Posts tagged 2018
Five Weight-Loss Friendly Plant-Based Snacks You Will Love

The words “weight-loss” and “snacks” often appear in the same sentence. 

But that might also bring thoughts of "tasteless," "cardboard," and "completely unsatisfying."

It can be all too easy to just grab what you can when you’re out and about and hungry. With a bit of planning your healthy eating needn’t go off track.

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My 9 simple tips to stay on track this Christmas

T’is the season to be……

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:

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How Much Exercise Do You Really Need to Get in Shape?

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.

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How eating plant-based can help you conquer cravings

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!

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Haven’t changed anything in your diet but getting bigger?

As we age people will commonly experience lower energy levels, more digestive discomfort and weight gain, as well as aches and pains.

Ageing can result in hormonal changes for both men and women. And these can contribute to loss of some lean muscle mass, as well as increases and changes in fat storage on our bodies.

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How to Naturally Lower Cortisol - the Stress Hormone

Eat a variety of nutrient-dense whole plant foods; this doesn't just help reduce stress hormone, it helps all aspects of your health.

Lower your cortisol levels with leafy greens, whole grains, berries, beans, nuts and seeds – especially walnuts, milled linseeds and chia seeds.

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How a Plant-Based Diet Can Improve Gut Health

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.

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The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

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.

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Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

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.

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Confused about food labelling?

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.

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Common Weight Loss Myths Busted

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.

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Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night

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.

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Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

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).

Yep – that apple!

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Everything You Think You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong and it's Making You Overweight and Tired

The “calories in, calories out” philosophy (i.e. how much you eat) is being questioned with research on other factors that may be just as important. Of course, limiting calories, carbs or fat can certainly help you lose weight but that's simply not the only factor for long-term weight loss and maximum energy for everyone. 

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How to Eat Plant-based While Travelling

No matter where you’re going, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Here I am going to give you a few quick and healthy food ideas, to help you stay on track so you can plan what to take and focus on finding real food. While these tips can all be used at home, this is extra-important when you’re travelling. Travelling can throw your regular healthy habits off when you’re skipping time zones or even just being in a different place.

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Here’s something you should probably be eating more of...

Fibre rich foods are very important for good health. They help prevent constipation and fill you up without giving too many calories - useful if you are watching your weight. They may protect against bowel problems, including cancer of the bowel, which is one of the most common cancers in Britain.

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