If you want to improve your health, fitness, and wellbeing, good nutrition is often the most important factor.
This website contains an overview of many effective diets, and the theories behind them. Some of this information is new and has not yet been published, while much of it has been known for over 50 years. What I have aimed to do here is group it all in one place, so that the similarities, and patterns of good nutrition become apparent. Much of what is widely accepted as normal nutrition in developed countries is decidedly unhealthy, and a change to healthy eating habits can often reverse illness rapidly. The changes in your diet required to achieve good health can be difficult and far reaching, but the results may be astonishing.
Common Dietary Advice
While there are many excellent dietary advisors around, some nutritional experts in the following groups have a comparatively narrow range of reference and may not be open to new ideas. (This shouldn’t be taken as a criticism of the good practitioners in these groups).
- Dieticians or Nutritionists, who will tell you about the four main food groups, the food triangle and who know details about particular items, but who don’t seem to know that processed dairy products are not actually a good way to get your calcium and who think that wheat is good for you.
- Sports Nutritionists, who know the basics about what makes you go better, but are sometimes not very knowledgeable about long term effects on health. They may focus on macro nutrient ratios, without making distinctions about high quality vs low quality foods.
- Naturopathic Therapists, who know about allergies and the need for good quality, organic foods, but may not always be aware of an athlete’s extra nutritional requirements, or individual metabolic differences.
- Dietary Theorists, who have discovered a way of eating that was spectacularly successful for themselves, and now feel that this is the right way for everybody.
My aim with this website is to provide a wider range of more advanced nutritional information, to supplement what you may have learnt from other sources. Much of what I have learnt about nutrition and sports nutrition, has come from reading and visiting other websites. The best of the nutritional books I have read so far are listed in the recommended reading list, while the best of the websites are listed on the links page. My own diet and health is an ongoing learning experiences, and my knowledge and opinions are continually developing as I learn more. From time to time I add new bits and pieces to the site. Any extra info you want to contribute in areas I haven’t explored yet would be great.
What you won’t get here is a one-size-fits-all answer – because there isn’t one. But hopefully I’ll give you enough information for you to make decisions based on your individual needs.
Covered in this site are:
- Macronutrients – protein, carbohydrates and fats.
- Micronutrients – vitamin & mineral requirements.
- Whole Foods – The benefits of eating food as close to it’s natural state as possible
- The prevalence of gluten and other food intolerances – could you be affected?
- The Truth about Milk – What the dairy board doesn’t tell us about drinking milk.
- Sweeteners – How to pick a safe one
- Water – How much water do we need?
Includes discussion of some effective diets that have strong underlying research and theories. As these are overviews, I recommend you get more details by reading the original works.:
- Low Fat vs Low Carb Diets – An overview of the pros and cons of each
- Low carb diets – A comparison of some of the most popular
- Metabolic Diets – Determining & enhancing your personal metabolic inheritance, and discovering your allergies. Read the opening chapters of Robert McFerran’s cutting edge book.
- Syndrome X – a cluster of disorders caused by overconsumption of refined carbs. Learn how to reverse this.
- The Protein Power Lifeplan – Paleolithic style diet
- Eat Right For Your Type – Achieving health through eating foods compatible with your blood type.
- The Liver Cleansing Diet – Cleanse the toxins from your liver and get a new lease on life.
- The Zone Diet – A rundown on the 40/30/30 eating plan, and the glycemic index.
- The Atkins Diet – Reduce your carb intake and watch the weight drop off effortlessly
- Vegetarian, vegan and fruitarian – the truth about how healthy they are
- Food Combining – Eating your carbs and protein separately to help with weight loss or digestive problems.
- Chinese Nutrition – Balance up your yin and yang, and achieve nutritional harmony
- Guide to Wellness – nutrition and other aspects of lifestyle
- How to change your diet – Hints on how to incorporate some of these eating plans into your already busy lifestyle.
- How to do an elimination diet, or if that seems too hard, a reverse elimination diet
- Hints on how to avoid gluten
- Getting some personalised help through Health Coaching
- My whole foods cooking course to help you get started
- A range of recipes
- Reading list
This section is now a few years old and will be getting a revamp soon.
- How to avoid overtraining
- Supplements for extra energy and extra strength
- Getting lean
- How safe is Body For Life
- Overview on Natural Healing
- Natural Therapies – There are alternatives to going to the doctor, you know. Try one of these other therapies for holistic approaches to illness. eg.
- Herbs & Supplements – Just what are those zillions of bottles of stuff in the health food shop actually good for?
- Ideas for preventing or managing some increasingly common illnesses:
Above all, remember food is the drug you take several times a day AND one of life’s great pleasures….
Enjoyable and rewarding scoffing,