Uh, I wasn’t sure what to think when I decided to review this… Should I treat it as a mini-dictionary, a vitamin encyclopedia, a cookbook, a guide, a nutritio…nutri…nuvrti…uh, a health/nutrition guide? But, as you know, there are no rules when it comes to my reviews, so let’s just call this “literary work” very practical – IWMWNG (“I can’t work with this man anymore…” – note from the subconscious).
Now, more seriously, as I believe this review could be useful for everyone, regardless of your age, gender, physical fitness, or similar.
The nutrition guide could be described as a “document” with facts, guidelines, and advice on how to improve your health and (psycho)physical condition through proper nutrition, focusing on the right diet, the amount of food you should consume, and the necessary vitamins and minerals for our body’s proper functioning.
Sounds boring and something you could easily Google as needed? I know, most of us would think that way. However, such guides should be read preemptively, allowing you to correct some things in time. After all, health is the most important. Just remember the saying: “A healthy person has a million wishes, but a sick one only one.”
IWMWNG (I Win My Way Nutrition Guide by Milos Zaric) is presented in a 94-page PDF document.
The first 4/5 of the document covers the importance of (healthy and proper) nutrition, including topics like:
- What are calories and energy needs
- Explanation of macro-nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, fats) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals)
- Supplementation (with an attempt to debunk myths about supplementation, and which supplements are actually beneficial for the body)
- Which natural foods do a better job than supplements themselves
- The concept and examples of meals
The last part of IWMWNG focuses on recipes recommended for your diet.
Now, my impressions of IWMWNG, with an emphasis on internet research…
The guide is really simply and understandably written. Really. It doesn’t require you to be a professional athlete, fitness instructor, nutritionist with 20 years of experience, or hold a doctorate in medicine. If you’ve completed (at least) primary school and haven’t skipped all your biology and chemistry classes (still talking about primary school), you will clearly understand what’s written in this guide. I was familiar with a lot of information through independent research, but there were also some details that “patched” gaps in my knowledge, as well as some facts I only knew the basics about (for instance, I knew how beneficial the intake of zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B is, but I didn’t know it’s called ZMA; the discovery of spirulina was especially interesting to me; and which foods contain the highest concentrations of certain vitamins and minerals).
I appreciated how IWMWNG thoroughly goes through, excuse the expression, the periodic table of elements (hence the usefulness of those chemistry lessons in primary school), i.e., the vitamins and minerals your body needs and in which foods they are most found (so you can judge for yourself which foods are best to combine). And again, I emphasize, it’s not complicated at all.
What will interest all the food lovers the most is the last part of IWMWNG, which features some recipes that the creator of this guide regularly prepares for himself (or at least, I think he does 😅). Let me emphasize right away that the recipes are quite complex, requiring one very important prerequisite: advanced level coordination. You can check this immediately: if you can make yourself an omelet without blinding, mutilating yourself, causing an explosion, and the like, then you are capable of preparing dishes from this recipe (“Only you know whether you wanted to be humorous or sarcastic with this explanation” – note from the subconscious). Jokes aside, the recipes are incredibly, not to say, ridiculously simple. And most importantly, very tasty! No nonsense like “cook 300 grams of chard and divide it for breakfast and lunch, and for dinner have a piece of cheese and unsweetened tea, and for a snack, you’re allowed half a banana,” but real food that can be eaten, fills you up, and lets you enjoy its taste. Many recipes you already know or have heard of (but it never occurred to you to make them even though they are simple), and there will be some recipes you may/probably haven’t heard of.
As for me personally, I often eat toast recipes for breakfast (especially peanut butter and banana is a winning combination for me), and there’s also the good old nachos/carrots with hummus, as well as tuna salad. What I’ve “added” more to my menu are these oat flake variations combined with chocolate, cherries, Greek yogurt, bananas, and the like (although I’ve never been a big fan of flakes and seeds in any form). But oh my, my Tantalus-like struggles start with Mediterranean pasta and protein pancakes. I ADORE pasta and pancakes in all forms and flavors. I’ve never really been a fan of Mediterranean pasta, so it never crossed my mind to prepare it, but since I finally forced myself to make it, I now make sure to prepare it at least once a week. And protein pancakes… we all know that restaurant with the healthy name and how excellent their food is, including the protein pancakes. But, since I started making them at home, I’m thinking of opening a pancake house because they turn out so well and delicious. 😀
And finally, the logical question arises: who is behind the creation of IWMWNG?
The person in question is Milos Zaric. This young man is a professional fitness trainer/instructor and basketball player. Looking at his pictures on Instagram, you see a guy who looks great (physically and health-wise). I mean, you don’t see any absurd calf-sized biceps that prevent arm bending, or overly swollen legs that look like they’re about to explode, or an inflated neck that looks like it’s about to sprout another head, nor does he advertise obscure supplements from a Kazakhstani manufacturer “Kremlibagivuglon”. As far as one can tell, he opposes steroids or other harmful substances (which I highly respect). He regularly posts workout videos, many of which you can do on your own, without needing a gym.
He’s very active on his Instagram page, regularly answering followers’ questions, giving tips, guidelines, hosting a podcast with guests from the world of fitness, conducting training sessions, and more.
Now, perhaps the most crucial question: Do I really need this guide when I can find all this on the internet? True, you can. But honestly, for such a nominal fee (1000-2000 RSD, and often even giveaways of this guide), you get a simple, basic guide to your health in Serbian, clearly written, always at hand (on your mobile, tablet, or computer, and you can even print it out yourself), and you can contact its creator at any time. I like the idea of having all the information in one place, without wondering about the reliability of internet sites on this topic (and if I ever doubt something in this guide, I can always check with a doctor or another nutritionist).
Who is IWMWNG for? Everyone, regardless of their level of physical activity and fitness. Athletes and those moderately engaged in physical activities will definitely benefit from this guide, but it won’t harm those who are not overly physically active to introduce some healthier, yet still tasty, meals.
I’d like to mention something. I know this is obvious and maybe silly to write, but I feel obliged to point it out. The recipes in this guide (as in many others) are healthy, but also very nutritious. Therefore, I urge you to be moderate with quantities and not let your “eyes be hungrier than your stomach.” These recipes focus on food quality, not quantity (and, believe me, smaller amounts can really fill you up). So, if you’re spreading peanut butter on bread, apply a moderate amount, not 200 grams. Don’t eat half a kilogram of Mediterranean pasta or three servings of protein pancakes at once. And the guy behind this guide says that if you want to lose weight, a “caloric deficit” is important (and no, that doesn’t mean starving yourself, but more moderate eating, and getting up a bit if you want to look good and enjoy good meals 😀).
Since I’ve been incorporating some recipes from this guide into my diet for a while now (about a month), I can tell you how much (I feel) all this really matters. I think it’s worth it, considering that, with moderate activity (like most people, my job is sedentary and doesn’t leave much time for exercise), my weight has remained balanced (even dropped a bit, which is great news considering my moderate physical activity during this period… meaning that with a little more intense activity, even better results can be seen), the food is tasty (and it’s not the kind of food you need to take a break from), and so far no side effects (nor do I expect any). Of course, in case of any drastic changes, I will definitely update this review.
So, the decision is yours. 🙂
And you, dear reader, what will you do with your health?
P.S. – All these photos/creations are indeed my own work. 😁