One of Australia’s most successful personal is trainers is Paul Lubicz. Based in LA, the Perth-born Lubicz he has trained some of the biggest names in entertainment, Rupert Murdoch and Elton John among them. His insights on fitness and health are what make him popular among the Hollywood elite, so we’ve asked him to share them with Fitness First mag readers. His first is an unusual comparison…
Would you Eat Yourself If You Were Food?
If you were on the shelf at a supermarket what would the label read?
Would you be an Organic, Antibiotic, Hormone or Pesticide Free, Free Range, Grass-fed, Non-GMO, locally grown,
humanly raised item or would you be a factory farm battery hen?
The fact is, we are what we eat, so why not lead your life like the label on a healthy food? Check out these 5 comparisons.
1. Go Free Range (get outside and move)
Food: Animals that are tightly packed into cages, sheds or pens, cannot practice their normal behaviours, such as reproducing, grazing, and roosting. Laying hens are crowded into cages so small there’s not enough room for all of the birds to sit down at one time. Meat and eggs from these animals are lower in a number of key vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.
You: You get serious benefits from being free range. Be outside in nature and your vitamin D levels rise. Studies suggests that this vitamin helps fight conditions ranging from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks. You’ll get more exercise. If you make getting outside a goal, that should mean less time in front of the television and computer and more time walking and doing other things that put the body in motion. It promotes weight loss, and fewer musculoskeletal and cardiovascular problems. Also you’ll be happier, with studies proving that people who spend more time outside have less stress and a lower risk of depression and anxiety. So make it a point to get outside and in nature as much as possible.
2. Be Grass-Fed (eat greens)
Food: There are a number of nutritional differences between the meat of pasture-raised and feedlot-raised animals. To begin with, meat from grass-fed cattle and sheep is lower in total fat than meat from grain-fed animals. If the meat is very lean, it can have one third the fat of a similar cut from a grain-fed animal. Grain-fed cattle are prone to serious health conditions such as bloat, diarrhoea, ulcers, liver disease and a weakened immune system. To combat these health problems, cattle are continually fed antibiotics, which leads to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that increasingly render modern medicine ineffective.
You: Most health experts will tell you that the more greens you eat, the less likely you are to develop chronic diseases such as cancer and heart problems. But the reality is that most Australians don’t eat nearly enough nutrient-packed dark-green vegetables, so they can’t take advantage of their myriad health benefits, which include reducing inflammation, enhancing detoxification and helping maintain a proper acid-base balance in the body. Here, “Super Greens,” can help. The most common types include wheatgrass, barley grass and alfalfa, along with algaes such as spirulina and chlorella. Most are edible in their natural, unprocessed form, but since most people are disinclined to chew on barley grass or add sea greens to their salad bowls, they are commonly offered in powder, capsule or juice form.
3. Avoid antibiotics
Food: Farmers discovered decades ago that animals fed small amounts of antibiotics (below the doses used to treat infections) gain more weight. The (UCS) report that about 70 percent of all antibiotics made in the United States now go to fattening up livestock. In the mid-1980s, 16 million pounds of antibiotics were used in livestock production. Twenty-five million pounds are being used in the US today. This ever-increasing use is contributing to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. According to the UCS, more than 95 percent of common bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus are now resistant to penicillin, requiring the use of newer and stronger drugs – but we still consume this meat. So as mentioned earlier animals that remain on pasture from birth until market are so much healthier they rarely require antibiotic treatment.
You: Overuse of antibiotics (every time you feel slightly sick) doesn’t just lead to drug-resistant superbugs; it may also permanently wipe out the body’s good bacteria. Good bacteria in the gut help people in many ways, including helping make vitamins and boosting immunity. Some researchers think that killing them off with antibiotics may be contributing to rises in chronic health conditions such as obesity, asthma, and cancer. Bolster your immune system with a healthy natural diet, exercise that is right for you and the right amount of rest and recovery.
Also be conscious of balance in your life, the balance between stress and rest recovery and rejuvenation, so that you can avoid a depression in your immune system and avoid getting sick. if you do come down with something you can recover faster if you do become unwell. I’m not saying never use antibiotics because when you are in a health crisis western medicine is so very valuable. Instead try a proactive holistic approach before it comes to illness. I love this book by Dr Fuhrman it makes such good sense on how to naturally bolster your immune system.
4. Eat Organic
Food: Choosing to support local organic farms that take care of the environment and raise their animals and plants ethically is a very positive way to spend your food dollar. By eating animal products raised on such farms you provide the healthiest choice for your family and support the farms that support healthy and ecological neighborhoods. In contrast, animal agriculture using “factory farms” produces surprisingly large amounts of air and water pollution and causes 80 percent of the world’s annual deforestation. It also needs large amounts of water, and livestock worldwide consumes half the world’s total grain harvest.
You: Eating organic means avoiding the trace pesticide residue that comes with conventionally farmed foods, and organic food may even have higher nutritional values.
5. Avoid Stress
Food: As a rule organic farmers treat animals in a more humane, ethical way. On the other hand, factory farms treat animals like commodities, keeping them in tightly confined pens where they often never move more than a few metres their whole lives. Animals that are free range, grass-fed and are on a small local organic farms are more likely to be raised without cruelty and as a result are less stressed. Stress hormones are directly passed into the animal’s body, which means we are consuming them too via meat. Mass-produced and driven by financial goals is not conducive to a low stress environment for humans or animals alike.
You: Coming in and out of balance is a constant, a part of our life’s journey. Being proactive means taking active steps towards wellness in advance of illness or injury. Bringing balance and tonification into your life is a far more useful approach than only reacting to excess stress in the form of an illness, pain, injury, anxiety or low energy and obesity. Getting blood work done, seeing a traditional or holistic doctor, getting a massage, taking superfoods, talking to a therapist, spending time with friends and family or going on holidays – it all helps balance stress in its various forms. Even when there are temporary setbacks you have the ability to head back to balance and wellness. By using a combination of eastern and western holistic and scientific practices you can find wellness as your regular in your life.
So you are what you eat and drink!
Fat loss should not be your first thought when you think of food. I hope that the idea of what isle would you sit on in the supermarket will spark a slightly different approach to what you eat. The main purpose of food is to nourish those trillions of cells in your body. Just as your car requires the correct gas, when you feed your body the proper food, the body can then take care of it and you can lose weight, be healthy balanced and full of energy.
Let me leave you with some wellbeing nutritional tips
• Follow an anti-inflammatory diet.
• Use organic non-GMO foods when possible. These can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases.
• Eat mostly a plant-based diet heavy on beans, nuts and green plants.
• Eat organic grass-fed meat in small portions, and wild not farmed fish.
• Follow the 80% rule. Reduce 20% of your calories, as studies have shown the amount of calories is in inverse proportion to your longevity.
• Eat with company; that’s proven to make you eat less and slower.
• Drink wine! Wine drinkers out-live non-drinkers. One to two glasses of wine daily will add years to your life, especially when consumed with a plant-based meal.
• Use wholefood, non-GMO vegan supplements, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, superfoods and shakes which are made from organic, animal and plant tissues.
• Eat organic when you can, such as fruits and vegetables grown in mineral-rich soils, without chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, or additives of any kind.
• Connect to the foods that make you feel good and keep balance as a rule always
Be Happy and Well