Each month I join Tony Fisher during his afternoon show on BBC Essex. We cover everything and anything related to health, fitness and well being. On this page you can find out more on all the topics we discuss and see us in action.
If you have any questions you'd like us to cover on the show you can post a comment at the bottom of this page or email me direct (click here). Now take a look at everything we covered on the show.
Tuesday 1st May
My golden rules for being fit and healthy boil down to just 3 things. If you can do these things every single day you will live a full and happy life Here are the 3 things ... I call them life laws.
MOVE RIGHT, EAT RIGHT AND THINK RIGHT.
Each month on BBC Essex I spent time on each thing in order to make sure you keep them in check. This month it's all about thinking a little smarter and making the most of your time.
I'm a real believer in the importance of moving. We have evolved to be pretty handy at doing it and it’s one of the many reasons why we’ve been so successful as a species. But we’re lazy. Many of us don’t make use of the many great things we can do with our bodies. So, any scheme that helps us to move more every day is a winner in my book.
So when I found out about something called 3030 Essex, I was all over it. Unlike other charity fitness challenges there are no distances to run, no targets to beat, and no fixed activities. This is 30 days your way. Whether you’re part of a sports and fitness group, a school or workplace, you want to get the family together or just get out by yourself; the real aim is to challenge yourself. The only rules are 30 minutes for 30 days.
The 3030 challenge is being launched to raise money for Active Essex Foundation a charity which provides life changing sports and recreation opportunities in Essex. All money raised will stay in Essex to help fund local community projects across the county.
There are many ways you could choose to take part and I'm contributing to the cause by offering everyone who registers the opportunity to join The Accumulator for FREE and take part in our 30 day workout plan to help towards your goal.
Can chocolate spread be healthy
If you've heard me on BBC Essex before you'll know that I'll often make healthy things with chocolate. Cacao (the raw form of cocoa) is super nutritious. However some of it's power is lost when the raw bean is roasted to high temperatures (this makes cocoa). Then we add sugar to make most milk chocolates, this is when chocolate becomes less healthy. But the closer you get to the original the better it is for you. So dark organic chocolate is better than milk and cacao powder is better than cocoa powder.
Everyone has a weakness when it comes to food. Something less than healthy that you just can’t resist. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all but my daughter loves that nutty chocolate spread that has a special brand name we can’t mention. When it’s in the house I’m not responsible for my actions. However that stuff is nearly half sugar! So I thought how can I make this healthy? Did a little research, did a few experiments and I've struck gold.
My nutty chocolate spread is only 12% sugar but that sugar comes from fruit which makes a big difference (click here for more). It also contains no dairy and it’s just as yummy as the original stuff. Click here to watch the video and see the recipe. Let me know how you get on.
I'll be back with Tony on BBC Essex in June. In the mean time if you have a question or need some help please get in touch. You can comment below or email me here.