Thursday, April 15, 2010

Healthy Eating Month: So you can still enjoy the occasional naughty treat


So I've already confessed, I'm well aware that loving food has a downside. To try and counteract the over indulgence (which I specialise in) this month, I've been attempting to cook food that is more healthy!

When I started this whole 'time to get a bit healthier' thing, I was pretty depressed. Looking through low fat cook books sparked some serious panic. The food looked bland and boring, convincing me that healthy eating is tasteless.

Luckily some fabulous guest bloggers have come to the rescue and provided me (and you) with some healthy AND delicious recipes! Yay for healthy and delicious!

Unfortunately, eating right is a really great step, but it's only half the battle. Apparently, something called exercise is also essential for balance. Until recently, exercise was a very curious concept for me. I mean, don't get me wrong I have given it a chance. In fact, one of my friends and I (who also has adverse reactions to exercise) have trialled basically every single sport known to man kind and have all the equipment (generally a pink version) to prove it. Think I'm joking? I'm not. It's become a family joke.

Between us we own golf clubs, surf boards, skate boards, soccer boots and balls, hockey sticks, tennis racquets, canoes, ballet shoes, tap and jazz shoes, gymnastics leotards, yoga mats, little dumbbells, gym memberships, exercise bikes, swimming goggles and caps, roller blades, roller skates, scooters, touch football sponsor shirts , netball bibs/ rings, a basketball, snorkelling equipment, horse riding boots and ten pin bowling stuff. I'm not even exaggerating.

Unfortunately, aside from a few extended stints i.e tennis, dancing, gym, we have stuck at NONE of these forms of activity for longer than a season or two and now, I'm ashamed to say, I have been living a very lazy, sedentry lifestyle.

That was until I put out a call for help to my friend- Jackson Lennan- who just happens to be a personal trainer at uber-cool Brisbane personal training studio, Peak Physique. I grew up with Jackson (i.e his family are known as my de-facto fam as I spent so much time there!) and he has been at me to 'get fit' for the last couple of years. A couple of weeks ago, begrudgingly, I admitted that I needed to get off my arse and Jackson is going to help me do just that. He is going to help me devise a fitness regime, that I am comfortable with and can maintain, so that I can continue doing this whole food blogging thing, without growing into a ball! Yay!!

Jacko for his profile shot

Jacko has also provided some tips for keeping in shape and healthier eating and is even offering some free personal training sessions to some Gastronomy Gal readers below! Yeh yeh!! Thanks Jackson and Peak Physique

1. Hydration – Fluids are constantly being used by the body; whether it is through digestion, breathing or simply sweating. To keep your body well hydrated, women should consume around 2.2L of water a day and men around 3L per day. Even more if you are exercising! Keeping well hydrated to ensure optimal performance day to day, a 1% drop in hydration results in a 10% performance loss!

2. Balance – Having a balanced diet is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you only consume a small amount of bad fats (trans and saturated) and counteract by eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Fresh fruit and vege provide you with much needed fiber, vitamins and minerals which help to give you the most energy out of your food! Protein is a must, especially when exercising. Protein helps to repair and rebuild your muscles.

3. Portion Control – This is usually the biggest problem for most people when trying to lose weight. All lean meat portions should be no bigger than the palm of your hand. When having a meal, eat until you are 70% full, this will give your food time to digest and as a result you will feel full! Finally instead of 3 main meals per day spread it out to 4 or 5 smaller meals, this will help speed your metabolism which is a big factor in weight loss.

Now Jacko has given you those tips, he is offering 7- (YES 7!!!!) Gastronomy Gal readers the opportunity to win a free personal training session with him. These sessions are 1 hour long and are vauled at $110 EACH! Woo Hoo!!

To win one of these sessions- you only have to :

Leave a comment below telling me the name of your favourite healthy meal and your favourite form of exercise + a sentence or two about why you should win one of the free sessions. Don't forget to leave some contact details!!

Sorry to exclude but the sessions are only for Brisbanites! Competition closes on Friday 23rd of April so be sure to get in and comment quickly!!

Jackson Lennan is one of Peak Physiques Leading Personal Trainers.
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7 fabulous comments:

Ally said...


My favourite healthy meal is prawn, mango, and avocado salad. My favourite form of exercise is boxing. I should win one of the free sessions because I am training for a half marathon and need to change my weight routine - something that will keep up my strength but won't fatigue my leggies. Plus I would freaking love to do a pull-up - that would be so bad ass.

(I totes have pink boxing gloves btw. You should add that to your huge list)

Leah said...

oh oh!
My favourite healthy meal called "Single Girl Salmon" - it's lentils and salmon and it's delicious! Favourite form of exercise is running, although sadly I'm out of action with a knee injury. Would love someone to give me a kick up the a**, especially as I just got engaged and want to be in tip top shape for the wedding!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I'm out of the running as I'm in Sydney but I just wanted to say I felt the same too. I've started eating healthier and I must say that I feel a lot better! :)

Alibongo said...

my favourite healthy meal is stir fry vegies and tofu with some rice noodles. yummo! My favourite form of exercise? well at the moment, I love going to boot camp, because it gets me working harder than I would ever do on my own. I'd love to try a personal training session, because I think that would be even more of a challenge!

Meno said...

My favourite healthy meal is a basic chicken and vegetable stirfry with a light peanut sauce. Favourite form of exercise is touch football - beats pounding away on a treadmill anyday! I should win since the time and effort wouldn't be wasted on me, I'd keep on going with it.

Sarah @ iatebrisbane said...

My favourite healthy meals is buckwheat soba noodles, poached chicken breast, then heaps of julienned vegetables (the more the better - anything you can think of) and herbs (coriander, mint, parsley) in a bowl then topped with an Lemongrass/chili/lime/ asian-style broth. The heat of the broth cooks the veges a little. It's really tasty and looks great too. It's nice with a squirt of oyster sauce over it.
My favourite healthy dessert is a stone fruit (peach/nectarine) topped with a tiny amount of sweet fruity liqueur, and grilled for a few minutes. Then served with some thick yoghurt with grated dark chocolate over the top.
Sarah @ I ate brisbane

sarah @ iatebrisbane said...

Oops! Favourite type of exercise is Yoga. Nothing beats it - especially when it's fast-paced and gets you sweating.

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