school, training sessions and taster courses for young parents and free cooking recipes in supermarkets (many are already doing this in store and online).

I should point out this is the same government which introduced tax on healthy goods, supplements and protein shakes etc, so they’re nothing if not a bit confused!

But it is about time people started to take responsibility for their own lifestyle choices. I’m sorry, this is going to sound harsh. But if you’re fat it’s because you choose to be. Somewhere along the line you’ve realised you’re fat and killing yourself but you’ve not done anything about it. And you’re fat because you eat junk, or too much food in general, and don’t exercise at all. Sure there are health issues to consider, mostly caused by the fact you’re already fat, but you have taken the conscious decision to be unhealthy and stay unhealthy. So, if you won’t help yourself to live better and live longer it looks like the State will have to try and force you.

If there was a petition to sign I’d be linking to it right now.