I did not go to university to study nutrition, well, I went to school for a minute, but I decided to leave Ohio State and pursue a different path. I have been a musician my whole life and so I left school to tour with a friends’ hardcore punk rock band and toured all over the country. After my first US tour, we all headed off to India. as it turned out, leaving school turned out to be one of the best decisions in my life.
During long train rides through the jungles of West Bengal , I met some amazing people. I also read some amazing books. Books like Siddharta, The Bhagadvad Gita and Think and Grow Rich. I studied Ayurveda, practiced yoga and martial arts, didn’t drink or smoke and lived a life in exact opposite of what other 21 year olds were doing at this time in their life. After I returned home from my first trip to India, I packed my bags and my guitar and toured all over North America and Europe. I learned from being in a couple of really popular bands that if you want to be successful, a leader or live a life different than the masses, than you have to think, study, eat, speak and live differently from what everyone else is doing.
Since so many people in this country are obese, overweight, unhealthy or diseased – I looked for those who were not part of the masses and did things differently. I looked for people who were the best at what they did, especially in health and fitness. And since my mother dropped out of high school and later became a professional race car driver, a pilot, a sucessful entrepreneur, owned boats, really cool sports cars and property all over the world…oh wait, she also raised two kids all by herself and loved us unconditionally – I didn’t care about what college degrees they had or where they went to school. I only cared about who they were as a person, what they had to offer and what kind of results they got with the work they do.
After my years touring in bands, I choose to settle down in NYC and pursue my professional education at the CHEK Institute for these key reasons:
Paul Chek, the founder, is one of the very few Nutrition experts that is actually healthy, in awesome shape, is ridiculously intelligent and practices what he preaches. The Chek Practitioners that I have met, are also some of the most knowledgeable and healthy experts in the field. More importantly, what are the RESULTS of their clients???? I have seen unbelievable, life-transforming RESULTS from people who have worked with Paul Chek or other students of the CHEK Institute. From professional athletes, to people of all ages with all types of crazy conditions…some conditions I never heard about. Many of these people had already seen multiple doctors, nutritionists, specialists of all types and got NO RESULTS. This was the most impressive factor – not what school you went to or what degree you had, but the RESULTS from the work you do and whether or not you practice what you preach.
The Burn Sports approach to nutrition is based on the teachings of Weston A Price. Dr. Price found that there is no ideal diet for all people and that each person has their own unique food requirements. This concept of identifying your unique biological requirements for food became known as the Metabolic Typing System and was popularized by William Wolcott in his ground-breaking book The Metabolic Typing Diet. Weston A Price found that real, organically grown foods were the corner stone of all healthy people, no matter where they lived and that processed, industrialized foods were the main causative factor in most physical degeneration and disease.
For great articles on Metabolic Typing, go to www.metabolictypingonline.com and click on FAQ
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Intro to CHEK Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching Program
C.H.E.K. Certified Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach is much more than a title. It is a precise definition of a person’s knowledge, competence and experience working with a variety of clients with a variety of conditions and goals. After passing three levels of comprehensive certification programs involving metabolic typing, clinical nutrition and clinical management, and agree to abide by a strict Code of Ethics, healthcare practitioners earn the C.H.E.K. certification. Not all nutritionists are C.H.E.K. certified and therefore can not offer the following:
• A truly holistic, or whole-person, approach that addresses nutrition, exercise and stress management, lifestyle factors and spiritual development.
• Proven techniques and exercises to balance Total Body Stress (emotional and physical).
• An in-depth understanding the relationship that food, water, sleep and exercise has on your overall emotional and physical health and performance.
• The ONLY nutrition program that emphasizes getting yourself healthy as a requisite qualification to helping others.
Furthermore, the C.H.E.K. NLC Program offers and in-depth understanding of the relationship between organic food, organic farming and the health of both humanity and the planet.
When you choose a C.H.E.K. Certified Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach, you will be working with an international team of distinguished professionals dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives by serving the nutritional, lifestyle and wellness needs of individuals, families, corporations, professional sports teams and athletes.
It is a fundamental principle of the C.H.E.K philosophy that C.H.E.K. Practitioners are fit, healthy, intelligent and compassionate people that lead by example. The world is filled with unhealthy health and fitness ‘experts’ and the C.H.E.K Institute’s Certification Programs seeks to rectify that problem by producing healthy leaders! For more information, go to www.chekinstitute.com.
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The Weston A Price Foundations
Weston A. Price Foundation stand united in the belief that modern technology should be harnessed as a servant to the wise and nurturing traditions of our ancestors rather than used as a force destructive to the environment and human health; and that science and knowledge can validate those traditions.
The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.
The Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, a non-profit educational organization, is a clearinghouse of information on healthful lifestyles, ecology, sound nutrition, alternative medicine, humane farming and organic gardening. To learn how physical degeneration occurred when our ancestors ate “modern” food
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