5 habits to Keep…!

Habits can be good!

5 Bad Habits to Keep 

All this talk about Breaking Bad – what ARE we going to do without it? – it made me think about knowing which of our so called bad habits may not be so bad after all!

WINE   It’s no secret that drinking large amounts of alcohol is strongly associated with breast cancer, liver and heart disease.  What’s more, binge drinking – defined in women as three pints of beer or six small glasses of wine or spirit measures – is on the rise with one in five women (and a third of men) consuming more than the recommended 14 units of alcohol a week.   But a strong body of evidence suggests that a single glass of red wine a night can help ward off heart disease and could extend lifespan, thanks to its being rich in the antioxidant resveratrol.  Resveratrol helps lower unhealthy LDL cholesterol and raises healthy HDL cholesterol.

Aim to:-  Stick to one glass of quality red each night, as going over that limit can undo all the benefits and impair liver function. If you tend to get terrible headaches even from small amounts, you may be reacting to chemicals such as ‘sulphites’ in white wine and ‘congeners’ in red and may benefit from choosing organic.

 CHOCOLATE  Chocolate not only satisfies a sweet tooth, the dark variety also contains the antioxidant resveratrol which could help with the body’s ability to fight ageing free radicals from food and the environment. A study conducted last year in the Journal Of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that cocoa powder, dark chocolate and cooking chocolate contained the highest resveratrol levels. Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine, which releases feel-good endorphins into your brain.

Aim to:-   Stick to a couple quality squares a day, of the dark choccy!  It’s difficult to binge on quality dark chocolate, it’s too rich. Chocolate shouldn’t contain more than six ingredients: cocoa, butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, sugar and milk with no corn syrup which wreaks havoc on blood sugar or trans-fats listed as ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially-hydrogenated vegetable fats’ found in many commercial chocolates. Read the label.

MEAT ? This one is debatable and not for everyoneMeat from lamb, beef and game provides ‘complete’ protein with all eight amino acids necessary for muscle-building, something few vegetarian sources can provide.  Not getting enough protein can cause symptoms like depression, moodiness, insomnia, fatigue and poor concentration.  Plus, meat is a vital source of vitamin B12 which helps energy production and iron, a deficiency of which can cause anaemia and fatigue. However there ARE other ways of getting protein (without the need to kill  animals) – like ISOWHEY!!

Aim to:- Try and eat vitamin-C rich foods such as tomatoes or spinach with red meat,(if thats your choice) to increase your iron absorption.  To boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, opt for wild game such as duck, or rabbit and ask at the meat counter whether the meat you are buying has been grass fed as meat from grass fed animals is far higher in omega-3s than those fed on corn or soy (most organically produced meat have been grass-fed).  Always choose the leanest cuts possible and if you can afford it, go organic.  Opt also for lean, grass fed and eat it less often, say three times a week.  The rest of your protein can come from healthy, low-fat sources such as  chick peas, beans, grains and lentils. If you are going to eat meat, white is a better option, go for the red on occasions

FAT  For decades we’ve believed all fat is bad, but the right fats can help control appetite, stabilize blood sugar and burn fat.  We now know not all fats are created equal.  There are essential fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids which the body can’t make itself, as well as healthy fats, called Monounsaturated Fatty Acids or MUFAs which can help you lose weight. A 2007 study found a diet high in MUFAs prevented participants from putting on fat around their middles.  There are also the saturated fats which we only need in limited amounts, and found in meat, dairy, butter and coconut fat.  Most dangerous are man-made trans-fats, and created when food processors inject hydrogen molecules into oils to make them hard at room temperature, and found in many commercial cakes, biscuits and sweets as well as many take away deep-fried foods.  These should be kept to a minimum as they are strongly linked to heart disease, weight gain and infertility.

Aim to:-l Eat and enjoy good fat in moderation. A Spanish study found that consuming one teaspoon daily of peanut butter could promote long-term weight loss and a teaspoon of butter at each meal is beneficial in terms of keeping us full for longer (and helping food taste better!).  Essential omega-3 fats can be found in oily fish, such as salmon, tuna and mackerel as well as venison, flaxseeds and grass fed meat and poultry. The best MUFA sources are olives, coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds and dark chocolate.  Try and eat at a little of each every day. Where you can, avoid foods containing trans-fats, listed on labels as ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially hydrogenated vegetable fat/oil’

CHEESE  Cheese provides essential calcium, important for women in helping prevent osteoporosis in later life and to the functioning of vital organs.  What’s more, as a certain amount of calcium is circulated in the blood, if the body is lacking it from the diet, it may leech calcium from bones, leading to bone loss, and because it’s excreted by the body daily, we need to eat a little each day.

Aim to:-  Generally speaking, the harder the cheese the higher the fat content so if you’re worried about fat you can choose the softer cheeses.  Our daily recommended intake of calcium should be about 1000 milligrams – 40 grams of cheddar cheese (about a matchbox size chunk) contains 310mg calcium, a 200 gram tub of natural yoghurt contains 340mg and a glass of skim milk contains 310mg.

Common Nutritional Mistakes – Exposed!..

I have been working with Rick Hay here in London especially looking at Nutrition and how important it is to be aware of pitfalls when planning your diet. Adding IsoWhey to your daily plan is a great way to start, but bear in mind thew following points to get the full advantage of the IsoWhey program..and see the results!..

Know What you're eating...

Know What you’re eating…

There are some common mistakes that we all often make when it comes to optimum nutrition. If you are able to eliminate most of these whilst on your Anti Ageing and Fitness Transformation you will really turbo charge your weight loss results.
So here are some of the most common pitfalls to good health :

  • Not eating every three hours
  •  Not including some protein at each meal and after exercise (IsoWhey is ok for the meal replacements)
  • Not thinking nutient dense rather than empty calories Using a high sugar or high caffeine pick me ups
  • Not dealing with stress
  • Eating too quickly and whilst walking etc – not smelling and really tasting and enjoying your food
  • Not checking labels for hidden sugar e.g in yogurts, health bars, cereals and energy drinks
  • Not taking a multi vitamin mineral or superfood daily – our soils are often depleted and this is a great way to provide essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Eating too much meat and too many dairy products.
  • Not having enough hydration – coconut water is a good option to supplement your fluid intake as are herbal teas.
  •  Not having a varied enough diet – this should include nuts, seeds and colourful foods
  • Not checking the label of foods
  • Not keeping a diet diary quaetly for a week so you can see what you are actually doing
  • Not exercising or chilling out enough

…Choose one or two to focus on each week and you will feel the difference!

No time for Fitness? – Workout at work!…

Def. NO excuses!We have all heard that one of the main excuses given for people not doing exercise is that they simply do not have enough time – people will often priortise work or family commitments over their own health – despite the fact that without their health they are no good either to their work or their family!

Most people tend to think of exercise as a means to losing weight, or maintaining a certain fitness level and of course a healthy lifestyle – but it is now realised just how important exercise is for improved productivity in the workplace.

There is a common belief that doing exercise releases a rush of the ‘feel good’ endorphins, and although there is actually little hard scientific evidence of this, anybody who has done a really hard workout or done a great run will certainly vouch for this – you don’t always need scientific proof to know something works!

So how can such exercise helps with our workload??

It seems that exercise may give our body a better chance at dealing with stress (a big cause of weight gain and lack of productivity). Exercise can force the body’s physiological systems to ‘communicate’ better than without specific exercise – i.e the cardiovascular system talks to the renal system, which then talks to the muscular system and these are all controlled by our nervous systems, which must also communicate – what does this mean? – that the more sedentary we are the less efficient our bodies are in responding to stress.

Exercise gives you Wiings!

Research from the University of Bristol showed that after exercising during working hours, participants “returned to work more tolerant of themselves and forgiving of their colleagues” – plus they had better performance shown by improved time management and better mental sharpness. This shows that it is more than just the feel good response but a physiological one. So, if companies provided their staff with this exercise ability, they should get in return more efficient employees, happier in themselves, working better together plus a reduction in sick days and greater attendance and attitude, thereby reducing costs and improving productivity, even if there is a reduction in hours worked, as shown in a recent Swedish study, where workers were given 2.5 hours a week to exercise, resulting in better productivity with less hours.

Further evidence is put forward by Dr John Ratey (an author and psychiatry professor) – there is a protein called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), and when secreted it boosts brain cell growth and strengthens cell to cell connections. This, it is thought leads to increased learning capacity – and guess what triggers this release of BDNF – that’s right – EXERCISE! This also works more efficiently when the exercise is combined with cognitive tasks, hence increased productivity after your lunch time exercise class, and a better time for decision making as well perhaps?!

Think better after Exercise..

So, exercise will help you to be more focused and think clearly, plus enhance your learning ability as well as the fact it can boost your mood and in turn reduce stress and relieve anxiety…when you put all this together imagine two people going for the same job – one exercises the other doesn’t, who do you reckon may have the better attitude/mindset and therefore chance of getting the job (all other factors being the same?)….it’s about looking after your body AND your brain, and getting along that career path quicker (and having more fun along the way!)

Here at Isowhey HO I have been teaching exercise classes for the last few months, (see pic below), I have simply turned an office area into a gym, I got some dumbells, a skipping rope and a couple of fitballs and hey presto a Circuit class is born! I also teach Yoga and Pilates on other days. So many workplaces could also implement this type of exercise system into their office space and I’m sure would see a great improvement in their staff morale. Having to go to the gym after work really eats into your own time, and by the time you get there, and get home and eat it’s time for bed!

IsoWhey Workers Workin' out!

SO, by offering this type of activity in the daytime, means no more

“I just don’t have the time” excuse!

What do you think? Does your employer offer any type of exercise allowance? and if they did would you use it?…

*IsoWhey employees completing a work ‘Cardio Challenge’

Wanna get Fit, & stay Fit?…here’s how!

I always think that just after a holiday period like Easter is a good time to re-evaluate “stuff” and go about possibly resetting what you need and want out of life.

Your health, I believe should always be your number one priority – you are no good to anyone – especially family members or work colleagues if you are sick. I have talked many times about the co-morbidities of being overweight or obese and no-one wants to have to cont press here…

Vegetables – are they REALLY that healthy??…

 I would like to welcome back our very own IsoWhey Chef… my guest blogger Janine Royce, who is asking the question, do we really know the nutrient quality of the vegetables we buy? read on to find out!…

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat” and tuned into television campaigns advising us to eat at least 2 servings fruit and 5 serves vegetables per day. These are good guidelines to ensure we are maintaining a healthy diet, but are we really getting any nutrition from our fruit and vegetable intake? Questions that come to mind… click here to continue reading

Exercising when Pregnant – what to do…

One of the questions I get asked all the time is


“can I take IsoWhey while pregnant?”

The answer (unlike nearly ALL our competitors) is Yes! But this got me thinking about the number of people who are pregnant for the first time and have sooo many questions about…well, everything! – including Fitness. There is a lot of media attention these days on how JLo, Posh & Miranda get back their pre-pregnancy bodies in such a short time – and this places tremendous pressure on young mums to do the same, except without all the trappings of personal chefs and PT’s (although don’t forget with IsoWhey you do get myself and Janine as yours!).

As with a lot of things FItness, there are a lot of myths out there press here to read on…

Bully Blog (Pt 2) – Childhood Obesity, What can we do?

The problem of childhood obesity has been increasing, way too much, in recent years, and a by-product of this, raised its ugly head last week in the awful bullying footage posted on-line of Casey Haymes. My, how technology is changing our lives before our very eyes!

We have talked about the causes of this, but what is now becoming increasingly urgent.. what are we going to do about it? get active, read more!…