I sought help from the real experts in the fields of health and wellness, and started applying loads of new concepts to do with Nutrition, Movement, and Lifestyle on myself.
Seeing the life changing results, I started studying professionally with the CHEK Institute based in California.
This forms the basis of how I now work professionally with my clients. Coaching and mentoring them through the process of how to eat, move, and live a lifestyle that optimises their health, and gets rid of whatever’s holding them back.
When I look at myself now...
I have very high levels of energy
I'm highly driven
I have great posture
I'm never ill
I have great focus
A healthy strong body
I live with great wellbeing
The truth is that healthy eating for me is now effortless. It’s interesting, when you actually get to a certain level of health and wellbeing, eating certain “dragon foods” as I call them, actually stops becoming appealing. It’s as if the chemistry in our brain changes and what would give you insane cravings in the past simply disappear.
I also have enough health to be able to let loose 20% of the time and indulge if I want to.
All of this supports my ability to:
Me last year travelling round South and Central America whilst running my business from my laptop!
None of this would be possible without practicing everything I do in this holistic food and lifestyle blueprint. It’s the essential baseline of health and wellbeing that supports everything I want to do. Without it, I simply wouldn’t have the energy levels.
The media has given a lot of people a false reality of what it means to be healthy. We're a culture of 'fit' sick people: meaning you can spend 10 hours in the gym every week, but be incredibly sick on the inside.
I remember 10 year ago when I started getting interested in fitness and healthy living… I thought supplements, protein shakes, and intense workouts were essential to getting the kind of body shape I was after.
Little did I know that with that mindset, I was setting myself up for dysfunction and all kinds of unhealthy symptoms.
Like most people out there who read health and fitness articles online, you’re only really learning about the things that people can make money off. Workout programs, supplements like creatine, vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, pre-workouts, protein shakes, and all of that kind of stuff.
How many times have you thought… if only I do this workout program I’ll look like this person, if only I take this supplement I’ll become like this…
It's all a smokescreen!
(Some of these supplements are in fact great, but are rarely used in the right situations, and they are in most cases an absolute waste of money and time.)
Number 1 is biochemical individuality… which is the idea that we are as different on the inside as we are on the outside. We have different metabolisms, different lengths of intestines, different stomachs, and different capacity to detox, assimilate, and eliminate food.
This comes from the work of Roger Williams, who brought to the public through his research that every body has different sizes, shape, locations, and capacity for nearly all our internal organs.
When things like intestine lengths are different, we see differences in what kind of ratios of carbs and proteins and fats we’re going to be able to function well on.
This highlights just how ridiculous the idea that there is one diet that’s best for all people. There can’t be, because we’re so uniquely individual.
The 2nd point is that of our unique environmental needs. This includes stress, weather, and exercise, which all play big roles in what kind of food choices we need to make and what kind of ratios of fats, proteins, carbs we need to use for fuel.
Understanding the marriage of both Biochemical Individuality and Unique Environmental Needs put you in a real optimal position to start optimising your health.
Now let’s move onto something called Primal Pattern Diet Typing, which is going to allow us to start working with what your unique needs are.
Primal Pattern diet typing is a framework to understand the kind of ratio of foods and specific foods that your system is going to function most efficiently on.
To get to a level of heightened health, we need to truly understand that as individuals we are all absolutely unique and individual.
We all require the good and healthy lifestyle habits that promote vitality and optimal function… but we need them in varying and different proportions.
Just because your friend is feeling amazing on a diet of predominantly red meat and vegetables, that might be causing havoc for you… some people do very well on vegetarian diets, others lose strength, sex drive, and start becoming anaemic.
From experience, developing a keen understanding of what works for you and inversely what doesn’t, is going to be a key factor in taking real ownership of your health and wellbeing.
So where to start?
You start by identifying what your Primal Pattern Diet Type is.
The goal of your Primal Pattern Diet Type test is to determine which foods and in what amounts are best for you. This is so that you can eat a diet similar to the one that your unique system is designed to run on!
I go into this in detail with my clients.
A little sketch I made for a client to explain the concept of energy balance
I remember listening to the wonderfully wise Dr Beverly Rubik, talking about this exact concept of intuitive eating. She said, "we’re a species called homo sapiens, and we don’t know what to eat. Every other species on this earth knows what to eat! "
Dr Rubik then gave the example of how she has chickens that roam in her yard. She was worried that they’d eat hemlock, a poisonous plant that grows rife in her garden.
But the chickens would roam free range and simply avoid the hemlock. They'd eat the bugs around it, and intuitively know that the hemlock plant would lead to something bad.
They use their innate wisdom, and we can do that too. We can recover what seems to have been forgotten, and re-develop this skill.
The body and brain respond to what they interact with.
And let me tell you… I went through this whole process myself. That’s why I can effectively work with people through this so well… because I’ve lived it.
Step one is that you need to become conscious of what’s not serving you. Most people eat things out of habit. Let me tell you a story…
I’m half French, and growing up through French culture, bread is a staple of your diet. You eat it breakfast, lunch, dinner. Hungry at 4 o’clock and can’t find anything that tickles your fancy? Have some bread.
Turns out I was gluten intolerant for all of those years, and I didn’t know that was a cause for loads of stomach upsets, poor energy levels, a tight and inflamed body, poor concentration and ADHD type symptoms.
So here's how you get started… after you eat your next meal, write down how you feel after 5 mins, an hour, and 3 hours. Are you dull in energy, and can’t focus? Are you jittery and can’t keep still?
Do you feel like you need to sleep? Are you in need of coffee to stay awake?
These are all messages your body is telling you, that the food and/or the proportions of macronutrients was not optimal.
Take notes, keep a food journal, write down your scores out of 10 for energy levels, mood, focus.
When you fill in your primal pattern diet type questionnaire, I’ll also send you how you should feel after eating a meal that is great for you, and how you should feel if you’ve eaten too many carbs, or too many fats and proteins.
This allows you to start working with your body’s signals and very quickly you’ll start seeing how this method is incredibly effective if you want to get to your ideal weight, great cognitive ability, and live a life of high energy and vitality.
Animal products, meat, fish, and in general anything that comes from something with a pair of eyes.
Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, typically anything that does not come from something with a pair of eyes.
Oils, cheeses, avocados, nuts.
Your body needs a specific ratio of fats, proteins, and carbs in order for it to run at peak performance. Fats, proteins, and carbs all have different effects on the body.
You’ll notice if you eat too much fat and protein, you may start to feel lethargic, mentally sluggish, feel full but hungry, sleepy, depressed and dull mood, and may crave sweets, coffee, or tea.
If you eat too many carbs, like loads of fruit, pastries, and cake, you might feel anxious, not satisfied and hungry quickly, may crave fat and protein, have jumpy mind, tired but wired, nervous energy, etc.
Let’s look at variable number 1: Season & weather. If you came out as a mixed type in the metabolic diet typing questionnaire. You’ll notice that the ratio of macronutrients is 50% Carbohydrates, 20% Fats and Oils, 30% Proteins.
Now this means that a plate could typically look like 2 portions of veg with a drizzle of olive oil, and 1 portion of fish. Just for the sake of an example, it could be a portion of raw carrot salad with a vinegraite to start with. And then for your meal, a nice piece of wild salmon with sweet potatoes. The goal is to prepare enough food in the right proportions so that when you finish it, you feel satiated but haven’t felt like you’ve overeaten. If you’ve prepared too much, just keep it for a snack the next day.
With that ratio, you might find that it’s perfect for you in the winter time. Others might find that that’s perfect in the summer time. What you do is listen to your body and you might notice that in the winter, you want more fish and a bit more olive oil on your carrots. In the summer you might realise that you want half the portion size of fish, and more sweet potato.
It’s up to you to start with the macronutrient ratio of your metabolic type and then start playing around with what your body uniquely needs.
Another variable is that of stress. When the body and brain is in high levels of stress, you need the right resources to make the right hormones.
More stress generally means you need more fat and protein. This is because your consumption of adequate amounts of cholesterol in the form of saturated fats and animal products is important for manufacturing your anabolic hormones. The key point is that if you’re unable to manufacture the hormones you need to run your body effectively and grow and repair the body, you’re going to be shorting the system.
If you’re unable to have effective energy conversion due to eating incorrectly or eating low quality food you’re going to have an energy crisis. This leads to excess consumption of caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. Which leads to all kinds of symptoms and complaints.
This also means that if your body is not adequately getting the right resources, you are drawing energy away from the highly important systems like your immune system, your circulatory system, your hormonal system, your digestive system, your eliminative system, etc…
Now another variable to account for is exercise. Let’s say you’ve just done a workout and you’re wondering how this is going to impact your ratio… it’s simple, if you’re getting enough protein you just need to add an extra portion for your carbohydrates. So if I’ve just spent 2 hours training jiu jitsu, I’m going to have one portion of carrot salad, 2 portions of sweet potato, and I might opt for something more meaty than fish like duck, chicken, or red meat. You don’t need protein shakes and all of that jazz.
Now let’s get into supermarkets… these places look like they are there so that you can buy food and the essentials to feed yourself. But they are also packed to the brim with the so called snacks and “enzymatically dead” foods that have no real nutrition in them.
If you want to feed your body what it’s truly craving, you need to only walk down the aisles which contain whole foods. When I’m in the supermarket, I only walk down the fruit, veg, fish, and meat section. Everything else is packaged and processed, so I just skip them.
1. Most people think of food as only energy. This leads to consuming things that bring in quick energy like sports drinks, coffee, fast foods, loads of sugar, and processed foods filled with sugar, fat, and salt. When you have this mindset that food is only energy, people often just buy the cheap stuff with no real appreciation of variety and food quality. This is a common mistake that is at the root of unhealthy eating practices.
2. Food is something that is only needed in order to stop hunger. This is so backwards it’s crazy. You’re setting yourself up for all kinds of problems if you think like that. Food is what we bring into our bodies and transform into the building blocks to regenerate our body, detoxify, and use as fuel.
3. Another concept I want to briefly touch upon is the fact that most people do not question the status quo. They are not independent thinkers and simply follow any advice they see. You need to develop a sense of responsibility for yourself and make your own opinion on things. If you eat loads of processed foods and don’t feel well inside, stop doing it. Just because everyone else is, doesn’t mean you have to too.
If you feel a lot better when you only eat organic food, continue doing that. Listen to your body and let it make the decisions for you.
4. Using food as a coping mechanism.
This is a real big one. Emotional eating is rife every where you go. People eat foods like they are drugs, and are completely addicted to the effect they have on us.
And this is fine, if it’s just occasionally eating a big bag of cookies because they remind you of your childhood and you’ve had a really stressful week and want to some time to yourself to just switch off and escape. But if this behaviour is something you do everyday? You need to look into that because it might be the root of your health challenges.
How many people do you know who eat and drink things really bad for them but they’re so unconscious to it, that they’ve never really made the correlation. If you’re eating in order to repress certain emotions and escape your reality, you’re only setting yourself up for problems in the future. And realise that with the mindset, today = tomorrow and nothing will change. You can only repress emotions through food, you can’t resolve them.
5. Eating loads of low quality mass produced sick animals.
Commercially raised animals are in many ways sick animals. They aren’t fed proper nutrition that is natural to them, they don’t get any sunlight, don’t have space to roam free, are living unhealthy lifestyles which are designed to get them as big as possible in the quickest time possible.
Animals are bio-accumulators. This means that all of the toxins in their environment and food accumulate within them. Your are not only what you eat, but you are what you eat eats.
Consuming these animals creates inflammation in the body through the omega 3 to omega 6 ration.
This is why you want to avoid low quality meat at the supermarket, and fast food restaurants.
The hierarchy of animal products is: wild, biodynamic, organic, free range, commercially raised. If the product is not organic or free range I won’t eat it, because I know it creates inflammation in my body and isn’t worth eating.
An interesting thing to note is that a lot of the studies that promote the concept that meat is bad for you, promotes cancer, and creates cardiovascular disease, are all done on commercially raised sick animals.
I am completely against commercially farmed animals because it’s so bad for our health, our environment, and our relationship with food.
This is a real important topic for me, as it’s the reason why I got so interested in health and wellbeing in the first place. I had pretty bad digestive health. I Was intolerant to quite a few foods, would have bloating, an upset stomach, and what is termed a “leaky” gut.
Gut health problems are pretty rife in society. A lot of what people complain about that contributes to low levels of vitality, wellbeing, and body composition is to do with digestion.
Symptoms of poor digestion are:
Digestion starts with the foods you are choosing. This means that if you are thinking about what to have for dinner, and you choose something like pasta when you are gluten intolerant, that’s the first stage you want to look at.
Your mouth is the next stage of digestion, are you chewing your food enough? When people are highly stressed they tend to just wolf down their meal. I would do this so often, it was actually something I had to really work on. Taking your time, and chewing all of your feed until it’s liquid.
There’s something I think a lot of people fail to realise and that’s the fact that people get unhealthy because they live an unhealthy lifestyle.
When you have a healthy lifestyle, you promote health within you, and it’s as simple as that. The best way to do this is to slowly upgrade your diet and lifestyle using the proven methods that promote health and wellbeing and high energy. This means:
Eating the right ratios of macronutrients
Optimising the quality of your food
Avoiding your dragon foods
Eating as much season food as possible
You'll also want to move your body in specific ways to promote good posture
Design a lifestyle in which your body and brain can thrive
Reduce stress as much as possible
Get good quality sleep
It all starts with your dream, goal, or objective. You’ve got to dream about what you want to become, otherwise you’ll always just stay in the same place. If your dream is to lose 10 kg so that you have more energy to spend quality time with your kids, that’s a great dream to have.
The question now is how are you going to achieve that. The objective is more than achievable, but it’s how you go about it that’s going to determine how long it’s going to take, and if you’re actually going to make it…
I’ve provided you with loads of really actionable information in this presentation, the question is what are you going to do with it?
They say information is power… but this statement is in fact incorrect. Applied information is power. Otherwise you just have a bit of info in your head. You’ve got to actually do the work to get the results you’re dreaming of… and that’s really hard if you don’t have the right guidance.
If you’re currently struggling with your health and wellbeing, if you’re not happy with your energy levels, your skin, the way your body looks, your digestion, you can create genuine change and heighten your health by connecting with me and having discovery consultation.
In the work I do with my clients, we go through one of the most important things you can learn in your life. Which is how to take care of your body and your mind. This gives you the tools and tactics to experience life from a special, energetic, and vibrant pair of eyes. You will develop real inner vitality.
My work is not about doing a crash diet, or quick fixes that are wishy washy and don’t last.
We’re doing the deep work that creates a shift in your body that sets the stage for long lasting health and wellbeing.
When you do the right kind of work, real sustained growth can materialise, and you have better energy, clearer focus, nicer looking skin, you start being free from food cravings. You become more resilient to stress, as well as become proud of how you look and feel!
This way of working really allows you to build a solid foundation of health and get the skills that you can use for the rest of your life. So I invite you to transform your health from the inside out with me and schedule a time to chat with me for further details and see if we’d be a good fit together.
Time is also a factor. Since I’m working 1 on 1 with clients, I’m actually physically limited in terms of how many people I can work with… this means that when all my client spots fill up, I can’t actually take on any one else. So please if you’re considering wanting help, please book a call and don’t wait for the opportunity to go. Once spots are gone they are gone.
With that said, that’s all from me, it’s been a pleasure to present all of this information to you and I hope to speak to you soon!