Giving the fake life the flick!

FAKE

adjective
  1. not genuine; imitation or counterfeit.
    “she got on the plane with a fake passport”

Over the years I have begun to realize many things about people, that in turn has made me learn things about myself. I don’t know if its a case of “as i get older” or I don’t know, but over the last 6-12months I have found myself questioning my values, specifically “Fakeness”, I have had this discussion recently with a few close friends.

 

Toxic people always want you bring you down, but they will generally do it with a smile on their face while pretending to be a Friend to your face but behind your back you are no where near good enough to “hang with them” or “did you see what they were wearing” these people are not worth your time, like at all. Because to be honest not everyone in life is going to like you and its OK! you don’t have to like them either and guess what….that’s OK too!

Honesty is the best policy.

I am a firm believer in being nice to everyone generally they people I consider fake say nice things to peoples face but in the back ground are telling someone else how they didn’t really mean what they said, Manners go a long way, however I am not going out of my way to be sickly nice to someone I actually don’t like. This will often get you a reputation for being a bitch….but i think the fact that some people get so affronted by the fact someone may not like them  the only way they know to cope it to bitch behind your back or try to win over your affections is much worse (this actually turns me into a bitch when people start doing this)

Stop being afraid to be your self!

Stop trying to be like everyone else, we are all on our own journey, we are learning things from the people around us every day, we go through highs and lows at different times, surround your self with a handful of genuine people who listen, support, advise but ultimately let you make your own mistakes but will still  be there when it all comes crashing down to set you back on the path older and wiser and their to laugh about it in 6 months time.

 

Ash xoxoxo

To Carb or Not to Carb? That is the Question…

On a daily basis we are bombarded with the idea Carbs are bad for us, Products claiming “new low carb formula”  Should we eat low carb? what is a carb?

What is a Carb? (Carbohydrate)

I asked a few people this question recently and most people responded Bread, Pasta and Potato a few people even believing “gluten free” food was free of carbs, I also find people perceive low carb as low calorie this is not always the case. Yes carbohydrates can be found in this food but typically foods like Yogurt, Milk, Sugary Foods (chocolate, candy) and Broccoli also contain the demonized “carb” just in different ratios and are made up of different Molecules.

There are also two types of carbs,

Simple- Generally found in processed foods like pasta, lollies and white breads. these carbs are relativity quick digesting.

Complex- Found in wholegrain and Natural foods like Sweet potato and other vegetables, rice and multi grain bread.

Carbohydrates specifically “glucose” are essential for us to live, let alone preform athletic activity’s it is the body’s preferred fuel. So with out Glucose there is no you and me.

 

Preperation is key!

I am forever being asked how I manage to eat so healthy during the week considering I run a small business, attend daily crossfit sessions, run and teach group fitness classes? well its pretty much down to preparation! Once a week I Bulk roast and steam vegetables, Make a few slow cooker meals and normally prepare some Buckwheat or Quinoa, then each morning its a case of measure and pop into containers for the day…..but lets face it no one wants to look daggy carrying around a Bag of miss match containers that I cant count how many times have tipped up side down in my carry bag and leaked all over me before I have even started my day!!

Enter the Fit Essentials Meal Management Bag!!

Fist of all, Fashion is a major part of my life, This bag most certainly reflects that! It has a SECURE compartment that fits up to 6 of the meal storage containers that come with the bag (they all have insulated lids so your food will stay super fresh!) as well as 2 small ice packs or 1 large, I’m not a shake girl but I am 100% positive that would fit in to one of the secure sections and not leak all over your precious i pad (this has happened to me on countless occasions) , there’s also a handy zip pocket in the front of the compartment perfect for Nuts or other snacks you might carry around. In the main compartment there are 2 Zipped compartments for any valuables you may have and a mobile phone compartment.

So be gone the days of walking around with plastic containers clunking, lids popping of and leaking over valuables and generally just looking daggy.

Jump onto http://www.fitessentials.com.au/products/sophie-tote and check out this amazing new product!!! But wait there’s more (I have  always wanted to say that!!!) Use the  code——- ASHLEER and you will get $50 off the cost of your Sophie tote!blog bag 2 Blog bag

Stay tuned for some handy meal prep ideas over the next week 🙂 Ill share some of my favorite nourishing recipes and yummy snacks 😀

Stay Fit People!

Ashlee-Jean

xoxoxox

My mental battle with my body!

Over the years like many girls (& boys) i have struggled the way my body looks, always looking in the mirror and hating everything i saw, I am sure for most of you this sounds similar, I bounced around on fad diets, intense workout plans (with very little gains) but this never changed the way I saw myself….Until recently.

One Evening I got home from the gym and looked at my self in the mirror and thought This battle with my head has to stop!  This wasn’t long after my mum passed away so on the best of days I was always some what of an emotional wreck but exercise at this point was an escape for me, for a whole hour I didn’t need to worry about being angry, sad, or happy. I didn’t have to worry about someone talking to me, or even talking to someone else.

At this point I was running, it was a fitness weakness for me so  I was working on improving and this is where my attitude to food, exercise and my body started to change. You cant train running over 30kilomiters a week on a low calorie diet, you could but i can guarantee you probably wouldn’t make any gains in speed or recovery time. In the space of about 2 months I went from running 10ks in an hour to 10ks in about 45min depending on the day (my PB to this day is 13ks in 40mins) I was nourishing my with whole and unprocessed foods from a wide range of food groups.

Whilst I was doing my running training I was also working with a PT at a local crossfit gym 2x per week to help complement the running,  I loved our sessions I left every week on top of the world, Kaye is still my PT and she is most definitely one of my fav people she is always supportive and offering advice without pushing her opinion, we also have one thing in common we hate FAD DIETS! Not long after I started training with Kaye she put me into the in house Crossfit open Comp, and I had my doubts  (I have 2 major fears Rejection and Failure) but I was pleasantly surprised with my results in 2 instances i came in 2nd on the board, I realized how low my self confidence was ….this is when I made my decision to be the healthiest and fittest I can be!

After my holiday to the USA I signed up to start crossfit……still a little scared of rejection and failure, I would stand in the back of class quiet not wanting to make eye contact with anyone, but after a few short weeks I saw a change in my body, my mind and my self prescription. I no longer cared about the results in on the scales but the results on the Board, seeing myself lift heaver, move faster, getting better at a movement I once struggled with or finishing a workout using an RX weight.

My attitude towards myself has been my favorite change from starting crossfit I have formed new friendships with a wide range of like minded people , I reward my body with nourishing foods, Ive cut out all refined sugar (see my other blog), I am gaining mental strength and believing in myself more and more, as well as learning to encourage others and lets not forget I am still seeing changes in my body, but they are the last thing on my mind :D!

Fitter, stronger and Healthier the rest is all a bonus!   toes to bar1

My IQS life :)

Ive recently jumped on  the IQS bandwagon! (IQS=I Quit Sugar, I love abriviations it must be a crossfit thing)

I have always been conscious of the amount of sugar that I am putting into my body, but being a fitness professional I have always been calorie conscious (not as strict as some…..if your hungry eat! this is why we get hangry). IQS is not about calorie restriction its about J.E.R.F (just eat real food) its also not a weight loss program although some participants do experience weight-loss.

I feel Nourished, Clear Headed, Full Of life and Fighting Fit! what more could you want!

5 weeks ago I commenced my IQS journey, Like most things I’ve done in the past to change my life style I was met by critics please telling me “how unrealistic!” and “What are you actually going to eat?” and “where will you get your energy?” the last being my favorite, In saying this My Dad has been super supportive and has even taken note of some of the habitats that I have started and has been implementing them into his diet (How my Dad quit sugar! might be a flow up blog) this makes me super happy! and to boot one of my best mates and training buddies has also said he is going to sign up for the next round. One of the most important lesson I have learnt is you can not change how people fuel their body’s they will put in what they want don’t let it worry you, even after many of my clients/friends have asked advice of what they should eat how much they should eat, ect (keeping in mind as a cert 4 in fitness I can only provide general information) but if your not saying what they want to hear sometimes they wont change and this is OK.

So if i haven’t bored you enough all ready lets really dive in!

So IQUITSUGAR.COM  has an abundance of information, recipes, blogs and product reviews, and you have access to so much once you register for the 8 week program (personally the best $150aud i have spent!) once you register you can assess your starter kit with plenty of fact sheets for you to read and really prepare your self for the start of the program, the fact your going to go on this journey with people all over the world is amazing, please note northern hemispherians the program is based on food that’s in season in the southern hemisphere, but this is no biggy there is always substitutions.

One of the best things IQS has taught me is the art of preparation, “The Sunday Cookup” makes my life breeze during the week! It keeps me on track and saves me time! I bulk cook what ever is recommended like grains, legumes, coco nutty granola (this is my fav!) I also gook any soups, stews and slices as these keep in the fridge nicley for the week,  plus I also pre-cut, measure and bag up the ingredients for the rest of my meals so I can come home and pop it in the pan and cook it 🙂 this also saves on mess during the week.

Full fat products! yes that’s right! IQS is all about the good fats, when company’s make low fat yoghurts they take out all the naturally occurring fats that help keep you feeling full and loaded with nutrients then replace it with fructose and other preservatives to mimic its tasty full fat counterpart all for the sake of “lower calories” and normally 10 mins after eating it your hungry again and needing to eat more, So say goodbye to fat phobia!!

Clean week (4th week in) was defiantly the hardest for me, no coffee for 5 days!!! But I made it and now its over I can feel it really helped finish of the detoxing for me, this was the week I experienced most detox symptoms leg cramps, breakouts, anger and frustration but by Friday i felt like I was on top of the world.

This is my honest review of the I Quit Sugar Program! I have not been paid.

If your curious i recommend visiting the web site for more info!

I should also clarify by the last week of the program they reintroduce IQS approved sweeteners, but they do caution in eating these in moderation, sugar is still sugar at the end of the day!

Some interesting documentaries to watch about sugar, These really reinforced to myself why I am making these changes to my lifestyle!

-That Sugar Film

-Fed Up

-The Perfect Human Diet

Ashlee-Jean

Kiss Sugar Goodbye