There are a lot of areas in life where “good enough” can be the goal. Ultimately, you have a finite amount of time on this planet and if a task is not important to you then you want to outsource it or put in the minimum effective dose of effort so you can move on with your day. There are also many areas where you should put in your very best work. When it comes to movement you want to be strong and pain-free. When you do your taxes you ensure that they are accurate and timely. When you spend time with the ones you love you put the phone away and are fully present in the moment.
One area that often gets the “good enough” treatment is your diet and nutrition. In my Level 1 Seminar, our flowmaster (head CF coach) talked about the “Theoretical Hierarchy of Physical Development,” which included a pyramid separated into five sections starting from the bottom containing each section getting smaller and smaller until you reached the tip of the pyramid…Guess what’s at the bottom of the pyramid? You guessed it, NUTRITION. We are what we eat and our fitness starts at a molecular level. Eat like crap? Perform like crap! If you skip the “foundations” or ignore the basics, all things you have been working on above it (conditioning, gymnastics, weightlifting & sport) will fall apart or stop progressing immediately or in the future. We as athletes have to learn to prioritize certain aspects of training when the option is given. Nutrition is a great start (and foundation).
When life gets busy or making healthy choices becomes inconvenient the spectrum of foods you consume tends to take a dive in quality. Rather than let slide occur in favor of other activities that seem more important, you may find it worth your while to optimize your diet and nutrition. Here’s why:
Even if the doctor says you are healthy, you are happy with the way you look, and you can’t stand cooking – nutrition is one area that literally transcends into ALL areas of your life. If you only ever aim for the minimum in your diet then you are capping your maximum potential in how much you can lift, creatively solve problems, and even love your family.
We often treat food as an activity that gets scheduled into the day. Food breaks up the workday and provides structure in the evening. It is a social affair with the family or a way to do business.
The foods you consume during the day are the driving force behind all of this. They not only provide the immediate nutrients needed to fuel your physical and mental performance but are also the long-term building blocks for every cell in your body. Every bite you chew or sip you take is going to be broken down into the amino acids that build your muscles and organs. The fats and oils become the cell walls that handle communication between cells in your body and control processes like your immune system function and inflammatory response. The vitamins and minerals will help your body create the energy it needs to keep you moving and eliminate toxins from your body.
Scientists have even found links between our gut bacteria and neurological disease. The foods you are eating today and the way you prioritize diet could determine your likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease later in life. The way you choose to eat is affecting the way you live, both today and 40 years from now. If you want to be your best self for your family, your career, and the things you care about accomplishing in life then taking care of your nutrition is not a “nice to have”. It’s a must.
Not sure where to get started? Start by having a conversation with one of our coaches today.