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February Lemonadelustloving

Picked from those who have been tagging me on Instagram, we have (from top left clockwise) the beautiful artwork of Anema Designs, Stunning Interior Design by Bell Studio, Pretties from that favourite of mine Le Petit Renard Rouge and more vibrant art from from Leah Nadeau 

.. as always I will choose my winner every other month and feature them at least 4 times on the Insta Feed over the next month AND I will be putting them on my Pinterest Boards too...

This month I was very torn between my top two but have decided to do something a little bit different and go for the service over the products so I am choosing Bell Studio for this month. Look out for my favourite picks on Insta and keep tagging #lemonadelustloving to be featured yourself.

Have you got friends starting a new business? Make sure they get tagging too..

My we turned Plant Based, Yep the whole family..

Its been a year now so I feel I can chat about it with some backstory and an element of authority on the ins and outs of turning plant based as a family..

I am not suddenly some all hailing thou must all turn vegan, I am not biased towards it for any reason other than that I am now vegan because after much research I have learned that, apart from of course being beautifully ethical, a plant based diet is the best diet for my current and future health alongside the health of the environment.

One of the major stereotypes surrounding veganism is that vegans think they are better than others and that couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to me..  I’m vegan not because I feel that I’m better than anyone else but rather because I understand that I am no different. Those type of Vegans need to loose their 'Vego', as a friend of mine calls it, as that idiotic attitude just drives wedges between differing thoughts on diets rather than bringing them closer which is what most people who live this narrative want.

We went vegan as Marcus came home one night having been listening to Rich Rolls Podcast and read his book Finding Ultra and simply liked what he had heard. Rich doesn't say go cold turkey (pardon the pun) or nothing at all, he simply promotes that you add as many vegetables to your diet as you can and loose the dairy for a while and see how you feel.

The health of our countries are declining, weight issues are rising, the amount of people being diagnosed with life altering and even deadly illnesses is two a penny and it seems like every other person is on a cocktail of medications for all sorts of varied ailments. 

Marcus and I were on medication for stress/anxiety/depression. My future has a high chance of seeing Breast Cancer rear its ugly head and that of course worries me. 

Marcus was chasing a new diet to treat his gut health which has always been erratic and I had read and heard how people have reversed serious end of life diagnoses from simply adopting a plant based diet. If any of us had any gremlins in our bodies waiting to grow into something bigger and simply changing our diet could stop that then I was all in.

The other side effect for athletes is that it is reported to aid with much faster recovery from training sessions so with what, at the time, was a 50k Trail Run Race coming up and lots of training hours ahead this also appealed to me!

So thats why we did it and we did pretty much do it over night. I only had a few pieces of fish to use up and from that point forwards I simply bought purely plant based.

AND how has it been?...

There are of course things we miss but to be honest there are substitutes from pretty much anything nowadays. They say the more you eat something the more you crave it so now I just crave salad!!

We never told the kids they had to stay plant based, we just said we will be at home and would love you to be when you are out. They sometimes have some sushi with fish in, maybe once a month they will have a cookie, cupcake or ice cream at someones house but all in all they have adapted in and out of home into fully fledged little Veganites!

We all lost weight/body fat to start with and have now plateaued at that lower weight/body fat.
We all sleep better.
Marcus has found his stomach is so much more settled.
That recovery blurb we had heard about 'feels' true.. (I can only compare)
Our skin, hair and eyes look brighter and clearer.
Our food bills have gone down big time.
My cooking skills have improved.
Our knowledge (as a family) of nutrients, whole foods and dietary facts has grown.
We have become a lot more eco friendly as a bi product

We are still learning but the longer we are plant based and come across transformative stories of peoples lives changing for the better having turned or led a plant based life the more I know we won't change back.

The accessibility to plant based food just keeps getting better, the products available to cook with mimicking animal products (I am talking cheese baby) are growing day by day and I just can't find a good reason not to continue just the way we are..

Have you made a big diet change in your life? How did yours go? 

Coaches.. to do or not to do..

I would say to do, again and again and again.. I was in a discussion the other day about whether the art of coaching was lost and whether the true coaches could survive as just a coach being their only income going forwards.

I could not advocate having a coach more if I tried, not forever and not just for a month. For an event, for a safe journey to a big adventure, to achieve a desired goal .. heck just to give you the knowledge you need to keep up a healthy lifestyle and know how to tackle future events you might want to take up or on.

I had a crap coach in the past and that can kill the system. The useless ones just throw out a program, analyze the data and charge less than the real hands on coaches. Unfortunately enough people get a result good enough to keep them happy from that pathetic approach which in turn keeps them in business.. 

Strava (or the likes) is not a coach, if you are endeavouring to do something that will take you out of your comfort zone then watching stats on a digital distractive platform that ranks you against people you have never met or simply have a totally different goal in mind to yours is just a time waster.

How do you find a decent coach? 

Ask around local groups and friends who have used one, get onto a local FB Group supporting the sport you want to do and see what comes up. Word of mouth is my favourite and finding a coach that has skills in the discipline you are chasing is key. If you have a certain event in mind they may even have raced it too which is an absolute bonus. 

I found mine as I was following Rich Roll and his ultra endurance vegan life, he waxed lyrical about his coach and then posted an image of him swimming with that coach at MY local pool. It was kismet, what can I say!

A true coach teaches you how to feel those numbers and all that data whilst doing the training, having self knowledge is what will keep you on track and ensure you cross the finishing line with a smile on your face.

My current coach uses my data numbers and all that stuff you analyze to adapt my next training week, he wants notes after every session regarding how I felt not my numbers.. he re arranges my schedule when life gets in the way, he does regular testing on feel to back up the numbers and builds in mandatory rest alongside big peaks. 

His ability to answer every dumb question with simple logic and no judgement has his athletes asking so many re occurring things he even started recording a podcast to cover the subjects for us.. 

The true art of coaching is not lost it’s just needs more people to discover it and spread the word.

I am writing this post purely as those that have been lucky enough to know or experience good coaches should spread the word so as not to loose those gems to online formatting and lazy glorified PT’s...

If you are in need of help in Australia I recommend talking to Grant.. he is the sort of coach I have currently and I know he is the sort of coach that if he felt he wasn't the best fit for you and your needs he would find you someone that was.. again.. the sign of a good coach. If you need mental strength outside of just the physical coaching he also runs Sports Supports who run workshops and do one on one also

Oh the synchronicity.. as I type his new podcast alert flashes on my phone.. FREAKY 😳😝

Have you ever used a coach for anything?