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Over-Training – Diet Tricks for Upset Stomachs

Over-Training Diet Tricks for Upset Stomachs

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From a young age me and my stomach have not seen eye to eye – and by the age of 21 we had officially fallen out to the point where i was hospitalized. Granted Crohn’s disease is a little more complicated than an upset stomach, it is however fair to say that a lot of the side effects/symptoms of my Crohn’s revolves around my stomachs ability or i should say inability to digest food.

There is a lot of advice and supplements available for digestive health so here is my take on what has worked best for me over the years. (This advice can be used to help you with your IBD or IBS or even general diet advice when you are experiencing stomach issues. ) ibs_ibd-venn-diagrams

The first thing i want to say is ‘Everyone is different’ so rather than take one piece of advice as gospel i would always try and see- ‘what may work for others might not work for you’.

I have found that at times of stress (or times when my body is fighting off other issues), that certain foods that are normally fine in my diet, have to be removed till i’m 100% again – so this illustrates the need for you to better understand your body and why a food diary works so well, despite being a pain in the ass (forgive the pun). (For example i love crunchy peanutbutter but during times of stress or a flair up my body will reject peanutbutter unless it is the ultra smooth kind….. ridiculous i know but such is life.)

One piece of advice (non dietary) that i always offer to anyone coming to me to complain about their stomachs is that a good exercise regime not only helps to de-stress the body but exercise itself can actually help improve the efficiency of the digestive process.. Win win right! …. Exercise can also help increase your appetite which for many people suffering from IBS  or IBD
is useful as these conditions usually cause the patient to loose their appetite therefore further increasing their risk of becoming deficient in certain vitamins and minerals further exacerbating their condition.  (It should go without saying that exercise has many other health benefits so i will not use any more of this article to discuss training itself but more the diet side of things)

So now onto the big area of what to eat- to be honest as previously stated their is no one right answer, depending on your condition IBS-Cartoonwhether it is IBS or IBD or just an allergy you will find different foods affect you differently, therefore dietary recommendations must be individualized.

That being said, I would usually recommend an Elimination diet– The Elimination diet (as the name suggests) is a diet which involves systematically removing foods or ingredients that are considered trigger foods (gluten, dairy, sugars, fatty foods) and determining which ones are causing the problems. Obviously you need to be careful when doing this so as to substitute other foods into your diets that provide the same nutrients, for example if removing dairy products, it is important to replace the calcium and Vitamin D in your diet via another source (almond milk, pak choi). Many people who suffer from IBS or IBD end up creating a very poor diet in terms
of micro nutrients as they remove too much from their diets without replacing the micronutrients lost from other sources (people with IBD usually suffer from malabsorption anyway so they are already at risk of becoming malnourished)

Here is a list of things i would try removing (not all of these you need to add back into your diet even if it turns out they aren’t causing the issues.. yes im referring to alcohol mainly.. which has NO nutritional value)

  • alcohol (mixed drinks, beer, wine)
  • butter, mayonnaise, margarine, oilsIBS-Diet3
  • carbonated beverages
  • coffee, tea, chocolate
  • dairy products
  • fatty foods (fried foods)
  • foods high in fiber
  • gas-producing foods (beans, broccoli and onions)
  • nuts and seeds
  • raw fruits
  • raw vegetables
  • red meat and pork
  • spicy foods
  • whole grains and bran
  • Artificial Sweeteners (although these may not cause obvious symptoms, artificial sweeteners have been found to cause inflammation in the body and can therefore worsen symptoms)

This process takes some time but essentially once you have worked out what foods cause your discomfort you then know to avoid them in the future- therefore limiting the discomfort caused by the food you eat (obviously it is not always easy and some people will struggle to remove certain things from their diet so it really depends on the individual to how effectively they follow this protocol.. if you suffer from IBD like me the incentive is slightly higher)

For IBS sufferers or those with mild allergies, this protocol can be amazingly effective, for those suffering from IBD again it is amazingly effective but their are other factors to be taken into account so no guarantee can be given, it can however help keep you in remission for long periods of time as i have experienced.

Many of theses trigger foods are fairly obvious or well understood as to why they are considered trigger foods, however there are a few that seem to get misinterpreted by many.

Dietary fiber is often misunderstood and it is one of the most important when it comes to regulating the digestive process. Fiber is found in foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains. The fitness/health/diet industry is always telling us to eat more fiber and since vegetables are one of the best available sources of fiber it is no surprise why high fiber diet are popular with fitness fanatics. This however is not always in the best interest for those suffering from stomach issues. For many people with IBD, consuming fiber at times when their condition is active can cause abdominal cramping and bloating. So begs the question ‘What do we do?’ Surely just completely removing fiber from our diet will give us a diet void of any fruit or vegetables leaving us with a very unbalanced and probably very unhealthy diet. (I have been placed on a low fiber/low residue diet before by a doctor and whilst my case of Crohn’s was fairly severe at the time i would never recommend a diet quit so restrictive. (the diet basically was protein shakes and rice krispies- not exactly healthy)). What we need to therefore understand is the differences in the sources of fiber and how they affect our bodies differently.

Not all sources of fiber cause the same abdominal problems as previously noted. Soluble fiber– which is a type of fiber with the ability to dissolve in water can actually help absorb water in the gut, slowing down the time food takes to pass through the digestive tract, therefore it can help reduce symptoms like diarrhea.

Insoluble fiber on the other hand  is more difficult to digest as it pulls water into the gut causing digestion to speed up- Insoluble fiber can therefore aggravate the gut, causing bloating, diarrhea, gas and stomach cramps. When inflammation or narrowing of parts of the intestines occurs (In IBD patients) then consuming insoluble fiber can lead to worsening symptoms with potential for blockages in the intestinal tract.9932963d63c77eb8c09487f30f1dd68c

So where should i get my Fibre from ?

  • Avocado -(Soft, smooth, and chock-full of good fats, B vitamins, vitamin E, and potassium) One of the only fruits that contains digestion-friendly soluble fiber.
  • Oatmeal a good source of complex carbohydrates also provides a good amount of soluble fiber per serving
  • Bananas– if your worried about not being able to eat fruit because of the fiber content then try a banana, higher in the soluble type of fiber than insoluble and as a fleshy fruit it is easier to digest- also a great source of potassium

Hopefully we now understand Fiber a little better:

Now before this article gets too long i will just give you my top  Diet tricks not only for people with Crohn’s disease but for anyone looking to either eat healthier or reduce bloating and any stomach issues they may have. Starting with basic foods to eat:

  1. (As already mentioned Avocado, Oatmeal and Bananas)
  2. Mashed potatoes may be an easy food to introduce when your stomach is acting up as it is more easily digestible and contains potassium (avoid the skins — which are more difficult to digest because they contain insoluble fiber)
  3. Almond Milk (unsweetened)  – Great alternative to normal dairy milk- help replace calcium in your diet
  4. Eggs are an inexpensive source of easily digested protein.
  5. Chicken and turkey -both protein-rich and mild and easy to digest, making them a great protein source.
  6. Hummus—and well-pureed lentils are a terrific source of lean protein and other nutrients, and again easier to digest.
  7. Worried about not getting enough veg in your diet because of going low fibre then try vegetable soups (not the chunky ones though)
  8. Rice  may not be super-nutritious, but easy on the gut. They can also provide the calories you need during intestinally challenging times
  9. Salmon– great protein source that also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which helps reduce inflammation
  10. Nutbutter’s  (almond, peanut, cashew but the smooth kind- sorry everyone) high in calories and healthy fats- great if your struggling to eat enough.
  11. Greek Yogurt– rich in calcium the sugar that usually causes people with lactose intolerance to have stomach issues is altered and therefore many people who are lactose intolerant can still consume yogurt- Also many have probiotics added to them which may help aid digestion.
  12. Pineapple juice has been found to be beneficial for reducing the severity and incidence of colon inflammation in IBD.

Supplements: 

  1. Omega 3 + 6-  supplementation is beneficial for everyone since they are Essential Fatty acids (considered essential because the body cannot produce them on its own) and few people ingest enough through their daily diet. Among the most important EFAs are the Omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, both of which are vital to optimum digestive function and overall health.
  2. Multivitamin- With many people eating an unbalanced diet or those who have IBD suffering from malabsorption i would always recommend supplementing your diet with a complete multivitamin. For those that follow a rigorous training program your body/ immune system/ central nervous system is under extra stress so help feed it the micronutrients it needs to perform optimally. Also due to recent farming processes the vegetables and fruit we eat no longer contain the level of micronutrients that they used to (unless you go organic with everything) so even if you are getting your 5 a day its probably still not enough. 
  3. Probiotic- bit of a debatable topic with many but essentially many people who suffer from IBD or IBS have an imbalance in their guts between the ‘good’ bacteria and bad bacteria (some pro-vs-anti-bioticsIBD or IBS medication can cause this imbalance or the disease itself). Probiotics promote the growth of  so called ‘good’ bacteria in your gut which in turn helps promote a healthier gut alleviating the symptoms. I would personally advise taking the pill form of the supplement where the concentration of probiotics is a lot greater than those found in the yogurts you find in supermarkets (also the yogurts tend to be high in sugar and i dont personally feel they work). Not everyone will find probiotics work for them but its worth a try- i personally take Lactobacillus acidophilus when i use protein powders as this type of bacteria helps with the digestion of lactose and although most protein powders I buy are low or zero lactose content i find it helps prevent me from feeling bloated.
  4. Tumeric – Turmeric has been used in Indian and Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of conditions including poor digestion. Its main active component, curcumin, has been shown to possess powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  5. Ginger root- Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating discomfort and pain in the stomach. Ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance that promotes the elimination of excessive gas from the digestive system and soothes the intestinal tract). 
  6. Aloe Vera gel- The aloe plant is also a pre-biotic which means it creates a good environment for the growth of the good bacteria (pro-biotics) in the gut. It also has a great healing effect on all epithelial surfaces, the largest of these of course is the lining of the gut. The Aloe plant often labelled the ‘medicine plant’ is naturally anti-fungal and anti bacterial,  It has natural anti-inflammatory properties and It has natural pain killing properties. My mother used to use it for everything when we were kids so it only makes sense when i found the drinkable kind that i tried it and it does seem to sooth the stomach when taken first thing in the morning.
  7. Peppermint oil- peppermint is extremely useful for indigestion.  Peppermint  contains essential oils that stimulate the gallbladder to secrete its store of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. This makes peppermint a wonderful digestive aid for heavy meals. It also improves the function of the muscles that line the stomach and intestines, relieving  diarrhea, and has a calming, numbing effect on the entire gastrointestinal tract. Many people find that peppermints best feature is its anti-spasmodic and pain relieving properities-( i personally found it helped my indigestion and actually made my burps taste minty fresh which although sounds gross is actually quite a useful trait when suffering from severe stomach cramps)
  8. Dandelion root- a well known natural diuretic not often prescribed for upset stomachs but i have found it helps reduce that feeling of being bloated that we all hate (just remember to keep well hydrated when taking this supplement).
  9. Super Greens-  you can buy all the usual suspects seperately but i have found it easier just to buy a generic blend that contains the key ingredients Spirulina, Chlorella and Wheatgrass.. there are many more but essentially these blends contain a mix of these superfoods, (I could ramble on about the benefits of each but that would take ages so…) in essence they are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, enzymes, co-factors, and will help not only contribute to your 5 a day, but it is also easily digestible, easy to add to your diet/hectic lifestyle and will help alkalize your body.
  10. Glutamine- Is the most prevalent amino acid in the body, renowned for its healing properties in the gut. It aids in the production of enterocytes—cells that line the intestinal tract and play a key role in controlling the absorption of nutrients and prohibiting improperly digested proteins from entering the bloodstream. Suggested dose is 2-3g daily but i like to aim for at least 5g daily. See what works for you (but its cheap and no real side effects)
  11. Protein Powders- I dont always advise protein powders and for some people with stomach issues they may find that protein powders actually irritate their stomach, that being said,  if like me you struggle with time, you exercise a lot and your stomach sucks at digesting foods then protein powders (low lactose options with probioitcs included) are a good source of easily digestible protein important not only for muscle repair but also general health. Drinking your calories is sometimes the best option for people with stomach problems or during a IBD flare up. I would never recommend a weight gainer shake but if your struggling to get calories in try adding smooth peanutbutter, banana and powdered oats to a protein shake to make your own healthy, great tasting and calorific shake. images

So there you have it the main diet tricks that i use and advise you try to help settle that stomach- as always remember that with the elimination diet to maintain a balanced diet so when removing a food group try and replace the lost micronutrients from another source. When it comes to supplements they are very useful for just that ‘Supplementing your diet’, i rely on them more heavily than others cause my condition is worse than others but if you can get a balanced diet from whole/real food then i would always advise you do that first- and remember this is what has worked for me, you may find some of the supplements don’t agree with you or don’t do anything for you… Everyone is different …

 

Over-Training diet tricks

Over-Training Diet Tricks

 

Ted Talks- Reverse Dieting

Reverse Dieting

The Definitive Guide to Reverse Dieting | Muscle For Life

Reverse dieting is an extremely effective way to make weight loss and weight maintenance as easy and painless as possible. Here’s how it works.

Reverse Dieting is an important process to follow after either a competition or having followed a strict diet- or if you have reached a plateau in your training and are looking to break through it- by slowly adjusting your training and calories you will be able to help increase your metabolism allowing you to eat more food whilst not putting on unwanted body fat:

Give the video a watch- for more info please click on one of the links to more in depth articles or feel free to email over-training@hotmail.com

 

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Ted Talks- My Crohn’s Diet

My Crohn’s Diet

The above video is about what i find works for my Crohn’s disease- however Crohn’s disease will affect everyone differently-  the best advice i can give you is start with a plain diet and keep a ‘Diet Diary’ and note down how your body responds after eating certain foods- if you have any symptoms after eating a specific food, note it down and remove it from your diet.

Crohn's diet

Remember to try and supplement your diet with multivitamins, omega’s, green powders, calcium, protein and probiotics: Normal food is always better than the supplement version, however if you have a flare up a lot of food sources that contain the essential vitamins your body needs are found in food sources that are taxing on the digestive system (fruits and vegetables), therefore if you have removed these food sources from your diet you need to make sure you are replacing the vitamins and minerals via another source.

Foods to avoid:

  • Dairy
  • Fried foods
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Nuts
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Seeds
  • Spicy foods
  • Whole grains

As you can see it makes eating a balanced diet quite difficult when you remove all of these food sources

Not all of these will cause everyone a problem so by keeping a food diary you will be able to track what does and doesn’t work for you.

Foods to try:  Crohn’s Diet 

 

  • Smooth peanut-butter
  • avocados
  • Salmon
  • Chicken, Turkey
  • Eggs
  • White rice, white bread
  • Oats
  • Bananas
  • Rice Crispies
  • Almond Milk
  • Soups
  • Greek yogurt

 

Hope this helps and good luck

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Crohn’s Diet

 

Ted Talks- Alkaline Water

Why Alkaline Water?

 

Alkaline Water

 

The Benefits of Alkaline Water, Unfiltered

Alkaline water is different from tap because it’s less acidic—it has a pH over seven, meaning that it has a lower concentration of hydrogen ions, explains Alyse Levine, R.D., founder of the Eating Reset Plan. Time for a basic chemistry lesson: “All

Alkaline Water Claims to Offer Greater Hydration, Health Benefits

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Alkaline Water 

 

Ted Talks 4- Intermittent fasting and Carb Back loading

Intermittent Fasting and Carb Back Loading – Diet advice

Intermittent Fasting: 

intermittent fasting

What is Intermittent Fasting? 

Intermittent fasting calls for one to consume all their daily calories during a restricted time period during the day, known as the “feeding window”. Once outside this allotted window  you must refrain from eating all together, this is know as the “Fasted window”. The theory is that all the time you are fasting your body will have no option but to use fat as fuel, thus resulting in lipolysis, the breakdown of fat and a decrease in body fat.

Having a small feeding window rather than grazing throughout the day should naturally result in a lower total intake of calories- if performed correctly..

This type of diet is useful for people with a busy schedule or for people who do not like eating small meals often. Remember try and find a diet that works for you- if intermittent fasting is easier for your day to day life and are more likely to stick to it then it is more likely that it will work for you..

As with all diets i would advice you keep the food as clean as possible.

Intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting. Intermittent fasting is one form

The pros and cons of intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is unlikely to cause anorexia or to pose other health risks for most people and is particularly recommended for those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, or other disorders linked to overeating.

10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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Carb Back Loading: 

Carb Back Loading is a diet that i think will work for certain individuals but not for everyone. I was always taught to consume the majority of my carbs at the start of the day so that i can burn the carbs as energy throughout the day rather storing them as fat..

Carb Back Loading  is however a fast growing trend in the fitness industry that goes against this principle.

The idea is that you eat light in the morning and virtually no carbs throughout the day until you have exercised. Since exercise would usually be performed after work or in the evening the first carb intake would be after your exercise has finished in the afternoon. You then continue to consume carbs throughout the remainder of the evening.

Why consume your carbs in the evening ?  This diet takes advantage of your body’s natural daily fluctuations in insulin sensitivity in your muscle and fat cells, as well as the exercise induced increase in insulin sensitivity in your muscle cells.

By not eating carbs when your body is ready to store them as fat, (which happens to be earlier in the day), you instead consume carbohydrates when your body is starved of them (later in the day), and hence will be much more likely to store them as glycogen in the muscles.

After working out, your glycogen stores (‘reserve’ energy) will be depleted. This means insulin senitivity will be increased in your muscle cells, but will remain at a lower sensitivity in your fat cells. As a result, when you start eating carbs, they will instantly be utilised by your muscles, rather than being stored as fat.

Benefits: 

  1. Less restrictive- being allowed to eat carbohydrates in the evening gives you a greater food choice when dinning out with friends and family and allows you to choose the foods you want guilt free
  2. A lot of people get food cravings in the evening and this is when diets are usually broken- due to the less restrictive nature of the diet you can enjoy some of your cravings when you want them (although i wouldn’t advise  giving into the cravings all the time)
  3. Cortisol levels (stress released hormone) are usually highest in the morning- by avoiding eating carbs in the morning your body should store less fat throughout the day
  4. Improved sleep- consuming carbs increases the production of melatonin and serotonin in the body which help improve the quality of sleep (however this is based on eating slow releasing carbohydrates rather than sugary foods) (i do not agree with this point but it is one to take into consideration)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ted Vlog- my take on a Vegan diet – YouTube

My take on a Vegan Diet

vegan diet

History of veganism

of animal products. One of the first recorded individuals following a vegan diet was Dr. William Lambe in 1806. Later individuals included John Frank Newton

Veganism

The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet but extend the philosophy into other areas of their lives, and oppose
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Go Green- Healthy eating

Go Green- Healthy Eating

 

Go Green-Healthy Eating

Broccoli- Health Benefits

When I was a kid my mum always made me eat my broccoli telling me it was good for me- but then again she also told me Santa was real so I must say I didn’t always believe everything she told me. 

go green healthy eating

However have you ever seen how physique competitors/ body builders eat when they are trying to get lean- The answer is they go green. So there must be some method to their madness.

So why broccoli?? 

Broccoli (depending on how its cooked and the quality of the Broccoli itself) provides per 100grams – just 34kcal. It is therefore a very low calorie vegetable, however just cause it is low calorie doesn’t take away from the amazing nutritional profile. From that 100grams It provides:

  • 89.2mg (150% recommended daily allowance or RDA ) of Vitamin C – which helps boost the immune system
  • 21% RDA  of Vitamin A – helps maintain skin and eye health
  • 47mg Calcium and 85% RDA of vitamin K – both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis
  • 21mg magnesium 316mg potassium that help regulate blood pressure
  • Phyto-nutrients such as Carotene B, Crypto-Xanthin B, Lutein- Zeaxanthin- all of which are shown to help protect the body from many different forms of cancer
  • Broccoli also is high in dietary fibre (2.6 grams- 7%RDA ) – which aids in digestion and helps maintain blood sugar levels helping prevent food cravings. Fiber also helps make you feel fuller for longer.

So broccoli is a rich source of vitamins and minerals- it also contains more protein than a cup or rice whilst providing a lot less calories. It is therefore very useful for those looking to loose weight.

One of the most Important properties of broccoli is its ability to help metabolise Estrogen. The Indoles (phyto-chemicals)  contained in broccoli help convert excess estrogen in the body into a safer form- reducing the risk of cancer related problems associated with excess estrogen as well as osteoporosis. For men the benefits of removing excess estrogen within the body are well.. obvious. .

So for once listen to what your mother told you and eat your greens

Avoid Overcooking/ Microwaving as this will decrease the amount of nutrients available

 

 

Go Green- Healthy Eating 

 

 

The real cost of your weekend: Alcohol

The real cost of your weekend: Alcohol

 

For most people the weekend is a chance to blow off some steam, meet up with friends, go out and have a few drinks.

You work hard all week so you deserve a few drinks with your friends.. Sounds fair..

The real cost of your weekend: Alcohol

However the culture that we are now in is one of binge. Unfortunately the idea of one or two drinks in never just that. People go out and are drinking in the space of a couple of hours more alcohol than is recommended for their weekly intake. And  for most people the only worry is how much money they have to spend on this hedonistic weekend.

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What people don’t realise is the true cost of this weekend.

You might have read a few things about the damaging effects that alcohol has on the body

alcohol-effects

and whilst these are important to know and understand, what I intend to discuss in this article is the effect the weekend has on your waistline.

The food we eat provides energy and nutrients for our bodies- carbohydrates and proteins both provide our bodies with 4 calories per gram whilst fats provide 9 calories per gram.

Depending on your metabolic rate you need to consume a certain number of calories each day to maintain your current weight (this will vary from person to person depending on height, weight, age, gender and activity levels). Most men for example will need to maintain a diet of 2000 calories in order to keep their current weight. If they consume less calories then they will loose weight, if they consume more they will gain weight. 

What many people forget is that like the food we eat alcohol provides a number of calories per gram- the only difference is that the calories from alcohol are ’empty’ as they do not provide any nutrients or energy to the body. Alcohol provides 7 calories per gram. A normal pint of Bitters  will provide over 180  empty calories. If you have 6 pints on a night out, this is already adding up to over half your daily calorie intake.

This is without taking into account the new craze of spirit mixers. Where vodka and other spirits are mixed with fizzy drinks that contain more sugar than most foods. You are therefore not only consuming the empty calories from the alcohol but vast amounts of sugar which the body will eventually turn into fat.

The net result is a massive increase in calories ingested into the body. The body cant burn all these calories and therefore stores the extra calories as fat in the body = increased body fat

Just looking at the simple science of alcohol it is easy to see why people gain weight when they drink. When you consume more calories than your body needs, you will gain weight.

There are however other factors at work 

The real cost of your weekend: Alcohol

1) Once you have drunk alcohol, the body needs to metabolise it. Since alcohol  cant be stored like fat and carbohydrates in your body, your body makes it a priority to metabolise it first. This means that the body stops metabolising the other nutrients in your body, and therefore the fat and carbohydrates that were being metabolised will now be stored as fat instead whilst the body starts trying to remove the alcohol.

2) As the body metabolises the alcohol it is no longer getting the nutrients it would otherwise be getting from the break down of carbs, proteins and fats. Therefore the body thinks that it is lacking the other nutrients and  creates the feeing of hunger.

Ever gone for a kebab or pizza at the end of a night out ? Now you know why.

Whilst the body metabolises the alcohol it stores the other nutrients in your body as fat- so if you still have alcohol in your body when you go for that kebab- all you are doing is adding that kebab to your waistline

(if you ate something healthy you might be able to get away without storing too much fat, but who wants a salad when they are drunk.. No one.. You go straight for the kebab or pizza and therefore are ingesting anywhere between 15-70 grams of fat- More calories your body didn’t need)

If you are currently dieting – having your judgement impaired and stimulating your appetite is a recipe for failure- binge eating

It all adds up to extra calories ingested – and more fat being stored in the body. 

I’m not saying become a teetotal and swear off alcohol because for most people this would just be unrealistic…. but who says you can’t have the same amount of fun drinking in moderation and making small changes to what you drink and how you drink.

The real cost of your weekend: Alcohol

click on the links below to check how many calories are in your favourite drinks

Beer-Largerhttp://www.nutracheck.co.uk/calories/calories_in_alcohol/calories_in_lager.html

Cider-

http://www.nutracheck.co.uk/calories/calories_in_alcohol/calories_in_cider.html

Wine-

http://www.nutracheck.co.uk/calories/calories_in_alcohol/calories_in_wine.html

Alcopops-

http://www.nutracheck.co.uk/calories/calories_in_alcohol/calories_in_alcopops.html

OR

Vodka, Gin, Rum and Whisky 

The real cost of your weekend: Alcohol

The real cost of your weekend: Alcohol

The magic white powder- L-Glutamine health benefits

The magic white powder- L-Glutamine health benefits

There’s a white powder that has amazing benefits for everyone, especially for anyone who is planning on or already undertaking an exercise regime.

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No its not what your thinking – im talking about L-Glutamine.

L-Glutamine is the most common amino acid found in your muscles. L-Glutamine plays a key role in protein synthesis- helping minimize muscle wastage (catabolism).

During exercise your levels of L-Glutamine become depleted which will affect your strength and stamina. L-Glutamine is very important for recovery. Without supplementation it can take your body up to 6 days to replenish its L-Glutamine levels. Supplementation of L-Glutamine will help promote a positive nitrogen balance- preventing muscle catabolism.

Glutamines anti-catabolic properties makes it a very useful supplement for anyone in a cutting phase (calorie restricted diet). It will help preserve muscle mass during exercise so you are able to burn fat whilst preventing the breakdown of muscle.

A lot of protein powders and other supplements contain L-glutamine but for many people it might be worth adding an l-glutamine supplement. (most l-glutamine products are relatively inexpensive and I would highly recommend adding it to your supplement arsenal- MusclePharm – L-glutamine is one product I have used and would recommend )


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Recommended Daily intake – 2-3 times a day (In the morning- before, during, and after training- or before bed)

Glutamine is also a very important nutrient for your intestines and helps contribute to normal immune function. Intense periods of exercise although good for your health can be taxing on your central nervous system and immune system, your body needs extra nutrients in order to recover and fully benefit from the exercise. Supplementing your diet with L-Glutamine will help feed your body so that it can recover and function at the best of its ability.

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Nuts about Nuts: benefits of nuts

Nuts about Nuts: benefits of nuts

 

The healthy snack 

When i say nuts the healthy snack I am talking about natural nuts- not roasted or salted or any other version that adds unnecessary, salts, sugars and bad fat to it.

Natural nuts are packed full of protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. I would suggest a handful of nuts a day to anyone looking for a healthy snack.

Nuts also contain the amino acid arginine. Arginine has been shown to help  overcome erectile dysfunction. SO MEN- NUTS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR NUTS. Arginine has also been found to boost immunity and lower elevated blood pressure levels.

In addition, certain nuts like pecans, walnuts and almonds contain tryptophan – another amino acid that stimulates the production of the ‘feel good’ hormone serotonin in your brain, which can help ward off depression and promote a more relaxed state.(1) 

Peanuts are an excellent source of vitamins- including folate, riboflavin and niacin. All of which are essential for healthy metabolism and growth; a deficiency of them can cause muscle degredation and fatigue.

I Am not the biggest fan of peanuts, but peanut butter has to be one of my favourite things (the no added sugar kind) I like to add peanut butter either to my protein shakes if i am trying to add extra calories to my diet- or I like to stir it into my morning porridge. PeNuts about Nuts: benefits of nutsanut butter is a great way of adding extra calories to your diet, since it is high in healthy fats it is very calorie dense. (important for people who struggle to put on muscles cause they struggle to ingest enough calories)

Like peanuts, walnuts also have important benefits for your heart because of the omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids they contain. Both omega 3 and omega 6 are also needed for maintaining healthy joints and brain function.

Brazil nuts contain selenium, a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralise harmful radicals that attack healthy cells increasing the risk of certain cancers and heart disease.

Almonds (whole almonds not blanched or flacked) are another of my favourite nuts. They are packed full of dietary fibre and contain high levels of Vitamin E an important vitamin for the skin and helping maintain cell membranes. Almonds are gluten free and therefore are used  in many of the new ‘gluten free’ products you see in the super markets (almond milk is a great product and one that i advise you to try). Almonds are also a source of minerals, containing manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

If you research each nut you will find a whole list of health benefits for each. No other natural snack provides such a wide variety of nutritional and health benefits. Try a handful of nuts a day- you’d funny-squirrel-nuts-cheeks-what-picsbe nuts not to 

1) http://www.thehealthierlife.co.uk/natural-health-articles/nutrition/health-benefits-of-nuts-00841/

Nuts about Nuts: benefits of nuts

Nuts about Nuts: benefits of nuts