As the picture above states, Dr. Ray Walford, a famous UCLA researcher, concluded,
“Undernutrition is thus far the only method we know of that consistently retards the aging process and extends the maximum life span of warm-blooded animals.”
Food, in its most basic definition, is nutrition used by the body to sustain life. Elite athletes gain a new perspective on food as they push their bodies to physical limits. Eating becomes an exercise in fueling the body with the necessary ingredients to produce peak performance. That’s not to say that an athlete never craves a double fudge, chocolate chip milk shake. But if an athlete ate an average American diet performance would begin to suffer over time. But the good news is that it is rarely too late to make changes that will reverse damage and improve a person’s health.
Here are few simple suggestion I’ve learnt from my studies.
- Make it slow and simple. There’ll be adjusting phase to your new lifestyle. If you take away all of your favorites you will lose the enjoyment in eating and probably revert to bad habits.
- Start today. This sounds contradictory to what was said in the first suggestion but keep reading. If your pantry is full of artery clogging, calorie packed snacks and the fruit bowl is barren, you need to make some immediate changes.
- Limit sugar intake to special occasions like birthdays or date nights. You’ll be surprised at how much more delicious they are when they are eaten less frequently.
- Variety is exciting! So that you won’t be boring.
The point is to start, to sustain and then to maintain. We can do this.