Why is the Fitness Industry So Afraid of Vegans: The Real Human Diet

Why is The Fitness Industry So Afraid of Vegans?

The Real Human Diet.

Bahhhaaaaa. Lol.

Yes, I opened my blog with an lol. I can’t help it because this tittle makes me laugh. I can picture all the fitness peeps out there spitting their coffee over their screens in moral indignance as one of their pillars of belief once again comes under attack from those dirty vegan assholes. The animal protein built phalanges muscles swelling in rage as they prepare to launch a swift and horrific counter attack defending ‘THE WAY WE DO THINGS.’ Flexors and extensors battling against each other with such voracity that their digits are momentarily too paralyzed to flood the comments section of every social media outlet they can grunt along with like minded others.

Why is everyone so afraid of plants?

Maybe that would have been a better tittle. Alas, it would not have elicited quite as humorous an image for me as I sit and sip my tea this morning.

The dirty word of the fitness industry today is VEGAN, or the newest iteration, PLANT BASED.

Netflix’s latest documentary on the topic, The Game Changers, has garnered the expected and tired response of most fitness ‘pros’ out there doing their best to tear apart any discrepancy in the film. Instead of taking just a couple of minutes to sit back and contemplate a perspective seemingly in juxtaposition to their own these beacons of science based health and fitness merely view the film from the constructs of their established beliefs.



What? Coach Taylor? You’re a VEGAN? You’re DEFENDING vegans? Is hell frozen? Are beyond meat faux pigs flying through the air?

Maybe I should clarify here: I am not a vegan. I am not a vegetarian. I am exactly the same as you, and your friends, and your family, and every single other human on the entire planet: I am an omnivore.

Also important to note: I am not biased. No one is paying me any money to write this. I am not selling any nutritional products. I am not a defender of any particular program or nutritional plan. I simply am a student with an insatiable need to learn the truth. Everything I write and speak about is simple a synopsis of my study.

Last night I had a beef chilli, the night before, vegan Enchiladas from a Thug Kitchen recipe. I believe the night before that was salmon, preceded by a vegetarian stir fry, and the night before that slow braised beef short ribs (holy fuck were those ever good, braised in red wine and simmered with star anise…I digress). My deep freezer currently holds a ¼ cow and a ½ lamb purchased from a small local farmer. I bought a boat this summer with the express intention of using it to fish. I obtained my gun possession licence and hunting certification to begin the journey of procuring my own food.

I also built 7 raised garden beds this year, I tour the local produce markets, and have microgreens sprouting in my kitchen as we speak. I have learned to ferment and recently baked my first sourdough bread. My shipment of Einkorn flour just arrived from Saskatchewan (check out this ancient grain, it is amazing) and I am stoked to begin cooking with it. This afternoon I will be starting the fermentation process for the last haul of carrots from my garden.

I am an omnivore.

You are an omnivore.

Humans ARE omnivores.

This is not a debatable point. We are unbelievably well adapted to eat, well, pretty much anything. Our bodies truly incredible machines.

What is the debate then?

Percentages and sources. How much protein should we consume and where should we get that protein? These seemingly innocuous questions are at the root of almost EVERY nutrition debate in the world of health and medicine.

On the one side you have those with the belief that we must consume animal sourced proteins in order to achieve optimum health. Animal based proteins are more complete amino acid packages containing the perfect ratios of the macronutrient that the body needs. This camp points out that the body is designed to run, that we are the most successful hunters in the history of life on earth, and that cooking animals is thought to be an essential turning point in the evolution of homo sapiens.

On the other side you have proponents espousing the idea that we do not need to eat animals or animal products at all and that mere plants can provide us with everything we need. Yes, even that godly protein. While plants don’t contain all essential amino acids, there are reports that eating a variety of plant sources can provide the complete spectrum of protein as different plants have varied concentrations of these foundational blocks in a variety of ratios that can be combined to create a diet of everything humans need. This camp often believes that eating animals is unethical and they eschew their consumption on those grounds. And they believe you should too, trust me, vegans LOVE to tell you they are vegan and why that makes them better than you.

Both sides of the debate cite research and history alongside a plethora of anecdotal tales to bolster the case that they are right and the other side is wrong.

What is the truth?

What are the facts?

How are you supposed to know what the fuck to eat?

As the battle continues you are left a nutritionally confused refugee watching bullets and rockets fly overhead between the warring camps. You don’t care about the debate or the ideologies of the well-entrenched warriors who purport to be battling for the good of your health.


You just want to know WHAT. THE. FUCK. SHOULD. I. EAT.


This is where both sides are complete losers. The insane battle creates an overly complicated series of rules and regulations making human nutrition seemingly complex. It is not. It really and truly is not complicated. And the longer this battle rages on the more confused people become leaving the entire population susceptible to charlatans and fads. When people are confused they will gravitate to someone, anyone, or anything that provides them safety by way of an answer. So we are easily sold diet plans, wonky nutritional protocols, good and bad foods, and a host of other products that do nothing to make us healthier but that increase the bank accounts of many unscrupulous individuals and uncaring corporations.

Human nutrition is not complicated. At all.

It is literally exceedingly simple.

Michael Pollen has stated it best: “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”

Why The Fitness Industry is Wrong

We actually do not NEED to consume animal products ever. Humans CAN (and hundreds of millions actually DO) live healthily off of plants alone. We cannot live off of animal products alone. You will die.

No human can be a strict carnivore. If you do not eat plants you will die. Am I getting that point across?

The fitness industry LOVES to quote science and research but then completely ignore anything that is counter to their beliefs. It is one of the most asinine things I have ever witnessed. Unfortunately you just can’t do that. You either believe in science or you don’t. You do not get to believe in just the science you want to believe in that supports the belief that you have.

The FACTS are this:

  • humans are designed to eat mostly plants. Our teeth are more similar to herbivores and are designed to grind and break down plant material. They are not designed like a carnivores.
  • our digestive tract is long and filled with plant destructing bacteria.
  • we have nutritional needs that can ONLY be met by plant.
  • there is not a single instance currently or in known history of a culture with a permanent animal based diet. It has never existed. (Yes, there are some very small groups of humans in the far north, the Inuit, who have adapted to a mostly animal based diet for some of the year, if you are Inuit then you can follow the traditional practices, if you are not Inuit…well, then you are not and you shouldn’t follow their diet).
  • our paleo ancestors ate mostly plants. Do the research from EVERY SINGLE paleoanthropologist on Earth, they will confirm this.
  • we DO NOT eat the right meat. Our ancestors ate like this very infrequently. We want steaks and chicken breasts. We should be drinking blood, eating the organs, bone marrow, and fat of animals. We would ate mostly fish, small animals and birds. Large game was sporadic and not the core of our diet. Again, please read the literature of paleoanthropologists.
  • plants can provide us with all the protein we need. The idea that animal proteins are completely necessary to optimal health is thoroughly debunked.
  • ALL. I repeat ALL, I state ALL, I reiterate EVERY SINGLE analysis of the healthiest and longest lived populations of humans shows the same thing, over, and over, and over, and over again: these people eat mostly plants with some meat and animal products. Every. Single. Time. This holds true.
  • our modern western culture eats too much meat, in way too large portions, and we are NOT eating enough fibre. You know, fibre from plants that your body needs to be healthy.

The fitness industry purports to be striving for evidence based practice and yet spends copious amounts of time attempting to debunk many of the things I just listed. I don’t understand that kind of methodology. You can’t only like the science that you like. You have to read ALL of the science and then follow the evidence.

And the evidence says that we can live off of plants alone, that eating mostly plants is healthier for us in the long run, and that we currently eat too many animal products.

Gosh, golly, gee, Coach Taylor, you sure sound like a vegan….

Why Vegans are Wrong

Besides the fact that their sanctimonious and incessant preaching makes vegans some of the most annoying human beings on Earth there are other fatal flaws in the vegan ethos.

Like their carnivore enemies need to understand, there are NO historical vegan cultures in the world. None. There are many today because technology has allowed humans to expand our options, however, veganism is not a natural state for humans. We are omnivores.

One of the primary arguments of the vegan world is ethical consideration for the environment and animals. There are grounds to support these arguments to be sure, however, a truly vegan diet is fraught with as many issues as my above carnivorous friends.

Yes, our mass factory farms are horrifically disgusting and morally reprehensible. If you can even stomach it, check out how animals are treated on the ‘farms.’ It tuly should sicken you. If you won’t look this up then you don’t deserve to consume animals. If you shop at Costco you support these factory farms and are a huge part of the problem.

Vegan friends: this does not mean the solution is complete abstinence of consuming animals. There ARE very ethical and very sustainable ways to raise and eat animals and animal products. Truly well designed farms, such as Blue Hill or Apricot Lane Farm are beautiful examples of this. Read up on Dan Barber or follow the work of Michael Pollan to begin to understand this.


These are shots from a local farm I purchase from


But the moral high ground of the vegan world is completely destroyed if we truly attempt to understand what it takes to live as a modern vegan. Fresh produce is not available year round in most parts of the world. That’s right my vegan friends, a fresh arugula salad in January tossed with kale and other bright greens, chopped peppers, and whatever else you want to add-in isn’t possible in the northern latitudes. You know, ‘cause it’s winter and stuff and the plants won’t grow.

So you have two options: mass greenhouses sucking up all kinds of resources, or, ship it in from other places in the world. You know, on boats, trains, trucks, planes and things like that. Huge. Environmental. Impact.

The majority of modern vegans are not willing to actually eat in a way that is necessary to be truly environmentally conscious. Foregoing ripe avacodos in February to eat yet another meal of cellar stored potatoes topped with cooked beans and fermented cabbage just isn’t going to make a pretty enough Instagram post. Plus…it’s so boring!

Now let’s take a look at the environmental catastrophe shipping all this food around the world creates. Not just from the transportation and packaging but more from the damage that you do to foreign nations. When plants grow they take nutrients out of the soil. What should happen is those plants should, 1) die and decompose those nutrients back into that same soil, or 2) be consumed by animals who then return those nutrients back to the soil through their excrement.

But today crops are raised in soil and then harvested and shipped off to foreign lands, taking those nutrients with them. Not returning anything to the soil. Eventually the soil must be fertilized with new nutrients (fertilizers) or new land must be cleared that hasn’t been sucked dry yet (clearing of forested areas and grasslands). To have a modern vegan diet you must contribute to huge environmental issues. For more on this read the work of Sir. Albert Howard. If you do not know who this is then you have not done your true homework on what is necessary to be a vegan or vegetarian.

The Game Changers attempts to show that only a vegetable diet keeps our blood free and clear of circulating fats associated with animal product consumption. While this is true they skip something vital. After consuming animal products we do have hours of higher circulating blood fats. True. However, this is only an issue if you are eating all the time.

Fasting my friends. We aren’t supposed to eat all the time. When you only eat once or twice a day you are not constantly living in a state of cloudy blood plasma. And this is actually how we are supposed to eat.

Lastly, people who become vegans get some shit all fucked up. Just because it is made entirely from plants does not mean it is healthy for you. Plant based products, like the Beyond Meat burger, are often disgusting packages of process garbage. They are not healthy. Just because it is labelled vegan does not mean it is healthy.

We still need to avoid processed foods that are massed produced. Period. End of story.


Tired of reading yet? You can just listen to me cover topics if you prefer!!!


What you SHOULD Do

It is all so confusing. As these camps battle it out to assert their righteous dominancy over the other the actual science is lost and people are left confused.

The truth is simple. Human nutrition is simple. The solutions are simple.

Eat a diet mostly of plants.

Not, not just kale salad. Whole grains, rice, beans, legumes, potato’s, sweet potatoes, broccoli, peas, peppers, and a bajillion other options. There is a massive array of plants out there and you probably only eat a very few. Variety.

Like Arnold says in the documentary, you don’t have to stop eating meat, just cool it a little. One or two days a week eat totally plant based. I can attest that the more I dive into the world of plant based meals the more I love them and look forward to them. They are delicious.

Eat animal products

Yes, eat animal products. In the winter when plants are not as available animal products provide us with beautiful packages of nutrition to compliment what we are lacking from fresh produce.

Eat eggs. Butter. Yogurt.

Ethically source your meat from local sources. Seriously, it isn’t hard. Google search your area and I promise there are local farmers who will deliver to you or will be at a nearby market.

Stop eating boneless skinless chicken breasts and sirloin steaks. Sometimes have those but recognize this is NOT what humans were meant to live on. Birds, small game, insects, amphibians and organs turn most of us off and that is a huge issue. That is what we evolved to primarily eat as animal sources.

At least buy whole chickens and roast them. Then eat all of the parts and use the carcass to boil down for soups and broths. Use the whole animal. Tip to tail is a very important movement that has to become more prevalent.

Eat Less

We eat too much. You should never feel stuffed. You shouldn’t need a nap after a meal. That is all I have to say about that.

Eat Only Real Food (and cook it)

We need to recognize processed foods for what they are: poison.

Cereal, cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy, chips, crackers, packaged meals, pre-made, everything, instant whatever. It is all garbage. It is all poison. You literally are ingesting poison.

Eat food that you have to prepare yourself. That you have to cook. That if you left on the counter for a day would spoil.

Yes, it is time consuming and requires effort and work. But hey, it’s just your fucking LIFE and the health of your family we’re talking about. No big deal.

I didn’t say my advice was going to be the new and easy way to be healthy. Just that it would be the truth.


Most of the people attempting to shred The Game Changers film are missing the point entirely. The documentary isn’t trying to convert everyone to veganism. They are simply refuting the idea that you HAVE to eat animal proteins for high-end performance. And it does a great job of this. The science in the film is solid, it isn’t complete, and there 100% is an important place in our diet for animal products so you don’t have to become a vegan, nor do I think people should.

The use of the term plant-based vs. vegan is an important thing to note. I think this is a very powerful change in terminology and one that I hope is not appropriated by the vegan camp. Because the simple facts are this: in general we eat too many animal products and not enough plants and changing this is the most important thing you can do for your health.

The idea of the film and what I am personally attempting to get across is just this: eat more plants. Eat more real food.

It will literally save your life.

-Coach Taylor

Ep 79: The Problem with Society

Lol – weighty podcast heading right? The Problem with Society. Going to be controversial but it will all be true!!!!!

Let’s just jump right into it shall we? Maybe I should mention TWO great rants on this episode… 😉
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The Problem With Society ( 56:44 )
-like, not all the problems, but at leas the ones health related
-I have solved it. Boiled it down to one fact: people are lazy as fuck.

NYT Running Article ( 37:00 )
-seeing as it is making the rounds I though I would weigh in….

Crawling ( 30:00 )
-one of the most important things you AREN’T doing.

Coach T Online ( 14:40)
-snow days
-can anyone do a pullup?
-eat dirt
-new glute training
-woman barely survives ordeal at sea

Odyssey Update ( 6:00)
-gardens
-einkorn
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Hope you all enjoyed this one!!! Until next week – do some exercise and cook a meal!

-Coach Taylor

Ep: 78 Ranting While Barefoot




I am actually almost always barefoot so being barefoot during todays ranting is not out of the ordinary!

Things do get a little ranty today….but not like angry ranty…more, I am fed up and done with everything ranty…..
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On this episode:

I Will Start on Monday (20:00 )
-will you? Why Monday?
-this is where I begin to give up on people

You Don’t Know 43:00)
-you don’t know what you’re doing at the gym
-you also probably don’t know what you’re actually capable of

Barefoot isn’t Complicated (32:20 )
-you don’t need fancy programs or equipment to be barefoot

Odyssey Update ( 2:30)
-TGU’s suck
-Made my own bread
-Why choose to feel like shit?

Coach T Online ( 13:30)
-How sore should you be
-Daily movement
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Thanks for investing your time with me! Questions? Send them my way!

-Coach Taylor

Ep: 77 Science and Culture

Welcome to episode 77: a good mix of hard science, some cultural analysis, and rando idle musings spewing forth from the mind of Coach Taylor….

What more could you want in a podcast?


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On this episode:

Food Boxes ( 57:00 )
-Are they good or bad?

My Favourite Training Tools ( 43:30 )

Coach T Online ( 14:00 )
-Protein Requirements
-Fitness clothes
-Warmups
-Himalayan salt vs reg

Science Time (34:40 )
-Why you DON’T need bigger weights

Odyssey Update (3:00 )
-How to choose a book
-Composting
-My recipes

Get Outside Your Mind (29:30 )
-The importance of learning outside your current thinking
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Hope you enjoyed episode 77! Any questions, you know how to get in touch with me!

-Coach Taylor

Ep: 76 Is Veganism True Health?

Alright, another long episode! I have been getting a ton of questions about the documentary, The Game Changers. I watched it last night and figured it is something that needs to get talked about.

Is plant based better for us? What is plant based? What should you be eating? What did our ancestors eat?

This episode, I answer it all!!!
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The Game Changers ( 48:30 )
-is a plant based diet better for us?

What is Cardio? ( 34:30 )
-an important section!
-the term ‘cardio’ is super messed up!

Article Reviews (21:40 )
-my own articles lol
-One thing to do for a healthy diet
-Why you should not track your calories

Coach T Online ( 11:37 )
-is when you eat important
-paleo diet stupidity
-potatoes are good for you
-sauerkraut better than probiotics
-slow walking and early ageing
-is Coach Taylor abrasive?

Odyssey Update ( 4:02 )
-I hate TGU’s
-Veggies!
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It is a long episode and I think a very important one. There is no right answer to our diet and exercise and I really wanted to dive into that fact!

-Coach Taylor

Why Counting Calories is Worthless

It still remains the holy grail of the fitness world and the first advice spewed from the lips of every dietician out there: count your calories to lose weight. There is so much wrong here I am at a loss where to begin.

Let’s start with a bold statement: I believe counting your calories is stupid, futile, and a complete waste of your time. Additionally, I believe counting your calories is impractical and creates unhealthy associations with food in addition to creating permissions to eat unhealthy food.

For anyone who has read my blog for a while you might currently be scratching your head. “But Coach, you wrote that blog called ‘The 500 Calorie Myth and 4 Reasons You Should Track Your Calories.’” This is true. In 2015 I did write that blog.


The 500 Calorie Myth and 4 Reasons You Should Track Your Calories


For truly dedicated readers, however, you might remember an even more ancient scripture I published entitled, ‘Healthy Food Has No Nutrition Labels,’ posted in March of 2008 talking about how useless nutrition labels are and how eating healthy doesn’t require counting anything.


Healthy Food Has No Nutrition Labels


WTF is going on Coach? Your message seems a wee bit contradictory. Now what am I supposed to do? What am I supposed to believe?

I am sorry to cause you this amount of duress! I understand! There are contradictory messages here. I can explain!

I went through a phase. I had an idea, which I attempted to implement and then recognized it was an abysmal failure. I admit that. It was a bad idea. The intention was good but the process was not just unrealistic but wholly unnecessary.

To be healthy and fit it is 100% unnecessary to count your calories, weigh your food, or measure anything. Not only is that true but it also leads to other issues that I now recognize as common among fitness and non-fitness people alike.

Issues With Calorie Counting

1) Your numbers are wrong.

Those calorie counting apps and that old calorie count book in your cupboard are not accurate. The calories they list are based on a testing method in a lab and then averaged out to provide label information (Click HERE for an explanation).

Additional to the fact that the calorie content is determined in a totally different manner than how your body works it completely ignores that foods aren’t created equal. Two heads of broccoli that weigh the same could actually have different total calories based on a plethora of factors such as where they were grown, how long since they were harvested, what variety they are, weather conditions during growth, and water content. Things get even more complicated when you attempt to measure calories in foods with multiple ingredients!

The honest truth is that you cannot ever know how many calories you are eating with great accuracy. All you can ever have is a rough estimate or guideline based on laboratory testing.

2) People are different.

If three difference people were to somehow eat the exact same item of food (which is kind of impossible and as we saw above three different portions of the same type of food can be different) they would each make use of different amounts of calories.

Creative group of different people, flat style, vector illustration

Different gut bacteria, varied digestive tract lengths, varied physiology, illness, genetics and yet ANOTHER large list of variable factors come into play here. How many calories are digested and the used by the body from food fluctuates and is actually fully, 100%, completely impossible to measure. If you eat 300 approximated calories from a food it is literally impossible to know if your body converted 100 of them or 300 of them into useable energy in the body. Impossible to know.

3) Food Combinations

It is pretty rare to eat just one food at a time. We add sauces to things, create recipes, have full meals consisting of a multitude of food items, and often have wine or beer with food. Each of these factors plays a role in total calories as well as how much of that food energy is digested and used by the body.

Many alcoholics are malnourished even those who eat seemingly good food. Why? Their body spends so much time processing alcohol that it never gets the chance to properly process the food that is eaten. While your glass of wine with dinner isn’t going to make the whole meal a nutrition wasteland it will have an effect on how much energy and which nutrients you are going to be able to process and absorb.

Combining foods changes how they are digested and processed, this in turn will affect how the calories are absorb and how available the calories will be. This is the same in foods that consist of multiple ingredients. Eating raw zucchini is different than eating a zucchini chocolate cake.

4) Cooking and Processing

When you cook food it changes the bioavailability of macro and micronutrients of food. Typically the more a food is cooked the more available the calories are from that food (up to appoint, the blackened charred steak your mom used to serve you was probably devoid of any actual useable calories…). Eating broccoli raw vs. eating steamed broccoli will give different amounts of calories and change how much food energy your body can obtain from it.

Processing food into simpler forms or creating quick cooking versions of foods, again, will change how much useable energy your body can get from that food. Think of those rice dishes you buy in the plastic package that get thrown into the microwave for just 2 quick minutes to provide you a meal, those overly processed ingredients will be very different in your body than the same portion of sow cooked rice from raw grains.

Add to these factors the knowledge that each person eating the food also will utilize different amounts of food in different ways at different times and Pandora’s Box is bust wide open.

5) Disordered Eating

I am not talking about full on eating disorders here but more about the completely weird relationship our modern culture has with food. It is a complete disaster. We are constantly thinking about food, deciding what is good for us or what is bad for us, how much we should eat, when we should ‘treat’ ourselves, and about a million other variables. This is what I consider disordered eating.

Eating shouldn’t be complicated. You shouldn’t have to think so much about it. It should be enjoyable, delicious, wholesome, and a positive part of your day. Something you look forward to.

But our fixation on calories and portions and our association between these things and our bodies has created something of a monster inside of our heads. When was the last time you ate with no feelings of guilt or concern over the health benefits (or lack thereof) contained on that plate in front of you?

We are so fixated on an arbitrary number that is wholly unknowable that food has become about as enjoyable as the math test is has become. The idea that we must know the calorie content of what we eat has so permeated our culture that we have completely forgotten how to eat.



This brings us to the crux of the issue and why counting calories is a completely worthless endeavour.

Some of you might be throwing your hands in the air in exasperation at this point. How are you supposed to eat healthy? How are you supposed to know how much to eat? What should you be eating?

Somehow the human race survived for tens of thousands of years without counting calories, nay, without even knowing the concept of a calorie. Today millions of people do the same as well as every single animal and other organism on the entire damn planet. How? How is this possible?

The answer is actually so very easy, so very simple, that it just might astound you.

Here we go.

Eat. Real. Food.

Done.

As I wrote in 2008, the solution is to eat unprocessed food. Fruits, Vegetables, meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, rice, and whole grains.

Variety of organic food including vegetables fruit bread dairy and meat. Balanced diet.

Make it all yourself. That’s right, you are going to have to cook. To chop, slice, dice, roast, fry, bake, sauté, steam, boil, and grate. Basic human skills that are less common now than ten more minutes surfing Instagram.

On a recent podcast I talked about the fact that there are bad foods and good food but then recommended an alternative way of thinking about things that I believe is the answer to so many health issues today. Real food vs. not real food.

The modern processed food industry is beyond scary. Protein powders instead of meat and dairy, products filled with so much corn in guises you don’t even recognize that they could hardly be called food, additives, preservatives, colouring agents, and emulsifiers. It is this garbage that truly has deleterious effects on our health.

There is no one who is over fat and unhealthy who eats a real food diet free from processed modern pseudo-food. No one. None. They don’t exist. There is no culture with an obesity epidemic that foregoes processed foods in favour of traditional cooking practices. In fact, the rise of obesity in developing cultures is always link to the introduction of western processed and massed produced food.

The answer is so simple. I didn’t say easy, just simple.

When you are eating real food there is no need to count calories or measure and weigh anything. No one is over fat because they eat too many raw veggies, farm fresh eggs, and roasted chicken. NO ONE.

Just like the thousands of years before the idea of the calorie was conceived and there was no obesity epidemic nor disordered eating all you have to do is cook and eat real food.

Somehow humanity survived.

-Coach Taylor

EP 75: The Takedown Episode

Alright….here we go!!!

For my 75th episode I asked listeners to tell me what aspects of the health and fitness industry needed a good Coach Taylor thrashing….and the response was huge.

So I picked the most common requests and made this a takedown episode. I divided up the topics into sections in case you don’t have a full hour and a half to dive into all the details!!!!

Some of it may be offensive….ummmmm….I don’t care. It is all the truth. The only way I know how to deliver fitness advice!

Here we go!!!!!
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Earthing (2:40 )
-the biggest bunch of asshole bullshit out there

Exercises (7:20 )
-smith machines, cardio machines, machines, walking, and abs

Training Programs ( 17:20 )
-sports aren’t training, more walking, and barefoot shoes

The Fitness Industry (26:20 )
-big box gyms, peloton, longer muscles, certifications, drive for strength, and insta-celebs

Health (45:20 )
-drugs or fitness, the BMI scale, and healthy body size

Food (55:23 )
-protein powders, supplements, shakes, lectins

Nutrition (58:52 )
-keto, carnivore, Isagenix and Advocare, weighing your food, counting calories, and frequent eating

The Food Industry (1:05 )

Veganism (1:11 )
-the assinine scareumentary ‘What the Health’
-is veganism healthy?
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Sure there will be some ruffled feathers and sad little buttercups out there somewhere. The truth can hurt sometimes.

-Coach Taylor


The One Thing You Need To Do For a Healthy Diet

That is correct. I am going to give you one single thing you can do that will improve your diet more than anything else.

A couple of months ago I had to get the brakes fixed on my truck because while I am knowledgeable about how to care for the human body I am apparently a dumbass when it comes to vehicle maintenance. The awesome local shop fit me in last minute so I didn’t miss the end of trout fishing season! That, however, is a story for another day.

I dropped the truck for an inspection to assess the problem and sat down in the waiting area with my laptop intending to write a blog. I was mostly successful in that endeavour. Mostly successful because I was fascinated by a conversation between two of the staff behind the counter that highlighted one of the biggest problems with everyone’s nutrition.

What could this be?

The conversation was between a woman and a man and the only conversation happening in the place so it wasn’t like I was going out of my way to overhear. What follows is a completely NONE accurate recounting of the discussion from my memory. I figured actually recording it was way too far lol. The gist of it I was able to recall.

This conversation occurred at 8am on a Wednesday.


Woman: I see a Hershey bar that is going to get eaten this morning.
[Referring to very large box of chocolate bars on the counter in front of her work station that was serving its purpose as a fundraiser for some school or sports team, because yes, we can only fundraise for children’s activities by selling various types of garbage pseudo-food.]

Man: Oh yeah?

Woman: I am going to try and hold off until 9am! At least until this coffee buzz wears off!

Man: That is probably a good idea.

Woman: It is definitely going to happen though.



That is all I can now remember about the conversation but it captures all of the vital details! I vaguely recall that this topic was discussed for at least ten minutes, which while fascinating to me, greatly setback my writing that day.

How does this relate to you and to your diet? What the fuck are you talking about Coach Taylor.

This is literally the greatest secret tip to improve your health I can give you. Period. If you do this ONE thing you will improve your healthy eating and nutrition habits INSTANTLY.

Here we go. I am going to drop a gigantic truth bomb on you right now.

It is so seemingly simple and you’ve heard it so many times you are probably going to stop reading and quickly unsubscribe from my blog and podcast (because you ARE subscribed to my blog and podcast, right?!) for wasting your valuable time with an idea that OBVIOUSLY everyone already knows.

Truth bomb time.

If it is there, you will eat it.

I guess I didn’t really phrase that properly. I promised a useful tip that you can enact right now and not some meme-worthy slogan to add to your pinterest board in the hopes that another motivational quip will be the proverbial straw that breaks your poor nutrition habits once and for all…

In order to acquiesce that expectation, which to be fair was how I set things up, I will rephrase that statement into an actual actionable piece of health and nutrition advice.

Do not buy or stock in your house anything that isn’t real food, especially those items that you know are unhealthy and that you have a hard time resisting.

That’s better, now you can screenshot that, pin it, post, and be well on your way to a NEW YOU!!!! (The current you is just fine, I merely like to slam the fitness industries infinitely stupid catch phrases at every opportunity).

The conversation I transcribed in masterful detail above is a beautiful example of the largest serious issue facing our diets today: access. If it is there you are going to eat it. Period.

If that box of chocolate bars hadn’t been sitting on that counter on that Wednesday morning at eight o’clock it is highly probable that the person in question would probably not eat a nutrient devoid package of fat and sugar for no reason at all. The idea that it was a pick-me-up from the caffeine stimulation is also kind of silly because we all know that the half-life of caffeine is around 5 hours so you wouldn’t be coming down off your high at 9am when you are still drinking your coffee at 8 am.

No. No the reason this person was going to stuff their gullet with non-nutritive calories on a random weekday morning is simple.

It was there.

Access. Convenience. Proximity. Addiction.

It was there.

Think about your own eating habits. If you have a bag of chips in the pantry how often do you grab a few passing by? Or as a ‘little treat’ while binging Netflix in the evening? Now imagine that bag of chips wasn’t there? Would you jump in the car and pop over to the convenience store at 9pm to grab a bag of chips so you could eat a handful while the finale of Stranger Things patiently waits on pause for your return?

You might. And if you do we need to have an entirely different conversation about your health and habits! More likely, however, you would not eat any potato chips if they weren’t conveniently awaiting your attention on the second shelf of the pantry, right beside that half eaten chocolate bar that you bought to support your neighbours kids sports team yesterday…. Might as well grab a couple squares of that too because it’s dark chocolate and that is good for your health! Plus don’t you feel good supporting that kids sports team?!

I’ve doled out this advice thousands of times to thousands of clients over the years and very rarely does it ever create meaningful change. There is always a list of excuses. A constant justification process for why the cookies, chips, chocolate, crackers, candy, etc. is there in the pantry.

“I have to have it there for the big game this weekend”

“It’s there for the kids”

“You have to indulge sometimes!”

“My partner buys it, I would never buy it!”

“It was a gift from friends congratulating me on a whole week on my new diet!”

“How did that even get in there?”

“I support ALL of the kids sports teams!”

Fine. Do what you want. It IS YOUR life. However you want to live does not affect me. I am merely attempting to tell you the number one reason you are overfat, pre-diabetic, chronically tired, and feel like shit most of the time.

You eat shitty ‘food.’ And most likely you eat shitty food because you have access to the food. Because it is right there. Because you can just reach out and touch it….

You’re addicted. You can’t say no. It isn’t an accident. The ‘food’ companies have done this to you on purpose. They have a term for it actuality. Craveability. They create all of these foods in labs with researchers to maximize the chances of making you want to consume them. [Read this book: Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Industry Hooked Us ].

There is one thing you can do: don’t have it around you.

A lot of arenas in your life you may not have control over. The co-worker who is constantly brining in baked goods. The stupid gym you pay $10 a month for that keeps tootsie rolls on their counter to tide you over between pizza days. The in-laws who insist on having Costco sized bags of candy on hand ‘for the kids.’ You cannot control these areas of your life and will only be able to rely on your personal decision making skills.

But you can control a huge area of your life. Arguably the most important one.

Your home.

It is so simple.

Don’t have it in the house. Period. Ever. For any reason.

No chips, cookies, crackers, donuts, premade pizza, candy, chocolate, sugar syrups, or pop. [Note: that was NOT a complete list of the shitty non-food you probably have in your house right now]

If it is not there you are far less likely to eat it.

Period.

Stock your house with real food and eat it whenever you want and eat as much of it as you want! No one is overfat or feeling like crap from eating too many vegetables and home cooked food. No one.

I know, you’ve heard this advice before.

Ok.

So why is your home still stocked with processed crap, or as Michael Pollen says, food-like substances?

For the kids? Why are you feeding that garbage to your kids?

Because someone brought it over? The garbage can is right over there.

Because you want to support kids sports teams? Just give them the whole $3 instead of buying the chocolate bar.

You want to live a healthier life. You want to eat well. You want to feel better. Yet you constantly set yourself up for failure.

An alcoholic doesn’t stock their house with spirits and wine just so they are there when a friend comes over. They can’t. They would never successfully curb their addiction.

This pseudo-food is an addiction. It has been crafted to addict us and huge segments of our modern culture have been crafted to drive us towards it. There is only one way to truly make a change.

Get rid of it. Don’t have it around. Don’t buy it.

If it is there you are going to eat it.

It really is just that simple.

-Coach Taylor


Did you know that I have a weekly podcast discussing all things health and fitness? I would love you to join me and I promise to only deliver the cold hard unbiased truth!

Ep 74: Cold. Hard. Truths.

Welcome to episode 74 of Coach Taylor Radio.

The big question of the week – Coach Taylor Radio or…. The Coach Taylor Podcast?

I want to know!!!!!!
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On this episode:

A Cold Hard Truth About Diets ( 54:30)
-What do I ‘think’ about paleo

Is Red Meat Good for You Now? ( 37:43 )

How Your Body Fuels Exercise ( 22:30 )

Eat Like Your Grandparents (48:10 )
-Except you don’t really get what that means

Coach T Online ( 13:00 )
-Why is running hard?
-Advocare
-Barefoot review

Odyssey Update (5:40 )
-feeling inspired
-journalling
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Thanks for listening and dedicating your time to actually learning how to care for your health and fitness!!!!

-Coach Taylor

EP 73: Yes, There ARE ‘Bad’ Foods

Welcome to episode 73. And oh…..this weeks rant should go down in the books as one of my best.

I wish there was a way to get this message out to the entire world….there is bad food and good food. Although maybe a better classification system is called for. I have some ideas there!

On this Episode:

There IS such a thing as bad food ( 48:00)
–> this needs to be heard by everyone. Sit back. And enjoy….

No More Fasting ( 41:30 )
-there is an issue with intermittent fasting

Variety is Not Always Good ( 32:40)
-focus on what you are doing vs. what is coming next
-repetition in your programs is often better than
diversity
-why aren’t you training with me?

Odyssey Update (3:20 )
-one of the best weekends of my life!
-all about food

Coach T Online (20.07 )
-blog assholes
-grip for hangs
-how many rest days
-headstands
-how to buy a mace

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Whew. That was a good one!!! Think I might even need to write an article about this….

-Coach Taylor

Health and Fitness Coach