Nutrition Confusion? Your 11 Most Asked Questions…

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In last week’s blog I revealed my EXACT meal plan and daily eating habits. It turned out to be one of my most read articles in the last 15 years. Plus it also generated lots of interest on my Facebook page.

(In case you didn’t see it, you can check it out here)

Here were the most commonly asked questions…

1) Do you really eat like that 7 days per week?

No, only 6 days per week as I do a juicing day every Saturday.

2) Does it take you long to prepare your meals? Where do you find the time?

It’s true, I’m busy just like everyone else, and 10 to 12 hour working days are not uncommon. When I come home late afternoon it’s all go with my 2 young children – baths, meals, bedtime routines etc. Once they’re in bed my wife and I sit down to dinner. We always cook extra for lunch the next day, and it takes about another 15-20 minutes to prepare my snacks and smoothies for the next day. On Saturdays I cook my breakfasts for the entire week and store these in a separate fridge so they’re always ready to go.

‘Night before’ meal and snack preparation is something I’ve done for many years so it’s become an automatic habit now.

3) If you eat mostly organic foods and super foods I’d imagine your food bill is quite high?

We’ve worked out that on average we actually spend less than the average family of four. This is because we purchase most of our foods in bulk and grow some of our own vegetables. That and the fact that I don’t drink alcohol (BIG savings there!) or buy processed foods such as boxed breakfast cereals which tend to be very expensive…  

4) It appears you eat a LOT! Do you maintain your weight year round? 

I have a very physical job and therefore I need to keep my energy levels high and blood sugar levels stable. I consistently weigh between 80 to 82 kgs year round, unless I have a photoshoot or event that requires me to be ultra lean in which case I will drop 5 to 6 kgs. (I do this my decreasing total carbohydrate intake while increasing healthy fats and protein.)

5) Do your clients eat the same way?

The principles are the same, however the portions vary depending on the individual’s goals. Nutrition plans are based on clients food preferences (everyone has different tastebuds) and whether they have any allergies to dairy, wheat, gluten etc.

6) I note that your meat and eggs come directly from the farm. Do you have some contacts?

I’d love to provide this info, however most farmers are reluctant to reveal their identity as it’s not always ‘legal’ for them to do so. (Agree or disagree, that’s just the way the current food system is…) My advice would be to ask around, and maybe post a request on Facebook or social media – as I did.

7) Do you count calories?

No, because all calories are not created equal and are metabolised differently. For example, the majority of my clients lose weight and transform their bodies by eating the MORE food (and more calories) than they were before. What really matters is the ratio of protein to carbohydrates, healthy fats and the quality of the foods you’re eating.

8) What are your thoughts on only eating 2 or 3 times per day?

While it might sound good in practice, the reality is that it’s almost impossible to lose weight and maintain muscle tissue by eating infrequently. When you go without food for long periods your body perceives a famine and conserves fat for energy. Secondly, eating only 2 or 3 times per day usually means larger meals which negatively impact blood sugars and hormones which results in highs and lows. (moods and energy levels.)

9) How do you eat when you’re travelling?

I have a cooler bag that I take with me wherever I go, so I simply take my pre-prepared meals and snacks with me. If I’m away from home for a few days I’ll take snacks with me such as fruit, nuts, rice crackers, tins of tuna, salmon and nut butter. For main meals I choose the healthiest options I can find which tend to be things like Turkish to Go, kebabs, sushi etc.

10) Where do you think most people go wrong with their nutrition?

After analysing hundreds of meal plans over the years I would say that the majority are eating too many sugars and carbohydrate based foods. Most also tend to be quite deficient in protein which promotes satiety, maintains even blood sugars and retains muscle tissue. There are also a number of people who still buy into the whole ‘low fat’ myth and this negatively impacts their health. (Low fat usually means high sugar) We need to be eating more healthy fats to balance our hormones – such as nuts, seeds, virgin olive and coconut oil, and avocado, and less of the damaged fats such as margarine, vegetable oils (canola, soybean oil etc) and fried foods which promote inflammation. 

11) What’s your opinion as to why some people lose weight quite effortlessly while others really struggle ?

I’ve narrowed it down to 3 main reasons:

1) Lack of consistency with their nutrition including too many processed foods and not eating enough nutrient dense foods.

2) Unstable hormones (which can be balanced with good nutrition and lifestyle changes.)

3) Toxicity – resulting from chemical laden processed foods, alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs, personal care products, toxic emotions (or all of the above)

Do you have some more questions about nutrition you’d like me to answer? If so, please email me at: mark@bodyblueprint.co.nz or post your question / comments below.

And don’t forget…

If you’re confused about how to eat for optimum health and transform your body, stay tuned for the 8 Week Winter Weight Loss Challenge…COMING SOON!

(Includes body transformation nutrition plans and 60 delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack & smoothie recipes)

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