Post-exercise chocolate milk

People, especially runners, talk about chocolate milk as being a great ‘post exercise’ refueling drink, and I have to agree. It is pretty fantastic.

It tastes good, it quickly gets protein to where it needs to go, and it is super convenient – no need to start cooking an omelette when you have chocolate milk around. In fact, when I talk with clients about exercise, one of the ways I recommend refueling is to have chocolate milk.

But when you look at the ingredients of most commercial chocolate milk drinks, there is a lot of random stuff in there which isn’t exactly what you need. Added sugars, sweeteners, flavourings etc. Those are things that don’t help rebuild muscle.

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On admitting the scary stuff

It was World Escape Day – you know, the amazing day organised by the fab people at Escape the City, and I was asked to be a speaker.

Which was cool – yay me – but also a bit strange because rather than prepare a talk on nutrition or health or food, I was asked to inspire the people at the event in their quest to quit their jobs and go do something amazing instead.

I dutifully (because I’m a very good person) prepared my notes and planned on talking about:

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Spelt pancakes

Pancakes are amazing.

I love them a lot. If it wasn’t for the fact that they take a bit of faffing around, I’d have them every day. Or at least every weekend.

(If you think you shouldn’t have pancakes, read this)

At home, we make our pancakes with spelt flour – here’s the recipe for my spelt pancakes:

  • 1.5 cups of spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bicarb of soda
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 3 cups of milk (whatever kind you like) – if you want to go extra pancakely posh, swap one of those cups for a cup of buttermilk
  • (if you want to turn these pancakes into chocolate pancakes, add two teaspoons of cocoa powder to the dry mix)

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No time to sleep?

So many of my clients say the same thing:

I’m so tired.

I’m knackered.

I don’t have enough energy.

Yet when I ask them how much sleep they are getting, the answer is often:

Not enough.

See, they already know that they aren’t getting enough sleep, but at the same time, they don’t prioritise getting the sleep that they need. They say they have no time to sleep.

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This is not the time to go on a diet

Now (ie, post-Christmas, New Year, January) is not the time to go on a diet.

I know how much you want to.

You’ve eaten loads.

Pretty much non-stop.

The biscuits. The crackers. The cheese. The After Eights. The flatbread with red onion. The sausages (little and big ones). The mince pies. The jelly. The pate. The sausage rolls (big and little ones). The tubes of sweets. The chocolates. The crisps. The nachos. Oh the nachos with all the dips.

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Cold or not, you need some fresh air

It’s that time of year again, when getting fresh air seems really tricky.

The house is warm, full of the lovely smells of Christmas chocolate (or is that just mine…?) and the thought of going out in the cold, or in the rain, is just too darned harsh.

It’s tempting to stay indoors for pretty much the whole of the festive season, nibbling on mince pies and supping the odd glass or three of mulled wine. And to be honest, there’s nothing wrong with nibbling and supping. Nothing wrong at all.

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Oranges are not the only way to get vitamin C

If you are like many people, the minute you feel a bit sniffly, you start thinking about oranges.

Because, as we all know, they are super high in vitamin C, which is exactly what you need to help you get better quickly.

Now, there is nothing wrong with a glass of fresh OJ – I’m a big fan myself, especially if someone else has done the squeezing – but there are plenty of other ways of getting a nice hit of vitamin C without having to chug a load of the orange stuff.

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In defence of sugar

(I totally know I shouldn’t be writing this, what with me being a nutritionist and all, but sometimes stuff just needs to be said)

Sugar makes stuff taste nice.

Yes it does.

Just like fat also makes stuff taste nice.

But unlike fat, (or at least the fats which we like to think of as good fats) sugar is pretty much a demon ingredient. Anyone who cares about their health hates sugar. Some people won’t touch the stuff because it’s a poison.

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