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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.

No Years Resolution – NOT Dieting in 2015

STOP EATING THIS!! STOP THAT!! RESTRICT THIS!! DON’T THAT…

Come on?

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(Organic Grapefruit, Silly Man With Hat, Miami, Florida)

So, resolutions… Really? You’re still making these? Well, I guess there COULD be merit in it but before you consider making a new years resolution have a quick think back to your last to see if that list of stuff you wanted to change is actually any different? And, read on…

Lazy to read all of this post then know this:

– Restricting yourself from something can create a head full of traps. Move towards what you want..

– Ignore the Social Media New Years Resolution hype because you might ‘inherit’ someone else’s problems. Do your thing. If you want to, focus on upgrading the already awesome you…

– When it comes to food, the restriction plan has proven itself useless, even problematic (…decades of fad dieting) time and time again. ‘Move towards nutrient dense foods’ is a full proof basic strategy. With that fine tune your nutrient dense food selection based on how you react to it (energy levels, skin, hair and moods are some of the feedback systems to ‘listen to’).

– Tune in to, respect, and listen to your environment. That is everything in your life. It is speaking to you, you are speaking with it, it affects you and you affect it. I invite you to tune in.

– Restricting others. What!? Yeah, that’s right… Something that any food blogger, nutritionist, trainer, or any human really should consider; is where am I projecting (putting) my own beliefs and restrictions on others. And then considering how offer learnings without inflicting them…

THIS NEXT ONE IS A BEAUTY!!!
– What action does the person you want to become already do? Just do it. By doing the thing that the person you want to become does you instantly become the person you want to become. You’re one and the same. Do it. You ca rinse and repeat this one for a while because it will always apply.

Back to RESTRICTION…
The second you say (or even think) ‘I can’t eat this or that’ you put a trap in your mind. The 7 year old in you rebels with a force stronger than the bowl movements of a lactose intolerant drinking pasteurized fat-free milk (which should be avoided at all costs by the way).
Health should NOT be about mind traps and restriction.
(That’s what our childhood was for, right!?)

Youcan flip it…

Check this example:

Imagine person A wants to lose some weight. They begin the year with a list of all the foods they’re not going to eat. No chocolate, no cake, no fish and chips, no bread, no pasta, no carbs, no sugar…
Now imagine person B takes a different approach. Instead of depriving, taking things away they choose to add green vegetables to their meals, upgrade from grain fed beef to grass fed beef, to eat eggs from free range organic chickens, or to add a green smoothie, or to add 10 minutes to their dog walking, even to find time to go for a walk or even begin some kind of sport or training.

Person B is moving towards nutrient dense foods, saying yes to life (yeah i know it might sound hippie but as you will see in my videos the hippie category so created by man, is absolutely bang on right with most things life). Person B is nourishing their mind, body and energy. Creating something in their life that they can then freely and happily share with others.

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All change…

Now, with aaaaaaaaaaall of that said…

If you are still hell-bent on making a resolution based on dieting this year, have a read of this so you jump the first hurdle:

Heard someone (maybe you) say this before?

“OH, yeah dude, I know how to lose fat, just train more and eat less…” WRONG (well that depends too really because you will probably lose a bit in the first couple of days BUT know that the ‘eat less, train more’ is severely flawed and almost certainly not sustainable for you and will almost certainly wreak havoc on your hormones doing unnecessary damage)

Train more, eat less is a bit like the finding that smoking cigarettes can temporarily increase your lung capacity, very short term gain for medium to long term damage).
Calories in Calories out? That’s what ‘train more eat less’ is based on really, so yep, calories in calories out is severely flawed too.

Quick 2015 fix for fat burning?
Again this absolutely depends on you, your heart, your lifestyle, motivation, health and physical ability but…

– Sprints (or HIIT) before a protein dominant breakfast is a basic rule of thumb that many experts (including me) use on themselves and with clients.

– Squats. Deep, satisfying squats. Get them in your life for fat burning, strength building, feeling awesome and mobility.

Give yourself freedom from restriction in 2015

So, if you’re going to set yourself any kind of ‘goal’ for 2015 give yourself freedom from restriction. Taking a 180 degree view of your approach to food and health.

Give yourself the gift of moving towards nutrient dense foods while increasing your awareness on how your eating and buying decisions impact you and the environment around you. That is a deeper way to nourish yourself.

Simple when you feel the shift.

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New Years Evolution – OF YOUR MOUTH!

Re-train your mouth.

“WOAH!! Steady there boy, sit.. sit… NO, stop eating that muffin!”

Well, I guess if you’re talking you’re not eating a muffin… theoretically.

This is the deal. Years and years of abusing your tongue has led to a bit of a, let’s say problem. Take person ‘A’ who eats Kelloggs Special K with skimmed milk for breakfast, drinks one diet or full sugar drink (soda / cordial), a couple of Haribos (candy) here and there, or even a ‘be good to yourself’ biscuit.

Person ‘B’ (en el otro mano) eats a protein & fat breakfast (like mine this morning Salmon steak, avocado and some almonds with some omega 3 fish oil from sardines and mackerel), fixes their sweet tooth with cacao powder, frozen banana and coconut water smoothies, and has been conditioning their taste buds with real food.  Avoiding artificial sweeteners like a fish avoids land (and fish farms).

Cut a farmers market pink grapefruit in half and give it to A and B.  Person ‘A’ is likely to have a HORRIBLE time eating that thing… Because of how their taste buds and body perceives ‘sweet’ to be in comparison and contrast to their ‘normal’, That half a pink grapefruit is going to taste SO sour. Person B on the other hand is going to notice the bitterness though it is going to be a satisfying and nourishing eat that leave them feeling refreshed.

Person ‘A’s taste buds (and hormones) have been screwed with so much by artificial and refined sweetness that, when aligned with nature (a piece of fruit) their reference for ‘sweet’ is completely out of touch.  And this is GREAT for cereal manufacturers, soda companies because they have trained us to desire their sweetness. Oh no!

 

Perhaps 2013 is the year you realign your taste buds with what sweet actually is. Oh, and this is definitely going to help you reaching your fat burning goals, quality of thought and mood (yes this helps in all relationships too), work, longevity and pretty much everything else!

What to do to realign your taste buds and experience all of the fat loss and mood enhancing side effects? Remove artificial sweeteners and refined sugar on a set time and date (now is always a great time and date). Set yourself a goal of 2 weeks, during which write down any cravings you get and the time of day (your phone is good place to vent the cravings), let those cravings go.

Tips on how to survive this?

1) P + F is the formula.

Eat  a protein and fat breakfast (eggs, spinach and brazil nuts / Salmon & Avocado. This will help set the pace of your cravings for the day.

2) Eat more.

Add an extra meal to your day (see point one above for type of meal. (yes all of my meals are a rotation of different proteins, fats and veg/salad/fruit)

3) Replace the sweetness with a higher quality alternative.  The key is something that is nutrient dense. Aim for the most nutrients for the least sugar. Like farmers market or organic berries.

4) Hot drinks.

For hot drinks like tea or coffee (always organic) learn to appreciate the actual taste of the food.  When you pile sugar, sweetener and milk in there it’s highly likely that you are drinking primarily for stimulants.  That’s another post entirely though acknowledge that then figure out how to get the best stimulants with the most nutrients – e.g Matcha green tea, other types of green tea, other teas (see what I’m getting at here…) or organic black coffee.

5) Green juice (+ fibre)

I mean the real stuff and with the fibre. See this video for more. It will help you. It WILL help you.

6) Empty your cupboards.

Don’t buy artificially sweet foods. Don’t have them in the house (and kids especially don’t need them either).  Keep them away because the temptation can and probably will be too much!

Robb Wolf gives a great comparison for staying away from the temptation of ‘bad foods’ by not putting them in the house. He brings in the monogamy metaphor, saying most people feel like that can be monogamous, exchanging the excitement of dating for different exciting experiences.  Though, he says, perhaps this monogamy (irrelevant of sex or sexual orientation) would perhaps be a little tricky if you were drunk/in an alternate state and dropped off at the Playboy mansion (substitue Playboy mansion for dinner with ‘friend from work’, business trip etc…).  Sugar, sweeteners and refined carbs are just like this because they stimulate the same receptors in the brain as heroin or morphine! *Side note, in a money making sense – what an ‘AWESOME’ product to sell!.  Get that stuff out of the house! 

In the past more than now, I’ve fallen for this one a good few times before – the refined carbs cravings that is. A seemingly holy bar of organic 85% dark chocolate (without soy lecithin) was sitting so peacefully and perfectly in the cupboard, until I gave in like a heroin addict and ate half the bar!

I repeat: Get that stuff out of the house! 

Ps. Expect a hellish first few days, then see how much easier it gets and how much better foods begin to taste. AND how your mood gets more stable and everything is going to be more than OK…

 

Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Days 20 to 22

This tip was going to reference another Harvard paper and motivational business guru Jim Rohn but having been sent a video clip by Dr Mike Evans I had to talk to you about this…

The verbose clip concludes that exercise is the single most effective way to improve your health. The clip raises the question – can you reduce your sleeping and time being inactive to just 23.5 hours. Can you?

Check out this little bit of magic by clicking here

Thanks to my good friend Keith in Hong Kong for sending this to me!

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