Although I have committed myself to living a healthy lifestyle, the decision to cut down on fat-laden food can be challenging at times. It becomes doubly hard to do the grocery shopping since the options seem to be limited. However, eating right supports my fitness goals while improving my energy levels easily and quickly.
Eating healthy has also made me feel younger. By taking advantage of the benefits of healthy foods, I can do more and hopefully, live longer.
I drink filtered water-lots of it. Helping remove toxins or metabolic wastes from the body, water provides me with more energy that I need for my everyday activities. As much as possible, I make it a point to drink from two to three liters of pure, clean water every day. This helps me regain lost moisture and electrolytes when I perspire especially during workouts.
Sugar is something I avoid. Sugar makes people fat and can also cause sickness. When stevia became commercially available, I became an instant fan. Stevia is a natural herb with a distinctive sweetness that comes from the goodness of nature. It keeps my blood sugar levels stable while helping me with my objective to maintain an ideal body weight.
I eat every 2 ½ to 3 hours, as it revs up my metabolism to allow me to lose fat quicker. Eating every few hours also keeps my mind sharp while providing me with the constant energy I can use throughout the day. I only eat till I am satisfied and not overfull so I can be hungry again for my next small meal.
I make sure I get my eight essential amino acids. I make sure I have protein at every meal. I try to have a serving of raw food everyday. By ‘raw food’, I mean live food that gives me energy. I go for organic when I can, even though it’s on the costly side. Organic food always has that incredible taste, and it helps me keep away herbicides and pesticides.
I have found beet juice to be great at boosting energy compared to caffeine. This means I can cycle longer. To truly bolster my exercise performance, I invested in a juicer to use for fresh beets, which are never out of season. Known to boost endurance, speed, and power in athletes, honey provides me with timed-release fuel to maintain steady blood sugar and insulin levels for a longer period. Honey is also a natural sweetener.
Because of their ability to reduce inflammation, blueberries also deliver a boost in natural killer cells that play an essential role in our immunity. If fresh blueberries are unavailable, I just stash freeze-dried or dried ones in my gym bag to have a quick snack when needed.
I also love tart cherries, which help me regain strength and fight pain ( especially in juices). Salmon is also a favorite, thanks to how it fights heart disease and helps me stave off type 2 diabetes. Watermelon is useful for reducing muscle soreness, and I love how it refreshes me naturally, while pomegranate juice helps improve muscle recovery.
When you think about it, the options to healthy eating are not at all limited. One simply has to know where to look and what to avoid to support a healthy lifestyle.