“You never know how good you can feel until you try something different.”
This has become a bit of a mantra in our daily lives and the most relevant when it comes to what we eat each day. Five and a half years ago we didn’t give much thought to our diet, we ate what tasted good, what we craved and pretty much whatever we wanted to. Our life at that time was sedentary and this lifestyle suited out needs.
Fast forward to now, when we demand a lot out of bodies each day and need to be able to perform at a higher physical level and there has been a lot more focus on what we put into our bodies. Performing at a high level and expecting your body to perform at all times require attention to specifics.
When you eat one way and you only know what it feels like to live that way, you have no idea that you could feel better. You have no gauge or way to compare how different you could feel. It’s only when you decide to change things up that you can determine if something works. It is a process, each person is unique and each body has different demands. The important thing is to find what works for you.
Here are a few things that we do to keep energized and to help us recover quicker so that we can get back out there doing what we love each day.
It doesn’t matter if you are a carnivore, omnivore, vegetarian, vegan – we all know we need protein to help build and repair tissue but most of us are not getting enough. This is especially true if you are an active person. Increasing our protein intake has had a huge impact on our overall energy levels and our ability to recover from large efforts. We personally choose to eat meat and find that high quality lean cuts of meat, mostly poultry, fish and eggs have been the best options for us.
Increase fresh foods
It can seem like common sense, but until we decided to actually track how many fresh vegetables and fruits we were eating, we didn’t realize that we weren’t eating nearly enough. We eat as many green leafy vegetables as possible, spinach is a personal favourite, and try to eat as much variety as we can.
Eliminate processed foods & sugar
This is probably the most important one. Processed foods are full of sugar, salt and ingredients that I often can’t even pronounce. Eat food that comes straight from the earth and you can be sure that it’s the right stuff. Sugar is essentially a toxin so trying to eliminate processed forms of it and replacing it with natural forms of sugar like fresh fruit.
Drink plenty of fresh water
Trying to drink at least 2-3 liters of water, even on a low activity day helps to keep our bodies hydrated and flushes it free of toxins. Other than our morning cup of coffee and the occasional cup of tea we only drink fresh water. Often adding a slice of lemon jazzes it up and makes it more enjoyable!
Eat good fats
Our society is obsessed with avoiding fat but fat is a needed to fuel our brain and actually helps to boost our immune system, amongst other benefits. Eating things like coconut milk and oil, nut butters, grass fed butter, avocado’s and even the odd slice of bacon does wonders for our mental and physical health.
If we spend as much time as possible moving our bodies it only makes sense to think about what we put in them to fuel them properly. Diet is not just about getting the most out of your body now, but knowing that you are setting yourself up for a life of energy even as you get older.