What we put in our bodies is so important. In fact, it is the most important part of total body wellness. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is the furthest thing away from what you should be fueling your body. I’m not going to go into too much detail here but if you want to learn more about what the SAD diet is then just google it.
I have learned a lot about nutrition over the last couple years and how it effects my body. An important note for those of you who have never attempted to eat healthy, it will take time to adjust. Don’t judge yourself, take baby steps and learn as much as you can. There is information everywhere about this kind of thing and although it can seem overwhelming, I’ve found that if you “stay away from the interior of the grocery, stick to the outside where all the fresh stuff is,” you’ll be golden.
It takes time to get in tune with which foods affect your body in different ways. Once you start fueling your body with proper nutrition you will be blown away at how good you can feel. Most people just don’t know what feeling good actually feels like. Now I am not perfect, I love desserts and pizza and beer as much as any one else and on occasion, I still indulge in these delicious gifts from God, but in moderation. That is the key.
A lot of you that have been following me since the beginning know that I started the Keto Diet immediately after football and it was amazing. I lost a ton of weight and it taught me the discipline it takes to really eat healthy. Once I started checking the labels on my food, I realized just how much shit they put in everything. The biggest ingredient that is added to almost everything is sugar.
For those of you that are unaware of the research coming out about sugar consumption and the health consequences that are affecting our country, do a little google search. As you can see, google is our friend. I’m just going to say, sugar is bad. Again, I love sugar, Im just saying, it’s not meant to be consumed with every meal.
Start checking the labels and you will start to realize just how much sugar is in your food. Sometimes it is hidden as suclarose, high-fructose corn syrup, anhydrous dextrose, among others, many others.
Although I still follow the Keto diet, I am becoming more conscious of the amount of micro nutrients that I’m getting and meat I’m consuming. I have always had digestion problems from all the anti-inflammatory drugs I’ve taken during my football career. These issues continued, off and on, over the past year, even while I was eating better.
Because I am a work in progress like everyone else, I am still continuing to tweak my diet to see what I need to feel my best. So over the past couple months I’ve decreased the amount of meat I’ve been consuming and increased the variety of vegetables. I still try and stick with high fat and lower carb (most of my carbs come from veggies) but I have found that the more fiber and micro nutrients I can get from different natural (I try to organic when I can) foods, the better.
I feel like my digestion has finally started to normalize. Like I said before, everyone is different. The one thing I hope you take away from this is that we all eat too many processed carbs and sugars. Find out what you like and just start eating fresher foods.
Here are some of my favorites. Main Foods I Eat: -extra-virgin olive oil -avocado oil -coconut oil -grass-fed butter -coffee -almonds -blue cheese -avocado -free-range eggs -onions -peppers -brussel sprouts -red cabbage -cucumber -kale -spinach -grass-fed beef (limited to a couple times per week) -salmon -shrimp -cauliflower