BE Nutrition: Part 1 – Food for Thought

A forward by Henry Rollins.

“The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back.

The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.’

And good nutrition is always good nutrition.

And my gosh, isn’t there a lot of info out there on nutrition…eat low carb, eat low fat, eat breakfast, don’t eat breakfast…My head is spinning just thinking about it.

So… let’s start from the top.

My mission, and I have chosen to accept it, is to rewrite and reitterate all of my learnings from the Precision Nutrition certification so that you may decide what good nutrition is for your life and your results.

And thus I give you: Be Nutrition Part 1 – Food for Thought

We start off today with a did you know.
Did you know that you are considered sedentary if you take less than 5000 steps per day!

(In Monday’s bootcamp workout, for example, one person did 3000 steps. Not bad for 1 hour while doing a lot of heavy resistance training, but if that is all the moving around in a day you do, you may still be considered sedentary!)

Please let the magic happen!
10000 steps per day with an hour of high intensity exercise is when the magic starts to happen (the actual words in a scientic textbook)…. Meaning you will see the results you are looking for!

Now if being sedentary (inactive) isn’t your limiting factor, its going to be one of the following:

  1. genetics -this is least likely to be your limiting factor. YOU CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE AND REACH YOUR GENETIC POTENTIAL! If you think you have met your genetic potential then please see #3 below as that is your true limiting factor.
  2. physiology – what’s going on in the body.
  3. mindset – get a positive attitude on your goals. IT’S IMPORTANT!
  4. nutrition – the most significant factor that stops you from reaching your goals.

From the list above, including being sedentary… What’s your limiting factor(s)? Figure that out and fix it.

If nutrition is your limiting factor, we’ll define good nutrition as simply: eating less calories than you burn. It’s easier to do this with foods that are of high nutrient density like lean meat, high fibre unprocessed foods, bright or deeply colored vegetables or fruits.

Enter the power of the plant – and did you know #2 for this post!

100 calories of spinach has 14g of protein – that’s as much as 100 calories of lean beef!

More plant based protein here:

Good nutrition will make you feel good.
Good nutrition will make you feel energized.
Good nutrition is honest and outcome based.

Again…Good nutrition is honest and outcome based. If you are eating good you will see results. If you are not seeing results, you are not eating good enough.

An interesting study on perception vs. reality of nutrition intake shows most people think they are eating less grains, fats, oils, and sweets than they actually are. It also shows people are eating less vegetables, fruits, and meats than they actually are.

That’s a pretty important study to consider since the latter are the nutrient dense, low calorie foods that will give you the negative energy balance (eating less calories than you burn) that is a fundamental law of the universe.

Simplified further…

  • Exercise alone will not change your body!
  • Good nutrition is water, meat and vegetables.
  • And if you are thinking your doing a good job and dont have the body, and health to show for it, quite frankly, you aren’t.

Perceptions and reality….we think we eat better than we do. We think we do everything better than we do… But you can only judge your plan on your outcome.

Expectation will destroy you, persistence will make you.


Josh Saunders
The Bootcamp Effect