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Optimize Your Health, Fitness & Vitality with Brien Shamp: Don’t Be A Creature Of Habit With Your Food

Avoid eating the same foods daily.

Don’t Be A Creature Of Habit With Your Food

Avoid eating the same foods daily.  Food variety or food rotations are very important to maximize nutrients and prevent food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies. We all have these issues, but many are not aware.

You will see a very big rise in wheat sensitivities, gluten intolerance, and celiac disease in the next ten years. Technology is improving so we can better detect these problems; however, our food is not the same as it was only a few years ago. Our ability to deal with these foods is also less given our immune systems are compromised from the stress we encounter from air, land and water, as well as mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Foods are highly processed… genetically altered, fortified, homogenized, pasteurized, irradiated and more. Our digestive, immune, and neuro-endocrine systems are overwhelmed…they are unable to deal with the stress, so inflammation results.

Less inflammation = better digestion = greater nutrient absorption = better elimination = more energy = greater fat loss and much more.

By eating the same foods daily you are likely to speed up the inflammatory process we all have (some just have more than others).

I had some gluten free rice based bread and corn this week and both times I experienced gas and belly distension. These are signs of inflammation; food intolerance and an overall stressed digestive system. If I ate these foods every day, I would have serious digestive issues and gain a considerable amount of belly fat. Given I want to feel my absolute best, I will now be cutting out corn and rice for the next 3 months.

Rotate your foods in and out of your diet to ensure a wider variety of vitamins and minerals and other co-factors and reduce the likelihood of autoimmune reactions that occur when eating the same things over and over.

The most problematic foods tend to be dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, wheat, corn and gluten. Although, it could be anything you consume daily. Those who have the most problems are people that eat the same foods daily and have a high amount of stress in other areas (relationships, work, reduced sleep, lack of water).

Below is a food rotation model you can use to add variety to your meals to optimize nutrients, prevent boredom and reduce the likelihood of food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies.

Day 1:

  • Nuts: Almond, Almond Milk, Almond Butter
  • Animal Protein: Chicken, Turkey, Ostrich, Eggs, Duck
  • Starchy Carb: Sweet Potato, Beets
  • Fruits: Strawberries
  • Veggies: Add a variety daily

Day 2:

  • Nuts: Walnuts, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds
  • Animal Protein: Fish
  • Starchy Carb: Corn (Organic Only), Carrots
  • Fruits: Blueberries
  • Veggies: Add a variety daily

Day 3:

  • Nuts: Cashews, Cashew Butter, Coconut Milk, Coconut Flakes,
  • Animal Protein: Beef, Buffalo, Cheese, Lamb, Veal
  • Starchy Carb: Butternut Squash, Oats
  • Fruits: Raspberries
  • Veggies: Add a variety daily

Day 4:

  • Nuts: Brazil Nuts, Hemp Milk, Sunflower Butter, Sunflower Seeds
  • Animal Protein:
  • *Could Be A Vegetarian Day: Chick Pea, Pea Protein, Beans, Lentils, Hemp Protein, Rice Protein
  • Starchy Carb: Rice, Squash, or
  • *Could also choose a no grain diet on this day (could be for all days)
  • Fruits: Cherries

Veggies: Add a variety daily

Again, the above is just a simple model. The animal proteins and nuts/seeds tend to be the most important foods to rotate.

The starches listed above were just to give you an example of variety. Most tend to eat wheat, white flour and gluten daily.  I have consumed very little grains for extended periods, and every time I do, it is rarely positive. I do not necessarily have a gluten problem, but all grains seem to create digestive distress. There are many other sources of carbohydrates besides grains to acquire what we need for fuel. Cutting out grains does not necessarily mean a low carb diet- you can up the veggies, fruits, beans and lentils and have great energy.

The fruits & vegetables were not my major concern above because they tend to have less associated food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies. The best model for fruits & veggies is to eat local and organic. This will automatically give you a seasonal change in your diet and you don’t even have to think about it.

Support your local farmers and shop at the famers markets.

Brien Shamp brings you 22 years of experience as a Body Transformation Expert, Personal Trainer, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach, Massage Therapist, Strength Coach for College & Pro Athletes and Reiki Practitioner. In 2011 he was nominated one of the top ten trainers in the country. Brien has a degree in Biomechanics from UC Davis and extensive graduate studies in Exercise Physiology from SF State. Brien won first place in the Met-Rx World’s Best Personal Trainer Contest in 1999 and was nominated Best in the Bay by KRON 4 for Weight Loss in 2009. He is an active author in Parenting on the Peninsula, Ms. Fitness Magazine and his FREE Blog with thousands of subscribers at  www.BrienShamp.com.

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