This blog will discuss some basic principles into my nutrition lifestyle. It will include some basic strategies that I use that have helped me with my lifestyle and health and I hope can be of help to you. I am not a doctor just someone who has learnt through experience.
“When diet is wrong medicine is of no use; When diet is correct medicine is of no need” – Ayurvedic Proverb
“The food you eat can be the safest form and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of posion” Ann Wigmore
Healthy eating is a massive aspect of my life and a big contributory factor to my health. I always look to nutrition before medication. I believe my health is 70% because of nutrition and 30% because of physical activity. This is attributed to the right mindset which I spoke about in the previous blog. Without the mind we cannot achieve anything. The reason I give the 70/30% stat is because I have trained all my life but my health at times was still not good when I was training and not eating well. When I do both I am at my peak for health. Even when I am injured and have needed to take 6/8 weeks off but have maintained my healthy eating I have stayed healthy.
Nutrition v Medication
Tablets and medication has got rid of symptoms I have been suffering but sometimes given me other negative health problems. Looking to nutrition has got rid of symptoms for good and provided other positive health aspects for my body. It’s easy to take the medication and get that quick fix but I believe instead of treating the symptoms try and fix the cause. Sometimes medication leads to more medication. Certain pills are toxic and cause other health related problems down the line. We are seeing as people with Cystic Fibrosis are living longer they are suffering other problems when they are older caused by medication they have taken earlier down the line. For me pills and chemicals are a last resort. I am not advising you not to take you medication. I am advising you to always look into the medication and see if there are alternatives first that can work better. Treat the cause and not the symptom and weigh up the pros and cons to taking a certain tablet.
Eat as much Organic food as possible
Although they are more expensive your health is defiantly worth the price. Organic foods are higher in nutrients and don’t contain chemicals which are harmful to the body. It is important to read the ingredients list when purchasing food and not the calorie content. By eating organic you are making sure you stay away from GMO foods.
The ingredients on this package label are one, nothing other than hemp protein. Therefore no chemicals or extras have been added to the food.
The ingredients on this label however contains over 10 ingredients hardly any of which are real food most are harmful. This is a food I would stay away from. Not because of the calories or amount of carbohydrates, fat etc but because of the ingredients.
Organic foods contain 1/3 as many pesticides as non-organic foods. By taking medication you already are putting toxins and chemicals into your body. Organic food will allow you to put no more chemicals into your body.
Genetically modified Organisms (GMO) are foods that have been modified in a lab adding other chemicals and organisms to them. These will be labelled in your foods as ingredients such as, canola oil, soy lecithin, corn syrup along with other ingredients. The best way to avoid GMO foods are stay organic and get Non GMO labelled food.
Organic food is also more nutrient dense. They have a higher level of Vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants. Why would you restrict these important aspects of health from your body? If you are trying to lose or gain weight you want to contain all the food nutrients possible for your nutrition and your health. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine conducted a review of 41 published studies comparing the nutritional value of organically grown and conventionally grown fruits, vegetables, and grains and concluded that there are significantly more of several nutrients in organic foods crops. The same study also showed that organic grown vegetables contain vitamin C where conventional grown vegetables don’t. On average the study also showed they provide 21% more iron, 27% more vitamin C and 29 % more Iron. Therefore it makes complete sense to eat Organic and get these minerals into your system.
Animal Protein and Dairy Products
With a condition that gets prescribed a lot of medication and drugs anyway I do not want gain any more from food. Animal protein is high in hormones, drugs and antibiotics. If the animal you are eating has been eating toxins that also means that you are eating them. Drugs, antibiotics and growth hormones are directly passed into meat and dairy products. These hormones found in meat and dairy have been shown to increase the risk of cancer along with other effects on your health. They are also hard to digest and this is something Cystic Fibrosis patients already suffer with.
I consume a lot of fish, and it is important to try and source wild caught fish over farm fed. Farmed fish is more contaminated and have a much higher level of chemicals from the way they are looked after and fed. Wild caught fish is more natural and contains less chemicals and real nutrition.
Same with most animal protein; just because you are eating chicken it does not mean it is healthy if the chicken has been pumped with chemicals and steroids. I try to gain a lot of protein from other sources than animal protein such as hemp seeds, avocados, quinoa, lentils etc. I consume animal protein on a rotational basis looking to eat wild caught fish, organic chicken, turkey and eggs.
Dairy products are a big no no. The fact they are recommended in any diet never mind a cystic fibrosis diet baffles me. I have no dairy in my diet what so ever. My calcium levels are well above average and I have never broken a bone ever. This is pretty remarkable you would seem as I have Cystic Fibrosis and compete as a professional fighter. Dr Willet who studied the consumption on dairy products found that. Dairy products increase the risk of bone fractures and actually vitamin D is shown to improve bone strength more than calcium. Consumption of dairy products increases your risk of cancer. Calcium products reduce the risk of colon cancer but dairy products do not. It has also been shown to cause digestive problems and type 1 diabetes. When we drink milk we don’t absorb the calcium from the product. There is more calcium in real foods such as spinach, kale, nuts, fruits and fish which I eat a lot of.
All living things need water to survive. Roughly 60% of your body is water. If we are de-hydrated our bodies cannot work properly. How are we meant to live, function, stay healthy without water. Being hydrated makes you perform better. Water is not an enjoyable drink to consume however it has many health benefits’. I consume a minimum of three litres per day + 1 litre extra per training session. The amount you should drink varies on individual but I recommend a minimum of 2 litres per day and the heavier you are the more you should drink. You can drink the water hot or room temperature and add some lemons, fruit or anything else into to help the taste. Lemons are great for alkalising your system. You don’t need these high sugar drinks or any other drink for that matter. Water, teas and the odd coffee are all you need. High water amount will help flush out your toxins and bacteria, boost your immune system and help aid digestion something which a lot of people with Cystic Fibrosis struggle with. It even helps give me a clear throat. Studies have shown water to help fight off infections and colds as it helps clear the airways. Our muscles are roughly 75% water, blood is 83% and joints are 22%. Why would we not drink water? If we are dehydrated our blood thickens which can put pressure on the heart. Therefore even our heart needs water. It is an easy step to change with so many benefits’.
3 principles that you can add into your lifestyle to help improve your health. If your body and mind is healthy you have a greater chance of a happier lifestyle.
Eat Organic real food as much as possible
Animal Protein and Dairy product consumption rules
These are three principles which have greatly improved my health and quality of lifestyle. Since I had a blocked colon and 12 inches of it removed I really focused on my nutrition. Since focusing on my nutrition my health and quality of life improved. I hope these principles can do the same for you. You should feel better, be able to do more physically and mentally. By improving your nutrition it will help have a knock on effect by improving other areas of your life.