By now there is no doubt you’ve read countless articles on tips and tricks on how to stick your New Year’s resolutions. If anything, you’re probably sick and tired of all this ‘New Year, new me’ talk. *cue eyerolls*
But let’s be honest here – how many of you have actually ticked off your resolutions year-in year-out? Definitely not us. In fact, even science proves or failure – recent research has discovered that January 12 is the fateful day most people give up on their annual commitment to themselves.
It’s sad, but you can’t argue with the truth or facts. But, what if we told you that 2019 is really your year? The year to make a real difference, and the year to prove yourself wrong? According to health coach, chef, and cookbook author Scott Gooding, 2019 can be your year if you keep this one rule at the forefront of your mind before diving into any health resolution or goal:
“There’s no sense in bio-hacking, fasting, infrared saunas, all that kind of quick easy fix that people are looking for if the foundation of your health – which should be nutrition – is sh*thouse,” Gooding explains to co-hosts Dr Andrew Rochford and Maz Compton on the latest Healthy-ish podcast ‘There is no better medicine than food.’
“If you’re embracing mainly cooking at home with love and real food then you can achieve really good health – you can achieve 80 per cent of your optimal health. When that’s sort of in your DNA, when that’s innate, and you’ve got that covered, you’ve got that box ticked, then I believe it’s worth exploring other facets of health.”
This is the main message he highlights in his newly published book ‘The Keto Diet Cookbook’. Although ‘keto’ is in the title, the informational aspect of the book applies to all meal-plans or diets – be it intermittent fasting, veganism or Whole30 – and stresses that the key to any health “journey” begins in the kitchen.
Gooding, who is the OG keto diet master, knows first-hand what it takes to completely transform your health around. After suffering a debilitating back injury in 2005, Gooding learned the power of food as medicine to amplify his health.
“I experienced this chronic back pain, my mood was disrupted, depression, all the rest of it – for about seven years,” the Aussie chef recalls. “It was without a doubt, the toughest challenge I’ve ever faced. Wouldn’t wish it upon your worst enemy. But on the same token, it’s been the best thing to ever happen to me because it’s enabled me to realise what it feels like to feel shit, to feel the worst you can ever feel.”
This challenging period in his life gave him “an insight” into his health, and promoted him to make drastic changes for the better. However, recovery was a slow process, which is his second key message to acing those health goals:
“Health is measured on what we do consistently over a long period of time. I like to say ‘don’t try and get healthy by this afternoon, Sunday, or next week or next month.’ I try and say ‘try to get healthy for when you’re 80’… it’s a long game, it’s a long journey.
“If you fall off and you have too many beers at a barbecue or you don’t go to the gym for a week, it’s not that big a deal when you see it as the next 30 or 40 years ahead of you because it’s what you do consistently over that time period that will sort of be the indicator of health.”
To hear more about how food is the best form of medicine, tune in to episode 41 of our podcast Healthy-ish. Listen above, at Apple iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.