Nu­tri­tion­ist in­spires me to up my eat­ing game

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NEWS - JAN MUR­PHY Jan Mur­phy is the news and fea­tures ed­i­tor at the Whig-Stan­dard and a new fan of chick peas.

It’s no se­cret that I love to work out.

For the past nearly 12 years I’ve been work­ing out reg­u­larly. It started in earnest at the YMCA sev­eral months af­ter my late brother’s sud­den death. I’d bal­looned in weight from the grief and stress fol­low­ing his death.

I worked with a trainer early on, then moved into work­ing by my­self. For a brief pe­riod of time, I added run­ning into my reg­i­men, and even re­turned to play­ing ice hockey for the first time since my child­hood.

In fact, along with my job and fam­ily, and, yes, pro wrestling, the gym has been a con­stant in my life.

It’s also no se­cret that I love to eat. I mean, in fair­ness, work­ing out and eat­ing kind of go hand in hand.

In those dozen or so years, I’ve seen my weight shoot way up, go way down, come back up and set­tle into a roughly 25-pound win­dow, where I cur­rently re­side.

Since Jan­uary, I’ve been work­ing with my trainer, Farr Ram­sa­hoye of Vi­sion­ary Fit­ness at 247 Fit­ness. In that time, Farr has been help­ing me over­come a ton of nag­ging in­juries, some ac­cu­mu­lated by my poor form while work­ing out alone, some from try­ing my hand at run­ning (ill ad­vised when you’re up­ward of 300 pounds at times), oth­ers still picked up along the 42-year jour­ney that is life, while some are the re­sult of my dor­mant life­style.

I’m not sure there is a worse thing for some­one’s health and fit­ness than sit­ting at a desk for nine to 10 hours a day. Me­thinks it might be as un­healthy as smok­ing a pack of cig­a­rettes a day. (I also did that for about 13 years of my life, but am now al­most 13 years smoke-free.)

The trou­ble I’m find­ing at age 42, which to this point I have never faced, is that it is get­ting tougher and tougher to win the fit­ness and eat­ing bat­tle. As I ex­cel at one, I strug­gle with the other, and vice versa.

I can proudly say that my fit­ness has greatly im­proved un­der Farr’s tute­lage. We have dra­mat­i­cally im­proved my mo­bil­ity and strength. I have abs where I never had abs, my legs are stronger than they’ve ever been in my life, and my body has changed dra­mat­i­cally.

My eat­ing habits, how­ever, con­tinue to be like candied corn at Hal­loween ... leav­ing a lot to be de­sired.

But I’m in­tent on fix­ing that for good, thanks to an as­sist from Kingston-based nu­tri­tion­ist Tr­ish Krause.

Tr­ish is a holis­tic nu­tri­tion­ist, cer­ti­fied through the In­sti­tute of Holis­tic Nutri­tion (IHN) and reg­is­tered through the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Nutri­tional Con­sul­tants (IONC) — a global or­ga­ni­za­tion that ed­u­cates the pub­lic and health pro­fes­sion­als on the ben­e­fits of an in­di­vid­u­al­ized, nutri­tion-based ap­proach to car­ing for and heal­ing the body.

Tr­ish also owns Bite out of Life Well­ness, and af­ter we met over cof­fee to dis­cuss my jour­ney, I knew she was the right per­son to help me take things to the next level.

Tr­ish sent me some ini­tial forms to fill out and some on­line links to a sur­vey that would re­veal much about my eat­ing habits, health and well­ness. There is an en­tire other col­umn about that that will need to be writ­ten soon.

Then Tr­ish did the most awe­some thing ever, she came to our house, armed with a cus­tom­ized eat­ing plan, com­plete with amaz­ing recipes, bags of stuff to help me get started and all of her amaz­ing in­sights and knowl­edge. That morn­ing, we pre­pared a whole se­ries of recipes that would give me an idea of how easy it could be, and how nu­tri­tious things could be if you got cre­ative.

That morn­ing, we made a cho­co­late pro­tein shake, which con­tained frozen cauliflower, ba­nanas, macha pow­der, al­mond but­ter, cho­co­late pro­tein pow­der, al­mond milk and ca­cao pow­der. It was by far the most yummy sam­ple we made that day, and one that I have in­cor­po­rated into my train­ing-day eat­ing.

Tr­ish also spent time with me ex­plain­ing the health ben­e­fits of each in­gre­di­ent, what time of day I should be eat­ing cer­tain foods, and why I should be eat­ing it then. I was in­tro­duced to baked chick peas, with some de­li­cious spices, which I now en­joy as a reg­u­lar treat. Who knew? The only other time I’ve en­joyed chick peas was when I hid them in a cookie recipe.

Tr­ish even con­vinced me to try a home­made tomato sauce. If you know me at all, you’ll know the No. 1 en­emy on my food list is toma­toes. Just the fruit it­self. I love ketchup, tomato soup and store-bought pasta sauce. Toma­toes them­selves, and tomato juice, how­ever, are a great way to be­come un­friended by me. But I opened my mind and we made some ac­tual tomato sauce from scratch. Full dis­clo­sure, I didn’t hate it. I wouldn’t say I loved it, but I didn’t hate it. That’s HUGE, if you knew me at all.

We also made some yummy kale and mush­room egg muffins that I in­stantly fell in love with. They make a great quick snack and are good ei­ther cold or warmed.

No lies, I have a small book of recipes that were tai­lored to my likes, needs and to help me kick my ad­dic­tion to fatty and use­less foods.

Tr­ish also showed me how to make salad that you can prep for days with­out it go­ing soggy! I kid you not.

The food was great, the com­pany awe­some and the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence eye-open­ing. Lis­ten­ing to Tr­ish ex­plain why cer­tain foods were im­por­tant and what their func­tions were was fas­ci­nat­ing. And most im­pres­sive was how ev­ery­thing we prepped in­volved very lit­tle prep time, could be pre­pared in bulk for eat­ing all week, and was im­pres­sively tasty for foods I’ve mostly as­so­ci­ated with icky-tast­ing dishes.

I’ve also made some green smoothie muffins, overnight oats, and this week­end plan to make some black bean brown­ies.

Be­gin­ning in the new year, Farr and I will be in­creas­ing our train­ing, the in­ten­sity of it and re­ally push­ing hard. Work­ing with Tr­ish will be a huge part of that. I’ll share more of my ex­pe­ri­ences with Tr­ish in my com­ing col­umns. In the mean­time, she can be reached at tr­[email protected]­ or by phone at 343-333-3483.


The cho­co­late cauliflower shake has be­come a sta­ple on train­ing days for Jan Mur­phy.

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