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5 Tips That Will Change Your Diet Forever

If you give your body what it needs, that’s what it will crave.

These 5 simple steps will help you to build a diet plan you’ll love that works for you.

Tip # 1 - Base Each Meal around a Protein

This will help you build lean muscle - which helps to burn fat. Eggs or yoghurt, lean meat. You want a portion size about as big as your fist. And if you’re vegetarian make sure you’re getting your protein from legumes or tofu.

Tip # 2 - Your Carbs should be Low GI

When in doubt, go dark: sweet potato, brown rice, wholemeal or rye bread and whole oats. If you are eating a gluten-free diet, buckwheat is the best alternative for bread and cereal.

Tip # 3 – Mum was Right: Eat Your Veggies

Don’t forget you 5 and 2. This is essential for fibre and nutrients.

Tip # 4 – Eat Smaller Portions, More Often

Try to have a medium-sized nutritious meal 5 times a day. This will keep your metabolism humming.

Tip # 5 - Treats Shouldn’t be in place of Meals.

Have a small, sweet treat once a day as a reward for your healthy eating. Take my word for it some coconut protein balls on the market taste even better than a Bounty bar!

The #1 Thing You Need To Know To Maximise Your Diet Results

It’s seemingly obvious, but you’d be surprise how many people forget it.

The number one thing you need to get into shape to maximize your diet results is your mind.

Before you begin a diet plan, here’s 3 important tips you should know.

Tip #1 - Set Realistic Goals

If you set the bar too high, you risk getting burnt out, disappointed and giving up on healthy eating entirely. You then risk eating junk food in order to make yourself feel better. Be realistic. Don’t deny yourself anything; there are plenty of delicious, nourishing and healthy recipes out there – and even within the Diet section of this blog!

Tip #2 - Good Dieting is about the Process, not the Result

Whilst it’s great to take inspiration from other people, remember that your diet should be about vitality and giving your body exactly what it needs. How you look on the outside should be a bonus. Enjoy the process of cooking and looking after yourself.

Tip #3 - Be Prepared and Get Organised

Do you research. Read fitness magazines & blogs for food inspiration. Chat to a dietitian. Don't just rely on what you’ve heard form friends, as they may only know what’s right for their body. And remember: plan your meals for the week ahead and do you research for healthy takeout options so that you don’t make poor choices in a panic.

3 Best High Protein Foods to Eat on the Go

There are many health benefits to be gained from laying the foundations of your summer fitness goals in winter.

It’s entirely possible to 10X your fitness results by changing your winter diet. These 3 super easy diet hacks will keep you eating right in a rush.

Remember: eat ‘little and often’ to keeping your metabolism humming throughout the cooler months.

Tip # 1 – Eggs

Eggs are a cheap, quality protein, chock full of nine amino acids vitamin D and choline, which improves muscle movement and liver function. If you’re struggling to eat healthy on the go, an all-day breakfast menu can give your body what it needs.

Tip # 2 – Lean Meats

Lean meats like chicken breast is another easily accessible food staple. When I’m on the run, I’ll grab half a roast chicken and ditch the skin.

Lean beef, like a good quality pub steak (hold the chips) has the added benefit of iron, zinc, and B-vitamins, which are some of the most important blocks in building successful muscle growth.

Tip #3 - Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese does wonders for the body as it’s almost entirely made-up of casein, a slow digesting protein, which is perfect for muscle growth throughout the day. You can eat it like yoghurt, load up a crisp-bread, bulk up your tuna, or cover it with honey & muesli.

Gluten Busters: Why Gluten Intolerance Does Not Exist

In recent years, the words ‘gluten intolerance’ have become as ubiquitous as ‘skinny soy decaf latte’.

But here’s the truth about gluten intolerance from a medical perspective, which could shock you somewhat: it simply does not exist.

Mounting interest in health and wellness in the last few years has lead to increasing numbers of people incorrectly diagnosing themselves as Coeliac or as being gluten intolerant.

'Gluten intolerance’ is what many people who experience symptoms like bloating and constipation from wheat claim to have.

In most cases, it may not be the protein known ‘gluten’ that is giving you a reaction, but some other part of the grain – like the bran, germ or endosperm.

By cutting wheat entirely out of your diet, you might be missing out on the benefits of a balanced diet that includes some high quality wheat elements like wholegrain like spelt.

If you are experiencing allergy symptoms, the only way to know is to chat to your GP about seeing an immunologist to work out exactly what you are allergic to.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and avoid an entire category of nutrition in order to skip one small part of it.