5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

I have had an iPhone for about 8 years, but it was only recently that I clicked that purple Podcasts app for the first time, and I can’t believe it took me so long! I am now hooked. I listen to podcasts whilst driving, whilst walking along the river, as I am doing the weekly food shop (especially if it is really busy and I need to ‘zone out’), while I am doing a home workout, and always, always when cooking dinner. So I have put together a list of the podcasts you should be listening to right now if, like me, you enjoy fitness, health and humour.

The Rich Roll Podcast

This was the first podcast I subscribed to after seeing Rich Roll on a Netflix documentary, where his accomplishments as a plant-based ultra athlete were described. I tend to skip the first 10 minutes of the podcast as there is always a long introduction featuring some adverts, but once it gets going, the conversations he has with guests from various backgrounds (typically health-related, both physical and mental) are both meaningful and informative.

The WheyBox Podcast

This is a new podcast led by fitness influencer Tally Rye. She featured on my best Instagram accounts post, and, as I wrote there, she speaks to you as though she is your best friend. She is extremely natural at interviewing people and really keeps the conversation going. There has only been one episode so far, but I am confident I am going to continue to enjoy listening to her talking to other professionals in the health and fitness industry.

TEDTalks Health

I don’t really know if this is officially a podcast, as it just seems to just be TED YouTube videos, but its on the app, so I have included it here. As it features talks which can have visual material, it can sometimes be a bit difficult to follow if you don’t look at the screen, but I generally find I can get most of the information just from listening. Researchers and doctors share recent breakthroughs related to health, and I have so far enjoyed learning about telomeres, gut health and how we might sleep better in the future.

The Doctor’s Kitchen

This is another new podcast by someone I follow on Instagram. The Doctor’s Kitchen is Dr Rupy Aujla, an NHS doctor who believes that food is the most important health intervention anyone can make. How refreshing to listen to a medical doctor with deep knowledge of nutrition!

My Dad Wrote a Porno

I obviously left the best ‘til last! This podcast is hilarious. Jamie Morton’s dad has written a porno and he has decided to read out each chapter to the world. I just spent an hour walking along the river listening and laughing out loud to the first few episodes. Thanks Jamie!

 

Which podcasts do you think I should be listening to? Let me know in the comments below.

What I Eat in A Day: Plant-Based Diet

I recently transitioned to a plant-based diet and probably the best thing about it so far has been the enjoyment I am taking from experimenting with so many new ingredients and recipes.

Here is a typical ‘what I eat in a day’ with a couple of options for each meal and snacks. I try to eat a variety of legumes for protein, but I certainly eat less protein than I used to, but I am not so worried about it. The options below include protein powder, but I don’t actually have it every day. My percentage of carbohydrates has certainly gone up, but they are such good carbs – full of healthy fibre. I keep reading that it is very difficult to be deficient in protein, but a large majority of us really are deficient in fibre. Rather than focusing on what I am removing from my diet, I am instead thinking about the vegetables/legumes/tofu I have never bought before, how I can cook them, what spices I can add to make them taste great etc.

So read on for my ‘what I eat in a day’ and buon appetito!

What I Eat in a Day

Breakfast

Porridge or overnight oats made with almond/soya/coconut milk with a number of different added ingredients (not necessarily all at the same time!): vegan or hemp protein powder, peanut/almond butter, flak seeds, chia seeds, cranberries, pine nuts, raisins, walnuts…
or
Smoothie made with frozen banana, vegan protein power, a handful of spinach (you really can’t taste it!), peanut butter, flak seeds

Lunch

Mashed white beans with garlic, green olives and sun dried tomatoes on toast (made with a nice seedy bread) with chilli flakes on top
or
Vegan piadina pizza – see recipe here!

Snacks

Raw brownies (Deliciously Ella’s recipe) made with medjool dates, almonds/pecans, raw cacao powder and maple syrup
or
Pita bread and hummus (I still haven’t got round to making hummus myself, but that is next on my ‘to do’ list)

Dinner

A hearty soup with lentils, beans, chickpeas, vegetables (e.g. cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, leeks, courgette) and some crusty bread to dunk.
or
Portuguese Pasta (well, this is the name my Portuguese partner has given it, as Italians would never cook pasta this way!): onions, peppers, courgettes, peas and tomatoes are cooked in salted boiling water and then the pasta* is added and cooked together with the vegetables to create a yummy pasta soup.

(* I have also experimented with chickpea, lentil, and black bean pasta which are all high protein and very tasty)

Bean mash on toast

Lentil soup

Raw brownie

 

Gift Guide for Female Tennis Players

If your girlfriend/wife/sister/daughter plays tennis and you would like to get her something a little bit different for Christmas, then perhaps you’ll find it in my gift guide for female tennis players. I have had a couple of husbands contact me in the past, asking for advice on what to buy their tennis-loving better half, so I know first hand that there is a definite need for this guide.

For some reason I have gone for a green theme. You may have noticed that I have also recently changed the colour theme of my blog to green. It is either due to my recent plant-based diet 🌱 or it could by my Irish roots shining though 🍀.

If nothing convinces you, or you are looking for a tennis present for a guy, then read my gift guide from last Christmas here.

1. Lucky in Love Envy Print Racer Tank. I feel I should make a joke here about this top making your opponents green with envy at your tennis skills, but that is certainly not the case when I wear it… It’s a great tennis top though!

2. Lululemon Lost in Pace Skirt. This is sold as both a running and tennis skirt. I have never run in a skirt, and I’m not sure I ever will, but I have no doubt I would love playing in this skirt. Just look at that swish!

3. Nike Women’s Aerobill Featherlight Winter Visor. You might wonder why you (well, she) would need a visor in winter, especially if you are in Europe and play most of the winter indoors. Well, they also double up as great sweat- and hair-bands.

4. S’well Bottle (Waikiki). Probably the most stylish water bottle in the world, hands down.

5. Tiffany Charm Bracelet. You will score major brownie points when she sees that little blue box (though if she is your girlfriend, be careful she doesn’t think it contains something else..)

6. Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat. If she cares about avoiding injuries, she’ll make good use of this cute yoga mat for stretching out before or after a match.

Good luck with your Christmas shopping and I’m sure she will love-all that you get her!

Vegan Piadina Pizza Recipe

Piadina pizza recipe

Ah, my first ever recipe post! If you knew me (and my lack of culinary skills), you would appreciate how hilarious this is. Anyway, since I have transitioned to a plant-based diet, I have had to expand my repertoire of everyday dishes, especially at lunchtime, as I had got into the habit of having two-scrambled eggs on toast almost every day.

I first got the idea for making a simple vegan piadina pizza from a fitness blogger called Carly Rowena (see her version here), but as I live in Italy I have replaced the two tortillas in her recipe with a ‘piadina’, naturalmente! It is quick and easy to make, so I thought I would share it with you (and just so you know, until you tell me to stop I’ll keep sharing my latest recipes with you!)

Ingredients

1 wholemeal piadina (or tortilla or whatever flatbread you have or can find in your local shops)
Spicy olive pesto (or tomato puree)
Vegetables (whatever you have in the fridge, but I find the following work particularly well): broccoli, peppers, cherry tomatoes, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, olives (ok, maybe some of these are officially fruit, but you know what I mean)

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (it doesn’t really matter, just let it get hot – I have noticed that this seems to be a pretty standard lower-bound temperature in most recipes…)

Spread the pesto on top of the piadina, placed your chopped veggies on top so that they look aesthetically pleasing (well, you may want to take a photo later for Instagram) and pop it in the oven for about 8-10 mins.

Remove from the oven and devour!

 

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The Best Instagram Accounts to Follow (for Fitness, Food & Fun)

After a bit of a digital detox over the past few months, I am back to enjoying Instagram again, and I have realised that there were a few accounts that I missed more than others. It turns out that all but one of these accounts belong to young, female, fit and healthy Brits living in London. I spent 5 years living in London from when I was 18 to 23, and I think I am somehow trying to vicariously relive those years (though perhaps in a parallel universe, as I was in no way fit or healthy at the time!)

I am obviously still following all of my favourite tennis accounts, and you can find out more about those here. But read on for my opinion of the best Instagram accounts to follow that don’t focus on tennis.

@thefashionfitnessfoodie

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Follow if… you love pick and mix but don’t like avocado (or any other green slimy foods), you are fed up of bullshit in the fitness industry, and you like a good white IG theme

@zannavandijk

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Follow if… you want to follow a blogger with substance, someone who cares passionately about fitness, conscious living, mindfulness and meditation, plant-based food, positivity, self love, and empowerment of women.

@tallyrye

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Follow if… you want to follow someone who speaks to you as though you were her best friend (and shares everything related to her workouts, recipes, clothes and feelings)

@deliciouslyella

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Follow if… you have bought some chia seeds, avocado, chickpeas, sweet potato, quinoa and kale, but you have no idea what to do with them

@wellness_ted

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Follow if… you think the Instagram fitness/health industry takes itself too seriously and needs the piss taken out of it every now and then!

And, of course, make sure you follow @40ish_love if you are a fan of tennis or even just its fashion (!) and you are curious to see how my plant-based diet is going. Let me know who you think I should be following the comments below.

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