Barry Allen might be the fastest human alive, but I can definitely eat faster than he ever will. There’s one thing that could put me in the Guinness book of world records (I can eat 3 bananas in the blink of an eye), yet eating slowly is some of the best health advice ever when it comes to diet and nutrition. How unfair can life be? I must put tremendous effort into eating slowly; and to be completely honest with you, I manage to do it approximately half of the time. To stay optimistic, that means I’m halfway there. Based on my own observations and some research, let’s look at the main reasons why you should eat slowly; or at least torture yourself to do so.
Diet is a way of life and your relationship with food. Diet is the food you habitually eat. It can also mean restricting yourself to healthy food in order to lose weight.
Sugars is a horrible addiction. It’s a drug. There's no fiber, protein or healthy fats, no vitamins or minerals in it. Just empty calories that spike your blood sugar and accelerate your appetite; and the effects on your health are devastating. Cavities, diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart diseases, non-alcoholic liver diseases, bad skin, low energy levels (adrenaline fatigue), brain fog, anxiety, addiction, the list goes on and on. There is extremely big long-term health risk for very small short-term pleasure when it comes to sugar. Sugar is a poison and if you want to be healthy you have to learn how to limit its intake.
Absolutely the best way to start losing your fat is a combination of regular exercise and a healthy diet. But there’s a catch. When you start exercising, your appetite goes up. While that doesn’t mean you should stop exercising, it absolutely means that the diet is an extremely important variable in becoming slimmer. Actually, there is a saying in the fitness community that you can never out-train a bad diet. Loosing fat is done 80% in the kitchen and 20% in the gym.
Your IQ might be more or less fixed, but there are so many ways how you can get more out of your brains – by mastering learning skills and then constantly learning new things you can develop greater crystalized intelligence, by optimizing your working memory you can be more productive, creative and learn faster in the moment, and by repeatedly performing certain intellectual tasks (practicing) you get really good at them. One way to additionally optimize performance of your brain is to eat healthy brain foods. Now, eating brain foods won’t double your smarts, but it might fine-tune your mental performance just a little bit. Most of all, you will have more energy to perform mental tasks during the day. Imagine your brain like a high-end car that needs the best gas and oil. Your brain deserves the best, like you do.
If you’re a complete newbie to the healthy lifestyle like I was a few years ago, not to mention that I was super fat as a kid, there are two pieces of advice that helped me the most to start taking care of my body better. The first one is go for a type of exercise you dislike the least. That helped me go from hating exercise, to being okay with it, to loving it a few years later. By using the search mode principle, I found some exercise I was okay with it, and then continued from there. The second advice is: add a few healthy foods to your diet, to slowly start transitioning to a new healthier lifestyle. Luckily there are a few types of foods that are super healthy, tasty, don’t need lots of preparation and are inexpensive.