April, 2012

Apr 12

Lunch On The Go

 TV was good last night so you didn’t get round to preparing lunch. You’re sat at your desk and getting hungry as it is coming up to lunch-time but you are sick of the places to eat near work. All claiming to offer difference but it is pretty much the same; two pieces of bread with a something small and unfulfilling in the middle or some overpriced meal which feels like it doesn’t even touch the sides.

Whether it is baked, grilled, microwaved or fried, you are sick of it and you are trying to be good, so need something substantial that will make you last until afternoon snack time.

 So what’s the solution?

 Well this week, I had this very same dilemma. There was nothing to eat around my place of work so I ventured into M&S and found a quick and easy quick solution for lunch on the go.

 First: Pick your protein. M&S currently have offers on their deli items 3 for £6. The lean chicken and the fish options are the healthiest. Ideally you would stay away from processed meats. My favourites are the poached salmon fillet or the grilled calamari rings.



Second: Go to the salads to go section. There seems to be a reoccurring offer of 2 for £3 on most of their salads. They also have added some new additions to this. I love the nutty superfood salad and the minty greek salad.



So in total you have 3 deli items and 2 salad. This means you have two lunches and an extra protein snack. Totalling £9 and working out at £3.50 for each lunch, it sounds a great way to have enjoy healthy options without the need for cooking or preparing.

 It such a great idea to stockpile these if you can at work and even condsider having a couple of M&S fuller for longer meals in your freezer at home for when your cupboards are bare and you don’t know what to eat.

 If there is not an M&S near you, just stick to the idea of lean protein and a wholefood salad. Be careful to check the dressings as these can often be laden with sugar.


 Always remember to:

-Take a break from your desk while you are eating your lunch to fully concentrate on you meal to optimise digestion.

 -Chew your food thoroughly. You food should almost be liquid when swallowed. The process of chewing assists your body to produce the enzymes to break down the food and trigger the digestion.

– Enjoy your food.

Apr 12

The 30 Days™ Experiment

I was fortunate to be invited to a launch of a new natural supplement for waist reduction. I was given the opportunity to interview Dr. Paul Clayton, an Immunologist and expert on Beta-glucans, a key ingredient in this product. The idea of 30 Days™ is that it targets fat around the middle by using a combination of Beta 1,3-16 glucan, polysaccharides derived from the cell walls of bakers yeast that have been proven to modulate the immune system. In combination with a blend of herbs, 30 Days™ assists the body’s ability to excrete waste.

30 Days™ promote the use of a colon cleanser alongside containing a combination of magnesium hydroxide, vitamin C and bioflavonoids. I just want to make it clear that I am by no means endorsing any product. I was given a sample of 30Days™ Waistline and 30Days™ Colon Cleanser and asked if I would blog about it. I decided that I couldn’t write about a product that I hadn’t had experience with so decided to experiment with a friend.


Meet Donna. Donna is a 42  year old from South London and works as a Project Administrator for a drug and alcohol service. I gave Donna the product on 21st February and she began taking it the day after.

Her measurements were as follows: Waist: 35.5 inch, Hip: 42.5 inch, Bust: 39.25 inch.

Donna took the sample as directed and we took measurements and photos again on 27th March, when she ran out of the product.

New measurements: Waist: 33 inch, Hip: 42.5 inch, Bust: 38 inch

As a scientist, I am intuitively sceptical of uncontrolled experiments. It is possible that it could have been a placebo effect. I am also not one to advocate the use of diet pills or quick fixes but this product seems to have some effect at losing inches as It is quite clear here that Donna has lost inches around her bust and waist.

I spoke with Donna after and she said that she felt great. When asked about the taking the supplements and her diet, Donna said that the regime was easy to follow and she felt a bit more like she wanted to eat better in the last two weeks of taking the supplement. Whether this has had an effect on influencing the results, who knows!

This is NOT recommended for a replacement of a healthy lifestyle. My firm belief that a positive change in body composition and health is only associated with a following a healthy lifestyle, choosing nutritious food, including exercise and balancing the mind. Together the body is brought into sync.


If you would like more information on 30 Days™, please visit http://www.my30daysdiet.co.uk/

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