How many times have you heard the saying “You are what you eat”? I always used to think is was some sort of nonsensical psychobabble. But then I started to think about this phrase more. Every cell in our body is comprised of what we consume in both food and liquid form, and also from what we breathe in. If the substances we take in are of poor quality, then the cells within our body will be of poor quality. So it makes sense to take in good quality protein, carbohydrates and fats, along with adequate vitamins and minerals, in order to produce good quality cells. Thinking of this made me pay much more attention to my nutritional habits, which I sent up into three categories:
Category 1- General DietThis relates to eating high quality, nutrient dense foods, providing good all-round health and body composition
Category 2- General SupplementsThis relates to supplements such as vitamin and mineral tablets.
Category 3- Sports Specific SupplementsThis relates to supplements such as Creatine.
When planning my diet, I only move on to a higher category once I am happy that the current category is as good as it can be. This means that I make sure my general diet is spot on before I consider supplements.
What criteria do you use when setting up your diet? Any special tips or supplements that you feel have worked for you?