Exercise – the minimum effective dose for health

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Recently on the Slim Birdy – One Ten Toned – Eating Peaty private Facebook group, I told the story of the visit with my parents who live two states away. My father was finding the whole ‘taking your temperature thing’ revelatory in terms of helping with his eating habits. (He wants to put on weight, where as our group mostly discusses weight loss, however request to join if you would like to see how it was helping him.)

During that visit too, there is another story about exercise I wanted to tell and a running joke with my father – “Dad have you been lifting your weights a little?” He always replies, “I’ll start tomorrow.” He has said this for the last 30 years!

Now I haven’t seen my parents for about a year and a half – bad daughter I know – but we do speak every week. In that time though, I have written and been following my own One Ten Toned exercise program. This involves just a little amount of weight bearing exercises every day, or skipping a day here and there when life gets a little crazy at times.

When I was writing it, I told them all about it and even sent my father a little seven-day sampler to try out as part of my research. While he did it to help me, he was convinced that I wasn’t quite on the right path and I needed to do at least 30 minutes of all different exercises. He switched to what he thought he should be doing and then after a while he stopped.

So when they saw me, they couldn’t quite believe the muscle tone! The fact that I could do my push ups without effort, squats, throwing the weights around like they were nothing and for the first time in my life, looked rock solid and fit, with muscles shaping my legs, arms and back. Where as when I lost weight before, I would just look skinny and weak.

So it comes down to a few factors:

  • the minimum effective dose
  • prioritising weight bearing exercise over cardio (even walking)
  • doing a little something each day
  • doing the things you don’t hate
  • having it home-based and readily at your disposal
  • understanding that exercise for health is not the same as sports performance

So my father is really active in terms of walking, shopping, practicing golf etc but prioritising this was actually contributing to his health issues. So we set up three compound exercises with weights for a minimum of 3 reps x 3 sets a day and that’s it!   He can do one exercise, he can do all three, he can add more of other things and he can even skip a day. He has placed his weights in a spot in the house that he walks past often and says that it reminds him to do another set. Three weeks on and he is still going strong.

Realistically the biggest challenge is keeping it up. If it’s too difficult, goes for too long, costs too much, requires you to drive a while to get there, requires childcare, special equipment, you hate it, you already have a busy life or if the stars have to align before you can do it, then it won’t work. And I should know, as I avoided weight-bearing exercise for about 20 years, until now!

Health is about creating a relaxed, easy-to-do lifestyle. To find out how to do that with exercise, grab a copy of my book One Ten Toned and just start today.

To your health and muscles!

 

Kristy x

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Veggie Burger – Ray Peat Inspired

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While grass-fed meat is definitely on the Ray Peat menu, there is some debate on the forum & groups as to how much everyone should be eating.

Issues may include:

  • Difficult to digest
  • Maybe too high in PUFA (like chicken)
  • Too much iron
  • Too high in phosphorus
  • Too high in tryptophan, methionine, cystine
  • Should eat all parts of the animal not just muscle meat

And for some like me, it just makes me feel blah – heavy on digestion, tired, sluggish, foggy in the head etc. I hate cooking with it and the smell of it. So I compromise and only have fish.

So even if you are a meat eater, sometimes you just might feel like a break from it. This dish is really filling but light at the same time.

Veggie Burger

(makes about 5, food processor required)

2 cups baked pumpkin

½ cup cooked veges (like zucchini or peppers)

1 egg

2 slices gluten free bread (or sour dough)

¼ cup potato starch

2 large mushrooms

½ cup cheddar cheese ( or Feta or Parmesan cheese)

½ cup cooked rice

½ large onion

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp sweet paprika

2 TBS Worcestershire sauce (or coconut amino soy)

1 TBS fresh garlic (or garlic powder)

2 TBS butter

salt/ pepper

How to do it…

Ok so it can be a bit all over the place, so bear with me and I will try and make it easy…

Step 1

Bake your pumpkin. I rub in a little refined coconut oil, and salt and bake on 200C (400F) for 30 minutes.

Pull out the pumpkin and put the two slices of bread in the oven and turn it down to about 100C (200F) – you want to leave the bread in there for about 30 minutes, so it goes rock hard. (If you leave the oven up too high, it will burn on the outside and stay raw in the middle.)

Step 2

If you don’t already have left over cooked veges, then you can boil up a bit of zucchini or you might want to bake them as well with the pumpkin. Up to you. Just make sure it’s not too watery.

Step 3

While all that oven stuff is going on, chop your mushrooms and onions (peppers and garlic – if using.) Fry these up with all spices in the butter in a frying pan, over low heat until soft. Then leave it in the pan until later.

Step 4

When your bread is crispy (but not burned!) take it out of the oven, break it up into smaller pieces then whack it in the food processor to make breadcrumbs. This may take a few minutes. Pour into another bowl when done. If you still have any chunky bits, just pull them out.

Step 5

Measure out your potato starch and be ready to bring everything together.

Step 6

Back in the food processor, add your pumpkin, the egg, Worcestershire sauce and a bit of salt and pepper. Whiz until well combined.

At this point it looks like a bit of a sloppy mess, but don’t worry, the dry ingredients of the breadcrumbs and a bit of flour help bring it all together.

Step 7

Pour the pumpkin mix into a bowl. Then add the rice, cheese, fried mushrooms etc And gently stir through. Next go the breadcrumbs and flour last of all. It starts looking a bit more pliable and you feel a great sense of relief!

Step 8

Clean out your frying pan and grab a bit more butter (or coconut oil.) Put it on medium heat.

So to form your burger, wet your hands and scoop out a heaped tablespoon full of the mix and mold into a round burger shape and place in the heating pan. Keep doing this until all the mix is used up.

Fry on each side for about 3-4 minutes – it should be browning on the outside.

Then serve however you like your burgers.

Maybe serve with…

  • sweet chilli sauce/tomato sauce
  • slow fried onions
  • beetroot slices
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • slice of cheese
  • pineapple
  • grated carrot

Leftovers keep in the fridge up to 3 days. I haven’t tried freezing them.

So this is far more involved than I usually like my cooking, however it is much easier if you just have pre cooked pumpkin and veges from previous days. You can also experiment and use different things in it, however I believe the breadcrumbs, flour and possibly the egg are pretty much essential for it to work.

Happy cooking and I’d love to see your pics if you make it!

 

Kristy x

Low Fat Chewy Plum Fudge

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When people start eating a Dr Ray Peat type of diet they think, “look saturated fat is protective so gimme all the ice cream, let me put butter on everything and what do you mean a handful of grated cheese at every meal may be too much?”

20 kgs (40lbs) overweight a few months later and they wonder what happened!

Saturated fat IS protective, but only in the right doses.

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Fruity Cake

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Since I started reading and blogging about the Ray Peat way of eating – it’s been about 3 years now – my realisation is that 90% of people put on weight when they start eating this way.

(I did a survey on my One Ten Toned –Slimbirdy – Eating Peaty FB Group and the result was 88% with weight gain – so very close.)

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What I eat in a day – Ray Peat Inspired

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I frequently get asked – so what does a day of eating look like for you? So I thought I would document it, to help others out.

So overall I aim for 1,800 calories and 20g of fat a day. I won’t always hit these targets, as measuring and counting every ounce of food I eat is not conducive to a balanced, happy life for me. However every quarter or so, I plug everything into cronometer.com to see what’s what, and if anything needs adjusting.

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Rice Slice – Vege Moko

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This dish was created due to the outrageously long-term summer heat in Brisbane and my laziness!

I just don’t want to cook elaborate meals every day, especially after a workday, so we needed to be able to cook something once and eat it for the rest of the week. We do add other things to switch it up, but at least half the cooking and thinking about it is already done.

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Butter “Chicken” Vegetables Recipe

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Who’s heard of protein fasting?

It’s supposed to be the safest way to tap into autophagy (body protein recycling) without wrecking your metabolism and hormones like regular intermittent fasting tends to do, especially for women.

More on that another time but in the meantime, a big batch recipe that saves you cooking for a few days at least.

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Cardio Workout at Home – High Metabolism

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Sweet Paprika Fish Pot with Mango

I keep hearing this a lot in the Ray Peat groups and forums – but what can I eat? So this year, I’m going to find, share and create more food suggestions and recipes to make life easier for myself and everyone else.

I’m not a fan of long-winded, elaborate recipes, I prefer quick and simple, but you can still pick a herb or a spice that can change the dish completely and give it a little pizzazz.

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Dr Ray Peat Inspired Weight Loss

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So interesting reading in the RP groups recently and the study where a bunch of guys were given 6,000 calories and no exercise and demonstrated that while their metabolism increased, so too did their fat and other, not so great, health markers.

While the study was extreme, I think it was a great example of how too many people emphasise the increase of calories as the only way to get to health and a higher metabolism using Ray Peat principles. (Anything under 2,500 calories was deemed to be an eating disorder! What?)

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