Animals

  
You know when you take a moment with an animal that they are feeling, sentient, intelligent creatures. Stood here for a good 10 mins, acknowledging each other, contemplating. Beautiful and gentle. 

Pushing each day to eat less animal protein and move towards vegan. Hopefully 2016 I can smash this. 

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Outdoor Fitness is more than a work out.. It’s connecting you with the Earth.

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This is an exert from the MysticMamma.com website where you can find reports on the meaning and folklore behind planetary movements, wisdom and insights. This adds another dimension to why training outdoors is good for you.
John O’ Donohue from Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
“When we emerge form our offices, rooms and houses, we enter our natural element. We are children of the earth: people to whom the outdoors is home. Nothing can separate us from the vigour and vibrancy of this inheritance.”
“In contrast to our frenetic, saturated lives, the earth offers a calming stillness. Movement and growth in nature takes it time. The patience of nature enjoys the ease of trust and hope.”
“There is something in our clay nature that needs to continually experience this ancient, outer ease of the world. It helps us to remember who we are and why we are here.”

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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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Size 18 to a size 14: Marie’s story

Outdoor Adidas gym in Homerton.

Outdoor Adidas gym in Homerton.

Running in Wick woods. Beautiful green space in Hackney Wick.

Running in Wick woods. Beautiful green space in Hackney Wick.

Marie has been training with me in East London since October. We’ve been doing outdoor fitness sessions once a week including: running, skipping, outdoor gym (assisted chins, pull ups, leg raises, dips), TRX and weight training.

It’s a joy to announce she’s gone down from a size 18/20 to a size 14! And has lost 10cm off her waistline.

It’s not just the 60 min training sessions we do each week that have contributed to her fitness it’s her attitude! After she was diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year Marie has transformed her diet. Her food and nutrition ideas are a massive inspiration to me. Check out her instagram account here: http://instagram.com/mijosy

She’s also been training at home 3 times a week doing free weights, skipping and yoga.

So exciting to watch the progress, see how her amazing attitude transforms her body as well as inspire me with her recipes!

If you want to buy personal training sessions for a Christmas present get in touch! 30 min free consultation and food diary analysis included in all multi buys. Prices are as little as £40 an hour if you buy ten and can be split with a friend for no extra cost.

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