Nutrition: Mindfulness

I adhere to the philosophy “It’s not what you eat that’s important, it’s what you DON’T eat that matters.” Through my quest to maximize my athletic ability in martial arts and in my career, I quickly realized the direct correlation between my athletic performance and abstaining from certain foods.

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I discovered five foods that severely DECREASE my physical, as well as overall, performance: DAIRY, WHEAT, PROCESSED MEATS, SUGAR, and ALCOHOL. You may or may not agree with my diet decisions, but the lesson is still the same: mindfulness is the key to good nutrition.

You must always be mindful of what you’re putting into your body. ALWAYS READ INGREDIENTS! Most times you have no idea what you’re putting into your body when you pick up a box of crackers, bread, or heaven forbid, a soda!

It’s important to make your own discoveries as to how your body reacts to certain foods. Once you do figure out what foods your body does and doesn’t like, stick to it. Don’t just give into hunger pangs and eat whatever is available. ABSTAIN! The ability to say no is a very powerful decision in the land of plenty.


As an exercise in mindfulness, write down everything you eat and drink during the course of the week and weekend. Write down every single thing from glasses of water to vitamins to candy bars. For everything that you eat or drink, also write down the ingredients. This could take quite some time if you eat processed and pre-packaged foods, but do it anyway.

This will give you a great understanding how many chemicals, preservatives and things you’ve never heard of you put into your body on a weekly basis. Now the power of abstinence becomes apparent.

The first step in following a nutrition plan is to be mindful of everything that you put into your body. Whatever your nutrition or diet plan is, mindfulness and abstinence are key ingredients to success.

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