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My Sugar/Gluten Experiment

Image result for dangers of sugarOn Wednesday it was a work colleague’s birthday and he asked me what he could get for me, (he was getting a cake for everyone else), which was very thoughtful of him. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for me to see how the combination of sugar and gluten would affect me. I haven’t had sugar for about six months, except for the odd teaspoon in a cup of coffee every now and then. I had a pizza a few months ago so I know how gluten affects me, it bloats me and I feel rather ‘puffy’. But I haven’t had sugar and gluten together in such high concentrations.

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Why the ‘Primal Blueprint’?

I have been a bit quiet lately, for two reasons; 1, my iPad was lost/stolen & 2, going Primal exposed my bad posture and back issues, which I have been working on… Recently I have been asked a lot of questions regarding my current ‘diet’, but the most asked question is “Why am I dieting, I don’t need to lose any more weight?”. My answers are simple, firstly it is not a ‘diet’, it is a lifestyle. Secondly, I did not choose this lifestyle to lose weight, it is just one of the many healthy benefits of living a ‘Primal’ lifestyle. There are two main reasons I decided to change my lifestyle; Continue reading

The Silent Killer

sitting-is-killing-you-4We all know that high blood pressure is referred to as ‘The Silent Killer’, but there are a number of articles out there referring to a new ‘Silent Killer’, excessive sitting or being sedentary. This may sound a bit extreme but it is becoming a real problem.
I first became aware of just how much I sit when I got to day 4 of ‘The Primal Blueprint 21 Day Total Body Transformation’. On day 4 they recommend that if your work requires sitting most of the day you create a standing workstation, which I had never heard of. Why on earth would you want to stand if you could sit? Continue reading

When to exercise…???

How-to-ExerciseI have been exercising for years and have only recently learnt when the best time to exercise is, for me. Many years ago I would do weight training after work, so I would drink a protein shake about an hour before, thinking I would have heaps of energy, I didn’t, I felt a bit bloated and lethargic, but I kept doing it thinking I was giving my muscles the best chance to grow. Continue reading

Why diets don’t work…

DietFirstly let’s explore the word ‘diet’. According to Wikipedia, “The word diet often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (with the two often being related).”

So how can I say diets don’t work. Well, in my opinion a diet has a start and an end. Whether it be six weeks, 12 weeks or 6 months, Most diets have a time frame attached to them. But what happens at the end of the diet?
Generally when we stop dieting we eventually gain all the weight we’ve lost, I’m speaking from experience and from what I have witnessed with people I know. The reason for this is twofold; Continue reading

All about sugar…

sugarWe all know sugar is bad for us, but do we know just how bad, and in what way?

I have always loved sugar, just ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you, I always left room for dessert! So giving up sugar was quite a thing for me. What made me do it? I saw the way it affected my children, and if it affected them it affected me, it just wasn’t as noticeable.

Before being introduced to the primal lifestyle I believed sugar to be responsible for cholesterol. Continue reading

My journey to primal living

GrokI have always been interested in health and fitness, but not to the extent that you can call me ‘fitness nut’. I have just believed that if you look after your body it will look after you.

So when I finished school I started weight training and taking supplements, (while at school I wasn’t much of a sportsman, I was too busy having ‘fun’). I would buy all sorts of magazines to find out the best way to gain muscle in the shortest time possible, and while I gained a bit of muscle I never looked lean.

I then went to United Kingdom for two years and tried to stay healthy by playing squash and lifting weights, but due to the long working hours I wasn’t very successful, and lost a lot of the muscle I had gained.

Upon returning to South Africa and after a bit of investigation I thought I would try the Body for Life program. I had good results, but could never lose the fat and look lean. Continue reading