You read it on a box of food and you hear people telling you to eat "naturally" but in terms of this blog post:
Natural - listen and trust your body.
In looking at the performances of the Olympic athletes, it not hard to overlook the machine that powers great performances. Not sure about you, but I see strength. I don't see skinny.
This is something that I strive for in my eating style and that I challenge my athletes (both coaching and nutrition) to consider when changing dietary habits. It's not about restriction or the freedom to eat whatever you want but rather, having a "prescription" as to how you eat, what you eat and why you eat....in a non-obessive, non-restrictive and balanced way. It's not about eating without limits or eating in a strict manner - it's all about prioritizing the nutrition around workouts (I call that "sport nutrition") and knowing what will make you feel energized and satisfied throughout the day, all to enhance overall health.
Allowing yourself the freedom to eat whatever you want may seem overwhelming as if you will overindulge and not reach diet, body, health or performance goals. But, when the focus is off a number on a scale and rather on your body in motion and how it performs throughout the day, there is an endless amount of freedom as to how you will see your diet and what foods will help you feel alive and well.
Life isn't about depriving yourself of food that can enhance your lifestyle. Don't let your diet or food control you.
As you think about the food in your diet and how it makes you feel as you are eating it, consider the nutrients that will allow you to have great performances as you are training/exercising.
An appropriate quote for this yummy creation.....
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” - Albert Einstein
This bowl of yumminess left me so satisfied...it was one of the best meals to enjoy as we watched the olympics last night. Super simple as well...
Buy one get one free - 2 bags of frozen veggies
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 container tofu (extra firm)
Seasonings - curry, parsley, marjoram, cumin, pepper
Bagel chips (from Bagel World - love these! 1 bag of "old" bagels, made into chips for just a few bucks!)
1. In large deep pot, cover bottom with just a little water and empty bags of veggies into pot.
2. Cook on medium heat (slighty under), covered until veggies are steamed.
3. Microwave beans for 1 minute, until slightly warm.
4. When veggies begin to soften, break tofu into large cubes with your hands and stir gently into veggies.
5. After around 10-12 minutes or when veggies ae cooked, add seasonings. Recommend to keep water in pot for tofu to soak up the nutrients lost in the steaming process.
6. Add seasonings and stir. Leave covered for a few minutes as you are getting your bowl ready.
7. Spoon a serving of beans in your bowl, then add veggie mixture. Combine with a few bagel chips (or you can use whole grain crackers) and a cheese that will make your taste buds happy.
8. Drizzle with olive oil to help absorb the vitamins in the veggie mixture.Optional - top with seeds. I had some pumpkin seeds (not pictured) that I added at the end.