Of course the exact “how” of fueling your body is a debate that could go on for years. In fact, look at the endless string of diets and eating fads that have strung together your entire life! When I was a kid it was the food pyramid with a base of gains and the top small percent oils and fats.
Keto changed that and put fats at the top of the pyramid and made grains and carbs the worst possible foods to eat. Intermittent fasting has made us even paranoid to eat at all except for a few sacred hours late in the day.
If we step back about a thousand years we might find the answer. Our ancient ancestors only had food that was unprocessed, from the earth or what they hunted. There was no high taste, highly processed or scientifically engineered foods.
Our ancient genetics have no idea out to interpret what a Ranch Style Dorito Chip is providing your body with. The high taste and processed elements create a sound blast that make it impossible to hear the whispers of your body’s knowledge. Same goes for sugar and other artificially added taste additives even if they are “natural”.
Tuning into your body’s own knowledge of how to eat for long-term health starts with dialing back the processed stuff and incorporating more of the natural things that helped our ancestors thrive, and that can help all of us today thrive!
The ratio you use to fuel your body in this simple equation is going to be personal for each person. But the basics are the same. We need good fats and oils to fuel every hormone and cell membrane in our body. We need protein to build the muscle that enables us to move. There has to be a good natural forms of carbohydrates to give our bodies the energy it needs to maintain brain function and to fuel so many daily functions.
What pieces on your plate each and every meal is like something your ancestors ate and what is so far from that view signals to you that, okay, these few things are not helping me tune into my natural ability to fuel my. body in a very healthful way?
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I am the Founder and CEO at Mark Allen Coaching. I am proud to have been voted in an ESPN global poll "The Greatest Endurance Athlete Of All Time." During my multi-sport career I won the Ironman Triathlon World Championship six time, the inaugural Triathlon World Championship at the Olympic Distance in Avignon, France, and at one point in my career I won 21 straight races across every derivation and distance. It was a great career, but that's all it would ever be unless I was able to share all of the experience and methodology we invented long before smart watches, power meters, and flashy uniforms. That's why I started Mark Allen Coaching, as a way to return to others at least the part of the gifts I received.