Everyone hunts. We wake up and go to work in order to provide food, shelter, and water for our family. And in that aspect, our work is our hunt.
But, is hunting too dramatic of a metaphor? Not at all. Just as a lion wakes up every day and hunts for food, as mentioned, we do the exact same thing. We?re no different than the lion or any other animal in the wild – we need food and nutrition, and the financial resources to acquire both.
It?s rare that we think about food in this context of hunting for it. ?We have the luxury of thinking about food in terms of taste, with tons of meal options right at our fingertips. ?We don?t think about food in the matter that it was originally intended – for survival.
What would happen if we ate our food with that kind of purpose? For the purpose of survival, nutrition, and energy.
Acknowledging food for its original purpose is a shift in mindset that can dramatically change our health. ?Instead of focusing solely on taste and convenience in the manner that most do today, eating with a purpose eliminates unhealthy choices and overeating. ?Sheesh, you could even schedule a cheat meal guilt free when you eat with a purpose.
FOOD IS THE FUEL
Have you ever noticed that some people you meet just seem to be passionate and energetic about their craft? ?They seem to just have an endless supply of energy day in and day out without fail, and they always bring their A game.
Part of that is passion and who you are as a person. ?But I?m willing to bet that a large part of having the right amount of energy is lifestyle related.
Good, solid, real foods give our body the nutrients we need. ?And those nutrients convert to the energy you?ll need to perform at a high level throughout the day. ?
HOW PRO ATHLETES DEFY FATHER TIME
When I think about food, nutrition, and a demanding lifestyle, I can only think about the older professional athletes that have excelled beyond their prime.
Part of being a great athlete is staying in the game long enough to put up the numbers you’re looking for. And it?s the same concept?for us ?regular? people. If you want to earn the income or the position that?s at the top of the food chain, you have to perform at a high level for an extended period. You have to be fueled with the right nutrients, you have to take care of yourself, and you have to be present. You would never hear an athlete call out of a big game because of lack of rest, or feeling rough from consuming the wrong sources of food. In that same regard, you can?t claim a sick day just because the entire pizza you ate and washed down with a high-fructose soda left you feeling pretty rough the next day.
Sometimes people are so hell bent on accomplishing their goals that they forget to prioritize the things that give us the fuel to accomplish great things. We take the fast food route, skip a workout, and forget to give ourselves the necessary rest to make the most out of the next day. And ultimately, we burn out. But all of that can be changed if we start prioritizing our health – our overall, full-body, mental, physical, and emotional health.
But, don?t just take it from me. Take a look at this – ?I was reading an article about Vince Carter, a 40-year-old NBA player who played for the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2016-2017 season and noticed a few trends on health, fuel, and making decisions that weigh the long term of your life.
Here?s the interview with GQ Magazine talking to Vince Carter about his health and how he maintains his health throughout the 82-game NBA season.
[GQ]: I?m sure you can?t eat the same way now that you did at 25, 30 or 35. Are there any foods you try to avoid or get more of now with having to focus more closely on what you?re putting into your body to get what you need out of it?
[VC]: ?I try to eat lots of vegetables and greens. I like foods that fuel. I?m a sweater, so I prefer pasta for my pre-game meals most of the time. I don?t drink soda because I lose so much [fluid] when I play that I need to replenish. I don?t really eat as much fried food as I would have when I was younger because my body can?t shed it as fast. I?m able to have more bad days than the average older guy with just the way my body works, but I don?t take advantage of that. I know I can get away with bad days, but I don?t do it all the time. For me, playing in this league and playing a lot of minutes, I make sure I have the energy foods that kind of help me perform. I don?t really eat pork as much. There?s no particular reason. I just stay away from it. I?m just smart about what I eat and the times I eat.
While we?re at it, take a second and check out The Real-Life Diet of Vince Carter.
When we hunt with the intent to fill our bodies with solid, healthy fuels, the rest falls into place. Is it easy? Not at all. Skipping the fast food drive through line to meal prep and plan your intake amounts is a big task. But is it worth it? Try it out!
And while you?re at it, keep in mind: we?re all hunting. We?re all searching for the best life possible, and that means we?re all on this route together. ?If you hit a plateau in your meal planning, or have questions on what to eat or when,?reach out. ?I?m here with you every step of the way. ?Together, we?re prioritizing our health, hunting for the right nutrients, and heading to the top of every ladder.