#JERF

I can hear the collective “What did you just call me?” but don’t worry! I’m not calling you names at all. I’m giving you all a tool to help with one of life’s more confusing and debatable questions.

What should I eat? 

To be honest – there’s so much information and advice out there that I sometimes feel overwhelmed and frustrated by it, and as a health professional I should know what I’m doing right?  I’ve sat down, thought about and even written this article more times than I’d like to admit and that just helps to illustrate even more the problem at hand.

“It’s no wonder we are all confused about what we are supposed to eat. One day we wake up and meat is bad for us. The next day, meat is good for us and is the reason we are alive today. Another day, eating low carb is great for weight loss and great for blood vessel function. Wait, low carb is not good for cardiovascular function though. But isn’t weight loss easier on a low carb diet? And isn’t weight loss good for cardiovascular function? Dammit! I’m so confused!”
Taken from – 
http://livingsuperhuman.com/what-means-jerf/

There was also a great article in The Age a week ago or so taken from The New York Times, titled Why Nutrition Is So Confusing. It’s a great read. Did you know that last year alone 44,000 articles were published on nutrition, obesity and diabetes?! No wonder we’re a bit overwhelmed!


Here’s my point of view and an explanation of JERF.

J.E.R.F. – Just Eat Real Food. 

The reason I put a # in front of it in the subject line, is it’s a term commonly used in social media posts. Do a quick search of your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed’s and see what you come up with. A bunch of delicious looking food is what I see!

It sounds really simple, and I like to look at it in a simple way. The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options.

So what do I eat?

“I eat real food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit.  I choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition.  And food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat, seafood and eggs come from, and buy organic local produce as often as possible.
This is not a “diet” – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight.  I aim for well-balanced nutrition, so I eat both animals and a significant amount of plants.  I’m not lacking carbohydrates – I just get them from vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal or pasta.  And my meals are probably higher in fat than you’d imagine, but fat is a healthy source of energy when it comes from high-quality foods like avocado, coconut and grass-fed beef.
Eating like this is ideal for maintaining a healthy metabolism and reducing inflammation within the body.  It’s good for body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life.  It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food.  It also works to minimise your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune diseases.”

Taken from – Nutrition in 60seconds from Whole9life

This isn’t about losing weight. It’s about gaining health*.

*Side effects may include losing weight 🙂


I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’ and if you stop and think about it for a second it makes sense. Literally all the cells in your body eventually are fed in some form or another by what you put in.
Keep it simple eat real food and we’ll all be happier and healthier.

To give you an idea of what it looks like, something like this is my standard breakfast – Tomato, red capsicum, spring onion and ham sautéed, crack 3 eggs in or whisk them up for more of an omelette. Tear up some spinach on top. DELICIOUS!

There’ll be more to come on this topic in the coming weeks!

Desire Lines

Ever heard the term desire lines? Nope….? Neither had I until recently!

I have adapted the following from an email I subscribe to from these guys – (excuse the language) www.thef**kitlife.com

Think about how you might be able to apply this to you daily life
On some recent travels, we stayed in a bungalow that was part of a hotel.

To get to the hotel from the bungalow, we had to take a path.

Only, the path wasn’t the quickest way to the hotel… there was a very obvious shortcut that meant stepping through a hedge and over some grass.

We nipped across this shortcut every time.
And it seemed that everyone else had too – as a path was worn.
Even recent attempts by the hotel to discourage this route (they had planted more hedge in the hedge gap) were to no avail.

Architects would call this path that we’d created a ‘desire line’: the natural path people take between one place and another.
The best architects see where the desire lines are, then build the paths there. Most don’t.

In life, most of us follow the paths created by poor architects.
Many of us don’t even know where these paths are leading, never mind whether they’re the quickest route to where we want to go.

This is a big thing, but –
– Where do you want to go?
– What’s your desire line to it?

Don’t be waylaid by others’ or your bodies dysfunctional paths or ideas, or others’ ideas on which path you should take.

Find your own. And follow that.


You can apply this in many ways to many aspects of your life….
HAVE A THINK ABOUT IT…..
NO, REALLY DO IT NOW 🙂

A desire line doesn’t necessarily mean a shortcut either. It may take a bit of work for you to lay down a new pathway through the hedge, just as it takes some work for you to strengthen a new neural pathway and develop more efficient movement patterns in your body.

Have a great weekend!

Matt