Since having children (some years ago now!) I have failed to find any exercise I have been able to stick to and it was getting harder and harder to stay fit.
I have now been training with Olivia for 8 months and really enjoying it. Olivia changes it each session so it’s never boring and always challenging!
With a great temperament, Olivia is very encouraging and keeps the sessions fun.
I’m certainly a lot fitter than I was before I started and somewhat leaner too!
I can highly recommend.
The Top Ten Superfoods of 2019
I have touched on this topic before on one of my previous posts. What new Trends can we be looking out for.
Many nutritionists will tell you that "superfood" is a loaded term—and, sometimes, the health halo associated with so-called superfoods isn't totally earned or deserved. But when asked to list the best superfoods right now, many nutritionists chose staples that aren't exactly "new", but rather a healthy part of any diet—fresh produce.
1) Fermented Foods
Yogurt is a prime example of this category, as gut health continues to be one of the most innovative aspects of nutrition today. Consumers are interested in finding foods—like these four gut-healthy ingredients—that can help them reduce inflammation and detox naturally.
While kale isn't on nutritionists' radar anymore, this creamy fruit still is—and for good reason. Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamin E, vitamin C, B vitamins, and folic acid. Avocados are also chock full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and dietary fibre, with roughly 50 calories per 1-ounce serving.
From chia seeds to flaxseed and even hemp seeds, these small-but-mighty snacks are nutritional powerhouses. They’re loaded with dietary fibre, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
4) Ancient Grains
Quinoa isn't the only wholesome grain you should be enjoying in 2019. Farro, a popular substitute for enriched pasta products, and teff, which is similar to millet, can be used to top salads, bulk up grain bowls, or in baking.
5) Exotic Fruit; Acai and Golden Berries
From acai to goji berries, these deliciously sweet options are solid sources of fibre, plus they’re rich in antioxidants and heart-healthy fatty acids. Great to try in a delicious smoothie Bowl, I will be adding a great smoothie bowl recipe in my February Newsletter!
This superfood contains high levels of phytochemicals—including flavonoids, anthocyanins, and resveratrol—that help the body combat inflammation naturally. Other research has shown blueberries to cut risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as memory loss.
Beets have been shown to help offset the risk of many chronic diseases due to their high levels of vitamin B, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
Whether you choose almonds, pine nuts, pecans, or pistachios, nuts are one of the healthiest on-the-go snack options. There are many nutritional benefits to consuming nuts (mostly due to their healthy levels of unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids).
9) Coconut Products
I was a littlesurprised to see this item make the list. In fact, recent research has led to an all-time low demand for coconut oil, which was once one of the most high-profile superfoods. Last year, the World Health Organization released new guidelines asking people to keep their saturated fat intake to less than 10g of day—so, keep that in mind when cooking with coconut oil or other coconut by-products.
10) Non-Dairy Milks
We've watched as oat milk has slowly but surely surged to popularity in America and its quickly making its way over the pond (so much so, there was a hefty shortage last year!) But that doesn't mean people aren't sold on almond milk anymore, as it may be healthier than any other plant-based milk on the market. In fact, we've seen many non-dairy milks hit shelves this year, including pecan milk and macadamia milk. I will be delving into this a little more in the coming weeks.
But remember you really are what you eat.
Try and keep it clean and nutritious and fuel your body the right way.