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The missing ingredient you can’t buy

What should I eat Australia?

During the week I attended a debate with 6 of the leading nutrition experts in the country, see panel below. One of the learning’s I took away from this which was by the least qualified of the panel – the humble hippie nutritionist Lola Berry. Lola brought up that she has found the missing ingredient from most people’s food is not protein, carbs or fats, it’s the invisible ingredient – happiness.

If you are going to get anxious, stress out or regret what you’re about to eat – don’t eat it, don’t even put yourself in that situation.

This means don’t go to the pub if you’re going to feel like you’re missing out on fun when everyone else is drinking booze. Either go and have fun drinking water or don’t go at all.

The worst thing you can do is put yourself in a situation where you know you’re going to break, regret it the next day and then berate yourself and get depressed for the rest of the week.

This is the same with any treats consumed in excess such as biscuits or in my case ice cream. I don’t buy ice cream or any processed sweets because as a wise man once told me ‘Once you’ve bought it, you’ve already decided to eat it’.

I know myself and know that ice cream will be inhaled that Friday night no matter how strong my will power, so I simply choose not to buy it and occasionally enjoy ice cream when I go out.

To prevent ill-health, weight gain or feeling depressed work out your patterns of self-sabotage and then find practical yet still enjoyable ways to avoid them, as stressing yourself over a food or drink, which might not be that bad for you in the first place, will cause it to become bad due to your negative emotional state.

So enjoy your food and your treats without any guilt or stress and that will help you make better food choices and prevent the physical and emotional hangover.

The panel included Food blogger Sarah Wilson (IQS), Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos, Lola Berry, Dr Sue Shepherd (Developed the Low-FODMAPS diet), Professor Kerryn Phelps and author David Gillespie. 



How to find YOUR perfect diet


Regardless of how many scientific studies or new diet revolutions come out, there can never be one perfect diet for anyone…ever. This is true even if a diet comes from your favourite slim celebrity.

Just a few of the reasons there can never be one perfect diet is because:

  1. We inevitably age
  2. The weather changes
  3. Our stress levels rise and fall
  4. Our constantly changing physical & mental activity

It is for these and many other fluctuating reasons that our nutritional needs (and cravings) constantly change. These changing nutritional requirements are to keep the body in a state of perfect balance – aka homeostasis.

 The diet that may have worked perfectly for you when you were 20 may be completely different to the one that will work for you now.

What we can say with certainty is that whole, unprocessed, fresh foods and plenty of pure water will always be good for you. Many people know this already, but what most people don’t know is that the ratios of carbohydrates, proteins and fats (the macronutrients) required by the body can change quickly.

The only way to determine the foods and ratios of macronutrients that work best for your body on an on-going basis is to listen to your body and understand how it reacts. This means that you need to learn the difference between:

• Feeling stuffed with food vs. feeling satisfied with nutrients
• Feeling high on caffeine vs. feeling naturally energised from foods
• The need for another entire serving or just a couple of fish oil capsules to leave you feeling fully satisfied

Your body provides constant feedback that tells you whether the meal, snack or beverage you last consumed was right for YOU. To help, all of these reactions are clearly outlined in BBB.

BBB explains how you will react (in both the short and long term) if you’ve had too many carbs or overdone the protein and fat.

BBB helps you recognise the signs & symptoms of poor digestion & health that often lead to weight gain, this way you can avoid the common pitfalls and always feel in the ‘Power Zone’ – an optimal state of health where:

  1. Cravings for sugar and caffeine are permanently squashed
  2. Your mouth, mind and stomach are completely satisfied
  3. Your thoughts are clear & sharp
  4. You feel emotionally uplifted 

BBB also shows you how to manage changing situations, empowering you to make the BEST possible choices wherever you are while still losing weight.

While there is no perfect diet, you can always make smarter, healthier choices by understanding what good nutrition is, and more importantly, how your body reacts.

So while there is no perfect diet, you can always make smarter, healthier choices by understanding what good nutrition is, and more importantly, how your body reacts.

About Tim Pittorino

I’ve been training and nutritional coaching for 20 years and over this time I’ve collected the highest nutrition qualifications from industry leaders Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin and Reed Davis. I’ve coached high profile people like Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, and Ms. Universe contestant Jesinta Campbell. Most importantly I’ve helped thousands of everyday people get healthier and lose weight without deprivation through the BBB system. And now you can have all my secrets to a lean, energized and healthy body.