Calorie Counting – Is It Really That Important?

The short answer would be ‘it depends’. If you have had even the tiniest of experiences in weight loss or ‘toning’ your body (i.e. building muscle) you would have been told to stick to your daily calorie target. You would also have been told about the concept of ‘calories in’ vs. ‘calories out’. In orderContinue reading “Calorie Counting – Is It Really That Important?”

What is Functional Nutrition and Why Should You Care?

Nutrition – the word itself conjures images of strict diets and weight scales, doesn’t it? And yet nutrition is about a lot more than just that. Over the years nutrition has started taking a more prominent spot in¬†the worlds of health and medicine. Not just in the treatment of digestive diseases, but for a wideContinue reading “What is Functional Nutrition and Why Should You Care?”

Is Your Food Making You Depressed?

No, I don’t mean that “boring, bland, diet food” (although healthy food is not boring, but more on that later). What I’m talking about is your standard food intake. You know, the “wholegrain” sandwich and pasta, the takeaway pizza, the “healthy” rice bowl or potato mash – those kind of things. How can they makeContinue reading “Is Your Food Making You Depressed?”

Why Sticking to a Diet is Hard These Days

First of all, I hate the word diet. It is terribly close to the word “die” and exudes connotations of great struggle and suffering. Oh, and I love food. The poor word has been so badly abused by the media and health & food industry that it has now become our second nature to associateContinue reading “Why Sticking to a Diet is Hard These Days”

The Next Chapter of My Fitness Journey

Now that I’m done with bodybuilding competitions… What’s next? Well as discussed in one of my earlier posts, fitness is made up of several components: Body composition¬† Cardiovascular endurance Muscular strength Muscular endurance Flexibility I have learned a lot about one of them – body composition. Now it’s time to explore¬†some of the other aspectsContinue reading “The Next Chapter of My Fitness Journey”

Beginners’ guide part 5: What about food? How to start a gym-friendly diet

By Kim Barnard Starting a gym friendly diet doesn‚Äôt need to be daunting – you just need to understand the basics and be prepared to do some food preparation. Firstly, you need to get back to eating real food: in other words the stuff that grew out of the earth or on a tree, swamContinue reading “Beginners’ guide part 5: What about food? How to start a gym-friendly diet”

Recipe: Banana Protein Pancakes

By Adrianna McDonald Simple, quick and easy to make.¬†With just 3 ingredients, these pancakes are healthy and sweet with no sugar added. They come together in a few minutes and make the perfect breakfast or sweet – tooth satisfying dessert. The flavour will vary, depending on the flavour of your protein powder. I used organicContinue reading “Recipe: Banana Protein Pancakes”

Recipe: Tuna Fish Patties

By Adrianna McDonald This¬†recipe¬†is¬†one¬†of¬†my¬†favourite¬†as¬†I¬†¬†always¬†have¬†the¬†necessary¬†ingredients.¬†My¬† whole¬†family¬†loves¬†it.¬†The¬†patties¬†are¬†incredibly¬†easy¬†and¬†quick¬†to¬†make,¬†and¬†they‚Äôre¬†budget friendly¬†too.¬†More¬†so¬†they¬†taste fantastic! Ingredients 1¬†tin¬†of¬†tuna 3tbsp¬†of¬†sweetcorn¬†(organic) 1/2¬†cup¬†oats¬†or¬†breadcrumbs 1¬†teaspoon¬†lemon¬†zest 1¬†Tbsp¬†lemon¬†juice 2¬†Tbsp¬†chopped¬†fresh¬†parsley 2¬†Tbsp¬†chopped¬†fresh¬†chives,¬†green¬†onions,¬†or¬†shallots Salt¬†and¬†freshly¬†ground¬†black¬†pepper or any other seasoning¬†of¬†your¬†liking 1¬†raw¬†egg 2¬†Tbsp¬†coconut¬†or¬†olive¬†oil¬†for¬†cooking Cooking method ¬† Mix¬†all¬†the¬†ingredients¬†together¬†in¬†the¬†big b0wl. Cover¬†with¬†foil¬†and¬†chill¬†in¬†the¬†fridge¬†for¬†an¬†hour) Divide¬†the¬†mixture¬†into¬†4¬†parts¬†or¬†8¬†smaller. With¬†each¬†part,¬†form¬†into¬†a¬†ball¬†and¬†then¬†flatten¬†into¬†a¬†patty. Heat¬†the¬†oil¬†in¬†a¬†cast¬†iron¬†or¬†stick‚Äźfree¬†skillet¬†on¬†medium¬†high. Gently¬†place¬†the¬†patties¬†in¬†the¬†pan,¬†and¬†cook¬†until¬†nicely¬†browned,¬†3‚Äź4¬†minutes¬†on¬† each¬†side. You¬†can¬†cover¬†them¬†in¬†breadcrumbs¬†if¬†you¬†like¬†them¬†crispy¬†and¬†don‚Äôt¬†mind the extra¬†carbs ūüôā

Do you suffer from reflux or heartburn? Find out about natural ways to cure it

By Adrianna McDonald In the past few years of my career I came across many people¬†suffering with digestive disorders. Our fast paced lives cause us to¬†reach for convenient foods, which are damaging our gut lining. I decided to look closer for alternatives to drugs and possible¬†diet changes which may help with those problems. The epidemicsContinue reading “Do you suffer from reflux or heartburn? Find out about natural ways to cure it”

Recipe: Breakfast Smoothie

By Adrianna McDonald So many of us are in a rush in the morning, having just enough time to grab a coffee and leave the house without breakfast. Numerous studies prove that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Swap your morning coffee for this amazing smoothie and start the day the rightContinue reading “Recipe: Breakfast Smoothie”