Fit life in Fotographs!

It has been no secret my entire life that I have a deep love for food- I blame my Sicilian heritage. With that Sicilian heritage stems my mother, who I always remember exercising when we were kids. Thus instilling a mentality within me to always stay fit & healthy. My body is a temple- not sorry for the cliche’.

Scrolling through my Instagram I noticed a lot of my images were focused on fitness and food and so I thought I would share them here and tell you a little about the time and place.

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Eat the Rainbow

The picture above, (much like my header image) was taken after my routine visit to the farmers market every Saturday. These particular vegetables are from Bondi Markets and having since moved to the Inner West, my new favourite markets are Marrickville Farmers Markets.

Check out those radishes! The best thing about sourcing your fruit and vegetables from a farmers market is knowing they have come from pesticide free homes in the garden. Especially your greens! Leafy vegetables are the most absorbent of nasty pesticides. Another great reason to buy your vegetables at the farmers market is the low cost. If you were to buy the same groceries at an organic supermarket you would be paying more than double! (I overheard one of the farmers once say they also supply to About Life supermarkets).

The farmers market is a great place to spend your morning. Great coffee, food, live music and vibes. Get involved.

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So I should probably tell you this now. I have a terrible peanut butter addiction. It is literally my favourite thing on the planet (the natural organic one of course). 100% peanuts is how I roll. How I stumbled across this addiction was by trialling ‘eating for your blood type’. Being an A positive, peanuts are listed as a medicinal food source. Peanuts? Medicinal you say? Don’t mind if I do.

Now that I am sugar free, I unfortunately no longer indulge in the combo above. PB & Honey on celery. Drrrrrroooooool.

My latest obsession is Mayvers Organic Peanut Butter with Raw Cacao Powder. In all caps. Proper noun. Not really- but I feel it deserves the same respect as a proper noun. It’s like nutella but without all the added nasties. I ate half a jar this afternoon- please don’t judge me.

 

 

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See that thing I’m holding? Its called a scoby. A gooey blob of bacteria that breeds baby scobys.

Combat Training with Torsion Bars ! Ka Pow!

Ka Pow! That’s my inner Batgirl speaking. But by training for combat, I don’t literally mean training to go to war!

Life however, is subjective the individual, and one could look at every day as a new challenge. Heading out onto the battlefield to take on new hurdles. Work, fitness, relationships, spirituality are just some of the things we deal with on a daily basis. Finding the balance in it all can sometimes seem quite overwhelming. One thing you can take a hold of in your life though, is your power to be fit, strong & healthy.

Now I am sure you have all heard of power lifting, cross fit, tough mudder, spartan training – the list goes on. What if I told you there was a way to train like a warrior without lifting olympic weights, climbing ropes and crawling through mud pits?

Where do I sign up?

Image sourced from: www.ausfittorsionbars.com.au

Torsion Bars (torsion – meaning to twist) are the latest pieces of multipurpose functional exercise equipment from AUSFIT and can be used by anybody- anywhere! Torsion bars are long cylinders made from steel and range between 4kg and 20kg and can be used in circuit training, running and even for weapon stimulation.

Huh?

Torsion bars originated in the Australian army, used as fitness equipment whilst out in the field to add resistance and power to regular day to day training. These bars were sourced from vehicles such as Armoured Personnel Carriers. (Pictured below). They were used in circuit and strength training and can perform most of the exercises done with normal free hand weights, kettle bells, dumb bells and barbells but with added grip strength and stability.

M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carrier

Image sourced from: http://www.army.gov.au

The torsion bar can be used in the privacy of your own home, in the park, for group training or in the gym. They can also be utilised by any age bracket and fitness level. If you are new to training, simply start at the lowest weight and work your way up!

You may be wondering, what sort of exercises can I do with the torsion bar and where do I start? How do I know this kind of training will be effective for me?

Functional training is becoming widely popular in many gyms and bootcamps around the world although having been around for a very long time. Functional meaning operational and for its intended purpose. What makes functional training so incredible for all ages and levels of fitness is it embodies actions undertaken in day to day activities. Thus building the strength to help you take on the battefield each day.

Functional training targets all muscle groups of the body as is especially great for your core. According to the Australian Institute of Health, approximately 3.7 million Australians will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. Having a strong foundation and core is key in managing back pain and quality of life. Torsion bars can also be used to perform all of your standard exercises from squats to thrusts but with added grip and range of movement. Muscle groups that can be targeted include but are not limited to hsoulders, chest, back, triceps and legs. Examples of these can be found at the AUSFIT Torsion Bars website: http://ausfittorsionbars.com.au/exercises/

Being a weapon on the gym floor never looked this easy! Ka Pow!

 

My primal plate….

 

How much parmesan cheese can a human being possibly stuff down their throat without a) feeling sick or b) increasing risk of heart disease by 500%. Surely there is something wrong with this picture.

It’s Easter Sunday, and after the horrendous highs and lows of sugar intoxication from the week prior, you may be wondering how I got to this point? In hindsight, looking back at the struggle I have had with yo-yo dieting and body image since early highschool, it kind of makes sense that I am sitting here having a private cheese party. No not in the “eating my feelings’ kind of way but in the Keto/Primal/Paleo/Caveman/High Fat sense. Just like many diets, there are many names. The question is though, is this a fad diet? Or is this the way human beings have been eateing since the dawn of man up until only 100 years ago?

Sugar makes you fat. Fat doesn’t make you fat. Sounds insane right? Wrong! I have known about the evils of sugar for many years now having lost weight on occasions by simply cutting out the white granular devil. As I now approach the age of 30, simply cutting back on sugar just hasn’t been enough. Training at F45 Functional Training 5 days a week, not eating fruit or complex carbs and yet still not budging any weight. I have increased how much I am lifting at the gym. Nothing. Am I eating too much fat? am I eating too many carbs? I even quit drinking for 5 weeks at the beginning of the year. Nothing. Plateau. Weight loss N.O. “So let’s do this! You can do this! No more sugar!”

Day 1.

Pre workout: 2 Bounce Almond and Date Bites. Sugar content: Dates and rice bran syrup.

Post workout .Green smoothie. Sugar content: Coconut water & protein powder.

Afternoon smoothie. Sugar content: Berries, almond milk, protein powder.

High carb zucchini fritters for dinner. High Carb converts to?…… You guessed it SUGAR!

So inadvertently, I have had sugar in some form sneak its way into every meal. After scrolling through Instagram, I came across Daniel Conn (F45 Owner and ambassador) discussing Ketones and a keto diet. Having constantly struggled with my macros and the possibility of eating too much fat, it crossed my mind that this could be exactly what I was looking for. Sure I would have to give up popcorn and sweet potato, but it means I could eat all the cheese, salmon, eggs, nuts and avocado my heart could dream of. Can I have a side of butter with that?

So the way ketosis works is 70% of what you eat needs to come from fat, 10% from carbs and 20% from protein. In doing so, your body adapts and learns to burn fat or ‘ketones’ as its main energy source and not carbohydrate. The result? Your body starts eating its fat stores for energy resulting in very easy weightloss. It is important to not eat too much protein as your body will use protein as its second source of fuel over fat.

Day 2.

Am I in ketosis yet? NO

Am I in ketosis yet? NO

Ketosis takes about 3-5 days to kick in. This is when your body makes the switch of fuel source.

Am I on the way to ketosis? Yes. Definitely.

This morning I had my first black coffee with cinnamon and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Seafood marinara mix for breakfast and some cashew butter. Not all together of course. What is really interesting about this diet is learning just how many carbs are in foods you may not have even thought had carbs in them. Cashews for example are the worst nut to eat compared to macadamias that have next to no carbs. Another thing that is so interesting about this diet is the level of satiety that comes from high fat foods.

Grocery shopping was a thrill. Stocking up on all the things I have always known to be ‘evil or bad for you’.  Not only am I now broke but the possibility of a heart attack also crossed my mind as that delicious butter, cheese and bacon stared back at me. I have never bought fancy hand churned grass fed butter in my life thinking it would make me fat. Now this is my new staple? I think a huge part of this transition will be the psycological change of mindset that fat is bad. FAT IS NOT BAD. New studies have actually shown high fat diets leading to a decrease in many diseases even heart disease! Mind boggling isn’t it? I am pretty happy with my fridge right now and am excited to see what the results are at the end of the two week challenge.

Now finally & MOST importantly…..

Does wine have sugar in it???

I know, I know. Of course it does. “Vodka rocks thanks”.

 

 

Written by Jaden Dowd