Peanut Butter Porridge with Peruvian Cacao This is not your average 'porridge for breakfast' but a antioxidant rich meal to serve the demanding needs of an athlete as well as those dedicated to healthier living, to which I add that no athlete will...

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Pomegranate Raspberry Overnight Oats The simple yet profound truth is that no athlete will reach their potential if they fail the manage a nutritious diet. It truly is that simple and for all the promising athletes that fell short of their...

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Raspberry Banana Overnight Oats No athlete can achieve their promise if they fail to manage a proper diet. Simple, yet profound and any suggestion otherwise is nonsense for without the proper dietary support the utmost potential...

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Blueberry Overnight Oats No athlete can achieve their promise if they fail to manage a proper diet. This simple fact is equally a trying realisation for many as for decades proper dietary habits have rarely been emphasised...

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Recipe: Porridge, Eggs and Courgette Food is fuel to serve the demands of athletic development. Whether one is at the height of sport or a young athlete with dreams of the next level without the proper fuel no athlete can reach their...

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the foundation for a better life

Category : John Davies, USP Labs

Quality cuisine need not be complicated and in-fact can suit virtually an individual’s ability in the kitchen. Sadly, amongst the maddening changes in society basic cooking abilities, as well as the use of natural ingredients have been lost. Yet as society grapples with problems of obesity, with the release of dietary books seemingly endless, the simple answer is to improve the quality of life and in-fact return to a style of eating of our ancestors.

While publishers clamour for quaint phrases and marketing hooks to sell you on the next big thing that will leap to the bestsellers list, quality cuisine improves not simply your health but is part of the foundation for a better life.

Much can be learned with a cursory glance at the kitchen, whether it is warming environment for families and loved ones or merely a transient stop for quick fix solutions. For those who want true health for themselves and their family, an open, warm kitchen environment that embraces a slower pace of life is a sure-fire solution.

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improving the quality of your life

Category : John Davies, Training, USP Labs

Without regret, I can honestly say that in many ways I live with a self-imposed myopic vision of certain elements of life. Though our society has seen vast improvements with technology, many aspects of life have spiralled downward, putting into question the quality of our day-to-day lives.

What was once so common, the honesty of the family meal, a simple backyard garden nurtured, harvested and then enjoyed, is a vestige of the past to many. Technology can connect the world in a nanosecond, bridge gaps few could imagine but despite its many innovations and efforts, it forever will fall short of the little nuances in life that in-fact build a quality of life.

Oddly, while the world grapples with rising obesity rates, much of the focus to cure the problem is misguided. The problem is not simply what to eat, but how to eat and more importantly, how to live life. This is abundantly clear within dining habits as virtually every basic notion of the family meal or for that matter, eating at home has changed. While I border on sounding antiquated, simple pleasures of enjoying a healthy breakfast at home is a either replaced with the disease of fast-food “convenience” or pre-packaged cereals that set in motion a multitude of health problems. Remarkably, breakfast might be the simplest of meals to decide upon but in a world of quick-fix solutions and the ever-present sugar-fix needs, the brilliance of “simplicity” tends to be forgotten.

While the grocer’s stores are stacked and packed with an endless parade of vitamin- fortified, sugar laced cereals with cute animated characters, the common goodness of natural food choices are typically ignored. Not only a health problem avalanche in the making it derails the fellowship of a family preparing a meal together in such situations and is additionally expensive in both the short and long term. It is likely the least sexy of marketing images to portray but starting your day at home with a simple breakfast, sans interruptions of texting and televisions but with plenty of conversation with family is a step towards total health.
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Watch John Davies in "The Torchbearers"From his speech “The Torchbearers“, given prior to the start of the new millennium, John Davies discusses a problem in the horizon. A foreboding comment, more important than ever, watch “The Torchbearers“.

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building the all-around athlete, part one

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Athletic training is a peculiar beast in present exercise world, as fitness levels of the general public tumbles to lower depths with each year. While the public is overwhelmed with images of great athletes grinding out their training, few truly understand the endless hours of work needed to get to that level. The sexy image, complete with panoramic camera angles, of hard core training montages of unique training modalities “sells” but is it true story of what developing athletes need?

Shockingly and while not a popular statement, it is not. Whether an athlete is highly skilled from the technical needs of their sport or in the earliest development stage, it is common to see them race into unique training twists without having a sufficient base. Victims of both the marketing of the industry and the good-natured habit of “wanting more” in an era when information is at your fingertips, it is deeply problematic for their long-term development. Athletes are not the evil villains in this situation they are merely by-products to a changing time when the learning curve of an endless series of skills is distorted, resulting in many basic functions forgotten.

Is learning how to train for athletics any different then building an armoire with fine joinery, knowing how to select the right stock for the production or say, preparing a good meal for your family? While the examples are endless, changing routes to gather information are culling important steps of learning the basics. Though some may argue technological change has rendered certain skills sets no longer necessary, an argument I will take up at anytime, within sports conditioning there are no short cuts.

This pushes into athletes and coaches into some challenging areas because while their enthusiasm pushes them forward, they need direction with an even, if not stern hand. Though I am often asked by coaches and athletes what is the “one thing” they can do to enhance their performance, they are surprised with my response that “the one thing is the whole thing”.

Athletic development must recognize a broad-brush approach of development all-around athletic abilities. There is no strength without flexibility, the ability to supple, fit, fluid, move with power and grace and able to maintain position while under duress. The complex riddle starts with the basics, development a foundation of all around athletic abilities, pushing those gifts higher and then layering technical skills on top.

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Watch John Davies in "The Torchbearers"From his speech “The Torchbearers“, given prior to the start of the new millennium, John Davies discusses a problem in the horizon. A foreboding comment, more important than ever, watch “The Torchbearers“.

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Finding the cure for dietary woes

Category : Cuisine, John Davies, USP Labs

The notion of “dietary advice” in the modern world is in need of a complete overhaul. While there is no shortage of diet books, crammed with catchy phrases to improve your diet and garner the ever-present sale, few respect or understand the source of the problem, much less provide a cure.

The problem of diet is far from simply what we consume but into deeper issues of how we, dare I say, dine and purchasing choices. The enormous cultural shifts that date well back into the Industrial Revolution and the shifting from an Agrarian society paved the way for the lifestyle changes of today. Yet as the footings of the family unit were shook, the situation sped out of control where we have been an era that no longer can solve very basic dietary problems.

Large scale food production and distribution as well as growth of fast food has slashed and burned dietary habits of the past, with few reasons to remotely suggest it can be reversed. Notions suggesting broad societal changes to say reduce the consumption of processed food are solid in technical merit but whether they can occur is only from the vision of the most ardent optimist.

If there is “hope”, it will come from the individual localized action, with knowledge of the worldwide problem. Governments or corporations will not solve the problem; only the citizenry can by their action. Consumer responsibility at the local level, whereby the public forces change via its “financial vote” not only is wise choice for an individual with respects to the wallet and the environment but should do the same with matters of health.

In the oddest turn of the tables, as we look to improve the quality of life and ultimately dietary habits and health, the simple handshake might be one of most powerful conduits.

The handshake and requisite look in the eye was once the binding contract of many. It meant, “my word” and one of men (and women) of honour. For those who believe in the handshake contract a special world of valour is yours that sadly few recognize. Naturally some will scoff at such notions as parochial but the handshake goes much further than “binding legal contract” but notions of pride, honour as well as relationship marketing. This is the ultimate test because as we incorporate “pride and honour” within “consumer responsibility”, we ensure action from suppliers.

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Watch John Davies in "The Torchbearers"From his speech “The Torchbearers“, given prior to the start of the new millennium, John Davies discusses a problem in the horizon. A foreboding comment, more important than ever, watch “The Torchbearers“.

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of chaos in training

Category : John Davies, Training, USP Labs

Regardless of the setting, whether it is within your career or more trying personal matters, adapting to rapidly changing environments is integral to success. Rarely in our daily lives are situations wholly predictable and the only thing, though it seems peculiar, is that can be assured is the unpredictable will occur.

This is obviously exaggerated in the sporting community where the individual or team is pitted against a competitors action or changing environment, effectively making the difference between success and failure the ability to adapt. Within the sport training community, this poses a series of odd concerns because while fitness regimes and facilities are developed to suit the surface “physical needs”, by ignoring the chaotic nature of rapidly changing environments they miss the mark. All training for both sport and to some extent must recognize the need for a destabilized or somewhat chaotic nature as it closely resembles the final “testing point”. This is no different that say a academic situation where students studying in an environment completely different from an examination room or later a fast-paced work setting and not being able to assimilate to the conditions.

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