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PostHeaderIcon What Can I Eat if Everything is Unhealthy?

What Can I Eat if Everything is Unhealthy? This is a common question I’ve been hearing a lot from students and clients recently. This confusion stems from the fact that much of the mainstream information we are getting on nutrition do not come from experts or scholars but from journalists putting a doomsday, fear mongering spin on nutrition (fear sells in journalism) or from salespeople trying to push a supplement or diet program for their company. Because of this, much of the information we get on nutrition is biased or false, so before you freak out that eating apples are bad for you, ask yourself this question: Who gave you this advice? Was it a friend with no credentials on nutrition? Was it a sales representative whose job it is to push their product, or was it from a blog or news source that sites no studies or specific sources? Be careful when you hear the generic term, “experts say.” Who are these experts? Unless there is a specific study cited from a reputable scientific journal or a reputable scholar, that can mean anything. Also, studies and experiments need to be repeated many times before we really understand them, and some have more merit than others due to the way the study was conducted. Was it a double blind controlled study? Were the methods of measurement accurate? You would have to be a bit of an expert to understand why some studies are better than others.

Diet information can be run by fads. If a recent study indicates that high fat diets improve the sleep patterns of diabetics, everyone will go on that diet, even the non-diabetics, and they’ll assume it will help them lose weight, even though the study was about sleep patterns. These days it doesn’t have to be a study. It can just be something someone posted on social media that looks interesting and goes viral.

All my certifications are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for assessing professional competence. All the information I have been taught come from the most comprehensive scientific studies and advancements. I am also required to continue my education and update my certifications every year. The classes I take are taught by people with advanced degrees in the field, often by professors with Ph.ds who have dedicated their lives to science and research. However, there is a lot of crap out there. I’ve seen articles that have completely misread or made assumptions about expert advice to put a spin on things that have made me cringe.

Recently I opened an article on my browser’s home page about how nutritional experts are misunderstood. It said that we nutritionists say fiber is bad for you because it can cause gastrointestinal distress. This was taken out of context. On the contrary, fiber is an essential nutrient. We recommend that the average person get at least 20 grams of fiber each day. It can help prevent gastrointestinal disease. However, if you are an athlete who wants to take advantage of the carb boost gained from eating carbs right before or during a workout or event, it’s probably better to pick a less fibrous form of carbs so you don’t get gastrointestinal distress during your performance. The article kept saying “experts say” but it wasn’t written by a nutritionist nor did it quote any experts or site any literature.

Recently someone said to me, “if you aren’t speaking out against the quacks, you might as well be supporting them,” so I just want to clear this up to my followers.

On supplements: Fitness supplements are harmless to some, a shady business to others. Since supplements aren’t well regulated by the FDA, you can give someone a water pill and say that anything is in it. It amazes me how many people will buy anything if they are told it will help them build muscle or lose weight without even thinking about consulting their doctor. I’ve met a few people who were so sold on supplements by their gym or trainer, who got Crohn’s disease as a result and had to stop working out. I know a dietician who often meets patients with gastrointestinal problems due to the sheer number of nutritional supplements they have consumed, this includes bars and powders. Please remember that supplements are not meant to replace food.

Before you buy just any supplement, please check out the warning and regulations on the USDA’s website here:

https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/dietary-supplements

If you are discovering my website for the first time, I recommend this blog on different types of diets for different reasons. These specific diets are the ones that have the most long standing research. Fad diets are not included here:

http://heroestraining.com/?p=999

Remember the overlooked obvious, to cut out the junk food and eat a diet rich in variety and nutrients, such as the one described in the food plate here:

http://heroestraining.com/?p=385

So you don’t get fooled by marketing found on food labels, please read my blog on how to read them with discernment here:

http://heroestraining.com/?p=824

If you’d like to follow more articles written specifically by fitness and nutritionist experts, check out my twitter page where I post articles regularly

https://twitter.com/HeroesTraining

P.S., I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in so long as this year has been extremely busy for me. I’m still here and hopefully I can post more in the future.

PostHeaderIcon With Loving Kindness

It’s December of 2017 and what a crazy year this has been throughout the world! Earlier today, I asked one of my clients how she was feeling. Instead of telling me she felt stressed or frazzled, which is a typical response, she said, “I’d say I’m stressed, but there are so many people far worse off than I am.” The fires here in Southern California are finally dying down. While I experienced a bad power outage and had to be evacuated from one of my jobs, this is nothing compared with those who have lost there homes; it’s nothing compared to the hurricanes that hit the Caribbean and most of the southern states, the devastating earthquakes that hit Mexico, Iran and other parts of the world, the tragedy of the worst mass shooting in history, and just the general social unrest regarding race, assault and harassment.

You’d think we’d all be bitter and cynical, but what I saw, especially in the fitness community, was a lot of gratitude for what we do have, as many of us have looked for ways to raise money and help those who are not as lucky as we are. Suddenly, our own problems become miniscule and money becomes less important.

At this time of year, I try to take some time to contemplate my new years resolutions. Sometimes I just take some time to reflect on what’s important. In the past I’ve focused more on gratitude and character, but this year, I’d like to raise my glass to compassion, pure, selfless compassion, also referred to as love.

I noticed, this year, that whenever there was a tragedy, not only did we become more grateful for what we have, we become suddenly aware of what is really important. Our heart goes out to people, whether we know them or not. We sympathize and automatically want to help. We become aware of the fact that we aren’t alone. We are all in this together.

People often ask me how I have the energy to teach and train so many people. Looking back over my career, I honestly think its because I receive just as much as I give. My clients and students have taught me so much. You have shared your lives with me, and I realize I’m not alone. No matter what is happening in my life, I can go teach a class or train a client, and for the time I’m doing it, I forget about me. I’m there for you, and there is something truly healing about that. You’ve all been through so much. Many of my students and clients had to be re-located due to the gas leak a couple of years ago. Some have been affected by the fires. Many suffer from chronic illness or take care of loved ones, but you still show up and live your life. Some of you might have taken some time off to deal with your own lives right now. Maybe I haven’t seen you for a while but it doesn’t mean that I’m not thinking of you and wishing you well. I’m so moved by stories and I have listened to so many stories of you living life, overcoming adversity and still showing up to train, and to greet me with your bright faces.

So, this holiday I’d just like to say Namaste. I just want to bow to you and send out my love and kindness as you have all done for me, whether you realize it or not. My life has truly been touched by your beauty.

 

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