So onto the third post now with the Summer Series Blogs 3 – Nutrition and still nothing about training. Hope this brings it home that no matter how hard you’re working out, you just can’t outrun a bad diet!
In this blog, I share with you how I approach my general nutrition with balancing my ‘healthy’ eating lifestyle while enjoying those ‘naughty’ foods at the same time.
For me personally, it has always been about keeping things easy and simple when it comes to my nutrition as it has been the most difficult obstacle to overcome (but the most critical) where your aim is longevity with your health and not just short term summer goals #healthiswealth
Willis ‘ Disclaimer:
As always, seek professional medical advice before starting any diet/nutritional program. The information presented is not intended to substitute the services of a medical professional.
Seek consultation with a health practitioner before engaging in any exercise or diet program and common sense for everything else.
If you’re blindly just following this Asian Tinder Ninja then you are a silly sausage!
What are your first thoughts when hear the word D I E T?
Do you imagine a world of nothing but steamed chicken and broccoli?
Or a miserable existence absent of any color or joy making you want to shriek out in sheer terror?
If so, you are not alone! I’m also not a big fan of “diets” where you’re starving your body or eating constant boring foods to a point where you just hate life!
Where you lose a bit of excess body fat, only to put it back on it on just as quickly and never really finding a long term; simple and sensible solution with the foods that you’re consuming.
So here’s a big F U to diets!
I’m all about Eating Better but before we get into that, let’s talk nutrition!
The Nutrition Pyramid
Remember back in primary school when you had visits from the Life Education Van with HAROLD THE GIRAFFE inside! #Fuckingnostalgia
Well chances are you’ll probably also remember food pyramids looking something like the one below.
Where the foundation of this pyramid is based around the following:
- Processed carbs (rice, breads, pasta and cereals) ❌
- Vegetables ✅
- Fruits (high in fructose) ❌
- Lean Meats
Eat in Small Amounts
- Oil, Margarine
- Reduced fat spreads butter
Personally for me and the way my body has responded, I don’t agree with the hierarchy and selected food groups. Especially with the processed carbohydrates being so heavily considered as part of the foundation of the pyramid.
Similar old school nutritional pyramid posters such as this were published 10+ years ago and a lot has change since that time.
Over time, as things evolve and new research shines light and uncovers findings on things which used to be demonised such as: fats and cholesterol. While debunking and focusing on the real culprits: excess sugar and processed carbohydrates consumption.
Presented below is one ‘new age’ update to the previous food pyramid from 10 to 20 years prior. It was also a bit scary how hard and long (*TWSS) it took me to find a modern day food pyramid on the interwebs.
I even had to go to page 2 on google… WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WENT TO PAGE 2 OF A GOOGLE SEARCH???
Anyways, behold an updated nutritional food pyramid for your eyes.
Now we’re talking! The Foundations that build up this pyramid are:
- Protein: lean meats, poultry, eggs
- Healthy Fats: avocados 🥑, olive oil, coconut and MCT oils
- Carbohydrates: vegetables, leafy greens
Followed by: fruits, nuts and seeds, supplements, dairy, supplements and even a bit of chocolate and red wine!!!
This closely aligns with my food consumption and eating habits focusing on keeping things simple and clean.
What to Eat and What Not to Eat
If you’re not into pyramids, provided below are further guides as to what to eat:
“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.”
Things to Consume ✅ Lean meats, vegetables, healthy fats, some fruits, plenty of water, coffee, lots of lols🤣
Things to Avoid ❌ Excess sugars and Processed foods (artificial and fake with lists of ingredients that you have no idea what they are but still put into your body!)
Simple, Clean and Easy eating: Consuming foods that are beneficial to your body and avoiding things that negatively impact your well-being.
So I’ve talked about foods that I consume and the ones that I don’t. I will write another blog detailing my daily eating habits later on but below is a general guide to what I do.
5 out of 7 days (working week) my nutritional intake will be ‘healthy’ with the above foundations and I usually enjoy ‘cheat meals‘ from 2 to 3 times a week (Friday night and weekends).
Which may or may not involve: pizza 🍕, burgers 🍔plus fries 🍟 (loaded with bacon 🥓, jalapenos and cheesy goodness), deep fried chicken 🍗 goodness and of cause all of the desserts! 🍩🍪🍨🎂
Cheat meals help me maintain my fucking sanity, relationship and longevity with the foods that I consume.
Nutrition is the Foundation
We only live once (WOLO?) and we only have one body and mind.
When it’s all over, that’s it! There are no second chances so why would you not want to prioritise your own health and well-being by taking control and focusing on the foods that you consume every single time you go to take a bite?
Nutrition is the Foundation. It does not have to be complicated with shit like weighing/counting calories or meal prepping (unless that works for you).
Note: I hate meal prepping 😡
It took me awhile but finally through the process of elimination and trial and error with my nutrition did I discover the positive impacts on my body (internal and external) by consuming foods that made my body better and discarding shit that was of no benefit to my body.
If you haven’t heard of the Whole 30 program jump over to their website (https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules) as they have a tonne of detailed resources such as: recipes, meal plans and program rules to get you up and running.
All working around the similar premise of Eating Real Food and Cutting Out Shit That is Doing Your Body Harm.
Fight or Feed Disease
Following on from the previous section of avoiding putting shit into your body. Every time you put something into your mouth… and eat it. You are literally either fighting or feeding disease.
Whatcha talkin’ bout Willis???
Hear me out. How does your body react after you consume certain foods that you do? Do you have gut irritations, inflammation, rashes, sluggishness, facial breakouts, gain excess body weight etc.
Then maybe certain foods that you’re consuming are likely causing you these issue without you even realising it and instead of falling ill and taking medication to resolve these ailments.
Maybe it would better to avoid consuming products that trigger these negative responses from the body and choose to fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease by being more mindful of what you consume with every bite.
You are what You Eat
Further following on from the previous section about not putting shit into your body.
If you eat 💩, you will look like 💩, feel like 💩 and will be 💩!
Yep, that’s it. You are what You Eat. So don’t put 💩 into your body yo!
Eat Real Food and be a SEXY BEAST all day errrday!
Oh and Pizza still isn’t a vegetable or a food group #MERICA
*TWSS – That’s What She Said 😆
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