I don’t write about camera gear anymore but there are plenty of others that do. For m43rd’s shooters (or those considering picking up the system), here’s a decent case made on why it’s a suitable system for pro work.
I read a book last year that changed the way I eat. I’ve been asked about it enough in the past few months to motivate me to write a bit about it.
First - a bit of background. I’ve oscillated between vegetarianism and pescetarianism (plants + fish) for the past 5 years but can’t say my diet has been especially healthy. Despite not eating meat, I wasn’t eating enough vegetables and would eat processed foods too often. I’ve read dozens of books on nutrition over my life - sports nutrition books in my teens & 20’s and books on the food industry in the past few years (Omnivores Dilemma, The China Study, In Defense of Food, etc). However, late last year, I read a book called Eat to Live which introduces a uncompromising view of the plant based diet. I was sold on the ideas in the book and adopted the diet immediately … I’ve not strayed from it since.
The author Dr Joel Fuhrman goes further than any other advocate of a plant based diet… His philosophy is really simple - and can be summarised in his reworked version of the food pyramid:
This is dramatically different from the regular food pyramid which puts carb rich grains at the bottom and has significant portions of dairy, meat, etc.
For me, the main takeaways of Eat to Live are basically this:
Good food are foods which have a high nutrient / calorie ratio
Eat mostly vegetables. Do not eat a lot grains (even whole grains), not a lot of oils, almost no processed food. Eat vegetables.
Minimize almost everything else. Almost no meat, v little dairy (milk, cheese, etc), oils, processed foods, etc.
Because you do not get to eat many calorie rich foods, you have to eat an enormous amount of vegetables. This is the virtuous circle. To get 30 - 60% of your calories, be prepared to eat 1lb of salad and 1lb of cooked vegetables per day
Because you have to eat such a large amount of vegetables, you rarely feel hungry. Stretch receptors in your stomach trigger whenever you eat a large volume of food which make you feel satiated. Because of this, you rarely feel hungry on the diet
There’s tons more interesting things in the book. What I like is how uncompromising it is. He rails on the government institutions and their recommended / lapse standards. For example, with cholesterol, he talks about how heart attacks rarely, if ever, happen at under a total cholesterol level of 150. The National Cholesterol program recommends a level of 200 as desirable. But Dr Fuhrman’s advice is less ambiguous - do not settle until your cholesterol level is below 150 and keep it there.
When I started the diet, my weight was about 180 - 185lbs and my cholesterol level was 151. Three - four months later I weigh just over 160lbs and my cholesterol level was 117. My HDL (you want a high number for this) still needs improving but LDL (the bad cholesterol) didn’t actually register on the test equipment. Some of this benefit came from increased exercise - but a lot of it is down to the diet. I’m really interested to see how things look again in another six months or so.
As far as my diet goes, here’s how I’ve implemented it. I eat main meals per day:
Breakfast - smoothie
- A minimum of half a lb of Kale. Sometimes nearly 1lb
- A cup of almond or coconut milk (the rest is water)
- A tablespoon each of hemp seed, chia seed, sometimes flak seed and sometimes cacao nibs
- A banana, and strawberries or grapefruit until it doesn’t taste like 100% kale :)
- A small handful of goji berries
Lunch - salad
- A massive salad for lunch. Usually a half lb of spinach as the main vegetable and then:
- Cucumber, broccoli, chick peas, red / green peppers, olives, walnuts, cranberries, tofu, etc
- Dressing is balsamic vinegar (no oil)
Dinner - salad or cooked meal
- Either a salad (similar to lunch) or something cooked (e.g. quinoa, cooked vegetables, cooked tofu, etc)
Before dinner, when i get home from work i’ll usually snack on some fruit, or have a bit of dark chocolate, etc.The reason I’ve been able to stay on this diet for coming up to six months is because I’m almost never hungry. This makes it a high benefit / low discipline diet, which is v rare. I don’t follow it religiously either. When traveling for example, my breakfast has to change… During busy periods at work, I’ll often take the easy path when it comes to lunch… and of course, I sometimes eat out… But for the most part, it’s very, very easy to stick to. For almost that reason alone, I’d recommend it.
OK that’s pretty much it. For me - this has been pretty life changing and as a result advice is simple - if you’re interested, read the book!