Nutrition

Spicy Baked Chickpeas Recipe

A picture of our spicy baked chickpeas

Another long weekend – yay! And at this time of year there will no doubt be a few barbecues and lots of entertaining of guests. It’s standard practice when entertaining to lay out an assortment of salty and crunchy nibbles for the guests to enjoy with their first drink. Of course, these nibbles are rarely

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May 23, 2019 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Intermittent Fasting: What, Why, Our Opinion

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Intermittent fasting has been a hot topic in the health and fitness world for a few years now. If you search the internet, you’ll see there are a lot of good informative articles on the topic. Most of them tell you what it is and list the benefits and disadvantages. I could do the same

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May 10, 2019 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Healthy Brownies: Sweet Potato Brownie Recipe

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We’re approaching Easter weekend. If you’re trying to lose weight then Easter can be a real challenge, particularly if you’re a chocolate lover like me. Chocolate is everywhere. Or at least commercial chocolate is everywhere. Raw unprocessed cacao is actually very healthy, packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants. It’s the processing and the addition of other

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Apr 18, 2019 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Recipe: Baked Beans From Scratch

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We recently wrote about the pros and cons of a vegan diet. One of the concerns with veganism is getting enough protein to support the body’s protein needs, including the maintenance of muscle tissue. A particular challenge is constructing meals which contain complete proteins containing all 9 essential amino acids. One well known example of

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Apr 04, 2019 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Caponata Recipe

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We’re always saying it: Eat more veg. If you’re looking to lose weight then vegetables are an essential part of your nutrition strategy. They are low in calories, slow to digest, filling and packed with nutrients to help nourish you while you’re in calorie deficit. A lot of people eat too few vegetables because their

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Mar 21, 2019 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Top 10 Foods for Healthy Weight Loss

If you know our approach to nutrition, you’ll know that we are huge advocates of variety in the diet. So, it may seem odd that we have written a ‘top 10 foods’ article. First of all, let’s be clear, variety is by far the best strategy for optimising health. This top 10 list is a

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Mar 07, 2019 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Veganism Pros and Cons

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Veganism is unquestionably on the rise. If you want to get a feel for just how quickly and markedly this lifestyle choice is gaining popularity, just look at the stats presented by The Vegan Society here. Usually the rationale for going vegan relates to animal welfare or environmental considerations. But, how does a vegan diet

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Feb 21, 2019 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Is Low Carb the right approach?

Is low carb the right approach. Northampton personal trainers, weight loss, muscle

The low carb approach to dieting is very popular. It is viewed as a good approach if you want to lose weight. But is it the right approach? Is it even an effective approach? In my view no. For a small number of people it might be the best approach, but for the vast majority

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Aug 15, 2018 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Love your vegetables

Vegetables. Personal trainers, Northampton, weight loss, muscle

Vegetables are one of the most powerful tools in your weight loss arsenal. Why is that? Because they are filling and, generally, low in calories. So, you can fill your face with them and not worry about getting too many calories. That’s going to stop you getting hungry for a long time despite the relatively

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Jul 15, 2018 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments

Raspberry ice-yog

Indulgence; Northampton personal trainer; Northampton weight loss

Here’s a simple idea to provide a little indulgence after dinner.   The video is one from the archives. It was taken before the discovery of landscape video and involves a headless man!   We all like a little of something sweet after our meal. A lot of people will reach for the chocolates or

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Dec 13, 2017 / by Jon Bellis / No Comments