I’m not here to lie to you. At Collective Fitness we don’ t make claims about weight loss and then provide you with a 12 week, low fat diet full of protein shakes and artificial sweetener (which is a neuro-toxin and deposits in your brain, read more on that here, here and here) and tell you that “you can do it!”
Permanent weight loss is a by product of good health and good eating strategies, along with positive, holistic living principles. Your body will never sustain any amount of weight loss if it has been achieved from eating a low calorie, low fat diet void of true nutrition, even if you initially succeed in some amount of weight loss. What I care about teaching you is how to feed your body, your brain and your spirit so that you thrive in life. Weight loss then is a happy side effect.
At Collective Fitness we challenge ourselves often on the subject of food. We’re not perfect and don’t want to be. But our priority is our family’s health and eating good, wholesome food. Real food.
If you don’t sort out what you put in your mouth then you will never experience vibrant, good health. And if that remains to be, then you will be missing out on a great life, because when you’re buzzing off good health, the world buzzes with you. Put simply, the crux of your well being starts with good nutrition and it’s from this point we will build up to talking about weight loss within the realms of healthy eating. So, if you have come here for a quick fix, I apologise but we’re not what you’re looking for.
This is something I feel very passionately about. Something that seems frustratingly complex for many people when in actuality, it remains to be a very simple fact. That the most important thing one can do for their health is to understand the effect the food they eat has on them. As Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The food you eat has the propensity to heal you or kill you. And you decide which one of these applies to you.
Just like the terrible short and long term effects that lack of sleep has on your health, poor food choices and meals filled with chemicals, additives and that little evil known as sugar, will sure as hell be the death of you. At some point.
So, when you think of healthy, do you really know what that is? And what is your definition of ‘junk food’? You might be disappointed to hear this but on the subject of junk, I cast my net wide. In order to eat well, truly eat well, you need to actually avoid 98% of the supermarket all together. Pretty much anything in a packet is a no go area. Why? Because it has been processed and if it has been processed it’s had nasty things done to it in order to get it ‘packet’ friendly. You don’t want or need to eat packets of nasty shit. You just need to eat wholesome, fresh foods that you prepare yourself. Much, much more on this later.
Are your hormones up the wall? Stay tuned.
To summarise our introduction: You are what you eat. If it’s a chemical, a colour, a sugar or a number, or something you simply cannot pronounce, then don’t eat it. Accept the fact that if it comes out of a packet, then something insidious has been done to it to get it in there in the first place. Accept the fact that once a food has been deranged so many times in order to get it supermarket friendly and all *blinged up* so that it pops out to you on the shelf and tastes super yummy once whipped out of the microwave, then it is no longer food and instead just dollar signs for ‘food’ companies. Perhaps we should talk about food labelling next. Oh, so much to talk about.
I wish to leave you with the following:
Nutrition is defined as the act or process of nourishing or of being nourished.
To nourish is to sustain with food or nutriment, to supply what is necessary for life, health, and growth.
I love the word nourish. When one eats well, they are not only nourished physically, but mentally and spiritually. It is your responsibility to nourish yourself and your children with real food. Here, with Collective Fitness, is where you learn how.
Stay Fit. Be Collective.