Eat to Live (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

A few months ago when I asked my Facebook fans for article ideas; I was overwhelmed with the requests for nutrition and fitness tips.  If you are anything like me, I like to formulate a plan before I go into something.   I want to get the full benefit from my training.  I think it is very important that everyone in a family buys into the system as a team.  That being said, I have two little boys: six and eight, and a baby girl.  I don’t think it would be fair to expect the same from them as I do myself.  What I try to do with them, as in other areas of their lives, is to encourage them to make wise choices.  Just as they are learning to read and write in school, they also need to learn to live healthy lifestyles.

So many people ask me what foods I eat to stay healthy.  I try to keep it as simple as possible.

  1. No White Starches
  2. No Sugar
  3. No Fried Foods
  4. No Dairy

Now that being said, when I am on the road and traveling all over United States and Canada, I have found that there are 3 keys to this…

1)     Being prepared.

We always try to have food packed and even prepared ahead of time, so we are never stuck without options.

2)     Make the best choice available.

Oftentimes, when I fly somewhere, I pack some food and protein.  But you can always find something to eat, even at McDonald’s.  If all else fails, go bunless.  You may just have to pay a little more to fill up.

3)     Never let yourself get too hungry.

It is better to eat something that is not the best choice than to not eat at all.  I have learned this the hard way.  You must have fuel to compete and be at the top of your game.  I try to eat anywhere from four to six meals a day.  You can ruin your metabolism by skipping meals.  Most people choose to skip meals when they are trying to lose weight.  Your body is forced to eat up muscle first and store fat in a survival instinct, defeating the purpose.

Have you noticed that I have not used the word “diet” at all in this entry?   That is because the first three letters in the word “diet” spell “die.”   That is exactly opposite what we are trying to do and that is to live to our full potential.  We must eat to live, not live to eat.