Recipes – Get in shape for the summer with Joe Wicks @thebodycoach this Sunday in The Mail on Sunday 21 May a free 24 page recipe guide of delicious low-carb recipes free. Based on Joe’s new book he is back with Cooking for Family & Friends, where healthily food can be fun and inclusive for everyone at every occasion. Forget restrictive diets or low-calories, instead get to spend time cooking for more than one or two people.
Its not all about a Bikini Body as it starts with healthy eating – but fitness is the aim. Choose to be fit, healthy and feel better!
A popular book, you can see Kayla’s 28 Day healthy eating and fitness lifestyle guide on many of the stores’ bookshelves. On picking it up – it really looks good, so I have a copy now to examine and review.
An introduction to Kayla Itsines – a personal trainer and very well regarded on social media: Kayla has developed the world largest online female fitness community, lives in Adelaide (nice!!). The BBG Workout , Eating Guides and the app – Sweat with Kayla are all examples of her success.
The book: well there are quite a few books of this type on release. Each one has a contribution to make to the overall goal of achieving health and fitness. By reviewing each one, I think we should review the approach taken and select the one that we like as individuals and then get to work!
28 Day Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Guide: Kayla Itsines
Who am I / Becoming healthy, confident and strong
Understanding the 28 day meal plan
Recipes for the 28 day meal plan
A 28 day beginner workout guide is included
The book begins by discussing how each of us are different and the goals we really should follow when it comes to achieving a healthy bod. For women what is healthy, strength and confidence? The method Kayla uses is explained and how nutrition can be based on food groups and serving sizes.
Training is important, so what types are we to understand and use. Sleep.
Energy, weight, fat-loss are all explained is clear sections with diagrams to show the concept. Macronutrients, carbs, protein and fats, fibre and Micronutrients all discussed and explained. Some excellent work here and great clarity – worth reading and remembering.
That is a problem for me – I get some great idea or advice but need to note it all down or a week or two later I have lost vital information.
Superfoods and meal plans are all here….how to prepare the food, sample menus by photograph. A lot of good ideas here! The rest of the book has pages of recipes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner based on weekly meal plans. Free app access for 7 days.
To complete this fine book, there is a chart of 28 day beginner exercises and a list of the exercises in a glossary.
Thanks Kayla for a really good book, a lot of effort went into its production!!
So check it out and see if it fits with your aims for healthy eating and lifestyle, you might like to read more about the book at Amazon and see some reviews by other readers:
For a balanced approach to Health and Exercise, to become STRONG and lose weight and belly fat – another interesting book by Zanna Van Dijk called STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body was published just towards the end of the last year (2016).
My new theme for @Cook_BookReview FoodBlog is to research the most current books and ideas that offer the best potential for developing our health, body and mind.
It seems current trends lead to the conclusion that we need exercise, movement and healthy foods to maximise our potential.
Zanna Van Dijk has come up with the concept of making us strong, by exercise and eating with balance as the core concept.
There are three sections in Zanna’s book:
MOVE, NOURISH and THRIVE
Considers how best to move, through the most efficient forms of exercise.
Resistance, HIT and preparation, recovery.
A comprehensive list of 80 exercise, with sets and reps to target each of the key body areas, with beginner and advanced sections.
A selection of 40 recipes for the main meals, with sensible, healthy balanced ingredients.
What food is, the need for balance in meals and a number of tips and tricks to enable healthier choices.
Reflection and self-evaluation.
A very good guide to health, exercise and food to improve your body.
Though as with all books of this type, ask your Doctor for advice before starting any new regime – but with numerous beginners sections – the book is a gentle start to exercise that can transform our physical and mental health.
Gordon Ramsay is also aware of the trends towards healthy food. However, if you cook – according to the guidelines of Gordon’s cuise, then you will be healthy. Remember this when you see the fresh ingredients he selects and the way all dishes are contructed from the basic fresh ingredients. So not only healthy but delicious as well.
A new exciting TV series and cookbook on spices, from chefs Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala with a cook book to support the series The Incredible Spice Men are going to spice up your life. These fine chefs have appeared on programmes such as the Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen, preparing excellent recipes based on spicing up British food.
There is a friendly banter to carry the program along.
In the first episode ‘a dover sole with lime and ginger is cooked – then a traditional fish and chips with a spicy marinade for cod fillets. Slow-cooking pulled pork with cinnamon and cloves, and cinnamon and chilli powderwith vanilla ice cream.’
2/5 Tony and Cyrus cook with goats’ cheese in Carmarthenshire and visit a Bridgend sweet shop.
In the second episode ‘beginning in the Cothi Valley in Carmarthenshire, Tony bakes a goat’s cheese, red onion and caraway seed tart served with pickled onions flavoured with chilli flakes, lime juice and pomegranate molasses. A family-run toffee business in Bridgend is visited where they put some whole aniseeds into a pan of bonfire toffee.’
3/5 Tonight the intrepid pair visit Tony’s home of Edinburgh and he makes the traditional Scottish dessert cranachan, but with a twist.
The third episode sees Tony Singh taking Cyrus Todiwala to his home town of Edinburgh, where we see him working the spice men magic with traditional Scottish dessert cranachan by infusing the honey with cardamom and adding a splash of rose water. The pair visit a community cafe where Tony’s mother Kulvinder volunteers, and she shares her recipe for haggis pakoras.
This episode shows Tony and Cyrus in West Suffolk, where they convey the benefits of rapeseed oil and cook cinnamon, ginger and red chilli chicken wings. At Melford Hall stately home, they spice up afternoon tea. They add a salt and chilli blend to the cucumbers for the sandwiches and a fennel and orange butter cream to fill the Victoria sponge.
Rick Stein’s India is the new excellent text on curries, written as only Rick can.
Subtitled – In Search of the perfect curry – Recipes from my Indian Odyssey.
Rick Stein sums up all that is special and sumptuous about curries and the Indian recipes he has encountered on his Indian curry Odyssey in this new and beautifully produced curry guide and cookbook. A journey through this exciting and colourful country, it is a sensual and stimulating experience.
We all love a good Curry – some just with onion and chicken, others with creamy sauce and crispy duck…. The variety of possibilities are almost endless but Rick has – in his unique style – made sense of the complex world that is the Indian Curry.
So what is a good curry? Is it the aroma, the look, or the combination of all these with an expectation of a satisfying meal, that helps us forget about our problems and lifts us to a higher level.
To quote Rick : ‘Whenever I hear the word curry, I’m filled with a longing for spicy hot food with the fragrance of cumin, cloves and cinnamon. I see deep red colours from lots of Kashmiri chilli’s, tinged with a suggestion of yellow from turmeric. I think of the tandoor oven and slightly scorched naan shining with ghee and garlic. A bowl of dark dal, a green chutney of coriander and mint and a plate with a few sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and sliced onions. When Indians talk of food, they talk about their life. To understand this country you need to understand curry.’
In this adventure Rick discovers 120 recipes by visiting home cooks, street vendors and having had what must have been the experience of a lifetime.
Readers of this book if based in the UK or Ireland will have a concept of curry based on visits to various take away food houses. Perhaps Indian, Thai or Chinese. The first thing Rick helps us with is to see curry from the perspective of the Indian people.
It is not the same as we understand it, a curry is something that can refer to almost any food from the Indian subcontinent.
This new cookbook follows the successful series and cookbook The Hairy Dieters How to Love food and lose weight and is filled with 80 delicious low-calorie recipes.
In this new book the boys give tips and techniques to help us develop recipes that do not add weight but are reduced in calories. A fine collection of diet recipes from the Hairy Bikers at a reasonable price.
Background: The boys Si and Dave, realised a year ago that they were heading to an early grave. They had become very much overweight, were taking medication for blood pressure and high cholesterol. So time for a radical change of direction and food was the key.
This is an honest and thought provoking programme – be prepare for alot of honesty.. you might say humble pie! Seriously, though this is very serious and as we all care for our friends, family but what about ourselves. When young you don’t notice the changes building up because of over eating, but hit 45 and then see high blood pressure and other problems. Life is shortening before us and we delay… Si and Dave realise that food while being their job, it is pleasurable and an adventure. But are they fat?
The guys with support of the family will try to loose weight and circumference around their waist. Measuring themselves is a laugh, but they are well over the recommended 37 inches for men. A bet of £500 to be able to fit into his favourite jeans, means Dave will have to loose weight big time.
Off to the market office where Si and Dave get weighed and the results is 19st 5 lbs and 17st 11lbs. Wow!!
How did it all happen, was it curry and beer? They both were slim when younger.
In those days money was scarce… so is it due to the fact we are all so well off today and most don’t go hungry – in fact we eat too much? Are we greedy…lazy…I am reminded of the saying “No free lunch”
Les and Muriel family of Dave’s have known him all their lifeained their slim figures and they don’t eat fried food, but grill thier food. Take out more than you put in is the advice from Les.
The boys realise they go back for second helpings and thus put on the weight…eating TOO MUCH!
So off to the University and Hospital of Newcastle and research int fat and diabeties. The effects of blubber on our bodies, i.e. body fat. Visceral fat, fat on the tummy. So Si and Dave have their body fat measured. Dave 38.1% fat…and Si 42% respectively…woops…
The professor at the university provides advice and wants the Hairy Bikers to lose 2 stone in about 3 months.
A return to the old school brings back memeories of some bad times, that perhaps led to the eating habit.
Britain needs to loose weight yet still enjoy cooking and our food.
Off to the dietician and a measure of how mush Dave and Si are actually eating. Opps, the daily average calorie intake for men is 2500, the guys are eating 3,500…1,000 calories for breakfast alone, 2,500 for dinner. Two bottles of wine…..
Well this is very revealing and the guys are stunned.
A visit to Jeff and Jane sees advice from Jeff on how to lower the fat used in cooking.
OK The answer is to join a ladies keep fit club… lots of laughs here, but they guys can’t cope.
The answer is to form a club of their own, a mutual support group to help each other. These friends of Si and Dave are overweight but enjoy their food, so the plan is hatched to find new recipes and try them out on the support group.
First of all is a lasagne with leeks instead of pasta for the layers. Lower fat – less cheese and stronger flavours.
They try it out as a surprise on the support group and chop the calories from 700 to 350.
Next week the search for recipes and the Hairy Bikers become the Hairy Cyclists. Very appropriate today when Sir Chris Hoy and team win gold,well done!! Bradley Wiggins – what can we say, thanks guys.
Personally I think a balance of exercise, food control and eating foods that assist in burning off fat is the key.
This new diet follows the studies of Dr Pierre Dukan and is based upon four stages. The first is eating a selection of protein based foods, then adding vegetables, then carbohydrates and finally keeping to a routine of eating protein only – one day a week.
What about The Abs Diet? This is a wonderful series of books and I think worth a mention. The principle here is to use the properties of the foods we eat to assist is burning off excess fat. Exercise is also used to attain the results required.
You can’t leave out the physical exertion side of things, nothing for nothing as they say.