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Feeling Good With Your Shirt Off Again

I lost 6 lbs last week. Here’s how I did it.

I stopped eating cereal. And with that went the Almond and Soy Milk.

Because sometimes I dine with my clients, I eat often. Even eating well, you get bigger. I wasn’t listening to my own advice. Of having one big beautiful substantial meal a day, and many mini-ones.

In other words, I was eating like a pig. I cut back a little on the amount, and just ate raw and cooked vegetables and fruit. A good trail mix. Portobello, fiber powder in smoothie, carrots with the bushy heads, celery, turmeric, Nama Shoyu.

My one main meal was usually a stir-fry. Cauliflower and zucchini, for example, in an awesome sauce, with say, chopped avocado on top.

I put my metabolism into fat burning mode just by eating raw and cooked vegetables. And fruit. It’s not hard to do because everything is delicious.

On Mother’s Day, I went out back to the porch in the sun. I folded a towel and placed it on this wicker 2-person seat to protect my back. I lied down with a pillow under my head. And, shamelessly, did my elbow-to-knee crunches.

I started off with sets of 50, resting in between to feel the sun on my stomach. Abs are different than other muscles. When you have muscle memory, they get stronger right away. I do 100 rep sets, 150 reps, eventually I did 600 reps.

What a wonderful pleasant meditation. My stomach was much tighter and flatter afterwards, remarkably so. You can’t buy that. You only get that with honest hard work.

At Panacea Studio. See you there. Ciao, Peter

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Training for Seniors and the Middle Aged

Training seniors and the middle aged is one of the most gratifying aspects of what I do. The dramatic difference it makes is astounding.  It restores your mobility and in some cases, it can save your life.

My mother has always welcomed input on her exercise, diet and health regimes.  And she’s open-minded and receptive to new challenges. Her youthful spirit keeps her remarkably younger than her numerical age may suggest. Both physically and mentally.

Don’t ask her age. Sorry Mom.

I’ve trained a man who is 104, he’s still going strong. I regularly train people over 90, and right now more than half of my clients are over 50.

If you’re approaching 50 and you don’t have exercise habits, it’s going to start catching up with you in a big way. Here are some baby steps:

  • Walkingis not enough, as helpful as it is for gently exerting the heart. Weightgain and muscle atrophy can make you susceptible to falls. Broken bones don’t heal so easily any more. Especially for someone who is mostly sedentary.
  • Resistance training pays great dividends for anyone over 60. Not only because it builds strong muscles, but because it builds strong bones too. Done properly it does wonders for osteoporosis, arthritis, blood pressure, everything.
  • A lack of flexibility and rigidity in the spine and hips will develop. Trying to touch your toes every few weeks isn’t going to prevent that. I recommend hot yoga. For seniors with high blood pressure, you may want to do yoga in a warm room, not hot. A group atmosphere is ideal for its structure and camaraderie.

Here at Panacea we do a weekly Hot yoga class every Tuesday night at 7:30, taught by Niki Ainslie. Afterwards, the class enjoys complimentary iced tea and organic snacks.

Click here to book or call 416-570-7111
Additional weekly yoga classes coming soon.

Panacea
2388 St. Clair Avenue W. (St. Clair and Runnymede)

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Quick and Easy Comfort Food

Here’s a dish that quick and easy-to-do. It’s substantial and you’ll barely be able to resist shoveling it into your mouth while it’s still hot. Potato and/or Sweet Potato Wedges.

Carbs have gotten a bad reputation. It’s like when butter went out-of-vogue for being a saturated fat, and Margarine was introduced. Eventually, of course, people realized that butter, despite all its faults, was the healthier option.

Prevailing wisdom is fickle and often wrong. Artificial food is the real culprit, in my opinion, because the body can’t process it and stores it as fat.

Scientists have studied 3 communities where people live inordinately long. In Peru, Georgia, and Pakistan. In each case, it’s a village in the mountains where exercise (climbing up and down the mountain) was an integral part of daily life. Also in each case,  the villages rely on a predominately vegan diet with 70% carbs.

Not deep fried French fries but apricots, for example.

So embrace the following recipe guilt free:

  • Preheat oven on broil (low)
  • Chop the potatoes (and/or sweet potatoes) into wedges
  • Place them a big bowl
  • Add a dollop of olive oil and spice (turmeric, sea salt, pepper)
  • Copious garlic through a garlic presser (throw in rind too)
  • Toss to distribute the spice evenly
  • Spread out over an oven sheet
  • Don’t forget them because they’ll burn easily
  • Flip them over a spatula so that they’re crispy on the outside and soft in the middle
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Cooking Class this Friday, the 22nd

Tex-Mex is substantial and hardy with all the rich and colourful flavours of the southern desert plains. Chilies, salsa, refried beans, tostadas, tortias, quasadia, and even cheese. The tastes that make you feel guilty can still be enjoyed in a healthy vegan lifestyle. In fact, i’ts far better. Jump-start your Friday night with Panacea’s Sultry Tex-Mex  on the Edge Cooking Class, this Friday October 22nd at 7:30 pm.

Included is sangria, appetizers, an entree, and a life-altering desert.  As well, I will be giving instruction on the dehydrator, sprouting, and other techniques required for mostly raw cuisine. You’ll learn how to make raw cheese that’s dairy free, and spectacular. Tortillas beyond anything you’ve ever experienced.

Some of this is easy for everyone, and some is for the more advanced.

Book here to reserve your spot now.

Sultry Tex-Mex on the Edge cooking class for a high-raw vegan diet
Friday October 22, 7:30 pm.

$40 for people who register in adance
$50 at the door
Panacea Studio
2388 St. Clair avenue W.  Toronto, ON M6N 1L1
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