When working with college athletes it’s often difficult to provide nutritional information that is both "easily digestible" and sticky. Below you'll find some key points from this 30 minute read that will be sure to stick with even the most nutritionally challenged athlete.
7. Avoid food products that a third-grader cannot pronounce. Basically the same idea, different mnemonic. Keep it simple!
16. Buy your snacks at the farmers’ market. You’ll find yourself snacking on fresh or dried fruits and nuts – real food – rather than chips and sweets.
18. Don’t ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap.
19. If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
20. It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
21. It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language. (Think Big Mac, Cheetos, or Pringles.)
36. Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk. This should go without saying. Such cereals are highly processed and full of refined carbohydrates as well as chemical additives.
39. Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself. There is nothing wrong with eating sweets, fried foods, pastries, even drinking a soda every now and then, but food manufacturers have made eating these formerly expensive and hard-to-make treats so cheap and easy that we’re eating them every day. The French fry did not become America’s most popular vegetable until industry took over the jobs of washing, peeling, cutting, and frying the potatoes – and cleaning up the mess. If you made all the French fries you ate, you would eat them much less often, if only because they’re so much work. The same holds true for fried chicken, chips, cakes, pies, and ice cream. Enjoy these treats as often as you’re willing to prepare them – chances are good it won’t be every day.
57. Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does. American gas stations now make more money inside selling food (and cigarettes) than they do outside selling gasoline. But consider what kind of food this is: Except perhaps for the milk and water, it’s all highly processed, imperishable snack foods and extravagantly sweetened soft drinks in hefty twenty-ounce bottles. Gas stations have become “processed corn stations” : ethanol outside for your car and high-fructose corn syrup inside for you. Don’t eat here.
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