Training Checklist: Clean Eating

This isn’t Bipolar Boot Camp.  Been there, done that, got the ECT burns.  This is the survival training that comes after that, the Do It Or Die conditioning, the stuff I personally have to do to get myself ready for the next episode.  Part healing, part emotional strength training, part preparing the physical vessel.

The first thing to attend to is my diet.  After being sick most of the winter and basically giving up on eating in any rational, balanced way, there’s lots of mop up to do here.  While I’m not an advocate of any particular diet, there is wisdom to be found in several places.  Dr. Daniel Amen has lots of good advice about eating for the health of one’s brain (just dodge his tacky self-promotion and stick to the articles).

As a compulsive eater or food addict, I already know more than the average consumer about food (hey, it’s a hobby!).  I know all the diets, all the tricks, all the latest miracle cures for obesity, all the medical facts.  Putting this vast knowledge into practice is another side of beef entirely.  But, I’m in training now, and practice is exactly what I need to do.  A non-rabid form of clean eating seems healthiest and easiest for me.  The tenets are these: Eat the freshest food available— fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains.  Stay away from slop (like Cheetos and Chips Ahoy) and processed food.  Drink more water.  Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

Eating clean requires that I cook, which often makes me anxious, but I’m in training so cooking is what I will do.  While in training, for as long as this non-episodic period lasts, it feels vital that I push myself.  How will I ever make important changes in my life if I don’t push?  So, no excuses, no forgetting, no slacking off.  This window of opportunity won’t stay open forever.  I’ve got to get as much out of it as I can.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. stevebetz
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 14:25:04

    Good luck with eating better. I’ve worked in metabolism for several years, and I completely agree with the idea that fresh foods, lean meats, lots of fruits and vegetables is the way to go. Stay away from processed foods as much as possible.

    Good luck!


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