Nutritional Therapy


Nutritional Therapy 

 

 

We believe nutrition is the foundation of any good fitness program and the gateway to good health.  Improvements in everything from athletic performance to injury rehabilitation to body composition can best be realized through good nutrition.  In other words, you can train hard, sleep well, practice active recovery techniques and eliminate stress, but if you’re not incorporating good nutritional practices into your daily life, you will always fall short of your health and fitness potential.

Guidelines

What you consume every day has a dramatic effect on your energy levels, your emotions, and desire for life.  Rather than struggling to sustain yourself on SAD CRAP (Standard American Diet of Carbohydrates, Refined sugar, Additives and Preservatives), follow these simple guidelines and you'll be well on your way to a healthier to a healthier you.

  • Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of filtered water a day.  If you weigh 140 pounds, you should drink 70 ounces a day.
  • Eat organic as much as possible, putting a priority on meats and dairy.  The higher you go up the food chain, the more likely pesticides, hormones, etc., are concentrated in the food product.
  • Consume less than 25 grams of sugar per day.
  • The longer the shelf life, the more wrong it is for your body.
  • Food is fuel.  Don't put bad food into your engine and expect it to run smoothly.  If it takes more energy for your body to convert the substance into a digestive state than it gives you, don't eat it.
  • Don't follow the 'feedlot food pyramid’, which emphasizes grains over greens.  Working farm animals are raised on pasture grasses to get lean and strong with small percentages of fat so they have plenty of strength and endurance to perform chores.  Animals intended for the slaughterhouse are fed grains to quickly fatten them.  What kind of animal do you want to be?
  • Non-fat is no good and often means the product is de-natured beyond the point of being nutritious.  Humans must have fats for proper body functions.  Incorporate good fats, such as high quality butter, ghee, nut butters, olive oil, coconut oil and fats from grass-fed organically raised animals into your diet.
  • Avoid wheat and unfermented soy products, particularly if you suspect you are gluten intolerant
  • The term 'natural' doesn't mean it is good for you, carefully read labels and if you can't pronounce it, you don't think it existed 5,000 years ago, or your grandmother didn't eat it, don't eat it.
  • Avoid additives and preservatives, artificial and natural flavorings.  There are 32 different substances that go into making the flavoring for strawberry alone.  That is a lot of chemistry used to create something that is supposedly 'natural.'
  • Eat according to your metabolic type.  If you are a lion and thrive on protein, don't eat a diet primarily of carbs.
  • Eat mindfully.  Consider why you are about to eat something and the goal you hope to accomplish by ingesting it. Consume only what you need to sustain optimal life and create goodness out of the energy the food gives you.
  • Eliminate or limit dairy products.  Stick with raw, unpasteurized, organic dairy products as much as possible and remember, despite the marketing campaigns, you don't need milk to meet your calcium needs as the chart below shows.  The World Health Organization recommends 500 mg. of calcium for children and 800 mg. for adults.

 

Calcium in milligrams per 100 calories

    Arugula

1,300

    Watercress

800

    Collard Greens

548

    Spinach

450

    Broccoli

387

    Green Onions

240

    Cabbage

196

    Whole Milk

190

    Cheddar Cheese

179

Eat Your Way to a Flat Stomach

Targeting your abs with exercise won't get you the flat stomach you desire if you aren't eating correctly.  Follow these rules and start getting the stomach shape you want.

  • Eliminate wheat, soy, additives and preservatives.  These items are some of the most common food allergies, which can lead to weight, gain, bloating and other digestive issues.
  • Forego dairy.  Stick with raw, unpasteurized, organic dairy products as much as possible and remember, other foods offer substantial calcium.  See chart above.
  • No grains see the gains.  Limit the amount of grains you eat and stay away from refined flour.  Organic, whole grains are best.  Remember, carbs are your body's 'quick' fuel.  If you don't burn carb calories you're going to pack on the weight.
  • Go raw.  Raw foods such as fresh ingredients from a salad contain enzymes that are beneficial to digestion.  Pineapple and papaya are foods that are especially helpful in this area.
  • Eat lean protein but don't go non-fat.  Your body needs fat to function properly.  Think of your metabolism as a fire.  You need carbs for hot, fast burning fuel and you need fat to keep the fire burning for a long time.