07 Oct

Devine Bodies helps local firm win IIP award

Claire Atkins (HR Muckle) and Sally Devine

Claire Atkins (HR Muckle) and Sally Devine

Well done to Muckle LLP who have been awarded the Investor in People Gold Award for Health and Wellbeing. Their support with work related fitness classes by Devine Bodies helped this success. Pictured are Claire Atkins (HR Manager) & Sally Devine with some class participants.



05 Jun


This is a great high protein, low sugar, non fat snack. Made the night before it’s also a great breakfast. Make up the sugar free jelly (strawberry or raspberry work well) as directed. Add a spoonful of vanilla protein powder and mix well with a fork. A thin crust will form as the protein doesn’t mix perfectly under heat. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Lovely served with a spoonful of Greek yogurt. A half pint portion is 70 cals.

04 Jan

Revolution Rolls- Carb free, egg based bread substitute.

To eliminate the belly bulge or bread baby as one of my clients calls it, why not bake some carb free, gluten free bread for your lunch. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. BUT you do need to be organised. I cook a batch of this on a Sunday and keep in an airtight container for three days worth of lunches.



5 eggs, separated

1&1/2 teaspoon of splenda

pinch of salt

5 tablespoons of low fat cream cheese

1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar



Heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Prepare two sheets of A4 size grease proof paper with either melted coconut oil or butter. Sit these on either a mesh baking square or on a baking tray. Lightly blend the egg yokes with the splenda, salt and cream cheese.  Leave in the bowl. In a different bowl, whisk the whites gently until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and whisk on full speed until the whites can remain solid in the bowl when turned upside down. This takes about 5-10 mins. Fold the whites into the yokes so as not to undo all the firmness with the whisking. Gently transfer to the paper and bake for 18 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into squares. These are delicious filled with cheese, tuna, chicken or if you’re being really healthy, just spring greens. I’ve even eaten them with greek yogurt and berries for a sweet version.

15 Nov

Dairy, gluten-free chocolate

Avocado choclatesThese are delicious and junk free. See link for recipe  http://devinebodies.com/wheat-free-recipes/ .

06 Oct

TABATA – The fastest calorie burning workout

When a new exercise class arrives, it commonly claims to torch 1,000 calories. Such statements are rarely backed up by medical evidence. In fact, you would need to run at 16km/hr or rack up 10 miles in an hour to achieve this. In the Great North Run, this equates to a finish time of 1hr 18 mins. (I have a PB of 1 hour 36 mins and I couldn’t have shaved a second off that time). HIIT (High Interval Intensity Training), especially Tabata classes (protocol of 20 seconds of all out effort, 10 seconds of incomplete rest) are one of the most time efficient classes you can do for calorie burn. A study in the Journal of Sports Sciences and Medicine by Porcari measured blood lactate and oxygen consumption for 16 volunteers. Each candidate completed the 4 rounds of 4 minutes segments with average total energy expenditure of 300 calories. Additionally, the ‘afterburn’ or what is more technically termed EPOC (Excess Post Oxygen Consumption) effect elevates your metabolism during the recovery phase. So you gain a second windfall of calorie deficit with this type of anaerobic training. Figures by Porcari suggest a level of 10% of workout calorie. So there we have it….come to one of my 45 minute Tabata classes and the average Joe would have torched 660 calories.

06 Oct

Video clip Core Training Anti Flexion/Extension

03 Oct


METAFIT class starts this Sunday (5th Oct) at Great Park Community Centre 9-9.30am.  Text/call to book in (07834753194). Just bring your water, £3 and a towel. GO ON IT’S ONLY 30 MINS!

02 Feb

Tuna Burgers

Turn plain old cans of tuna into a delicious meal in a flash. Flax meal and eggs add precious omega-3 fatty acids and keep the GI low. 2 burgers provides 63g of protein and only 14g of carbs.


3 cans of drained tuna

3tbsp milled flax seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds

1 onion diced

2 eggs beaten

1tsp gluten free soy sauce



Combine all ingredients and form 3 to 4 large patties. Fry in a Foreman Grill for 5 minutes.  Serve with grilled peppers or cold with salad.

16 Jan

Tabata home workout.

Here’s a great workout with next to no equipment. You just need a timer (gymboss is a cheap piece of kit) or a wall clock with a second hand. The work time is 20 secs followed by 10 sec rest. Perform each of the 8 exercises and then take a 1 rest. That’s one round. Each round is 5 mins long. Perform 7 times for an immense metabolism boosting 35 minute workout.

  1. Frog Squat Jumps
  2. Side plank leftPersonal Trainer performing a press up
  3. Stationary running
  4. Side plank right
  5. Mountain climbers
  6. Rainbows (if you don’t have hand weights use a heavy book or 2 litre bottle of fluid)
  7. Skier swings
  8. Press ups


09 Jan

Detox delicious!! Easy way to get your vitamins and veg intake.

IngredientsBlend an apple, two carrots, rind and juice of a lemon, 3 small ready to eat beetroot and an inch of ginger with 150ml of filtered water. Beetroot is a natural detoxifier and blood purifier. It also boosts the immune system by encouraging antibodies and is a rich source of iron. Ginger helps inhibit lung, gastric, prostrate and breast cancer cell growth. It is an amzinging antioxidant.