Nutrition Articles Archives - Fitness Inside Out

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18 February 20200

The concept of eating less meat for climate change is everywhere at the moment. There are more and more headlines about people going vegan and about the negative environmental consequences of animal agriculture.

A Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations report in 2006 advised that animal production contributes on a ‘massive scale’ to global warming as well as land degradation, water and energy use, deforestation and a decline in biodiversity. Animal production requires a massive quantity of water. It is estimated that 8% of the world’s human water consumption is used for livestock production. A kilo of wheat requires about 1,500 litres of water to produce while one kilo of beef requires ten times more water. Much of that water is used in manufacturing animal feed. Vegetable production requires much less water.

So here are some tips from Greenpeace

  • Commit to reducing your meat and dairy consumption by a few meals per week and tell five friends about your choice to eat less meat for climate change
  • Make fresh fruits and vegetables a bigger part of your diet.
  • Buy sustainable or organic fresh produce whenever possible.

So next time you are planning the weeks shopping, choose a couple of veggie meals and ditch the meat for fresh veggie options.

Need some ideas for veggie meals why not try the Veggie BBQ or Veggie Meatballs


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2 December 20190

It’s Christmas and it is a time when many of us enjoy the festive season. But this does not mean you have to abandon all good things healthy.

According to ‘Nutrition Australia’ we put on an average of 0.8-1.5kg over the Christmas – New Year period. 1 to 2 kg might not sound like much but researchers have identified that weight gained over the holiday period is rarely lost .Now that’s not taking into account the Christmas parties throughout December.  When you add up the calories of  a glass of wine, beer and all the yummy treats it easy to see how the weight can stack on in December.

In order to counter-balance these extra calories and avoid the inevitable weight gain, exercise has never been more important than right now. If you want to enjoy a few Christmas treats, we’ve got are some helpful tips on how to survive the Christmas season.

Eat Healthy

Remember the golden rule: everything in moderation. Be sure to fill up on foods that are high in protein and healthy fats (fish, chicken, avocado, eggs, nuts and vegetables) and limit foods high in sugar and saturated fats.

Poor diet and drinking alcohol can result in increased production of free radicals which can lead to cellular damage. Vitamin C and E are thought to protect the body against the destructive effects of free radicals by neutralising them. Antioxidant enriched foods include blueberries, acai berries, green tea, dark chocolate, and red and orange fruits and vegetables.

For Get the Detox

No detox diet in the New Year will instantly undo the damage that several weeks or months of bad lifestyle has created. Our liver and kidneys detoxify the body on a daily basis anyway, so it happens naturally. The key is eat healthily 90% of the time particularly between the party days. Try our Pineapple Blueberry Shake as a morning cleanser, perfect quick morning breakfast.

Get Plenty Of Sleep

The extra social commitments you have over Christmas make it very difficult to get your normal 8 hours of sleep. Unfortunately, failing to get enough sleep can have a negative effect on your body. That is why over the festive period it is extra important to catch up on your sleep whenever you can.

If you have a free evening, try to get to bed extra early or if you can catch a nap before going to your party, even better. Maximising the amount of sleep you get over the festive season can help your health.

Maintain Your Exercise Routine

Exercising over Christmas is probably more difficult than any other time of the year. You have more social commitments (so less time to exercise) and it can get easy to lose sight of your goals. Additionally, the increased consumption of alcohol probably leaves you with very little motivation to exercise.

If you have a regular training session planned with your trainer stick to it, even if you need to change the time or day to fit it into the schedule. Your personal trainer will keep you accountable and will provide that support and motivation that is needed throughout the festive season.

If you do put your exercise on hold over the Christmas New Year period, make sure you get in 20 mins of exercise daily,  simply go for a run, go for a swim or take the dog for a walk. Finding the 20 min of exercise daily in the holiday break will make it so much easier to maintain your body weight over the holidays.

Here are our tips for the Christmas Season Survival

  • Everything in moderation, you will be thankful in the new year.
  • Try drinking a glass of water between alcoholic drinks.
  • Have a healthy meal before you head off to the Christmas party so you don’t over indulge on snacks.
  • Stay clear of sugary pre-mixed alcoholic beverages and high-caffeine energy drinks.
  • Set your fitness goals around your social and family commitments.
  • Always have a date set with your trainer for the next session.

Have a Merry Xmas and a safe and Happy New Year!


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22 October 20190

Are Trendy Juices Worth the Hype?

Sure, sipping a glass of juice is refreshing, tasty and provides some nutrients. But can it enhance your athletic performance, or is juice just another sugary beverage? Let’s explore a few of the latest juice crazes — tart cherry, beet and celery — to see whether they are worth the hype when it comes to improving fitness.

Source: Myfitnesspal


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4 July 20190

Is Roast Chicken Fattening? Like most most foods everything in moderation. If you are like our family we tend to only have a roast chicken on a Friday night perhaps once a month. The key to reducing the fat content is how you prepare it. When cooking the roast chicken here are some simply ideas to reduce your fat intake.

  1. Remove the fat from the chicken from the cavity and under the skin before cooking.
  2. When cooking place the chicken on a rack and most of the fat will melt away.
  3. Butterfly the chicken and cook on a BBQ
  4. Poach the Chicken, first, then roast. This technique is used in Asia and is very yummy.

Is Roast Chicken Fattening? – Recipes

Twice Cooked Asian Chicken

Perfectly Cooked Chicken

BBQ Butterflied Rosemary Chicken

 


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21 June 20190

How to lose weight on a budget. If you are just getting started on your weight loss journey here are some of our tips.

  1. Whole Foods
    Little is know about weight loss supplements and whether there are actually effective and if they cause more harm than good. We recommend to stick to lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats and plenty of fruits and veggies.
  2. Eat At Home
    Eat more meals at home and take your lunch to work. Eating at home allows you to manage what goes into your meal along with the portion size.
  3. Plan Your Weekly Meals
    Food Plans are great for managing what you eat. When you plan out your meals for the week (including snacks) you don’t overbuy and you get to use up all of your fresh produce before your next grocery shop.
  4. Budget Friendly Proteins
    Protein is key to any weight loss program as it helps you feel full and stops you snacking. You do not have to splurge on expensive cuts of meat to get your daily protein requirements. You can choose canned tuna, eggs or beans.
  5. Get a Training Partner
    Train with a partner or friend, not only will they keep you motivated but you can share in the cost of hiring a personal trainer.
  6. Drink Water
    Tap water is free. This is the most budget friendly drink you can have. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere, not only will it help you keep hydrated but will help you ward off the snack cravings.

How to Lose Weight On A Budget – Recipes

Breakfast for the Week Scrambled Eggs 

Tuna Avocado Egg Salad

Easy Slow Cooker Minestrone

Low Carb Tuna Salad with Peanut Dressing

North African Beans and Eggs

 


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29 April 20190

When should I eat pre or post workout is a great question.

It really gets down to what your goals are. If you have a intense workout planned or a session with your personal trainer, you’ ll want to fuel your body for the session either 3 to 4 hours before exercise. If your goal is weight loss you will want to eat a meal after the session as you will tap into your fat stores faster on a empty stomach. However you still will need to eat something light, like a banana or a Protein shake otherwise you could get lightheaded or nauseous.

If you exercise early in the morning make sure you drink at least 2 glasses of water before to hydrate your body after a nights sleep.

 


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19 July 20180

When there is no time to cook or you just not inclined to there are a number of products on the market to choose from. Frozen and home delivered meals have come a long way since the old frozen TV dinner of Roast and three veg.

With health and diet being paramount for many of us these days you can choose from home delivered meals for weight loss, cleansing and specific diets such as Gluten free, Vegetarian and Vegan. There are even specific  companies such as Muscle Meals Direct and My Muscle chef who cater for the body building guys, with meal plans to bulk up and lean down.

We have reviewed 3 of the companies DietliciousLite n Easy and Eat Fitfood who provide calorie controlled meals for weight loss. If you are looking to lose weight and you are struggling to prepare the meals I recommend home delivered meals as part of your weight loss solution.

Lite n Easy is a well known brand  being in the market since 1986 and regularly seen on TV. Lite n Easy have the largest delivery area supplying meals to all capital cities and surrounding areas. From $20 per day you can get breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner delivered for a whole week. You do not need to buy anything extra except the milk. The meals are simple and for the not too adventurous eaters Lite N Easy might be the pick for you.

Eat Fit Food comes delivered to you in a cute little cooler bag with a cooler brick to keep the meals chilled. They are not frozen so you can eat them straight away or keep them in the fridge up to three days.  Breakfasts are $13.50 and lunches and dinners are $21.50, a little more expensive, but all of their meals come fresh not frozen. Being fresh only Eat Fit Food has limited delivery areas Sydney Metro and Melbourne metro, check their website to see if they deliver to you.

Dietlicious is the offspring of the Gourmet Dinner Service and who has been around since 1994 delivering gourmet meals. The meals come delivered fresh and frozen depending on what you order. I got my order on a Tuesday, popped the fresh meals in the fridge and the others went in the freezer to eat on another day.  Having the meals stored away in the freezer to pull out when too tired to cook or if it’s dinner for one is very convenient.

Flavour wise Dietlicious is excellent both the fussy eater and the gourmet chef will happily find something on the menu.  Price wise you can go on a 7 day plan from $35 per day including breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner is all covered .  You do have to add your own fresh fruit but that is simply enough to do.

Delivery for Dietlicious is for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and surrounds, which is nice if you are outside the metro area.

To get you started Dietlicious is offering $30 Off your first order, minimum order $130.

So take advantage of this great offer today. Visit Dietlicious.com.au and enter the promo code: FIO to take up this offer.


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19 July 20180

Poaching is best for very delicate foods, such as eggs, fish, white meat chicken and fruit. It is a very healthy cooking method, because liquid—not fat—carries the heat into the food. It is the method accomplished with the least amount of heat, and, therefore is a gradual, gentle cooking process.

Poaching is ideally done at temperatures between 160°F and 180°F, or well below a simmer. The best way to tell if a poaching liquid is at the correct temperature is with an instant read thermometer. Short of that, look at the liquid in the pan. There should be a slight convective current in the liquid, as the warmer liquid rises to the surface. The liquid should be gently moving, but it should not be bubbling at all.

Poaching takes patience. Poaching allows the proteins in foods to uncoil, or denature, slowly, without squeezing out moisture. If you were to drop a delicate chicken breast into boiling water, the proteins would seize up so quickly that all the moisture would be squeezed out, and you would end up with a small piece of dry rubber!

You can poach in water, milk or a flavourful broth. The broth used in poaching is called a court bouillon. It consists of the poaching liquid itself (often broth or stock) an acid (wine, lemon juice, or vinegar), a bouquet garni (a small bundle of aromatics tied up in cheesecloth, or just tied together with kitchen string (bay leaf, parsley, peppercorns, garlic, thyme, etc) and mirepoix (onion, celery and carrot. Traditional proportions for a white mirepoix is two parts onion to one part each celery and carrot).

Here are some different poaching recipes to try:-

Poached chicken tonnato

Basic Poached Eggs

Poached lamb with spring vegetables

Poached chicken, apricot and chickpea salad

For other tips and recipes