This week I was lucky enough to be introduced to the ten-to-one workout by Mikey (@michael_nowacki) at Fitness First Hammersmith. Lois (@loispia_vu) and I were faced with 50 gruling minutes of boxing, burpees, wall-ball squats, slams and sit-ups. The workout combines HIIT-style intervals with boxing endurance. As the workout progresses, the intervals get shorter and the intensity heats up. Continue reading
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.
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.
I originally started mybuisnessbody roughly 8 months ago with the aim of helping graduates and city workers live a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle whilst working demanding hours. I always thought that for someone who loves exercise as much as me, it would be easy. So I have nearly always loved exercise to the extent that I need to do it 5-6 times a week. Exercise is my personal way to clear my head and have “me time”. Some people like to get into bed and read a book, some like to roll out the yoga mat. I like to get on a treadmill.
There is nothing I love more than taking time out at the weekend to try experimenting with the latest superfoods and ingredients: Multiple attempts at “healthy” brownies (which never end up being that healthy), spending hours blending almonds in the hope that it will, eventually turn into something that resembles a nut butter… ya know the drill.
However, I certainly do not believer in forcing my love and passion for cacao, coconut oil and agave nectar on the general public/my friends. Cooking really delicious, impressive, satisfying food for friends and family can seem like a real challenge if you want to still keep it nutritious and healthy, but I’m here to tell you it really isn’t. A couple of weeks ago I decided to come up with a menu that incorporated some of my favourite ingredients, but still tasted normal.
These bad-boys are super-tasty, super-squishy and super-easy to whip up alongside your regular Sunday afternoon meal-prep. Full of vital nutrients such as vitamin B, omega-3 and magnesium, these protein balls are sure to satisfy that 11 o’ clock grumbling tummy or fuel you through that early morning gym-sesh. Just keep on reading for the recipe!
A couple of weeks ago, I began thinking of new ways to incorporate exercise into my daily routine other than heading to the gym every evening. And no, I’m not talking about performing the bum-clenching manoeuvre religiously throughout the day, nor am I going to tell you to do 10 squats each time you pop to the loo. It’s much more simple than that – run. To some of you, running to work may seem like the most hideously awful way to start they day. Why would anyone want to enter the office sweaty, out of breath and with a skin tone resembling that of a tomato?! I’ll tell you why.
For me, Sunday mornings mean one thing, and one thing only: brunch. I often spend my weekends venturing away from Clapham to the latest, most talked-about breakfast spot. However, this rainy Sunday made me want to spend the day curled up in bed watching films and eating warm, hearty comfort food; and that is exactly what I did.
Being sat at a desk for 12+ hours a day, 5 days a week has made me increasingly conscious of the amount of time I spend sat on my tush, so I recently decided to invest in a fitness tracker. Fitness trackers have become huge in the last couple of years. Jawbone, Nike, Fitbit and Garmin are just a few of the brands out there who are trying to create the most technically advanced, discrete devices for measuring calories, sleep and so much more.