YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: EAT BAD, FEEL BAD
THE POWER OF PERFORMANCE ENHANCING FOODS
Choose PEF’s not PRF’s (Performance Reducing Foods)
This age old saying was coined for a reason. You are made from what you eat: all the nutrients in our food become our blood, skin, and cells. Your mood is also directly related to what you are (or are not) eating. We have all had the sugar crash and eaten junk food and felt like crap, and if you are doing this regularly then it can cause all sorts of problems with your health and wellbeing.
Do you have a rash, upset stomach, headaches, gout, or a similar condition? All these health issues are directly related to what you are eating or not eating. Simply, eating well is all about the type and quality of food you eat.
"If you fuel your car with bad fuel, it would run poorly and not perform and you wouldn't fill you car with sh*t fuel"...
So if you feed your body bad food, you will not function properly or perform as well. I talk a lot about the types of food that you should consume, not only to fuel your body but, more importantly, to feed your brain. Eating to fuel your brain, will help you perform better on a daily basis. So having “informed” food knowledge is all about enabling you to make smarter food choices each day especially when we are at work.
Just like an athlete fuels their body for performance, as a corporate athlete, you need to fuel your body, but more importantly fuel your brain for the best performance
Let’s take a quick look at underperformance food..“processed food" like white bread, cereal, doughnuts (yep one of my favourites) packaged food, and deep fried food all contain refined carbohydrates, meaning the products are heavily processed, contain additives and preservatives, lots of sugar or artificial sweeteners and bad fats and oils. Having the knowledge and willpower to make a decision to replace these types of food with real foods free from preservatives, additives, and limited to no processing will begin giving you the edge you need. This means eating more good quality fats and whole foods (fruits and vegetables)...
I'm all about the FAT and I want to let you in on a little secret...ALL FATS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL...
Fats are crucial to a healthy diet as they help form our body’s cells, help brain development, lower cholesterol, decrease the risk of heart disease, and lower blood sugar levels. Plus, fat contains essential fatty acids, meaning they are essential to your diet.
Fun Fact.. our brains are about 60% FAT!!
As our bodies can’t produce these fatty acids, we need to get them from the food we eat, so while you may read and hear about low-fat diets, they may help you lose weight in the short-term, but they are not sustainable in the long run... If you want to read a really cool article to know more click here..
FUN FAT FACTS
EGGS: The quality of eggs is very important. All eggs are not the same—have you ever noticed when you cut open a poached egg that the yolk is bright orange? Or that the yolk is more yellow? There is a reason for this. Pastured eggs, where the hens are allowed to roam the “pastures” and eat seeds, grass, and plants, are healthier and happier. Therefore the eggs are richer in nutrients, hence the more orange the yolk. Caged hens are fed grains, hormones, antibiotics, and never get to see the outside, or if they do, it is only for a short period, and they don’t eat grass, seeds or plants. These hens are usually unhealthy and not happy. Therefore their eggs have fewer nutrients, and the yolks are always lighter in colour. Eggs are loaded with protein, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that helps create serotonin which is known as the happiness molecule. Eggs also contain choline and selenium, which aids memory and learning, and egg yolks are full of vitamin K2, so the darker (more orange) the egg yolk, the better the quality.
AVOCADO: is one of the best—if not the best—ingredients for just about any and every healthy meal, including a breakfast smoothie. Loaded with good (monounsaturated) fats, this rich and creamy fruit/vegetable is very good for your heart, contains more potassium than bananas and is high in folate which improves your mood. The fats in avocado support the production of choline and tyrosine, which are the brain chemicals for memory, learning, motivation, and focus. Eating avocados should make you feel less fatigued, have more energy throughout the day, help improve eyesight, help weight-loss (as they are high in fibre which helps digestion) but importantly they contain oleic acid, a fat that tells your brain that you are full while helping stabilise blood sugar and lowering cholesterol levels.
DOWNLOAD A COOL LITTLE TABLE, ALSO FOUND ON PAGE 18 OF MY BOOK TO HELP YOU OUT WITH GOOD V'S BAD FATS BELOW...