How do you deal with summer heat rashes and eczema outbreaks?

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Summer is here and its time to get outdoors and enjoy the sun.

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One downside, some of us tend to break out in heat rashes and get eczema flair ups.

There seems to be a connection auto-immune disease and eczema. Auto-immune disease is when the immune system attacks healthy tissue and cells instead of protecting it.

Diet plays a huge role auto-immune disease. There are many books and resources now available discussing. We link to a good article on this below.

We also use a home made body wash with ingredients that help treat and prevent eczema.

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Apple Cider Vinegar (anti-bacterial and anti-fungal)

Coconut Oil (moisturiser and skin softener and sunscreen)

Glycerin (moisturiser)

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Creams and treatments and can cost a fortune and offer no relief. Maybe its time to try something simpler and dirt cheap!

Skin Benefits of Glycerin

How to Use Coconut Oil for Skin

Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar on Skin

The User-Friendly (Paleo) Guide to Your Immune System

Dealing with autoimmune diseases and digestive problems

Connection Between Allergic Diseases And Autoimmune Diseases

Surviving the silly season and how to prevent a hangover

Sunday, 10 November 2013

As summer rolls in, its time for office end of year parties and other holiday celebrations. So before you ended up looking like this these guys, you might want to take some preventative measures

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So with it being Wesley’s birthday as well, we decided to test our hangover prevention and recovery strategy.

We have a philosophy about health and fitness. We call it our 80/20 rule. 80 per cent of the time we stick to our principles in terms of being aware of what we eat and following a good exercise regiment and the other 20 per cent we allow ourselves to indulge and spoil ourselves. This is what Vinnie Tortorich calls “putting life into living”. Now even within that 20 per cent we aim to choose the best of the worst.

Back to the hangover prevention.

Before the evening starts we took about 750mg of Activated Charcoal.

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Activated charcoals binds to toxins and chemical compounds which you might find in the food you eat and wine and beer that you drink. This is quite usual when don’t know the source of your food. Activated charcoal is often used for cases of food poisoning. One note of warning with activated charcoal. Do not take it with other medications. And consult your doctor or pharmacist about this.

Stick with clear spirits such as vodka and tequila since these are low in toxins and free of sugar and gluten.

Before the evening ends we took about 1500mg of N-Acetyl-Cysteine. NAC boosts your liver function and helps your body process alcohol and recover from the resulting toxic effect of alcohol.

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On top of the NAC we also take about 1000mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. This help counter the effects of the damage done by free radicals produced when drinking alcohol.

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Lastly, its important that you get enough sleep after a night out to help your body recover.

We found this work extremely well for us. After waking up we wrote this article and carried on with our day hangover free!

Vinnie Tortorich

Activated Charcoal for Detoxification

Hangover Hacks You Can Hang Your Hat On

What Is a Good Vitamin to Help Hangovers?

The Gun Run 2013 Race Report

Sunday, 13 October 2013

What an event. The Gun Run 2013 is definitely a gem on the running race calendar. Its well organised, with plenty of volunteers and lots of support from the public. This year the marshals adopted a marshal theme which kept things entertaining en route.

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The Gun Run has something for everyone. 5km, 10km and 21.1km Half Marathon.

Every year they seem to up their game and this years event was no exception with great side events at the finish and plenty of vendors catering to runners and spectators.

So from a personal perspective. Both Wesley and I were intent on running personal best times on this route. We of course expected the start to be congested and probably walked the first 200m and slow ran the next kilometre.

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There was quite a hold up from the start till we got off Bay Road and the promenade and onto Beach Road (3km mark) . I had to re-asses and thought my PB shot was out the window because of backed up runners in the first 5km of the race. Once we hit the Waterfront and Dock Road gaps starting to open and we could start to stretch our legs.

The course is pretty much flat so a fast time is achievable. For some reason “The Hill” which starts at the corner of Clarens and Kloof Road and goes up for about 2kms, felt a lot easier than last year. I think what made the difference for me is I had a record of my previous Gun Run on Endomondo  which I studied and I realised the hill was only 2.5kms long.

Once the hill was over and done with it was time to charge and make up the lost time. As I came off the top of the hill I realised that I was well within my target time as long as I kept my pace.

I was definitely feeling the pace and was tempted to slow up or even grab a bit of sugar at the last water station. But with 3kms to go I decided to run past the water station.

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That's when the Rocky theme song started to play in my head (I watched Rocky 1 and 2 for inspiration the day before). I blasted to the finish and smashed my PB half-marathon time by 5mins and my bettering my Gun Run time by 12 minutes

Its exactly a year ago now since we’ve adopted a real food lifestyle. You can call it what you want, Low Carb High Fat, Paleo but we like the simple philosophy of Vinnie Tortorich. No Sugar, No Grains. So for people think that athletes need heavy amounts of carbs and sugary gels, for ourselves anyway, we’ve proved that this is not the case.

Thanks to the folks at Curds & Whey our post race snack was organic Greek yoghurt  with almonds and honey. Its great having a real food option at one of these events.

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All in all, this years event did the 21st anniversary of the race justice. Well done to all the competitors, organisers, marshals and volunteers. Thanks for a great event!

The Gun Run

Vinnie Tortorich

Curds & Whey

Endomondo

Cape Town Marathon 2013 Race Report

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

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The organisers of this year’s Cape Town Marathon really did a great job with the event. The marketing around the event was great and the finish area was more festive than the previous year. This event is going from strength to strength and will in time become a major big city marathon.

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On the day the weather was great. The temperature was relatively cool with not a cloud or hint of wind in sight. With the course being flat and fast the conditions were set for lots of attempts at personal bests.

Water stations were well manned by plenty of volunteers cheering the runners on. I try to thank every marshal that I run past since these guys are giving up their time to volunteer and make sure the event goes smoothly.

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There were a few complaints after the event.

The most important and one that bugged me a bit was the extra distance. Although the front runners ran exactly 42.2km, for traffic management reasons the course was slightly altered and the rest of the field ran an extra 500 meters or so. In the grand scale of things it doesn't seem like much but when you chasing a cut-off and with this race being a Two Oceans and Comrades qualifier that extra 500 meters makes a big difference.

The other issue was the lack a of decent goodie bag or any goodie bag for that matter. The event itself clearly made up for the goodie bag but its a tradition to have a goodie at big events. Hopefully with the marketing of the event being such a success the organisers will be able to pick a big corporate title sponsor that could help them with that.(HINT: FNB is moving into their new fancy building smack bang in the middle of town.)

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From a personal point of view both Wesley and I did less actual running for this event than we did for past events. We focused more on strength training, trying to find a balance between cardio and resistance work. Even with my shift in training methods I still managed to run a personal best of 4:30:11, about 20 minutes faster than my previous PB (I am still super pleased). However, I felt that I could have pushed harder than what I did in the final 10k but my calves were starting to cramp up and I had to back off the pace.

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I’m convinced that the supplement answer to cramping (magnesium and electrolytes) is BS. I emailed Nicholas Tam at Sports Science Institute of South Africa who told me that according to the research that they’ve done, cramping is due to a lack of fitness and conditioning. And supplements has no effect on preventing cramps.

So for the next marathon which will the be Cape Peninsula in February 2014 we will be training more specifically as endurance athletes and not generalists. We’ll let you know how that goes and what training methods we intend to implement.

See you at the races!

Links:

The Cape Town Marathon

Joe Friel - Muscle Cramps and Mythology

Sports Science Institute of South Africa

Post workout night time tea

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Here’s our original post workout tea that ensures you get the maximum benefit from your workout and recover quicker.

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The ingredients and benefits:

Green tea

Green tea is known to promote fat oxidation and improve insulin sensitivity (aids fat loss)

Green tea extract ingestion, fat oxidation, and glucose tolerance in healthy humans.

Ginger

Ginger is great for any post workout aches or pains and has an anti-inflammatory effect.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) reduces muscle pain caused by eccentric exercise.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper not just adds a bit zip to the tea but is possibly a good prevention tool for prostrate cancer.

Hot Cayenne kills prostate cancer cells in study

Mint

Mint is known as a powerful pain killer. Its especially good for headaches, stomach pain and breaking a fever. We added it to the tea cause it simply tastes great!

A Cup Of Brazilian Mint For Pain Relief

PnP Knysna Forest Marathon

Sunday, 7 July 2013


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So the PnP Knysna Forest Marathon has come and gone. What an awesome experience. Before the run I pretty much thought I had this race all summed up.

I did the proper training and tapering. I did plenty of conditioning runs on Boyes Drive in Muizenberg (hills, hills and more hills) and spoke to a few people who ran the Knysna course before.

My nutrition was good, I was stocked up on UCAN Superstarch and coconut milk which worked like a charm on the run.


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I was quite surprised at how well I felt at the 30km mark and was planning to speed up and hopefully run my target time of 4h 45mins. Up until that point there were lots of uphills and downhills which I managed well. But the last 10km was mostly steep downhill and that simply killed my knees slowing me down to a crawl. At times I thought I was going to do serious damage to my knees.
I eventually finished in 5h 12mins well over my target time but I was happy to finish!

I was pretty sure that I won’t be putting myself through that next year. The more I thought about it the more I wanted to go back and conquer that course. So now I have decided to take on Knysna again next year and fix my dodgy knees.

I recently read an article that claimed that barefoot running lessens knee pain. So as part of my weekly workouts I will be adding a 5 to 7k barefoot run. I’ve done one barefoot run so far and the experience was quite enjoyable. I have to run a short while on road to get to a park near I live. Running on the grass barefoot is quite relaxing.

I found that you have to pay attention more and rarely watch where you go or risk stepping on a sharp stone or something the local dogs left behind. And running barefoot is completely unlike shod running. There is more side to side action as you can’t simply step on or over something.
Barefoot running is one the therapies I am going to try. So lets see what happens!

Show me the Fat!

Sunday, 10 March 2013


When starting a Low Carb, High Fat lifestyle the focus of your diet is on the 3 macronutrients (Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat) and the quality of your food. In this article we will be looking at Fat.

The consumption of fat has been so vilified to the point where people actually have a “fat-phobia”. If your goal is weight loss then the greatest percentage of your calories should come from fat. This sounds like an easy task but in realty trying to eat 70% or more fat in relation to protein and carbohydrate can be quite challenging. In part because we have forgotten what good sources of fat are.

As always we advocate that your food be unprocessed and as close to its original source as possible.So what types of food should be considered “processed foods”?
  • Canned foods
  • Foods containing preservatives, colourants and flavourants.
  • Foods with ingredients that you do not recognise or can’t pronounce (first find out what those items are)
  • Reconstituted food products – Food that is made of up various other types of food (viennas, meat rolls)
  • Any product where Fat has been removed and replaced with other ingredients (Low-Fat products)

What might these foods look like?


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Canned Food

Cereal

 
Back to the Fat. What does easily accessible high food fat look like?
 
Double Cream Greek Yoghurt
Greek-Yoghurt

Double cream yoghurt is high fat and can be eaten any time. Great for breakfast and snacks. Be creative with this and mix in your favourite berries and nuts.

Sour Cream
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Sour cream is also a very versatile ingredient. This is great for a base in sauces or used as a dip with some veggies or bacon.

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Replace milk in your diet, which contains lactose, with fresh cream. Tastes great in coffee.

Avocado’s
Avocados

Eat avocado's when they are in season. Its awesome when added to any salad.

All grass fed red meat with good fat content
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As far as possible eat red meat that comes from grass fed animals. This is typically meat labelled free range.

Cheddar Cheese
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Any cheese fits well into a low carb, high fat lifestyle. Read the nutrition label carefully and make sure the cheese you buy is preservative and additive free.

Coconut Oil
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Coconut oil comes in 2 varieties. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is great for cooking.
Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil is a bit more expensive than the non cold pressed variety. It does retain its coconut taste.

Almonds
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Makes a good snack. But be careful with this as its easy to over consume.

Macadamia Nuts
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Pecan Nuts
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Olive Oil
Olive-oil

Consume cold and do not heat. Good with salads.

Butter
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Everything tastes great with extra butter.

Oily Fish
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This includes fish such as cod, salmon, tuna and sardines
 

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