I had the pleasure a few weeks ago to give a nutrition presentation at True Foods Kitchen in Naples, FL with over 40 people in attendance. This new restaurant was founded by Dr. Weil, the founder of the Anti-inflammatory diet and was recently funded with a “significant investment” by Oprah Winfrey.

In one of the beginning slides I made it clear to people that regardless of what I said it was their responsibility to fact check it against credible sources because whether we realize it or not, we all have a dieting worldview. This is important to recognize because everything you hear about dieting (I’m using diet synonymously with nutrition) you filter against that worldview. It filters your values, behaviors, and even the culture you associate yourself with. And by not understanding what your worldview is about dieting you will become forever confused by the enormous amount of conflicting information about what to eat, what not to eat, and which diet is best for you?

I left the presentation both hopeful and worried. Hopeful by the attendance and interest in about nutrition and worried by the plethora of questions that were asked during the Q&A portion that made me realize how little people know about sound nutritional information that is by science and real-world experience.

It is my hope that as our gym makes the transition over the next year from an exercise gym to a more holistic gym focused on complete wellness that we develop members who live and breath a lifestyle committed to LIFELONG FITNESS.

Because when we look good, we feel good, and when we feel good we do good. That DO GOOD feeling is something that transforms and uplifts and something I think everyone can get behind.

-Mario Ashley, MBA
Naples Strength & Conditioning, Owner