Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle

By February 23, 2018Nutrition, vegan
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I am a strong believer in having a really balanced lifestyle. I exercise regularly, I eat healthy homemade meals, I never skip breakfast and I drink a lot of water. However, I also drink wine and if someone offers me a chocolate biscuit, I find it hard to say no!

Nutrition absolutely fascinates me. What you eat can have a huge effect on your mood, your energy levels, your sleep and your skin. Most importantly, it can have a positive effect on your health.

Evidence shows that eating a plant-based diet has huge health benefits. It can help reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, control your glucose levels and help maintain a healthy weight.

I haven’t swapped to a completely plant-based diet but I eat 5-7 vegan breakfasts and cook 1-3 vegan dinners each week. I still eat oily fish, chicken, lean meat and eggs because there are some massive health benefits in doing so.

The most frequently asked question with a plant-based diet is, “Will I get enough protein?”

YES! As long as you are eating a variety of different plant sources, then you will hit your recommended daily allowance for protein.

Three of the best plant-based protein sources are: nuts and seeds, dark green vegetables and beans and pulses.

Beans can contain over 35% protein with the added benefit of fibre and essential nutrients. Check out my favourite 3-bean chilli recipe below.


3 BEAN CHILLI (serves 4)


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, chopped with seeds removed
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 3tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g tin black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g tin pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g tin kidney beans in chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder (mild or hot – your choice)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan; add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft.
  2. Add the red chilli (add another if you like it hot!), celery and pepper and sauté for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, stock and tomato puree.
  4. Add all of the beans and spices and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until thicker.
  5. Serve with wholegrain rice or cauliflower rice

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