This month’s issue:...
Hello healthy people,
The clocks have changed and everything’s got a little darker here in the evening. It’s really important to get outside and capture some Vitamin D during the day, so be sure to escape the lures of a warm office for a lunchtime walk or run.
If your workplace needs an injection of wellness, why not host a free Better at Work well-being roadshow? Griffen Fitness has partnered up with Hanover Healthfoods and Optimal Chiropractic to provide free lunchtime workplace events for the businesses of Edinburgh. You can read more information at www.betteratwork.co.uk or email me directly to book a consultation appointment (i.e. we will come to you and look at your meeting area to see what size event you need, we can be as big as you need).
On a completely different tangent, the annual Balfour Street Boutique will be on for one day only, Saturday 30 November 11am - 4pm. Come along and support local makers - lots of Christmas ideas! We've got handmade soaps, greeting cards, tote bags, aloe vera products and much more. Come and join us for a cuppa and a wee relax on the (now legendary) massage chair!
What’s in Season at the Allotment
The allotment’s looking a little bare (especially as we didn't sow our leeks in time), however we’re still harvesting land cress and purple cabbage. The maincrop tatties have been dug up and are in store in the shed, and we’re waiting for the first frost to harvest parsnips (apparently they develop flavour after a frost). Our beetroot are regularly pulled and roasted or grated into salads. It’s root veg season.
Easy Seasonal Recipe: Embellish Your Oats
'Tis the season for warming porridge for breakfast. If you’re not a ‘morning person’ pre-prepare your porridge the night before. Simply put half a cup of oats in a bowl / pan with one cup of water and leave on the counter top. You can either microwave it (90 seconds, stir, then another 90 seconds) or cook on the hob. As I’ve been eating porridge for many years, I like to have variations, so here’s my favourite gourmet blends:
- Soak with handful of sultanas and mixed spice. Serve with almond milk.
- Soak with dried cranberries, add toasted slivered almonds once cooked (for crunch), serve with milk and honey.
- For extra energy, add a tablespoon of sunflower seeds to soak (they absorb water and are extra filling when cooked the next day), serve with sliced banana, honey and rice milk.
- Toppings vary from seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, toasted sesame to nuts: crushed walnuts, slivered almonds (lovely toasted), chopped cashew or raw peanuts, to dried fruit: sultanas, cranberries, raisins, chopped dried apricot / apple, mixed spices. Serve with honey, brown sugar, low GI agave nectar, golden syrup, lemon curd (a bit of a curveball). Milks can vary from dairy to almond, rice or soy milk. Oat milk on porridge is a well oaty experience.
Resisting Temptation Hint of the Month: It’s not Christmas Yet
Supermarkets are full of festive cheer and calorific Christmassy junk food. Eschew unnecessary festive snacks. If you’re lucky enough to not have to host a festive feast, then don’t buy Christmas food until you need it (i.e. the week before Christmas).
The only exception to this is roast chestnuts. Go for broke with fresh chestnuts, as they have the nutritional value of brown rice.
Fad or Fab: Omm Last Drop Backpack
This backpack is quite simply the best fitness backpack I’ve ever used. It’s lightweight, but big enough to stuff in fitness gear and extra layers (or a hydration bladder in). Adjustable chest and gut straps means it sits close to the body and doesn’t jiggle about. If you’re serious about running and carrying stuff, spend £40 and get this backpack. I often forget I’m wearing it. Fab!
I got mine at Run and Become.
Top Ten Reasons to Book in with Griffen Fitness
Doing personal training with Griffen Fitness is very different to going to a gym. Here’s why:
1. Get guaranteed results... or your money back.
2. You will receive a personalised programme you can do anywhere, anytime.
3. Support in between sessions, and your questions answered.
4. Your full workout and nutritional notes emailed to you...
5. A private studio means that there’s no one else around to distract you.
6. Nutritional support and advice will be tailored to your lifestyle and likes / dislikes. Food intolerances also catered for.
7. Your lifestyle as a whole will be considered when designing the fitness programme, whether you work long hours, travel for work or are self-employed.
8. Get the best of both worlds, sessions include both in studio and outdoors exercising. Making the best of the weather.
9. Flexible times and dates are available. You can choose to have sessions as often, or as infrequently as suits you.
10. Griffen Fitness operates a BYO music policy, where you can plug in your favourite tunes to workout to.
And Finally... Green is for Go
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