Muscle Fibre Type

Muscle Fibre Type

This article is to complement the Working with Weights series in order to better understand muscle composition and muscle fibre type. What is meant by this? We have different muscle fibre types for different activities & natural composition of these fibres varies in each individual, just like how you’re blessed with a set number of muscle fibres. Before we look into muscle fibre type lets quickly look at how muscles…

BBQ’d food – BEWARE!

BBQ’d food – BEWARE!

Studying and successfully passing Chemistry and Biochemistry has made me realize that our bodies are an amazing powerhouse for chemical reactions. From our ability to ingest, digest and absorb food to how we then re-package these nutrients so we can live to how we protect ourselves from stresses – it’s all been a fascinating (often times difficult to understand) topic. Living in Australia we love it when the weather calls…

Nutty for Nuts! – Nut Nutrition

Nutty for Nuts! – Nut Nutrition

Nuts are a brilliant addition to any diet. They’re a plant source of fatty acids, are energy dense and packed full of protein and a variety of minerals.  Nuts add texture to otherwise boring dishes and offer a protein source for vegans. I love them as a quick snack for a satisfying, tasty and crunchy in-between meal food. So what’s so good about them? Nuts are a plant source so…

Working with Weights pt. 2

Working with Weights pt. 2

Following on from first post weight training that focused on hypertrophy (or the enlargement of an organ or tissue from the increase in size of its cells). Another way to train with weights is for strength endurance. You won’t build muscle mass as fast but this is a great way to build up cardiovascular strength, muscular endurance and burn fat. First lets look  at the relationship between the maximum number…

Maltitol – Sugar replacement in chocolate

Maltitol – Sugar replacement in chocolate

Everyone knows I love chocolate (dark chocolate is my favourite) and when there is chocolate near me I ALWAYS have to have a closer look. One of these moments was at a Hershey’s store. After passing the Reece’s Peanut Butter cups, milke chocolate and chocolate buttons I saw a bag of Hershey’s Special Dark Sugar Free chocolate. I thought oh ok that’s good! How? As you can see from the…

Working with Weights

Working with Weights

So far all my posts have been about food but because of my job, i’m only able to enjoy the food i’m encountering in many countries and unable to cook. (sad times!) However there is still a gym at disposal (with limited equipment) so today my post is focusing on. Out of all the training methods i find lifting weight the most beneficial and rewarding. I love the feeling of…

Thai Style Lunch

Thai Style Lunch

We’ve been lucky enough to cruise over to Thailand every now and again where we were spoiled with great beaches, fun shopping, cheap stall food and great seafood. In honour of this wonderful place i’ve put together a trio of recipes that are inspired by Thailand. These would be great for a warm day as the chicken is BBQ’d and the dipping sauce… amazing! Make the prawn cakes and salad…

Flaxseed Meal

Flaxseed Meal

I’ve recently been sent away on a job in Italy where the food that’s served to us is mainly (surprise surprise!) pasta, pizza, white bread, fries, various meat and vegetables consist of tomatoes, shredded lettuce/carrot, maybe some form of super boiled vegetables. Some thing lacking here is a healthy amount of lipids (fats) and quality fibre. I came across flaxseed meal and thought PERFECT! Omega-3 fatty acids, high in fibre…