Cooking Tip: Start your day off with a large glass of filtered water with half a lemon and a pinch of Himalayan rock salt. This will alkalise your body and help to reduce inflammation.
Training Tip: Plateauing with your lifts? Try using different bars and objects to increase your strength and smash your plateau in the face. There are multiple bar designs to help and challenge your movement. This means the body has to adapt and work harder where it may not have been doing so beforehand. Take the safety squat bar for instance; it has two parallel bars coming off of the barbell that rest on your shoulders. This causes the bar weight to constantly pull you forward, meaning your squat has to adapt and use more force, and potentially previously less utilised muscles groups, which in turn will make you stronger. Strongman objects are also a great tool. Try squatting whilst holding a stone, sandbag, log or keg in front of you and you're bound to see results. Recommendations would be to change the bar or implement every 2-3 weeks. Checking back in with your regular movement every 3-4 weeks
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Sometimes we all need a little comfort food in our lives, this pie is one big hug with the bonus of being totally good for you.
1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees/gas mark 5/ 350F
2. Cut cauliflower into florets and steam until soft. Transfer to a food processor, add olive oil, a good pinch of salt and pepper and blitz until creamy.
3. Slice leek and celery and saute in a frying pan with a little oil for four minutes until soft. Remove and place side.
4. Chop chicken thighs into chunks and cook in frying pan until lightly browned.
5. Return the leek and celery to the pan and add the roughly chopped parsley. Add the stock and mix together.
6. In a small jug mix tapioca flour with a couple of tablespoons of the stock from the pan. Stir into a smooth paste. Add the paste to the mixture and stir over a low heat for two minutes.
7. Pour the mixture into a pie dish/ lasagne dish and top with the mashed cauliflower. Sprinkle over the almond meal to create a light crumb.
8. Bake for 30 minutes until golden
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