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 changerRead More
A little bit of abdominal fat isn’t such a bad thing. It helps to protect your vital organs, after all!
It’s a fine balancing act though as storing too much fat around your abdomen can be dangerous and has been linked to some pretty serious health problems. We’re talking heart disease,Read More
If you’re at your wits end trying to manage your food cravings and 3pm junk food crashes, then here are a few tips for you.
These are simple yet highly effective strategies that are going to help you crave healthier food instead of theRead More
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 withRead More
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 withRead More
Have you noticed how you can’t ‘get away’ with eating (and drinking!) like you did, maybe in your 20’s and 30’s?
Has your weight has crept up as you have got older? Your lifestyle could be having more of an effect than you think. We all know the obvious triggers such as eating too much and notRead More
‘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. Start with increasing the amount of plant-based foods you eat. Increase your intake of fruits, veggies, pulses and whole grains, nuts and seeds and cut back on the processed foods and animal foods.Read More
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. You can retrain yourself to break the habit of eating when you’re not hungry. It’s a habit that can be replaced by a more useful one that is going to help you reach your goals. Be patient and keep practising 😊.Read More
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.
Let me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren't just nutritious but also delicious and easy to make!
These foods are nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a long way; foods that contain protein and/or fibre.
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.Read More
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!Read More
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. Plus, a bit of dark chocolate – not the sugary, milky kind, can even help you to unwind too.Read More
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.Read More
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.
I advocate a completely plant-based diet, excluding all animal products, because of the multiple health issues related to animal products.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.
This situation is made worse if you try to lose a lot of weight too quickly. This is why I always recommend a gradual reduction in food using healthy wholefood plant-based foods. This also means you won’t feel deprived either – another reason why diets don’t work for people.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More