As a Wellness Coach, one of my main objectives is to help others explore effective and sustainable ways of preparing food which are not only enjoyable, but also quick and easy. Many of my videos are intended to emphasize this idea.
In our culture, “healthy food” is often synonymous with bland salads, boring boiled chicken breast and minimal flavour of any kind. While many people are starting to realise that healthy can also be tasty, there are still a lot of people who remain in the dark. My goal is to spread my message to these people, and show them how I personally use very basic and simple ideas to prepare delicious, healthy meals every day, and how doing so helps to keep me looking lean and athletic year round.
I don’t know many people who enjoy food more than me, and anyone who knows me will be able to attest to that. I enjoy a wide variety of different dishes and flavours, while at the same time knowing what to avoid based on my individual biological needs. Everybody reacts differently to different foods, and I will teach you how to recognise which foods agree with you and which don’t.
Personally, as you may have noticed, I find the most effective way of eating to be a basic combination of a variety of meat and vegetables. Most people within our population struggle to stay in shape, and not for the reasons they might believe. Many of these people exercise regularly, and yet still struggle to obtain the body shape they want. The mainstream media has told us for decades to avoid fat and eat more carbohydrates. It has also told us that red meat causes bowel cancer and heart disease. However, these claims are based on inconsistent studies which ignore other lifestyle factors of the participants, (Smoking, alcohol, consumption of sugar and fast food, inflammatory foods, lack of fruits and vegetables, etc.) all of which are themselves contributors to disease. Additionally, it is important to note that a high-fibre diet significantly reduces the risk of cancer, especially bowel cancer, and the fibre intake of the previously mentioned participants was not taken into account. The typical western diet is very low in fibre and high in poor quality red meat, hence explaining the high incidence of bowel cancer.
The studies also ignore the quality of the meat consumed, which is very important as organic meat is far more nutritious than its non-organic counterpart. Organic beef, for example, is higher in micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals due to the quality of food the cow consumes. (Nutrient rich grass instead of mass produced, low nutrient corn.) It is also free of toxic pesticides and hormones, unlike standard non-organic meats.
If you wish to read more about this, below is a link to a paper with a large number of referenced studies on the topic.
It may seem as though I digress, but it is critical that we debunk commonly believed myths before continuing with the main point. I eat a high protein, high fibre diet, and I recommend the same to many of my clients. Upon making this change, they rapidly lose body fat, gain muscle tone, feel more energized and focused, and generally happier.
Replacing a high-carbohydrate diet with a diet of high protein and fibre has a host of benefits. Including:
- It improves insulin sensitivity, stabilising blood sugar for longer and making you feel more “awake” and “alert” throughout your day.
- Reduces inflammation of the organs, allowing better digestion, absorption, immune function and neurotransmitter production. These are the chemicals which control your mood, so you feel happier and more focused.
- It allows for improved detoxification by way of providing the liver with a wider range of both antioxidants & fibre (from veggies) and amino acids (from meat) which it needs to complete both phases of detox. You do not get anywhere near enough of these nutrients from a starch dominant diet!
While for the reasons listed above, I am a big proponent of a high protein/low carbohydrate approach for myself and many of my clients, it should be noted that it is not for everyone. I cannot stress enough that everyone is different, and no given diet is suitable for all individuals. Some may have intolerances to various meats, others may find they do better than others on a relatively high-carbohydrate diet. I am simply sharing my philosophy and speaking generally.
There are many ways you can incorporate this way of eating into your lifestyle. Here are some of my favourites:
- Roast: You can use poultry, lamb, beef, pork, whatever you want as long as the meat is organic quality (or as close as possible to). Be sure to include LOTS of vegetables for fibre and antioxidants!
- Stir-Fry: Stir fries are so easy, and one of the healthiest ways to prepare food. Again, you can use virtually any meat, and a wide range of vegetables so you’ll never get bored.
- Curry: There are unlimited combinations of herbs, spices and other flavours you can use to really spruce up a good curry. If you know what you’re doing, it can be a lot of fun!
- Barbecue: I love a good barbecue, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with whipping up some organic steaks and veggies after a day at work.
- “Mince & Veggies”: This is one of my favourites, because it’s so easy. You can toss some nuts through the mixture for some added texture, and again, which meat and veggies you use is entirely up to you.
Occasionally there is nothing wrong with including some rice or potato in your meals, as long as you’ve exercised! Why? I’ll address this in another article, along with any other questions you may have.
If you are someone who has struggled with their health, fitness and/or physique, I encourage you to give this a try! Watch my videos, have a look at how I eat to stay in shape. If it works for you, let me know, and tell your friends! It is my mission to see a healthier world, and dispel the misguided myths many of us still live by.