Can takeaways be healthy?

On the face of it take away food is much more about entertainment than nutrition and so take away food is generally Over salted Over sugared Over the top It’s like that mainly because we want to be entertained by takeaway food we don’t generally expect takeaway food to taste just like the healthier stuff we have at home.  I …

Sleep like a ninja

Christmas is finished and you’re now in the recovery phase. Hopefully you had a great time, though right now you’re probably just: Tired Skint Back at work Bored I call this the recovery phase of christmas simply because it’s normal to feel like this after all that fun so there is no point in beating ourselves up about it. Good …

Best Natural drinks: fruit juice or fruit chunks?

I woke up on Boxing Day happy but dehydrated so here is a quick fix that gets me back in the festive spirit. Because hangovers are 80% dehydration I used this trick enough yesterday to avoid the worst but if I don’t replenish my water stores along with nutrients then I will regret it. All I do is use fruit …

Festive spirit at havishams tea room

Yesterday we had a really special experience of festive spirit. Me and my little monkey were having brunch out between swimming and visiting a friend. we were enjoying hot chocolate and toasted sandwiches when we got chatting with a couple behind us. Their little one had his birthday today and they were taking him out for lunch and getting ready …

Learning to cook Tasty No effort food!!!

If you don’t think you can cook something gorgeous simple and healthy then try this idea out for size. The idea is that it’s an incredibly simple meal to cook but I show you how to upgrade something highly processed to something with added flavour, texture and nutrition. So I increase the quality but use cheap ingredients that I have …

Luscious Leftovers #roadtochristmas

My little ones birthday meant a lot of leftovers and a chance to sample new delights and save the effort of making anything. I had some special fig bread defrosted and I wanted something to go on it. I spied the party sausages in the fridge Et voila! Another flavour combination to celebrate the season. It’s a Simple trick but …

Exploring UK health with the Healthy Visions podcast from BBC Radio 4

health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs That is the synopsis of the 15 minute episode that I just listened to called A Health-Creating Society. I’m shopping for new podcasts right now because while I love those I already have I like balance and different view points. On the health front this was a breath of fresh air into …

Keys to weight loss: Smarter Goals

I’ve done a lot of soul searching recently, wondering about what I’ve achieved, what hasn’t worked out. One thing that stands out to me is that I’ve really embraced the principle of Smarter goals. As I’ve matured I’ve simply focused more and more on the principles of smarter goals in a sub-conscious way. Over time it’s become clearer to me …

How I got control of my hunger: Simple tips you can try

Black cherries, double cream, m&s rich chocolate truffle sauce topped with fresh mint. What's not to like. Yummy breakfast!!! #fitfam #fit2thrive A post shared by Colin Chambers (@col_chambers) on Apr 29, 2015 at 11:35pm PDT Part of making food fun is banishing hunger. When I’m celebrating, say at Christmas, I want to eat what I want with no restrictions. Then …

Managing lifes competing demands: fitting health in

Successful people are simply good at managing the pressures of demanding lives. So people that are successful at being healthy are good at managing the pressures of daily life. Whether the measure of health is weight loss, fitness or happiness its all about balancing pressures, prioritising and directing your efforts. That’s what I call competing and why I have a site …

What’s a stroke like and what can it teach us

Thankfully I haven’t had a stroke but this amazing video from ted.com gives an insight from a neuroscientist on how she experienced a stroke. Thankfully she’s fine now but her insights taught me a lot. This article first appeared as What’s a stroke like and what can it teach us

How to achieve success: 21 amazing lessons

Fitness isn’t just about running or lifting weights. It’s about learning how to succeed at something. What makes one person fit may make another unfit or unhealthy. So fitness requires the right mindset for success and over the years I have been compiling a list of inspirational talks and lessons on the mindset required for success. I haven’t yet had …