Nutrition and wellbeing

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I am highly interested in the impact of nutrition on peak-performance, and spirituality. I just got two books: Eating well for optimum health by Andrew Weil, and Spiritual nutrition by Gabriel Cousens. I'd be grateful if you can share your experiences on this theme, and other resources you'd recommend. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehuff
    As of this morning I can attest to the benefits of good nutrition.
    Yesterday my girlfriend and her old friend went out to sushi, leaving me
    to my own devices, never a good thing. Also, we REALLY need to go grocery
    shopping.

    Anyhow, after scouring the cupboards, I deemed it pertinent to make myself
    a mac & cheese and corn dog burrito. Yeah. That's what I had for dinner, and
    no, I'm not twelve years old.

    Needless to say, my stomach is kinda bummed this morning and I'm NOT as
    motivated to go to the gym and workout as I'd like to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author angshuy2k
    Dear Micheal,

    This is really interesting. From my understanding what you are looking for is optimum diet and for optimum diet, specially during peak performance you really need to specify what types of peak performance we are looking at. Anyway, lets take you are looking for a optimum diet then from understanding you need to look at several things:
    i) Weight ii) Height iii) Scocio and demographic condition iv) Knowledge and attitude towards healthy eating v)Cultural barriars and vi) overall income

    These above things needs to be considered before, one can taylor made optimum nutrition advice. Then comes the physiological and biochemical parameters:
    a) Weight b) Height c) W/H ( waist to hip ratip ) d) Blood pressure e) Total Fat % f) cardiac fitness etc etc etc
    Biochemical parameters:
    a) Cholesterol b) TG c) Fasting glucose d) ldl-cgol e)hdl chol and many more

    Medication history or if any major operation history ( if any )

    Then comes your Physical Activity Level and Physical Fitness level consideration.

    These are just basics and then there are many more factors before someone can guide you on What? How ? and which diet might be good for someone's optimum nutrition guidance on peak performance.

    So in a nut shell, for some one to have a diet it is best advised to go and seek professional advice from Dietitian or a Registered nutritionist to have optimum tailor made diet forcast and needs regular monitoring to keep the balance.

    Hope this head start might help you to find what you are looking for.

    Most of the books are well written for general population and might not fit individuals. Therefore, my suggestion would be better seek

    a) Sports persons advice: Sports and exercise Nutritionist
    b) Normal healthy subjects: Dietitician or Nutritionist ( Registered )
    c) Special Needs diet : Doctor / GP then referrel to Dietitician or Nutritionist ( Registered )
    d) Must seek special advice at all time specially for someone who is motivate to leave a healthy life.

    Books and reference material are just general guidance and not taylor made solution for individuals.

    Hope these suggestions helps.


    Kind regards,
    Swrajit



    Originally Posted by Michael Newman View Post

    I am highly interested in the impact of nutrition on peak-performance, and spirituality. I just got two books: Eating well for optimum health by Andrew Weil, and Spiritual nutrition by Gabriel Cousens. I'd be grateful if you can share your experiences on this theme, and other resources you'd recommend. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Newman
    @ Mikehuff...I guess laughter is part of optimum health-
    @Swrajit...Thanks for the depth of your contribution.

    I'd appreciate more info from others.
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  • Profile picture of the author aliveder
    Well I am a vegan, and it has helped me in leaps and bounds with my fitness regiment. I feel lighter, bloodwork is amazing when I got it taken, I have more energy, feel happier, and most importantly I have developed a high sense of willpower.

    Everybody wants to be healthy but it is very hard work to do so. It is easier to live your life the way you feel it is comfortable for you.

    As said above you need to read the books as guidelines, write down questions, and go see a nutritionist that is not biased in any way.

    Best of Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author J. Barry Mandel
    There is a book called "Healing with Whole Foods" by Paul Pitchford, if you're ready to really dive in then go off the train tracks and look into that one :
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    Best of Luck,

    Justin.
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  • Profile picture of the author eternalsongbird
    Proper food is very much important to lead a healthy life. A lot of vegetables really have huge effect your fitness.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaytav
    Proper Nutrition is important for every individual as it helps us keep our body healthy. Also keeping your body fit is important through exercise.
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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    Dude, I could go on for pages about this. So much focus on mindset, people seem to forget that the mind is a body part, and so is the nervous system. When you think about it, the "mind body connection," is a ridiculous idea because it's so obvious. Your mind and body are part of the same organism, of course there's a connection.

    If nothing else, a good diet and exercise program encourages healthy blood flow and the brain, like any other body part, needs blood to operate at full capacity. When you start strengthening the physical body, managing your mindset becomes MUCH easier and more beneficial.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kathy Bell
      Originally Posted by sethczerepak View Post

      Dude, I could go on for pages about this. So much focus on mindset, people seem to forget that the mind is a body part, and so is the nervous system. When you think about it, the "mind body connection," is a ridiculous idea because it's so obvious. Your mind and body are part of the same organism, of course there's a connection.

      If nothing else, a good diet and exercise program encourages healthy blood flow and the brain, like any other body part, needs blood to operate at full capacity. When you start strengthening the physical body, managing your mindset becomes MUCH easier and more beneficial.
      Great post Seth. I hadn't thought about the impact of managing nutrition on mindset per se. I just know that I feel much better when I get lots of exercise and eat well. I feel crappy the next day if I eat badly. What I've been learning lately is that with all the exercise I get, I've not been eating enough. So I'm now tracking my food intake, and that has helped me eat enough. consequently, I've not been tempted to binge or eat a bunch of junk. As an added benefit, I've been kinder to myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Michael,

    I suggest you read Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry S. Lodge. It's not specifically about nutrition, actually the focus is more on exercise and regeneration, but you won't achieve peak performance if you ignore how exercise fits into the picture.
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  • Profile picture of the author emini_guy
    Anyone on the paleo diet here?

    I can't say that I am strictly paleo, but I have reduced my carb intake quite a bit over the last few months and eat more fat now than before and must say that I feel better as a result of these changes.

    I tried to be vegan, but that actually did not work out too well for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author kellyyarnsbro
    Wow, i'm not sure if you're into promoting those books but for me it does makes sense, those are good books.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrelk159
    Yes a healthy lifestyle is very important I make sure to work out every other week and an occasional jog. You just feel more alive.
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