“Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
Would you agree we live in truly remarkable times? Fast paced, intense, and with an abundance of knowledge at our finger tips when we want it? We don’t have to wait in-between scheduled T.V ads till the good bit of the program comes back on. I remember even trying to figure out the timing of adverts back in the day (Do they come on every 10 min or every 8) In N.Z growing up in the 80’s there use to be a little white fragmented circle in the bottom corner of the telly screen came up pre ad, to warn you, or signal it was time to bolt to the toilet.
Educated people with powerful messages of purpose and passion flood our brains 24/7 if we want it. Some of you may or may not remember pre internet days. You worked, you finished work you went home, you watched TV, you may have read a book, exercised, socialised, however the connectivity was minimal. Your community was immediate, intimate and isolated.
Now we are one big connected international community. Intense I know. But this has a major Ying to its Yang. Wisdom and educational messages, volumes of knowledge and intelligence awaits our minds just with the typing of a few words or a click of a button on Netflix.
I love this. As a self educated man with the maturity, means, and openness and eagerness to learn I can gorge on documentaries, films, You tube clips relating to my interests and industry. But what the fuck do you do to implement and maintain all this knowledge once the impact has run its course? The honeymoon of knowledge has ended, and life has set in.
Me personally I don’t follow any specific dietary plans. The constant reminder of better lifestyle choices and the disgraceful quality of the food industry keeps me generally eating well. I constantly research and remain a common sponge open to input and absorption of what comes along.
My nutritional beliefs are that of common sense and with a good old dose of common practise.
I’m not a major fan of micro-managing macros or counting my cashews anymore. But I’ve been around the athletic traps for many years now and am an old hand at this food thing. But for others its horses for courses, some like the segmented approach and the full noise system of counting the beans.
I eat when I’m hungry, and listen instinctively to my body.
But maybe you’ve watched your fair share of nutritional docos, movies and clips. You’ve indulged in the must view websites, listened to the recommended pod casts and now you are confused as all fuck. What do I do?
Here is my suggestion. Eat real food and steer well clear of the man-made, processed junk that fills most supermarket shelves. The bulk of what you eat should have at some stage flew, grew, swam, or walked. As for beverages, drink shit loads of water and enjoy tea and coffee neat.
Consider leaving yourself alone a little and stop laying the smack down if you eat something such as a bowl of ice cream OCCASIONALLY.
Yes, eat healthy for the most part, but don’t live a life of deprivation. Life is already too short. It is okay to go out and enjoy yourself from time to time. You can always make up for it in the gym.
If your athletic and training for performance or an enhanced body composition follow a minimum 80/20 rule. If your training or eating to maintain, 75/25 is a good rule of thumb to follow.
Keep on with the path to further knowledge and a thirst for nutritional wisdom, intelligence is power.
But put it in perspective, your health is important, learn everything you can about nutrition but remember everything in moderation, including moderation.