Food gets so much attention in health that I opt to stay away from it unless relating it to light and time (the seasons). It is important and I plan on writing a reminder blog each season, now that I live in a place that has seasons.
Eating a local, seasonal diet is key. That being said, in the summer when the sun is most abundant you can eat fruits and more carbs, especially if you are out in the sun a lot. I eat oats, fresh sourdough bread, blueberries and dark chocolate often. These are some of my staples in the summer. Year round it is good to have beef, eggs, and fish. I've started to have more chicken and turkey too. It is good to get a diverse blend of amino acids (the building blocks of protein).
Eating doesn't have to be as complex as we make it. The more active and immersed in nature you are, the more you can get away with. When I lift weights I feel the carbs I eat differently than if i'm not moving as much. Stay away from processed foods and snack foods. I opt for bigger meals with real food than to grab chips or other processed carbs.
I often will eat beef alone. Cutting out all the sides and sauces can be a good way to get your meals in without all the extra calories. Remember to make a clear choice about growing or shrinking. Summer is the time to eat and enjoy food in the sun when you're active. It is the time to grow. The problem is that people eat the same foods in the same quantities in the winter, causing weight and fat gain as a result. At the end of the healthy eating is seasonal and local but growing and shrinking is a calorie game. You can eat junk food and loose weight, you can eat real food in quantities that are too much and get fat. I've been working hard and so I've been trying to make sure I eat enough to support the work load. Summer is the time for fruits and foods with more sugar.
With all that said, remember that the removal of tech and making sleep a priority will boost health, making any focus on food less important.
Also apparently anything you eat near a sleeping puppy is better absorbed. This is Samson, the newest member of our family. He seems to be on the "eat lots of anything I see" diet.
Caden had his 6th birthday yesterday and everything is going very well. Our house is wonderful and the area has been great so far. I am glad that when everything seemed to go crazy we practiced what we preached and made big moves and sacrifices. It wasn't easy but has already paid off.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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