The Edinburgh Food Porn Interviews – Catherine Wright :o)

Dirty Food Porn Excesses at Leo and Ted’s with Edinburgh Personal Trainer Matt Lazenby, Coffee Lover, Bagel Eater and Fairly Frequent Blogger! :o)

Hurray! The second of The Food Porn Interviews is here 🙂 Those of you who have no idea what on earth I’m on about had better go and read The Edinburgh Food Porn Interviews – Me :o)  You can also check out the first of The Food Porn Interviews featuring Sandy Forsyth here! 🙂

Destination Leo and Ted’s!

IMG_4019This time I headed off to Leo and Ted’s for coffee and bagels with Catherine Wright. I’ve known Catherine for a number of years now and she is one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever met! She’s beautiful, charming, intelligent and passionate as well as being multi talented (check out her website!) and a great deadlifter! 🙂 That’s enough from me though, here’s what Catherine had to say! 🙂

Who Are You and Why Are You Here? 😀

This sounds like a very existential question!
Who am I and why am I here?
Oh!! you mean
Who am I and why am I in Leo and Ted’s with Matt!

I am Catherine Wright. I am a Movement Medicine teacher, and I’ve been training with Matt for years now. One of the reasons it seems like a good plan to meet to chat is that we have to use quite a lot of self-discipline not to chat when we are supposed to be exercising!!
Especially when we disagree.
And (of course) in the gym… Matt’s the boss. I have to stop arguing about …the meaning of life… and get on with my squats!
So it is good to meet on ‘neutral ground’ when I get to talk as much as I like.
He’s asking the questions, so I get to talk…. Maybe 🙂
(We are both quite opinionated, so I doubt if I will get it all my own way!)

What Does Your Current Exercise Program Look Like?

I keep meaning to do more… but this is what I currently do.Leo and Ted's
I meet Matt twice a week. We have a rounded flexible programme of exercises, some with weights, some using my body weight. We work hard. Usually quite a lot of sweat splashed on the floor!!
And I go to yoga twice a week.
And I do a bit of dancing most days.

The “more” I keep meaning to do….
I dip in and out of cycling as a means of transport in the city.
And I love hill walking.
Even a quick trot up Arthur’s Seat is enough to blow the cobwebs away.

And I keep meaning to get to the gym to do a proper cardio workout a couple of times a week.
And I keep meaning to make a regular commitment to a dance class! (Someone else’s dance class. Jigging about behind the DJ desk isn’t very intense exercise!)

This meeting may just be the kickstart I need….
It’s kind of embarrassing to notice the gap between the honest answer to that question and what I would wish the truth to be!!

Any Exercise Related Thoughts You’d Care To Share?

Exercising our bodies is ABSOLUTELY VITAL as far as I am concerned.IMG_4016
We live in an era when (most of us) don’t HAVE to do any exercise in order to have shelter and eat and keep warm.
But our bodies were ‘designed’ to fetch and carry…. to run…. to haul water and wood… and to garden.
All of these activities would keep us fit and supple.
For those of us whose lifestyle is sedentary… I think we get sick if we don’t exercise.

I think we are basically embodied beings.
If we don’t move our bodies we miss out on most of who we are.
It is easy to treat our bodies as if they were complex machines to carry our heads about. But they aren’t!! There is more wisdom in our bellies and our arms than there is in our heads.

(Matt and I had a good old wrangle about how “simple” or “complex” we ‘umans are.)

This is my tuppenceworth!
At one level it is very simple. We are one of many life forms. For the moment, life is manifest in me. And while I live, I behave in line with natural laws, much of the time without my really understanding what’s driving me. And then I will die… and the life force that animates me will manifest somewhere else.
At the root of it we are are flesh and blood, bones and muscles. We are PART of the natural world.

But, while it is very simple at one level, I think that humans have an amazing capacity to mesmerise ourselves with theories and complications and judgements and regrets.  And in particular, we have a habit of thinking of ourselves as SEPARATE from the rest of the natural world.

I think that the more time we spend with our awareness in our bodies, the easier it is to come to terms with our essential nature. That “awareness in our bodies” might be lifting weights… or yoga… or running… or climbing mountains… or DANCING!!

I teach a dance practice called Movement Medicine. Like all other forms of exercise, Movement Medicine offers an invitation to us to be more aware of our true nature. Movement Medicine keeps bringing us back to the moving breathing living body that we are. It invites us to dance deep into the experience of moving our own bodies with awareness. In Movement Medicine there is some theory and thoughts and ideas about what it is to be human. But mostly it is a practice…. We use movement and music and imagination to fall in love with ourselves. And to become more of who we are.

In the words of the song
“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
And where you invest your love, you invest your life”

I think it is a massive loss in terms of the meaning of our lives if we forget about what it is to be embodied. And for many of us, exercise is the easiest, cheapest quickest way to ramp up our awareness of our true nature.

What Does Your Current Nutritional Program Look Like?

That’s a hard question.IMG_4018

I have a really challenging relationship with food.
The gap between how I eat and how I would like to eat is very W I D E
Much wider than the gap between my ‘current exercise program’ and my desired current exercise programme.

The real truth for me is that it is difficult to see food as simple nutrition. Over the years, it has got a bit skewed. I think it is natural to enjoy eating. And I think it is healthy to enjoy eating. AND….. I think that (for me) food has become separated from nutrition to a large extent.

I do eat because I am hungry.
But I also eat because I am sad or bored or resentful.
And I want to eat things because I like how they are in my mouth…. Even when I don’t much like how they are in my belly.

So, I am work in progress on this front.

What’s More Important, Diet or Exercise?

They are BOTH important, in my opinion.
Exercise is vital, in many senses of that word.
And…. in a very real sense…. you are what you eat.

What Did You Think Of  The Food @ Leo & Teds?

Matt here! 🙂 I liked Leo and Teds. It’s and excellent coffee shop with a great atmosphere – very chill and relaxing – and I like the design and furnishings too – very creative use of a ladder for lighting! 🙂 The staff were friendly and helpful aka great customer service and my coffee and bagel were both good too. While not strictly food porn as far as I’m concerned I would recommend popping in for a coffee and a cake if you’re in the area! 🙂

Over and Out! 🙂

I don’t know about you but I’ve got quite an appetite now so I’m going to go and grab some food! 🙂 Pop and like my FB page if you want to keep up to date with what I’m up to and don’t forget to Contact Me if you need anything! 🙂