Personal training as a vegan/vegetarian (Interview with Mike Kirk)

A quick look into how veganism/vegetarianism affects fitness & PT Mike Kirk is a Leicester based personal trainer and has experience in the fitness industry spanning over 13 years. He has been vegan for around 18 months although has been vegetarian since 2006 and has eaten virtually no dairy since he started. Mike trains meat […]

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Quick Tip – How to avoid food cravings

  If you struggle with food cravings it means one of two things. Either you are eating addictive foods like sugar, wheat, milk, alcohol etc… or you are deficient in nutrients. In almost all circumstances clients we see fit into both categories at once. Our quick tip to ditch food cravings for good is to […]

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Tasty Garlic & Chive Veggie Burger Recipe (Gluten free, Vegetarian, Vegan)

(This recipe makes 8 burgers) You will need: A food processor White kidney beans (2x tins) Butter beans (1x small tin) ½ chopped onion Crushed garlic (4 cloves) Chives (2 tbsp) 4-6 heaped tbsp gluten free flour (you may need to add some more if the mixture is too wet) A splash of vegetable oil Salt […]

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Top 5 Weight Loss Myths

It’s time to clear up those nasty mistruths and get your fat loss started! There are so many myths out there and you are forgiven if you have fell victim to any of them as unfortunately it is hard for the average person to separate the myths from the truth. Now I am going to […]

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Top 5 high protein vegetables

High Protein Vegetables Vegetables are an essential part of your health and therefore your fitness. Contrary to popular belief, vegetables contain all the essential amino acids that make up proteins. So if you are concerned that you need more healthy sources of protein in your diet, here are some great vegetables that are high in […]

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A cool, refreshing garlic & chive veggie burger

I had an idea a couple of days ago…. “I’d like to make a garlic & chive veggie burger”. In the early hours, last night I perfected the recipe. Mmmmm! I have to say that is one of my best so far… Anyway I made notes so I will be updating you with the recipe […]

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More bean burger making to keep me entertained on rainy days

Sometimes when it’s cold and wet outside the best thing to do is find things to entertain you. When I’m stuck indoors I love to experiment with food. So as it’s been raining in Leicester today I decided to make some more bean burgers. This is my latest bean burger recipe. These were made using […]

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How to make Mike’s Super-food smoothie

 What you need… – Blender – Two ripe bananas – 2 Handfuls of frozen Blueberries – 1 teaspoon of Flaxseed oil* – 1 Teaspoon of Hemp seed oil* – Two Spirulina tablets/half teaspoon (powdered)* – Half a Lime – Small cup of water – A pint glass   How it’s done Step 1 – Place the two peeled […]

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A powerful dietary trick that will make you lose fat quick!

The problem = Night-time carbohydrate overflow One of the major reasons you become overweight is the overflow of carbohydrates in the body at night. This is because during or sleep we have very little use for this excess energy and this causes us to store fat. The Sculpt & Shape fix = Eat more of […]

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How to make healthy dark chocolate (dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free)

  Recommended for: Health conscious people, vegans & diabetics. Difficulty: Very easy! Time taken: 25-35min (most of this time is setting in the refrigerator) Ingredients you will need: Virgin coconut oil 3tbsp Organic, cocoa powder (green & black’s) 5tbsp – (in this state this is very good for your health!) Xylitol 2tbsp Optional: Unsweetened almond […]

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Are carrots the new fitness supplement?

Why should carrot juice be replacing your protein shakes? If you want muscle you need to be thinking of health! That’s why if muscle building is your goal it is time to drop those harmful synthetic supplements and start eating/drinking carrots. Carrots contain that many nutrients, they are like a natural multivitamin in an orange […]

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Weight loss/health tip – Start Juicing Vegetables

Have you ever thought of juicing vegetables for weight loss? Ever thought “I should really eat more vegetables”? Juicing vegetables is one of the fastest and easiest ways of getting natural goodness into your body. Sometimes with our hectic lifestyles it can be hard to find time to prepare healthy meals, but by juicing veggies […]

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Should you eat before you train?

Is it really productive to eat before a workout? Eating first can drop your blood sugar… It seems simple right? Grab a snack before training and you’ll have more energy to train… Wrong! There is only so much sugar can be stored in the blood. Any more and you will stimulate the hormone insulin to […]

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How to get started as a vegan

Thinking of ditching meat and dairy? Find out how it’s done! Going vegan is a big step and needs to be considered carefully. Ditching animal product may leave you confused as to where you  will find adequate nutrients and protein. This article is a guide to making that transition without missing out on vital dietary […]

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I eat a healthy diet. So why am I not losing weight?

Why there is more to healthy food than meets the eye. One of the first questions I ask a new client is “what can you tell me about your diet?”. The most common answer…. I eat healthily! But what is a healthy diet and why if you are eating so healthy do you still struggle […]

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