We’ve all been told to eat a diet that is full of variety. You hear this all the time from doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, your mom, your mom’s friend, Nancy…because Nancy’s life changed after she decided to eat more purple cauliflower. But here’s the thing, Nancy doesn’t know why the fuck she feels better, or if it’s a placebo effect, or if her choice is founded in science. Trust me, I asked her.
I like the concept of a eating an array of foods and as someone of baseline level intelligence, can understand the value behind it. Macronutrients are easy. Micronutrients - vitamins, minerals, and trace acids - are a little more tricky. Color is an easy way to ensure that we are superficially aware of our Boron, Taurine, or Carotenoid…or whatever…intake. At least we pretend to be.
Additionally, I have a one way ticket to #22JackedStreet and in case you’ve been living under a rock, or you are The Rock, you may have been too busy to hear about the new training protocol. The long and the short of it (or I guess I should say the thick and the thin of it), is to either gain or lose 10% of your body weight following a bodybuilder/Power Athlete hybrid program.
As I sit 13 weeks into the program, I have successfully lost a pound every week largely because of the changes I’ve made to my diet. Meticulously analyzing my nutrition prior to the start of the twenty-two weeks, I found the glaring hole in my diet - carbohydrates. This was a seemingly easy fix as I knew I could sweet potato-oatmeal-squash my way towards body builder domination. And that’s exactly what I did…for about 5 weeks…until I could no longer eat the same shit.
It was at this point that I was reminded of something that a good friend of PAHQ’s, Dr. Tom Incledon of Human Health Specialists, educated us on some years ago. ROYGBV. This is the concept of consuming plant sources (fruits and vegetables) from every part of the color spectrum. The catalyst being my palate and plate numbing boredom, I began to taste the rainbow with full faith in Dr. Tom's recommendation. Sidenote: Dr. Tom's lab works with thousands of professional athletes - specifically analyzing their blood work to find deficiencies (Macro, micro, etc). His job is to then optimize performance through specialized manipulation of those biomarkers through diet and supplementation.
Now, I must admit that initially, I blindly implemented this new approach to my carbohydrate sourcing because I knew I needed a change. My body was literally craving something, anything, different. It’s easy to fall into “what you know works” mindset, or to be lazy regarding unfamiliar food preparation. Eventually though, my curiosity and innate skepticism provoked me to ask, as it always seems to do, “Why?”.
And more importantly, how is this going to get me to my goals?
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