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The Superfood No One Is Talking About

It’s not green tea (or that ‘detox’ tea stuff)

 

It’s not garlic.

 

And no…I’m not talking about Aloe Vera.

 

But before I reveal one of the reasons why this nutrition stuff seems so confusing…

 

The problem has come from ‘nutritionists’ trying to apply the medicine way of doing things to nutrition:

 

“one drug treats this”

 

Now, this may “work” in medicine (I’m no expert in medicine by the way).

 

But “one food treats this” isn’t so straight forward in nutrition for the following reasons:

 

1) Different nutrients you eat in food compete for absorption (so one may impact how much you absorb of the other…This can be the case with iron levels

 

2) Certain nutrients taken together can enhance their absorption so you get more benefits (and more energy)

 

3) Eating a few “superfoods” won’t outdo your poor diet. It’s what you do on average that counts

 

For example, if you’re sprinkling turmeric on your Cadbury’s Fruit n Nut? I’m not sure how super it will be …

 

4) There is soooo much emotion in food that it’s difficult to get us to stick to rigid plans to even see what might work

 

5) Many of the studies on “superfoods” are not in humans..

 

Like one study on garlic…

 

Showing that the dose to get the benefits would equate to you eating 28 cloves in a day

 

(which you’re friends and family probably won’t thank you for).

 

You’re probably wondering what that superfood I was talking about is?

 

Now, this ONE SUPERFOOD actually contains all of these ingredients:

 

Vinegar – shown to potentially lower blood sugar levels and help you stay full up

 

Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory properties to help your gut and immune system

 

Salt – you actually need it…and low salt diets can actually have a negative impact. If you don’t eat processed foods? You may want to be wary of this…

 

Garlic – Blood pressure and cholesterol benefits

 

Mustard seed – high in selenium which is anti inflammatory. It is also a source of magnesium.

 

And it is ALL in this one product above

 

Why am I sharing this with you today?

 

Well, this so-called superfood is actually just..

 

French’s American Mustard…

 

It’s often labelled as junk and full of crap..

 

People might ‘think’ it is full of chemicals..

 

Yet, it has all of these ‘superfoods’ in?

 

And ZERO sugar…

 

My point?

 

Well, just like

 

‘eating breakfast’

 

“don’t eat salt”

 

“Avoid fat”

 

Things just become dogma in the nutrition world

 

You hear them so many times, they become ‘true’..

 

Making it more confusing and overwhelming..

 

It’s no wonder we think this health and fitness stuff has to be this time-consuming, stressful thing..

 

And no wonder we feel guilty for eating a so-called ‘bad’ food…

 

The problem is that the more we do this?

 

The more we strengthen the learned habit of going into

 

‘F it’ Mode….

 

So question everything…

 

Even me..

 

In fact, especially me..

 

After all, I’m telling you to put American mustard on your burger today

 

And tell people that it’s a superfood.

 

What do I know?

 

Matt ‘’superfood’ Fruci

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Lessons from my mum

I don’t want any ‘awwwwwwsss”’ or ‘oooooohhhhhhssss’ from this

But only for the last few years have I really had to remember Mother’s Day in a while

my mum passed away back in 2002 when I was 12

But today?

I’ve got an amazing wife who’s an amazing mum to my beautiful daughters

^^^ I’ve also got an amazing nan and mother-in-law 

But my point today is this:

I truly believe that if you look closely enough and give it enough time

You can see a ‘positive’ in everything

And before you say what’s the positive in being made redundant or loved ones passing away..

I just want to say that I used to think that, too

Until I realised that nothing is bad unless you think it’s bad

You see, although my mum passing away when I was 12 seems all doom and gloom

And – don’t get me wrong – I was and still am – devastated

But it actually made me a more grateful person

And I probably wouldn’t be who I am today if it wouldn’t have happened 🤔

I realised just how hard my dad was working to provide for the family (as I grew older)

It made me ‘grow up’ and help out with things like cooking and cleaning

^^^ I’ll never forget getting the pasta and meatballs ready for 5pm 😂 

You see, when you give so-called ‘bad things’ time to ‘digest’

It’s never as bad as you made it out to be.

With every bad, is an opportunity…

Now, I’m not going to pretend it’s easy

Because it’s clearly not

But when you just nurse, rehearse and curse a ‘bad’ situation

Are you just wasting energy on something you can’t change?

Energy that could go into YOU, your kids, family and loved ones?

So, next time you put on a pound when you look down at the scales….

Wait 3 days or so

It’ll probably be back off…

Or

Evaluate what happened over the last week…

Did you do your exercise?

Stick to your nutrition plan?

Learn, adapt, grow and harvest the good

See it as a reminder of what you need to do

And after 3 days of evaluation…

then – and only then – give yourself permission to nurse and curse yourself 

Happy Mother’s Day 

Matt 

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“I want to feel more confident” (2 things to do)

So this week

I’ve lectured at Oxford Brookes University to Postgraduate nutrition students on nutrition and how to get people to do the things they know they need to do…

I’ve had 6 one to one coaching sessions with ladies on our programmes

and delivered ​​9 group sessions for ladies over 40 in Marlborough…

Now, the reason i’m sharing this is because even 3 years ago

the thought of this would be make so scared…

I’d be downing rescue remedies

and going dry in the mouth…

But now?

It excites me!

In fact, I love it so much

and have had such success in Marlborough

That I’ve got a brand new programme launching in Burbage in April

​​(reply if you want some more info on that..we only have 12 spaces)

So what’s changed?

Why – all of a sudden – can I now speak in front of people?

Without going red, dry in the mouth?

Well, 2 things have changed

(as I explain in this video below which I would not have dreamed of recording a few years back as I’d be too nervous)​​

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but in short:​​

1) I know longer compare myself my best day

2) I understand that my confidence and self esteem is MY subjective ​​​​​​​​​​​​opinion of my own self worth…so it is up to me how I set the benchmark here.

​​I can compare myself to others on social media (who just share their best days)

Judge myself on how I look…(which isn’t actually as important to me as being a great dad and husband, helping someone improve their life and mindset, create freedom from diets)

Base how I should act in certain situations on what I think others expect (which I’m not sure is even true…)

My point is that you get what you focus on…

and unfortunately, if your ‘confidence’ or self esteem’ is based on ​​​​beliefs that you don’t even know are true?

This might stop you doing the things you want to do to look and feel better…

and given that confidence comes from DOING…

so you gather proof and evidence that you can do something…

could you start by questioning your subjective opinion on your own self worth and where it comes from?

Matt



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Are problems actually problems?

I covered something the other day with a few of the ladies in our Fit For Life programme so I thought I’d share a bit here as I got loads of messages about it…:

 

“I see lots of people (not just in health and fitness) and me included…moan about PROBLEMS.

 

And I guess this can be expected if you don’t know any different.

 

But part of the evolution of becoming more successful as a person is understanding that problems are good.

 

WTF Matt ?

 

Hear me out a sec.

 

 The more problems you encounter the more opportunity you have to solve them and therefore learn and get better results (as you learn what works for you)

 

 The bigger the problems you solve the higher the reward and the better you feel

 

 As long as you learn from each problem and do not keep making the same mistakes over and over then you will continually be learning new skills.

 

Given the very obvious benefits, how about being proactive and seeking them out?

 

Yep, that is what I do.

 

Why?

 

Because there is a process in place:

 

1 Unidentified Problems
2 Identified Problems – No Plan
3 Identified Problems – With Plan
​4 Solved Problems

 

Most of people prefer to be unaware of the problems that exist. Which can have fatal consequences.

 

This is why having stuff in place like:

 

* knowing what you’re actually doing with your food, fitness and focus every day to put yourself first

 

* making sure you remind yourself of what you’re doing well every single day…how else can you expect to feel confident and stop focussing on the stuff you didn’t do?

 

* asking yourself why you’re doing this and remind yourself WHY every day…like what’s the actual point? what makes you happy?

 

* Are you doing one thing that makes you feel good every day?

 

* Understanding the question: What are you willing to do and when to get to where you want to be?

 

…….is SO IMPORTANT…….because you can identify a problem quickly.

 

Once identified you move to step 3 and put a plan in place.

 

Then move to step 4 and solve it.

 

If you don’t and there is a problem then the danger is that it manifests without you knowing…

 

and the worse case scenario is you give up, blaming yourself, putting yourself down, without realising that there are some super powerful small habits that if you do?

 

Will – at the very least – make you feel better…which has a domino effect for your eating and exercise habits 🙂

 

Like anything, the more you practice the better you get.

 

Don’t let emotions run high when problems arise. [which is what I used to do]

 

Apply the process above.

 

And trust yourself to solve it…even if that means asking for help from others, family, the ladies in here (and me of course)

 

It can feel like you’re the only one thinking this way sometimes…

 

So surround yourself with a few winners – that always helps as well.

 

And this is actually again why I’m sharing this…

​​as one of you said to me today just how amazing it is to see other ladies sometimes not feel motivated, help each other if they are having a bad day, and being OK with that…rather than thinking you must be the only one who sometimes wakes up demotivated and can’t be bothered..

and this is enough to help keep them going…

Something they have never done for this long…​​​​”

Anyway, best shoot…

Early morning sessions for the ladies kicking off soon :-)​​​​

(it’s arms and bum day…)​​

 

Matt ‘problems are your friends’ Fruci

PS. You can grab a free copy of my book HERE

PPS. Watch How Cassie From Wiltshire Went From Mobility Scooter To Running Her First 5k & Fitting Back In Her Favourite Clothes Without Long, Boring Workouts Or Giving Up Her Favourite Foods >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH

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Stop saying ‘sorry’

So my 2 year old daughter occasionally just says:

‘sorry’

For no apparent reason…

Just – I guess – copying from me or Mrs Fruci?

Who, knows..

Maybe I should stop saying ‘sorry’ so much

for often doing nothing wrong…

in fact, sometimes we feel bad for getting results???

Just in case it offends someone else

Or gets seen like you are ‘bragging’

worrying about making other people feel bad for doing NOTHING..

it’s almost like we DO apologise for what we’ve managed to pull off…

(I imagine there’s even mums out there today apologising for receiving presents on Mothers Day <<< JUST SAY THANK YOU…you do an amazing job!! in fact, you do all of the jobs haha so at least for today just let the Mr do it…)​​

But the problem with never appreciating your results and what you do well?

It DRAINS your confidence

think about it.. NOT appreciating how far you’ve come has you focused on what you still have to do or what HASN’T worked

and confidence.. is one of the most important things we all want, right?

as it makes it easier to ‘say’ to the things we want to do

we feel better

happier

So I just thought I’d stet out of my comfort zone and ‘brag’ with a few things I’m proud of doing over the last few years:

* Nailed my public speaking fear and now get invited to speak at Oxford Brookes University as a guest lecturer and deliver NHS education for people with Type 2 diabetes

* Helped over 300 ladies develop a positive relationship with food and the so-called ‘perfection’ they were looking for, feel better and kickstart themselves into better fitness and eating habits to finally look and feel how they want to feel (LIKE THESE LADIES HERE)

* I became a dad to two amazing daughters 🙂

* I’m now helping more people the I ever have done with their nutrition and exercise habits even though I never thought I’d ‘have time’ when I became  dad of 2 under 2 🙂

* Published my book first book, SHIFT: Simple Guide To Helping Busy Ladies Think Differently and Get Their Bodies Back (which is available on Amazon)

* I have a Vegan book covering all of the nutritional considerations and 100 recipes ( I’m not actually vegan but I know it can help people)

* Have my first children’s story book coming out next month which I did with my wife (which will also be on Amazon and is kind of for parents just as much as kids…)

* We’ve got our own Fruci Fit app, manual, Big Brother accountability system to help you ( and me) get out of your own way and stay accountable to the things you know you need to do.

* I date my 2 year old daughter twice a week one to one (rugby tots and coffee or park date)

and probably some other things…

and the fact is, my struggles and problems along the way have actually GROWN …

You see, whereas I thought achieving more would get rid of my problems…

They’ve actually grown…

I have more problems than ever…

But that’s what allowed me to continue growing and learning and helping more people all whilst having an amazing family.

And when I receive messages like this from Ali..

it’s no wonder I get up so early to make sure I do what I have to do achieve my goal of helping 100 people every, single month:

“I just wanted to say that your system and overall approach to our health and wellbeing is second to none.
Your website is super.
The exercise videos great.
Your attentiveness to us as individuals is amazing….really don’t know how you keep up with everyone….  you manage to keep track of us and communicate with us brilliantly.
Your attention to detail is second to none…remembering and knowing our individual challenges with our bodies.
Your sessions are fantastic. The boxing is something we all enjoy….a release of all that positive/negative energy is a fun way to work it.
The fun way that you instigate the exercise challenges gain fab results from all.
Thank you!!!
Ali”
and on that note, if you’d like more info about our 4-week kickstart programme opening up again soon

just email matt@frucifit.com with the subject line ‘4 week’ and I’ll get you the details

Matt ‘sorry’ Fruci
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Curry night, eating out and getting fit

So I’m off for a curry night at The Palm (curry house) next week 

with the ladies on our Fit For Life Programme

A bit of get together / excuse to have a curry 😂

But the thing is, eating out and on-the-go when trying to lose some weight and drop a few dress sizes is one of the most common challenges I hear from the ladies i work with…

“What’s the best thing to choose?”

or even…

“Maybe this isn’t the best time to start?”

“Will it still work if I eat out a lot?”

Almost like you have to choose one or the other…eating out or losing weight…

And I guess it comes down to what you mean by ‘work’…

it’s only going to ‘work’ if you fit the ‘diet’ to YOUR lifestyle….

And I’m pretty sure, that your lifestyle will involve meals out…

Holidays, Christmas, birthdays, Easter,  BBQs, and even your local nutritionist inviting you to curry nights out 😉

So what can you do?

Well, not only did I ask some of the ladies using on our Fit For Life Body Transformation Programme what they do when eating out, but I also combined this with what the sciencey stuff says about eating out and still losing weight…

1. Choose the social events you’re going to enjoy and others where you’ll make healthier choices

2. Walk around a buffet before picking up a plate

3. Know there’s a difference between being full up and having enough

4. Focus on company not food

5. Know that you are not missing out, but simply aligning your actions with your goals. 

how much of what you choose to eat is based on what other people do?

One study showed that when 2 out of the 3 friends opted for the ‘healthier’ option, the 3rd friend followed

6. Think Debits and Credits – Whether you’re tracking points, calories, syns, or just trying to eat ‘heathy portions’, all can work. 

But how might your mindset around thinking ‘F it, I’ll start again on Monday’ change if you knew that you COULD allow more on certain days to compensate and less on others?

Put it this way, if you had a budget of £100 for a week and you spent £80 in 1 day, you wouldn’t think ‘F it…might as well spend £800’

Yet that is essentially our mindset when it comes to food…

Causing you to spiral from one bad meal to one bad day to one bad week to ‘what’s the point’…

And it’s blooming hard getting started again…​​​​​

Key take home?

Eating out is probably a part of your lifestyle.

So by saying you can’t start or there’s no point in starting if you’re eating out

Is basically saying that you either have to give up your social life or stay the same as it’s not ‘perfect’

And -again – it comes back down to that belief you have that it has to be ‘perfect’…

Which stops you sticking to something for long enough to see the results you want to see…

You see, time with family and friends and having some fun (which you’re allowed to do)

is probably the reason why you want to invest some time and energy in your health and fitness…

To have more energy. Confidence. Feel great in the clothes you wear. How you feel. 

Sure, some compromises have to be made…

and ​​you’ll probably get quicker results if you never eat out and deprive yourself…

But that’s not for me…

and it probably comes to the question of:

What makes you happy?​​​​

Matt ‘love a curry’ Fruci

PS. You can grab a free copy of my book HERE

PPS. Watch How Cassie From Wiltshire Went From Mobility Scooter To Running Her First 5k & Fitting Back In Her Favourite Clothes Without Long, Boring Workouts Or Giving Up Her Favourite Foods >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH

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6 Packaging Buzzwords To Lookout For

It’s minefield right now…

all of the dairy free milks, gluten free breads, ‘natural’ ingredients, organic, vegan, coconut sugar…

It’s confusing, right?


And some food manufacturers are taking advantage of this

potentially leading to you making choices that might not be as beneficial as you thought (both for your waistline and your bank account).

so I thought I’d run through 6 packaging buzzwords :


1. “Vegan” – Despite the word being associated with ‘health’….

Food manufacturers put vegan on ice creams, cookies, and even crisps (which should be vegan anyway) to make them seem better than the original…


2. “Gluten free” – Just go down the gluten free isle and have a look at the calories…a biscuit is still a biscuit.

3. Coconut sugar / beet sugar / brown rice syrup etc. – these are all just the same as plain old…sugar (which is also ‘natural’)

4. Agave syrup – Did you know this has 5 times the calories as sugar?

Now, it is sweeter than sugar, so the ‘proposed’ benefit is that you might use less… It’s also a vegan substitute for honey…but it’s still just sugar.

And the perceived ‘health’ benefits can often make people eat more sugar….​​


5. “Organic” – There’s very little difference, if any, in NUTRITION between organic and conventional packaged food.

​​Now, I’m not talking about taste or sustainability…but the nutrition.

​​Personally, there’s some foods where I find organic tastes better, like carrots and eggs…but just remember eating organic is not necessary to get the nutrients you need.

6. “high in protein” – It’s no doubt eating more protein in your diet will probably only be a good thing for your hunger and fat loss (not to mention skin, hair, and split nails) 

BUT…just because it says it’s ‘high in protein’ it doesn’t mean it actually is.

​​Sure, it may be higher than the original cereal, but it’s still not a ‘high protein’ food…


My point ?

Contrary to what many of the food manufactures might want you to believe, you don’t have to change EVERYTHING to get healthy and lose some body fat…


In fact, this ‘all or nothing’ mindset and thinking it has to be ‘perfect’ is probably stopping you from starting and…

​​getting closer to where you want to be.


Remember: Consistency >>> Perfection

So, start small. Don’t forget to pack your bottle of water with you today and keep it within arms reach all day

^^ something that is SOOO simple, and overlooked.


In fact, when I was asked the other day what ONE thing would have the biggest benefit on someones life that they could do NOW…

It was ‘drink more water’.

Not eat ‘organic’, not ‘go vegan’, and not ‘don’t eat carbs after 6pm’…

As my biggest worry with this?

Well, in a world where you’re busy, short on time, and wondering how you can fit these healthy eating and fitness stuff into your lifestyle.. 

You’re being told to do things that may be unnecessary to get you feeling fitter, slimmer and healthier

Which end up putting you off doing anything as it almost becomes another full time job to stick


leaving you in the same position year after year…

And at the end of the day, I just want this health and fitness stuff to make you happy

Give you more energy, feel better, feel healthier and just say ‘yes’ to more things

Matt ‘food jargon’ Fruci



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I did it in my pyjamas

Our youngest daughter, Imogen, is weaning at the moment

And just when I thought we couldn’t have any more washing to do?

We’ve probably doubled her washing…

and mine…

No matter how much I try to wash her hands, hair, ears, and feet clean

dress her in a onesie bib, with a bib on top..

after tackling some avocado…

Somehow, it’s still everywhere …

on the fridge

the wall

bouncer

and even on me…

To the extent I was wearing shorts and a gilet the other day (Only in Cornwall can I get away with that 😂)

As all of my trousers were soaking in avocado…

And – well – I got a bit lazy with doing my fair share of washing.

Which taught me something…

You see, I was there wondering where all of my trousers were

Storming around the house…

Simply because I wasn’t AWARE of just how many trousers I was going through and putting in the wash.

I was just going from one thing to the next

Task to task…

And almost just expected them to magically pop out clean…(Wallace and Gromit Wrong Trousers style)

You see, it’s a very simple habit that I usually do my fair share of

To make sure me or Mrs Fruci put a wash load in first thing in the morning and last thing before bed

It literally takes 5 minutes…

Simple habit, compounding effect…

A bit like our ‘click and play’ Home Workouts area..

Designed for you if you

* Lack time

* Can’t attend sessions

* Want to do more

Or

* Enjoy doing it in your pyjamas 😉 (as one of the ladies on our 4-Week Kickstart Programme tell me)

Only with a difference…

I’m there to make sure you do what you said you would do (in the nicest possible way)

No having to guess which is the best exercise to help with your arms and core..

No having to come up with ideas on what and when to eat…

It’s a personalised plan for your lifestyle…

a bit like delegating part of your life (although I won’t do your washing)

So you can rely less on willpower …

Our 4-Week Kickstart Programme is opening up again soon.

If you want more details on this, just email matt@frucifit.com with the subject line ‘4 week’  and I’ll get you the details.

Matt ‘shorts and gilet’ Fruci

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Insomnia and finally having a decent nights sleep

So I had a message from Sarah this week who’s half way in to her 4 Week Kickstart:

“I’ve had insomnia and don’t really sleep.
 
I couldn’t believe it. I slept from 10pm until 6am.
 
I woke up with so much energy and feeling refreshed.”


How awesome is that?

So what’s changed?

1. Sarah has committed to doing 3 exercise sessions a week (even if some are 5 minute workouts at home)

2. We had a mindfulness session on Wednesday where Carol came in from Haney’s Holistic’s to finish our workout session with a mindfulness exercise for our brains 🙂

Why is this important?

Well, we often overlook just how important to take – even 5 minutes – to create some space in your mind..

So you can stop rushing around, even just a few minutes

To give you some clarity

and squash some anxious, negative thoughts…

Which could be keeping you up at night and stressing you out

Especially at 323pm…when all you want to do is sleep…

3. Sarah is using our simple nutrition system so she can choose the foods she wants to eat, get her shopping list done and save time as the WHOLE family like the meals

so no more cooking separately…

Oh, and she can still eat pasta and bread 😉

You see, this is more than just ‘weight loss’

Because ‘health’ is probably more than just ‘weight loss’…

It’s your mental health, how you feel, think, habits, time with family, mood, energy, work / life balance…I could go on…

And this is where cookie-cutter plans can often stress you out even more…

Which makes it  given that you’ll lose your mojo after a few weeks when life takes over…

This is why the focus on your daily HABITS…

With your Food, Fitness and Focus (aka ‘me time’ and putting yourself first)…

So it becomes a question of “HOW “

you will fit your ‘me time’ in

Rather than ‘I’ll try’ and fit my me time in…

Which we know, will never probably happen…

Especially as your ‘to do’ list just gets bigger and bigger and you fill it with stuff that you perceive more important than YOU…

And I get it’s hard, especially with long working hours, family etc…

But the good news is that you do NOT have to do it all at once.

Better is still BETTER…

That’s why we focus on just being a little better than you were yesterday..

That’s it…

Just like Sarah has done in just 2 weeks.

and completely changed her energy and sleep.

Our 4 Week Kickstart programme is currently full

But our next 4 Week Kickstart will be opening up soon.

If you’d like more info on this

Just message matt@frucifit.com with the subject line ‘4 Week’ and I’ll get you the details.

Matt

PS. You can grab a free copy of my book HERE

PPS. Watch How Cassie From Wiltshire Went From Mobility Scooter To Running Her First 5k & Fitting Back In Her Favourite Clothes Without Long, Boring Workouts Or Giving Up Her Favourite Foods >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH



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IBS, Bloating, and Why I’m Full Of 💩

It’s something that not many people talk about. But everyone does…

Some more than others…

That is…pooing.

Gut health is a big thing right now. Its a developing area and could be the future to treating a lot of conditions

^^^ Poo transplants are coming (and already used in the UK for C.Diff in hospitals…) haha

But what about IBS?

AKA

Bloating, flatulence, urges to go to the loo  etc. These are all life changing that can stop you doing what you want to do but also from absorbing nutrients you need to have more energy. 

Well, just make you feel at ease about this sensitive topic…

I’ll say now that for the first 20 odd years of my life?

I’d have to go for a poop (pretty urgently) after eating…

So, I guess you could say

I really am full of 💩​​​​​​​​​​…


But anyway, heres a few things you can do to help (and a little trick to help with lactose intolerance):

1) Avoid spicy food – This can speedy up how quickly foods goes through you…

2) Limit caffeine  – Can increase stress hormone, leading to gut issues…

3) Chew MORE – Sounds simple, but when comparing those who chewed their food 10 times compared to 40 times, chewing only 10 times led to increased malabsorption  with can irritate the gut due to size of the food from malabsorption. 

4) Drink more fluids – If you have eaten more fibre or had a large meal…drinking more water can help, especially if you feel bloated / blocked. 

BONUS…

What about lactose intolerance?

If you are Asian or African you are more likely to have a lactose intolerance. It is actually fairly uncommon in caucasian populations, with many studies showing that mind over matter, stress and placebo contributes to many symptoms.

That said, here is a test you can do at home:

1) Buy some normal milk and buy some lactose FREE milk.

2) Get your other half to pour you around 300ml of one of the milks so you don’t know which one you are having (but they do)

3) See how you feel for 3 days.

4) Do it again making sure your other half gives you the other milk.

5) See how you feel for 3 days. 

I will say that sometimes IBS / bloating can occur from simply a high volume of food in one sitting. 

Maybe you eat too many ‘free foods’ and not enough water?

This is where developing a positive relationship with food might help.

Matt ‘full of 💩’ Fruci

PS. You can grab a free copy of my book HERE

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