We’ve all heard the saying and laughed it off… you are what you eat.
Have you ever thought about what you’ve eaten and how it affected your day? Like I’ve said before, I am a food addict and believe in cheat meals (not days but that’s another topic). I challenge you to do a study of yourself. Journal what you eat/drink for week and note how you preformed after each meal. When I did this I saw how certain food affected me.
Here is an example of what I ate yesterday:
Woke up and 7:30
Breakfast: 10:00 am Spinach and blueberry smoothie, egg white sandwich on a whole wheat english muffin.
Results: Clearly I enjoy a large breakfast! However, this fueled me up for the morning. I am not a morning person until I’ve had my coffee but the smoothie gears me up until I am able to grab coffee at work. I felt refreshed and ready for my day.
Coffee: 10:30: used about 1/2 cup of almond milk … Obviously in a great mood and ready to talk to others 🙂
Snack: 3:30: Berry, kiwi, melon salad
Result: Still feeling great, hungry, but still going.
Dinner: 5:00: 2 pieces of turkey bacon, 1 egg and a crescent
Dessert: piece of dark chocolate
Result: Starving! I made a mistake by have a crescent and felt too guilty to eat a health carb option to fill up
Post workout snack: 8:00: half a cucumber. an apple and peanut butter.
Result: Finally feeling better after the poor dinner choices. However, my workout suffered majorly due to not eating enough for dinner. I felt tired and weak throughout my workout.
I included the time I ate each meal in my journal because I believe it is an important piece of information. I grabbed a crescent because I skipped lunch and was starving! In the end it hurt me because I couldn’t eat more healthy carbs. I did not have enough energy to give my all in my workout. Think of your body like a car. You’re going to provide you car with routine maintenance checks, oil changes and fuel up when needed. If these things aren’t done, eventually you will experience mechanical issues. Your body works the same way! Take care of your body. Listen to what it needs and fuel up properly!!! You wouldn’t put the cheap gas in an Audi R8 (or whatever your dream car may be)! Dont fuel your body with junk or it will treat you like junk!