Nutrition

Learn to Feed Yourself for Health, Performance and to Feel Better.

Food for Thought

Food is nourishment and food is fuel, plain and simple. It nourishes us physically and mentally, even emotionally, and provides us with energy to get through the day. Food feeds our most basic needs, and knowing what and how to eat is relatively intuitive, however, over the years food has changed, and our relationship with food has become more dynamic. For many of us, making healthy food choices has become a little more complicated and challenging to understand. I'm here to help you solve the mysteries around food, and to make it all a little easier to digest.

A Lot to Chew On

Nowadays, deciding what to eat, negotiating the supermarket, and knowing what's good for us can be more than confusing. When it comes to food choices, there seem to be too many questions: what is healthy, what is not, organic or non, farmed or wild, local or otherwise, vegetarian, vegan, proteins, carbs, saturated and trans fats, the list goes on, and on… and for all these questions, we are offered many different answers.

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The media loves to talk about food. We are bombarded with information, and a lot of it misinformation. In fact, there are a whole lot of misses when it comes to talking about food: misleading notions, misconceptions, and misinterpretations. The good news, however, is that to solve the problem of what to put on our plates, the solution is less complicated than you think...

Healthful Tips to Fill Your Grocery Bags

  • Shop on the outer-edge of the store, where most of the whole foods are.
  • Try to avoid aisles, where most processed and packaged goods are.
  • If you buy packaged goods, look for those with no more than 4 ingredients.
  • If you come across an ingredient that sounds like it's from a chemistry textbook, or if you just don't know what it is – skip buying that product!
  • Aim to load your grocery cart with 80% (yes 80%) fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Easy to Swallow

When it comes to nutrition and healthy food choices, I believe in a few simple rules. Each of the rules are interrelated, and all stem from a one essential rule:

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EAT REAL FOOD. If it's from the earth, and in its whole, original form, it's good for you.

  • Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. (Imagine a lot, now times that by 10)
  • Drink plenty of H20. (Humans are 60%+ water, so bottoms up!)
  • Balance and variety. (Not too much of one thing, have a bit of everything)
  • Portions and Proportions. (Monitor how much and how much of what)
  • You are what you eat. (Avoid chemicals and modified ingredients)
  • Input = Output. (Eat garbage = Feel like garbage)

The Meal Plan

My approach to nutrition is very black & white. My job is to help demystify the complicated nature of our food "situation," and I do this mainly through education (plus I have a few tricks up my sleeve...). My method comes mainly in the form of open dialogue, tasks for changing habits and forming new ones, plus ongoing support. No magic pills, no gimmicky diets, no "super foods," or supplements. I don't believe in planning every mouthful or counting calories, I work with the facts; it's realistic and straightforward.

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Is it work? Yes. But only for a while, and once you get there, maintenance is a piece of cake (that's right, there's room for dessert!). The importance, however, is placed on small, incremental steps for sustainable change. No yo-yo's here! Lifestyle modification takes time, but when you look at the big picture, the time you invest is nothing compared to the time you've already spent (on getting where you are now), or the time you'll save (on tactics that get you nowhere).

Last, but definitely not least, eating can be enjoyable for everyone. Food can be comforting, social, and fun. Ideally, we can all develop healthy eating habits that allow for munching without guilt, snacking without regret, and savoring the foods we love. Following the "80/20" rule of food: 80% good, 20% not-as-good – there's room to indulge, yet still experience optimal and lasting health.

Nutrition Rates

Nutrition advice and planning is always included with all personal, partner, and group training packages, or I can be consulted separately:

$90 (+ tax) per 1hr Consultation.