Tag: Health Tips

16 Health Tips (I’d have given to a younger me…)

Knowing what I know now, this is the health advice I’d give to the younger me… (Don’t take them literally, see what thoughts and feelings they provoke for you if you are looking to make changes…)

The Younger Me:

(on the left)

38" waist at 15 years old, I was not happy with it and didn't know what to do. The marketers at that time were pushing fat free, which only contributed to my obesity.

38″ waist at 15 years old, I was not happy with it and didn’t know what to do. The marketers at that time were pushing fat free, which only contributed to my obesity.

 

1) When your dad needs it, get him medicinal marijuana, maybe some CBD oil, it will help him.

marijuana leaf rich eats

2) Marketers are very clever and they sell you, not only shit you don’t need, but shit that could ruin your life, even kill you. WOW it would be funny if it were not true.

2b) Don’t believe their lies. Scientific studies and the media can be and ARE bought. There is even an official name for the manipulation of the media (including Wiki, social media and the internet), it’s called ‘Astroturfing’ click on this to see the article / TED talk on Astroturfing

3) You are forever changing and so the answer you have for your health and diet will forever be changing too. That is why meditation, silence and tuning into to the real feelings and messages from your body will help you going forward. Be around people into health (this event I’m speaking in the UK is a good place to meet like minded people)

4)Fat free, sugar free, 99% fat free, lite, light, low fat, gluten free, paleo and other words they use on packaging are often used to distract you from something else. Treat them as warning signs – read the ingredients. Maybe it’s low fat and high sugar, or fat free, sugar free and full of aspartame / acesuflame K / fructose.

This brand have gone for an all out lie, see if you can spot the inconsistency:

Stevia

Ingredients: LACTOSE, DEXTROSE, and finally Stevia (1%)

Artisan or Artisanal is the latest word that is being used and destroyed by marketers.

rich eats marketing

Fit, 0% Fat, Sugar and a ‘sexy’ lady on…. a LOAF OF BREAD! LOL?

N.B some brands that use those words on their packaging are highly ethical and high quality foods. Addictive Wellness for example are one of the highest ethics brands I know and they use sugar free, dairy free, gluten free. This is why the people driving the brands are once again becoming the important factor. I know that if Sage or Anna-Blanca (of Addictive wellness) bring out another product it will be of the highest integrity.

5) 77% of all percentage statistics are often meaningless. Literally utter nonsense ;)… My internal dialogue to statements such as ‘95% of people on this diet lose 10% body fat in 6 weeks’ “Cool? that’s interesting… I don’t even wonder what the actual results were because percentage statistics interest me not at all”

6) Comparing yourself to cover models, social media models, competing cross fitters or anyone else for that matter is a lost cause. They are not you. Your constitution, lifestyle, goals, thoughts and desires are completely different. Besides, many of these physiques (along side hard training) are the result growth hormone, steroids, or Photoshop.

7) Eat more fat, and less sugar. Fat from the right sources of course; grass fed meats, ghee, coconut oil, extra V olive oil, avocado, some oil supplements, high quality cacao, dulce seaweed, chontaduro (South America) to name but a few.

8) Learn how to make PROPER SMOOTHIES and BLENDS and get a decent blender.

9) Remove your allergens. Figure out what foods you are eating that you are having a bad reaction. I.e your allergens and stop eating them. Do this by eliminating the common suspects: soy, lactose, wheat, corn, tree nuts, eggs, dairy then adding the ones you REALLY want to eat after 4 weeks without them.

10) Alternative medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine has been developing for 1000’s of years. The highly effective medical system takes Hippocrates ‘let food be thy medicine’ f statement literally and is widely available in developed countries now. They look at the person’s food and lifestyle (often the root of illness) and make changes there rather than masking it with pharmaceutical prescription drugs.

11) Rich, think twice before getting all of those vaccinations for your travels later in life. Find an alternative, question the ingredients, or take alternative trip.

12) Instead of running for 1+ hours 5 times per week, there is a more effective way to burn fat and create the physique you want. Lifting weights and doing HIIT high intensity interval training will helpo increase testosterone which will help build muscle and burn fat. And remember to change it up every 6 weeks or so to keep your training effective.

13) Giveaway / destroy all of the cans of fizzy pop (soda) in the house, you and your mum don’t need them. She will quit later in life anyway when you become a fitness professional and advise here.

If you’re in the UK maybe you can get to the WellBeingNow Seminar or contact me to speak at your company.

14) Quality over eating anything. We are so privileged in our lives to have the choice of grain fed vs. grass fed, organic over non-organic, we don’t have to eat GMO foods, we can choose the higher quality. Choose fasting over eating the artificial / highly processed / tortured animal alternative.

15) Keep drumming, but also add some silent meditation in there. Like practicing scales on a musical instrument, rudiments on the drums or technique in any sport, will help you in the real the real performance later, silent meditation is like practicing not to react to stressful situations in the future.

rich eats drumming

16) Your body is made of cells, inside the cells are molecules, inside the molecules are atoms and inside the atom… WOAH! Let me tell you, it’s just ever changing energy. You are made of every changing energy. And guess what? So is everyone and everything else………

 

Good luck beautiful amigo, enjoy the journey!

The WellBeingNow Seminar is a ticket event you can attend, or contact me to speak at your company.

7 (not so dumb) Health Tips for Christmas & 2016

This is NOT a bunch of dumb dieting health tips for Christmas & 2016

These health tips can be used any time, any day, any month, any year.

But, the thing with this list, as with ALL health advice – IT DEPENDS.

Found the latest fat burning health food?  That’s interesting… but I don’t really care and neither should you because IT DEPENDS.  Your mate just told you about the ketogenic diet or they stopped eating potato skins and their fingernails doubled in strength?  That’s interesting too, but I don’t really care about that either and neither should you because IT DEPENDS.

You are different. 

You are a unique expression of a human being and their diet or superfood might just be your kryptonite, or not, it depends.  Get the picture 🙂 ?  Your lifestyle, family, friends, city, mountain, village, sleep pattern, the season, your constitution and a billion other things… all make your answer to all general health advice – “well, that depends, surely?”

Ready for it? (Remember this list also DEPENDS).

Health Tip 1) Intermittent fasting (I.F)?

Just like gravity always did and probably always will – I.F still works.  It works because fasting is not some dumb dieting trick – it’s a normal thing for humans to do – not eating for a period of time is OK.  Thousands of years ago, even 50 to 100 years ago, food was not ALWAYS around and available and snacking (one of the dumbest things to do if you’re looking to burn fat) wasn’t really done.

The reason intermittent fasting is worth playing with this holiday (DEPENDING) is because it gives your organs a few extra hours to deal with nasty foods it has to clean out.  The time not eating also helps promote health hormonal balance in your body.

The basic principle of IFing is don’t eat for 16 hours of the 24 in a day. Easy right?  Then if you want to supercharge it – make your first meal high-ish in protein.  Click here for a really long and detailed post about it.

Health Tip 2)  Bicarbonate of Soda / Sodium Bicarbonate

(with lemon for antioxidants) is a quick fix for acid reflux.  Really that shit is a literally saving lives.  Don’t tolerate acid after indulgence – fix it.  If the acid goes on for more than a day or so it’s worth checking in with your doc or ‘checking in’ with your thinking and food – something is not agreeing with you.  The reason for doing it yourself is because commercial anti-acids are often full of unnecessary added ingredients.

It’s not my recipe but some say 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda + 1/2 glass of water is the way forward.  (The ‘Home Remedies’ link at the bottom of this page has a nice list of ways to use it).

PS.  If you don’t get acid reflux someone by you probably does so pass the tip on, you will make someones day!!  Literally transforming their week!

PPS. This is just a short term fix,not a long term health strategy.  See your doctor, TCM doctor or health practitioner.

PPPS. Getting more alkaline foods in your mouth, giving yourself a good 3 hours between your last meal and sleep could be your longer term strategy for sorting acid reflux.  If the problem persists see your doctor.

Health Tip 3) Meditate or find something to do on your own.

(without mixing your ‘energy’ with anyone else).

I like to drink a tea, practice drumming or stick patterns, train, walk, or a vipassana style meditation.  Lovely…

This will give you a minute to settle your mind and to help you not react to family pressures.

By giving yourself a few minutes on your own, 15+ mins is good, you can find space in your mind and energy to give compassion to whoever or whatever it is that’s annoying you.  The deeper level of pain, confrontation, anger, annoyance within a family setting is a deeper unconscious pain that ‘wants’ to come to the surface.  The goal is to not react.  Go to you tube and check out Eckhart Tolle’s ‘Pain Body’ for more on that.  It’s a life enhancing perspective/metaphor.

Health Tip 4) Aim for more nutrients per calorie. 

BORING right… and it works. But this also depends. 

If you’re still counting calories please give release yourself of that boring pointless restrictive way of eating.  Find a way to tune in to how you feel.  There is this magical feeling when you let go of all that head work around food and actually get in touch with how it feels to be eating right for your body.

The first step here is to know that a calorie doesn’t equal a calorie – i.e 200 calories of sausage on a stick probably has more nutrients than 200 calories of ‘chocolate mouse light’.  The mouse light is probably full of artificial sweeteners BUT the sausage probably came from a pig that was pumped full of hormones and plumped up on GMO feed.  My advice there is buy at least organic and grassfed, avoid the word ‘light’ at all costs and if you’re not into eating animals then make sure your vegan way of eating is giving you the nutrients you need too because there are plenty of pointless vegan foods out there 😉

Blending vegetables into a smoothie is an awesome way to get more nutrients in there, especially because you get to keep the fiber!

Health Tip 5) You don’t have to eat shitty food. 

It’s OK to say no.  Just because your family (yes that includes your partner) or friends are smashing a load of cookies and ice cream riddled with artificial nonsense doesn’t mean you have to.  They have their knowledge, wisdom and feeling with food and alcohol and they will be acting from where they are.  Remember it dependsMaybe their body is more adept at digesting that food or booze, maybe they had a MASSIVE workout that day and their body is burning like a steam engine, or maybe they just don’t care that much.

By all means, get involved, give yourself the freedom to eat anything and everything you desire and without the guilt trip because  ‘Mind over matter’ is more powerful than you can imagine.  If you do, the next day can probably be helped by intermittent fasting and baking soda the next day can help your body clear out the junk.

A thought on this mind over matter business… I remember seeing a documentary on centenerians.  They were looking at their health, lifestyle, food, habits and seeing if they could draw any conclusions to reasons for their longevity.  There was a Scottish guy at the end who really struck a chord with me.  He was the mechanic in the village, the only mechanic – he helped everyone.  He also chain smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol every day…  He was living well! But how!?  He was loving life, and everyone in the community needed him to be alive.  “They just wont let me die…” were the words that closed the documentary.  Food for though right?  Thinking about the placebo and nocebo effect (the mind healing or harming an individual) this guy had nailed it.  BUT I suspect that if he nourished his physicla body with local, organic foods he might just be the first human to levitate!

Health Tip 6) Fat – it’s OK to eat it. You know that right?

And this depends too – mainly on how it’s cooked and the source.  But really, you know fat is OK already right?  Sugar, processed foods, stress, a job/life you hate,  is probably what’s messing with you the most – both body and mind.  Zoe Harcombe nails the fat myth here…  Oh noooo but what about cholesterol…. read this by Zoe Harcombe.

Remember how Time Magazine fucked things up a few years back…?

Health Tips

(The cover photo on the left in 1984 was the wrong, misguided perhaps part of an Astroturfing strategy to sell cholesterol medication.  The cover on the right in 2014 was their revised message)

When it comes to getting the health benefits of eating fat make sure you get the quality and how/if it is cooked right.

7) You are already AWESOME and do not need a diet plan.

People often think they need to burn fat to become healthy when the opposite is true and feels a millions times better: be healthy both in your body and mind and understand your body’s true needs the fat will drop off…

Thank you for reading this, I assume that at least one of the words on this page has meant something to you.

 

Why bother sharing this information?

The reason I write these blog posts is because I want more and more people to get this kind of information… as many as possible.   The more high quality, well researched, unbiased and exploratory information on food and health the better. 

The stages of truth in health are very real – why wait until science ‘proves’ something when it has been practiced in real life, without sponsors, for many years.

Too much of the readily available health information is strategically controlled through ‘Astroturfing’, the script is written, all the way from the pharmaceutical industry (who continue to shoot themselves in the foot) to the newspapers (don’t ), the to nestle, herbalife, and most of the other    There is plenty of info like this out there but I guess you’re reading this one.  can be disseminated (nice word right?) that will very soon lead to an un-biased maybe silent investor/sponsor.  Some corporations seem to be very slowly turning their ways around, other ethical companies are popping up all around now, Castle Rock in California are transforming the bottled water industry, Addictive Wellness are nailing it with their chocolate, LivingTea.net are sharing the World’s cleanest tea, the Wellbeingnow Seminar in the UK is bringing together people with powerful messages and Mcroaid International  are just awesome  They’re not paying me to mention them, they deserve it…


Related articles:

Still confused about GMO? Watch this the video at the bottom of this post…

Traditional Chinese Medicine is life enhancing

Intermittent Fasting blog post

Most Soy is dumb and probably wrecking your sex life

Zoe Harcombe rocks

Home Remedies on Baking Soda

Remember: I am not a doctor and have no intention of becoming one.  Go ask one before taking any of my advice.

Epic Bars – Paleo the most paleo I’ve seen

Epic Bars… They’re paleo tasty, clean, grass fed and unofficially organic.
Awesome.

I met these guys at Expo West 2013 and again this year (2014 indeed) so grabbed them and their bars for a tasty interview! Check this!!

Epic Bars are a paleo treat, yep they’re paleo and from wild free roaming animals. 100% GrassFed.

I met the Epic bars team, (you know that already if watched the video above). They’re decent guys and girls and on a decent mission bringing a nourishing replacement for nasty other factory farmed, chemical laden protein bars.

They’re not beef jerky, Epic paleo bars are a different world to beef jerky. Incomparable.

My experience eating Paleo
I’ve chilled out a lot since my hardcore zero tolerance paleo days. Paleo can be an amazing stepping stone into actually understanding digestion and your digestive system, and for some they will stay paleo and feel awesome. And for some it will potentially save their lives, or at the very least enhance and elongate their experience and time on this planet.

But there can be some pitfalls to avoid when it comes to eating paleo.

After a couple of years of paleo (zero tolerance) I started to feel a little drag in my energy, my digestion was becoming pretty inefficient and, basically I hit a wall with ‘What they heck do i eat now?’

Traditional Chinese medicine saved me here.

Chinese medicine helped me get in touch with my spleen. More on that later. The point is important because by blindly ‘going paleo’ it’s easy to miss out on foods that are necessary to nourish our organs OR to overindulge on certain ‘paleo’ foods that should perhaps be eaten in moderation.

Back to the point of this paleo rant…
In my opinion these bars taste awesome and are very clean and the team behind them are legit. Get in!

Epic are cleaning things up around here in the protein bar world

Making one? New Years Resolution (with extras)

Thank you 2012, you were beautiful. Bring on 2013 for more and increased awesomeness.

 

You’ve probably already thought of a millions things to focus on, develop, enhance or change in 2013.  Well, here are 12 tips. The first one is going to help you stick to your new year’s resolution, the other 11 are inspiring ideas to enhance your training and eating experience.

1) New Years resolution.

Making a Change? So it turns out that making a declaration on it’s own doesn’t actually work. The plans you make for the change is the key. What plans do you need to make? According to the awesome Jade Teta from Metabolic Effect these are the 5 key things:

1. Understand how your brain works. Humans are not very good multitasks. The more you do, the more confused you become and in this confused state you default back to old behavior. One thing at a time is key.

2. Bringing in bit of Jim Rohn, the Brain needs a strong why? Why change? Why spend more time with your family? Why earn more money? Why travel more? Why is the energy, the fuel behind the change. write down why you are doing it.

3. What are you going to do? If you want to gain some muscle and lose some fat, what are you going to do? Hire a Personal trainer? Join a bootcamp? Re-start a sport you used to love but got too busy to play? Martial arts (fitness, fat loss and learning a form of defense and increased confidence). What are you going to do?

4. When are you going to do it? When do you start? Now is always a good time. But really, when is now a good time? 1st January? Set a date and commit to it. And, more specifically, when are you going to go (continual)

5. How is it going to happen?

This is about obstacles. Predicting then clearing and overcoming obstacles.  Let’s take training as the example, because it’s very relevant. By training session number 3 you might be aching and need to slightly alter your workout. Know that you are going to be aching and that you can find something to train that doesn’t ache. (if the pain is severe see your trainer then your doctor if necessary).

Plan in your diary, like an appointment when you are going to train and keep that appointment with yourself.  Pack your training gear the night before and put it by your keys. Buy extra training gear and leave it in the office or in your car so you always have it.  And remember the first few minutes of training often the toughest.

2) Do what you love.

Whatever your goal there is a way to burn fat, gain fat, gain muscle, increase your VO2 max, tighten your abs, increase your ‘booty’ size, trim your waist… that you will enjoy. If you currently do not enjoy your training then look beyond your gym, even if it is a different gym.

3) You are so sweet (and it’s making me fat).

Refined sugar and sugar in it’s altered states is an ingredient that will not help you loose fat. And, it will not give you long term stable energy levels. Become aware of your refined sugar intake.

4) Understand the label.

If you don’t understand the words on the label do not put it in your mouth… (Seek first to understand). Would you blindly pick one of the petrol (gas) pumps and start filling your car? Ha! Probably not unless you were loco. Would you grab any cologne/perfume from the shop and buy and use it without knowing the smell? Probably not! (ingredients on body products I’m saving for another time… oh yes there is a world of wildness we daily rub into your body too).  Pick up, sign a contract for and use a random phone or computer you’ve not actually looked into – Probably not!

Grab something that looks like food/liquid, something that we are told is food and eat it? Most people do this every day! Wild, wild times!

3b) Where does the key ingredient sit in the ingredients list? If it is chocolate for example you should be looking for ‘Cacao’ to be as high up in the list as possible and for there to be as few other ingredients as possible.

5) Ignore those voices.

(for now, I don’t mean the ones in your head) I mean the voices of those people around that project their own ‘situation’ on to your life. They don’t know you. I don’t know you. You know you (for the most part). Find out the reality of your situation and your own goals for health and fitness and find out how to do it. ‘”e become the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with” – Jim Rohn. Learn to selectively ignore opinions and people. And, likewise, learn to surround yourself with the people who are best for your life actualization.

6) Get tested.

Yes that kind of tested and… If you think you might be overweight and eating too much sugar, go and get your blood tested for diabetes. It’s OK, just go an do it and then take the next step from there.

7) Go Caveman.

Relatively speaking grains, wheat, gluten & legumes were only recently introduced into our diets. And it turns out they are not conducive to a creating healthy human being. There are proteins in those food that wreak havoc on our digestive system. Take a month off and see how you feel. (Thanks Robb Wolf and Dr. Loren Cordain)

8) Fart lots?

Maybe it’s time to test your tolerance to lactose. Take 21 days off and see how your digestion, farting and energy levels change… when you take it out of your diet remember you will need to replace it with something like lots of green veg (for calcium) and eggs for breakfast (yes the whole egg).  Don’t fart much?  It’s a great test to do anyway to see how and if your energy levels increase.  Especially if you are reading this from the USA, your milk and dairy products are perhaps the most processed and highest in sugar the world has ever seen.

9) Added sugar? Put it back!

Really. Ingredients with the letters ‘ose’ at the end are a type sugar (dextrose, lactose, fructose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, amongst others). This means that they will release energy very quickly and, generally speaking, if not used through training or in other ways they will be stored as fat. The other issues are that the sugars are often man-made and hence even more detrimental to our health.  Our mental and physical health can take a serious battering when we eat those sugars listed above. (Artificial sweeteners are not the answer either! It’s a given that we avoid them).  If you have a sweet tooth go for something like raw organic honey which actually has some nutrients, though is still not advisable as part of a fat loss program.

10) Life – for best results live without gluten.

Challenge yourself? Try it for a month and tell me how you feel… then continue…

11) A long list?

How long is the ingredient list? In a packet and contains more than 5 or 6 ingredients? Then it is probably not worth eating.

12) Taste it.

Some of us drink it every day without any respect for the actual taste, merely focusing on the fact that it wakes your face up and make getting on with the day tolerable.  The taste of your tea or coffee is DIRECTLY influenced by the quality of the water used. That means if you’re in London or LA and getting tea or coffee from a high street chain store you are probably getting a low quality water high in fluoride and other chemicals. When I steep tea I always use bottled or filtered water. It makes a huge difference.

12b) Different temperatures for different teas.

Different teas need different steeping temperatures and times. Fact. Imagine taking a pice of bread (not that we would right!?) and putting it in a toaster on full power, then when it pops we put it in again, and again and again. How do you think it is going to taste? Pretty bad. Same thing with tea. Green teas for example need a water temperature from between 50C and 90C (celsius). so when your high street chain cafe bar tortures your tea back in boiling water you are effectively getting ‘burnt toast’.

 

Thank you 2012, you were beautiful. Bring on 2013 for more and increased awesomeness.

Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 8

Some ‘interesting’ editing on this one though the message here and the one you tell yourself when you eat is really important…

What you think about when you eat is as or more important that what you’re actually eating…

Yes, it’s REALLY important to eat the right foods. Fresh fruit, fresh veg, (organic when you can) and the right carbs and proteins are really important though it’s at least equally as important to be thinking about the right things when you eat too.

Sounds strange? Kind of hippy? It’s like this: When you punish yourself emotionally for eating something that is ‘bad’ you’re doing even more damage to yourself. If/when you have a ‘bad abs day’ as I’ve been known to call it, give yourself a break – it’s OK.

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 7

Goji Berries are today’s tip!

They’re one of the ‘super foods’ we hear about…

Get involved eating them because they’re really high in Vitamin C (pond for pound higher than an orange), high in iron (which I’m finding more and more people are deficient in) and they have loads of amino acids (18 in total, 8 of which are essential amino acids our body cannot produce).

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 4

Awesome tips from B and Angie, owners of ‘Samara Organics’ in Samara, Costa Rica.

It’s the brand new Organic food store there. I’ve spent more time there in the past 2 days than I have on the beach. Those that know me will know this to be true. Sure B and Angie know I’ve been spending some serious $ there too having endured 2 months in Rio without so much as a sniff of Spirulina.

B Says: “Drink Kombucha” because it helps with joint inflammation and other ailments.

Angie’s tip: “don’t cook with olive oil, use Coconut oil instead” because olive oil turns toxic when it’s heated too much whereas coconut oil is a much more stable oil and endures those higher temperatures. Still enjoy the benefits of Olive oil on salads and even a quick ‘shooter’ in the morning though keep it away from the heat!

https://www.facebook.com/SamaraOrganics for more on their awesome store in Costa Rica

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 3

This is a special guest advent calendar tip by Bella who owns and is a chef at the Thai restaurant Kaibella in Samara, Costa Rica – Awesome Phad Thai by the way…

Oh, and she also has her own Kombucha brand. (Rich Eats Video on Kombucha coming soon!)

Bella’s tip is ‘not to overcook your vegetables because you will lose the nutrients and vitamins’. It’s an awesome tip from a great entrepreneurial Chef, a pleasure meeting you Bella! Thanks!

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 2

Day 2 (2nd December, 2011)

“Do something you enjoy” If you’d prefer to dance salsa than to use the gym then dance salsa! Like horse riding? That’s awesome exercise for your body and mind too. Do something you love and you’re more likely to keep doing it and become healthier!

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar 2011 – Day 1

Day 1 (1st December, 2011)

Instead of opening a chocolate, get stuck into a new video tip each day!

Because Christmas isn’t about Jesus, giving or sharing any more, apparently it’s about consumerism & chocolate, so if I can help it move everyone (yes everyone on the entire planet) towards a healthy kind of consumerism then surely that’s better – right?

Well I’m doing it anyway… have a great day!

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