In Part 1 yesterday we got a sneak peak into the mind Kevin Rail, our Elite WatchFit Expert.
Today, he shares with us more inside tips and his go to recipes!
7. You mentioned that in your spare time you work on new organic recipes, do you have any personal favourites you can share with us?
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I do, but I’d have to kill you if I told you. Hahaha! All kidding aside, I have a couple brand new recipes that I’ll share with you right now…
Coconut Crazy Cauliflower Blend
– 1 head of Cauliflower
– 1 package of Italian pancetta
– ½ c black sesame seeds
– 2 tbsp Coconut oil
– Drizzle of Coconut Aminos
1. Cut off the leaves and inedible portion of a head of cauliflower. Chop the rest into small enough pieces to fit into a food processor. Add them one at a time and chop the cauliflower into small, rice-sized pieces.
2. The rest is a synch. Add the coconut oil to a frying pan, let it melt and then add the cauliflower. Let it fry for a few minutes then add the pancetta and sesame seeds.
3. Sauté the contents for about five minutes then drizzle in a generous amount of coconut liquid aminos. Turn the heat off and give it one more thorough mixing.
Tips and hints: If you do not have a food processor, look for diced cauliflower in your local health food store. I always use it because it spares me time and I tend to always be really hungry when I prep meals so I want to make them as fast as possible.
Super Ninja Fix
– 4 hard-boiled eggs
– ½ c chopped black olives
– ½ c red quinoa
– ¼ c sun dried tomatoes
– Drizzle of Coconut Aminos Teriyaki Sauce
1. Add the quinoa, 1 c of water and 1 tbsp of coconut oil to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Wait about 10 minutes until the water is fully absorbed.
2. While the quinoa is prepping, boil four eggs. Once they are done, dice them.
3. Add the eggs into the pan with the quinoa when it is done, then add the olives and tomatoes. Drizzle a liberal amount of the teriyaki sauce on it and fold thoroughly.
Tips and hints: Look for all the coconut products at a local health food store or look online.
8. Your book Act of Nutrition came out last year, can you tell us what makes your book different from other Health and Nutritional books?
There are several differences. Let’s start with the actual recipes.
They are all my personal, signature creations; much like works of art
I don’t own any cook books or follow recipe instructions from magazines. I never have and never will. This gives me the ability to stay as authentic and original as possible. All of the dishes I make are super nutrient-dense, organic and delicious. People are often scared that organic dishes will taste like dirt or sawdust, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth!
I also include personal, funny stories with each recipe
There’s nothing I hate more than droning or the complete opposite, which is not enough information. I like to invite the reader into my mind and world and let them know what I was thinking and where I was thinking it when I created my recipes.
Lastly, I create catchy, interesting titles
Calling a dish mashed potatoes with bacon and maple syrup is boring. I’d rather call something like that Thunder and Grease Lightning. This would leave you thinking what in the holy heck is that?
And you’d be more apt to read along. Simply put, I’m as much an entertainer as I am a fitness and wellness professional. I want life to be fun when you are making changes for the better.
9. You recently tackled a very sensitive topic in one of your articles: Orthorexia. You mentioned that it is something you struggled with yourself.
What would you advise readers to look out for as potential warning signs of orthorexia?
Yes I did, and I still struggle with it every day. The degree of it varies but it is always there. The first and foremost warning sign is people obsessing about nutrients in foods, calories in foods and talk of having to compensate with extra exercise for food they ate.
They will also likely be secretive with their eating habits.
They tend to eat alone often and eat really slowly. The tricky thing with orthorexia is it’s not always about weight loss. For me it was. But sometimes it’s just that they are such purists that no food is good enough for them.
10. Finally, do you have any advice for people who are slipping back into bad habits with their diet or not exercising as much as they should be?
What keeps you motivated?
Yes I do. Locate four or five key motivators and write them down. Keep them in your sight at all times. Make them powerful enough that you can refer to them and stop yourself when you are about to reach for a chocolate glazed doughnut at work.
I feel key motivators are just as powerful as actual goals in the big picture.
Writing down goals is fine but if you don’t have a driving force behind their attainment, they carry no value. I actually have a wellcoaching background, and this is one of the techniques I use with clients. I also suggest you find someone to check in with every week to hold you accountable for reaching your goals and staying motivated.
You would not believe how powerful this is and how much easier it makes it. I’m available too as I do this through phone and online format.
What keeps me motivated?
That’s easy—the death of my mom and my dad. My mom died recently in a car accident and I made a commitment to live the rest of my life in her honor. She was a woman of the people and far extended herself in the local community to help everyone without the slightest hint of ego attachment.
I need to be physically and mentally strong to take on the demands of doing that on a global scale.
As for my dad, he died of cancer when I was 19 years old. I saw him take his last breath in a hospital bed. He fought hard until that very last moment and I will bloody well do the same.
But my fight is to stay in the best shape I possibly can as long as I possibly can to be strong for my friends, remaining family members, clients, co-workers and all those who depend on me.
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