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Alex Simring Biography

Alex Simring is the main contributor to this website. This is a journal and will cover some of the things that Alex is passionate about, such as health and fitness, cooking and running.  At the moment Alex is working on yoga and meditation, and that is why the website is described as a Journey to Discover. In this journal Alex will write about some of the day to day things that he has experienced and is learning. This journal is really just another way to keep track of what is happening day to day – and rather than write things down on paper only to find that he can’t read what he’s written, this will be the perfect way to keep a journal up to date!

 Education

The best way to start off learning about Alex Simring would probably be to start off with education. Alex started his education in a small country school called Annangrove Public School. Although it was a small local school, the teachers provided a great deal of care and Alex found this school to provide him with a great foundation. Alex also had quite a lot of home schooling. He was given Maths and English books to do homework from the age of 5, but the key here is that he was given the year above what he was in at school to do at home. This way Alex was easily able to do the work at school, and this was very important for building self confidence.

Alex also started playing the piano from the age of 4 and then the cello from the age of 5. It was the cello that he really took a shine to and ended up taking on cello lessons and practising an hour every day. Alex won a cello scholarship to Sydney Grammar School and eventually went on the study medicine at the University of New South Wales. He completed his medical internship and Physician training at Concord Hospital and then underwent specialist training and current works as a gastroenterologist.

Hobbies

Alex Simring has many hobbies and interests, but the one that is probably the most enduring is in health and fitness.Physical fitness is one of those paradoxical things – the more energy you spend on exercising, the more energy it gives you in return. The times when we feel the most sluggish is generally when we are the most inactive. Some of the best ways that Alex finds to get regular exercise include CrossFit, running and yoga. One of the best types of yoga that Alex did was a type of “hot” yoga – but not where the room is super hot 40 degrees like Bikram yoga, but the room is heated to a more modest 30 degrees. At this heat the body is supple and has a vigorous workout which creates the most energetic workout and feeling of well being. Starting the day at 5am with an hour meditation session followed by 1 1/2 hours of power yoga is one of the best ways to start the day!

Alex Simring’s Nutrition Tips

One of Alex Simring’s passionate areas of interest is nutrition. Nutrition plays one of the most important roles in disease prevention, however is commonly an overlooked part of conventional medicine. Alex believes that the basic fundamentals of eating should include eating foods which are whole foods, rather than foods which have been processed with all of the nutrients stripped out of them. Food consumption should be predominantly fruits and vegetables, with small amounts of meat used as a garnish, rather than as the main course. Alex believes that the ratio of eating foods is probably the wrong way around – rather than eating meat based meals with some vegetables on the side, the meal should be predominantly vegetable based with only small amounts, if any, of meat. Forget the high protein, low carb diets – these will definitely work to help you loose weight, but they are not the healthiest diets. Eat predominantly whole fruit and vegetables and you won’t go wrong!

 

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My name is Alex Simring, and this is my personal blog – something of a bit of an old diary where I write my thoughts from time to time. I can see that its actually been quite some time since my last entry and I think that’s perfect – just the way all journals should be! In all seriousness though I would like to keep a more regular update of what’s been happening.

I thought that I would start of just by posting a little bit of my background – where I was born, how I found things to be when I was growing up, where I studied and what I doing right now.

I will come back to fill out this section bit by bit, and try to keep it as updated as possible. I’ll also try to keep adding more information to the other parts of this blog. I want to use this as a forum to post some of my thoughts, in a journal style, in terms of what I’m currently doing. This will be mostly for me to look back on a see what I used to be like when I turn 80!

Just a quick little update on what I’m currently doing. So now, as per the journal format, it’s 13th August 2013, and I getting ready for the next day. I’m ready to embark on my next passion, and I think it’s going to be cooking again. Here is a picture to get things off to a flying start!

I have a special interest in personal development and self growth. There will be plenty of information on issues related to body and mind as well as health and fitness. There will also be a complete guide outlining step by step instructions on how to meditate. A series of articles will be posted on human motivation and how best to utilise it to achieve our goals.

There will be up to date information on issues related to health and fitness with a special emphasis on nutrition. Cooking tips and loads of valuable information will also be provided on food and wine.

I am also passionate about music and there will be detailed instructions focusing on the cello. Topics covered include a beginners guide to playing the cello and a musical appreciation of all things related to the cello.

This is a personal website where I can outline my passions and interests.

The following are websites which contain more information following the same theme.

1. THE HEALTH GURU

Optimal digestive health is an area that I am passionate about. Good eating forms the cornerstone for optimal health. There is an over emphasis on foods for convenience rather than on eating for good health. Foods these days are packaged, processed, refined and then stripped of all nutrients while being packed full of preservatives, chemicals and additives. This is what the modern consumer demands…convenience. High sodium and sugar content make foods flavourful but worsen cardiovascular disease and obesity.

There should be an emphasis on fresh seasonal whole foods. Anything that lives in a can is best left on the shelf. Eat foods which will perish unless consumed within a few days. Eating with the seasons is always the best advice, as not only is food more flavoursome, but it also contains peak amounts of nutrients. Try to eat more foods which contain colour. Reds, greens, blue, orange, purple… you name it – if it has colour then it’s bound to be packed full of anti-oxidants.

I have also written some useful information at the Health Guru. I have a special interest in eating foods for energy. Sugar seems to be the worst poison when it comes to draining energy. There is an excellent book called Sweet Poison by David Gillespie which outlines just how bad all of the fructose can be! I don’t necessarily think fructose is the only bad sugar, rather that all refined sugars have more or less the same bad health effects. There seems to be a trend in the recognition that high GI foods, refined sugars and carbohydrates have poor health outcomes. Over the past decade, the emphasis has slowly been shifting from low fat diets to low carbohydrate diets. I don’ think that there should be excessive limitations in any food group, but rather balanced healthy eating should be the cornerstone of optimal nutrition. Nevertheless, reducing refined sugars should be the number one health goal. This will not only improve insulin resistance and help reduce the development of the metabolic syndrome, but will also help reduce weight, improve energy levels and dampen that pesky sweet tooth!

Alex Simring also has a Facebook and Google+ profile.

I also thought it would be interesting to post this family tree. It’s always interesting to go back into the past and learn a little bit about where we came from. Here is my current family tree, but later I’ll try to post some older generations. It’s interesting to think that I haven’t heard of most of the people beyond the most recent generations, but I suppose that’s the way it often is.

 

 

I am located in Liverpool,NSW, Australia and can be best contacted on admin@alexsimring.com

Feel free to leave a comment on any of the articles and I hope you enjoy exploring my site.

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Alex Simring Cello Tips

If music is what interests you and playing a musical instrument is your dream, then there is no time better than right now to pick up one.  Other instruments such as the piano, guitar and drum may be more popular, but the cello continues to draw more and more new students and still remains a popular choice. Now, if this sounds interesting to you, it is necessary to first think hard and long whether you do actually want to learn this instrument or not. Keep in mind that learning to play the cello, or for that matter, any musical instrument, requires a lot of time and patience. You may want to hire a cello teacher to teach you how to play. These days, many people even try to learn playing a musical instrument by taking online lessons. There is no real substitute, however, for finding a great cello teacher and regular practise. Alex Simring will list some useful resources for learning how to play the cello is future posts.

Probably the best place for me to start is to outline a little bit about my own cello journey. I grew up in a musical household and there was always classical music playing in the background. I started playing the piano at the age of 4 and then went on to play the cello from age 5. I enjoyed playing music, so music lessons and practising were never a chore. My early piano teachers were not that fantastic, and so early on I never really took a strong liking to playing the piano. I went through the drill, learned to read and play music and gradually developed basic music skills which developed my ‘musical ear’.

Probably the most important factor in picking up and continuing the cello was my teacher. I was lucky enough to have a brilliant cello teacher and this is really what I believe what motivated me on my path. Finding a great teacher can be a difficult thing to do, in particular for an instrument like the cello. You need to find a teacher who is not only good at teaching, but is also a musician themselves. There is no point in finding a teacher who is a brilliant musician but has no interest in teaching students. Likewise, even if someone is a great teacher, if they don’t have musical skills themselves, you will never really get off to a good start. Since most people will be starting the cello at an early age, it is understandable that you are not going to go for the cello maestro! I think the best option would be to choose an aspiring cellist, but someone who hasn’t made it professionally…yet. You want someone who is young and ambitious – this energy is particularly important when starting a new instrument. You want someone who is talented and skilled. You want someone who is passionate about what they do – not just someone who is looking for some spare cash while they make their way through university. A real cellist, someone seeking a career as a professional cellist, someone who is actively performing as a soloist, in an orchestra or a quartet. This is the perfect person to choose, and the best place to find someone like that is go to the Conservatorium of Music.

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If you are anything like me and you have a young family, you may have put of having an outdoors type adventure holiday, and used the kids as an excuse to getting out and about! Although the resort style holiday is a fun one, sometimes it’s good to get off the beaten track and do something a little more adventurous. Here are some things that Alex Simring found helpful when planning these types of trips.

If you are going away on a long trip, it is really important to make sure that you’ve got lots of small activities for the kids to do. I mean more than just bringing the iPad of course! Just think of some simple things like bringing books to read, colouring pens to draw stuff with and some of their favourite board games such as Monopoly.

You also need to make sure that you have got at least the basic semblance of organisation. If you are taking a long car trip, make sure you think of somewhere to stop along the way to get lunch and to stretch you legs. If you are going somewhere new, have a look around beforehand to plan some great day trips. If you don’t have any plans at all, it’s all too easy just to sleep in and hang around all day.

Let me emphasise packing suitable snacks for any road trips of day time trips. You don’t want to have to rely on stopping of at McDonald’s or fill up on junk food at the nearest petrol station. Bring bottles of water and lots of fresh fruit. Rice crackers or corn chips can also be a tasty treat and help keep the munchies at bay.

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Something you might not think of bringing is a first aid kit. It’s always handy to have things like band-aids, panadol or nurofen, and any of the other basic stuff you might find in a first aid kit. Tweezers are also handy, and it’s always a good idea to bring a pair of scissors as well. Don’t forget to bring any medications you might normally take. For example, if your kids have asthma but don’t often use their puffers, it’s a good idea to take it anyway just in case. It’s also handy to know where the nearest local hospital is…. just in case.

Always make sure that you let someone know where you are going and that you are able to be contacted if needed. That will mean making sure to bring your mobile phone as well as your phone charger. Even though you will probably try to head off the beaten track, it’s still a good idea to bring your phone with you and stay in contact at all times.

Another advantage of an adventure holiday is that it helps to break the routine. If you are used to sleeping in on the weekends, then planning an active holiday may be just what you need to start getting into the routine of action packed weekends when you return from holidays. One thing which is very important is to learn how to wake up early, for if you get a late start to the day it is highly likely that even the best laid plans will go to waste.

Taking an adventure holiday can be lots of fun with a family, and it’s the kind of holiday they are likely to remember for ever. You want to make sure that you have planned all of the basics and remember that safety always comes first. Now stop making excuses and get that trip planned!

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Alex Simring has been doing some research on arthritis and understands that it can be a disabling disease, and although medical therapy is often needed different types of arthritis, such as inflammatory arthritis, there are still quite a lot of dietary measures which may help control symptoms. As with everything else on this website, this information is not meant to be medical advice, and consultation with your physician is always recommended. You can’t just take Alex’s word for it!

A lot of people have recommended a diet which is high in Vitamin C – Alex Simring generally takes between 2-4g per day -whether or not this specifically helps with arthritis is still not know for sure, but foods which contain high levels of vitamin C generally also have a lot of other nutritional benefits and are packed full of anti-oxidants. Vitamin C is supposed to play an important role in boosting the immune system and there is some evidence that it’s anti-oxidant power may help reduce the risk of certain cancers. Some foods which are high in Vitamin C include capsicum (yellow), and fruits such as guavas, kiwi fruit and strawberries. Leafy green vegetables such as kale, and broccoli also pack a great Vitamin C punch. The humble orange is a well known source of Vitamin C, but did you know that tomatoes, snow peas and papaya are also abundant sources of Vitamin C?

There are many nutritious foods which can help play a role in dealing with arthritis. Simring has written that many people will need to rely on medication to control arthritis, however it is also important to make sure that your diet contains foods which can also play an important role in helping to combat arthritis.

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Become an Early Riser

Let’s face it – some of us are early risers and waking up early comes all too naturally. I’m from that other camp of naturally late risers – never one to automatically jump out of bed without the alarm clock. There are many advantages to waking up that extra hour earlier, so many things that could be done. You could fit in an hour of exercise, or meditation and yoga. You could spend that hour doing a hobby, such as learning a language or you could even start a slow cook for the day and fill the house with wonderful aromas which will fill the house all day and welcome you home to a beautiful meal which was ready when you stepped through the front door! So this brings me to the first point of becoming an early riser.

1. Plan what you will be doing when you wake up

This is probably the most important first step. There is no point in deciding to wake up early, only to find that when you wake up you don’t have anything to do…. other than to go straight back to bed! You should think about planning the first hour in specific detail, so at least it gives you a guide of what to do when you wake up. Don’t neglect this first very important step. You might think that this is overkill and that you don’t have to make any such plans. Just remember that when you wake up early, your brain won’t be thinking straight. Even though you may have good intentions the night before, you can be guaranteed that when you wake up early, every fibre of your body will be screaming out to just go back to bed and get that extra hour of yummy sleep!

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