- Tip #1-Purge
Purge your home of junk food! What is Junk Food? Junk Food is food that doesn’t contain any nutritional benefits for your body. Candy, cookies, white bread, potato chips, pretzels, and on and on. We all know what junk food is.
Purging your junk food doesn’t mean to eat it! See, I caught you before you did it, didn’t I?
In the past I have found it easier to explain junk food to athletes, because as an athlete you want to make sure you are getting your essential macro/micro nutrients every day so you can recover well and get back out and perform the next day. Athletes can’t afford to eat junk food for the most part. If I’m attempting to get in 220 grams of protein every day I won’t have a lot of room for a sleeve of cookies. (Sometimes I do surprise my self though!)
But, more recently, I have started thinking of everyone that comes in to the gym as an athlete. If you’re going to the gym 3 to 5 times a week and working out like you’re there to accomplish something and not just checking out your Instagram feed, then you’re an athlete in my opinion. So, you should be eating like an athlete too and junk food should be taking a backseat in your diet.
You can’t outwork a bad diet! Remember that!
- Tip #2- Don’t buy crap!
Shop with a purpose. Don’t bring crap back home from the store. Organic cookies aren’t better for you. Organic sugar will give you ass jiggle just like non-organic sugar. Organic chips are just chips! Bring real food home.
What is real food? Real food is simple and from the Earth. Real food has as few ingredients as possible. The meats shouldn’t be the pre-seasoned, pre-marinated meats. The meat should be just that, meat! If you want marinated meat, then marinate it yourself. You should be able to look at your plate and recognize each and every piece of food that is on your plate. For example, you should look at your plate and see, Chicken breast, a vegetable, and maybe a grain. Simple, simple, simple.
Examples are real food:
- Chicken Breast
- Seeds and nuts
- Tip #3: Learn how to shop
I tend to shop at grocery stores like Fresh Thyme and Trader Joes. I like these stores because they contain less bad options. Now don’t take that the wrong way. They still have bad options at Fresh Thyme and Trader Joes, they just have less to choose from. Also, stores like Fresh Thyme and Trader Joes pretty much just sell food. You’re not going there to pick up your new 50-inch TV and dinner. You’re going there to buy your food and that’s what your mind should be concentrating on.
I also try to stay one the outskirts of the store and I try not to shop on the inner isles. If I go into the inner isles I have a mission. Coffee is usually kept on the inner isles and who can go without coffee? This rule doesn’t apply as much with stores like Trader Joes and Fresh Thyme. But with stores like Kroger, Walmart and Meijer it does. Think about what’s on the inner isles of a grocery store. Boxed foods like Hamburger Helper, chips, cookies, canned vegetables and other highly processed foods. Now think about what’s on the outskirts of the store. Produce, meats, dairy, frozen vegetables and other less processed foods.
That’s all for now!