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Back to basics
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Back to basics
Tamara Beach, NSW

Hello from Australia's Southern Highlands! We came here for a last-minute escape and managed to find the most idyllic location to stay at with Sue and Kevin who run Home Stay Farm.

What a lovely place! Most things they eat are organic, and grown on their own land and we had a wonderful time eating home-made bread, cake and other goodies. I also tried Sue’s home made komboucha and amazing kale smoothie... they were beyond delicious! 

 

Unbelievably, I've already been living in Australia for five months and whilst some things are still new to me, it’s definitely feeling more like home.  Looking back, we’ve been through such a lot of change over the past 12 months, and you can read about some of my personal lessons and insights from the process of change, now that we’re on the other side! 

Another highlight for me last month was bringing the famous podcaster Rich Roll over to Australia to tell his inspiring story of transformation from junk-food eating alcoholic to a plant-based Iron Man!

I got to meet and chat to both Rich and his wife Julie.  Here is Rich on the left, with Luke Baylis (Founder and CEO of Sumo Salad) in the middle and I'm on the right!  You can read about it here.


Food is the main topic of this month's  Healthy Habits. Given that the UK and US are springing into summer, whilst Australia and NZ are heading into winter,  I wanted to get back to basics and cover six foundational habits that are easy to implement and can help you look and feel amazing.  They’re not rocket science - most people I work with know intellectually what to do… the trouble is they’re not doing them. Are you?

1. Eat real food - Yep, the type of food that was around 100 years ago. Get the food part right and everything else will fit in place. Food is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle.  It determines how you look, feel and think and yet many of us are living on diets packed full of processed sugars, unhealthy fats and empty calories and that’s the reason why 2/3rds of our society are overweight. If you make it your mission to eat real food, your weight will gradually reduce and your long-term health prospects will pick-up. Worth a try?

So what counts as real food? I get asked this question a lot and whilst that may surprise you, it shouldn’t. Given the amount of conflicting advice out there on what to eat, people get confused and waste their precious time counting calories and weighing food. Try this little quiz to see if you can pick the ‘Real Food' Items. Tick all of the real food items below:

Did you get them all right?  The answers are at the bottom of the newsletter.

2. Eat organic food. Once you’ve got the "real food" habit in place, you can upgrade further by selecting only organic varieties. If you look at the price tags of organic food, you might be forgiven for sticking with cheaper, inorganic varieties of fruit and veg. But before you click away, consider the longer-term cost to your health and life of consuming tiny amounts of chemicals every day. The Dirty Dozen guidelines are a useful starting point.

3. Eat mainly plants.  I’ve been a vegan myself now for over 10 years, and whilst I don’t like the word 'vegan' itself due to associations with that word, there’s no doubt in my mind that a plant-based diet has been the foundation for my success. Start by tracking the animal products you consume using a tool like Cronometer and remember that if everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the US would save: 100 billion gallons of water, 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, 70 million gallons of fuel, 3 million acres of land and 33 tons of antibiotics. Wow! 

4. Flood your body with nutrients.  Here's a super tip to flood your body with micronutrients: eat as many green vegetables as you can: broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, cucumber and so on. Whilst there are so many different and conflicting theories of nutrition, one thing they all have in common is that eating plenty of greens features in all of them.  

5. Boost your diet with sensible supplements.  In a perfect world, we should get all of our nutrition from our food. Unfortunately we don't live in a perfect worl and many of us need help from supplements which is a minefield in itself. Lately I’ve been road-testing the nutritional programmes provided by Isagenix specifically for athletic performance, and they have other solutions for weight loss and energy performance, which are ideal for people who want to follow a specific system. Click here to find out more and to road-test the products yourself.

If you get to a place where you’re eating real food, mainly organic plants, your food will be less processed, which will mean a reduction in additives and processed sugars.  From a health-risk perspective, this is only a good thing. Yay!

Sure, there may still be gaps.  That where a regular blood-testing service like Livesmart comes in.  Livesmart analyses and tracks your internal health, giving you the information and bespoke advice that will enable you to adjust your diet and lifestyle for your own maximum health.

Special 'VIP Day' Offer
We're back in the UK from May 8th until the 31st and have two remaining in-person VIP coaching days available. If the time has come for you to take stock and make a shift in your life, I'd love to help you. Click here to find out more and book in a free 15 minutes clarity session. I'm excited to work with you.

Book club
I’ve been reading two great books that I’d like to share with you:

Productivity Ninjas - a great read if you’re looking to get more done in less time and reduce stress. It’s packed with useful tips on how to manage your inbox, get more value out of meetings and build a resilient mindset
The Plantpower Way - an inspiring story of change for people who want to gain more energy, to lose fat and improve performance

Film buff

I was lucky enough to watch a preview version of 'What the Health’, a controversial documentary that contains data points and evidence to facts support transitioning to a plant-based diet. Look out for it shortly.
Have a great month of May, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

To your good health,
Lawrence
Answers to the quiz “what is real food?”
Banana, Avocado, Salad, Brazil nuts
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