Fitness 2017 – Plyrometric Jumping (Monday)

FITNESS 2017: There are some deep wooden steps over at Olympic Park where I do my plyrometric jumping sessions. It’s Monday. It has to be done! #motivated #committed #unstoppable

A beautiful scene as the sunsets over Olympic Park’s conservation area and canalside after my long training session is over and I make my way home.

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Health Programme 2016 – Pumpkin seed breakfast! Are you sure!

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Eddie Saint-Jean

BREAKFAST: Breckie today is cereal made up of pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, flax seed and puffed spelt. Sounds delicious right? OK maybe not but add a spoonful of pure set honey instead of sugar and you’re away! Well check out the nutritional value of all of that below before you scoff!

Breakfast

PUMPKIN SEED NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS:

Healthy Heart – “One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecules of your body), the synthesis of RNA and DNA, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function. Magnesium has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke, yet an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this important mineral.”

Immune System – “Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc (one ounce contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral). Zinc is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.” – Dr Mercola, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/30/pumpkin-seed-benefits.aspx

 

SUNFLOWER SEED NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS:

Cardiovascular Health – “Sunflower seeds contain two nutrients that promote cardiovascular health — vitamin E and folate.A quarter cup serving of sunflower seeds contains over 60% of the daily value of vitamin E. This essential vitamin performs important antioxidant function and balanced levels of vitamin E have been linked to a lower overall reduced risk of early death from cardiovascular disease.” – http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-sunflower-seeds/

 

SNACKS: For when I’m peckish during the day I continue the nutritional theme with a bag of Golden Tree 3 Seed Mix –  salted and roasted pumpkin seed, sunflower seed and melon seed.  So it’s Golden Tree instead of Golden Wonder and now we’re ready to hit that day head on!

Snack

Health Programme 2016 – Fighting Those Cravings

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Eddie

JAN 18th (Mon): I did a joke posting a few weeks ago about Burger King cravings out of nowhere. Jokes aside the easiest way to replace a craving is 1) to understand it 2) to replace it rather than kill it off.  According to this article at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1382217/Why-crave-junk-food-fruit-veg.html “From an evolutionary point of view, junk food cravings are linked to prehistoric times when the brain’s opioids and dopamine reacted to the benefit of high-calorie food as a survival mechanism. We are programmed to enjoy eating fatty and sugary substances, and our brains tell us to seek them out.”.

Well the best way to deal with that is ‘replacement.’ This works for me. I had strong caffeine cravings for years & you justify them out of a fear of change. Easy just replace tea, coffee etc with the choices below, including specially ordered herbal Lavender tea. Also I drink natural cocoa (Green & Black’s Organic Cocoa) because despite its caffeine it has minimal stimulant effect and has healthy flavinoids and anti-oxidants. Flavionoids help with lowering blood pressure and circulation. A study by Cornel University shows it has 5xs the anti-oxidants of black tea, 3xs that of green tea & 2xs that of red wine. Also remember to use pure set honey instead of sugar to kick that sweet tooth in a healthy way.

Tea

Cocoa

CAMOMILE TEA Health Benefits – University of Maryland

Supporting Research: Ali-Shtayeh MS, Yaniv Z, Mahajna J. Ethnobotanical survey in the Palestinian area: a classification of the healing potential of medicinal plants. J Ethnopharmacol. 2000;73(1-2):221-232.

Amsterdam JD, Shults J, Soeller I, Mao JJ, Rockwell K, Newberg AB. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) may provide antidepressant activity in anxious, depressed humans: an exploratory study. Altern Ther Health Med. 2012 Sep-Oct;18(5):44-9.

Amsterdam JD, Yimei L, Soeller I, et al. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral Matricaria recutita (chamomile) extract therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2009;29(4):378-382.

PEPPERMINT TEA Health Benefits – University of Maryland

Supporting Research: Alam MS, Roy PK, Miah AR, et al. Efficacy of Peppermint oil in diarrhea predominant IBS – a double blind randomized placebo – controlled study. Mymensingh Med J. 2013; 22:27-30.

Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckmann J. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications; 2000:297-303.

 

Health Diary 2015: How’s 2016 Looking? How’s Burger King Looking?

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Eddie

DEC 24th (Thur): OK not a great week for me. Start the week with a breakfast of apricot and almond muesli smothered in blueberries and lunch of sardine sandwich in olive oil but by end the week eating on the go & marching into Burger King & ordering burgers like I own the joint (on more than one occasion). Hey, I’m a freelance writer I have to eat on the go but that’s no excuse & I don’t usually let go like that. You know what? We all have a blow out. But I’m on the core (stomach, legs, lower back) stage of my training programme and promised that by Jan 1st I would hit that target.  I said by Jan 1st I would have trained so hard in the weeks, months previous that Jan 1st would be my rest period not my New Year’s Resolution period. So how’s the programme looking so far?

Health pic

Got my new smart watch. My heart rate is at an athlete’s level.

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Eddie

DEC 22nd (TUE): Recently got my new smart watch for monitoring my health & scheduling my sporting/exercise activities. It gives you your heart rate at the press of a button. Most adults have a heart rate of 60-100bpm when they’re resting. The fitter you are the lower this rate is. Athletes have a heart rate of 40 – 60bpm. Mine is at 47bpm which is the athlete’s rate. All that aside, heart-related disease is the UK’s biggest killer & also has effects on other ailments such as diabetes & is linked to stress levels from everyday working life. PUT YOUR HEALTH BEFORE ALL ELSE. Don’t use the excuse of The New Year to get into action 

WATCH

Health Programme 2015: My core exercise targets autumn through to winter

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Eddie

MON OCT 19th: My summer programme focused on upper body strength exercises for muscle building and middle/long distance running for toning and all round fitness/stamina. As I switch to core exercises (stomach, lower back, legs) for autumn into early winter I currently have an ab, perhaps two as you can see from the photo. But this new focus will transform (hopefully) my mid/lower body. The development of stronger muscles and strength in legs will be beneficial for running, boxing and all sports I do that require a strong centre of gravity.

Eddie

Health Programme 2015: Music’s affect on water and our bodies (which are 70% water!)

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Eddie

FRI SEPT 25: I was just about to set off on my leisurely 5 mile jog around the scenic conservation area and canal side of the Olympic Park when I realised I forgot something. No mobile phone strapped to my upper arm and therefore no tracklist of songs pumping through those headphones to keep me inspired – can’t leave without those. But it got me wondering. I guess we take for granted the motivational power of music but scientific evidence has taken this even further.

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Water crystal experiments by Dr Masaru Emoto showed music and even words  have a vibrational effect on anything that is composed of water (bear in mind the human body is 70 per cent water). He poured water into containers and put labels on them which expressed thoughts about love/appreciation on some and hate/anger on others. He then froze the water and took photos of the crystalline shapes that had formed. The results below show that somehow the ‘energy’ associated with these emotions was powerful enough to change the structure of the water.

Effects of Thoughts of Love/Appreciation on Water Crystals

love thank_you

 

Effects of Thoughts of Hate/Anger on Water Crystals

make_me_sick hitler

He repeated the experiment with music. Classical music, Tibetan traditional music etc produced beautiful crystal shapes. Rock music produced harsh, ugly crystals. Dr Emoto explained all of this by saying that music produces a vibrational effect – the same effect on our bodies and water. He also deduced from this that certain music has healing properties. Will all this stop me including loud or angry music such as hip hop and rock on my jogging playlist? I don’t think so, but the results are interesting and worth thinking about. (It might be worth bearing in mind that all things have their pluses and minuses. The powerful, pumped up rhythms of rap or heavy metal may actually come in handy if you are a weightlifter for example. You try bench pressing in a competitive gym environment listening to The Blue Danube Waltz by Johan Strauss!!!