Don't want to get out of bed?  Me too...   We are in the thick of winter now.  Outside is bloody cold - and no thanks to the poor insulation of Shanghai’s buildings, inside is not much better.  I’m constantly cold, hungry and low on energy.  If I go out to eat after work, then it’s gonna be comfort food, and then followed up by curling up on the couch to watch DVDs.  In the

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Down and Out?   Often times when things are going well for you, everything seems to be going well - the sun is shining, you’re doing well at work, and your personal life rocks!  You have an extra bounce in your step.  Everything seems to make sense and seems so easy and simple to do.  You are high on life and your confidence level is just as high.  We all experience those moments.  Some of

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High-Caloric Foods, Booze, Late Nights... What Can You Do To Have A Fighting Chance?   The holiday season is upon us!  Although, some of you are looking forward to the mulled wine, egg nog and the turkey dinners, most of us are probably dreading the aftermath of over-indulging through the holiday season.  I'm re-posting an article I wrote for TimeOut Shanghai on how you can best prepare yourself for the inevitable onslaught that is to

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The Psychology of High Intensity Training   Following my previous blog entry on Attitude, I am continuing on this theme of the mental aspect of training by writing this blog post on the psychology of high intensity training.  Notice, I am specific here in that I’m only talking about high intensity training and not other forms of training as the psychology involved in high intensity training is different than say doing a 100km trail hike

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Pretty cheesy blog heading?  I agree... it's not the most original; but recently I've been with friends and clients where this has been a huge focus of conversation and I'd like to throw in my two cents.  This may not first appear to have anything to do with fitness and nutrition but it totally does and perhaps by the end of this blog post, you may agree - or not... I came across this quote

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Welcome to the first entry of the Olive Branch Blog on Health and Fitness. “That sounds like a pretty boring blog” you may think. “Why should I spend my valuable time reading it?” you may ask. Well, fair point. Allow me to spend this first post justifying the existence of our health and fitness blog. Our modest aspiration: to be a shining beacon of truth in a sea of bulls**t about health and fitness I

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