You may or may not be familiar with quinoa (pronounced keen-wah). It’s relatively new to most people but has been cultivated in South America for over 5,000 years. The ancient Incas considered it sacred, referring to it as the “mother grain”.
Quinoa looks like a grain, tastes like a grain and you cook it like a grain. But it’s not a grain, it’s actually a seed from a leafy green plant distantly related to spinach.
Most people will tell you that a little sugar isn’t all that bad and that it’s found in nature. I agree. The problem is that we don’t just eat a little sugar and the type we do eat is a whole lot different to the form of sugar found in nature.
When we eat sugar (either as a starchy carbohydrate or refined sugar) our pancreas releases insulin. Insulin helps to remove the sugar from our blood stream and it is either used for energy or stored as fat. How much we “burn off” or store as fat depends on our daily activity level. The more active we are the more energy we use. Straight forward enough? Maybe not.
Summer is just around the corner which means sunny days, trips to the beach, BBQ’s and less clothing! Time to step up your training right? Yep, regular exercise is essential for a healthy and fit body but to really get results your nutrition also needs to be on point.
When it comes to measuring progress with our health and fitness goals more often than not we only focus on the scales. While the numbers on the scales do offer some indication of progress, it isn’t always the best and certainly isn’t the only way to measure progress. The scale will only tell you if your weight is up or down. It doesn’t tell you if you have gotten stronger, more flexible, or if your balance, agility, or muscular endurance has improved.
What if I told you that one antioxidant in particular could not only boost our immune systems, help us to burn fat and build muscle, repair liver damage and protect us from disease? You’d want to know more. So what is this amazing antioxidant?
It’s called glutithione (glue-ta-thigh-own).
The weather has been great the last couple of days here in Ireland and it got me thinking about summer. Being out doors and being able to walk around in a t-shirt all day. Well this recipe is perfect for warmer weather when you want to enjoy fresh and tasty food, but also want to get lean.
Before I start I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of dairy products. When I use milk my skin gets dry patches and when I eat butter it literally makes my skin crawl. I’m not lactose intolerant but the less I have it the better. Which is why I generally avoid dairy.
So why am I writing about yogurt? Because it is a lot different from regular dairy products. And it’s really, really good for you. Now to avoid any confusion I am not taking about “regular” yogurt. The kind with tons of sugar, fruit flavours, chocolate flavours, added colours, frozen yogurt or the ones with crunchy “bits” that you sprinkle on top.
No, the type of yogurt I’m talking about is real yogurt. Natural, plain, “live” yogurt.
This workout is a follow on from my last post where I spoke about the benefits of strength training for building lean muscles and developing great abs (you can see that post here).
In keeping with what I was saying this workout is a full body workout that will help develop strength, coordination and balance with particular focus on the core (abdominals, obliques/waist, lower back and hips). All while boosting your metabolism.