“Think of food as fuel.”
Obviously, it was good advice, because it stuck with him. Now I am going to expand upon that.
People ask me why or how I eat so healthily. First of all, it didn’t happen overnight.
At age 17 I was eating a whole pizza by myself with a case of Mountain Dew. Getting in shape was a vague pipe dream.
At 18 I started going to the gym and ‘seriously’ trying to gain weight. Oatmeal, egg whites and turkey sandwiches were all fair game. After a day of eating decent food – I could feel it in the gym. Everything was just there. My body had all the nutrients it needed to perform. It felt great.
Unfortunately, I didn’t stick with that for very long. But at 19, I was at it again. This time with some heartier food. Steak, sweet potatoes, green beans – and don’t forget the A1. I was working out and running on alternating days. I felt great and I started to look good too. With school, my schedule was unsustainable and I stopped working out completely.
From 20-22 I sporadically worked out, ate moderately healthy and drank a lot. I still cooked my own food and ate ‘healthy’ things like protein bars; which are just glorified candy bars.
At age 23, fed up with myself I decided to give it a real go.
So after all these changes what have I found out? What is the holy grail of diets?
EAT REAL FOOD
Broccoli, Onions and Peppers
What do I drink?
~1 Gallon of Water
Smoothies (Banana, Almond Milk, Raw Eggs, Strawberries)
That’s it. This is what I eat day in and day out.
This food makes me FEEL good on the inside. My body has everything it needs to:
Do I ever eat crap? I sure do. When I do eat crap it’s most likely this:
(Always in moderation)
Bear in mind, I was blessed with a fast metabolism. I don’t abuse it though.
Is it sustainable to eat what I eat? With careful planning (mass cook on Sundays) You’ll always have lunch to bring with you.
Treat food as fuel and you wont have to think about it.
Do I ever have a hard time when someone asks me if I want pizza or soda? No.
Why? Because it makes me feel like shit.
When food is fuel, you only put top-quality in the tank.
When food is emotional, you eat whatever tastes good. Then you feel terrible.
Think of food as fuel and you’ll never have trouble ‘dieting’ again.