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How To Eat For Your Age - Talking Lifestyle Interview

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Eating for your age has certainly been a hot topic in the last few weeks. While various macro and micronutrient requirements do change across one's life due to variations in metabolism, muscle mass and hormones, there are definitely recommendations which ring true for any age - such as eating a diet rich in plant-based foods (particularly your vegetables!).

To hear more on how to eat for your age click here to listen to my chat with with Kayley Harris and Nick Bennet from The Daily Drive via Talking Lifestyle radio.

Are cheat days good or bad? Huffington Post Interview

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Who doesn't love to treat themselves! The thought of having a whole day to go to town on absolutely anything one's little heart desires is music to many peoples ears! 

In theory, a cheat daysounds great!  An allocated amount of time where you can splurge on whatever and in whichever quantity you want all day, be it doughnuts, pancakes, cake, pizza, burgers or fries (or all of the above).

But is this a reality? Are cheat days and meals helpful, or simply pointless?

If you want to read more about my thoughts on cheat days, what they actually do to your metabolism and how often you can afford to treat yourself, then click on this click for more information  

Better Living Interview - Is it OK to eat the same thing everyday?

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Have you found yourself in a good routine with your eating? You have a favourite breakfast, a lunch which works with your on-the-go routine and a dinner which is just easy?

It is always a good feeling when you have a good routine. In my experience, I find most people function at their best when in a good rythum. But can the same be said when we are talking about your nutrition? Is eating the same thing everyday OK?

While I definietly encourage my clients and athletes to have a routine with their eating and some consistency with their meals and snacks, I still encourage nutritional diversity to ensure all requirements are being met.

I am a big advocate of eating nutritious, delcious and simple meals. Here are some of my key tips to creating diversity in your routine so you can eat something similair each day, without falling into the trap of eating the exact-same-thing-every-single-day. 

1. Use seasonal fruit and vegetables in your meals.

2. Mix up the source of protein in your lunch and dinner.

3. Change the source of healthy fats in your meals. 

4. Alternate the source of good quality carbohydrates in your meals. 

If you want to hear my chat with Deb Knight on Better Living where I discuss my thoughts on 'if eating the same thing everyday is OK' then click on this link

 

How much exercise is too much? Huffington Post Interview

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 Regular physical activity can help reduce your risk of long term health issues. It can also make you feel good, and look pretty great as well. However, too much exercise can actually be detrimental to physical, mental and emotional health. 

The exact amount of times or minutes you should exercise per week depends on factors like your body composition goals, training background, age and overall health status.

To read more about the benefits of exercise, how much exercise you should be doing, the importance of rest days and the signs of excessive exercise  click here.

 

Better Living Interview - Oats, the breakfast of champions

If I had to compile a list of foods I would classify as 'super'foods' oats would definitely be high on that list!  These very nutritious, delicious and versatile whole grains are easy to prepare, extremely cost effective and are basically a blank nutritional canvas waiting to be turned into a variety of masterpieces.

Some key nutritional facts about oats you should know;

o   They are a source of whole grains which mean they are nutrient rich and packed full of B vitamins, antioxidants, and proteins.

o   They contain slow release carbs which sustain energy release.

o   They are rich in fibre which is important for gut health and helps keep us regular.

o   They also contain a soluble fibre called beta-glucans which act like a sponge binding cholesterol so it can’t be absorbed and instead is removed from the body

o   They are naturally low in sodium

Click here to listen to my interview with Deborah Knight and Chef Daniel where we discuss all things oats.