Some of you may recall that last month I tried my first ever juice cleanse, courtesy of Plenish. Doing the cleanse was part of my preparation for the Charli Cohen London Fashion Week catwalk show – as huge an honour as it was to be asked to take part, the request came with less than 3 weeks notice – yes, less than 3 weeks to get catwalk ready and face the Fashion Week crowds! My diet is always relatively strict (I eat clean 80% of the time, with a focus on lean proteins and fresh vegetables and fruit) but in the lead up to the show I really focused on tightening up my nutrition – no more cheat meals, no more unnecessary calories or sugar, just fresh and very nutrient dense food. As a very active fitness professional it is hugely important for me not to under eat or starve myself as my days are long and physically demanding, not to mention the fact that I usually train 6 days a week and therefore my body needs pre and post workout fuel so that my metabolism can use excess body fat as fuel so that I can concentrate on building lean muscle.
This curry requires minimal preparation and will keep for 2-3 days and reheat very nicely, so another perfect one to make at the weekend and enjoy for easy mid week lunches or dinners. So much healthier than a curry house version too but just as tasty!
I have just this weekend had the most amazing privilege of taking part in London Fashion Week as a catwalk model for sportswear designer Charli Cohen. I have long been a fan of Charli’s stylish, sexy yet functional sports luxe fitness wear, and so was beyond flattered when she asked me a few weeks back if I would be part of the team to model her Autumn Winter 2015 collection. Charli wanted to showcase her clothes by having fit girls wear them – females who looked like they worked out, not starved themselves. You can read more on Charli’s decision to send fit girls down the runway here:
You can make these burgers in batches of 6 or 8 and they keep brilliantly in the fridge for 3-4 days, or freeze really well, so if you make a batch at the weekend you have several weekday dinners or lunches sorted in one go!
Kidney Beans are a fantastic food – full of magnesium and potassium and with a high protein content – so a brilliant protein source for vegans and vegetarians. All the burger taste (and more!) with none of the saturated fat or other nasties from supermarket burgers (neighhhhh…..!)
One of the biggest grumbles I hear from clients is their concern that healthy eating will mean they miss out on the “treats” they love and will be forced to eat things that taste and look like cardboard. Not so! In fact eating as cleanly as possible often means you can really start to taste and appreciate the true flavours of food. This is a great weekend dessert, or a treat to make for friends to show them too that fit food doesn’t mean boring food!
The beauty of this recipe is the ability to customise it to your own taste. I used apples for this particular version but it works just as well with rhubarb, plums, apricots, pears – as well as various additions such as blueberries, sultanas, ginger etc. Play with flavours until your find your favourite! Same with the crumble topping – I used coconut flour and coconut sugar because I love the taste of coconut, but you could easily also use almond flour and stevia, or ground almonds and oats if you didn’t want to use flour at all.
Last month, Wildcat Fitness was lucky enough to be the subject of a feature in West London’s Westside Magazine but for those of you who were unable to get their paws on a copy, or indeed for the full version of the interview then you’ve come to the right place. The interview was a great chance to answer some of the questions I’m asked most often, so if you’ve ever wondered how or why I decided to set up a Personal Training business, or for some quick and easy fitness tips then read on…