Thailand Retreat
Sun 17 May to Sat 30 May, 2015

Join Raw Aussie Athlete for this tropical adventure!!!

Very affordable. One of the cheapest all-inclusive retreats around!

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Location: Chanthaburi, Thailand
Arrive: Sun 17th May, 2015
Depart: Sat 30th May, 2015

For numerous reasons, many people think that staying healthy is too hard, but it really is the easiest way to live and allows great joy into your life!
Being sick and tired is a burden! At this retreat you will experience how simple and rewarding healthy lifestyle choices can be.

  • All welcome.
  • Numbers limited. Don’t delay your booking.
  • Dates include arrival and departure days.
  • Abundance of food including tropical fruits!

To book or enquire click here:

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Why the retreat is for you:

  • Immerse yourself an authentic tropical experience in beautiful Thailand.
  • Opportunity to experience healthy lifestyle balance (natural hygiene) in a refreshingly, supportive environment.
  • Treat yourself to a well earned nourishing, nurturing break.
  • Get motivated and inspired to achieve your fitness goals.
  • Enjoy amazing locally grown tropical fruits and vegetables.
  • Boost your knowledge of health, nutrition and your body.
  • Affordable and packed with value!

Banana StallFruit Stall

Includes:

  • Thai Massage! Organised fitness activities!
  • World Class Waterfalls (experience the original fish spa)! Jungle hikes!
  • Chanthaburi River boat tour! Plenty of sunshine!
  • Visit temples, organic fruit orchard tour, and swim at the beach!
  • Serviced hotel room, 2 people per room, wireless internet, and bathroom with shower and Western-style toilet.
  • Simple, delicious 80/10/10-friendly raw vegan meals.
  • Experience the local markets and learn enough Thai to buy produce.
  • Education sessions related to fitness, nutrition and anatomy/physiology, and healthy lifestyle (natural hygiene).
  • Group discussions.
  • Watch and discuss healthy lifestyle DVDs.
  • Expert guidance and hands on experience selecting and preparing tropical fruits.
  • Personal time scheduled to relax or explore the town.

Amazing peak season fruits!

  • Mangosteen
  • Red Papaya
  • Young Coconut
  • Jackfruit
  • Rambutan
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
    • Nam Dok Mai
    • Nung Klang Wan
    • Rad
    • Kheow Savoey
  • Durian
    • Monthong
    • Chanee
    • Kanyao
    • Puang Manee
    • Kradum Thong
    • Nockachip

  • Snake Fruit
  • Custard Apple
  • Chempedak
  • Longan
  • Lychee
  • Sapodilla
  • Santol
  • Bananas
    • Gluay Nam Wah
    • Gluay Hom
    • Gluay Kai
    • Gluay Leb Muh Nang
    • Gluay Hug Mook
    • Gluay Tani

  • Coconut Sprouts
  • Sugar Cane juice
  • Rose Apple

Greens include Puk Boong, Puk Goot and Lettuce.
Herbs include Thai Basil, Chive and Lemongrass.
Vegetables include:

  • Cucumber
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomato
  • Okra
  • Red Bell Pepper
    (Capsicum)
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Lime

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Excludes:

  • Flights to/from Bangkok.
  • Travel between Bangkok and Chanthaburi.
  • Additional overnight stays and costs of optional activities outside of those scheduled.

Overcoming Flat Feet with Vibram Five Fingers and Barefoot Running

I was always told I had flat feet since I was young. As an adult the running shoe stores in Australia (like “Athlete’s Foot”) would always say I needed extra gel cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

After running in Vibram Five Fingers, as well as doing some truly barefoot running for a year or two, my feet did two interesting things. Firstly, my feet started to take up their natural space with the toes spreading out and getting back their independence and freedom. In doing so, my feet got a little longer and slightly wider. Secondly, my previously flat feet developed to have higher arches, which decreased my foot length by about 1/2 of a shoe size.

Between these two changes, my foot ended up back at its original size 13 in US size (or 46 in Vibram Five Fingers) but my feet were in much better form having been strengthened and developed through developing the good form that comes through being barefoot. My calf muscles and tendons strengthened gradually, but beware, doing too much barefoot activity too soon can lead to issues like tendonitis in the upper foot and other serious issues which can take many weeks or even months to recover from.

When you challenge your feet to develop with barefoot running/walking or minimalist footwear like Vibram Five Fingers, let your tired feet rest and recover for a day or two before challenging them again. It is imperative that you respect the training effect of overloading your feet with “reasonable” challenges followed by sufficient recovery before undertaking another “reasonable” challenge. Over time greater challenges become “reasonable” and as I did, you may find yourself able to run over 100 miles (162km) in 24 hours on sealed roads in Vibram Five Fingers with absolutely no blisters, no cramps and no biomechanical problems at all.

Vibram Five Finger Spyridons were on sale in Sep 2013 so I snapped up 5 pairs! :D They came in handy in my two 100+ mile ultras in Nov/Dec 2013.

Vibram Five Finger Spyridons were on sale in Sep 2013 so I snapped up 5 pairs! :D
They came in handy in my two 100+ mile ultras in Nov/Dec.

Fruits and Health Festival in Slovenia

Footage from the Fruits and Health Festival 2013:

The festival in Slovenia in August this year was incredible. I’m grateful to be speaking at the festival again in 2014.
The dates for the next festival are 31st July to 3rd August, 2014.
Slovenia is a magnificent country with mountains similar to Austria.
The festival is a gathering of beautiful spirits.
I’m excited to return and reconnect with the countless friends I made there in August.
Come and join us for an amazing time at this well organized festival with delicious fruits and vegetables balanced with education, sunshine, fitness and a large dose of nurturing!!!

Mental Training for C2K race!

Today’s mental training was gardening! Weeding to be more specific. Everyone’s favourite pastime!
I did a 2hr+ weeding session in my front yard yesterday afternoon…in the cool breeze and some rain. It turned out to be mental training for my C2K race (240km/149 miles) next weekend (http://coast2kosci.com) which goes from the ocean town of Eden (sea level) to the highest summit in Australia (Mt Kosciuszko at 2228 metres altitude)!
At this stages my fears seem to have all become excitement…A LOT of excitement!
As there are now ZERO weeds in my front yard, I know I’m mentally prepared.
I know I can keep moving when the going gets tough.
I know I can give what it takes. I find the mind benefits from regular strengthening through providing it with the opportunity to rise to new challenges…otherwise the mind gets lazy, you lose resolve and life loses meaning and purpose…and nobody wants that!
So I’m doing ultra gardening followed by C2K!
I’m looking forward to a summit and finish in C2K. No excuses! (Of course valid reasons will be given due consideration…LOL!)

What will be will be? Perhaps not!

I hear a lot of people say “what will be will be” and “what is meant to be will be”.
An insight I had yesterday was that those tend to be “comfort statements”…similar to the concept of “comfort foods”.
Saying them diminishes the power of responsibility and choice in order to find peace in that moment…which is often an attractive option with the intense lives many of us lead…yet I don’t feel it represents the truth I value so highly.

My current belief is:

The “opportunities” which are meant to be will be, yet we’ll only see those opportunities if we are willing to allow ourselves to experience them.

Through bravery and vulnerability in seizing the opportunities our whole heart resonates with, great things will come to pass.

We can all fulfill our dreams if:
- we embrace growth (leaving fear behind)
- we are willing to step outside our comfort zone regularly
- we allow every emotion to fulfill their destiny of guiding us to grow; and
- we have the initiative to be brave and vulnerable in every moment.

Do you see a miserable grey cloud or a big heart in the beautiful blue sky?
Do you see a miserable grey cloud or a big heart in the beautiful blue sky?
What comes from the heart, touches the heart!
What comes from the heart, touches the heart!
Give from the heart. Live from the heart.
Give from the heart.
Live from the heart.



Yours in fitness and in health,
Grant

Accepted for C2K…To be my longest run ever!!!

I was recently accepted as one of the lucky 50 to compete in the Coast to Kosciuszko (C2K) race, 2 weeks from now.
The race starting at 5:30am Fri 5th Dec, 2013, just 3.5 weeks after I completed the 108.9 mile mountain run (GNW100s) where I came 22nd out of 108 starters.
It starts at the ocean (i.e. sea level) and over 240km (149 miles) summits Mt Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia, at 2228m (7310 feet) altitude.
The race has a 46 hour cutoff.
Its a very competitive race to get into with a really tough qualifying standard and attracting international competitors.
This is the first year I’ve been qualified to enter.
Way more than 50 qualified runners apply and the race organizers do their best to hand pick those they deem most worthy of the challenge.
This race will be the furthest I’ve run by 65km (40 miles).
I’m honored to have been accepted!
I’m so excited!

C2K Ultramarathon

Coast To Kosci Ultramarathon

80/10/10 Raw Vegan Lifestyle Retreat (Myuna Bay, NSW, Australia, 15-18 Nov 2013)

A wonderful time was had by all.
Abundance of food including durian, mango, papaya, young Thai coconuts, dates, nectarines, oranges, apples, bananas, huge salads, kale chips, dehydrated corn chips, zucchini noodles with tomato/mango sauce, cucumber, cherry tomato, celery, baby spinach.
Guitar, singing, beatboxing.
Tree climbing, acro, swimming, yoga, running, playing, shoulder and piggy back rides.
Meaningful discussions, group sharing, health videos.
Sunshine and rain.
A beautiful time with beautiful friends.
Even my mother and sister came along for the journey.

Thailand Retreat
4-17 May, 2014

Join Raw Aussie Athlete for this tropical adventure!!!

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Location: Chanthaburi, Thailand
Arrive: Sun 4th May, 2014
Depart: Sat 17th May, 2014

For numerous reasons, many people think that staying healthy is too hard, but it really is the easiest way to live and allows great joy into your life!
Being sick and tired is a burden! At this retreat you will experience how simple and rewarding healthy lifestyle choices can be.

  • All welcome.
  • Numbers limited. Don’t delay your booking.
  • Dates include arrival and departure days.
  • Abundance of food including tropical fruits!

To book or enquire click here:

Durian openedfruit_stall3

Why the retreat is for you:

  • Immerse yourself an authentic tropical experience in beautiful Thailand.
  • Opportunity to experience healthy lifestyle balance (natural hygiene) in a refreshingly, supportive environment.
  • Treat yourself to a well earned nourishing, nurturing break.
  • Get motivated and inspired to achieve your fitness goals.
  • Enjoy amazing locally grown tropical fruits and vegetables.
  • Boost your knowledge of health, nutrition and your body.
  • Affordable and packed with value!

Banana StallFruit Stall

Includes:

  • Thai Massage! Organised fitness activities!
  • World Class Waterfalls (experience the original fish spa)! Jungle hikes!
  • Chanthaburi River boat tour! Plenty of sunshine!
  • Visit temples, organic fruit orchard tour, and swim at the beach!
  • Serviced hotel room, 2 people per room, wireless internet, and bathroom with shower and Western-style toilet.
  • Simple, delicious 80/10/10-friendly raw vegan meals.
  • Experience the local markets and learn enough Thai to buy produce.
  • Education sessions related to fitness, nutrition and anatomy/physiology, and healthy lifestyle (natural hygiene).
  • Group discussions.
  • Watch and discuss healthy lifestyle DVDs.
  • Expert guidance and hands on experience selecting and preparing tropical fruits.
  • Personal time scheduled to relax or explore the town.

Amazing peak season fruits!

  • Mangosteen
  • Red Papaya
  • Young Coconut
  • Jackfruit
  • Rambutan
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
    • Nam Dok Mai
    • Nung Klang Wan
    • Rad
    • Kheow Savoey
  • Durian
    • Monthong
    • Chanee
    • Kanyao
    • Puang Manee
    • Kradum Thong
    • Nockachip

  • Snake Fruit
  • Custard Apple
  • Chempedak
  • Longan
  • Lychee
  • Sapodilla
  • Santol
  • Bananas
    • Gluay Nam Wah
    • Gluay Hom
    • Gluay Kai
    • Gluay Leb Muh Nang
    • Gluay Hug Mook
    • Gluay Tani

  • Coconut Sprouts
  • Sugar Cane juice
  • Rose Apple

Greens include Puk Boong, Puk Goot and Lettuce.
Herbs include Thai Basil, Chive and Lemongrass.
Vegetables include:

  • Cucumber
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomato
  • Okra
  • Red Bell Pepper
    (Capsicum)
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Lime

Fruit StallFruit Stall

Excludes:

  • Flights to/from Bangkok.
  • Travel between Bangkok and Chanthaburi.
  • Additional overnight stays and costs of optional activities outside of those scheduled.

Central Coast Retreat
15-18 Nov, 2013

Join Raw Aussie Athlete for this Lifestyle Celebration!

Location: Myuna Bay, Central Coast, NSW, Australia
Start: 4pm Fri 15th Nov, 2013
End: 9am Mon 18th Nov, 2013

For numerous reasons, many people think that staying healthy is too hard, but it really is the easiest way to live and allows great joy into your life!
Being sick and tired is a burden! At this retreat you will experience how simple and rewarding healthy lifestyle choices can be.

  • All welcome.
  • Numbers limited. Don’t delay your booking.
  • Dates include arrival and departure days.
  • Abundance of food including tropical fruits!

To book or enquire click here:
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Why the retreat is for you:

  • Enjoy a health-filled weekend in a refreshingly supportive environment.
  • Treat yourself to a well earned nourishing, nurturing break.
  • Get inspired and motivated to achieve fitness goals.
  • Boost your knowledge of health, nutrition and your body.
  • Affordable and packed with value!
  • Enjoy an amazing array and abundance of fruits and vegetables!

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Team berry proud of their tropical lunch creation! story_time_with_lucinda

Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals (100% raw vegan)
  • Raw kitchen tools provided for food preparation:
    • blenders (Vitamix and commercial Immersion blender)
    • food processor
    • spiraliser
    • mandoline
    • v-slicer
    • dehydrators
    • citrus press
    • juicer
    • salad spinners
    • julienne peeler
    • and more!
  • Organised fitness activities. Walking/running trail, large swimming pool, lake, playing field, volleyball, mini-golf and tennis courts available.
  • Daily education sessions related to health, nutrition and anatomy/physiology.
  • Group discussions on lifestyle experiences.
  • Popular health and nutrition DVDs played each evening.
  • Health/Diet/Lifestyle books available for reading.
  • Rostered food preparation.
  • Expert guidance and hands on experience preparing meals.
  • Personal time scheduled.
  • Health/Diet/Lifestyle books and educational DVDs/CDs available for purchase.

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24 Hour Relentless Endurance Race in Chiang Mai, Thailand

This was the first time I ever ran over 100 miles in under 24 hours, despite the incredible heat and humidity of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.
I came in 2nd place, mostly drank coconut water for fuel (26 of them!) and had a super fast recovery as shown by the squats at the end of the video :)
It was awesome to have so many fruit-based raw vegan friends running the various distances!