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Not all food and vitamins are created equally

By Strive_holistic_personal_training 28 January 2011 29

The quality of our food today is questionable. Processed foods that contain little or no nutritional value are consumed as part of a stable diet and modern day agriculture has lowered the nutrient value of our fruit, vegetables meat and dairy produce. I encourage all of my personal training clients to buy certified organic as their first choice then work down the availability food chain. In the ACT we are lucky to have the access to some wonderful organic food available each weekend at the Farmers Markets or from Organic Energy at Griffith shops and local grower Choku Baj Jo North Lyneham and Curtin shops.

Availability food chain order

Produce                                              Meat

1 Certified Organic                             1 Certified Organic Free range

2 Organic                                            2 Organic

3 Locally Farmed                                3 Locally Farmed Free-range

4 Commercial                                      4 Commercial-Hormone Free

5 Commercial

Even if you are doing all of the above, none of us are perfect. We lead busy and sometimes stressful lives, and in these times we have a tendency to let our health slip, either by eating the wrong foods, drinking to much coffee or alcohol, or not getting enough sleep. All this adds stress to the body. Supplements at these times may be helpful. Other reasons to take supplements are for body ailments or prevention, for example bad knees, joints, osteoarthritis, hay fever, insomnia, digestion and so forth.

At one point in your life you have most likely taken a vitamin, mineral or herbal supplement. When considering a supplement take into account the following, as not all are created equally.

  1. What is the purpose of the supplement?
  2. What benefits do I hope to gain by taking the supplement?
  3. Is the supplement safe to take with other pharmaceutical or herbal medications?
  4. Quality – does it come for a natural food source or is it synthetic? (your body does not recognized synthetic compounds hence no benefit)
  5. Manufacturers’ reputation and quality controls; is the supplement TGA approved?
  6. Price.

I recommend if you are taking a supplement to run through this check list and see if it measures up. Another good idea is to stop taking the supplement for four weeks then re introduce. Trust that your body will give you feedback and then honour what it is telling to you. Like all things in life its about finding balance.

Tanya Gendle

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rubaiyat 3:41 pm 25 Jun 15

zllauh said :

Its been many years and i am still not able to find the right answer .
I have been told by many doctors that not to take supplements like mass gainers and consume natural food instead .
But at the same time my gym trainer says that one cannot consume enough amount of protein with natural food.
Now comes a dilemma where i don’t know what to do ! :0
But still natural diet is the best diet according to me if it is pure

Don’t listen to your gym trainer, they really are not expert on anything except on bulking up your body in unnatural ways. Many Gyms actually promote the massive consumption of synthetic products to change your appearance to conform to transitory notions of what is supposed to be healthy but is anything but.

We go through fashions of what we are supposed to look like, mostly exaggerations of one feature or another. A normal healthy looking body looks normal not some cartoonish exaggeration of abs or bulging biceps. That is all cosmetic, for show.

There is no harm in eating organic food but neither is there any great benefit. Yes it is better for you to avoid food which contains pesticides and has been stored for too long in refrigeration or is bred or modified for cosmetic reasons, but it would be extremely rare for anyone to suffer from malnutrition in today’s Australia. Other than the malnutrition of either eating too much or restricting your diet to the point where you are avoiding a wide range of foods.

Every industry or profession has a good slice of fakes and frauds. My favourite line when my wife goes into the Health/Alternate Food/Medicine shops and they ask if they may help me, is to ask them for something for hypochondria. Most times they actually start searching through the shelves or offer me random vitamin supplements.

In our society it is considered rude to actually point out that they haven’t a clue what they are talking about. You are supposed to nod your head and listen politely to the words of wisdom falling from their lips. Should we be so lucky.

zllauh 1:59 pm 25 Jun 15

Its been many years and i am still not able to find the right answer .
I have been told by many doctors that not to take supplements like mass gainers and consume natural food instead .
But at the same time my gym trainer says that one cannot consume enough amount of protein with natural food.
Now comes a dilemma where i don’t know what to do ! :0
But still natural diet is the best diet according to me if it is pure

Thanks for the feedback see more references below

“organic Farming, Food Quality and Human Health: A review of the Evidence” UK: The SoilAssociation.2001

http://www.soilassociation.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=cY8kfP3Q%2BgA%3D&tabid=388

http://www.soilassociation.org

Price, Weston A.Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. San Diego, CA:Price Pottenger Foundation, 1939.

http://www.price-pottenger.com

Pommy bastard 8:04 pm 03 Feb 11

So to back up his/her claims “Strive”, gives us no evidence, but points us at;

The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) is the nation’s leading organic certifier.

The Biological Farmers of Australia, “the voice of Australian organics”, is Australia’s foremost organic body, a not-for-profit organisation that represents and develops the interests of more than 3,000 organic industry farmers, operators, producers, processors and traders.

The Campaign for Truth In Medcine.

Some Yank Doctor hawking his stuff.

Mike Adams, the creator of NaturalPedia, is the editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet’s top natural health news site, creator of the Honest Food Guide (www.HonestFoodGuide.org).

The Organic Growers of Australia (OGA) formally the Organic Herb Growers of Australia is one of Australia’s six fully accredited organic certification bodies which is catering for the increasing adoption of organic farming practices across Australian agriculture.

A neat mix of “wooo” and trendy lefty quackery sales pitches, absolutly NONE of which backs up their original post and the year 10 level views it proclaims.

Major fail.

3/10 must try harder.

Special G 5:35 pm 03 Feb 11

This one always cracks me up – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-jy3OtZAss – Eat less.

How about we take some food miles off as well and grow your own produce in the back yard. Throw a couple of chickens into the mix while you’re at it.

While we are on weight loss it’s easy – Eat less + Do more = success. I’ll take direct debit or Paypal.

Elite athletes and average Joes are very different beasties. What works for some will not work at all for others. Depends on the sport/goals, reasons etc.

What I don’t understand is people who drive around the gym car park to get the closest park to the door then go and walk on a treadmill – wtf?

For more information on organic farming I recommend visiting the following sites,

http://www.nasaa.com.au/
http://www.bfa.com.au/
http://www.organicherbs.org/

For information on Supplements and Natural Health visit

http://www.naturalpedia.com/
http://www.mercola.com/
http://www.campaignfortruth.com/Eclub/170310/

Deref 12:48 pm 29 Jan 11

gospeedygo said :

I hear at the Australian Institute of Fitness you can become certified as an ‘awesome personal trainer’. How do I get my qualifications recognized as ‘radical’?

I think they do it at the same place as I got my Doctor of Divinity. It only cost $50.

gospeedygo 12:11 am 29 Jan 11

I hear at the Australian Institute of Fitness you can become certified as an ‘awesome personal trainer’. How do I get my qualifications recognized as ‘radical’?

far_northact 8:46 pm 28 Jan 11

Funniest post ever. Full of contradictions …..

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