Well this is something we all hear often, I tend to eat the wrong things when I’m stressed. It’s something that so many people suffer from in this 24/7 availability in work and trying to make ends meet, So what is stress, what can we do about it, what foods can we satisfy that urge when we try to cope? This may help a little.

How to Stop Stress Eating Right Now

Stress eating doesn’t usually take away stress, and if it’s done too often, it can also add pounds. Here are some tips to beat this habit..”

Emotional Eating: It Happens.

Emotional eating happens to many of us from time to time. Maybe you’ve cheered yourself up with a bowl of ice cream after an unusually tough day, or sneaked a few chips from your best friend’s plate while recapping a disastrous date. But when emotional eating gets out of hand—when eating is the first and most common response to negative thoughts and feelings—it’s time to get a grip.

What is stress eating?

Stress eating, or emotional eating, is when you eat in order to escape whatever bad feelings you’re experiencing, in the hope that food will make you feel better. Sometimes it’s a conscious decision, but more often it’s just a mindless response to a vague, negative emotion. You may not know what’s bothering you, but you’re pretty sure that food is the one thing that will cure whatever ails you.

Is it emotional or physical hunger?

There are few tell-tale signs that can help you distinguish emotional hunger/stress eating from true, physical hunger.

      • • Stress eating usually causes a craving for a food that’s sugary, fatty and high calorie—and often very specific. But when you’re physically hungry, food in general sounds good to you. You’re willing to consider several options that will satisfy your physical hunger, which means you’re more likely to make a better choice.
      • • Stress eating might lift your mood momentarily – then, just as quickly, shame and guilt often move in. On the other hand, when you finish a meal that’s satisfied your physical hunger, you don’t usually feel guilty afterwards for having eaten.
      • • Once your physical hunger is satisfied and your stomach is comfortably full, it’s a signal that you’ve had enough and you tend to stop eating. But when emotions are the driver, it’s easy to ignore what your stomach is telling you—and you wind up eating way too much while attempting to make yourself feel better.
      • • Emotional stress eating usually comes on suddenly. You start feeling stressed or tense, and wham! You’re craving a juicy burger! On the other hand, physical hunger tends to come on gradually. You’re starting to feel hungry but you can wait to eat, which gives you some time to choose wisely and satisfy that hunger with something that’s good for you.

Tips for dealing with stress eating behaviours

Keep a food journal.

    • A food journal can really help you see what triggers your stress eating. Whenever you feel the need to eat, make a note of how hungry you are on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = I’m faint with hunger; 10 = I’m so stuffed I have to loosen my clothing). Then write down how you’re feeling at the moment.

Own up to your feelings.

    • You know that emotions are the trigger for your stress eating, so why not acknowledge them? It’s okay to be mad or lonely or bored sometimes. The feelings may be unpleasant but they’re not dangerous, and you don’t always need to ‘fix’ them.

Work on your coping skills.

    • Every time you eat in response to stress, it’s just a reminder that you can’t cope with your emotions. When stress strikes, try asking yourself, “What’s the worst thing that will happen if I don’t eat?” Yes, your stress level might rise a bit, but the feeling will pass. Practice tolerating your emotions, or finding other ways to deal with your stress.

Find alternatives to eating.

    • Take a few moments to reflect on your feelings and think of ways you can solve your problem. Make a list of things you can do instead of eating, like walking, listening to music or meditating.

Unlearn your bad habits.

    • Emotional eaters continually reinforce the idea that the best way to treat negative emotions is with food. And like other bad habits, stress eating happens before you’ve even had a chance to think about it. So, you need to “un-learn” your bad habits and practice doing something other than eating when a bad day strikes.

Wait it out.

    Stress eaters often are afraid that if they don’t satisfy the urge to eat, the craving will just get worse. But when they practice delaying tactics, they’re often surprised that the urge simply passes. Rather than immediately giving in to your urges, promise yourself you’ll wait a few minutes and let the craving pass.

Be kind to yourself, and give yourself time to work on your stress eating. If you find that these tactics aren’t working for you, ask your health care provider if counseling or group support might be helpful for you.

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One of things people assume when we talk of Herbalife is overweight people! Wrong, Herbalife is a wellness business helping people maintain the best health, this is clearly in professional sports, in many disciplines in many countries around the world. Today we have part of an interview from Phil Salt, from Sussex Cricket club talking about his favorite products. Some from the sport and fitness range and some from the Herbalife24 range.

 

Sussex County Cricket Club: Phil Salt

Q: What are your favourite Herbalife products?

Lift Off is definitely the one for me! I’m also very partial to a daily Rebuild Strength shake. The Lift Off gives me a great buzz and it has all the other vitamins etc that I know I need so that’s a win for me. The Rebuild Strength tastes great, it mixes really well with water or milk. I’ve had a few lumpy protein mixes before and they really ruin it so it is nice to know Rebuild Strength doesn’t.

Q: How does this help you as a professional cricketer?

I think a lot of people underestimate the life of a professional cricketer. Now don’t get me wrong; if it rains we might end up sitting around all day but that’s where I will try to get a quick top up session in the gym. Sometimes it seems people think we just stand around and bat and throw, but it’s fair to say it definitely isn’t like that! Especially white ball cricket. It’s actually pretty explosive and fast paced when both batting and fielding. Having Lift off and Rebuild Strength just makes this a little easier. If I have been fielding and know I then have to go out and bat with a short turnaround I would rather have a shake than a heavy stomach of food. I do think good healthy food is important the rest of the time but that’s why we use Herbalife at Sussex.

Q: When do you feel this helps you the most?

As I mentioned if it rains I might pop into the gym. But like most lads I will wait until it has rained quite a bit to make sure we won’t be going out to play again whilst I am getting tired in the gym. This unfortunately makes me being lethargic and not exactly ‘up’ for the gym. This is where Lift Off is my saviour! The pick me up from one Lift Off is more than enough to get me through those gym sessions where I could easily feel lethargic and waste my time in the gym.

Rebuild Strength supports me whilst I try to get stronger to be a more powerful and explosive cricketer. It isn’t always possible to get access to food straight away and there are also times when we might be on a coach journey home from a late night game finish so to be able to rely on Rebuild Strength instead of a fast food takeaway at a service station is brilliant.

Q: Why would you recommend Herbalife to fellow cricketers?

I would have to go outside this question and say why I would recommend it to anyone playing any sport. Knowing that there are Herbalife products to develop my performance, focus and recovery in all parts of my professional cricket means a lot. Having Herbalife supplements available means I can focus on developing myself on the field and in the gym knowing that my wellbeing is taken care of which is so important. Whenever I have any drop in focus or energy, a Lift Off gets me back to a perfect level, and having a Rebuild strength shake for post gym and post training helps me to ensure that my nutrition is sound and accounted for, which is I why I feel that any athlete would benefit from Herbalife.

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With all the running events and calls to do more to keep yourself healthy, There are a few things to keep in mind, Start in smaller time slots, prepare yourself, feed and hydrate yourself, dress so you feel good and stop if you are in pain, the old saying push through the pain is a load of tosh, Dr Luigi Gratton explained this very clearly, pain is a warning Listen!

Tips for newbie runners from Francisca Rockey

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So, you have cancelled your gym membership due to lack of motivation or you are making spending cuts or would simply prefer to spend the hour you would at the gym, snuggled up on the sofa. Whatever your reason for giving up on your new year’s resolution to get fit, I am here to help you get back on track. With just 13 weeks until British summer, there is still time to smash those fitness goals.

Ever thought about running? You can do it anywhere, anytime and at the cost of nothing. If the price of a gym membership each month is out of your budget, then running is a great alternative. Not only are you in complete control of where you run and how long you run for, but it is a lot easier to slip a 30-minute run into your daily routine than a drive to the nearest gym for 30 minutes on the treadmill.

Tip #No1

Invest in a ‘feel good’ running kit. This tip is completely optional, but I find that when I am kitted out in running gear that makes me feel good, then I instantly feel like I am ready to get going.

Tip #No2

Make a playlist. Ensure that your playlist only consists of ‘feel good’ music, any songs that remind you of a bad memory, leave it out even if its a tune. Create a bubble of just you and your music and you will probably end up running for miles because you are distracted by those ‘feel good’ tunes.

Tip #No3

The backbone of a good workout is nutrition. To maximise results you need to eat light and balanced meals, 2 to 3 hours before you train. I was sent some products from Herbalife and have been trialling them for the past month alongside balanced nutritious meals. I use their Formula 1 Sports Shake* as post workout fuel, I mix 2 scoops (roughly 26g) with 250ml of semi-skimmed milk, give it a little shake and its good to go. Most of the protein powders on the market are either banana or chocolate flavour which I find very sickly but this one comes in vanilla cream flavour, which I love! So now, I enjoy drinking my post workout shake rather than just tolerating the taste for the recovery benefits.

Tip #No4

Staying motivated. A great way to stay motivated when running is to run in a group. I know this is not for everyone, I prefer to run alone a lot of the time but if you are a person who struggles to keep themselves motivated, running with a partner or in a group can help to instill motivation.

Tip #No5

Listen to your body. Learn the difference between when you are having a bad day physically and when you need a day off to rest. If you miss a day of training, you can make it up another day, no biggie!

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7 Tips for Eating Right! Well that sounds easy? but this is the reason people don’t get results they expect when trying to improve their health. Eat at least eat five times a day, keep hydrated. The old saying “A good breakfast sets the day for you” (good, being something different from a full English!), is correct. Have a read through this article and get a feel of what your body actually needs during the day. understand when your body needs the recover and replenish, start using those shake’s to feed your body the nutrition it needs when it needs it! I have a shake for breakfast and one for lunch and one twenty minutes after the gym Try it for a month and see how you feel! Good luck I promise you won’t look back.

7 Tips for Eating Right

Eating right involves more than just making the right food choices—it’s also about eating the right foods at the right time. So, here are seven tips to help you to “eat right.”

Eat right when you get up. You don’t need to eat immediately upon awakening, but it’s really important to eat in the morning. Those who eat breakfast regularly are better able to control their weight, while breakfast skippers are likely to over-compensate and eat too much at lunch. If you can’t face much in the morning, try a bowl of oatmeal with a bit of protein powder stirred in, some fresh fruit with a scoop of cottage cheese or yogurt, or a protein shake made with protein powder, milk and fruit.

Eat right before your supermarket shop. If you do your shopping on an empty stomach, you’ll be like a kid in a candy store—everything will look good to you. Grab a protein bar, a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts before you go out the door so you’ll be less tempted. Make a list and do your best to stick to it.

Eat right when it comes to fats. We need small amounts of fat in the diet, but most of us eat too much. And some fats—like the ones naturally present in fish, tree nuts, olives and avocados—are healthier than others. Healthy fats add flavor, so add avocado or nuts to your salad, or a dab of flavorful olive oil to steamed veggies.

Eat right before you work out. You need to fuel up before your exercise, especially if you work out first thing in the morning. If you don’t have much time to eat beforehand, easy-to-digest foods like smoothies, soups or yogurt do the trick. If you have a few hours to digest before you head out, have a regular meal with plenty of healthy carbs—whole grain breads, brown rice, pasta, fruits and veggies—to keep you going strong.

Eat right after you exercise. After a good workout, your body might be low on fuel, so try to eat something within 30-45 minutes after you finish your exercise. Your muscles are looking to fruits, vegetables and whole grains to help replenish their stock of carbohydrates—and a shot of protein to help them recover.

Eat right when you eat out. We eat so many meals out these days that dining out isn’t the special occasion it used to be. Resist the urge to splurge when you’re out. If you’re trying to cut your calories, split an entrée with a friend and order an extra salad. Or skip the starchy sides and double up on veggies. Ask for dressings and sauces on the side so you can control how much you eat.

Eat right at night. A lot of people eat lightly or skip meals during the day, only to eat huge amounts of calories between dinner and bedtime. But when you do most of your eating at night, your brain and muscles don’t get the fuel they need for your daily physical and mental activities. Instead, distribute your calories over fairly evenly over your meals and snacks. If after-dinner snacking is piling on the pounds, try brushing your teeth right after dinner. It’s one of the best ways to signal that you’re done eating for the day.

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Today we tackle the response to the question, Why don’t you try one of my shakes, they are packed with all the elements your body needs and you won’t get hungry? Because I know what my body needs and I eat well! The question is are you? have a read of this and the links and possibly you may be tempted to try the best nutrition in the world. Just click on the link.

Four Reasons Why Meal Replacements Are Ideal Functional Foods

Functional Foods

With scientific and technological advancements in both nutrition and food science and an increasing demand for personalised nutrition, consumers can select from an array of functional foods and make them part of everyday life. Within the EU, the, there is no regulatory definition of “functional food,” but according to The British Nutrition Foundation, “the term ‘functional’ is sometimes used to describe foods and drinks that are enriched with particular nutrients or substances that have the potential to positively influence health over and above their basic nutritional value.”

All foods have some function, but there’s a difference with those deemed to be “functional foods.” According to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic position paper: “All food is essentially functional at some level as it provides energy and nutrients needed to sustain life. However, there is growing evidence that some food components, not considered nutrients in the traditional sense, may provide positive health benefits.”

Why Meal Replacements Qualify as Functional Foods

Meal replacements come in various forms, like Herbalife Nutrition Formula 1 Shake or Formula 1 Express Meal Bars, and they have some common characteristics, beyond taste, aroma or nutritive value, that make them functional foods:

  • These products support weight loss and weight maintenance, through portion control and by providing the nutrients our body would need per meal.
  • They are rich in protein, which supports the maintence and growth of muscle mass.
  • All European meal replacement products are fortified with vitamins and minerals.

Meal replacements are a category of functional food that provide a variety of healthy benefits. Traditionally used for weight management, evidence has accrued in recent years suggesting they provide a host of other benefits, including maintenance of lean body mass, lower glycemic index and by serving as a source of daily nutrition to help fill nutrient gaps in the diet.

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Author: Andrew Shao, Ph.D., vice president, Global Government Affairs, Herbalife Nutrition

Going to the gym you see and hear so many things to give a quick result and end up feeling unwell and lack of power although you may think you look good? This is something which will give you the look,the power and you will feel great. BUILDING A BODY OUTSIDE OF THE GYM WITH HERBALIFE. This is an interesting article and is the crossing over to the scientific proven product from the “I know a bloke in the gym and he says” use products that give better results and are healthy world class with a proven track record around the world.

BUILDING A BODY OUTSIDE OF THE GYM WITH HERBALIFE

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There is an old adage that bodies aren’t just sculpted in the gym. In fact, most research will point to the fact that a big part of gains (to use a less scientific word) are achieved out of the gym; honed through the adaptation of a well-balanced diet, with the right amount (and type) of proteins. For most people that means spending more time in the kitchen but, if like me you struggle with a hectic diary and a very small kitchen, this can be a daunting task. Instead, it is important to find more convenient ways to complement your diet; shortcuts without the shortcuts.

Herbalife have a long standing reputation in the fitness industry and with good reason. Where other protein manufacturers may come and go, Herbalife have history that stretched back to the early 1980s; an era when fitness greats like Arnold Schwarzenegger were posing on stage and inspiring the next generation of athletes. That’s not to say that protein rich products should just be limited to the bodybuilding community; they are vital in post-exercise recovery within any sport.

Recovery is probably the most immediate concern of anyone who regularly exercises or visits the gym. Essential for rebuilding muscle fibres and stimulating growth, a good protein blend needs to be convenient and taste good. With 25 g of whey and casein proteins, Herbalife 24 Rebuild  is a great powder to have in your gym bag. The unique blend of proteins and amino acids help rebuild muscle and speed up recovery, promoting growth and helping your body prepare for that next gym session or game of football. More importantly, it mixes well and it tastes good. There is no compromise here and it’s genuinely refreshing to have the best of both worlds.

REBUILD ENDURANCE

Rebuild Endurance
Recovery carb-protein drink for endurance sports.
  • For use after aerobic exercise
  • Contains 36g specially selected carbohydrate and 10g high quality dairy protein in each serving
  • Protein contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass
  • Provides vitamins B1, B2, C and E, along with iron
  • No artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners

If, like me, you sweat buckets when you work out there is also a real importance in staying hydrated when hitting the gym or your favourite sport. Herbalife CR7  drink developed in conjunction with Cristiano Ronaldo himself, contains an excellent blend of electrolytes and carbohydrates to keep your hydration levels in check. It tastes a lot better than just water and, coming in at less than 100 calories per serve, you won’t be putting too much back into your body. It recently won the Energy Drink of the Year Award with Men’s Fitness and, with a lovely acai berry flavouring to top it all off, it’s not hard to see why.

There are a number of other products in the Herbalife range than can definitely help with your fitness goals but I suggest you start with the basics. Ensuring you’re well-nourished before you work-out, the CR7 Drive during your workout and the Rebuild Strength post workout is a good foundation to build from. As with your exercise regime, your nutrition regime should build up steadily and become habit rather than a hard change. When it all tastes this good there really is no excuse not be getting that little bit extra from your diet.

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In this instance, I used the following products to compliment my workout and diet:

CR7 Drive & Herbalife H24 Rebuild Strength.

Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing Healthy Fats, I love talking about this subject as it gets lots of opinions coming out in a debate, the meat & fish thing most popular! Red meat from the open range eating green grass did have Omega 3, however 99% now reared indoors, fed processed food and so don’t + they are also given health injections that cause a drop in quality compared with 60 years ago. Fish, fish is a fantastic source of Omega 3, However farmed fish are not! fed on processed foods in confined spaces they have their own fat due to lack of activity and all are full of medication to stop an outbreak of desease! So with that in mind have a read of what is good for you and your family, and will make a huge difference to everyone’s life.

Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing Healthy Fats

Healthy fats can help promote heart health. Here are some tips for working more healthy fats into your diet.

Confused about good fats and bad fats? You’re not alone. Aside from questions about weight loss, the topic of healthy fats seems to come up more than any other. Many people I talk to remember the low fat diet era of 20 years ago—just as they remember the high fat/low carb era that followed right behind. Then suddenly it wasn’t merely about how much, or how little fat we should be eating, but whether or not we were eating the right kinds of fat.

What Are Healthy Fats, and Why Are They Good For You?

Fats can be divided up into two broad categories: saturated (unhealthy fats) and unsaturated (healthier fats). Of the two, the unsaturated fats are considered better for you, since these fats are derived primarily from plant foods and can help to keep blood cholesterol levels within a normal range. On the other hand, a diet with a lot of saturated fats (found primarily in animal products like butter, cheese, whole milk and meat), can contribute to a rise in cholesterol.

Unsaturated fats can be further broken down into two categories: monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. You’ll find monounsaturated fats in nuts, seeds, olive oils and avocados. They’re considered heart-healthy when eaten in moderate amounts.

Polyunsaturated fats can be further classified as either omega-3 or omega-6 fats. While your body requires both types, you need them in the proper balance to promote health. The problem for most of us is that we eat too many omega-6 fats (fried foods, snack foods and sweet baked goods) and not enough fish, nuts, seeds and leafy greens that provide the omega-3s.

Be Choosy With Fats To Keep Calories in Check

Now, added fats do add calories to your diet. All oils, regardless of their source, have about 120 calories a tablespoon. Just because olive oil is a healthy fat, doesn’t mean you should pour it all over your food.

How to Get More Healthy Fats Into Your Diet

The foods that contain heart-healthy fats include nuts and seeds, olives and olive oil, seafood and avocados. Here are some ways to work more of these healthy fats into your day.

Nuts and Seeds

Almonds, pistachios, walnuts and pecans are considered tree nuts, which have more heart-healthy omega-3 than peanuts (not actually nuts, but beans). Here are some ways to include more nuts and seeds into your diet.

    • • A handful of nuts make a filling snack.
    • • Try stirring some nut butter into oatmeal, yogurt or protein shakes; or spread some on apple slices for a quick snack.
    • • Finely ground nuts make a delicious crispy coating for fish or chicken. Dip fish fillets or chicken breasts into beaten egg white, then lightly coat with ground nuts. Season with salt and pepper, then bake or saute.
    • • Sprinkle nuts or seeds into green salads, on top of cooked vegetables, yogurt or hot cereal, and into your shakes.
    • • Add nuts and seeds to trail mix.
    • • Tahini (sesame seed paste) makes a delicious base for a salad dressing or sauce.
Olive Oil and Olives

Olive oil is also one of the richest sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. If the flavor of extra-virgin olive oil is too strong for you, look for light olive oils that have the same calories as regular olive oil, but are lighter in flavor.

    • • Use olive oil to replace vegetable oils and butter when you cook.
    • • Make your own salad dressing with 2 parts olive oil, 1 part lemon juice or vinegar; salt and pepper to taste.
    • • Use a tiny bit of olive oil to flavor cooked vegetables.
    • • Add whole olives to salad, or chopped olives to pasta sauces, or stirred into whole grain dishes after cooking.
    • • Try an olive spread on whole grain crackers. Whip up chopped olives, garlic and a little tomato paste in the blender.
Seafood

Fish fat naturally contains heart-healthy omega-3.

    • • Canned tuna and salmon are super-convenient. Flake some tuna or salmon on top of a green salad for a quick meal.
    • • Add frozen cooked shrimp and scallops to soups or pasta dishes.
    • • Use fish instead of chicken in some of your favorite dishes like tacos or one-dish meals.
    • • Order fish more often in restaurants.
Avocado

Avocados are technically a fruit and a good source of monounsaturated fat. Here are a few of my favorite uses for avocado.

    • • Use mashed avocado as a substitute for mayonnaise in tuna salad or egg salad.
    • • Mash into guacamole with a little lime juice and salt; use cut veggies rather than chips for dipping.
    • • Try a few slices of avocado in an omelet, or on top of hard-boiled eggs.
    • • Mix diced avocado, mango and red onion with a little lime juice and cilantro into a delicious salsa.

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Shamrock Rovers: Laying the Foundations

Pre-Season is the Perfect Starting Point

When we set off for our pre-season tour to Portugal to compete in the Atlantic Cup, we knew that it was time to get to work. This was the beginning of our season, and although we weren’t there to play competitive matches it was the perfect opportunity to fine tune our fitness, build team morale, develop our tactics and get in to the right nutritional and recovery habits so that once the 16th of February arrived and the season officially started we could hit the ground running.

Herbalife Sports: Cristiano Ronaldo

When you hear ‘pre-season’ you immediately think of ‘running’, and lots of it. As footballers we cover a lot of distance during a 90-minute game and often in short bursts of acceleration. In order to replicate the demands of a full game, we put an emphasis on high intensity interval training (HIIT) as opposed to the traditional cross-country may have focussed style training that players on 10-15 years ago. The rationale behind HIIT sessions is their ability to enable us with a similar level of intensity in the 90th minute as we do in the 5th minute, giving us an edge on opponents who may not have that same sharpness.

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With such a gruelling schedule and the demands that playing at this level puts on our bodies, it is difficult for us to add heavy fitness sessions in to our training during the season. Therefore, most of our fitness work is built in January so we can maintain it throughout the season. Part of this endurance is getting into the right recovery habits early on so when we play two games a week, we are well prepared and know the best ways to allow our bodies recuperate. The fundamentals remain the same – eat and sleep well and the rest will follow.

Maintaining a good diet is hugely important. As we cover such large distances in games and long practice sessions combined with gym sessions, it can be difficult to design a targeted sports nutrition and hydration program to fulfil individual needs. Nutrition programs are implemented according to the players’ training and weight goals as no two players will be the same. We benefit hugely from complementing our meals with Herbalife24® Rebuild Strength. Supporting immediate and sustained muscle recovery, this provides additional protein that our muscles need to recover which is hugely beneficial.

Achieving peak performance on game day is highly satisfying. If you are working hard and recovery is up– less aches and pains – it is because you are complementing the tough fitness sessions with the right recovery program.

This is especially important during preseason when we spend vast amounts of time on the pitch getting in sync with one another. Staying injury free is therefore paramount in keeping us on the pitch – allowing us to develop as a team. Building a good rapport as a group will give us the best chance of making a run for some trophies and this is only possible when our muscles recover and the right measures are taken to prevent injuries and avoid the physio room. We have put an emphasis on working equally hard on stretching, recovery and injury prevention in order to reach our highest genetic potential. Taking Herbalife24® Rebuild Strength has helped me to have little physio and stay close to the action – and that’s the most important thing for a footballer.

Ultimately, the pre-season was designed to get us into shape and give us the best chance of winning. Good training habits and eating habits are important but getting into the habit of winning is our main goal. Our hope is that by playing great early games we can get the fans on our side, get Tallaght Stadium rocking and bring home some silverware later in the year!

– Sean Boyd, Shamrock Rovers football player

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Lucie Rose Donlan: My Weightloss Secret

Lucie Rose Donlan was sent product samples for review purposes, all thoughts portrayed are her own.

A couple of years ago I was stuck in a rut. I was working full time as a Surf Coach and trying to fit the occasional modelling job in-between. I basically had no energy and at the end of the day I’d come home exhausted, eat a huge bowl of pasta and fall asleep on the bed. The mornings weren’t much better either; I’d try and stay under the duvet for as long as possible and regularly skipped breakfast. I had no time for exercise and believed that just by being on the beach all day and helping people catch waves was probably enough. I noticed my clothes were starting to feel tighter and this worried me, especially as I’d just been taken on by a Modelling Agency. I knew that something had to change.

CHANCE MEETINGS

They say that sometimes when you’re not expecting it, the Universe delivers.  By chance my mum bumped into one of her friends that she hadn’t seen for ages. I remember her telling me that she hardly recognised this lady as she looked so amazing! She said how envious she felt over her friend’s weight loss and new zest for life. During the conversation she’d asked her how she did it and was given a card for a personal Trainer the friend had been using. My mum said I should give it a go and give the trainer a call.

ASK ME HOW?

As the surf coaching work dried up for the Summer, I decided to make an investment in myself and booked 12 sessions with the trainer my mum’s friend, Karen, had recommended.  As I drove into the car park to meet Karen at her gym, I noticed these three words on a Board outside – “Ask Me How”. I think the moment I met Karen three words became very apparent to me.  Here was a lady double my age (I’m sure she won’t mind me telling you that) and busy mum of 3 and, as she walked over to me I noticed how her skin glowed, her body looked healthy and toned and she had heaps of energy – I definitely needed to ask her how!!

SHAKES FOR BREAKFAST

Our first training session was so hard, but afterwards Karen took me into her office and made me the most gorgeous chocolate shake.  It felt so good to have this drink after working out and I asked her what was in it? She gave me a little bag which had 6 sample sachets in from Herbalife.  She told me that it was entirely up to me whether I wanted to try it or not, but suggested I use one each day as a healthy breakfast, adding milk, fruit and lots of ice.

The next morning I woke up really early and was excited to try one of the sachets. I thought I’d go with the Formula 1 Cookies & Cream Flavor and, adding some chocolate soya milk, a banana, and a big handful of ice, I whizzed it all up in my blender. The taste was amazing and I started to feel good, like I’d made the first step to a healthier and more energised me.

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO MY FAVOURITE (AND QUICK) HEALTHY BREAKFAST:

1 x chopped banana

Add Alpro Chocolate Soya Milk

2 Scoops of Formula 1 Chocolate Flavour

Handful of ice

Blend it up

Pour

And enjoy!

WHY HERBALIFE?

Herbalife are a company that I trust. There are no gimmicks just nutritious products. The Formula 1 Shake was developed by Nutritionists and Food Scientists to help people improve their wellbeing through responsible weight management. They have such an amazing range on offer and now that I’ve reached my ideal weight, my focus is on maintaining and building muscle with protein. Make sure you keep and eye out over the next couple of week as I’m going to share some more blogs with you on my post workout shake, some really yummy healthy snacks (that you wont believe) and I’ll also be trying out their beautifully indulgent new SKIN range!

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Following on from the “Try to go meatless blog of yesterday as your third main meal of the day and the consequent reaction, take a look at this for an experiment? Go on challenge your taste buds, give it ago, If you don’t try you can hardly comment on it?

Soy Protein – Your Essential Guide to Soy and Tofu

Are you a fan of soy protein? With so many variations, soy can be a delicious extra in many recipes or even the main focus for a nutrient-packed healthy meal. We would like to share one of our favorite tofu recipes, because soybeans and soy foods provide high quality protein which are often overlooked in the grocery store.

What Is Soy?

Soybeans are not much of a dietary staple in the western world. But traditional soy foods, like tofu, miso and tempeh, have formed the basis of the diet in East Asia for centuries, where they’re valued not only for their versatility but also for the healthy nutrition they offer.

Soy Is Nutrient-Packed

While all beans provide protein, soybeans top the list when it comes to protein quality. Proteins are made up of small building blocks called amino acids. Some amino acids are termed essential, which means that we have to get them from foods because our bodies can’t make them. A protein that contains all the essential amino acids is termed ‘complete’—and soy is one of the few complete proteins in the plant world.

Soybeans are low in saturated fat and, like all plant foods, are also naturally cholesterol-free. Soybeans also offer up calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and B-vitamins, along with omega-3 fats.

If you’re trying to work more plant protein into your diet, you might want to give soy a try. With so many soy products to choose from, it’s easier than ever. Here are some of the most popular forms of soy.

Soy Options

  • Edamame are fresh green soybeans. You can often find these in your  supermarket’s freezer, either in the pod or already shelled. After briefly cooking in salted water, they can be eaten as a snack or added to soups and salads.
  • Tempeh is made from soybeans that are partially cooked, allowed to ferment and then formed into a firm block. Since tempeh is fermented, it’s a source of “good bacteria,” or probiotics. Tempeh has a meaty flavor and firm texture that holds its shape, so it’s great for salads and stir-fry dishes.
  • Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans, which means it also contains probiotics. It’s used as base for soup as well as an ingredient in sauces, salad dressings and marinades. There are different varieties, and the color can range from light yellow to very deep brown. In general, light miso is less salty and milder in flavor than dark miso.
  • Soy milk is made from dried soybeans which are soaked in water until they’re rehydrated, then ground with water. The resulting milk is sold as a beverage or made into yogurt. Soy milk and soy yogurt each have about 7 grams of protein per 8 ounce (250 ml) serving. You can use soy milk as a beverage on its own, or you can substitute it for regular milk in most recipes or in protein shakes.
  • Soy nuts are roasted whole soybeans. They make a nice snack on their own, and they’re also good in salads, trail mix and on cereal. Soy nuts (and soy nut butter, which is made from ground soy nuts) have a bit more protein and a bit less fat than peanuts or peanut butter.
  • Soy protein powders and meat substitutes are made from soybean flour that’s had most of the fat removed. The powders can be added to shakes or stirred into oatmeal, and the soy meat substitutes can be used in all sorts of recipes in place of meat or poultry.
  • Tofu is essentially a cheese that’s made from soy milk. It ranges in texture from extra firm to extra soft and has a very mild flavor. It mixes well with anything from spicy sauces to naturally sweet fruits. The firmer type of tofu is good for grilling or stir-frying, while the softer, creamier style is good in shakes or sweetened and topped with fruit as a dessert.

Your Quick Guide to Tofu

There are so many types of tofu that it can seem confusing. I’m afraid many westerners dismiss tofu but it can taste great, and with so many benefits it’s worth finding a few favorite types of tofu.

Silken tofu has the most moisture of all types of tofu. It has a soft, very smooth, custard-like texture and tends to fall apart easily. It also comes in different degrees of firmness, so don’t assume that all silken tofu is soft. Silken tofu is the best tofu for whipping up in the blender or food processor. Once it’s blended, silken tofu adds a smooth texture and nice protein boost to shakes, soups and sauce. Silken tofu can be turned into a healthy dessert when it’s blended with fruit, a dab of honey and a dash of cinnamon. Or you can blend it with garlic and herbs and use as a tasty dip for raw veggies.

Soft or medium tofu holds its shape a bit better than silken tofu, and it’s often mashed with a fork into a soft crumbly texture that makes a nice meat substitute in foods like pasta sauce. It’s also often used to make an ‘eggless’ egg salad by mashing with a bit of mustard and low-fat mayonnaise or with some avocado.

Firm or extra firm tofu has the meatiest texture of any tofu, which means it holds up to stir-frying, roasting or grilling. To make it even chewier and more ‘meat-like,’ some people slice it up and freeze it (which will change the color, but not affect the taste) before using in recipes.

The Best Roasted Tofu Recipe

Still not sure about soy and tofu? Try my recipe for roasted tofu. It’s great right out of the oven or with some stir-fried veggies, and it’s good cold, too. I like to put my roasted tofu spears on top of a salad for lunch, or have a few pieces with some cucumber slices for a quick snack.

Ingredients

– 1 package firm tofu (typically, 14 oz, 425 g)

For the marinade
– 3 tbsp light soy sauce
– 3 tbsp rice vinegar
– 1 tsp sugar or honey
– 1 tsp sesame oil
– dash ground ginger
– dash garlic powder
– dash white pepper
– Olive oil (to lightly grease the baking sheet)

Method

– Whisk together the ingredients for the marinade in a shallow baking pan and set aside.
– Remove the tofu from the package and drain off all the water.
– Wrap the tofu block in a few paper towels or a regular clean kitchen towel, and gently press out any additional moisture.
– Cut the tofu into triangles, or ‘spears,’ and arrange in a single layer in the pan with the marinade, turning the pieces over to coat all sides.
– Cover with plastic wrap, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (I love this recipe because you can leave the tofu to marinate for up to 48 hours.)

When you’re ready to cook the tofu:
– Preheat the oven to 350 F / 180 C / Gas Mark 4
– Coat a large baking sheet with a bit of olive oil to prevent the tofu from sticking. (You can cover with pan spray instead, or line your baking sheet with parchment paper.)
– Arrange the tofu pieces in a single layer on the baking sheet, and pour any remaining marinade over the tofu pieces.
– Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes, turning occasionally (and gently).
– The pieces should be firm and have a nice brown glaze.
– If you aren’t going to eat these delicious tofu spears right away, you can store in the refrigerator. This roasted tofu is delicious hot or cold.