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Feeding my intensive weekend of yoga

Feeding my intensive weekend of yoga

I have just spent a weekend of very hot yoga with 5 times yoga champion Kristin Bergman. This high energy, hot and sweaty time meant regular changes in clothes and mats. Coming home meant getting into a salt bath and soaking.

I planned my food for this event, had no shortage of energy and a clear mind throughout.

Breakfast 6am my yellow porridge (ie with turmeric and back pepper).

Daytime. I had four 500ml bottles for each day

- juiced cucumber & celery (one day with pomegranate seeds and the other with brussel sprouts).

- juice of our own apples

- fresh miso drink

- water

I also took along a small pack of oatcakes.

Saturday night I ate a baked potato with brussel sprouts. (Actually it is the last potato I will ever have because of the huge arthritic pain in ankle Sunday morning.) Vegan pesto sauce.

Sunday & Friday night wholewheat pasta with vegan pesto, mushrooms, brussel sprouts & peas.

In the picture I'm the one on the left.

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you all look so healthy and cheerful and have had a really good time. sorry to hear about your arthritis pain and your ankle. keep up the good work. yoga is amazing. xoxo

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Hi Andy,

Great to see this photo of you all, enjoying your Hot Yoga Weekend. I hope your arthritic pain in your ankle improves soon, and it was interesting to read your food intake over the weekend.

Do you ever keep a record of your daily calorie intake and range/break-down of macronutrients? I'd be interested to know your average daily break-down of those, if you had that information - but I appreciate not everyone keeps a tally of such things.

Hope you have a great week.

Zest :-)

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Hi zest. I don't keep a record, but I should. Generally I know that, with so many proven health benefits, I need to keep up with the cruciferous vegetables. I never worry about protein and if I have enough energy I know that I must have enough calories. With enough cals and a varied WFPB diet then macro and micro nutrients are never a problem, guaranteed.

So actually checking my nutrients a project in the offing. When I get a month's data I'll report back. But I can't start that just yet since we're moving home for 5 months to the apartment below while our roof is taken off for an extensive loft conversion is done.

Re the arthritic pain, that is truly crushed by Sunday's yoga. By refining my diet to exclude (white) potatoes then there should be no recurrence.

What amazes me is that I can eat potatoes (and tomatoes and capsicum) on occasion with no problem. Just that I cannot reliably predict the outcome. The downsides of any reaction haunts me since I will only know 6 hours after eating. The problems being what they are mean in my goal for continuously improving health, nightshade family are out.

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I enjoy Cruciferous vegetables - especially Brussel sprouts, which are one of my favourite veggies!

Hope everything goes well with your house move.

Pity that you have to omit the Nightshade family, but you need to do what works best for your body's requirements and tolerances.

Wishing you a great week.

Zest :-)

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Thanks for sharing Andy and what a positive weekend 🧘‍♂️, I also have to say top marks for your sentiment, to continuously improve your health. 😊

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Whenever I find a food that causes me an arthritic reaction I feel such a fool. The pain can be so intense that the motivation to remove it from my diet is huge. Also when going to my yoga (which costs me nearly £100 a month) I think to myself why waste all that money, all the time I invest in it.

And then, aged 65, I feel I am working against the clock. Whatever challenges I have right now would be multiplied each decade I leave this body rebuilding task.

I also know that should I let my diet go I would be in a wheelchair within six months and on heavy medication for the rest of my natural.

As an aside I had a call from my doctor two minutes ago, asking me would I be willing to be monitored in a research project looking at people with multiple chronic conditions. Yes, came the answer.

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I think that you have your priorities right Andy because I know which I choose, out of health or wealth... so good for you.

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Did you see The New Scientist article on Bikram, earlier this month?

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Nope. I have just read the summary online which seems to follow my experience.

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