Last week I met up with fellow Paleo comrades, Calista Goh from Anything But Salads and Jeff Lenz from Balance Health, for the first time and of course we talked about being Paleo in Hong Kong. Let's face it. Although the Paleo diet is getting increasingly popular mainstream-wise, Hong Kong still has to catch up and the peckish Paleo pack in this corner of the world cannot just turn to Starbucks for a quick bite, but has to be crafty in scanning menus for meals which can be made Paleo-friendly. Another emergency solution is to always bring your own Paleo snacks which will keep you going in case you find yourself in a Paleo desert.
Shanghai Dolls Fitness Challenge
I love the beginning of a new year. This time just feels like a clean slate. It's a powerful motivator for people to put some energy aside for some good changes.
That is why so many magazines, studios and gyms come up with their own fitness challenges around this time of the year. It's the time when people are willing to change and put in the effort.
As you might now from an earlier post, I and a martial arts instructor have embarked on our own friendly fitness challenge.
Paleo vs. standard western diet.
If you have decided that now is the time to become fitter and healthier let me give you a big virtual hug, you have made the first big step.
With so many challenges around which one to pick?
Here a simple 5-points-guide:
1. Duration: A challenge should at least be around a month long (or longer). Body and mind need their time to actually get their groove on.
2. Body and mind: Speaking of, body and mind are equally involved. A good challenge is aware of that and works on a healthy mind as well as on a healthy body.
3. Nutrition: I dare say the way to a healthy and beautiful body is 20% genes, 25% training and 55% nutrition. Tosca Reno, the nutrition writer of Oxygen magazine even goes as up as 80% of nutrition's influnence on the outlook of one's body. If the challenge only relies on a good training plan and "allows" you to eat crappy then your chances of success are as bleak as Britney Spears's acting career.
4. Guideline: A good guideline gives a challenge structure. With structure people are more likely to succeed as they can adhere to rules. It also defines metrics on how to measure progress, such as body measurements, body fat percentage and body pictures.
5. Strategy: You will always encounter hurdles during your challenge. Be it having to watch a colleague indulge in a cheesecake (my big weakness) or just the usual slump of motivation. Challenges should also give you tools on anticipating and handling pit falls.
A good challenge for Paleo beginners is for instance the Whole30 challenge. It helps people to get off sugars and processed foods. A friend of mine will start her Whole30 program next week.
If you are looking for an easy accessible challenge and for community and fun, join our 90 Day Revamp challenge. It's not necessary to be Paleo (I bet your sweet a** you'd get better result with it). It's free and for everyone.
For most health food nuts in Hong Kong iHerb.com is a well-known secret. Even some health food stores order some of their goods from this California based online supplier. Customer service is reliable and through their DHL standard shipping method your goodies arrive in less than one week. Paleo, vegans and any other nutrition enthusiast will find a nice selection of supplements, organic, gluten-free or kosher products.
Guess many people have "eat healthier" on the resolution list and I absolutely say 'yaaay' to that. So just for fun I'll be listing some of my favourite iHerb grocery items. Later I'll add post my fav supplements. And now without further ado I present to you in no specific order my iHerb standard shopping goodies.