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Dairy-Free Pizza Hut, Baileys, and Ben & Jerry’s Land in the UK

originally from: https://www.godairyfree.org/news/dairy-free-bites-8

This week in our dairy-free Friday Bites, the United Kingdom is enjoying some new dairy-free splurges. A couple have made their way from the across the pond, but the other is exclusive. Pizza Hut Test Markets Dairy-Free Cheese in the UK International chain Pizza Hut is temporarily adding dairy-free cheese to the menu at five […]

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Competition Prep Reflection & Bringing Home the Trophy By Amy Ferguson

originally from: http://www.discount-supplements.co.uk/blog/competition-prep-reflection/

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As some of you will remember I wrote a BLOG on what it takes to compete…well, now I’ve just done my show and came out with a trophy (4th place) in a competitive category and I’m so happy with the result!

If you’ve been following the meal prep pictures and check-in photos on my social media – that’s a little insight, but no one apart from those closest to me really experienced the true realities of ‘the prep’.

Competition win

Now, I’ll never be able to explain exactly what is it that makes me love it so much. Perhaps it’s my need for discipline and control or perhaps because of my competitive nature but I can assure you that behind the glitz and glamour it’s a stressful and selfish sport…

“Why did you compete?” I hear you say…

Honestly, I wanted to give myself one last chance to see if I could push myself, to see if I had it in me to complete a tough 4 month training and diet regime. However as you will see from my other blog on reverse dieting it will take some time to come out of the other side also.

I have been coached by Alex Shoebridge from The SCI (also fellow contributors for Discount Supplements – so go check out their blog posts for great tips and advice!) I have trained with Alex for 4 years now and we have taken the time to not only build up my metabolism but to also build up my lean tissue. Both of which are so crucial when deciding on if you are ready to compete or how long your prep should be. I’m lucky enough to be coached by a very talented individual, whereby we made sure my health was the priority and we took many steps to ensure that my health stayed intact as much as possible when dieting to this extreme.

As a female, we are extra hormonal, so with that being said I’ll let you picture what a female is like whilst on prep…

Now, during the process my body fat has been the lowest that it has ever been, which although appears unhealthy to most, my coach and I will make sure that it does not remain low for too long after the show and that we reverse diet out safely. However, this low level combined with hunger means my temper and mood has not been the best!

It is therefore crucial to have a strong support system around you and to also make sure you thank them forever and ever more.

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Now I don’t want this to sound completely negative because if it were that bad then of course myself and the thousands of others who compete wouldn’t do it.

I set out with a goal and I achieved it and I can’t explain to you how proud and motivated I am about myself as a result. But the most important thing I learnt during this is that the mind is a powerful thing and if used correctly you can achieve anything you set out to do. But now I can honestly say I am looking forward to getting some normality back as well as having some quality friend and family time.

Fitness will always be a massive part of me, but for now it won’t be the only part of me.

I also miss being able to out lift the guys at the gym – so watch out boys!

Keep training guys and stay tuned for more articles on the blog soon.

Amy

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Gluten Free Hurricane Chili Recipe

originally from: https://simplygluten-free.com/blog/2017/09/gluten-free-hurricane-chili-recipe.html

An angry woman came roaring through my town about a week and a half ago – her name was Irma. She knocked down trees and power lines, broke windows, damaged buildings, threw out power and internet services, and basically just caused a lot of

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Enjoy Life Chewy Bars

originally from: https://www.godairyfree.org/product-reviews/decadence-enjoy-life-chewy-bars

It seems like every time I turn around, Enjoy Life has reformulated their snack bars or added new flavors. The most recent upgrade to the Enjoy Life Chewy Bars line includes three new flavors formulated with their new Pure Life Balanced Dry Blend™, which I will discuss below. All of the Enjoy Life Chewy Bars […]

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Chocolate-Dipped Biscotti: Classic Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free & Vegan Recipes

originally from: https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/chocolate-dipped-dairy-free-biscotti

Until this past week, I’d never made biscotti. And to be honest, I’d probably only tried it once or twice in my life. Classic biscotti recipes are naturally dairy free, but a lot of brands and newer recipes use butter. And of course, that chocolate dunk usually contains dairy. So coffeehouse options are usually off limits. […]

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Confessions of a men’s physique competitor By Jonathan Muchenje

originally from: http://www.discount-supplements.co.uk/blog/mens-physique-competitor/

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Thinking of competing?

Or just interested in knowing what goes on inside the head of someone going through preparations to step onto a competition stage?

Today I’ll be going through some of the thoughts and feelings that go through my head when going through ‘prep’ for a competition…

But before we get into the nitty gritty, an introduction would be a good place to start right?

Jonathan Muchenje

My name is Jonathan (some call me Jonny, some call me Jon) and I am a personal trainer based in London.

I have been working as such for over seven years now. I took the very scary step of competing as a men’s physique competitor almost three years ago and have been on stage a total of three times so far.

Okay, that’s enough about me, let’s talk competing!

So most people see the end result, which is this ultra defined, ultra shredded individual on stage and in pictures. What people don’t see though is the time, effort, dedication and mental fortitude it has taken to get to this point.

I’m not going to talk for every competitor out there, but I am going to talk from my own experience. The most difficult part of prepping for a competition is mentally staying focussed even when every bit of you is saying “this is hard!”

Nights out with friends become a thing of the past, date nights with the better half may be put aside.

The physical strain however cannot be ignored and the deeper you get into prep the more physical stress there is.

At this point it is all about focussing on the goal, visualising the end result and following through with the plan until the very end. This is where that mental fortitude really comes into play, keeping you focussed regardless of every fibre in your body telling you to give up…

“Don’t give up”

“Don’t give up”

“Don’t give up”

This phrase becomes somewhat a daily mantra, whatever it takes to stay focussed – it’s definitely all worth it in the end!

stage shot from the UKBFF English grand prix 2016

Stage shot

Getting closer to “D-Day” is always a scary thing. At the beginning of prep it feels a longgg time away and you’re able to put it to the back of your mind, but as the days draw near it’s not so easy to keep the nerves at bay.

“Am I going to be ready?”

“Will I look like all those really good competitors I’ve seen on YouTube?”

“Am I good enough?”

“Am I ready?”

All these thoughts, questions and doubts flood your head – making you doubt yourself and your own ability. At this point it could be quite easy to give up, not because you’re not good enough, but because you are scared of failure (even though it’s a perfectly natural human reaction).

For me, giving up at this point would no doubt hurt more than pushing ahead and getting the job done. My response to all these questions is simple, “I am doing this for me, against me”. Regardless of what happens, as long as I have improved throughout the process and am a better version of the person I used to be (whether through better knowledge, a more improved physique, a better understanding of what I am capable of if I put my mind to it) I will be happy.

Winning against other competitors is nice, but what’s even nicer is winning against what you previously thought were your limits…

I urge anyone reading this to apply this thinking to every aspect of life.

You are capable of more than you think, the secret is in taking the step towards reaching and surpassing your so called “LIMITS”.

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The ULTIMATE gluten free French toast with Juvela

originally from: https://theglutenfreeblogger.com/ultimate-gluten-free-french-toast-juvela-bread/

The ULTIMATE gluten free French toast with Juvela

This post is sponsored by Juvela . When I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, Juvela was the first gluten free bread I ever tried on prescription, and the first gluten free bread I actually liked. Fast forward 15 years and now many people with coeliac disease, like myself, who grew…

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