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The Great Adventure Of The Body

Sure, no one diet is right for everyone. Such an extravagant claim should be looked upon with skepticism.

In the last few decades, I went from meat-eater to vegetarian to vegan to full-on raw foodest for one entire decade. Just recently I made a conscious decision to eat seafood, and goat cheese.

And it had nothing to do with what Dr. Oz says. For the sake of my B 12’s and certain proteins, I started ordering fresh-catch on holidays.

Now it’s an infatuation. I catch myself fantasizing about my next indulgence. I’ve never eaten fish before. I hated seafood as a kid. And most of my adult life has been spent as a vegetarian.

My clients haven’t minded.

Sooner or later, you alter the pattern. I’m in the pattern-altering business. Replacing redundant habits with beneficial ones, incrementally. And enjoying the process.

For example, some people need to grow to love their workouts, or working out in general. You can’t push them. If they haven’t worked out most their life, of course their body doesn’t feel like moving much. They have to be slyly coaxed out, and given a gentle nudge in the right direction at just the right moment.

Hot Yoga is starting Wednesday, September 14, at 7:30 pm. Let me know how it looks for you, my yoga friends, and even you unfortunate souls who haven’t tried Niki’s class yet.

$6 a class with 10 pack. Complementary fruit plate and ice tea. Good company.

Reply to this email to reserve a space, or for more information.

Ciao, Pietro

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Something For Everyone – Special For First-timers

Too much stress can kill, but not enough stress will kill you sooner. The human being is meant to strive. Like all living organisms.

Most people do much too little.

Muscles need stress. Bones need stress. The heart needs to be pushed into its upper reaches on a daily basis.

If you do this, you’ll look better than any cosmetic surgery, and it’ll be real.

Ageing is no excuse for complacency. It’s all the more reason to be vigilant.

If you need any help, you know who to come to. Work smart to improve the gene pool:)

First-timers only, 2 sessions for the price of 1.
$60 – for 2 sessions with food.
$50 – for 2 sessions without food.

Ciao, Pietro is back!!!

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Old War Wounds Tell All

The way to fix an injury is to continue hurting it further in minor ways. But not in such a way that it becomes a chronic weakness. My horrific hamstring tear of 2 years ago is constantly being strategically re-hurt through spin class, hot yoga, squats occasionally, and hockey.

By fighting fire with fire, and doing the exact opposite of one’s first impulse, which is to coddle and protect the injury, the torn seam and surrounding muscles are strengthened. That way, in cold damp weather, old war wounds don’t hound you to the grave.

On the other hand, my water skiing days are over. Water skiing is how I tore it after a long week of too much exercise. My legs were tight. And it was chilly before lifting off the dock and getting flung gracelessly feet-over-kettle.

To shock the natives, I’d brazenly drop my pants and display the vivid purple of internal bleeding from butt to ankle. You can feel the dent where the muscle ripped away from the bone.

It’s one of life’s paradoxes that building energy requires expending it, and getting strong involves activating the body’s natural ability to recuperate.

A body in motion stays in motion. So keep moving.

Ciao, Pietro

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Ramping Up Raw With The Messaged Kale Salad

Only when the dual jets of exercise and diet are combined, does liftoff really happen in a permanent way. Too often you see progress hindered and limping along or see-sawing back-and-forth because the person is doing one but not the other.

Try raw for the most dramatic and inspiring results. Don’t think, I’m exercising now so my weight is going to start dropping in a few months. If it doesn’t start happening right away,  or almost right away, you’re simply not doing it right yet.

At first, it seems to require a little multi-tasking. But soon it becomes your normal routine. You work from outside in, through exercise, and the inside out, through diet, for a transformation that sticks.

There’s no other way.

This salad is a wonderfully tactile experience.  You wash your hands. The kale is soften not by cooking it, but by messaging in an avocado. It gushes between your fingers. Add a dollop of olive oil and apple cider. Chopped up red bell peppers, red onion. sea salt, peppercorn, pumpkin seeds. Super easy.

Eat and eat and eat. Eat as much as you like. It’s not going hurt you, or put on an ounce. And how could it not be magic for the bowels?

Ciao, Peter

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Making The Right Choices & Doing The Math

Choosing a partner is probably the most important decision you’ll ever make. Don’t blame the other if your decision was wrong to begin with and you ignored the signs and stuck with it. Bad decisions end in ruin, and a disastrous relationship is a loose-loose situation for everyone but lawyers.

Confucius say,  The war is won or lost before it is even fought.

The same could be said for a marriage. Or a diet. A little forethought is worth having. You may only care about loosing weight, and not cholesterol or intestinal decay. But down the road you’ll feel better about going for a checkup knowing you’ve made the right choices.

The proof is self-evident. Let common sense guide your individual path. The Gault Diet involves, at least in theory, a gradual relinquishing of meat and dairy. That will instantly reduce you. And it’ll make you more durable and resistant  to heart disease, and disease in general.

The carnivore is a dying breed. Even in the animal kingdom. It’s easier to survive off of leaves and grass and berries and portabello mushrooms and potatoes and grains and nuts and seeds. Need I say more?

Every day one absolutely satisfying meal you go the extra mile for. We’re talking an elevated and substantial level of culinary experience. Next week I’ll include one of my staple recipes. And you’ll know what I mean.

Chow, Peter

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The Gault Diet

On the Gault Diet you get one complete meal a day. And many smaller meals. Exactly how many smaller meals depends upon your priorities and will power.

The main meal happens in late afternoon ideally. If this doesn’t fit your schedule, do the best you can. Try not eat your only main-meal of the day just before going to bed.

Go to bed a little hungry but be careful not to be too hungry, or you might loose the battle and eat something really bad.

Don’t set yourself up for failure. You have your pace. And when you’re ready to really go for it, you’ll know. Here’s a list of the minor meals. The main meal comes last.

1) Smoothie: No protein powder, milk, or Tropicana. Do one of      the smoothies I have on my website which is primarily fruit, greens, and filtered water. And herbal fiber mix. It’s the healthiest thing you can conceivably do. It soothes an acid stomach and hydrates beautifully.

2) Trail Mix: A proper one. Not roasted. Not salted. Cashews, cranberries, hazelnuts, etc. And go ahead, satiate those hunger pains.

3) 3 carrots, 3 cellery stocks: not the pre-cut carrots that come in those little plastic bags. Real carrots if not organic ones. Shred off the outer layer, rinse, and munch on them on the way to work. Celery takes even less preparation.

4) Peter’s homemade Chocolate. This super-food gives you a big energy boost, and satisfies your sweet-tooth. Protein pack, calcium packed. It lubricates the poop-chute. Better tasting than any store-bought chocolate without the sugar, preservatives, etc. You can only get them from me. $10 per bar

I could go on forever but that’s enough for brevity sake. This is basically a Vegan diet. But it’s flexible. Seafood is permissible for people who feel they must have some meat. Or on special occasions. Or because you happen to be on sailboat in the North Altantic and catch a wild salmon. Or if you’re holidaying in a place that has fresh catch instead of farmed fish.

Today, the main-meal is a transcendental stir-fry. Fry a few chopped carrots in coconut for a while before adding the rest of the vegetables. Red pepper, eggplant, onion, garlic. Don’t worry about having it on rice, or any other grain. This is your main meal. Live it up.

A delicious sauce takes it to the next level. Misu, tahini make good sauces. You can jazz them up with lemon and soy sauce, or you can find other sauces in the health food store or supermarket if you’re not sure about doing them yourself. Just check the ingredients to make sure you’re not getting MSG or other crap.

Easy, delicious, and not expensive.

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Don’t Forget To Breathe

The first 5 minutes of spin, like the first shift in hockey, always winds you the most. It takes a short interval of time for your cardio to kick in. The heart has to wake up. It has to go, what the heck, oh yeah this again, I remember this.

Your “second wind” comes earlier if you’re in good shape. If not, it takes much longer. Recovery time is how to measure conditioning. Be positive, but be honest with yourself too.

Working out is an exercise in breathing. Whether you realize it or not, you learn to breath properly in a gym, and later, climbing the stairs, you go to the same place. A personal trainer is always reminding his client to breath, and instructing how and when to inhale and exhale in an efficient manner.

Muscles need oxygen.  In resistance training, you exhale on exertion, the hard part. In yoga it’s the opposite, you inhale on the hard part. Either way you breathe deeply, and in a regular pattern. Yoga is much about relaxing the breath and breathing with awareness.

In spin, it’s tricky to breathe during a 30 second sprint. You’re tendency is to hold your breath. But to last the full 30 seconds you have grab a couple of breaths at least to finish. When out of breath, try this: take a deep breath and hold it for a couple seconds. Give it a little time to be absorb by the walls of the lungs and you’ll recovery faster.

For a batter to bat, or a golfer to swing, or a pitcher to pitch, or a hockey player to shoot, or yoga-person holding a pose, mastering breath is integral to success. For all of us, breath can be used to alleviate pain, mental stress and anxiety.

So breathe easy. And be aware of breathing easy.

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Emptiness & Lymphatic Drainage

Being empty, and being okay with being empty, even enjoying it, is what mastering your weight is all about. This exercise in self-disciple is like creating the habit of making more than you spend. It not only empowers you physically but psychologically. It’s what rebounders haven’t quite got yet. And until they do, they’re not out of the woods.

The dieter gets to the point that hunger no longer matters. It’s no longer a primal fear. You adopt a little of what the anorexic has too much of. Eating for comfort and the false security a feeling of fullness gives you is unfortunately the norm for most of us.

Try, besides an honest effort at exercise and diet, a Lymphatic Treatment for an hour of pampering that’s not hard to take. Flab, cellulite, jiggly bellies, love handles, inner and outter thighs, puffiness in the face, all are targeted.

You lie on your stomach on a message table. In your underwear. Heating pads are placed on you. It’s all very message-like but unlike regular message a suction cup is applied to your well-oiled skin, lymph nodes, and along the meridians of the lymphatic system.

The “message” breaks up fat cells in congested areas, and radically reduces cellulite. I can speak for myself. My love handles are practically gone. And they haven’t come back. Colette spends time on my face. I feel shrink-wrapped afterwards.

Here is a luxury we deserve. And we don’t have to do anything but be passive, that’s the beauty of it. It gives us an edge and we need all the help we can get.

Colette works out of her townhouse at Jarvis and Gerrard Street. Visitors buzz her to be let into the underground parking. The cost is $75 a session with a package.

Be indulgent. And feel no guilt.

Colette’s email: colette@bmsoul.com phone: 416-451-7730

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The Ovechkin Principle

Try this a powerful strategy.  It can be applied to getting in shape, loosing weight, growing a business, getting a promotion, or almost any aspect of life.

It’s involves capitalizing on opportunity, identifying a window of opportunity and going for it. Giving that extra shove when it matters most.

Success doesn’t necessarily match the effort exerted. Ovechkin (perhaps I should say Stamkos because Ovechkin’s number are down this year)  isn’t working any harder than a mediocre player, but his productivity is much greater.

Sure, skill and complete level and creativity and even luck has a lot to do with this. But watch carefully. The superstar athlete has has a whole other gear when it counts.

Don’t be a workaholic because it’s inefficient usage of energy. Don’t under-work either. But garnering the focus – like Ovechkin, Ferderer, or Woods when he’s on his game – when opportunity knocks, and you’ll win the important points that pay dividends.

It takes a certain kind of intelligence to see when opportunity is knocking. You come home hungry and tired, for example, but instead of eating something you shouldn’t you have a glass of water and go to bed. Your body is in calorie-burn mode, and you wake up 2 lbs lighter.

For people looking to shed some pounds, learning to be empty is half the battle.  The stomach becomes distended because of what’s in it, clogging of the intestines and bowel. There are windows of opportunity all around us. We just have to be aware of them.

Don’t forget hot yoga.

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Wellness Coach Driving to Florida With His Mother

At midnight, my mother was waiting for me back at my place. That was after playing hockey, and my usual weekly regiment of work and exercise, including 5 spin classes and hot yoga. I was leaving those habits behind in Toronto for a week, and driving for 24 hours to the sunshine state.

The whole idea of leaving so late was to avoid traffic. The highway was empty but the weather was horrific. We passed through one blizzard after another, running on adrenaline. I checked my watch at 4:50 am.  Neither of us was tired. The conversation was good. My job was to drive. Her job was to feed the driver.

We brought a bunch of wraps and trail mix. And soy milk for our coffee. The wraps consisted of humus for a spread, tofu fried up in curry powder, with onions and greens.

Are you going to write your blob when we get down there, asked my mother? It’s a blog, Mom, not a blob.

I had this persistent dry hack with no access to what was aggravating it. I didn’t want it to get worse from missing a nights sleep, and I downed 8,000 milligrams of vitamin C. My mother had some too, but not as much. Regular doses of vitamin C supplements can cause heartburn, but a big shot when you need it will turn you right around. My cough was soon gone.

Get out of the car with your hands up, I said pulling up to a pump. I demanded my mother get out of the passenger seat and walk around the car, and do deep squats with me. She couldn’t go as deep, or do as many, but when the locals stopped to gawk she shouted at them, “WE’RE CRAZY!”.

Whether it’s climbing the stairs of your apartment or doing squats at gas stations, integrating exercise into daily life puts you ahead of the game.  Retirees have no excuse; now you can go for those brisk morning walks. and eat well. And cultivate a workout that caters specifically to your needs, as someone like me would help you with.

Do all that, and there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day,  and watch the sun go down.

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