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 […]
I guess this describes me and probably more than just a few of you when it comes to Paleo. I read this recent article on someone who is an expert or at least very in to this way of eating. I have always thought that any approach which suggests eating more whole foods and closer to nature can’t be all bad 🙂 In fact, this seems like a seriously smart way to eat. Whilst I am not going to stop eating dairy, pasta, rice and grains any time soon I do see the sense in limiting these and for some people avoiding them would seem like a great move. Anyway check out this sensible piece from a blog I came across and a good summary of an intelligent alternative to the crappy way most people eat. Just think, over 60% of the population is obese and that probably didn’t happen from over eating vegetables and meat! Common sense folks. We need more of it.
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.
It amazes me how much time, effort and money people will spend looking for the pill that fixes their woes. Exercise is the simple answer. I cannot see a future where it will not be routine for doctors to ‘prescribe’ exercise as if it was some magic drug. It IS in fact one of the best natural drugs there is, fixing so many things that I don’t have space to list them. Add to the list – Inflammation. It seems as if this is the root cause of a bunch of problems. Check out this article for the physiological reasons that exercise reduces the markers of disease. You see it isn’t all about looking beautiful. If you care what is happening inside your body then read this interesting piece from our mates at Precision Nutrition.
I have been doing a bit of reading on this controversial area. Saturated fat has been painted as the bad guy for a long time, even saturated fat that comes from super natural foods like coconuts and avocado. My initial reaction is, ‘how could mother nature have given us something bad?’ I have always liked the very simplistic, ‘eat as close to nature as possible’ advice which would seemingly cause some problems due to the aforementioned ‘bad guy’ status of saturated fat. So, what to do? I think in the search for the right answer we like to look for a blanket statement that covers what we should do so we don’t have to think so hard anymore! Unfortunately lazy thinking usually leads to gaps in knowledge, some of which may be critical to health. This article from the Harvard School of Public Health looks at this subject in great detail and with some pretty solid references too. Although having read it I still have some reservations about what to do. Let me know what you think. p.s. My gut feeling is that trans fat truly is the evil one, with saturated fat still having a few questions marks hanging over it’s head. I would say good old unsaturated (poly and mono) fat untouched by heat or any chemically altering process, is perhaps the pure and chosen one!
It is easy to overthink this nutrition thing but the guidelines and strategy in this article help cut through the white noise of the numerous weekly magazines and television shows telling us something different every time. I love this post because it puts a visual to the instruction rather than a calculation. We tend to work by looking not adding up numbers when we choose food so you should find this really helpful when it comes to planning your meals. This article also addresses body types and each should eat appropriately. We all know there are those that can seemingly eat anything and have it not have any obvious adverse affects and those who just need to virtually look sideways at a doughnut and put on a kilo. Don’t you hate that?
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 […]