What is “food”?
It’s pretty simple really if you think about it. Where did it come from? How many steps did it take to get that “food” to your plate or bowl? Are there ingredients in there that you can’t pronounce? Sticking to real food; lean meats(check the sources, but I’ll get more into that in a future post), veggies, some fruits and nuts, some sweet potatoes (depending on your goals), and you’ll find that you’ll feel better, allergies will fade, and you’ll reach your fitness goals quicker or get over those plateaus that you’re having trouble with.
Every time that I’m about to buy something, I really think about those questions, especially the “how many steps did it take to get to your plate”. That REALLY puts things in perspective for me. Then you actually get to visualize the step by step process that takes the raw materials of that product and, in your minds eye, see how it’s manufactured. It’s kind of weird when you start seeing your food on an assembly line. I’ll pick up the product off the shelf and the first thing I do is, actually READ the ingredients. I know, right? Shocking that I actually want to know what I’m about to eat. I’m not always good about it, I’m not going to sit here and preach that I’m perfect, far from it. But, starting to think about those questions will send you in the right direction of cleaning up your diet. It’s much simpler than you think and there are some amazing sites out there with delicious Paleo recipes for you to follow. Check our resources page for some examples. Or just google “Paleo recipes”. Google knows everything.
Doing a Whole 30, I eat completely clean. No cheat meals. No excuses. I’d rather not eat than eat something outside of the outline that they provide for you (hint, hint). I see amazing results while following it. The last time that I did follow it strictly, I went from 15% body fat to 11% in 26 days. I felt better, performed better and looked better. Maybe it’s time to start a challenge… hmmmmm… Be on the lookout!
AMRAP 12 minutes
50 air squats
40 sit ups
30 KB rows (53#/35#)