By Brian Stumbaugh
The highest nutrition qualifications from Paul Check, Charles Poliquin and Reed Davis supported my work as co-founder of the hugely successful Bodyism Clean and Lean diet book series in London. Today I'm advisor on Australia’s most successful online weight loss program - Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation.
Nutrition coaching high profile clients like Hugh Grant and Jesinta Campbell has been a rewarding experience but my favourite clients are everyday people.
A Bachelor of Health Science and personal training initially fuelled my interest in nutrition. But it was a battle with my own health that gave me true direction – a practical and enjoyable approach to nutrition and health.
Experience has shown me government dietary guidelines are impractical and mainstream nutrition practices are based on inaccurate data. I understand what people in our society need and the changes they are willing to make to improve their wellbeing.
I'm excited to announce the latest string to my bow; I will be joining the AADFA team as a Health and Fitness presenter to bring you AADFA’s newest module “FUEL”.
“FUEL” will help you master the science of nutrition!
As you know, diet and skin go hand in hand. If you want great Skin then you need to be fuelling your body with the right ingredients!
The aging process, including the aging of your skin cells is accelerated with oxidative stress. Oxidative stress causes free radical damage which is accelerated by:
Deep fried foods
Processed Foods (Everything in a packet, bag, box, can or container)
Drugs – Tobacco
Stress in general
Of course hormones and genetics play a key role, however the above factors are the variables that are 100% within our control, the one I will focus on in this blog is diet.
Each and every piece of food we eat literally becomes our eyes, teeth, hair and organs, including our largest organ - the skin.
At one end of the scale we have our stress-free, all organic, meditating hippie in Byron Bay, and if she doesn’t spend all day in the sun then this hippie is likely to have bright eyes, strong healthy teeth, highly functioning organs including glowing skin.
At the other end of the scale we have our high-flying, city-living corporate working 50+ hour weeks, full of constant time-pressure and deadlines, to cope with this frantic pace he is downing between 4-6 shots of espresso/day, eating on the run and buying from the closest food court.
Even if our corporate warrior orders the occasional salad he is unlikely to absorb most of the nutrients, as the presence of caffeine as well as the constant stress is severely inhibiting his ability to absorb these nutrients, which results in even lower energy which then leads to self-medicating with anti-inflammatories, more caffeine and largely useless supplements.
For your entire 20’s you can lead either of the above 2 lifestyles and still look pretty good, however as you approach your 30’s and the youthful hormones start to run out the corporate warrior will feel and now look terrible. Not only with weight gain, but dark circles from a toxic liver, dehydrated and old-looking skin that lacks the collagen due to a decade of abuse.
Just like many organs your skin is under constant reconstruction, and needs daily uptake from a wide variety of nutrients, including:
Omega-3 Fatty acids from fish & seafood, avocados, nuts - especially walnuts.
Vitamins C & E – That work together to have a calming effect on the skin.
Selenium – That protects the body from free radical damage and the rainbow of colours from vegetables.
It’s easy to get bogged down in details with these particular nutrients or certain “Super” foods, but here’s the simple truth – When your diet is made up of 80% fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, organic meats, unprocessed dairy and filtered water you skin will look and function at it’s best. However the majority of people these days have it in reverse with 80% heavily processed foods and 20% natural, a good example is breakfast, most people start the day with refined cereals, grains and processed dairy (most milks), it’s no wonder modern man is the most depressed, addicted and malnourished we’ve been in recorded history.
As a starting point to better overall health and glowing skin each meal should contain at least 6 ingredients, so vegemite on toast with butter doesn’t quite cut it, however a muesli with fresh (not dried) fruits, nuts and seeds with a milk that agrees with your stomach is a healthier way to start your day and start the wide variety of nutrients flowing in.
Be more like the long-living Asian cultures with ageless complexion that eat 40 different types of food a day, as opposed to the average UK person that has the same 12 foods every week.
So if you can’t count at least 6 different colourful fresh foods on each plate then start mixing it up. Soups, broths and salads are an easy way to stack up dozens of ingredients that contain literally thousands of nutrients, micronutrients and phytonutrients.
Rather than drain your brain with counting calories and feeling hungry all day try adding a few more fresh foods to your meals and you’ll soon start to look and feel younger, mentally sharper and all-round happier.
Tim loves helping people feel better through intelligent exercise, real life nutrition and a worry-free mindset.
Follow Tim on his Instagram Page @tim_pittorino . See Tim at the launch of “FUEL” at the 2020 “FAT” and “FACE” modules! Visit www.AADFA.net for more information on the “FUEL” module.