Despite technological improvements that have provided the modern world countless conveniences, many of said ‘advances’ play a role in poor quality health and lowered standards of fitness and strength.
In fact much of ‘convenient living’ is not very convenient, of which there is no greater example than within dietary choices.
Within the selection of five simple ways to ‘conveniently’ improve your nutrition there are a series of common grounds:
- Labels that require notes from third year Chemistry are a flare for problem lay ahead
- Despite the moss green packaging and the use of ‘healthy’ in the product name it is neither healthy or nutrient dense
- The food industry does not always have the public's best interests in mind.
- A television commercial is not an educational tool
- It really isn’t ‘vegan’ if the, fill in the blank food, comes from a box and constructed of foods that (a) require said Chemistry class and (b) were ‘grown’ from scientific discovery in a Petri dish
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Five ways to improve nutrition conveniently
1. Oatmeal is the foundation of a healthy breakfast and after thirty years in the coaching sector I can assure you if you do not provide your body the correct fuel, success is not in your horizon. Oatmeal is derived from oats and cooks relatively easy in simmering water in a few minutes and possesses an assortment of health benefits to ‘fuel’ your training goals. Instant Oatmeal is laced with sugar and chemical additives. Effectively the great look of oatmeal without the convenience of its health benefits. Invest the three extra minutes, save money and choose slow cooked oats (preferably from organic, non GMO sources).
As a side note, for parents PLEASE do not provide these nutritional nightmares to your children, despite the clever oatmeal that convenience includes ‘dinosaur eggs’ (cheap candy).
2. Steam fresh vegetables as opposed to heating canned vegetables. Fresh vegetables certainly may cost more, depending upon your region and availability of a ‘farmers market’, but the nutritional level is not remotely comparable. Given international freight and farming habits, it is HIGHLY questionable the sourcing of many vegetable ‘products’. Beyond the nutritional value of the actual vegetable and of-course freshness, there are SIGNIFICANT health concerns regarding the use of sodium benzoate and sulphites as well as BPA in cans and of-course high sodium levels. The solution is ‘simple’, purchase fresh vegetables and lightly steam.
3. Choose ‘rice’ not packaged ‘seasoned rice’. A quick perusal of a ‘seasoned rice’ label reveals silicon dioxide yeast extract, glucose and hydrogenated plant protein in addition to a host of items that are unnecessary with of-course a heavy dose of sodium. The bag of brown rice I have contains, upon review, rice and can be easily seasoned with a spring of spices to suit individual taste.
4. ‘Energy drinks’ do not provide ‘energy’ that your body requires. Provide your body proper hydration with water (tap and filter) and ‘fuel’ training needs with AminoLIFT™ (a diverse spectrum of amino acids) and Modern BCAA+
5. The term ‘instant potatoes’ begs to ask the questions of ‘why’ and ‘how’. Sweet potatoes are rich in nutrients and can be easily be prepared in a broad assortment of ways to suit your needs whereas ‘instant’ variation offer little nutrient value and laced again with sodium, as well as questionable chemicals in their processing.
With each of these suggestions one further point needs to be stressed for both the quality of our life as well as exercise related goals.
Slow down the pace of your meal.
Prepared by John Davies
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