What we can learn from Georgia?

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I’m just back to work after taking two weeks off to re-energise and recharge my brain. It’s my first proper week back from Georgia, a really cool place at the eastern end of the Black Sea. It’s also where the origins of winemaking lie.

Those of you who know me, probably know Georgia is my birthplace and I lived there until I was about 14 years old. I have lots of fun memories of it.


Watch this short video I made, while I was there helping my friend, George to prepare the Chilli Plantations.

My uncle David, and friend George

My uncle David, and friend George

What we can learn from Georgia

The Problem of fat

I live in a country, where obesity and sedentary lifestyle are one of the main causes of deaths. In fact scientists predict that by 2020 nearly 60% of the UK population will be overweight and subsequently unhealthy. ?(Well on a fun side you could say that I wouldn’t struggle to find clients, my job would be safe.) But it’s really a recipe for disaster. I didn’t get into this profession to profit on somebody’s poor health; I’m truly passionate about people’s health and well-being. I would rather help save lives now, than have to put up a fight later on.



I believe the best way to tackle weight problems, is to help people to not put on too much weight the first place. But you and I know all too well that seeking professional help for many people is the last thought in their mind, especially when it comes to body issues. But it should be a top priority; this is your health we are talking about. ?If you are concerned about your weight and health, seek advice from a health professional or your doctor. Having a healthy body is literally priceless, and normally it only involves a little discipline to have a well-balanced diet and get regular exercise. These should be sufficient in most instances to help many people achieve their goal.




So, What can we learn from Georgians?

* Wake up early (as Georgians like to say, wake up with the Sun)
* Work with nature
* Eat seasonal food
* Cook fresh produce
* Be outdoors
* Do some physical work
* Make exercise a daily part of your lifestyle
* Spend time around people you enjoy



Over the years our biological make up has not changed at all, but our lifestyles have. We’ve all been genetically bred over the millennia for a great deal of physical activity; to run and walk and hunt and fish and ride and herd. But in a very short span of time that all changed.

Now we spend a huge amount of time indoors under artificial light, exposed to all kinds of chemicals, leading sedentary lives in front of TVs or computers or riding around in cars.

But there are still some parts of the world that have maintained the old traditional ways of doing things, and I’m happy to see Georgia is one of them – well, at least for now.

I hope you enjoyed reading this little blog, and I want to encourage you to express your opinion.


Tony from Georgia


One Response to “What we can learn from Georgia?”

  1. Heads up for a New Year: Nutrition, exercise, energy & time (NEET) by Tony the Trainer | Mike Barnato Says:

    […] I am writing this as we approach Christmas and a New Year. It’s a time when people often put on weight. But whilst it can be a great time for food, family and fun, I don’t think it should be an excuse to put on weight. After all, lots of turkey or other lean meat and plenty of vegetables are good, not bad, for you. It’s all the extra snacks and particularly the booze that have the “empty” calories. It’s all about choice really. We live a much more sedentary life style now. I was reminded of this when I revisited Georgia. […]

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