Eating is a very important part of life. Being an athlete, who trains 6 days a week what i eat is extremely important. What is interesting is how little we are taught about how important the food we eat is. I know as children we get taught about the food pyramid and what we should and shouldn’t eat, but i dont think we are educated correctly about exactly how food works in our bodies.
Its really only been the last 3 years I have cleaned up my diet. When we are younger we can get away with eating and drinking what we like with not so much side effects. I am not sure if this is just because the body is newer or because we are not so in tune – maybe it is a combination of both. However, as we age … and personally for myself, I still wanted to have energy and performance, so I started looking to what I could change. Kinesiology has also been an interesting tool in learning what does and doesn’t work for my body.
I have battled with sugar for most of my life, and finally got a handle on it after reading the book Sweet Poison by David Gillespie. It was amazing reading the findings and it made sense at how our society was ballooning in weight. This was a catalyst for me kicking the sugar habit. It was probably a similar time or even before that I went Gluten free. This was a great change to my digestion, and I realised that it was a beneficial thing for my body.
Another ongoing issue I had had throughout my life was sinus infections. I hit a point where I got sick and just could not shake this infection, i ended up having 3 re-occurrances within a 3 month period. I elliminated diary and they went away ….
I was visitng a friend in New Zealand and she was telling me how she was trying the Paleo diet, I read the book she had, and figured it wouldn’t be too hard for me to try seen as I already had ellimated dairy and sugar (mostly) I found eating this way I definitely had more energy, and generally felt alot better. It was shortly after this that I started Crossfit. It was ironic that i learnt Crossfit endorced the Paleo diet, as I was already eating this way 80% of the time. I think now people think i am Paleo because of Crossfit, however that is not the case.
I know for me, food is fuel. It is what gives me energy to do what i do … and for those people trying to loose weight it is 80% of the weightloss process. For me personally kicking the sugar was probably one of the biggest steps. Sugar can be such a big problem … and I am happy to be free of that.
People ask me about my eating … here are a couple of my tips.
1. Be Organised – if you know what you are going to eat then you don’t fall off the wagon so easily
2. Make food yourself – then you know what is in it – and it saves you alot of money
3. Make sure food is a fresh and in its natural state as possible … ie stay away from the snack food isle in the supermarket
4. Cook extra at dinner, this gives you lunch the next day
I have just made a Lime Cordial, that i will mix with soda water (or you could add vodka etc if you wanted)
we have a Lime Tree, and this morning I made my Lime Cordial
1 3/4 xylitol
7-8 limes juiced (300ml)
put into a saucepan on med heat and bring to a slow boil until xylitol disolved. Pour into squeeky clean bottle and store in the fridge.