What’s your fuel?
Ok. ‘Fess, up what’s in your cupboard and fridge right now? What have you been putting in your face recently?
Fair play it’s been Easter and it might be a little unfair of me to put you on the spot but as a general rule how well do you eat? In other words, what’s your fuel?
Now, it’s not my style to get all preachy about the do’s and don’t’s of food because I’m not perfect and I like the odd cookie and glass of wine myself. (shoot me)
And don’t worry I’m not gonna ride your butt like Zorro in this post and make you feel bad about yourself – heck, we’re in this together.
But in honour of World Health Day (April 7th) I thought I’d share my thoughts on this.
I’ve also included a link to my delicious and gloriously green salad recipe at the bottom which will get your body rocking and shaking with disco fever delight.
“That’s the way, a-ha a-ha, I like it a-ha a-ha…” (Love it!) Ok, back to the post…
The truth is, if you’re passionate and committed to living a life of abundance, joy, meaning and fulfilment – you know all the things I rave on about here on PGL – then it will be an uphill struggle to achieve all of those wonderful things if you’re not conscious and aware of the fuel that you put in your engine.
Here’s the thing, a jockey wouldn’t feed his thoroughbred burgers and chips because he knows better than that.
And you can bet your bottom dollar that the mechanical whiz kids over at Ferrari aren’t filling their world class race cars with the wrong kinda fuel – that would be insane.
Yet so many of us are filling our own engines with dangerous, toxic and hazardous fuel.
Hey, its cool to have fun and enjoy the food you eat. If eating something sweet, having a glass of wine or getting your chops round a fillet of beef floats your boat then I’m to gonna stand in your way.
I’m not here to tell you to stop – that’s not my place – furthermore I enjoy tasty treats too.
As the French say, Tout dans la modération, même avec modération (Everything in moderation, including moderation.)
All I’m suggesting is we start to view our bodies as championship racehorses and Formula1 race cars because we are valuable commodities worth treasuring.
So, let’s appreciate, respect and honour the vessels we were given.
Show your body love by feeding it with as much nutrient rich food as you can.
Your body will love you all the more for it. And when you love it in this way it will do it’s part in making sure you operate in a peak state as much as possible.
At the end of the day your body wants to support you fully so that you wake up every morning feeling unstoppable, unbeatable and formidable.
I’m not really sharing anything here that you don’t already know to be true but I know it can be difficult to make the right food choices.
So, to help you get started here are a couple of suggestions:
1. Pace yourself
If you’re a little uncertain about changing the food you eat then I reckon small and gradual steps is the way to go.
Slowly phase out the ‘less ideal’ option as you slowly add in the good stuff. For example, where you would normally use white potatoes swap it for sweet potatoes instead.
Before you know it you’ll notice how awesome you feel eating the good stuff that you won’t crave the bad shizzle anymore, well, at least not as much.
2. Jump right in
The second option is for those of you who prefer to jump in at the deep end and go for it.
For those of you wanting to get militant on this I suggest you grab the Bull of Health by the horns and take control.
Go to your store cupboard or pantry and chuck out everything that contains ingredients that you cannot pronounce or don’t know. Go do it now. No excuses and no justifications. If you know it’s not good for you or your family, Bin It.
If a guy in a white coat has fiddled with it then chuck it out however if it’s what mother nature created then chomp on it proudly.
Last month Drew and I set ourselves the challenge to only eat and drink food that contained ingredients that we could pronounce.
It’s alarming the amount of ‘added this’ and ‘added that’ we found in the food in our cupboards – some of which claimed to be healthy!
It was a month of going back to basics and we felt all the better for it.
I challenge you to give it a try. And in honour of World Health Day, this week is as good a time as ever to start.
You don’t have to do it for a whole month but try it for at least a week and see how you feel.
Why not share your experiences with me in the comments below.
And to help you get started check out my super green salad – it’s like spring in a bowl.
To your health and awesomeness,
Keeping it real: I’m not a doctor. Please seek professional advise if you’re considering changing your diet.