Diet & Fitness

1st May 2013

Slimming World Chilli Recipe

Slimming World Chilli Con Carne

Slimming World Chilli Con Carne

If you are watching your weight or just eating healthily, Slimming World Chilli Con Carne is a great, wholesome and tasty meal to make. Even better, if you are following the extra easy plan it is ‘Syn’ free!

Follow our easy instructions below and take a look at our video demonstration from Slimming World member, Lesley Howell.



Fry Light spray oil

1 finely chopped onion

2 level tsp chopped garlic

2 level tsp chopped chilli

500g venison mince (or lean meat of your choice)

1 tin tomatoes

Small carton of pasata

1 tin red kidney beans

1 tsp paprika

Serves 3-4

62g rice per person


Take one large onion take off the top and bottom and the skin. Cut in half. Finely chop or use food processor

Turn on pan, spray with Fry Light. Once heated, add onion. Brown gently until soft (add lid to pan to sweat onions)

Add the garlic and chilli. Fry off for a minute

Add 500g of mince. Stir until brown

Add tin of tomatoes, Pasata and kidney beans and stir

Add paprika

If you want your chilli more spicy, you can add chilli powder/paste

Cook for 20 minutes on a low heat

Cook rice for 10-12 minutes


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29th April 2013

Diet pills: do you really know the dangers?


2, 4-dinitrophenol – or DNP as it’s commonly known – is yellow and odourless in capsule form. Image courtesy of Daily Mail

By Steph Hodgkinson

This week, 23-year-old medical student Sarah Houston died after taking diet pill DNP – which was banned in America for its dangerous side effects in 1938. The Leeds University student had been suffering from bulimia and depression for the past three years and had been receiving treatment.

DNP – also known as 2, 4-Dinitrophenol – is an extremely toxic industrial chemical which is used a pesticide. Although it’s banned for human consumption, it’s easily available over the Internet in capsule form.

The possible side effects include raised body temperatures, dehydration, exhaustion, excess sweating, irregular heart rates and heart attacks. It’s also been linked to 62 deaths worldwide. So why is it still readily available to buy in pill form?

Sarah Houston isn’t the only person in recent times to be killed from the toxic diet pill. In February, 18-year-old fitness fanatic Sarmad Alladin collapsed and died just hours after praising the fat-burning tablets on Facebook.

And in 2008, Selena Walrond, 26, died of a heart attack brought on by DNP. The pill caused a rapid rise in Selena’s heart rate and her temperature soared.

Selena’s mother was quoted in The Daily Mail as saying: “I’ll never forget her yellow fingernails and skin – the drug was sweating out of her. Selena’s life has been cruelly snatched away, all because she was desperate to lose weight. DNP is lethal. If you want to lose weight, do it the sensible way.”

Last year, the Food Standards Agency issued a warning to avoid taking DNP due to two deaths linked to the drug. Yet despite the warnings and fatalities, it’s still widely used amongst young people, particularly in the bodybuilding community.

Numerous bodybuilding forums participate in discussions and share their experiences of taking the drug to bulk up. The majority of the users encourage it and trivialise the potential death factor. One user on the Iron Den lists the side effects (including death) then says: “Other then [sic] that, it’s relatively safe, if you start low.”

One user on The Student Room forum said: “[sic] If your even thinking of taking DNP then you want to do your research first, if done rightly then its possible to lose around 1lbs of fat each day!!! – but done wrongly you could end up dead.”

Dietitian Sophie Leicester says: “A change of diet and an increase in exercise is the only safe and effective way to lose weight. Diet pills are no substitute for this, not to mention the life-threatening risks involved in taking these unknown chemicals.”

The fact is there is no “safe” way to take it; it’s a poisonous pesticide which isn’t worth the risk. Coroner David Hinchliff at Sarah Houston’s inquest recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

A spokesman for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said: “This tragic case has highlighted the potential dangers of buying slimming pills online. These pills can contain powerful ingredients such as DNP, which is not suitable for human consumption.

“We urge people not to take any slimming medicines or products bought online without consulting with a pharmacist or doctor. It simply is not worth the danger to overall health to buy and use these products as you just don’t know what is in them. Any weight loss results they offer could come with a huge risk.”

Sarah’s parents are now campaigning to ban the tablet form of the drug and prevent any further tragedies. Watch Daybreak’s interview with her parents here.

Weight loss: the safe way

  • Never take any diet pills without consulting a doctor – you don’t know what could be in them, particularly if you order them online
  • Try swapping fatty or sugary snacks for a piece of fruit or some carrot sticks with a houmous dip. Making small changes can make a big difference in the long run
  • Join a fitness class with a friend – it could be the best thing you ever do
  • If you’re strapped for cash, take a walk around the park a few times a week
  • Check your BMI (body mass index) online – often we see ourselves as ‘fat’ when we’re actually a perfectly healthy weight for our height

Have you ever taken diet pills, or would you ever? We’d like to hear your opinions and experiences on diet pills.

Read more from Steph here

March 5th 2013

Nutrisionist Shelter Bamu, dishes on Weightloss, Fitness and Food

Confucius once said “If you find something you love to do, you will never work a day in your life.”

So meet mum of two, Nutrion Coach and weight loss expert Shelter Bamu!

Shelter Bamu aka FIT MOM

Shelter Bamu aka FIT MOM

All well as being a full time graduate student studying clinical psychology, Shelter works part time as a researcher, whilst juggling a busy family life too.

Having suffered weight issues since her teens Shelly has finally unlocked the key to losing weight, looking great and still eating amazing food.

As a Nutrition Coach she has spent a lot of time researching food and how the body uses it.Shelter has gone from being a size 18(UK 20) to a fabolous size 6(UK 10).

As a result she understands eating habits, which foods to indulge and which to avoid.

She really emphasises the importance of freshly cooked home made meals and avoiding processed foods that can contain a lot of additives and hidden ingredients. She believes its important to know what is going into your body and how it affects your eating, eg, sugar rushes that give highs and leave you craving and then overeating.

She goes above and beyond the call of just a Nutrition Coach, but provides emotional support as well.

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Providing a service that has no other outcome but success.

Shelter provides coaching on Meal Preparation, food combinations, as well as emotional support when facing major hurdles for a lot with weight control problems, what to do at thanksgiving? Have seconds of some things but steer clear of thirds. It is an approach that fosters the love of food with sensibility.

Beast Mode

Beast Mode

Bolstered by her personal understanding of the weight loss battle, she has experience of purging and restricting intake; Shelter offers a personal empathic service.

Every client is individual and the plan is tailored to their needs and goals. She follows up with her clients and has a blog.

Shelter in the DC Half Marathon

Shelter in the DC Half Marathon

Her blog inspired by her love of writing and her inundation with questions about varied weight loss and nutrition issues. She actively encourages a healthy life for the whole family and shares personal testimonies about juggling food, health, family, work and business life.

Although this fantastic business is located in the United States, Shelter has clients based in the UK, Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe as well as all over the US. She also recommends useful products to help toward weightloss.





Local clients can enjoy the benefits of Shelter doing food preparation and groceries for them. Cue happy dancing from those who are overwhelmed by variety and snack aisles and chocolate covered checkouts.From exercise on a budget to food prep that endorses time management and accountability, Shelters Weight Loss Nutrition is the service to turn to if you want genuine long lasting success.

Be sure to Check out Shelters Blog!

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