Can we stop demonising food?

This is a photo of a home made cupcake. It is made from butter, sugar, flour. It has some icing which has been made with colours and flavours. And it tasted great!! As you can see there are 5. In the group, there are 6. Each person had one each, while two other people shared one. It was tasty. Well it was to me, and the others who had them.Now, there are people who will bang on about “artificial” colours and flavours being the devils work. They will tell you that sugar is “poison”. They will also tell you these cupcakes are “bad”, without understanding how they were made. And I get that, but not because of the reasons they are getting carried away with. Yes we eat too much. We aren’t mindful about what we are stuffing in our mouths, on an hourly, daily or weekly level. We simply don’t understand. If home made cupcakes are going to be demonised from our society, we have big issues. We have a society who are walking around like zombies, trying to survive off 4 hours sleep. We have a society that are getting too little Vitamin D. We have a society that sucks in stress, like they are sucking in air. We also have a society that is eating too much ultra processed foods, which are laden with fats, sugars and salt because it tastes “good”.

At the School we focus on the big three rocks. Movement, nutrition and recovery. If we don’t move, we feel like we can’t because of our joints. If we don’t eat wholesome, nutrient dense food, we get sluggish. If we don’t recover and sleep well, we feel like we have to stay inside to get all the work done. We then eat food at our desk, and come mid afternoon, we head to the vending machine for whatever falls out for the amount of money they have. “Hey John. Can you loan me $1? I need that double Mars Bar to get me through”.

If we can fix the world by eating more cupcakes, then I for one would want to try. Bake some and share them at work. Better yet, take the cupcakes outside and make people come to you. Think of it of like the carrot dangling in front of the horse. If we can get people to move a little more, get them outside into the Vitamin D, and get them to engage with other people face to face, instead of behind a screen, or on a phone, I think the world will be a much better place.

Hiccups – Do you get them, and how do you get rid of them?

Now that I have set the hook, I will tell you what I am on about.  No, it has nothing to do with training your dragons  Well I don’t think it does.  As a matter of fact, no it doesn’t but just in case someone doesn’t get the reference, here is Hiccup.hiccup_and_toothless_by_grzeboable-d7qcq0q

Now, to get back to the subject, I am referring to exercise hiccups.  Habit hiccups.  Goal hiccups.

hiccupI was introduced to hiccups by one of my students during her weekly sessions, and to me, it’s probably the best description I have heard.  It is only a small thing, but it can turn into such a larger issue, especially if it is not addressed.  Same goes for these ones.  You can’t just ride them out, they must be addressed.

How do you address them?  Well, to me, it’s exactly the same way we deal with them in real life.  You move through them, and with them.

For exercise hiccups, find an exercise you really love, like I love my mum.  Yup.  I am a mummy’s boy.  It’s the bonus prize for being first born.  And it’s okay if you love bacon too….mum

For me, that exercise would be squats.  As soon I get put that bar on the rack, I know that whatever worries I have will soon be washed away by the endorphins of movement.

20131217_140328You just need to pick something you love.  The trick is don’t go too hard.  People indicate that 1 minute a day of movement is not enough to form a habit, however, if that person isn’t doing anything, then that 7 minutes per week of exercise will be better than none.  And honestly, can anyone remember when they just exercises for a minute?  That’s right.

The next hiccup is habit.  We know that humans are creatures of habit.  As soon as Noah allowed people to sit down on the cruise, and served those paleo chips and cookies, the world was a worse place.  Now, before you get all excited that I am saying that sitting and chips and cookies are bad, that is not what I am getting at.  I am getting at the fact that, from the dawn of time, we have relaxed.  Relaxation is good.  It relieves stress.  Allows us to recover and to refocus our energies. But, like everything, too much of a good thing, is well, not good.  So what do we do about it?  Same thing as the exercise hiccup, but with the focus on a habit you like.  It could be eating kale (I don’t know why, but hey, if that’s your thing, then get into it).  It could be making a huge batch of fresh blueberry pancakes, or making up a batch of your favourite stir fried vegetables.  You could even throw a shrimp on the barbie….

shrimpOr if you like ribs…..flintstones_ribs

We could also focus on the habit of sleep, and allow ourselves to get to sleep earlier by turning off the electronic devices.  There are many ways that we drop off our habits and hiccup, but it doesn’t mean we have to stay there, continually hiccupping until we have lost all understanding of movement, exercise and food choices.

Goal hiccups are the ones that tend to get people the most riled.  They set goals at the start of the year, and work towards them.  It could be fat loss, or a performance goal.  Week after week, measurements are taken, lifts and times taken, until all of a sudden, we seem to be going backwards.  We are not making our targets, and instead of backing off and listening to our body, we push on, doing even more damage to our bodies, and more importantly our minds.

Even if you take one minute out of every day to get the brain and the body working as one, you will slowly remove the effects of the hiccup.  All it takes is one minute.

Have you really sat down and wrote down what makes you happy?  What does your happiness look like?  Next blog post will be all about happiness, and how we can get happier.

Until then, remember strength is the secret sauce.  Make sure you take your dose daily.