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Lean in 15: 15 minute meals and workouts to keep you lean and healthy
Lean in 15: 15 minute meals and workouts to keep you lean and healthy
by Joe Wicks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

35 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for newcomers and as an accompaniment to those on the 90day SSS, 6 Jan. 2016
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I'm coming to this book as I approach the end of cycle 2 of the 90Day SSS and I think it is both an excellent introduction for people who are new to the ideas/model and a great accompaniment to the programme itself.

To expand on the latter point first, the SSS plans are incredibly detailed (my cycle 1 was a 110 page PDF of education and recipes) and you use complete recipes to learn the idea of timing your macros whilst also learning to cook. It's just text though, so during cycle 2, where it is less about set recipes and more about pick'n'mix principles where you create your own combinations based on ingredients lists, if you're not creative in the kitchen, you can get a bit stuck. When this happens, it's about using Joe's social media videos, pictures and updates from others on the plan to get new ideas. What this book does brilliantly is present simple dishes in all their glory, which can inspire new ideas as you simply tweak to match your plan. Like the look of the turkey burger? Make it with beef. Cottage pie look nice? Create a bolgnese with the same method and different ingredients. Don't like the idea of tuna salad? Swap the tuna for chicken.

For those new to the whole method, the book brilliantly covers who Joe is and why he does what he does. It then provides insight and evidence behind his approach to eating real food and not dieting, explains HIIT and why it is more effective long term than steady state training and positions the importance on carbs, fats and proteins (and tons of greens!) to fuel the body. Meals are then set out very clearly in different sections of the book for training days, non-training days, snacks, treats (we don't get them on SSS! Not officially anyway...) and then a simple overview of HIIT exercises. This last section is fairly small, but that's all it needs to be. The whole idea is that HIIT (elevating the HR in bursts with matching rest periods) can be anything you like - sprints on the bike, burpees, sprint intervals when jogging, star jumps - as long as you do it for 20 mins (which is actually only 13-15 maximum efforts).

As far as prep, this can suit your lifestyle. Whilst I'm sure prepping days in advance would save time, I've really enjoyed learning to cook so the extent of my prep is planning the meals I'll want and getting the right ingredients into the fridge, then cooking each meal fresh at the time. You do need to get some basic extras in, which are detailed in the book (some herbs and spices, coconut oil, sauces, perhaps yoghurt and other veg you might not typically have), but once you have these you don't need to buy them every time.

Can you make the meals in 15 minutes? Not all of them, no, but most of them are easily made in 15 mins once you become familiar with the process. And as it mentions in the book, the ones that take longer are generally worth it (the sweet potato cottage pie is amazing!). The first few times you cook will take longer, as you're reading the ingredients list, getting your pans ready etc. and are probably querying some of the steps as you go. Initially I maybe spent 30mins or more on a number of the dishes, which I now throw together in 15 minutes, including chopping up veg and meat.

The biggest thing for me with this book and obviously the plan too, is the confidence I have gained in the kitchen. Through university I learned to not burn certain foods, and over the last 10 years I've become OK at maybe 3-5 core dishes which rely on pre-packed sauce or whatever. Now, at the youthful age of 31, I have cupboards full of spices and herbs I have genuinely never before owned, I make up my owns sauces to go with whatever is in the fridge and, giving myself a break for Christmas, I've never eaten 1) so much and 2) so well in my life. The 90day SSS is excellent in my experience, but it won't be for everyone, not least because it's a large financial outlay. This book is a really good way to start learning and start getting fit/healthy and changing the way you look at food. For under £10 currently, there's a ton of useful information here.

It does take a bit of effort, which again won't be for everyone. To make the best of it you should plan ahead for a few meals, not just for batch cooking (which I've never done), but so that you use up your food. Whilst it is fairly easy, it's still 'proper cooking', so if you only plan to dip in and out for a recipe here and there, you will end up with potentially expensive waste. Work out what you like and enjoy using the book!
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Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6
Dvd

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney at its best, 11 Nov. 2015
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Big Hero 6 might be my favourite Disney/Pixar movie so far. This film has everything we all love about Disney, it's bright, it's fun and it has a level of story/moral that elevates it above most other films in its genre. The scale of the film feels so much bigger than the other films which have been made though and Baymax, effectively just a balloon with an intelligence chip, is amazing. There's a strength and sensitivity about the character which has been balanced perfectly. Hiro also seems to have the right balance about his character, as all of his actions are understandable because the back story that goes with him is very solid.

Disney is Disney and, at the moment, they'd have to do something very wrong to lose old and young fans alike. Big Hero 6 really stands out for me though and I look forward to seeing what we're treated to next.


Ex_Machina
Ex_Machina
Dvd

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, interesting film, 11 Nov. 2015
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Enjoyable film with an interesting/challenging message. It looked and 'felt' fantastic throughout and I really liked the relationship that was built up throughout the film. Highly recommended.


Nylabone Double Action Chew Bone, Souper
Nylabone Double Action Chew Bone, Souper
Price: £17.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Another robust Nylabone toy, 11 Nov. 2015
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My dog loves this toy, though the green section in the middle is a little too inviting and easy to chew/eat. He is a labrador and a powerful chewer, so overall I'd say this toy is excellent and been a good buy. It just needs a lot more supervision because the green can be taken off in chunks.

I would highly recommend Nylabone products in general, with the favourite being Nylabone Dura Chew Double Bend, Souper. This product has a very tough, yet flexible mid section. The red parts do get chewed up, but this helps with teeth cleaning and after about 6 months of use it still hasn't had any chunks removed. It's also a much lighter toy which entertains him for hours.


Berghaus 421430BP6 24/SEVEN+ 25 Rucksack - Black
Berghaus 421430BP6 24/SEVEN+ 25 Rucksack - Black
Price: £29.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Berghaus quality, holding up well, 11 Nov. 2015
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This bag has proven to be of excellent quality and really good value. Plenty of features for carrying contents, and the little divider in the inside is perfect for slipping in a small laptop or magazines, to keep separate from the general mash of stuff that gets carried around. Material and zips feel like really good quality and this bag still looks brand new after lots of daily use.


Rosewood Pineapple BioSafe Dog Toy
Rosewood Pineapple BioSafe Dog Toy
Price: £6.48

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking toy, fun, but not tough enough for labrador., 11 Nov. 2015
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It's tough to rate dog toys, because so much depends on the dog. Our 18 month old labrador destroyed this in about 20 seconds. Other reviews suggest it is a much tougher toy, so don't necessarily be put off by this outcome. The toy looks good and seems a good product on the face of it. In honesty, this got treated exactly as I expected! :)

Rated 3 stars as it doesn't come close to the toughness of a Kong Rubber toy which feels like the best benchmark.


Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Dvd

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film from start to finish, 11 Nov. 2015
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Excellent film from start to finish, with a fantastic mix of action, humour and story. I'd heard the rave reviews for this film without ever looking in to what it was, or what it was about. Well worth a watch.


Men's fully adjustable Clip on Braces / Suspenders, 3.5cm - Blue
Men's fully adjustable Clip on Braces / Suspenders, 3.5cm - Blue
Offered by Sassy You
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality and value, 11 Nov. 2015
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Used once and they looked great. Seem like good quality items that will last. The length adjuster tooth did catch on the material when adjusting, but I wouldn't say this was a fault, just unlucky. Definitely a good value purchase for my needs.


PenSee Mens Jacquard Woven Silk Self Bow Tie Dark Red & White Dots Bow Ties
PenSee Mens Jacquard Woven Silk Self Bow Tie Dark Red & White Dots Bow Ties
Offered by Pensee Shop
Price: £7.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice tie, better than expected., 11 Nov. 2015
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Never worn a self bow tie before, but this did the job and looked very smart, paired with light blue braces. Seems a good quality product and I would happily buy again.


Le Creuset Stoneware Deep Rectangular Dish, 32cm - Cerise
Le Creuset Stoneware Deep Rectangular Dish, 32cm - Cerise
Price: £45.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality item and really quick delivery too, 14 May 2015
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Bought as a random gift for my mum and she loves it. Great quality item and really quick delivery too.


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