Driven By Beauty

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Whether we like to admit it or not, no matter how shallow it sounds, it is true, we are wired to like beautiful things. Naturally then, we are more likely to enjoy a beautiful meal, a workout in a beautiful place, a fitness routine with beautiful form, or the beautiful feeling of a goal accomplished!

My point? When is the last time you focused on not just the beauty of weight loss or growing strong muscles, and focused on the beautiful fitness, health and wellness routine you are creating? Are you having trouble hitting goals or milestone targets? Are you bored of your routine? Do you like the food you’re eating? Does the idea of reaching your goal light a fire under your ass to go do it?! If not, then you need to find the beauty in these things, find the passion and desire to succeed by creating something you want to do, eat, or experience!

A few quick tips:

Make your food attractive and pick brightly coloured fruits and veggies, and even beans, seeds, and grains!

Take your fitness to a nice park, your backyard (outdoor space in your building, a terrace/courtyard perhaps?) find a yoga studio where you like the decor and feel comfortable, or a fitness gym/studio where the “toys” speak to fun and fitness in your language.

If your goal doesn’t offer strong drive for you, it’s time to revise or rewrite until the feeling you get when you think about achieving it–whether it’s crossing a finish line, feeling good walking by a mirror in the buff, on the beach in a bathing suit, or achieving a strength goal–is a beautiful feeling that has you magnetized and focused more on what you want for the long term than what may act as a distraction right now.

My Beautiful Goal: Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and 30% of all deaths in our country are from cancer?! I am working towards a beautiful goal of raising $2500 for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret Hospital and Cancer Research Centre and riding my bike 200km! But there’s a story behind my goal that keeps me driven and passionate and is a beautiful full circle; in fact Canadian Cycling Magazine thought it made a great story and published it! And that’s a beautifully awesome feeling! I feel so honoured and so grateful that perhaps my story could inspire others, maybe it could help you connect with the beauty and purpose behind your healthy lifestyle goals. You can check it out here. And if conquering cancer is a cause you’d like to support, I’m so grateful for any donation you’d like to contribute. You can sponsor me in the ride here (all proceeds got to the ride and you get a tax receipt too).

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Are You Getting Fresh With Me?!

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On a final note of renewal for April we’re looking at food. Springtime offers a number of unique renewal opportunities when it comes to food. And so often the way we look at food is one of the bigger challenges in getting fit and healthy. Spring offers a few fresh perspectives:

Changes in cravings: Often comes spring we’ll actually want to eat more of the fresh seasonal foods available. I’ve heard this time and again, and have many years experienced it myself. Take this opportunity to stray from your grocery list and adopt a new habit such as a big bowl of fruit for breakfast. Listen to those cravings of wanting those baby greens, fresh fruit and the more readily available or locally grown fare.

Opportunity to try something new: if you’ve never tried a fiddlehead, spring garlic, or baby broccoli, spring is the only time you’ll find them. They are some of the few foods that aren’t conventionally grown for the purpose of consumption in their early days, or only grow at this time of year and aren’t grown for mass consumption. If you have tried them before, don’t forget about them. Adding diversity to your healthy diet keeps boredom from setting in and can help keep you on track– that’s not only relevant to spring but anytime you feel tired of the same old thing, look for a new recipe using healthy foods you don’t normally choose.

Opportunity to grow your own: this may not be for everyone on a grand scale, but trust me when I say you can grow chives, for example. Growing food does take time and effort and having a full veggie garden isn’t something everyone can commit to (so awesome if you can!). But even growing a few herbs on a windowsill is very rewarding and feels so nice compared to dried herbs or even fresh ones from the store. I remember my first attempt at growing food lacked grand success but those few cherry tomatoes (four I think, harvested at different times, and shared with my partner) are experiences I won’t forget. Not only did they bring greater awareness to the overall process and effort required to produce food, but there is a sense of satisfaction (if not for your stomach with such small yields) and appreciation for that food you just don’t get with picking up a piece of produce from the grocery store. And since then I’ve had success growing some more substantial amounts and varieties. I’ll probably never be a farmer, but trust me when I say you can grow chives (you might actually have trouble not growing more chives than you want or need if you don’t contain them in a pot!).

So are you getting fresh with me this spring?!

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The NINJA: April 2015

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As seasoned readers of this blog know. I love my blog, but not such a great fan of complicated technology, so the weekly blog gets posted here, but in order to keep the high quality look to my newsletter you’ll have to bang out one more click. Thanks for the love ninjas!

A Personal Water World

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Having already covered breath and oxygen I think it goes without saying that when it comes to physical renewal water is runner up on the importance rank. Yet, most of us, even those seeking to be healthier, fitter and feeling renewed are going about our days dehydrated. I might even go so far as to say parched.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record to those who’ve ever read a word about hydration: once you are thirsty you are already experiencing a level of dehydration. And if you’re someone who “needs” their lip balm or hand cream regularly chances are you need a glass of water too. I also loathe to break it to you: not juice, iced tea, or (goodness forbid!) soda or coffee. Yes, some of these things will offer a level of hydration your body isn’t really saying “please hydrate me, and feel free to add a solid shot of sugar and/or caffeine and/or colour and flavour with that”, it’s just telling you it wants water. We survived a very long time without those others and our bodies never need them, despite the fact that our love and addiction to sugar and caffeine might tell us we do.

So when and how much water does your body crave on a daily basis? Well, starting your morning with a glass of water and then another as soon as you can handle it is a very good time to rehydrate after a long night of not drinking anything (or maybe the few sips you grabbed off of the bedside at 3:00, but that’s because you were so dehydrated your body woke you to tell you to drink, in this case you definitely need it!). Also important timing is during exercise, aim for a glass every 15 minutes or so. This is of course somewhat dependent on your size, gender, level of exertion, and whether you sweat heavily or lightly relatively speaking. Women tend to sweat less than men, and if you notice during a workout that you are drenched relative to your workout compadres you’ll want to drink more than the suggested guidelines, use your best judgment here. It’s also important to hydrate pre and post exercise. Don’t hit the gym or the road with what feels like a turbulent body of water in your tummy as you move, lest you feel sick, but a few glasses leading up to and another one or two after exercise are sure to keep you hydrated. If you will be exercising more than an hour at a medium to high intensity consider electrolyte replacement or a pinch of salt and an orange juiced into your drink (this sounds gross, but you won’t taste the salt). As for how much outside of your exercise routine: your weight in kg as the number of ounces to drink daily is ideal, if you only know your weight in pounds divide by 2 for a good approximation (i.e. 150 lbs divided by 2 is 75, so 75 oz. daily). To clarify this is in addition to your workout water, not including.

For many this will seem like a lot, and if you find yourself hitting the bathroom what seems like a comical/irritating/”again?!” number of times work your way up to your ideal. Our bodies are the most amazing adaptation machines, your body will love you for it, and the rest of your mechanisms (particularly mind and bladder) will adapt. Happy hydrating!

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THE NINJA: March 2015

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It’s True and Simple: All You Need Is Love. How to Apply this Pearl of Wisdom!

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“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”
-Arthur Rubinstein

I have been reading and watching a lot of videos lately about happiness and people who are overall very satisfied with their being; people who love their lives.

While I am a work in progress, I usually love my life and how I live, but what it was that provided that satisfaction I was unsure. All the lifestyle counselling classes in school (nor any other, but you’d think it would be “the one”) never taught me what makes this so either. So I’ve been seeking out the recipe, if you will. After all I’ve learned in my career that the biggest part of my job is not the teaching of physical and health education, but the changes in overall lifestyle, and mindset, and making it stick involves liking it. The biggest thing though is to get people’s mindset going for the better with regard to fitness and lifestyle management these habits carry over and bring better overall life satisfaction, it seems to be a natural by-product of the process. It’s how I came up with the tagline “Be Healthy. Look Fantastic. Feel Awesome!”  although in no way do I, nor CREATE Fitness, claim to be any kind of therapist, we are good at yielding positive lifestyle change and satisfaction through the overall process of our fitness and lifestyle programs. I feel like the more I know about this, the better and better I can be at what I do and if it results in greater appreciation for every day and moment of your life, well dang, I couldn’t ask for any greater gift to share with the people who are part of my life and the CREATE Fitness Family!

So here I’m sharing with you a few of the conclusions I’ve drawn from my research so far. How to be in love with your life:

1. Having purpose: Whether it’s in the work you do, how you contribute to your community, or otherwise having purpose is one of the primary keys to loving your life. Ask yourself who you serve, how you serve, what positive change or improvement you elicit for those you serve. Everything you do, even if it’s not what you imagined when you were a kid, perhaps you thought you’d be a firefighter (that was me!) and you ended up a bartender (also me before I went back to school) knowing that I was helping people enjoy their evening and providing a level of entertainment and quality service is still purpose. It may not sound deep, but finding it will help you feel good about what you do. Don’t hold on to it: know what you love and spread it!

2. Gratitude: I know, I know, you hear this one all the time, especially if you do one-on-ones. Here’s why I won’t drop it: we live in a society that is generally never satisfied with what we have, we live in a mindset of lack, yet as Westerners we have equal or more than the rest of the world (and many of them are happier!). Studies show that the happiest people, no matter what their income or standard of living are grateful for what they have. Next time you need something you are eyeing in a store take a moment to feel grateful for what you have and you may discover you don’t need it as badly as you thought. Any time you are feeling lonely, lacking, or—dare I even say it?—bored  (if you don’t already know, I don’t believe in this word, it’s a choice of mindset and it’s is worse to me than “can’t”) try this exercise, you’ll likely find yourself in a much better state of mind. Rather than feeling your lack for it, allow yourself  to feel your know your abundant love.

3. Health: it is much harder to be in love with your life if it is providing you with pain, discomfort, sadness, or any number of symptoms that disease and lack of health provide. Interestingly, health is highly correlated, it’s like a symbiotic relationship in that healthy people love their lives and people who love their lives are generally healthy. And when people who are unhealthy get to be so, often the happiness and life satisfaction come with it, while those who’ve always had it seem pretty life-satisfied. It’s this endless loop of goodness here, so I’ll stop because I’m sure you get it. It’s the one thing you’ve got for good and you’re stuck with it: love your life vehicle!

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Drop It Like It’s HOT! Your Diet And Why It Won’t REALLY Work

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Will your diet help you lose weight? Sure. “For how long?” or,” at what cost to my health?”  are the important questions you have to ask yourself! Especially since this is your what, umpteenth time around the diet track, only to realize you’re back at the beginning, often times even worse off than before. This isn’t just you, it’s so so many people who don’t realize what exactly they’re doing to their metabolisms and their bodies overall as they run this vicious cycle. Here are the 5 things essential to your health and success when it comes to your health, weight loss and the way you eat.

If you take nothing else away from this let it be Michael Pollan’s (he’s a brilliant food and health guy with several New York Times best-sellers) advice: Eat (real) food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Part of me hesitates to expand upon this. Its beauty is in its simplicity. But I’ll add these small nuggets: real food has no ingredient list, or a very very short one consisting of a bunch of foods that have no ingredient list, for example, there is no ingredient list for tomatoes, they just are. Salsa has a short ingredient list consisting of foods that just are, making salsa, homemade of course, real food as well. Not too much, is not too much, not overfilling yourself, not allowing yourself to eat what you know is too much but you’re not full because of years of stretching your stomach with too large portion sizes. Know what it’s like to be a little bit hungry and then eat until you’re full-ish, not stuffed. Tell me the last time groaning in stuffed pain was actually enjoyable anyhow. Mostly plants, because that’s how we evolved, eating mostly plants, so that’s what our bodies like to digest, keeps us healthy with the nutrients we need, and maintains our figure.

You will need to choose a healthy lifestyle of which a healthy diet with some rules –written more in sand than stone—will have to apply. One of the reasons diets don’t work is because most of the time you can’t do them forever, you would die of starvation, malnutrition, or disease. So when you stop because it’s over or because it takes soul-sucking will and energy to stay on, meanwhile feeling like a pile of crap, you eventually put the weight back on. And while you were on that diet you also likely damaged your metabolism further because most of them don’t maintain proper blood sugar levels or mess with the body’s hormone systems (among a long list of things that it can be negatively affecting depending on the diet), when you return to your normal eating habits it is desperate to ensure you never “starve” it of its needs or wants again and will slow your metabolism often causing a greater weight gain than before you dieted. So what you need are some simple guidelines to live by, ones that from time-to-time you can break because there is usually a time that real life calls for ice cream cake, for example. If you are seeking easy logical healthy diet guidelines I recommend Michael Pollan’s book Food Rules, for full lifestyle programs request a complimentary consultation.

 Nutrient abundance is key to overall health and permanent weight loss. There are many lifestyle diets outside of my recommendations that are also sustainable for longer periods, what is most important is that your healthy diet is actually healthy, abundant in nutrients. This is why I say agree with mostly plants, they are rick with nutrients that our body needs. Most Westerners are overfed and still starving for nutrients, it has been hypothesized by many that overeating is highly correlated with poor diets because, on top of addictive substances like sugar and MSG, people are calorically overfed and yet they’re starving for nutrients their bodies really need! Whether this is true or not you leave a lot less space in your stomach for wannabe food if you fill it with nutrient-rich veggies, fruits, whole grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, healthy fats, and naturally-raised meats. Your body will have less tendency to maintain excess fat stores if you feed it real food abundant in nutrients it needs.

Exercise, the other 40%. You can lose weight on a diet without exercise, but again your results are unlikely to last. Exercise does not need to be “hardcore”, but it serves many purposes in over healthy lifestyle and long term weight loss. Some will tell you it’s only 30% of the equation, some will even say 20%, I’m going to give an experiential opinion here and say that 20% doesn’t account for long term maintenance. Exercise is 40% if you want to look at long term weight maintenance and health benefits, and especially if you want to feel awesome (remember you quit the diet because you felt like crud), as there are lots of feel good benefits of exercise. It doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment and you can choose to do activities you like, but exercise is a fundamental part of the equation.

Always choose quality over minimal calories. Artificial sweeteners are a perfect example for this. They are poison, actually poison, aspartame turns to formaldehyde in your body (yup like the dead-people-preserver, and also a neurotoxin), acesulfame potassium or K contains a known carcinogen, sucralose has heavy metals arsenic and methanol, saccharin is a coal tar compound and associated with bladder cancer. They contain few to no calories and yet prompt greater calorie consumption and in the meantime (because your body doesn’t know your ingesting anything so it’s still hungry) are doing a disservice to the body that you’re trying to otherwise have run smoothly and efficiently. It is not only about the calories, I’m sure it’s clear at this point that while sugar is quite bad for you it is still better than an artificial sweetener. More calories of (real, check the ingredients on these there should be like 3) sour cream or cream cheese are 100% better for you than their low-fat or fat-free counterparts. Fat-free sour cream is not possible, it’s just fake, cream by its very nature is fat, making fat-free sour cream not even real food. Am I saying you should eat sour cream? Not often and only if you’re going to truly enjoy it, but there is a place for sour cream as there is for ice-cream cakes, it’s of a quality incomparable to a food invented in a lab, and your body will thank you for not poisoning it even if you do gain a few ounces.

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