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Nutrition

02/12/2015
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Meal prep made easy

A big part of a healthy life is eating nutritious food. Most of us know what to do, it is just the doing part that can be tricky. Right? Sure there are tricky methods to rip up for your next body building competition, but I am guessing that is relevant to exactly none of our followers. Okay, maybe one or two but for the rest of you, you don’t need to make it complicated at all. It is about habits of time saving preparation methods and cooking for more than just one meal for optimal meal prep. Organisation is obviously key for this. I know that most of you reading this are professionals. You know your job really well. You would never think of not being organised for important aspects of your role. Let’s borrow that habit of yours and put it into your diet approach. As you know, I studied Precision Nutrition and I receive simply fantastic tools and strategies from them all the time. I am not into reinventing the wheel, and when I find A-grade information I want you to have it. Check out their infographic on meal prep that you can easily print out and keep in your kitchen. My psychology training tells me that if you see something enough, it will begin to seep into your subconscious – and when you start doing, you start to get into the groove of the behaviour. If you want to be truly healthy, then getting on top of this eating thing will be top of your list. I […]
21/11/2015
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Is calorie counting dead?

You know what? I think it is. A calorie is no longer a calorie. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that calorie counting is notoriously inaccurate and secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it is dead boring, so no-one can really stick with it for long. I will not deny that I have used this method of counting calories in the past with clients because at the time I felt that level of detail was important for that individual and it really did work for a certain type of personality. Even though the actual number of calories in food may be an inexact methodology, the ‘awareness’ that one food is way more energy dense than another is well worth knowing and is something that can scientifically be shown. There is no denying that if you consume more energy than you expend you will put on weight. The problem is in the fact that some people metabolise food more efficiently than others, so putting numbers on what can be eaten before putting on weight is very individual. So what is the solution? The boys at Precision Nutrition have come up with a very simple way to calculate what your portion sizes for what eating should look like. I love simple, and the visual is something that sticks and is a great reference point you will be able to use anywhere and keep using. Don’t get hung up on the man/woman thing either. Obviously your size, no matter what your gender will be relative and this method still makes […]
06/08/2015
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Consistency pays off – a new healthy lifestyle

A new healthy lifestyle… One of the things that gives us great satisfaction and in fact is the reason we do what we do, is seeing clients/members of ours achieve big goals. Now, it is not always about fat loss and massive body transformation, but it is always about simply ‘feeling better’. Brett Campbell started with us about 12 months back and has actually achieved both of these things. Check out the picture below to see the change he has experienced. It is very inspiring. And what is even more inspiring is that he is still going  – he is building more strength after a great initial effort and continually improving his nutrition and activity levels. Life is feeling much better with 20+kg less, a slimmer waist and more energy. Good on you Brett for finding that new healthy lifestyle! It is now your new habit which means will power is no longer needed. It’s just what–you–do.  
26/06/2015

Where do you wear your carbs?

Where do you wear your carbs? Now this is a question I’m sure many people are very interested in…  There is a lot of confusing information out there about diet and eating. Make no mistake – the ‘weight loss’ business has been (and will continue to be) a huge industry. Why though? Why is this the case? If what they are selling is so good, why hasn’t someone come up with the answer yet thereby effectively ending the prolific amount of information written on the subject?? The answer is that it is a self perpetuating business model. What I mean is that what they are collectively suggesting creates short term but unsustainable results, which inevitably leads to snap back. And not only does the weight snap back, it comes back with interest… The reason is that most diets create a metabolic environment that makes long term fat loss (which is what the whole thing should be about) harder and harder. Talk about an ingenious business model… Give quick, short term joy only to take it away (thus creating the need again) and offer the same thing again in a new form that seems appealing all over. We all recognize the need within ourselves for novelty and fresh ideas to keep us interested. What do I suggest then? Stop looking for the easy answer. As a mate of mine once told me when I was learning how to work on my old timber boat, “the shortcut you are looking for will be the long cut you were trying to avoid. Do […]
28/10/2013

Good news for bacon and butter lovers

One of the great things about doing what I do is that you get exposed to a lot of great information…ahead of time. And the one thing that studying 3 science type degrees showed me is that you need to keep an open mind when trying to understand various things in this world. Another point I would like to preface this blog entry today with, is that I am always suspicious where there is a lot of money being made from the heavy promotion of a product by the guys in the white jacket. Case in point this issue about saturated fat, heart disease and cholesterol medication. The boys and girls (precision nutrition, 180 nutrition, Mercola) I have been reading for sometime now have said, ‘hey things may not be what they seem when it comes to “prevailing” thought on these matters’. So it was with great interest that I saw the documentary on Catalyst. You should check this out if you are on a statin medication in particular and if you have any interest in what is ‘healthy’ when it comes to foods like margarine and butter. As usual it looks like keeping it simple is a much better health strategy but you will have to watch this to know what I am talking about.
05/06/2013

What you eat is a big deal!

A lot of you will know that I have been banging on about nutrition for sometime and to be honest I have done enough study on it to be almost another degree. I have tried every system out there to teach it too. There are some good ones and some not so good. One system that I will not name seemed really good at first. The principles were in alignment with what I knew to be true from other verified sources but it had one major flaw. “It’s this way or it’s nothing!” This strident approach might work for a small minority but unfortunately it was just a little too militant in it’s teachings for me. So in my quest for more useful information for you my clients I continued the hunt. Luckily I came across and studied these guys I have been referring to for a while now. Check this article by founder John Beradi which clarifies the whole philosophy succinctly and explains how intermittent fasting, paleo and vegan can sit nicely in to this approach. It is a system I now confidently hang my hat on. Check it and let me know what you think. I am a do what I do kind of guy and leading by example, which is why I am inviting 7 other guys with an inkling for change and high achievement from July 8 to join me in doing something cool over an 11 week time frame. It is not just for anybody but 40+ years of age bloke, good to get on […]
14/05/2013

Cycling is the new golf!

Look, you don’t have to spray on the lycra to be a cyclist. In fact I am happy to see you with a basket on the front, bread stick poking out and whirly gigs on the wheels! I would just like you to join us in the Brissie to Bay ride on June 23. One of my goals last year was to get more participants from Best Practice on a bike and cycling those amazing legs for 10, 25, 50 or even 100k. Join our team here and make somebody proud! Remember, there’s no point in looking all buff and beautiful in the gym if you don’t get out and show it off. Put on your lycra if you have to….. or not. Just saddle up and do something cool on a Sunday morning. I look forward to seeing you there.
30/04/2013

Changing habits, changing lives.

I attended a ‘weight loss’ conference last Friday. There were some industry experts there including the author of a fantastic book on nutrition of this blog’s title, Cyndi O’Meara. More on this amazing book in a minute. This conference was super interesting as professionals from psychology, naturopathy, chiropractic, personal training, nutrition, exercise physiology and life coaching from around Australia got together to tackle the issue of how we as a nation are going to stem the rising tide of the obesity epidemic. No one can argue with the appropriateness of this term ‘epidemic’ with 62% of all Australians either overweight or obese. It is said by 2020 that it is likely this number will increase to 80%! If you don’t think this is going to impact every aspect of how we live then you would be very mistaken. Think budget costs for health care exploding as we deal with more and more lifestyle related diseases, think remodeling the design of planes, buses etc with bigger seats, think drug company profits, think depression and the effect on families….. think catastrophe. Anyway this article is not about the conference (that is another blog entry) but about the book, Changing habits, changing lives. You really need to read this book. I only just got it on Friday and I am close to finishing it. Once caveat is this though, the concepts will challenge you and if you aren’t open minded there is a danger of throwing up your arms and saying, this is just too hard. I really hope you don’t do that […]
03/04/2013

Pilates Myths

This is a great post about the funnily named ‘Pilates’ Remember we have our first course for some time starting April 18. 2 spaces left only. Check out more about it here and or book the last remaining space if you are fast!