I know it’s been kinda silent here but I’ll be back to regular blogging VERY soon!
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I know it’s been kinda silent here but I’ll be back to regular blogging VERY soon!
See you soon
Sometimes the simplest meals taste the best.
‘Suya Pepper’ is a blend of spices, one of which is cayenne pepper. I love it because it can turn ‘boring’ into YUMMY in seconds
E.g. ‘Suya Mackerel’ below – it took me less than a minute to season the fish, which I cooked in the oven for 25 minutes at 350F. I sautéed the frozen veggies in a small knob of butter for about 8 minutes.
Dished my meal, sprinkled some more suya pepper and lunch was served. Simple!
A day later, I did the same with some beef – seasoned and boiled the beef until it began to get tender. Added a whole load of suya pepper and cooked in the oven for 25 minutes. Sautéed some broccoli and served
How do YOU spice your meals?
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Eating the same meals, doing the same workouts?
There’s one simple solution to this – try something new, it’s time to change things up!
Boredom with workouts stems from not seeing results and/or doing the same things over and over again. Find out what’s wrong with your routine by doing your research (you might be doing too much cardio, not resting or just not using correct technique) and work on a well rounded routine. Or go to the easy route, and ask a professional!
Do you run for 30 minutes every day? Start incorporating interval training, which will get you better results.
Do you NEVER strength train? Solution = start lifting weights, including your bodyweight (you don’t really need equipment).
Bored of your strength training routine? There are SO many strength exercises out there, don’t limit yourself to squats, planks, pushups, deadlifts, etc. Try multiple variations of these exercises e.g. squats –> single leg, split squat, squat pulses, squat hold, want me to go on? Also add new exercises to your routine.
And of course, never forget to stretch and work on your flexibility.
One more thing, have FUN with your workouts! Exercising is not a necessary evil, it is hard work but fun, and the results you get are icing on the cake
I’m currently taking part in a couple of Yoga challenges, and this has been one of the most enjoyable months (fitness-related) in a long while! I’m having so much fun, and learning so much in the process.
Boredom with meals can be fixed easily too.
The first thing you have to do is stop complaining about being tired of eating anything and do something about it. Healthy eating is not boring, don’t forget some people have sugary cereals every morning and hardly ever complain about boredom Some people say they HAVE to eat rice everyday… think about it, that’s the same thing over and over again.
If you treat healthy eating like hard work, it will be just that. If you start to think of it as an opportunity to keep learning and trying new things, then it will be interesting and fun.
Enjoy your meals, get creative and realise that there are a lot of healthy options out there! And if sometimes, you find that you are eating the same thing over and over again, set yourself a mini-challenge.
e.g. There was a time I noticed I was eating eggs at least 5 mornings a week – I wasn’t bored but I really didn’t want to overdo it with the eggs! I challenged myself to NOT eat eggs for one week, and this forced me to be more creative and helped me in the long run. I made meatballs, had fish with vegetable stir fries, had okra or vegetable soup, etc.
Think again before you get rid of your egg yolk(s) and only eat the whites.
You’re throwing away so much nutrition, and that should be a punishable sin!
Seriously though, the reason why everyone got scared of egg yolks and other saturated fats is because of a very flawed study that was done many years ago.
The results claimed that eating saturated fats led to heart disease, what they failed to take into account was the lifestyle of each subject. Their sugar intake, their level of activity, smoker/non-smoker and other factors that could cause heart disease!
Now, it’s finally getting into mainstream media (which is unfortunately, when people really pay attention) – saturated fats are not the devil!!
Excess sugar, trans-fats, inactivity, smoking, etc are things should be avoiding!
So please eat your egg yolks, enjoy them*! Eating 2 or 3 eggs? Eat your yolks!
*Everything in moderation of course! Aim to eat eggs ~3 times weekly. I’m working on my egg addiction, ha! Eat more omega-3 rich fish, and don’t get carried away with eggs.
BURPEES – The ultimate total body exercise – core, cardio and bodyweight strength! I don’t trust anyone who claims they like burpees… How? Why? :p
Anyway, now that I’ve really sold it to you (ha!), here are two variations for beginners and also for people who need low impact alternatives.
As you can see, the vertical jump is not included in either and neither is the pushup.
1. Start in a crouching position and step your feet back, one at a time, into a high plank.
2. Keep your core engaged – while in the high plank. Make sure you hips don’t sag towards the floor (lower back doesn’t dip).
3. Step your feet back forward and stand up.
1. Jump and kick both feet back from crouching position.
2. Core engaged in high plank.
3. Jump forward and stand up.
4. Once you’re comfortable with this, then you can add the jump, instead of standing up.
Please consult your physician before doing any new exercise. This is especially important for people who have pre-existing injuries or illnesses.
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To make up for my radio silence on this blog, I have a free download for you - I’ve put together 5 recipes that will help you on the journey to the flat abs you’ve always wanted!
I’ve been busy with the ladies on ‘Trimmer In 28′ and the 8 week groups (Book your free call and find out more here: http://adura-o.com/free-call/) but that’s no excuse for neglecting this blog. It won’t happen again
A new, very red recipe just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Last week, I got an email asking if I was interested in sharing a ‘healthy heart’ recipe using Waitrose ingredients. I said YES, of course! I’m all about healthy food, especially trying out new recipe ideas – today’s was inspired by a suggestion from one of my Twitter followers!
Waitrose have actually created a Valentine’s-specific healthy heart recipes page on the Waitrose website to inspire recipes ideas and healthy ingredients to use: CLICK HERE.
This recipe was originally with plantain and turkey mince but someone forgot it in the oven *ahem*. Anyway….
Why is this recipe good for the heart, apart from the fact that it’s here on my blog?
Prawns are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which help promote heart health. Every single ingredient in this recipe is highly nutritious and the end product is so tasty, I’ve already made it twice!
Waitrose Southern Sunshine Sweet Potatoes (1.5 cups)
Waitrose Raw King Prawns (2 x 150g)
Waitrose Intensely Sweet Full-Flavoured Cherry Vine Tomatoes (1 cup)
Waitrose Red Bell Peppers (x 2)
Unrefined Coconut Oil (2 tablespoons)
Seasoning: Ginger, Mixed Herbs and Pink Salt
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Before I go into simple recipe, I have to give credit where credit is due.
This is completely inspired by my friends at Fitter Food and their “Omega Breakfast Bake” recipe in their best-selling book (Read More HERE).
This is one of the simplest, healthy and nutritious to-go breakfasts out there and I love this because you can play around with the ingredients (both the fish and the courgettes/zucchinis). I’ve made these with chicken, turkey or sausages, and spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes and other vegetables. I’ll post another variation next week
You can make a big batch of these muffins and store in the fridge for the week. Now, isn’t that a super easy breakfast, no matter how busy you are?
2 small courgettes
200g wild alaskan salmon (tinned)
Seasoning (I used salt & thyme)
1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F
2. Mix the eggs in a large bowl, add the salmon and mix.
3. Grate the courgettes into the mixture, and stir.
4. Season and lightly grease the muffin tin with coconut oil (I used coconut oil spray)
5. Add the mix into the muffin tin, add about quarter cup portions to each muffin cup
6. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes.
7. The muffins should come out clean from the cups.
Eat alone or with a side of vegetables. My favourite side is half an avocado.
While we’re on the topic of recipes, I’ve been asked by a few people how they can purchase my recipe ebook.
The thing is, it’s not for sale, people who sign up for any of my online programs get it for free. Next one is ‘Trimmer In 21′, where one of the ladies has lost 7.4lbs and 7 inches with one more week to go!!! It starts on Monday 17th February, secure your spot today as spaces are limited