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Understanding Protein

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When I joined the BCG, I started having conversations with people about nutrition and training, although it was probably less of a conversation and more me rambling at whoever was in earshot at the time.

One of the nicest things about the BCG is how it encourages beginners to get into training who maybe have never been in contact with a barbell before. I wrote this article originally for the BCG Facebook group to cover some of the basics of protein and how it relates to training, with the hope that it may be a nice and accessible intro for members who hadn’t had cause to think about nutrition before, and its relation their training, and also to cut through a lot of myths and misinformation that is present in so much training literature (protein powder companies being the worst for pushing this). Read more…

If You Have To, Which Protein Bar?

"Wake up, Homer! Those bars are just junk! They're made out of apple cores and Chinese newspapers!"
“Wake up, Homer! Those bars are just junk! They’re made out of apple cores and Chinese newspapers!”

Recently I have been experimenting with what I eat. As is my way, I have really gone to town on it and have been tracking my calories, protein, fat, carbs etc.. I’ve been enjoying the way that feels and what it’s taught me about food and my body but I want to say right at the start of this post that tracking and getting weird about food like this is absolutely not necessary.

To pay my bills and fund my impulse purchases (most recently, this), I do support work at a university. I only work term-time and this week is my first week back. This is the first year where I have been paying this much attention to what I eat, so before going back I wanted to get a plan together for how I was going to continue to meet my calorie, protein, fat etc. targets while not spending loads of money and with minimal faff. Read more…

Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Tinned Spinach Curry

WADA's not banned spinach yet..

My housemate and I recently both bought a can of spinach from the corner shop for the first time ever… independently of each other. Wild. We were sceptical at first but it doesn’t taste tinny, it isn’t watery and the can is packed full of green. Great for when there isn’t much fresh veg in the house and you can’t be bothered to venture far. Perhaps Popeye and Olive were onto something after all… Read more…

Creamy Green Lentils with Lemon, Tahini, and a Leek and Mushroom Topping

It's a yes

This is a bit of a staple dish at our house as it’s really comforting and creamy! I’ve only recently discovered that tahini is a bit of a miracle sauce maker, and totally gives you that creaminess whilst also being vegan. Also a member of the Co-op gym recently told me they’ve been given a kilo of tahini so here’s one way to start chipping away at it…. Read more…