Have you ever had one of those weeks where you felt as if it was all going horribly wrong?
Hanging off the roof with one hand losing your grip?
That was my week.
A death of a close family member, combined with running the successful Be Better London event, Cracking The Wellness Code and running a business took its' toll on me.
Where you see the blank days with no reading, that was the day I found out about their death. Coincidentally is was the same time the battery for my Polar HR7 died.
My sleep was very erratic. I still trained (more for my own sanity) buy reduced the intensity and volume. To help assist and get me back into the green I visited Kate Siobhan Taylor for sports massage treatment in Mayfair.
"Step into my bubble". She said.
"Its a safe space". She said.
It was exactly what I needed at that time. My body was carrying a lot of tension, but through a series of massage techniques, soft tissue release, I was good to go.
Needless to say, I had to head down to Rawligion to make sure my nutrition was on point, where the owner John made sure I was well fed and got all the nutrients I needed to support my immune system and swing me back to a sympathetic state.
Bj Rule of Crossfit City Road was a huge support when it came to our event, Cracking The Wellness Code, which we held at the prestigious Southwark Cathedral. The event featured 4 top notch speakers, from Darryl Edwards, Lia Sokhi, to Thomas Olivier and Owen Raybould. It was a great success.
My HRV reading was still a bit all over the place. So after the event I headed down to the coast, and spent a few days in Brighton by the sea to recharge. I don't know about you, but there is something about being in nature, especially by the sea that has me switch off, and instantly relax.
What I learned this week, is that HRV is a great objective measure, so that you can make sure that you have the right self care plan in place when things like life events happen.
Take time to care of you.
Yes. Its a salad. This one if full of vibrant colours, antioxidants, B vitamins, copper, zinc and magnesium and a host of other nutrients that will do your body good.
Here's the ingredients
100g of green (or black) lentils.
2 tablespoons of olive or walnut oil.
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
Zest of 1/2 orange, finely grated
Himalayan salt & black pepper for taste
1 head of chicory red or white, base trimmed and outer leaves discarded.
2 spring onions, trimmed and sliced diagonally
1 tablespoon fresh coriander (chopped)
Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate
50g feta cheese (crumbled)
How to make it
Wash the lentils and soak for 10 mins.
Bring a large pan to the boil, add the lentils and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender.
Drain into a sieve and run under cold water, then toss into a large bowl.
Add the lemon juice, oil, orange zest and plenty of seasoning to the lentils, then leave to cool.
Halve the chicory heads length ways and finely slice. Add the lentils, along with the salad onions, chopped parsley, coriander and half of the pomegranate seeds.
Scatter the remaining pomegranate seeds, feta cheese and parsley on top as a final garnish.
That's it - job done!
How simple was that?
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