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September 13, 2017

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For more information on nutrition and exercise please get my book The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook.

Also download my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit and my exercise videos, Rawfit Model Series.

Walking Freely

September 10, 2017

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I know there is a huge movement out there about walking with shoes that are comfortable, that mimic the barefoot experience, but hey, why not go the whole way and get rid of shoes in first place?

I remember when I was a kid I used to spend the whole summer with no shoes, and when resuming school, I couldn’t fit my feet in the school shoes. Interesting !

If you look into nature not a single animal uses shoes ! And then you might say, but they don’t go to work and so on….blah, blah, the more I study health and how to live long, it always points to simplicity.

Leonardo da Vinci used to say : “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

The Greek philosophers loved the one idea that all things share a common element.

Nowadays there is even research about walking barefoot activates parts of your nervous system.

And as with anything, there are unknown factors that are still to be discovered.

I am a believer that we should walk barefoot when we can.

I am not saying you should go to a meeting like a monkey, but when you get home and on weekends try to free your feet and feel the ground !

Still interested in that latest running shoe that costs a ridiculous amount of money?

I hope not !

For more information on nutrition and exercise please get my book The Rawfit Diet.

Also download my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit and my exercise videos, Rawfit Model Series.

Super Fudge

August 25, 2017

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You must try this recipe. Use it as a treat once in a while .

INGREDIENTS
250 grams raw cacao butter
100 grams raw coconut oil
1 tablespoon of Stevia Extract powder
30 tablespoons carob powder
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
300 grams of peanut butter (100% peanut butter)
1 cup of cashews

METHOD
Melt the cacao butter and coconut oil in a double boiler system
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth
Pour into containers
Carefully place in the freezer and allow to set for 10-15 minutes.

Tips: Never use wooden spoons since they hold moisture and water and moisture is not good in the mixture. Add the mixture to bonbon moulds, Easter egg moulds or even ice cube trays.

For more information on nutrition and exercise please get my book The Rawfit Diet.

Also download my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit and my exercise videos, Rawfit Model Series.

Ice Baths

August 16, 2017

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Hey even the title of this article sounds weird, but hey, weird is good.

The whole principle of having an ice bath is to speed up recovery, and there are so many great benefits.

My experience with that was good. I have to say that the first few 2 minutes are intense and after that life is normal.

It is advisable to do it for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Just fill your bath with cold water and add ice to it. I personally add those recyclable ice blocks that you use when camping. I think it is easier and saves me time .

It is good if you can tolerate an ice bath everyday.

As always, I also recommend that your showers are cold too, as described in my book The Rawfit Diet.

The cold, especially ice baths help your body to fight against the microtrauma in muscle fibres, any kind of soreness , build up of lactic acid in the muscles and above all it reduces inflammation.

Just think that in nature all animals only bath in cold water ! The answer is right there in nature.

The cold constricts the blood flow, arteries, vessels and so on. That makes your body flush away any toxins and byproducts .

Try it for yourself !

For more information on nutrition and exercise please get my book The Rawfit Diet.

Also download my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit and my exercise videos, Rawfit Model Series.

The Problem With GYMs

August 9, 2017

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I am a self confessed trainer that hates the gym environment.

Let me tell you why…

In my career I have seen so many people come to train with me with so many injuries , problems created with good intentions, and the source is always the old GYM.

I always use the analogy that if you need your car fixed you should go to a mechanic, and never attempt to fix it yourself. So why on earth do people enter a GYM , and then “create” routines or workouts without proper knowledge and training?

I totally don’t get it.

Most people that enter a GYM chose a few pieces of equipment that they “like”.

Men usually do the bench press, bicep curl and women some form of aerobics or treadmill.

Seriously?

The recipe is no result.

Another point about GYMs is that they are actually a very recent invention. I am from the 1970s and at that time no one went to a GYM.

The whole and sole purpose of a GYM is to make money, and let me tell you, they make lots of it, not with their clients but with people that pay and never ever go there.

At the end of the day we are animals , and exercising outdoors is such a powerful experience.

You can do it watching the sunrise, at the beach or in a park.

Compound exercises , in other words, exercises that combine lots of muscle groups into one movement are the norm for outdoor exercises, and the benefits are reduced injuries, increased strength and a better and more harmonious body. On the other hand exercise with machines, isolates muscles creating imbalances and injuries.

Hey, the choice is very easy…

Train outdoors with a trainer ! You won’t ever get back to a GYM I promise you.

For more information on nutrition and exercise please get my book The Rawfit Diet.

Also download my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit and my exercise videos, Rawfit Model Series.

Model Soup

July 26, 2017

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On those cold days, what the body craves is a warm soup, and I would like to share with you a superfood soup that I recommend to my clients.

Soups are great but can also be a big junk food trap. If you add salt, cream, butter or potatoes to your soup you are adding unnecessary things.

Soups can be enjoyed as an entre or main dish. Especially at night it should be the main mean, simple and easy to digest.

I recommend you blend it so the nutrients are easily digested. Always use a stick blender to blend hot liquids and never ever blend hot soups in a blender since they can explode your blender and burn you.

So let’s take some action and start making this soup.

I never measure ingredients. Just add them to your liking. I like it very thick so I let it cook until it gets very thick.

Ingredients that are beautiful in this soup are:

-Onions

-Garlic

-Ginger

-Turmeric

-Goji Berries

-Chillies

-Lemongrass

-Olive Oil

-Purple Sweet Potato

-Purple Cabbage

-Curry Powder

-Fresh Basil

-Fresh Oregano

-Fresh Rosemary

-Fresh Thyme

-Tomatoes

-Leeks

-Coconut Cream

-Black Beans

-Chick Peas

-Lentils

-Tofu

Think about having a bowl of this soup at lunch and another one at dinner time. That will add a lot of value to your diet !

For more information on nutrition and exercise please get my book The Rawfit Diet.
Also download my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit and my exercise videos, Rawfit Model Series.

Hair Health

July 17, 2017

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So, since hair is part of your body and most of my model clients need to have the best hair out there, I always target their nutrition towards great hair and skin.

So lets explore the nutrients that are required for your body to create the best hair .

The recipe for great hair is : protein, iron, vitamin C, Omega 3, Vitamin E.

Translating that into foods , I recommend : eggs, tofu, spirtulina, flaxseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil.

It is not only those foods, but if you add them to your diet I guarantee you that your body will have the best raw materials for great hair.

It is also important to do not over wash your hair otherwise you remove all great natural oils that your body produces to protect your hair and scalp. Usually once or twice a week maximum.

I also recommend my model clients to apply natural products to their hair. All recipes are found on my book The Rawfit Diet.

For more information on nutrition and exercise please get my book The Rawfit Diet.
Also download my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit and my exercise videos, Rawfit Model Series.

Winter Pitfalls

July 10, 2017

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So in the middle of the Australian winter and year after year I see people committing the same mistakes .

Let’s explore a few of the them and their solutions :

A) Reducing water intake . Believe it or not but in winter we can get very dehydrated . The solution is to drink hot herbal teas or even hot water.

B) Not exercising . So by now it has been 6 months since you wrote down your yearly targets and sadly for most people they are over and never realised or started by now . Solution : create new targets adapted to the season of the year . Something like walking at lunch time when it is warmer and so on.

C) Soups. Don’t get me wrong I am a big soup fan but as a trainer I see that people can put on weight having soups with butter, cream and added salt . Solution : vegetable soups are great for you; just add spices and water to it .

For more information on nutrition and exercise please get my book The Rawfit Diet.
Also download my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit and my exercise videos, Rawfit Model Series.

Matcha

July 9, 2017

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I am a big follower and believer that the Japanese from Okinawa mastered longevity ! They not only add superfoods to their diet daily, they also have a whole series of mental and spiritual guidelines that they follow.

In this blog entry I would like to explore Matcha.

Matcha is a green powder used in the tea ceremony. It is basically a powdered green tea that hasn’t been fermented or roasted so it keeps all its antioxidants intact.

Matcha is an antioxidant bomb! Blueberries have on average 94 ORAC units per gram, and Matcha tea has 1384 ORAC units per gram.

You can prepare it in several ways. You can drink it as tea, so just add hot water to it and no need to strain it.

You can also supercharge it. To do that, add it to your green juices or create a super lemonade including cold water, matcha, turmeric , goji berries, cacao and stevia powder. No need to be worried about quantities, just add a bit of each and blend it in a high speed blender.

For more information on nutrition and exercise please get my book The Rawfit Diet.
Also download my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit and my exercise videos, Rawfit Model Series.

The Death of High Intensity Lifestyle

June 9, 2017

The Death of High Intensity Lifestyle

In my long career in fitness, I have to say that I saw so many trends that came and left, from fit balls to leg warmers: they all left.

If we explore the core of being fit I would break it down to a few factors :

1) Longevity. Can you sustain your current exercise routine for long? When things are so intense that you feel like throwing up it means that you are way out of being healthy and your session became more of an ego trip, where a de-sensitised trainer pushes you to a what I call bondage-session, where the trainer is crossing his arms screaming and you are the clown. A good example here is the Biggest Loser TV show.

2) Mental aspect. More and more we are realizing that fitness is about balance, about spicing up sessions, changing sessions, adding meditation and breathing exercises to it. Reduction of the stress hormone cortisol is paramount in weight loss. I have seen so many people eating well but pushing too hard and getting fat! The solution is to add a few relaxation techniques. Yoga is my favourite and talking about longevity, yoga is 10,000 years old ! They must be doing something right.

3) Respect. I am talking about respect to your body. I am so against “cheat days” in diets. What is the point of eating correctly and once a week rubbish yourself? It looks more like a pleasing egocentric exercise . It has nothing to do with being healthy. Being healthy and respectful to your body is a lifetime journey, involving respecting everything around you, from the rubbish you produce, things that you consume and ultimately how you eat. Eating things without packaging and marketing is the way. Removing sugar, salt and gluten is the way. In terms of social respect I would avoid contact with toxic people. Anyone that puts you down does not deserve your time. Use your intuition and focus only on people that love you.

4) Simplicity. The longest lived people on the planet, the Okinawans , are masters on this one. From venerating your own food to smiling at life, putting things into perspective that we need less to be happy !

For more information on nutrition and exercise please get my book The Rawfit Diet.
Also download my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit and my exercise videos, Rawfit Model Series.

So, get on this bandwagon and start your life journey of being healthy.