The Racer’s Dilemma: Eating
Short and sweet today, but just because I am not going to prattle on like usual, doesn't mean this isn't a topic of major importance. Many of you have seen the 2009 documentary Food Inc.. If you haven't, do. Don't pass Go, don't collect two hundred dollars, just find it or rent it. I am a big believer in all of us knowing and mastering big important concepts of life. The nitty gritty details are for me to figure out and bring to you as Racers. That's my job.
The documentary was ground breaking on a lot of levels because it powerfully conveyed an important principal of eating, and therefore fitness, that I have long believed in. Many of you have my Top Fuel Nutrition Guide as part of Racers Workout. That eating plan is all about meeting your energy needs without fuss about portion control. A Racer who works out for victory can't be walking around feeling deprived. A racer must eat and must eat till full and in many cases beyond. Bottom line: valuable mental energy thinking about important things like strategy and winning on the track, should not be wasted beating yourself up for taking another plate of something you like eating.
That said, fitness starts and ends with eating sustaining foods, and not processed Big Food Company junk. Exercise is only worth the effort for you as a Racer when you are in a comfortable spot nutritionally, and have established good habits of eating. Two things I want you to do to better understand the concept of eating well: 1. I want you to send me an email at RussBohaty@Gmail.com and I'll send you Top Fuel for Free. 2. Start being very aware of the nature of food. Things from the outer aisles of grocery stores are nearest the source. Eggs, meat, whipped cream, nuts, fish, fowl, fruits, veggies, yogurt, honey. Eat more of those. Things on the interior aisles, dried in boxes, frozen, or in glossy bags are generally highly processed. They tend to make us fat by overburdening the liver with bad chemicals. Cut back on those or eliminate them from your eating.
Try it for a week or two. Don't worry so much about how much or even when you eat. Focus on what you eat. After the week or two, jump on here and share your experiences or email me. Note that breads are inner aisle, but are often discussed as "whole grain" or with some other catchy descriptive. I am not anti bread, pasta, or whole grains. They are valuable loading foods for elite athletes. In moderation. For the rest of us, even more moderation. For the purposes of the exercise, greatly curtail your breads and pastas. The goal is to get you to see food in a new way with everything you eat. This will make your nutritional choices as both Racers and everyday people, much simpler going forward. Russ (see below for quick reference illustration)
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