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When I lived in Malta I used whatever greens were seasonal there…
The basic (and best) version I have found is spinach and beetroot …
Peel and cube the beetroot – quite small cubes. (about 400g for a good 3-4 portions)
Get a pan on med/high with oil/butter – not sure how your diet fits in with oils etc, but it is necessary.
Add some garlic and finely chopped onion (I used celery rather than onion). Let this sweat off for a couple of mins and add the beetroot.
Add a teaspoon of paprika and half teaspoon of cinnamon.
Let the celery/onion etc sweat off properly and then add the risotto rice – I usually use about half a pack as I make extra for lunches etc. (more…)
Hiya! So I may well have looked somewhat like a Sir Digby Chicken Caesar out there… but I had a ball :)
It seems like my phat cankles on display in my class the day after inspired one Yoga student of 2.5 years to enter the race next year herself Aren’t people curious… I wonder if the beginner will come back! (more…)
Firstly, I am sorry that my blog posts are a bit few & far between lately
Busy times means that this blog takes a while to get around to updating sometimes- but when I feel passionate about a subject I would like to write about, eventually I will
After I had my twins 8 years ago, my abdominals separated to an extent that the physiotherapist said he doubted they would ever knit back together.
Why a check for DRA (Diastasis Recti Abdominis) is not routinely performed at the 6-week postnatal check I am not sure- but I like to check any postnatal 1:1 students for this, before beginning an exercise routine with them.
So my race story starts 5 days before, when I woke up with a tickle in my throat. I had three days of feeling rough as. I think the combination of stress with the logistics (taking my mum and kids) combined with the psychological pressure of a new distance (which I never seem to cope well with) just got to me. That and in all honesty having just not been going to bed early enough and resting efficiently enough recently.
So I took three days before the race off work, rested, then felt slightly better so decided to race. I threw a random bunch of stuff together (which I thought was “adequately labelled” ). Looking at a big pile of stuff in the hallway the night before the race- stuff every where, I looked at my mum and said- this is not how Kilian Jornet prepares for a race. Mum said “And does he have children? No.” (more…)
Curiously, immediately after the race I was feeling unsure about the upcoming race in Sept which this one was part of training for…
However, by the time I got into my bed two hours later, I could not wait to do it all again. I reckon all the springboards, ahem I mean, people I spoke with along the way, have probably also signed up for their next one by now or are thinking about which one to do.
I messaged my friend when I got into bed and said- “why is it that you brain goes arrghhh that hurt like hell! Let’s do another one?” and he replied- “endorphins”.
This recipe is a nice healthier substitute for chicken nuggets. I tend to make the cakes a big bigger, small-hand held size. The dip is vegetarian, but you could omit it or make a vegan version (with vegan yoghurt and cream).
As you are reading this note, where is you head in relation to your spine? Is your electronic device held in front of your face, or is your head forward of your spine?
The head comprises 8% of total body mass. It weighs 10 to 11 pounds with no hair (4.5 to 5 kg), yet every inch your head goes forward is an extra 10 lbs (4.5kgs) of weight on your neck.
No matter how well you eat, if you train, if you keep your stress levels in check, this is something we all tend to do more often than not. Everyone.
Look sideways at yourself in a mirror, if your ear is not in line with your shoulder and your hip, then as this article discusses, this can be a sign of forward head posture (FHP). (more…)
I met Dini aboard her family’s home and sailing vessel “Happy Dancer” to find out more about how this young mother managed to sail, travel, have a career, a family and keep everything afloat, literally.
It was a hot and sunny but breezy September afternoon. We sat up on the deck in shade, our children played quietly below. It was peaceful and the air fresh and salty. Dini cut us up a winner of a Maltese watermelon and I felt I would need convincing not to sell all my belongings and buy a boat after this interview.
Dini is 31, an Australian who has travelled a lot (10 countries in her first 18 years) and whenever by the sea she worked on boats. Dini began teaching Yoga at 25, then met and married Pablo Martinez an accountant whom she ‘trained up’ in sailing skills by buying a share in a boat docked in Sydney harbour with a dream one day of setting sail in their own. They have two sons: Noah 4 and Gael 2.5 years (at time of interview).
Me (M): The first question I must ask Dini, is, why this lifestyle choice, and why now?
Dini: (D): I have always sailed. Since I could walk, my grandfather taught me. I have always been adventurous. My original plan was to buy a really old boat with friends and do it up. For me it was always an idea centring on community. No one else at that time seemed ‘on board’ with this plan so eventually I found myself married with an 18-month old son and another on the way. All our friends were getting mortgages and we just didn’t feel ready for that yet. We wanted to make our own little world and be cut off from some of the things we liked less about western lifestyles.
When I found I was pregnant with Gael we felt the time was right. Before that we were worried our older son Noah might feel lonely if we travelled but now our family felt complete we knew it was time. We sold many of our belongings and gave away the rest. This wasn’t challenging for us, it felt very liberating.
We chose Happy Dancer because of Moody (the brand’s) good reputation as a safe but also comfortable blue water cruiser. It’s built stronger than most boats, that was the important thing. The fact that it was already equipped with solar panels and wind generator was a plus.
Running New York marathon in the same year, a life time achievement maybe…
Running both and the distance between the two?
Patrick Sweeney reckons pretty much any of us can do this. It’s just a matter of getting into the rhythm of things.
Me (M)- What are you up to tomorrow?
Patrick (P)- Tomorrow I’ll be flying to Chicago to meet with a friend “Barefoot Alex” then onto the Kenyan Embassy to meet some top Kenyan marathoners. Alex and I’ll then pick up a torch and run from Chicago to New York and then run the New York Marathon.