Lea is one of our Run Clubbers and she also trains with Julie in our Wednesday morning group exercise classes. Lea is following the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation (12WBT) calorie controlled diet plan. Here is her day on a plate.
The terms 'food allergy' or 'food intolerance' should not be used interchangeably. Though both conditions occur after the consumption of certain food items and might have some symptoms in common, the reason behind their occurrence is different. While the immune system is involved in an allergic reaction, food intolerance (also called non-allergic food hypersensitivity) is a chemical reaction and not an immune response. Food intolerance implies that the person has difficulty in metabolizing or digesting that particular food.
We are lead to believe that high calorie foods aren’t good for us and that we should stay away from them however there are some calorie-rich foods that can be beneficial to our health. These foods contain the right balance of nutrients including carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and even provide benefits like boosting the immune system, protecting the heart, and giving you gorgeous skin and hair.
Everyone knows what a burpee is and everyone loves to hate them! For those that don’t know, you jump into the air, place your hands on the ground in front of you, jump your feet out and then back in and jump up again. Some people add in a push up in between or drop their chest to the floor.
You would think it’s easy to fit in 30 mins of exercise a day wouldn’t you? Well I can tell you, it’s not!
I took on a challenge for myself to stay lean and fit over the winter months by committing to 30 mins of strength work a day, on top of my other exercise: running, walking and cycling.
Endorphins are chemicals that produce feelings of euphoria and calmness in response to external stimuli like pain, excitement and physical exertion. Serotonin is a chemical created by the human body that works as a neurotransmitter. It is responsible for maintaining mood balance, sleep patterns and appetite. A deficiency of endorphins and serotonin can lead to being overly sensitive to emotional and physical pain, cravings of “feel good” foods, excessive sadness, depression and other mental illnesses.
We have all heard about the glycemic index (GI) in relation to foods and our blood glucose levels but what about glycemic load (GL)? What is the difference between the two and how do we work out which foods to choose?
Around 20 per cent of beverages sold in Australian convenience stores are energy drinks. They claim to improve performance, alertness and concentration and are quite popular amongst young people, especially students and athletes.