I have noticed the key to eating well during the day is to have the food ready at work. I am privileged to have a kitchen at work and I have the desire to prepare my food at home to eat at work. I keep my food at home very simple to put together. It consists of a combination of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, humus, cottage cheese, rye bread, seeds, corn, carrot, gherkin, capers, roasted vegetables and sometimes chicken. I will add new ingredients as I find new foods I like to eat. These salads can take 5 minutes to make and stays fresh overnight in the fridge.
By eating salads for lunch I avoid the sugar lows, feeling sleepy and tired. My body feels light and do not have hunger pains for at least 3-4 hours. I know when I eat salad without carbohydrates I lose weight so I add Rye bread or other carbohydrates to maintain my weight. If you put on weight fast then just eating salads may help you.
Some days in the week I work from 12pm to 8pm. I have decided to take two salads to work as I find I get hungry when I start work and then again around 4-5pm. I want to avoid eating heavy carbohydrates at night and therefore want to eat at work on regular 3-4 hour intervals to stop severe hunger pains. I enjoy eating the salads and at the moment have no need for variety.
I have looked on the internet and bought an alkalising recipe book. The foods are very simple and I am picking up some new ways to prepare food e.g coating tuna fillets with sesame seeds and then searing them on each side. It helps to combine foods which have different textures, flavours and colours.
I am drinking more at work and I have decided to set my watch on a timer every 3 hours. The alarm reminds me when to eat and stop the hunger pains before they start. When the hunger pains start I sometimes eat junk food.
I have discovered eating with other people is another time when I can eat unhealthy foods. It can be unsociable, impolite and uncomfortable to say no when offered foods or I actually want to eat the food offered to me. At these times I do have control over how much I eat of these foods and try to be sensible about my choice of food to eat.
In the next week I will discover how my nutrition during the day influences what I eat in the evening.
This last week has been a real challenge as I have not been preparing the food myself. I have run out of supplies e.g quinoa, Udos oil. I have eaten what has been given to me and this has included some toxifying foods and meat. I noticed after having risotto and pumpkin I became irritable and had to go to bed earlier than normal. It was the extreme fatigue which really irritated me.
I have mastered my lunches which are prepared the night before. I have salads with humous and cottage cheese and vary it with various non wheat breads. I get enormous energy, do not get the post lunch slump, and feel full for at least 5 hours. These are forming the staple of my food for the day and I enjoy eating them regularly.
On weekends lunches are different and I have been eating more eggs than normal. I need more variety in my diet and this is the very next step I must take. I want to find meals I enjoy eating, support my lifestyle and give me lots of variety. It is up to me to make this happen and then follow through with it, even when other people are not eating the same foods around me.
I will now look for the recipes and meals I lilke. It might take a while but I see this as the corner stone to my whole ambition to change my nutrition for good.
This week on the diet I have been observing what happens as I go through the week. I eat best when the food is prepared in advance. An example of this is having lunch made for work. I save time buying food and I know I am eating green foods with a good mix of carbohydrates and protein. I eat dinners late as this is when I get home. Some nights it is as late as 9.30- 10pm. This is not ideal and I must find a way to improve in this area. When I eat late at night there is a social element to it so it is more difficult not to eat. In the mornings I am waking up tired from eating late and going to bed late. The result of doing this is rushing to work and eating toast in the morning instead of whole grains.
I notice I am dehydrated during the day. I am not training regularly anymore and not drinking as much. To help this I will buy bottled water again and observe how much I am drinking.
I will take my pH measurement this week and test how acidic or alkaline my body is at the moment. My big test will be to change this over the next 2 weeks.
I want to get Omega oils and multivitamins as I know these have helped me in the past.
I had planned on starting the thrive diet but work got so busy and I have found getting the food I need and having it available at the right times was a block to building momentum. I also found there was a lack of variety in my diet and to learn more recipes took time and energy.
I have done blood analysis almost 8 years ago and now I am seeing brochures of people bringing this into mainstream commercialism. I know poor nutrition, stress, and exercise will reduce cellular function in my body. The idea of attempting to stick to this thrive diet was to see how I got more energy from it and looked healthier.
I have to admit vegetarians look skinny and their skin does not always glow with vibrancy. Some I know seem to compensate the missing variety in their diet with chocolate and cheese. They seem to eat more than is healthy for them and I wonder if this is the body saying it needs more of a food group vegetarians are not giving their body’s.
When I have tried eating vegetarian in the past I have lost a lot of weight. My body has a high metabolism and working as a physiotherapist increases this throughout the day. As an Ironman my physiological testing showed high fat burning at the heart rate I sustain when I am working. Whenever I add exercise to my work I lose even more fat and can look too thin. No two people have the same fat burning capabilities and I have found what my body does to help shape what I will do with my nutrition.
My purpose for getting back on track with alkalising my body is to see what happens to my weight, energy levels, how I look, and building an athletic body by training in the gym. I am about to have a baby in 2 weeks and my long distance training days are over at the moment. I have decided to switch to developing a good looking body (body I am happy to have) which has energy and is sustainable. The training I will do is gym training with a small amount of cardio training to enter a team triathlon this year on the 27 May (Nuffield Triathlon).
I will endeavour to document weekly but with a baby this may vary from time to time.
I want to help people by describing what happens to me as I go through the next 30 days. This has been difficult for me to do in the past and I know a lot of my clients have the same blocks to achieving the bodies they desire. Some people have personal trainers to motivate them and keep them on track. I want to learn how to make this create this change in my life even though I work full-time and am about to become a father.
This week has been very interesting. I have read the information provided on the Thrive in 30 day emails. I have watched my eating habits and notices several things.
1. I don’t let myself eat even when I know I should be eating. I get absorbed in my work and make a conscious decisions to work rather than eat and hydrate.
2. I do not have snacks to eat
3. Eating a salad actually kept me full for a very long time but I did have snacks to keep me going and then I ate carbohydrates late at night (pasta)
4. I can eat a lot of fruit
5. I eat large amounts of food at one time
6. I do not have enough variety or raw food in my diet
To learn from these observations the actions I must take are to have snacks to eat. Eat a big salad with protein, have smaller regular meals, drink water. Try to eat lighter at night.
To make this happen I am prepared to go to the supermarket and have enough time at lunch time to do so. I can make the decision to put my health over my work when I should be eating food. I can eat raw foods and drink regularly.
In my training for the Etape De Tour I also take multivitamins, antioxidants, Udos oil, mineral salts and I will be looking into Mannatech products.
When I have eater raw food I have more energy and are more alert. The problem is I begin to feel gaunt and lose weight. I need some carbohydrates in my diet and these maybe better eaten during the day. I can also crab load for long rides and alter my diet depending on my training. This is a big learning curve but one I hope to pass onto others and make it a life long change.
In my first step of the Thrive in 30 days I am to list the foods I eat regularly which I think take away energy from me. The list is below:
Meats: Chicken, Turkey, bacon, pork
carbohydrates: Prêt sandwiches, Prêt soups, Rice (too much), processed buns, Chocolate, cakes, pasta, cream, soft drinks
Take away foods: Kebabs, Burgers, subway, chinese, coke
Processed food: gym protein bars, ice cream
I tend to eat a lot of food at once and eat heavily late at night.
In the next week I will try to eat smaller regular meals, drink alkalised water, look to learn about juices and see if my juicer is working and start juicing, I will add 1 big salad to my diet each day.
Today I have noticed my recovery from my bike training for the Etape du Tour is substandard. I take artificial products like SIS protein powders and eat loads of carbohydrates. I feel tired and lethargic and recover very slowly.
Bredan Brazier is a Vegan Ironman athlete who has designed a range of products and educational videos and books to help the everyday person learn more about eating wholefoods to maximise their health. Some of the benefits include:
- Decrease body fat
- Diminish visible signs of aging
- Boost energy without caffeine or sugar
- Cultivate mental clarity
- Enhance mood
- Eliminate junk-food cravings
- Improve sleep quality
- Build a stronger immune system
- Lower cholesterol
- Reduce biological age
I like all these benefits and if it can help my recovery in training and sleep I want to know what to do.
The key is to complete the action plan with each lesson. The videos with each lesson is exactly the same as the text in each lesson so watching the video can be faster if you learn this way.
The first lesson action plan is described below:
- Examine your current diet. Write a list of all the things you eat that you think might be taking away from your energy or aren’t supporting your health and fitness goals.
- Plan for success as you take action over your 30 day journey to thrive. The changes you make throughout this program will be most effective when you can make them your new habits. The following five habits are the tools that will make it easier to get the most from this program—they’ll help you succeed if you develop and follow them consistently:
- Eat throughout the day—eating several small meals helps maintain energy levels, eases digestive strain and spreads nutrients to sustain you all day
- Drink a nutritious smoothie each day—you’ll get whole food nutrition that’s easy on your digestive system and provides lasting energy
- Eat a big green salad every day—these are a staple when eating to thrive (you’ll learn why over the next 30 days)
- Eat a raw energy bar every day—they’re an easy way to pack nutrition into a convenient, easy to carry form
- Eat a substantial, balanced afternoon snack—you’ll get the nutrition you need so you won’t be famished when it comes to your evening meal
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