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Thai Temple Bunny Hops Challenge

This Summer I shall attempt to bunny hop to the top of the temple steps at  "Wat Phra That Doi Suthep" in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The steps are very steep and extremely long. There are 309 steps, this combined with 36°C and oppressive humidity should make this task very challenging. This mad nonsense will be posted to YouTube upon my return in August. If you find yourself in Asia this summer why not give it a go or better still find a temple with even longer steps and beat me.  

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What is the overhead Squat good for?

overhead press

I'm sure a lot of my clients wonder why I make them do the overhead squat, so here it is in a nutshell. MOBILITY AND STABILITY If you suffer with any of the following: A rigid thoracic spine that can't extend. A weak core. Inflexible hips, knees, and ankles or  pectorals that pull the shoulders and upper back forward. Then doing overhead squats can  help relieve these issues and make your body limber. THORACIC EXTENSION Most people sit hunched over a desk all day, this puts your torso into constant flexion, your shoulders and scapulae are pulled forward, making it uncomfortable when your arms are behind your head.

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Meal Plan

Breakfast Lunch Dinner between meals snack Monday Nutribullet Shake 3 boiled eggs 1 Apple cup of green tea Olive oil Pan Fried Sea bass green beans Broccoli Raw carrots / cucumber Blueberries / black currents Tuesday Porridge Cup of green tea 125g greek yogurt with a hand full of berries and a hand full of nuts Chicken wrap 100g seasoned grilled chicken lettice 50g cottage cheese 1 wholemeal wrap Raw carrots / cucumber Blueberries / black currents Wednesday Half Avocado 2 Eggs 1 Slice of toast Home madeTomato Soup 1 Slice of wholemeal bread small tin Tuna mixed leafs baby

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Simple Diet

Simple Diet Breakfast 1 bowl of Porridge or Oat based cereal (Jordan’s) Tea/coffee/water Releases energy slowly and makes you feel full for longer No Snacking If you’re hungry drink some water Lunch 1 plate of whatever food you want but no more than 1 fist size portion of carbohydrate e.g. potatoes, rice or pasta Good foods:- chicken / fish or venison No Snacking If you’re hungry drink some water Dinner 1 plate of fish/turkey/venison or chicken With vegetables or salad NO COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATE Bad Foods:-No lamb/pork/shellfish or prawns or eggs (High in Saturated fat) Alcohol No more than 1 bottle

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Why Diets Don’t Work

Why Diets don't work

The problem with diets is that they invariably restrict the intake of certain food types (e.g. Carbohydrates). This leaves your body starved of energy and so it starts to break down your fat reserves to make up for the shortfall in your diet. This sounds great in principle and achieves the desired weight loss. BUT: To stay on these diets for long periods of time can leave you feeling tired all the time and be detrimental to your health. Moreover when you come off the diet your body says to itself “hello, carbohydrate… I haven’t had that for a while…I’d

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Tuna Nicoise Salad

Tuna Salad

Tuna Nicoise Salad Ingredients Mixed salad leaves 1 small tin of Tuna 1 sliced Boiled egg Handful of baby Tomatoes Handful of sliced cucumber A few anchovies (optional) low fat salad dressing Method Mix them together on a plate and enjoy 🙂

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Thai Quorn Salad

ThaiQuornSalad

Thai Quorn Salad Ingredients 300g Quorn mince 20 Leaves or so of fresh Mint 1 Red Onion 1 Sachet of Laab – Namtok powder (available from Thai supermarket) Method Add the Quorn in to a pot with 3 table spoons of water over medium heat and stir for 10 minutes. Add the sachet and mix well. Turn off the hob and add the Onion and mint, mix well and serve.

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Thai Stir fried Spinach

Ingredients 260g Spinach 2 Thai Hot Chilli 3 large cloves Garlic 1/2 Tablespoon Yellow Soy-bean Paste 1/2 Tablespoon Light Soy Sauce 1/2 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil Method Crush the garlic and finely chop the chilli. heat the oil in a wok and add all the ingredients. Stir-fry turning from bottom to top until all the spinach is wilted. Serve

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Home made tomato soup

tomato soup

Tomato soup Ingredients 1 Onion finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic 2 sticks of celery finely chopped 1 Carrot grated 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes 200g low-fat natural fromage frais 1ltr water or vegetable stock salt and pepper Method Add some olive oil to a saucepan and fry the Onions, Garlic, Celery and carrot for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the water or vegetable stock and tomatoes, bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and season. Using a hand blender puree the soup. Stir in the fromage frais and serve

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Pan Rustico Bread recipe

Pan rustico bread

Pan Rustico Bread Ingredients: For the starter dough: 150ml warm water 1 tsp caster sugar 3 tsp fast-action dried yeast 125g/ strong white flour For the bread dough: 160ml warm water 1 tsp caster sugar 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast 225g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting 100g strong wholemeal flour 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing Method : For the starter, pour the water into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Stir in the yeast and leave in a warm place for about 10 minutes or until a beige foam floats on

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