"She was a long cool woman...
in a black dress"
Why, Morticia Addams of course. Who were you expecting, boys & girls? And why would you let the horror of expectations infect your golf game, and daily doings, anyway?
Click above on this maven of sanity, turn volume on your device UP (so your entire wacky and wonderful family can hear it), listen, absorb & assimilate - then c'mon back this way for some truly frightening realities about what you are consuming, from another long cool woman...
Dr. Cate Shanahan
You think what you put into your mind/body system affects how you perform & behave, on and off the links? Energy. Focus. Emotions. Concentration. Stamina. Temperament. Self-confidence. You want more one-word sentences..???
Damn right it does.. The ever-plentiful milk duds floating around on SM and the Interwebs in both the golf and nutrition realms, are filling your mind (and belly) with bad info. Info created and spewed by the greedy and ambitious, who are steered by fear.
Enter Dr. Cate (and, some lyrics from The Hollies)...
"Full of people who are doing wrong
Just about to call up the D.A. man
When I heard this woman singing a song"
Who woulda thunk it? The world of health care practitioners and those industries surrounding them, doing you wrong - at each and every dogleg on your kitchen table. Much like the self-anointed swing and golf gurus flooding you with info (PLEASE read this if you have ever procured golf instruction on-line..) - that is downright dangerous. And you thought Madame Addams was scary?
I started listening to a woman singing a song by the name of Cate Shanahan a few moons back. And so might you if you are looking to feel better overall, in and out of the golf park. Some specifics to follow, but start with her best-seller Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. Click on the image of Dr. Shanahan above to find this read, and learn more about her background.
"With just one look I was a bad mess
'Cause that long cool woman had it all"
Apparently the long cool woman in the black dress was wearing the pants in the Addams Family household as well. Did you know that cartoonist Charles Addams created our cool & creepy family by publishing single-panel pieces in the New Yorker magazine in 1938?
And that person who's wearing the pants in regards to your golf swing, and game? You familiar with their background? Their pedigree? Stuck in a one-size fits all method? Embracing the latest and greatest trend? Or guiding you in a way that fits you best?
Like with advice (remember: advice is cheap, insight is priceless) coming from a distant source that has never seen you swing (nor who has ZERO knowledge or awareness of your physical restrictions), you too can be a bad mess following so much of what is spewed re diet & nutrition.
Dr. Cate's smiles are more frequent than Morticia's - but she'll be quick to cut through any BS with a sharp butcher's knife - 'cause this long cool woman has it all. Does your golf guide? Are they skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced in the domains of motor learning, human perforamance and the facilitation of learning - or rather in 'sounding smart,' putting on pretty face, and posting and plastering as much content as (in)humanly possible? Have you asked?
Dr. Shanahan, M.D., is a physician and biochemist. She's examined diets around the world known to produce the healthiest people—diets like the Mediterranean, Okinawa, and “Blue Zone”—and identified the four common nutritional habits, developed over millennia, that unfailingly produce strong, healthy, intelligent children, and active, vital elders, generation after generation. These Four Pillars–fresh food, fermented and sprouted foods, meat cooked on the bone, and organ meats—form the basis of what she calls “The Human Diet.”
Rooted in her experience as an elite athlete who used traditional foods to cure her own debilitating injuries, and combining her research with the latest discoveries in the field of epigenetics, Dr. Cate shows how all calories are not created equal; food is information that directs our cellular growth. Our family history does not determine our destiny: what you eat and how you live can alter your DNA in ways that affect your health and the health of your future children.
Translation? Long cool woman with serious street cred.
Dr. Shanahan: "Most vegetable oils are edible radiation. They tend to make us tired, lazy and prone to overeating.
Vegetable oil harms your body in much the same way as radiation, by causing something called free radical cascades. If you could take a Geiger counter that identified materials that could cause free radical cascades, it would be making noise in every aisle in the supermarket. The only place it would be quiet would be the edges. If you eat like the average American, 80 percent of your fat calories are coming from these oils.
These oils - present in things like fake butter spreads to lower cholesterol, veggie chips, energy bars, and so much more - are in fact a 'non food.' Food, on the other hand, is mostly good, even though we are still prone to over consuming. And FYI: nature doesn’t make bad fats. Factories do."
Click below for some specific poop on 'non foods...'
"With just one look I was a bad mess
'Cause that long cool woman had it all"
You may very well be an incessant bad mess, if you're consuming what you may believe to be 'healthy' bites. Consider for a moment: when you hit a messy shot, why so? Inevitably blame it on "just a bad swing?" Ah, but what may have caused the less-than-perfect motion, fellow swinger of the stick? Lack of clarity, indecision, or doubt? Compromised focus, attention or commitment? Sub-optimal timing, coordination or tempo? And you don't think how you've been nourishing (or starving, in many cases, with empty calories..) your self has anything to do with the outcome? Think again.
Long Cool Doc Shanahan: "Fruit is as healthy as veggies? Nope. Veggies should sing to fruit: 'Anything you can do I can do better.'
Breakfast the most important meal of the day? Nope. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day not to screw up, and we do when we start out with sweet - and yep fruit is a sweet - or starches like oatmeal."
"Saturday night I was down town
Working for the F.B.I."
We certainly need more gatekeepers in the "how to swing a golf club" arena (an online, omnipresent "golf F.B.I." perhaps?), Saturday nights, and throughout the week. Dr. Shanahan plays that fed role nicely with nutrition:
"From the processed angle, few folks realize that soy milk and almond milk are highly processed and not as nutritious as soy beans or almonds. And rice milk is basically just sugar because rice is not very nutrient rich. Veggie burgers are often loaded with soy protein isolates, a super highly processed protein powder. Protein powders are to whole food protein as granulated sugar is to complex carbohydrates and fiber."
Long Cool Dude who knows the flatstick
More legit street - and putting green - cred, on its way... Longtime friend, PGA Adjunct Faculty Colleague, and rockstar LPGA coach Joe Hallett will be with me at ECC at the end of the month! A not to miss fun and informative learning opp.
Joe was the 2018 National PGA of America Horton Smith award winner, is the Director of Instruction at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, TN, and former GM/Director and Lead Instructor at the PGA Center for Learning & Performance in Port St. Lucie, FL.
None better in the realm of the flatstick than Mr. Hallett. His list of clients include former #1's in the world Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park, as well as LPGA Hall-of-Famer Juli Inkster, Lizette Salas and Brittany Lincicom.
Saturday, August 31
Aimpoint Session #1: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Aimpoint Session #2: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Cost: $175 for ECC Members, $200 for non-members
Limit six players per session.
One Hour Private Lessons: 2 PM - 4 PM
Space is extremely limited - let me know ASAP if you'd like to partake.
You golf game a bad mess overall? I can help.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
~ CS ~