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Delicious Dinner: Gluten Free Honey & Almond Cake

Posted: Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Categories: Health, Healthy Recipes, Nutrition

Focusing on You Personal Training in windsor works hard to provide you with the best advice, hints and tips to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. This honey and almond cake is gluten free, so is perfect if you are coeliac or are interested in alternative dessert recipes. It is simple to make and will surprise anyone who eats it, when they hear it does not contain any flour.

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Diet Myths Busted

Posted: Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Categories: Diet, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition

You may be looking to improve your diet to complement personal training sessions; here at Focusing on You, we’re keen to bust a few myths about food and diets to make sure you’re getting the most from your efforts.

Fasting and Very Low Calorie Diets: If you’ve been interested in achieving your ideal body weight for some time, you have probably come across adverts claiming to help you ‘lose weight quickly’ by fasting, drinking concoctions of lemon water and sugar or eating less than 500 calories per day. Although diets such as these might have results in the short-term, they are unmaintainable, and can often lead to weight-gain immediately afterwards. Getting healthy and staying at an ideal body weight will take time, effort and hard work; a personal trainer will be able to help you change your lifestyle, so that the results you achieve are sustainable and lasting.

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Healthy Eating in Restaurants

Posted: Sunday, 11 November 2012

Categories: Diet, Health, Lifestyle

Going out for dinner and having the odd splurge on delicious food is great fun, especially for special occasions. However, if you’re worried that a meal out will have an adverse effect on your personal training regime, never fear! We have some tips that will enable you to enjoy yourself without the worry.

1. Don’t starve yourself beforehand: it might seem a good idea to leave yourself feeling hungry in anticipation of a big meal, but this can actually mean you enjoy the food you are eating less. Before you leave, have a big glass of water and eat a piece of fruit, like an apple. If you’re not ravenous, you’ll be able to make clearer food choices, rather than going for the carb or fat rich dishes that appeal when we are hungry.

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Healthy Salads

Posted: Friday, 9 November 2012

Categories: Diet, Health, Nutrition, Weight Loss

If you’re looking for a healthy diet to supplement your exercise or personal training regime, then these salads are for you. They don’t mean lettuce, lettuce and more lettuce, but colourful, high-protein meals that make ideal lunches and will leave you energised and ready to go!

1. Lean Chicken Caesar
Don’t be fooled by the Caesar salads you find in restaurants; they are often packed with hidden fats in mayonnaise and have a high salt content. Make these changes for a delicious and healthier alternative: try trimming the chicken of fat and grilling it, then make a lighter dressing by replacing 60% of the mayonnaise with a few spoonful’s of plain, fat free yoghurt. Parmesan adds to salt content, so by making this at home, you can keep your eye on sodium levels too.

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Food Myths Explored

Posted: Thursday, 1 November 2012

Categories: Diet, Fitness, Nutrition

We all remember being told to eat our greens, not to ruin our appetites with sweets and that bread crusts would make our hair curl. How much truth is there in these food myths? FOY personal trainers are always on hand to provide the best health and diet advice, and this includes busting and proving myths!

1. Eat Your Greens
Although over-boiled cabbage and limp lettuce is enough to put anyone off for life, here’s one our parents weren’t lying about. Eating the right kinds of greens can give a super-boost of vitamins and fibre essential to our daily diet.

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Sweet Summer Treats: Some Healthier Alternatives

Posted: Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Categories: Diet, Health, Lifestyle

Do you know your crème fraiche from your crème brulee? Which is healthier, a cake or an ice cream? At Focusing on You Personal Training, we have some suggestions to make sure your summer is healthy, and delicious!

Berry Good
Fruit sorbets are a fantastic alternative to ice cream, especially when the sun is out. In comparison to cream and chocolate filled varieties, they can be low in fat, high in vitamin C and so much more refreshing. Try raspberry or lemon sorbet for a sharp pick-me-up, or melon sorbet for something mellower.

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Food Content Quiz

Posted: Saturday, 27 October 2012

Categories: Diet, Lifestyle, Nutrition

How much do you really know about the content of your food? What contains more fat, pasta or a pint? Which would take longer to burn off, a sticky toffee pudding or a steak? Take our food content quiz to test your knowledge and score top marks with your personal trainer!

1. Which has the higher fat content, chocolate cheesecake or chocolate mousse?

2. How many calories would you take in if you drank 3 pints of lager and a packet of crisps?

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Motivation

Posted: Thursday, 25 October 2012

Categories: Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Personal Trainers, Personal Training

It’s great that you’ve already started to exercise and change your diet, but, just as your experiencing, motivation is key if you are to achieve your fitness and weight loss goals for your big day. Luckily, there are many things I can suggest such as hiring a Personal Trainer.

1) Goal Setting- Set yourself small goals that are SMART- Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. Setting small achievable goals is much better than looking at one big goal. Achieving things such as losing 1lb a week will be an incentive enough to carry on. These goals also have to be specific. The exercise you’re doing must be specific to what you want to achieve, such as cardio and toning for weight loss and body sculpting.

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Delicious Dinner: Grown-Up Chocolate Mousse

Posted: Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Categories: Diet, Health, Healthy Recipes, Lifestyle, Nutrition

Focusing on You Personal Training works hard to provide you with the best advice, hints and tips to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. These sophisticated chocolate mousses make an eye-catching end to a dinner party, and better still, are under 200 calories per serving.

Ingredients:
3oz of dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa)
3 tsps of cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. of instant espresso powder (strong instant coffee will work, also)
1 1/2oz of greek yoghurt
Whites of 2 eggs

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