Gluten-free show Auckland

Gluten-free show (Auckland) – Week 7

I am 7 Weeks into my gluten free dairy free diet now. In this time I have gained a greater understanding what I can and cannot eat although the diet continues to grow boring. I have been creative but it is tough as there is not the variety of foods that I am used to. Don’t get me wrong I have grown to love the foods in my new diet but growing more and more bored with the selection. Or maybe it is the preparation required. Nonetheless change is required.

This led me to the Gluten Free and Allergy Show up in Auckland last weekend, it was great chance to see what else is out there and open my mind to new ideas.

Gluten Free Show was awesome, I sampled way too much and ended way too full with Nut and Bread overload! After searching through all the breads and nuts I found some more savoury products (what I have really been craving) amazing spicy salami, pizza bread with olive oil, 100% meat Sausages and even crumbed chicken. I was over the moon! However my wallet was not! As for everything allergy free they came with a price tag sadly.

It is always good exposing yourself to new ideas and opening your mind. I am feeling a new sense of motivation and excited to continue on this journey.

Challenges ahead

New challenge: A hypertrophy phase

As a trainer I love manipulating my body through different training protocols, recently I have been focused on functional training and rehab. Being lighter has made a lot of difference when it comes to my surfing.

My new challenge starts this week! I am about to undergo a Hypertrophy phase (Increasing muscle size). This phase requires consuming a lot of food! So will become especially difficult with this diet. Although I love a good challenge!

I am really excited to see how this training phase goes. Because as I stated in an earlier post I have been dealing with a few niggly injuries (SIJ Lower back, Knee and shoulder) for a while now. As I continue this diet I have noticed a considerable improvement in these niggles. I put this down to my body not being in a state of stress and being inflamed all the time. With the improved joint health I am now able to undergo a hypotrophy cycle free of injury.

I am aiming complete a quick 4 week hypertrophy cycle as I am not interested in gaining too much muscle as I still want to remain as functional as possible for surfing and snowboarding. I am also going to maintain a clean diet while building. Majority of people complete this phase eating anything and everything my goal is to source my diet from healthy foods.

Stay tuned for progress.


Road tripping and learning the hard way!

Preparation is key!! Something I learnt the hard way. With all my Surf/MTB trips I was bound to slip up and be unprepared once or twice. Sure enough end of my 5th week I really suffered! I blame daylight savings…..

Finishing work at 2 we Left for the East Coast, chasing surf. I was already desperate for food but as we drove through a small town I could not find anything with substance that would hit the spot. Due to time limit of the sun I decided fruit would suffice for time being. Which it did just!

The drive home was where the real pain started as I realised every place we stopped at would not fit within my new diet. It even resorted to me asking McDonalds for any gluten free option (Something I hate). Still no luck! (Probably a good thing) while my friends say “just do it this one time, it won’t hurt”. My competitive side shone through and I stayed strong, it was tough because all I could think about was food. It only got harder once my friends stunk out the car with their McDonalds just making me that much hungrier.

I starved till I reached home, managing to stay within my diet. I know what you are thinking first world problems….

Willpower is everything! if I start making excuses it creates the snowball effect. Then everything becomes an excuse to break the diet.

In the end it was all worth it even though it was tough there is no such thing as a bad surf, especially when it is glassy and you have it to yourselves =)