Calories are c**p

The subject of my talk this week in the 12 Steps to Wholesome Nutrition course was calories. A year or three ago, aged 24 and trying to maximise my running performance, I made very careful calculations as to my exact calorie requirements for my body and my training - I ended up guzzling down 4,000 calories every day, making sure to include a large proportion of wholegrains and starchy vegetables, while avoiding fats, as was the convention those days. As I gradually took my nutrition interest into professional practice, I sometimes did these extremely laborious calculations of calorie and macronutrient intakes for my clients, but I quickly realised that by maintaining all of my focus on numbers, I was missing the bigger picture of food quality. It was then that I started using the phrase that all of my clients know me for:

Ian Craig
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The wonders of organic grass-fed beef - by David Warren, owner of Boomplaats Organic Farm, Free State, South Africa

How many times have you heard that meat is bad for you - that it causes cancer, heart disease and other nasty illnesses? Red meat has consistently been given a bad reputation and we have been encouraged to drastically reduce or eliminate our meat intake, or else we will suffer the consequences of early onset disease. But, in actual fact, not only is meat a natural human food (think back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors), it’s also a rich source of life-giving nutrients, providing it’s properly produced.



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Genetic Individuality and Weight Management

Have you noticed that we are all different? It seems a silly question because you just have to look around to notice that: some of us are tall, some short, some fat and some thin. With exteriors that are all so different, is it likely that our internal physiology, including the way we respond to food, is all the same? The answer on the tip of each of your tongue’s should be “no”.

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Prebiotics and probiotics - what is the difference?

I often hear these two terms being used fairly loosely, but do we really understand the differences between the two? I’ll help out with some definitions. Probiotics are the good bacteria that help keep our gastrointestinal tract healthy by controlling the growth of harmful bacteria. They are live organisms, and when taken in large doses, they can help maintain our gastrointestinal health. These friendly bacteria are essential to maintaining overall good health and vitality.

Rachel Jesson
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New Year Detox

It has come to the time of the year where you will hear heated discussions in the media about the use of detox diets to clear away the excesses of the festive season. Health shops will sell many supplements that have the word ‘detox’ on the label and complimentary health practitioners will provide various types of support, ranging from a single nutrient supplement, through patches that are thought to draw toxins out of your skin, to multi-day juice fasts.

Ian Craig
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