#10: Basix 4 - Food

#10: Basix 4 – Food

Our bodies are amazing machines that need the correct fuel for optimum performance. Eat natural unprocessed food for the best body chemistry for mental and physical health.


Good morning guys, it’s another beautiful morning out here this morning. Absolutely magic.

Today I want to talk about food and how that relates to mental health.

I’m Ian Schell and I’m glad to be alive.

We need to treat our bodies and the most amazing piece of machinery known to mankind. We cannot create it, we can barely fix it. It’s amazing bit of gear and we need to treat it with the respect it deserves.

If we don’t, then their health suffers, both mental and physical and that comes back to our fuel. If we don’t put the right fuel in, it cannot perform optimally so food is critical to our mental health.

So the way that I eat now, it’s basically a mix of paleo and low-carb high-fat. So essentially it’s eating healthy, it’s eating clean, it’s eating natural foods that we would have evolved on as a species. And I can tell you that it has made an amazing difference in my life.

Before, I used to eat shit food and the problem was that i kept craving food, never felt like I was satiated, I never felt like I was full.

I remember one night there in the depth of my depression, I smashed like my whole dinner, like a pasta and whatever else, and then I had a bag of chips, I had a box of biscuits and I still felt hungry and it was just ridiculous.

And it’s no wonder that I topped out at 141 kg because I was just out of control. If you want to lose weight, the best way to do that is through food. Losing weight is 80% food and 20% exercise. Do you know how long after run to burn off a big mac or mars bar or any of this crap food that we tend to put in our mouths?

You’ve gotta think about the calories that go in and the type of calories, because all calories aren’t equal. The quality of food makes a massive difference and keeping it natural, keeping it clean, It’s the most efficient way our body works.

So the golden rule with this way of eating is, if it’s in a packet or its processed don’t eat it.  If it’s in a packet, it’s there to last as long as inhumanly possible. It’s full of preservatives, it’s full of toxins, it’s full of stuff that is not good for us.

Now another good rule is if it’s white don’t eat it and the exception to this is probably cauliflower, but generally speaking the likes of flour, sugar, potatoes, when you mix that with fat is not good. Rice, again with fats is not good. If it’s white don’t eat it. Typically anything that’s white, has been processed, it’s been bleached, things in nature are not generally white.

The next one is fats. Over the years fats have got a bad rap. And unfortunately a lot of it is bullshit. We need eat more good fats and less of the bad fats. The best kind of fats are the fats that are found naturally in a food sources. This is the likes of coconut oils, butter, ghee, found in nuts. The fats that you want to avoid are anything that is processed, anything that has had to be heat treated or purified. The likes of your rapeseed oils, your canolas, vegetable oils. All these, when applied to heat, turn rancid and not good news for your body. So try and stick with the good fats, high in omega threes. Preferably grass-fed meats.

An interesting point about fats, is if you eat the right kind of fats and the right quantities of fats, it actually helps you lose weight. It’s counterintuitive and it goes against the old ways of thinkings regarding fat.

Now if you can, try to avoid processed sugars altogether. Sugars are bad news of the body, it messes with your insulin levels, it’s bad for cancer, it’s terrible for weight loss. There’s so many bad sides to sugar that it’s just, steer clear of it all together. If you want a to eat something sweet, berries is best, the likes of strawberries, blueberries, mulberries, all these things that are really high in antioxidants. Yes they’ve still got some sugar, but the benefits of all the other good stuff is purely outweighs the sugar. Now if you’re like me, and you like to snack, you like to have a little bit of tucker in the belly all times. I like carrots and celery, tomatoes, generally foods that are high in water content, high in

Now if you’re like me, and you like to snack, you like to have a little bit of tucker in the belly all times. I like carrots and celery, tomatoes, generally foods that are high in water content, high in fiber and generally low calorie type foods.

One that I like to snack on his nut mix, which is the whole lot of nuts mixed with a little little bit of cranberries for a little touch of sweetness. Now I love it, It’s very nutrient-dense and if you’re not careful you’ll eat way too much and you pack on the pounds. There’s a lot of energy in that food, so just be just take it easy on the nut mix.

My main meals these days consist of meat and veg, and a whole lot of good oils. And it makes it really easy when you go shopping because you do a lap around the outside, generally, and all the stuff in the middle is processed so we avoid that. And it kind of makes shopping quite easy and quite simple. It’s a little more expensive, but I think it’s worth it, you are worth it.

So just to sum up guys, eat natural eight clean, eat healthy, it’s the way we evolved as a species. Not this processed crap that has showed up in the last two hundred years. We need to think of food as our medicine. It really does make such a difference to our general health, short-term, long-term mental and physical. Food is a massive factor in feeling good and and living a great life. Everyone’s got a different opinion about food. Find out what works for you and give things a try. Look, give it two or three weeks,  give it a proper crack, and I think you’ll find you’ll feel a hel of a lot better it, both physically, mentally, you’ll have more energy, you’ll have clarity of mind. Look food has made such a difference in my life.

Anyway that’s it for me today guys. Thank you for joining me. Please like and share the shit out of this. Please leave any comments, suggestions or questions in the boxes below and I’ll get back to you.  And have a fantastic day.

About The Author

Ian Schell

Ian is a machine designer who has fought a long-standing battle with depression and won. Ian's vision is simple: 'Create a better world through growth, progress and innovation'.