Top 10 Tips: How to Stay Healthy on Holiday

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Don’t get me wrong, holidays are meant for eating, drinking and general indulgence. I’m not about to tell you to track your calories or steer completely clear of alcohol; but instead give you my top tips to ensure you feel your absolute best throughout your holiday; not just for the first 3 hours. Otherwise, what was the point of eating salad for lunch every day for the past 6 weeks and all those sweaty hours spent in the gym?! Continue reading

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Fuelling the Marathon. Carb-Loading 101.

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Everyone talks about carb loading, but how important really is that XXL bowl of pasta the night before your first marathon? Knowing what to eat before a long run can be confusing. The internet is full of info on running nutrition and hydration, with so much detail that it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and even more confused than you were to begin with. This post will keep things as simple as possible and hopefully help you work out a pre-run meal plan that suits you whilst maximising race-day performance. Continue reading

Balance Festival 2017

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Unless you’ve been living in a deep dark hole for the past few weeks, you would know that the first ever Balance Festival was taking place this weekend. Whether you’re a complete newbie to the ever-growing London fitness fanatic army or had to make one of life’s hardest decisions this weekend (Body Power? What’s Body Power?), this 3 day celebration of food, fitness and wellness has something for everyone. Whether you’re planning on heading to The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane today, or just want to get excited for next year (363 day to go!), keep on reading for a full review of my ideal, jam-packed Saturday. Don’t worry if you haven’t got pre-purchased festival tickets as they are available on the door for £35.  Continue reading

The Beginner’s Guide to Macros

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As some of you may have read in my previous most, I have decided to experiment with my macros. I won’t ramble on about why I have decided to start tracking my calorie and protein intake in this post, but if you want to find out more about my reasoning, head on over to https://mybusinessbody.com/2017/02/14/why-ive-decided-to-track-my-macros/.

In this post, I’m going to clear up all those confusions. Bulking? Cutting? “IIFYM”? These are all buzz words we don’t hear the end of these days, and until recently, I had no idea what 99% of them meant. If you’re like me and think “TDEE” is some sort of medical disease, carry on readin’.  In 5 minutes time, you’ll be a complete macro pro.

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Why I’ve decided to track my macros.

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Nope, I’m not entering into a bikini comp and nope, I’m not “shredding” or looking to gain muscle. The reason I’ve decided to experiment with calorie intake and macro composition is to learn more about my body, what I fuel it with and what a “balanced diet” really is. I have never been someone who counts calories or tries to pack as much protein as physically possible into every meal but at the same time, I am very aware of what I put into my body but generally I eat what I want, how much I want and when I want.  Continue reading

Choc-Chip Banana Bread (FODMAP)

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These bad boys are the perfect pre-workout snack. You may be tempted to skip the kcals before you hit the gym, but don’t. Not eating before you hit the gym can result in low blood sugar and a less-than-satisfying workout. Correct fuel = better workout.

Bananas are the ideal pre-workout fuel. They are full of digestible carbs (energy) and potassium. Potassium is essential for muscle function and deficiencies can result in cramping. 1 banana contains 10% of your recommended daily intake.

Enjoy these straight out of the oven, with a dollop of greek yog or my personal favourite; smothered in crunchy PB and a good squeeze of maple syrup.

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FODMAP? WTF is FODMAP?!

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The FODMAP diet & my story

Put simply, FODMAP is a diet. It is often recommended for people who struggle with IBS, indigestion and bloating.

I love food. But about 3 years ago, I had severe food poisoning which developed into gastroenteritis. Following 8 weeks of stomach cramps, endless trips to the toilet and a complete lack-of-appetite, I was left with a digestive system that seemed to react to anything I put in my body. Meals would leave me bloated to the extent that I looked 7 months pregnant and no matter how much I exercised, I still felt ‘heavy’. In short, the bathroom and I were too well acquainted; in the wrong way. As these episodes became more and more of a normality, I began to worry less and less about it.

A couple of months ago, I started reading about FODMAP. This was not the first time I had read about the diet, but I had refused to try it previously because in all honesty, I love food  A LOT and the diet appeared far too restricting. So why this time? I am not trying FODMAP because I am concerned about my general health or because it is severely impacting my every day life, but because I wish to finally try and take control of my digestion and establish what I am eating that is upsetting my body so much.

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