Adopting the face of nature
Honestly, the chia pudding is probably the most efficient, longer lasting, full of fibre, good fats, energy dense and absolutely delicious meal/snack you could take on a hike (or any physical activity that involves you being away from a kitchen). It literally only takes 10 minutes. Here is how you do it!
You could also opt for these snacks on the road and pre make these banana breaky bites, truffle chocolates, almond butter (yep I take a whole jar sometimes, don't judge me haha).
I learnt though that after all these food and snacks, chia pudding was my favourite, its ws longer lasting with hunger and didn't leave me on a sugar high which would then lead to a low!
I would love to know more idea on what people take that is home made? Link me in the comments below, I would love to know what everyone does.
GETTING BACK TO THE ROUTINE, DEBUNKING THE TIME ZONES.
My approach to getting back to it all, is to not completely forget it when you travel. I travel with the thought of still training...just in different ways. But when this is not available, I think that we should chill, take a step back and have a couple of days to do what you feel is best for you.
Whilst traveling, there was one thing I did miss...my bed, and I believe that sleep is the one of the most important things when exercising, recovery, training, travelling and functioning in every way. So a little nap is on the agenda below (not too long though!).
I also find it easier if I know what I'm doing the day of when I arrive. See whats around so you can plan ahead to help you out.
So here are a few tips (okay there are 10) and tricks I believe that will get you back on your feet, beating the jet lag, eliminating the toxins and feeling 100%
Tip 1 - DON'T EAT THE PLANE FOOD
Probably the slowest vehicle I have travelled in. Climbing dangerously winding roads over mountain passes that aren't recommended for RV over 25ft (ours is 36ft...) wasn't the brightest of moments, but an adventure non the less. Old betsy is over 20yrs old... I thought she was gonna give way, but I'm surprised every time she makes another corner!
Day 1- Arrived and exhausted front the 13 hour flight, not much sleep, running on little energy to keep ourselves awake the next 10 hrs to adapt to USA times. Straight into Big Rig Betsy, going 50m/hr on a 70m/hr zone (fml). I literally watched the time double to our destination every 2 minutes on the tomtom.
We stopped for food, WHOLEFOODS!!!!! Foodies like us, we live for that place! After the happiness of getting good food, we were then slapped in the face with the RV broken down. It was 42degrees celsius in the middle of fresno, California. Luckily we found out the fuel gage was in correct and we were just on empty! All I could look forward to was food and the lodge we were meant to get to tonight... in Yosemite, but of course we didn't.
All loosing our tempers and the light, we stopped about 2 hrs from our destination in a little town called Mariposa (top right photo). I folded down the table to make my bed in the RV, and slept like a rock.
Day 2 - Monique and I made ourselves a promise to do workouts each day... her sprinting talents leaves me in the dust, but is the best interval works outs you can do with using your surroundings. We were on our way within the hour, slowly again...trying to accept the snail pace). Still pretty tired, and looking forward to the comfy bed and fresh non moving, clean shower at the lodge. We stopped and moved so slowly, a 2hr journey turned to 5hrs. Made it by 12 to the lodge...to yet again be slapped in the face with mum cancelling it cos it had no amenities to cook which meant we had to drive another 45 to another campground we passed...I lost my sh*t! Had a little cry, so sick of sitting in the RV, is was fu*#ing horrible, you can only take it so long.
Note to self, yelling and getting angry doesn't help anything or anyone
We found the camp ground and at least found a creek to wash away the anger I had boiled up over the last 48hrs in the RV. Quickly found a hike in Hetch Hetchy (photo above), finishing the walk at 830pm, bed it was next.
Day 3 - IT WAS EPIC, I can only explain through visual pictures because, words dont do it justice! We hiked a 5-6hrs journey in under 4hrs. Steep steeps, getting saturated on the mist trail, literally feels like its raining but the water is so powerful and cold that you get mist from the falls and freeze your ass off. Either way, my but will be perky after the thousand steeps we climbed up the cliff face next to Nevada Water falls. To Many good routes and such little time!
We are now in boise, had a few days chilling and running around doing wedding chores, eating, sun baking and relaxing a bit more. We challenged our selves with some hectic passes in mountain in old Betsy, but we made it in double the amount of time we thought we would... I have accepted how slow she is now and realised we have to add on about 1/3 of the time to each journey in the RV. I guess slow and steady wins the race. Onto Ketchum for all the wedding event and activities!
Happy adventures and happy surfing! Because I sure do need a surf when I get home.
Well its been more than 20 or so days I think since I did the no plastic thingo! And let me tell you, its harder than it seems.
I have successfully used my reusable cup multiple times and saved a lot of rubbish waste this far. It's kinda fun having your own cup as well, even if your boyfriend thinks its gay!
Unfortunately on multiple occasions I automatically would eat something from a packet, and then realised later. I think the trick to it is training and keeping up the habits of not choosing those foods so that you don't unconsciously grab them. I decided to start picking cardboard or recycled packaging as an easier way. But honestly, if you stuck to it 100% you would be a dam healthy human I think. Fresh is best I think.
Even though it's so little, I'm honestly proud how much I have used it and found myself wanting to use it more often. Every bit counts and it starts with little habits like this.
If you have any tips and tricks, let me know!
Okay, its harder than it seems and when you really think about it, plastic is literally everywhere! I am already finding it hard to completely stay away from rubbish.
I automatically opened the fridge the other day and ate some Alter eco chocolate... and didn't realise until 2 hrs later that it was in a wrapper and cardboard.
I half made myself try to feel better because they do use recycle materials, but still I ain't perfect!
I think that there is a point where you literally, and most likely could not eat a heck of a lot if you were an extreme no waste gal! So, I am at the point where I don't buy anything that's in plastic or in some sort of wrapping or paper. If I can reuse it, I will buy it, If it is recyclable, then maybe? Haven't had to cross that road yet and I'm on day 4.
I was reaching for some fresh ground peanut butter, about to pop the deliciously crunchy substance into my mouth....then realised it was in plastic! I couldn't not have peanut butter so I went out and bought a glass one
So here is a little list of tips and things I have started to do because of this challenge.
- buy in the glass - we often reuse ours and have a cupboard dedicated to them
- take your own jars to fill at your health food store (they can often tear the weight)
- take your own bags (avoid using their plastic bags, onyalife have these awesome reusable ones, available at grub organics)
- shop at places that have bulk bins - they are often cheaper and you get the right amount (uses your jars)
- buy a reusable take away cup for those coffee days! (i have a couple and keep one in the car)
- tea drinkers - use loose leaf and put it in your jars
- farmers markets - they often don't have them in plastic and are fresher
- grow your own - if you can keep it alive....I have been struggling with this one haha!
- avoid the food isles and stick to the fresh areas
- buy recyclable tins or products that have the symbol on it
- get a thermos for the winter days - Montsa thermos here is pretty awesome
- compost - or farm waste
- for the ladies - that time of the month, buy a moon cup - no waste on that time of the month!
- BPA free drink bottle - there is a massive range out there
- smoothie drinkers - get an eco jarz smoothie jar with a steel straw! (they're awesome)
Let me know how you do it! What are you tips? This is just what I have had to adapt to over the last couple of days. I had to go to a bulk foods the other day with massive jars hahaha!
1 month of no food consumption that has been in a packet - starting today!
Something popped into my mind the other day, how many take away coffee cups have I used, and how many have I thrown away? How does this effect the environment and our oceans?
More than 500billion cups are manufactured globally every year that are lined with polyethylene (makes them non recyclable).
I was scrolling through social media and I came across a whale shark that had washed up on the shores due to rubbish, plastic and pollution in the sea. Its always been a a major dream of mine to swim with them! I cant believe that I could have some sort of contribution to this and how can I expect to swim with them when we are slowly killing them.
Not only do they effect the oceans, they effect our health - with major studies on plastic, manufacturing and leaking toxins from synthetic packaging (references below).
So…as a passionate advocate for health and the ocean. I am giving up/avoiding, not eating or consuming anything that has been in a packet and is non-recyclable. To help me on my way, I thought I would start with my coffee cups, and thanks to 'frank green', I will start with never having to use another plastic coffee cup again!
Every purchase from 'frank green' goes towards Earthwatch, an environmental research company.
My goal is to save over 600 paper cups from land fill with the help of 'frank green'!
Tell me how you do it? Or what should I do next?
Onward and upward
- healthier foods
- less exposure to chemicals
- less waste
- more fruit and veggies!
- 600 less cups on land fill each year if I used my cup
- supporting local industries
- and probably more if you can think of them
Happy environmental day should be everyday!
Here are a couple of studies on packaging toxins and waste to the seas.
Our food: Packaging and Health
Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging
175 chemicals in food packaging
Limit Chemical exposure in foods
the more study I do at college, the more I realise how much crap, chemicals and processing goes on! Here are a couple of things for the everyday human to think about.
Ultimately there are so many impacts from external factors that can affect our food safety and quality. From farm to fork, there are numerous processes, procedures and practices that can either hinder (with the intent to improve) the product. Consumers should try to choose whole foods, unpackaged, unrefined, fresh produce (organic if you can) and practice hygienic handling with limited chemical exposure. Unfortunately, not everyone can eliminate every single negative affect from such influences discussed. They can simply educate and follow a list of recommendations to reduce the impact that it may have on our health, food and quality.
Can you say the same? People often ask me why I have never had antibiotics when I have been sick. This is a great video why and how important microbes are to your health.
The amount of times I get told to fake it before you make it is crazy.....but kinda true. How do you expect to be a professional or get to that goal without actually knowing how it feels and why you want it so bad.
I think there is one thing that stand in the way of reaching my goals...the belief. Do I actually believe I can make it? Do i belong...am I actually a professional? Its the constant mental struggle, and this is how I'm changing it.
I ask myself what is it that I desire most from professional surfing? I ask myself how I would feel and why I want to feel that way. I then write down how I feel at that moment of reaching my goal.
You could call them affirmations, or you can call them confirmations.
Repeat that every morning, repeat it in your mind, on your books, in your diary...write it down, stand tall, walk like that person would walk. And do it until you are that person. Fake it till you make it.
The past year has taken me on some great adventures, central america and the states have been one of the favourites. I had time to kill so I headed toward Central America with some friends as we picked up an extreme sports addict on the way. I met Alexa in Manly a while back at the Aus Open of Surfing, she is one savvy driven woman that has landed her dream job as a Heli Ski guide. She is constantly travelling (i think she is in Peru as we speak) and runs a rad website for women in extreme sports call Still Stoked. She gave me the privilege to grace her pages and answer some questions on the business that goes on around the WQS. Enjoy the little brief read here.
Well hello and welcome to my blog. I'm currently travelling and chasing a dream of being a professional surfer whilst juggling the study of a B.Sc in Nutritional Medicine.