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Women with muscles – athletic chic or borderline beastly?

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Athletic chick look? Or borderline beastly?

I asked this question on my Instagram.

Most people commented they dig the muscle gains I’ve got from CrossFit. But some friends worried after my Instagram post I might be heading towards muscle mania.

I’m about 3kg heavier than when I was purely a runner. But that’s because muscle weighs more than fat. So, stuff the scales. It’s the first time I’ve had some actual muscles.

I also know as a qualified personal trainer it’s good to be lifting weights for the sake of increasing bone density. This goes on a rapid decline after age 30 by the way. So being strong is not about trying to be strong. It’s actually vital.

It was a year ago that I nervously walked into CrossFit. It’s a place full of weights, bars, row machines, bikes and various gym and gymnastics equipment.

Owner Jason Sawyer of Cross Fit Newmarket described the place as a kind of “bat-like-cave”. He tells clients they can escape here to sweat and forget about any worries and the rest of the world for a bit. I love that description. I like the bat-cave escape.

I think feeling strong feels kinda good too. I can deadlift more than my body weight. I can climb ropes now monkey-like. And I can hold a handstand for a minute. There are still lots of CrossFit skills to master yet. So the learning keeps it fun. I’m a beginner still at this sport, really. So I’m pretty nervous about entering the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games Open.

This is a global competition to find the fittest on the planet. Thousands of Kiwis enter this.

About 350,000 people globally took part last year and the numbers are set to be big again this year. There are 15,000 CrossFit affiliates that participate. The competition runs for five weeks from February 22.

People of all ages and abilities participate — including newbies like me. Some do it seriously. Others like me do it to take part in a sport and community they feel part of.

How it works is everyone does a set workout each week (scaled to their level). Your workout score tells you how your fitness compares with others at your gym — and around the world. Challenges can include: running, rowing, lifting weights, to handstand walks, and gymnastics … I’ll be scaling my weights low, while watching the talented members of my gym lift heavy and chase times hard. I look forward to cheering them on.
Good luck to everyone taking part.

Tips for CrossFit from Luke McGruer, owner of Mount CrossFit.
1. Do a proper warm up. Get mobile and stretch and do something that simulates the upcoming workout.
2. Focus on movement quality — over speed. A “no rep” can be detrimental to your score. “It can be the difference between 10th place and 100th place.”
3. Stretch, mobilise and rest on the days in-between workouts.

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What science says about being a mum

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I remember the first moment when I broke down as a new mum. My son Zach was a few weeks old and my mother-in-law walked in the door to spend time with her grandson and help me out.

As she walked in the door, I could no longer hold myself together. Sleep deprived and overwhelmed, I collapsed into heavy, loud sobs and declared: “I just can’t do this!”
It took me 10 whole minutes to get out that single sentence in between the wailing and heavy sobbing.

My mother-in-law gave me a hug and then told me to go out for a coffee and enjoy having some time to myself.

I wiped the tears, breathed and went out for that coffee, saw a friend and did some shopping. I came back with a clear head. I felt like a million bucks — smiling even.

I needed a break and to look after myself too, not only my baby. Thank goodness for a helpful mother-in-law.

I wish back then I also had Dr Natalie Flynn’s book Smart Mothering: What Science says about Caring for Your Baby and Yourself.

Years ago when I was a new mum there were mostly overseas guides. Anyone remember the Baby Wise book? Yeah, I had my first kid on a three-hour feeding window like clockwork — robot-like. Poor kid!

Kiwi mum-of-three Flynn has examined the research around mothering. She’s looked at clinical psychology, theory and of course has her own experience to draw from.

She’s penned 17 chapters, including 500 pages, on smart mothering. She gives practical and science-backed advice to help empower mums.

She looks at all the weighty topics like attachment parenting or not. Routines or not to routine. Immunisation. Baby blues. Sleeping. Breastfeeding to bottle-feeding. Navigating nannies and daycare too — if you are a working mum.

The book is useful and I like all the real-life case studies to relate to. One of my favourite chapters is ‘Looking After Yourself’.

“You need a good sense of wellbeing in order to look after your baby effectively,” writes Flynn.

Here are her top tips on how new mums can take care of their own emotional health:
1. Bring happiness into your day via three ‘circuitries for happiness’, according to psychiatrist Tony Fernando. These brain circuitries are: The excitement pleasure circuit (eg. coffee, surfing the internet, etc), the calm and contentment circuit (eg. bath, walk, using mindfulness, etc), and the connection compassion circuit (practise compassion, connect with others and have awareness how this feels in the moment eg, smile at another mum and “enjoy her smile in return”, says Flynn).
2. Tune into the positive and write a gratitude diary.
3. Be aware that potential positive events can “turn to custard”, ie if you are snubbed by a mum you try to talk to. “Just back yourself to be resilient.”
4. Take time to do things you value, ie if you value intelligence and learning then learn something new ie listen to a quick TED Talk for example.
5. Embrace self-compassion. “This isn’t pseudo-science and it’s not self-indulgent.”

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You can drink beers and still lose weight

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Artist Simon Richardson proves if you have the right mindset, you can achieve incredible weight-loss and fitness results.

He didn’t even use a gym and still drank beers!

Full disclaimer: Simon, 44, is one of my super-star clients I coach. He’s a multi-award-winning painter.

When I started coaching Simon in February, his goal was to lose 9kg to reach his goal weight, 79kg. The only exercise he had done was running. But he was losing the love for this sport because he constantly had sore legs.

I coached Simon remotely via phone or Skype. I’m in Auckland; he’s in Dunedin.

I put Simon’s nutrition, fitness and lifestyle under a microscope. I checked in with him weekly to update his plan and gave him new tips that were achievable, relatable and sustainable. I made sure his plan always aligned with his goals.

Simon can’t access a gym as he lives on a remote peninsula, so I got him doing body-weight training and cut his run days in half. He had a rest day weekly for recovery.

Simon loves his Friday night beers and so I kept these in his plan. I believe in sustainable lifestyle changes and loathe deprivation.

After six weeks’ coaching, I got this text from Simon: “I can fit all my jeans again!”

I was even more excited than him. As a coach, it’s even more of a buzz helping clients reach their goals. Helping others is a heart-led thing. Within two months he reached his goal weight. He is also stronger, fitter and running faster too. The best ripple-effect is he is sharing his new-found nutrition knowledge with his family.

I still coach Simon. I credit his ongoing success to his incredible determination. I was merely a guide in the process.

I asked Simon some questions about his health journey:
• What has been the hardest part of the journey?
Nutrition! I had to learn to be disciplined.

• What do you love?
The variety of CrossFit-style exercises I get to do.

• What helped you on your journey?
Having a coach. It was great to have someone telling me what I should be doing. I found that fantastic and really motivating.

• What do you love about your transformation?
Having muscles. I’ve never had that before.

• What’s your advice to others wishing to be fitter or healthier?
You shouldn’t give up on yourself if you get to your 40s or 50s. Look after your body!

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Accountant uses mindfulness to change

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As a health coach, the message I received from a client last week was ultimate.

Janelle McCorquindale’s message read: “I’d like to personally really thank you for changing my life. So much has changed: weight loss, mental clarity and more …

“I’m also shifting to Rotorua. My five-year plan just got fast-tracked. I’m so excited for my next chapter and thank you for the inspiration and help. You have no idea how much you helped me. Thank you.”

Janelle was among 14 women at the Polynesian Spa Mindful Moments retreats in August.

The weekend-long retreats help people bring their mind, body and spirit into balance.

Clients have blissful “me time” and a luxury spa treatment. They are also guided through meditation, mindfulness, yoga and a wellness workshop.

I co-led these health retreats as a qualified yoga teacher and coach. I specialise in helping clients uplift their health and happiness levels. I do this through strategies around mindset, diet, movement and lifestyle.

Janelle told me the retreat and sessions at the Strong Like a Girl gym are to thank for her transformation. Photo / Supplied
Janelle told me the retreat and sessions at the Strong Like a Girl gym are to thank for her transformation. Photo / Supplied

My mission is to help Kiwis to live a life they truly love and I know a lot of science-backed wellness knowledge to help people.

Most clients come away from these retreats with a single goal in mind. However, Janelle, a 43-year-old accountant from Auckland, really transformed. She walked away from the retreat inspired to aim for several goals.

Since the retreat, she has lost 8kg (going from a size 14 to 8). She has taken up mountain biking and is about to start a new job in Rotorua. She’s also less stressed and happier and has more confidence.

I chatted to Janelle last week. She told me the retreat and her sessions at the Strong Like a Girl gym are to thank for her transformation.

“The retreat gave me the time and space to stop and think about the direction of my life and where I was going …

“I struggle with depression and so it’s hard to find that space for myself.

Janelle told me the retreat and sessions at the Strong Like a Girl gym are to thank for her transformation. Photo / Supplied
Janelle told me the retreat and sessions at the Strong Like a Girl gym are to thank for her transformation. Photo / Supplied

“Finding the community there … I found it was full of like-minds. This was so helpful because often you don’t get the chance to meet people like this.

“It gave me the mental mind-shift to ‘I can’t do things’ to ‘now things are possible’.

“Through lots of things you said and following you on Instagram (@inspiredhealthandfitness) … it kept me motivated!” Janelle says.

I’m so proud of Janelle and I told her she inspires me now too! Running these retreats is a soul-kind-of-thing. Helping people is a coach’s ultimate work goal.

Meanwhile, join me if you want to learn some tools on how to uplift your health and happiness. The next Mindful Moments retreat I’m running is November 10-11. There are a few spots left so book in quick. Check out www.polynesianspa.co.nz/mindful-moments-retreat.

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Rachel Grunwell on Greg Boyed: ‘The grief, anxiety and tears ripped my heart apart’

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We are letting our hair down and kicking up our heels. It’s that time of year, right?

It’s a time of celebration, having a bit too much kai and celebratory wines and enjoying prezzies. It’s a time to connect more with friends and whānau. I also love the summertime and abundance of summer fruits — it’s easy this time of year to follow the 5-a-day rule (ie five bits of veg and fruit daily). And who doesn’t love the fancy-free-kind-of feeling during December.

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a reminder to reflect and celebrate on all your highs and epic achievements. Acknowledge those magic moments you’ve had. Feel incredible gratitude for these times.

This is mindfulness in action — celebrating the journey and enjoying the “now”. Learning to live in the moment is a gateway to feeling more happiness. This is something I share with clients on the Mindful Moments retreats that I lead.

Of course, there will also be some moments that were hard, real and raw for you too this year. Acknowledge those times as well.

We can learn, grow and strengthen from these tough times too. These times are part of the rich fabric of who we are. We all go through tough times — you are not alone.

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Rachel is celebrating gratitude this Christmas. Photo / Supplied

For me, I’ve had some great moments. Among them high up on the list is seeing my kids, and wellness business, grow and thrive. For these things, I’m so grateful.

As for the tough times, a very loved family member was injured in an horrific, head-on car crash. Thank God they survived. I was also brought to my knees too when I lost a dear friend to suicide. The grief, anxiety and tears ripped my heart apart.

As Christmas draws near, I’m focusing on more genuine presence with the people I love, not presents. People are just so precious …

Three ways to have more presence
1. Listen. Truly listen to the words people say. Really get where they are at.
2. Be curious and ask questions. Sometimes it’s what people don’t say that can reveal more than they feel ready to say.
3. Look at the person when you speak with them and watch for their non-verbal cues. Sometimes people can go on auto-pilot with what they say. While, their body language can give further clues.

• Rachel is an award-winning writer, yoga and mindfulness teacher, coach, and she co-leads the Mindful Moments retreats at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa. You can find her blog on the website inspiredhealth.co.nz. Follow Rachel via Facebook (InspiredHealthNZ) and Instagram (inspiredhealthandfitness)

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Yoga fever hits the bay

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I’m on the white sands of Mount Maunganui Beach in the yoga mountain pose — also traditionally called tadasana yoga pose.

My big toes are touching, both knee caps are slightly lifted. My arms are relaxed by my sides and my chest is broadened. I’m standing tall, with just the right amount of effort and ease. I’m not rigid like a sergeant major, yet I don’t have collapsed shoulders like a surly teenager.

This yoga pose, by the way, is a simple tool for improving your posture.

Do it every day to feel confident, hold “presence” and carry your body the way it’s meant to be moved — in beautiful alignment.

I’m amongst 250 people doing this same mountain pose — a foundation pose in yoga.

The session is about living in the moment and was dubbed, Caught by the Dawn.

Behind us all is the green hump of Mauao mountain — also called The Mount by locals.

This place is the backbone of the community of Mount Maunganui. Thousands stride up or around her curves daily to feel grounded and uplifted.

So hundreds of men, women and children, of all ages and of all yoga abilities, are doing mountain pose in front of that beautiful mountain.

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My feet are grounded in the grit of sand thick on my yoga mat — you can’t shake the stuff, right? There’s the most brilliant blue sky above and I can hear birds chirping.

The blazing early summer sun is warming my skin — even though it’s only 7am. The waves are crashing as they wash into shore and then wash back out. It’s so soothing.

The teacher guiding us in the vinyasa session is Barry Muntz, who teaches in Mount Maunganui at the House of Yoga and Mount Maunganui Golf Club, and is co-owner of B-ORA yoga. He tells us all to tune in our breath almost to the flow of the sea. Feel your breath slowly rise and fall, come and go, he says.

He then cues us to “lift the top of your head up towards the sky” in mountain pose. He’s reminding us all not to get lost in the moment and not to collapse or slump in our good posture.

He then cues us to sweep our hands above our heads and 500 hands flow in time in that one beautiful moment skywards.

Yoga helps you stand well, move well, breathe well, feel well and live well.

It helps me to be mindful in the moment and calms my nervous system.

It also makes me smile, and it’s a wonderful connector to others too.

The blissful blue-sky moment I’m describing was last Saturday. All those bodies gathered for the vinyasa flow session

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If you want to boost your wellbeing, read more

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Summer time is the perfect time to chill out in a hammock and get your nose in some more books. If you want to boost your wellbeing, read more. This will help you to learn, expand your thinking and outlook, and flourish.

Here are some wellness books I’ve read while in a hammock this summer while holidaying in Mt Maunganui and Whangamata.

The Book of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith. If you feel anxious or want to learn more about the way you think, then this book is gold. It also has a gold, sunny, bright yellow coloured cover. This book shares tools on how to change how you think and feel — to how to have more control and feel calmer and happier.

This book uses such clear, easy-to-read language. So, a teenager, or adult, can learn lots of useful Cognitive Bahavioural Therapy strategies through this.

Ripe Recipes — A Third Helping.

The Ripe books are a winning formula! This is the third Ripe book from Angela Redfern and the Ripe Deli team. This beautiful book boasts 150 recipes. This includes salads, vegan dishes, curries and decadent desserts to spice mixes.

Broken up by seasons, this book will challenge home cooks a little more.

Meanwhile, here’s a challenge … See if you can stop your mouth from watering over lots of these recipes. It’s impossible with the spiced pumpkin cheesecake with maple roasted pecans. Talk about heavenly… www.beatnikpublishing.com

All The Right Reasons — 12 Principles for Living a Life in Harmony. The author of this is Kevin Guest. He’s the CEO of USANA Health Sciences. This is a global billion-dollar health and nutritional supplement company.

Kevin shares stories around his life principles. So, helping readers understand ‘you have the power to change’ for example. I met Kevin in Auckland for a chat and asked him to share five work/life balance tips too given his career success:

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If you want to boost your wellbeing, read more.

1.Be present. Mindfulness is “key”, he says.

2. Practise breathing — this helps Kevin with panic attacks. He reveals he would experience these sometimes while performing as a musician. By the way, he’s shared the stage over the years with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Belinda Carlisle! He uses breathing techniques. For example, he counts to four, pauses, then exhales for four counts. He does this slow counting while visualising a square’s four sides. “This helps me stay balanced,” he says.

3. Read books. This helps me have an open mind to being “teachable”, he explains.

4. Prioritise who you are, your values system and what makes you “you”. This helps you lead your best life.

5. Self-care. “This is not selfish.”

This book is published by Inspired Solutions Publishing and is available on Amazon.

The Revive Café Cookbook 7 by Jeremy Dixon. If you love plant-powered kai, then this book is a gem. Vegetarian food shines bright in this book. All recipes in here are also dairy and egg free, and most are gluten-free.

There are almost no processed foods either or sugar. I love the plant-powered desserts and the 13 vegan cheese recipes in here! Jeremy also is behind the Frooze balls (healthy fruit and nut balls). You can enter to win a basket full of Frooze balls. Enter via the 
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Quitting Plastic — Easy and Practical Ways to Cut Down the Plastic in Your Life. This is by Clara Williams Roldan with Louise Williams.

This cute pocket-size book is all about helping readers to become more conscious consumers — and I love it! Learn about the history of plastics, to good and bad kinds of plastics. I love the verdict section on what to use instead of your usual plastic products.

For example, bamboo toothbrushes are an alternative to plastic ones. There’s even a recipe for making your own toothpaste in here. That recipe will save you from buying the ones in the plastic tubes from the supermarket. This book is full of cool, clever ideas.

Happy Ever After — Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life by Paul Dolan.

This book will have you thinking outside of the box on how to live a happy life. Are you in a miserable marriage or don’t want to ever marry? Or do you care too much about what people think over taking an unconventional path in life?

This book is not full of fluffy life-crisis kind of advice, but straight-talking wisdom. Paul busts lots of myths over things that make us supposedly happy. He shares science-backed research around how the path to fulfilment deserves a re-think. This books gives a fresh approach around happiness.

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The wellbeing rituals to keep you grounded

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Confession: I’m a mum so life is not always cool, calm and collected. But this isn’t the case for any parent on the planet, I’m sure.

Then there are those fun hormones to navigate monthly and none of us can control the actions of others which can sometimes be stressful …

But we can control some things in our lives that can keep us uplifted and smiling. The trick is to tap into as much of this stuff as possible.

When coaching clients to achieve their goals (ie. lose weight, get fit and live life more in balance), I inspire them to adopt regular wellbeing rituals too. These rituals can vary depending on the individual and what stuff they dig.

Here are six actions I do often to feel more radiant — and that uplift the corners of my mouth. Consider some things you love and embrace them as regular rituals too.

1. Strength ritual
I start several days of the week doing a CrossFit strength-based workout. Having a strong body helps me to feel stronger in my mind, more empowered and happy. The science behind the exercise high is real. I just ease back on the weights on those days when my body needs less intensity.

2. Girlie-girl ritual
On week days, I often wear a flowing dress, heels and lippy. I love taking pride in my appearance; it makes me feel feminine, or at least helps me look like I’ve got it together! My fave Kiwi brands are clothes by Juliette Hogan, earrings by Zoe and Morgan and beauty products made by Linden Leaves.

3. Bath ritual 
I own one of those old vintage baths with the claw feet. You’ll find me every single night in a tub full of bubbles. My current favourite bubble bath is Linden Leaves’ In Bloom which is infused with chamomile. I immerse myself in fragrant bubbly bliss. Here I’m still, feel relaxed and wind-down before I go to bed.

4. Nourishment ritual
Good food fuels my good mood. I remember the days when I’d scoff a bowl of pasta for lunch and it would send me into a sleep-like state afterwards. So I’ve learned to load up my plate instead with leafy greens, good fats, and eat lots of micronutrients to give me more energy and keep my emotions more level.

5. Music ritual
When I cook dinner for my family, I blast lots of sounds from the kitchen. When I ask my teenager to dance with me, he raises his eyebrows to the ceiling, of course. But my 7-year-old son Finn still thinks this is fun. Somehow this makes me feel less grown up. I like that!

6. Coffee ritual
I drink one to two cups a day. At home, it’s Nespresso. Or I love going to a cafe to catch up with friends. I always savour the brew. It’s my reward after my daily exercise routine.

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The 20 minute workout that changes your body

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Rachel Grunwell learns about the X-Force workout from Peter Rana, Body Tech’s founder and director.

Working hard gets results — at anything in life, right? It’s true in your gym sweat sessions too.

I tried lifting weights recently at a fancy gym with fancy new equipment. But actually you can apply this technique broadly at any gym and get some great results.

Negative strength training is a big buzz right now. How it works is you push your muscles to their capacity on lifting AND lowering weights.

So you slow down the downward (or eccentric) muscle lengthening phase of lifting weights. For example, with a pull up, you’d not just lift up into this quickly, you’d slow that sucker down on the downward phase too. So you’d work hard on this movement 100 per cent of the time, and not just 50 per cent of the time.

Look around your gym the next time. You’ll see almost everyone cheat the downward phase of lifting weights. For example, people tend to put all their effort into one phase of a bench press.

At Body Tech gym in Auckland, this is called an X-Force workout. They are the first gym in NZ to get the equipment. Here they have fancy machines that lighten the loads automatically to perform positive lifting work and then add it back on to challenge muscles while doing the negative (lowering) phase of the workout.

“We’re 40 per cent stronger when it comes to lowering a weight as opposed to lifting it.

The negative stroke, with 40 per cent more resistance, more thoroughly fatigues strength trained muscles than conventional strength training does. This deeper fatigue stimulates the production of key hormones linked to building muscle and burning fat-cell content,” says Peter Rana, Body Tech’s founder and director.

“So every time you do a rep you recruit more muscle fibres and dormant muscle fibres that you don’t get to use normally.”

The good news about negative strength training? You do fewer reps, fewer exercises and you are out of the gym quick (20-minutes at Body Tech). You also only need this workout twice weekly, says Peter.

So, that’s only eight sessions a month.

The bad news? It’s haaaaard work. You want to give up after three reps on each machine.

But you have to curse and sweat (and possibly swear like me) your way through five reps on each machine.

It’s not an easy workout. You may even want to cry for your mum only minutes into the session — or was that only me?

The bottom line is you have to be prepared to work hard even though it’s for a shorter time. But time-poor people could dig this … I like how Peter sums up the workout: “You’re not going to like it, but you are going to like the results.”

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Why the Keto diet works

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Is it me, or is Instagram full of people thanking the Keto diet for helping them to lose weight and look good.

Okay, I’m a wellness geek who follows lots of people who dig wellness. So it’s going to happen!

But seriously, the Keto diet is trending.

Scott Gooding thinks so too. He’s the author of The Keto Diet Cookbook, which boasts 150 keto recipes. He has also recently launched www.reconditioned.me.

Reconditioned.me is an eight-week online health programme where you can tap into low-carb meals, psychologist-led mindset coaching, mindfulness and workouts. It’s an holistic approach to wellness.

Auckland-based clinical nutritionist and researcher Cliff Harvey is also involved in the programme. He’s well-known for backing the Keto diet well before it became trendy and has done some research on it over the years and penned a few wellness books on eating with a low-carbohydrate approach.

I chatted to Sydney-based Scott via Skype and asked him for the low-down on Keto.

He says people should adopt it as a lifestyle, not a quick-fix diet. He says it’s a lifestyle where you essentially eat real food that’s mostly plant-based.

Scott Gooding, author of The Keto Diet Cookbook. Photos / Guy Bailey & Scott Gooding
Scott Gooding, author of The Keto Diet Cookbook. Photos / Guy Bailey & Scott Gooding

“Eat mostly above-ground veges too,” he says. “Plants are the hero on your plate and protein is the condiment.”

He adds that this can often be the first thing people need to adopt well because Australians and Kiwis tend to be “barbecue nations”.

So, the Ketogenic lifestyle is where you avoid processed foods, and embrace healthy fats like nuts, coconut, avocados, etc.

Ketosis is a word you’ll hear often with the ketogenic approach. This is the metabolic process when the body burns stored fats rather than glucose for energy.

Scott says it’s a great lifestyle to adopt for weight control and to uplift your health.

“It ultimately helps to lower inflammation, improve longevity and enhance cognitive function,” he says.

He says lowering inflammation is important because “this is the corner stone to good health or ill-health”. This is how we try to keep diseases at bay.

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Steak with anchovy butter and chimmichiri. Photo / Supplied

Scott says being in ketosis will help to reduce the oxidative stress caused by a high-carbohydrate diet. Scott gets excited when he talks about good nutrition because he explains “we get to control everything that passes our lips”.

While other stresses are harder to control like those in work, family, and relationships, he adds.

“Nutrition is the greatest driver of inflammation and we get to control that.”

Scott says take ownership of cooking most of your own food. This helps you become the “custodian of your own health”.

He’s also big on eating sustainably, ethically, seasonally and organic where possible.

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