Paleo is nothing new. There has been no big rock or movie star endorsing it in Hollywood and it is not taking the world by storm. It has way more substance than that. It is a style of eating that originated over 2.5 million years ago. It is simple, free from modern day food industry additives and preservatives, and it is unprocessed. This means that the food is easy for your body to digest and promotes healthy living on all levels.
Here are 10 reasons to go paleo:
It is super simple: You will eat meat, chicken or fish, fruit, vegetables and nuts and seeds in their purest form. This means that not only your food preparation is easier, but also your shopping becomes fast and simple.
Less chemicals: Because the food is pure and free from additives and preservatives, you are not subject to the chemicals that many foods in the market today contain. It is these chemicals that often promote diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Improved digestion: Natural food in its purest form is the food your body was designed to consume. Therefore, you will have improved digestion on a paleo diet.
Increased mental focus: Un-pure foods can alter the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, which can lead to headaches, dizziness and worse. When you feed your body you are also feeding your brain, so this pure food is going to give you all the mental focus that you need.
Reduced inflammation: Natural food helps to naturally reduce inflammation in the body caused by the stresses of life as well as physical exercise. You will feel less swelling around your joints and less bloating in your gut. All positives here.
It is sustainable: The fresh ingredients that go into paleo recipes will always be around. Couple that with the simplicity of preparing a paleo meal and it’s easy to see how the diet is a good long-term eating solution. Also, it’s super tasty so you won’t want to quit after a few days!
You will look better: Less bloating, less chemicals in your body, less sugar and less general badness! All of this inevitably leads to one thing: a body that looks great carrying less unwanted fat around. Remember what our ancestors looked like? Lean and mean!
You will perform better: Food is the petrol of the body. Put in dirty fuel and your body will perform poorly – just the same as if you put poor fuel in a car. We all need to perform well in life on so many levels, so let’s make sure we use the best fuel possible.
You will feel better: Headaches? Gone. Digestive issues? Gone. Inflammation? Gone. Fat? Gone. Tiredness? Gone. It’s pretty easy to see how much better you are going to feel once these things are removed from your life isn’t it?
Overall happiness: Just reread and think about the above nine points one more time. Come on, you have to agree that they will make you a happier person!
What is Smith St Paleo?
Smith St Paleo is a Dubai-based Paleo food brand and consultancy company. Established in 2015 by Holly Smith, the brand has a vision of helping people to continue their love affair with food whilst promoting optimal health.
Paleo is a style of eating, which follows the way our ancestors ate thousands of years ago. It’s a simple case of design; our bodies are not designed to digest the highly processed, sugar-laden, grain-heavy foods that are commonplace today.
Through Smith St Paleo, Holly has developed over 100 of her own Paleo-compliant recipes for all tastes buds and occasions, many of which are part of the Smith St Paleo meal plan delivery service. She also has a range of products available for sale in the UAE.
For more information, head over to www.smithstpaleo.com where you will find an extensive library of recipes and content on the practical and effective Paleo lifestyle.
By exercising in the morning, your body takes advantage of naturally circulating hormones as they’re peaking, rather than later in the day when they’re lower. That is good to know as the sun rises above our yoga session in the heart of the Dubai desert at the exclusive Al Maha Resort.
The benefits of yoga are proven to increase the body’s flexibility, muscle strength and athletic performance, along with improvements to your cardio and circulatory health and protection from injury. Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs credits daily yoga for extending his Premier League playing career into his 40s. The stretching and breathing exercises relax both the body and mind, something, which TAG Heuer is setting out to achieve with their latest sporty collection of timepieces.
Partnerships with the Formula 1 Red Bull Racing Ream, Premier League, Bundesliga, MLS, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi Tours mean it’s crucial for the watchmakers’ products to be suitable for athletes.
A new range of smart watches being showcased by the Swiss company are made from stainless steel and are totally waterproof up to 50m, making them suitable for all sports including surfing, diving and swimming. Runners can benefit from the built-in GPS allowing users to track their route and distance.
The new Connected Modular 41 and 45 use the combination of Swiss luxury watchmaking and Silicon Valley Technology to create his and hers smartwatches, suitable for sport but fitted with interchangeable straps. This same timepiece can also be worn with a suit and tie and not look out of place.
Google and Intel collaborated in the engineering of the watches so users can connect their smartphone via Bluetooth to listen to music while exercising as well as reading emails and messages from the watch-face. The interface is also fully customisable so you can change the hands to match the straps, or change the dials, which appear on screen.
Options available range from a daily step-counter to current exchange rates and even boarding passes. There are 11 modules available to choose from, which can each be changed to fit a choice of ceramic, titanium, leather or rubber straps.
Also as part of the 2018 collection is a UAE-exclusive Autavia. Named due to its close ties with automotive racing, it pays tribute to Dubai’s deserts with the unique sandy coloured strap.
Only 150 of the limited edition pieces, each engraved from 1-150, are available and only in the UAE. Guests of the Tag Heuer workout also experienced a hot air balloon ride over Dubai’s sandy landscape to celebrate the release of the new timepiece, which is likely to become as valuable as the 1962 original.
On the yoga mats, the workout session has intensified from holding triangle poses, standing with feet about apart, with toes turned out to 90 degrees with one arm reaching for the sky, to a Bridge pose – a trickier position holding the torso off the mat with knees bent and directly over heels, for one minute.
Our outdoor activity is designed to be a basic introduction into yoga, but under the burning sun, it’s certainly feels like a tougher workout. Keeping pace with the instructor is getting more and more difficult. Then if it was easy it wouldn’t be worth doing and in the back of my mind, I know my body will thank me later. Despite the heat, the location at the Al Maha Resort couldn’t be any better for clearing the mind. It’s a place of peace and quite away from the everyday hustle and bustle of the city.
Following the fitness session comes the first-look at the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Men models, designed for those with an active lifestyle, are suitable for use in the gym and running track or, better still the pool, which is the perfect place to be after an hour of hot yoga.
Circuit training is a form of body conditioning using high-intensity aerobics.
A circuit session works each section of the body, allowing you to complete a full body work-out over a quicker period of time.
In addition, you have the chance to build muscle strength and endurance, while also enhancing cardiovascular fitness.
Here’s a look at five benefits to circuit training.
Circuit training caters for people of all fitness levels. You can train with three or four friends and do exercises at different speeds. No matter your fitness level, circuit training makes you work together in a friendly and fun environment. It’s an excellent way to improve your health alongside a friend.
If you’re not interested in bulking up, then circuits are crucial to add to your programme. Training more than one muscle group during these sessions allows you to see quicker results. Lowering the weight with more repetitions will also help you to lean up.
EXCELLENT OFF SEASON WORK OUT
If you do the same training all the time, you’ll get bored. It is difficult to stay motivated when you’re constantly going through the rigours of the same, intense workout. Circuit training is a great way to maintain your fitness levels and overall health – and can also keep you in tip top shape when your sports season is over.
SESSIONS ARE FAST
High intensity circuit sessions are short and sharp, meaning you could complete a gruelling session in 40 minutes. Rest periods are short too, which helps you to push yourself and get the most out of your training. What you put in, you get out so make sure you give 100 per cent for the short window of time that you train.
Most training injuries come from overuse and circuits are a great way to prevent overuse without putting too much stress on the muscles. Making a comprehensive programme that uses all the muscles will help you to prevent injuries as your focusing on all muscle areas rather than neglecting certain groups.