You are what you eat
You have all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” I would agree with this statement because if you don’t eat well the chances of feeling good and performing well decrease. As an example, I have trained really hard, and eaten the best food, and felt like superman. I had so much energy throughout the day. Waking up early before my alarm clock,was not a problem either was having multiple training sessions. Most importantly I was thinking clearly and had extra energy to give to my students. On the other hand, I have also had weeks where I was training hard and I wasn’t eating as well. The result of not eating well really effected my training, I was more tired, didn’t recover as fast, felt drained.
Put the Powder down!
For me, in the past it was all about the latest and greatest protein powder, or supplement. My goal is to optimize my training and my health. I did that for a number of years and realized the powders weren’t helping much. I found out the powders and supplements I thought were helping me, were extremely processed. When the powders are extremely processed it makes it hard for the body to digest. I remember a couple times where immediately after ingesting a pre workout or post workout supplement. My stomach was in immense pain and actually inhibited my training. Honestly I was also, tired of always carrying around protein powder and shaker bottle everywhere I went.
Just Eat Real Food
What works for me right now in this stage of my journey is to keep it as simple as I can. Keeping it simple means, I don’t measure my food, or count calories. Eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. The focus of my eating is to eat real food. The only powdered supplement I take is collagen, it’s a great source of protein, and great for your connective tissue health. There is no flavor and mixes extremely well in any smoothie or beverage. Recently I started taking some herbs from Lost Empire Herb company, I really like pine pollen, and He Shou Wu, for post workout recovery.
Mix it up
Living in Mexico limits some of the food options my girlfriend and I enjoy eating. In our recent trip to California we shot a video of what food we like to stock our fridge and pantries with. We enjoy cooking together because we know when you take the extra time to cook your food, our bodies can digest and assimilate the nutrients easier. We try and keep it simple and fresh maximizing our nutrition.
How much does it cost?
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive if you know what to shop for. At times it’ easy to get wrapped up in the price of organic food options. I used to ask myself, “should I just go for the less expensive option just because it’s cheaper?”, or, “should I get what I want, and invest in good quality food for my body?”. Shopping for yourself and cooking your own food is much cheaper in the long run. What you would pay for one meal in a restaurant can equal 3 or 4 meals prepared in your kitchen. We all have a choice and deserve to eat the best food available.
Next time you are justifying spending the extra dollar or two for organic produce, just ask yourself, “what is best for my body?”
I am curious what does your grocery haul looks like?