Today’s blog is a little off my usual path. I’m going to talk about nutrition. At our gyms we strive to be all about self defense and fitness. A big part of fitness is nutrition and we talk often to our gym members about the subject. Truth is, the vast majority of us will not die due to a violent attack but the vast majority of us are guaranteed to die from cancer or heart disease. I really think that if someone knew that they would be attacked by a knife welding psychopath in a year they would spend the year hitting every Krav Maga class that they could find, work on their cardio, get stronger and really prepare. In that same vein, most of us are guaranteed to get sick this year and most of us will die from cancer or heart disease in X number of years so why wouldn’t we do all we can to change that outcome as well?

Here is an eye opener. For at least one day write down everything that you eat. Not the food you eat but every ingredient that you eat. I’ll give you an example below of what my nephew had today for just breakfast and lunch compared to what I had today. Glimpse at it and then read on…

Do you notice that all ingredients in what I ate were actual food? Over 85% of what he ate isn’t anything you could go buy at a market. Now here is the question….If we both eat like this every day this year which one of us would you expect to get sick at least once? A more sobering question is if we both eat like this every day of our lives for the next several years, who would you expect to get cancer? Why are we eating like this?

“there’s nothing as uncommon as common sense” Z. Ziglar

My Nephews Breakfast ingredients;
-Whole Grain Oats, Marshmallows (Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Gelatin, Calcium Carbonate, Yellows 5 & 6, Blue 1, Red 40, Artificial Flavor), Sugar, Oat Flour, Corn Syrup, Corn Starch, Salt, Trisodium Phosphate, Color Added, Artificial Flavor, Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols) Added to Preserve Freshness. Vitamins and Minerals…….yep, Lucky Charms
Water, High Fructose, Corn Syrup and 2% or Less of Each of the Following: Concentrated Juices (Orange, Tangerine, Apple, Lime, Grapefruit). Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Beta-Carotene, Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Natural Flavors, Food Starch-Modified, Canola Oil, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Sodium Benzoate To Protect Flavor, Yellow #5, Yellow #6 ….Sunny D

For breakfast I had; eggs, fresh mushrooms, organic onion, organic green pepper, organic beef… an omelet. To drink; oranges and a carrot from my juicer.

My Nephews Mid Morning Snack ingredients;
-Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavors, Caffeine…..Cola
– Sugar, Corn Syrup, Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1]Riboflavin [Vitamin B2]Folic Acid)Water, Interesterfied Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil with TBHQ to Preserve Flavor (Contributes a Trivial Amount of Trans Fat)Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Egg Whites, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Diglycerides, Sorbitan Monostearate, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Propylene Glycol, Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 80, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids)Whey (Milk)Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate)Corn Starch, Salt, Cocoa, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness)Colors (Titanium Dioxide, Turmeric, Annatto Extract)Natural and Artificial Flavors….little Debbie Zebra cake.

For snack I had: an organic apple with almond butter

Ingredients in my nephew’s lunch;
Chicken, marinated up to 8% with a solution of water, chicken seasoning (chicken, wheat starch, salt, butter oil, chicken fat, beef extract, vegetable shortening, roasted sesame seed oil, silicon dioxide (anticaking agent), bonito extract, thiamine hydrochloride), salt, sodium phosphates. Battered and breaded with water, bleached wheat flour (enriched with niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin), yellow corn flour, wheat flour, modified corn starch, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, dried whey, wheat starch, corn starch. Cooked in partially hydrogenated soybean and corn oils, TBHQ (to protect flavor), citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane…Chicken nuggets

Potatoes, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural flavor, dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (to preserve natural color). Cooked in partially hydrogenated soybean and corn oils, TBHQ (to protect flavor), citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane and natural flavor….. French Fries:

milkfat and nonfat milk, sugar, sweet whey, high-fructose corn syrup, guar gum, monoglycerides and diglycerides, cellulose gum, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, citric acid, E129 and artificial strawberry flavor (amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphrenyl- 2-butanone (10% solution in alcohol), ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, undecalactone, vanillin and solvent)…. A strawberry milkshake

For lunch I had;
Lettuce, olive oil, peppers, onion, bacon, broccoli….a salad


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