Amanda feels like a new woman!

Amanda started with B-Fit on the small group personal trainer course, and then decided to carry on with a one-to-one B-Fit personal training course.

Since she began with B-Fit, Amanda has transformed how she and her family eat, and has made healthy eating and the right exercise an enjoyable part of everyday life !

Watch what Amanda has to say about her b-fit journey here:

For a FREE confidential chat about your goals, nutrition or exercise, call me on 07748 298728 or email gaynor@b-fit.uk.com

Anti-inflammatory smoothie

This delicious smoothie is packed full of nutrients and has anti-inflammatory properties, which is perfect to help you recover from the festive period!

antiinflammatory smoothie

Instructions

Just throw all the ingredients into a blender or Nutri-Bullet and blitz it!

Ingredients

  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 inch of fresh turmeric, grated
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • Handful of watercress (or rocket/arugula)
  • 1 small soft avocado
  • 1/2 capsicum
  • Big handful of flat-leaf parsley and/ or coriander
  • 1 cup coconut water (or filtered water)
  • Big pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of pink  Himalyan salt

 

How to Stick to your New Year Resolutions in 2016

New Year Resolutions. They are notoriously hard to keep going all year. Thankfully I have a number of really effective strategies that will help you stick to your guns and achieve your New Year Resolution Goals in 2016!

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Make small steps to help you go the distance

Make realistic resolutions that you know you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule two or three days of exercise and keep it small – no more than an hour per session. That way you’re not shocking your system and all of a sudden heading to the gym seven days a week!

None of my clients head to the gym seven days a week, by the way. I believe in teaching the RIGHT exercise that saves you time and gets you results!

Do not diet. Getting it right and sticking with it is about making a decision and acknowledging that you need to stick with this for life. This lifestyle change can be daunting, so start small.

In my B-Fit B-Fabulous 21 Day weight Loss Plan, one of the main things we do is cut out gluten. Try to focus on just that for a couple of weeks and see how you feel. Remember, if you’re really stuck with your eating then you can always arrange a free confidential chat with me and we can talk through nutrition, teaching you how to enjoy the right foods for life. Text me on 07748 298728 to arrange a chat.

Change one behaviour at a time

Unhealthy behaviours develop over the course of time, therefore replacing unhealthy behaviours with healthy ones takes time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.

It’s good to talk!

If you get stuck, you can always your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals. My Personal Training Course Group is always incredibly supportive and I also have a group on Facebook  where likeminded B-Fit clients support one another and share recipes. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.

Don’t beat yourself up

Perfection is unattainable. Minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate too much chocolate, had a big night out or skipped the exercise for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs! Just resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.

Call in the professionals!

Accepting help from those who care about you strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution.

If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider getting professional help. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, you wouldn’t cut your own hair or fix your own car (unless you are a hairdresser or mechanic!).

There is so much conflicting and untrue information out there when it comes to weight loss and getting fit. It is important to understand that you are unique and your body and goals will not be the same as the next person. You need to find what works for you. When I take on new clients, the journey starts by really identifying where you are now and where you want to be. What is your lifestyle like? Do you have limiting injuries? And so on.

I tailor a bespoke plan to YOU personally which means you will get better results in less time. I help women to easily and quickly change unhealthy behaviours and get results!

For a FREE confidential chat on your own resolutions and my strategies to help you keep them, arrange a one to one confidential B-Fit talk with me. Call or text me on 07748 298728 or emailgaynor@b-fit.uk.com

 

CHICKEN AND CASHEW STIR-FRY SALAD

Cashews are full of super-healthy monounsaturated fats. Combine this with a serving of skinless chicken breast, and you have a hearty, delicious recipe that is packed with flavour!

Chicken Cashew

PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOK TIME: 14 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 39 minutes
SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz organic boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into thin crosswise strips
  • 4 tbsp organic soy sauce
  • ½ tsp crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, slivered
  • 1½ tbsp peeled fresh ginger, slivered
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into thin slices
  • 4 spring onions, diagonally sliced
  • ½ cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (not concentrate)
  • 3 cups lettuce leaves
  • 3 cups of baby spinach

INSTRUCTIONS
1. MIX the chicken, 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce, and the red-pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Cover and set aside.
2. COOK the cashews in a small non-stick grill pan over medium heat, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Tip onto a plate and let cool.
3. HEAT 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly golden. Add the chicken and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or until no longer pink. Transfer to a clean bowl.
4. PLACE the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same grill pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and carrots, and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the spring onions and stir-fry for 2 minutes longer, or until the vegetables are crisp and tender. Return the chicken and any juices to thegrill pan. Add the orange juice and the remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring. Let boil for 30 seconds; remove from the heat.
5. MIX the lettuce and spinach in a large, deep platter or in a wide, shallow bowl. Spoon the chicken mixture on top. Sprinkle with the cashews and serve immediately.

 

From ‘To Do’ to ‘Ta Da!’ in 2016

New Year is approaching, and if you’re like me you will have a ‘To Do’ list as long as your arm. It is very easy to let never-ending ‘To Do’ lists make you feel guilty and inadequate – there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done!

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s put a positive spin on the dreaded ‘To Do’ list, and instead focus on the B-Fit ‘Ta Da!’ list.

Ta Da

What is a Ta Da! list? It’s something I encourage my clients, friends and even my kids to do as a lovely self-reminder that YOU ARE AMAZING. And even if you experience blips, or setbacks on your journey towards better health, always remind yourself how far you’ve come – it is guaranteed to keep you on track and cheer you up.

The B-Fit Ta Da! list works in all areas of life, but I really like to use it with my clients to highlight their successes and achievements. And the day before New Year’s Eve is a perfect time to snuggle up with a warm herbal tea, grab a notebook and pen, and write down all the amazing changes, achievements and successes you have experienced over the past year.

This can include:

  • Ditching the fad diets
  • Banishing calorie counting in favour of counting nutrients instead
  • Making exercise an enjoyable part of their everyday life
  • Eliminating cravings for rubbishy unhealthy ‘food’
  • Bombarding their bodies with delicious nutritious foods that help their bodies work more efficiently and feel great
  • Introducing super healthy, quick, easy dishes into their everyday lives
  • Balanced their hormones and getting rid of PMT
  • Improving sleep
  • Being able to exercise – swim, cycle, play with their children and grand children
  • Improving energy levels
  • Drastically improved menopausal symptoms like hot flushes
  • Getting rid of coffee, tea and even Diet Coke addiction
  • Reducing alcohol to a healthier level
  • Improving self esteem, confidence and releasing more happy hormones!
  • Learning to love their bodies again and treating their bodies with the respect they deserve!

So what will be on your Ta Da! list this year?

If your Ta Da! list needs some inspiration, then you know I’m here for you. Just imagine what you could achieve in a month, two months or even 12 months from now!

For a FREE confidential chat about your health and wellness goals get in touch 07748 298728 or email gaynor@b-fit.uk.com

RACHAEL GETS HER SPARKLE BACK!

Internationally acclaimed soprano singer Rachael Russell  started on my Guilt Free Christmas  program at the end of October 2015. She wanted to feel fit and fabulous for a Christmas concert she was performing at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

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Rachael wanted to drop a dress size AND run the 5K Liverpool Santa Dash.

And despite a hectic work schedule with lots of travelling, Rachael successfully followed my B-Fit  7 Step Plan.  By making healthy eating choices and a bit of the right exercise an enjoyable way of life, she has totally smashed all her goals. In fact she completed the Santa Dash in an impressive 35 minutes, something she achieved despite not having run in years!

Santa dash

I’m sure you will agree that Rachael looked totally fabulous at her Christmas concert in the Liverpool Echo Arena, and has certainly got her sparkle back. Congratulations Rachael!

For a FREE confidential chat about your goals, nutrition or exercise, call me on 07748 298728 or email gaynor@b-fit.uk.com

7 TIPS FOR A TASTY GUILT-FREE CHRISTMAS

Christmas is almost upon us, and with festive cheer comes temptation! Sweet treats, mince pies, meats, breads, alcohol and all manner of indulgences are floating around, just waiting to be eaten! But don’t worry – as hard as it seems, you can stay within your goals and start the New Year feeling fit and fabulous. What’s more, you can do it with all the flavour and fun of a ‘traditional’ Christmas, without the excess!

Just follow my seven top tips for a tasty guilt-free Christmas.

1. Educate your dinner plate!

1 veducate your dinner plate

Christmas dinner is the ideal opportunity for you to get your daily eight fruit and veg. Avoid roast potatoes and instead load your plate with butternut squash, kale, sweet potato, asparagus, carrots, cabbage and, of course, brussels sprouts. Remember, at B-Fit we count nutrients not calories, so dive in!

Just make sure to use high quality avocado or coconut oil if roasting, and try to steam as many vegetables as possible to retain those vital nutrients.

2. Be experimental

2 be experimental

When it comes to Christmas dinner this year, why not think outside the box? You could swap turkey for salmon as your Christmas centre piece, or go for something completely different altogether.

There are so many great recipes available, you could even go gluten, dairy or meat-free. So go on, give it a go!

Check out my easy party food ideas

3. Be mindful of what you eat

3 conscious consumption

When eating over the festive period, there is always the temptation to overdo it. But as you’re about to take your first mouthful, stop and think. Think while you eat, listen to your body. Bring your mind to the moment and savour every mouthful. Eating with conscious consumption is a fantastic way to listen and respond to your body and its needs.

Really focus on all those wonderful tastes, textures and sensations of the food as you eat. You will feel satisfied, and you will have swerved the Christmas binge!

4. Be sugar-free

4 sugar is toxic

Sugar is toxic, yet it is almost impossible to avoid over Christmas. However, it is crucial that you do.

Sugar is addictive, it damages the immune system, causes mood swings and even causes wrinkles and premature ageing! More seriously, it contributes towards heart disease.  In fact, researchers now believe that excessive sugar consumption is one of the biggest underlying causes of obesity and chronic disease in the Western world.

Sugar is everywhere – in pre-packaged foods, Christmas junk food and alcohol. Refined sugar is poisonous, so just say no this Christmas!

5. Be alcohol aware

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Everyone loves to relax and unwind over Christmas, but you don’t need to do it through too many Baileys!  Overdoing it with the tipple will only leave you feeling sluggish, tired, bloated, dehydrated and probably very hungover.

The problem with alcohol is that it depletes the body of essential minerals and nutrients, and causes significant weight gain. You may find it useful to keep tabs on the amount you drink – you will soon see how quickly the calories and the sugar intake add up.

Alternatively, you could ditch the drink altogether and opt for a B-Fit Mocktail instead! I use coconut water, Nature’s Sunshine Zambroza and liquid chlorophyl in my mocktail and it really gives you a zing!

6. Be Gluten-Free 

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Those who have trained with me know that I try to get my clients to eliminate many foods that contain gluten. My B-Fit B-Fabulous 21 Day Weight Loss Plan guides my clients through this process and show how to carefully and slowly eliminate gluten for optimum fat loss and detoxification.

Gluten is a protein composite found in several types of grains. It has been shown to cause lethargy, bloating, stomach pain, diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome. It has even been linked to some serious autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes.

So try to cut down your gluten intake over Christmas for a positive impact on your health and digestion.

7. Be Number One

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When it comes to eating over Christmas, it is remarkably difficult not to cave in to peer pressure – be it eating out or entertaining indoors. But if you put yourself first you can keep on track.

If you are eating out, suggest a good restaurant that you know has a healthy menu, and check them out online before you go. That way you can plan ahead and make the right food choices. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Prefer steamed vegetables to roast potatoes? Just ask!

If you are having people round for dinner, don’t feel obliged to cook unhealthy crowd-pleasers. Instead, opt for tasty, healthier options. Your friends will likely be pleasantly surprised!

You deserve to look after yourself, and ultimately your body will thank you for it!

Have a very happy Christmas and I hope to see you at B-Fit very soon!

For a FREE confidential chat about your goals, nutrition or exercise, call me on 07748 298728 or email gaynor@b-fit.uk.com

 

 

ARE YOU WELL OILED?

There has been a lot of talk about the value of supplements. Are they worth taking, or are they a waste of money? I’m not going into my opinion on supplements today – that’s a whole different blog in itself! However I do take high quality supplements, and get my family to take them as well.

I’m very picky about which supplements I take and recommend. But the most important supplement you can take over Christmas is Super Omega 3. There are so many reasons why we should take high quality Omega 3 supplements, and here are a few that are relevant for this time of year:

They can help beat the winter blues

Fish oils can increase the levels of serotonin in the brain, which can brighten your mood and help stave off depression and anxiety. This is really important this time of year with the long, dark days and lack of sunlight.

They turn off fat storing genes

Fish oils work by turning your lipogenic genes off, which are involved in fat storage. Even better, they switch on your fat burning genes and reduce carbohydrate cravings – helping you resist that extra mince pie!

In fact research has shown that even taking small amounts of fish oils after a carb-heavy meal can help take the edge off the sharp rises in blood sugar (and therefore insulin levels). The result? Less fat storage!

They help reduce water retention

Fish oils have anti-inflammatory properties, meaning they can help reduce swelling and water retention associated with overdoing it with the Christmas cheer!

With all these benefits, it is easy to see the benefits of fish oils, especially over the Christmas period. However, it is important to remember that not all fish oil supplements are high quality, in order to actually work they must be pure – preferably pharmaceutical grade – they need to be non-toxic, and have been rigorously tested. You can’t buy these supplements on the High Street, but you can buy high quality fish oil supplements by clicking here.

Grab your fat fighting fish oil here

EGGS FLORENTINE WITH SUNDRIED TOMATO PESTO

This is my kind of dish! Easy to make, and packed full of key nutrients, protein, omegas and B-vitamins – all of these will help your body tackle the onslaught of Christmas!

Not only is this recipe delicious, but is it super-easy to make. So go on, have a go!

egg florentine

INGREDIENTS: Serves 4

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 package (9 oz) organic spinach
  • ¼ cup organic natural bio yogurt
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomato pesto
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 slices of Rye bread- organic
  • Freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the washed spinach and cook until wilted.
  2. Combine the yoghurt and pesto. Stir 1/4 c into the spinach and remove from the heat. Cover to keep the yoghurt warm.
  3. Heat a medium saucepan containing one inch of water to boil over high heat. Add the vinegar and salt, and reduce the heat to low. Break an egg into a cup and gently tip the egg into the water (you can also use an egg poacher). Repeat with the remaining three eggs.
  4. Cover and simmer, shaking the pan a couple of times, for 3-5 minutes for a soft-cooked yolk or until the whites are completely set and the yolks begin to thicken.
  5. Place a slice of toasted rye bread on four warm plates. Spoon 1/4 of the spinach onto each slice. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon, and drain over paper towels before placing on the spinach.
  6. Stir 1 tbsp of the poaching liquid into the yoghurt mixture to make it smoother. Spoon evenly over each egg and grind some pepper over the top.

ALISON LOST INCHES IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES

Alison lost one stone, dropped a dress size and lost inches in all the right places  with my B-Fit Guilt Free Xmas transform program!

Alison is certainly going to enjoy  a guilt free Christmas this year and  is going into the festive period  feeling fit and fabulous .

I am so proud of Alison!  Despite working full time and being a busy mum she has totally transformed how she eats and made healthy eating and doing the right exercise an enjoyable
way of life . And she did it in just five weeks ! Heres what Alison had to say about her B-Fit journey:

Thank you so much for helping me achieve my goals. Doing  your  B-Fit Transformation program has helped me change the way I think about food, eat and exercise.
I enjoy my new lifestyle and figure. As well as this I have more energy and sleep so much better.
It was the best Christmas present I could have bought for myself! Thank you!”

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Want to work towards achieving your own goal in 2016? Contact me for a FREE confidential consultation and I can give you some easy tips to takeaway and get you started this side of Christmas. Text me to book your place 07748 298728 or email gaynor@b-fit.uk.com