One of the things that's been getting my goat recently is the claims around cold press juices. You've probably heard the buzz (they're more nutritious, better for you, cleansing, detoxing....etc) But is any of it true? 🥕First things first... cold pressing means that the juice is extracted using by pressing fruit and vegetables under extreme … Continue reading *COLD PRESS IS BEST- OR IS IT?! *
One of the most cited reasons for eating breakfast is that it kick starts your metabolism…. well guys, I’m sorry to say it doesn’t. A couple of big studies in the last couple of years led by Bath Uni (called the Bath Breakfast Project) found that there was no change in metabolic rate between when people ate … Continue reading “Breakfast makes you slim!” Or does it?
Portion size. It's a funny thing isn't it? Food packets talk about 30 grams of cereal, or 15 grams of peanut butter - but how often do you stop to think what the serving size really looks like? It matters more when we're eating foods high in fat and sugar (the ones which are easy to overeat). We can easily overeat several hundred extra calories … Continue reading This is what 15 grams of Nutella really looks like..
Sometimes, following external wisdom isn’t enough. Take weight loss. Most of us know what a healthy diet is; yet lots of us still struggle with 'dieting'. We read more and more 'wisdom' around weight loss, but still end up feeling like we are on a constant treadmill of either being ‘on plan’ or ‘off the wagon’. Here’s the … Continue reading Weight loss? Forget dieting. We need to learn the art of mindful eating.
With the arrival of #sugarfreefeb it's a good time to talk about sugar, because it seems like we're still a bit confused. Why talk about sugar? The government wants us to eat fewer free sugars. The latest guidelines say no more than 5% of our daily calories should come from free sugars. But what on earth is a free sugar? … Continue reading FREE SUGARS! (Not really, they’re the ones we should be eating less of)
Described as "bringing attention to the present moment without judgement" mindfulness is an ancient practice that can reduce stress and improve the way we make decisions. But interestingly, mindfulness is also emerging as a tool for weight loss, and for anyone wanting to balance their relationship with food and eating. Why? The truth is, most of our eating is done mindlessly. … Continue reading Can mindfulness help you lose weight?
I regularly speak with weight loss clients who jump on the scales every day and panic when they see the numbers fluctuating up, usually without obvious reason. Sound familiar? Take a read of the picture to the right... It’s from a journal paper (albeit an old one!) which found that over an 80 day period, day to … Continue reading Why daily fluctuations in body weight don’t matter
I love making soup in the winter - it's a great way to pack lots of veggies into your diet, plus a steaming bowl of soup is very comforting when it's cold outside. A quick 15 minutes spent chopping is all it takes to make this hearty chicken and vegetable soup - you can then leave it to bubble away happily for … Continue reading Chicken + Vegetable Soup with Quinoa
"I'd love to do more exercise, but I don't have time" "I'm too busy to get to the gym" Sound familiar? I’ve said these words before. And I hear them a lot from clients I work with. What I want to ask today is…”where are you spending your time?” More specifically, “where are you spending … Continue reading You have 72 free hours a week. How many of these do you spend moving your body?
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how it takes around 66 DAYS to make a new habit stick. Why is this important? Most of us start the New Year with great intentions – to run a 5K, meditate daily, learn a language, cut down on alcohol and so on… (you fill in the gap) The … Continue reading A ROCK SOLID strategy for making healthy habits STICK