Happy Halloween! A digital makeover from the artist and illustrator of Sid Smart – the children’s book about health and nutrition.

A werewolf taking a selfie. A digital makeover created by the artist and illustrator of Sid Smart - the children's book about health and nutrition.
Happy Halloween

I gave myself a digital makeover of a werewolf‘s face… I hope you like it.  Happy Halloween.

Sid Smart – Eating, the children’s book about health and nutrition is available now from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

Halloween art by the author and illustrator of Sid Smart – the children’s book about health and nutrition.

A cartoon werewolf in front of the moon looking rather distraught. Digital art by the author and illustrator of Sid Smart - the children's book about health and nutrition.
Howl!

A werewolf is for life, not just for Halloween

The first children’s book in my new series – Sid Smart – is available now on Amazon.  It is available as a paperback or eBook.

Using my knowledge gained through obtaining high-level qualifications in nutrition and fitness, I have created my first series of books – Sid Smart.  With charming illustrations and relatable storylines, Sid Smart will take children on a journey which will teach them how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Sid Smart – Eating is a picture book, suitable for all children from 3 years old and up.

Sid Smart – Eating, the children’s book about health and nutrition is available now from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

Halloween art by the author and illustrator of Sid Smart – the children’s book about health and nutrition.

A cartoon drawing of a pumpkin created digitally by the author and illustrator of Sid Smart Eating - the children's book about health and nutrition.
Pumpkin

Why not eat some pumpkin this Halloween?

The first children’s book in my new series – Sid Smart – is available now on Amazon.  It is available as a paperback or eBook.

In Sid Smart – Eating, follow Sid through a normal school day and see how the food choices he makes affects his day. What will he eat? Will he have a good day? Will he have the energy to learn? Find out if Sid is smart when it comes to healthy food choices…

Sid Smart – Eating is a picture book, suitable for all children from 3 years old and up.

Sid Smart – Eating, the children’s book about health and nutrition is available now from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

 

Sid says, “Carbs are NOT the enemy.”

A cartoon drawing of Sid Smart the star of the children's book about health and nutrition. Sid is measuring his waste with a tape measure and looks pleased.
Everything in moderation

There is a fad that has been going around for a while now about cutting carbs.  It all started way back when the Atkins Diet became the go-to diet but I think some people have got the wrong end of the stick.

Carbs are our main source of energy and if you follow a healthy, active lifestyle, you need them.  You simply cannot sustain a decent exercise regime if you are cutting carbs completely.  Now there are good carbs (low in the glycemic index) and bad carbs (high in the glycemic index).  Good carbs release energy slowly and bad carbs release energy quickly.  If you eat high glycemic index carbs, you will have spikes in blood sugar levels that will lead to a sugar crash (feeling tired and possibly shaky). However, if you eat carbs lower on the glycemic index you will have a more steady sustained energy level.  Also, if you eat a lot of sugars and do not burn off those calories… you guessed it, your body will store them as fat.

The main thing to think with carbs is ‘moderation‘.  If you eat significantly more calories than your metabolic rate, you will put weight on.  If you eat slightly less calories than your metabolic rate, you will lose weight.  If you eat the same amount of calories as your metabolic rate, you will maintain weight.

I had it myself a few months ago.  Back in April I had a routine health check and they took my body fat percentage.  As a fitness fanatic, I was displeased with a slightly high body fat percentage (still well within my range). So, me being me, I took action.  After a few slight tweaks to my diet, I lost 2% body fat gradually over two months and I have sat at my new level, quite content.  As you will notice I didn’t do anything ridiculous so I didn’t lose an unhealthy amount too quickly as that can be bad for you. All I did was cut sugars and reduce (not completely exclude) my carbohydrate intake on non-training days.  On training days, I don’t cut carbs at all.  In fact, if my carbs are low on training days, I find I’m breathless quicker, weaker and often feel sick during my training session.  Oh, and don’t forget the headaches.

So, this is the message that works for me: EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.

Lower glycemic index carbohydrates:

  • Whole grain breads
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Oatmeal, oat bran, muesli
  • Sweet potato
  • Corn
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Most fruits
  • Non-starchy vegetables

Higher glycemic index carbohydrates:

  • White bread
  • Sugary cereals
  • Short-grain white rice
  • Sweets
  • Chocolate
  • Sugary cakes
  • Basically food with a high sugar content (look at the carbohydrates of which sugars section of the nutritional information).

Sid Smart – Eating, the children’s book about health and nutrition is available now from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

This is SALAD! An animation from the author and illustrator of Sid Smart – the children’s book about health and nutrition.

Please click on the link below to enjoy my latest animation.  I was inspired by another film scene. Can you work out the film and the scene?

CLICK HERE to watch video.

In Sid Smart, children can learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices.  In the first book, Sid Smart – Eating, Sid teaches children about the importance of healthy, nutritious and balanced food choices.

Available now from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

A gym tip from the author and illustrator of Sid Smart – the children’s book about health and nutrition.

I’m sure you’ve all seen this in a gym…  someone lifting too much weight and completely losing technique.  It’s not all about adding more and more weight every week, no matter the impact on your form.  I often have to give myself a check and ease back on the weights so I don’t compromise on technique.  Lifting heavy weights with poor technique can cause injuries and doesn’t reflect your true strength.  You are better off lowering the weights, slowing it down and keeping strict technique.  You will feel the difference.

A cartoon of a man lifting weights with very poor technique. He is straining, turning red and bending backwards. Artwork by the author and illustrator of Sid Smart - the children's book about health and nutrition.
Don’t be this guy

Sid Smart – Eating, the children’s book about health and nutrition is available now from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

Art by the author and illustrator of Sid Smart – the children’s book about health and nutrition.

A manga style cartoon of a girl doing a kung-fu form. Digital art created by the author and illustrator of Sid Smart - the children's book about health and nutrition.
Good technique.

A cartoon Kung-Fu girl.  I love martial arts and drawing cartoons.  Here I have combined them both.

Sid Smart – Eating, the children’s book about health and nutrition is available now from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

My children’s book about health and nutrition is available now for children 3 years and up…

Sid, the star of the children's book Sid Smart, sleeps after reading his book about health and nutrition. 3D art illusion. Pencil and digital art.
Sid Smart is a great bedtime story

The first children’s book in my new series – Sid Smart – is available now on Amazon.  It is available as a paperback or eBook.

In Sid Smart – Eating, follow Sid through a normal school day and see how the food choices he makes affects his day. What will he eat? Will he have a good day? Will he have the energy to learn? Find out if Sid is smart when it comes to healthy food choices…

Using my knowledge gained through obtaining high-level qualifications in nutrition and fitness, I have created my first series of books – Sid Smart.  With charming illustrations and relatable storylines, Sid Smart will take children on a journey which will teach them how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Sid Smart – Eating is a picture book, suitable for all children from 3 years old and up.

Sid Smart – Eating, the children’s book about health and nutrition is available now from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

 

 

Art by the author and illustrator of Sid Smart – the children’s book about health and nutrition.

A cartoon drawing of a tiger looking over it's shoulder at the screen. A cartoon that was digitally created by the author and illustrator of Sid Smart - the children's book about health and nutrition.
Show some teeth.

Here is a piece of artwork that I did digitally on my art tablet and PC. Tigers are probably my favourite wild animal.  I think they are stunning, powerful and graceful.  Tigers also remind me of the issue of deforestation. This is a huge issue with many habitats being destroyed. The homes of many creatures like the orangutan, tiger, elephant and rhino are being ruined.

See more of my digital art on my website’s new ‘artwork’ page.

Sid Smart – Eating, the children’s book about health and nutrition is available now from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

Digital art by the author and illustrator of Sid Smart – the children’s book about health and nutrition.

Another piece of art created on my digital art tablet.  I like the look of concept art and graphic novels, particularly when they are done digitally.  For all you digital artists out there, you know it’s all about adding layers, being patient and being meticulous.  Practice makes perfect! See more of my digital art on my website’s new ‘artwork’ page.

Sid Smart – Eating, the children’s book about health and nutrition is available now from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

A martial arts lady punches the screen. Digital art from the creator of Sid Smart the children's book about health and nutrition.
Punch