As I have mentioned in previous blogs, over the past few years of my CrossFit Career, I have loosened up a bit when it comes to diet. For some time, I was a no carrots, no peas, no dressing, not-a-slice-of-cheese, gal.
This being said, this is not a license to eat whatever I want. Far too many times, people go on diet for aesthetic purposes only. I am in no way asserting that I never entertain the thought of the effects of my diet on my physique; however, what should be of upmost importance should be the internal effects of our diet. It just so happens that what is internally beneficial often manifests itself on the outside.
The above picture makes the point quite clear: everything that you ingest has an effect on your health either positively or negatively. You are either feeding disease or fighting a disease.
To be quite honest, CrossFit has gotten a bad rap lately; according to news sources, it is an extremist exercise regimen that causes nothing but injury. Many do not stop to think of the long-lasting negative health effects of a life of lethargy and a carb/sugar-filled diet. When it comes down to it, the ultimate goal of my diet is to try to avoid food that I am confident are detrimental to my health and longevity. When I think of one food-type that I should absolutely avoid, gluten comes to mind. Gluten is in almost all grains (with the exception of most rice and quinoa). The New England Journal of Medicine has now listed 55 diseases that can be caused by consuming gluten.
Please review the following list:
Gluten is also linked to many psychiatric and neurological diseases, including:
I’m not claiming that I never eat anything that “feeds” the disease, but when I drink a beer, or drink too much wine, eat a dressing containing high fructose corn syrup, or over eat a non-lean mean, such as bacon or sausage, I am aware of what I am doing. This awareness causes me to do it in moderation.
So, the next time that you eat or drink something, ask yourself, am I feeding the disease or fighting it?
After all, the food that you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.