It can be so tempting to replace the animal products you were eating with vegan burgers, cheese and ice-cream. It’s totally understandable that you might go through this phase, but it’s really important these are only eaten occasionally, and they’re not the mainstay of your diet. These foods are generally very refined and lack essential nutrients. These foods are generally very refined and lack essential nutrients.
When it comes to losing weight the healthy plant-based way, your mindset can play a big part in whether you are going to be successful. Approaching weight loss from the wrong perspective is one of the biggest reasons why so many people fail with eating plans. And on the flip side, getting your mindset right can be a game changer
Do you find you do quite well with what you’re eating in the day and then your good intentions go by the wayside come evening, when you know you’re not really hungry? When many of my clients first come to me, they tell me that after dinner and watching TV is the time they struggle and end up reaching for the snacks
Do you struggle with comfort eating while you’re at work? It’s something I know I used to do – a lot! I used to see a lot of my colleagues constantly raiding their sweet drawer or heading off to the vending machine or tuck shop too (yes, one place I worked had a tuck shop – less shop, more a large plastic container filled with
What you eat can affect many areas of your health from your mood to how well you sleep. As you’ll see in this blog, your body needs a wide range of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to keep you in great physical and mental condition so it’s important to nourish it with
Whether it’s to eat more healthily, give up chocolate, start exercising or lose weight, many people believe they don’t have the motivation to do these things, or they have the motivation, but it soon starts to wane. I know, I’ve been there! Going to the gym then stopping, eating a whole
‘Baby steps’ If you have a lot of weight to lose and it can be overwhelming to think about how much you ant to lose in total. Break it down and think about what you want to achieve in a smaller time frame. It can also be useful to not focus on weight so much, but just eating more healthily and getting some exercise.
Break the cycle of emotional eating. Many people crave food when they’re not hungry. Take a moment to recognise this and to ask yourself what you’re feeling. I encourage everyone to find a distraction that works for them. This could be anything from doing some exercises to having a chat with a friend.
If your body has trouble digesting specific foods, it can affect your hormones, metabolism, or even cause inflammation and result in any of the symptoms listed above. And these can affect any (or all) parts of the body, not just your gastrointestinal system.
Well as the carol goes it should be ‘jolly’. But how many of you find it all a bit stressful? Extra alcohol, lack of routine, lots of food being offered to you, plus the stress of doing so much and worrying about everyone else can play havoc on your healthy eating.
Here are 9 tips to help you to stay on track and healthy into the New Year:
Maybe you’ve started to eat better, you’re eating a lot more plant-based now and maybe you’re losing weight. Nourishing your body with a wholefood plant-based diet is key to good health, but are you active and doing some exercises too? Although you can lose weight without exercising it really has so many health benefits to offer – mental as well as physical.
Cravings can be triggered by many things including; sights, sounds, aromas, environment, stress and more. A perfect example of this is a typical trip to the supermarket with the smell of freshly-baked bread wafting through the shop or popping to a coffee shop and the cakes and muffins are all neatly on display, right in front of you when you’re in the queue!
It would also appear that the standard Western lifestyle could be the main driver of gut inflammation. A diet which is low in fibre, high in sugar and saturated fat, plus high consumption of alcohol along with high levels of stress, could all be a factor.
A plant-based diet is not a diet of vegetables alone. It is a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, which may exclude or minimise meat, including chicken, dairy products and eggs. The diet will definitely exclude foods made from refined flour and sugar, and certain refined vegetable oils.
You may not realise how important breakfast is if you’re trying to lose weight. Skipping breakfast means you’re much more likely to reach for the high sugar, high fat snacks when your energy plummets mid-morning. Breakfast is not the time to try and shave a few calories off what you’re eating.
Lots of foods will have words like ‘reduced fat’ or ‘less sugar’ and these are used to make you think it’s a healthy choice. If it says ‘reduced’ or ‘less’ it just means there’s less than in the original version. It might be a healthier choice, but not necessarily a healthy choice. In a reduced fat food there could still be a lot of sugar or salt for example. And something which is ‘less salt’ could still have a lot of sugar or fat.
People eat too many calories, not because they're hungry, but because they feel sad, lonely, or bored. Or maybe because they're tired or stressed. Or maybe even because they're happy and celebrating. All these feelings interact with our gastrointestinal, nervous and hormonal systems; all of which influence our calorie intake.
Ever felt a powerful urge to consume lots of sugary, fatty foods because you feel so tired? Not getting the sleep you need can have a huge impact on your ability to lose weight so this is definitely something to focus on if you are working towards a healthy weight. The good news is that a wholefood plant-based diet can help.
Do you know which shape is associated with a higher risk of sleep apnoea, blood sugar issues (e.g. insulin resistance and diabetes) and heart issues (high blood pressure, blood fat, and arterial diseases).
While dieting can lead to a reduction in the amount of fat it unfortunately can also lead to a reduction in the amount of muscle you have. As you may know more muscle means faster resting metabolic rate.