Killing Me Sweetly…

I watched Jamie Oliver’s sugar rush last night and the first 5min alone scared the shit out of me. The amount of children going to hospital because of sugar and the unnecessary pain they are going through is just heart breaking!

The amount of children suffering at the hands of sugar is scary, but what’s more scary is where the sugar is coming from. Cakes, lollies – we all know these have sugar. How about some all bran flakes, Greek yoghurt and berries with a nice glass of orange juice to accompany – 14.1tsp of sugar just there! What we would normally perceive as a healthy breakfast we find 14 teaspoons of hidden sugars, that’s DOUBLE the daily-recommended amount just in your breakfast. The amount of meals, snacks, drinks, sauces etc. that we perceive as ‘healthy’ that are riddled with hidden sugars is growing by the second.  

The recommended daily intake of sugar is set at no more than 7tsp per day – the average at the movement is 40tsp 0_0 more than 5x what we should be having.

As a society we are getting busier and as a result more and more people are turning to fast, easy options for their meals. Whether it is fast food or packaged meals the amount of sugar in these fast, easy options is incomprehensible. From this we are seeing a rise in obesity, diabetes and other diseases/conditions directly related to sugar intake.

I’m not saying you need to cut sugar out of your diet completely, everything in moderation has always been my motto – but the truth is the more sugar you consume, the more you will want to consume. It is a substance that you will crave and that will provide you with no nutritional benefits. It is next to impossible to cut it out completely, but can you get it to the DRI of no more than 7tsp per day? Make a point of tracking your sugar for one day. I’m sure that’s all it will take. How much did you consume? 30, 40, 50tsp of hidden sugars? If you are aware of where the sugar is hiding you can control your intake, you can make better, more educated choices.

Only a few weeks ago I started the IQuitSugar diet by Sarah Wilson. Still trying to shake the last 10kg of post baby weight I was up for anything! I was already working out regularly but needed to control my diet. After 2 weeks on the plan the headaches that I had always considered normal had stopped. The bloating I had always ignored, was gone. My skin felt amazing, my energy levels were rising and I was 3kg down. I was eating full fat, wholesome, fresh food minus the sugar (fructose). I was still getting plenty of lactose so there was still sugar in my diet; I was just cutting out the crap! My fast food addict husband and unadventurous kids LOVED the meals (bonus!!) it was a winner all round. So why doesn’t everyone do it? The answer – it requires effort.

The number one excuse for eating poorly and not exercising is ‘I don’t have the time’ – the TV program I saw last night showed children as young as 4-5 going into surgery to have a handful of rotten teeth yanked out, middle age men with diabetes having body parts amputated and a young girl only 15yrs old with type 2 diabetes who has to check her blood morning and night, after every meal. Who has time for that? THAT is the reality – all those people said ‘no it will never happen to me’ but it did. Taking a little time just once a week to organise and prepare meals could save you having to watch your nearest and dearest or even yourself suffer this pain.

I know what busy feels like. I run a business, I study, I run a household and have two young girls that require my constant attention. Everyone knows what busy feels like. You have to consistently make time. Have your meals organised and prepped in advance so there is no reason to pick up the phone and order a pizza when you walk through the door at 6pm. Take the family out for a 30min walk – get active – not only will this increase your energy levels but you will be spending quality time with the family, getting some fresh air and providing a positive influence for your family.

It’s not as easy as grabbing a freezer meal and sitting in front of the TV, but it is so, so worth it. Your quality of life will improve dramatically. We are not here for long, so make the time you have got the best it can possibly be!

The amount of sugar we as a nation are currently consuming is killing us. Something HAS to change.

I will leave you with a simple quote I heard on ‘That Sugar Film’ – “Sugar is not the devil, but life is SO much better without it!”

Big Box Gym vs Outdoor Training

Besides the obvious indoors vs. outdoor what is the difference between going to a gym vs. going to outdoor training like KFiTT. I will be honest there are pros and cons for both. I myself have used both services and I am going to tell you my experiences of Gyms and Outdoor training classes, what I believe to be the pros and cons of each.

I started using gyms after I had my first daughter. I was in a different state to my family and friends and my husband was away with the army more often than not. I looked up a few mums and bubs bootcamps in the hope of making new friends and getting active in one but with none in the area I found the closest, cheapest gym with a crèche and signed up. For one hour every morning I went in and potted around the gym while Lily was in the crèche. So many times I had the crèche staff come out and ask me to come get Lily after 20min (I had a very clingy child who would go nuts if I left the room!) It was good for a while but after a few months I dropped off….There was so many people in the gym, yet it was still such an anti-social environment. I tried a few classes and though I would never walk out of a class myself, I saw people walk out whenever they please, whenever they’d had enough and there was no one to stop them, no one to support them through the class. Through this, I liked that even on the rainiest days I could still comfortably go in and do my workout and I liked that I could use whatever cardio and strength equipment I could get my hands on.

After moving back to Sydney I came back to Bootcamp. The first thing that made a massive difference to me was the crèche…it was right in front of me, Lily could see me, she would not stress out, I was free to do my workout in peace while she watched from the sidelines and played with the other kids. The second thing was the social side – Although I still did classes in the gym, there was n talking, no socialisation, it was silent. Coming to Bootcamp the girls work hard, talk, laugh and enjoy themselves! Being locked at home all day talking to either a wall or a baby (both of which had the same level of conversation) it was a blessing. Mainly for my mental health! I also think I worked harder. There was a competitiveness I never knew I had that came to life! Another side of things is the weather, obviously training outdoors there is the rain, wind, and other natural elements – although there is shelter at most ovals it does take that little extra motivation to get out of bed and get going. The price of outdoor training is also generally higher than gyms and before starting I tried to rack my brain around why that was, as price was also a key player in my decision making of where to train. It wasn’t until after I started that I figured it out – Its not just exercise, its personal training. Its social, it pushes me and being small classes the trainer takes the time to adjust exercises if I have an injury, or can’t do something and finds a harder version if I need to be pushed. The exercises always vary, no two workouts are the same – so unlike with my same daily routine at the gym, I don’t get bored. The biggest thing for me was it got me out of a hole. I had bad PND after my first daughter; my mental and physical health was suffering. The worse my physical health got, the worse my mental health would get and the worse my mental health was the less likely I was to do anything about my physical health. It was an endless, vicious cycle. The socialisation and exercise I got from joining Bootcamps did wonders for both sides of my health and in turn I became a better mother. Now after the birth of my second daughter I have amped up my training and am making my way through my fitness courses to become an outdoor PT myself.

All in all you can see both Gyms and Outdoor Training have pros and cons. When it comes down to it mine is only one view and each individual will have different experiences, needs, goals, situations and preferences. When it comes down to it, whichever option works for you is the right option. As long as you are being active you are on the right path 🙂

I would love to hear about your experiences! Comment below with your thoughts on the matter 🙂

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