Spring is humans active time. The sun is shining. Snows melting. Creatures foraging. Fruits budding. Most of human history- we survived harsh long winters in order to make it to spring to make babies. Putting components of this time of year into your nutrition and exercise program will help you to reach all your fitness and weight-loss goals.
A few nutritional tidbits for those trying to fuel for a more natural human existence. A seated society and modern conveniences will be our downfall- Remember the movie Wall-E…yeah that’s us.
Tell your brain it is Spring, and enjoy the healing capabilities of the human organism. Rebuild fresh cells all day long. Increase strength. Improve mobility with function. Use habit changes to tell the brain that these muscles we don’t use all day( because we are sitting for more than an hour a day) need to be used and used often. Keeping these muscles maintaining a perfect anatomical position of your skeleton are imperative to moving more naturally and with less to no pain. You can do this but first these muscles are gonna need fuel….and lots of it.
Fuel the muscles, strengthen the muscles, keep increasing the fire that is your metabolism. Keep putting kindling on bonfire and it burns hotter ( more calories! )
Vegetarians: Eat a lot of natural snacks, fruits, veggies, rice, beans, gluten free ingredients, lots of nuts and seeds are also great fuels! Quinoa is a great alternative fuel source that is also a complete protein( has all the amino acids for muscle strengthening and leaning )
Everyone else: All that plus some fish, poultry, red-meat, pork.
Water: yes. and lots of it. 99% water, 1% of other refreshments.
Consistency, consistency, consistency. The brain likes consistency and stresses about inconsistencies. These stressors from inconsistencies ( mixing and matching fad diets all your lifetime are very stressful to your brain ). Now we do need some stress- especially from moving and strengthening…this stress adds to growth and healing of your body.
Tell your brain that it will have fuel to do its job-which is keep you alive. The brain is an amazing resource manager- and its really good at saving calories to keep you alive in times of starvation. There wasn’t always a Publix on every street corner. 99.9 % of human history we had to be efficient with our calories because sometimes, we didn’t eat any thing for a while.
These times when caloric intake was low, the brain found ways to keep you alive longer- and usually that means shutting down the most metabolically active tissue in the human body- muscle. Saving fat on top of that allowed us to last through harsh winters when caloric intake got even lower. We had to make it till spring when the fruits started budding,and the critters came out to pro-create (and we hunted them for their rich sources of fats and proteins). Generally-if we could last the winter, then the spring was our time to hunt, gather, and pro-create as well!
By telling your brain that it is spring and it is gonna have all the calories it needs for muscular strengthening, cardio-vascular improvements, natural movement patterns for months on end when we were hunting and gathering. This is when the brain starts to really burn fat and make you stronger, faster, and more pain-free. This is where the human organism is truly amazing at healing, and adapting to the natural environment. Add modern advances in medicine, and that is why we can live healthy, active, and free of aches.
Staying consistent with this keeps your brain thinking it is spring. Tell your brain to work like it is spring year round( remember, we are not hiding in a cave until warmer weather- except if you live up north
When you keep your blood sugar consistent throughout the day, this helps as well. Think that your a forager-and when you have good calories around- you need to eat them and burn them for fuel.