Food can be your best friend or your greatest enemy – Understanding the types of nutrients your body actually needs will ensure you agree with the former rather the latter.
The abundance of information currently available about diets can make it difficult to see the wood from the trees. But dieting shouldn’t be complicated, by making better choices you can dramatically improve the way you think and feel.
‘Diet is the foundation of behind not only your weight, but also your IQ, stress levels, risk of disease, physical performance, aging, and even will power’ – Dave Asprey, Bullet Proof Diet
Follow these simple dieting rules to maximize energy levels so you can perform at your best and own your day:
Eat more fat
Going against contrary belief, fat is one the best things you can give your body and brain, provided it is the right type of fat. Dietary fat contains the highest amount of energy per gram over any other nutrient – it should be your PRIMARY energy source.
Most low fat foods contain high amounts of sugar, and carbs that spike your insulin levels resulting in energy crashes and more food cravings.
Healthy fats are the building blocks for healthy cell walls, consistent hormone levels, and absorption of vitamins A,E,D, and K. Get your healthy fats from:
- Grass fed animal fat
- Grass fed butter
- Coconut oil
- MCT oil
- Fish/Krill oil
- Cacao butter (dark chocolate)
Dave Asprey provides detailed evidence on the importance of healthy fats in his book ‘The Bullet Proof Diet’ that I highly encourage you to read.
Eat live foods
When you eat live foods your ingesting nutrients that have interacted directly with the sun, air, soil and water. Live foods consist of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains. These foods are easier for your body to digest and will not require much energy expenditure to extract the nutrients.
However, you should moderate your consumption of fruit and grain – although these foods are marketed as healthy options, they can actually do the opposite when consumed in excess. Fruits for instance, are primarily made of sugar and water with a bit of fibre – the fructose can get converted to fat (the bad fat) if you consume too much of it.
Vegetables on the other hand, can be consumed in large quantities preferably 6-12 servings a day. Ensure maximum consumption of green leafy vegetables such as: Kale, spinach, Bok choy, broccoli, celery, and lettuce.
Eat grass fed meat
Meat provides your body with essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals that promote healthy muscles – High quality protein is essential.
Regular meat is often pumped full of chemicals, hormones, and is un-naturally fattened. When you eat grass fed meats – particularly beef and lamb – you get higher levels of healthy omega 3 fats, antioxidants, and more vitamins.
Dave Asprey, has conducted profound research that shows that eating grass fed meat can actually boost brain function through the broad spectrum of healthy fats and nutrients that stimulate brain growth. You can view the research here.
Don’t substitute money for a healthy body and brain. Although grass-fed meat is more expensive, optimal health is something you can’t put a price on.
If you are looking to upgrade your life, make diet your first point of focus.
A healthy body is a healthy mind – the only way to get a healthy body is by feeding it with the nutrients it needs to thrive and optimise.
Don’t sell yourself short.