Feel Good Friday: Digesting the Correct Information
By: Hayley Bridgewater
I don't know if this experience is universal, but in my circles it seems like inevitably a majority of conversations end up on the topic of food. More specifically, these are discussions about particular diet patterns, opinions and beliefs. Friends, family, coworkers, even the local barista, almost everywhere I go someone will ask me about what I eat, how often, and why. And in turn, everyone has an opinion. “Should I eat several small meals or a few larger ones? No food after 8pm? What do I think about Paleo? Have I tried a juice cleanse? Will I lose weight if I don't eat any carbs? Meat? Dairy? Sugar?”
The interesting thing about all of the diet talk we hear and take part in, is that it rarely centers on nutrition. Seriously, when was the last time you heard someone concerned about protein, calcium or iron needs? Do you think the average person really has an idea if they are getting enough B vitamins? Or in this florescent-lit cubicle dense city, how many of us are aware if we are vitamin D deficient? In this day of fast technology and media, there is quite a bit of information out there, but people still remain pretty uninformed about nutrition. Perhaps they don't know where to look, what to trust, or simply don’t have the time to wade through it all.
Let’s say that we are able to locate reputable information - It still remains difficult to know what applies to each of us. For just as we as people are not all the same, diet and nutrition needs are not all the same. People vary greatly in build, activity level, environment, genetics, and health concerns. It would be an amazing feat if someone were to come up with a “one size fits all” diet plan. But that is not going to happen. So we might as well take it down to basics, start at the beginning; simplify what we understand about nutrition.
Truth be told, there are some really great books and studies out there, but for those of you who don't always have time to find a book and finish it, (believe me I've been there) I thought it might be a great idea to do some research and share with you some quality information in easy to digest (pardon the pun) format. You have time for your playlist? You have time for a podcast. J
Being a Precision Nutrition Coach (along with several of my ILP colleagues), I will quickly and happily shout out the name Dr. John Berardi. Being the owner of Precision Nutrition, the worlds largest online nutrition education company means you probably know your stuff, and after listening to hours of his talks and interviews, I can assure you that he is a smart dude with an impressive resume. But I think the real brilliance in what he does comes down to how the information is organized and presented.
We all know that it is very difficult to make changes in our lives, especially when we've just managed to figure out a way to cram everything into the day. The idea of overhauling the way we eat seems like a quick way to throw a wrench into the gears. Dr. Berardi believes in breaking everything down to the simplest of steps and very literally tackling one thing at a time. Building piece by piece until you’ve created this complete nutrition minded lifestyle instead of just some diet plan you tried to put into place but wouldn’t stick. It is solid teaching, simply put, that incorporates human behavior patterns to aid in success. I have got to say, pretty much a thumbs up.
Vlog interviews and podcasts with Dr. John Berardi can be found en mass on www.youtube.com/user/PrecisionNutrition
I am very aware that being able to live a vegan lifestyle is important in many communities including my own, so I didn’t want to leave those folks out. I will admit, I am not a vegan, and I am only starting to delve into specifics of the vegan lifestyle. I do however, have a handful of very close friends and trainers that not only live a strict vegan lifestyle, but also are hardcore endurance athletes. They are continually concerned with getting the correct fuel and healthy nutrients needed to stay at peak performance. When I inquired about a podcast resource, all pointed me to No Meat Athlete Radio. After listening to a handful of episodes, I understand the appeal and can appreciate the way that it is presented, and even though I am not the demographic, I am sure to give it a listen from time to time. If you are a plant loving distance runner, triathlete, or endurance junkie, this might just be the podcast for you.
No Meat Athlete Radio -www.nomeatathlete.com/radio-archive/
Much of this information pretty much aligns with what I know to be true for me and mirrors habits that I put into place every day. I am lucky to have grown up in a fairly athletic family with the mindset that food is fuel and you eat to perform. That isn't to say that we all shouldn't relax sometimes (we definitely should) but let's face it, if you eat terrible, you feel terrible. I know that many of us (me included) have made some lofty goals for the coming year, and if getting a better grasp on nutrition is one of them, I hope this helps! If you would like more detailed assistance in creating a plan that works with your individual needs, don’t hesitate to pop by the gym for a nutrition consultation. We would love to help you feel your very best!!!