|Q: Tracy, I understand the importance of training, but I work fulltime and my job is very physical. I am also married with 2 school-aged children. What should I do?
A: Understanding the importance of training is the first step. I suggest you join a gym close to where you work. Train 4-5 times per week, before work, at lunch, or after work. Spend no longer than 20-30 minutes maximum in the gym. Each muscle group should be trained a minimum of once per week. Do one body part per workout, 2 sets of 3 exercises. For example, Day 1: Chest, Day 2: Back, Day 3: Legs, Day 4: Arms Day 5: Shoulders, alternating abdominals and lower back exercises each workout. The key is to have a plan and to train with high intensity. You could also invest in a set of dumbbells and an adjustable bench for your home. Buy a video that demonstrates each body part, maybe you’re family will join in on the fun. It’s surprising how a little can do a lot.
Q: Cory, what do you think of the blood type-diet promoted by Dr. Peter D’Adamo? My blood type is B and I eat chicken breast almost everyday, but the doctor says chicken is wrong for me.
A: I’m a ‘B’ too and isn’t it great. We’re Balanced, have strong immune systems and have the most flexibility when it comes to choosing food. We also respond well under stress and thrive on change. What do I think? I think everyone should read Eat Right 4 Your Type. It’s a paradigm that opposes convention and for that reason alone I think it’s great. The book actually makes you think about what food can do. Imagine that! I’ve examined the information in detail and witnessed the benefits experienced by clients on numerous occasions. It’s not gospel, even Peter states that, but food is much more than just something you shove down your throat when you’re hungry. If lamb or turkey is better for Bs than chicken because it contains none of the agglutinating lectins known to attack the bloodstream, what’s wrong with that?
Q: Tracy, I am just learning about vitamins, I don’t have a lot of money to spend, what do you suggest I start with?
A: I’m happy to hear that you are “getting with the program”. Yes, nutritional supplements do cost, but in the long run they payoff. Start with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). When used right this essential nutrient is arguably the single most important vitamin for health. Although highly underestimated, it is fundamental for athletes due to its role in collagen formation and injury prevention. Vitamin C is a powerful detoxifier; it protects us from free radicals, acts as a natural antihistamine for allergies and increases energy. Studies show that Vitamin C may help protect muscles from excessive damage and improve strength. Start with 50 mg per kilo of body weight divided into 3 equal doses. We use calcium ascorbate powder and Ester-C capsules. Both are “buffered” with calcium (non-acidic), gentle on the stomach and very safe. You can add calcium ascorbate powder to your freshly squeezed juices or in a protein shake. With the power of vitamin C you’re off to a good start!
Colgan, M. PhD, Sports Nutrition Guide (2002): pp 155-160
D’Adamo, P. ND, Eat Right 4 Your Type (1996): p148
CSNA 101 Education Program (2001): Chap 4, pp 58-62