When was the last time you sat down and thought about your relationship with food? It may sound silly to ponder but, if you think about it, that’s exactly what it is, a relationship.
For some, it’s healthy, a give-and-take, and for others, it’s a selfish one-sided deal. Regardless of what it is, you have to evaluate what you want to get from it.
Do you have the basic knowledge and understanding of what the person (your body) needs? Do you give him or her clean unprocessed foods that you prepare yourself? Do you refrain from sugar and alcohol more often than not? If so, you will probably get in turn a strong healthy body that’s able to fight disease and sickness along with an external frame that would make any of your alumni jealous.
But if you like to be more selfish in the relationship, you might often spend your nights like this.
Don’t be shocked when your body decides to check. Honesty is the basis of any relationship and if you tell your self that five days at CrossFit permits you to eat like Kobyashi at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest you are sadly mistaken. Aside from not being summer pool ready, you can suffer more serious and irreversible side effects that will send you to your primary care physician more often than you like.
What we know is that there is a direct correlation between being healthy and fit and between being unhealthy and sick.
So if you want to be healthy and free from disease, and look better naked in the process, then spend some quality time on this relationship. Understand that there is no shortcut. Sometimes you’ll often hear of people resorting to other methods (cheating) like IIFYM or getting food templates to help expedite this process. There is nothing wrong with this but if you don’t even know how to eat clean and understand the benefits of moderation, then it is pointless. It will not be sustainable for your body.
In conclusion, be honest with yourself. Listen to your body and give it what it needs so it can keep you long and prosper.