So you’ve finally begun a rigorous fitness routine, and it looks like, this time, it’s going to stick. Whether it’s CrossFit, Pilates, The Bar Method, or MaxBody’s high-intensity Shaun T's Asylum workout, it would be a shame to put your hard work at the gym to waste by filling your body with unhealthy fuel. Think of it like this: your body is your Ferrari, are you really going to fill it with unleaded? Organic foods avoid synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetic modification, irradiation, industrial solvents, added hormones, and chemical food additives. So if you’re devoting your precious time to improving your body through fitness, maybe it’s time to consider indulging in premium foods.
Organic Foods and Lean Muscle
Building lean muscle is nearly impossible when you’re feeding your muscles with hormones, pesticides, solvents, chemical additives and fertilizers. Because of their low vitamin and mineral contents, processed foods are not optimally processed by your body.
Many fitness buffs turn to whey protein, not only to build lean muscle, but for its many amazing health benefits, including weight loss management, improving brain function, boosting the immune system and preventing cancer. Organic whey (made from the milk of grass-fed cows) offers all the advantages of regular whey protein, while eliminating the nasty stuff that doesn’t get absorbed as easily. Organic whey is kinder to your digestive track, leaving you less bloated and tired, as a result.
The Paleo Diet
The Paleolithic Diet, or Paleo for short, is the new smart diet, encouraging a primitive style of eating. In order to mimic our primal ancestors, the nutritional plan supports the consumption of unprocessed vegetables, fruits, roots, nuts, fish, and grass-fed pasture raised meats, and eliminates grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, salt, and processed oils. Paleo encourages its practitioners to shop the perimeter of the grocery store, avoiding anything packaged, and anything that has a shelf-life.
The Paleo Diet is aimed towards those engaging in high levels of fitness, as ancestral humans were in peak shape, considering the amount of hunting, gathering, and general surviving they faced each day. With the elimination of processed and inorganic foods, the Paleo Diet aims to speed up your muscle definition and fat loss, while making you faster and stronger. Paleo followers claim break-throughs in their fitness levels as a result of the diet.
Organic Foods on a Budget
When you already feel like you’re spending a fortune on your gym membership, exercise tapes, specialty sneakers and ergonomic sportswear, going organic may seem like the straw that will break your bank account’s back. Fortunately, you don’t have to commit to a 100% organic lifestyle to reap the benefits of healthy eating, simply commit to a few key organic items. The general rule of thumb is: if you’re going to eat the skin, go organic. If you plan on peeling the skin, save your cash. You’ll already be stripping away the bulk of unhealthy chemical residues.
Consider spending more on organic when buying produce, nut butters and (surprisingly) microwaveable popcorn. Save your money on milk, chicken, fish, olive oil, and yogurt, as their non-organic forms generally contain less harmful residues.
Don’t sacrifice all your hard work at the gym with unhealthy eating habits. If you’re already committed to a healthier lifestyle, it should feel natural incorporating these natural foods into your diet. Your body and mind will thank you for it.