Cade's Corner: Warrior's Diet
I remember an old saying – "Garbage in; garbage out."
This is so true. Put bad fuel in a sports car and it's going to run like crap. Put bad fuel in your body and you will see the same result.
With our lives so scrambled this year, and people reluctant to even go to the grocery store, it’s not surprising that our food choices have suffered.
We’re reaching for comfort foods more, and more likely to grab what we have on hand, vs. planning a healthy, nutritious meal that will really fuel us.
Navy SEALs are the professional athletes of the military. During a typical week of SEAL training we ran over 60 miles, swam at least 4 miles, and conquered the incredible O-course (obstacle course) several times. Not to mention the never-ending calisthenics.
We simply couldn't put bad fuel in our bodies and expect to last.
When I first started BUD/S (SEAL Training) we were eating three times a day at the Navy Chow Hall that we shared with everyone else on the Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA. Everything was deep fried... bad fuel.
Thankfully our Command was proactive in getting healthier options available to us given the extreme physical demands we were enduring.
Everyone in my BUD/S Class noticed an immediate improvement in not only our physical performance, but other elements like fatigue, injuries, muscle aches, and recovery time. This reminds me of another saying: "You can be hard or you can be smart."
This was an excellent example of "being smart."
As I have grown older I can't stress enough the importance of nutrition. Not only for Navy SEALs – but for anyone who wants to get the best performance out of their lives.
Ever wonder why Tom Brady, the six-time Super Bowl winning champion of the New England Patriots, is still at the top of his game at the age of 42?
He will tell you... diet, diet, diet.
Well, each time Navy SEALs go out on a mission they are playing in a Super Bowl that they can't lose.
Staying healthy and feeling your best is as much what you shouldn't eat as what you should. Even during a pandemic, with proper planning, you can fuel your body optimally.
And stay healthier, with more energy, as a result.
Stay away from:
- High fat/processed food – yes... that means any place with a drive thru window.
- Simple carbohydrates – sugar, non-whole grain bread, starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, rice)
- Excessive dairy
- Excessive alcohol and tobacco
- And especially for men – soy
So, if you really want to start getting the most out of your body, start by removing from the list above.
Now let's get into the things you want to add or maintain in your nutrition plan:
- Lean proteins – chicken, fish, lean beef
- Healthy complex carbohydrates – fruits & berries, non-starchy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, green beans, mushrooms), beans.
- 100% whole grain bread (in moderation), brown rice, quinoa, couscous.
- Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in most fish as well as flaxseed, walnuts, and almonds.
- High nutrient supplements that contain many of the vitamins and minerals you might not get in your daily nutritional intake. I highly recommend Patriot Power Greens. It's filled with 40+ fruits & veggies, superfoods, enzymes, probiotics, plus much more. Try it out for yourself, right here.
Now I would be lying if I said I strictly adhered to all of the above. It can be extremely challenging and a recipe for disaster if you are truly trying to make a lifestyle change.
This is where the balance comes in.
Plus, with the news consistently bad, I’m not above a comfort food choice from time to time. Nor should you be.
Therefore, I have adopted an 80/20 rule for my nutrition, which means that 80% of the time I try to maintain a strict nutritional diet as described above. But I give myself 20% of the time to enjoy some of the things on my "naughty list." Generally, on the weekend.
So, if you are serious about wanting to get the very most out of life physically, mentally, and emotionally, give this a try. It's never too early or late to start filling your tank with good fuel.
And more important now than ever.
Be a survivor... not a statistic,
Former Navy SEAL / 4Patriots Contributor