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We’re now into the second week of the Clean Eating Challenge and we’ve had our first weekend which was, unfortunately for us, a bank holiday. While

cakes everyone else was out drinking and eating whatever they like; we were keeping it clean. For me, this was really hard as I was at festival in Bristol watching everyone tuck into chips and burgers. Instead I snacked on lots of fruit and found an amazing stand that sold curried goat and sweet potato fries – a surprisingly tasty meal!

As a result of the weekend, a lot of the gym team made healthy, clean treats to snack on to satisfy some cravings. We are putting some of these ideas up on the display board outside the spin room so keep an eye out! I’m still enjoying the challenge as I feel like I have a lot more energy than before and I really like experimenting with all the different foods you can eat – we’d really like to hear some of your ideas though. Tell us what you’ve been eating on twitter and facebook!

Keep up the good work!

Michaela 

 

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We’re now into the second week of the Clean Eating Challenge and we’ve had our first weekend which was, unfortunately for us, a bank holiday. While

cakes everyone else was out drinking and eating whatever they like; we were keeping it clean. For me, this was really hard as I was at festival in Bristol watching everyone tuck into chips and burgers. Instead I snacked on lots of fruit and found an amazing stand that sold curried goat and sweet potato fries – a surprisingly tasty meal!

As a result of the weekend, a lot of the gym team made healthy, clean treats to snack on to satisfy some cravings. We are putting some of these ideas up on the display board outside the spin room so keep an eye out! I’m still enjoying the challenge as I feel like I have a lot more energy than before and I really like experimenting with all the different foods you can eat – we’d really like to hear some of your ideas though. Tell us what you’ve been eating on twitter and facebook!

Keep up the good work!

Michaela 

 

 

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We’re now a few days into the 30 days and there have been mixed reactions from different people. Generally speaking, most people have felt hungrier throughout the day but have started to combat that by eating more clean snacks (fruit and nuts mainly). Lyndsey from the Sales team said that she’s been eating more than she ever has before. This is a good thing! By eating more clean foods throughout the day you’re likely to boost your metabolism and promote weight loss. This is particularly important for those of you that usually skip breakfast or lunch in order to cut calories.

We’ve also had lots of really positive feedback from members that are participating in the challenge. There have been loads of new meal ideas (which we’ll post on facebook and twitter regularly – my favourite are the paleo pancakes!) and lots of buzz about their food preparation for the week. New people are getting involved all the time, so it’s not too late for you to sign up!

 

unnamedPersonally, I’ve found being organised the hardest part of the challenge. When eating clean it’s important to prep your food for the day to avoid having to buy snacks and meals. As a result, I’ve been trying to make larger portions of my dinner so that I can have them for lunch the next day. On the other hand, I found the shop at the beginning of the week the easiest food shop I’ve ever done! It was so easy to pick up loads of fresh fruit, veg and meat:

 

I’m really enjoying the meals too – it’s not restrictive. There are so many foods you can eat! I’m looking forward to the next few weeks...

Keep up the good work!!

Michaela

 

 

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LC Swansea Hunting for Treasure this Half Term

This half term, we are offering families across Swansea the chance to hunt for hidden treasure, as we hide free waterpark passes across the region. The Treasure Hunt is offering a bounty worthy of Blackbeard himself, with 5 pieces of treasure to be found all across Swansea Bay.  

Clues to find the treasure will be uploaded every morning onto the LC's Facebook page and can be located using the free Geocaching app available on smartphones.  The treasure itself is a pass for a family of four to the LC waterpark.

Emma Allchurch, LC Centre Manager said: "It can be difficult as well as expensive to keep kids amused during half term so here at the LC, we decided to put on a Treasure Hunt to get people out and about to enjoy the walks our city has to offer, with a potential prize at the end, all for free. We are hoping that the LC Treasure Hunt will keep the whole family entertained come rain or shine this half term.

"And fear not matey’s if you are not one of the lucky five winners, we have some great half term activities at the LC such as our interactive play area, climbing wall, as well as our wave pool and board rider."

The first prize will be available on Bank Holiday Monday (25thMay).  Stay tuned to the LC’s Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/LCSwansea

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Monday 18th May marks the start of our ‘30 Day Clean Eating Challenge’. The aim of this challenge is to promote a healthier and more nutrient dense diet, drawing on the diet of cavemen as inspiration. Therefore, anything you can catch, pick or grow yourself is good daily fuel. Rather than relying heavily on carbohydrate as an energy source, a ‘clean’ diet uses predominantly fats for energy. This means you’ll feel more energised throughout the day rather than having peaks and troughs. 

We’ve had loads of interest in our challenge from members and staff alike! So we’re all in this together. I am going to be posting regular blog updates of myprogress and how the Gym Team are getting on. 

THE IN'S AND OUT'S

What can I eat? paleodietb-579x421

Clean eating is not restrictive; there are many things you can eat. Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds are all brilliant fuel sources you can eat during the 30 days. These are all foods that help build and repair muscle and provide vitamins and minerals that are proven to decrease the likelihood of developing degenerative diseases. Simple meals such as chicken salads and homemade beef casseroles are perfect clean eating meals.

What can’t I eat?

Firstly, cavemen would not have had the tools to process foods. Therefore, anything man-made or refined cannot be clean. Secondly, clean eating is all about nutrient dense foods so simple carbohydrates like white potatoes (which release energy a lot faster than sweet potatoes) are not deemed clean. Legumes (peanuts, beans, peas) are also not allowed when eating clean due to their phytic acid content. This acid prevents their nutrients being absorbed efficiently by the body. Finally, cavemen would not have had access to cereal grains or dairy products.

 

If you’re stuck for ideas for replacements for the above foods - check our notice board outside the spin room for weekly updates or check out our pinterest board

Please keep us updated with how your getting on by tweeting us, facebooking us or popping in to the gym! 

We can’t wait to see your before and after photos… 

It’s only 30 days - we’ve got this!

Michaela

#LCEatClean

 

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