Relishing My Pastries

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Pastries from Aroma Bakery in Burnaby

Most of you know, I do intermittent fasting which means I skip breakfast so that I can do fasted workouts. I don’t always eat pastries, but when I do, I eat it only for lunch. This pic shows what I had for lunch earlier this week. From left to right, you are looking at a cream-filled dark chocolate eclair, a napoleon which is a Russian-style mille feuille, and 2 cream puffs!

I woke up the next day still f*cking sexy. It’s possible to eat what you want when you eat clean 80-90% of the time, workout smart and keep yourself in vibrational alignment with things, people, circumstances that keep you feeling good.

#HappyFriday #pastries #SOML

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I love it here at Glenburn Soda: the flavours, the friendly service, the retro decor and especially the music!

The Lover You Deserve

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The following is a Frida Kahlo poem:

You deserve a lover who wants you disheveled, with everything and all the reasons that wake you up in a haste and the demons that won’t let you sleep.

You deserve a lover who makes you feel safe, who can consume this world whole if he walks hand in hand with you; someone who believes that his embraces are a perfect match with your skin.

You deserve a lover who wants to dance with you, who goes to paradise every time he looks into your eyes and never gets tired of studying your expressions.

You deserve a lover who listens when you sing, who supports you when you feel shame and respects your freedom; who flies with you and isn’t afraid to fall.

You deserve a lover who takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee, and poetry.

Coincidence: No Such Thing?

Summer began with me doing things I love: watching theatre movies with friends, going out for dinner with a small group for some good food and company. As well, I spent a lot of time alone: running around the block for exercise, going the the park to read a book, swimming at the outdoor pool or just strolling outside so I can sunbathe!

At tennis, there’s this guy I’ve seen a few times since moving to a new city. One day, someone from my Meetup group invited him to play with us. The next week, I kept seeing him everywhere: I’d run into him while shopping, he’d run into me while running around the block, we’d start going to tennis (unplanned) to practice at the same times.

The following week, the same thing happened again and I clued in that he was likely a local since we kept bumping into each other so much. Anyway, I mentioned this to a girlfriend who said “there’s no such thing as coincidence, you know.”

We are continually shaped by the forces of coincidence . . . Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever.
Paul Auster

The next time at tennis, he gave me his number so we could plan seriously training together. Now, we hit on a daily basis: against each other in singles and as a mixed doubles team against others.

When not at tennis, we are usually chatting via iMessage or are actually together sharing a bottle of wine: I like French reds and he likes South American ones. We have these long conversations about books, TV shows, politics, training and sports.

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Last nite, I introduced Yoga to our Wine Nights. This involved sips of Chardonnay while teaching him and practicing poses together. For someone who hasn’t done Yoga before, he was a quick study and is more flexible than I anticipated!

I’m delighted at how he’s willing to try new things [Yoga Night, for example]: I just showed up with my mat when he picked me up. He laughed and said,  that was fun!

I bask in beauty of coincidental synchronicity. I appreciate this amazing energy we have. I deeply relish this coming together and have so much pleasure from our co-creating! 

Why I Skip Breakfast

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Henry Cavill in the film Immortals

This is my 2nd year doing Intermittent Fasting. I got here after realizing that I was eating over my macros when I switched to Paleo. The first year, I started skipping breakfast monthly until I progressed to 2-6x a month.

I love fasting because I find myself with amazing alertness and energy to do activities (including work and workouts) despite not having eaten anything. I relished the sensation of having an empty stomach. I could push myself to do heavier weights, run or sprint as fast as I can and basically push myself hard when doing sports.

This year, I began intermittent fasts at 2-4x a week. My goal is to do #IF (intermittent fasting) all 7 days a week! This April, I got serious and implemented the daily #IF protocol. In a week, I follow a fast/feast state of 16/8 or 20/4. This means I fast for 16 hours and eat a meal (or two) in an 8 hour period following the fast. One random day in the week, I follow the a 20 hour fast and then eat in a 4 hour eating window. Yes, I workout fasted! When I eat, it’s usually after physical activity and I ensure it’s a feast. I eat until I’m satisfied (not stuffed).

How I Do #IF

I calculated that I burn 1900-2000 calories a day so I eat a late “lunch” of 500-600 calories then a “dinner” of 1200-1400 calories. If I’m only eating one meal, I eat something that totals 1600 cals. up ~ I’ve learned to hit macros of 30-35% protein and 30-35% fat with the rest being carbs from veg. This year, I’m focusing on eating a lot more raw and cooked veggies so that I eat less bread, grains and pasta. I know I can skip pasta altogether as I tried that 2 years ago when I went paleo for an entire year.

I realized that when attending parties, dine outs or potlucks, I couldn’t try foods ordered for me by well-meaning family and friends. I’ve then decided that it’s better to try a bit and not restrict myself from any food in particular (since I don’t have any food allergies anyway). These days, I avoid cakes, candies and sweets, this includes sweet fruits and fruit juices. I consume only filtered water, green tea, homemade Kombucha and (randomly) black coffee.

In 1935, Dr. Herbert Shelton wrote in The Hygienic System:

“The ancient Greeks — the finest of people, physically and mentally that ever lived — ate but two meals a day.”

Why Am I Doing All This?

I want to have vitality, good health and live an amazing life in my physical instrument (my body). Something in my childhood affected me deeply and that’s actually how I ended up loving Physical Education classes in high school and eventually taking Human Kinetics in University.

As I child, I remember my dad, moving in his mom to our apartment before she died. Despite being the youngest child out of 5 brothers, he volunteered to care for my Grandma Consuelo. Lola Elo, as we called her, was a diabetic AND we only found out when she was almost dead (she went into a coma). I choose to believe she died happy, eating the sweets and baked goodies she enjoyed making. Part of me knew she was in pain. I believe that pain/suffering was unnecessary. I think this is why I’m crazy about healthy eating and cooking nutritious meals from scratch. Her death served as the legacy ensuring I remained aware of my own health. Maybe this is why I’ll end up marrying a nutritionist or a buff, health-freak who appreciates my passion for healthy lifestyles, LOL!

Growing up, I realized that I have to take charge of my health and wellness. It wasn’t just about diet, it was everything! This meant keeping my mind sharp, surrounding myself with friends and partners who were good to/for me, working in jobs that challenged and allowed me to grow, and (of course), keeping myself in peak physical condition. Like He-man says, I HAVE THE POWER!

As I delved deeper into learning about the body’s self-healing and self-sustaining capabilities, I started practices that I most others recognize as part of the Nature Cure movement. Things like airbathing, sunbathing, fasting and regular physical activity are all part of something termed Orthopathy, also known as Natural Hygiene. Below is a really good intro:

It’s spring now so I do outdoor tennis, hiking with friends, walking in the park (alone or sometimes with a friend), and sprints and stairs at the outdoor track. I’m astounded by how powerfully energetic I am when I do these workouts in a fasted state!

I am not convincing you to do any of the things I’m doing. I am sharing them with you, in hopes that you’d take a look at your current practices and ask yourself “Is this giving me energy?”

Ask yourself “Am I happy with my body?” and “Can I do small changes to make me healthier?” If you’re already in good health, congrats! If not, there’s no time like the present to incorporate small changes.

When you take good care of yourself, you feel good and you look good. People are magnetized to you by your youthful energy. You’ll be charismatic, whether you try to or not. Good health shines out of you through your glorious crown of hair, your supple skin and your bright eyes. Your body is strong and you do physical tasks with ease. Your mind is sharp and you have better memory. I’ve found the secret to a good life. I’m calling it Rejuvenescence!

After School Special

It’s been awhile since I last ran the track at Mercer Stadium. I visited initially with my Physical Education class. I randomly dropedp by for a run and had to take pictures because this place is now so much better than what it used to be!

The stadium now has an ATF (artificial field turf) so it’s great for lacrosse, soccer and football. I didn’t expect it to be busy the day I went since it was late afternoon but there were a few PE classes using the field. The local high school track team was also there doing a practice so I hit the stairs for plyo drills after a quick warm-up lap.

I plan to come back here again when the weather is good. I LOVE working out in fresh air: the sensation of cool breeze mixed with warm sun energizes me. Enjoy the slideshow of my adventure, thanks!

 

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#NewWestminster #fitness #Wellth

Citius, Altius, Fortius is the Olympic motto [Latin: “Faster, Higher, Stronger”]

The Greeks understood that mind and body must develop in harmonious proportions to produce a creative intelligence. And so did the most brilliant intelligence of our earliest days – Thomas Jefferson – when he said, not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise. If the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, was Secretary of State, and twice President, could give it two hours, our children can give it ten or fifteen minutes.

John F. Kennedy Address to the National Football Foundations, 5 Dec 1961

Love, Brioche and Savage Garden

Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.

Ursula K. Le Guin

3 years ago on this date (March 24), I tried my hand at baking brioche because the love of my life exBF mentioned not being able to find ones he liked anywhere since moving to Canada from France. If you’ve ever made brioche, you know how much butter they require (hint: a lot)!  Successful brioche requires a lot of love and labour because you need to keep folding, resting, checking and repeating these steps at least 3 times until the dough develops into a nice pastry ready for baking!

You’re looking at pictures of the first batch of brioche I’ve made with love. Someday, I’ll make brioche again for someone I love — ME — I just have to find the baking tins from storage, ha!

Brioche IS Love

You could draw parallels between making/baking brioche and maintaining/keeping the love in a long-term relationship. It’s on-going work. If you ignore a step, get lazy or don’t supervise the process of caring for the dough, it falls apart. Baking won’t save it. Once it’s ruined, you pretty much have to start over again and give it your full attention until it’s ready. Success derives from attention, affection and commitment.

I’m listening to Savage Garden (yes, still my fave) while writing this post. Darren Hayes wrote the song Affirmation (below) after his divorce from his wife/childhood sweetheart. The line I really relate to says “I believe I’m loved when I’m completely by myself alone.” I am so blessed because my friends and family continue to prove this to me. Also, because I’m with God/Universe, I have faith that everything is working out for the highest good of all concerned.