Priorities, results and things you really need to know!

By: Quinton de Bruin

While I was digesting content for the last post, I got some warm fuzzy feelings. Even in my lifetime to date our lifestyles have changed so much. Mealtimes used to be occasions, the family would sit down around the table for a meal and it could take substantial time as there was story telling of the day's events and all round a good time.

In my own life, meals have become something I need to do – almost as if it is a hurdle to cross before moving onto the next 'important' thing.

Our society is in the state it is as much because of what we eat as it is because of the relationship we have with food.

It is easy to mindlessly finish a bag of Doritos or tray of Tim Tams while watching TV. After a bad day reaching out to a family size slab of chocolate or tub of ice cream provides a very short lived numb feeling.

When you eat like this, in a mindless and reflexive way it is so easy to overeat because you just take no notice of what is going into your mouth at that time. I would be guilty of this quite regularly and know I am not on my own in that. The Wild Lifestyle claims to have strategies to assist with this – personally looking forward to that.

It is time to set higher standards of what we consume and take pleasure in every morsel that passes our lips. After all food is fuel, food is medicine and food is healthy.

So what does that look like? For me it means making mealtimes an event again, setting the table and looking forward to eating favourite real foods. Ultimately making food a focus in life.

The manual talks about ordinary people getting extraordinary results. The people we seem to idolise – celebrities, sports stars and sports models – they weren't born with the perfect bodies or the "right genes". These people follow a focused approach to both food and exercise (not to mention in some cases drugs, cosmetic surgery and Photoshop!)

Our body composition is roughly speaking 80% nutrition and 20% exercise (you cannot out train a poor diet). Genetics is not a valid excuse either, we all have the genes to program our body to be lean and healthy, the trick is to reprogram ourselves to achieve that. Being overweight comes down to what we shove in our mouth and hormones being out of alignment, not our genes. Through dietary modification and exercise, the Wild Lifestyle restores insulin sensitivity, boosts fat-burning hormones and optimises the glucose transporter system.

We don't give much thought to the detail that our physiology functions optimally on a wild plant and animal diet. With the advent of agriculture and even more so industrial food processing, we have become predominantly carbs eaters. It is hardly surprising then that we have a plethora of accompanying diseases with an alarming increase in cases of older and younger people. It is worth noting that not all new foods are damaging and likewise not all natural foods are good for you. The objective is to get the body back to its natural fat-burning state by following a natural diet.

Previously what I had paid little attention to is facts about how we get fat, by which I don't mean simply that if you eat too much of the wrong foods, you will get fat! No, we all know that one! I am referring to what happens when you consume that bagel inside your body. Of late, I have been extremely frustrated and annoyed at how stubborn my body has become in terms of shredding a few kilos! Tomorrow I will dedicate the entire post to these enlightening knowledge bites and what has for me provided further insight and motivation to fully consider what I eat.

The small print: now is probably a good time to encourage you to have a discussion about your personal situation with your doctor, a nutritionist and the Body and Motion trainers to work out how best to achieve any challenges you have in mind. The thoughts in these blogs are my own personal opinion and shouldn't be taken as direct advice. Some of the choices around what I consume or what activity I partake in may not be endorsed by Body and Motion. However, the team will always be keen enablers of your fitness goals! Talk to us today.


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