Age of Convenience
I really upped my morning yoga class to an intermediate class. We are working on arm balances, prep for headstands and headstands, 3 legged planks, 3 legged crocodile and crane and all these poses are leaving us really hungry. As our bodies start to gain muscles its important to eat. There are many different thoughts on how we should eat and im not going to get into all of them but what I do believe in and practice daily is eating whole food plant-based. So after a muscle building workout fuel you body with lots of veggies. They can be cooked or raw. There are many books out there that you can read up on like The Thrive Diet, Power Vegan, The Engine 2 Diet to name a few. These are ones I myself have actually read. Though these books have the word diet in them they are actually about a way of life, a shift or change in the way we think about food. Learning to eat nutrient dense foods means we actually don’t have to eat tons of calories to make up for the loss of nutrients our bodies need to survive.
When the “age of convenience” begin the food industry started producing prepackaged foods to make it convenient for the working women. As women started to work out of the home the home cooked meal became more scarce the food industry took advantage of this need. Women every where start to use the precook or prepared meals. But in order to make these meals last more then 3 days they started to add tons of preservatives. Which of course has now down spiraled to be not really even food anymore. You can check out netflix for some of these great documentaries on food. So now we are the most fed country but with the most health issues directly stemming from our food.
So when you think of fueling the body after a great work out or at anytime for that matter stop and consider what it is you are putting into your mouth. Is this going to give you nutrients or empty calories? Getting back into the kitchen and preparing home cooked meals can be a great place to start. My daughter says we only eat out cause we are lazy. And you know what she is right. Sometimes I just don’t want to cook so we eat out instead. Trying to curb that impulse to run to the restaurant starts with having foods prepared ahead of time that you prepared with fresh fruits, veggies, grains, nuts. Don’t beat yourself up for not doing it perfectly.
Life is a journey that we should enjoy.