Austere Measures For The Waistline

by jarod on May 8, 2012

The recession is ON and we all feel the pinch in our pockets, yet how many of us are feeling the pinch of our waistbands as we squeeze into last years jeans? Austere times are calling for us to reconsider our monetary systems, perhaps we should be reconsidering our life style and personal values too.

It is has become rather obvious, at least to this personal trainer, that as our lives have increased in real estate value these past 20 years, the average waistline has too. Sticking to my theory of “there’s no such thing as a coincidence”, I suggest that as we take charge of our purse strings we may also reduce the bulge on the g-string.

The food of a poor man 100 years ago has become the staple diet of the wealthy and the well-informed.

Essential foods to eat are whole grains, nuts, seeds, oats, legumes – yes, the food of farmers; rich in complex carbohydrates and trace minerals to ensure sustained energy throughout the working day while maintaining healthy homeostasis as those minerals assist all kinds of hormonal functions. Water, filtered is preferred as our city pipes are kinda rusty and laced with chlorine, is the ideal thirst quencher and by selecting seasonal fruits and vegetables for increased fibre, minerals and essential vitamins one can add extra goodness just like Grandpa did as a boy.

When drafting up the weekly budget place into your action plan the idea that alcohol is for celebration as opposed to habit, this is a guarantee to save some cash as well as lessen the calorie consumption. The working men and women of yesteryear were too busy ‘doing’ to afford the idea of ‘being’ at the local pub or dining hall, let alone ‘sitting’ in front of a television at the end of a non-stop day.

We live in a time of governmental suggestions of austerity, and yet we still have a huge range of choice.

I’m sensing that this period of time can best be used to simplify many aspects of how we live; it’s no easy task to deny things that were once a well-deserved treat. I regularly design food plans that present chocolates, wine, fresh french bread and puddings as being given as dietary rewards rather than daily dietary essentials.

Austere and structured dietary measures will create healthy results as one reduces a bulging waistline and hopefully ease some pressure on the weekly shopping bill too.

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Abul the Sage @ Sainsbury’s

by jarod on May 6, 2012

My Sunday morning Sainsbury’s breakfast purchase of smoked salmon, eggs, avocado and the flatmates’ Cadbury Flake replacement(it demanded to be flaked while late night viewing of Burlesque) was the most inspiring Sunday Service.

Abul is an enlightened man and cashier, he greeted me with a knowing smile as His kindness ensured that I was to have a happy day. His face and eyes are radiant, like all whose joy comes from within.

As he was scanning my bananas I asked “why are you so happy?” Abul stated in a very matter of fact style that “we do not know how long we will live, so if this is to be my last hour – I prefer to die happy”. My curiosity at his parentage begged me to ask more “are your parents Gurus?” Abul peacefully replied that he is his parents’ teacher.

WOW – I know the real deal when I have the pleasure of meeting those rare individuals. Abul at the Ladbroke Grove Tube Station Sainsbury’s is a man on the path, the Light streams out of his beauty and serenity. If you ever need some assistance with your spiritual grocery shopping pop on down to the Grove, this man will price-match your soul.

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Ecto? Endo? Meso? Know Your Somatype?

by jarod on May 3, 2012

SOMA is the body as distinguished by the mind, TYPING is a classification process; somatyping was created by a psychologist in the 1940′s and is a truthful and effective way to understand your unique genetic factors in body and mind to fine tune your health and well-being.

You are going to be one of 5 different types of body, this will define your natural physical characteristics, your dietary tendencies and the effects of living a sedentary life will differ.

An Ecto-morph is the classic long and skinny muscle, you may be tall or short, yet your musculature will be quite fine. Your movements are often fast, you will have  a propensity to do everything quickly which may include running, cycling and other activities that require fast bursts of energy. You may mistake your slimness with healthiness and think that you can eat anything without putting on weight.

Ecto-morphs will improve their body shape by applying a structured strength training programme 2 times a week with focus given on compound movements such as lunges, squats, push-ups and side lunges. Eat good fats in avocado, nuts, seeds, cold water fish, and try to avoid sweets and processed snacks as your nature is to grab at food for quick fixes.

Endo-morphs are often mistaken as heavy boned, they have a natural curviness and will always have to observe their foods as simple sugars will tend to be stored as body-fat rather than being used for energy. A diet of complex carbohydrates as in rye, oats, brown rice, vegetables is essential. Always eat protein with a meal such as an egg for breakfast, lean chicken at lunch and fish with vegetables for dinner. Replace sweets with fresh fruit of small portion sizes.

Your training sessions achieve results by completing longer times, so aim for 45-60 minutes of cardiovascular training that includes powerwalks or cycling and do circuit classes of high repetition with moderate weights to increase fitness and longer fat burning cycles. You are naturally strong, as such, try a pilates class for increased core strengthening.

Meso-morphs are the natural athletes who will put on extra pounds easily yet will take them off just as quickly. Food is important to a meso-morph as your high lean muscle mass will equal a fast metabolism, so watch those calories by eating lots of fresh fish, nuts, seeds, lean meat and fruit and vegetables. Avoid the take-out foods as the fats will hinder your gorgeousness from truly shining through.

Meso-morphs love to exercise, walk, run, cycle and respond magnificently to regular strength training sessions of moderate to heavy weights; the women are best to keep the weights moderate and the repetition high as you are the Madonna of health and exercise. Change you training routine regularly as your body will adapt very quickly to movement patterns; you are stimulated by variety.

Some of us are a combination, let this be clear, you can be an Ecto-Meso or an Endo-Meso and never an Ecto-Endo.

By identifying your body type you will enhance your awareness of  the specifics to your ultimate health, and how to approach your training plans. We are all unique, one prescription is not for all. Have fun with identifying yourself and run or walk toward your freaking fabulous health.

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