It is almost Spring. "Yeah" I hear you say!! Melbourne has a great buzz about it with the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week on our door step, the AFL season at the pointy end and people are out and about enjoying the slightly warmer days.
In this fashion focused blog we will review the fashion of super foods, have a conversation with a young, fashionable personal trainer and test the health factor of fashionable flavoured waters.
Conversation with Nathan McCulloch
Nathan is a personal and group trainer at the fashionable Revolution Personal Training in South Melbourne. Nathan does the cooking at home, so has full control over what he eats and he enjoys experimenting with his cooking too. He is 22, loves AFL, he doesn't smoke and is an occasional drinker. His passion lies in sport specific training and exercise physiology.
1. So Nathan, what is a typical day of food for you?
Coming up with new ways to experiment with my cooking has helped me establish some good habits and a good routine. I generally eat two bananas, two muesli bars and two coffees in the morning. Meat and veg for lunch and dinner, usually just changing the combinations and the spices that I use and one lemon and ginger tea before bed. I might substitute eggs for meat in my main meals too.
2. How much exercise do you do?
It’s footy in-season for me at the moment. So I train for football two times per week and play on Saturdays. I also do strength maintenance training three times per week.
3. What are your tips for staying healthy?
Trying to keep my brain and body active. To continue to learn and stay engaged in new interests and challenge both of these areas. I think this is really important, especially at a young age. However I am very conscious of time, as it waits for no one, so I am constantly trying to fit as much as I can into every hour, of every day, of every week which can at times lead to me being a little drained come Sunday. But I then use my spare time to re-focus and set a new goal for each week which is something I love doing to keep myself on track.
What could Nathan change?
Well, Nathan is a very focused personal trainer who has studied health at university, so it is no surprise that his health routines are great. From a nutrition perspective, it would be good for Nathan to try different fruits throughout the day, not just bananas. This would
provide a greater mix of nutrients and fibre. Also, rather than the museli bars (which can be very high in sugar) it would be good to have a handful of nuts and dried fruit. This would reduce Nathans sugar intake, and give him full control over the type of nuts he consumes too. Some more dairy could be good also, to ensure Nathan gets his daily intake of calcium to keep his bones strong and muscles moving.
Product review - flavoured waters
Flavoured waters are the flavour of the month!! Flavoured waters have become so fashionable it is often hard to find natural water in some stores.
So what is flavoured water exactly? Flavoured waters have been introduced by beverage producers to satiate the taste buds of consumers who say they don't like the taste of water. This appears to be quite a large market, and it does target people who are trying to drink less soft drink too.
Flavoured waters can be sweetened with sugar, or artificial sweeteners, and some now offer vitamins and minerals too. The first point is to check the nutrition label for the sugar content, and if it is high then put it down. The second point is to check the addition of vitamins and minerals. If you are already taking supplements this addition might lead to over consumption of these additives. The third point to consider is the addition of artificial sweeteners. The science currently states that artificial sweeteners are not bad for us, however I always suggest to keep these sweeteners to a minimum of about one drink per day. Finally, these drinks can be expensive so the plain water option will always be best.
If you are at home, and you truly don't like the taste of plain water then Nathan McCulloch (from our conversation above) adds lemon to his water, which is a great idea to add some natural flavour that is refreshing and healthy!
FAQ's. Should I be eating superfoods, or is this just the current trend or fashion?
Fashion has stepped off the runway and into our kitchens, with superfoods being the Elle McPherson of our super market isles. The media is constantly talking about "superfoods" and people are not sure if this is a fashionable fad or something they should be taking notice of.
It is hard to define a superfood because there is not one group of foods that have the
same characteristics that makes them super. Put simply a superfood is a natural food that is nutrient-rich, in comparison to other similar foods.
It is important to have as many nutrient rich food items in your diet as possible, so for this reason it is great to include superfoods in your diet. However, if you eat a varied diet with lots of different foods from the five food groups it is likely that you are getting enough nutrients and you don't need to drop everything and run to your health food store to stock up on chia seeds. And conversely, if you don't eat a varied diet then a few superfoods here and there would be a great addition to your diet!