Monthly Archives: May 2014

Fitness Friday…fitness while travelling

It’s Fitness Friday.  I was racking my brains for a topic for today’s Fitness Friday post.  I’ve focussed on so classes I tried out when I went to Fitness Fiesta.  I’ve written about a couple of classes that I take part in regularly here and here.  I could detail my usual weekly fitness routine.  Or how I like to change things up in the gym.

But those topics will have to wait.  Because this week, with June around the corner and holiday season coming, I’m thinking about fitness while travelling.

You can’t rely on having a fully equipped gym when you go away.

Now I appreciate that exercise and holidays don’t necessarily fit together for everyone.  Some people are happy with a bit of holiday-indulgence.  After all, if you can’t relax and enjoy yourself when you are on holiday – when can you??

But, I for one want to keep on top of my healthy eating and fitness even when I am away.  So how does that fit into holidays and travelling?

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What I ate Wednesday #20; Late May Bank Holiday

As we celebrated our Bank Holiday this weekend, I thought I would share my eats with you from that day.

I didn’t have much planned – Ben was sleeping off his night shift and the gym was closed, so I thought I would get some housework done – and perhaps a bit of meal prep that I didn’t do on Sunday knowing that Monday was going to be free.

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WIAW #20 – Late May Bank Holiday

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A week of…National Vegetarian Week

National Vegetarian WeekLast week was National Vegetarian Week – 19-25 May 2014.

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am eating a plant based/vegan diet, so why the big deal about National Vegetarian Week – well, because Ben is still a very happy meat eater.

It’s hard to believe now, but he wasn’t a very happy chappy when I first mooted the idea of a Meat Free Monday – but he has embraced the idea, and is happy with his one vegetarian day a week.

When I suggested a week of vegetarian meals – well, I got a similiar reaction.

BUT, I cook all the evening meals, so unless he was up for grilling a chicken breast on the side, a vegetarian week it was.

So, here you have it.  A week of husband-approved-meat-free meals.

And a special WELL DONE to Ben who went 5 days without meat (unless you were sneaking it in when I wasn’t around…???)

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24th May – Happy Blogiversary

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Wow – It’s been 1 year since I wrote and published my first post!

My friends had been nagging me (you know who you are) to start a blog and Ben agreed.  He helped me to come up with the blog name – IT COMES NATURALLY – while we were walking in the mountains on holiday in Cyprus for my sister’s wedding.

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What I ate Wednesday #19, food prep

Happy Hump Day!

This week I recorded my eats on Sunday, so this week’s blog post is a follow on from Monday’s Food Prep blog 🙂

The weekend was a bit hectic – don’t get me wrong, it was fun, but just a bit crazy.

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Food prep Sunday

Good morning all 🙂 Hope you all had a good weekend. I certainly did.

Getting out in the sunshine and having a good time with friends and family.  It was pretty non-stop.  But then, it can be pretty hectic during the week too.  By the time I’ve got up at the crack of dawn for breakfast, it’s then time to toddle off to work, when I get home it’s off to the gym, and then when I’m done 1-2 hours later it’s time to make dinner before crashing out on the sofa with my hubby before going to bed and doing it all again.

For the last couple of weekends I’ve tried to find time to do a bit of food prep to make things run a bit smoother during the week. I know some people go the ‘whole hog’ and create all their meals and snacks for the week.  Mine is more ‘light touch’.

I found a formula that seemed to work quite well for me:

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a week of…freekeh

Last week I actually did some food prep.  Ok, it wasn’t much, but I cooked some grains, chopped up some fruit for smoothies, and roasted some veggies for salad.

The thing I was most impressed by was the grain.  Having done the gluten-free thing for a while up until the start of this year or so, I was a bit wary.

“Of what” you ask?

Of freekeh (pronounced ‘free-kah’ – I know, I spent ages looking it up!).

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freekeh

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Fitness Friday: Les Mills BODYJAM™

It’s Friday! And do you know what that means? Yes, it’s almost the weekend, but it’s also BODYJAM night!

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It occured to me that I did my series on classes I tried at Fitness Fiesta – but what about the exercise that makes up my regular week?

Friday nights have been BodyJam nights for a few years now.  It’s a great way to get the weekend started!

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What I ate Wednesday #18: intuitive eating

Last week I wrote about how I use carbohydrates to fuel my exercise.  I’m going to continue the nutrition theme by thinking about how intuitive eating affects my world.

In the past I have been VERY strict about what I eat.  I tracked every morsel that passed my lips. The thought of something that wasn’t approved as part of my diet made me shudder.  Cravings for unhealthy foods were squashed down, and ignored.

Lately I have found that my willpower isn’t as strong.  Or, there is a force deeper than my desire to stick to my planned foods.

Robyn hit the nail on the head with her post on binging vs hunger.  A few points from Robyn’s post, if I may:

Over time, the body will also compensate for the calorie deficit that continues to occur by shutting down {bodily systems}.

With all that going on, the body is eventually going to rebel. And hard as you might try to have “willpower” and not eat that extra serving or not eat past a certain time or whatever- your body will physiologically take over and you might find yourself eating way more than you anticipated which leaves you feeling out of control. And then you feel guilty and the next day so you restrict your calories in an attempt to not gain weight and the cycle continues.

But these “binging” episodes in the presence of a history of calorie restriction aren’t really binges at all. It’s your body physiologically crying out for energy- for food.

And if I look at what I’m binging/picking at, then it seems to correlate.  When I was eating low carb/low fat, I found myself making granola for my husband and of course I would sample bits here and there.  Now I am eating a plant based diet I seem to find myself making protein ‘treats’: desserts, protein mousse, protein flapjack.  You name it, I’m making it ‘protein-style’.

Hence, intuitive eating – my body is making up for the nutrients I am lacking in my ‘assigned diet’.

So lets check out what I ate on Saturday:

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What I ate Wednesday

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Tempeh

Good morning

I discovered a new tempeh brand recently.  Up until now I’ve always had to buy it online – it’s delivered once a week and the cut off point is a Sunday, so I’ve always had to plan ahead.  It was good value – but post and packaging bumped up the price.

So I was very pleased that one of our local health food stalls has started to stock Tempeh – and not just plain, but seaweed, and hemp seed flavours too. Yay!

I even found a frozen version – rather than freezing my own when I realise I’m not going to get round it eating it quickly – after all I am the only one in the house who eats it.

Tempeh

Tempeh

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