& Reducing the Risk of Sickness & Disease.
Firstly, I just want to send a personal thank you out to the FDA and MHRA for being so blindsided and corrupt (personal opinion) as to allow such poisonous foods into the lives of our loved ones.
From pop tarts and pot noodles to chocolate cereals and Go-Gurts- my new found favourite!!
Thanks guys – I mean seriously... No, seriously!!
So with the constant devolution of our foods and produce, it is no wonder why we are so fat and sick and full of disease. The only way forward, in my opinion, is to make personal decisions from your heart and mind as opposed to what you read in magazines and see on the TV.
Does it not make sense that a healthy nutritious diet of meat & fish, healthy greens and smarts fats beats 2 servings of special K a day?? I’m sure I’m not alone in this mindset!!
2 bowls a day will fix everything ... great!!
I used to say “if you wouldn’t feed it to your dog, would you feed it to yourself? Until ...
Then I revised it to “if you wouldn’t feed it to your child, would you feed it to yourself? Until ...
It was at this point I quietly weeped and gently rocked myself to sleep wondering if it would ever get better?
So all tears aside, here are 10 simple tips to increase your health, reduce sickness and maybe just maybe get yourself that oh so little bit hotter ... than you already are!!
You should by now be well aware of omega 3’s and their huge potential benefit to your health and well being (please say yes, please say yes!!). With the same breath I am also hoping you may be aware of omega 6’s and their not so huge potential benefit to your health.
But what you may not be aware of is the importance of the ratio between omega 3 and 6.
The ratio should sit at 1:1-1:3, but thanks again to the FDA & MHRA, it currently sits at 1:15-1:50!! Great, cheers, thanks, very much appreciated, feeling the love right here!!
So with this appalling ratio in mind, it is quite easy to see just how poor and deficient our diets are in the western world. We consume far too much 6 and far too little 3 and if we continue eating with these distorted ratios, we will continue in our subconscious quest to be the most advanced and equally diseased race ever to exist in human kind...
I actually think this is pretty impressive; to be so intelligent and also to be so blatantly ignorant of fact. But I am not here to tell those ‘in charge’ of what is right for our health and what is right for their wallets ... some things will just never change...
So let’s take charge of our own way of life and live it the way we believe is the best way; and the best way is to firstly correct the balance of omega 3 & 6. By correcting these scores, you will begin to feel the health benefits and immediately start to add years to your life.
1. Destroy ALL Hydrogenated Fats consumption.
Disguised as hydrogenated fat or even partially hydrogenated fat – they are all equal to trans-fatty acids which the body has no safe value for. The body doesn’t even recognise what it is... Imagine a substance consumed in your body that your body doesn’t even recognise!!
But as you can imagine, the FDA & MHRA have been extremely slow in listing foods containing trans-fat as they are more interested in making money, not making us healthy!!
Trans-fats impair insulin receptors making it difficult for the body to use sugar for energy and therefore store sugar (as fat). Increased consumption of trans-fatty acids also increase Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL – not the good kind!!), increased abnormal development of sperm coupled with a decreased measure of testosterone to boot. So if living a fat and sterile lifestyle is the way you wish to live the rest of your life, then please continue with the doughnuts and pasties and enjoy the peace of mind of an early burial.
2. Consume Omega-3-Fed Eggs
Free range eggs doesn’t necessarily mean eggs produced from chickens that have acres of space to run around in; it could simply mean a chicken that has 1 square foot of space of private land to wander around in.
My best advice is for you to find a local farmer who has free range chickens and feeds them a diet high in omega 3. Harder to find than you can imagine but once found, you will have a friend for life.
3. Consume More Wild Meats.
Even harder to find than genuine free range omega 3 eggs, wild meats contain a much higher omega 3 content due to the plants and prey they eat from their environment.
Which would you rather eat, beef from a cow force fed corn or elk & buffalo living off of the land.
Grain fed animals have an incredible imbalance of omega 3:6 which we so delightfully consume ... not really setting ourselves off to a great start are we? Try eating more wild meats or wild caught fish to ignite your taste buds and replenish your Omega 3 stores...
4. Eliminate Foods That Cause Inflammation: Corn, Safflower, Peanut, Sesame Oils.
Lose all foods that contain corn, safflower, peanut, or sesame oil. Not only do these foods cause inflammation but they also contribute to the imbalance of omega-3:6. They may actually be healthier than trans-fats but they should most certainly be avoided (in the same sense that knives are better than guns, but both can still kill you!!).
5. Supplement Your Diet with Fish Oil Everyday
Consume one gram of fish oil per percentage point of body fat a day (ie: if you have a bodyfat percentage of 20%, I would recommend a daily intake of 20 grams of fish oil). The greater your bodyfat, the greater the likelihood that you are deficient in omega-3.
Please try to consume Omega 3 that is free from heavy metals which is unfortunately prevalent in most high street brands.
I always try to purchase fish oil from reputable websites that have a reputation for high quality, toxic free supplements. For further information on what sites I recommend, please contact me and I will speak with you personally.
6. Consume Grass-Fed Beef
Easier said than done, but I assure you, grass fed animals consume a higher amount of omega 3 from the chloroplasts of green leaves. Grass fed meat contains 2-4 times more healthy fatty acids compared to grain-fed meat, helping offset the uneven omega-6 to-3 ratio.
7. Consume More Cold Water Fish
A great source of Omega 3 are small cold water fish such as herring and Arctic char. Although many fish will provide you with an assortment of healthy nutrients, what I would suggest is to limit or preferably to completely avoid swordfish and tuna due to their increased level of metal poisoning, especially mercury.
8. Consume an Abundance of Green Leafy Vegetables, Beans and Nuts
We are all aware of the importance of vegetables in our diet especially leafy greens, such as kale, chard and bok choy. Also beans in the form of black, kidney, and navy beans. Beans are slow releasing carbs, meaning that they will keep you full for longer and when you do eat again, you will be less inclined to consume high carb snacks, keeping the doughnuts at bay!!
Nuts are a great addition to any diet (apart from those with nut allergies of course – wouldn’t be a wise start to the day!) due to their high yield of smart fats. Walnuts are particularly good as they contain larger quantities of alpha-lipoic acid, which is a very healthy component of omega-3s.
9. Supplement Your Diet with Flax Seeds
Another great source of Omega 3 is flax seed. The best preparation is to soak them overnight to soften them and to also make them more digestible. They are also an awesome addition to shakes before and after your workout. Flax seeds are quite delicate in that they easily become rancid if not contained properly. Ensure that you have a vacuum sealed (resealable) container or bag to store them in and keep them locked away in your fridge when not in use to maintain maximum freshness.
10. Move Your Butt
You cannot out exercise a bad diet so fix your nutrition first and foremost. Fixing your diet and complimenting your food with regular exercise is the most effective way to stave off sickness and disease. I am a personal fan of using resistance training as I strongly believe you will attain greater success and results compared to studios classes, outdoors activities and cardio. That’s not to say these other options are bad – any exercise is better than no exercise - I just think there are better options to increasing your health.
On a final note, if you were the one I saw feeding your baby that cheeky McDonalds I can only pray to the gods that your child desperately wants to become the greatest and youngest sumo wrestler the world has ever seen ... against your dying but accepting wishes.