Gluten Free Cookies are Still Cookies

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I was having a good conversation with a client this morning. He was asking if I had seen the special on Tom Brady and the TB12 Method.

This is obviously a hot topic in New England. Every time someone has brought up Brady (or even Gronk) this year, the conversation inevitably moves towards the book, facility, or general philosophy of the plan.

I know the book just came out and I have not had a chance to read it. I do plan on it once I get my hands on a copy.

He was giving me a little bit of background on what he saw and then the conversation just kind of moved towards a more general look of the industry.

We can find a lot of ideas, fads, programs, and products all designed for fitness.

The underlying goal of any aspect of fitness is to improve quality of life. This can be through losing weight, getting stronger, improving mobility, reducing stress, etc. The specifics only matter on an individual basis. Even then, the best strategy is the one that you will do.

The fitness industry is a tough place because of marketing. Everyone is trying to sell something. This is where a lot of the confusion comes out.

Exercise is a science. People go to college to study science and can receive doctorates in the topic. There is countless research about what works and what doesn’t.

Marketing undermines that entire idea. Ads will pull on people’s emotions to make money. But since there are so many routes we can go everything just kind of gets confusing.

What exactly is this post supposed to accomplish?

Training could be simple but there isn’t enough good info out there for the public. The aspects of fitness are as follows.

  1. Training
  2. Nutrition
  3. Recovery

We have to train to improve strength, mobility, cardio, etc. Our nutrition needs to support that training. Adaptation occurs once we recover from training. Thats the relation.

It gets complicated when I go a step further.

  1. Training
    1. Strength, cardio, mobility, yoga, spin class, running, etc?
  2. Nutrition
    1. Protein
    2. Fruits and vegetables
    3. Healthy fats
    4. Unprocessed foods
    5. Hydration
  3. Recovery
    1. Sleep/Rest
    2. Good nutrition
    3. Activity
    4. Therapeutic methods- massage, acupuncture, etc.

Well, I have now lost a bunch of people. This is getting hard to follow. There’s too much going on.

This doesn’t even touch the surface of specific training methods (CrossFit, P90x, Bootcamps, Spin) or diet methods (Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free).

So what should you do? 

A. Find something that you like to do for training.

You should combine strength, cardio, and mobility work 3-5 times/week. There are some programs that are awesome for that. You could also do it yourself at the gym. You can also mix up how much you do each day.

There is no right answer that says 3 days of strength and 2 days of running is the best way for you to lose weight. You need to figure out what you like and works for you.

B. Eat unprocessed foods

Look for protein, vegetables, fruits, good fats from non junk sources. You can also play around with some things here too. See if you prefer to eat beef or not. Figure out how much fish you like to eat. Just make sure that each meal has protein, vegetables, and healthy fats.

C. Drink Water

You need to drink more water

D. Rest and Recover

How much of this you need will depend on your life. Those that have high stress lives obviously need more time to unwind. Same goes for those that train at a high volume. It will depend on you.

The key to all of this is to make sure that you do not let marketing take over. I listened to a presenter go through an exercise where he mentioned that everyone knows that chicken, blueberries, and broccoli are good for you. He then mentioned that most know that cookies aren’t.

Well gluten free cookies are still cookies and you can take that lesson to simplifying your own plan.