I always wanted a six pack. Each new year would bring about this new goal with a fresh state of mind. Being fit, feeling fit, and most importantly, looking fit. These would now be the focus…. but mostly looking fit. And it felt good. It feels good making these promises and feeling like you’ve got so much to look … Continue reading Habits > Resolutions: How to Make Your 2020 Resolutions Stick
Stories are powerful. They help us imagine, feel and go so far as to give us meaning and purpose. In his masterpiece, Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari credits humans’ survival on this planet to our ability to collectively believe in stories. And often, it’s only through the grandest of myths that we find meaning and collaboration. … Continue reading The Game Changers: A Review
On Episode 9 of The Fit Life, we were joined by @kikiforcrossfit Kiki is Crossfit athlete and coach, and has helped pave the way for women in fitness in the Arab world. Kiki opens up on the barriers she faced when she entered the fitness world, and how ultimately her biggest triumph came from being … Continue reading Podcast: Women’s Crossfit in the Arab World
I’ve neglected this topic for quite a while, but with the current state of diet tribes and misinformation, I feel it’s right that people know the truth about vegan diets. And I get it, the ideas around veganism are appealing. Eating closer to nature, fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, fermented this, activated that, on top … Continue reading Why Vegans Are Healthier
We love flexibility, and we humans are particularly good at it. Noah el Harari (he wrote Sapiens), credits flexibility and adaptability as the reason we’re still here, and you speak to anyone in the current day and there’s a serious desire to have a flexible life, without rigidity or structure. It’s defined as the ability to … Continue reading Burn Fat When You Want: The Magic Of Metabolic Flexibility
In a world of keto, low carb, high fat, low carb high fat, paleo, primal, vegan and carnivarian (actually a thing now) there’s no wonder there’s so much mass confusion about what the best diet is. Amongst these doctrines, there is very little room for context – the low carb keto folk will say that carbs … Continue reading To Carb or Not to Carb… What to Eat For Your Body Type
Crossfit and paleo, two concepts that have grown side by side for the past fifteen years. Two market driven movements that promote health, minimalism, community, and two movements that are as controversial as they effective. Having high stakes in both of these (I coach crossfit and use a paleo template in my nutrition coaching), I have … Continue reading Paleo and Crossfit… Can They Coexist?
In our last post we learnt that testosterone isn’t just for muscle heads and is vitally important for female and male health. If you haven’t read this, then do the right thing and check it out here. So we know that healthy T levels are linked with bone health, mood, cognition, motivation, weight management and muscle mass. This means … Continue reading How to Increase Your Testosterone…. Naturally
Testosterone! Give me all of it! But not too much, and definitely not too little. Just give me enough to perform.
You see him every day. Those darkened eyes, that bulging vein, that thinning hairline… How many coffees is he up to now?! Each morning it’s that muffin and takeaway of something, lunch is something cheap and easy, and you shudder to think about dinner. You’ve never seen him exercise. He drives from home to office to … Continue reading Do you Have Adrenal Fatigue?
Carbs…. it’s a dirty word. Controversy, curiosity, even conflict arises when you bring up this word among the healthsphere. Everyone has an opinion on carbs; how essential they are, how they’re going to kill you or how they make you a bad person. Industry has noticed this too and we’ve seen a low carb revolution where people … Continue reading Carbs… Will They Make You Fat?
Protein powder can be a dirty word. For some, images of a tattooed gym rat flexing between sets comes to mind. You then see them drinking some strange liquid in a shaker and wonder how legal it is… For a long time, sports supplements such as these have been reserved for the meathead fringe, as powder companies … Continue reading Protein Powder… Just For Meatheads or A Must Have?
This was the first question from a little nutrition presentation I did over the weekend. The audience turned to the questioner then to me as they were clearly thinking the same thing…. “Do I have to give up my sweet, precious, liquid gold?!” The answer was “no, it’s not, but maybe yes, it depends…” … Continue reading Is Coffee Bad?
“What doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger.” – Nietzsche. I wonder if Nietzsche would have the same perspective today? Maybe he would have said something like “what doesn’t kill the already strong, can make the strong stronger, but what doesn’t kill the weak will make the weak weaker.” Author Nassim Taleb draws on this and more … Continue reading Antifragile I: Being Harder to Kill
Whenever I do a nutrition talk I usually start with the ‘Food Pyramid’ because it’s really where everything went all wrong. I point out to the audience that our nutrition authorities recommend eating 8 – 11 servings of grains per day, the equivalent to 22 slices of bread… This always gets a laugh. So, … Continue reading Australia’s New Food Pyramid…. And Why Brazil Does it Better
Steak Night. 2 steaks, potato and veggies for $10. Gold. It was also an excuse to get the guys together; steak night was more about catching up than the cheap steaks. Socialising like this is taken for granted when you’re growing up, yet now it’s harder to get everyone together as our lives have become … Continue reading Why I Smothered My Steak With Butter or Why Fat is Good
“It’s like, totally healthy.” You hear this from your hipster friend who’s raving about their biodynamic yoghurt with crushed chia seeds. “Yeah, it’s like alkalising, detoxifying, and it’s got like, so much protein.” You don’t question them, they seem confident and assertive. Later on you question this ‘nutritiousness’ thing.
“It’s just another low carb, fad diet…” This is what I recently heard from a nutritional expert when they were asked why so many celebrities, sportspeople, and regular folk alike were ditching the carbs. First Thing: We’re going through a health crises in this nation. We have 1.5 million diabetics (2007 data) with a projected minimum … Continue reading Why A Low Carb Diet Actually Works
As I wake to the announcement that we’re flying over the Antarctica, I gaze down, admire the mighty icebergs and think ‘I’m very, very lucky.’ Yes, travel is an awesome thing. It gives us the opportunity to explore new worlds, learn new things, and challenge parts of ourselves that we didn’t know existed. It is … Continue reading The Barefoot Guide to Surviving Jet lag
The time is nearly here. For some it’s the first step to the Crossfit Games, for many it’s a chance to show off their year of fitness, and for most it’s a chance throw down with their community and test themselves in a competitive state. Yes, the Open means something different for each of us, but we should … Continue reading How to Fuel in the Crossfit Open