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June 1, 2010

Real Food & Weight Loss

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Two powerful topics today. Two I am very passionate about, being what I would deem to be a star example of how both relate to personal health, wealth as well as being the biggest change to success at endurance sport.

In plain english:

Eat real food & lose weight. This will result in energy, vitality, focus & you being much faster at your chosen activity/activities.

Want to know how big a change it results in?

I have virtually stopped taking vitamins, protein shakes & recovery products. I am 8kg lighter than a year ago. I had my best season sports wise every. I am having one of the best works years ever. I have yet to lose my cool this year and raise my voice. I have more mind clarity than I have ever had.

I did this by eating real food. The rest are byproducts.

Yes, I look a little emaciated to most people. But here are the real facts:

1. I never get sick
2. I never run out of energy.
3. I never get hangovers. (if you know my mates you will know they try hard enough to give me hangovers)
4. I never get mood swings. (anymore)
5. I hardly every get cravings (unless i`m pushing it. )

So if I look a little “skinny” to you, it’s really just a sign of good health. I haven’t had a cold sore, ever. My hair and nails grow faster than I would like – I have to cut my nails twice a week. My wounds heal extraordinarily fast. I am very healthy, thank you.

I wrote a while ago about how I go about losing weight in a way that keeps the weight off. It works, I only picked up 4kg instead of my usual 7-8kg in my off time this year and already after just a week of training I only have 1kg to go to being “optimal” again. I believe this will change too, and my “optimal” weight will come down this year a little. As my body gets used to functioning at a lower weight, I believe that it shifts. I finished my first Ironman at 82kg in 10h31min. This year I was 72kg at the finish in 9h11min. I have taken 40min off my ride and 40min off my run times. I suspect running without a BIG bag of dogfood on my back has something to do with it.

So please, feel free to offer me burgers, but make them ostrich patty, wheat free roll and sweet potatoes instead of fries.

I’m going to put down a list of places to buy Real Food for you all in the next week or so. I think I owe it to you. I have not been great at this in the last while. The food I buy – I am not sure of its origin or how much it’s been altered to grow fast and perfect. I am making the commitment to buying only free range real meats, truly organic fruit and veg. If I just cut out the food that wastes in my house, it should cost me the same, or less, so there is no excuse.

It’s my commitment for winter. Real Food.

7 Comments on “Real Food & Weight Loss

Jamie Who
June 1, 2010 at 11:29 am

Absolutely nailed that. In my “work” of eating and drinking I also strive for balance by cooking healthy stuff at home (and exercising of course). A big part of being healthy is eating food that hasn’t been processed which means you can still eat stuff that tastes good. It’s not rocket science.

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Wezzo
June 1, 2010 at 11:46 am

Hey Raoul, all sounds interesting. No mood swings nor hangovers, awesome where do I sign up. Where do you buy these organic foods, a secret supplier or just your regular Woolies?

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Mom
June 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Grow your own where possible – still the best

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henry
June 5, 2010 at 4:13 am

Hey, good stuff.. Keep bringing it. 😀

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RBW
June 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm

been following your progress and it is really impressive.
Has the diet been followed strictly and how long did it take you to lose that weight|?
Did you also lose muscle mass at the same time?

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