You can’t out train a bad diet.

The most important thing about training and keeping healthy is diet. I have quickly come to realise that if you don’t eat correctly the damage you are doing to your body is going to far surpass that of any exercise you may be doing to improve it. If you can eat healthily, consistently then you will reap the rewards from it, if you don’t, you won’t.

It’s a funny old world we live in. I really can’t understand why so many shit foods are easily accessed then where good, healthy foods aren’t. We live in a society where fast food, sugar, refined carbs and genetically modified foods reap havoc on our bodies and well-being. This is a time where we would rather pop to McDonalds and eat a burger and fries rather than try to find some locally sourced fruit and veg and nutrionally rich foods.

I have been the victim of the ‘modern day man’ for 25 years now. Eating shit day in day out, pizza, fizzy drinks, burgers, pasta, processed foods that are no good for us and that starve our bodies of the essential nutrients we need to do even the most basic of things. I have been watching documentaries and films about where food comes from and what to do if you feel as though it is time for change.

It is like smoking. Eating badly has just become part of our daily routines that when it comes time to change the ritual it becomes a struggle when it shouldn’t be. The reason we are now in the position we are is because 10,000 years ago when food was scarce we lived on a diet of leafy vegetables and the fruits that we could find. The odd bit of meat here and there when we managed to kill.

Our hunter gatherer instincts never left, we just got more access to the foods that our bodies needs and began to move less. Imagine this, you have just managed to kill a wild boar and you have just cooked it on the fire you made and shared it with your family. You don’t actually know when your next meal is going to be but to get it you have to travel for miles and miles, days and days without food to get it. Our bodies are trained to store the energy that is required for us to do this.

But now, when we have daily access to these foods on every corner, all we are doing are crippling ourselves because our bodies aren’t using as much energy to find the food, yet we are filling ourselves up as though there is a famine around the corner. Because our bodies have been trained to store the energy needed to go out and gather the food, that is why the society of today is suffering from diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Our tastebuds were trained over time to enjoy the sweetness of sugar and the complexities of fatty foods, which is why we take such pleasure in eating everything that is on offer today but at the same time, the processed foods we are putting into our systems are nutritionally poor. They have no micronutrients in them because they have all been chemically changed to be made cheaper to make and to be addictive so we keep coming back for more.

I am holding my hands up and saying that I to am very guilty of doing this. Eating convenient  foods where I should be going out of my way to hunt and gather proper whole foods. I would love to be able to fight one day. To get in the ring and go to war with someone of an equal weight and ability but that will never happen until I sort out my eating habits.

I am writing this so I am actually holding myself accountable for the things I put into my body. It isn’t anyone elses fault that I am overweight, it isn’t anyone elses problem, only my own and to that I put my hands in the air and agree. But then why do I find it so difficult to change? Why is my brain so determined to go againast everything I know and carry on eating shit? I may know one day. Until then I guess I will manage to keep myself at a level pegging of 98kg.

Do you have any concerns about the foods of today? Are you like me and have fallen into a routine of damaging our internal systems? Do you have to cut a lot before a fight because you enjoy a food binge after it? Do you keep a regular healthy diet almost all the time?

Let us know in the comments below, I would love to hear your input!

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The time is nigh

There are so many things going on at the moment and I know that the writing has taken a back seat. I seem to be saying this quite a lot but I am kickstarting things again now I am back into training. The website is going to be going through a makeover over this coming week so watch out for that!

I have some massive news. MTBUK is going on tour! I am going to Yokkao this weekend and I have been so lucky to get the opportunity to get some ringside access to take some photos! Me… Taking photos at Yokkao! Mental!! It crazy to think that this time last year I was totally oblivious to the world of Muay Thai. As soon as I stepped foot into the gym that all changed.

Over the past 10 months I have been lucky enough to be totally immersed within the community. Speaking to some top promoters within the UK, some world class fighters and trainers along with all of the people that I have either sparred with or talked to at the events I have been to. My twitter now has over 300 followers and my Facebook has over 140 likes and my Instagram has over 100 followers too and for that I am so very thankful!

I find it totally overwhelming, the support that the community gives to the up and coming and all the opportunities that are there if you are willing to try and reach your goals and you feel passionate about it. This is something that I am massively passionate about and I guess that it has began to shine through a little bit.

Now that I am back into training and I am back into the swing of things I am going to be more consistent with the posts and keeping you up to date with all things Muay Thai inside and outside of the ring. I am going to be structuring what I will be writing and setting a day that I will put out each post. I don’t want to put myself in a position where I can’t keep up with the posts. So I will be writing one post per week. It will be covering my favourite training session from the week, my goals for training of the coming week and also how my goals went from the previous week and any other trivia I feel is relevant.

At the moment, I am just a normal guy but I can see some amazing things happening for MTBUK if I put in the effort to do so. The things I have lined up at the moment are Yokkao! I can’t explain how excited I am for Yokkao, to see some of the best fighters in the world compete! I am also going to be giving the website a bit of a makeover, make it a bit more structured and make it more aesthetically pleasing, I may also be planning a trip down to Birmingham to see the Main Event which would be another amazing opportunity to see some of the best talent out there compete, I would like to get the opportunity to do some writing as a guest on a website of some sort or a fighting brands website or a fellow blogger or an event review or anything.

I have a few interviews that I am going to get ready to post on here, I do have a couple of people that are going to answer some questions for me too, so the interviews will still be happening, which I am totally pumped about! So watch out for those! This is a post really to just put you all in the picture and let you all know where MTBUK is at the moment and what I have planned for it in the future. I hope you all enjoy what I am writing at the moment (or will be writing as I have written in nearly a month) and if you have the time feel free to head over to my other social media sites and give us a follow and a subscribe and please introduce yourself!

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Thank you again for all being so welcoming of me and my work, hopefully I will begin to reach my goals. I have a now written myself some goals that I am going to strive to achieve by the end of the year.

Take care of yourselves, keep being awesome!

Dom – Muay Thai Blog UK