“What Is Good Nutrition, and How Do You Fit It Into Your Daily Lifestyle?”
“We All Want To Look And Feel Incredible.Know Your Nutrition, And It Will Become So Much Easier To Do.”
It's something I think we all know about inherently, but choose to ignore because we say we don’t have time, or my kids are fussy etc, etc, etc.You do know it’s all just excuses.
I think if you ask yourself these questions, your mindset will start to shift, and you will make a conscious effort to eat and supplement better, and ensure your family does too.
If you answered yes to any of these questions then this article is for you.
It’s hard these days to know what to believe. There is so much information out there, that sometimes it can feel overwhelming, and basically, just too hard to even try.There are often conflicting views on health and nutrition.What we would like to do is just make it easier for you to understand and implement into your life.
We will tell you what we know, and what we have experienced.
Our story:I have been interested in health since I first joined the Sharper Image Gym with my mom when I was around 17 – so it’s been over 20 years.
Doing a gym circuit changed the whole shape of my body and I will never forget how amazed I was at the transformation.Nothing but weight training can do that – you can firm up and lift your butt ladies.
You can get rid of saddlebags. You can do so much to your body with weights.
I have been overweight, and trim – so I can relate to most ladies out there.I have tried a lot of diets, so I can relate to those who keep trying and failing.
Lawrence has also been into fitness since a teenager – his mission was to gain weight and get bigger as most guys want to do.He however noticed most guys have big upper bodies and small legs, so he made sure he was in proportion – big legs was a mission for him, And he succeeded.
He has even written a short book on how to train and grow your legs – for the guys. It will be out soon.
He has also competed and trained fitness athletes, both men and woman, so when he gives you dietary advice, listen with both ears. He has been there.
Nutrition Is the Macro and Micro Nutrients the Human Body, Aka YOU, Needs To Function Daily At An Optimal Level.
So Basically You Feel Good and Not Like Crap. And You Stay Alive. Bonus.
And did you know the body would prefer to store everything as fat, as this is its’ built in mechanism of survival. Sad but true.
It does not know that there is a supermarket you can get to at any time to stock up – no, it must try store everything just in case of worldwide famine! L
Anything you eat or drink makes the body do 1 of 2 things – it either gets stored as fat in your fat tissue or it converts to energy. And guess what happens most of the time…..yep….fat storage for that worldwide famine around the corner.
GI is the Glycemic
of food and how it affects the way, what you put into your body is used – aka
fat storage or energy fuel.
And we all thought that if a label on anything said Low GI we were all good……Yep, we all did.
Well the sad fact it is not, AND just when you thought it was all about GI………along comes some genius at a lab that tells us that the GI is only a part of it, and it’s not entirely accurate!! I know – how do they expect us to get anything right!
You now have to take into account the GL which is the Glycemic Load.
It’s a new concept originally developed by scientists from Harvard University USA.
The GL takes into account the carbohydrates per serving. So a food that is listed as high GI might have a low GL – yep – fun times when you are trying to eat right and keep your blood sugar stable.
So if a food or drink is High GI and High GL it goes for option number 1 – FAT STORAGE.
If it is Low GI and Low GL it goes for option number 2 – FUEL – whoohoo. That’s what we want.
It is best to avoid foods listed as high GI – but not all are bad if consumed in moderation.It’s all about how quickly your blood sugar is raised.
Hold on, it’s not that simple – most people consume foods/drinks that lead to FAT STORAGE.
So this is where you need to know what to consume more of, or less of in order to help you stop everything being stored as FAT.
You need to consume Carbohydrates, proteins and fats daily.
It is very important to remember that protein is a very essential macro nutrient and if the body is not getting enough protein it literally dies. Yes – you will wither away.
It’s used in tissue synthesis, muscles, organs, endocrine glands, bones, teeth, skin, hair, blood cells and serum.
Adults and especially children need protein daily.
Every living cell and almost all body fluids contain protein.
The protein in all body cells needs to be replaced continuously throughout life. When protein enters the body, it is broken down into amino acids.
Bla bla bla – EAT YOUR PROTEIN!
All natural occurring fats can basically be divided into three main groups, polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) and saturated fats. All these fats perform certain functions, but some can be eaten in larger quantities than others.
Saturated fats are not good so all the fat on the meat you eat – you know who you are, will clog your arteries and affect your health when you are older. You do want to see your grandkids grow up don’t you?
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, good fats as we call them, should be eaten daily, as they are used by the body for many valuable functions that contribute to optimal health. Load up on your avocados!
Remember though, that even good fats are still fattening and cannot be eaten in excess – well not if you are trying to lose weight.
Whatever diet/plan you currently follow – if it says eat lots of fat, just remember what we said.
These are your Vitamins, Minerals and Electrolytes. Most people do not take any, and that is the BIGGEST MISTAKE you can make.
They are essential for sustaining human life, as they play a vital role in many biochemical processes in the body.
Seriously – you need to supplement – the soil is not as fertile and rich with minerals as it once was.There is pollution and chemicals everywhere.
You do not eat 10 different fruits and vegetables every day! Seriously I know you don’t. Don’t even try and justify this by saying you eat an apple a day, and salad – that does not cut it.
Every other story these days is about someone dying of cancer – do you really think there isn’t a link between food and cancer?
Vitamins are organic compounds that are essential in very small amounts for supporting normal physiological function.
We need vitamins in our diets, because our bodies can’t synthesize them quickly enough to meet our daily needs.
Vitamin deficiencies can create or exacerbate chronic health conditions.
Vitamins are generally categorized as either fat soluble or water soluble depending on whether they dissolve best in either lipids or water.
I have started reading a book called “The Optimum Nutrition Bible” by Patrick Holford - The founder of the institute for optimum nutrition.
It’s an amazing book!!! And in it he tells you why you HAVE to take vitamins and minerals.
Here are a few quotes from his book that will really make you think about supplementing!
“Conventional medicine recommends drugs to lower blood pressure, but little heed is paid to dietary factors. Beetroot juice lowers blood pressure, as does Vitamin C. A mere 500mg of Vitamin E reduces the risk of heart attack with those with cardiovascular disease by 75%!!!!!!”
“Contrary to popular belief the risk of death from many common types of cancer is increasing, not declining. Dr Lee believes the major cause of breast cancer is ‘unopposed oestrogen’, (normally balanced in the body by progesterone). Stress, for example raises levels of the hormone cortisol which compete with progesterone. Xenoestrogens from the environment, found in pesticides and plastics, can damage tissue and lead to increased cancer risk. There are also nutritional elements to consider.”
“With all of this in mind it is easy to understand why the average person today is destined to live to a measly 75 years and spend the last 20 (So from 55!), in poor health.
It is a medically established fact that a healthy human lifespan should be at least a hundred years old!”
“A man’s lifespan has only increased by 2 years since 1920 – from 72 to 74. With all the medical advances ask yourself why this is?”
starts with small changes. They will all make a difference.
We do offer different eating plans to help give you a base to start with.
When you become a member you will have access to these and all our workout programs too.
We are still building pages with information for you, so if you do have any nutritional questions please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s to your health and improved vitality!
For the geeks that want to know the science behind GI and GL go to this site – there is a whole institute dedicated to Glycemic research – Imagine that. http://www.glycemic.com/glycemicindex-loaddefined.htm