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I’m a fairly organised person at best (at least I’m a bit of a control freak), so I like to plan my meals out way in advance and usually do a big cook on a Sunday and again on a Wednesday to ensure I’m well prepped. However, when the lovely Hannah over at Nuba Health offered to cook AND deliver my lunches for a week I jumped at the chance of getting a little extra free time to focus on work and life rather than the kitchen. View Post

Tips to starting weightlifting

Do you even lift bro?

If the answers no then where have you been for the last 18 months.

Lifting is everywhere and it’s here to stay.

Weightlifting is a great way to build muscle, fight fat, increase mobility and even ease depression. Not only will it help you on your way to getting that banging body, it’ll also help you lead a healthier, and all round happier, life! So what are you waiting for?!

Read on for my top 5 tips on starting a weightlifting program.

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It’s that time of year again when we want to look good for our Summer holidays but we don’t want to substitute our social lives; the sun is out and we want to enjoy it while it lasts – which we all know won’t be long!

So instead of stressing over whether we can join our friends for dinner in the sun – lets just be a little more considerate about what we’re putting in our stomachs. A few wise food choices can go a long way. 

Now I’m not saying that you can’t have the ‘unhealthy’ option – just save it for the weekend maybe..!

Read on for my Top 10 Healthy Food Swaps…

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I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve attempted to make a healthier coconut cake (using coconut flour) only for it to turn out too sloppy, too flat or too dry. I’d nearly given up when my parents invited me round for Sunday lunch and I thought I’d give it one last go.

My Dad is a coeliac you see and has been since before I was born – so it’s always been difficult to make treats that are suitable for him when we get invited over. One Christmas time I even had a full on meal prepared with a delicious stew bubbling away on the stove, only to realise, as I was running through the ingredients one more time with my Mum before plating, that I’d used the wrong type of stock and that my Dad couldn’t have ANY – it was heartbreaking watching my Dad watch us all eat whilst nibbling on a Gluten Free mince pie! Needless to say, these days I need to take extra care that I get it just right – I don’t think I’ll ever live it down.

With the memories of that foodless Christmas time meal I knew that I had to try one last time to make a delicious coconut cake that would meet my Dad’s approval and wouldn’t send his stomach into overdrive with that rogue glutenous ingredient. So armed with my previous failed recipes I headed to the kitchen scooped up all the ingredients I needed and got to work…

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sleep blog

‘Muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and built in bed’

Ever heard that saying? No. Well let me break it down for you, when we train, especially when weight training, the strain we put our bodies under causes tiny tears in the muscle fibres – this is where DOMS or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness comes in. Most of you probably know that in order for our muscles to recover we need to re-feed our bodies but I think a lot of fitness fanatics probably forget that rest and more specifically a good nights sleep is actually just as important? And I’m not just talking about getting your 8 hours of sleep, I’m talking good quality sleep.

I used to be one of those people who took hours to nod off. As soon as my head touched the pillow I’d have a million and one thoughts swirling round my head – how much money I had in the bank, how my career was going, the email I hadn’t responded too, that thing I said to someone at work or that embarrassing thing I did when I was a teenager trying to find my place in the world (we’ve all been there). And even when I was asleep I was waking up every couple of hours, tossing and turning before hearing the sound of my piercing alarm for the tenth time since I hit snooze. Yep, it wasn’t a good time. I was physically and emotionally exhausted.

So how did I shake it all off and learn how to get a good night’s sleep? 

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