15 things I learnt from the 2015 Crossfit Open

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Well Crossfit friends, I don’t know about you but it’s been a looooong achy week for me. The Crossfit Open 2015 was definitely a learning curve and one hell of a battle (both physically and mentally). I went through a roller coaster of emotions over the 5 weeks; from excitement to frustration, from apprehension to joy and all the way back to frustration again – but I’m sure you will agree with me when I say – it was worth it!

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Paleo Granola

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There’s not much I miss since moving to a a Paleo diet – or at least a Paleo friendly diet.  

Bread… nah, Peanut Butter… Almond is better, rice… maybe, oats… not anymore; but there is one thing I miss every now and again and that’s Granola.  There’s nothing more satisfying than a big bowl of crunchy Granola with Almond Milk or yoghurt and fruit.  You know the Crunch I’m talking about right (even the word is satisfying to say!)

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10 steps toward a better diet

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 Having a healthy diet isn’t about restricting calories, eating chicken and broccoli five times a day or making yourself stick thin.  It’s about feeling good about yourself, inside and out, having better health in order to lead a better life and enjoying the foods you eat.  Good nutrition can often feel like a minefield, with so much conflicting information out there – what should you eat and how should you go about changing your lifestyle?  It all starts with eating real foods… but if that’s not enough, I’ve put together my 10 top tips for starting to eat a healthier diet (1).

(1) Diet:

noun – The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats:

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Break the habit – Sugar Addiction

That white powdery substance that you just can’t get enough of, sneaking off to get your next hit, it’s all you can think about all day long and simply makes you feel oh so good.  The crashes are awful but you just want more and more, the harder you deny it; the more you want it!  And no, we’re not talking about that white powder – sugar, we are talking sugar.

I know what you’re thinking, it’s hardly some dangerous, hard hitting illegal drug, but there is one thing they have in common – they can both become addictions.  The more you have, the more you want and no nasty side effect can stop you from getting your next dose.

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Turn that button Green – Top 5 Instagram Accounts

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If you ever need motivation to get your butt to the gym, these are the girls to follow!

@average2athlete

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I’m not as much of an instagram stalker as I used to be but when I do, I immediately click over to Kayte & Julia at Average 2 Athlete.  They are my ultimate girl crushes.  On one side you have Julia, a badass Crossfitter & trainer, & on the other side you have Kayte a hard working PT & Mum to be.  Are you sold yet?

@catmeffan

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I actually have the pleasure of knowing this lovely lady through a friend of mine.  She lives and breathes health and fitness more than anyone I know and takes a mean piccy to boot!  Cat is also a blogger over at Imperfect Matter where she can be found posing in the latest fit fashion.

@hemsleyhemsley

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The Helmsley sisters are champions of real food and are doing their bit to bring clean eating to the masses.  They write for Vogue, the Guardian & Sous style and have a fabulous book out ‘The Art of Eating Well’ – that’s one for the Christmas list.

@fitgirlcode

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These ladies post it all – fashion, fitness food and fun!  I love to check in on what they’re wearing, what they’re eating and how their abs are holding up!  

@reviejane

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Another stunning Crossfitter from across the pond – not only is this girl owner of Crossfit babes Miami & an ambassador for the coveted Lululemon, she’s also an awesome triathlete.  She posts inspirational videos of herself training hard… every damn day. 

 

I hope you’ve managed to find some inspiration from this badass bunch and enjoy following them as much as I do.  

Remember to follow me on IG: @mybigfitdiary_ & Twitter: @mybigfitdiary for further updates.

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

 

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Call me stupid, but until I became a fully fledged member of the fitfam I didn’t know quite how versatile pumpkin was.  Yes, I’d heard of good ole Pumpkin pie but that was the extent of my knowledge…

(I know, what had I been doing all my life – I mean PSL!)

Now, if you’re reading this from the UK, you’ll probably get where I’m coming from but in the US, pumpkin is no joke.  

Our friends across the Atlantic have pumpkin spiced oatmeal, pumpkin spiced Oreos, pumpkin spiced Pop Tarts, pumpkin spiced candy, pumpkin spiced Pringles, pumpkin spiced dog treats, pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin… the list goes – most of which is definitely not paleo.

My number one pumpkin treat has to be pumpkin pie – generally, I’m not a fan of all things pastry but this paleo version is different.  Adapted from Libbys Famous Pumpkin Pie recipe and made from just a handful of ingredients it couldn’t be easier…

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 1.5 cup Ground Almonds
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil softened
  • 1 egg

For the filling:

  • 1 tin pumpkin (425g puree) – I used this
  • 2 eggs – lightly beaten
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup almond milk

Method:

  1. Pour ground almonds, coconut flour & a pinch of salt into a large bowl.  
  2. Add softened coconut oil and rub mixture between fingers until combined.
  3. Add your egg, mix and knead into a ball.
  4. Lightly grease your pie dish with more coconut oil
  5. You don’t need to roll out the crust, simply press the mixture down into your pie dish making sure to go up the sides. 
  6. Blind bake in the oven for 10-15mins, then allow to cool
  7. While the crust is cooling, add all filling ingredients into a bowl and mix well
  8. Add this to your cooled crust 
  9. Bake for 40-45mins
  10. Leave to set for 2 hours before serving

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Whats your favourite pumpkin flavoured food?

Let me know if you make my recipe and don’t forget to follow me on Instragram @mybigfitdiary_ & Twitter @mybigfitdiary