Here are three recipes to help you with your diet when you fancy something sweet.
Chocolate and coconut bites
Ingredients – makes 12
60g coconut cream
1 tablespoon yacon syrup, maple syrup or rice malt syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
50g desiccated coconut
a pinch or sea salt
100g chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Place the coconut cream, syrup and oil in a pan on a low heat. Mix well and remove from heat.
Blitz the salt and desiccated coconut in a food processor until fine. add this to the pan and stir.
Transfer this mix to a bowl and place in the fridge for an hour to firm up.
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This is part three of my alcohol series. If you missed part one or two here they are:
Will alcohol stop you losing weight?
Will alcohol prevent you gaining muscle?
Now let me start this article by saying …
Alcohol is not all bad!
Moderate alcohol consumption can; raise good (HDL) cholesterol, lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, and reduce your risk of clogged arteries which lead to heart attacks.
Reduced risk of heart disease
Moderate alcohol consumption reduces risk of heart disease. Moderate drinkers have a lower risk of death from heart disease than teetotallers or heavy drinkers. This may be due to increasing HDL cholesterol … Read more
You love a good drinking session but you also love a great workout and building some real muscle.
Can you do both?
If you haven’t read my article ‘Will alcohol stop me losing weight?’ take a look here as this article will predominantly focus on alcohol’s effect on your ability to build muscle.
So let’s get straight into the facts…
Reduced testosterone production
If you want to build muscle one of the first considerations you should have is if you are producing an optimal amount of testosterone.
Unfortunately every time you consume alcohol this key anabolic hormones production plummets.
Studies have shown that consuming 1.5g of alcohol … Read more
There’s a certain comedic stigma attached to drinking and the alcohol culture, especially in the UK.
“Ever notice how some people talk louder when they drink? That’s why alcohol content is listed by volume”
“I’m not an alcoholic, alcoholics go to meetings. I’m a drunk, we go to parties.”
I’m not here to demonise one of the world’s favourite social intoxicants as it has some great benefits like reducing anxiety at social gatherings and has actually been shown to increase longevity.
BUT you’re reading this because you’re interested in losing fat.
Surprise surprise, many studies have shown alcohol intake aids to increased risk of abdominal … Read more
We all love a night out with friends. That trip to the cinema, the glass of wine after work at the end of the week. The latte and breakfast meet up with a family member or partner on the weekend but are you “allowed?”
Of course you are.
That’s what you want to hear right? YES you can enjoy your social life and still get fantastic results from your exercise and the rest of your eating habits.
First things first
Like most things in health, fitness and nutrition, ‘it depends.’
You have to seriously ask yourself, what do I want and what condition am I … Read more
The word ‘dieting’ can conjure up all kinds of negative connotations in people who know they should make a change to improve their health and body shape but already struggle with barriers to getting started like fear of becoming restricted, miserable and frustrated by the regimented eating pattern most people think ‘dieting’ consists of.
Even the word ‘dieting’ itself has become a word that the ‘politically correct police’ would ask us to shy away from in fear that we will damage peoples emotions in some way…..
The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t matter what you call it, the reason … Read more
We all love a cup of coffee now and again. Some of us use it as a powerful pre workout, some of us use it as a pick me up on the way to work and some of us just love it!
I could write about the pros and cons of coffee spanning a few articles but this is simply for those that fancy a cup without the added sugar or milk and are looking for a way to enhance the flavour.
Coffee with cinnamon
Simply stirring in half a teaspoon of cinnamon into your pre workout or morning coffee will give it … Read more