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As we are approaching the middle of Mental Health Awareness week my thoughts lie with what I hope for my son for the future; because although the gender divide is closing, it is still prevalent in various areas, emotions is one that needs to be addressed.

Us women may h...

 I adore this stack of crunchy tortillas filled with roasted vegetables, sweetcorn and delicious black beans. This is a super quick dinner to make too so a perfect mid week meal.

Ingredients (makes 2-4)

  • 4 corn tortillas 

  • 2 cartons or tin of black beans 

  • 1 c...

Carrot cake is my absolute favourite cake  of all time. It always seems like a bit of a hassle to make as there is much more to it than a traditional sponge; but this one is definitely worth the effort and perfect with a cup of tea. 

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There is often much confusion regarding how much information you can provide your client on nutrition. You should not be writing dietary plans or prescribing supplements to treat clinical conditions or their symptoms. So this includes the attempting to manage blood sug...

Assessing a client’s current nutritional intake is important in order to obtain information on their consumption of energy, carbohydrates, fats and proteins as well as vitamins and minerals.  It can also give an indication of any deficiencies they may have as well as t...

Performing regular consultations with the client specifically about their diet can be a vital role in ensuring their adherence to any recommend dietary guidelines. You must ensure you are efficient at performing these and stay within their scope  of practise when provi...

Research suggests, through the theory of planned behaviour that if a client perceives that suggested behaviour as positive, if their significant other also wants them to perform the behaviour and if they have perceived control over the behaviour this results in a stron...

Food itself can directly affect a client’s mood and self-esteem, it is vital for you to recognise that when it comes to confidence considering a client’s habitual diet and recommending any necessary changes can help reduce any anxiety they may have. This in turn can bo...

Self-efficacy is defined as ‘confidence in one’s own ability’. Self-esteem is defined as “confidence in one’s own worth” (Bandura 1977).It is vital for you to consider your clients level of self-efficacy and self-esteem when not only working with them in the gym, but a...

Endogenous stimuli 

Endogenous stimuli otherwise known as internal triggers are thoughts feelings and sensations inside an individual that cause a certain behaviour. They can be hard to recognise for both client and fitness professional but are very important to underst...

Goal setting is an important part of your motivational technique to support the client. It is important that the client has reached at least the contemplation phase of behaviour change or it may be counterproductive. In that case you should support the client to achiev...

As a fitness professional it is important you consider the relationship between nutrition and psychology. Various aspects of client behaviour will impact on the compliance and ultimate success of dietary guidance.

 Stages of change 

A client’s personal dietary intak...

A letter to all you beautiful mamma’s out there.

Thank you.

To the ones of you that are doing it alone, I see you. You are phenomenal. .

To the ones of you who have lost a child. I console you. You are treasured endlessly. .

To the ones of you that made the hard decision t...

In the 21st century we hear the term “gut health” thrown around daily, it has unfortunately become a bit of a buzz word and therefore we no longer give our poor guts the respect and care they deserve.

The gut, otherwise known as ‘the digestive system’, is an organ that...

We all know that exercise training has oodles of benefits for the physical health of our bodies. Not only does performing regular exercise decrease our risk of heart disease, diabetes and depression but it also increases our bone health and longevity.

However for many o...

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