How important is nutrition?

Exercise and diet?

You can have a fabulous physique and look like the epitome of good health, however it’s what’s going on inside your body that really counts. There’s any number of Adonis body types that have simply dropped dead far earlier than they should have. Strong evidence supports that had their nutritional intake been different then they’d still be alive today!  I’m not going to assert my beliefs upon you as to the type of nutrition you should be having but I’d like to guide you towards the light so you can make your own decisions.

Social media today gives an innate amount of credence to uneducated bloggers. They can write anything they like and it’s amazing how their opinion counts, or is balanced, against incredibly qualified professionals that have spent their lives dedicated to understanding the affects of what we choose to eat and drink.  I’d urge you to read the book “The China Study” by Professor Colin Campbell. This is real data collated, peer reviewed and published in respected journals. In other words, it’s not one persons uneducated opinion but rather many years of measured and analysed scientific data about nutrition and the relationship to many of our current, mostly western, diseases.

There is ample evidence to suggest that many diseases like coronary heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer can be almost eliminated if we ate differently.

If that’s not enough to convince you then read “The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner. Blue zones refers to a number of hot spots in the world where people live far longer than the average person. Not only are they living longer but many are still incredibly active well into their eighties and nineties. There is no doubt that their longevity is a directly linked to what they are eating and drinking combined with continuous activity or exercise.

I can reference any number of books, movies and YouTube clips to make my case but l just hope this little insight spikes your interest enough to at take a closer look at what you are putting into your mouth.

As for exercise, and without going too deep I’d just like to say, “Use it or lose it!” Having general strength and fitness shouldn’t be underestimated. I used to have chronic back pain and knee problems from lifting too much and playing “A” grade squash over many years. Since doing regular resistance training for the last few years I can’t remember the last time I had a sore back. I feel great and am approaching 60 years of age.

Now as an unqualified blogger I’m going to say this, regular exercise, especially controlled resistance training, is essential to ongoing mobility and quality of life. However, this must be combined with proper nutrition if you expect to live a long and healthy life. “You are what you eat” rings true to a degree but I don’t think that is enough. Regular moderate exercise combined with proper nutrition is a great start to a long and healthy life. There’s a lot of evidence also that if you combined the above with good social interaction among family and friends, and good environmental factors then there is no reason why you can’t  be part of the one in approx five thousand that will live to be 100 years old or more. (US 2010 census data)

This is my first blog on this site and I’ll continue to contribute with recipes, tips and life factoids. Please feel free to contribute with comments and share as you see fit. Happy to answer any questions you might have.

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About the author: I’m a part owner in Impact S&F and answer to Coby who answers to Amber! My credentials, I am a qualified Chef first and foremost and then back to school doing accounting and my MBA. I’ve traveled to many places in the world, climbed Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc. I like to ride my bike and get to the gym a few times a week. Prior to my life today I was the MD of a large group of companies for many years in PNG and am now settled back on the Sunshine Coast finally doing stuff I really want to do.

Colin Vale
Impact S&F