Saturday, August 2, 2008
3 What Pro-Athletes Eat (A Video From Gabby Reece) + How I Found My Way Back To Healthy Eating
After posting the recipe for Greek salad, I came across a useful video on healthy eating from Gabrielle Reece, the famous professional (American) volleyball player, sports announcer, & fashion model:
What Pro-Athletes Eat
I liked her food preparation/serving suggestions & also what she had to say about not being neurotic & making healthy eating a conscious choice. My thoughts exactly!
As many of the regular readers of this blog surely know, I've already written several posts on nutrition which deal with this exact same topic: I believe that it's not just important to have balance in one's eating, but also in one's approach to eating as well. Maintaining a healthy attitude towards food is a topic I devote a lot of time to discussing, especially because I wish to actively counter so many of the unhealthy attitudes & approaches I see around me.
Nothing gets me going like people in denial, whether it be about their eating, weight, or exercise habits. And even worse are the severely misinformed ones who think that low-cal or low-carb diets are the path to eating nirvana. With eating, as in life, there's got to be a balance of food groups. While I don't believe in eating tons of carbs with a high glycemic index (frankly, eating too much of that stuff makes me feel woosy! I'd rather get my carbs from veggies, legumes, whole grains, & other fibrous sources), I do believe that it's not natural or healthy for a person to completely eliminate carbs altogether from their nutritional plan.
Likewise, if there are any of you following diets that only allow you to eat grapefruits & eggs all day, you should seriously get your head examined! ;-) Anyone who thinks that a diet of any sort is going to set them on the course to healthy eating nirvana is sorely misguided. Diets are stupid, & the people who follow them are fools. And I've got no patience for that kind of idiocy. ;-)
And please don't get me started on the Atkins diet or the South Beach diet. We won't even go there. ;-)
And before anyone pounces on me for initially using the "Abs Diet" as a general framework for getting back to healthy eating (without really knowing anything about it!), let me just say that the "Abs Diet" isn't actually a diet at all. So there! ;-)
The "Abs Diet" is not about fad diets or new-fangled trends. It's about balance & health, & back-to-basics habits that just make a whole lot of common sense. While I now do my own thing, the "Abs Diet" books definitely gave me the boost I needed at the outset, & was very useful in helping me to regain perspective on my eating habits (yes, I had a few "reality check" moments!), & also provided very useful guidelines with respect to portion control & balanced eating.
I highly recommend the "Abs Diet" books (i.e., see the "Resources" page of this blog for more details), because they are an excellent framework from which to re-vamp one's eating habits & overall nutritional plan. You don't even have to follow the plan to a tee, or do any of the workouts; I found that just the basic information on essential healthy foods & medical health data was worth the price of the book alone.
I also highly recommend any of the Canyon Ranch cookbooks & recipe website (i.e., you'll first need to create a login in order to access the site), & of course, the Canyon Ranch facilities themselves. I found my time there extremely useful & learned a great deal, not only about health-related topics, but also about myself & others as well.
I'm happy to say that I've currently taken the healthy eating concept to the next level, having generated several new ideas & strategies of my own on this very topic. But I'm not talking about re-inventing the wheel; rather, the ideas center around basic, common-sense principles & extrapolate from there. In this blog, I not only discuss my core philosophy on nutrition, healthy foods, & eating habits, but also delve into the psychological aspects of body image & eating behaviors. And then there are, of course, multiple posts about the transformative power of running/sports/physical fitness, & its many benefits, including several entries about my own personal window into these experiences. Understanding & implementing the mental & physical aspects of nutrition & exercise, as well as the medical science behind these two areas, are really important if you want to be a healthy, balanced, & empowered/well-informed individual.
This is not fly-by-night stuff: When I do discuss concrete subjects like nutrition & exercise physiology, I believe in backing up my ideas with hard, scientific evidence; you won't find me pontificating on these topics without adequately referencing my sources; I obtain my information from solid, current medical & scientific research.
In terms of the more abstract concepts, my own personal, firsthand experiences & observations about human nature have of course shaped my philosophies. As a writer, I am a keen observer of people & nature, & that cannot help but make its way into this blog. ;-)
But back to the original topic of healthy eating: To my credit, I now do my own thing, after having found my own way thanks to the above two resources (i.e., the "Abs Diet" & Canyon Ranch), related experiences, & other references. But alas, I cannot claim the credit all for myself: There were several influential, inspirational, & well-informed people who helped me along the way -- both at Canyon Ranch & elsewhere -- and they certainly deserve a lot of the credit too! And, many of these people have been many generous & helpful individuals whom I've encountered in my own personal life. Some of these people I've known face-to-face, & others I've not yet had the pleasure of meeting. And if you're wondering exactly whom I'm talking about, many of those people have already been mentioned numerous times in this blog! ;-)
OK, that's a wrap. Have a good night!