Here is the latest Blog from Coach Helen Gribble – ENJOY! I remember the moment that I chose my gym gear for my first visit to U Fit. Surveying what was on offer in my wardrobe, I knew what I was looking for…. there they were…. the biggest possible clothing that I could find. In fact, in truth, it was men’s clothing. The thought of entering a gym in something that would show off my body made me feel so uncomfortable I would have been happy to shroud myself in a tent if it meant covering my body. I had become so uncomfortable with how I looked the more I could hide away from myself and everyone else the better I felt. Entering the gym itself had its challenges. For a long time, I would try and avoid looking at myself in the mirrors while I worked out. Although watching myself in the mirror would have helped me with my technique I didn’t like the person that I saw looking back at me. I didn’t recognise her anymore. Over time as my body started to shrink my work out tent clothing became bigger and bigger and bigger. Eventually, I conceded that it was time to downgrade….it was time to go shopping. Something surprising happened when stepping in front of the gym mirrors with Lycra on for the first time. I could see change, and I liked it. Over time I needed smaller and smaller sizes, each time seeing a new change to my body. I started to accept what I saw and stopped hiding from it. These days I can be seen in the skimpiest shorts on offer and tightest top. I’m in my underwear on the gym wall photos, and I’m comfortable with that. I’m happy with my body and my skin. I like the person looking back at me from the mirror because it’s me, and not someone that I don’t recognise.
Here is the latest Blog from Coach Helen Gribble – ENJOY! When I packed my bag for work, I would slip in a couple of things to graze on during the day. A bag or nuts, maybe a couple of bags of crisps. I would sit at my desk, eyes not leaving my screen and slowly eat through the day. Having joined U Fit I was already starting to think about how I ate, and grazing was something that I hadn’t even thought about before. The reality was that I was eating distracted, not even looking at what I was eating. My hand would move to my mouth almost automatically, and I had never yet realised. I continued to take my snacks to work and began to stop what I was doing to eat, turning off my screen. I thought about whether I needed to eat and if I was hungry. I discovered that I wasn’t hungry at all, that grazing wasn’t something I needed to do to get through the day. Over a period of a couple of weeks, I stopped packing my bag with extra food and started paying attention to what I was eating. ?
Here is the latest Blog from Coach Helen Gribble – ENJOY! All peanut butter is not made equally, why? It's all about the process of how they are made. Up to a few years ago the only option you would find on the shelves would come in blue and red top variety and be both incredibly dry to the taste. You would find yourself trying to suck the peanut butter off your teeth an hour later. L Nowadays there's more on offer, but what to choose? The easiest thing to do is check the label on the back. You want to be looking for the fewest ingredients listed. Many of the drier options come with unnecessary sugars and oils. The better option is to look for butter that has no palm oil inside, and these are often labelled on the front. Palm oil is used as a coagulant of peanut butter. Palm oil is high in saturated fat and therefore promoted ‘bad' cholesterol within the body. While these butter look odd when you open them, it's only the natural oil separating from the peanuts. Once you mix it in you're left with a smother, runnier butter. Whether you add it to shakes, apples or rice cakes, good quality peanut butter is a great way to get healthy fats into your foods….. keep an eye on the amount you use. J
#FoodieFriday is here again! U Fit studio have joined forces with @CleanEatingbyJay to bring you exciting new recipes each and every Friday. Whether you have a savoury tooth or sweet, we are sure you will find something to enjoy! Next Up, ……… Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken with Salt & Pepper Chips Ingredients BBQ Chicken – Makes 4/6 servings600 g Chicken Breast2 Onions Sliced1 Sweet Red Pepper Sliced1/2 Red Chilli Diced
Smokey BBQ Sauce4 tbsp Crushed Fresh Garlic2 tbsp Cider Vinegar2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar or alternatively Balsamic glaze2 tbsp Smoked Paprika1 tsp Hot Paprika- Optional1 tbsp Chipotle Chilli Flakes2 tbsp Tomato Puree2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce1 tbsp Wholegrain MustardSalt/Pepper To taste
Salt and Pepper Chips300 g Large Baking Potato3 tsp Salt - Dry fried in a pan3 tsp Pepper - Dry fried in a pan2 g Coconut Oil1/2 Red Chilli Diced1 Onion Sliced
Method BBQ Chicken 1. Add all ingredients for the sauce as above into a bowl and mix well. You could also have a little taste to see if spicy enough for you.Stir the sauce into the chicken breast and transfer into your slow cooker pot. I added around 300ml of water at this stageAdd your onions, pepper and red chilli and cook on low for 5-6 hours or alternatively on high for 3-4 hoursUsing two forks simply pull the chicken apart and serve!
Salt and Pepper ChipsBake your potato in a microwave for 3-4 minutes depending on the size. It should still be relatively hard enough for you to slice neatly 2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and transfer the sliced potato, sliced onion, salt, pepper and chilli to the tray. Coat the potato well with the seasoning and bake at 200c for 10-15 minutes until the 'chips' are soft!