You are what you eat.
I remember being told that often as a kid. And in a strange way it is true. Eating cheeseburgers, fries and other fast food will make your body look more flabby than the Michelin Man. While it’s alright to munch on this stuff every now and then (once a week?) you should not be on the McDonald’s diet full-time.
I have fallen victim to multiple week stretches where my diet would consist of me eating out for every meal. Not only does it hit the wallet hard, it starts showing up in your performance.
The usual suspect to this change is simple — you stopped working out.
Whether it’s a heavy mid-term or final exam schedule, a work-out injury, a personal dilemma that has overtaken your thoughts, at the end of the day you stopped working out. Then you developed a lazy disposition and soon neglected what you started ingesting.
While eating right is a hard task on its own, once you get in the habit of making your own meals eating right will take on a life of its own. Having food sources that take less than 10 minutes to prepare will help. Here’s some examples:
- Quick oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries
- Whole wheat sandwiches, with cheese, lettuce, tomato and your choice of sliced meat
- Peanut butter jelly sandwiches (don’t underestimate these, just make sure you get quality peanut butter)
- Canned beans and tuna
- Sliced avocado with banana, raspberries, blueberries
These go-to meals are fast to prepare and keep your stomach fueled up before you have your next big course meal. So next time you’re thinking about what to eat, forget that fast-food establishment and go to your fridge instead.
(photo credit: ianhampton)