Delicious Plant based fuel

The journey to becoming vegan has led to me to find the most delicious easily digestible training fuel that also smashes my daily nutrient goals: iron, Vit C, Vit E, Potassium.

And includes key minerals that many food diary aps don’t consider like magnesium, copper, zinc that are fundamental to a healthy nervous system i.e. chilled and balanced with good energy levels✌️.

I’m working hard to help share the knowledge that you have to fuel serious training and although you cut down on processed foods, you actually increase the amount of quality fuel (calories) you eat.

So yeap my recipes have calories! But they are all natural, wholesome, nutrient rich, delicious calories! Check it…

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Ingredients

1 pink grapefruit (skin removed)

1 large organge (skin removed)

70g frozen mango

5g root turmeric

5g root ginger

30g shelled hemp

10g milled chia

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Eat your greens!!  And your yellows!

Lately I’ve been eating enough to fuel 10 men 😁 which basically means lots of yellow foods to sustain my training whilst gaining some kilos. Why gain? It’s a common goal when weight training; if you want more strength and muscle tone you need more mass. You also get denser, which is why strength training is now officially recommended for a minimum of twice a week by the Government to avoid osteoporosis. For ladies who want a nice ass you have to eat to fuel the booty ok!

I burn A LOT of calories working outside, dancing all weekend and doing my own training during the week. To give you some perspective I can end up a kilo lighter at the end of a weekend of dancing. And during the week I replace the weight by rehydrating, eating carbs to replenish muscle glycogen, meditating and bringing heart rate/metabolism down and then as soon as I’ve eaten lots of calories (always as healthy and wholesome as possible but definitely not perfect) train again to improve my capacity on the dance floor the following weekend! 💪

I do all round training for dancing: one high intensity heavy weight training session 3hrs, a swim, a run or 2, sprint training, trx/suspension training, barwork, dance training (my own ting), stretch and gymnastics. Then every month or 6 weeks I sleep for a week and do no training other than teaching. Then wake up with a new body. It’s a very exciting journey!

That’s why I eat lots of yellow foods; they’re great! They are FUEL. You can’t do anything without them. Carbohydrates and fat and protein and calories = yellow. But the downside is they tend to be acidic so you have to balance with the raw fruit and veg which is alkali.

Yellow foods are: bread, eggs, cheese, pancakes, porridge, pumpkin and channa roti 😀, pizza, potatoes, falafel wraps, peanut butter on toast.  They can be healthy or they can be unhealthy depending on whether you’re using fresh ingredients at home or eating from a dirty takeout. This is where the effort comes in. I’m def not 100% there yet.

Here’s some wholesome yellow foods:

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pumpkin and channa roti

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scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toast

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porridge with rice milk, coconut oil and shelled hemp

I haven’t been eating enough greens lately and I need to address the balance quick as flu season takes hold. I couldn’t fuel what I do on greens as there’s not enough calories. So I ordered a delivery from my favourites, the Organic Delivery Company. They’re fruit and veg tastes delicious and has a noticeable difference in quality to supermarket veg. The flavours of real fruits are a delight. I’m now sitting down to eat plate after plate of raw veg, steamed veg, salads, green smoothies etc… and get back on track. (As well as yellow foods!).

HWhy akali? Alkali foods tend to have lots of vitamins and minerals as they are mostly straight from the earth. The less you cook it the more nutritents. I think hot food is important too as warming the body is essential in the cold, just be aware it doesn’t have the same nutritional content.

You feel instantly amazing: clean, detoxed and energised! Gonna train hard tomorrow 😀

Fuel for training and nutritional support given to all client sessions includind food diary analysis if you buy 10.

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CORE workout

Straddle Pike Core

Client Sophie has advanced to the deep stuff. Oh yeah. Today we worked on Silent Strength. The Yin of exercise. SLOW movement. Everything is about speed these days. I’m into form and core developing alongside speed and power. Speed and power on their own lead to injury.

So we did suspension training, dance conditioning, deep stretches and inversions very very slowly. Poise, form, control, consciousness, feeling the minutiae of muscles, ligaments, weak spots, working out who you are physically!

The slow movement movement….

A session like this can be adapted to all levels and is offered as part of the journey you’re taken on when you buy a series of sessions. Sophie started out this journey like everyone else just looking for weight loss but after 18 months is on a new dimension of body strength and fitness. Although most people come to me wanting high intensity sessions to get rid of the fat quickly, the value of spending time holding positions and developing deep core strength is critical for long term health, fitness and peace.

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Ginger: cheap soother for winter blues

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Ginger is more than a super food, it’s a wonder food. If your immune system is down, you’ve got a cold, cough or sore throat get the ginger in!

Ginger has been used in a wide range of cultures old and new to help with loads of conditions. Google it and have a look. Here’s a few:

1) circulation
2) stomach upset
3) respiratory problems

Check this article out (http://www.greenmedinfo.com/node/83545) for a full list of conditions (and references) that ginger can help with. It’s overwhelming.

I use it like a sweet as soon as I feel under the weather and can feel it’s benefits straight away. Keeps my throat warm when I’m out training clients.

There’s many ways you can serve it up:

1) cough sweet: chew it raw like a sweet and let it sit in your mouth releasing it’s juices gently into your throat and digestive system.

2) tea: chop it and let it simmer gently for 15 mins or longer till ginger has seeped into water. Wait till it cools and add honey and fresh lemon.

3) cooking: add it to stews, stir fries, cakes.

The beauty of ginger is it’s cheap and easy and doesn’t do you any harm so try it!

Go see a medical professional if you think you’re ill.

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Little by Little…. advice on how to start out training

My motto to achieving progress is ‘little by little’ ; faith in action no matter how small it is.

However unfit you feel, you can make progress. Dream BIG but don’t let the magnitude of the dream crush you! You just have to break it down into what is manageable for you to do in your current state; physically, emotionally, practically.

The parts of you that stop you working towards a goal are your demons. They are there for a reason! You need to face them, accept them as part of you and hopefully find a way of moving on from them and I guess maturing as a person. They won’t go away until you do.

This does require you to know yourself a bit, but don’t worry! You get to know yourself by trying this process out. The art to training is picking yourself up again when you lose the pace. This happens to people of all levels of fitness and experience. The demons can come back! You think you’ve lost it, everyone else is fitter, you’ve not trained hard enough, it’s all over arrrgghh!

Ok so for example take someone who hasn’t really trained before as an adult feels totally bewildered by exercise and fit people but dreams of having a super fit hot bod! The answer is: it’s all possible. The method is:

Little by little: do one thing each day that’s more than what you did before. No matter how little it is. If it’s more it WILL add up.

This person could try:

1) 10 half press ups a day.

2) or, go outside first thing in the morning and walk/jog for 10 mins.

3) or just take 5 minutes to be still, in a comfortable seated pose or lying down and be aware of your body. Allow your ‘mind’, identity, consciousness to connect with your physicality; muscles, bones, blood, breathing. And that’s it!

Even not managing to do this everyday but just aiming to do it and managing 3 times a week or if you’re lucky 5 (!) will make a difference. If you can focus on the process and allow the goal to be present but not overwhelming, to excite you but not crush you and to fuel the activity but not prevent it, you will begin to see results.

At the heart of this philosophy is patience. It might just be that the process is the point not the product em (or goal). The rhythm of the routine has to take over and for a moment become the product itself; you feel good after doing it, so you begin to do it because you feel good, then all of a sudden you forget about the big goal of hot tight bod and just enjoy doing it, being it!

In doing so you change just a little as a person/personality, your body changes in reflection, your cardio vascular organs begin to work just a little harder, become a little more efficient, your heart and lungs will grow a little too and you feel a little bit better about everything. Then you notice a result (maybe you lose an inch around the waist!) Just a little result. And once you have your hard ‘little’ fact it’s easier to convince yourself to carry on. You’ve got evidence now!

When you reach this stage you’ve grown enough physically and emotionally so that you’re naturally ready for the next stage. A bigger workout!

The beauty of this is you begin to really understand yourself. Inside your gut you know when you’re ready for something. There’s lots of outside social pressures that make you feel wrong for taking your time to do something. No. When it comes to exercise and physical growth you’re allowed to develop in your own time. Build a firm foundation of confidence physically and emotionally.

Your 10 half press ups a day may feel like nothing in comparison to what you think other people are doing. If it’s more than YOU were doing before then it will make a difference to YOU. And when you’ve become at ONE with that routine, you will feel ready to try something more, maybe add 20 crunches a few weeks later or months! Who cares. It’s ok.

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Salt Bath: age old recipe for muscle recovery.

It’s heaven and it works. If you’re muscles are tired or tight, joints aching or just feeling a bit toxic and weird a salt bath can help.

2 Cups of Epsom salts

1 Cup sea salt

1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda

Essential oils of choice; lavender, geranium.

1 tablespoon of raw virgin coconut oil or olive oil

Epsom Salt is hydrated magnesium sulfate and in a hot bath you’re able to absorb the magnesium through your skin. Magnesium is often deficient in Western diet (you find it in raw greens). There’s loads of health benefits associated with increased magnesium levels.

Relax muscles, better blood sugar regulation, aids release of toxins, relieve stress, reduces inflammation. If you’re interested in chakras and auras, salt baths help cleanse you of other peoples vibrations.

Bicarbonate of soda is another old remedy. It can be used for almost anything; cleaning the house, washing clothes, removing odours as well as softening and cleansing the skin.

If you’re training regularly and are under pressure to recover and be in top shape, try including a salt bath into your training schedule. When I feel exhausted, toxic with over tired muscles a salt bath helps me recover twice as fast. It’s incredible. You can also try grounding… (talk more about that soon)

Having a bath is also the perfect place have a go at letting go. Before you know it you might be meditating. Take a few minutes to allow yourself a chance to not worry about ANYTHING.