I have been teaching fitness for over 21 years now. Back in the early 90’s when I qualified, aerobics classes in Village Halls were the norm. No need to pay huge gym fees, just pop along to your local post office and take a look in their window for posters advertising their local classes. Usually pay as you go option and and away you go.
On ALIVE eating plans, you may have noticed foods such as avocados, seeds and nuts, fish, full fat Greek yoghurt – which in other diet clubs you may have been told to eliminate.
Fat is broken down very slowly and released into the blood stream, so it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Plus at least 30% of your calories per day should be from fat – good fats, and most specifically Omega 3.
People following low fat diets have experienced all sorts of fat cravings indicating the body is lacking something – fat! Don’t go for skimmed milk either; it is too processed and full of hormones. Don’t use low fat spread as it contains so many chemicals that mess with metabolism – and anyway anything low fat will have sugar added for taste.
Sugar = insulin = fixing fat in the cells.
Change your view of fat – it is good for you in its natural state. Transfats and homogenised fats in baked goods and processed foods are the ones you need to be avoiding. With urgency!
We now need to look at busting the myth of fat. A study done recently shows the impact that fat has on insulin levels. In one group subjects had to fast for 84 hours (other than just a saline drip). During this time insulin levels dropped and fat breakdown increased evidenced by the amount of…
Carbs stimulate insulin production in order to keep blood sugars under control. Insulin blocks the production of lipase, needed to burn fat. Fats do not cause insulin to be released at all, this means that lipase can be produced, and fat burning can take place. Protein does cause the release of insulin, but also…
The hormone insulin makes us and keeps us fat. When you eat carbohydrate it is broken down in the stomach, and converted to sugars. The more refined (white) the carbs, the more simple the sugar, the quicker it gets into the blood stream. So the pancreas secretes insulin to sweep sugars and other nutrients out…
Certain fats are extremely good for you. We are so obsessed with low fat everything in this country that we are creating a massive imbalance in the system. Essential fats have huge benefits and eating them in a balanced fashion can promote optimal health and support hormones. Research suggests
eating essential fats can help in the prevention of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Although I like a splurge once in a while I hate to see waste and am as thrifty as I can be with food.
My first thoughts on tips:
• I buy some bags frozen veg as its cost effective, makes a quick meal and doesn’t go off. I like spinach, peas and beans. Some veg don’t work frozen for me.
• if veg is starting to go off in the fridge I put it in smoothies, veggie egg frittatas or make a ‘fridge soup’ by chucking them all in with some stock
• I freeze herbs, ginger and chilli’s and use straight from frozen so that I can add bags of flavour and nutrients to dishes without worrying about them going off
Try these weekday meals to feed four people for £5 – they’re easy to make, too… Spicy pasta Cook 300g wholewheat pasta to the pack instructions, then drain. Meanwhile, drain the oil from a 50g can anchovies into a large pan, add 1 finely chopped large onion and cook for 5 min. Add 1tsp dried oregano, a…