Looking back at what I learned, at my own health practice of 2020 and the results I got, looking back at my work with many clients, trying to build their best selves in different parts of the world and business, I want to share with you today, dear reader, a few simple things — nutrition, lifestyle, training — that give back the most to increase energy, help you to lose and maintain weight easier, get and stay fit mentally and physically, get sick less.
Keto, low carb, paleo, whatever-free, vegan and plant-based — these are elimination diets and they aren’t as good as a well-balanced and personalized omnivore diet. It’s no coincidence that humans evolved as omnivores who cook their food — this diet provides the most nutritional, health and performance benefits when done right. And by omnivore I mean eating raw and cooked minimally processed fresh whole foods from different food groups. …
We got it all wrong!
I got it all wrong!
I’m 33 and for the most part, so far, I’ve been trying to develop aspects of self and change myself, as it turns out, in all the wrong ways, against human psychology and the way we naturally form habits. No wonder every change took me forever, unless accidentally I would change something “the scientific way”, not being aware of it.
These days I’ve been trying to study for a couple of hours a day consistently to advance my coaching career and to get better at communicating my ideas to other people to drive actions and deliver results. I decided, I’m just gonna decide and study every evening after I finish all the work for the day — no specific time, no specific duration, no specific subjects to cover — I’m just gonna study. Do you know how well it worked till I found out about a better way? I might have succeeded with a proper studying session, without checking my phone and doing more work, or ditching it completely for a new Star Trek episode or a walk because I felt so exhausted mentally and often physically — I might have succeeded a couple of times in the last… 6 months? …
I’ve just finished this book, “French kids eat everything”.
Some people ask me, what does it have to do with your nutrition/health coaching career? How does it help you to coach adults better? To help adults to change their eating and lifestyle habits?
The more I work with people and reflect on my own journey of health transformation the more I’m not surprised to discover how we are still just grown-up kids, especially when it comes to food.
It’s not that you are incapable, it’s just you set yourself up for failure from the start.
Let me explain.
I’m Angela, health/nutrition/weight loss coach. I help my clients to design a lifestyle, to design habits to maintain the level of health and fitness they want, get and maintain simply the body they want to have for life.
Many of my clients, especially women come to me and say, “I can’t stick with intermittent fasting! I end up overeating, or eating the wrong thing or binging, or all of it together. Please help me to stick with it!”
And then I usually ask them to start with telling me what and when they eat or trying to eat. And very often I hear something like, “I try having one (or 2 meals) a day. …
And by THIS in the title I mean obesity and all the “bonuses” that come with it — metabolic disease, hormones go out of balance, a person is more likely to get cancer, lots of gut issues and mental issues, self-esteem issues and suffering that comes with it.
And by cavemen I literally mean “losing like cavemen”.
When would cavemen lose weight during evolution?
When there was no food available, or food was very scarce and that meant for our body and our brain — if you don’t find anything nutritious to eat real soon, there’s a possibility you’re gonna die. Food meant survival. Weight loss meant death. …
My name is Angela. I’m a nutrition/health/weight loss coach recently turned food educator and entrepreneur.
Most of my adult life (I’m 33 years old) I spent either losing weight or helping others to lose weight. The lack of eating culture and food education, our poorly designed food environment created this present state, where most of us have/had some issues with food and eating, resulting in health and weight problems.
We are arguing about calories, carbs and fats, and the best human diet, leaving out this elephant in the room — no matter what conclusion is the “ultimate truth” until we rebuild our food environment and start prioritizing our own health and sanity instead of corporate profits — nothing will change and the rates of obesity will continue climbing up. …
I’ve been an athlete-hobbyist my whole life!
Athletics and dance classes at school. Gym, running, more dancing and aerobics through high school and college. And I kept moving after — gym, yoga, dancing, rollerblading, walking a lot, cross-fit, pump, calisthenics. There never has been a time in my life when I stopped working out. Even after my motorbike accident when I couldn’t walk for a while and broke 6 ribs and punctured my lung — in a month, as soon as I could walk and breathe without pain I started a simple exercise program.
Movement has always been a HUGE part of my life! Without movement I’m not myself not just physically but also mentally and emotionally — I hear the same from many of my friends, leaders and change-makers. Movement and exercise are a part of who we are! We might put our brain on a pedestal often but brain evolved through movement and in response to movement. It’s been shown by studies that the more flexible and diverse person’s movements are — the more flexible and diverse their brain is. How we move changes how we think, how we feel, how we experience the world and ourselves! …
“All disease begins in the gut”
~ Hippocrates, 2500 years ago.
Our food system pays very little to no attention to our gut health when selling to us products, telling us we need to snack/eat all the time to lose weight? Because that’s supposed to help us manage our hunger?
Our health care system pays very little to no attention to our gut health, prescribing solutions and drugs, destroying very often trillions bacteria in our gut that outnumber human cells 10 to 1, like they don’t matter?
Gut issues keep piling up. World is getting fatter and sicker, starting earlier and earlier in life. We still think calories are the issue, trying to solve a biological puzzle with some basic mathematics — like “You just count better!” …
I’m always questioning what’s on my plate and why it’s there, how it makes me feel today and what macro effect it has on my life.
As a nutrition coach and a curious foodie I’m leaving no stone unturned — why keto works and sometimes it doesn’t, when plant-based works and when it’s a total disaster, why some bread works and some causes gut issues and gluten sensitivities, why some call fruit poison and some thrive on it like supermen, why as a society we cycle through different diet fads and what withstands the test of time?
I’ve been changing the way I eat since I was a teenager — it started with an auto-immune condition and grew into a lifelong passion, a career, into a lifelong quest to inspire a world where food makes us better instead of feeding sickness and the worst “angels” of our nature. …
I must confess, I’m biased, I am a nutrition coach. My job is to help people align their goals with their plates.
I spent quite a few summers at my grandma in a traditional village growing up. (Sorry, no photos of me and my grandma in a pre-Instagram world)
Nobody ever. EVER! Asked me what I wanted for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There was food in the fridge. There was a fruit-and-vegetable garden where I could snack freely, getting all the produce myself of course (My grandma would often tell me not to eat all the ripe strawberries, before anyone would wake up and not to eat green tomatoes because they would make me sick). When my uncle would kill some animal — we would have it, all parts of it, whether I liked skin, fat and organs or not in my bowl — I would have to eat it or stay hungry. On Sunday my grandma would make lots of sourdough bread and “bulochki” (kind of like a sweet doughnut without a whole but still from sourdough) for the whole week. There was fish sometimes. There was a lot of milk (full fat). …