- Stop relying on anyone else to save you. It is normal to want to look to an outside source for help, especially when there is a new healthy “fad” every month. Realize that every outside source is going to come innate with its own agenda and that agenda will almost never consist of your health. The only thing you can do is to educate yourself. You don’t have to become a certified nutritionist to figure out what foods are helping you or hurting you. This can be done as easy as reading a few books and listening to a couple podcasts (I will include vetted resources at the bottom of this article.) Although this might sound like too much work, the alternative is not being able to manage your own health, turning your hard earned money over to the health care system and living life as a victim to clever marketers and pharmaceutical companies that profit from your decline.
- Get tested. Not “it burns when I pee and now I’m worried” tested, but genetically tested. Every single person has their own genetic makeup so it’s no wonder that we would all have our own differences when it comes to food intolerances and allergies. This is also the very reason that everyone cannot rely on one single diet as gospel. Its no wonder that people get extremely overwhelmed the second they try to make a change and eat healthy. Everyone has their own idea of what healthy looks like but there is no one size fits all diet regimen. When in doubt, always regress to eating whole real foods typically found on the outside aisles of the grocery store but realize that you and I have very different responses to the same foods and that our bodies health markers will also have extremely different responses.
- Avoid sugar like the plague. Because that is exactly what it is. Sugar when ingested in high quantities has terrible effects on your bodily systems. Over time, these terrible effects turn devastating. The two plainly seen effects of sugar come with the crash and with the unwanted spare tire. Because sugar is the most readily absorbed fuel for the brain and one of the few things that can cross the blood brain barrier, access sugar causes your brain to have a roller coaster like affect. Crashing and peaking many times throughout the day. This negatively affects attention, concentration and attitude. The other visible downside of sugar is the access fat storage. When sugar is found naturally in fruit, it comes along with fiber, which helps your body get rid of what is not used for energy. When it comes in man-made foods, it typically does not. Your body, unable to process the sugar releases insulin, the hormone that converts the sugar not being used as energy and stores it as fat. It is extremely difficult to outwork this process and what’s worse is that sugar is found in almost everything. Its addictive qualities combined with the fact that the government subsidizes the corn industry which is then turned to high fructose corn syrup aka sugar, means that both the food industry and the government are working together regularly to ensure that you ingest a chemical shit storm every single day.
These are the harsh realities that make up the diet that is shoved down our throats on a regular basis. The good news is that you don’t have to play along. Cutting sugar out of my life and getting a little education was the best thing that I have ever done for myself in terms of performance, sleep and all around quality of life. Don’t wait for the government or food companies to tell you what’s ok to put in your body because as history has shown, it’s not about you.