Here's a cool idea I found at my local $2 shop.  Usually I wouldn't get excited about things from the $2 shop but sometimes those shops do come up with some interesting gadgets and things.  And on this particular day at St Lukes Akl, I was bored, so went browsing and found this little gem tucked away under a shelf of bags, makeup cases and other useless but useful items.

I saw a stack of orange, green and blue containers and I thought 'oh they look pretty' so picked it up to check it out.  I'm always on look out for containers to put my food in - as you know food is very important in our fitness lives and we have to transport it in the best possible way!
When I picked it up I saw that there was a gel kind of stuff moving around in the lid and also at the bottom of the container.  On the lid it said 'Cool Gear', so I figured this was a self contained freezing container - I'm bright like that!


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A couple of weeks ago I got fed up with boiling and micorwaving my veges and kumera so I decided to buy a steamer. I got a George Forman one to match my George Forman Grill! For AUD$60 it was the best buy for comp prep. It comes with three tiers and a special rice steamer which can be used all at once or individually. Thats all you have to do is fill the bottom part with water, set the timer and all the hard work gets done for you. I hardboil my eggs, steam my kumera and cook my broccoli all in one go. 

As comp time gets closer and the diet gets tighter you can even steam your chicken and fish in it, only takes around 45 mins. The steamer comes with a booklet with steaming times etc so its pretty easy to use. The only down side is that after each use you have to empty the water cylinder at the bottom, and wash each tier......although I find this easier than washing saucepans etc. Basically you can chuck a whole days food in it, set the timer and watch TV while it cooks! Makes food prep a whole lot easier in my opinion, I would be lost without it!

by Emma, training for July INBA Comp Australia
Apr 08

I've had quite Glad couple of days trailing this new packaging.  Been wrapping all sorts of things from chicken (ofcourse), veges, kumera, fish. You know, all the basics of a bodybuilding diet. And thought it was quite a handy product because unlike their 'glad wrap' plastic, this one actually makes it more like a bag with all the corners sealed.  I find with the plastic wrap that it gets bit messy and especially if there's moisture build up, everything just goes soggy,
whereas with the press n seal, its kept in a tight air pocket and everything's pretty fresh when you open it. The great thing about this is that is is microwaveable so you don't have to put it into another container if you want to heat it up.
I think the press n seal would make a great space saver for the travelling health nut because you don't have to take a gazillion containers for all your separate foodstuffs.  Especially if you're going overseas (or domestic) and travelling one way and don't want to have heaps of containers in your luggage which could be saved for you shopping! 
  You can make the press n seal into any size of your food so instead of their 'glad bags' where you have to buy boxes of different size plastic bags, you can just make the press n seal bags into any size you like.
This way of wrapping is probably not economical for day to day carting of food but definitely if you're going travelling, camping or goodness to a bodybuilding comp! then this is good alternative to the container.
Lisa, Go Figure
7 April 08 
  The ability to recover from workouts is just as important as the effort you're putting into your training. The feeling of soreness a day after your workout is a feeling I look forward to, like most weight trainers, its a sign that you know you've put in the effort.  Must be the massichist in us!  while I love that sore feeling I think its more important that the recovery is speeded up so you can train hard again on another bodypart.

I usually take L-Glutamine and BCAAs after weights and in evening before bed. But for the past couple of weeks I dropped the straight L-Glutamine but have been taking the Musashi Recovery instead but still keeping the BCAAs as capsules.

The Musashi formula has Leucine, Valine and Isoleucine which are BCAAS and also L-Glutamine which help with recovery. So if you can't afford both a recovery and BCAAs, then maybe just a recovery formula will do. 



I've had quite a gastronomic week sampling PVL's Whey Gourmet Protein powder range of latest flavours. So have been looking forward to my post workout shakes trialing the various flavours. 

All the whey gourmet range has an average of 22g protein and 2g carbohydrate per serving and is a blend of WPI and WPC. The WPC component is actually Whey Concentrate Peptides which is faster absorbing then normal Concentrate. If you have no dairy intolerance this formula is fine for you but if you have some intolerance, like me, you may experience some tiredness. 
I'm not huge peanut butter fan but Americans love their peanut butter flavours, so no surprise Whey Gourmet has a 'smooth peanut butter chocolate' flavour in their range.

As its not my most favourite flavour, thought I'd start off with it first. I found this one quite hard to mix in the shaker as there were a few little lumps left floating around so had to use a spoon to squash the lumps and make it smooth. Luckily the taste was more chocolatey than peanut buttery but if you like taste of peanut butter, you'll like this.  Plus its not too sweet. 


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