Another year, another food fad. Or is it? Vegetarian and veganism diets were the fastest growing diets in 2017. So is it just another trendy diet that will stick around for a couple of years until the next new diet fad comes around? Maybe, but I'm curious and convinced eating a predominately plant based diet is beneficial for not only my health but the health of Mother Earth herself.
In 2017 I made a conscious effort to purchase and consume less red meat to make a start on being a good earthling. This year, I'm going vegetarian. Well, no that's a lie. Truth is I love meat, poultry and dairy products and at this stage of my life I'm not ready to give that up fully just yet. As an alternative I'm setting myself an achievable goal of becoming a weekday vegetarian. This means I can enjoy the options of the foods I love on the weekends but stick to a plant based diet Monday to Friday. What's the point in that you ask? Overall, I'll be minimizing the amount of animal product I consume, minimizing my carbon footprint and (fingers crossed) feel better physically and mentally about the food I put into my body.
If you've been thinking about minimising your animal product consumption but maybe need a bit more convincing, here are a few documentaries I watched that helped me understand the benefits of switching to a plant-based diet
1. Cowspiracy (2014)
The Crux: Cowspiracy will make you want to give up animal products to minimise your carbon footprint and save the earth.
Official Website: cowspiracy.com
2. Forks Over Knives (2011)
The Crux: Forks Over Knives will make you want to give up animal products to improve your health and not die from cancer.
Official Website: forksoverknives.com
3. Live and Let Live (2013)
The Crux: Live and Let Live will make you want to give up animal products to save all the animals on this planet.
Official Website: letlivefilm.com
Check them out and let me know what you think.
In this day and age, thanks to the help of social media, dating apps and filtered selfies we are obsessed about how we look more than ever before. I admit, I fall into this box, after all I chose the career path of a personal trainer who helps others work on their health and fitness goals, predominantly focusing on physical health.
So, what about our psychological health? We all know it's important yet how much time do we actually spend exercising our mental health compared to our physical health?
Guy Winch, a psychologist and author, talks about how to practice psychological first aid and the importance of balancing the health of both the body and the mind. The talk covers training your mind around common psychological injuries such as loneliness, rejection and ruminating (dwelling or overthinking over thoughts/memories) to build emotional resilience.
Check out the video below.
Key Messages on Building Emotional Resilience:
What do you think? Should we be spending more time on our psychological health? Learning about how to deal with emotional pain? And if so, how do we teach this?
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Welcome to 2018. Despite it being a month in it feels like the year is only really getting started. As if January was still holding on to 2017 by a thread, not ready to let go.
So here we are at the start of February 2018. And, I think I'm finally ready to start my year. Here's to a year of growth, new beginnings and following my heart in everything I do. A year of letting go of things not meant for me, letting go of the bullshit, letting go of all the things that are slowing me down from achieving my true greatness.
My biggest and scariest goal for this year. Put my heart and soul into Sticks & Stones, take it to new heights and drive it to what it was created to be. Since it's creation in 2014, Sticks & Stones has been my "side project" just waiting there full of potential and patiently for me to give it more attention. I'm finally ready to give it the time, energy and attention it needs to be what I dreamed it could be.
One of the stepping stones towards reaching that goal is making more of an effort with my reading and writing. Educating myself to keep up to date with this fast paced industry in health and fitness and sharing what may be beneficial to those who choose to follow my journey or allow me to be a part of theirs. All of which I will share with you here of course.
What you'll need.
1/4 Red Cabbage
3-4 Leaves Kale
1 Red Onion
2-3 Large Carrots
1/4 C Pumpkin Seeds
1/4 C Sesame Seeds
5 Capfuls Apple Cider Vinegar
3-4 Tbs Best Foods Mayo
Put it all together.
1. Finely slice/ chop cabbage, red cabbage, kale and red onion.
2. Peel and grate carrots.
3. Place all veges into a very large bowl.
4. Pour over apple cider vinegar.
5. Stir in mayo.
This recipe makes a large amount, and can be stored in the fridge for a few days but is best if you leave the mayo out until you are about to eat it. I like to prep this amount, prepare half with mayo and leave the other half in the fridge to make another day.
Super easy and super colourful it has to be good for you.
Note, go for the best foods mayo. Trust me on this one.
The final 16.74km of the Hillary Trail complete just short of 5 amazing hours! And what a way to finish! The most spectacular views as you make your way along the cliff faces from Te Henga to Muriwai. Just, wow.
Section 7: Te Henga to Muriwai
Just another health and fitness professional putting in their 2 cents. 2 cents may be all you need one day.