1. Only buy & consume food with ingredients organic by nature and digestible in their raw form
2. Increase the quantity and quality of nutrient dense and Omega-rich foods in your diet
3. Eliminate foods in your diet commonly known to cause gut inflammation
4. Develop awareness regarding what you eat in relation to how you feel
5. Drink more water & regulate your sodium
The first step to optimizing your nutrition is knowing what to put in your body. Our gut is relatively primitive, and it functions best when you you feed it real food. Not sure what real food looks like? Start by reading the ingredient label. Ingredients are listed in the order of most to least, and a good rule of thumb is that less is more. You should also recognize all those ingredients. They should be basic things that you can purchase individually in a common grocery store. Avoid any foods with synthetic (man-made) ingredients like chemicals, preservatives, and artificial sugars.
Once you know what to look for, start prioritizing nutrient dense foods and foods high in healthy Omega-3’s (the GOOD fatty acids that lower the risk of coronary heart disease, manage cholesterol levels, and curb joint pain). This means eating more fish, whole eggs, avocado, walnuts, pumpkin & chia seeds, spinach, kale, grass-fed red meat, and a bountiful combination of colorful vegetables like those shown above.
There are certain foods that the Standard American Diet (SAD) encourages us to eat even though they may actually do more harm than good, and those are whole-grains, dairy, and legumes (particularly soy). We’ve all seen the food pyramid that suggests the foundation of our diet be made up of cereal, rice, and pasta. But what benefit do we get from these high-glycemic carbohydrates? Are they nutrient dense or rich in Omega-3? NO! In fact, they are quite empty in regards to any nutritional value whatsoever, and completely inferior to any vegetable we compare them to. Not only that, but our human guts were not designed to digest these problematic foods in the first place. So if you want to increase mental clarity, shred unwanted body fat, and boost overall performance start by eliminating these 3 dietary monsters.
It sounds pretty easy so far, right? Just eat this, not that? But the only way to truly identify what works for YOUR body is by making these changes one-by-one and documenting the results. Not everyone is going to have the same reaction to dairy, but when you eliminate yogurt, milk, and cheese you just might realize that you feel less gassy, bloated, and stuffy in the head. Making small dietary adjustments each day and keeping a journal will help you identify what works and doesn’t.
Are you drinking enough water? When we sleep our bodies go into repair mode, and water is the #1 ingredient. If you are not drinking at least 3-4L of water each day you are robbing your body of this vital process. Not only that, but you need to replenish that process as soon as you wake up – meaning you should hit the sack with a large glass of water waiting on your night stand so you can drink 8-16oz as soon as you wake up. Now, sodium plays a critical role in this too because it regulates the amount of fluid inside and outside the body’s cells. But when you stop eating crappy (processed) food, you will actually see a reduction in the amount of sodium you are retaining. So when making the switch to real food AND increasing your daily intake of water, you may need to salt your food or supplement sodium (or other electrolyte) tablets.
Our goal for each of our members is to help you slowly make the switch to a high-fat, low-carb, gluten-free, and non-GMO diet void of excess sugar and alcohol. Now, is this absolutely everything you need to know about optimal nutrition? No. But THIS is where you need to start!