6 ASPECTS OF OPTIMAL HEALTH

Optimal Health is only acquired by gaining the perfect balance of the six aspects of health.

YOU CANNOT OUT EXERCISE A POOR DIET

“Optimal Health” carries with it the expectation of proper nutrition.  It is unreasonable to assume you can be healthy and/or fit without providing proper foundations of fuel for the body.  Nutrition plays a critical role in your health.

Our Goal with Optimal Health

To help you achieve OPTIMAL HEALTH.  Optimal Health encompasses all objectives of healthy living.  These may range from: having more energy, to losing weight, to becoming fit, to participating in sport, to conquering disease.  Our definition of Health is truly groundbreaking in this industry.  Every ounce of our programming intended for its achievement.

To be healthy, truly healthy, you must strive for balance within the six aspects of health (refer to the turquoise box).  Too much, or too little of any one, or of several combinations of these aspects will leave you miserable and wanting.  In other words, chasing perfection in fitness (or any of the other aspects of health) generally, takes from other aspects.  This leaves you unhealthy overall.  Some of the least healthy people we know have perfect six-packs and incredible work capacity.  Yet, their work lives, home lives, and spiritual lives suffer greatly.  By the same regards.  One who does not have adequate fitness cannot be healthy either.  Remember - BALANCE.

Overriding Principles and Philosophies of GPP Nutrition

1. Know Your Caloric Needs

We understand that proper nutrition is not ONLY a calorie game.  Neither is weight loss.  But understanding your caloric needs is an important proponent to ANY nutrition recommendation.

It is also important to understand how to make constant adjustments to your daily caloric needs.  To figure your caloric needs, we suggest running a simple search for “how many calories do I need daily.”  There are many free calorie counters on the internet.  None are more, or less effective/efficient than another.

You may try:

my-calorie-counter.com
active.com
WebMD

All will provide estimates on norms & averages.  All will get you, generally close to your caloric needs.  With EVERY calorie estimate, you’ll need to fine-tune from there.

2.  Know Your Macronutrient Needs

There are 3 primary macronutrients (4, really).  Macronutrients are the chemical elements humans consume in the largest quantities.  These are:

  1. Carbohydrate (CHO)
  2. Protein (PRO)
  3. Fat
  4. Alcohol (included for purposes of winning nutritional trivial pursuits)

Some thoughts on learning your specific Macronutrient needs:

Food is drugs.  Every food you eat has a chemical effect on you (body, mind & soul).  The chemical effect it has on you may be very different from the effect the VERY SAME food may have on another.  Food has an impact well beyond just the energy and nutrition it supplies to your body.  We know this.  Why else would the common peanut be so nutritious and enjoyable to one, yet quite literally kill another?

GPP® believes nutritional success is very specific to the individual.  It is unreasonable to your friend’s nutritional program to work for you, or anyone else.  It is unreasonable to expect yours to work for them.  We, therefore, employ the concept of “INTUITIVE EATING” to find our correct macronutrient balance.  We use the following principles:

  • The “Vanilla” Concept
  • Balancing Macros (40/30/30)
  • “Singular Changes” Approach
  • the “Fortnight Ride”

3.  Eat Real Food