How are those new year’s resolutions coming along?

How are those new year’s resolutions coming along?

I purposely decided not to raise the topic until this week.


Well, because it’ll be round about now – late January – that most of you (yes most – and I'm not being cynical, just real) have already abandoned your well-intentioned fitness undertakings for 2018 – however simple or lofty they were.

So the timing’s appropriate to address this.

When to consider a fitness program, and when to run the other way

When to consider a fitness program, and when to run the other way

I've been grappling with this notion a lot lately, as I work to finalize the Sensible Fitness Program (SFP) online course.


Well, as the course material gradually takes shape and nears completion, and as I look at its content – I'm reminded of just how different it is to what’s out there. Although I never intended to copy or rehash any existing stuff, I never figured that it would be so unique.

Come to think of it though, it never aspired to conform either. So I guess there's really no surprise. It's a reminder to me, nonetheless, that 'The Sensible Way' and are unconventional.

Deliberately so.

Combining Veganism with a Ketogenic Diet

Combining Veganism with a Ketogenic Diet

Greetings! Clay here.

Some time back, I created a page dealing with the Ketogenic style of eating.

Besides having spent quite a bit of time and energy researching the topic, I also experimented with its protocols alongside my regular training program. My findings and recommendations, as well as the sources I consulted, are well-documented on that page.

Keto aside, I have also become intrigued by the Vegan way-of-life. I'm constantly mindful of the effects on farming by our conventional industries, overfishing and the ill-treatment of animals – not to mention the negative impact on our planet. So while my family and I still consume animal products, we have begun reducing our consumption, incorporating more plant-based foods into our meals.

So when I was approached by Carol Ventura to collaborate on fitness, and the relationships with Keto and Vegan, the timing was perfect. I'm really looking forward to delving deeper into these topics with her, going forward.

So this page belongs to Carol and her excellent article on combining two revolutionary, and sometimes controversial styles of eating, into a harmonious, healthy and sustainable way-of-life.

She reveals some really interesting experiences and well-researched insight on these two topics.

I'm certain you will find her contribution both interesting and compelling.

Happy reading!

Weight-Lifting, but without Bulking Up

Weight-Lifting, but without Bulking Up

We live in a world where it is impossible to ignore the staggering obesity rates and the health implications associated with being overweight.  Medical professionals attribute conditions such as diabetes, cancer and even depression to general deficiencies in well-being which include both a lack of exercise and healthy diet.

Nothing new here, right?

One of the best ways to exercise, is by incorporating resistance training. Not necessarily to bulk up, but to tone.

Straight cardio for the rest of time?!

Straight cardio for the rest of time?!

Well, at least not in the way mainstream fitness gurus and resources preach. For them, cardio usually means boringly pedalling away on a stationary bike, or running to nowhere on some treadmill in a gym.

While I would never exclude such exercise types, they are not my 'go-to' activities. Even though I have both machine types at home (for when it rains), I prefer cardio to be more varied.


Caffeine and Fitness

Caffeine and Fitness

Could caffeine give your next workout a boost?

Did you start today with a cup of coffee?

It’s more than likely, as coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. But it has become more than a morning pick-me-up and is now increasingly used to boost fitness and performance. Athletes are using caffeine supplements and people are even drinking coffee before they head to the gym to help them workout for longer.

35 benefits of exercising while pregnant

35 benefits of exercising while pregnant

Like thousands, maybe millions of mothers-to-be, Jessica Walter was unsure about keeping up her exercise regime – or stopping it entirely. After much research and investigation, she went on to create a plan which allowed her to not only keep fit – but also protected her baby in the process.

In fact, Jessica now firmly believes that exercising while pregnant can have many benefits. In addition, the medical and fitness industries in recent years have unanimously come out in support of remaining of being physically active during pregnancy.

As a freelance health and nutrition writer as well as a mother, Jessica has teamed up with a small maternity resource site to develop a guide covering the 35 benefits of exercising while pregnant.

How to stay in shape on vacation

Can I have my cake and eat it?

 3D digital render of a Santa exercising on a tread mill isolated on white background

Let's take a look at how to do this while on holiday – so that you don't completely ruin your shape.

How often do you head into the holiday season promising yourself to 'behave' and not to go overboard – only to come out the other end frustrated, and 10 or so pounds heavier?

Want to change that?

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Is Aspartame safe?

Aspartame. Is it friend or foe?

Aspartame is a chemically-derived product comprising methyl ester from dipeptide of amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine. Under either acidic or alkaline conditions, aspartame can yield methanol through hydrolysis.


This sounds so scientific and technical! It’s scary to think we put that stuff in our bodies.

Read more


You might have noticed the new-look layout and design at

We're making good progress with the move, although it'll take another few days to get all of the pages and links working – please bear with me.

All-in-all the new look-and-feel means I can finally bring the content to you in the way I've been dreaming about for a long time.

Please check back soon.

In the meanwhile, have a super Friday and weekend :)

Recovering Addicts Talk About Finding Happiness

Recovering Addicts Talk About Finding Happiness

Some time back, I created a page dealing with how to stop binge eating.

For whatever reasons, be they traumatic experiences or simply the rigors of day-to-day living, people also turn to drugs or alcohol as a means to cope – which too often leads to addiction.

Unfortunately, as the dependency takes hold, people’s lives quickly begin to spin out of control.

In this article, Cecelia Johnson reveals some insight into how control and happiness can be regained, not only with responsible treatment and effective support, but also from recognizing the immense difficulties and challenges faced by addicts on their road to recovery.