Posts Tagged ‘what to eat’

Food for Fitness

October 1, 2014 at 8:56
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Serious about your sport whether it’s running, triathlon, biking or even skiing? Then knowing what to eat and when is vital

Did you know that sometimes eating too many carbohydrates on a race can make your crash, rather than give you energy?

This and more will be revealed in a nutritional masterclass with best selling author, Anita Bean whose best-seller, Food for Fitness explains what top sports people eat and how you can use the same strategies to take your training to the next level.

Whether you are a competitive athlete or you just enjoy working out for fitness, join Anita at a nutritional masterclass on Thursday October 16th where you will find out what is the best way to feed your body, and get the opportunity to ask her your own questions.

Anita Bean BSc R Nutr is the author of Food For Fitness and The Complete Guide to SportsNutrition. and is a registered Sports & Exercise nutritionist

Ticket details

Date: Thursday 16th October
Time: Drinks at 6pm and talk from 6.30pm until 7.45pm
Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP
Cost: £10 / £6 for students, including wine (or smoothies)

Tickets are available to buy online at or on the door.


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Seared Tuna & Chilli Samphire Salad

July 17, 2013 at 11:42
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Delicious summer eating – and great for a bikini bod!

Capitalise on this great weather and start a healthy eating habit now with this delcious meal which takes less than five minutes to prepare. The only requirement is that the tuna (you could also use salmon) is super fresh.

Serves 1

One fresh tuna steak

1 handful of samphire (fresh and in season now)

For the dressing, 1/2 Bird’s Eye chilli and garlic, Tamari sauce, Fish Sauce, Rice Wine Vinegar, Lime and inch of finely chopped ginger

Optional: 1 tsp of toasted seasame seeds

Make the dressing and marinade the tuna for as long as you like (you don’t need to do this). You can cut it into thin slices now or flash grill on a griddle pan (no oil required).

Meanwhile, put the samphire in a pan of boiling water. Leave for 2-4 minutes, drain and rinse.

Serve the tuna on the bed and samphire and pour over the dressing. Finish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

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Hey, sugar, sugar…

July 15, 2013 at 2:23
Posted by Rachael Woolston

You are my candy girl, and you’ve got me wanting you…


We all know that sugar, in the form of sweets and white sugar is not the best thing for us if we want to lose weight. But what few people realise is that sugar, in the form of carbohydrates are also in cereals, fruit and vegetables.

When they are slow release carbohydrates, such as oats or green leafy vegetables or berries, then they are great for providing sustained energy release.  But when contained in sources such as bananas, white bread, pasta, couscous and potatoes, these release energy swiftly causing a blood sugar spike, often experienced as feeling more awake, followed by a slump.

So what, you may say. Except the body can only use a certain number of carbohydrates as energy. The remainder? It gets laid down as fat storage.

Remember, fat storage does NOT come purely from eating fat. In the 70s-90s, low fat was espoused as a healthy way of losing weight. And while it has more calories per gram than carbohydrates or protein, the main cause of weight gain, along with the inability to lose weight is an over reliance on carbohydrates in the diet.

So, next time wonder why you are not losing weight, despite saying no to sweets, take a long, hard, honest look at what is in your diet.

If it’s potatoes, pasta, breakfast cereals, smoothies, bananas and tropical fruits, you need to rethink.


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