by Jude Jacob Kayton July 01, 2020
About me:I was born in Jamaica and lived in 5 different countries by the time I was 16. At the end of 2018, I decided to get back to my roots and move to the Netherlands, where I now train daily, with the goal of making it to as many Olympic Games as my body will let me.
Skincare & Beauty
I used to suffer from bad acne and used prescription products. I would get acne on my back from sweating. I tried pretty much every product out there and when FRÉ reached out I thought it would be just another product that didn’t work for me, but FRÉ was the most positive skincare experience I’ve had with any company.
I’ve been using the products since 2016 and today my skin is clear.
Daily skincare routine
When I wake up, I wash my face with warm and then cold water; I don’t use any products at all. Next, I apply PROTECT ME and go to my practice session. When I get back I wash my face with PURIFY ME, and then reapply PROTECT ME. At night, after I shower I put on RECOVER ME - it’s my favorite FRÉ. I love how it feels, and it moisturizes without being oily.
I make my own body moisturizer, although I do it less now because I usually use FRÉ’s GLOW BODY. I melt beeswax, then add coconut oil followed by some almond oil and a few drops of essential oils. It’s quite heavy, so I only use this once a week.
Competing in 2016
My Olympic experience was incredible. Many times I thought, “wow, this is what I’ve been dreaming about for so long.” The actual competition went by so quickly. Overall, it was the experience of a lifetime. A couple of my really good friends also qualified at the same time, so I got to be in the Olympic Village with some of my favorite people in the world.
The following year, 2017, was a really tough year for me. I had injured my ankle and had several bone bruises that required cortisone injections. I also injured my back and had to have an epidural.
Ultimately, it made me more respectful to my body. When I was first a student athlete at age 16, I could do anything and not really feel it or get injured, but by 2017, I was older and my body was older, too. This was a hard lesson for me to accept, but an important one.
The pandemic started right at the end of the Indoor Track & Field Season, which is when most people would go to training camps to prepare for the outdoor season. We were planning a camp in South Africa, but of course, everything had to be cancelled. All this uncertainty during the Outdoor Track & Field season means there are fewer chances to qualify for Tokyo. Right now, we don’t know for sure what will happen; there might be competitions in August.The most important thing now is getting the opportunity to qualify.
My biggest mantra is “something is always better than nothing.” Since I’m an athlete for a living, in a rest period, I either get really anxious or I completely turn off and I’m on vacation. Neither extreme is healthy. What’s best is to move a little. A bit of stretching, yoga or core to feel good is great, you don’t have to make huge strides every day.
The latest cooking tip I’ve discovered for myself is about prep work. When you are in the mood to cook, take advantage of it for the times you don’t feel like it. In the morning, I'm in the mood for cooking, so I chop veg and get things ready for lunch time when I’m at my busiest and don’t have time for food prep.
I try to keep my fridge stocked to the max with fruit and vegetables: they are so nutritionally dense. I like volume and a lot of food. I hate the feeling of not having enough food on my plate, so I try to choose food I can eat in large quantities!
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