How much wheat we eat

Gluten is headline news. Wheat is in many foods, and it seems more people are becoming intolerant to this innocuous grain. What’s that all about? Gluten is a mixture of two proteins present in some cereal grains, especially wheat. Gluten is Latin for ‘glue’ and is...

What is ‘functional fitness’?

Historically the role of a Personal Trainer has focussed on sports specific training, that is, training athletes and sports people to be fitter and stronger specifically for their sport. Footballers may have had a Coach to motivate them and teach them tactics and a PT...

Easy Brown Rice

Brown rice could be a superfood – a half cup of brown rice provides loads of nutrients, including 5% of your daily protein requirement, 8% of your daily fibre, slow-burning carbs and good amounts of the minerals iron, manganese, thiamin, niacin and folate. There...

Why Turbo Train?

Sometimes is just not possible to get out on a long bike ride. Turbo training is a great option, especially if you have childcare responsibilities, are short of time or need to train at night. A turbo trainer is a relatively inexpensive and compact piece of kit which...

Breakfast Jar

This is an idea I picked up in Australia, a tasty treat for breakfast on the go. You can even take it to work and eat it at your desk (although we all know you should make time to eat breakfast without distractions). Bottom (oaty) layer – soak ½ cup jumbo oats...

Alcohol audit

If you want to know just how many units of alcohol you are taking into your body, do an audit. You may be surprised to find out how many you consume. Working out the units in pub measures is easy, but at home? Gather together your glasses used for various drinks and...

Fabulous flapjacks

Make a tray of fabulous flapjacks at the beginning of the week and you’ll have snacks for the rest of the week. They’re excellent for energy on the go instead of those awful energy gels. Wrap them individually in a square of cling film ‘wonton dumpling style’ so they...

Hummus

A Scientific Exploration of Houmous / Hummus I have eaten houmous since I was a youngster and viewed it as a healthy option to fatty spreads. Imagine my surprise when I examined the nutritional content of supermarket houmous and discovered it was over 25% fat! As a...

Quick red lentil soup

  Red Lentil Soup 1 cup split red lentils 1 litre vegetable stock (or a litre of water and some stock cubes) 1 onion 1 tin chopped tomatoes garlic (optional) This is filling, cheap and easy, with so few ingredients it’s ridiculous! – Chop the onion and...

Playing Card Workout

Using a standard deck of cards, shuffle, and then select a card to build your workout: Diamond Striding Lunges Hearts Squats Clubs Star Jumps Spades Press Ups Joker 30 second plank Number cards, Ace to Ten = number of reps Picture cards = 12...