What is happening guys?!?!
Winter is here again!! So apart from wayyyy to many Christmas songs on the radio already, what else can my little ears hear…. In my best Arnie voice…. ‘it’s winter I'm bulking’
Ok so when the boys the in staff room say this they know what there doing and lets be honest there normally having an extra potato with their lunch. Bulk on brother!
When I see members leaving the gym Krispy Kreme in hand also saying ‘I’m Bulking’ haha slooooowww down there schwarzenegger .. lets get some facts straight.
Winter is not the time to get fat. I for one love this season, no bikinis and big coats for cover doesn't mean I am going on a weight gaining mission what it does mean is I can ease up (ease up I repeat, not stop) on some of my fat burning cardio and concentrate on lifting some heavy heavy weights 😊 I can enjoy a few more carby meals and all in all feel pretty damn strong, with the aim of building up some muscle whilst my body is well hidden so I can cut it in as summer creeps in.
Which brings me to todays subject. The purpose of the Carb Refeed. … or cheat meal or unfortunately as some of my clients are familiar with the cheat meal that turned into the cheat weekend … oh and now its Thursday...... epic fail.
I for one don't really cheat, this is not me getting on my high horse, being allergic to life means I am left with limited cheat items.. so I reefed.... the aim of the reefed especially for those who are on low carb diets through out the week is to raise your leptin levels, by upping your calorific intake by 30-50% over 12 hours or so. I normally do this by getting down and dirty on a Friday with some rice cakes, a jar of cashew butter and some big boy bananas. jazzy.
Why do we need to raise this baby?
Leptins main function in the body is to regulate both hunger and energy expenditure.
As leptin levels drop the greater your food cravings become
Also if leptin levels are not raised on a regular basis this can cause your metabolism to slow.
How to raise your game…
So most people use their reefed or cheat to binge on every processed item in sight, sugar and pizza everywhere. unfortunately this may not always be the best practice as leptin responds better to good sources of carbs to be turned into glucose as apposed to refeeding on simple sugars, protein and fats.
Refeeding or cheating may make you feel temporarily a bit heavy (mostly water retention) but in the long run will give your metabolism the boost it needs to shift those excess pounds.
Ok... so many of my blog posts so far have been on how to look your best on the outside. Well today kids were going all internal.
I am especially fired up to write this blog today after being caught short with gluten this week and those of you with Celiac Disease will know exactly what this means, bed, baggy PJs and sleep.
So blonde guide to Celiac.
1. A Celiac body sees gluten as a threat
2. So when the gluten travels into a Celiac's intestines it attaches its self to the villi to be absorbed
3. The body then sends a full on attack on the gluten, wiping out the gluten and the villi it is attached too.
4. Intestines become painfully swollen, and villi is damaged, therefore the Celiac body will no longer absorb nutrients it requires, until they start to heal.
5. This then causes a chain of events whilst this is happening symptoms are as follows -
The only way to cure it...... there is no cure, you just have to sustain a Gluten Free Diet for the rest of your life, and avoid cross contamination where possible.
So i went Paleo .... and it works.
So being glutened up to my eyeballs today is not what i had planned, in bed balancing my laptop on my swollen abdomen... cancelling clients and being unable to train or stomach most my normal foods, i thought i would look into what is best to do when and if you are spiked by gluten, just remember guys this just doesn't have to be gluten any allergy or just digestive problems... this works.
Feeling Peaky ok.... Intestinal SOS...
1. 2 Shots of Apple Cider diluted with water, have a few of these over the course of the day... it helps the imflamation
2. Peppermint tea with a teaspoon of Mannuka Honey, Peppermint aids digestion, Mannuka contains good bacteria.. enough said.
3. Take your Probiotics!!!!
Foods easily absorbed.... once the imflamation is down, you don't want to set it back off, remember your insides are going to be damaged for a few days, let them recover...
Stick to these and you wont go far wrong.
Yeah not much fun but anything to make it better right?
Just until your feeling good again avoid the following as they are hard to absorb or quite rough on the intestines
Introduce them back in one by one over the course of a few days after your feeling better.
Your insides are number one priority... if your insides are a mess, your outside will soon follow suit.... look after them bad boys
Much love xxx
Linda Anne Adamson
My Goal... to make people happy with the skin they are in. To make the best of what they have got.