WARNING! I am going to start this post with a bit of a rant. OK, here goes: I get a call and voice mail. The caller says that she has my Kettlebell Training Card in her hand, left her number and asked that I call back. Pretty normal. I call her back and she goes directly into “sales” mode and starts telling me about her collagen/protein supplement that I simply MUST try (because it is the BEST thing EVER…this week!) I tell her that I do not take supplements. She shoots right back at me with “What!? You workout and you don’t take supplements?!!” like I was like CRAZY. I said, “no, none at all.” She said “well, goodbye”. I said “goodbye” and shook my head.
Here’s how I see it. If most of those “Super products” worked, we would all look like fitness models, right!? If I can take one pill to burn fat, and another to avoid those pesky cravings, and one that has all the greens I need, and one that has all the fruits I need (probably from some remote African place I can’t pronounce) then, VIOLA! I should be in perfect health, right?! I just do not see that happening. If you feel you have a lack of a nutrient, please do some research and/or seek professional advice that you trust. I personally recommend Holistic practitioners over MDs for such things. Health is a serious subject, and there are people who make a lot of money selling “healthy” products that may range from possibly helpful to downright dangerous, and just because some celebrity does a commercial for it does not mean it is good for you! There are good, safe products, and herb formulas available. Please educate yourself before taking anything!
The human body was designed to turn food into energy to run all it’s complex systems. I should be able to get all the nutrition my body needs from the food I eat to power the movements that I do. That is how my body is designed. “Real Food”, by my own definition, is food that was grown, (as opposed to manufactured), preferably organically and locally as much as is practical. Food comes from the ground and from animals and fish. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, I totally get and respect that and know that you can get enough protein, you just need to know how. I lived as a pretty healthy vegetarian for many years. I now choose to add meat sources to my diet. No judgement! I feel that I do need to say that I do not hold any credential in nutrition, I can only tell you what I know from my own experience and research. (That was my disclaimer) A diet that is based on vegetables, clean, natural protein, and fruit seems pretty perfect to me. I find that gluten (All types of wheat, rye, and barley) causes inflammation and bloat for me and for many people that I know. When I ate a regular “American Diet”, I did not notice because that was normal then. It is NOT normal now. the book Wheat Belly, by William Davis is a good read. I also recommend The Whole 30, by Dallas and Mellisa Hartwig, and my personal guide, The Warrior Diet, by Ori Hoffminkler. If you want to, please do your own research. If you just want to listen to someone you trust, and you trust me…EAT REAL FOOD as much as practical! Enjoy your occasional treat and eat it with absolute joy and reckless abandon! Adopt some kind of “intermittent fasting”…ask me if you don’t know what that is, or read The Warrior Diet.
Everyone is different, and everyone likes different kinds of food and ways of eating. Just concentrate on eating as clean as practical for your life, and pick up that KETTLEBELL! To quote Pavel from Enter the Kettlebell“Eat a halfway decent diet and do the drills…” The results come!