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BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups freshly squeezed blood orange (approx 8 oranges)
  • ¾ cup freshly squeeze lime juice (approx 6 limes)
  • 1¾ cups tequila
  • ¾ cups cointreau or triple sec
  • Slices of blood orange to garnish
  • Kosher salt for glass rim

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix orange/lime juice, tequila, cointreau or triple sec in a pitcher
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 mins until chilled
  • Wet the edge of your margarita glasses with a damp paper towel
  • Pour salt over a small plate until it covers the bottom
  • Lightly dip the glass with the wet rim into the salt
  • Rotate glass until you have a salted rim
  • Let salt set for about 5-10 mins
  • Fill glass with ice
  • Pour in margarita mix
  • Enjoy and let the party begin

10 TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

It’s no surprise at all that one of the top new year resolutions is weight loss. Many people make a commitment to themselves to eat healthier, and move more.

Sadly though many fall off the wagon and revert to their old habits. One of the main reasons for this is many folks go to the extreme and have an all or nothing approach.

Why not swap this approach for these 10 simple, healthy tips that are balanced and moderated? That way your more likely to stay on track for the long haul.

  1. PORTION CONTROL

At mealtimes, try putting your food on a smaller plate. Studies show that we’ll finish off the plate in front of us whatever it’s size, and often then overeat.

  1. EAT SLOWLY

Slow down eating. Masticate your food properly, and try putting your knife and fork down between mouthfuls. This allows your stomach time to signal to your brain that you’re full so you don’t over eat.

  1. KEEP IT LEAN 

Cut back on your overall meat intake and opt for fish instead. When you do choose meat have leaner cuts. Ditch the heavy sauces and replace with lots of hearty vegetables.

  1. AVOID CRASH DIETS

Weight loss isn’t just about squeezing into your jeans or looking good in your bikini it’s also about being healthy for life. There are zero shortcuts to losing weight. As boring as it sounds a balanced diet and regular exercise will achieve far more than doing the latest craze.

If you’ve a tendancy to be drawn into faddy diets make sure you check out my blog here on CALORIE RESTRICTED DIETS – HEAVAN OR HAVOC.

  1. BUDDY UP 

Get a mate to lose weight with you. Having a buddy to motivate you will work wonders for you both. Also, remember my GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING.   If your interested, I cannot stress enough getting in touch with me on 07748 298728 as soon as possible. It’s very popular and always gets booked up.

  1. THE POWER OF MUSIC

Load up your playlist with upbeat music. Listening to your favourite tracks will help you push harder, and because you want to hear your entire playlist, you’ll feel more inclined to workout for longer!

  1. CUPBOARD CLEAROUT

Clear out your cupboards. Once you replace the junk food you’re used to indulging in, you’ll begin to make healthier choices going forwards.

  1. GET YOUR SNOOZIES

Sleep is utter bliss and great for your mind, body, and health.

People who get adequate sleep have been shown to lose more body fat than people who get less – so don’t neglect your Zzzzzz time. It’s key to weight loss as it regulates cortisol levels, which is responsible for fat storage, particularly around our tummies.

To learn a bit more about the importance of sleep for weight loss make sure you check out this great little article I wrote on HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT GETTING OUT OF BED.

  1. TAKE BABY STEPS 

Losing weight doesn’t mean cutting out life’s pleasures altogether. Simple swaps can make a huge difference.

Swap sugary drinks for healthy zero-calorie options and you’ll scarcely notice the difference. Instead of ice cream, have frozen dairy-free yoghurt for dessert instead.

When food tastes good you won’t even feel like you’re dieting. This will make a huge difference as we all want to enjoy our food and not feel deprived.

  1. STAY HYDRATED 

Drink water instead of your usual drink. Not only will this hydrate you adequately, but will make you feel fuller so you’re less likely to overeat.

I hope this blog has given you some useful tips and ideas.

Lastly …   If you need help lift up that phone. Call/text me on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential, no obligation chat.

Love Gaynor x

HOW TO SURVIVE THE PARTY SEASON

December is the height of the festive season. Our diaries are crammed with late night parties/dinners and early morning starts.

Most of us eat more than usual at Christmas. This, coupled with the fact that we also do little or no exercise, can cause potential weight gain.

An interesting little fact for you … but did you know the average weight gain over the festive period is 5 lbs?! Shocking huh?

Between this and the colder weather, it can leave you feeling a little worse for wear BUT this B-Fit survival guide will help you keep your sparkle and fabulousness!

  • Keep extra active before and during Christmas to burn off the extra eaten calories e.g. nice walks, bike rides, skip, dance, hula hoop, musical chairs etc
  • Never go to a party hungry, ideally eat before you go
  • Practice mindful, slow eating and believe me you’ll eat less
  • Avoid pastry/breaded canapes. Go raw, marinated and/or grilled
  • Drink as much water as alcohol, alternate between them
  • Master the art of making a drink last the evening. Also, you could offer to drive and stay off the alcohol altogether. Remember 1 bottle of wine = 9 donuts
  • Don’t buy unhealthy food to begin with
  • Play active family games like Twister, you’ll burn more kcals than sitting around munching
  • Keep starters healthy e.g. rolled smoked salmon with dill & lemon juice or my signature RYE BREAD CANAPES
  • Eat plenty of skinless turkey, its low in fat and protein rich
  • Fill up on vegetables preferably not drenched in fat
  • Have fewer roasties and replace with new potatoes
  • Opt for my healthy CRANBERRY SAUCE recipe instead of bread sauce
  • Choose brandy custard instead of brandy butter
  • Try my healthy CHRISTMAS GRAVY recipe
  • Lastly, hint to friends and family that you’d like to improve your health and fitness in 2018 and a B-Fit gift voucher would be perfect instead of perfume, slippers or chocolate! Simply put them in touch with me on 07748298728 and I’ll take care of it
  • In case you missed it, and for additional Christmas survival tips make sure you check out my blog BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BULGE

The bottom line is there’s lots you can do. It’s only 3 days after all.

Do not let it ruin a year’s worth of hard work.

Love Gaynor x

BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BULGE

The festive season is fast approaching and with it comes an onslaught of unhealthy rich foods, long sofa bound days, and sugar-filled treats.

All of this can really challenge our self-care. Many folks seem to mindlessly eat. They get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that they’ve no real clue of how much they ate, drank, what tasted yum and what didn’t.

So to help you stay ahead, and avoid having to loosen your belt a notch or two in the coming weeks, I’ve compiled these 10 easy bulge busting tips to keep you healthy over the Christmas period and beyond …

  1. Look After Your Liver

The liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It helps to get rid of toxins and where do toxins get stored? in fat. During Christmas, your liver gets bombarded with toxins from alcohol, sugar, additives and other nasties. A really simple way to give it some extra TLC is with this Liver Health Formula.

  1. Hydrate

Drink lots of pure filtered water. This is such an easy tip. It’s free, and it will help flush out those nasty toxins.

  1. Eat Your Greens

Pile on the plant-based foods. I’m sure you know that you should be eating a rainbow of vegetables. Fibrous vegetables will ensure that you get adequate nutrients, as well as reducing your bloat and keeping you fuller for longer. Also, make sure you top up and take your daily Pea Protein. It’s portable and all you need is water. Can’t get any simpler than that?!

  1. Use Smaller Crockery

Another sneaky way that junk food makes it’s way into our tummies is via oversized plates and glasses. It’s human nature just to fill it up. Choose smaller crockery and glasses to keep an eagle eye on your portions.

  1. Make Smart Food Choices

Choose fish, meats, salads, fresh fruit, and vegetables. Avoid the processed carbs such as bread, pasta, and pizza. They will make you feel sluggish and bloated.

  1. Research The Buffet Table

Walk around the buffet table to see what’s on offer. Get the lay of the land before you choose and commit. By doing this you’ll avoid piling excessive amounts of food onto your plate and/or making poor food choices. It might sound a little tree huggy but make-up your plate with ‘intention’ and ‘mindfulness’.

  1. Sit Away From The Food.

It’s not a good idea to be within arms reach of the buffet. You’re more likely to snack. Instead, go to the opposite end of the room. That way you’ll have to consciously make a trip back for more.

  1. Slow Down & Chew

Do you ever notice how people seem to mindlessly shovel their food down? Slow down and chew. Chewing allows you to really taste your food and digest it better. But also it gives your tummy time to signal to your brain that it’s full so your less likely to overeat. Pace yourself, and put your fork down between bites. Simple.

  1. Be Restaurant Savvy

Do some prior research. Look at the menu online and pick out the foods that will keep you on track. Also don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Afterall, it’s your meal. Swap chips for sweet potatoes. Ask for a side salad or steamed vegetables, and avoid the bread basket. If you get offered just say no. It’s a lot easier to avoid temptation when it’s not on the table.

  1. Make A Plate Up, Don’t Pick

I know you’re probably keen to sample everything, and there’s nothing wrong with that but if you choose food straight from the serving dish to your mouth with no plate it’s a lot harder to keep track of your intake. Agreed? so plate up, sit down and enjoy.

Using the tips above will give you a great head start. Now I’d love to hear from you. Have these tips helped? Anything you’d like to add? And which ones are you going to try?

Remember “incite without action is worthless” so take away these nuggets and act on them at your next soiree.

Love Gaynor x

7 WAYS TO BREAK THROUGH A FAT LOSS PLATEAU

Have you ever experienced a time when you’ve steadily been losing weight/inches and then it just comes to a stand still?! If this rings a bell then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate. These 7 tactics are a good starting point to help you break through the plateau.

Keep An “Honest” Food Diary

This is a proven technique for weight loss. When an “honest” food diary is kept it forces you to keep an accurate account of what food you eat including portion sizes and all the other little indulgences you have here and there that could very well be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

Get More Sleep

There’s clear scientific links between sleep deprivation and weight gain. It messes up your hormones resulting in an increased appetite, cravings, poor workouts and a decrease in overall energy expenditure. So make sure you get your Zzzzz

Eat More Frequently

And no that was not a typo! Though counterintuitive, increasing the frequency of meals can kickstart weight loss. Skipping meals can lower your metabolism and cause your body to hold onto calories by storing them as fat. Whereas, eating small, but frequent healthy meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism firing. Your blood sugar levels will also be more stable and so you’re less likely to raid the pantry cupboards.

Change Your Workout Routine

If long bouts of steady state cardio and/or doing the same old routine aren’t producing the goods then it’s time for a change as your body isn’t responding. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), is a form of cardio that involves alternating sets of intense exertion with brief recovery and has been shown to burn more fat in a fraction of the time than traditional cardio. The whole idea is to shock and re-boot your system to get it losing weight again.

Increase Protein Intake

Consuming protein has been shown to lead to more fat loss. Healthy protein sources combined with resistance training significantly improves overall body composition.

De-Stress

Stress increases the body’s production of the hormone cortisol, which has been linked to both weight gain and increased appetite. Other side effects of too much stress include poor sleep and digestive problems, both of which will derail your body’s ability to burn fat.

Timeout

If you’re doing everything correctly, and have been doing it for a long time and you’re not losing any weight despite all your hard efforts there’s a possibility your body has shutdown. If you’ve over dieted/over trained your body will be tired, stressed and will fight back. Timeout could be exactly what’s needed to re-set your system.

11 FOODS THAT STOP HUNGER

When was the last time you felt hungry? Not just peckish but cookie monster ravenous? If you’ve been trying to lose weight, you’ll know that feeling all too well. A little hunger is normal, but constant excessive hunger will make you grumpy and prone to unhealthy cravings. The following options will definitely help you resist temptation!

  1. WATER

Strictly not food but I have to mention water as it’s cheap, simple and a very effective way to nip hunger pangs in the bud. Often hunger is mistaken and can actually be an indicator your dehydrated. If you drink more water, you’re less likely to drink other calorie-laden drinks such as sodas. Also drinking water before a meal blunts your appetite. Therefore, you’ll eat less and find it easier to lose those extra pounds. So the moral of the story is drink more pure filtered water.

  1. GREEN VEGGIES

Green veggies, as well as other starchy vegetables such as carrots, are unmatched for their low calorie yet high satiety ratio not to mention high in nutrients. Foods that contain high levels of water, dietary fibre, and protein tend to be the most filling. Some of my personal favourites are broccoli, spinach, and kale.

  1. OATS

Versatile, super filling and cheap, oats are ideal for stopping hunger in it’s tracks. High in fibre and highly absorbent. When mixed with water or a dairy free milk alternative, the oats expand in your stomach and digest slowly. So start your day with oats and ideally combine it with protein/good fats to make it even more filling and a complete meal.

  1. GREEK YOGHURT

Protein’s ability to stave off hunger is well documented and Greek yogurt is super high in it. Also, it tastes great and is low in sugar.

  1. PISTACHIOS

I love my pistachios. Nuts are dense in calories from healthy fats, but pistachios are much lower in fat than other nuts yet still dense and very filling. Make sure to watch your portion size, a handful is all you need.

  1. HUMMUS

Another food high in protein is hummus plus it’s rich in fibre, vitamin C, and good fats. These fats, alongside the carbs/protein in hummus, will keep you nice and full.

  1. SOUP

Soups are great for giving you that feeling of fullness without piling on the weight. To maximise satiety choose a broth-based soup that’s packed full of lean protein and fibre rich veggies. Also, make sure you check out these nutrient-dense soup recipes I shared a while ago!

WHITE BEAN & WINTER SQUASH SOUP WITH KALE

COCONUT LENTIL SOUP

MINESTRONE SOUP

  1. PEA PROTEIN

A quality PEA PROTEIN is perfect for anyone following a weight loss diet. It’s great for stabilising blood sugar levels and cravings.  It’s also a fast and effective way of keeping you fuller for longer.

  1. EGGS

Studies have shown that eggs are an excellent food for increasing satiety and on top of that, they’re cheap, versatile and quick to make. I always have some boiled eggs in my fridge on standby in case I get the munchies.

  1. APPLES

Eating an apple before a meal has been shown to reduce the amount of food you eat. This is due to it’s high fibre and water content. So an apple a day really does keeps hunger at bay!

  1. WATERMELON

Due to it’s high water content watermelon scores high on the satiety index. It’s also packed with vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants, tastes delicious and low on empty calories. Simply pop a slice or two in a lunchbox to enjoy as a snack as and when needed.

If you’re trying to resist unhealthy snacking, focus on these filling, nutrient-rich foods. If you can keep hunger at bay, it’s only a matter of time until the results start showing up in the mirror and in your clothes.

Love Gaynor x

WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE?

Do you make excuses not to exercise and eat healthily?

If so, you must watch this NIKE NO EXCUSES VIDEO

We’ve all made excuses. Yours truly included.

No time. Don’t have the knowledge. No money. Bad genetics. Too tired.

Yadda yadda yadda.

The truth is that if you really wanted to you’d find a way.

As Tony Robbins says:

“It’s not about resources but about being resourceful”

Let me give you some examples:

If the kids are at their swimming lesson could you be doing some laps around the pool?

Could you save time by not surfing through socials and instead prep your food?

How about getting up 30 mins earlier to squeeze in a little exercise?

Can you take something out of your schedule to free time up for your health?

These are just a few ideas off the top of my head.

Always remember, you have a choice how you spend your time and what you prioritise.

Our brains are so clever we’ll search for any reason to self-sabotage, procrastinate, and justify the nonsense in our heads.

You need to take a truth pill and be brutally honest with yourself. It’s not about beating yourself up, it’s about being honest to make things happen. This empowers you. Whereas when you make excuses you’re giving your power away.

The bottom line is you can be fit and healthy no matter what your situation and background IF you want it badly enough.

And by the way, this approach doesn’t just apply to your health and well-being but anything in life.

So mon ami no wiggling out of this one!

What’s your go to excuse? And how are you going to knock it on the head?

Let me know and if you need help trying to hatch a plan so you can get fit and healthy get in touch as I can help. I’ll be with you every step of the way. Simply email GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM or text/call me on 07748298728.

Love Gaynor x

THE NO GYM REQUIRED WORKOUT

I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to go to the gym or have fancy kit to get fit.

When it comes to exercise there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Still not convinced?

Well, keep reading because I’m going to show you how.

For me, you’ve the best resource right on your doorstep – your body.

It’s free, with you 24/7 and very versatile.

There’s a gazillion ways you can use your body to trim down and get toned that doesn’t involve sweaty intimidating gyms. Not to mention the time you waste getting there/back, and the expensive membership fees.

In today’s world time is precious, and the stressors of work, family, and everyday life often make a workout the last priority.

Sound familiar?

The tips I’m about to share for working out with or without a gym can easily help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals and they’re so achievable!

Many of my B-Fit clients have done these and so can you my friend.

Give these exercises a go and be sure to let me know how you get on ok?

Bodyweight Training

The benefits of strength training are well known. If you don’t have access to free weights or machines, you can use the best machine of all – yourself.

Using your own body weight for strength and conditioning offers plenty of versatile exercise options, and can be done anywhere – home, hotel room, garage, beach, and at the park.

Here’s some of my personal favourites:

  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Pushups
  • Planks
  • Burpees
  • Mountain Climbers

Very often bodyweight exercises are put into a circuit by doing a set of each exercise without stopping until you’ve completed one set of every exercise, which equals one circuit.

In fact, a few weeks ago I shared a great Fat Blasting Bodyweight Circuit Workout HERE. Make sure you check it out 😊

STORE CUPBOARD EXERCISES

I know it sounds a bit weird but you can turn household items into calorie-torching, body-sculpting tools.

Those large water bottles, cans of beans, and bags of rice in your store cupboard aren’t just for cooking. If you don’t have access to dumbbells or machines, these will do the job.

You can do bicep curls, shoulder presses, and tricep kick backs with them as well as many more fantastic exercises.

Other ideas include a gallon jug of water. You can even grab a couple bags of sand from a local DIY store. These are all great to squat, lunge and do step ups with.

Chairs and towels and other household items can help shake up your routine by supporting your body weight and adding movements that engage your core, and improve your balance.

Other Opportunities To Move

Take the stairs, park furthest away from the door, and take a walk around the block during your lunch hour are all very easy ways to squeeze in more exercise.

We all know that exercise is a key factor in weight loss so let’s make it happen.

If you need help getting motivated and/or don’t know where to start give me a call on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential chat.

I’m here to help.

Love Gaynor x

GREEN TEA – A FAT BURNING PHENOMENON

Want to lose body fat? Want to lose it naturally and easily?

If so, keep reading cos today we’re talking Green Tea and how it’s considered one of the healthiest beverages on the planet and proven to help you lose body fat.

The secret lies in a compound in Green Tea called Polyphenols which helps you get lean. Hence, it’s become so popular as a drink.

As you know, there’s tons of health fads out there. Most are total nonsense, but Green Tea is one of the good guys and gets the thumbs up from me.

It’s been enjoyed for its taste and medicinal powers for 5000 years originating from China. It’s made from fresh leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and comes in various forms such as dried leaves, decaffeinated, capsules, and liquid preparations.

Health Benefits

The secret behind the benefits lies in the powerful antioxidants it contains. Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the same plant but what makes green tea healthier is the way it’s processed. Green Tea is steamed as opposed to fermented. This prevents the valuable compounds from being oxidized resulting in the highest concentration of powerful antioxidant polyphenols, keeping the caffeine content low and tannins (that inhibits absorption of nutrients) non-existent. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals and may help prevent health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and premature aging.

Green Tea also contains alkaloids such as caffeine that provide a stimulant effect which means you can skyrocket your 24-hour energy expenditure to create the perfect environment for maximum fat burning.

Other benefits of green tea are it reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and prevents abnormal clots, it boosts immunity, treats cardio vascular, inflammatory and liver diseases as well as diabetes, stress, arthritis, skin damage and infection.

Harmful Effects

The only possible negative is the caffeine content. And as you know drinking excessive caffeine for prolonged periods can cause insomnia, nausea, irritability, palpitations, urination, headaches and loss of appetite.

However, green tea contains a quarter the caffeine of coffee, and you would have to be drinking a ton of it to cause these side effects.

Here’s some tasty green tea recipes for you to try …

Mint Green Tea

  • 1 tsp green tea
  • 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 200 ml boiling water

Place the green tea and the mint in a warmed teapot. Add the boiling water, cover and leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Serve hot or chilled.

Heart Chai

  • 1 tsp green tea
  • 1 tsp black cumin seeds
  • 1 cm piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp lemon balm
  • Small pinch of cayenne
  • 300m ml rice, oat, hemp or your fav nut milk
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)

Place all the ingredients, except the honey in a small saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Strain into a large cup, add the honey if desired, and serve.

One final important point …

Don’t over steep green tea otherwise it will taste bitter and astringent. Not nice ☹

Thanks as always for all your love and support. And as usual hit me up with any burning Q’s you have. I’m here to help.

Love Gaynor x

BARBECUED TROUT IN NEWSPAPER

Trout is an oily fish rich in omega 3 which is really good for healthy hair, skin, and nails.

It also aids weight loss because the good fats and protein keep you fuller for longer plus it’s delicious and this recipe won’t disappoint.

Serve with a crunchy green salad or something like my WARM RED PEPPER, SPINACH & COURGETTE SALAD.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 whole trouts, gutted and cleaned
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5cm piece ginger
  • 1 red chilli (optional)
  • 6 fresh, frozen or dried kaffir leaves
  • 4 limes
  • Olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pre-heat BBQ so it’s hot or until coals turn white
  • Rinse the fish under cold water and pat dry
  • Twist the stalks off from the bunch of coriander
  • Place in a pestle and mortar
  • Keep the coriander leaves for the garnish
  • Chop lemongrass, add to mortar
  • Peel and slice ginger/garlic, add to mortar
  • Slice chilli, add to mortar
  • Add kaffir to mortar
  • Bash all these ingredients to release the flavours
  • Take a double sheet of newspaper. line with greaseproof paper
  • Have one sheet per trout
  • Slice 3 limes, place a line of the slices in middle of newspaper
  • Lay the fish on top
  • Stuff the cavity with half the herby mixture
  • Season with sea salt and drizzle with olive oil
  • Top with more lime slices and drizzle with more oil/salt
  • Wrap up the newspaper and tie with string
  • Dunk both parcels in a bucket of water
  • Soak for no more than 5 mins
  • BBQ the fish parcels uncovered for 30 mins until flesh firm
  • Remove the fish from the paper, drizzle with any juices
  • Top with coriander leaves
  • Serve with lime wedges