Imagine for a moment that you are the coach of your own team. Your players are the cells in your body, and they are playing for the victory of life. Their opponents are all the toxins, viruses, chemicals, and processed foods and they’re trying to beat them. Your cell team is equipped with the skills and expertise to win, but their success depends on the plays you call. As a coach you have the power to either set them up to win or to fail.
Every single living cell in your body loves you and is fighting to keep you alive and well. It is so important to reciprocate the love by providing an environment in and outside your body that allows your cells to thrive as well. When you make the conscious decision to eat healthy, you commit to nurture the most important relationship of your life; the relationship with your team of cells.
Eating is not just about satisfying your hunger. It is about nourishing your body, attaining energy to get you through the day, and providing that safe haven for your body to flourish. I didn’t know this information growing up. I indulged in rotten behaviors that wreaked havoc on my body. I was unconsciously going against my own team and pretty much handed my playbook to the opponents. I didn’t know any better and neither do most people out there. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With the internet and so many resources like books and podcasts containing rich information on healthy eating, there is a shift occurring in society. Healthy is becoming hip!
It’s not hard to eat healthy. It’s simple really. Stay away from processed foods, frozen dinners from the grocery store. Here are some of my favorite things to consume on a daily basis that fuel my body, mind, and soul. You’ll feel vibrant and energetic with these foods in your belly.
I never understood Adam’s Sandler’s obsession with water in The Waterboy growing up, but I am pretty much his female counterpart now. I start every morning by drinking about a liter of water and hydrate all day long. The majority of our bodies, about 70%-80%, are made up of water. Water is essential for many of our body’s natural processes like the maintenance of DNA, digestion and secretion, thermoregulation, and cell management. When we sleep, our body goes through many procedures to rejuvenate using the water we have stored in our body. By the time we wake up, we are dehydrated! So many people suffer from chronic dehydration and they don’t even know it. Symptoms like headaches and daytime fatigue can be detrimental to your day.
We have been trained to eat sugar for breakfast. Cereal, bagels, pancakes, and waffles are all tasty and delicious, but they are not ideal for kickstarting your day. These sugary concoctions will end up making you hungry shortly after and/or make you crash midday. I make myself an Onnit protein shake with Hemp Milk, Whole Spice Matcha Chai Latte, Hemp Force Vanil Acai, a banana, and some MCT Oil. I will also snack on an avocado, and graze on a handful of nuts and spinach.
My lunch is a salad of healthy fats, protein, and high fiber carbohydrates. I make sure to include a handful of greens (either spinach or kale), some carrots and purple cabbage, walnuts, avocado, and a hard boiled egg. I add some lemon juice and MCT Oil on top for the dressing.
I love to bake salmon in the oven with grass fed butter, rosemary, garlic, lemon pepper seasoning, onions, and lemon. On the same baking pan, I’ll throw some mushrooms, brussels sprouts, zucchini, and red peppers. It’s so easy to prepare and takes less than 25 minutes total cook time.