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  • Being “Kind to your Mind”. Adapting your Diet to Support your Mental Health - by Jamie Wright
    February 8, 2021

    Being “Kind to your Mind”. Adapting your Diet to Support your Mental Health - by Jamie Wright

    It has never been as important to be looking out for our noggins; lockdowns and COVID-19 generally have proved difficult for all of us in some way and we’ve unfortunately seen a lot of people’s mental health take a hit.

    We can’t necessarily control everything about the situation itself, but we can control how we look after ourselves. Continue to exercise if and when you can, try and keep a good sleep routine and schedule and talk to people if you’re feeling down / need support.

    Your diet can play an important role in your mental health too; why not use this free time to create your own science experiment and see how incorporating some of those things which we’ve outlined can benefit your health! Oh, and don’t forget to let us know about it too!

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  • Fuelling Yourself For Exercise - by Jamie Wright
    February 3, 2021

    Fuelling Yourself For Exercise - by Jamie Wright

    The kind of carbohydrate you eat and when is also important for performance. For example, complex carbohydrate may not be a great choice to have in around a workout. Complex carbs are more difficult to digest and take longer to appear in the blood stream as blood glucose (which can be used to provide energy in place of glycogen).

    Simple carbs around and during training would be much more effective. They aren't as difficult to digest and some absorb very rapidly, appearing as blood glucose / blood sugar much quicker than their complex carb counterparts.

    One of my favourite whole food recommendations for performance-based carbohydrate ingestion is to keep some dried fruit on hand; a perfect pre workout snack! These are even great to have during exercise, and may be of particularly benefit to those engaging in endurance exercise.

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    January 29, 2021

    Defending Your Health: How To Look After Your Immune System - by Jamie Wright

    Vaccinations present a weakened version of a pathogen allowing our body to develop and record an immunological response in a relatively safe way.

    If we were able to “boost” our immune system intermittently then that would actually cause more harm than good. Consider our innate immunity; if that was always “boosted” then we’d feel perpetually sick! Any product or diet that states it has “immunity boosting” properties should be avoided as it’s either a scam and or the manufacturers have no idea how immunity works.

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  • Weight Management Without the Calorie Counting - by Jamie Wright
    January 25, 2021

    Weight Management Without the Calorie Counting - by Jamie Wright

    Tracking your dietary intake can be an incredibly helpful tool, giving a much more analytical insight to how much and what of you're actually eating.

    Research has consistently shown that we're just not that good at estimating quantity and quality of our dietary intake; we base it on our own biased perceptions of portion size, social interpretations of "healthy" and "unhealthy" foods and government guidelines (or worse, magazine and other media recommendations). The issue with using these strategies as they simply not be what you actually need to achieve your given goal; misinformed eating if you want to give it a name.

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  • Starting 2021 S.M.A.R.T. By Jamie Wright
    January 22, 2021

    Starting 2021 S.M.A.R.T. By Jamie Wright

    Hands up New Year, new you crew!

    And, with recent announcements, how many of you have ended up postponing the new year's resolution due to changes in circumstances?

    We've all been guilty of setting ourselves horrendously unrealistic goals at the start of every year, particularly when it comes to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Most of our health and fitness ambitions end up crumbling into nothing within weeks and eventually fade into obscurity by February.

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  • Our experience in the Dragons' Den!
    June 13, 2020

    Our experience in the Dragons' Den!

    One year ago, almost to the day, Paul and I took our business into the Dragon’s Den.

     

    First things first... no we didn’t end up getting on the TV sadly, but it was still a pretty mad experience. Although we didn’t get any offers from the Dragons, the reason it didn’t go out (officially “editorial” reasons) was, reading between the lines, because they were actually quite nice to us and we didn’t really get torn apart like a lot of people do on there (which obviously makes for really good TV!)

    The day itself was bizarre and surreal to say the least...

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