Motivation

I am a big believer in the power of repeated nudges to keep you on the path of personal growth.

Growth to me is about becoming silently stronger,
Facing fears and conquering challenges,
and doing that something more every day.

It’s about moving forwards with curiosity, passion, and a sense of something more.
Letting go of what surrounds us in the quest to find what is within us.
It’s about letting go of expectations and grabbing on to experiences.
Becoming more, living more, fueling the fire more.

Why? Because it feels good; because it feels right;
because it feels alive.

The more we grow, the more we can give.
The more we give; the more we feel a part of the world that surrounds us.

That is what personal growth means to me; it is my responsibility in certain ways, to all that I am a part of.
Its how I wish to show up in life…..always striving to be everything that I can be.

I do many things along my journey to grow. I believe we all have different ways to grow and learn, and that finding these ‘tools’ for ourselves is as much a part of our growth, if not more, than learning from others. But often to start; we need the nudge and first steps from others.

I often plug into motivational clips while training on the bike, or in the bath, or getting changed for work, or in the car; it just gives me the oomph to get on with it!

Here are a few that I have liked lately:

If short on time start on about 6 mins on the next one. Honestly though, it’s worth making time to listen to positivity when our world around it tries to steal it at every chance. Training, driving, commuting, breakfast….make a positive change to your mind-set.

Motivation patience momentum

Finally this one was another I liked

get on YouTube and explore!

Love ya’all.

Andrea

That’s me; facing a fear. Racing with people around me when I get so anxious. But it’s worth it!

 

Super chicken recipe for the slow-cooker

Hi folks,

I am planning on attacking this recipe tomorrow so sharing on.

Bake a Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker

We don’t eat chicken often in our house given the difficulty sourcing genuinely organic and free-range chicken. We also buy duck eggs by preference.

But tomorrow we have a chicken! I will probably pull the chicken apart and serve with a large salad.

Love,

Andrea

PS Here is more about regulations and definitions for organic and free-range in Ireland.

And here: ORGANIC OR FREE RANGE – IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

ketogenic diet for endurance athletes??

I have many many opinions on ketogenic diets for ironman and endurance athletes. I will expand this blog at some point with all the why’s about how I believe there is a better way to become your optimal in health and performance without having to go the full keto.

We call the approach I recommend metabolic efficiencyTM (ME), and it incorporates nutritional periodisation of carbohydrates and an overall lower but not no carbohydrate intake while slotting this into the principles of healthy eating for an athlete and taking their training, racing and individual response into account. Its is all about efficiency, fat adaptation, strength AND performance at high intensities. Not just about efficiency in the lower aerobic zones.

I believe this (ME) works without having to go and do the full keto, the latest extreme after high protein, low carb, low-fat and so on and on.

But hey, athletes like extreme and plough straight in before asking questions. Ask yourself this; do you know any ironman podium finishers doing keto diets? I don’t.

We don’t know all the facts about keto, we don’t know the impact on hormones, the adrenals, the incidence of fatigue in high volume training athletes, or how high intensity performance might be affected, or immune cell function in high volume training athletes, or the impact on anabolic processes for example is keto the best strategy for big gear big work on the bike, or strength and hill running sets? I don’t take risks for my athletes when I already have a strategy that works to not only enhance fat adaptation but also encourage strength, power and speed.

No one has compared a healthy periodised nutrition approach (like Metabolically Efficient eating) to a keto approach. Each has only ever been compared to a carbohydrate containing processed food containing diet (which isn’t that healthy and so you are normally going to see a response). Until I have seen a straight head to head I wont be shifting from the more balanced approach.

And FYI most keto diets show reduced power; not what you want either.

However, if you did want a good article to consume, this is good. Is it technically perfect? No. Do they make big claims? Yes. And is it a little one-sided? Yes. Can you achieve what they claim and more without going keto? Yes. But every diet is going to be promoted this way so don’t hold it against keto. For many athletes with genuine pre-diabetic or blood sugar/ insulin problems or metabolic issues like cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome or polycystic ovaries keto may actually be recommended; diet is never a one size fits all. It is about finding what works and generally extreme measure are only needed for extreme cases.

This article is also technically more accurate than others so knock yourself out.

The ironman guide to ketosis

Andrea 🙂

Food and Activity Diaries – How useful are they?

Kona ironman nutrition

I ask all my clients and athletes to complete a food, training and well-being diary for me. Why? For many reasons and mostly the following:

Remember, my end goal is to help you eat a more balanced diet, richer in nutrition, focused on REAL foods, reduced in food choices devoid of nutrition, that meets your training requirements and assists the achievement of each training sessions goals while also bringing you naturally to optimal training and racing weight. A diet that enables an athlete to be fit and healthy, free from illness and less prone to injury while supporting intense training, strong competition performance and swifty recovery all the while embracing a healthy relationship to food and with your body….. all done with no need for extreme measure, extreme finance or extreme cooking skills!

So why do I ask you to complete a food and exercise diary?

  • I want to see what…

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Mercury, health and exposure

Hi folks,

I am not going to write a long post about mercury; here is an article from Townsend Letters about mercury: Mercury: The Quintessential Anti-Nutrient

Mercury is something that we see often in the clinic, and use laboratories in Germany to test a variety of samples such as hair, dental amalgam in saliva and also urine.

If you would like to know more about diagnosis, treatment and whether mercury may be affecting your health please do contact us.

Andrea

Basic vegetable soup

I threw a quick healthy soup together today for our dinner. Soup isn’t only a lunch option; adding sufficient protein on the side such as some sliced meat or a poached egg and even some beans or bean pasta, rice or quinoa into your soup will make for a filling and complete dinner meal.

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“It’s quite green” he said!

Soup is VERY simple to make and most vegetables will work. This is what I used today:

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Anti-inflammatory recovery smoothie

Hi Folks,

This is a quick recipe to add to your routine to assist with muscle soreness, improve recovery and also aid your digestive system, liver and overall health.

This is the bare basic bones of it; so don’t be afraid to switch your protein source around (e.g. hemp or brown rice or casein before bed), or add other goodies such as a dash of dark green leaves (e.g. spinach, rocket), cacao powder, or berries. Not everyone has the time to do fancy, so I kept it simple here and I do encourage you to play around with this recipe.

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What you need:

  • 1 small piece of fresh turmeric or approximately 1 heaped teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of honey
  • 1 serving whey protein
  • Whole-fat organic or raw milk
  • If you can stomach it a dash of black pepper will assist the absorption of the turmeric, there is sufficient fat in the milk to further enhance absorption.

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How:

  1. Place all your ingredients and milk to your desired volume into a nutribullet and blitz.imag2862
  2. If you need additional anti-inflammatory support then consider adding some ginger; if pain is an issue a dash of cayenne pepper will also help as strong as you can handle!.
  3. Enjoy after training or before bed.

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PS My injury is healing wonderfully, see here for my updated blog post on healing an injury