It may be a cliche but it’s a cliche for a reason. Most of us have been there at some point if not for years. Personally I ran this game for about 10 years!
In my younger years I thought that if I trained like a madman I could eat like an asshole. To be more accurate, drink like an asshole. Whilst my nutrition was never horrible I did drink like a fish.
We can all probably relate to some degree. Work hard, stay strict, and do all the right things from Monday to Friday. Then just let loose on the weekend! Wash, rinse, repeat.
Externally this may seem alright. We can, for the most part, even get into decent physical shape (aesthetically) running this game. However the sustainability is questionable and the toll it takes mentally is hard to really gauge at the time.
True fitness and more importantly mental fitness is much more than just the product of exercise, and more than even exercise and nutrition combined.
Sleep and recovery play a pivotal role in fitness. The benefits of exercise are not realised through the exercise itself but rather the recovery process that follows. Nutrition impacts sleep and recovery more than most people, even “experts”, can begin to understand.
Drinking and eating shit is effectively poisoning the body. When we do this the body uses all of its resources, normally allocated to physical and mental restoration, to rid the body of the toxins we loaded it up with. The result is that our sleep quality plummets and we fail to fully recover. Imagine that, all that hard work at the gym and we sabotaged it with some celebratory beers and ice cream.
If you want to see some data on the impacts of poor eating or heavy drinking on recovery I’d be happy to share my own.
Let’s be clear, I am by no means here to tell anyone not to have some fun and enjoy the occasional treat but it helps to be aware of what we are doing to ourselves when we do. Ignoring the caloric intake, insulin response, or artery clogging, poor nutrition attacks our Sleep and Recovery Pillar and we know now that when one pillar weakens the whole structure weakens with it.
If you’d like more information on sleep and recovery or nutrition reach out to the team at CFGD we love this stuff!