Everyone has an idea of what they think they should be eating - but often what you think you should be eating and what you actual need are two very different things.
I was having a debate in another facebook training group when the topic of nutrition and "cheating" came up.
It's a minefield of a subject - so I thought I'd share it here with you, before I cut through the "alternative facts" and give you the inside scoop on what you really need to focus on when it comes to eating.
*Rolls up sleeves*
Mate I'm going in. While I hear you, everyone is different. It's when you justify your choices that is often more telling. Let me give you an example (personal and client based). I LOVE food. I enjoy cooking and creating. Like, it's a full sensory experience for me, from sight, taste, touch, smell, textures the whole nine (whether for nutrition purposes or extra curricular activities - yeah I said it!).
So indeed it's engages emotions and sense on each level. I've never "treated" myself. I just have what I want with no qualms. I make an informed decision based on my needs, wants and goals. Now in this instance if food is a full on sensory experience (during consumption and post) it follows that my choices often reflect that I want the best possible experience not just eating it, but in the time after too).
Other than that, if it "works" for you and does no harm - crack on I say. (and yes there are caveats).
*rolls sleeves down and chills the f*ck out*
The truth is that when it comes to nutrition, what acutally works is pretty simple. There are some fundamental principles, that when you stick to them, will give you fantastic results in terms of health, performance and even the way you look.
It's really not that complicated.
But simplicity doesn't sell - that's the problem. So what to do? I'll tell you what, ignore the fad diets, fancy techniques and stick to the fundamentals. If you are not sure what they are, don't worry.
Over the next few weeks in the coming posts, I'll break it down for you, and cut out all the confusion....
Keeping it simple - but effective.
You may not see me struggle - even though I do.
People often tell me “Cj it’s easy for you” or “But you make it look so easy.”
That doesn’t mean it is.
I don't always feel like training, I often make poor nutrition choices, I sometimes get overwhelmed by my life situation. Like some of you reading this, I have my own inner demons to face.
I've broken several ribs and dislodged them from the costal cartillage. I've fractured all the carpal bones in both my hands. I've prolapsed a disc in my lower back. My acromioclavicular joint is stil separated after an accident 15 years ago. I've had pulmonary embolisms in both my lungs, and I've even been concussed many a time (my injury list is far more extensive but I think you get the picture).
It's not that I can't stop - it's just that I won't stop (well not just yet anyway).
My personal belief is that defeat is a state of mind. While we can be destroyed, we cannot be defeated (unless we choose to be).
I found out my brother was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer via a telephone call while at work, I then had to go in and teach a class of 30 people - like nothing had happened.
When he died 3 years later on valentines day, after dealing with the logistics of the funeral, I had the following 5 years of emotional fall out on my part. It took me a while to get my shit together.
I still worked, I still studied. I still maintained my relationships. I still supported my family - while dealing with the grief in the background.
I’m not telling you this because I want a pity party. I’m telling you this to help expand your view of what’s possible.
When I ended up in hospital in 2013 close to my death bed, it took me over a year to get back to a decent level of health. During that time my relationship collapsed, work went downhill. Frequent hospital visits proved fruitless and to this day I haven’t been signed off and live with potential risks and side effects.
The list goes on - as does life. I could bore you with more life dramas but I won’t. So why am I telling you this?
Here's what I want you to understand....
It’s by comparing ourselves to where others are in life - or where we think we should be, that we get weighed down with self doubt, shame and other overwhelming emotions that can cripple your confidence.
As a coach I work with many clients who are extremely successful in one area, but like many of us do not have everything perfect, or their life completely in order - and that’s ok.
Understand that it’s a work in progress. Aim your sights on progress not perfection.
Simply do your “best”, and understand that on any given day, what your “best” looks like will differ.
It’s ok to struggle. Often things are not designed, or even meant to be easy.
Struggle is simply the pursuit of advantage.
You really do have a choice.
I keep falling down, but when I hit the ground I know that I’ll hit the ground running.
Here's the final workout of the "Super Eight" Kettlebell MetCons to kick start your 2018.
Here's what this sigle kettlebell and bodyweight workout looks like,
This workout is a ladder format. So you do 1 rep of each in a circuit format, the 2 reps of each, then 3 reps and so on, until you get up to 10 reps of each exercise.
Then this is where it gets interesting. You then work your way back down the ladder, 10 reps all the way back to 1.
A perfectly brutal end to "The Super Eight" Kettlebell WOW series. If you enjoyed doing these workouts then you are going to love my 30/30 Kettlebell Program.
Remember to head over to The WPU Collective over on Facebook and let us know how you got on!
Fat is a social disease and fat is a Feminist issue. Fat is not about lack of self -control or lack of will power. Fat is about protection sex nurturance, strength, boundries, mothering, substance, assertion and rage.
Written in 1978, Fat is a Feminist Issue bears some truths that still hold today.
I recently picked up this book after an evening with Susie Orbach at The Welcome Collection in London.
As I devour each nugget of wisdom in the pages, and capture insights that challenge my perspective as both a Coach and as a human being, I can't help but think,
"If Fat is a Feminist Issue, then steroids are a Masculine one."