The number of people following a vegetarian or vegan diet has sky-rocketed in recent years. A report by The Vegan Society named the ‘plant-based movement’ as one of the fastest-growing lifestyle trends in the UK, with the number of people following a vegan diet increasing by 360% over the past decade. On Instagram, the term #vegan has over a staggering 87 million posts associated with it and the number of individuals ‘taking the pledge’ for veganuary has been over half a million since 2014!
Dinner tonight, lunch tomorrow.
For every cell in your body, there are 9 bacteria in your gut (3). This community of bacteria is what we call our gut microbiome. It plays a very important role in our health and in our response to certain foods. Research is difficult because no 2 gut microbiomes are the same: every human has a microbiome that is as different as their DNA. This is because we all have a unique exposure to different bacteria depending on the microbes we inherit from our mother during birth (yes this really does occur in the way you are thinking – babies are born with a sterile gut and the first colonisers are bacteria from the mother’s birth canal and faeces) as well as through breastmilk. Further colonisation occurs by exposure to the environment, and the foods we eat.
... Or at least the perfect marathon breakfast for FFF nutritionist Lisa.
The marathon is fast approaching, you’ve trained hard to get to this point, and stuck to your 4-weeks-out-marathon-prep-plan. So far, so good. But the nutritional choices you make in the last week pre-marathon can also be crucial to crossing that finish line feeling strong.
Fibre is the topic on everyone's lips at the moment. And with good reason. As we dig deeper into the research, the connection between dietary fibre intake and good health becomes clearer. Fibre is an essential dietary component, and yet one that is often overlooked.
Dietary protein is broken down in the digestive tract into amino acids. There are 21 amino acids of which 9 are essential. Essential amino acids cannot be synthesised by the human body, and therefore need to be obtained through food. Food sources are considered a ‘complete protein’ if they have all 9 essential amino acids in the right amounts. Complete proteins are more often found in animal based foods but it’s not impossible to get these from plants using clever combinations of varying plant based proteins. This is where the famous beans and rice combination comes from. On their own, rice and beans provide some essential amino acids, but together they form a complete protein, providing all 9 essential amino acids.
We’ve provided some of our favourite vegan protein sources below, alongside their protein content per 100g to help you on your way:
Fat loss is a hot topic especially at this time of the year, and everyone claims to have the answer as to how to shed the Christmas pounds as quickly, and with as little effort as possible!
With every website providing different advice, it can be very confusing to know what to follow. We find the trick is not to overcomplicate things, so here we have provided you with a simple recap on what is required to lose body fat, as well as 8 easy steps to kick start your fat loss journey
Alarm clocks interrupt our sleep abruptly five out of seven days each week. We countdown the days until the weekend rolls around again, just so we can have an extra few hours in bed.
Work and social commitments force us to wake before we want to and we stay up late into the night to cram in the day’s tasks. Staying up for an extra few episodes of your fave Netflix series or for an extra glass of wine with friends seems like a great idea, until the following morning when you feel completely out of sync and are drinking coffee by the pint.