It’s 2020 and what a year it has been… well, months really. Some people may use the craziness of this time to not follow through with some of their new year’s resolutions. Let’s face it, binge-watching your new favourite TV show while eating chips isn’t exactly in line with new year; new me mentality. Sometimes simple things can help keep your goals moving… no pun intended.
My point of view: I’m dedicated to completing my New Year’s fitness resolution (even while self-quarantined). To complete my goal, it is important to use all the necessary tools at hand! By hand, I mean wrist, and by wrist, I mean a fitness tracker! I’ve seen my fair share of those, especially during my summers working at a weight loss camp. They always seemed like they were too basic, think steps and nothing else. So, I did some research into the industry to see if this was all that existed - it turns out there’s a bunch! The one I have now...
Over time, eating junk food can make you sick. The trans fats, sugars and preservatives added to food builds up and your body can’t function properly. But the other stuff in foods that can make you sick is bacteria. And this can be found in “healthy” food.
We might think we are the superior species on the planet. But there’s other competitors constantly vying for that title — viruses and bacteria. There could be as much as 100 trillion bacterial cells in your body — we only have 30 trillion human cells. We are more bacteria than we are human.
"We are comprised of approximately 3 times more bacterial cells than human cells."
Bacteria can be both good and bad. To keep the “bad” bacteria at bay, good food hygiene practices are essential. In these uncertain times, this is the reminder we all need. Just listen to any older person living on this planet right now.
Even healthy foods can make you sick and it’s...
Fasting has been a part of religious practice for thousands of years. But in the past five years, it received mainstream popularity on the back of animal studies showing that skipping meals had health benefits in those who are overweight.
I started intermittent fasting following the 16:8 method in 2017. After having changed my diet to eat less breads and pastas, and more protein, fat and vegetables in 2015, I couldn’t eat as often anymore. Plus, I wanted all the health benefits that proponents of fasting claimed — autophagy being the top of that list (You may know my crazy idea by now to live to 200 — or at least to live with the mindset that I will live to 200).
"While fasting has an array of benefits, it’s still what you eat that counts."
Autophagy is a metabolic process occurring in starvation whereby the body consumes its own cells. It’s an effective way to remove old and decrepit cells. Autophagy becomes less efficient as we age and...
We spend so much time, energy and money on food, shouldn’t we be enjoying it? Mindful eating is a strategy to be fully present with your senses during the process of eating in order to improve your relationship with food.
When doing research for this article, I discovered that this is pretty much what I do and have been encouraging you to do to reach your health goals, regardless of what they may be. Whether you want to lose weight, manage type 2 diabetes or improve athletic performance, mindful eating may be your nutritional answer.
Mindful eating is all about self-nurturing.
Mindful eating happens before, during and after you eat. It is about paying attention to how food looks, smells, tastes and feels. While it might sound tediously time-consuming taking your time chewing and savouring every single bite like a judge on Masterchef in slow-mo, mindful eating is a much more flexible approach to eating.
Pudding is synonymous with Christmas. But it is traditionally unhealthy and can unwrap your health goals quicker than my 4 kids opening presents from Santa on Christmas morning.
My grandmother has been making our family's traditional English Christmas pudding, as given to her by her mother-in-law, for as long as I can remember. But… I can’t eat it anymore because of the flour. So, I’ve taken her recipe and adapted it to be a gluten-free (and slightly healthier) version.
125g Mixed Peel
125g Blanched Almonds
12g Mixed Spice
250g Coconut Sugar
300g Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp Bicarb Soda (dissolved in 125ml of rum)
“I just watched The Game Changers Movie on Netflix, what do you think?” That is a question I have been asked a lot lately. It’s so common that it now makes me laugh when I open my messages and see this. My response is always the same So, here it is.
The Game Changes movie is great. It really gets you to think. It’s opened a conversation, which is a really good thing. If you haven’t seen the movie, The Games Changes movie is about going vegan. And there are a lot of compelling arguments.
If you ... eat more vegetables, you’re going to have an improvement in your health markers and performance.
My issue with the movie is that there are a lot of gaps in the research that are put forth. When you think critically about research, which you’re taught to do at university, especially in psychology, you see a lot of problems with the research referred to in the movie.
First of all, some of the athletes (and...
Work Christmas parties can be a time of much over-indulgence. You’ve been training hard, watching what you eat, and seeing results. You’re loving your new body and your new lifestyle. You don’t want to undo all of your hard work, but you also want to enjoy yourself with your mates. What do you do?
We celebrated our local fitness community Christmas party on Saturday night. And let me tell you, most of us, not all of us, but most of us over-indulged. We had dinner at Little Miss Korea and then went to Stone House for some wine. It was a great night.
"Plan ahead and give yourself permission."
Christmas parties are fun. And you should celebrate them. It’s important to enjoy yourself on occasions, and if you can’t enjoy yourself and over-indulge a little at a Christmas party, when can you?!
Do not be hard on yourself and not allow yourself to enjoy some good food and drinks if it’s what you would like. Discipline is...
“How do you do it with 4? I struggle with 1 (or 2)”. That’s the question I’ve been hearing a lot lately, especially this past week after my last article.
First of all, while my life might be busy trying to raise 4 four kids, run a business, get my online business back off the ground and teach full-time, I have a lot of support from family and friends, and I recognise there are a lot of people in a much more difficult situation than me.
When we die, our lifeline flatlines. When we’re alive, our lifeline goes up and down. Notice how that connects to life. Life is full of ups and downs. ~ Jay Shetty
I don’t pretend to be some messiah who has it all figured out, one who has faced the greatest of odds. There are billions of people who are in a much more adverse situation than I am. I’ve just lived through a challenging period and I feel like I can shed some light on how I am dealing with it, in the hope...
The last article I wrote for you was way back in April. In that article, I explained why I hadn’t published a blog in over a month. I admitted that my wife, Holly, and I were struggling and that it was my absolute desire that we work things out. I’m sad to say that we didn’t and she moved out in August.
This year has certainly been one of upheaval and change. But after getting through what I think is the worst of it, life certainly looks much different. And that’s where I start this, the first of my weekly blogs, once again…
After blogging every single week since June 1, 2015, the events of 2019 brought me to my knees. I simply didn’t have the time, energy or desire to keep blogging every single week with everything I had going on in my personal life.
Hindsight is a crazy thing. I thought that I was through the worst of it in April, and my naive optimism had me believe things would get better. But the universe had other...
It’s that time of year when, despite the best of intentions and steely grit to get fit again, you start to feel yourself slipping. The 5-mornings-a-week exercise regime and Sunday arvo food prepping are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, and life is getting so busy… oh so busy. Here’s how to stop the slide and get back on track.
First of all, don’t ever think you are a failure or that you are failing. Making changes to your life are difficult for anybody. We love to stick with the norm — with what we are used to. It’s an evolutionary trait and it’s designed to protect us. So take it as a good thing.
“If you’re feeling yourself slip back into old habits; like old priorities are taking precedence, you might be self-sabotaging yourself.”
If you’re finding yourself sliding; like old demands are taking back priority, and you just can’t find time for your new and improved self, reconnect with why you...
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