The Fat Kid Inside Advice #1
Summer Tricks and Indulgences
It is impressively hot these days; one can barely step out of a building for a couple of minutes without getting damped and quickly ending up drenched. When temperatures reach this certain plateau where crunching up a finger becomes impossibly uncomfortable, I turn to food and drinks for comfort.
You see, your body is like a machine or a car; you need to take care of what goes in and around it to make sure that it stays in a pristine condition. With all my triathlon training lately I have understood this concept more than ever. My muscles are in a constant state of stress and I limp half the day after a hard work out, during sport sessions I feel like I’ve stuck, prodded and placed in an over and my performance has varied greatly with the type of foods I eat.
This is why I will start talking about supplements in some future post, especially interesting for those who put their bodies through lots of strain and look for ways to help quicken recovery and find a successful daily upkeep.
But for now I want to discuss ways you can keep cool with food and drinks:
1. Ice Cream, obviously. My pick: Magnum
If you haven’t tried Magnum Ice Cream yet, you are very late to the Party. The international brand was launched last month here in the Philippines and has set the tone in the market in terms of a very successful sales campaign and in the quality that can be expected from products of this low price (only 50Pesos, roughly 1 USD, meaning 3 times cheaper than anywhere else in the world). I know I mostly talk about being healthy and fit, but the worst thing you can do to your body is deprive it for so long and then crash and burn. So indulging from time to time is actually a good thing and is mentally helpful. I go for the creamy vanilla bar coated with rich Belgian chocolates that just brings me to a complete state of general tranquillity where I manage to forget about work, stress and everyday life. I’m transported back to days of simpler times and my childhood. Pick one up at your local convenience store in 3 flavours (Truffle, Almond or Vanilla).
Don’t think about the calories! But if you are obsessed here are easy ways you can work that bar off:
46 mins dancing, 102 mins signing, 82 mins cooking, 186 mins kissing, 46 mins shooting hoops, 26 mins Frisbee, 24 mins beach football, 21 mins breaststroke, 20 mins free-running.
Not too bad ey?
2. Refreshing Hydration
When it comes to hydration I’m pretty much a purist, because the more you alter the state of water or pure juice the more it takes away from the actual hydration of your body (replacing lost fluids). When it is a scorcher out or if you are doing sports outdoors in this heat, water is your best friend, so take your hand away from artificial juices/sodas and the likes and opt for these less boring water alternatives:
- Flavoured Syrups: It’s very easy to make syrup that you can just mix in with water to give the extra zing. Some good examples that I like doing is, using teas, herbs (mint is a personal preference – boil some clean leaves without the stock until the water is well-flavoured 1cup is to 1 cup. Then add it to natural water until the desired strength is achieved), natural sweeteners (honey, agave, keep it to a tsp per serving), fruits (use oranges, lemons.. cut them up and drop them in ice-cold water)
- Jamba Juice: Jamba Juice is like a saviour to me, seriously. After all my hours spent painfully training under the sun and getting all these different types of really strange timelines, a nice heaping of ice cold frozen fruit turned into a smoothie makes me tingle all over in this 35 degrees c. weather. The menu is quite daunting and all of it is great, but they all contain different ingredients inside. So if you want to stay as healthy as possible, go for the all fruit smoothies, because they contain only fruits (well duh) and are a great carb replenishment; i usually order the five fruit frenzy with a double whey protein (for my recovery) and some boosts (antioxidant, fiber…). Check them out at Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Center and soon to be in Mall of Asia.
To those who don’t know food can actually affect your body core temperature in 3 ways mostly, regulating it, cooling it or warming it up. So if whatever country/weather you find yourself in, now you know what to do if you get too hot or too cold:
- Regulate: wholegrains, black sugars, grapes, honey, pumpkin, sweet potato, strawberries, apples, cherries. Most yellow/orange colour foods help maintain a normal body temp.
- Cooling: sugar (which is why you see a lot of athletes take different forms of sugar during races), processed snacks, green vegetables, tropical fruits, water rich vegetables (cucumber, courgettes..). Green and white foods will cool you down. If not, there is always beer.
- Warming: Alcohol does not help. I learned this the hard way when I was in Siberia. Mostly salty foods or those high in protein (meat, fish, chicken), help a lot in making your body temp rise. Or simply a good glass of red wine.
Heat can be dangerous. Keep Safe. Wear a hat.
What do you do to stay cool?