With becoming more and more mindful about what to eat when we start exercising on a regular basis, it can also become quiet confusing on what the “perfect fit diet is”. Where there is no “one fits all” approach to eating and finding the diet that fulfills you, there are certainly some basic things to consider.
Being in good physical shape does not necessarily mean being a healthy person; and power bars and peanut butter just don’t always do the trick either. It is important to fuel your body with quality whole foods, instead of looking for labels or counting calories. (as you should know by now if you have been following me for a while)
Listening to your body and asking what kind of fuel it needs so that it can get back on the treadmill. yoga mat or striving for those “gains”, but at the same time continue to be as present and balanced as possible can be quiet a challange.
Very often, the constant moving, lifting and (hopefully) stretching takes a toll on our physical and mental limitations and can leave us feeling incredibly spent and exhausted. And that is certainly not what being active should feel like.
When I look at my clients and how I actually help them improve their mental and physical stability and, as well as having them to strive to feel as healthy and confident as possible, it always comes back to the principle that food is the most powerful means of healing and balancing the body and mind.
Nutrition is the primary and fundamental means that heals us. If you have this right, then all other modalities like exercise therapy will work much more effectively.
Here are my top tips on how to improve your practice with nutrition:
1) increase nutrition dense foods that are high in good fats such as coconuts, ghee (purified butter), and raw soaked seeds high in omega-3 essential fatty acids. These foods give us energy without requiring much effort to digest. They are foods that feed the brain, the nervous system and the skin
2) Decrease processed foods and add ingredients that help and support blood circulation to enable more balance, focus, and strength during training.
Just like in exercise, what’s right for one person, is not always right for the other. Just because your buddy LOVES the Paleo diet doesn’t mean it’s right for you and your entire tribe. So start experiencing and mixing it up a little bit to find what works for you and supports you on your journey to better health and well being.
Lastly, when reaching out for a protein shake, make sure it is a high quality one. It might be a bit more expensive, but at the end of the day we are talking about your health here. Read ingredients and avoid those ones that are high in artificial and inflammatory substances.