Let's check out your diet. How has it been the past few days, weeks, months or years? Are you proud of what you have been eating?
Preparing some chicken for my dry rub. (Himalayan Salt, garlic, thyme, bayleaf)
I am not the healthiest man in the world, but here is a list of Paleo foods. They might seem familiar and perfectly normal! Huh.. Maybe this "caveman diet" isn't so weird after all.
- Lean meat (if not purchasing grass-fed), chicken, lamb, steak and fish (pasture-raised organic meats and wild-caught fish. Quality is #1 importance)
- Eggs - Duck eggs, chicken eggs, goose eggs (free-range organic eggs are best quality. or get a chicken coop and have your own)
- Fresh or frozen fruit including berries, cherries, coconut, apples, oranges, kiwi, apricot, pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes and more (local fruit if available preferred) Watch for high-glycemic fruits if you are concerned with high natural sugar content.
- Fresh or frozen leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, arugula, lettuce, radicchio, turnip greens (local is usually a lot more delicious and nutritious)
- Vegetables such as peppers, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, avocado, cucumber, cabbage
- Squash such as butternut, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, zucchini, summer squash
- Plenty of clean, delicious water (preferably spring water, purified water lacks minerals essential for the body)
- A handful of nuts and including but not limited to: Almonds, Macadamias, Pistachios, Sunflower Seeds
- Herbs and spices such as rosemary, thyme, dill, turmeric (very powerful anti-inflammatory), cinnamon, vanilla, cilantro, mint, basil, oregano, sage, coriander, pepper
- Kombucha (fermented green tea drink) or fermented foods such as sauerkraut
- Coconut Oil - Go for Use Organic brands. I actually opt for taking MCT oil which is 10x more beneficial than coconut oil.
- Grass-fed Butter - Look for the brand Kerrygold. Grass-fed butter is essential versus regular butter even if it's organic.
What shouldn't be in your diet:
- Splenda, added sugar (organic sugar is still sugar) or other artificial sweeteners.
- Instead, Use Stevia to sweeten your drinks, foods and for baking.
- Lean Cuisine or other weird microwavable meals that have an ingredient list as long as the Great Wall of China (5,500 miles)
- Pasta and wheat (yes even whole grain wheat). Read why grains are bad for you. Rice pasta is OK for some people. You want to avoid wheat and gluten-containing pastas though (Rice-a-Roni? Throw it away)
- Note: Consuming potatoes and white rice are fine for most people. You have to test how you feel while eating them.
- Sodas (including diet soda, zero calorie versions or almost anything that goes "ssssssssss" as you open it)
- Sugary drinks including gatorade, powerade or other "health drinks"
If you are at least in check, high five to you, whoo! Glad I don't have to worry about you keeping Hostess in business. (I actually wrote this before Hostess closed their company). What a good sign, maybe more people are making healthier choices than I thought)
If you are not in check, you can start learning some simple tips.
If you are beyond in check, well you rock! Let's move onto getting results in the gym
The first new steps or changes are usually the hardest; You can do it.
Something as simple as drinking exclusively water will make you understand the amazing power of habit and the snowball effect.