What Food should I eat?

What diet is best for me? Meat-eater? Vegetarian? Vegan? Paleo? Keto? I’m going to start by saying that I’m not a nutritionist or dietitian and if you have any questions about specific dietary requirements it’s always best to seek a professionals help (I know a few good dietitians if anyone needs a recommendation). However I have done nutrition subjects throughout my health science degrees alongside research out of personal interest and conversations with dietitians/ nutritionists that help form my view. I’ve just recently gotten back into the weeds of nutrition to find the ‘optimal’ diet for my health, multiple books, podcasts and scientific studies later I’d share my view on the hot topic of diet. I’m not looking for everyone to agree to with my point of view; I’m merely looking to give guidance to those lost in the world of diet that are constantly asking the question “is this … Read More

Protein supplementation: do you need them and if so, when should you use them?

I’m going to say straight out that most people will already be meeting there required daily protein intake through the foods they consume although there is a place for protein supplements, keep reading to find out. First thing is first = How much protein do you need? The American college of sports medicine recommends you to consume 1.2 – 1.7 grams of protein per KG of body weight each day in order to build muscleAs an example ill use my body weight: My weight = 73kgs therefore I times my body weight by both 1.2 and 1.7 to give me between 87.6 to 124.1 grams of protein each day in order to build muscle. To give the above figures some context I thought I’d give a few examples: 100 grams of skinless, boneless chicken breast contains approx. 31 grams of protein 1 serve of Chobani plain greek yoghurt contains approx. … Read More

Cortisol: key to health and weight loss

Cortisol is sometimes referred to as the ‘master’ hormone, as it’s a powerful hormone necessary for life. But if optimum levels are not maintained in the body, it has the ability to wreak havoc on our body’s fragile endocrine balance. The result? Your health will suffer. What is cortisol? Cortisol is a hormone produced in the adrenal glands. It’s primary functions are to: regulate the increase of blood sugar through gluconeogenesis (the breakdown of non-carbohydrates to glucose) suppress the immune system aid with fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolisms decrease bone formation help to manage our stress response. Stress management Cortisol helps us to function during times of stress in our lives. When the stress levels go up, cortisol kicks in and delivers help. Cortisol helps us with a quick burst of energy, our memory sharpens, and our sensitivity to pain decreases. These are all natural and important functions of cortisol and … Read More