Saturday, June 20, 2015

Toys R Us!

Gotta get myself one of these.....great promotional video!

This will go in my Sun Studio - where I can flow through my daily rituals of Surya Namaskar and any of the other parts of the Ashtanga series as a wonderful way to greet the day.

Click here to be inspired

Can't wait until my week off for my yoga retreat......plus I have a special occasion to belatedly make up since I blew off the original date in favour of work.  Yeah, I'm one of those sad cases who would miss their own graduation/wedding/50th B-day party - whatever - due to accepting freelance contract work for the "day of".



Thursday, June 11, 2015

New professional direction

To better leverage my time and reach remote clients I have decided to expand my service offerings for online personal training.  I met with an industry veteran/mentor yesterday and joined a fitness professionals' website that gives trainers access to a huge exercise library and the option to create client accounts.  As I familiarize myself with this technology and build an extra page into my website describing these services, I will be able to take on clients who would not otherwise be able to work with me face to face.  This is an excellent option for people who have a pre-existing level of fitness and familiarity with correct technique, who are highly motivated, who want to be pushed and evolve their current health and fitness level, and who aren't able to see me onsite at my current location(s) at the times I am there.  It is also less expensive than traditional personal training, even with a Deluxe Plan.  (No Frills, Standard, Deluxe are the levels of involvement, with add-on options such as nutritional coaching, life coaching, additional contact, etc.).

I have also decided to take a week off next month - unplugged - from my training job and corporate job.  A week without phone or computer (texting, calls, emails) is potentially scary, but will allow me to focus on meeting my own needs and to dive more deeply (albeit briefly) into my yoga practice.  When a person's life is based around wellness:  physical training, rest, hydration, yoga, meditation, organic whole foods cooking and eating, exploring new Primal Diet recipes, re-absorbing The Secret, brain exercises, laughter, positive self-regard and prayer......how can a person be anything but abundantly healthy?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Try this to find out if you are getting all your daily nutritional requirements

Several food logging and diet apps will give you the macro and micro nutrient breakdown of your daily intake if you accurately log everything you eat, thanks to an extensive database of food items.  For example, if you log "1 medium sized banana" it will tell you how many calories, grams of protein/fat/carbs, fibre, cholesterol, and the spectrum of vitamins and minerals for the banana...along with your % of RDA.  Thus you can track your levels of all the essential nutrients to see what your regular eating patterns are like for real nutritional value, how they stack up.   I recommend trying this for 3 or 4 days minimum, preferably one week.  Do it when you are eating "normally" - not during festive season with dinner parties and cocktail buffets or when you are on vacation in a foreign country eating foods you are not accustomed to.

For my part, I have to work the hardest at getting enough potassium (I aim for 200% RDA of everything, except for vitamins C and K where I'd prefer 400-600%) and vitamin E.  The B vitamins are easy to overshoot as is - unfortunately - sodium.  I usually get 300% RDA for sodium, but then again my RDA defaults to 1500mg per day and I eat a lot of seafood.  I aim for 50g fibre per day and as little sugar as possible.  If I consume dried fruit or carrot sticks for a snack that boosts the sugar intake.  At least I don't consume processed foods that hide a lot of sugar - for example regular bread, sauces, instant meals and soft drinks.

If you find that your results are not balanced then add or subtract foods which will bring you into better balance.  Final option - especially when you are travelling or during party season - is to take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement.  I can make some recommendations there if you are curious :-)