TOWIE star promotes the health benefits of bread

first_imgThe Federation of Bakers has teamed up with TOWIE star Georgia Kousoulou to launch a sportswear range inspired by bread. Featuring slogans including ‘I Run on Bread’, and ‘Eat, Sleep, Toast, Tone’, the limited-edition collection of leggings and vests aims to promote the humble loaf as the “perfect workout partner” and a healthy source of carbohydrate.The collaboration comes on the back of research which revealed that young women were unnecessarily shunning carbs from their diet.The poll of 2,000 females aged 18-35, conducted by research firm Opiniun, found that as many as 59% disregarded bread as a healthy source of carbohydrate, while more than a third (37%) believed that avoiding carbs entirely was an effective way to shape up.In addition, only 22% would consider eating bread as a means of boosting energy levels before exercise, the survey showed.  Sports nutritionist Anita Bean welcomed the pro-carb message and insisted bread had endured a “rough time” over the past few years due to the low-carb, gluten-free and fad diet trends.“There is no need for the 99% of the population who do not have coeliac disease to avoid bread,” she said. “Bread is good for you and is a healthy choice as part of a balanced diet. It is an important source of carbohydrate, which fuels the brain, nervous system and heart, as well as all your daily activities and exercise. It’s low fat, low in sugar, and wholegrain, wholemeal and brown bread is high in fibre, so If you’re serious about getting into shape, then bread can help you achieve this.”Kousoulou added: “As much as we can all get carried away with the latest expensive fad health trend, bread is an important part of eating healthily and is the perfect fuel for my workouts.”last_img read more

Steve the Unstoppable: Smith completes rare Ashes double

first_imgSTEVE Smith’s complete dominance over England has gone to a new level with the Australian scoring another brilliant century in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.Smith backed up his magnificent 144 in the first innings with Test century No.25 over the weekend in his comeback to Test cricket having been sidelined for the past 16 months.A textbook cover drive off England paceman Stuart Broad brought up the milestone as he removed his helmet, saluted his teammates and received a hug from teammate Matt Wade.Even the pro-England crowd and the Barmy Army withheld their boos to stand and applaud Smith.The 30-year-old is the first batsman to score twin Ashes centuries since Matthew Hayden posted 197 and 103 in Brisbane in the opening Test of the 2002-03 series, and the first in 22 years to achieve the feat in England after Steve Waugh’s 108 and 116 at Old Trafford.He is now a member an exclusive club of just five Australians to score twin centuries in an Ashes Test, joining Hayden, Waugh, Arthur Morris (Adelaide, 1947) and Warren Bardsley (The Oval, 1909). AUSTRALIANS TO SCORE TONS IN BOTH INNINGS OF AN ASHES TESTSteve Smith – 144 and 142 at Edbgaston, 2019Matthew Hayden – 197 and 103 at the Gabba, 2002Steve Waugh – 108 and 116 at Old Trafford, 1997Arthur Morris – 122 and 124* at Adelaide, 1947Warren Bardsley – 136 and 130 at The Oval, 1909Smith’s second innings hundred also takes his tally of Ashes tons to 10, equal second with Waugh for the most by an Australian. Sir Donald Bradman, naturally, has the most for either nation with 19. And if those achievements were not impressive enough, the right-hander now holds the record for most runs after 119 Test innings.Smith’s 6446 career runs (and counting) eclipsed the mark of 6440 held by England legend Wally Hammond in 1939.Smith walked to the crease inside the first 10 overs for the second time in the match on Saturday evening with the tourists in strife at 2-27 and trailing England by 63 runs.( read more

Kiffin’s latest remarks a big step backward

first_img“Goal Line Stand” runs Fridays. To comment on this story, email Michael Katz at [email protected] or visit If nothing else, USC head coach Lane Kiffin provides for some solid sound bites. He didn’t disappoint on Wednesday.Quoted in an ESPN L.A. article, Kiffin discussed quarterback Matt Barkley’s draft status. Barkley took a tumble down the draft boards this season, and it’s possible he falls out of the first round. Kiffin said Barkley is a great player and emphasized it with the following:“If Matt Barkley had the defense that Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer had, Matt Barkley would have won the Heisman Trophy just like they did,” Kiffin said. “He would have had the winning records they had.”Here we go again.Now, don’t get me wrong. The Trojans’ defense was not very good this season. It took a lot of blame for the team’s 7-6 record and deservedly so. Giving up 62 points to Oregon? Not going to get it done. Ever. Unless you’re West Virginia playing against Baylor.Players who were expected to play big roles didn’t come through on defense. And Lane’s dad ended up resigning because of it. A team that gives up 24.3 points per game is not going to win many national titles, even if the team was ranked No. 1 in nearly all the preseason polls. And as far as Heismans are concerned? They always go to teams that win around 10 games. That’s why Marqise Lee didn’t get an invite to New York this year. Lane is not wrong in his analysis.But it sure doesn’t mean it was the right thing to say.In making the aforementioned comments, Kiffin is once again shedding blame for a disastrous season. For someone who recently accepted responsibility for the entire season in another ESPN interview, this seems like a giant step backwards The defense wasn’t great, but the offense wasn’t setting the world on fire, either.Plays were predictable. There were too many bubble screens. They didn’t run the ball enough. First and second down were gimmes which led to third and long frequently. They turned the ball over. The list goes on and on.Matt Barkley’s numbers suffered because of playcalling and a lack of efficiency from the offensive coordinator. Who was that again? Ah, yes. The head coach himself.Kiffin is a good offensive coordinator in general. But the offense he led didn’t really hold up its end of the bargain. That’s fine. Teams don’t always play the way we expect them to. But to not accept that blame and to put it on the defense? That seems irresponsible.Oh, and about that defense: As head coach, Kiffin has to take some responsibility too. A coach oversees the entire operation: He can’t just pick and choose what he wants to take credit for. And in calling out his defense from this past season, he’s burning bridges. There are at least seven starters returning from the 2012 squad. How are they going to feel about supposedly being the reason Barkley is falling down draft boards? Probably not the best way to handle the situation, all things considered.I support Barkley. I always have and always will. I love what he’s done for this university, especially in the wake of crippling sanctions. I think he has the chance to be an NFL starter. But he had a tough 2012 season. It’s a fact. There’s no way around it. Kiffin needs to acknowledge it. It’s OK if Barkley struggled. Players struggle all the time.But to blame your defense for being the reason he took such a tumble? It’s in poor taste. Kiffin has a team to command in 2013 — a potentially excellent team at that. He cannot play favorites because he wants to see Barkley succeed. You win as a team and you certainly lose as a team. And he has to coach — he’s not Barkley’s public relations manager.last_img read more