Last night, a few members of my team and I travelled to Fremantle for “The Power of Food” seminar with Dr. Damian Kristof, hosted by The Inspired Optimist.
The event was held in the most incredible bulding, the PS Art Space on Packenham Street. We were greeted by the lovely team who signed us into the event and shared with us a selection of Rawsome treats. After walking around and checking out the various local health and fitness vendors, we found our seats at the front of the stage and settled in for what was to be a very captivating informational sesson.
Dr. Kristof opened the night by introducing himself and explaining his journey from an accounting student at Deakin university, to a natropath and now, chiropractor and host of thewellnessguys.com podcast. It was evident by his confidence and running jokes, that he had presented this seimnar several times in the past. He kept the audience engaged with his charisma, constant questions and crowd involvement.
As many of you missed out on tickets, I thought I would share with you what I wrote down and took away from his presentation. Hopefully you will learn something or at the very least, feel inspired to live the healthiest lifestyle possible.
- FUEL VS. ENERGY
Damian spoke about calories not being equal. People often think a “calorie is a calorie” and if they are eating less than what they are expending during exercise and daily activities then they will lose weight and gain weight weight if they are eating more. To a certain point, yes this is true. But not all calories and foods are equal. For example you can eat 1300 calories of cake or 1300 of natural, whole foods. Think about which option would give you the most vitamins, nutrients and fuel that your body needs to perform well! Sure it is the same amount, but it is certainly not effecting your body in the same way, is it?
- INTELLIGENCE VS INFORMATION
This was a really intersting part of the seminar where Damian spoke about foods either being intelligent foods or informational foods. Intelligent foods are those which when planted will grow where as informational foods provide our body with information in which it needs to decide what to do with it. He used the example of an apple. The seed (when planted) will grow. It needs no information, it knows that its roots will grow down and the tree will grow up- just like our bodies when eating an apple. We will never attempt to eat a whole bag of apples, because our body will naturally tell us when it has had enough and the nutrients gained from the apple do not need direction. Whereas informational foods require our brains and bodies to tell us when to stop… it is so much easier to eat a whole tub of icecream rather than a whole bag of apples right? Informational foods (such as icecream) do not regrow, instead grow intellectual things from them (mould)!
- SESAME SEED CHALLENGE
Damian inspired the audience to take part in his sesame seed challenge in order to test how healthy their bowels are and how regular their digestive system is. The task involved eating a tablespoon of sesame seeds (do not chew or soak them) and then your goal is to “pass them” withing 12-24 hours. If you are succesful, it shows that your bowels and digestive system are woring correctly and that your foods are passing as needed. Now this conversation was followed with further “Number 2” tips and trick. Be sure to check out his website for more information.
- FOOD SERVING SIZES BASED ON Y.O.U
Now this section didnt’ really appeal to me as I am a serious macro counter, it works for me and I love it- I was the only one to raise my hand to his quesiton of “who measures their food?” But I know my clients would appreciate this information in regards to serving size. Damian commented that if you squeeze your hands into fists and place your fists together… that is the amount of food your stomach needs. So think of a bowl being bigger than than, fill it to your fist size. So how do you do that? – From your wrist to your middle knuckle- fill it with healthy carbs such as salad/veg/fruit or a combination of all.
– Your protein serving size should be the thickness of your palm on it’s thinnest side and should roughly be the size of your hand.
– Your fat content should be the size of your pointer and middle finger held together from top to palm.
How amazing that our bodies are made individually and know exactly what we need!
So as you can tell from the information above, we had the most wonderful night learning from the best and being amongst likeminded healthy, fit and positive people.