This is the time of year when most people are facing a bit of a conundrum (love that word!). A likely New Year resolution is to get fit, start exercising more or loose weight, but at the same time, the weather doesn’t exactly tempt you to jumping out of the car and cycling to work instead. Nor does it make you feel like a stroll round the block instead of watching Eastenders. Continue reading
Those of you who have been with me for a while may remember the cycling hero, Simon Watkins, who cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End on a bike with no gears and managed to do it in ten days whilst eating super healthy, lush and filling foods. Well, two weeks ago, the speedster managed to come flying off his bike, skidding along the floor and landing in a pile on the Bristol to Bath cycle path. Luckily, nothing was broken, except large areas of his skin disapeared and a few muscles around his ribs were pulled and twisted making it very hard to breath properly. Ouch! Bless his cotton socks. The danger for Simon was that by not taking deep enough breaths, he was at risk of getting a lung infection. Luckily for him though, his sister-in-law (me) is a nutritional superhero, and he was able to ensure that his skin wounds healed super fast, and his lungs, whilst still sore, have remained infection free – hurrah! Continue reading
You may already be well into riding/running/swimming or doing any other sport, or you may just be thinking about starting. Whatever level you are at, your energy levels, recovery periods, resistance to injury and ability to heal after injury as well as overall performance can be improved. No matter where you are right now, there is always room to get faster, further, higher or lower (if you happen to be a diver perhaps!). But thinking in purely ‘energy’ terms just isn’t enough. If you give your body just energy, then it only has energy, and nothing more. Nothing to use to repair injuries. Nothing to help clear out the lactic acid or other waste products that exercise naturally produces. Nothing to protect your cells etc from the damage that occurs. Continue reading
There is nothing more amazing than someone taking on a challenge. And this chap has taken on something HUGE!
His name is Simon Watkins (yup, my brother-in-law) and he is cycling from John O Groats to Land’s End right now! Not only that, he is riding alone, on a single speed bike (for us non-cycling-geeks, his bike has no gears!). On top of that, due to his life-long asthma issues, he is not using any of your usual energy bars or gels! Oh no, he is doing it the old fashioned way, by eating GREAT food! Hurrah for food eaters everywhere! Check out his progress here!
I am honoured to have been his consulting nutritional therapist all through his training, and for the ride itself. I am sooo proud of him (and his lovely family for the support they are giving him too!)
His progress is amazing, and I am loving this whole side of my work. Endurance athletes – you can eat real food!
The sun is shinin’, and I am so happy! So happy, I could just skip around – yupeeee!
What a great idea. Skipping.
One of my kids (the one who likes to be called Elvis) skips. She skips a lot. Like a LOT. Almost all of the time (except for when she is headin’ upstairs, of course). Continue reading