Tag Archives: Nutrition

Get summer ready

Summer is fast approaching and this means more skin will be exposed, in the park, by the pool or on the beach. Let’s face it we all want to feel comfortable with our shirt off or in our bikini, so we have put together some steps to get you beach body ready.

1. Set goals. Setting goals gives us direction and keeps us focused. Without direction we are lost. We wouldn’t set out on a trip not knowing how to get to there, just driving and hoping for the best. The same applies when embarking on any journey.

How to?
• Be specific. ‘Toning up’ and losing weight are great things to achieve but how do we know when we are there? How do we get there? Be S.M.A.R.T…Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Constraint. I will lose 3 kgs, by going to the gym three times a week, to look and feel better by August 8th. We know, how much we want to lose, by when and what needs to be done to get there in a set timeframe.
• Tell Everybody!! Shout about your goals… Tell family, friends, announce it on social media, the more people that know about it the more you’ll stick to it.
• Before and after pics. Take regular photos of yourself, seeing your progress is great motivation to keep you on track.

2. Resistance training. Research shows we stay younger for longer with more muscle on our body. The quickest, most efficient way to change your body shape is to do some form of resistance training. You don’t have to be in the gym 6 hours a day, 3 full body sessions a week can accelerate results.

How to?
• Come to a STRENGTH WORK class at Work it.
• Find a strength program online to try out at your local gym.
• Bodyweight exercises in the morning are a great start. A circuit of squats, press ups, burpees and plank in the morning can seriously help burn fat.

3. Eat yourself lean. Good nutrition is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. What we eat directly effects how we look and perform. We all want brighter eyes and clearer skin. You are what you eat so don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake…

How to?
• Higher quality input equals high quality output. Local, organic, free range, wild caught foods all contain superior nutrients which makes us look better.
• Get all the junk food out of the house! If it’s not there, you won’t eat it.
• Food prep. Cook extra dinner for your lunch tomorrow. Prepare simple snacks to have at hand and on your desk so you make the right food choices when hunger hits.

4. Be consistent. Focus on small positives changes that improve long term health. It’s the small things we do on a consistent basis that really matter. Find what you can easily implement and DO IT! Once done on a regular basis, it will form as a habit and fit into your lifestyle.

How to?
• Eat eggs for breakfast three times a week.
• Do 10 push ups and 10 squats everyday.
• Drink alcohol once or twice a week.

Changing your physique takes time, dedication, focus and motivation. There will be ups and downs, but it’s always worth it when we feel confident in our own skin. Set high standards for the body you want!

Written by Adam Willoughby.

Nutrition made simple

Nutrition can seem complicated, with many different ‘diets’ and conflicting views, it is easy to see why we can get lost and confused with the overwhelming amount of information. Work It see nutrition as a lifestyle, something that is sustainable and easy to implement. Below are a few simple strategies that we believe is the foundation of good nutrition and will positively affect your health and lifestyle.

Water – 70 to 80% of our body is made up of water so we need to stay hydrated. A 5% drop in our body’s fluid levels can instantly lead to a 25-35% drop in energy. Water transfers oxygen through our bloodstream and delivers nutrients though our central nervous system to the brain and every organ in our body. Being hydrated clears these pathways and helps us function optimally. Water can also aid in appetite regulation as thirst can be mistaken as hunger. Drinking 2-3 glasses of water upon rising is a great way to clear your digestive tract and kick start your metabolism.

Food Quality – Not all calories are equal… 100 calories of broccoli will be used and stored differently to 100 calories of cookies. Eliminate processed foods and focus on high quality earth grown nutrients. The use of pesticides, herbicides and other farming chemicals have been linked to cancer and can potentially harm our nervous system, reproductive and digestive system. Organic, free range, grass fed meats and poultry are produced at higher standards and are not exposed to hormones and antibiotics which negatively effect our gut micro biome. Farmers Markets and local farms are great places to source high quality nutrient dense foods at a reasonable cost.

Food Plate – Once hydration and food quality is on point, our food plates can be used as a guide on how much food to eat and what each meal should consist of. If you’re looking to shed some excess body fat, particularly leading up to summer, try eating starchy carbohydrates only after intense exercise. Stick to healthy fats, vegetables and proteins at anytime meals and on days that you’re not working out.

** DOWNLOAD THE WORK IT FOOD PLATE HERE ** work_it_foodplates

Hopefully you have found this useful and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a shout.

Written by Adam Willoughby.

TRANSFORMATION WORK with Russell Lee

As summer approaches (we know it’s the middle of winter!!)  the trainers here at Work it generally tend to up training, tighten up on what they eat and prepare for their summer holiday. We’ve also noticed our clients like to do the same; classes get busier as do personal training sessions and questions about nutrition!

We have been trying to think of ways we can create a package with the common goal of getting in better shape and in a set amount of time. Which is why we have come up with the TRANSFORMATION WORK program. This will be an 8-week program headed up by the experienced Russell Lee and will be kicking off in April (enrolment starts in March). There are only 8 spaces available so sign up here to secure your space.

**Start date is April 18th**

What’s involved?

Goal setting session– before we embark on the 8 weeks, we will make sure we plan and prepare adequately. We will set some specific, measurable, attainable and realistic goals.

Measuring success– there will be a weekly weigh in, body fat percentage reading and photograph. As many ways we can keep to you up to date with your awesome progress the better!

Training– we are trying to make this as flexible as possible and have a few options here. Each individual will be given a tailored training program which will involve 3 to 4 sessions a week. We will be running a TRANSFORMATION WORK group session on a Monday and Wednesday at 7.30pm. You will also have unlimited access to the Work it class timetable.

Nutrition– you will receive a bespoke food/ nutrition plan that will be reviewed weekly. Russ will be there to make sure you stay on track, answer any questions and ensure you’re getting what your body needs! *We will able to cater for vegetarian and vegan clients.

Support– we will be having weekly meet ups that will give you an opportunity to ask any questions and keep you on track to your goal. You’ll be added to our Facebook and Whatsapp to provide motivation, inspiration and support around the clock. You will also have to contact with us via phone or email.

 

Cost- £750 or 2 payments of £400.

Sign up today to secure your space.

  

A simple lean, mean, Turkey Bolognese

New year, new focus, new goals. It is important to support any mental or physical changes with good nutrition, not to mention your health in general. This month’s recipe is a lean, mean Turkey Bolognese. I have substituted the spaghetti with some courgetti, and added some kale and avocado to make it a mouth watering, nutritious bit of grub.

Fun healthy facts about this dish:

  • Try this dish 2-3 hours before bed. Turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which is the pre cursor for serotonin. This is the happy hormone but also plays a key role in melatonin (the sleep hormone) release. Eat turkey for dinner to help get a better nights sleep!
  • Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet and is loaded with antioxidants. Get those nutrients in, keep those illnesses away!

Nutritional info (per serving):

Calories: 308kCal

Protein: 25g               Carbs: 30g                 Fats: 12g

Utilities

  • Frying pan
  • Spiraliser

Ingredients (prepares 3 meals):

  • 400g of free range organic turkey mince
  • 1 onion
  • A pack of chesnut mushrooms
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Tinned tomato’s
  • 2 Courgettes
  • 1 avocado
  • Tablespoon of coconut oil

I like to chop the onion, mushrooms and garlic before I commence so I have nothing to do as I go along- it’s entirely up to you though!

Step 1

Add a small teaspoon of coconut oil to a frying pan and put on a medium heat. Heat the pan for a few minutes and add chopped onion until sautéed.

Step 2

Put all the turkey into the pan and keep stirring and breaking up the mince to ensure it’s cooked properly.

Step 3

Add the chopped mushrooms, crushed garlic and continue to stir for 3-4 minutes. Then smash in the tinned tomatoes with a touch of water if necessary. Season to your preference (I recommend pink Himalayan slat) and leave to simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Step 4

Spiralise the courgettes, add some kale to the mix (or use as decoration around the edges) and slice up your avocado. Whack a healthy dollop of Bolognese on the courgetti and get ready to have a feast.

Bon appetite.

Written by Charlie Watts.

Natural remedies for fighting the flu this winter.

When it’s cold, dark and freezing outside we all want to stay indoors, and this can be the time the dreaded flu starts to kick in.  Sick days off work, or missed nights out with friends can be annoying.  So to help I have listed some Natural Remedies to fight off flu.

Healthy gut – The majority of our immune system is located in our gut. Think of it as our first line of defence against viruses.  Avoid processed foods as much as possible. A probiotic supplement, powdered greens drink, and eating fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut all boost our healthy gut bacteria.

Vitamin D – Vitamin D is more than just a supplement, it’s a hormone produced naturally by the body from exposure to sunlight.  Sun exposure can be rare during winter (especially in the UK), and vitamin D is essential in boosting the immune system while having a host of other positive effects.  We recommend a liquid D3 supplement, taken in water or put directly on the tongue for better absorption into the body.

Natural vitamin C – Vitamin C is great at preventing the flu rather than curing it.  People often take Vitamin C while they are sick.  There is little evidence to show this actually helps.  If flu symptoms start to occur increase dark leafy greens like kale, broccoli and peppers into your diet.  Camu Camu berry has the highest Vit C content of any other food on the planet. Bought in a powdered form, add to water in the morning or throughout the day.

Garlic and ginger – these both have compounds which have anti-viral, anti fungal and antibacterial properties. Crushed or chopped garlic added at the end of cooking works best. Try mixing ginger, lemon and Manuka honey for a perfect winter warming tea.

Bone broth – The benefits of bone broth is a whole other blog in itself.  Anti aging compounds, high in collagen and rich in minerals, it clears mucus, opening respiratory pathways while fighting inflammation and boosting immunity (amazing for hair growth too).  Ready made broths can be purchased in health food stores. Or simmer a carcass (chicken is great) in a pot adding onion celery and carrots for a few hours.

Sleep – Often neglected with busy social and work life. Quality sleep is the quickest way to recovery. We generally require 7 to 9 hours (each individual is different) Have a bedtime routine, turn the TV and laptop off two hours before bed. and try to be asleep by 10 o’clock for optimum physiological benefits and the much needed rest and recovery you deserve.

I hope you are able to use some of these tips to fight off the flu this winter.

Written by Adam Willoughby.

Unite for Africa: Blog #1 Chaka’s motivation

Chaka’s motivation

In life there are givers and takers and Chaka Clarke has both feet planted firmly in the giving camp.

While the rest of us absorb the daily news and ponder the plight of our great planet, Chaka absorbs and acts. It is this action that is driving the next night of Work-it’s white-collar boxing co-hosted by Chaka’s team Spartanfam. The night is titled Unite for Africa and will raise money for a struggling medical centre in Kinshasa and renovate the crumbling infrastructure of the Masika Centre, an orphanage set up by and for victims of rape, abuse and displacement.

Chaka will be competing in the Unite for Africa event on November 30th as he did earlier in the year. For many taking part, the motivation to enter into these contests includes improving fitness, losing weight or having ‘a once in a lifetime’ experience. All are admirable motivations and all require discipline to reach those goals over the ten weeks of required training. Chaka’s motivation however, is the Masika Centre in the Congo. He first heard of Rebecca Masika Katsuva a few years back when one of his friends showed him a video of the story of her traumatic rape at the hands of rebel soldiers and her truly inspiring response. He realised that as the soldiers used rape as a weapon of war to destroy the lives of many, Masika’s retaliation was love and humanity to help rebuild those shattered lives. He too would pick that same ammunition and do his bit to fight the injustice.

Battle of Camden

Like many who hear the story, Chaka was moved by it – but in true Chaka style he was moved to act. Having visited the orphanage on several occasions, Chaka has used his massive social media following and these boxing events to put the focus back on Masika’s Orphanage and to raise money for it to make it stronger each day that it’s open.  At Work-it’s first fight night in May this year, Chaka raised a mighty £10,000; his goal this time around is £30,000. In just five days of fund raising in the last week, Chaka with the help of Work-it has raised a staggering £17,000 – a massive thanks to everyone that’s dipped into his or her pockets so far.

Chaka doesn’t just focus on Africa, he puts his many talents to use in West London too. As a busy personal trainer he still finds time through his company Spartanfam to offer free community based fitness. From personal experience he knows the perils of the streets and so seeks to give kids and youths a reason to get active, to find a sense of purpose and pride in oneself and above all else find some enjoyment.

Unite for Africa is just under eight weeks away, it will be a busy time for Chaka and all of the other athletes involved. Over the coming weeks we aim to tell the stories of some of the fighters who have decided to glove up for charity. All will be taking part in two tough group training sessions a week as well as working on their own fitness or boxing development alongside holding down jobs and not forgetting family and social commitments. It is a massive undertaking for anyone taking part.

If you’re not one of the fighters but want to help, all you need to do is dip in your pocket as even £1 will make a difference, or instead of a visit to Starbucks sacrifice a morning coffee and donate the money – really every little act helps make it one big action. Thanks for taking the time to read this and if you want to donate – click on https://www.gofundme.com/uniteforafrica it’s worth a visit, the picture alone will melt your heart!

For tickets click here: https://billetto.co.uk/fight-night-unite-for-africa

I heart Africa foundation: http://iheartafrica.org/

Written by Sue Finnegan.

 

 

Healthy Hangouts – Wholefoods Market

Whole Foods Market in Piccadilly is an organic eco-minded haven that has the perfect on-the-go lunch options for keeping your diet in check.

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We usually go there for a quick lunch or to top up on our nut butters! The store is bursting with fresh fruit, groceries and delicious bites for lunch. We went with a salmon, quinoa & broccoli meal with a side of watermelon. Quinoa is a great source of protein as it has all the essential amino acids. Watermelon is a beautiful super fruit that is rich in lycopene and therefore great for your cardiovascular system. This dish is great for getting your omega up & giving you a good kick of goodness.

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We love it here because it makes eating a balanced diet accessible and delicious. Eating clean doesn’t mean restricting yourself from flavour and fun. It just means moderation, consideration and loving your body the way it should be loved!

Wholefoods Piccadilly

Try it out for yourself!

Written by Danielle Bowman.

WORK IT Kitchen – Baked Eggs

This is a great meal for anytime of the day, packed with protein and antioxidants.

Serves 2

Ingredients

4 Free range eggs

1 tin black beans

1 tin organic tinned tomatoes

1 red onion

Ground turmeric

Ground cayenne pepper

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Method

1. Heat pan with oil, add onions and black beans.

2. Lightly fry before adding tinned tomatoes and spices. Stir until mixed.

3. Add mixture into a dish, crack the raw eggs into the mixture.

4. Place in oven and cook for about 15 mins.

5. Serve with greens! Wilted spinach or spinach avocado salad.

Recipe by Adam Willoughby.