Have you ever heard the phrase “you are what you eat?” Well, there’s some truth to that.
The food you eat effects everything, from your productivity to how happy you are. One of the simplest things you can do to improve your quality of life is to eat better food. However, there’s so much information out there about what you should and shouldn’t eat. Who are you to believe?
I’m not here to give you the “Anik Singal Diet.” However, I’d like to give you a couple of ways to approach nutrition that will help you out, regardless of what your specific diet is. The first idea is that your natural state is health and wellness. It’s the natural state of the human body, and you can claim it at any time.
Whether you claim it or not depends on what you do, day by day, to support your health and wellness.
Health and wellness isn’t something you buy – it’s a lifestyle. And here’s the cool thing: when it comes to health and wellness, you aren’t doing most of the work. Your body knows how to heal itself. It’s happening automatically all the time without you knowing it.
All you have to do is support what is automatically going on in there.
“Eating better” is just about changing the raw materials you give your body to automatically rebuild itself with. When you eat good carbs, good fats and good proteins, then your body has great building materials to work with. On the other hand, when you eat bad carbs, bad fats and inadequate protein, then your body doesn’t have good materials to work with.
It’s like trying to build a sturdy castle with straw!
There are three ways to evaluate food, based on the three time frames of food:
- The now, where you evaluate how good the food tastes.
- The next few hours, where you evaluate the energy that you’ll get from the food until you’re hungry again.
- The rest of your life, where you evaluate the health benefits of the food.
Let’s take a piece of candy. When you bite into it, it’s going to taste delicious. You’re going to experience a whole lot of pleasure.
Sometime later, you’re going to experience a sugar high where you have a surge of energy. Unfortunately, soon after that you’re going to crash and you won’t have any energy at all.
And over the long term, that sugar is going to turn into fat, give you cavities, and a whole host of other bad things.
On the other hand, a glass of wheat grass powder may taste horrible, but it will give you some great energy for the next few hours and over the long term will strengthen your immune system and boost your happiness.
But let’s be real: would most people choose the candy or the wheat grass powder if put side by side? When’s the last time you saw houses giving away wheat grass powder at Halloween?
When most people evaluate food, they first evaluate the taste, then the energy benefits, then MAYBE the long-term health and wellness benefits.
If you want to start automatically eating better, you need to FLIP that evaluation.
First evaluate the food’s long term health and wellness benefits, then its medium term energy benefits, and then its taste.
If you make this simple switch, you’ll start eating a lot better. Again, this isn’t the “Anik Singal Diet,” it’s an overall mindset to food. Here’s a little trick to actually do this: only go grocery shopping when you are STUFFED.
When you go shopping hungry, your brain turns off and your stomach takes over. You crave food as fast as possible. That means the processed food you can pop in the microwave looks amazing while the broccoli you’ll have to spend 30 minutes preparing looks terrible. When you go shopping when you’re not hungry, then you can actually evaluate food based on logical things like its health and wellness benefits.
Nutrition is a really deep topic, and I encourage you to go REALLY deep into it. There’s a lot of really good stuff out there – you just have to use your own independent judgment to nonsense you’ll also find. Remember, the food that you eat contains the building blocks that your body uses to rebuild itself. So if you’re going to obsess about anything in your life, this is something to obsess about!