Your new definition of “diet” is your DAILY INTAKE of ENERGY TREATS! Your daily eating plan consisting of 5 to 7 meals a day is your diet. Note the word “plan”. All good things begin and end with a purposeful plan of attack. No deprivation here, just real foods, not packaged or pre-cooked, all built in to a healthy eating plan.
Let’s stop and think about the foods people ate back in the 1800’s: vegetables grown in the ground, fruits off the trees, animals that were hunted, fish that were caught, and grains that were picked. There were no pasta primavera, cheese enchiladas or chili rellenos and definitely, no burgers and fries. Have you seen any burger stands on the Ponderosa? Not likely. Of course, those days were much more primitive and cooked foods were prepared over a wood-burning fire. There were no microwaves or fancy ovens, no food processors or pasta machines and no refrigeration. Fast food was in fact fast food. If you were fast enough and smart enough to catch it, you ate. What was caught that day was eaten………that day. What this shows us is that the food was fresh, all-natural with no preservatives and prepared over a fire or eaten raw. Perhaps not completely practical today, BUT……..
If society could get back to the basics by eating more all-natural foods, more fruits and vegetables, fresh fish instead of red-meat and less sugar and flour products, we would be much healthier, live longer and probably be much happier. Of course, our activity level would need to increase since the pioneers walked or rode horses for transportation, and as noted, caught or farmed their foods. As you know, this burns more calories than sitting in our cars in the fast food line, or embedded in the sofa watching American Idol or Dancing with the Stars.
If we could incorporate the ways of our ancestors by eating more natural foods and exercising more, as a way of life, we could improve many aspects of our lives. Here are a few benefits we could expect:
- increased mental and physical energy
- Higher metabolism
- Increased muscle mass
- Body-fat reduction
- Good examples for our children
- Improved self-esteem and body image
- reduced PMS
- Improved mood and greater self confidence
“If” is a word that denotes our ability to produce self control for a desired outcome. “If our society”, “If we could”…………..well why can’t we? We are the Executives in Charge of our lives and destiny. Think natural, get out of the fast food line, have a plan so you can port better foods to your work place, or store better foods at home to grab and go. In the end, you can still enjoy the Treats…….the T in your diet, if you pay more attention to the Daily Intake of foods that either creates….. or takes, Energy from you.
Remember the 5 P Formula:
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
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