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Enjoy – Day 16 – How important is food in relation to exercise?

“You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.”  – Mark Hyman

This is a super important principle I believe.

But there is a good reason why I recommend starting with the habit of “Move Your Body” and not the habit of “eat healthy”.

Because even though it is VERY true that ‘you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet’ and somehow miraculously be super healthy…

…the simple act of moving your body HIGHLY contributes to your ability to eat healthy.

Here are a few more reasons why I focus on MOVING first:

It’s easier

It requires less thought & preparation

It is naturally meditative

Moving your body naturally lifts the mood

It produces endorphins that make you feel good

Feeling better makes you naturally want to treat yourself more lovingly, which encourages eating more healthy food.

Moving your body is like a jump-start to your life.

Eating healthy in our day and age can be a DAUNTING challenge for many, you need all the endorphins and positive energy you can get to even approach it.

BUT…now that we are moving regularly, how can we SUSTAIN that and ENHANCE our joy??

HEALTHY FOOD

There’s a huge myth that I believed unwittingly for a LONG time which is this:

“I can eat whatever I want because I workout so much! Awesome!  Bring on the burgers, shakes, and donuts!”

And I’m not the only one subject to believing that myth…it’s SUPER common.

There’s this societal tendency to believe that it’s all about just burning calories.

Nothing could be farther from the truth however.

All calories are NOT created equal.

In my case for example, I had NO IDEA that my immune system was producing ‘anti-bodies’ to sugar, dairy and wheat in mass abundance.

Hmmm…those happen to be the three MAIN ingredients in my favorite food (back then)…DONUTS.

I really thought I was ‘off the hook’ and I could eat as many donuts as I wanted because I was running 10 miles a day on average.

What I didn’t realize was that those foods were initiating a silent battle inside my body and contributing (not the only cause) to an auto-immune disease that nearly killed me.

“While weight loss is important, what’s more important is the quality of food you put in your body – food is information that quickly changes your metabolism and genes.”  – Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman is the founder of the Institute for Functional Medicine, which is the most holistic approach to health I’m personally aware of at this time:  www.functionalmedicine.org

I recommend finding advisors and health practitioners who practice functional medicine, this has made a huge impact in my life and my health.

So…now that we’re MOVING regularly and feeling better…let’s use that momentum and positive energy to nourish our body lovingly through healthy food.

This is a massive topic, which we won’t go into huge depth on here, but be aware of what you’re putting into your sacred living space.

Are you contaminating your body, or feeding it pure, wholesome nutrients?

Wholesome food will contribute HUGE enjoyment to your life today and will also benefit your long-term health.

The general ‘best practice principles’ I follow based on my experience and what I’ve learned are this:

Eat mostly whole, organic, high quality vegetables, meats, low glycemic fruits, and healthy fats.  Avoid most refined foods and keep your blood sugar stabilized eating lower glycemic vegetables and fruits, fats and proteins.

“In the 21st century our tastes buds, our brain chemistry, our biochemistry, our hormones and our kitchens have been hijacked by the food industry.”  – Mark Hyman

Sugar and refined food are rampant in our food supply these days.

They are highly addictive and challenging to avoid (ask me how I know).

So how important is food in relation to exercise?

Probably equally important, because poor food quality can wreak havoc on your energy, mental state, and overall health.

But be kind to yourself.

Do your best.

Then practice forgiveness daily….food is an area we can be super hard on ourselves sometimes.

The best way to succeed there is by living in a state of love.

Moving your body daily helps get you in the a state of love, which contributes to eating better.

Eating better contributes to staying in a state of love.

It’s a virtuous cycle, as opposed to the ‘vicious cycle’ of no movement and poor food choices that often go hand in hand.

So keep moving!

The habit of moving will keep feeding you confidence and positivity as you progress your health in every other area.

Make Today Amazing!

Some links for reference:

Functional Medicine:

https://www.functionalmedicine.org/

Some Paleo living resources

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/

http://robbwolf.com/

Any internet search on paleo and will give you tons of resources on eating healthy, anti-inflammatory food.

My Favorite cookbooks:

Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness