San Diego Fitness Psychology – 7 Things I Share with Todd Durkin
by: Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D.
There is no doubt that on the world’s fitness stage, “TD” is among the elite of the elite. When he agreed to appear on my Saturday morning show on KOGO, “Your Personal Best,” I was ecstatic. My heart rate soared like I just finished a cardio session at the club.
But when I read his “personal picks” for daily supplements in his terrific book, “The Impact Body Plan” and discovered that I was 7 for 7 on his list, I had to share “our” recommendations with you. The market is flooded with supplements, every fitness magazine and blog has suggestions, and in the end you need to find what works for you. This list is only a great place to start.
Nutritional science and biochemistry have grown far beyond the simpler concept of nutritional supplementation through vitamin and minerals alone. Here is TD’s (and mine) top 7 to consider, with your physician’s approval of course.
1. Multi-vitamins. Liquid multi-vitamins are best, with men thinking twice about adding iron and women being certain to do so (unless otherwise instructed by your health professional). Suggested: First Choice liquid multi-vitamin.
2. Green drinks. Want a full assortment of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, polyphenols and probiotics, with a nice energy boost? The recommended one below is packed with 64 ingredients that support nutrition, digestion, circulation and immunity. Suggested: Green Vibrance version 10.3 (honestly, version 10.3).
3. Ground flaxseed. Seeds, seeds and more seeds. Especially when they can decrease risk of grisly diseases like cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Buy the ground seeds or grind them yourself. I put them on nearly everything, including in my protein shake, so I can get about 3 or so tablespoons daily. Suggested: Barlean’s 100% Organic Forti-Flax (San Diego company!)
4. Vitamin D. Want to build stronger bones, protect against infections, keep a lid on weight and feel happier? This one is it. Your doctor can tell you what level you need. Suggested: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega with D or simply Costco’s Kirkland D3, about 1,000-2,000 international units (again, depending on what your doctor tells you).
5. Green tea. When you are ready to sit back and relax while fighting off free radicals and get some anti-aging going on, drink some green tea. Not only will your metabolism ramp up, research says your skin glow! Just don’t add any sugar, artificial poison, er, sweeteners or Jack Daniels. Suggested: Pure Inventions Green Tea Extract.
6. Protein Powder. OK. Ready for some clarity? Whey protein isolate is the top of the heap. After that, eat slower absorbing egg protein. The former is suggested before and after working out. While I suggest Proto-Whey, TD likes EAS Whey Protein Isolate or Jay Robb’s Whey Protein Powder Isolate.
Fish Oils. Sure eating nuts, fish, and flaxseed can offer you great doses of fish oils. Omega-3 fatty acids with 4 grams total of EPA and DHA are recommended