Nutrition - A Secret to Ultimate Health

There is no ONE diet that is going to fit everybody - but there are a few guidelines everyone can implement into their lifestyle!

Which one have you tried?

Get lean in six weeks. Bulk up for more muscles. Stay healthy. Eat like a Stone Age person. Eat more meat. Eat no sugar. Ear fruits. Eat no fruits. Eat fat. No fat is unhealthy. Fat makes you fat. Fat is healthy. Eat no or low carbs. Carbs make you fat. Carb the f*ck up. Carbs are good. Eat what you want. Eat only salad. Juice fast. Skip breakfast. No carbs past 4pm. No carbs for breakfast. By all means it NOOO gluten. Gluten is evil. Eat more protein. Protein is king. Vegan. Ketogenic. Vegetarian. IIFYM. Intermittent Fasting. Raw Till 4. Pescetarian. Low Fat. High Fat. Low Carb. High Carb….

The list is endless. And there is an industry trying to manipulate each and every single one of us to follow a certain guideline of what to eat.

The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine. Or the slowest form of poison.
— Amy Wigmore

Food for thought.

How much one should eat depends on the calories burned throughout the day. Obviously that depends on the activity level of a person. Most of you already know this, so I am not getting into that now. If you want to find out more about your calories intake vs outcome in order to reach a certain goal - watch our YouTube Video.

BUT the more important question is - WHAT SHOULD ONE EAT? Let us start with the protein myth. It is often thought that — especially as an athlete, or someone who’s really active and into sports — PROTEIN is king and everybody needs hundreds of grams of protein per day. And while it is true that protein is important for all sort of functions in the body and is essential for us to survive and to build muscle, it is probably one of the biggest myths in the food and fitness industry that you need to eat up to 2 or 2.5g per kg of body weight of protein a day. There has no one every died of a protein deficiency (as far as I know) who has been eating a healthy lifestyle. It is almost impossible to under-eat protein, EVEN when on a plant based or vegan diet!! No Kidding.

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Plant Based Protein sources:

  • legumes (beans, lentils)

  • whole grains (rice, quinoa)

  • raw protein powder (Sunwarrior)

  • Nuts (also high in fat)

 

Next I want to get into Dairy products. I don’t know why sooooo many people and you may be one of them consumes huge amounts of dairy products and probably highly processed dairy products, such as cheese, butter and any kind of sweets (bakery, cookies, cakes, chocolate…). The majority of people in the fitness industry consume dairy in one form or another as protein (Whey protein, Casein). Which is even more processed. Just because it’s labeled protein, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. When you really want to get into dairy products and why you should avoid them in detail click this link. Obviously, dairy is consumed in far greater amounts now than it used to be 100 years ago. And kids grow up having all kind of diseases which weren’t common 100 yeas ago either (true, it’s not all the fault of dairy consumption). We (as mammals) are supposed to be weaned at a certain age, just as any other mammal on this planet as well. Humans basically invented the dairy industry in order not to get weaned EVER, but since we cannot drink our mothers’ milk forever we need other pregnant mammals to get the milk we need so badly for our cereal, coffee or cake... Rethink your choices. Lots of processed food, lots of processed dairy and lots of people consuming more because it tastes good rather then because it feels or does good.


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Fruits and Vegetables. Vegetables are good, but apparently not all of them at least when following certain diets (Ketogenic diet). Fruits are the real bad boy. Avoid fruits and you will find your health (sarcasm, in case you couldn’t tell). Fruits and vegetables are probably one of the most natural and finest foods homo sapiens can eat. They provide us with carbohydrates, fats and protein, lots of vitamins and micro nutrients that are essential for our body. You think cows produce calcium? Guess you are wrong. Calcium is found in every green leafy plant. The cows consume calcium rich grass (or it’s added to their growth food), but we can also eat spinach or any other green vegetable and get calcium straight from the source itself. Sooo are veggies “good” or “bad” ? 100% good for you. Can you overeat veggies? Probably not. They are pretty high in volume and you will feel fuller after a bowl of veggies than after any burger from a junk food chain. What about fructose the sugar found in fruits? When sugar is bad for us, fruits must be bad for us as well… I guess its not that easy. Fruit doesn’t come with extracted sugar, fructose is included in the fruit and comes along with fibre, nutrients, vitamins, etc. When we eat fruit, the blood sugar spike isn’t as high as if you would eat pure sugar, sweets or similar processed sugary food. That is because it comes in a full combo and is actually super healthy. Moreover fruit is optimal fuel for our body, because it provides us with “fast” energy.


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Eat fat and become fat. Some people believe that eating fat will make you fat. Just like others believe that carbs make one fat. Neither is the case. It all comes down to calorie intake vs calorie outcome. It’s that simple. Nonetheless I would recommend looking at the quality of the fat you consume. There are saturated fats which are mostly (but not only) found in animal products, unsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. I follow a whole plant based diet and basically don’t eat any saturated or trans fats. Even if you are not plant based I would suggest to get most of the fat intake from plants and focus on unsaturated and polyunsaturated (omega 3 and omega 6) for optimal health. Fats are super important for the body, our digestion (some vitamins are only soluble in fat) and overall health.


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Our Choice Matters

focusing more on plant based, unprocessed, natural and organic energy sources is the best way to gain best health, strength and longevity. By opting for a more plant based lifestyle we not only improve our own lives, but can help save our planet stay healthy by saving water, reducing greenhouse gas emission, saving animals from going extinct (caused by us humans) and protecting natural habitats from being destroyed.

As consumer, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy.
— Emma Watson
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