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Sugar – My Heroin (Part 4)

By: Quinton de Bruin If you have recently read part three of this series on sugar, you may well be feeling somewhat uncomfortable. If you haven’t read it, please read that before you crack into this one. As with any process, in order for it to deliver the outcome that you are looking for, you need to start at the beginning and follow the method step by step. Try harvesting a crop without previously sowing the seeds! The facts shared about the amount of sugar in a couple of fruits in relation t...

February 16, 2018

Sugar – My Heroin (Part 3)

Life over the past 30 years has become increasingly busy. Roles in the home have changed, jobs have changed, and technology has changed. It is more common to have two working parents than it is to have only one. The extreme advances in mobile technology has meant that the work we didn’t finish today and would have pick up tomorrow, now get’s done tonight. We commute further, work longer hours, spend more time in front of the TV - want to spend more time with kids and as a result the time and...

February 16, 2018

Sugar – My Heroin (Part 2)

By: Quinton de Bruin When it comes to making any changes, improvements or tweaks in our lives, we NEVER act before making the decision to do so. Think about it, try closing this App without deciding to move your thumb or the mouse! Correct, impossible. So, be that a conscious or subconscious decision, it’s a decision all the same. Now deciding to close an App and a decision to stop injecting or snorting heroin are two quite different things, are they not? As we touched on last time, when sugar...

February 8, 2018

Sugar – My Heroin (Part 1)

By: Quinton de Bruin As I write this, I look out the window at what must be one of the warmest summers New Zealand has had in a long time… and there is still some summer to come! I wonder how many parents in weather such as this have, as I have, used a kid’s trip to the dairy for an ice-cream as an excuse to get their hands on one…or a chocolate bar! Oh I know I’m not alone. Over the course of the summer, I have come across so many articles, documentaries, podcasts and books ex...

February 1, 2018

Cakes and Cardio!

By: Quinton de Bruin Last week I was tasked with coming up with a birthday cake for my son’s 8th birthday. I must confess I have baked cakes before… with mixed results. Don’t be fooled by that statement into believing that I have experience in that department, I don’t. Had I been wearing a heart rate monitor when the task request/instruction was made, a significant elevation would have been visible! Not being one to shy away from a new adventure or challenge, I was more than happy t...

November 9, 2017

What does “fit” mean?

By: Quinton de Bruin I consider myself a bit of a thinker and if philosophy paid well, I'd happily be a scholar of life's big questions – the meaning of life; why are we here? Why is there something rather than nothing? – these are all great questions that deserve thought. One question that I believe worth pondering would be 'what does fit mean?' The beautiful thing about this question is that it has so many interpretations. When I think back to my late teens and early 20's (it's like ...

March 13, 2017

Key learnings from the last 30 days and the result

By: Quinton de Bruin As silly as it may seem, I didn't get a lot of sleep last night. Nope no screaming baby or a snoring partner – it was all about the result today and unless you have made a public declaration about a goal or ambition, you might not grasp the dimension this adds to 'weigh-in' day. Before I get into that though, there are a couple of learnings I took from this challenge that have been key for me, in not only sticking to the task at hand but ultimately and officially leading...

February 28, 2017

How to get fat quickly…

By: Quinton de Bruin Odd title I know, however the statistics are against us when it comes to what happens when you have reached your diet / body fat goal. An astounding number of people who work long and hard to drop a few dress sizes or to fit into the 10 year old club rugby jersey seem to blink and be 5 kilos heavier again. As we hit the end of this challenge, I find myself asking, "What next? What will happen from Wednesday?" I conveniently say Wednesday because I have saved my cheat day ...

February 27, 2017

You lost the weight – what about this flabby extra skin?

By: Quinton de Bruin As we set our sights on losing a truckload of weight and having this beach body that is tighter and more toned, we don't consider or picture the reality of extra loose skin. Not only have you put in the hard yards to cut down on that weight, now it seems there is another hurdle, being this skin that needs to disappear or tighten… and fast! The good news is that you don't necessarily need surgery to get rid of this problem – skin can really tighten and show off your...

February 26, 2017

A hot Saturday – let’s talk beer and wine!

By: Quinton de Bruin I have a colleague who works in Auckland now, but when he lived in Hamilton he used to run mini bootcamp type workouts with 4-6 friends just from his home. In conversation one day he mentioned that he trains like a mad man so that he is able to enjoy life and have a few beers with his mates. After a bit of time out on the lake today, I could have murdered an ice-cold Heineken – I didn't in the end, being so close to the end of the 30-day challenge. It did get me thinking...

February 25, 2017

The difference the 20% makes

By: Quinton de Bruin Recently we spoke about the fact (and it is a fact) that what you do in the gym, in the park, out on the pavement forms your training program and accounts for about 20% of the changes you want to make to your body. The other 80% comes from what you put down your throat. Or think about it this way, let's assume you eat three meals per day and train six days per week. By the end of a 30-day period I have eaten 90 meals and trained 25 times. Only 25 sessions! That seems so fe...

February 24, 2017

Clarity is Power – meals and the ones you like

By: Quinton de Bruin A few weeks back we discussed how important it is to have a plan when it comes to meals so you can stick to it. We all lead busy lives and it is easy to start dropping the ball when life takes over. One of my pet hates when learning and reading about what people did or ate to achieve outcomes and they end up not really being specific about what it actually was it ends up being a conceptual discussion. I had a flick through some of the articles here and I find that I been a...

February 23, 2017

Why we don’t really know what is good for us #Mediamuppets!

By: Quinton de Bruin As I put my son to bed this evening I was still not sure what I would write about today. Being able to give information that people would find useful and that they can apply in their own lives is important to me. One of the fundamental reasons for committing to a daily blog was because we felt that people are being fed so much garbage through marketing and from so many angles, it is challenging to know what is right and what will help your cause. We wanted to provide some...

February 22, 2017

8 ways to burn fat fast!

By: Quinton de Bruin Having being around sport and sports people for a fair amount of time in my life, you realise that there are times when it is good to carry a bot fo extra weight and then there are competition times when these athletes get into a primed state ready to compete. The bonus for these athletes is that they have a trainer, conditioner and a nutritionist looking after them and ensuring they are shaping up well as the season approaches. What is the season for you? When do you want...

February 21, 2017

How to fit exercise into your routine - 10 fitness tips for busy people

By: Quinton de Bruin It has been a rather busy day and normally at some stage there is a period I can take a few minutes to consider what I have done that day and what about that would be interesting to share with you! Today did not offer me a luxury of a few minutes to ponder a great range of healthy living tips, and in that was my topic. There are times when it is literally impossible to see where you are going to find time to get the daily dose of exercise in. Rushing from one thing to the...

February 20, 2017

Butt-Ology: How to boost your glutes

By: Quinton de Bruin Yesterday I wrote about my introduction to the world of triathlons and endurance training. I briefly mentioned that I had a hold up thanks to a pulled calf muscle. The detail I didn't go into was that when I went to the physio the start the rehab, she told me that the root cause of my injury was in fact weak and ineffective glutes – better known as butt a.k.a. ass! Needless to say then, I became an expert in how to grow stronger glutes. Faced with this potentially ongoi...

February 19, 2017

The power of your heart rate – fat loss and general health benefits

By: Quinton de Bruin In about July 2015 a friend of mine was living in Singapore and was participating in a few triathlons. We had a discussion and he was heading back this way at the peak of the summer and conveniently our triathlon season. Long story short, he lay down the challenge for me to compete in a half-Ironman triathlon even with him. I had never done a triathlon in any shape or form, never mind a half-Ironman – cheers Greg! Being the guy who finds it difficult to back down in a c...

February 18, 2017

Fat loss – which is better cardio or weights?

By: Quinton de Bruin Now this is one of those questions that is asked in gyms around the world and it is a great question! This morning in the gym I was people watching – sure that sounds odd in a gym setting but there was method to my madness. Firstly, I was in a gym in Kumeu. What a great facility Kumeu Gym have and I once again enjoyed being in an unfamiliar environment to train in. What made this observing possible was the layout of the gym. No matter where I was, I was able to see w...

February 17, 2017

The Kitchen – When you don’t pack your own lunch

By: Quinton de Bruin My interest is healthy living and exercise goes back a few years. Like any interest, it drives you to try things and research things. I spent many a night online looking at foods and what they do, how people were putting them together in order to achieve a specific outcome. I wanted to get my head around not only what should be eaten but how much. Armed with all this research and information, there was a time when I thought I was training hard and had my meal plan sorted....

February 16, 2017

Children and the Wild Diet – how to avoid having to prepare more than one dinner for the family

By: Quinton de Bruin A few years back I was working with a team in a large insurance company. The manager arranged a planning session in Auckland which was over a day and a half with the last half set aside for a team building activity. The venue for this activity was on Nelson Street and was one of those kitchens that resemble a Master Chef setup. There was excitement from some and anticipation from others as the teams were created and the smack talk started. I was quietly confident that we...

February 15, 2017

I don’t feel like training again today! My workout is boring!

By: Quinton de Bruin Have you ever found yourself holding an air pump with the objective of blowing up an inflatable pool toy, or worse a mattress? If you have then you will know what a process that can be. I remember going to help set up for a school camp – fortunately in my boy's classroom – armed with a pump to save the day. Much to my frustration on what had to be the hottest day in November, I was pumping away at this mattress, I even made a game of it, the boys all wanted a turn. No...

February 14, 2017

The humble egg (second to the chicken) good or bad for you?

By: Quinton de Bruin Depending on which day of the week it is, will determine who is writing what about eggs. Not even Humpty Dumpty got this much attention! For decades now, there has been widely publicised stories about eggs and the warnings around them. The affect they have on our overall health, on cholesterol levels, heart disease and how many would be safe to consume. Since my earliest childhood memories, eggs have always been part of our family meals in one way or another and a bit like...

February 13, 2017

The thing about caffeine and the secret to extremely fast weight loss!

By: Quinton de Bruin While enjoying a great weekend at Whitianga with friends, the topic of coffee and caffeine came up. Now I am one of those people who has been drinking coffee for many years and I am well entrenched in one of the many beautiful things of New Zealand – the coffee culture. I love my morning coffee and I'm happy to meet you at a café! Yet one of the people in the discussion mentioned that they have only ever had a coffee once and it caused them real discomfort - we're talk...

February 12, 2017

Metabolism – time to face the truth

By: Quinton de Bruin Having been a taller than average bloke since I can remember – or as those horrid school photos remind me – I am used to being larger than most guys. What I never got used to was the stage were not only was I tall but I was a little bit wider than the BMI calculation would suggest I should be – let's leave it at that. Years later and after using every excuse under the sun as to why I couldn't lose the extra weight in my armoury, is now the time to address this me...

February 11, 2017

Takeaway foods and the choices we make

By: Quinton de Bruin After a long week, it is always nice to come home and someone else has done the cooking. What if they too have had a long week and the kids are screaming for dinner. Naturally there is always the option to suck it up and get into the kitchen and whip up a dish Jamie Oliver would get excited about! However, we also know that this is not always possible when the day has run out of hours. Today was one of those days for me. I was up at 5.30am and slightly fatigued from a ...

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