August 16, 2016No Comments

City Boy?! – #TalkToMeTuesdays

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Today's post is about a little thing that's been bugging me for a while....am I born to live in the city, or am I really a country boy at heart?

This weekend I went away to the Cotswold's and after initially thinking I would get bored, I completely fell in love with it. Swimming in the lake, kayaking, relaxing on the decking, being outside. It bought back all the reasons why I love having Sicilian origins and why I still love visiting Sicily. It's a completely different pace of life where it's about enjoying where you are right now and not worrying too much about tomorrow.

Not to mention exploring and enjoying great food, great company and much less rigidity about time keeping or being somewhere on time.

There's always been a mini war that goes on inside me since I first explored Sicily. The ability to grow and pick your own fruits, to get by with whatever you have in the house, just appeals to me so much. I loved watching Jimmy's Farm and River Cottage and the desire has always been there to escape the city and live in the countryside.

The Cotswold's experience has now bought that dream back to the forefront of my mind and I'm wondering, am I a country boy in a city boy life?

So my question to you today is have you ever had a similar experience? Where you've been somewhere, fallen in love with it and it's made you want to make the move? Tell me your story and help me decide if it's something I should do!!

Ciao for now x

January 25, 2016No Comments

Day 25 – Protein!

What do you know about protein? What do you think you know about protein?
Today, we'll have a look at protein, what it is needed for and how you can use that knowledge for being healthier

What do we need it for?
Protein is needed to form the building blocks for new tissue and repairing existing body cells! They can also be used for making enzymes, hormones and even antibodies. It can also be used as a small fuel source, but very little!!

How much protein should I be eating?
This varies more than you'd expect. If you don't do anything and are what we call 'sedentary' then your requirement is 0.75 grams of protein for each KG of body weight. If however you are an athlete your requirement ranges between 1.2 and 1.7 grams of protein for each KG of body weight. What does that mean for me? I currently weigh about 80kg. That means if I did nothing and was sedentary I should be eating only 60g of protein per day. If however I was an athlete my protein requirement might be anything up to 136g per day. Realistically I am more in the middle and my protein requirement is more in the lower spectrum of 1.2 times my weight, which comes to 96g per day.

How should I eat my protein?
Well, obviously you shouldn't eat all of your intake at once, that would be a bit silly and overload your system at a time when it doesn't need them all. Most experts recommend that you consume 20 to 25 grams of protein in each meal as well as immediately after you exercise.

So take a read, have a think about what you're eating and combine it with the information we have had already around Carbohydrates and Fats and try and plan your food a bit better.

Ciao for now! x

  
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