Category: Health

Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 14

Does it say Fat Free, 99% Fat Free or reduced fat?

You should probably avoid it because it’s probably full of sugar, which will turn into fat in your body if you don’t burn it off, or it might be full of artificial sweeteners which in my opinion and in the opinion of many others is even worse for you.

“Sugar in all its forms may be the single most important dietary cause of obesity and heart disease in the American diet today.” (David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D. Children’s Hospital Boston, December 2011)

Of course there are always ‘well it depends’. For example, it depends if you have been training that day, or if you’re about to train, if you are diabetic, and the other foods you’re combining fat or sugar with… Check out the link for ‘Metabolic Effect’ at the bottom of this post, they’re awesome when it comes to info on the science of food.

We do know that fat got an unfair bad rep in the 90’s. We need fat. Good fats. Of course we need sugar too, though excess refined, added sugar is most likely the issue for most of the fattening western world. Of course if you’re diabetic you should consult your doctor and a nutritionist before making any changes to your diet.

Ingredients that are similar to sugar that I avoid:
High fructose corn syrup
Corn syrup
Glucose syrup


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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 12

Greens drinks, specifically Spirulina & Chlorella are giving me huge results in terms of energy levels!

They’re alkalising, high in calcium, full of vitamins, stabilises blood sugar and are high in protein (per gram of powder…). The list of benefits that are claimed is endless and the best site I can find for info is mentioned at the bottom of this post. Enjoy this video by clicking on the Arrow – you know what to do!

I tried greens drinks when I first heard about alkalising our bodies. The situation is that most of the food we eat in the western world is acidic. Our blood has to stay at a about 7.36 pH. If it increases or decreases by too much we get ill and can die. That’s the extreme. And, our bodies have to ‘work’ to keep in balance. If we can give our body more alkalising foods the our body has to work less at dealing with the bad stuff we’re putting and thus gives us more energy – awesome!

My body reacts really well to these drinks. I feel awesome when about a month in. 1 every morning for a month. I like to add the powder to a small cup of water to get the highest concentration though some people will mix them with smoothies or sprinkle on salads. I find spirulina almost impossible to drink – it tastes like cow dung that has been left festering in a pond, though spirulina seems to give me the best results in terms of energy. Read consult your doctor then if all’s clear get stuck in!

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 9

The message from Water Cure is quite simple…
(And actually different to the one I say in the clip)

“You’re not sick; you’re thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.”
Dr. F. Batmanghelidj

Someone recently pointed out that we, in the Western world, suddenly out of nowhere are all carrying around bottles of water and we can’t survive a 5 minute walk without 3 litres of water… Well, I get it. I see what they’re saying, yes we’ve perhaps gone over the top a little bit with the marketing and the whole concept of bottled water though I totally agree with this statement by Water Cure:

“You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink.
This is why water is so important to your health”

I sweat a lot. I train a lot, I drink a lot. On a training day I’m drinking around 5 litres of water. Yes water, not fizzy drinks (soda), not juice… clean, clean, unflavoured water. Your body needs.

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 8

Some ‘interesting’ editing on this one though the message here and the one you tell yourself when you eat is really important…

What you think about when you eat is as or more important that what you’re actually eating…

Yes, it’s REALLY important to eat the right foods. Fresh fruit, fresh veg, (organic when you can) and the right carbs and proteins are really important though it’s at least equally as important to be thinking about the right things when you eat too.

Sounds strange? Kind of hippy? It’s like this: When you punish yourself emotionally for eating something that is ‘bad’ you’re doing even more damage to yourself. If/when you have a ‘bad abs day’ as I’ve been known to call it, give yourself a break – it’s OK.

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 6

Today is all about Burpees!

They’re one of the best all-round exercises because they use so much of the body and I especially love them because, when you do them intensely enough they’re an awesome fat burner! Burpees are also really functional. Functional? By functional I mean it’s useful… you’re practicing and becoming very good at moving your body around, practicing explosive movements which might get you out of trouble one day.

Check out for more awesome videos on training…

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 5

Yesterday I met Mile, he’s a neuroscientist from Canada. We chatted for hours about pretty much everything… Literally everything from how pharmaceuticals affect our brain, the impact of our thoughts and stress levels on the immune system and even medical politics and ethics like the size of the scar tissue left from heart operations and how that leaves a reminder of the past lifestyle that led to the operation…

You know, the one tip that came from our conversations was from a more psychological point of view and it is… ‘Let it go’. We can’t change things that have happened in the past and the future is by and large out of our control too.

Let it go and live in the present.

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