Protein powder can be a dirty word. For some, images of a tattooed gym rat flexing between sets comes to mind. You then see them drinking some strange liquid in a shaker and wonder how legal it is… For a long time, sports supplements such as these have been reserved for the meathead fringe, as powder companies … Continue reading Protein Powder… Just For Meatheads or A Must Have?
This was the first question from a little nutrition presentation I did over the weekend. The audience turned to the questioner then to me as they were clearly thinking the same thing…. “Do I have to give up my sweet, precious, liquid gold?!” The answer was “no, it’s not, but maybe yes, it depends…” … Continue reading Is Coffee Bad?
“What doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger.” – Nietzsche. I wonder if Nietzsche would have the same perspective today? Maybe he would have said something like “what doesn’t kill the already strong, can make the strong stronger, but what doesn’t kill the weak will make the weak weaker.” Author Nassim Taleb draws on this and more … Continue reading Antifragile I: Being Harder to Kill
Whenever I do a nutrition talk I usually start with the ‘Food Pyramid’ because it’s really where everything went all wrong. I point out to the audience that our nutrition authorities recommend eating 8 – 11 servings of grains per day, the equivalent to 22 slices of bread… This always gets a laugh. So, … Continue reading Australia’s New Food Pyramid…. And Why Brazil Does it Better
Steak Night. 2 steaks, potato and veggies for $10. Gold. It was also an excuse to get the guys together; steak night was more about catching up than the cheap steaks. Socialising like this is taken for granted when you’re growing up, yet now it’s harder to get everyone together as our lives have become … Continue reading Why I Smothered My Steak With Butter or Why Fat is Good
“It’s like, totally healthy.” You hear this from your hipster friend who’s raving about their biodynamic yoghurt with crushed chia seeds. “Yeah, it’s like alkalising, detoxifying, and it’s got like, so much protein.” You don’t question them, they seem confident and assertive. Later on you question this ‘nutritiousness’ thing.
“It’s just another low carb, fad diet…” This is what I recently heard from a nutritional expert when they were asked why so many celebrities, sportspeople, and regular folk alike were ditching the carbs. First Thing: We’re going through a health crises in this nation. We have 1.5 million diabetics (2007 data) with a projected minimum … Continue reading Why A Low Carb Diet Actually Works
As I wake to the announcement that we’re flying over the Antarctica, I gaze down, admire the mighty icebergs and think ‘I’m very, very lucky.’ Yes, travel is an awesome thing. It gives us the opportunity to explore new worlds, learn new things, and challenge parts of ourselves that we didn’t know existed. It is … Continue reading The Barefoot Guide to Surviving Jet lag
When I heard this headline, I was obviously taken aback…. Could much of what I’ve learned be part of some carnivore agenda? All those books, studies, all that work with clients, could it all have amounted to nothing?!? And what about my vegan friends? Do I owe them one big apology?! Okay, I’ve also emphasised … Continue reading Raising Steaks: My Take on the “A High Protein Diet is Worse Than Cigarettes” Study
“I, like, cannot function without my morning coffee,” I hear this and cringe. Not because I’m a health snob, but because I once felt this way, and I know that it’s not pretty. The life of a personal trainer revolves around early mornings and late evenings – both of which require you to be constantly … Continue reading Need to Cut Down on Coffee?? 3 Healthier Alternatives