You're Stuffing Your Face Wrong: Food Composition & Why you should give an F

There is always a new trend…gluten, soy, that one slice of GMO infused turkey breast you ate last week, they might as well label life “may cause cancer”. At this point everything is such a threat we might as well give up and say “If I'm going to die, at least I`ll die happy”. 

With research continuing to prove that nutrition is key to health we still somehow fear that one puff of cigarette smoke will send us to the grave quicker than a McDonald’s cheeseburger. Our bodies are constantly exposed to carcinogens, but the most powerful of which we eat everyday.

The US is ranked 33rd on the list of healthiest countries in the world, but we’ve figured out how to send man to the moon and can't figure out how to properly fuel our bodies. Nutrition is so much more than 3 simple macros (protein, fat, carbohydrates), food is medicine yet 87% of Americans 65+ live with chronic medical conditions, and 53% take 4 or more medications a day.  

Check out the top 3 healthiest countries, and let’s evaluate what these people are eating on a regular basis. 

Top 3 Healthiest Countries according to Bloomberg Ratings: 

  1. Singapore 
  2. Italy 
  3. Australia

What do all these countries have in common? They eat seasonally and locally, which means they eat food that grows from the earth during particular seasons. Australians main dishes consist of artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage in the Spring, and in the summer they have much lighter vegetables like cucumber, egg plant, squash, as well as lean meats like fish and chicken. 

Singapore and Italy have a Mediterranean style of eating, consuming mainly vegetables and whole grains as well. These people do not only live longer than Americans, but have less health issues overall. Implementing more colorful veggies in your meal will not only make you feel healthy AF, but will also make some dope pics for the gram.

Even some of the top athletes in the world have gone vegan. Take a look at Olympic weightlifter, Kendrick Farris. Farris was the only US male weightlifter in the olympics this year, he broke the US record in the olympic trials, fueling his body with carbs like grains, beans, and veggies. 

Don't freak out, I'm not saying to completely eliminate meat from your diet! We’re not rabbits, and our bodies need more than just leaves to live and thrive. When I'm pulling 2.5x my body weight I'm not thinking to myself “wow that salad really gave me lots of energy today”.

We think carbs make us fat, but its the composition or quality of these carbs that determines our bodies use and response. However bodies are best fueled with carbohydrates, which are probably the most underrated macronutrient. 

Simply think twice about your fuel sources outside of macro nutrients alone #micronutrientsmatter. Go stuff your face with more vegetables, and live past 100 years old!


This article was written by Alexis Manning. Manning recently started Phat Hippie Wellness to help athletes get on track with their nutrition goals and provide information on healthier ways to eat and live. She is currently an Elite Powerlifter working her way to compete with the top athletes in some of the major competitions in the country. For more nutrition information and advice, follow her at @phathippiewellness. Her powerlifting journey can be followed 

When Everything Feels Like Sh*t: Why You NEED the Dreaded Off-Day

I sat looking at this blank document for about a week, writing and deleting thoughts. With impeccable timing as always, the universe came along and brought me a 3-hour training session from hell. Mid-horrendously struggling through my lifts, it dawned on me the perfect topic to talk about: When your training feels like the equivalent of walking...but you’re on fire and forced to listen to Daughtry on loop.

So there I was getting the world’s biggest struggle session, easy weight was wrecking me, stuffing donuts in my face was not even helping me. It became sorely obvious as I lay there on the gym floor fighting to cover the frustration on my face, that off-days are the quickest way to shatter your confidence in 2 hours or less. You can never understand your reference point for what sh*t feels like until you want to go nose deep into Ben and Jerry’s because depression struck faster than your spoon could hit the pint of ice cream. Taking a step back, it has dawned on me that maybe that is the point. Maybe feeling like complete dog doo doo has a purpose.

Bear with me for a second but it seems that when I put the ice cream down and look at anything tough that I have endured in life and in lifting, when the feeling of irritation dissipates I always make my way back and prove that I am more than the person cringing in failure on the floor. Call it redemption or call it strength but there is something that comes forth after feeling challenged that wasn’t quite there before. Every off day I go through bears a lesson in humility, finding a way to express gratitude about how truly amazing it is that my body lifts heavy weight day in and day out. Every missed lift forces me to fix the holes in my training and refocus. Staying the course, through the ugliness and sh*t, has led to greater things than being continually great ever has. It separates those that are passionate and crazy enough to walk through the fire long enough to turn off the Daughty, lace up their shoes again, and grow to be better than when they first walked in.