Forgive me going off on a bit of a rant today, but I was just having this conversation with a friend and I thought I would share this with you, as it’s a relevant ‘case study’ and applies to loads of people.
What is this post about?
- There are a LOT of people around who are not over weight, so they take an ‘I can eat whatever rubbish I like’ attitude to their diet
- This is deep-held belief that people have, that if they are not grossly over weight, then there is no further connection between diet and health
- Last time I checked the scientific literature, slim people still get sick. Slim people still suffer coughs, colds, flu. Slim people still suffer chronic fatigue, tiredness, skin conditions and bowel conditions. Slim people still get heart disease. Slim people still get cancer. Slim people still die! Last time I spoke to one of my Doctor friends, I don’t recall “Not being over weight” as a cure-all solution to living forever and never getting ill.
Conclusions in this post:
- There are many factors involved in whether or not you are over weight
- Body fat serves numerous function in your body, some of them are involved in keeping you healthy
- Eating a diet high in junk food affects your health in many ways above and beyond whether or not you carry excess body fat
Read on to learn more.
I’m not fat, so I can eat what I like! My food choices don’t affect my health!!
I hear this one a LOT. I could write an entire book (seriously, 100,000 words, 200 pages, no problem!) just tackling this myth and all the threads and sub-topics that come off this. In the interests of time and sanity, I will try to keep this post brief, as you and I don’t have time for a whole book today! Read more
- What is MotherNaturesDiet really all about?
- Who is this for?
- What is the goal?
I am often asked what MND is all about, who is it for, who should follow MND and why?
I have spent a long time thinking about it all.
I have dear friends who have pointed out that on the one hand, I ‘preach’ moderation and clean living: I tell people to practice clean eating, to de-stress, I promote calm living in commune with Mother Nature, I tell people to de-stress, relax, walk in the woods, enjoy the mountains, get some fresh air and sunshine and chill out, I recommend that we all pay off our debts, treat our bodies with respect and love more.
Then on the other hand, I myself train like a maniac 5 days per week, I regularly try to motivate you with posts about my tough training sessions. I cycle miles and miles, I run marathons and ultra-marathons, I run over mountains, I rock climb, I have a climbing wall up the side of my house, I have done 1000 push ups in an hour and I throw 250 pound tractor tyres around several times per week.
People say to me “there seems to be a conflict” and I think about this myself, and I have finally figured out what it’s all about. Read more
Yes folks, here it is, just for you, the MND January special – this 31-day weight-loss plan will help you to:
- Lose weight
- Look better
- Feel great
- Drop a jeans size
- Get fitter
- Undo all the damage done over the holidays
All you have to pay is £0.00p per month and follow this precise plan:
1: Eat clean, eat real food, nourish your body: Read more
There is a saying 'Motivation: it doesn't matter WHERE you get it, just that you DO' and I tend to agree.
One thing I know we all suffer from is body dysmorphia - where we see something in the mirror that isn't really there. Often, women see themselves fat and saggy, when in fact that look fabulous, and men all think they look like Sly Stallone when they actually look more like the Michelin man.
A friend reminded me of this line of thought yesterday, so I thought I would blog about this today.
My friend lamented that he had previously worked hard for 10 months to improve his physical conditioning, but then just 3 months of taking his eye off the ball and all his hard work was lost.
Let me give you an analogy that might resonate with some of you. This is a running story, and I wrote this for a business book I published back in 2009, but it is very relevant to diet and exercise and how we treat our health and our bodies in general.
Your questions...do you have any health related questions you want to ask me?
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What questions do you have about health, nutrition, disease prevention, having more energy and passion, exercise and natural healthy living?
What health challenges do you face?
What diet/cooking/food questions do you have?
What exercise challenges do you face?
I have been looking and studying, for years, other ‘diet solutions’ and ‘weight loss programs’ and healthy living sites and blogs, and I have been thinking about MotherNaturesDiet and the 12 Core Principles.
When I set up MND, I used the word ‘diet’ in its correct form, meaning ‘the way we should nourish ourselves and the range of food we should eat permanently’ not in its misused modern form ‘a temporary restriction of calories so you can squeeze your fat butt into those new jeans for your summer holiday.’
I received an amusing email today. A friend who is single suddenly has a hot date lined up and wants to quickly lose weight and look tip-top as rapidly as possible. The email said (slightly tongue-in-cheek of course) "Any thoughts on how I lose 3 stone in 5 days?" and I laughed, a lot.
I can totally empathise with this situation. I have found myself in a similar situation many times in my life when I have had occasion to suddenly panic at the thought that I have some hot date or important meeting coming up when I want to look my best and there is no time to lose weight and get in shape. I am sure most of us can empathise with this feeling to some degree.
It may be a date with a hot woman
MND is all about giving things up, it's 'the diet of reduction', it's all about keeping things simple and getting back to basics.
When taking on MND as a change in lifestyle, you will give up many things that are not nourishing you.
Interestingly, a friend of mine raised a good point last week, that when embarking on a new ‘diet’, or healthy eating plan, or exercise regime, many people focus all their attention on the things they are giving up, and not on the things they will gain. I think this is a key point where so many people fail on ‘diets’
Hey!! It's my birthday! I'm 42 years old today!
As from today, I am 'officially' living by my 12 Core Principles completely now. I have pretty much been living this way for a the last 6 to 9 months anyway, but now I am being more strict.
What you can measure, you can manage
That old business saying is true, you can only manage what you measure, so I think the best way to start is with a full set of my stats, as follows:
•Height: 6 ft 1 in (186 cm)