Could your DNA actually determine what type of foods you should and shouldn’t eat? Could it be that your genes make it harder for you to lose weight, even though you’re doing everything right and eating healthy? The new field of nutrigenomics could show that it does. And the DNA diet might just have the scientific research that the Blood Type Diet lacks.
When researching for this article, I became fascinated by this futuristic-type science. By simply taking a swap of your mouth and sending it to a lab, within a week or two, you can know exactly what foods to eat or avoid specifically for your DNA. Sounds too good to be true! I was full of excitement and anticipation.
But before I raced off to buy my kit, which I very nearly did, I checked online for some reviews on where DNA testing is at. DNA testing has come a long way. I love crime shows and I’m fascinated by how far DNA testing has come in crime and investigation to nail a killer. However, to almost my...
Contrary to common belief, changing your habits doesn’t take a designated amount of time. Many people think that habits take 12 weeks to change. But that’s just not the case. Habits don’t have a schedule telling them when to switch on or switch off. It’s not like you get to 12 weeks and through some magical switch, just activate. Habits evolve. They become stronger and they become weaker. They move along a continuum. And that continuum is infinite.
Like many others, I believed that habits took a designated amount of time to establish. And most of the internet will reinforce this. The most common time frame you’ll hear for a habit to become solid is 12 weeks. This is the theory underpinning so many of those 12 week programs you see in the fitness industry. But undertaking my own research into habits helped me to see otherwise.
Consider the smoker who gives up for ten years, only to take up the habit again at a party. Or the father who was never there for...
Probably the biggest aversion to outdoor exercise is the weather. Sure, you could just go join a gym — have a controlled temperature, with a controlled level of humidity, and be completely dry (well except for the sweat) every session, every day. But when there are so many additional health benefits to outdoor exercise, who wants to make every session a gym session?
I exercise outside all the time. I love outdoor exercise. While working out in a gym might provide a bit more comfort, particularly when the weather outside isn’t ideal, breathing fresh air while you’re exercising is much better for you than recycled, conditioned air, especially if you work in an office all day. Research is beginning to support all kinds of benefits to outdoor exercise, even in as little as just 5 minutes.
Studies are beginning to show that outdoor exercise can boost your self-esteem and mood. One study from the University of Essex in 2010, showed that this can occur from just 5 minutes...
I always thought intermittent fasting was just another nutrition gimmick hitting the health and fitness industry. I was wrong.
I’ve been intermittent fasting since I picked up a book from a friend of mine, Adam Martin. The book is called Start Late Stay Light and gives a description of how and why Adam got into intermittent fasting, along with its benefits. After reading the book and listening to some of the interviews on his podcast, “How the Focaccia”, I decided to give intermittent fasting a try.
I never tried intermittent fasting for weight loss, but for that purpose, it’s also very beneficial. I tried intermittent fasting for the health benefits that I was continually reading and learning about. Some of those benefits were increased growth hormone, the removal of waste products, cellular repair processes and the association with extreme life longevity — living to well beyond 100, which trends predict will be possible within our lifetime.
Are we designed to eat certain foods based on our blood type? Could eating food based on your blood type actually help you to reduce your body fat percentage? Peter J. D’Adamo believes so. He’s the naturopath who created the diet — the Blood Type Diet.
My partner, Holly, and I, along with all our kids, primarily eat the same foods, just like any normal family. But a growing field in nutritional genomics (nutrigenomics) is challenging that simple approach to feeding our (and your) family. The latest scientific research suggests that the intricate interplay between DNA and diet may have a powerful influence on why I can’t eat the pasta we all love, and why one of our sons, Jax, will sniff sugar out like a bloodhound.
The Blood Type Diet evolved out of scientific studies into genetics. The terms, “food is medicine” and “food is information” are becoming popularised by people like celebrity chef, Pete Evans, and functional medicine doctor,...
Getting back into exercise can be tough — you’re not feeling as energetic as you used to and you know that first session is probably going hurt. However, once you’ve done it, you know you’ll feel better for it. And every session thereafter will get easier. So to make that transition back into exercise easier, should you join a gym and hire a personal trainer?
As a personal trainer, I didn’t think I needed to hire one. And the only time I’ve worked out in gyms is when I’ve worked in them. I’ve always believed that the great outdoors provides everything you need for a complete full-body workout, and the fresh air is better for you too. But when I was doing a workout (in a gym) with a mate who is also a personal trainer, he pointed out a couple of things to do with my shoulders, while doing bench press, that I would never have noticed myself.
Regardless of how experienced you are and how much you know, a personal trainer is capable of...
Starting exercise can be daunting. You’ve finally had enough of not feeling good about yourself, all your friends are starting, or maybe they’re not into health the way you want to be and you’re nervous of what they might think? Maybe you’re scared about how much it might to hurt and how much pain your PT might put you through?
I have people come to me all the time who either haven’t exercised in ages or at all. I want to put my arm around them and tell them it’ll all be okay. But that wouldn’t do much to ease their anxiety. It’d be good to create a video of them in ten weeks and show them what they look like, how they’re feeling and what they think of the training they’ve done with me. But that’s not possible…yet. If they’re joining one of my groups, the best I can do is to get them to come along and meet the other members. But even that’s nerve-wracking.
The simple fact is, you just...
Not another New Years resolution article. Arghh. I hear you. But hear me out. So many people still set New Years resolutions, but even if you don’t, you probably still use this time of year to reflect on the past and dream about the future.
I absolutely love this time of year. It’s so full of optimism and possibilities. For the past few years I’ve reviewed my year and created a life plan full of well-thought-out-goals for the year ahead. Each year, I move a little closer to the ideal life I want to live. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life as it is, but I believe that if I stop and float, I’ll drift to an unwanted destination. So once again this year, I’ve been intentional about the life I want to live and I’m dreaming about what might be.
One of the less spoken about problems with goal setting is that they often lack strategy. They’re often born out of an emotional response. Now that’s a great way to motivate you to change,...
So Christmas is all done and dusted for yet another year. But you fell off track and enjoyed yourself just a little too much. And now you’re not only feeling bloated and 2kgs heavier, but you’re also feeling disappointed and angry with yourself for giving in to all that yummy temptation.
If you’ve been following my blogs for a while you’ll have picked up on the theme that I believe it’s important to make small changes to your health routines rather than big ones, and to let yourself enjoy less healthy foods as part of your lifestyle on a small but regular basis.
Let me tell you. I ate more. I drank more. And I loved every minute of it!
Christmas is a time when on average, Australians put on 2kgs. I’ve heard other fitness professionals speak about this like it’s the worst thing. And all I believe that does is discourage people and make them feel like a failure.
Let me tell you. I ate more. I drank more. And I loved every minute of it! But I...
Here’s my simple one-word answer to that question… No. And here’s why.
If you’re asking if you can have a cheat day, it means you’re not eating in a way that you thoroughly enjoy. Chances are, you’re trying really hard to eat healthy, move more, and better yourself for some purpose. That purpose is probably to lose weight. And all that takes discipline. And that discipline is hard work. But while it might be manageable during the week, it’s not so easy to maintain on the weekend. So you probably just want permission to relax for a day. You probably want permission to ‘reward’ yourself for all your hard work throughout the week. You want permission to have a cheat day. Here’s something better.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I cheat every day. Every. Single. Day. Trying hard to eat ‘healthy’ all day every day, when you’re not used to it, is hard work. Heck, eating healthy when you are used...
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