5th November 2015 Nick Buckfield

Time to Juice

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So on my way to work this morning I was thinking on how my nutritional habits have changed. From being a full time professional athlete to a new career change , a family man with three children, all have an impact on how we fuel our bodies. We have a culture where everything has to be done yesterday and we are tempted by convenience quick fixes with food unless we are very strong willed or pay a particular focus on our diet.

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If i asked you how many portions of fruit/vegetables you have eaten today … Would you say the recommended daily requirements ……which stands a 5…most would probably be half that value. Also the nutritional value of food today is not the same as it was a decade ago, so you are probably looking at double this to reach the needs of everyday life.

 

I had to make sure that as a professional I fuelled my body well as I would not have be able to keep up on the demands I was putting on it from training 6 days a week and an average 4-6 hrs a day. Also people have this misconception and base most of their thoughts on weight management / loss . This is ok when done correctly and over a certain period not all the time. People forget we need food to repair, recovery, grow and for all the bodily functions to run their daily course. If we are not getting enough nutrients we are depleting our body…which over time has an effect! You could be ageing yourself prematurely and opening yourself up to illness .

 

Busy Lifestyle….Juice!

Like you I have a very busy life style working, family, training, over the weekend I decided to purchase a blender called the Nutrition Blender… Don’t get me wrong I had a blender which was ok but left huge bits of food and really wasn’t good at blending nuts/ seeds. I saw a lot of posts on FB from friends who have this particular blender and have been raving about it. So I decided to bite the bullet no pun intended and make a huge difference to my daily intake of good clean food.

juice coming from fruit to a glass

I put into my smoothie avocado, spinach, banana, milk, almonds, dates, blackberries blueberries for their antioxidant properties. This took minutes and it was easy to clean and it has its own containers , so I can travel with it in the car and have it on the way to work or when I’m in need for a pick me up. I would never eat for example spinach and a Banana as they come together at the same time but once blender there’s a totally different taste and texture. Juice is the way forward

Depending on what you blend up , the colours can be bright and it makes it look healthy too!

Final note it’s worth investing in your health…give your body what it needs and requires and it will look after you! I would recommend the Nutri-Bullet if you don’t already have a good blender.

 

Nick

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About the Author

Nick Buckfield Nick has been a full-time professional athlete for over 20 years and loved sport even before that. As a boy he played for Crystal Palace schoolboys and was a county judo player. He took up the pole vault at the age of 15 and by 22 he had broken the 14-year British pole vault record. The following year Nick broke the indoor pole vault record that had stood for 17 years. Nick held the 17-year records for both indoor and outdoor records at 5.81 metres which was only beaten last year. He was the first British vaulter to jump over 19ft (5.80m) and holds the record for the best British performance at a World Championship (5th place at Athens in 1997). Nick's career has also taken him to three Commonwealth Games, where he achieved 4th place in both 2002 and 2006; three European Championships and five World Championships. Plus, he has been a double Olympian in 1996 and 2004 After fracturing his pelvis in the 1998 European Championships, Nick was impelled to take up sports massage Therapy and is now a qualified sports massage therapist. He is also a Level 4 athletics coach, and a multi-skills and athletic coach for primary schools. He 'relaxes' by reading..materials on improving knowledge,fishing and just messing around with his children.He Took triathlon up 4years ago for fun and decided train and complete his first an IRONMAN! Nick joined the Kung fu school last year as he has a deep passion for Kung Fu and Martial arts. one of he's child hood heroes was Bruce Lee. I'm enjoying my recent project on working on the improving the physical attributes of our students, with agility, speed and explosive power into the classes. Working along and with world class athletes and coaches during my career ,I was always gaining knowledge and a new ideas. I love learning and using anything I can to better an individual and human performance. You will see in the class content some subtle changes which is to help the development of the student. Best regards Nick

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