Keeping an Open Mind about Fitness and Nutrition

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There are so many things to think about with fitness and nutrition…keep an open mind.

This is going to blow your mind! Not everything you read online, or in newspapers and magazines, is true. Shocking, right? Well, not really, considering the varying opinions about everything in the fitness and nutrition world.

Many fitness and nutrition articles are written by journalists, with limited direct experience in the field. In some cases the article is a general opinion that the magazine’s editor wanted expressed. Either way, it’s just one opinion, not a collection of peer-reviewed research studies or even a legitimate fitness organization consensus. There are plenty of issues with research studies and the position papers of fitness/nutrition organizations anyway.

So where does that leave us?

Let’s start with common sense and personal experience. Although common sense isn’t as common as we would like, it’s a good idea to examine ideas based on what you logically believe to be true. Then, if the idea is relatively safe and more likely to produce benefit than cause harm, maybe it’s time to give it a try.

Do you suffer from acne and digestive issues and have read that dairy can exacerbate those conditions? Why not do three weeks diary-free and see how you feel?

When you’re trying to learn something new, it’s best to limit the amount of pre-conceived notions about the truth. If you already think you know everything, you won’t be able to learn anything new. With fitness and nutrition, we all have ideas about what the truth is. The problem is that many people in the fitness world disagree about the facts, and if you’re going to learn anything you need to be open to the possibility that your original assumptions were incorrect.

I’m a little outside of the norm. Maybe you still think low-fat is good for you (really?!) or that you need several servings of “healthy whole-grains” to be healthy.

Maybe you think saturated fat, found in butter and coconut oil, is bad for your heart. Do your research and make up your mind. There is no diet or exercise routine that works equally well for everyone.

Open your mind and get ready for a unique fitness and nutrition experience.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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