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Added Benefits of Scrapping Added Sugar

We all know that high sugar diets can contribute to weight gain, but there are tonnes of reasons to avoid refined sugar that have nothing to do with your waistline.   Keeping your brain sharp Studies have shown high sugar diets can prevent…

What is a Superfood?

Like any buzzword, the term ‘superfood’ is banded around on health and fitness websites and newspaper articles, with the writers claiming they can do all kinds of wondrous and amazing things. Superfoods have been at the centre of debates,…

Why Macros Matter

You might think you have to be a super buff gym-goer to know what macros are, or to learn how to harness them to make a difference to your health and fitness. Wrong. Macros are a dead easy way to understand what you’re putting into your…

What to do when you hit a plateau

If you’re on a health and fitness journey, sooner or later you’ll find you hit a plateau. If your goal is weight loss, you might find the scales are stagnant. If you want to get fitter or stronger, smashing your personal best may become…

The Trick to Staying Hydrated

Everyone knows it’s important to stay hydrated, but when you’re busy it can sometimes be difficult to stay on top of your water intake. Here are some subtle signs that you might not be as hydrated as you think you are, and ways to get yourself…

Michelle Goes Vegan - Part 1

"Let Food Be Thy Medicine!" Hippocrates I have decided to stop eating animal products for many reasons, but as a Sports Therapist and Personal Trainer I am eager to see if it can improve my health. I am going to start by clarifying some terms,…

Ditch the Detox

It’s the time of year when every man and his dog are trying to flog you the newest magic potion – promising to make you slimmer, fitter, leaner… And while the results may be tempting enough to convince you to engage, it may not be your…

Beat the Bulge at Christmas

The key to not piling on the pounds at Christmas is simply Moderation! If you've worked hard all year to lose weight don't let Christmas undo all your efforts. You can enjoy yourself and maintain your weight at this time of year by following…

Staying Lean at Christmas

So, Christmas is right around the corner and you’re worried about gaining weight over the festivities. You’re scared about peer pressure from friends and family, and you’re not prepared for the train-wreck the extra food and alcohol will…

Michelle’s Gluten Free Mince Pies

A lot of Christmas goodies are gluten-based, and it can be hard to find treats when you’re intolerant. These mincepies fill the house with the warm cinnamon scent of Christmas – and are egg and gluten free. You will need; 150g…

Winter Spiced Red Cabbage

Making a vegetable the focus of a Christmas meal is a great way to make it healthier. This is an easy dish to make ahead of time, and slow cook without needing to pay it much attention. Equally delicious the next day with cold turkey meat! You…

Spanish Chicken Tray Bake

This is one of my Dad’s creations – all in one tray, the chorizo creates the dish’s sauce as it melts and releases spicy oil into the pan. This one needs very little attention in the oven, so although the cooking time is longer, it’s…

Warming Chicken Casserole

This is a firm favourite for cold winter evenings. It has a bit of a spicy kick from the mustard, but not strong enough to offend delicate taste buds! It can be eaten alone, or piled high on the side with other vegetables like broccoli or cabbage.   Per…

Comforting Autumn Pasta

This is a bit of a throw it together meal; cooked and enjoyed on a Friday night with my best friend. Loaded with veggies, and good fats from the cheese and oil – it’s healthier than you might think.   Per person you will need; 100g…

The Sunshine Vitamin

As we come into the colder months, a hot topic in health care is Vitamin D. In the UK, the poor weather is one of our favourite talking points, but could it be impacting on our health? Everyone knows that Vitamin D is particularly important…