Sean Van Staden
Columnist
4 minute read
11 Jan 2014
10:00 am

Eat your way to a healthier life

Sean Van Staden

It is the New Year and I am sure you had a very festive time over the December holidays. If you managed to keep you weight down, then I applaud you for a near-impossible feat.

Sean van Staden

For the rest of you who went for second helpings, forgot to train and currently feel like the Michelin man, listen up. I have the hottest book review that guarantees to shed the weight – and keep it off.

Remember that tall fellow who said you need to carbo-load before big races and that carbs are good, only to change his mind and say he was wrong and that excessive carbs are not only an epidemic, but a huge factor in why people have so many health problems.

Please give a burning torch and pitchfork ovation to Professor Tim Noakes. You need to open your eyes, take off the blinkers and listen to his message.

In sport and business you make decisions based on the most accurate current knowledge you have to making the right choices in progressing through the ranks. You train the way you know best and use the data from the actuaries to steer your company.

What happens five years down the line when you figure out that the reason for your minimal progress was that the data you received back then was too premature to make such bold decisions?

Years later, the bubble has burst and new data paints a clearer Picasso. What will you do you as an athlete or a CEO? Give up and pack it in? Of course not, you will pivot and reposition your training and business to the new enlightened methodologies. If you are stubborn and continue to deny the truth, then you are a fool and will ultimately pay the price.

In Noakes’ new book, The Real Meal Revolution, a foreword is given by the legendary Gary Player, and it also happens to be sold out across the country. Noakes gives you the road map on how to take charge of your life and health.

The book takes you on a journey of discovery. As a sports scientist myself and someone who is never scared to learn something new, I found the layout ingenious.

In the first part of the book Noakes explains the most recent research available and why all evidence points to high carbs being bad and possibly the cause to your high blood pressure, your digestive disorders, your predisposition to diabetes and your insulin resistance.

The book is not only for people who are overweight but people who are pregnant, have allergies, cancer and even menopause. The mere fact that your missus may go crazy around about that time of month, is good enough reason to try out the new lifestyle.

The Real Meal Revolution gives you a green, orange and red colour-coded table of food you can eat and food you should really try avoid. Noakes outdid himself in assembling the “crack squad” – nutritionist Sally-Ann Creed, and chefs Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier. I don’t know if they used some sort of glossy high resolution paper to print on, but the meals look so good, you are tempted to eat the page.

Thankfully for my fiancé’s willingness to also try new things, she has started cooking all our meals the LCHF (low carb, high fat) way and I will be honest and say since I am a fussy eater, they taste as good as they look.

Having time to reflect this week, I have not had much time to eat my regular six small meals a day, but one thing that stands out is that I have not been as hungry as I would normally have been in the past. I don’t get these fits of hunger, I have more energy and I seem to be recovering from my own sport training faster.

It is still early days, and thus this chapter of my self-discovery is still open, so I will pass no verdict other than I am really excited to be on this journey.

No food has stimulated my brain and body in the way the meal revolution has. If you start understanding what the deep-rooted cause of your aliments are and stop masking them by medicating, then you will soon realise there is hope.

You have nothing to lose by trying something new. Who knows, it just might save your life.

I was lucky enough to purchase the last two copies and they just so happen to be signed by all four authors. If you want to win a copy of The Real Meal Revolution, then tweet me @SeanVStaden about why you should win this book and place a #LCHF in the tweet.