The first thing that people ask me when they first start training it’s: What should I eat?!? With that in mind I have simple tips here for you, those tips maybe be apply to everyday people and not only athletes. There is no secret:
-Eliminate all processed foods. That is the first thing you should do, most processed food have chemicals in order to have a longer shelf life. The longer the shelf life the worst it’s the food for you. Also processed foods means that it went to some type or processing modifying the original food either adding sugar, taking out or added fat (unhealthy fats), and/or added some source of chemical, therefor stay away from that.
-Plant rich. You don’t need to be vegan but adding more fresh vegetables and fruits (mostly berries) into your diet will only help you. Veggies are nutrient dense foods. Having a colorful diet will help your body absorb different nutrients from different sources.
-No FAST FOOD. This is a topic that amaze me, everybody knows that fast food it’s bad for you, yet we see the drive thru line getting bigger and bigger and new McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Wendys etc opening every day. No fast food it’s good for you, believe me I used to manage one! I know that one day eating fast food won’t kill you, but the problem now is that fast food became a regular thing and not the “once in a while” food.
-Go organic and local. This is huge, eating local fresh fruits and vegetables helps the local economy, create more jobs, it’s better for the environment but also the food it’s much better for you because it’s FRESHER and it didn’t take 2 weeks to get to the super market. The produce being fresher will have a better taste, and more nutritional value since it was collected on the right time and it was fully grown. When the produce needs to travel miles and miles to get to your plate, that means that the produce was not fully grown when it was collected and does not have the full nutritional value. Always choose organic, I know it’s more expensive but the more we buy and demand organic (vs conventional) the cheaper it will become, it’s simple (a basic economic rule of offer and demand).
-Grass fed. Wild Caught. Pasture Raised. This apply to the rule of organic as well, the more we buy the cheaper becomes. Also by eating meat this way, the animals are in their natural environment, they are healthier (hormone free), and they are humanely raised. There is in fact studies showing that the animal fat from grass fed and pasture raised animals it’s actually healthier and they have a different color.
-Dairy. I am not a big fan of dairy (that’s me) plus a lot of people have a high intolerance for dairy, but if you want to eat, choose dairy from grass fed cows, and pasture raised. Get dairy just like your grandmother used to, the whole thing. Avoid the “fat free” stuff, because to take the fat out it went to some processing. Also there are places that sells raw dairy, specially local farms, and some cheeses as well for example: organic valley have a few raw cheeses.
-Read label. Once you start reading labels you will be amazed with the amount of crap that it’s in certain foods, of course if you follow the first rule you won’t have to read that many labels, but for example: Bacon 2nd ingredient is sugar, did you know that? even turkey bacon! So read the label, there is away to buy bacon without sugar, just read the label.
With all this in mind, we decide to create a RW Training Real Food Day challenge. Every monday the goal it’s to eat just real food, by that means, no processed food, no fast food. Let’s make this viral by using the #rwtrealfoodday. The better you eat the better you feel. The better you feel the better world we can have!