MIND, WORKOUT 26th September 2016

My first Spartan Race

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Yesterday I ran my first ever Spartan race. For those unfamiliar, Spartan races are obstacle courses ran over varying distances: 3+ miles (Sprint), 8+ miles (Super) and 12+ miles (Beast). As a newcomer to the sport I played it safe and entered the Sprint: twenty obstacles spread out over 3 miles. Despite being my first Spartan, the race happened five months later than planned. I originally applied to run the Sprint in April but was held back due to wrist tendonitis. Five months on, several treatments later and with Kinesio Tape planted on my arm, I was ready and determined to strike Spartan off my 2016 goals. Here is what happened…..READ MORE


FOOD, MIND, NUTRITION 19th September 2016

Anti-aging: The Japanese way

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This time last year I was fortunate enough to be stood in front of Mount Fuji in Japan. Fortunate because 4oo years earlier the country isolated itself from much of the world during a period known as Sakoku (1639 to 1853). Japanese people were forbidden to leave the country and foreign entry was granted only under severe restrictions. As I stood amongst locals and tourists alike, it was not lost on me how far the land of the rising sun had come. But aside from its notable political advancements, Japan is known for something else equally impressive:

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MIND, WORKOUT 12th September 2016

TELOMERES: The keys to anti-aging you’ve probably never heard of

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See the photo above? That’s Ernestine Shepherd, 80 years old and declared the oldest female bodybuilder on the planet by the Guinness Book of World Records. Nothing about Ernestine looks 80, those biceps for starters – anyone would want tickets to that gun show when they reach that age. Unfortunately, in a day where modern technology and hectic lifestyles are the norm, our bodies take quite a beating. If you feel stressed, tired and worn out, chances are your body will age prematurely. But don’t despair just yet, your body is a remarkable organism and through a little known compound we all possess you can still drink from the fountain of youth. It’s time we learnt about telomeres.READ MORE


FOOD, NUTRITION 5th September 2016

High cholesterol? So what? It isn’t the only bad guy

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*DISCLAIMER*: I am not a physician, nor does this constitute medical advice. I am relaying knowledge I have read and found insightful, which I want to share with people.

We are still told cholesterol is the leading cause of heart disease but it’s time to challenge the status quo and discover what else lies beneath the surface of heart health.READ MORE


MIND, WORKOUT 29th August 2016

Yosemite captured on my iPhone

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Hello folks,

This week I’m taking a little break from the norm and sharing with you moments from my vacation last week, where I took to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California and spent three days in the wilderness of Yosemite National Park (meditation was a must…..).READ MORE


FOOD, MIND, NUTRITION, Uncategorized, WORKOUT 22nd August 2016

Say NO to weight loss

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Sounds like an odd thing to say right? After all, hundreds of millions of people across the world struggle with their weight, obesity levels are rising and the call to lose weight is louder than it has ever been. The most frequently used model to assess an individual’s weight is the Body Mass Index (BMI)*. BMI calculates your weight in proportion to your height and labels you underweight, normal, overweight or obese. That’s all well and good except for one thing: BMI neglects the most important variable in its equation: Fat. READ MORE


FOOD, NUTRITION 15th August 2016

Nutrition: Is it just bad science?

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The field of nutrition is made up of industry science not good science

For years we have been told to limit our intake of saturated fat

We always need a villain to blame

Over a hundred years ago the likelihood of dying from an infectious disease was far greater than it is today. Living conditions in rapidly growing cities were unsanitary and cramped. Vaccinations did not exist and life expectancy in the U.S. in the year 1900 was 47 years. Today, the likelihood of dying from an infectious disease is significantly lower thanks to modern medicine, technological advances and infrastructure developments. But before we claim victory for mankind, the sad fact is, we now face a new set of illnesses: heart disease, cancer and diabetes to name a few. So where did it all go wrong? And what role, if any, does nutrition play in all of this? What you are about to discover may surprise you.READ MORE


FOOD, NUTRITION 8th August 2016

PIZZAAAAA

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True Story: As a kid growing up, I hated pizza… There was something about the tomato sauce I just couldn’t get with… my mom would save me the crust while everyone else devoured their slice. I didn’t mind the crust. However, things changed in the summer of 2006. I was a camp counsellor in Maine where my choice in the matter was no longer relevant. Meals were based on whatever Jim the cook conjured up that day. Fast forward ten years and as a New Yorker, pizza is easily one of my favorite foods (ham & pineapple incase you were wondering).READ MORE


WORKOUT 25th July 2016

When is the best time of day to workout?

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Did you know that a one hour workout equates to just 4% of your day (1/24 x 100 = 4% for the fact checkers).  Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, this fractional unit of time should make it seamless to get that sweat session in, right? Hmmm, maybe not.  Family, work, commuting and Netflix get in the way and before you can even check when the next Tabata class starts, it’s time to hit the hay. This begs the question: when IS the best time to workout? READ MORE