No Grain No Pain!

Richie Kennedy of Fitness Freak Training, gives advice about the proper diet to stay fit and healthy.

Richie Kennedy of Fitness Freak Training, gives advice about the proper diet to stay fit and healthy.

Originally from Rathgormack and now based in Clonmel, Richie spent ten years in the U.K. playing professional football for clubs such as Crystal Palace, Barrytown, Brentford, Carmarthen Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Forest Green Rovers.

When most people think about losing weight or getting in shape, they think about exercise. They sign up to a gym, hire a personal trainer, start walking or grab a book or a magazine to find a workout plan.

While exercise is a crucial part of losing weight and getting healthy, it’s not the most important part — nutrition is, and the evidence is scattered throughout gyms in Ireland as many people try to out train bad eating habits.

For example the ideal breakfast should contain protein and healthy fats like scrambled eggs with pecan nuts.

Grain-based foods affect our body’s ability to regulate the hormone insulin. White flour and white sugar are known as anti-nutrients as they displace more nutrients than we get from eating them.

Ireland also has one of the highest rates of gluten sensitivity and coeliac disease in the world. Gluten is found in wheat-based products and in many of the nine servings of grains we are “recommended” to eat daily.

I spent last Saturday at Ballymaloe Cookery school at an afternoon’s Gluten Free cookery demonstration. The variety and good tasting foods that are available to gluten free followers are just a slight tweek of your mindset away.

If you feel bloated after bread, pasta, scones, potatoes and other wheat based carbohydrates and spend a lot of your day tired and lethargic, the chances are you have a gluten intolerance.

Eating healthy fresh proteins, chicken, fish, eggs etc and good quality fresh vegetables is often said to cost more, but I invest in my health. I know the foods I eat will replace the blood cells and muscles that get damaged every day and will improve the way I feel and look.

I also know that because processed foods displace nutrients, I’d have to eat more to make my brain feel satisfied.

Otherwise, it would just continue to crave more food.

So, the question is, do you want to invest in your health and pay for the foods that provide nutrients for energy, a lean physique and longevity — or do you want to save money, be overweight, unhappy and lethargic and pay medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies in the years that follow? You can pay now, or later.

Paul Chek is a world renowned health practitioner and author who said that “don’t trust a doctor or trainer that doesn’t look good in they’re underwear” …makes sense!!