Food is powerful stuff it can be both the poison that programs your body for discomfort and disease and the remedy that rejuvenates your cells and body systems. Putting food at the center of your health care is surprisingly foreign to many people. If you’re like some of my clients, you’ve tried to get to the bottom of your symptoms for years, maybe even decades. One of the first things you can do, is change your mind-set toward food. Think of food as fuel. What you eat should empower you. The main reason for food is to nourish and provide you with a steady source of energy to take on your daily challenges. Truth is, I love fried chicken and ice cream as much as the next person, but a baked chicken breast will fill me up just as well, and without the added fat.
Meet the seven food groups that form your body’s fuel ( Meats, Fish, Eggs, Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Nuts and Seeds). For millions of years, early humans lived on these fuels. The women gathered nuts, seed, fruits, and vegetables for food, while men hunted for meat. Together, these food sources provide nutrients that help us thrive. These foods produce the best health and really formed the original natural diet. Recently there’s been a trend of inspired diets, one in particular called ” paleo ” which aim to exclude all things that could not have been hunted or gathered by humans 10,000 to 2.6 million years ago. Processed foods such as pasta, bread, and dairy didn’t come on the scene until about ten to twelve thousand years ago, when we domesticated plants and animals. The problem now is that over the last sixty years, technology has allowed food companies to process many foods even more, taking them farther and farther from their original form, until very little nutritional value remains beyond empty, fattening calories. Overindulgence in these modern foods has hurt human health, plaguing us with diseases such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. In my work with clients, I’ve found that the most direct route to an ideal physique is to rely on foods that are as close to their original form as possible and to reduce intake of highly processed foods. I’m a realist, I’m not saying give them up altogether; I’m just saying think of processed foods as little more than fillers in the diet that should ideally only be used to improve recovery from intense training.
“Never settle, never get too comfortable, keep moving, keep growing, keep evolving, change is good, embrace the new you when it arrives”