28 Apr Fueling Your Body- Healthy Eating
While being physically fit and active is incredibly important in recovery, being conscious of what we put IN our bodies is just as if not more important. It continually baffles my mind to see people go to the gym and put so much effort into being “healthy” only to turn around after a great workout and down a Snickers and a Redbull. Do you see the divergence? Do you see why this makes no sense? If we want our bodies and minds to be as healthy and functional as possible, it does not make sense to only treat part of the body. Aesthetics are great, but your body will function according to what you are or are not fueling it with, and a body will always run better on whole, organic, natural foods.
Stop with the over processed, chemically-laced products being passed off as “food”. Start cooking more, avoid pre-made meals saturated in sodium and preservatives. The general rule of thumb is the fresher and fewer the ingredients in what you eat the better, but if you are going to eat pre-packaged food then always read the label, evaluate the ingredients. How many are there? For example, a ‘Peanut Butter Cookie’ Larabar has only three ingredients, peanuts, dates, and sea salt. No preservatives, no questionable chemicals. Larabars are a great example of a pre-packaged food that is still healthy and whole.
Another rule to live by: can you pronounce all of the ingredients in your food? Do you know what they are? Sodium benzoate, monosodium glutamate, aspartame…do any of those sound like they grow from the earth? Didn’t think so. Chemicals like these have no place in the human body. Start reading about all of the additives in your foods and I promise your views on what you put in your body will change dramatically. Making changes in your food consumption doesn’t have to happen overnight, either. Just being conscious is a huge step in the right direction. I always suggest making small changes in the beginning so that you don’t get burned out. Start by incorporating at least one home-cooked meal every day or two, then increase the frequency. Start purchasing more veggies, fruit, perishable items that can’t last for months in your cupboards. Avoid the unrefrigerated aisles. Start visiting farmer’s markets for organic and locally farmed produce, familiarize yourself with what is grown in each season so that you can eat seasonally as well. Avoid meats, eggs, and milk from animals that are treated with antibiotics or hormones. The more aware you are, the better. And the better that you treat your body, the better you will feel, guaranteed.
Sober since 2007, Maya is a mother, wife, and writer for the lifestyle blog ‘My Life As Maya‘. She is also a freelance writer and resident contributor for several other blogs in the fashion, fitness and parenting spheres.