Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Dynamic, Delightful, Destructable
Having a good day can be a resultant of many factors. One of those factors is nutrition and diet. Now I'm not saying everyone should lay off the cheeseburgers and sodas, but am stating that it does make a difference in what is put into the body. High sugar and heavy meals can result in definite mood changes, loss of focus, and overall just not feeling too good. Let's not stop there! Another consideration to think about is when to eat. Eating every hour can increase calorie intake substantially, and jeopardize the moment that you're in. I was actually going to wait on this topic, but thought I'd put it in after yesterday's post on awareness.
When I wake up, I plan to eat in the time periods between from when I woke up, to approximately an hour. If I don't eat in that given time frame, it can effect how much energy I have throughout the day. Furthermore, after eating, I time about 2~3 hours before I eat again, whether it's a snack, or an actual lunch. While it may seem excessive, eating properly most definitely effects my performance; a reason that I must keep a great diet intact.
If you examine some of the most efficient athletes, they have nutrition consultants and specific chefs to cook them the proper meals for maximum performance. One of the athletes (and now very widely known) is Georges St. Rush Pierre (GSP). One of GSP's core outlooks on his training is diet. Without a proper diet, it could mean the loss of a fight, or in a different perspective, the loss of an opportunity in business, relationships, and focus through school.
Now the question is, "Well what can I eat?" There are fruits, vegetables, and all kinds of varieties of foods to eat healthy rather than fast-food joints, chips, cheeses, soda, and other non-assisting foods. It sounds a little cliche, but eating properly will help in a lot of ways, and energize your body much more-so. If there is any need in what exactly is needed to eat, there are an incredible amount of resources out there on what is good, and what is bad for you. I typically drink only water, or some fruit juices, and eat carefully.
There are times when you can eat badly! Some suggest not to do it all, but some people have to live at some point right? If you're not training for a fight or a specific sporting event, every week or every two weeks of having something bad isn't all that bad. You may feel a reason why you don't eat that stuff anymore after indulging into it, but keeping a balance in that department isn't a bad idea.
Again, I'm not enforcing people to just change their dietary methods or telling you to "EAT THIS WAY ONLY!", but rather to be more aware of what eating really can do for you. This does take a lot of discipline to do, but it is a worthwhile investment to anyone's lifestyle. A good diet can help lead to a good life -- something my coach told me once. So far I would have to say it's true, I'm a much happier person when I eat properly. Not only does it lead to a happier lifestyle, but it is a core ingredient to becoming a Martial Artist. I hope this is something to learn from for everybody!