Testimonials of former Fitness Campers
This place is incredible. It has everything you need to get back in shape or stay in shape, to relax and live the simple life or try some kiteboarding and... read more surfing. Robbie and his team take great care of you. From individual to group workouts in the poolside gym. The windows open all the way for great airflow. The workouts are custom tailored to your fitness and health level, they are mindful of any health limitations.
BEST open air yoga loft, pictures don’t do it justice. Climb a circular staircase to the yoga loft, listen to the ocean breeze as you practice, and feel the ocean air. It is incredible. We had two instructors while I was there and they were both wonderful.
When yoga classes are not in session you have the option to hire a masseuse who will travel right to the location. There is a private room to the side and the masseuses are excellent.
The location is great you are right on the beach and only a 5 minute taxi or mototaxi ride to town where they have supermarkets, restaurants, shopping etc. in town is a laundry that will pick up and drop off your clothes right from Extreme.
The cafeteria/dining area is awesome as well. Big glass windows overlooking the ocean. Communal seating, the fridges are stocked with fresh coconut water, fruit, oats etc. help yourself to coffee. When we were there we would have communal dinners at 6:30 every evening which was a great way to get to know your fellow campers.
There is a security guard who is there 24 hours and we all felt very safe when staying there.
All in all I can’t say enough about how great my time was there and was lucky enough to stay for a month. If you’ve been on the fence about taking the leap just for for it. It was a great help to me personally and I’ve been in talks with Robbie about popping back in for a week To stay again.
February 2, 2022
Awesome place for anyone looking to unwind, live the simple life for a while right at the beach with good company and gym, yoga and kite surfing offers. I absolutely... read more loved staying there!
February 2, 2022
Intuitive Eating Principles
Reject the Diet Mentality. Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.
Honor Your Hunger. Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for re-building trust with yourself and food.
Make Peace with Food. Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating, and overwhelming guilt.
Challenge the Food Police. Scream a loud “NO” to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating under 1000 calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor the unreasonable rules that dieting has created . The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases, and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.
Respect Your Fullness. Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show that you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of a meal or food and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what is your current fullness level?
Discover the Satisfaction Factor. The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living In our fury to be thin and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence–the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting and conducive, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to decide you’ve had “enough”.
Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food. Find ways to comfort , nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won’t fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food hangover. But food won’t solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run. You’ll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating.
Respect Your Body. Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally as futile (and uncomfortable) to have the same expectation with body size. But mostly, respect your body, so you can feel better about who you are. It’s hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape.
Exercise–Feel the Difference. Forget militant exercise. Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise. If you focus on how you feel from working out, such as energized, it can make the difference between rolling out of bed for a brisk morning walk or hitting the snooze alarm. If when you wake up, your only goal is to lose weight, it’s usually not a motivating factor in that moment of time.
Honor Your Health–Gentle Nutrition. Make food choices that honor your health and tastebuds while making you feel well. Remember that you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s what you eat consistently over time that matters, progress not perfection is what counts.
The other day, someone asked me if honey is a good sweetener.
My answer was, “Let me see it”.
If by “honey” you mean the stuff you buy in the supermarket that comes in the cute little plastic bear, then my answer is no. If by “honey” you mean raw, unfiltered, uncooked, unpasteurized organic honey, then the answer is a yes.
Not all food is created equal. Take salmon, for example. Incredible food that is on almost every nutritionists’ top food lists. One problem is that farm raised and wild salmon are not the same food. The striking color of the omega-3 fat loaded wild salmon is the result of the fact that it normally dines on krill, which provides it with a highly beneficial compound called astaxanthin, a natural carotenoid that gives salmon it’s rich red color. Farm raised salmon have never seen krill; they eat grain, which is like raising lions on chocolate chip cookies. They have almost no omega-3 fats, and their color is a result of whatever selection of dye the factory farmers decide on that day. The fact is that wild salmon and farm-raised are completely different foods. Yet we unknowingly use the same word for both.
Without going too far afield, let me point out that I believe this problem in language has a lot to do with the difficulty in drawing conclusions from studies of “meat eaters” or “vegetarians.” It’s possible to be a “vegetarian” just eating twinkies and white rice, and it’s possible being a vegetarian eating nothing but vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and eggs. Similarly, “meat eaters” can refer to people who dine exclusively on ballpark hot dogs and have never met a vegetable they didn’t hate, or it can refer to paleos who dine on pasture-fed wild game and tons of wild fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
See where I’m going with this?
I think we are trying far too hard to find the perfect diet in terms of protein, carbs, and fats. Endless diet and weight loss books are written promising a perfect formula, when really it comes down to the actual quality of the foods we eat.
Fats come in many different forms, and they have varying effects on your health. Most people are aware that there are saturated fats, which they’ve been told to avoid, and have heard vaguely of monounsaturated fats (like those in olive oil) and polyunsaturated fats (like those in vegetable oil, nuts, and fish). Here are some take home points:
Saturated fat is not always bad. Some forms of saturated fat, for example, the kind in coconut, are very healthy. While you don’t want to overdo it, you also don’t need to avoid it like it’s poison. It’s not. Trans fat, however, is. This “metabolic poison” is found in cookies, crackers, cookies, baked goods, french fries, and most margarines. Regardless of what the label says, if it says “partially hydrogenated oil” in the ingredients, it’s got trans fat. Don’t eat trans fat, period. The one single exception is the trans fat CLA, or conjugated linoleum acid. It is found naturally in dairy and meat, and not man made like the others.
Monounsaturated fat, found in nuts and olive oil, is good stuff and heart healthy.
Polyunsaturated fats come in two “flavors”: omega-6s and omega-3s.
While there are some health benefits to omega-6s, we get too many 6 and not enough 3.
There are three different omega-3 fats: One of them is found in flaxseed and is called ALA (alphalineolic acid). It’s considered an essential fatty acid because the body can’t make it, so it has to be obtained from the diet.
But the other two omega-3s, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), are found in fish like salmon (the wild variety). These two may be of even more importance then the first one. Although technically the body can make ALA, it doesn’t make sufficient amounts for the active individual. These incredibly important fats “ready made” from fish like salmon have endless benefits for the consumer.
So what do omega-3s do, and why do we need them in the first place? Lets start with the cell membranes. Omega-3s are incorporated into cells, making their membranes more fluid and enabling more efficient communication between cells. This means, for example, that “feel good” neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine can transport in and out of the cell easier, translating to better mood. In fact, omega-3s are currently being studied for their positive effects on depression.
They’re also being studied for their impact on behavior, feeling, and thought processing. Nearly every study of behavior problems, from simple lack of concentration, to aggressive behavior in prison inmates, has shown that people with these problems have low levels of omega-3 fats in their bloodstream. This doesn’t mean that omega-3s will fix every behavior problem, but it’s certainly worth integrating into your life. On a side note, omega-3s have a significant effect on the developing brain of a human fetus. Since the baby’s brain is 60 percent fat by weight, and since most of that fat is DHA, taking fish oil or consuming low mercury fish (wild salmon) is one of the most beneficial things a pregnant woman can do for her developing baby. Fish truly is a brain food. The amount of omega-3 in a pregnant woman’s diet can help determine her child’s intelligence, fine-motor skills (such as the ability to manipulate small objects and hand-eye coordination), and also propensity to antisocial behavior.
Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory. Since inflammation is a critical component of virtually every degenerative from heart disease to Alzheimer’s, and since inflammation itself has been dubbed “The Silent Killer,” anti-inflammatory foods and supplements are of critical importance to our health. Omega-3s also support circulation. They transport oxygen from red blood cells to the tissues. They prevent blood cells from clumping together (blood clots can be a cause of heart attack and stroke). They act as a blood thinner, much like aspirin, only without the side effects. It’s been estimated by Andrew Stoll, M.D., of Harvard Medical School, that proper omega-3 intake could save 70,000 lives a year in the United States alone, and reduce the number of fatal arhythmias by 30 percent. Oh yeah, and they lower blood pressure and are very effective for diabetes in improving insulin and glucose metabolism.
In a perfect world we could grow and catch what we need to eat to stay healthy. Some of us aren’t there yet… Not only are we not eating the colorful whole foods that we need but more importantly, we’re not getting enough nutrients to sustain energy throughout the day. How do we fill the void? Well, ideally we find the source in our food but sometimes the most convenient and efficacious way is through supplements.
I am not a supplement junkie by any means but I do use three supplements on a regular basis and suggest the same three to most. Here they are in order.
1. Omega-3 ( fish oil, krill oil, flaxseed oil). Either of the three will work, but fish oil is the most cost effective. If you haven’t read or heard the health benefits of Omega-3 you may be living in a bubble. Doctors, nutritionists, and athletes all agree this stuff is gold. Naturally found in marine animals, Omega-3s are known as brain food, crucial for not only brain development, but beneficial for your heart, eyes, skin, and the list goes on. Omega-3 is an essential oil because your body cannot make it. I suggest a marine source because they exclusively contain the most important Omegas, DHA and EPA while plant based oils contain mostly ALA which doesn’t have the same benefits.
2. Greens Superfood Powder. Leafy greens are good, green superfoods are great! I love fresh picked vegetables but the edge that Superfoods Powder has, is it’s diversity of ingredients and it’s level of convenience. While I admit they typically don’t taste great, there are some that do, and they are a perfect mix for a delicious morning smoothie and a convenient way to get in the phytonutrients that most are missing. The issue is that most people eat too much food and not enough nutrients. So is this for you? I suggest trying it for ten days and assess its nutritional effect. I don’t know of any that have looked back.
3. Protein Powder. This one is not as essential as the other two, but it’s a great nutritional crutch for people on the go or people who limit or exclude meat from their diet. Far too often people reach for bagels, granola bars, and other processed foods as a morning or midday snack. A yummy smoothie with some protein powder is the perfect choice for any time of the day.
I use these three supplements every day paired with plenty of colorful veggies, a bit of fruit, and some meat if I am in the mood. Here is an example of my typical daily diet.
5:30am Wake up
5:45am Green tea, 1 fish oil, greens powder with water.
7:00am 2 eggs usually hard boiled, 1 carrot, ½ mango or 1 apple
11:00am Protein powder with water
3:00pm Broccoli with lots of garlic and onions, 1 fish oil
7:30pm Grilled dorado and bell peppers in a salad with tomatos and avacado
10:00pm Bed time
The times and portions may change.
Eat when you are hungry.
Only as much as you need.
Think nutrients not calories.
Diversify your foods, but find your go-to’s for satiety.
If you don’t want an apple, you’re not hungry.
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