Nutrition and The Foods We Eat

(All of the information shared in these blogs is the opinion of the authors. These opinions are based on years of personal and professional experience in the health, wellness and fitness industry.)

In this day and age, it’s difficult to know what to believe when it comes to nutrition. The media, the internet and supermarkets are all awash with conflicting information on what is good for us and what isn’t. It’s no wonder that Scotland has a serious cloud hanging over it’s head in the health stakes. In an article reported by BBC News in November 2013, it showed that obesity levels between adults and children is on the rise. Scotland has been branded the ‘second in the world for obesity‘ after America; it is an extremely distressing statistic.

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Society is conditioned to think a certain way due to a number of influential factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Television advertising is probably the biggest culprit. Billions of pounds are spent annually on splashing products across our screens, cleverly positioned in order to appeal to the correct audiences, and we are guilty of being sucked in by them. One of the most shrewdly marketed products is breakfast cereals. The adverts are fun, colourful, often feature some form of furry mascot and claim to be packed full of essential nutrients that will fill you up and keep you going until lunchtime. However, did you know that the average shelf life for your run-of-the-mill cereal is 12 months? How can something that can sit in a bag for 12 months and not spoil be considered a healthy choice? Another consumable long-hailed as being good for growing strong bones and strengthening our teeth is cow’s milk. However, there is more and more evidence to suggest that cow’s milk does more damage than good. Pablo wrote a great blog entitled The Truth About Cow’s Milk, if you want to learn more.

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At DMC Fitness, we go against the grain (quite literally). We don’t encourage our students to count calories and swap white bread for brown. In fact, we actively discourage consumption of any processed foods whatsoever for maximum results and vibrant health. We have conducted experiments on ourselves and found that removing wheat, gluten and dairy products from our diets has multiple health benefits. Instead of eating a diet rich in what are essentially toxins, we opt for natural, unprocessed produce.

A typical day would consist of the first meal of the day being eaten around 12 noon, and this would be either eggs or hummus with raw chopped vegetables. Lunch would be around 2 or 3pm and would be either salad or stir fry veg with avocados and a protein source. An evening meal generally involves a couple of pieces of meat and lots of green veggies. Starch intake varies depending on training days and generally, there is no snacking, aside from some almonds now and again or a protein shake with a banana post-training in order to help the body to recover.

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Below is a list of the foods that we recommend for vibrant health and vitality. This is a largely alkaline-based diet – you can read more about the importance of alkalinity in this blog, once again from our very own Pablo Jareno. Like everyone else, we do believe in balance and that it is important to have fun with food from time to time. If you aim for 90% clean, nutritious and unprocessed foods and use food for entertainment 10% of the time, you will be able to enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle.  If you are in need of any help or inspiration for what to eat for optimum health, there are recipes posted on our Facebook page daily.

An example of the types of foods we choose to eat are.

Alkalising Foods

Fruits                                                                                                                       
Lemon
Lime
Grapefruit
Avocado
Bananas
Apricots
Dates
Raisins
Watermelon
Mango
Papaya
Grapes
Pineapple
Melon
Pear
Orange
Peach
Coconut
Kiwi
Tomatoes

Vegetables
Spinach
Aubergine
Asparagus
Celery
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Sweet potato
Peppers
Onions
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Cucumber
Carrot
Beetroot
Kale

Nuts/beans
Almonds
Brazil nuts
Sprouted nuts
Pumpkin seeds
Chickpeas
Kidney beans

Oils
Olive oil
Avocado oil
Flaxseed oil
Coconut oil
Apple cider vinegar

Herbs/Spices
Capiscum
Sea salt
Fennel
Basil
Cayenne pepper
Garlic

Drinks
Water

Green tea / Coffee (organic)/ fruit tea
Almond milk ( make your own)
Coconut milk
Greens drinks

All of the above, some plus animal protein if you choose, and some eggs represent the foundation of “OUR” daily food choices aka diets. We encourage our students to supplement with greens drinks to assist balance of pH levels within their body.

So, there you have it. That is how we eat and how we encourage our students to eat.

To Health, Happiness & “Strength for Life”

Your coach and friend

DMC