In the Summer months many of us become attached to our water bottles but in the Winter a cold glass of iced water isn't generally seen as the drink of choice (especially when Mulled wine is on offer!). So what can we do?
Before adopting a vegetarian diet a year ago I had a number of concerns. Would I be getting the right vitamins? Would I get bored of eating the same things? Would I always be hungry? Would I be judged by others? The journey has been interesting and rewarding. Here are some of the things I have learned along the way.
This 'New You' that is now being lauded to us in the media, usually means shedding half your body weight and giving up all the 'bad' things in life in order to be a healthier, happier person by the end of the month. To me, it all seems a bit unfair and unrealistic.
Here are a few of the reasons why you should swerve a cleanse this year, and work with a nutritionist or dietitian instead! That way you can get all the things that a juice cleanse promises; glowing skin, more energy, better sleep, as well as long term health, whilst still, you know, chewing.
It's January. Millions of people will soon begin a weight-loss-motivated diet. Most of them will fail. The staggering predictability of this try-fail phenomenon begs the question, "Is dieting fundamentally flawed?"
Orthorexia is a term I stumbled across relatively recently, but it definitely struck a chord. There was a point in the past where I felt guilty for not having a smoothie when I woke up, avocado salad for lunch, and some form of spiralised vegetable for dinner.
New year's resolutions were always tough for me. They were my starting point by which I sought to lose weight, become a "better anorexic" and seek new diet which would get me to a lower weight if the current method hadn't got me low enough.
This salad is full of protein from the chicken and cashew nuts. The chicken breasts are full of flavour, you can marinade the chicken the night before so the flavours intensify. If you are using a julienne you can graze on the middle of the carrots that are left over after grating.
We all eat to excess at Christmas. Think back to last Christmas... bet you found yourself continuing to eat long after you were full, felt sick, could no longer taste the food etc. When you reach this point, you need to stop.
Every vegan knows there's more to the holidays than mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and high-street light displays. From meat-free centrepieces to faux-leather handbags, vegans have the holly-est, jolly-est Christmas around!
Weight gain and the inability to lose weight easily happens also for a range of complex reasons. Telling fat women that take regular exercise that they are doing this in vain, is nasty and vindictive and in my opinion dangerous.
Today's musings I suspect will resonate with many people. Traditionally 1 January, with its famed New Year Resolution, is the day when "everyone's life changes for the better" or at least it would do, if only they had the time. Or at least that's what they say.
It's Ski Season, which for many means engaging muscles that haven't been used much throughout the year. Any good athlete knows that a strong foundation is key and as with all sports this means preparing not only physically but mentally for the task ahead.
On the 28th of November this year, I underwent a sleeve gastrectomy, a type of bariatric surgery where 85% of my stomach was removed, leaving what is known as a gastric sleeve.
Whether due to a dairy intolerance, cows milk allergy or personal choice to follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, getting enough calcium from plant based sources alone can be difficult to achieve. Difficult, but not impossible. With some careful planning it is possible for vegetarians to use plant based sources of calcium to achieve their calcium needs.
One of the most important things in professional football is diet, as poor nutrition can lead to poor performance and strongly impact the way a footballer will play. Footballers need to be prepared for football training drills and endurance training, and having the right diet is the best way to achieve this.