You Have to Live a Little
I get a lot of shit for how I eat. People always tell me, “you have to live a little,” in regard to eating junk food… I disagree.
Isn’t climbing rocks, deadlifting, adventuring, and traveling “living a little?”
I don’t see living as spiking my blood sugar and putting poor quality foods into my beautiful body. I’m gluten/dairy free. I have been since 2009. Any time I go off my diet I experience less-than-positive effects on my digestion, cognizance, and feeling of vitality.
It got to the point where I had practiced mindful eating for so long that a switch turned in my brain… It no longer made sense to consume food that would burden my digestion, cloud my thinking, and not provide my body with the nutrients it required to recover from exercise.
I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with eating some sugar now and then. But me personally, I’m an “all or nothing” type of guy. I’ve had IBS my entire life and have experimented in every conceivable way to enhance my digestion and mental clarity. In my honest opinion, a whole-foods, plant (and animal) based nutrition plan yields the greatest overall health to a majority of us.
You can call this paleo if you want, but it’s not necessary to label it. I eat meat and veggies, full time. At this point in my life, I eat a high fat diet, including moderate protein from land and sea animals, and minimal carbohydrates (less than 200g) per day. I focus on eating a wide variety of color in my veggies to ensure proper nutrient delivery. I keep fiber, and match total calories to fuel my active lifestyle. I offer myself plenty of time between meals to ensure proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
For an “all or nothing person,” sometimes giving your all means means giving nothing to the power of poor habits. Once your higher purpose is discovered, why would you undermine your life’s mission and goals? I’m here to inspire and empower you. I don’t want shitty food in my body. I’ve felt the drug-like effect of sugar and witnessed the addiction in those that I’ve coached.
We all have to start somewhere, and it’s taken me a long time to get to this point. So I say this, don’t tread on me.