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After 194 hours, the 2017 edition of the No Finish Line ended on National Day, Sunday, November 19, in the presence of Prince Albert, who, after a day of official festivities, joined NFL for the last lap.
Again this year, the targets were pulverised. A total of 12,967 runners and walkers took part, 1,078 more than last year. A total distance of 436,963 km were completed, against the 400,000 expected.
The sum of €436,963 will be donated to finance projects for sick or underprivileged children, taking the total to more than €3.5 million funds raised since the beginning of NFL.
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Once again, this success is due to the exponential mobilisation of the participants, the time invested by the volunteers and the faithful support of sponsors.
The Prince’s Cup was awarded to Fausto Parigi (Italy) for completing 1,026 km, making him the fifth person to have exceeded 1,000 km since the event started 17 years ago.
The first winning team was Monaco Interventions with 14,797 km, followed in second by Barclay’s Monaco with 13,452 km (up from third place, 10,321 in 2016) and, in third, JB Pastor et Fils with 11,560 km.
Two hundred and fifty years ago, in 1768, a young equestrian named Philip Astley performed in London, in a field near Westminster Bridge, on a circular ring 13 metres in diameter. His equestrian show mixed acts from the fair – jugglers, equilibrists, funambulists and even trained dogs and monkeys – and modern circus was born on horseback.
Philip Astley, the inventor of modern circus, quickly crossed the Channel, as he was invited to perform in France by King Louis XVI.
To pay tribute to Philip Astley, Princess Stephanie, President of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo Organising Committee, has invited the best "Equestrian Pas de Deux" in the history of modern circus, featuring Jozsef Richter Junior and his young wife Merrylu, to the Fontvieille ring
One of the most astonishing moments in this act is the balancing of Merrylu on the head of her husband, as he stands on two horses circling the ring.
While the Monte-Carlo Circus Festival wishes to highlight traditional circus, it is also a place for creation and innovation. The Organising Committee has also invited the Simet trio to the festival with their "Astronauts" act: the three Hungarian artistes perform gravity-defying aerial acts on their gigantic moving arc.
The International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo takes place from January 18 to 28 under the big top in Fontvielle. Tickets now available online.
Sipping my morning almond milk latte at Eqvita, I’ve just read yet another weight-obsessed headline ‘Delicious “fast day” meal plans that are just 800 calories’. And with the holidays around the corner, there can only be more media reminders that you need to fit into that dress for the annual Christmas tree auction at the Hotel de Paris.
Monaco in particular is a place where some are obsessed about looking their best – just read Louis Pisano’s Weekend Style Report and you’ll know what I mean.
But looking good is also about feeling good, and “800 calories a day” is not the way to get there. I used to count calories without fail, following the theory that low-calorie foods were healthy and high-caloric foods were bad, therefore the key to staying lean or losing weight was by doing a truckload of cardio and eating fewer calories.
Psychologically, when you break it down to food = calories and calories = bad, then it makes it impossible to have a good relationship with food and not feel guilty, even when eating something wholesome.
Focusing on calories means we often restrict healthy foods, which especially happens when it comes to fat. We often omit higher fat foods simply because they are high in calories without taking into consideration the benefits they bring – you stay fuller longer, absorb anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing antioxidants and get necessary fat-soluble vitamins.
Look at the French. They’ve always had a fondness for rich food and cooking from scratch and they haven’t done too poorly with the obesity crisis compared to most other countries. A report published in July 2017 on the “Most Obese Countries by Percentage” put the US at #19 with 33.7 percent of the population classified as obese. The UK comes in at #33 (28.1 percent) and France #66 (23.9 percent).
But, in terms of overall number of obese people, the US is number one with 73,872,022.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that in 2016, 39 percent of adults worldwide aged 18 years and over were overweight, and 13 percent were obese. Add to that the 41 million children under the age of 5 also overweight or obese.
WHO remains optimistic and says the obesity is preventible. So if calorie counting isn’t a good strategy, what is?
Count chemicals, not calories
Next time you’re in the cereal aisle at Carrefour, check the side of the box and you’ll find a list of unpronounceable ingredients that are more appropriate for cleaning the toilet than nourishing the cells of your body.
Dr Mark Hyman, a leader in functional medicine in the US, believes malnutrition causes obesity so as long as the body is not receiving the nutrients it requires to function, regardless of how many calories you give it, it will keep asking for more. And as processed foods are often stripped of their nutrients (even if they have been fortified with nutrients post-production), they will not be absorbed by your body in the same way as if they come from whole foods. It’s no wonder low-cal diet foods leave you hungry.
Eat real food
“If it comes from a plant eat it. If it was made in a plant don’t.” Our bodies were designed to digest natural whole foods. If your diet is diverse enough, it will provide you with the vitamins and nutrients you need, in a form you were designed to absorb them.
An advantage of buying organic and locally-sourced food, like at TO BE, means you can ask questions, and have interaction with the staff about where your food comes from.
Read the label
If and when you buy processed foods, check the ingredients, not the calories. A low-fat salad dressing may have fewer calories than olive oil and balsamic vinegar but it contains a truckload of chemicals that your body will be better without.
Go for nutrients over calories
Judge foods by the nutrients they can bring rather than the amount of calories they contain. Yes, an avocado is high in fat and in calories. So is a bowl of porridge but both contain a wealth of nutrients that are essential for your cells and that are likely to keep you fuller for longer than a bowl of low-calorie cereal.
Follow your intuition
Once you distance yourself from calorie counting and remove processed foods from your diet, your body will naturally tell you what it needs. You are also likely to experience a reduced sense of hunger. At this point the best strategy is to switch off your brain, forget 800-calories-a-day meal plans and to follow your intuition – eat when you are hungry!
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