Health starts with your food. Your body requires nutrients and energy for you to run, jump, work and play. Maintaining a healthy diet means your heart will beat a steady rhythm and your brain will function at tip-top shape for a long time. The right fuel for your body also affects your mental and emotional health. Here are a few pro tips to fuel your body!
We eat to fuel our bodies, not our emotions, but with our stressed-out, crazy fast, and technology-driven modern lifestyles, it’s easy to rely on food as an emotional crutch, a best friend, or an outlet for our fears and hostilities. If you’re living to eat, it may be time to reconsider your relationship with food because the first rule of fueling your body is eating clean.
Let’s talk clean, quality fuel for a moment. Prepackaged foods are often filled with ingredients that are not clean or good for you. It is best to stick to whole foods like the kind you find in the produce section. Also it’s vital to get an appropriate amount of protein in your diet like you would get in nuts, beans, and seeds. Sunwarrior understands the importance of clean protein sources, which is why we have formulated proteins from clean, quality sources that are bioavailable to the human body. All of our products come from clean, quality sources like those found in Warrior Blend, or in Lean Superfood Shake.
Eat Nutrient-Dense Food
Nutrient-dense foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, and other vital nutrients. They have more nutrients per calorie than their regular foods. They are a great way to get lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats and they tend to leave you feeling more full and satisfied than regular foods. It’s important to know what foods are considered nutrient dense so we’re sharing a very abbreviated list with you:
- Chia seeds
The Language of Food
People often find the language of healthy nutrition to be confusing at best. Counting calories, multiplying fat grams, and memorizing words like “indole 3-carbinol” can have your head spinning like Linda Blair’s in The Exorcist. Not a good look.
Nutrients have their own language. Whether it’s vitamins, minerals, proteins, or fats—the chemical structure of these food components is encoded in a specific molecular makeup. This chemical encoding is the “language” of nutrients, allowing them to communicate perfectly with the blood, cells, organs, and tissues of the human body in order to create health. When we eat natural, whole, unprocessed foods that are packed with high nutrient density, it’s easy to have a perfectly flowing, engaged, and happy conversation. It’s like when you meet a new person at a party, and you instantly know you’re going to be great friends. The conversation flows easily and gracefully, and, at its end, you both feel amazing, uplifted, and energized.
Conversely, when you eat food-like substances that often contain a plethora of unpronounceable and artificial ingredients, and their names come with a lot of “oxyl,” “methyl,” and “propyl” things in them plus combinations of strange numbers, the conversation doesn’t exactly feel good. Again, it’s like being at a party and meeting a stranger. Only the conversation drains you and sucks out your life force. The question now becomes, if your body can’t speak the same language as these artificial, toxic, unnatural, often petroleum-based ingredients, what does it DO after you consume them?
In all of its infinite wisdom, when your body realizes that it can’t speak “toxic-ese” fluently and can’t process these “foods” via normal digestive and excretory processes, it files them away in your organs or fatty tissues to deal with later. The problem is—unless you make a point to regularly detoxify and cleanse—your body doesn’t deal with them. EVER. If you aren’t diligent about detoxing from these substances on a regular basis, you can accumulate a lifetime of buildup and create a seriously toxic environment in your body. If you’re looking for a way to keep your digestive system cleansed, try Sunwarrior’s Core Cleanser to do the job.
Eat whole, minimally processed, organic, plant-based foods like you would find in the produce section or in Sunwarrior’s store. Look for foods that provide you with the nutrients you need like with Lean Superfood Shake. And if you have a hard time eating enough foods that provide you with the nutrients you need, supplement using only supplements from whole food sources like with Sunwarrior’s Be Well Organics
Do whatever it takes to motivate and inspire yourself to eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, and superfoods.