(advice from my wife on eating healthily)
Heroes know they need to function at maximum capacity, they don’t have time to be sick and they cannot afford to suffer from mid-afternoon fatigue.
Eating like a hero is like a game where you earn supernatural powers for gobbling nutrients. Nutrients lurk in fresh fruit and vegetables, and come in colours. Crinkle wrappers and anything with icing deplete your superpowers.
Heroes use their common sense to make good decisions and score points. Here are five guidelines to the superpower jackpot:
Back to basics
Eat real food
If your grandmother won’t recognize it, its not real food.
Fresh vegetables = 1 000 000 points
Fresh fruit = 200 000 points
Fish, nuts, meat and grains = 200 000 points
Green, raw and organic to double your points.
Real food has had the least “done” to it.
So using carrots as an example, the most unadultered and therefore the highest in nutrients are raw carrots; juiced carrots, cooked carrots, puffed carrot sticks, and then finally carrot flavoured juice (which in fact, might contain no carrots at all, but only flavouring that resembles it).
Every cup = 500 000 points
The purest water is spring water. Drink pure water, and lots of it. Include it in your daily ritual so you don’t forget. If you get bored, add a slice of lemon or buy sparkling spring water.
Your energy levels will notice a difference and so will your wallet, as you’ll no longer be buying fizzy drinks or feeling hunger pains.
Who doesn’t want to be super smart?
Our brains are made of fat, so you use lots of it to think like a hero. Yes, fat! Repeat after me: Sugar makes you fat. Fat does not make you fat.
Coconut oil for cooking = 800 000 points
Olive oil poured liberally over salad and food = 500 000 points
Oily fish, avos, nuts, goats cheese, nut butters, organic full fat milk, cream, cheese and butter = 200 000 points each
PS in case you missed it “low fat” or “fat free” are so yesterday. Go full cream or go home.
Heroes in the grocery story
Zoot along the outskirts for more points.
Fresh fruit and vegetable area = 1 000 000 points
Milk and cheese lane, meat lane = 500 000 points.
Do not go into the middle section, no points there.
Ingredient list with more than five ingredients = zero
Unrecognizable ingredients = preservatives = negative points!
Supplements and lifestyle
Exercise and sleep = 1 000 000 points
Vitamin C = 100 000 points
Its best absorbed with Vitamin D, so take a quick walk outside in the sun and while you’re at it, take a huge gulp of fresh oxygen to double your points
Chia seeds = 1 000 000 points
Powders Superfood = 500 000
Buy the in-season offerings and get creative. Choose food closest to it’s original, recognizable state.
It’s also cheaper to buy and make real food from scratch than to buy it ready-made food.
So now you know, and you can’t say no one told you.