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Addiction — We all have our addictions. Some obvious, some more subtle. What is addiction and what is choice? What is slavery and what is freedom? How to tell?

Three years ago, I began to address this idea in a controlled manner. The only way to distinguish freedom from slavery was to drop anything that I suspected was an addiction for a month (there is a scientific reason rehabilitation clinics are centred around 28 days). If I was still desirous of the suspected addiction, I would try it again and see how I felt. Of course there is a big difference between addiction and enjoyment: something for enjoyment is done once in a while with intention and mindfulness. Things which support your bio-system and consciousness. Life-force enhancing.

My expermient was a big breakthrough. I gave up commercial salt and over-salting, an every so often junk food binge, a serious party addiction and so much more.

The entire consumer-based society is largely based selling you your addictions. Alcohol, cigarettes, drugs (commercial and recreational), chocolate, coffee, food, sex, exercise, information, electronics — All ways to boost one neurotransmitter or another. Top scientists are employed to explore vulnerabilities in the human psyche and then hit exactly that. They do what they do to maximise profits. The perfect consumer is a lifetime customer. So the goal is to get you addicted.

The question is, are you fine with being a cog in that machine? On the hamster wheel from one addiction to another – Using your life-force up. Do you believe you are in “lack” or you are perfect the way you are in “need” of nothing. Hamster or divine? The only way out of that paradigm is to break any suspected addiction.

Piece by Tim Rustow

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Popping pills: SBC supplement advice

We cannot forget that the primary, and original source of vitamins and minerals must always be Food. vitamins should ‘supplement’ food.

If you’re eating well, stress free and sleeping like a baby – PLUS your completely happy with your body composition, then supplements may not be as needed for you. However if you do have these concerns, supplementation with the right choices is a good bet as these concerns would likely signal deficiencies in you.

So do you need to take supplements? Can you not get all the nutrients needed simply by eating well?

Well, here is some food for thought and some reasons why supplementation could be for you.

Bad diet / Poor nutrient absorption from food?

Food today can be processed, genetically modified or farmed/prepared in ways that destroy nutrients. Adding supplementation into your life can definitely help as long as you remember that taking supplements in the absence of a good diet is still a bad diet with supplements. Both need to work in unison to bring out the best in one another.

Poor digestion?

A digestive system that functioned optimally wouldn’t need as many nutrients from supplement form but if you’re producing insufficient stomach acid this leads to problems absorbing nutrients from food and increases inflammation and bloating. One of the reasons for low stomach acid is vitamin b deficiency.

In my opinion supplements are great at making sure you receive essential nutrients and if you want other health benefits of targeted supplementation – improving training recovery, fighting toxins, accelerating fat loss and lowering stress, then there are some great options.

Not all supplements are created equal. You pay for what you get. I like to look at it like this – supplements are like a good steak, if Holland and Barrett is a Harvester then Solgar is the Hawksmoor…. You’ll feel the difference!

Here are my picks….

Suffer from anxiety?

Inositol should be high on your list on the modern woman’s supplement check list. It’s an intriguing option as a natural anxiety treatment and in a world where women are under more pressure than ever it’s a great supplement. Inositol’s anti anxiety effects stem from its ability to help regulate serotonin in the body which should potentially reduce stress and anxiety symptoms. It’s also a beneficial choice for polycystic ovary problems and fertility.

Want to sleep better?

Ever wondered why you fall asleep after Xmas turkey? It’s one meat that contains high levels of L Tryptophan which is a precursor to good sleep offering a calming effect that regulates sleep. Magnesium is great for all round body composition and brain function and most people are highly deficient. It’s an essential vitamin and helps the mind and body to switch off. If you haven’t tried magnesium before and you’re having trouble sleeping or staying up too late to watch ugly betty re-runs, get some in your life! It’s my first suggestion for people who can’t sleep.

Want to lose fat?

Omega 3′s can help to improve every cell in your body and Carnitine is responsible for the transport of fats into the cells to be used for energy in the body. By supplementing with both you’ll compliment the fat burning process and in turn get compliments on your lean tummy and butt! I love adding L Carnitine to coconut water during a training session for a hydrating fat loss fest.

Want to fuel up for a long day ahead?

The SBC superfood shake:

  • 1 x scoop maca
  • 1 x scoop spirulina
  • 1 x scoop barley grass
  • Blueberries
  • 1 x Avocado
  • 1Tbs Chia seeds
  • 1 x scoop whey protein
  • 1 x glass raw coconut water

This is a potent shot of health in a glass. Maca will regulate hormonal balance whilst spirulina and barley grass offer enzymes and protein that are unrivalled. Antioxidant and healthy fats mix in too with chia seeds, blueberries and avocado whizzed up with natures finest electrolyte, coconut water.

SBC shakes will be available exclusively at Rootsandbulbs cold pressed juicery in marylebone.

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How to dump sugar for a healthy life (and a sweeter ass)

So lets cut to the chase. You’re addicted to sugar and theres no point in sugar coating it (because you’d probably eat that too).

So how do we go about combating it?

Sugar addiction can stem from a host of issues both emotionally and psychologically and Often at times we’ll eat something sweet simply because we desperately want a high or because of a deep lying attachment forged from our younger days to the “white devil”

I honestly believe everyone has the capability to re-train their brains to crave something else and/ or add something that will fix the sugar craving FOR GOOD

People are eating sugar everyday without even realising it. Sugar is hidden or camouflaged in a plethora of foods that are promoted as healthy.

Modern breakfast cereals, Processed juices, Processed yoghurts, White bread and Milk products are laden with it, yet still these so called “weight loss” foods are promoted. This is dangerous miseducation.

Special K as an example is like having a dessert for breakfast. If you think that eating that kind of food when you awake is going to help you then you are in cloud cuckoo land. Eat Special K and you’ll stay fat and probably increase it. Low fat products inevitably mean high sugar and that’s the fall down.

You must remember when buying products that fructose, lactose, sucrose, ribose, glucose are all sugar. Beware the “OSE” because then having met the white devil you’re now dancing with the the whole family.

one-teaspoon of sugar can suppress the immune system for up to 4 hours so along with making you fat it will also make you sick and we don’t need that!

Here are my top tips to curb the urges and break a very dangerous addiction.

1. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing when craving comes. 1 min of deep breaths with eyes closed until it passes.
Meditation or mind control to overcome a scenario is something that is overlooked. We all hold the willpower to say no to anything we want. This simple technique can help in any situation.

Sugar will stimulate the production of dopamine and serotonin and these substances are known to give a feeling of feeling good but your breathing breathing will make you feel great too.

2. Coconut oil ( take 1 tea spoon)

Helps Reduce Sugar Cravings and Balance Blood Sugar.
People using coconut oil have noticed their ability to go without food for longer with less sugar cravings and feelings of satisfaction. It’s Also an added beautifier and increases internal and external wellness. Take 1 tea spoon. It’s yummy!

3. Cupcake torture

Go into a cup cake shop, smell the cupcakes, order one, hold it. Then walk out and throw it away!

The next time you’re in the sugar stress situation you’ll have the memory of passing on it, feeling strong and increasing your tolerance.

This will build discipline and although quite a dramatic protocol it will help your mental strength when dealing with a sugar addiction. I feel the chocolate hotel or a bakery are best for this training

4. Use coconut palm sugar

The only sugar i want in my clients life is a sugar daddy but coconut palm sugar is a slight exception. It’s healthier than sugar but worse than no sugar at all and that’s something to remember with all sweeteners. it’s maintains some of the benefits of the coconut and If you must use a sweetener, then a pinch of this isn’t too bad.

5. Orgasmic exercise

Make squats and sprints a big part of your routine. I call them orgasmic exercises because you’ll release dopamine and serotonin akin to when having sex. This will reduce your need for sugar and educate your body to get your highs from elsewhere going forwards.

Final note…

If sugar was discovered today as a new substance it would be classified along with the other drugs. It’s the same neural pathway as other addictions and causes huge problems with obesity, depression, eating disorders and diabeties. With this in mind and that these conditions leading to early death it’s quite astonishing that we give this substance so readily to kids. Education is our medication so let’s start it with the next generation, too.

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SBC Tips to Upgrade yourself…

Tim is a resident wellness practitioner at Kima, a sanctuary for holistic practices and amazing raw cuisine. Here are his top tips for female health, consciousness and beauty:

(in no particular order)

  • Sweat and move daily. dance, long walks, sauna, yoga, pilates, sbc workouts, whatever. do it.
  • Eat raw as much as possible! raw organic vegan. best for our dna!
  • Buy a cold press juicer! it will be life changing!
  • Stay in the present moment (the now) as much as you can.
  • Make sure your breathing is full and deep…best detox possible!
  • Love yourself unconditionally or you can never love anyone else unconditionally.
  • Mix up your workouts as much as possible – for your body and your brain. SBC workshops are perfect stimuli for that!
  • Embrace your inner 5 year old. be as child-like as possible.
  • Judgement is so boring! Don’t judge!
  • Take nothing (not even the stuff directed towards you) personally
  • Inversions! for your lymph system and your perspective
  • On nights where you’re staying in – go to bed at 10pm
  • Be in Nature as much as possible
  • Throw away your television and read more
  • Dancing is not a luxury it’s an imperative. even if alone in the morning before you start your day — morning dance!
  • Coconut butter! Use it to moisturise, eat it, clean teeth with it..
  • Anything can be a meditation (walking, yoga, cooking, sex, taking out the trash). be present!
  • Strive to raise your vibration daily
  • Smile!!
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Sophie’s SBC Blueberry Protein Crumble

  • 300g Fresh Blueberries
  • 3 Teaspoons of Stevia
  • 180g Ground Almonds
  • 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (optional – adds a sweet kick and good if you want a post workout treat, I used Sunwarrior but any brand is fine)
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • Cinnamon
  • A few flaked Almonds

  • Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
  • Wash and dry the blueberries and pile into a baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with Stevia or Xylitol (whichever natural sweetener you have is fine too).
  • In another bowl, mix together the ground almonds, protein powder (if you’re including it), egg and 2 of the 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with a fork.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the berries and dust with cinnamon and the flaked almonds.
  • You can also add another teaspoon of sweetener as decoration if you wish.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown on top.
  • Once cooked, melt the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil onto the top and serve!

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SBC 10 page feature in Mens Health this month

Founder Russell Bateman reveals some SBC secrets in our first major magazine expose

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Hotness is more than a fit body

Hotness is more than just a fit body.

You’ve done so many plyometric squats that you could bounce a quarter off your bum. but as you leave your training session you’re immediately plugged into your Iphone, Blackberry, and next plan/crisis. As your mind goes into this mode, not only are you shortchanging the beneficial hormonal changes that occur post-training at a physical level, you are actively diminishing the positive changes that your hard work triggered on the energetic plane.

Intense exercise generates metaphysical changes. The so-called “runner’s high” is a perfect illustration. From a Newtonian perspective this is being generated by endorphins sent to mask the pain of microscopic tears in tissues. From a quantum perspective, dynamic changes at the cellular level (lymphatic drainage, increased circulation, detoxification, neurogenesis, and more) are regenerating and energy clearing/enhancing.

Intense exercise, like yoga and martial arts, focuses the participant to be in the NOW. Any mental drift can result in injury. In this respect, exercise is a meditative endeavour. Could that be why the physical benefits of exercise so closely resemble those of meditation? How many times do you train to “clear the mind?”

What does this all have to do with hotness? After a hard training session, you’ve essentially had an auric field cleansing. You’re glowing. It’s the most sexy, powerful, healthy, hotest you. Now how can we keep this improved energy? Are you only one Ichat or argument away from undoing much of the work done at the energetic level? Or can you maintain and enhance your improved energy?

Stay tuned for part II

Courtesy of Tim for SBC

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To Eat or Not To Eat

It’s 6am. Dark. Cold. The birds are nestled in their nests not bothering to chirp you up. This is the only time you can fit in a morning jog or work out.

You lace up your shoes and out the door you go. Muscles not yet awake, you hit the pavement. Your stomach threatens to growl -

“ah, ah. No you don’t! We’re working off that banoffee pie that’s been sitting in you my friend, all those calories. Right here. Right now.”

Newsflash: Working out on an empty stomach DOES NOT burn more calories.

Your last days meal doesn’t roll over into the calorie burning list. It’s already been broken down by the body and sorted into fat and energy. You may see results quicker, however in the long run this is not a habit you want to have.

// Tired too quick? //

Here are some points to consider:

  • After about 30 minutes your body starts to use muscle as an energy source. Your blood sugar levels drop and dehydration, dizziness and fatigue start to kick it. You’ll probably finish the workout right there and then.
  • Although it has been proven that a workout on no food burns more fat calories, eating a light snack before hand has shown similar results and prolonged workout endurance.
  • After training on no food, you are more likely to eat a bigger meal post-exercise, probably loaded with carbs that your muscles cry out for. Poof!There goes the workout.

The best snacks to eat before a morning workout should be up to 300 cal. This will ensure you have kick started your system but also not overloading your stomach which can lead to cramps.

Here are some SBC suggestions:

  • A handful of raspberries and blueberries
  • Organic natural yoghurt mixed with a teaspoon of chia seeds
  • Protein shake made with water or almond milk – particularly good if you are doing a strength based workout.
  • 1 cup water based quinoa with a few almonds

Remember food is your friend

! It’s your fuel, you’re fire… So don’t fight it.

Courtesy of Iza for the SBC

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