Posts Tagged ‘Nutrition’

Hey Guys,

Following on from yesterday, I’m here to bring you some Fitness apps which I have come across as of late and feel they may benefit you as they have done for me.

We live in an era where “Smart Phones” have become the latest technology/fashion trend and with apps being created left, right and centre, I have taken some of the best Fitness/Nutrition apps to not only save you some homework but to also hopefully help you with your new goals for 2014 – I hope you have your goals written down and stuck on your wall already 🙂

In no particular order, let’s get cracking baby.

Dee’s Top 5 Fitness Apps

1) JEFIT – www.jefit.com

android_dual_phones

This app is superb! JEFIT is described as the “Worlds Most Dedicated Bodybuilding Software”. They claim that the software/app helps keep you on track, live better, and stay motivated with your fitness goals – Some claim right…Let’s explore.

I love the app as it allows you to track your workouts by creating session logs of how many sets/reps per exercise you have performed. It has a data base with hundreds of exercises to choose from. Say for example you wanted to train Legs and was stuck for exercises – There is a picture of an anatomical figure labelling all the parts on the body and all you simply have to do is click on the muscle group you want to work on, (in this case Legs)  and KABOOM – You have access to a whole list of exercises. It gets better though…

The app actually show’s you how to perform the exercise with a person demonstrating the correct technique and written instructions for clarity.  You can put together a workout from the app itself by selecting a number of exercises and creating a customized program.

If you are a newbie to the fitness game but you know the goal you are trying to achieve, there is an option to select a sample program which will set you out a list of exercises, reps and sets to perform – Pretty neat right.

There is an on line community that allows you to integrate Facebook/Google+ but I haven’t had time to explore that side of the app as of yet. However, I do believe that by integrating your FB/G+ account, you join a network with everyone else who has the app and can share your goals and continue being motivated by others around the world.

1

There is a PRO version which cost £3.21 for those of you in the UK (still cheap Internationally) but I haven’t had a need for the PRO version and can’t remember what added features you get to be honest.  The user interface could be laid out a bit better by making it easier to navigate around, but all in all I feel it’s the best app of it’s kind for working out and getting creative.

Dee’s Verdict – 9/10

2) Stretch HD 

10219908-1368728655991

Shouts out to my “brother from another mother” and training partner Scott for showing me about this app. The name say’s it all really lol. Stretch HD has changed the game by not only making an app with superb stretches but has recorded them all in clear HD – Thanks guys 🙂

Once Stretch HD has been loaded the screen will pop up with  two sections at the top. There is a feature on the app  which cost 69p but the rest of the app is free.

Under the sub heading “Stretches” you will see a further 3 categories:

Lower Limbs, Upper Limbs, Back & Kneck

Select a stretch to view a video of how it’s performed. The written instructions below the video will inform you what muscle group the stretches are useful for, key points for the stretches and if any equipment is needed…For example:

1) Sit upright

2) Cross ankle over joint

3) Pull knee towards opposite shoulder

4) Hold 15 to 30 seconds, repeat 3-5 times

It will then go on to explain what that particular stretch is useful for…For example:

Piriformis Syndrome

Sciatica

Low back pain

It really is an excellent app and one that I use at present.

The female doing the stretches is also some nice eye candy and for that…

Dee’s Verdict – 9/10 (What can I say, women are my Kryptonite lol)

3) My Fitness Pal

MyFitnessPal_610x386

This app has over 10 million views and for a very good reason…Where do I start?

I was first introduced to this app over 2 years ago now and it still holds a place in my life 🙂

This app not only allows you to track your calories but also allows you to scan the barcode on the food packaging and bring up it’s information to track the calories. They claim to have over 3 million food items within it’s database including junk food .

WOW, Technology Technology.

my-fitness-pal

Say for example you wanted to loose weight at 2 lbs a week – All you need to do is enter your information. For example, you’d enter your age, weight, target weight, height, how active you are at present and it will create a plan for you.

It will inform you of how much calories you need to consume on a day to day basis to stay on track and what date you can expect to reach your target weight.

Based on your daily calorific intake that it generates for you, your new role now is to input all of the food you’ve eaten throughout the day and it will let you know if you’ve hit your daily macros, gone over your daily amount or eat too little.

Screen-shot-2010-01-11-at-3.56.38-PM-e1263251515705

You can track your progress by viewing graphs that are generated based of your results over a period of time.

As with many apps being launched in today’s market, My Fitness Pal also comes with an option that allows you to integrate your account with Facebook, check on a friends progress (who also has the app) and send messages back and fourth – Pretty cool right.

I really can’t fault this app and for that…

Dee’s Verdict – 10/10 – SMASH!

ym-credit-rating-c_1006023c

4) BarStarzz

maxresdefault

This app here is not for the light hearted!

Does the name “Hannbal King” ring any bells?

Have you seen those guys on Youtube working outdoors doing the most craziest of things with their body whilst working out? If not, check the end of this post for a little surprise.

Well, I gave you that little intro as an app has been created around Callisthenics (a method of training) showing & teaching you how to do the moves they perform and the diets they eat. So it’s still a fitness app but with a slight twist.

I love the app, it’s layout, the concept and as a bonus, Callisthenics has always been an interest of mine.

I love the layout as it’s simple and so easy to use. The home page has a range of videos showing you some of the crazy exercises these guys get up to. A simple scroll to the right brings up a menu with the following sub titles:

Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Blog, Food, Vegan, Drinks, Routines, Quotes and some other cool stuff you can check out.

A click on each heading will bring you to a new page within the app.

Check out the drinks section as they have some pretty cool concoctions that may seem bizarre but actually look pretty tasty hmm hmm hmm 🙂

The app has some work to do before it can get a 10 in my eyes. I would give it a 9 but due to a few bugs it get’s…

Dee’s Verdict – 8/10

5) ??? – I thought I would try something new on this one. Rather than giving you a number 5, I thought I’d get some of you fine readers out there to send in some ideas.

This year I want to get more interactive with everyone and thought I’d start today.

Plus, one of you might send me an app that I’ve never heard of before that I can share with everyone else.

Send in your ideas and I will put it as number 5 giving you some recognition:(Website, FB Page, Youtube channel – If you have one)

If it goes well and we get loads of ideas, I’ll extend the list to 10 if necessary or more.

For those of you still living in the Dinosaur age that haven’t purchased yourselves a smart phone as of yet, no worries, books & video tapes are still available lol…

I’m only joking guys 😉

So, with technology on the rise we really have no excuse not to be keeping fit, eating well and looking after our bodies.

You literally have a personal trainer in your pocket with you on the go…

What does this mean for future Personal Trainers?

Well, if technology is always changing and advancing it only makes sense we do the same right…

That is why I am continuously learning, studying and getting new certificates when I can (Trainers, I recommend you do the same both for yourselves and your clients)

Come June 3oth I should be a certified Holistic Masseuse & then plan on studying Herbal Medicine/Nutrition – One of my 2014 goals (Damn I cut my work cut out lol)

Anyhoo, that wraps it up for today…

Quote of the week will now be moved Monday’s so you will have both me and Eric Thomas #TGIM to look forward to with a boost of “Monday Morning Motivation”

(Because the world hates Monday mornings lol)

MMM BABY 🙂

Hannibal King Video

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

Image

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 WOOP WOOP

We made it guys, the New Year is here and already we are 9 days in. Time really waits for no man.

The New Year is always a time for a fresh new start. The energy is powerful in January as the majority of the world are focused on making a new start. However, once February approaches that energy dies down as people easily loose focus on their goals or New Year resolutions. You may know someone this has happened to or even experienced it yourself.

When people set goals they tend to see the bigger picture which is what motivates them to get started in the first place and this is a good thing. For example, if you are 2 stones over weight, the bigger picture for you would be the lost of the 2 stones and a new you. However, the bigger picture can also work against you. Why you may ask?

Well, when you see the bigger picture originally you can’t wait to get stuck in right? A new you sounds great. But I find that once people get started, the bigger picture becomes too big for them and they loose vision as they can’t possibly see a way they will get there. This is why breaking down your goals is so important and I will discuss that in another post.

Today though, I want to talk about a subject most of us have faced in life or will face in life. I think it’s only right I share my story so you can see that we all go through the same things. That leads me to today’s quote of the week:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”

The reason why I chose this quote today is because I have come across PLENTY of people recently who are starting out at something new and are already being hard on themselves from the get go.

My Story

Image

Pizza Eating, Ice-Cream drinking – LOL – Never again

An example is when I first started going to the gymnasium. I was out of shape, unhealthy and wanted to look like one of those dudes on the front cover of Mens Health and Fitness. I love my food and was still eating unhealthily when I first signed up. Back then I knew nothing about staying fit and healthy. I had no knowledge on Nutrition and would order a Chinese, Indian or Pizza at my disposal. What makes it even worst is I worked part time at Domino’s pizza back then and was “very” cool with the manager. Very cool as in free pizza after every shift LOL (with sides)

It’s funny because it’s true hehehe…

Anyway, I had a good 8 years bad eating under my belt and wanted to go from Mr tub to Mr Stud over night.

“You don’t get from A-Z in one go – You have to go through the rest of the alphabet”

It’s the same with anything really. If you want to get good at something or you are trying to achieve something from life, you have to grind, graft, hustle and put that work in… PERIOD!

Work has to be put in, in order to see a result…

I’m sure you’ve all heard it before: 

Cause and effect & You reap what you sow – It’s all Universal Law folks…

Yet, you see so many people who want the results for free so to speak. It either cost them too much time or effort…

If only it was that easy. If it was, we would all be success in this life time. The difference between a successful person and a person who isn’t successful is the cost they pay – Not necessarily money either…

Image

I kept Going…

The journey to success has to start from somewhere. Don’t beat yourselves up. I use to beat myself up when I first started going to the gym. My previous self dialogue went a little something like this:

“David, why are you so fat”? 

“Why are you going to the gym, you’re wasting your time – Go eat a pizza”

“Damn you’re weak, you can’t even lift this weight”

It’s quite clear I didn’t love myself back then and I had to go through that stage in order to know and love myself. 

To all my guys out there now going to the gym and they’re new to this game – Please drop your ego and know that you don’t have to try and lift heavy weight because the guy next to you is. Ego lifting will get you hurt. You, like everyone else has to start from somewhere in order to build up your strength. 

Women who are new mothers – Don’t ever judge yourself and think your a bad Mum because you don’t get some things right…

~YOUR A NEW MUM – You’re a special Mother with a special little creation to look after. Enjoy the new journey and path you have embarked on~

I am able to approach people like this because I have gone through similar things myself (not the baby part of course LOL)

The more the days go pass and the more I look and reflect on my past, I can see the magical path I have been travelling on (I was blind at the time though)

Image

What self image have you created for yourself?
Are you the cat looking at the lion or are you sadly looking at it the other way round…

 

Me not loving myself was the magic on the path that has now allowed me to learn to love myself and help others in hand to love themselves – Can you identify the magic?

Me living a life with a poisonous self image of myself has allowed me to identify that image, re-create it into something beautiful and to help others identify their image and to re-create it also if necessary – Can you identify the magic?

I’ve now seen how Life and the Universe really works…

At the time of going through these situations (I used to call them heart breaking at the time) no way did I know the reason for them. This is why I say, when something happens, DO NOT look for the reason – You will just drive yourself crazy (again, talking from experience)

~Let life flow and the reason will be revealed when the time is right~

That’s why when I’m now faced with a sticky situation, I

1) Take a deep slow breath

2) Face whatever it is

3) Make peace with it there and then (Move through anger and negative emotions, never let them consume you)

4) Know that not only will it make me stronger person, but a person that will be able to share the story one day

Just like I’m doing now 🙂

I could keep typing but I feel I have put across today’s message (I hope LOL)

I will be covering a lot more fitness and nutrition related issues this year but I’ve felt recently that “life” issues in regards to the state of mind and humanity as a whole have became more of a priority for me. 

What good is living if you don’t love yourself LOL – I make a joke out of it now only to lighten the energy but it is a serious matter not to be played with.

Anywhoo…

HAPPY NEW YEAR ONCE AGAIN 😀

Really focus your attention on making 2014 the year of the change (whatever the change may be)

It’s your life, your thoughts, your reality and your time to shine…

My Love, Energy and Blessings goes out to you all.

NAMASTE

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

Quotes by: Lao Tzu & David Richards

Image

Hey Guys,

How are we all doing today?

I cannot say good morning any more as it may be evening for you if you are one of my International readers or even night time – So instead I will just say hello and send my blessings out to you all 🙂

Now, today I’m just going to touch up on this subject as I need to do some more research into this area, however, this subject is so interesting I had to share a little with you guys.

Let’s look at what Kirlian photography is and why it relates to the foods that you eat.

First we need to understand the Science

Image

Paramagnetism: Live raw food benefits your body’s electrical field simply because it still has it’s own paramagnetic field. Kirlian photography is one way that this has been demonstrated. Live foods add a paramagnetic charge to your body, thus increasing the radiance of your vital life force. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Fritz Popp discovered that humans retain, absorb and emit photons (light energy). 97% of human DNA has also been shown to give off photons. You absorb the photons from food to fuel your bio-electric field. Cooked food literally requires your body to fill the dead matter with photons so that it can be assimilated, thus weakening your body.

So what is Kirlian Photography?

Kirlian photography is a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. It is named after Semyon Kirlian, who, in 1939 accidentally discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate.

In laymans terms, it detects the amount of energy being emitted from the food in question (see picture above)

What I find interesting is that raw foods have significantly more energy being emitted than cooked foods, canned foods, processed foods and snacks. I don’t actually find this surprising to be fair, but to actually see a picture of it is what I find interesting.

Today is just to bring your awareness to the technology at hand and how it can help us look at nutrition differently and explore nutrition from a whole new paradigm.

I invite you all to research the subject and we’ll see what we can put together 🙂

Take care & eat well.

NAMASTE

Sources:

http://www.phreshproducts.com/alive-raw-green-superfood/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirlian_photography

Image

Hey guys,

We all know how important Nutrition is right. I’m sure you’ve heard at some point in your life: 

“You are what you eat”

A lot of truth can be found in the above statement…

Also, did you know that foods & drinks can be separated into a number of food groups. Today the 2 groups I’m introducing to you are:

Alkaline & Acid Foods

First we have to look at some basic science, stick with me here…

Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 – 7.45 ). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.

An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

An acidic balance will: decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.

he reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables.

Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison and extremely acid forming.

One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.

To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.

Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.

Conclusion

Today is just an introduction and I will be exploring this subject in more detail as I delve into the in’s and out’s and the do’s and don’ts through thorough personal research. 

We have to be educated on nutrition as we need to eat to survive – Would you all agree on that one?

I really do believe that the school systems around the world should make nutrition a compulsory subject so kids grow up know that Haribo isn’t good for them. That commercial should be banned from TV!

“Kids and grown ups love it so, the happy world of Haribo”

How happy you gonna be when your kids have been diagnosed with some illness related to their diet caused by YOU!

it’s time we wise up people, it’s really that time!

I also feel NUTRITION courses should be made more widely available educating parent’s about healthy eating and proper nutrition.

I just might have to be that guy to start these courses as the information is out there, it’s just a case of finding it and applying it to your own personal life.

But it’s deep because, you don’t know to fix something if you don’t know it’s broken. An example…

Back when I worked in Fitness First in 2010 – I was training with a client and we were discussing what she feeds her children for breakfast in the mornings. Cut a long story short, she was feeding them cereals loaded with sugar and thought that it was healthy because she see’s that very same cereal advertised in the commercials. In situations like this, she doesn’t know any better…

It’s sad though because, there are MILLIONS of parents out there in her position, clueless as to what their putting in their children’s bodies let alone their own.

I’ve learnt that if we want to see a change, we have to be that change…

So let the change begin!

With that said, I hope you enjoy the article and take something away with you.

Much Love

David

DEE’S FITNESS

Sources: http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

Hey guys,

How’s everyone doing. Upon doing my weekly research, I stumbled across this video which I feel is a genius idea.

What is the Meatrix you may be asking?

Think the Matrix but to do with animals, hence the name “Meatrix” LOL.

It is a fun, clever, animated short film that goes a long way in explaining some key concepts about factory farming.

There is a lot of dirty secrets being kept from us when it comes to the food industry and I am here to reveal the truth to you and to open your eyes as to what is REALLY going on with the foods available to us and to shed some light on the industry itself.

Nutritional education should be something taught in schools from an early age, but sadly it isn’t.

What is the consequence of this?

We grow up mis-informed and mis-educated as to what we are putting into our bodies.

We get sick and question why we are sick without ever knowing that our diets are making us ill!

Stick with me and I will show you the road to a better life:

Mind, Body and Soul

Enjoy the video and I hope you learn something new.

David 🙂

Image

Hey folks, I hope you’re all well.

I just posted this on my FB page and thought it would make a nice little introduction for a follow up blog post as I feel EVERYONE can benefit from this information 🙂

I’ll first start by saying, vegetables are filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and help to maintain a balanced diet.

Here are some benefits that you “may” be missing out on if your diet isn’t balanced with vegetables:

Fiber = Help with bowel movement. You may be constipated due to a lack of fiber.

Vitamins = The ability to prevent and treat various diseases including heart problems, high cholesterol levels, eye disorders, and skin disorders.

Minerals = Helps with proper functioning of the body. Most of the minerals aid in body metabolism, water balance, and bone health, but they can participate in hundreds of other small ways to effectively boost health as well.

AntiOxidants = Effective in preventing a number of age-related diseases. Clears the body of toxins and free radicals.

Today I’m just scratching the surface to help build a foundation of knowledge for those of you who don’t know this stuff or for those of you who could use a small reminder 😉

As today is just the introduction, I will expand further when I get some more time and list some vegetables and recipes 😀

Keep learning, Keep reading and Keep researching as:

“Knowledge is the key that will set us free”

NAMSTE

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

Sources:

http://www.organicfacts.net

http://www.fitday.com

Nutrition Tip #1

Posted: Sep 17, 2013 in Motivation
Tags: , , , ,

Image

I posted this on my Facebook page but I felt the information would be useful on here also…

Find the right balance between protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats for a balanced mind, body and soul. Nutrition plays a big part in who you are AND who you’ll become over the years…Think about that…

You can look at someone and guesstimate how they’ve been eating over the past 1-2 years…

What will people guesstimate when they see you?

**Obesity and diabetes are linked with Nutrition

**State of mind is linked to Nutrition

**How you feel about yourself is linked to Nutrition

**Your performance is linked to Nutrition 

And did you know that Nutrition also plays a a vital role in how you sleep???

Please don’t believe the information I relay to you…

INSTEAD…Go out and research it for yourself so you can find truth within what I am saying

Fix your diet and become a better person…LITERALLY!

For daily updates, hit me up on my Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/deesfitnessuk

Image

So, I’ve just been re-introduced to Cherries. My mum brought some the other day and my my do they taste good. Juicy, refreshing and not to sweet. While snacking on them with some almonds and cashew nuts, I thought to myself:

“What is the G.I of these little beauties” and off I went to do some research. (In case you don’t know what G.I means “Glycemic Index” just do a search on here or Google).

I’m starting a low carb diet come Monday and will be keeping fruits to a minimum, however, fruits such as blueberries are considered fairly low in sugar and Cherries had me thinking as they don’t taste sweet like say a banana and they kinda remind me of berries.

Anyway, after tons of research it seems as if a lot of the information contradicts itself in regards to it’s G.I, however, the health benefits alone are worth taking a look at.

I believe mother nature provided us with an abundance of fruit, veg, nuts and herbs to be used for daily health and as natural medicines.

I mean think about it, between the 4 we get:

Protein

Carbohydrates

Fats

Fibre

Vitamins

Minerals

Amino Acids

And a whole host of health benefits that can help treat diseases, kill bacteria and maintain a state of health and  well being.

Nutrition is a big part of our lives if not one of the biggest aspects to who we are. You see, through nutrition we can change the way we look, the way we think and the way we feel. I say how you think because  junk food can affect your clarity which leads to how you think. And I say how you feel because certain foods help with up-lift-ment whilst some can have you not feeling so great (another topic within itself).

Without further ado, let me invite you to read this article below I came across whilst researching Cherries. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

————————————————————————————————–

Cherries and their health benefits

Image

Cherries help ease arthritis pain

For those who suffer from arthritis and gout, you will be relieved to find out that adding cherries to your diet can greatly decrease the intense pain associated with those ailments. Excess uric acid in the blood is the culprit behind the excruciating pain that causes swelling, tenderness and inflammation.  A study done by the USDA found that uric acid can be reduced by as much as 15 percent by eating 2 cups of Bing cherries. Cherries can also help reduce painful inflammation by decreasing the amount of C-reactive protein produced. So add a little zing to your diet by choosing Bing (cherries).

Cherries help fight cancer

The distinctive deep red pigment cherries are known for comes from flavonoids; powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. Cyanidin is a flavonoid from the anthocyanin group found in cherries that helps keep cancerous cells from growing out of control. And, for cherries with the most anthocyanins go for sweet cherries with the deepest pigment; crimson-purple rather than bright red.

Cherries help you sleep

If sipping a cup of chamomile isn’t enough to induce restful sleep try having tart cherry juice before bed. Tart cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that helps make you feel sleepy. Two tablespoons of tart cherry juice has been shown in studies to be just as effective as a melatonin supplement. So, pour yourself a little cherry juice nightcap for a tasty bedtime sleep aid.

Cherries and blood pressure

Cherries are an excellent source of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure by getting rid of the excess sodium in our body. Eating cherries helps keep potassium and sodium in balance, and can prevent hypertension from occurring. One cup of cherries has the same amount of potassium as a banana making it a great substitute when you are not in the mood for another ho-hum banana.

Cherries help keep you trim

Eating cherries can help you lose weight and stay trim.  A cup of cherries is less than 100 calories and packs in 3 grams of fiber, which will keep you feeling full longer. Also, these little beauties contain many B-vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B6; these vitamins are crucial for metabolism and convert nutrients into energy. What could be better than eating cherries to help you stay lean and skinny?

Tip: Cherries are not only healthy, but they are delicious and versatile. They can be added to everything from dairy, to pork; eaten raw or cooked down to make a sauce or strained for juice. Serve them by the bowlful for dessert at your next summer barbecue; just be sure to have plenty of napkins and bowls for the pits!

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/07/09/5-health-benefits-cherries/#ixzz2b0Pyuayv

2009_12_Nutrition

Hi folks,

How’s everyone keeping…I hope you’re all blessed and enjoying the summer.

I wanted to talk a little about Nutrition today as it seems to be a topic we all discuss and one that is very important seeing as eating is apart of our everyday lives and helps with our minds, body and overall well being.

Now everything to do with Nutrition cannot be covered in one post as there’s so much areas to go over, however, what I am going to discuss is Nutrition on a broad scale and how it will help you transform your body into something you’re happy with.

Firstly, when eating with a goal in mind, you need to ask yourself if what you’re eating is going to help with the goals that you’ve set yourself.

If you’re aiming to drop 8lbs but pigging out on chocolate everyday, be honest with yourself, is that going to help you reach your goal?

The same if you’re trying to pack on muscle…Are you eating enough food and getting in the right amount of protein, carbs and fat to help with the gym work? Again, be honest with yourself.

A lot of people enter this game half heartedly for 12 weeks and wonder why they never see results. They get ticked of and cancel there gym memberships only to return a Christmas later and 1 stone heavier (if not more) and repeat the whole cycle again..

A guy actually told me the other day that he reached a plateau and I laughed. A plateau is where you’ve been putting in the work for a period of time and the results slow down as your body get’s used to the training/diet regime forcing you to mix things around to get back on track again.

The reason I laughed is because this guy drinks every weekend and cheats on his diet whenever he wants to and has the nerve to say he’s reached a plateau, get real!

Some folks have this fitness thing all twisted but I’m here to untwist things shall I say LOL.

When you know what is right from wrong and still do the wrong thing it’s different to someone who actually doesn’t know right from wrong in the first place.

I use this example for when it comes to food choices. Some people like the idea of having low body fat…They say they want low body fat but they don’t really want it because if they did they would do what it takes to get there.

images-1

I understand it’s hard, I live this life…But hard isn’t an excuse anymore…

Studying is hard…1 hour cardio 5x a week is hard…Training abs is hard…Eating clean for 20 weeks is hard…A four year degree is hard…Being a single Mum/Dad is hard, but guess what…people still make it happen and push through. So what is your REAL excuse…Some food for thought right there.

Call it tough love… I’ve realised people need to hear it how it is rather than some washed down version. A lot of folks are lazy and can’t be bothered to put the work in. If your circumstances are harsh for whatever reason then fair enough and this doesn’t apply to you.

Eating right isn’t easy and the Government don’t make it any better by allowing junk food eateries to be put all over the place. Organic food isn’t cheap so this leaves people eating foods from the super market which is standard quality but not great either, again, let’s be honest.

Food prep is a art and a skill within itself and once you master it your 50% there. Preparing your food ahead of time puts you ahead of time – Ahead of the time when you’re out for a quick lunch and find your only options are Subway, Mc Donalds, PIzza Hut or that 99p chicken shop – You deserve better than that! Find time and prepare your food ahead of time! Develop that skill and art if you haven’t already.

50% Nutrition, 25% training and 25% rest.

Really and truly you want to give everything 100% but hopefully by breaking it down like this you see how important eating right is. It took me 3 years to finally come to this conclusion and it will take some a lot longer as there not willing to open up to concrete facts and evidence (maybe they know the truth deep down but also know how hard it is to make the change so they choose to live in denial…who knows?)

Eating healthy isn’t boring (who lied to you) and it isn’t necessarily that expensive either to be honest (A lot cheaper than pre-made and fast foods that’s for sure – Don’t believe me though, go calculate and see for yourself…you save money prepping your own food and know what you’re eating for sure)

Another thing is supplements…You girls are just as bad as the guys…If your diet isn’t right….

NO SUPPLEMENT IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU

NO SUPPLEMENT IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU

NO SUPPLEMENT IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU

bodybuilding_supplements

Save your money and get your diet right first. Don’t get me wrong, supps are great, BUT ONLY IF YOUR DIET IS IN CHECK. You can’t be eating chicken tika masala, keema rice, naan bread and onion bargie whilst taking a fat burner and expect to see results LOL. It does make me laugh but some people genuinely don’t know better which is why I’m here to help y’all.

With the whole supp thing, look at it like this…Eat good at 67% and train at 67% and a supp will work at that same percentage to help you. Keep it 100 and the supp will keep it 100, simples!

Like I said before, I know it isn’t easy. If it was everyone would be looking sexy on the beach ;-)…But you just gotta make that choice and say to yourself:

“You know what, I know I can do this…I’m gonna do it and give it 100% and ain’t noboddy stopping me” and you see from when you’ve made that choice…

The rest is history

It’s great to be back and I catch you soon

PEACE

09libido1

Foods and your Sex drive!

People don’t really realise how much food can help with different areas of their life. I therefore feel it’s only right that I share the knowledge I come across with you.

I was actually eating some dinner when this article came to my attention and found it to be quite a coincidence that I was eating at least 4 out of the 6 foods listed (pretty great right LOL)

I’m sure there’s a lot more foods that could be listed but we’ll start with these 6 and if there’s an interest in the subject I’ll do some more research and come back with some juicy info (no pun intended)

Below are some foods that you may want to involve in your diet, not only for the extra “boost” but also for their other health benefits.

ENJOY!

1. Salmon: Wild caught salmon is a great source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that help maintain the fluidity of our cell membranes. They keep our cardiovascular systems healthy by reducing inflammation, preventing excessive blood clotting, and keeping fats in the blood at healthy levels.

2. Avocado: They’re anti-inflammatory, so they support a healthy cardiovascular system and blood sugar regulation. In addition, they’re high in fiber and rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, the fat-soluble vitamin K, folate, and B vitamins. They’re also a source of high-quality protein.

3. Watermelon: Watermelon is rich in a chemical called citrulline that helps make nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels. It also contains the phytonutrient lycopene and beta-carotene, which act as antioxidants, protecting our cells.

4. Nuts: Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans are a good source of L-arginine which gets converted into nitric oxide. Walnuts also contain a plant-based omega 3 fat that’s necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system.

5.  Leafy Greens: Fresh spinach, kale, collards, arugula, mustard greens, as well as herbs like parsley and oregano contain high amounts of chlorophyll, which is purifying to the blood and helps to increase blood flow. Some, like kale, also contain essential fatty acids like omega 3 and 6. They’re a rich source of vitamins, including the fat-soluble A and K, and C, as well as minerals that keep the body rich in alkaline and improve energy levels.

6. Seeds: Seeds such as pumpkin and sesame are rich in zinc, as well as additional essential nutrients.

watermelon

Read more: http://www.youbeauty.com/nutrition/galleries/sexy-snacks#2