Your diet is more important than you think. Don’t believe me? Just look around you. Everywhere you look people are diseased. Everybody thinks it’s just Americans that are fat. Unfortunately it’s time for a wake up call. EVERY country is riddled with obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and cancers to name but a few. It’s time everybody took a long hard look at themselves and grew the f up.
I find it hard to see a single in shape, healthy person around me these days. Everybody has some sort of dysfunction they just don’t know it yet. The problem I have with this however is that you accept pain, you accept disease, you accept dysfunction all as if they were synonymous with your existence. Listen up;
You are NOT supposed to be in constant pain
You are NOT supposed to be diseased
The problem is, these issues have in fact become synonymous with daily life. We are all dumb as f**k. The media has you thinking you must eat every low fat, low cholesterol, low carb, high in whole grains food in the supermarket. What they fail to tell you is that we have slowly been conditioned to shop for nutrients rather than actual food. As a result instead of looking in the whole foods, butcher or fruit & veg sections you are programmed to head straight to the aisle boasting all these nonsense claims.
How is it nobody ever thinks; vegetables don’t make health claims, fruits don’t make health claims, fresh meat and fish don’t make health claims, so by technicality you do not need them, right?
As a general rule; if a food makes any sort of health claim, it is NOT HEALTHY. You should shop for whole nutritious foods, not ‘nutrient dense’ non-foods.
You know better.
Use your brain, we all know who controls the world; industry. If industry is unhappy with things like health regulations they kick up a fuss and these regulations are reworded to keep industry happy, and guess what? It works and is successfully fooling every single one of you.
If all these foods were good for you then why in the world are you fat and sick?
Take home message? Educate yourself. Stop letting billion euro industries educate you.
There is a direct correlation between trans fats and heart disease. There is a direct correlation between refined carbohydrates and type II diabetes. There is a direct correlation between these ‘nutrients’ and decreased overall function.
What does all this mean you ask? It means not only will you be fat and sick but your brain function will plummet. Goodbye mental clarity, goodbye good health, goodbye good body, hello your miserable self.
Ever wonder why peoples relationships become more and more bitter as the years go by? I’d be willing to bet there is a direct relationship between your diet and exercise and your relationship quality. The poorer these two variables the poorer you quality of life meaning you are less fun, you have no energy, your libido is non-existent and as I already said your relationships take a turn for the worse.
Two hip surgeries in 6 weeks, and an equally brutal diet during that time has destroyed my motivation (I used to be the most motivated man on the planet), made me incredibly unproductive, given me a chubby, bloated appearance and an awful outlook on life and made me a misery to be around.
As such, I can certainly relate with you. I got the biggest kick in the teeth today and it has made me realise I need to get my act together. It’s now 9 pm so as of first thing in the morning my diet will be cleaned up (I will be posting it weekly on my facebook page and to be honest my productivity has already improved. The reason I am posting it on my facebook page is to create accountability. You are going to keep me accountable. This is something I recommend you all incorporate; get a training partner, tell everybody your goals, this will keep you accountable and help you stay on track.
I have no doubt you are wondering, what is the optimal diet? The answer is this;
There is no perfect diet.
All you can do is try to improve it as best as possible. Here are a list of rules I suggest adhering to;
#1 No refined carbohydrates (chocolate, cereals, breads, rubbish pastas, bakery foods and pretty much everything else with more than 3 ingredients.
#2 No trans fats. These are lethal. These will kill you and give you the memory of a goldfish and riddle your body with pain (arthritis among other issues). You will find them in most packaged goods such as; crisps, chocolate bars, fast foods, margerine, pot noodle. This is by no means an exhaustive list but hopefully you get the point.
#3 Limit your fruit intake. I say this because I firmly believe a good appearance is central to feeling good. This is not up for debate; fruit CAN make you fat.
#4 Overeat vegetables. No explanation needed. These are vital to your good function. They will fill you up, provide you with excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fibre (nobody want to be constipated).
As an aside, how often do you go use the toilet for a ‘number 2’ as my father quite eloquently puts it? I suggest atleast TWICE each day.
#5 Stop falling for absurd health claims on foods– they are as I said; absurd and the primary reason for your terrible body, terrible health, god awful brain and consistent grumpy face.
#6 Don’t drink milk. No doubt this is going to hit a few nerves. The only milk you should be having is breast milk, and since that is a bit weird after two years of age I suggest cutting is altogether. Milk has actually been shown to increase incidence of osteoporosis (brittle bones), heart disease, type II diabetes among a range of others (who would have though). The only milk you should drink is almond milk. I do not however suggest buying it at the supermarket as just like everything else it is laden with an array a non nutrients. Make it yourself. I will do a video during the week showing you exactly what to do.
#7 Don’t overeat at night. You will spike your body’s blood glucose levels which in turn will spike your body’s blood insulin levels which in short is less than conducive to good health. Read this post and watch this video for a better understanding.
#9 Eat slow releasing, high fibre carbs- the one’s that don’t make health claims. Examples include; kidney beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, sweet potatoes, quinoa and lentils. Read this post for more info.
#10 Stop drinking so much- moderation please.
#11 Lastly, EXERCISE.
Take home points; MAN UP and read more and remember what I said; your diet is more important than you think.