Jamie’s butterbean side dish

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I've redeemed myself from spraying frozen fruit all over the kitchen this morning whilst attempting to open the packet, by preparing part of tonight's dinner in advance. I'm excited to be trying Jamie Oliver's recipe for a butterbean side dish, from one of his older books, The Naked Chef. See the recipe photo I've attached for details. It's basically leeks, garlic, butterbeans, cream and pa...
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Insane in the membrane…..

Not too sure my brain is thinking straight at the moment, which is hardly surprising, considering recent events. Just to say though, that to maximise brain health it’s really important to consider the different ways of improving your own mental status. We know the benefits of different forms of exercise on mental health, but it’s important to incorporate different aspects, other than...
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The Eyes have it!

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Which is the fastest and most active set of muscles in the human body? The eye muscles. They don't need any warm up; they're ready for action twenty four hours a day. Recent research shows that exercise supports healthy vision in a number of ways: Walking 2 - 3 times a week may reduce the risk of glaucoma, (increased pressure within the eyeball leading to optic nerve damage). In young...
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Healthy bones

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Notes on osteoporosis and how to maintain and improve bone health in the menopausal years (from FitPro article Autumn 2018) : Women spend almost a third of their lifetime in a menopausal state, when osteoporosis risk is high. Common sites of osteoporotic fracture include the hip, lower forearm and spine. Modifiable risk factors for osteoporosis in women include deficiency in calcium a...
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Appreciation. With more recent events, and my very unfortunate fathers passing, its made me ponder, question, and just think a little bit more than I do already, which is saying something! Despite me being very conscious of making the best of life, and not taking things for granted, that old adage of, you don’t appreciate things fully until they’ve gone, is very true here. I kn...
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Do it to feel good and reduce stress

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Exercise counters stress because it generally makes you feel good. Studies resoundingly show that exercise improves mood. Partly due to the release of beta-endorphins during and after the exercise, which are feel-good hormones. Also, the resulting feelings of achievement and self-efficacy (I CAN do this stuff) are part of the picture. Your body's stress response is to prepare it for a sudde...
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Daily time restricted eating helps weight loss and health

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I have been reading about the benefits of restricting your daily food intake to an 8-12 hour window and thought I'd share the gist of it in this blog. I know Stu has blogged about this before, so hopefully my points tally up with his. In essence, it's about timing your food intake to match your circadian rhythm, which is driven by the daily planetary cycle of 24 hours. Getting out of sync wit...
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Holidays – sometimes produce fitness and health improvements!

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Holidays sometimes produce fitness and health improvements! Well..... sometimes. Obviously depends on what you like to do on holiday. My clients this week have had quite varied responses to their summer holiday period. One gained 3kg in two weeks, felt sluggish and less fit from constant lounging by the pool in the admirable pursuit of reading books, another lost a stone by spending her time f...
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The gift of disappointment!

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The gift of Disappointment! We’ve all been there. You think ahead, do everything as planned, but then the result doesn’t quite stack up, against what you thought it was going to be. Obviously this can be disappointing BUT I believe sometimes there’s much more to be gained and learnt, when things DONT go right. If I can use my son Tom as an example. Last year when he didn’t make the...
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Client success story – Jenny

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[caption id="attachment_224" align="alignnone" width="300"] Personal Space - Personal Training Studio Bristol[/caption] This weeks blog is from one of my clients Jenny who I’ve trained at Personal Space for over a year now. It tells her own success story, proving it’s never to late to change! Why did you decide to take up personal training? I decided to improve my fitness after getti...
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