Over the past 6 years, I have had a never ending thirst for knowledge on the topic of optimal nutrition, not only for athletic performance, but more importantly overall health, well-being, and longevity. Let’s face it: we all grow old and we all die. Do we want to spend the last 15 years of our lives in a nursing home dependent on a care taker, in and out of doctors appointments and hospital visits? Or do we want to be mobile, energetic, independent and able to exercise and enjoy our golden years?
The former is quickly becoming the greater majority and the latter an almost extinct minority in the United States. The most alarming part, is that a great deal of these issues are caused solely by nutritional habits and are preventable.
MMA fitness is a passion of mine, but my primary career is in the Orthotics and Prosthetics industry. I’ve seen a great deal of patients of all walks of life and I see the pain and suffering first hand of the capitalism driven American diet.
What many don’t know about Orthotics and Prosthetics, is that the vast majority of disabilities and amputations in the US are NOT caused by accidents and military wounds, but by the often preventable Type 2 Diabetes epidemic that plagues America due to poor diet and nutrition.
I don’t want to go off on a rant here, but keep this in mind: a vast majority of American food corporations’ primary initiative is first and foremost to make profits. Concerns for your health are secondary at best (and usually only if it will increase revenue). This harsh reality is often overlooked, especially as it is becoming more and more normal and accepted to be overweight in our culture.
I know several people who view people that are in good shape as abnormal:“health nuts”, “fitness freaks” or rigid, uptight perfectionists or egotists covering up insecurity about their bodies. I believe this is a very dangerous mentality that not only influences other overweight adults into a complacency with a dangerous lifestyle that will inevitably end in hospital visits, disability, (and with the bleak future of social security and the ever increasing costs of medication) bankruptcy, but even worse this corrosive mindset influences our children.
If patterns do not change, I fear of a day not far in the future where the overweight children will be thought of as the normal majority, and the health conscious children as abnormal outcasts. Hopefully, that day wll never come, but it is definitely something to keep in mind.
Anyways enough with my rant, I want to share with you a diet plan that is changing my life for the better every day. It is a culmination of years of research and experimentation, and like I said, is not only designed to increase athletic performance, but increase overall health and well-being. I will be going into much greater detail about the principles and specifics behind the diet in my MMA fitness and nutrition ebook I will be releasing in the very near future.
MMA Fitness Sample Diet Plan
Wake: 2 Bottles of water, 1 cups each of coffee and green tea
Workout no longer than 30 minutes after wake: 1 hour Weight training and MMA style HIIT cardio
Post workout carb-load recovery: Organic Grapefruit, Organic Apple, Organic Banana, 5g Creatine monohydrate
Post workout meal (30 minutes after post workout recovery): Quinoa pasta with organic marinara sauce, and a spinach salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots.
Protein Shake (drink half now and half later): 2 scoop Chocolate Whey Protein Isolate, 2 servings of greens, oatmeal, organic blueberries, udo’s choice oil, organic peanut butter.
Meal 2: Organic brown rice/pinto bean burrito with fresh organic salsa and cilantro. Fresh raw organic broccoli, cauliflower, carrots (sometimes I’ll throw in some berries and a banana and make this into a vegetable smoothie)
Protein Shake: Immediately after training
Meal 3: 4 oz Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, Spinach/kale/romaine salad
Snack (30 minutes before bed): lightly salted air popped popcorn and raw nut mix (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans).
Action step of the day:
Try this diet plan for a few days and see how you feel. Feel free to shoot me an email or post a comment and let me know how it goes. I’ve never felt more alive, healthy, and energetic in my life, and I’m absolutely shredded (7% fat), plus I feel super strong and motivated like never before. It’s worth the shot, trust me.
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