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Spring is finally here! Things are warming up, and I’m thawing out. So I thought I'd throw up a quick post to share the things I've discovered and fallen in love with this winter.
I received this in a goodie bag when I attended a design conference. It actually took a while to use it - it sat on my bathroom shelf for a while. But one day I decided to try it… oh my goodness, the scent!
On the coldest winter mornings, when I had to drag myself out of bed to get to work, the delicious smell of lychee extract in a hot shower was actually what got me moving. I have no words for how much I love the smell of this body wash!
The bottle size is deceptive… I thought I would use it up fast, but it’s only half gone after 4 months (and many long showers).
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I ordered these to run an obstacle race in earlier this year, but they didn't quite make it in time... so I've been wearing them to the gym until the next time I can test them in a race. I absolutely love them!
They keep me warm during the warm ups and when out running, and they are comfortable and unobtrusive when doing pull ups and weight work. They fit really well, and come in a huge range of colours and styles.
Designed for: weight-lifting, running, yoga, pilates, and activities that require grip - they are moisture-wicking, chafe-resistant, and breathable. My next obstacle race is in 6 weeks, and I'll be putting them to the test during that as well.
Check out G-Loves Australia for more information.
I haven’t been a fan of canned or bottled coconut water. I love to drink coconut water directly from a coconut, but I don’t enjoy the canned stuff - it gets lost in translation. The other week, I found Da’ Maha Coconut Water. This tastes EXACTLY like you’re drinking it directly from a coconut.
Packaged in a steel can, as it's the most recycled packaging material in the world. The can is also BPA-free.
Da’ Maha Organic Coconut Water has but one simple ingredient: pure organic coconut water and is not made from concentrate.
Get some from your local stockist.
That’s right, it’s workout specific underwear. Gym undies really don’t have to be old and embarrassing anymore - time for an upgrade? I'm always browsing indiegogo and kickstarter to see if there are cool and interesting projects I want to back - this is one of the first indiegogo campaigns I helped fund.
Women want breathable, flexible, moisture wicking and odor-combatting underwear - and fitknix has all that, plus they’re super comfortable and rather cute. They are seamless, fit really well, and don’t move and bunch up when exercising. I love my FitKnix!
They also have a range of standard, lacy and curvy underwear. Check out their online store.
My sister put me onto this brand earlier this year. I hadn't actually been using any moisturiser for about 6 months, but the winter hitting my skin hard. So I ordered the day cream - for dehydration and *ahem* anti-aging.
Evolu is another New Zealand based company. Founder Kati Kasza is passionate about the products and sources many NZ based natural plant ingredients.
I love the moisturiser, it absorbs perfectly into my skin - it is intensive, yet light in texture. Next on my list to try is the eye and lip line serum.
If you sign up to their newsletter, they often have amazing sales and discounts that you can get notified about. Check out the full range on their online shop.
That's it for this round of fabulous finds. I'm always on the look out for products to test out... particularly NZ based, organic and environmentally friendly. If you have any to recommend please let me know!
Super excited as today we were contacted by a reporter at the Dom Post asking us to say a few words for the paper.
He had been looking at a report by the Restaurant Association which picks paleo food as a growing trend among cafes, and wanted to know what we thought. We were happy to give our two cents, which were included in the article over here. Here's our full ramble for those that are interested!
Sometimes I do go on...
We are a husband and wife team who run www.captaincavedan.com - it stared as a way for us to post up recipes we made as we discovered more about the paleo lifestyle. Dan loves to cook, so he creates the recipes, and I love to code, so I post them and handle the website. We both have day jobs, so run this as a hobby to share our journey, discoveries and enthusiasm.
We got into paleo when Dan’s brother, Mike, visited from San Francisco 3 years ago and explained his lifestyle to us. Dan thought he was crazy (as we munched on fresh bread rolls with smoked kahawai and cream cheese and Mike ate a carrot), but within a week he was trying it out and feeling amazing. I just went along for the ride. I noticed changes in mood and energy, and was hooked as well.
There can be a lot of negativity around the lifestyle, and some people want to argue with us about why we shouldn’t eat this way (which is another story altogether) or call it a fad (how long does a fad last?), but mostly people are respectful of our choice and aware of what it means food wise.
Being paleo is actually a template which encompasses food, sleep, movement, play, community, sunlight etc, but food is the biggest talking point.
Wellington definitely has a lot of gluten free options around, but Auckland is doing a lot better marketing directly to paleo/primal/LCHF (high fat, low carb) lifestyles.
I really appreciate that restaurants and cafes are accepting the challenge to create foods that cater to our needs - and it can be a challenge! Auckland seems to have a bigger hunger for it, which is a shame as we’re based in Wellington and would love to hear the same buzz here.
We hear about new places popping up in Auckland every week. I take the time to check out their menu, and see what they offer. Some just happen to align because their restaurant values reflect those of the paleo lifestyle, some are picking up the trend.
Burger Burger advertised that they have the bunnuce - burgers wrapped in lettuce instead of buns. Other burger places have had this for a while, but this is the first time I heard it promoted. Loop in Kingsland sounds divine, and they have LCHF and GF options clearly marked on their site. Then you have Wilder + Hunt, the first (that i’m aware of) paleo cafe. I’m yet to go, but hoping to make the time soon.
I don’t think any places in Wellington specifically say “we are paleo friendly” (I would love to be proven wrong!), but when approached they usually understand and will cater for it. We love The Larder in Miramar - always delicious and happy to help.
We went to an Ancestral Health function at Logan Brown recently that created a three course meal for us (specifically paleo) which was awesome. Mostly, you can pick menu items that suit: Hangar on Willis does a great paleo breakfast, and Duke Carvell’s on Swan Lane do a sensational bone marrow dish.
We also have primalkitchen.co.nz, who cook and deliver delicious, fresh, paleo meals Wellington wide.
A year ago, I had to explain what I meant when I said “i am paleo” and I used to see the *she’s crazy* stare, now staff understand that when i say “paleo” it means I try to avoid things like potatoes, corn and rice as well as gluten/grains - I still get the crazy stare though. I think recent media attention and social media discussions has created awareness and that’s a good thing.
Wilder + Hunt in Auckland already is… but I would love there to be more. I have heard rumours of one opening in Wellington, but those have been circulating for a long time now, and nothing yet. Australia has The Paleo Cafe franchise - I think it would be brilliant if that opened up here.
So there you have it, we obviously rambled a lot, and he has to edit that down nicely into a great article... so you can read the Dom Post article here.
We never thought of combining feijoas into a main meal, let alone a chicken curry!
But the feijoa flavours really hold their own in this awesome chicken dish. They subtly flavour the chicken, and are not overwhelmed by the curry. Enjoy on a cool winter night, it'll warm you up from the insides!
As once again we slip towards the colder days of winter, I always forget that this time of year explodes with little, light, tangy fruits - feijoas.
That taste! I find it very difficult to describe to those who haven't tried them - there really is nothing like it! Some say a mix between pineapple and guava, with a hint of strawberry and mint. I say just bloody delicious and very unique.
I'm sure everyone knows someone with a feijoa tree. My work colleague does, and is kind enough to bring me bags full of fresh feijoa's dropped from his tree. The possibilities are endless - there are so many feijoa recipes I want to try. From feijoa chicken curry, to char-grilled feijoa slices with blue cheese, to poached feijoas with crispy bacon, feijoa salsa, feijoa crumble! The list goes on!
Feijoas are good for you. They are high in anti-oxidants, high in minerals and fibre, and a great source of vitamin C.
Brought to New Zealand from South America in the 1920s, in New Zealand, feijoa season starts in late march and runs through to June. The great thing about feijoas is that they can be frozen. Just cut them in half, scoop the insides out and put in a container to freeze.
Feijoas are ready to eat when they are slightly soft (though handle gently and don't squeeze too much!) and when the jellied sections of a freshly cut fruit are clear. If the jellied sections are white the fruit is not ripe to eat; if its brown, the feijoa is past its best.
Eat them quickly though, as they're only good for two or three days before they start to turn. If you're picking feijoas, try to tickle them off the tree as they'll last slightly longer, and be better quality than ones gathered from the ground.
In the coming weeks, we'll be posting a few of our experimental feijoa recipes. If we don't eat them all before hand!
One of the biggest search terms that leads to our site is, surprisingly, how to make oven baked pork rinds!
While our recipe takes 72 hours to make, it's well worth it when they come out of the oven and if you're anything like us, the don't last long enough to make it past 24 hours.
It is a time consuming process though, which is why it's so awesome that I stumbled across Libby's Free Range Pork Crack! Someone else has done all of the hard work, and all you have to do is press a few buttons, and get your pork crack fix delivered to your door!
There are two sized bags, the smaller size is perfect for a single-serve snack. The larger is great as a snack for watching movies with friends, or even as finger food at a party.
There are three flavors to choose from: au naturel, moroccan spiced, and hot and spicy. My favourite is au naturel - the simple salt flavourings on the crispy, crunchy pork is delectably moreish!
They have a great flavour and texture, the ingredients are free-range and organic. In our opinion, Libby's Pork Crack is far superior to other pork rind products on the market - not too hard, or overcooked. Just delicious.
If you're after a fix of pork crack, head on over to www.libbysporkcrack.com to place an order. Be careful how many you order at a time though, when you finish one packet you'll open another, then another, then another…
Based in Auckland and available for delivery New Zealand wide.
At 10am on Saturday the 26th of April, I was standing at the start line of the inaugural Tough Mudder Auckland event grinning like a madman, partly with awe that I'd made it here, and partly with fear of the 18+km ahead.
An hour earlier I met Nic for the first time. She contacted us at Obstacle Racers NZ in October and wanted to join our ORNZ team for Tough Mudder. We quickly established we were at the same fitness level - she was more confident in the running and I was more confident with the obstacles.
Over the coming months, we chatted about our progress via Facebook, discussed our fears, and prepped ourselves for the event ahead.
When we met, we gave each other a big hug, and grinned at each other, not knowing what we were getting into, but knowing we were going to tackle it together.
For several months leading up to this day, I had beefed up my training. I had begun running a few times a week, doing weekly treks up steep terrain, and keeping up my crossfit routine in preparation. I'd worked hard, but as I stood at that line, I wondered whether what I'd done was going to be enough to get me through. The last time I'd attempted something like this, was the Tongariro Crossing when I was 20 years old… almost 15 years ago! Before I could let the self-doubt sink in, the horn sounded and we were off.
The first obstacles were a lot of fun! We crawled under barbed wire in the mud, to give ourselves the first kiss of mud. Then after a few kilometers of natural terrain, we hit the mud mile. We boosted each other over the huge hills of mud, and slipped down the other side into a trench of muddy water. This was one of my favorite obstacles of the event. I wish it was longer!
Next up came Arctic Enema, one of the ones I was dreading the most! I'm not sure how long I hesitated for, but after I slipped in, I convinced myself to duck under the barrier. As I popped out the other side, my eyes felt fogged up! I blinked a couple of times to regain my focus. This obstacle, though a bit of a mind game for me, was actually really great for releasing the pressure that had built in my calves, and I was able to run better from then on.
Glory Blades was by far my biggest physical challenge. I'm really stoked to have made it over that (with huge help from Nic and complete strangers) - and have the bruises and ripped shirt to prove it!
We knew Electric Eel was going to be a challenge, but had nothing to base it on, so dived in. The shocks you receive are hard to explain, they are full on and jolt through your whole body, and are annoying to say the least. I must have taken one to the head, as my vision flashed red, then next thing I knew I had a mouth full of mud and no way of getting it out.
The electric obstacles are kind of a right of passage. A lot of people think it's crazy, but you feel a sense of accomplishment as you complete those obstacles.
The queue for Ladder to Hell was quite long, and I ended up psyching myself out in line, and bypassed the obstacle. Height is a huge issue for me… not so much the getting up there, but getting back down. The ladder was slippery, and covered in mud… so I just climbed through it. I was so stoked to see Nic climb up and over it though!
The Cage Crawl was another favourite obstacle of mine. I imagine it would be a bit of a mental challenge for people not fond of tight spaces, but floating along on your back is quite serene. By this time we were over halfway, and it had started to sink in… I was really doing this!
Walk the plank came along, which I was looking forward to as well. But getting up to the jump wasn't a simple climb up a ladder, the last rung was spaced out and it was caked in mud… it took a bit of effort to get to the top. The height was further than I thought, but I didn't give myself time to think… I jumped, held my breath and landed in the water.
Resurfacing, I took the opportunity to finally rinse my mouth out, and we carried on.
The 15th kilometre came around, and my legs were aching. My hip flexors were having trouble swinging my legs forward, but Nic was encouraging and kept my spirits up with her everlasting grin.
We saw the Berlin Walls, and I talked myself out of giving it a go again. I could already see my bruises, and my legs weren't feeling very flexible any more. I was exhausted and just wanted to finish the course.
We came to Everest and I knew there were 2 obstacles to go. This, and Electroshock Therapy. I was going to give myself 3 goes at Everest, but surprised myself by making contact with the hands of the catchers first time. I was stoked to have made it over!
Then all that was between me and my headband was Electroshock Therapy. Nic and I paused for a bit, I was not looking forward to getting zapped again, but Nic was still smiling and ready to go so we made a run for it.
18.5km, 18 obstacles, and 4 hours later we'd finished our first Tough Mudder. It was tough. Mentally and physically. Probably the toughest thing I've ever done before. I was exhausted, bruised, beaten... and ready to sign up again for the next year! I want to get fitter, faster, and tackle the obstacles I talked myself out of. I already know I have a friend to run with me next year, as Nic is signing up as well!
There are two types of people: the ones who will read this and wonder what the hell we were thinking, and then there are the ones who read this and have a little question niggling in the back of their minds… "that looks like fun, could I do it?".
I won't sugar coat it… it is hard work for the average person. It's not your typical mud run. It's mentally and physically challenging, especially if, like me, fitness hasn't been your priority for a long while. There is an obstacle that will challenge everyone.
If you're the latter type of person, and are keen to run a mud run or obstacle race, or even contemplating doing the next Tough Mudder, you should get in touch! No fitness level is a barrier, we'll help you through it as OCR is all about team work. :)
Next year, we plan to put the biggest team in New Zealand together to run the Tough Mudder. That means we need you! Are you up to the challenge?
CaveDan and I have been paleo/primal practitioners for a few years now, but surprisingly, it's only just dawned on me that our cat is probably one of the animals that is ultimately tuned to benefit from a paleo lifestyle.
When you think about it, cats and dogs:
That's the paleo template, right there! So I started thinking: should I switch my cat to a species appropriate diet?
When carnivores hunt and kill prey in the wild, they tend to eat the belly area first - for the fatty bits and organ meats. These are the prime areas for raw fats and protein.
When eating this area of herbivores, they also consume the stomach, which contains partially digested plant material and bacteria which are also necessities in the dog and cat diet.
High carb starch-sugars like corn, wheat, and rice are not on the natural cat menu.
While we've had domesticated animals for a very long time (possibly as early as 33,000 years ago), it has only been as recent as the last 150 years that commercial pet food has become the norm to feed them.
The history of pet food is fascinating, but hasn't actually been developed with the animal's natural tendencies in mind.
For example, veterinary medicine was officially founded in the United States in 1895, but many self-styled experts were already giving advice on dog diets. Many said that dogs needed to be "civilized," and since wild dogs ate raw meat, domesticated dogs shouldn't. That advise influenced the pet food industry for decades after. (See this link for the full fascinating history.)
These days, commercial cat and dog food is loaded with grains, legumes, and chemicals of various different kinds. They have the "right" combination of nutrients, but shouldn't we just feed it the food it was designed to eat: raw meat?
If one of the main arguments against paleo is that we've had enough time to adjust biologically since the agricultural revolution, surely that doesn't apply to our pets over a short 150 years?
I personally feel our carnivorous pets should be eating a raw food diet, close to what they would naturally get in the wild.
At 10kg, he is what the vet calls "a solid fighting machine". He's a aggressive wee unit, and while not fat, he is slightly overweight… enhancing his menacing facade.
Modem is a rescue cat, we got him from The Humane Society in 2007, when he was a very well developed kitten. He has issues, most likely from abandonment as a kitten, and our friends are wary of him as he's a regular attack cat. He's also my baby, i love him to bits.
As his "pack leader", I really want to do what's best for him, for optimal health and wellbeing. I have personally felt the benefits of removing grains and gluten from my diet and eating clean, and so went about researching whether I should do the same for Modem.
In the next pet post I'll be detailing what I'm doing to move Modem to a species appropriate, raw food diet and detailing the changes I notice in him. I think it's important to understand the reasons 'why', so I decided to split the posts, and detail these above. The next post will detail 'what' i'm doing. Stay tuned!
If you're interested in learning more, there are plenty of resources out there:
Five yummy ways to add more protein to your smoothies - with 3 tasty recipes below!
Smoothies are refreshing, easy to drink on the go, and packed with health-boosting nutrients. Made correctly, smoothies are nutrition powerhouses that can pump you full of healthy fruits and veggies! However it's good to understand the balance of ingredients you're putting in, and to try to have a good level of protein.
Here are 5 awesome ingredients you can add to your smoothies to help boost the protein portions. Each adds an interesting flavor dimension, so get creative with your smoothie combinations!
Also known as flax meal or linseed, adding this to your smoothie will add around 2 grams of protein per tablespoon. Flaxseed is a fantastic source of of fibre, omega-3 and has more antioxidants than blueberries or olives. Flaxseed consumption has been associated with the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, and has also been found to decrease insulin resistance.
You can purchase it pre-ground (known as flaxmeal or ground linseed). For fresh ground, you will need an electric coffee grinder, because the seeds are so small they manage to escape the mortal and pestle, and the blades on the food processor!
2. Pumpkin seeds
Also known as pepitas, each tablespoon added to your smoothie will boost it by around 3 grams of protein. Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, zinc, vitamin E and omega-3s. They also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is known to help with sleep, so maybe make it an after dinner smoothie!
Pumpkin seeds are said to help lower LDL and increase HDL cholesterol in the blood. We grind them up a cup at a time in the food processor and keep it refrigerated in an airtight container for easy smoothie-ing. They add a wonderful sweet, nutty flavour!
3. Almond butter
A tablespoon of almond butter will add around 2 grams of protein to you shake/smoothie, but who would only put one in!? High in fats, calcium, potassium, iron, riboflavin, and fibre... just 1 teaspoon contains more than 25% of your recommended daily dose of vitamin E which will help you avoid oxidative damage.
Almonds are also said to reduce LDL cholesterol and help regulate healthy blood pressure. Available at most supermarket in the health food isle, but we prefer to make our own, you can find a super easy recipe here . A couple of spoon fulls will add a rich, nutty and creamy flavour to your favourite shake.
Containing around 15% protein and providing essential fatty acids, walnuts are a high density source of nutrients. A tablespoon of ground walnuts will add around 2 grams of protein to your smoothie. Full of potassium and magnesium they are great for your heart and maintaining high energy levels. Walnuts have long be utilised for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
These will ads a creamy walnutty flavour that can over power other ingredients when used in large amounts. If your not a fan of walnuts, you might want to leave these out.
5. Chia seeds
2 tablespoons of chia seeds contains not only a 4 grams of protein but up to 18% of your recommended calcium intake. Chia seeds are loaded with phosphorus and manganese. Nearly one third fatty acids and over one third fibre, chia seeds can decrease high levels of insulin and reduce insulin resistance in the blood. Eaten regularly chia is also known to reduce blood pressure.
Unlike flaxseed, these can be easily digested whole. Some people prefer to soak them in coconut milk prior to use, as they absorb liquid and expand. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the texture of chia in my smoothies, I don't mind them any other way though.
So enough of the facts, how about some awesome smoothie recipes?
Coconut, coffee and walnut smoothie - Paleo
Great for a satisfying, light kick start in the morning. Approx 5 grams of protein, 5.4 grams of carbs, 28g fat
Add to your blender
Blend on high for around 1 min till smooth, sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon and enjoy
Kiwifruit, avocado and pumpkin seed smoothie - Paleo
Nice ripe Kiwi fruit and avocado are in season right now. Approx. 13 grams of protein, 12.8 grams of carbs, 24.5g fat
Add to your blender
Blend on high for around 1 min till smooth, sprinkle with a little more chia if your trying to impress someone. :)
Banana with apple and almond butter smoothie - Primal
One of our favorites, Classic banana with a twist, simply delicious. Approx.10.8 grams of protein, 55.5 grams of carbs, 24.9g fat
Add to your blender
Blend on high for around 1 min till smooth, It may need longer if you used whole almonds. The banana is where most of the carbs come from, if you're worried about this, only use half of a banana. Enjoy :)
Now neither of us are nutritionists but we have done a bit of research to write this post. The following are a few of the sites we used to help inform the stats we've detailed above.
Paleo treats! We don't have them too often (and neither should you!) but our mates over at FastPaleo put the challenge out to make a paleo treat. We love a good challenge!
I'd actually been feeling like fried bananas for a while, and thought about combining them with the tortillas we made for the chicken mexican mole. These tortillas (well, crepes for this recipe) are quite versatile, going with sweet or savory. We're actually gonna try making quesadillas with them next!
This post has been brewing inside me for a while, it's quite a personal post, and one I wasn't sure I was comfortable sharing.
It's a very humbling thing, sharing my struggles and especially sharing the photos. I feel embarrassed and exposed. But I wanted to show the stages so people can see that I am very sincere in my words.
It finally came together when two things happened:
1) I heard the now infamous radio slip up of Rachel Smalley on Newstalk ZB. Like many others, I was miffed by this comment, but not for the same reason.
2) I had a conversation about the new "strong is the new skinny" trend, and how some people thought it was equally as bad as the skinny trend. I quite like the mantra strong is the new skinny, so wanted to explain why I was ok with it.
Let me set the scene…
I had been quite thin up until my late 20's. Though I didn't know it. I was always under the impression that I weighed too much and was always trying to reach a goal weight. 63kg was this weight. I had no concept of muscle, or fat composition, I just wanted to be "this weight" so I could tell people comfortably that I was 63kg. It sounded like a nice number. To me, this arbitrary number meant happiness, but I was never happy, even when I was there. I'm embarrassed to admit this now, but I used to look at photos of models, and then at photos of me, and wonder why my shoulders were soooo much wider than my head.
I was drinking a lot, and eating junk, and then suddenly, I weighed over 70kg. I say suddenly, though it was a slow process, because it was like I woke up one day and it hit me. I was devastated, but didn't have the tools to understand what was happening, or cope with the change. I remember having drinks at a friends, and starting to cry because I was "fat and overweight" (at 70kg) - which I can only look back on and laugh at now.
I once had a boyfriend who told me he'd leave me if I ever put on weight (not the man i'm married to now!). So yeh, I had issues.
I carried on with my bad eating and drinking, but started exercising a bit more. I had personal trainers, I bought spin bikes and treadmills, and all the expensive toys to "fix" myself. Things would fluctuate, and then suddenly, I was nearly 85kg. I started to avoid mirrors, and photos, and even went so far as to untag myself from friends photos, but realized that it was my reality and I had to do something if i was that unhappy.
I worked with a personal trainer who also gave me guidance on eating, and explained that eating was 60% of the issue. Through hard work, and mindful eating, I made it down to 69kg for my 30th birthday. I was weighing myself every day, to make sure I was hitting the new goal weight. Then, having reached that goal, I swung back up towards 80+kg again in the next year and a half. I told myself I didn't mind, maybe I was getting older, and this was my new weight. But I knew I was trying to fool myself.
Then a couple of things happened.
I discovered paleo around 2 years ago, and started to educate myself around that way of thinking. And, as many do, I discovered crossfit about 1 year ago, and started to learn about actual fitness, strength, functional movement and life.
My perception of myself, and my goals, started to change dramatically.
Around this time, I heard the phrase 'strong is the new skinny' and started to see it appear on pinterest regularly. This resonated deeply with me, because this was the journey I was undertaking myself. Skinny was just a look I thought I should be, but strong transforms everything. Strong mind, strong heart, strong body.
It's an interesting shift to experience, and quite liberating, when you stop trying to be something you probably can't physically be, and start to align yourself with paleo and crossfit values. It transformed me from having a quite shallow view on what my physical appearance should be so i'm happy around other people, to getting in touch with what I can do for me. How I can optimize myself to perform my best.
Now I won't deny that how I look is a part of that, but I no longer have a focus on trying to be skinny, I am focused on getting stronger, and while that is happening, I like what is happening to my body.
As much as people go on about them being "cults", and giving practitioners shit, I have to say these two things have been some of the best discoveries of my life.
So what did I discover?
I had a bad lifestyle
As I've involved myself more in these new lifestyles, I understand my relationship to food a lot more. I understand how it helps me perform (at work, at the gym, in all aspects of life). I understand that I used to achieve a goal by controlling my eating, then had no plan to maintain. So once I got there, I went back to old habits, and yo-yo'ed my way around for about 5 years. Now, a very rare cheat meal is fish and chips, then I'm back onto my normal lifestyle - primal living.
I also had no fitness goals
My goal for fitness was to use it to get to a certain weight. I didn't enjoy it, it was a chore. One thing crossfit does really well is to constantly give you new goals to reach for and achieve. Now, I have many little goals, which can easily be extended. Right now, I'd love to do a pull up! Then maybe a handstand. Then maybe a handstand pushup! But I won't get too far ahead of myself - just focus on the next goal.
I focused too much on my weight
I don't weigh myself any more. When I first started crossfit, I was still weighing myself daily. Then I started to see that I was losing volume, as my clothes were loosening, but the weight was staying the same. I saw and understood that weight is just a number. A measure of mass. It doesn't mean anything. You can weigh yourself in the morning, and again at night and increase by 2kg. You can weigh yourself before and after a meal. It's just a number. I could see the results, I could see the definition in my arms, and the shrink around my waist.
I started to pin "strong is the new skinny" pics to my witness the fitness board, as I wasn't relating to just a visual image of skinny anymore, strong is a mindset and I felt empowered every time I looked at strong women. It wasn't just about what they looked like - it was a power they were portraying and I could feel the power. I still use pics of strong women to motivate me when I don't feel like working out. Yeh, it happens. I may never be a ble to do what they're doing in the photos (muscle ups? hello!) but the fact that they're doing it is awesome and inspiring to me.
So back to why I was annoyed about the whole 74kg debacle. I actually weighed myself on the day that that news article broke. Guess what I weighted… 74kg. What actually annoyed me is that people are still hung up on this weight thing, as if that can tell you about a person's health and happiness. While I understand that this topic invoked wider conversations around obesity, if we bring it back to the weight she was talking about, 74kg, I don't think that just that figure can tell you much about a person.
I am 74kg. I look like i did when I was 30 and 69kg - I fit the clothes from when I was 30. I just happen to have a lot more muscle, am a lot fitter and healthier than I've been since I was 15. I am happier, I have focus, and goals, and am not focused on an image, but an attitude. I'm running a tough mudder in two weeks (never saw that coming!). And I feel pretty damn good.
That is why strong is MY new skinny.
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Palaeolithic Nutrition for Athletic Performance
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