“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison

When I do presentations on nutrition, I've discovered something very interesting. When I start talking about nutrition and health people politely listen. I can tell that they were not super interested and that there's a lot of the “I’ve heard this so many times before” attitude going around the room. So at another talk I changed things up. I talked about how nutrition can help you to perform better. The talk was at a school so I made reference to foods that can help you do better on exams. Suddenly everyone was taking notes and asking questions. I tried it again at a business where I was talking about how to eat to concentrate better in the afternoon. Once again people paid attention and emailed me asking for my nutrition protocols. The best part about this whole discovery was that I was talking about the same foods that I had previously discussed in the healthy eating talk. Focusing on performance made all the difference.

The message is that we have to link eating smarter to what we care about. So what do you care about most? What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning and take on the world? Then eat smarter to help you do that better. Food helps us perform better at sports, academics, business, drama and music. Eating smarter is how we can experience exponential growth in our lives.

Eating healthy, great tasting food is possible - even necessary – and doing so will dramatically improve your life and the lives of those around you. Let’s set the stage for making that happen for you and for the rest of the world.

Today's POWER-UP: What Food Guide Should You Follow?

OUR FOOD GUIDES THAT ARE ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENTS ARE OUTDATED AND THEY ARE INFLUENCED BY THE FOOD INDUSTRY TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS DO NOT ENHANCE YOUR HEALTH, ALTHOUGH THEY DO KEEP PEOPLE EMPLOYED. WE KNOW THAT DAIRY IS NOT ALWAYS HEALTHY FOR HUMANS YET IT FORMS A MAJOR PART OF THE FOOD GUIDE. WE KNOW THAT ADDED SIMPLE SUGARS ARE ADDICTIVE AND CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK OF CANCER YET THEY REMAIN A KEY PART OF THE NUTRITION GUIDELINES WE ARE TOLD TO FOLLOW.

A MORE SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF THE PROBLEMS IS THAT THE FOOD GUIDES PUT ALL PROTEIN SOURCES TOGETHER AS EQUALLY HEALTHFUL SOURCES. RED MEAT, POULTRY AND BEANS ARE ALL CONSIDERED THE SAME WHEN IT COMES TO SOURCES OF PROTEIN DESPITE PROCESSED MEAT CONSUMPTION BEING ASSOCIATED WITH INCREASED RISK OF CANCER AND BEANS HAVING BEEN SHOWN TO IMPROVE HEALTH, BODY COMPOSITION AND RESISTANCE TO DISEASE.

THE FIRST STEP TO GETTING HEALTHY AND PERFORMING AT YOUR BEST IS TO GO BEYOND THE CANADA FOOD GUIDE AND THE USDA MYPYRAMID AND BUILD A NUTRITION PLAN THAT ENHANCES YOUR HEALTH USING THE KEYS THAT I'LL BE SHOWING YOU IN THE UPCOMING POSTS. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A FOOD GUIDE THAT IS ACTUALLY BASED ON RESEARCH CHECK OUT THE HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL’S HEALTHY EATING PLATE, OR EVEN BETTER BRAZIL’S HEALTHY EATING RECOMMENDATIONS.