If there is a “secret” with respects to general dietary habits it is to not consider it restrictive but in-fact an opportunity to enjoy a better quality life. This might be the most challenging riddle of all dietary matters as most consider a proper approach requires intensive macronutrient calculations, specialised pre-packaged meals and the like, which of-course is far from the truth.
A proper diet sees the returns the quality of life that was once so common and now seems like a satirical moment of nostalgia. The “convenience” of modern living has ushered in generations that know little of the backyard garden or fresh baked bread from your own oven, welcome’s the nonsense of drive-through windows, take-away and within the madness, watched the quality of life deteriorate
There is no convenience with obesity.
There is no “better quality of life” when you rushing through your day to the point you cannot sit at a family dinner table, need I say the blessing of the family dinner table, to enjoy a meal with those that matter the most.
This is where the health and fitness sector has hidden the truth from the public as beyond all the clever phrases for “diet secrets” used to garner the all-mighty sale, we as a society had a “better quality life” and through it away for “convenience”.
The truth is simple as a proper dietary plan returns us to a better time, a time of “simplicity”, of backyard gardens, of home cooked meals and taking time from your diet to relax. There is “restrictions” to your diet, within reason, when all your ingredients are healthy and wholesome and merely a series of “simple” guidelines to keep in mind.
From the selection of food, whether in your backyard garden or the nearby store, allow your day to slow down and enjoy the process of preparing the next meal. There is no need to pre-packaged seasonings, stay natural with your selection and add a selection of spices to your kitchen, use healthy marinades that are based with olive oil and preferably use herbs grown in your backyard garden or possibly a window sill.
Once your balanced meal is prepared, make sure all televisions and mobile phones are turned off as there is no game to be watched or one text message needed to be returned that is more important than your family and for that matter your health. Serve your meal on a proper sized china plate, as opposed to the oversized version that crept into our lives some twenty years ago. Do not heap food to be “full” but instead satisfy the old adage of “leaving a little on the plate” and therefore show moderation. Ensure each meal is served with a large glass of water, breakfast with green tea, and chew your food properly, not “shovelling” or “devouring” but taking the time to enjoy.
“Simplicity” is more that just choices of food but how you consider what is served on your plate, how you approach the meal and for that matter enjoy with family and friends.
That might seem like anecdotal commentary but as you dig deeper, each of these play an enormous role in helping you lose weight and live a healthier, more fulfilling life.
With simplicity comes fulfilment.
General “rules” of a diet of “simplicity”
- Enjoy your meal, as well as preparing, with family or friends as a moment of fellowship. This will have an enormous impact upon reducing stress and production of the hormone cortisol.
- Turn the phone and television off when you dine and enjoy the blessing of sharing the moment with others.
- Gluttony and sloth like tendencies are not admirable quality. This means do not pile food on top of each of other and equally use traditional size plates as opposed to the enlarged format of recent decades that has played a role in the obesity epidemic.
- Push away from the table and remember the notion of “leaving a bit on the plate”, which effectively means show moderation and respect for yourself.
- Eat healthy balanced meals with finely marbled meat, fresh vegetables, fruit sources (in essence all items of plant origin which naturally includes beans and whole grains). Proportions should be roughly the size of your palm and make use of natural marinades (i.e. olive oil).
- Prepare foods through broiling, poaching or steaming where possible and avoid the endless grilling and use of a microwave.
- Consume ten to fifteen vegetables each day as a minimum with emphasis upon cruciferous vegetables. With only 25% of the population eating enough vegetables this might be one of the most important considerations with our diet.
- Emphasise the quality of the meat, fish and produce sources. While more expensive than the cheaper alternatives, where possible make use of ethical and hormone / pesticide free ranchers / farms as well as local farms.
- Drink more water and eliminate sugar laced soft drinks completely. Never consume man-made items and yes that means no boxed items or soft drinks.
- The best snack food is straight from the earth. Eliminate packaged “snack” and instead choose fruit, nuts and olives.
- Start each day with this centuries old tonic. A simple blend of a few tablespoons of non pasteurised honey from local sources, one to two lemons squeezed in a glass of hot water every morning.
- Eliminate fast-food as it creates lifelong debilitating illnesses that may kill them before their time is due and is an insult to the blessing of the family dinner table.
John’s present supplement stack starts daily with the “athlete’s advantage”, Modern, Super Cissus, PowerFull and Prime, along with additional use of Recreate, Yok3d, Anabolic Pump and Pink Magic depending upon his training cycle
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