In the past, my stance on nutrition has been very basic. Dan John once said, “Eat real food, not too much.” That really resonated with me at the time because that in itself would be a dramatic improvement for 99% of the population. That’s not the only thing you should do, but it’s a start. There are a few things you need to do and I’ll list of couple of the biggies:
- Eat real food (cereal is not real food, more on that later)
- Get enough Protein, Carbohydrate, and fat. In equal proportions.
- Eat fruits, vegetables, meat, and nuts.
- Drink a lot of water. A lot. It’s good for you. Trust me.
- Say goodbye to flour and sugar. They put the crap in everything, start reading the label. Be careful of disguised sugar; http://www.dietriffic.com/2009/03/26/names-for-sugar/
The majority of the most accessable food is drowned in chemicals, sugar, and preservatives. Not only that, but this food is usually the most affordable per “meal” …if you can call it a meal.
This brings me to the point, finally.
There is a boy in my gym who comes in hits the heavy bag for an hour, at least 5 days a week–I see him in there all the time–working hard for at least 6 months. Here’s the kicker though, he is about 40lbs overweight, and he is not even 5 feet tall.
What is going on here?!
He should be in shape working so hard. Clearly the missing part of the equation is nutrition.
Kids are addicted to sweet and savory. Flour and Sugar. Most junk food passes under the radar of most parents (bread is still healthy right? Cereal?) This is a serious concern and the generation after us is going to pay dearly for it–with their health and their lives.
Okay maybe I’m getting carried away. But the fact remains that kids are not being given guidance when it comes to nutrition. These kids (and by now you will have realized that when I say kids, I don’t only mean kids. I also mean people) don’t understand the repercussions of what eating these foods can mean, or what even constitutes as food.
You can’t overcome a poor diet with exercise, there aren’t enough hours in the day. This makes it important to have the total package when it comes to your physical, mental, and emotional health.
Eat real food. Not too much.