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Just another week.

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Some weeks are full of excitement, others not so much, they just fly by and you can’t really remember what has happened. The later happened to me this week. It has been full of work, work, work and study, study, study. During the semester you have to have weeks like this don’t you? If you don’t, then you struggle to pass and achieve what you want to, right? I always get a bit fidgety during weeks like this. I like having times to get away from normal life whether it be through a catch up with friends, a drink or dinner with my wife, or when the weather is better a hike or camp in the weekend. Just some time to relax. This week there has been none of that.

On top of all the school work and regular work this week, my wife and I had decided to move house a few months ago and last weekend was the weekend it happened. We used to live in an apartment and we offered a chance to live in a real house that we couldn’t refuse.  So all day Monday was packing and moving our furniture and then unpacking once we arrived at our new place. An exciting day to get the chance to move into a real house. In New Zealand, we don’t have the same autumn leaf change, or the annual leaf falling to the ground ceremony like there is here. I must say the changing colors of the leaves is a beautiful sight, but the thought of sweeping all those leaves up surrounding or house seems like a lot of work. But I am sure it will be worth it having all the extra space.

Actually, after re-reading this blog it was an exciting week for me! I can’t believe we finally got to move out of our tiny apartment into a full house.

Have a great week! See you next Friday.

Matt.

New Zealand Fact for the week:

Well, it’s not really a fact, but I thought I would share a selection of New Zealand songs.

First a throwback song you may have heard of from 1996:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2cMG33mWVY

And a more modern one:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdO85Qf4Poc

 

Thirsty Thursday: You are what you eat

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“The food you eat can be either the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison”–Ann Wigmore

 Yes, I am back at it again lecturing you guys about food and good eating habits.

 Despite the ever-developing field of pharmaceuticals I still truly believe that food is meant to be the bodies first line of defense and/or weaponry against, well..anything. I love this quote mainly because I strongly believe that food is the original and most powerful form of medicine available. Food is preventative, food is healing, and, perhaps most importantly, food is enjoyable.

 We have an abundance of science-based evidence to support the fact that the food choices of Americans today have perhaps served to be our number one killer. According to the CDC, heart disease leads in American deaths. This is followed by things like cancer and diabetes. All three of these killers are still at large and can more often than not be prevented by or treated with the many vitamins and nutrients found in food.

 Preventative Methods For:

 1) Heart disease- A Healthy Diet (a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products and protein, low in sodium, added sugars, solid fats, and refined grains). This makes sense when considering the cause of heart disease is, essentially, a build up of fatty plaques in the arteries which can be brought by a diet composed of the exact opposite of what is considered a healthy diet.Thus, one high in saturated fat, refined grains, and added sugar.

 2) Cancer- It’s been shown that have been able to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. So, where does one find phytochemicals? Plant based sources;vegetables, fruits, beans, and grains. By simply eating a diet composed of real healthy foods, we may be equipping our bodies with all they need to fight off harmful cell-damaging free radicals.

 3) Diabetes- I am specifically speaking about type two diabetes. This used to be known as, “adult-onset” diabetes. However, that is no longer true as we are seeing this form of diabetes in a growing amount of children. According to NIH, “low activity level, poor diet, and excess body weight around the waist increase your chance of getting the disease”. Therefore, a diet high in SoFAAS (solid fats,alcohol, and added sugar) can increase ones chances of acquiring a life long disease such as diabetes. Meanwhile, a diet high in all of those delicious plant based foods I mentioned before will limit the likelihood a disease like this could occur.

 More recently, it has been documented that building up ones immune system  through many of the vitamins and minerals which are naturally occurring in many healthy foods, allows the body to fight off otherwise deadly viruses. Simply by strengthening the immune system and allowing our bodies to do their jobs! How amazing!

 So whether your diet is helping to control your blood sugar and promote heart health (as fiber does), packing you with antioxidants (as fruits and veggies do), giving you essential immune system-building vitamins and minerals, or helping you absorb those vitamin and minerals (as dietary fat does) it is undeniable our food is our most effective means of health or self destruction. I challenge you to allow your food to serve you instead of hurt you.

Wicked wednesdays

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Dear readers, 

     Wednesdays are crazy aren't they? I had one of the busiest and the wildest ones I've had in a while. I caught up with old friends, had three wonderful classes, spent some time with my wonderful girlfriend and was able to enjoy some beautiful cool fall weather! I suppose the two greatest updates in my life right now are that I am cooking for my family several times a week and I have started a bulking period (during which time I will attempt to make myself gain muscle by eating copious amounts of healthy food). First I would like to say that as ridiculous as it sounds eating a ton of food is not easy, particularly when you are limited by outstanding commitments at school and the kind of foods you can eat. But if my lifelong goals are to be a success the road will be neither short nor flat, but long and uphill! Not so surprisingly, my first two workouts after beginning the bulk have been absolutely amazing. The weights I had been using seemed quite featherlike in comparison. 

     Before beginning my bulk I ran into a friend of mine who has been very successful with his endeavors in the gym.  I'd like to preface this story with the notion that people who do not believe certain ideas to be acceptable rarely toss them out in plain conversation without following up with a hearty laugh or something of that nature. In any case I was talking to my friend about technique and dieting and he asked me how long I've been lifting. I told I'd been lifting since the eighth grade and he said "well there's always steroids"..... I stopped in my tracks 

     I had seen this guy in the gym for years and only recently has he made unbelievable strides towards the way he looks now, could it be that my friend has been using gear and is thusly throwing references out about now. It was indeed a hefty blow to see someone who I had thought to have been a stellar example of natural capabilities.... it seems I was wrong. I was extremely disheartened indeed. It's not even that I do not condone the use of steroids, it's that I thought he had done it naturally and to realize that, in essence, he had cheated was totally demoralizing. 

     I'm sorry to be another bearer of bad tidings, but I was very shocked by all of this and knew how close steroids are in every gym, but to find them among the ranks of my own familiars was quite a blow. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week. I'll be sure to keep in touch ;) and let you know how the results of the bulk are going as the weeks fly by.

Will C

 

Truthful Tuesday #10 : Mentors

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Truthful Tuesday #10

Video is back!! Yaaaay!! :)

The truth is- goals are easier reached with help from those who've been there. Seek support from people who've already achieved your goal or something similar. Express your goal openly and regularly and place yourself in environments where these veterans might mingle... it'll be like a magnetic pull and before you know it, you'll have some great mentors.

Namaste Lauren

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