So again I found myself talking to the TV during Food Hospital. When I say talk its more of a mini rant. I’ve only recently got into nutrition, so its very easy for me to be led a stray, but I find myself not getting caught up in the hype and I tend to have a more measured approach. It basically boils down to not taking anything at face value until I’ve done some personal research.
I’ve found twitter to be hugely beneficial in that respect, because the same names keep cropping up when I float around the interweb. I’ve quickly latched on to those seasoned professionals who actually know what they’re talking about. The likes of Ben Coomber from BodyType Nutrition and Martin Macdonald from Mac-Nutrition have been really helpful in my quest to understand the intricacies of Nutrition more fully. I found myself latching onto others too and like I said the same names keep cropping up time and time again. I will take every opportunity to ‘big up’ those individuals who may have inadvertently helped me along the way.
So to the following people, a big thank you for doing what you do best, its greatly appreciated…
Ben Coomber BodyType Nutrition
Martin MacDonald Mac-Nutrition
Joseph Lightfoot S&C coach
Graeme Close of Close Nutrition
Joel Snape Features Editor @ Mens Fitness
Mark Ellison of ElliNutrition
Joel Snape pointed me at an article this week which prompted me to sit up and read…now I know #4 was bad, but I hadn’t realised just how bad 😦
…Have a read yourself!
So as promised, I thought it would be a good idea to share my thoughts on the 1st Mac-Conference I very nearly missed!
The first thing that struck me was the sheer volume of people at the conference. There were an eclectic mix of people from clinical dieticians, doctors, triathletes, personal trainers and a few disciplined everyday gym-goers. What I found so appealing was that these people genuinely enjoyed what they did for a living and were here to expand their knowledge.
I came across the Mac-Nutrition purely by chance. I was researching some nutrition stuff on the interweb and came across Martin MacDonald via a twitter feed. It must be the season for Nutrition conferences as Ben Coomber of BodyType Nutrition is organising a similar event this weekend at the TrainingLab, but unfortunately I can’t make that one due to work commitments – sorry Ben!
So as it was my first conference, I was a little aprehensive as I was expecting quite a few knowledgeable people attending, and as I’m new to this, felt a little out of depth. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The sessions were split into two…Session1 predominantly a myth buster with a precursor to challenge dogma and unfounded guidelines. The quote “No matter how elegant the science, you must occasionally look at the results” was very apt. Martin would critique research in a way that was humorous but nailed the point home. This session was very informative and overall extremely well delivered.
Session 2 dealt with Nutrition for athletic performance and I found this very interesting to start with, but was pitched at some of the healthcare practitioners who got a little hung up on the calculations. I found myself getting more confused in the end!
Overall, a superb conference delivered by an equally superb Martin MacDonald. I just wish I could have stayed a bit longer for Session 2 Q&A, but there’s always the next time 🙂
Well more like 3 to be honest…
I’ve appeared in the January 2012 edition of Mens Fitness UK where I had my diet and training plan critiqued by none other than Nick Mitchell of UPFitness located in Mayfair London. Nick is a highly regarded S&C Poliquin trainer so it was great to get a critique done by him. The new training plan is brutal and the suggestion of lowering my fruit intake and replacing with more protein is something I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks to try to understand the response from my body.
Most fruit I was consuming was high in Fructose, which isn’t great for Fat Loss, so my new goal is to optimise my diet so my body turns into a fat burning machine. I’m still hopeful of the results but a lot has happened in the last two weeks.
I’ve been put on call at work and this is affecting my sleep and subsequent training plan, so I have to pick my moments to train properly. I have some free weights at home, so I’ve been putting together a home routine, but I lack the weights (may need to buy more, or wait for a christmas pressie from Santa!)
Last Sunday, I attended my first Nutrition course (more on that in another post to follow), but it really opened my eyes. I was so happy to see a packed conference of people who genuinely enjoyed their field of occupation, and it really got me thinking about where I’d like to head to in the future. Life is for living and so you should enjoy doing something you really enjoy, whatever it may be. Thanks so much to Mac-Nutrition for letting me be apart of it, I very nearly missed it altogether!
I’ve also had an advanced health screen compiled by BUPA and I’m really happy with the report. For 19 years, my health and diet have suffered due to sports related injuries and lack of motivation to start from scratch again. Since Jan 1st 2011, I have been on a personal crusade to improve planet ‘me’ and have enlisted a number of people to help me along the way. I recruited the help of a sports nutritionist and he has helped me achieve in a very short space of time something I’ve been trying to achieve for 6 months. I am so grateful for his help. The BUPA report suggested that I’ve managed to reverse 19 years of poor diet and health in 11 months. I am seriously over the moon about that, but I still have a target to reach by next March and I still have a few hurdles to overcome on the way.
…Christmas being one of them!