Tuesday

A tired Tuesday but I have had a good day, lots of talk and planning and trying to get life sorted. I have been dreaming so much lately, and there is a specific place in my dream that keeps on coming back? It is very weird I can’t even explain it. Anyhow, I’m not doing gym today and will just food prep. I went yesterday and wow I have been killing my abs, I have a six pack but only to be seen when no food has been around. LOL.

My body needs food, and good food every two hours in order to maintain a good weight. I have been sea-food-vegan-flexi-good lately with my health, I feel leaner but more muscle mass and more toned? How I see myself, you may think I look meeeeh.. but that is none of my biz. The picture above was a week ago I think?

And this picture was yesterday, my abs are defo coming forward. It takes time to build a strong core, honestly. I have been dealing with gym for now 3 years, constant and it is NOW my belly finally feels stronger. I guess, that cliche saying does make sense: practice makes it perfect.

I’m gonna head home now from work, I wont visit the gym today. Some muscles on the back of my knees hurt massively. I did Bikram on Sunday and hard core gym yday, let me rest.

I never know what to write once I open my blog, it is like all these topics and ideas disappear. I have quiet few reader now and I’m so amazed that people visit this basic blog. I will make it more fun, and soon I’m doing something and I think I would love to film it and put it out there. I will see…

3Tribes

Yday Tuesday I booked a hot yoga class. I only like hot yoga, I like the sweat feeling and the body feels more flexible. The teacher was pretty good.

I have been doing a lot of yoga at home everyday and I so surprised that I keeping it up, although yday was the first day in two weeks I did a class. It felt good, and I’m still not as bad and can hold poses. I’m always a bit rusty at first but I guess doing it at home has helped me to keep up.

I do yoga in all different places as I’m using classpass. My favourite is Sadhana in Clapham, Bikram London Bridge is also good but a bit too typical dance class a little bit I guess? They are good though, I love bikram. Easy to get very lean quick as well, if you keep it up. I’m gonna try once a week as I’m a bit lazy lately, I go to the gym and I’m active but I’m just like meh. Anyhow for March I’m gonna change the game a bit. Still doing vegetarian/vegan and I feel good.

My yoga class was at 3tribes in Borough. Very close to London Bridge. Very nice place actually, should have taken some pictures but no was so into my zone afterwards.

Feeling the retrograde by the way? I feel it and I can say that many people are walking on my shoes. And I’m standing here just smiling and trying to not lash out. Don’t get it twisted, I’m still gonna have my say. I’m a person that waits and sees if what you are doing is a piss taking or you are just so unaware of your own behavior? Anyhow, this is how I can be but I miss the days when I’m just a yes man and sometimes don’t even care to care about what I stand for. Don’t be a hypocrite or try not to.

Body

Today I feel mashed up. Is it the weather or is it the effort I put in the gym? I have lifting heavier, been working very structured and carefully with my gluteus as my left is very week.

I have been watching so many videos on how to have better posture, techniques etc. The worse things is, injures when you are on your pace and doing great at the gym. So what do I do at the gym exactly?

Firstly I warm up as always, my warm up can be different but it always includes chin ups. Everyday, and because lifting your own weight is key – for me at least. I do one day full body and the other days I focus on two parts, abs and arms or abs and legs. Abs is always included as I still want to get stronger core. The stronger core I have the better I perform.

And I also see that the more work I put with my abs, the closer I get to get a nice result.

31 years old and still looking young. Please let me stay like this forever. Or at least let my body stay strong and young for 20-30 more years. I’m asking for a lot.

I’m doing some yoga today as I need to stretch this body in a class. I haven’t been consisten with yoga for a very long time, due to classpass not being active and also the cold. I just wanna go home as soon as finish work and gym is literally just by the station. Harder to miss, but yoga isn’t nearby me at all. Think I’m gonna sign up for Bikram Yoga London in London Bridge and continue with it, more so when the weather is warmer. The worse thing I know is the sweats afterwards, I sweat soooo much and get rid of soo much water that it is ridiculous but the skin is so fresh.

London Bridge is perfect and I still have some credits there I can use. Yes, let’s go back to my routines. I loved the bikram in Clapham, that was is soo nice and the teacher is my favourite.

Another Weekend

How I love to be surrounded by nature, and I’m so lucky to live a bit far out in London. I have a lot of greenery around me and the fact that you can just go for a walk and recharge. Loving it. I was born in a small city and every weekend my nan took us to the country side, which was where my grandparents lived. My nan still lives in the same house, renovated but the same place. Anyhow, as I was born in a small city nearby the jungle. Yes, my soul and body is always in need to be one with nature. Reason why I don’t like man made cities.

On Saturday, Niat and I took ourselves to BoxHill but another side of the park from previous times. It was bliss, it was very cold but so nice to just breath nice air and just walk and talk about life.

I didn’t take many pictures but it is a beautiful place I recommend everyone to have a wonder around.

Lately I have been meditating again everyday, and wow I feel so good. So good that I created another meditation group and yes, I feel like sharing this with every one. I also did some tarot cards with Niat at the park, we sat and did a little bit of meditation and read some cards. I never do myself but I like to do on others, still learning tho. Very basic.

On Sunday, I woke up with a sore throat and was feeling shit. At some point we needed to do some food shopping so that was done, and had some lunch. Took a walk with the dog (we are taking care of a family dog) and sat in the sun. I came home and slept from 2pm to 9pm. I was knackered and tired and exhausted and everything. I haven’t slept like that for some time, I can’t even remember last time I had such a sleep.

After I woke up, I made a major prep for the week. Roasted veg, so it is easier during the week. We only add the protein, but saves us so much time. More structure is needed in my life.

Anyhow, gonna have some dinner now and relax. I made it to the gym and I have another meditation session before bed. Feel at ease. Thank God!

Early Gym – Meditation

I have said for many years, I wish I was a morning person. I have tried to wake up early and do what I need to do early but it hasn’t always been the case – actually mostly never.

Today I started 21 days Meditation, one of my friend invited me to this challenge and I must say – thank you because it did give me life this morning.

Craig leaves very early and I usually leave early to work but not this week. Although I woke up with him and started my 15 mins meditation. The first 5 mins were really difficult because I was yawning like never before. After 5 minutes it all stopped and I felt so energised. The arts of breathing. Once finished with the meditation, I got ready and had my morning coffee and vitamin D. Crucial.

Together with the 21 days mediation, I will also do a whole month challenge for my body. So this is my first day of my conscious fitness journey. I want to see what happens to my body, when I keep a consistent training and eating pattern.

I have been training since the year started and been eating regularly. Regular eating is something that it is not engaged in my life, I forgot to eat or I don’t fancy anything. After certain time during the day I just stop eating, at the moment it is a different story. I’m eating more than enough and I can see my body taking good benefit of it.

I will only see difference by looking at the mirror as I don’t wright myself, I always get so disappointed because it never goes up. I look bigger but the numbers are either the same or lower. So now, as long as I feel good I won’t look at the damn scale.

After during all activities and being all good in the morning, my system has crashed. I’m so tired. I needed another strong coffee after my lunch. My lunch wasn’t heavy at all but I feel like I could just cuddle up right here and sleep. At least I don’t need to visit the gym this evening. Feels good.

I look forward to continue with my discipline and achieve something, for myself. Gym has never been out of the picture since I started, but now I feel more encouraged to be healthier, a morning person and eat more.

Slowly but surely going back to my normal routines but with a better approach.

Bicarbonate of Soda

How many of you use bicarbonate of soda for medical purposes? Well, I do and I have been using bicarbonate of soda for maybe 6 months now I think? For me this is what has made me be reckless with food, I can’t eat gluten because it gives me the baddest indigestion, I get indigestion for many things but I once heard my teacher telling me about bicarbonate of soda. Bicarbonate of Soda is very powerful simple remedy in seconds. It has never failed me, forever loyal.

I use it in two different ways so far, as deodorant as I stopped using chemical deodorant during Jamaica. I came home and started with a homemade deo instead, and it works better but also it cleanses my armpits hahaha sounds really disgusting. At some point in Jamaica I didnt want to use chemical so I stopped completely for two days, omg I was stinky betty + sweaty betty. I needed to do a armpit cleanse hahaha. We all smell, we all sweat, in different parts. My sweat has become SOOO bad lately tho, it is runny and goes through all my jumpers (dont stress me). No but it is ridiculous how my hormones have changed lately, like MAD. Is it me being ready for pregnancy? I have never sweated this much in my whole life, I have always been able to wear many tops and not be worried at all. Today, I need to have paper under my armpits (I know someone that would laugh at this). It is ridiculous. Although, there is nothing wrong with sweating – absolutely NOTHING. I like to be honest and tell you because I think and I know being real also help other people to feel “normal” even though many others would say: it is disgusting. What it is disgusting is their narrow minded opinion.

Anyhow, the other way I use bicarbonate of soda is for my stomach. As I mentioned, I get really bad indigestion of bread – more so ANY bread. Not even sourdough can be my saver, sad but true.

Craig doesn’t believe in it, but I know he will once another person from outside our zones says it. Typical. How I use it for my stomach?
I add maybe a bit more than a cup water in a glass and one teaspoon bicarbonate of soda and mix it. Drink it and VOILA.
It regulates the pH levels in our stomach and some burp, some fart but any trapped air comes out. I know, maybe this is the most weirdest blogpost I will post. I wish more people where open about things, so we can all feel ok on this earth. So many people being ridiculed for normal things. Not good.

Yes, you burp and fart and your stomach feels much better. I use this religiously everytime I feel funny, it is my go to. You could do this maybe up to three times a day if you have a sour stomach but I only do it once, before I go to bed. I don’t want to exceed the intake, so I just do it once a day if needed. I like bicarbonate of soda because it helps with bloating, neutralize stomach acid and relives indigestion after eating.

“Sodium bicarbonate is generally safe and nontoxic. But drinking large amounts of baking soda can bring on a few unwelcome side effects, such as constipation, diarrhea, irritability, vomiting, and muscle spasms.”

I thought it is good to give you the other side of bicarbonate of soda if using too much. I only have one tea spoon a day of needed, but apparently you could repeat it around 3 times a day? Hmm. I think it is all about how bad the acid in your stomach is.

Bicarbonate Of Soda has many benefits and can help relieve many stomach conditions, I mean easy treated ones. Such as:

Freshening the mouth, it neutralizes the odours. I always used to drink sparkling water when I lived in Sweden, as I used to only drink white wine and believe me it is not the nicest breath for people to smell. It helped massively, even my friends started with it because it does wonders.

Exfoliator, it is actually true. It works very good for body and face, it is not too harsh. It removes dirt, grime and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin by neutralizing the skin’s acid barrier.

Detox bath, helps with itching, burning, swelling and have a positive effect on vaginal pH. Bicarbonate Of Soda has been found to have general antifungal affects. When having a bath with bicarbonate of soda, it helps to get rid of toxins and residue. Be mindful to dry properly, moisturize and hydrate.

I just mentioned the things I have been experiencing, there are more things to do with bicarbonate of soda but I don’ have all day.

I recommend an organic Bicarbonate of Soda, you can find bicarbonate of soda EVERYWHERE and it is possible the cheapest quick remedy there is. I take it after my food, maybe 1 hours after but I would say taking it before food could also HELP alot. You choose. Although, like I always say – research before act. This works for me, and I’m studying this at the moment through my school. Which is quite ironic as I have been using this as remedy for some time.

I will continue to post more regular and I’m also open for trials, meaning if you need help with your diet, health and other health related topics. Contact me here and I will try to do my best to help you with your needs. I need people who maybe can’t afford to pay a nutritionist but want help and coaching to change their life. I’m here lovelies.

2019…2020.

About to leave work and do my last gym sessions for the year.

Will try to stay healthy and fit before my kids.

Why I drink hot water.

Why do we wish away our days so much? It is constant saying: I’m tired – I cant wait to go home – I cant wait for the weekend – I need holiday. I find myself saying these things EVERY day. Is like I’m wishing my life away? Reality is that we all are wrong placed at some point in our lives.

Anyhow I’m dying to tell you something so simple. The benefits of lukewarm water everyday, specially in the mornings.
For some time now, I have been drinking lukewarm water and at first I was like the taste is just hmm. The reason why I did change my habit of always drinking ice cold water was: I got belly aches straight after, I started feeling quite sick, I feel heavier and like my belly was just frozen. And I also found that my body was working harder in order to process down the food. The worse has been drinking a cold coke and being reckless with fried food. Not good.

There are so many benefits when it comes to drinking lukewarm water, preferably with a slice of lemon. I think many of us are already doing this, hopefully but I just want to remind you of the benefits and how good it actually is.


The benefits of drinking lukewarm water:
– Aids digestion. It soothes and activates your digestive tract. Water is as many people say, the lubricant to your gut. It has a connection to weight loss as well.
– Calms central nervous. It calms your nervous system and it is actually very promising in that since. My nervous system has improved a bit since I have been religiously drinking lukewarm water.
– Keeps you hydrated. Lukewarm water is no different to cool water, it still hydrates you. A tip if you find it hard to drink 2 litres a day, have a 750 ML in the morning and another 750 ML in the afternoon, start like that at first.
– Improves circulation. The same way that a hot bath is good for your body’s blood circulation, hot water has a similar effect.

Although it is amazing and very good for your health to drink lukewarm water, be careful so you do not exaggerate and drink too hot water. You can burn your taste buds, and/or damage the tissues in your oesophagus. Be mindful of the temperature, and also have in mind that just drinking lukewarm water wont just heal/cure you. It is just another additional benefits to your daily life, it does help and it is better than ice cold water.

Ps. always use a glass bottle rather than plastic. We don’t want melted plastic in our system.

FLEXOLOGY

On Tuesday during my lunch break I booked myself for a stretching. I needed to have some proper stretch with someone that knows more about the body’s anatomy than myself. I booked 15 minutes but you can also choose 25 minutes.

I had a lady and was very happy with her, her name is Tamara and I’m gonna see her again Monday morning before work.

What happens during this session, you get your own “booth” or bed-like area where they have curtains around the bed, so no one can see you.

Whoever your therapist is, the person will talk you through and ask you which areas you want to focus on. You can also go there with a purpose of being more flexible or wanna do a split within certain amount of time, they will guide you and help you.

Flexology is based in Canary Wharf. You can visit them via ClassPass and on your first time you join ClassPass you get £30 pounds (click here) to start with. I find classpass really good, they have different classes, treatments and the wellness classes are great. I have been on 50 classes since I joined, yes forever a loyal customer. I have tried many studios, everything from posh to ok. What I like is that they have added this last year, they have added massage, facials, manicure in some, other unique treatments I have never heard before.

I stretch everyday but this assisted stretching is something I recommend to add to your lifestyle, at least once a week.

Intermittent Fasting –

Yesterday I shared what I did after my holiday in order to get back to “myself”, that has been intermittent fasting. I do this without planning it but this time I made sure I planned it and was conscious of it. Due to my eating habits in Jamaica, not because they were extreme but I consumed a lot of bread and dairy. Gluten is a no and no for me, dairy works even better but still under the same umbrella. The type of dairy products I consumed were desert, hummingbird (a proper nice alcoholic shake) and butter. I ate plenty of food every day, I don’t snack normally and over there it was just food every where at the resort.

Anyhow, like I have preciously stated, my stomach is extremely sensitive even when it comes to healthy foods. I don’t eat chick peas or overly spicy food. Gluten is something I remove 90% of my time because it gives me the worse indigestion of all times. I should just understand that I should keep my foods clean and stop messing around.

So over to the intermittent fasting, everyone is talking about it and it is now very trendy. I have been doing intermittent fasting on and off since many years back, more so when I moved to London. Intermittent fasting is actually a cheaper way of living, honestly. I will tell you why.

There are various way of intermittent fasting. It all depends on what you can do and what you want to do, and what your purposes are.

There are many ways of doing intermittent fasting, such as 5:2 which includes 500-600 calorie intake only for two days, some fast the whole day and eat a big meal at night. That is some warrior-diet fasting.

– 16:8/18:6 method (14:10 works also). This type of fasting includes not consuming food after 8pm and no breakfast or any food until 12 noon. Some people extend there fasting to 20:4 and only have ONE big healthy meal.
14:10 is usually recommended for females, although females aren’t less stronger it just has to do with us losing blood for a few days every month.
People who are used to eat breakfast EVERY morning find this very hard to get used to it.

You can drink water, coffee (without sugar or milk) and other non-caloric beverages during your fasting. Once your eating window is open, be careful with what food you consume. A few healthy meals are essential in order to take the advantage of the fasting. Many find this way more natural, and easier to adapt themselves to. Myself included.

18:6 or 16:8 intermittent fasting is not for everyone and not everyone has to do it. If you are happy with the way your body feels and everything you are doing, no need for this. Even thought I do think we could benefits from this. I would never suggest this type of procedure to someone who has eating disorders, therefore you have to be careful with what you advice people on. I don’t like when people who haven’t even studied Nutrition properly start willynilly throwing advice. Always say, please research before even trying for your own sake. Intermittent fasting, isn’t just stop eating for 16-18 hours and then eat whatever the body wants. Eating unhealthy will not be beneficial for you at all, the fasting will be wasted in order words. If you want to lose weight, please do not consume unhealthy means during your eating hours.

There is one fasting method that my parents do often, I think I have previously mentioned it. 3 days fasting with non-caloric liquids. The body automatically regenerates itself after 3 days, your cells are being renewed. Again I wont go too much into details of what happens in the body because this is after all not a bio-medicine lecture. This post was more to increase your interest about intermittent fasting.

In regards to my intermittent fasting, I stop eating different times in the evening. Sometimes 5pm, sometimes 6pm, sometimes 8pm and start eating 11.30AM sometimes or 1PM. My fasting period is between 16-18 hours average. I do stop my fasting after 4 days and then go back to normal. I want to gain weight, so intermittent fasting may not be for me at all times. That is why I cut the intermittent fasting in the middle of 4 days doing it. When doing intermittent fasting with the purpose of loosing weight, please do research first what you can eat during your eating window. The best is to keep an healthy “diet” and when it comes to the drinking part. In general, drink lukewarm water as it is more gentle to your stomach. I have for a week now been drinking lukewarm water and as much as I hate it my body is actually loving it. I will explain on another post why lukewarm/hot water is good for you.

I get all my facts by reading and from my senior faster to Step dad, I experience the fasting myself and I make sure I do my research before jumping on any type of “diet”.

These points above are the benefits with intermittent fasting, there are other benefits and greater benefits when you water fast for several days. Fasting has always been in the human history so it is not something we would not be able to master even though it is not recommended for everyone. I will educate myself a little bit more about this. This is basically just a brief post about intermittent fasting.

Send me question or anything that I have missed.