Do you feel like you’ve just run a marathon every time you finish your breakfast, lunch or dinner? Does eating make you want to rest even more? Do you want to eat healthy, but are still waiting for that day you clean the pantry of all those chocolate bars, tasty biscuits and snacks?
I remember back when I was attending primary school, Healthy Harold from Life Education Australia visited us. He had a high-tech caravan filled with all sorts of gadgets to teach children about healthy eating. I remember how he showed me to brush my teeth, eat healthy and wholesome foods, and stay fit (how much of that I implemented is perhaps the subject for another time).
Combined with weekly soccer matches on Saturday, and training once or twice a week, I vividly recall the physical energy I had at that age. Track and field events were some of my most popular physical activities, and no doubt that the success of the body is closely linked with the mind’s success.
Over the years I have eaten many different types of foods. I didn’t fully realise the effect food had on the function of my body until just over a year ago. I tried a new style of eating. I fanatically changed the types of food I had been shoving into my mouth over the last couple of decades.
These are some of the drastic changes I noticed:
- I felt more energetic
- I felt less sleepy
- I was happier
- I felt more empowered in my life and the choices I could make
- I lost a lot of weight – in fact I was 20% lighter on planet earth
As I changed my eating habits, I slowly reintroduced fitness training into my program. I was able to choose the foods I consume wherever I went. And I didn’t need to go to the gym whenever I needed to workout. My body was my own personal gym.
If I could single out one type of food that when eliminated, brought me the benefits above, I would say: sugar!
I was able to lose 17 kgs in 17 weeks, AND keep it off!
Cutting out sugar from my diet allowed my body to discover other sources of energy that it wasn’t getting enough of. I balanced my intake of fats, alongside protein, and tried to source my carbohydrate energy from lots of green vegetables. Particularly the leafy ones.
I can honestly say I haven’t felt like this since I was playing sport regularly back when I was at school. And I am eager to share with you some wonderful foods and diet choices that I have tried during this rediscovery process.
I’ll also tell you about some of the simple exercises you can also do, using your own body as your own personal gym.
That will be the subject of another post. I hope you are still in for the journey.
Question: Have you forgotten what it means to feel fit, strong and energetic? What have you tried to do about it? Leave your comments here.